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Oooooh…This is where it all starts…
Lindsay November 30, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.
Aww concerned Sandy
CC November 30, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.
Ah. I see where this is going. Sandy is just concerned, it’s hardly like she’s being a spiteful creature right now. She’s reacting like any other girlfriend would.
At least we finally will get some insight on Sandy though. I’m very pleased about this.
Minty Lime Green November 30, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.
Sandy…. You did convince him they aren’t friends then….
feralsoul November 30, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.
Edit: I guess she is that innocent? Lol
Chelis November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Sudden realizations, a go.
eccentrik November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
I can’t believe it. I’m staying up all night worrying about the lives of fictional cats.
Seikyuu November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
um, over exaggerate much?
Lelah Hearts November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Ugh sandy you over dramatic biatch. >_>
YumeKitsu November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Blue November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Confound you Taeshi, I was hoping for some confrontation, and you give me this
Sidnoea November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Sandy looks a bit different from older days… I wonder.
Thingamajig November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Did anyone else have the error thing? xD
XCturtle November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Maddawg November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Sandy looks pretty! (Edit: to clarify, I never really liked the way she looked up until this.)
Also, it’s nice to get a break from the sad and go on a fantastic flashback adventure!
HyperBallistic November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
So Sandy DID convince him of this. There goes the fuel for the Sandy haters….
Scootty-Scott November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Overprotective [EXPLETIVE DELETED], anyone?
toXicus November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Ugh she’s then going to be like “Maishulll, good friends don’t do that to each other” and then give all the blame to Lucy and how she’s not a true friend and them Mikie’s gonna realize that and blame Lucy. I’m just guessing that
But again she’s a model and even the tiniest things mean something to her.
Bittersweet_PauloxLucy November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Friends aren’t suppose to bash eachother? Well, ****.
Faceless32 November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Wat? If you have the courage to tell if Lucy, why can’t you tell Sandy?
DJ Breadwinner November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
So now we get to see how this ‘cat’astrophy started
swb November 30, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
But Sandy… I like you, please don’t make me hate you
Rayjay November 30, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.
Oh. So this is how it happened. Okay, I kinda see mike’s “Sandy told me to” point of view. Oh te emotional rollercoaster, I love it so. Thank you so much Taeshi and SuitCase.
P.s. This is a while ago, like maybe even before Tess gave mike his new scarf. A) he would not take that **** after Alcopolco. B) he has no scarf, he stopped wearing one after he found out what happened to the blue one. And C) he doesn’t have a cell phone yet. That’s why everyone looks different and such.
Deuce Moose November 30, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.
I agree but I disagree, I think it’s good she cares but my boyfriend “rough houses” with his friends all the time, and I don’t overreact that much.
Kite November 30, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.
Mattaki November 30, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.
Man, I totally expected sandy to be all evil. Like, Maishul, you shouldn’t be friends with Lucy anymore because she is evil and I don’t like her.
Cyaniede November 30, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.
I really like the way Sandy looks in this style. Woah.
Shelbykins November 30, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.
I can’t hate her, nor blame her, since this is exactly how I would react.
I resent this fact e_e
Sparkfur November 30, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.
Maybe this is the reason he said all those things back there. Lets hope so
Charmdra November 30, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.
This is where it started then, Sandy is going to say things about Lucy actions. It will continue up to the point where Mike explodes due to Sandy’s talks. ( Where the comic is today )
Brandon November 30, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.
i have a feeling there will be more sandy haters… oh wait
Kyute November 30, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.
Well this scene seems way too sweet for what happened in the last page. I would have expected Mike to be in the hospital right now. I can’t really see why this would be proof of sandy being evil in any way. I don’t really have a preference in which relationship they choose. Sandy sounds….she doesn’t seem very….she is very naive
THIS IS NOT A FLASHBACK!
Barrier-Break November 30, 2011, 12:07 AM EST.
See? Sandy isn’t manipulative, just overprotective…
At least as far as we know.
OFN-41 November 30, 2011, 12:07 AM EST.
… It’s a dream sequence, ain’t it?
Irenezelle November 30, 2011, 12:07 AM EST.
I wonder if Sandy would say that if she remembered which friend Lucy was.
Rii November 30, 2011, 12:07 AM EST.
….I like this greatly -keystrokeystrokeystrokeystroke-
kyle November 30, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
Yeah, I thought that sandy was going to do something like this.
I mean, that is physical abuse and when you know nothing about the past of the two of them, the act being bad enough, it looks reeeeally bad. So of course she’s going to tell him she’s a bad friend because during that period, she really was. She had her good moments, but nobody like that really can sustain a great friendship unless they change.
Though, that’s what she did. She tried really hard to help him and be a good friend and repair what they had lost, which is why I don’t believe that she deserved what Mike did. Not completely, at least.
Hygiei November 30, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
oh crap, Sandy doesn’t realize she’s in a comic where injury can be used as a comedic device. SANDY YOU’VE GOT TO REALIZE BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!
GiantWeebo November 30, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
Aww no rage page
Having a little freakout sandy? I think you may have become a little to attached to your maishul.
And trying 2 read over the page too fast, when I saw the “gasp” and the open window behind sandy I thought she fell out the window
Also… where is mikes scarf? O_o
kolarbear November 30, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
So since she doesn’t know who Lucy is then she didn’t make him “realize” he hated her?
Mushi November 30, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
Here come the wave of comments
Mego November 30, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
If Sandy doesn’t know Lucy then mike is a liar! And a *****!
A51 November 30, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
Haha, must be habit that he still refers to her as ‘my friend’! Oh dear.
I was looking forward to seeing what she said, but an implied kick will do.
Sandy is pretty cute here, though perhaps she’s stuck in the past a bit?
plusook November 30, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
I have a feeling something interesting is gonna happen
Haiku November 30, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
Huh at this point either Sandy is really concerned for Mike or there may be a secret devil within her finally coming out and Lucy kicking Mike square in the shin was the thing to set it off.
Izaya November 30, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
Oh…. Okay, I get it now……..
Subaru November 30, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.
Over-reaction much? Dont you think Sandy?
Its not like Lucy broke his bones. It looks like a scratch ,not that bad.
Rose November 30, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.
…..how old is she?!
Redneck November 30, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.
Aww sheltered sandy has never seen friends hit each other. Its normal, especially with guys and tomboys, whm I was their age I always kicked this one guy in the shins…. Of
Course I grew out of it…. And apologized years later… Which Lucy hasn’t grown up to realize she needs to to yet….
Chellby November 30, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.
I still don’t see Sandy as being “evil”, just protective and not realizing how Lucy and Mike’s friendship works.
JD November 30, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.
Charlie November 30, 2011, 12:10 AM EST.
Whu-buh-bu-Huh. I wasn’t expecting this.
DeValt & Whittaker November 30, 2011, 12:10 AM EST.
How many years is this going back?
Pepe Le Pew November 30, 2011, 12:11 AM EST.
Okay. That settles it. I really hate Sandy. She’s just such a Mary Sue!
failbot November 30, 2011, 12:11 AM EST.
@XCturtle YES!!!!! I hate that! Wow sandy your even more pathetic and a bigger drama queen than I thought
:) November 30, 2011, 12:11 AM EST.
WHEN SUDDENLY! Flashback…. Gotta love them.
Something Witty November 30, 2011, 12:11 AM EST.
She may seem to be overreacting, but getting hit in the right place with the right force in the shin hurts like hell, i’ll be the first one to tell ya. It doesn’t take much to fracture the right bone.
DavCube November 30, 2011, 12:11 AM EST.
I have no idea if I hate Sandy or not. I can see that Sandy is just concerned for Mike but at the same time she’s kind of the reason why Mike is becoming kind of a jerk lately (Not that I’m blaming her) I’M SO CONFUSED!!! T-T
Megaphone November 30, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.
Oh god I laughed so hard why..
Raven November 30, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.
I don’t think Sandy directly convinced Mike. Sandy doesn’t remember Lucy, and doesn’t know why Lucy acts the way she does like mike does because Sandy was part of the reason without realizing it. Sandy’s also more polite and sheltered, kind of like Daisy I assume only not used to Lucy. So hearing somebody kick and beat on her friend Mike is a big no-no in her standards. That’s very bad behaviour and since she doesn’t know Lucy on that personal level she has no sympathy and understanding.
And is probably why she over reacts. She’s probably never been exposed to such behaviour.
And Sandy probably will start not having high thought of Lucy if every phone call/letter involves a story of her hurting Mike.
Though, that first view of Sandy makes her look rather annoying, now dosen’t it?
Jax November 30, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.
And Mike thought he wouldn’t get hit. ******* While I waiting for this i was also looking up how to make potato vodka. Yum
ultimateZ November 30, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.
Looks like mike was about to say “but I deffinatly deserved it” >_>
Mego November 30, 2011, 12:13 AM EST.
Vercetti November 30, 2011, 12:14 AM EST.
Don’t get me wrong - I like Lucy, but calling Sandy an “Overdramatic so-and-so ” is a bit uncalled for.
If somebody I don’t know had booted my boyfriend in the shin and hurt him, of course I’d be concerned. And broken bones or not, she shouldn’t have kicked him.
Kay November 30, 2011, 12:14 AM EST.
So innocent little concerned Sandy is just trying to help cause she has no idea of anything but how Lucy bashes on Mike.
Oh and, tell a teacher? Sandy’s a bit….childish, or am I the only one getting that vibe.
And no people, she’s still not a bitch who’s doing stuff on purpose. Yet.
BE FRIDAY DAMMIT, I WANT MORE INSIGHT.
BunBun November 30, 2011, 12:15 AM EST.
If this is a dream sequence, I am so dropping this.
Anon November 30, 2011, 12:15 AM EST.
is it my imagination, or does sandy look all emo and evil and stuff. foreshadowing?
oh, and i swear to god, sandy from the side looks EXACTLEY like lucy from the side, if BCB was still black and white. also, i like the flashback scenes. everyones all short and chibi and stuff. *puts on russian hat* IS CUTE. DA.
curtisimo - oh voice stereotypes, how i abuse thee.
curtisimo November 30, 2011, 12:15 AM EST.
I just hope Sandy made Mike realise on his own that such treatment between friends is abnormal rather than actively having to spell it out to him. Cause I refuse to believe Mike is that dense, if he is then dense Mike is dense.
Wolf November 30, 2011, 12:16 AM EST.
yeah i don’t know about you guys but if i knew a girl that was physically abusing Souppy I would deck her in the freaken face myself
.. and by deck her in the freaken face i mean get really angry at her and tell her to lay off my boyfriend
Taeshi November 30, 2011, 12:16 AM EST.
So did this happen BEFORE or AFTER the whole: “I HATE YOU!!!” thing happened?
Candy Corn Lover November 30, 2011, 12:16 AM EST.
(Mike is speaking.. nicely about Lucy. What do you guys think???)
(Do I honestly need to write in big red letters THIS IS A FLASHBACK AS TO WHY SANDY SUPPOSEDLY HELPED HIM REALISE LUCY IS A JERK)
Taeshi November 30, 2011, 12:17 AM EST.
Way to defend your man Taeshi!
And I DONT CARE if this raises up a BAD COMMENT flag, cause you need to be given props for standing up for Souppy!
Candy Corn Lover November 30, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.
@Candy Corn Lover: It’s probably after cause he would’ve used his iPhone to call her
Wolf November 30, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.
Actually… I can sorta see her concern. Her boyfriend tells her that his friend decked him in the shin so hard he can barely stand on it.
That’s not all that kosher. And you can still see the injury. Which is too red to be a bruise. He might even be bleeding.
DiDi November 30, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.
Hmm. He has no scarf and he is still calling Lucy a friend. This is probably a flash back showing the reason behind his behavior. I knew there was some good in him left. Now I can hate sandy with reason.
Zealots we have found the key to our goal. We must eliminate sandy! EVERYONE CHARGE!
Charmdra November 30, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.
Ah cliff hanger
infantry56 November 30, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.
…So Mikey boy was complaining to his girlfriend about Lucy and she got the wrong idea. Makes sense I guess. When you tell a story you tend to over-dramatize what the other person does to earn sympathy. It’s usually not so effective. Lucy must be freaking Wondercat to do that kind of damage though.
Battle-chan November 30, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.
Got what he ****ing deserved. Though a punch across the face might have been a little better.
CannonBawls November 30, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.
Awww, poor thing.
I don’t see how anyone could hate Sandy now.
Skygaze November 30, 2011, 12:19 AM EST.
I just had an enlightening moment…
cause Taeshi, THE Taeshi who does this comic,….responded to my comment…
Hmm, its an interesting feeling! Hi Taeshi! Love the comic, wonderfully told and all that!
Candy Corn Lover November 30, 2011, 12:19 AM EST.
Damn, shes one of those.
TheMysteriousMan November 30, 2011, 12:19 AM EST.
I can see Sandy’s point and fully understand. Concerned girlfriend. I would be too… hell I’d prolly beat up the person who beats up my man! I could see why Sandy would want her away without the flash back, but this makes it clear to the “OH MY GOD SANDY’S A ***** I HATE HER” people.
Rachel Vang November 30, 2011, 12:20 AM EST.
IN BE 4 CRACKPOT THEORIES!!!11!!1!2 I mean, we can all agree we can see where this is going, right?… And this looks like it may go way back. Mike isnt’t a tall glass of water here! And I can agree with that she looks annoying, 2nd panel.
MikeShadow (No Relation) November 30, 2011, 12:20 AM EST.
This is a flashback, not the immediate aftermath of Monday’s strip. This is giving us insight on Mike’s comment last Monday on how Sandy helped him realize that Lucy wasn’t his friend.
edgelesspigeon November 30, 2011, 12:21 AM EST.
I’m surprised Lucy didn’t kick him in the balls. Just the shin..? (Edit: Just saw Taeshi’s flashback comment, yes I know I’m a blonde ) Anyway, Sandy needs to be removed from this comic Even though I love LucyxPaulo, I think Sandy should be removed in a comical ‘WHAAAAT’ style. Just so us readers can be all ‘IN YO FACE BIOTCH’… and whatnot. x
Shelby November 30, 2011, 12:21 AM EST.
So shes protective… I knew there was something weird with her.
Zilla November 30, 2011, 12:22 AM EST.
She is TOO perfect. It worries me that there is something wrong with her.
Kino November 30, 2011, 12:22 AM EST.
Alright, i have this theory that Sandy has some sort of mental problem. Not gonna lie, I’m kinda worried for her initially, like, literally the page before, i started hating her because well, she was ‘telling’ Mike to hate Lucy, at least that’s what i assumed…but apparently she can’t even remember Lucy…plus her reaction to Mike’s injury isn’t really that of a 15 or 16 year old, but someone much younger…i dunno, i’m worried for her
Anbellz November 30, 2011, 12:23 AM EST.
If anyone believes that Sandy is too protective, imagine someone decking your significant other in the face RIGHT NOW
Wolf November 30, 2011, 12:23 AM EST.
I really love Sandy…
Farren November 30, 2011, 12:24 AM EST.
“SUPPOSEDLY” Taeshi What Are You Implying
Extendo Mags November 30, 2011, 12:24 AM EST.
She’s cute with her hair down. And I guess you can’t blame Sandy for putting it in Mike’s brain that Lucy isn’t his friend. She didn’t hear about the time when Lucy protected him. Sandy mostly hears the bad side of Lucy
LikexMucy November 30, 2011, 12:24 AM EST.
Lucy abuses mike
Sandy hands him a bucket full of perspective
Pictures are so much easyer then words.
bla November 30, 2011, 12:24 AM EST.
And this is making more sense now that Taeshi made the comment about this being a flashback….now I feel really stupid.
Izaya November 30, 2011, 12:25 AM EST.
the previous page and this page explain all, but i have to admit i never think this was the reason of the hate.
Jin November 30, 2011, 12:25 AM EST.
Delta, your intelligence never ceases to amaze me. Memory is the key, this memory is the key to the reason why mike was such an ***. Still someone needs to remind him about how he was here. NICE!
Charmdra November 30, 2011, 12:26 AM EST.
Mike’s reaction to Sandy’s shock makes a lot of sense. I’ve had/have friends who are abusive (verbally mostly), but I wouldn’t really go to someone for help to try and stop them. It’s just the way they are, and that seems to be how Mike feels about Lucy’s behavior: it’s so ingrained.
Shiloh November 30, 2011, 12:26 AM EST.
jax u so right
i cant wait to see how this all turns out i hope lucy at least has agustus to lean on
kagura November 30, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.
23 Minutes and already almost 100 Comments… Taeshi, you enjoying this? You totally are. I can sense that you’re gaining energy from it. We need to stop you before you become all powerful and take over the world.. using cat-drama…
Saw Sandy reacting like this since the day we first heard of her. She’s the demure, sweet, caring girlfriend. If anything, the closest thing to a flaw she has is being a bit like Jasmine in being busy/distant, and she’s been trying to fix that.
So yeah, Sandy’s awesome, Mike-Lucy Shippers and Sandy Haters need to chill the heck out. I wonder how many people are going to still try to pervert this page and try to make Sandy look bad….
Anonymous One November 30, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.
Okay, Mike, are you going nuts or something?
Sarge November 30, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.
um… wow, i’m personally sickened at the thought that a high school kid who is being shown so much of the world still talks and thinks like a kindergartener.
also, why the hell did lucy hit him in the shin?
of all the things to do to him… shatter his jaw, literally scratch his eyes out, slice open his knees and cut the tendons, or just flat-out kill him… she kicked him in the shin?
lucy could’ve even just kicked him in the balls as hard as possible and destroyed his chances of having babies with sandy.
well, despite sandy being a first class idiot, she does look VERY nice with her hair down, you should draw her like that more often, veronica.
Thanatos November 30, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.
@charmdra SERIOUSLY STOP THE RVB RANDOM INSERTS! YOU ARE SO BEING ANNOYING!!
Rayjay November 30, 2011, 12:28 AM EST.
I don’t know why, but the fact that this is starting to make me think about domestic abuse makes me laugh….
God, I’m a horrible person….
In other news, I can’t help but get the EEEEEVIL vibe from not seeing Sandy’s eyes. Weird. Anyone else getting it?
King November 30, 2011, 12:28 AM EST.
Guys i’m PRETTY sure this a flashback of WAY back then. I mean come on Mike doesn’t even have a scarf on. I mean we already know they’ve kept contact after she moved as little wittle kids. So they’re probably little wittle kids on this page, i’m assuming since Mike has no scarf. So this means the “realization” of Mike concluding Lucy isn’t a “friend” was done after A LOT of thinking throughout the years. A lot of thinking of the next words Sandy is about to say, and Lucy’s actions and such. So Mike didn’t just kick Lucy off to the curb just because Sandy said so. And so Mike isn’t a giant jerk. I mean atleast he thought about it all these years and the continuation of abuse and such from Lucy made it hard for him to make him keep from thinking she’s a friend. Plus DAYUM it looks like Lucy friggin’ broke his leg here. His tears eariler were probably that realization that Lucy isn’t his friend, that slap in the face of thinking long and hard on “Is she really my friend?” and hanging onto for years and the answer you didn’t want came up. Sandy might be overexgrating but consifering this a flashback to when they were kids it’s pretty normal for a kid especially one as goody two shoes as Sandy would react overdramatically to this. STILL I don’t think she’s being overdramatic here. If you saw Mike walk in a room like that i’d be all like Sandy too. Come on man look at him. Plus hey he still developed a crush on Lucy even after this (since there be no scarf worn on him)…. obviously he didn’t take Sandy’s words to heart until recently.
Well atleast that’s my two cents. Mike’s still and will forever be my favorite character.
moo November 30, 2011, 12:29 AM EST.
that fool is numb to being bullied
ChewySmokey November 30, 2011, 12:29 AM EST.
It took me awhile to realize this is a flashback.
Although now I kinda hate sandy now.
Teeroy766 November 30, 2011, 12:29 AM EST.
oh my….ISHT just got real!!! xD
Akela November 30, 2011, 12:29 AM EST.
I could see why Sandy would be concerned. I’m sure anybody would have acted the same way in her circumstance; nobody likes hearing about a loved one being pushed around after all.
I could definitely see some serious development with Lucy’s character in the future. She needed to learn one way or another just how badly her actions (past and present) may have affected some people around her. Even if Lucy did act the way she did because of her insecurities, it still doesn’t give her the right to physically abuse people, let alone her friends.
I applaud Taeshi - she deconstructed the “Tsundere” character we all grew to appreciate in other forms of entertainment. She’s taking this story to a more literal example: Let’s face it, no individual is going to put up with a friend like Lucy for long… not without confronting them about it. I’m not saying Mike should have acted the way he did (he really could have been more sensitive about it), I’m just saying it was something that was needed to make Lucy aware of her own actions.
I just hope Lucy’s strong enough to accept it. She really does have a good heart.
Pinki November 30, 2011, 12:29 AM EST.
@rayjay this is the internet. I can say anything I want, so I can either ignore you and/or turn you into deisil. But that takes a while
Charmdra November 30, 2011, 12:31 AM EST.
whoops, Sandy really can’t please you guys, huh
if she’s concerned about her boyfriend, she’s an overprotective bitch
if she’s naive, she’s a perfect bitch
no matter what she is, she’s always gonna be a bitch to you guys, lol
Corn November 30, 2011, 12:32 AM EST.
wait, so this is a FLASHBACK? ok… because I got really confused…. xD
It looks to me like after he said he hates her…. Lucy stole Mike’s scarf and kicked him in the shin leaving him to talk with Sandy alone xDDD
It’s ok. I understand now. I know Sandy’s just being a concerned girlfriend and all, but Mike needs to decide for himself based on what he and Lucy have been through. They’ve both saved each others lives and mourned for each others sorrows… can’t he see that Lucy doesn’t treat him like crap ALL the time?
Silversoma November 30, 2011, 12:35 AM EST.
This makes me want to see sandy come over and fight with Lucy. Like how I want to see agent Texas vs agent Carolina : the possibly greatest cat fight ever … of all time!
@silversoma YES! exactly. He needs to be reminded of how he was back then.
Charmdra November 30, 2011, 12:35 AM EST.
Sheesh. This is like a repeat of Daisy in Confrontation. Except this time around Mike isn’t going to stand up for Lucy.
I think the big difference in this initial accusation against her is that Mike and Sandy are mutually interested in each other( as such Mike is somewhat more easily swayed to Sandy’s POV) and the lack of interaction between Lucy and Sandy means she (Sandy) isn’t likely to see Lucy’s fiercely loyal side towards Mike.
Lucy leans heavily towards the ‘Tsun’ aspect of her personality, so to speak, though that by no means doesn’t mean that she doesn’t care deeply for those who she has created a relationship with.
In Sandy’s case she really doesn’t have the full story, something that we the readers are entitled to for the most part. Her conclusions are heavily based upon second hand information and the way that information is interpreted can vary greatly from something as small as tone and word choice. It’s very easy to get the wrong impression about a person by listening to how other people describe them. Sandy doesn’t have the full story and thus lacks the necessary detail to make a more accurate conclusion about Lucy’s character and how to react to her(Lucy’s) actions.
Naturally this conclusion is only tentative considering more of the story is being revealed on Friday, like Sandy’s next comment and Mike’s reaction to it. None of us, except the author, know if Mike will defend Lucy at this point or if her will begin to change his perspective.
… Jeez. I definitely over analyzed.
Letmis November 30, 2011, 12:37 AM EST.
stfu sandy .The only way that Lucy can show her feelings is through violent actions (has issues with that) because the only person that she considered her bestfriend (and loved one?) hates her now. I would be pretty ****** off too if my Mike did that to me. You have a long distance relationship and you expect mike to that to his friend?that’s just ********.
meinpain November 30, 2011, 12:38 AM EST.
Sandy helped him realize it? She doesn’t even remember who Lucy is. This boy is making up crap. I’m gonna tell my teacher.
Orrrrrrrrr…IS this a flashback?
JL November 30, 2011, 12:38 AM EST.
****. Lucy’s my favorite, stop giving me reasons to side with Mike. I’m too immature to handle it.
KiwiKoala November 30, 2011, 12:38 AM EST.
Once again I need to add that I think she is overreacting abit..my boyfriends friend hurt him when he kept poking his friend awake. Even me and my boyfriend rough it sometimes when we’re hyper, it’s not like Lucy stabbed him or something. And the whole “tell a teacher” comment just seemed immature to me, I think she should of said “shouldn’t you talk to her about it?”.
Kite November 30, 2011, 12:38 AM EST.
Oh thank you so much the trainwreck is over with a simple kick to the shin.
Life is so simple in Lucy-land, Mike was right about that.
But seriously, I can’t wait to see why Sandy is spazzing out. There’s some sort of misunderstanding here, but it’s useless to speculate about it, there’s too many possibilities.
EDIT: OH WAIT THIS IS A FLASHBACK ISN’T IT
revengineer November 30, 2011, 12:39 AM EST.
@Charmdra =_= Seriously? I doubt there are all too many people who even know what you are talking about, and I that do can’t stand you bringing it up continuously on every friggin page. How bout you think more about bcb and stop advertising Rooster Teeth for a minute?
Rayjay November 30, 2011, 12:39 AM EST.
Sandy probably told Mike that a “real friend” does not hurt you.
Oh God, why.
DeSpErAtE567 November 30, 2011, 12:40 AM EST.
Wait…i solved it she thinks they still are in …3rd grade…omg go tell the teacher maishul so lucy can go to the corner!!! Not going to fix that knee cap shes going to Bust in when she gets back from the outdoor sports store
Awe knowing this is a flashback ruins all the fun of my comment… Well mike needs another lesson in reality friends are always there cou(lucy)gh and dont leave for no reason all of a sudden cou(sandy)gh so how about you go mull that over and ps lucy is actually there you can get some we know she will put out for you she tried to for paulo
DinR November 30, 2011, 12:40 AM EST.
This makes me both feel good and bad. Good, because it’s a major “Awwwh, she cares for Mike the same way I care for my boy.” Bad because I really loved Lucy and Mike’s friendship and it makes me sad knowing this is the start to the end of it.
Thanks for the clarification of it being a flashback also, Taeshi. I was a bit confused by this page too for a second since it was such a sudden change and I guess I’m still used to how the outlines used to change color a long time ago for flashbacks. (/Queen of the hard to follow sentence.)
Either way, I’m excited for Friday, as I’m always excited for the next page. This chapter is killing me with the suspense.
Sabe November 30, 2011, 12:42 AM EST.
@rayjay I actually do. Check one of my previous rants. No rvb references there. I only do rvb references because I need to calm down and rant less. So maybe we should drop this conversation …
Charmdra November 30, 2011, 12:44 AM EST.
ohh crist… she’s a freaking KID!!!!!!!!!!!!! ¬¬ grow up Sandy :@
Nadss November 30, 2011, 12:44 AM EST.
@Charmdra I think you have a point. Our arguments are not important to the comment section to others.
Rayjay November 30, 2011, 12:45 AM EST.
I think I’d take back the “bitch” thing back temporarily. Now it seems like Sandy overreacted…
Sarge November 30, 2011, 12:45 AM EST.
Jeez, over-reaction, much?
SushiJaguar November 30, 2011, 12:47 AM EST.
Seriously, what’s with the Maishul thing? Does she have an accent or a lisp? Or is it just a cutesy affectation? I’ve never really known how to read it.
JC November 30, 2011, 12:47 AM EST.
Am I the only person who’s curious how Sandy’s going to react when she realizes her relationship with Mike ruined a young girls life (and before anyone tries to rebuke with Lucy hate, her friendship with Mike was pretty much her life, as depressing as that is) and destroyed what should’ve been a beautiful friendship?
My theories haven’t panned out yet, but I see no reason to stop now. I’m voting on Paulo giving Sandy a heavy dose of reality when she comes by for her visit.
Rain November 30, 2011, 12:48 AM EST.
Guys this is a FLASHBACK! Sandy sounds like a kid because in this flashback THEY ARE KIDS in the FLASHBACK! Being “overdramatic” when your a kid is pretty normal. Especially when you’re a goody-two-shoes like Sandy AND it concerns hitting.
Discord November 30, 2011, 12:48 AM EST.
@rain Yes! Let her be ruined too. Just like Carolina with the directors experiments
Charmdra November 30, 2011, 12:50 AM EST.
Okay same old complaint. Mike is supposed to be the mature and responsible one, and yet he’s telling Sandy that Lucy punched him because he “annoyed” her too much. He freaking exploded on her and told her he hated her guts. He knows it was wrong and doesn’t want to sound like a bad guy for Sandy, so he understates his own actions. What a friggin’ p**s.
[EDIT] Totes just realized this is a flashback. Dur :p
novascottch November 30, 2011, 12:50 AM EST.
Guys, seriously? Sandy lives a rather sheltered life, she doesn’t understand. All she understands is someone who’s supposed to be a friend to Mike, hurt him. Not to mention it’s her boyfriend. The people calling Sandy a bitch must have never been in a relationship. She overreacted a little, yeah, but to her it’s completely abnormal for someone who’s supposed to be a friend to abuse their so-called friend.
I like Lucy much more than I like Sandy, but even I can see where Sandy is coming from.
Do you not realize this is a flashback? Back when Mike still liked Lucy? He hasn’t done anything to her yet. He’s not at all trying to make it sound like he’s done nothing; nor is he trying to make himself out to be a saint in Sandy’s eyes right now.
Minty Lime Green November 30, 2011, 12:51 AM EST.
@ JC always wondered about that myself. she apparently couldn’t say his name right even as a kid. hey Taeshi, can you tell us what’s up with that? I bet a whole lotta people wanna know!
ShadowKat November 30, 2011, 12:51 AM EST.
She calls him “Maishul” because when they first met, she mispronounced his name (“Michael”) epically. It has since become a pet name
PhycoKrusk November 30, 2011, 12:54 AM EST.
Ah, memories. Nothing like a little backstory.
steelCOYOTE November 30, 2011, 12:55 AM EST.
why ..am i confused
omnifarious November 30, 2011, 12:55 AM EST.
Okay so…Mike thinks Lucy never treated him like a friend….uh
*paps mikes head* HELLOOOO she almost got freakin’ RAPED cuz of your drunk arse.
Yeah that’s no friend alright = _ =
whu November 30, 2011, 12:55 AM EST.
Jonny_M November 30, 2011, 12:58 AM EST.
@ Minty Lime Green
Yeah, I realized that right after I posted. I feel quite silly ^ ^;
novascottch November 30, 2011, 12:58 AM EST.
I think the flashback is going to continue. Preferably making mikes actions possible to relate to.
QuakeIV November 30, 2011, 12:59 AM EST.
The way she says his name… The headcanon voice I have for her is probably going to forever be a little 3 year old girl still learning how to speak.
AmberPhoenix November 30, 2011, 1:00 AM EST.
Hmm..I see where this is going….
Mike has to be careful of how he acts from this point on. Sandy likely will be upset wit his behavior in the future.
Lunas November 30, 2011, 1:00 AM EST.
A suggestion Taeshi? (Please don’t shoot me). Would it okay to put in a little box that expresses this is a past event? Like “A few years ago.” or something? Just saying… don’t hurt me!
Nice to see more of Sandy… we rarely see her!
Blue Sly November 30, 2011, 1:00 AM EST.
Sandy, from my perspective, seems to have the mentality of a small child. Why on Earth would she think that Mike would tell a teacher, let alone think that one would have been present? I can tell Mike is used to, but still irritated with Sandy’s childish mannerism. Glad to see that Lucy gave Michael what for in the end, especially since he im
Deku November 30, 2011, 1:00 AM EST.
It looks like this discussion happened either a long time ago or during the time he wasn’t wearing a scarf. I am assuming that this discussion ate him up over time until it hits his breaking point. I think the discussion took place during the beginning of high school, if I recall he finally talked to her on the phone during that time period. So now I am starting to understand the big picture for his current hatred as of late.
Darf14 November 30, 2011, 1:01 AM EST.
THIS HORRIBLE SENSE OF DRED JUST CREPT UP MY SPINE.
Yaschiri November 30, 2011, 1:03 AM EST.
Leen619 November 30, 2011, 1:04 AM EST.
Alright, let me try and explain this the way I see it. Mike tells Sandy what Lucy does. Sandy, having no real experience in the outside world of her sheltered life, cannot understand Lucy’s abrasive personality. She probably doesn’t understand why Lucy acts a bit like a boy, because where Sandy comes from all girls are probably taught to be prim and proper. Sandy proceeds to pump Mike’s head full of thoughts on how true friends should be.
Mike, idolizing Sandy the way he does, proceeds to twist the scenarios in his mind. He sees Lucy as a negative influence on his life. He blocks out the good times and starts to think that Lucy is only using him as a security blanket, which she does, but she also sees Mike as a friend. Sandy probably reminds him time and time again that Lucy is abusive to Mike.
The whole thing is going to get twisted out of proportion this way. Mike will start to complain more and more about Lucy, not only casting Lucy in a negative light in his eyes, but also Sandy’s eyes. Sandy will starts to see Lucy as a terrible person, thus only adding more fuel to Mike’s dislike of Lucy. This becomes a cycle and they both start to see Lucy as a problem in his life. Sandy probably encourages Mike to distance himself from Lucy and Mike starts to make it sound like Lucy is always bothering him even if she really isn’t. They both end up seeing Lucy as a very twisted abusive person.
Therefore, this isn’t really Sandy’s fault. She’s seeing Lucy only from Mike’s negative perspective and Mike is seeing her in that perspective because he idolizes Sandy so much that he believes everyone should be perfect like she comes off to be.
This is just my theory.
Minty Lime Green November 30, 2011, 1:05 AM EST.
“Why would I? It’s not like she yammed a pen right in my throat”
Now we all get to know Sandy better and go all OMG SHE SUCKS SO BAD OLOLOL
Lisaa November 30, 2011, 1:06 AM EST.
i think something is really wrong with sandy, by that i mean CUCU.
P.S. That is a Dam good theory MLG
DEMONX November 30, 2011, 1:06 AM EST.
not wearing his scarf, and talking to sandy … man, how long ago was this conversation on mike’s head?
wouldn’t be surprised if this was before the beach arc
Fu-Rank November 30, 2011, 1:07 AM EST.
So you tell me, WHO WAS FONE!
Ranger November 30, 2011, 1:09 AM EST.
It’s cute that Sandy is so concerned about Mike.
KillerCobraZ117 November 30, 2011, 1:09 AM EST.
I sense something within Mike’s conscience. Could it be that he feels the slightest hints of empathy towards Lucy? Well, that’s just my opinion.
Still, the plot thickens…
On another note, let’s see how this conversation between these two will resolve.
Harris012 November 30, 2011, 1:11 AM EST.
Deuce Moose, I think, deduced when this flashback takes place. It takes place during ninth grade, between the period when Mike stashed his ruined blue scarf away and before Tessa gave him his new one. Mike never called Sandy until ninth grade, having forgotten all about her phone number until that point, so it takes place after his first call to Sandy. It also takes place before he gets his iPhone, because he has to use a corded phone. So not years ago. All credit for this goes to Deuce Moose, he/she deduced it.
As for people saying that Sandy is overreacting, well, that’s up to the individual reader I suppose. But Taeshi dropped in the comment section to make a few comments, and according to her at least Sandy has the right idea.
edgelesspigeon November 30, 2011, 1:12 AM EST.
Hohooooo this is going to be good. Sure Lucy is harsh with Mike, but thats just how she is and she is working on bettering herself with toning down her violence. But now we know where Mike’s outburst is coming from. Frankly if I was going out with a girl and she told me to stop being friends with someone who was with me since I was like 7 I’d break up almost instantly. Friendships have better chances in lasting than a love relationship in my opinion.
Leo November 30, 2011, 1:12 AM EST.
Sandy is just concerned and all, and I get that and I respect that. But she seriously ****ed up in making mike think that they weren’t friends.
That’s all I have to say on the matter, and for the record I’m not a mikexlucy shipper. Just want to clarify that before the hate fest does or doesn’t come in.
Nope November 30, 2011, 1:13 AM EST.
i think minty lime green is right, but i don’t think it just sandy would think that, from a outsider perspective Lucy would seem like a abusive or very clingy person, that’s how it start to seem when they were on vacations, even start to notice the needy so … mike start to thinks for himself finally and not to be that supportive
Knight-K November 30, 2011, 1:13 AM EST.
She was there for you Mike when Sandy left. Even after you dropped her like she was hot when Sandy was around. Also by doing that you built the wall around her heart that keeps her from getting close to anyone. ( wow I have deeper thoughts about a Dramedy about talking cats than I do about real life)
Chibiterasu November 30, 2011, 1:15 AM EST.
Did mike just say: one of my friends, Lucy?! GOD, YOU SAID YOU HATE HER AND NOW WTH?! Ok, i can’t understand you man….
Sonny:) November 30, 2011, 1:16 AM EST.
I don’t know whether to be flabbergasted, annoyed, or amused that so many people flat-out missed completely that this is a flashback. Maybe I’ll be some combination of all three.
It’s mainly annoying because everyone that thinks this is present-time instead of realizing it’s a flashback then translates Sandy’s mannerisms into thinking there’s something wrong with her for sounding so childish - when really, she sounds that way because she was YOUNGER.
Also, I’m sorry, but if Mike is trembling and wishing he could sit down, then Lucy gave him a pretty bad kick. Sandy is NOT overreacting here. Especially because of being younger, but also because of the injury itself. Seriously, guys, unless you WANT that kind of rough-housing - which Mike generally doesn’t - that’s pretty bad for an unwanted bit of violence.
I’m not Mike x Sandy, I’d love to see Mike and Lucy get together eventually, but you guys seriously need to take a chill pill and see through glasses that aren’t rage-colored. Lucy has a good heart and she has taken some good, solid steps toward growth recently, but she had some seri0usly terrible habits that were NOT okay, and she did NOT treat Mike well up until this most recent storyline. Sandy on the other hand has been nothing but kind, and yet you guys treat her as though she’s an evil witch while you then go idolize Lucy. What gives?
Laurel November 30, 2011, 1:18 AM EST.
Hello sandy, or should I say … SIGMA! you’re being creative, convincing mike to hate Lucy. I will destroy you!
Charmdra November 30, 2011, 1:18 AM EST.
Now, granted, the one thing I could see as being the other possibility is that, as at least one person suggested, Mike was about to follow through with, “But I definitely deserved it.”
It may well be that Mike’s and Lucy’s relationship used to have more give-and-take where they both annoyed each other and gave each other a hard time, with Mike’s assaults being more verbal and Lucy’s being more physical.
Maybe Sandy, through misunderstanding what happened by not having the whole story, accidentally came to the conclusion that all of the assaults were entirely Lucy’s doing and misguided Mike into thinking that this was not how friendship was supposed to be.
No matter how you slice it, though, I don’t think Sandy did what she did out of spite for Lucy, but out of concern for her boyfriend and wanting him to not have to suffer.
Laurel November 30, 2011, 1:21 AM EST.
Oh …. I read taeshi’s comment…. Doesn’t matter
Sonny:) November 30, 2011, 1:22 AM EST.
Man, I always dislike the horribly naive ones. Seriously, Sandy? Did you never grow up past 6 years old? Did you tattle-tale too?
I can see how Sandy’s good, if horribly over-reactive, intentions could seriously cause Mike to doubt and in the end skew his sense of past events.
Also, I always had the sense that the “violence” Lucy showed in early BCB was played up for comedic effect, but it’s weird how strong it is here in the later more realistic chapters. I have never experienced a shin kick that makes me need to sit down - and I have suffered some hard kicks. Bruising and bleeding is mostly superficial and doesn’t affect basic functions.
MadH November 30, 2011, 1:25 AM EST.
weeeel…. I don’t like only hearing half a converstion… but explanations are always good. I still don’t think this is gonna go well (My favourite TwoKinds character did die after all… poor Laura…), Lucy could turn into Lucy http://www.mangareader.net/190-12626-9/elfen-lied/ chapter-15.html
Cloudedice November 30, 2011, 1:26 AM EST.
Sandy just had to say that. It’s really sad if you read from page 23 and listen to a christina perri song.
I AM AB-BEE November 30, 2011, 1:26 AM EST.
Mike was taking this “Sandy Helped me realize it” thing too seriously.. Sandy was just worried and wanted to make sure Mike was safe.. like every other girlfriend. Come on Mike, you’re better than this, realize what you’re saying to Lucy!! And as for Lucy, she needs to stay strong, and just act like this never happened, that’ll catch Mike for sure, plus she has other friends and Paulo + Augustus to lean back against, everything is going to be fine.. I believe in Lucy.
Hatsune Miku November 30, 2011, 1:26 AM EST.
i find it a lil strange sandy doesn’t even remember lucy
DarkFox November 30, 2011, 1:26 AM EST.
fffffuuuuuuuu sandy whyyy are you such a child..
farla November 30, 2011, 1:29 AM EST.
Uh oh… so she’s going to be seeing Lucy as a bully.
This is interesting…
*is brewing up predictions to tell all later*
Biblioholic November 30, 2011, 1:30 AM EST.
WELL…That’s the end of that then isn’t it? I’m gonna ship Mike X Lucy till the day this comic ends but I must say I know when I’m beaten. Best of luck to the both of ‘em and I hope they at least end up happy.
P.S. Taeshi you heart-breaker!
Kroth November 30, 2011, 1:31 AM EST.
god shes so pretty and cute it makes my heart break
farla November 30, 2011, 1:32 AM EST.
So Sandy didn’t convince him to give lucy that whole umm… outburst. I mean she couldn’t even remember her name! BUT, mike does deserve that injury,,, if it were me i would have just walked away and made him feel terrible about it all… but of course. I am not Lucy and this is not my comic. so i will shut up and just love the heck out of it as it is. :3
*reads comments above*
OH I NEVER EVEN THOUGH OF IT BEING A FLASHBACK! facepalmfacepalmfacepalmfac——— so yah Sandy is still an irking character at the moment as is MIke. welp ill be back in a few weeks to check on this comiic, BYE!
lemme sleep plz November 30, 2011, 1:33 AM EST.
These things… I don’t see/hear people “tell teachers/adults” anymore..
Sandy. IT WAS HER. THE MIKE X LUCY SHIPPING WENT ON HOLD BECAUSE OF HER. Dx gah, well, since she doesn’t remember Lucy, she must see her as a bully rather than a “violent friend” of Mike.
Fangirl November 30, 2011, 1:36 AM EST.
what a flippin child
Aries November 30, 2011, 1:41 AM EST.
Poorly placed flashback only proves that Sandy doesn’t remember Lucy.
The Dialogue Ninja November 30, 2011, 1:42 AM EST.
Chill, girl… he just got kicked.
Nissie November 30, 2011, 1:45 AM EST.
Well, a kick to the shin that leaves you unable to stand correctly is not exactly something to dismiss. In fact I think if I was in her shoes, I would be concerned. (Although I do think that she kind of over-reacted with the “WHY?!” at the end). Since she hasn’t interacted with anyone of the cast but Mike, and she DOES NOT REMEMBER who Lucy is and DOES NOT KNOW what her personality is like, Sandy’s reaction is justifiable. To conclude this block of text, Sandy cares for his well-being; like a rational, stable and good-natured person would. Not that it’s gonna stop some readers from hating her, unfortunately.
Redd November 30, 2011, 1:46 AM EST.
sandy why are you so pretty but so very dumb? How frustrating that must be for Lucy who is totally so much closer (geographically) to date.
Sylvia November 30, 2011, 1:49 AM EST.
aww yeah bitch
right in the shin. my guuuurl.
Memory Anemone November 30, 2011, 1:49 AM EST.
Ok here goes my opinion:
I actually don’t understand how some people still hating on Sandy because of this. Even Taeshi said it, I would get really ****** if I knew there’s a bitch who’s abusing my boyfriend and calling herself his friend. She’s not over reacting, he can barely walk if you can see so it had to be a very strong hit, also she’s OBVIOUSLY not evil ‘cause she doesn’t even know about Mike and Lucy’s friendship, she’s just worried for her boyfriend. Also, as it has been confirmed…this is a FLASHBACK, back when Mike stopped using his blue scarf and Tess haven’t gave him the other one yet, they were YOUNGER, that’s why her reaction looks so childish.
Also I don’t think you can hate her for being way too perfect or a Mary Sue. She’s just sweet and caring but not perfect. She has her issues too, as any other character in this comic: her limited life, her mom always telling her how to live her life and expecting perfection from her. If you pay attention at her face in the “To The Top” chapter, can you see her happy? Truly happy? She barely smiles, only when she talks to Mike you can see her happy. In page 9 you can see she loses her patience easily because of all the pressure she’s holding on. So you should considerate this before hating her or calling her evil or an over reacting bitch.
Effie November 30, 2011, 1:50 AM EST.
I had always thought of it as a minor lisp. I don’t think that it’s an accent, as her and her mother’s speech from several chapters back don’t show any other slurs or phrasing. It could be she simply mispronounced it as a kid, and is doing it on purpose to be cute, but I don’t think it’s cute so that’s out. =)
Anon November 30, 2011, 1:51 AM EST.
I’m guessing this is a flashback…. Anyway, I wonder what Sandy’s answer will be? It’s probably going to be a LONG lecture
Also, where is Mike’s scarf? I thought he never takes it off…(I heard he wears it when he bathes!)
Purpledede November 30, 2011, 1:51 AM EST.
Ok…true thoughts time. Well…..I always thought of sandy as just that nice girl who u can nv have but after this page. She is responding like a 4th grader. O my god did u tell the teacher. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Now that i think about it the only diologe i remember out of her is Hi Maishul! So here is my question. Is she realy just the perfect girl and can’t understand y a friend would hit him, concidering she nv would? Or is she just Dumb?
JustSomeCritic November 30, 2011, 1:57 AM EST.
Honestly, I think he deserved more than that. Sandy doesn’t even remember Lucy so she needs to get kicked in the shin too.
Balto November 30, 2011, 2:00 AM EST.
from the way it is drawn, it looks like a knee kick than a shin kick… and if u get pounded in the knee it definitely hurts to move it/apply pressure through the knee since u have blood and fluids in and around the joint.
sandy’s kinda sweet here i guess…. i can see how this can easily convince mike that lucy is a horrible person… even tho the whole truth about lucy is far from it. Unintentionally brainwashed… i suppose lucy has never really allowed her real self to be seen by other people so… she’s really dug her own grave unfortunately…
i still wonder why sandy can’t pronounce mike’s name properly…. she’s clearly not doing it intentionally in panel 9….
Delta November 30, 2011, 2:02 AM EST.
Lucy has two older brothers, of COURSE she is going to interact with other boys the same way. I had fights with my older brothers and treat my guy friends like I would them, it’s a showing of deep understanding of one another.
And it’s not like mike just took it, he dished it right back to her, in the early chapters they were Always pushing each other around, even atthe birthday party flashback mike pushed her into the snow. It’s rough housing something FRIENDS to alot. All animals do it to show their closeness to each other, as long as it doesn’t go too far it’s harmless fun.
The ones saying “omg I totally get where sandy is comming from I want to protect my boy/girl friend” I think is stupid, if it was a random person yes, but between friends? Seriously? Your partners do have balls of their own and should be able to stand up for themselves >.>;;;;
But alas, mike has no balls, so as I said before he has to depend on the women in his life to wear the pants in the relationship. If it really bothered him he should’ve said something instead of being a whiny b!tch about it
Chellby November 30, 2011, 2:07 AM EST.
Looks like she took offense to the series of no’s and the reasons why - and why is Sandy acting like Mike’s in a classroom someplace?
Also, I must not be the only one using the name Anon, as im seeing other comments I didn’t make, including one on this comic i just read for the first time, xD
Anon (Also, apparently) November 30, 2011, 2:09 AM EST.
@ sandy haters,
i have one thing to say *clears throat*
NA NA NANA NA NA NANA hey hey hey you guys wrong.
sorry i couldn’t help that, but this proves that there isn’t an intentional plot from sandy. just an outside observers advice blown way out of proportion by mike.
One, quite a few people here get RvB references. Two, you are not the emperor of the internet, you can’t tell others what not to write. that’s the job of the admins and mods. so charmdra and everyone who comments is well within rights to write whatever they want. if it bothers you oh so freaking much email taeshi and see if she advises charmdra and others to stop. three, you took charmdra’s comment the wrong way, charmdra was saying you can’t dictate what others say on the internet. not that you’re argument wasn’t important
strider November 30, 2011, 2:11 AM EST.
The heart is like a flame- representing life, emotion. Too much stress and sorrow will tend to weigh down the heart and can eventually end up in suicide. For me, I would describe myself to be on that fine, fine line in the middle of life and death. For those who actually take the time to read this, I would want you to ask yourself- what keeps you chained to earth? What keeps you from ending your life right here and NOW? There is but one who keeps me from seizing my life. But that one person was there when I felt heartless and empty. I felt like a nobody in this world. And I still do! I feel as though my heart is hanging by a single strand. So my point is that if you think you have nothing and feel as empty as can be, then you can be patient. You never know what’s in your future.
Roxas427 November 30, 2011, 2:14 AM EST.
@strider: laugh now my friend, but soon I will be laughing….
wait for it…
wait for it….
I’m glad to see that Lucy didn’t let Mike get away with saying all that stuff. that boy needed some serious hurting.
sen November 30, 2011, 2:17 AM EST.
Ooooohhhhh, I can already see it now…. Miss Understanding, paging Miss Understanding, you are needed on set in five!
The road to drama is paved with good intentions, right? |3
OH THIS IS A MESS. By the end of this whole series, I’m hoping things’ll be cleared up at least a little bit… honestly, if Mike and Lucy can at LEAST be friends again, I’ll be so squee-happy my face will hurt from grinning for a week!
… and if it ends on a friends-with-fond-memories-but-can-never-be- together-anymore note like the Fox and the Hound, I will bawl. That movie makes me cry every time. ;A;
BITTERSWEET DRAMA A-GO-GO!!
Ryuko November 30, 2011, 2:20 AM EST.
I think Mikes downplaying of their standoff (annoyed? Seriously mike. Lol) while come back to bite him in the arse
Dragnite November 30, 2011, 2:21 AM EST.
Well for one, you should probably never make such an arrogant comment again, ever. If you did any light skimming of the few comments between the top and here, you would see what others have said about her, then enter your comment with a little less bias. :3
Imgenerallynice November 30, 2011, 2:22 AM EST.
Called it. He says nothing but bad things about her, so Sandy logically respons as expected. Good ob lying to get a wanted “supportive” answer, Mike. The chances of Sandy treating Lucy civilly, if she even sees her, sure is looking likely now. Early warning to Sandy haters: You are an idiot if you hold the way she behaves relative to Lucy against her. Mike has already “poisoned” her opinion of Lucy quite expertly. Maybe not, but my prediction.
Huheh is surprisingly calm and objective about this and looks forward to any calls of Sandy being evil or mean in the future.
Hoheh November 30, 2011, 2:23 AM EST.
I guess you’re right. And sorry, Charmdra.
And also, I didn’t mean to imply I thought he said that, I was just saying we should stop fighting, all it would accomplish was ******* both of us off.
Rayjay November 30, 2011, 2:23 AM EST.
I’d like to put forth that although Sandy is being reasonable, Mike should not be all “Oh my god Lucy you are so abusive I hate you forever,” because that is the way it has always been. He should have made clear that it was not okay anymore, but hurting Lucy like that was unnecessary.
Rosemarie November 30, 2011, 2:25 AM EST.
I cannot stand the ‘Maishul’ thing. I was okay when she was little, but goddamn I can’t stomach it.nPet peeves aside, Sandy is adorable <
NadaBear November 30, 2011, 2:31 AM EST.
whoops, i missed the your previous comment. that’s where i got that idea of a misinterpretation, my bad. i just don’t like it when others try to do the admins/mods job, if they’re not doing their job it’s not the responsibility of others to go “vigilante”. sorry for the rant, although i stand by most of my point.
strider November 30, 2011, 2:32 AM EST.
I wish people would learn to read other peoples comments, then we don’t end up with the endless cycle of ‘OMG why didn’t Lucy kick him in the balls for saying he heated her!’ and ‘It’s a flashback!’ *sigh*
Anyway, I personally think that Sandy is possibly just naive. I mean, if you hear that the person who you like most in the world (possibly) has been kicked in the shins, but so hard that they can’t really stand up, then what do you do? Ignore it? Just assume that it’s friendly fun? And bear in mind that Sandy, no matter how goody two-shoes perfect she is, does not have the power to see everything! How the hell is she meant to be able to tell if it’s a scratch or a serious crack? And before you say ‘Mike could tell her’ the events of this page show that she was so concerned that she interrupted him (Oh the horror! She must be bitch then!) to try to comfort, support and advise him before he had a chance to tell her how serious it is. Also that look she has on her face is genuine concern (Not an evil cold calculating sneer which I assume the haters automatically paste on her face), she CARES for Michael! Also this is character! If she has a flaw in overprotectiveness and possible immaturity then that’s character!
(This rant is aimed at the serious Snady haters, not the casualy joking ones )
*disengage rant mode*
However I do agree that ‘tell a teacher’ is somewhat childish, at least tell an adult would be reasonable enough.
Also I always thought that she was possibly of Japanese origin (Just thinking how Maishul sounds compared to Michael), but looking back now that seems less likely, and more likely that the ‘Maishul’ mistake was just purely an accident on Sandy’s part.
Also looking back at panel two gives me the creeps But it’s countered by her looking fine again in panel 9.
BarbedFire November 30, 2011, 2:33 AM EST.
wow mike looks so strange with out that scarf
Matt November 30, 2011, 2:34 AM EST.
Yeah I can see this being misinterpreted a million ways. Meh, least Sandy’s making an official appearance… for about one or two pages Can’t wait to see where this goes.
Bootz November 30, 2011, 2:45 AM EST.
Well, You can’t entirely blame Sandy for this. She doesn’t remember Lucy, nor does she even know the whole story. To her Lucy is probably just some thug that takes sadistic pleasure in injuring her ‘friends’.
Personally if My boyfriend told me that he was getting roughed up by some chick I didn’t know, I’d just ask what he did to deserve it. Then pull out a ‘Sux for you’ line. Then again Sandy is a very sheltered girl with little experience on the diverse kinds of friendships that come around.
The lack of scarf insinuates that this is before Tess gives him the striped one, thus before Acapulco(Sp?). On Mike’s Part, I’m assuming what Sandy is going to continue her speech with what is going to be fairly reminiscent with Daisy’s back in ‘Confrontation’. And now that it’s his girlfriend (‘beloved, wise, and Perfect’ as he makes her out to be) He feels more inclined to find what she says right, no matter how uneducated her guesses are. It kind of ****** me off. Does he not defend Lucy to not put a rift in their[His and Sandy’s] ‘Perfect’ relationship and then as she starts to think about it he decides she’s right, while completely ignoring that Lucy hasn’t been good at showing affection since Mike and Sandy first hit it off as children?
This is just an analysis and sight prediction. I hope I don’t offend anyone, because I really don’t want an argument.
Thank you for reading my wall of text. Good day.
Vega November 30, 2011, 2:46 AM EST.
Why? Because I suppose friends tolerate each other’s rationality blind-spots.
ArkaniusXII November 30, 2011, 2:47 AM EST.
mike did u just realise that lucy was a good firend for the first 40 or so chapters and she only got angeryer at u when u started beening a ***. if so go apolagise to her
Akira November 30, 2011, 2:50 AM EST.
So Mike lied about Sandy advising to stay away from Lucy.
…I’m sorry but why would he just lie about it unless he (personally) dislike Lucy being around, his motives don’t make sense to me.
Anonymous November 30, 2011, 2:55 AM EST.
There’s nothing I hate more than a guy who lets his girlfriend put words in his mouth. Many of my former friends fall into that category, it really soils a good friendship. Usually because the girlfriend is incapable of amusing herself and both people build their happiness on the shoulders of others.
Form your own ****ing opinion Mike. You obviously enjoy spending time with Lucy, stop letting your girlfriend manipulate you. Yes you care about Sandy, so you listen to her good intentioned poisoned words .
ArkaniusXII November 30, 2011, 3:02 AM EST.
Forget the tantrum, this page’s art is wonderful.
Knux-the-Killer November 30, 2011, 3:02 AM EST.
……………………………………………………………………………………………. mixed emotions
kikimmicoa November 30, 2011, 3:08 AM EST.
I dunno about you guys, but if my boyfriend hung out with a girl he was extremely close to, I don’t think I’d be okay with it. Just sayin’
Not that Sandy sees it that way, but a lot of people seem to think girlfriends ruin friendships. Guys, please, think about how your girlfriend would feel. You wouldn’t like it if your girlfriend was hanging out with a close guy friend all the time either.
All I’m saying is, no one is perfect. Don’t fault people for having emotions and feelings that are natural. People get jealous, people worry and you can’t say you don’t do it too.
Minty Lime Green November 30, 2011, 3:10 AM EST.
Mikey deserved it. And I have the weirdest urge to whack Sandy repeatedly. The “Maishul” thing is sort of annoying :|
And I am beyond confused at “Are you going to tell the teacher” - isn’t he at home?
I unno, some guy November 30, 2011, 3:12 AM EST.
bitch, shut up.
mike’s been an *******.
he deserves it.
damn, i sound like kingsley.
C-Ling November 30, 2011, 3:12 AM EST.
Way to go fans.
Not even able to recognize this is a flashback
Gnukko November 30, 2011, 3:18 AM EST.
1 what kind of girlfriend doesn’t even know her boyfriend’s name? I mean really his name is Michael girl get it straight.
2 Wow…she doesn’t even know his “best friend” well not anymore because of you (bitch)
3. *whipcrack* cuz mike is whipped!!!
Timni November 30, 2011, 3:21 AM EST.
interesting that Mike still says “my friend”. he could’ve used “that girl in my class” instead, though maybe it’s a past tense thing? a “you remember that friend I had?” Anyway, he seems a little casual after something so intense. I don’t think I would be so blase about it.
howitzer November 30, 2011, 3:24 AM EST.
People. This. Is. A. Flashback.
edgelesspigeon November 30, 2011, 3:25 AM EST.
is it just me or does sandy in pannle 2 seem kinda….. derpy?
KoopaMan November 30, 2011, 3:27 AM EST.
Yes, I realise it is a flashback, but it’s not readily apparently that it is indeed a flashback. It took me a few moments of confusion before I figured it out.
It’s nice to see a little of Sandy for once, in any case. I have to agree that Panel #2 looks really wrong, though.
Blaze November 30, 2011, 3:48 AM EST.
100% flashback - notice the lack of scarf!
Can anyone pinpoint when this conversation took place? It’d inform a lot of the past stories
Georginorx November 30, 2011, 3:50 AM EST.
if this is a flashback, when is it set?
boh... November 30, 2011, 3:52 AM EST.
well i guess we all saw this coming one way or another.
Killergoonie November 30, 2011, 3:53 AM EST.
FLASHBACK MOMENT! DUN DUN DUN….
Aoriki November 30, 2011, 3:54 AM EST.
The reason he wouldnt tell a teacher is because it is collage? the teachers dont really care abot small disputes out of school between friends
animelord November 30, 2011, 3:57 AM EST.
Hopefully this goes better than expected. Or not. Before old or new scarf?
Hoheh November 30, 2011, 3:59 AM EST.
Deuce Moose figured out when the flashback takes place. Mike first called Sandy in ninth grade, having forgotten that one of her letters had her phone number. See A New Leaf. Mike has stowed away his ruined blue scarf in his locker at this point as well. However, he does not have his orange-and-yellow scarf yet, so it has to take place before Left Behind.
edgelesspigeon November 30, 2011, 4:01 AM EST.
Thanks edgeless, I managed to find your old post in 12 minutes - not quite enough time to go back and edit out my question!
… and once I’ve re-read all this stuff I’ll get back to you with my thoughts on the precise moment it happenned! Looking for a shin kick and attitude change!
Georginorx November 30, 2011, 4:03 AM EST.
Hehehehe. Go Lucy. Continue dealing deserved karma, my little kitty. >:]
Ali November 30, 2011, 4:03 AM EST.
….Now, this might just be the amazing Australian communication skills we have,
but where I live, nobody ****ing freaks out like that about something that stupid. We’re more likely to just go, “Suck on that, hahah” and move on.
If anyone says something to me like, “Shes only concerned because she loves him weehhh! She’s his girlfriend shes allowed to be concerned weehh!” I’ll say this now; In my opinion, she is overreacting….:/ Which greatly increases my dislike of her. I hate characters that are so floaty like she is, for personal issues of mine that are going on right now. She reminds me of someone awful.
Anyway, I’d bet that she’s going to come out with something like WEEHH BECAUSE FRIENDS DON’T DO THAT AND WEEHH ITS BULLYING AND WEH WEH WEH oh god I hate her so much Bl
Stuffnthat November 30, 2011, 4:07 AM EST.
BCB fans sometimes have exaggeration habits.
1)Lucy doesn’t talk much and hates showing weakness in general. Her crying or acting pathetic isn’t exactly likely. Extreme emotional situations are pretty much the only time she even cries.
2)What is it with demonizing someone?
3)How they react being held against them, without taking their personality or situation into consideration. Unrealistic.
Hoheh finds getting very excited beforehand tiresome. Where was this comment going…
Hoheh November 30, 2011, 4:34 AM EST.
You will ****in die when I can draw you perfectly Mike along with Sandy.
Izaackjl November 30, 2011, 4:35 AM EST.
What should happen;
Lucy realises that everything wrong in her life can be trased back to the fact that she hits him. She explains in whisper and desperation that she does that because of the distance that she used to have to place between her and mike so that she could better antagonise him into a freindship, thus the controller to the face when he resisted. Mike says that resognising a problem is not the same as solving it.
Then they work it out.
That’s not gonna happen because even if Lucy does choose this very moment to explain herself and Mike doesn’t inturrupt Mike is no longer interested and so he would just reply with “SO” or “That’s not my problem, I’ll have our essey done by monday and I’ll have a copy for you.”
Wow, the comments are slower now.
bla November 30, 2011, 4:37 AM EST.
I once kicked a guyfriend in the shin, and he still has a scar to prove it. He laughs about it, but i felt really guilty when he told me. It kinda happened by accident, but as long as he’s cool…
I’ve read through the whole comic, the early beginnings, when all of it was less serious. And it grew and grew to be more ‘realistic’, adding more emotions than just humour and creating character depth. But still, what Lucy did back then, in those early comics, was some kind of comedic abuse. Something to laugh about. But since the comic has gotten more serious over time, now it’s almost considered a crime. Isn’t that weird somehow? I wonder if Lucy would have been that abusive if the comic started out this serious from the beginning. I could be wrong, though.
Sorry if what I just said sounds horrible, but I’m not a native speaker. I wonder if anyone gets me at all. ^^;
LH November 30, 2011, 4:38 AM EST.
@anyone who says that, during this flashback, mike shouldn’t be so blazay about Lucy and/or mike deserves the kick bacause he has been a (something cencored) THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED YET.
Yeah, it’s kind of like the entire storyline was created from a cascading set of errors that occured during the transition between cartoon and drama.
Why is sandy so bubbly? Is this how mike sees her through the phone?
bla November 30, 2011, 4:42 AM EST.
Got it narrowed down a bit! This flashback happenned between c21/p4 and before c25/p1
Furthermore, in c24/p4 Michael is still calling Lucy his friend. If the above phone conversation doesn’t end up with Michael defending Lucy, then it happenned after c24/p4 and before c25/p1.
Please if anyone can find some more flashbacks of Michael without a scarf, we can track this sucker down!
Finally, we should all re-read c25/p5. I get the impression that Lucy’s family have lost her trust, and that’s why yashy is so important to her. Also, where is Yashy these days? Lucy could do with having him around more. And what’s up with that last panel “I’m not letting it happen again” ???
So many questions!
Georginorx November 30, 2011, 4:44 AM EST.
why does he tell sandy that lucy is a friend????? he just told lucy he hated her
UltraKip? November 30, 2011, 4:52 AM EST.
I sure hope Mike has one of his tantrums while Sandy is over and gets his just desserts for being such a jerk to Lucy.
Paradox November 30, 2011, 4:53 AM EST.
ok, after going back and reading most of this, I think that, yes, you do need to spell out in all caps that THIS IS A FLASHBACK in the page comment.
HyperBallistic November 30, 2011, 5:01 AM EST.
I beat all my guyfriends and girlfriends, its how we ROLL……. but honestly i dont get what mikes problem is, lucy is finaly growing up and hes just slowing it down by being a jerk he makes me so mad sometimes.
I hope that he finaly gets over dumbo sandy and then lucy kicks his but to the curb, now THAT would be an awsome plotline
Pookie November 30, 2011, 5:04 AM EST.
Also im hatin on the verbal filters on this thing , LET US SWEAR!!! its good for the soul
Pookie November 30, 2011, 5:06 AM EST.
The LucyXMike ship is sunk.
I just hope the LucyXHappiness won’t be as well.
Just Saiyan November 30, 2011, 5:08 AM EST.
Also, his name is Michael. It’s not a cute pet name if you’re just too stupid to say it correctly.
SJ November 30, 2011, 5:15 AM EST.
He got kicked.
REALLY REALLY BIGUSERNAME November 30, 2011, 5:20 AM EST.
i wonder what sandy plans on tell him to start all this jerkness he’s been exerting
Anima November 30, 2011, 5:33 AM EST.
Okay, haven’t posted on a page in a LONG time, mostly because I’m more interested in reading the comic, but I just have to ask…is Sandy mentally handicapped? I am 100% serious asking this question. I got the feeling of “oh crap, shes not all there.” Not being mean, but I just seriously worry for Mikey if she is.
Dusktwilight November 30, 2011, 5:37 AM EST.
@Derp stop being a little pacifst biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiyyyyyyyyy yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttttttt tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttccccccccccc ccccccccccccccccccccccccchhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and get over yourself ^.^
Pookie November 30, 2011, 5:45 AM EST.
Now I am really curious to see what happens if Sandy comes face to face with Lucy.
Viken November 30, 2011, 5:49 AM EST.
Actually, I’m not against MikexSandy at all, and I can see why Sandy would react like that. I would have, too. But a) current Mike is blowing it way out of proportion, especially now that Lucy’s been getting so much better, and b) Sandy feels like a Mary-Sue to me. She’s perfect to the point of being frustrating. But maybe we just haven’t seen enough of her yet.
Hayden November 30, 2011, 5:55 AM EST.
ohhh kay…. From what I see, Sandy is now a typical bitch. Hrm. I think I can see where this is going. The meeting will NOT be good. Secondly, Sandy doesn’t remember Lucy. Either she was being completely ignorant when Michael tried to get Lucy to join them when playing, or she doesn’t think that anyone else around Michael is significant enough to be remembered. I’m being too biased towards MikexLucy, I’m sorry.
Kirby Boi November 30, 2011, 5:56 AM EST.
Whoa-oh… is Sandy going to say the wrong thing or something? Mmmm?
Missme November 30, 2011, 6:00 AM EST.
Two things: That looks more like his knee than shin and Sandy’s rightly called attention to the fact that Lucy was a bit too violent with him.
Nothing to hate someone over, but eh.
Gryph November 30, 2011, 6:15 AM EST.
take note:if you tell your friend that you hate them and you always have they MIGHT get a LITTLE mad
ftu November 30, 2011, 6:19 AM EST.
Is it just me, or does Sandy look really creepy in the second panel with her eyes covered?
Bonj November 30, 2011, 6:20 AM EST.
It’s not just you, dude.
Missme November 30, 2011, 6:21 AM EST.
Oh another thing, Michael referred to Lucy as a friend. Hmm, maybe he was being polite in front of Sandy, or does he really think that she is his friend. This plays into the fact (or what seems to be the fact) that Michael is trying to break away from Lucy to prevent hurting her further. Perhaps this actually means that Michael is attempting to protect Lucy rather than destroy her. Good intentions, but bad plan of action.
Edit: AND yet another thing: Mike isn’t wearing either of his scarves. I am definitely over analysing this but this could mean that he’s guilty for screaming at Lucy and now couldn’t decide between the two. Thus he puts down his current scarf… Maybe…
Kirby Boi November 30, 2011, 6:24 AM EST.
Well what the hell did you expect, Mike!? Sprinkles and sunshine and forgiveness for telling her you HATE her?
TLV November 30, 2011, 6:25 AM EST.
*Looks at both sides*
In the end, both sides might regret what’s going to come.
and , with in the middle…
Might as well call this place the Angst Bar.
Oh well! At least we know who the Villain is!
Never here November 30, 2011, 6:33 AM EST.
How DARE Sandy be concerned about the well being of the one she loves!
nAar November 30, 2011, 6:36 AM EST.
Y u think i male?????
Pookie November 30, 2011, 6:38 AM EST.
Kirby Boi: or maybe you don’t realise it’s a freaken flashback
Taeshi November 30, 2011, 6:38 AM EST.
How far of a flashback is it? A few days or years?
Erik November 30, 2011, 6:40 AM EST.
Some people seem confused. This conversation is not happening after he talks to Lucy. It is a flashback to when he and Sandy first started talking regularly again. Hence no cell phone. He is telling Lucy the story of how he came to hate her and her actions toward him. Sandy, trying to look out for Mike’s well being, will convince him that he shouldn’t hang around with people who abuse him. She is not entirely wrong on this point.
Matt November 30, 2011, 6:42 AM EST.
While I was buisy going through the shock and reorganisation of the sudden content and color set alteration I thought, for just a moment, that Lucy had somhow obtained Sandys phone and hair and was playing out some sick fantacy.
I was confused because the hair is so low on her face and I didn’t think Sandy used lipstick. Also, we have only seen her calmb and collected before now. SUDDEN CHARICTURISATION GO!
Regardless, that was creepy for just a moment, a moment before I realised that THIS IS A FLASHBACK.
bla November 30, 2011, 6:46 AM EST.
i dont understand box 6
and ya where is blur in all of this
notpop78 November 30, 2011, 6:46 AM EST.
I just realised how concerning it is that I’m giving myself major anxiety over a webcomic. Literally, BCB has been invading my thoughts all week like nothing else. All I have to do is offhandedly remember it exists and suddenly I’m a big ball of anxious anxiety.
…This can’t be healthy.
TAESHI YOUR DRAMA-CAT STORY IS COMPROMISING MY HEALTH HERE.
Ali November 30, 2011, 6:53 AM EST.
It’s weird how no one’s listening to Taeshi. This is a flashback, dammit.
FakeName November 30, 2011, 7:00 AM EST.
or to me and about 60 other people when i said it and explained it about ten minutes after the update.
Deuce Moose November 30, 2011, 7:06 AM EST.
Another wonderful page! A flashback ta-boot. I’m glad we get to see the root of… Well all this. Will eagerly be awaiting Friday! Also FINALLY more Sandy. So worth the wait!
The Sarcastic Spoon November 30, 2011, 7:13 AM EST.
hell i had a friend do the same when my girl was yelling and cussing me out when i was at my friends house so friends do the same she took my phone and was yelling at her for treating me like crap so it goes both ways
david November 30, 2011, 7:18 AM EST.
I think… I am starting to like Sandy. <:L;; She’s not that bad after all…
Tika November 30, 2011, 7:19 AM EST.
I bet she is gonna be over protective and end up runnig Mike off.
no one November 30, 2011, 7:21 AM EST.
Oh Crap… Look, it’s not that I hate Sandy or something… But Gosh, is she going to be one of THOSE girls??? I mean… I thought she was way more mature than that… Lucy’s not perfect and she may have had problems on how to treat people nicely, but that doesn’t mean she’s a mean person! She just needs help.. and for Sandy to have made Mike “realize” that Lucy was not his friend it’s kinda mean… Sandy should’ve known Lucy in the first place, that way she could’ve probably been more tolerant towards Lucy’s situation and behaviour.
RunninLittleDummy November 30, 2011, 7:23 AM EST.
Oh……….. I apologize for saying I hate sandy. Obviously mike is just being stupid, unless, come next page, she says something like “Maishul if your ‘friends’ do that THEY’RE NOT FRIENDS ” which I am expecting. And it’s true but lucy, has… Uh… Problems. Even though sandy must’ve started this mess… She didn’t intend it.
Mike is just so cool with it!!! makes me sad… I miss that mike.
Can’t wait til Friday! ^_^
Epicosity November 30, 2011, 7:29 AM EST.
Maybe she’s leading up to a joke? Maybe she’s super childish and thinks all tiny little bad deeds should be punished? Maybe she’s gonna say something corny about how she doesn’t want anything bad happining to her smeet, innocent, little “Maishul!”
bendy November 30, 2011, 7:31 AM EST.
oh yes, Maishul, why don’t you go tell the teacher?
Because we all know you can’t just take it like a man and have fun with it
Star Adder November 30, 2011, 7:36 AM EST.
He took it for years. This flash back is of the last day he ever took it.
Hold alot of things against him but not that.
bla November 30, 2011, 7:39 AM EST.
Lucy has been hitting Mike all these years, he’s used to it. Guess Sandy’s not
CriticalQuit November 30, 2011, 7:41 AM EST.
… is fun to see that, no matter what’s really happening in the comic, people just give oppinions based on their preffered shippings…
I bet Sandy could be donating her kidneys to save Lucy’s life and Sandy-Haters would go ‘selfish b!tch is doing it to look good’
Lurkah November 30, 2011, 7:43 AM EST.
YES! Finally someone realizes how ridiculous the abuse is in this comic both verbally and physically I’m surprised Lucy isn’t in anger management…she needs therapy in general >.>
When I first started reading this I thought it was like a manga/anime with the random hitting and it wouldn’t effect anyone and be ignored- but then people were actually hurt by it (in the comic) and they were constantly cursing and insulting each other -_- I thought maybe the author is trying to make them sound like the age group they’re supposed to be but I was the same age and now I’m like…nobody does things like that- I guess they all just have issues *shrug*
What’s her face did overreact though and seems a tad naive- how old are they? “are you gonna tell the teacher?” -_____- someone needs a reality check.
Damn shame Mike is so blind to how he feels that he needs a girl in carajo land to tell him obvious things -_- why do I read this comic again? Oh yeah for Paulo almost forgot
casui November 30, 2011, 7:51 AM EST.
I have a bad feeling about this…
badger November 30, 2011, 7:57 AM EST.
Does anybody feel like Sandy is acting as dramatically as an anime schoolgirl?
Maybe that’s because she basically is one, but I still want to see the next page. It’s going to make me laugh if she says something ridiculous and cute.
I particularly like Sandy, but I think she’s too innocent for Mike and he’s just not ready for a relationship, if he can’t even establish his feelings toward Lucy calmly or hold resentment towards the rest of the cast whenever he gets off the phone with her. I hope she meets a nice Japanese underwear model or something, and ditches Mike. She obviously cares for him, but I’m holding out a little bit of hope that she’ll realize how jerky he is around everyone else compared to her, it’ll creep her out, and dump him.
Hey, I’m just saying, I’d rather have no Sandy in the picture because SANDY wants it, and not because Mike kicks her to the curb in order to fawn over Lucy.
Tickle Monster November 30, 2011, 8:00 AM EST.
Someone mentioned that a little while ago in the comments here, Sandy and Mike have been together for a long time now, why does she keep mispronouncing his name? You’d think she’d make an effort… I suppose Mike’s never made an effort to correct her (because she’s ideal in his eyes, duh), but didn’t she hear other characters say it right? Or maybe love makes you not only blind, but also deaf…
Jadeitea November 30, 2011, 8:06 AM EST.
It’s just some dumb pet name. I’m sure Mike being the ***** he is enjoys it.
Just Saiyan November 30, 2011, 8:08 AM EST.
weird sandy on tha phone mike dont be thank full xD !
thathurt,good? November 30, 2011, 8:09 AM EST.
LemonFilling November 30, 2011, 8:09 AM EST.
Ouch, that knee looks like it hurt. He totally deserved it though.
Still, I have a feeling that if sandy visits, there are few ways that it can end well.
comic"critic"062 November 30, 2011, 8:17 AM EST.
Taeshi, no matter how much you try, you cannot make me care about Sandy
WAITWAITWAITWAIT… Mike has a neck?!
Krystal McCloud November 30, 2011, 8:20 AM EST.
I miss hearing about Paulo…
Bioniclema90 November 30, 2011, 8:20 AM EST.
Wait, this is a flashback?
comic"critic"062 November 30, 2011, 8:26 AM EST.
ok did she have a good reason to say they are not friends ? yes
is it a matter of hers? yes
do I give a ****? NO
THE BITCH MUST BURN!!!
Rozon November 30, 2011, 8:31 AM EST.
poor sandy..! so concerned and truly loves him!
I just dont think he should tell anyone and drag them into his fight against getting lose form lucy damn i hate all that drama!
Luz-miss November 30, 2011, 8:33 AM EST.
I hate Sandy.
What a little rat, “Tell the teacher!”
Clare November 30, 2011, 8:34 AM EST.
Taeshi-san… painting Sandy to be the bad guy, huh?
The first two panels Sandy show up in this page are very suspicious…
I can see how this will lead to bad guy Sandy, but well, Lucy does hit Mike far too much. Just now she threw a controller at his face.
Yes, it has to be more obvious this is a flash back. A different filtering, or black borders, something different…
Lyucs November 30, 2011, 8:35 AM EST.
Soo confused right now. If this is a flashback then i guess it will show why sandy doesnt like mike being around Lucy but still… I feel like she doesn’t know the whole story… But judging by the tears in the last page it seems like mike had to choose Lucy or sandy. Friends before girlfriends mike. You should know that.
Robin November 30, 2011, 8:37 AM EST.
dis a flash back
Aura L. Fox November 30, 2011, 8:39 AM EST.
It’s kind of obvious it’s a flashback, everyone… -.- But jeez. So this is why Mike’s so ******* lately. It was Sandy. -.- He really has a thing for being controlled by girls doesn’t he? Lucy beat him up whenever she felt like…. Sandy can make him break off friendships…. He thinks ditching Lucy is getting rid of being controlled, but he’s in the same place as ever. At least Lucy was better for him. He was always happy with her, and he’s always ****** now, with Sandy. He’s forsaking his best friend for a new, worse controller. A controller with the unfortunate face of caring…. Deceptive though. To everyone who said “Yaaay Mike’s getting some backbone now!” HAH to you. Nope. Still a weeeak little kitty. -.-
ANGRY YUKI >:O November 30, 2011, 8:39 AM EST.
I can’t really believe that you all are blaming Sandy for this. She didn’t know of how Mike had been avoiding Lucy or making her feel like ****. All she knew was that some girl whom she couldn’t remember well kicked Mike in the shin so hard that he could barely walk. You say she’s overreacting? Dude, I would want someone who hurt my boyfriend to ****ing burn in hell for doing something like that to my boyfriend. From what it sounds like to Sandy, Lucy sounds like a terrible friend who is just abusing Mike over something stupid. But oh my God, she can’t be concerned about her boyfriend, God forbid, it makes her a total bitch. Where does it seem like Sandy is being controlling? Because she’s nice? Are you saying Mike can’t have a nice girlfriend? Why, because he has to have some tsundere bitch who has an unhealthy, unstable obsession with him? I wouldn’t want someone like that. I would want my lover to care about me.
Tsukaiz November 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EST.
Hmmm…. you know, I read a comment about someone saying that sandy had mental issues, and I just passed it off as some sandy hater. But… my younger brother has partial aspergers, and he seems to react in an almost exactly like sandy. There might actually be something there…
comic"critic"062 November 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EST.
Sandy has nothing to do with this. Mike’s just a wuss.
Paulo confirmed superior Protag.
Just Saiyan November 30, 2011, 8:52 AM EST.
I doubt that mate.
It’s most likely her over-reacting like most girls do…
Wr3h November 30, 2011, 8:52 AM EST.
in regards to your previous statement, if that’s how you react to people hurting you i really feel for you. especially ur GF hitting you square in the nuts, i had to go WTF? you didn’t ditch the witch? i’m questioning your man card, dude?
myself, as well as any card carrying male, don’t take being attacked lying down. how people retaliate is different, personally i have a more knee jerk offensive reaction. the only time i’m not like this is when i’m attacked by a female, i reserve myself to defensive blocks and grapples. but mostly blocks, since honestly i’ve never met a female that could really do that much damage with a strike as long as i have my guard up. this is different for others though, but to say it doesn’t phase you. i don’t care how friendy you are with someone if you’re attacked you retaliate.
~edit~ let me clarify that there’s a difference between a playful teasing hit and a offensive hit. the difference is that playful hits don’t leave bruises and it also shouldn’t effect you so bad that the pain leaves you barely able to walk. if someone is playful, i don’t retaliate. but if the hit actually starts to hurt then i go on the offensive cause your no longer playful.
strider November 30, 2011, 8:53 AM EST.
But… But… She hits you, because she loves you… Ok, that didn`t sound well, let me repeat.
She hits you, because she loves you AND she has very bad social skills AND trust issues. But she is really nice, once you know her more close.
FAKE November 30, 2011, 8:57 AM EST.
And Mike is tired of it. You know, if Mike did something like this to Lucy, he would be the most hated character in this fandom. If Lucy does to Mike, it’s, “OMG SHE LOVES HIM SO MUUUCH”, but I wouldn’t put up with **** like that, from anyone. It’s an abusive relationship and that’s the excuse abusive relationships really have. Just because they “love” doesn’t mean they have to hurt. And through years of hurting Mike, Mike finally grew tired of it.
Tsukaiz November 30, 2011, 8:59 AM EST.
Sandy can not know how things work between Lucy and Michael, but Michael could be less stupid and give a discount, right?
Jack Silvermoon November 30, 2011, 9:08 AM EST.
i still dont get why the hell she calls him that wierd name, did i miss the thing that explains it, the name kinda annoys me >.>
Arkmidget November 30, 2011, 9:10 AM EST.
Maishul is a mispronunciation of his name Sandy called him in third grade. Mike liked the nickname and thought it was cute, so Sandy still calls him that. You know, kind of like how Taeshi calls SuitCase “Souppy”.
Tsukaiz November 30, 2011, 9:12 AM EST.
it’s from when they were kids, she mispronunciated his name and it stuck.
strider November 30, 2011, 9:12 AM EST.
ohhh, i see hatred coming this waay~ not that i am pro/contra Mike x Sandy/whatever. but.. come on.. tell the teacher about a hit that you caused and not even in school? that just deserves hatred. lol
Loona November 30, 2011, 9:31 AM EST.
screw u sandy why did u call him maishul in the first place?! good on u lucy that was a good move kicking micheal he is such a jerk
jill November 30, 2011, 9:33 AM EST.
jill maybe you didn’t understand that this is a flashback…
boh... November 30, 2011, 9:34 AM EST.
you know, it’s really /not/ clear it’s meant to be a flashback…
passerby November 30, 2011, 9:34 AM EST.
The signs are kinda there, as subtle as they are.
The fact that Mike’s using a landline instead of his iPhone, and how he’s not wearing his scarf.
Just Saiyan November 30, 2011, 9:36 AM EST.
I wish that it had been blurred around the edges or something like that to better show it was a flashback. I was so confused at first.
Kuna November 30, 2011, 9:40 AM EST.
Sandy, much like me, didn’t read the first part of the comic, and I’m pretty much down with dropping Lucy faster than a dirty bassline
we’re in a dimension where physical comedy and abuse have merged into one writhing chimera. Comabuse? Abusedy? alright five minutes later and I can’t find a portmanteau that isn’t a sack of garbage so use your imaginations
noto November 30, 2011, 9:49 AM EST.
I agree. I think most of the people is accustomed to see blurred frames when a flashback begins.
boh... November 30, 2011, 9:49 AM EST.
I really didn’t expect Sandy to be that overprotective. Actually, I don’t know almost anything about Sandy.
Ryoushi-kun November 30, 2011, 9:49 AM EST.
She did what?! Just a kick in the shin? I did not think she would do that. I have no idea why she would do that. I thought she would respond in a nicer manner.
Starkeyblade November 30, 2011, 9:53 AM EST.
One: This is a flashback. Notice the lack of scarf and the fact that he has to use a corded phone.
Two: They are both young, and Sandy has been sheltered in life, so of course she overreacts to her boyfriends pain.
Three: Mike didn’t say it to bitch out Lucy, he just says it because he can’t sit down and he is in pain.
Four: How does this prove Sandy is an evil manipulative force? She cares for Mike and doesn’t want to see him in pain. Lucy, conversely, roughhouses too much (a while back, anyways) and just booted him hard enough that standing is painful. Sure, Lucy has issues, but if you expect a bunch of kids to be able to understand something like that, then you have a serious lack of understanding about high schoolers.
Five: If Mike had said “Paulo had kicked me in the shine” instead of Lucy, you would all agree that Sandy’s overeaction would be cute. Since your beloved bipolar Lucy was mentioned, you blind yourself to whats going on.
Six: I do hope that Lucy and Mike stay friends, but I doubt a romance would work between them. One, Mike has Sandy, and unless something happenes, he is going to keep her. Two, I doubt Lucy would take him after this (which is the whole reason he is acting like he is; he doesn’t want her to be waiting for him forever, he wants her to move on).
Instead of ignoring the comic and constructing your own in your head, start reading the real comic so that you can realize that Sandy is not some she-devil. How does this comic prove anything, other than that Sandy is concerned for Mike?
A reasonable person November 30, 2011, 9:57 AM EST.
if Mike’s hated her all this time, i can’t help but think that when Lucy told him that she loved him, while he was sympathetic on the outside, on the inside he was probably something like, “dis bitch.”
THIS CHANGES THINGS.
Milly November 30, 2011, 10:04 AM EST.
This is all very fascinating.
But I want to see how the rest of the cast reacts.
Especially Abbey and Paulo.
I get the feeling that won’t happen until the next chapter, however. Rough.
Just Saiyan November 30, 2011, 10:08 AM EST.
Maybe Taeshi would kill Sandy in the future ,that for sure will make things a little easier to Lucy xD
LuckyCat November 30, 2011, 10:11 AM EST.
I think people are not noticing something here. Mike has not told her anything with the drama that has happened here. Mike has not told her about the Lucy confrontation. He is just portraying a happy go lucky Mike. Communication is important in a relationship. Mikes body language is going to betray him when Sandy comes over during Winter Break. He needs to be honest with himself and to her. The fact that he has been keeping Sandy in the dark is a bit concerning.
Vanvoltra November 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EST.
A reasonable person, I say kudos to you
John November 30, 2011, 10:16 AM EST.
Because, as it turns out, striking each other violently isn’t precisely “friendly” behavior ~
Huh? November 30, 2011, 10:20 AM EST.
well if it’s a flach back why dint i see mean awhile or after these day’s ???
it confeuses me alot but i am happy to see mike happy but NOT THAT LITTLE RAT OF A SANDY. and still he has 2 scarfs one is blue but it under blood still in his locker why i donno but still in there and the orange and more maybe lost ???
it’s a confeusing day for me people but still f*** sandy xD
have a nice day and PEACE!!!! (still for mikexlucy) becaus there is hope i think but ur not changing mah mind…….
sorry to say this thou BYEEEEEEEE!
thathurt,good? November 30, 2011, 10:25 AM EST.
Ah, so Maishul’s only telling her half-truths… This is where Sandy gets misconceptions from, maybe?
Jenn November 30, 2011, 10:27 AM EST.
Did anyone else notice that she doesn’t remember lucy?
“You remember my friend lucy?”
That to me speaks volumes.
corneliat November 30, 2011, 10:28 AM EST.
Damn, I can’t tell whether Sandy is incredibly controlling, or just overly concerned?
I also think it was that Sandy comment that drove Lucy over the edge x3
J.R. November 30, 2011, 10:31 AM EST.
if IF sandy uses him to get awey lucy and make her sad i think…………
that mike goe’s ****ING angry and lol beat’s the **** of sandy xD
and say’s sorry to lucy i hope xD but damn mike will be angry if maishul SANDY! uses him. that’s all and sorry if there’s to much bad tell how i call that peace.
thathurt,good? November 30, 2011, 10:37 AM EST.
Aww young Sandy and Mike are adorable. If Mike had confronted Lucy and told her to lay off the abuse or he would stop hanging out with her back then I would’ve cheered for him. Instead he bottled it all up and is taking out on her now. Ever since they got in to high school Lucy has cut back on the abusive behavior and since Acapulco it has pretty much stopped all together. It’s obvious she has grown up a little. Mike, however, is holding on to an old grudge and using it as an excuse to push Lucy away. Well, they do say girls mature faster than boys do.
Jon November 30, 2011, 10:40 AM EST.
Just as a I thought.
OmegaB November 30, 2011, 10:41 AM EST.
Wait… didn’t he just say he hated Lucy?
Ice Shield November 30, 2011, 10:45 AM EST.
And Sandy doesn’t know who Lucy is because when Mike met Sandy he completely stopped hanging out with Lucy until Sandy moved away.
Jon November 30, 2011, 10:51 AM EST.
This is a flashback. Michael’s explaining to Lucy how Sandy helped him figure out that he should hate her, or at least stop being her friend…
ilovethiscomic...still November 30, 2011, 10:53 AM EST.
wait. is this a flashback?
Mr. Morningstar November 30, 2011, 10:53 AM EST.
Well I have to say, the mixed opinions in the comments means you probably did something right. We aren’t all screaming with one voice how terrible it is, there is support on either side. Good work…
QuakeIV November 30, 2011, 10:56 AM EST.
Ice, it’s a flashback.
Also I’m getting sick of Sandy being the “Golden Girl” who does no wrong.
She just seems underdeveloped as a character who has all the awesome benefits of being “perfect” with no flaws other than being far away.
I demand flaws and development!
Neko November 30, 2011, 11:04 AM EST.
People wait where start’s the flashback i want to know than i figure it out. it will help me so much if anyone tell me where it start’s thank’s
and neko i agree !
thathurt,good? November 30, 2011, 11:09 AM EST.
this page starts the flashback. I too am on the edge of my seat for more Sandy info.
sen November 30, 2011, 11:13 AM EST.
Let’s see if it really has sense…
Aubi November 30, 2011, 11:15 AM EST.
thx sen ^^
thathurt,good? November 30, 2011, 11:39 AM EST.
So suddenly Lucy is his friend again?
Anyway, I think we all knew that some kind of physical altercation was in store for Mike after he told Lucy off.
LostInPhilly89 November 30, 2011, 11:44 AM EST.
Ha. I knew he’d start having second thoughts.
An interesting plot twist Taeshi.
Hinochi November 30, 2011, 11:45 AM EST.
At first glance I thought that Sandy was gonna blow up in Mike’s face for yelling at Lucy. I was terribly wrong. Instead I blame her for all of Lucy’s friendship problems
Spinnner. November 30, 2011, 11:47 AM EST.
It’s almost as if Sandy is stuck in her childlike state…
Cuddle Bear November 30, 2011, 11:48 AM EST.
You all realize this is a flashback of sorts, right? That this is the conversation Mike had with Sandy in the past where she helped him realize the “abusive nature” of his “friendship” with Lucy?
BiCaBoKe November 30, 2011, 11:54 AM EST.
I can see exactly where this is going to go.
Sandy is going to think that Lucy is the bad one (Which I can’t tell if she is or not) And get mad and tell Lucy off, all the while Mike is going to be in the middle of this. I can see the Drama play out as Sandy and Lucy get into a cat Fight. god I’m so bad
BlackStealth08 November 30, 2011, 11:56 AM EST.
THIS IS A FLASHBACK
THIS IS A FLASHBACK
THIS IS A FLASHBACK
No scarf. No iPhone. Child-looking Mike. Mike talking nicely about Lucy.
J November 30, 2011, 11:57 AM EST.
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII KNEW IT
Sandy is just being all sweet. I’m sure if a friend called any of us and was like “heyyy yknoow my friend just hit meee nbdnbd” we’d also be like WHAT? I’d flip if my friends were being hurt! MikexLucy lovers reallllly can’t hate Sandy. She hasn’t done anything wronnng…really..(I SAY THAT AS AN HONEST MAISHUL AND LUCY FANNN) Anyway, Sandy is so pretty and I love how her dialogue is blue! Beautiful page <3
onomnom November 30, 2011, 11:58 AM EST.
@J your the idiot, how can you tell how this is a flash back exactly? Maybe he doesn’t have his iphone on him atm. Not trying to be a [d][i][c][k] just saying that You could be right but about that, but theres still not enough evidence to conclude this is a Flash Back.
Besides I’m rooting for Lucy and Sandy to get into a Cat fight.
(I can use my own emotes right? Cause I don’t wanna cause any problems :v) I assume it’s ok.
BlackStealth08 November 30, 2011, 12:01 PM EST.
Wow, I think Sandy overreacted a little. Mike! Where is your scarf dude!?
Xenos November 30, 2011, 12:02 PM EST.
blackstealtho8 this is a beginning of a flashback somone told me tho
thathurt,good? November 30, 2011, 12:05 PM EST.
Slowly start edging towards Mike’s side.
Lucy is much too rough, she thinks its perfectly fine to get violent over frivolous reasons, Thinking that she has “friendship” to fall back on.
If your friend goes home limping because you kicked them, You know you have some serious thinking to do.
Sandy is just concerned for Mike, As any girlfriend would be. And since she forgot about Lucy, she doesn’t actually understand whats happening. In her point of view, Lucy is a bully harming her boyfriend, who doesn’t do anything about it.
So maybe Lucy does deserve to be told off.
Ps. THIS IS A FLASH BACK. Sandy said “Why didn’t you tell a teacher?” Which means that this was when Mike came home from school. And means Lucy wasn’t there.
Mint-Sama November 30, 2011, 12:07 PM EST.
Damn it I was rooting for some hardcore drama fighting action.
Mint it’s that sortta thing that I was hoping that would cause Sandy to be over protective of Mike and want to fight Lucy. Damn, maybe if I ask nicely Taeshi will consider it.
BlackStealth08 November 30, 2011, 12:08 PM EST.
It’s not very hard to figure out that this is a flashback…
Mike told Lucy in Monday’s comic that Sandy helped him realize how their friendship was all messed up. Now we’re in the past when Mike doesn’t think it’s a big deal that Lucy hit him because that’s just how Lucy is. And he’s talking to Sandy. Who doesn’t remember Lucy, although I’m sure at present she has heard plenty about her. It’s just common sense.
liliputianbelle November 30, 2011, 12:11 PM EST.
friend… so you still call Lucy a FRIEND huh after all that about “I HATE YOU, I NEVER WAS YOUR FRIEND”? oh, wait… if this is a flashback then i guess its alright… wonder what mike’s gunna say.
sigh... November 30, 2011, 12:13 PM EST.
@BlackStealth08 Taeshi said this was a flashback numerous times. So that kinda, you know, concludes it…
No need for name calling. Both of you. (I meant J.)
Sandy looks really pretty in this page, lol. Her eye, it’s just so…. I dunno. I just like it.
Alice November 30, 2011, 12:16 PM EST.
Why is Mike’s hand missing in the box where it says You remember Lucy, right?
Jibblywink November 30, 2011, 12:20 PM EST.
because he started it
TotallyDrawn November 30, 2011, 12:20 PM EST.
Mike is lacking in his scarf and he still refers Lucy as a friend! What is up with that!? Why would he say he hates her then tell his girlfriend she’s his friend. Mike mike mike, I think he’s the one making all the wrong moves. He could have gone about all of that a different way. And all would have been good. But oh well.
Q~Q November 30, 2011, 12:21 PM EST.
@ Alice, Wasn’t here for that. Besides I only come here maybe 2-3 times a week when the comic updates, I have other places to be on the internet, forums and such. Anyways I now know its a flashback. I just wanna see someone in BCB get the crap beaten out of em.
BlackStealth08 November 30, 2011, 12:21 PM EST.
I can see what Mike meant, when he said that stuff about Lucy being mean to him all the time now. If this is, how Sandy always is, then I can understand him. They are perfect. Maybe a little too lovey-dovey - at least for my taste.
Oh, God. I really can’t wait to friday! Reactions, reactions. How I love ‘em.
Sandy looks so.. pretty. Great work!
Lily November 30, 2011, 12:35 PM EST.
“Because I’m a man, Sandy.”
Kav November 30, 2011, 12:37 PM EST.
OHHH. yeah, he’s not wearing his scarf so I bet this IS a flashback…. plus I see it got confirmed… we still don’t get to her reaction ;-; guys come onn, the last few pages have been a bunch of heartlessness… give us some justice ;-; let Lucy hate him too, I dunno, SOMETHING.
and seriously this is acting like a baby. friends get mad, they occasionally kick you in the shin or deck you outside the head, big flipping whoop, it’s not like she stabbed him with a knife >.>; 99% of my friends and I have done that at some point. hell, some of us still do it all the time. for my bestfriend and I infact, this is almost ALL we do X’D; ( and we’re seventeen-year-old girls for the record so it’s not like it’s something only guys and little kids do >.>; ) anyone who considers that abuse is a big baby. x-x besides that if it hurt his feelings he should have said something to her~ if you and a friend are teasing eachother and your friend hurts your feelings in the processes than it’s up to YOU to TELL THEM. you cannot blame them because you didn’t. that’s immature and unfair. if this is showing us where he decided Lucy wasn’t his friend, I’m still p***ed as hell. he never even gave her a chance. ( I’m not in support of Mike, nor Lucy, as I both think they’ve done wrongs, but Lucy has matured greatly and is coming above the past and its demons, and Mike is still being an immature jerk. )
anon November 30, 2011, 12:44 PM EST.
See you didn’t imply it was an accident. My wife did that to me once and I made it clear to her you don’t hit near there and had her feeling guilty over it. An accident is different than an intentional hit. Anyhow I apologize for the witch comment, from ur statement I assumed she was one since it seemed she had intentionally jeopardized your ability to have offspring.
Finally, i don’t know the friends you have but i never had a case of rough housing get to the point where you can’t differentiate between the separation of playful and offensive hits stated earlier.
strider November 30, 2011, 12:45 PM EST.
isn’t that his knee?
supercatgirl November 30, 2011, 12:47 PM EST.
yes, she kicked him in the knee. not the ****s, the flipping knee. not even the thigh guys, come on, don’t be wimps. unless you were sitting, there would be no risk >.>
-rolls- are you sure? ;D
anon November 30, 2011, 12:49 PM EST.
Anoyed by Sandy right now -.-
Millie November 30, 2011, 12:55 PM EST.
I got money that by the end of this chapter, SOMEONES GONNA DIE!
Also, Sandy = derp
ultimateZ November 30, 2011, 1:04 PM EST.
I think she might have a right to be concerned but shes overdoing it…and I dislike how “over perfect they are”, that isn’t reality they are living in a false world. I think it’s because of the distance they haven’t had the chance to see if they are fully compatible or not, I’m hoping they at least have some fights or spats like normal couples, else it’s just weird… I dislike her appearing as some amazing goddess when I highly doubt she is. I won’t start liking Sandy till she starts showing more flaws and realism behind her character, but I won’t blame Taeshi on this because she does some amazing character development, Sandy simply just has not had enough screen time yet for us to determine her true character.
I think we all love Lucy because she is a character we can relate too, who is realistic. She has flaws, hopes, dreams and a strong personality. The fact Sandy seems so perfect makes me think she’s fake, hence the reason everyones looking for the flaws in her.
Kite November 30, 2011, 1:13 PM EST.
Being physically abusive is still bad even if it’s because of wuv and you are so socially atrophied you can’t tell the difference!
Well then, color (half of these commenters) shocked!
Alpha November 30, 2011, 1:22 PM EST.
she never apologized? O-o -twitches- if Lucy didn’t literally say “I’m sorry” ( and I thought she did a comic back or something ) she’s certainly said it by her ridiculously selfless actions in the past chapter or so. ( and when I say selfless I simply mean in the sense that she has kept trying to be his friend and put herself way out there even though he has been being totally heartless lately… honestly I’d probably have said screw it or gone into rage a long time ago… selfless isn’t quite the right term but I couldn’t get the word I wanted x3; )
unless you said that before you realized it’s a flashback and thought she had done it again, in which case, I think he deserved it, but I do think she’d be the “better person” now and just walk away rather than kick him .x.;
how would you consider a mild kick in the shin abusive? x.x
it’s not like she was beating him to a bloody pulp or shoving him around violently and shoving hi into corners and shizz.
he said started a spat, she gave him a mild kick in the shin. anyone who is’nt just massively sheltered does this or has had this done to them occasionally and it’s no big deal, much less abusive.
Sandy is apparently massively sheltered and naive, and overreacts.
this is like saying “I pulled on my dogs tail and he mauled me so I turned him in as a vicious dog!” when you pulled your dog’s tail and he barely grabbed your hand with his teeth. are you kidding me?
in fact I could see some paranoid stretch of the imagination seeing the dog thing as a threat that he might bite you ( although it wasn’t unprovoked and I personally wouldn’t unless you were attacking him in which case he probably would bite you and would be expected to as it’s flipping self defense. ) but a kick in the shin isn’t even a threat unless she did it with obvious attempt to seriously hurt, in which case I think she would’ve aimed a little higher >.>
she’s never even shoved him into a corner and threatened him before. ( which I would count as a sign of abuse )
anon November 30, 2011, 1:24 PM EST.
Are you trying to connect reality to a comic’s fantasy world? That’s just wow, comics can have perfect characters in them because they are not based in our definition of reality. Anyhow, sandy does have flaws and her own set of problems. She’s naive and being forced into a world she doesn’t want to be a part of. We may not be able to connect with her but she is a good character. So she doesn’t fall into that category of the perfect character, she’s the misunderstood character (in the perspective of the readers)
A few good deeds don’t make up for years of horrible treatment. Second, that wasn’t a mild kick, a mild kick doesn’t impair a persons ability to move without pain. For him to be mobility impaired it had to be a severe kick.
strider November 30, 2011, 1:33 PM EST.
Tell a teacher, it happened outside of school, and at first I was wondering what happened till I got to the last few panels, this is why Sandy is TOO innocent, she still thinks telling a teacher is OK, Mikie is a REAL man, so he needs to handle this himself, and the teachers are kinda……unique.
CTS4Kouhei November 30, 2011, 1:35 PM EST.
can anyone tell us what point this flashback is at? I know it’s a point where he doesn’t have a scarf but….
I’m also not sure they’re even dating at this point… but that aside,
if a girl kicked my boyfriend in the shin, first of all, I’d make sure he was okay and tell him to sit down and shizz, ofcourse. ;-; <3
but then I’d ask him what happened before making any sort of judgment on the person at all. and if I /was/ in the same school as the girl ( although ofcourse we know Sandy isn’t ) I’d try to at least hear her side too.. either way though I certainly wouldn’t go into automatic “she’s a horrible person” mode…
anon November 30, 2011, 1:37 PM EST.
Lets pause for a moment and pretend that you don’t know Lucy’s internal thoughts and private moments (which neither Sandy or Mike would know). Lucy calls Mike names all the time, is frequently degrading, and often hits him hard enough to leave bruises and marks.
Lets switch the genders, just for the sake of argument. Lets say that fem!Mike was hit hard enough to impair his walking, and man!Lucy was constantly calling her names and leaving bruises and marks on her body, and the abused believes that the violence was his or her fault. I know you want to wave a magical anime wand and say that the trope that a ‘girl who doesn’t know how to show love so she shows violence’ is cute and innocent.
I for one am glad that this writer is showing a realistic interaction between characters instead of being another generic tsundere comic. Sandy isn’t being cruel or driving a wedge between Mike and his childhood friend threat. Sandy is being compassionate and worried that Mike is being abused and thinks that’s natural or that he deserves it. Sandy is an actual Good Person.
Anon said: ““I pulled on my dogs tail and he mauled me so I turned him in as a vicious dog!” when you pulled your dog’s tail and he barely grabbed your hand with his teeth. are you kidding me?”
If your dog turns and bites you hard enough to break the skin and draw blood, then he is responding with undue force, and could be put down, hope that helps.
Alpha November 30, 2011, 1:56 PM EST.
if sandy doesnt even remember lucy how can she turn around and say she helpped him reliese he hates lucy???
@strider am sorry but unless my boyfriend is crying he can live through it, unless ur bleeding or broken ull live as my granny and mum both say!! and everyone in school knows never to be a tadle tell or however you spell it, am sorry i agree with avon
Ellie November 30, 2011, 1:58 PM EST.
When did she go into “she’s a horrible person” mode. She assumed it happened at school so her reaction would be go tell a teacher (due to her naivety of how the middle class handles problems) and also her mind probably blanked when she heard he had been physically hurt.
She didn’t mike did
strider November 30, 2011, 2:00 PM EST.
So far it’s seeming like Mike likes Sandy because it’s someone who will finally take care of him for once.
Also to the whole “is it abuse/is it not abuse” thing. It’s a toss up. Yes the overall relationship between Mike and Lucy was more or less abusive emotionally and mild physically on Lucy’s part but one isolated incident isn’t abuse. It’s just silly kids getting in a fight.
Regardless I’m happy to see Sandy getting some more face time. I’m very curious about her.
Kara November 30, 2011, 2:00 PM EST.
no :| I am not sexist. if the genders were switched I’d say the same. SANDY does not know Lucy’s thoughts and personality, MIKE does, therefore that reasoning already fails. if i provoked my guyfriend and he kicked me in the shin and impaired my walking, at the max I’d probably say “that hurt you jack***.” in fact I’d probably wave it off more because guys generally do tend to play rougher.
if he had shoved me into a corner and threatened me, or shoved me around violently or shown signs of seriously trying to threaten me and hurt me, yeah, that’s abuse. but no, a simple kick in the shin is no big deal. nor are names as long as they aren’t b****, s***, etc.
also I said nothing against Sandy~ except that she was being a little over-reactive, and that that was probably because she’s so sheltered.
I would NOT freak out to that extent.
no- drawing blood would be if she had kicked it so hard it busted and started bleeding, or if she fractured it.
the mode thing- I just mean the extreme reaction she had. anyway it wasn’t a great big I HATE SANDY attack. I said already that she over-reacted but it’s probably due to the fact that she’s really sheltered ( not because she’s a b****. )
her reaction was a little over the top, maybe even more so depending on what point this is at. that was my only point~
anon November 30, 2011, 2:06 PM EST.
@avon & strider
isnt mike a man anyways isnt he serpost to be like all men and suck it up?
i think sandy lived quite high and mighty and never really seen how horrible and painful real life can be!!!
Ellie November 30, 2011, 2:11 PM EST.
and adding to Kara’s comment…
because so many people keep blaming Lucy I find it necessary to add that Mike was also emotionally abusive to her when they were children. the abuse was not ALL only on her side, and the emotional side of it was actually widely triggered by Mike ( although he did so unknowingly and unintentionally ). ( I also don’t think it was intentional on Lucy’s side either, seeing as they were just kids and what she did was the default defense. when she grew up and realized it she did try to fix it… )
he wasn’t dragging it around like a wounded soldier. he just said it hurt. kicks tend to hurt mild or otherwise. :|
I replied to you in my last post as well but I didn’t get to add your name >.<;
also if “a few good deeds” ( and I personally think it was more than that ) don’t make up for it, then Lucy should be being just as big a witch to Mike even now, because he hurt her a TON as a child. unintentionally true, but she wasn’t just out to hurt him either. I don’t think either of them were “back in the day”. though I can’t tell now as Mike is being much harsher than needed to get his point to Lucy now that she has matured…. ( before you jump at that, I said I can’t tell. I can’t tell what the hell is going through his mind. all I know is that this extent of harshness is uncalled for, and I’m not sure if he realizes that or not. )
anon November 30, 2011, 2:12 PM EST.
@avon see i agree with i think mike done sooo much more damange then everyone seems to reliese!!
i think when sandy left he wasnt trying to make it up to lucy but becuase he didnt want to be left alone and i think he used the excuse that lucy didnt want to be alone anymore to cover it up.
but thats just what i think
Ellie November 30, 2011, 2:24 PM EST.
also guys beat up on eachother all the time. definitely as kids and I’ve seen it quite a bit as teenagers. the fact that Lucy is a girl shouldn’t change that. and she does tend to be a tomboy, as was shown in the teasing comic awhile back when they were discussing why she wears a ribbon.
which actually brings me to another thought argument.. why is it that if a guyfriend kicks another guyfriend in the shin, it’s playing and whatnot and okay, but when it’s a femalefriend kicking a guyfriend in the shin it’s abuse?
@Ellie- oh wait, did you mean me? x3;
anon November 30, 2011, 2:26 PM EST.
if you have noticed, though alla Mike told Lucy that hated todabia’s still regarded as a friend
tsuki November 30, 2011, 2:27 PM EST.
sorry yes i meant you sorry i got that wrong
but i agree with you again on that like if two guys fight they r good friends were as if a girl does it its considered flirting??
i can see why ppl could think that but it doesnt mean it all the time it could be the same for 2 guys
Ellie November 30, 2011, 2:57 PM EST.
Polaris November 30, 2011, 3:00 PM EST.
Okay so guy’s rough housing and Lucy rough housing with Mike is different. The way Lucy “rough houses” is seen as abuse not because of how she’s a girl, but that she’s doesn’t stop. The thing is when regular guys rough house and hit each other/insult each other it’s a joke just like how Lucy is doing HOWEVER when a guy hits/insults his guyfriend to the point where it hurts a but too much, even to the point where it looks like your friend can’t walk like Mike is here they APOLOGIZE and help them. If you’re rough housing with a pal and you accidently hit the other a little too hard, what do you do? You stop and say sorry, ask if they’re okay and such. Lucy does NOT do that… and so it’s abuse. As an example a Guyfriend punchesthe other and the other guy falls down, they stop say they’re sorry and help them up. When Lucy punches Mike and he falls down, Lucy would probably laugh at him and insult him. Huge difference.
Trouble November 30, 2011, 3:03 PM EST.
I wasn’t saying he wasn’t guilty, I was just pointing out that Lucy wasn’t as innocent in this as everyone seems to be preaching.
Your comment is a perfect examples of two blatant problems I’m seeing around here. The double standard and the social class hierarchy stereotype.
1. Double standard: when Lucy physically and emotionally beat up mike (early story) everyone was “oh that’s cute” now that the tables have turned everyone has started saying ” mike uz a douche” or “man up mike” guys get hurt just as easily as girls.
2. Social class blindness: many of the commenters seem to refuse to want to learn about sandy because she’s “miss perfect”. I think this stems from the fact that her character is considered “upper class”. Most individuals from the middle to low class groups automatically have hatred of the upper class because of years of indoctrination into the belief of class separation. Because of this readers don’t see past this to learn that sandy is by no means high and mighty or “little miss perfect”
*Whew* that was a lot of writing to do on a cell phone, but I hope it clears up some issues around here
strider November 30, 2011, 3:03 PM EST.
Wow…just wow. That’s what I need to know.
BlossomWolf November 30, 2011, 3:14 PM EST.
@Trouble & strider
Best comments about the story I’ve seen in ages, its good to see some people really understand whats happening
On another note, I’m interested in seeing where this is going next, just how does Sandy alter Mike’s opinion on Lucy?
Sandvich November 30, 2011, 3:38 PM EST.
oh, and i love that lucy took the crap outa him
Cata :3 November 30, 2011, 3:39 PM EST.
yeah, but that’s thing. he didn’t tell her she hurt him. that’s what I meant in my comment when I said if this is the point where he decides she’s not his friend I’mma be peeved. because this JUST happened and he didn’t give it time, give her time, or go back and confront her and tell her she hurt him. so it’s not fair for him to decide that without even giving her a chance….
haha, but I said in my own comment I don’t think she is either xc
I guess you just got my vibe wrong ^-^; I never said I thought the way she treated him was cute, I just said I don’t think it’s abuse. I didn’t say she was right and he was wrong. I said they’ve both done wrong. now Lucy has realized it, has matured, and is going above the past and the demons of it to try and mend things, and Mike is still in it. he’s not a monster necessarily, he’s just acting like one a bit right now, because he needs to mature now. they were both in the wrong back then. and Mike isn’t the devil’s spawn as far as I know so far. ^-^; he kindof has potential to go both ways here. depending on whether he matures, or decides to just turn into the world’s biggest jack***. as of now he has not gone either.
I’ve spoken for both of them, but in this case I was addressing the issue of Lucy and everyone saying she’s abusive and that Mike is great. I added that I’m not supporting one or the other, that they are both in the wrong, so hopefully people would know I’m not saying Lucy’s all good and Mike’s all bad. ^-^; however I think Lucy gets seen as the bad one and Mike gets seen as the good one a lot, which is also not true :\\
i.e. most people forget that Mike was emotionally abusive to Lucy in the beginning, which is what triggered Lucy’s distanced approach to begin with. it was all one huge unfortunate accident that grew into a chain of events where both of them were doing wrong things. Mike accidentally “abandoned” Lucy, then used her for a bit as a sub for Sandy. he didn’t do this with intentions of hurting her, he was young and didn’t realize. after awhile he did realize, but by this point he had hurt Lucy and she distanced herself to protect herself from ever having to hurt that much again. now it’s Lucy’s turn, ( at some point Mike starts having a thing for Lucy. we can’t say for sure that it wasn’t just because she reminded him of Sandy, be we don’t know for sure it was either. ) now assuming Mike really did feel for her, her distant attitude starts hurting him. but she’s not hurting him intentionally, much like Mike, she’s also young and doesn’t realize. we cannot wrong her for this, because he did hurt her. we also cannot wrong him for hurting her, because he didn’t do it intentionally. eventually Lucy realizes and starts trying to fix it, show her feelings here and there, but it’s not enough. this is not her fault. and the fact that it’s not enough isn’t his fault either, as some guys just need more “loveydovey” approaches. again, not her fault, because he hurt her, and not his fault, because he didn’t mean to hurt her.
so that goes for a ton of stuff. NOW WE ARE HERE. Lucy finally matures, gets stronger, and decides to go above the past and its demons to mend their friendship. now it’s Mike’s turn again, will he mature and and go above the past and its demons too? we won’t know till it does or doesn’t happen. but like I said, the bottom line is…
it wasn’t her fault, because he hurt her. and he did technically cause it, but it wasn’t his fault, because he didn’t mean to.
and @Ellie, no problem, I just wasn;t sure :3”
anon November 30, 2011, 3:39 PM EST.
Sure they can be perfect but thats called being a Mary sue and is really bad writing. Taeshi is a good writer and gives the characters a realistic depth. This comic isn’t really fantasy either, it’s school experiences we have ALL dealt with our selves but they are just cats/dogs instead of humans. If they were all flying around on the dragons and fighting over how to kill the troll then no I would not compare it to real life =l
Kite November 30, 2011, 3:43 PM EST.
“Sure they can be perfect but thats called being a Mary sue and is really bad writing. Taeshi is a good writer and gives the characters a realistic depth. This comic isn’t really fantasy either, it’s school experiences we have ALL dealt with our selves but they are just cats/dogs instead of humans. If they were all flying around on the dragons and fighting over how to kill the troll then no I would not compare it to real life =l ”
this is true :|”
( though I am not against Sandy since I still don’t really know anything about her )
anon November 30, 2011, 3:45 PM EST.
Interestingly, Mike’s pulling a Scott Pilgrim here with Sandy.
From the way he related the conversation, he said “…I ‘Annoyed’ her…” which is a bit of an understatement, the same way Scott talks about most of his EX-es. It’s interesting, because if he always relates his behavior vs. Lucy with these kinds of statements towards Sandy, there’s a very high chance that Sandy thinks of Lucy as something akin to a monster, as she’s only getting half the story. Mike didn’t annoy Lucy, he brutalized her, and with the way he approached her, probably came off as aggressive.
Since we didn’t see Lucy’s response to him though, we can only assume based on Lucy’s past actions how she responded here. But for all we know Mike might have refused to let go of her, causing her to kick him or something, just a thought.
On a side note, Mike still referred to Lucy as his friend. And Sandy comes off as an over-dramatic anime character.
Thingamajig November 30, 2011, 3:47 PM EST.
sandy looks like a ****** in panel 2 and about time we see sandy talking over the phone
Nickwolf November 30, 2011, 3:49 PM EST.
im still saying lets not forget why Lucy acts this way, it is still one of the big key’s to the story back then when he abadoned her its Mike’s fault Sandy had tryed to get her to join in but she said no because Mike never asked her, he just pushed her aside you cant be forgive for that but you could try to make it up though it would take a very long time but person would still hate you a little or it but also here Mike never got to exsplain why she kick him in the shin he might of deserved that because he might of said somthing to her that didnt seem nice and as i allways say he’s pushing her aside again for Sandy the selfish ***
SmokeSkid November 30, 2011, 3:49 PM EST.
also I think I should elaborate on the “didn’t mean to” thing,
the using her as Sandy was wrong. but kids do stupid crap sometimes. that was before they were even teenagers I think…. so…
as far as the rest goes, neither of them ever had an in depth discussion on how the other is hurting their feelings. if they had ever had an in depth conversation about it, I would probably feel about this differently.
this is actually a flashback :3
but it’s still mostly a possibility, because we didn’t see WHY she shin-kicked him and if/what he did to lead up to it. or, if they were just playing and she kicked a little too hard and he didn’t bother to tell her. it could be any number of scenarios~
anon November 30, 2011, 3:52 PM EST.
this might be the point
SmokeSkid November 30, 2011, 3:56 PM EST.
are you referring to my last comment or the one before it plus that one? because they went together and it was a continuation ^-^;
anon November 30, 2011, 3:58 PM EST.
I recall when Taeshi actually told us when flashbacks began and ended. Good days…
domo November 30, 2011, 3:58 PM EST.
Yes, I sense a break up!
Or at least a rough patch..
DeLynn November 30, 2011, 3:58 PM EST.
Meh. Weren’t Lucy and Sandy practically “best friends” before Mike popped in the picture? Then Sandy went for Mike to become his friend, but it turned into more. Lucy was left heartbroken, just as much as Mike was when Sandy left him. Then, Mike tried to replace Sandy with Lucy, Lucy abused of him, Mike gets sick of her crap, Lucy thinks about committing suicide because of this, and Mike expresses his hate, which probably just makes her wants to commit suicide right there. So, if you really think it through, it was all Sandy’s fault. Just my two cents.
Maii November 30, 2011, 4:01 PM EST.
That was kinda ditzy thing for Sandy to say.
starfighter105 November 30, 2011, 4:05 PM EST.
haha, I thought she might have done it on purpose since it seems this whole thing is meant to be confusing… but after I read her comment I’m not sure x3;
I thought it was Lucy and Mike bestfriends, then Sandy comes along and started out as friends with Mike but wanted to include Lucy too?
anon November 30, 2011, 4:05 PM EST.
Mike is better off with out Lucy
Ragna November 30, 2011, 4:07 PM EST.
He “annoyed her too much”? …Way to make yourself sound like an innocent angel and Lucy some monster.
MissCaitlyn November 30, 2011, 4:09 PM EST.
I like Sandy’s hair like that :I But regardless, Sandy, Sandy, Sandy. You disappoint me…
Nasu November 30, 2011, 4:12 PM EST.
Figured as much, nice to have some story time with Sandy in it. And Sandy is going to show Mike that what his relationship with Lucy isn’t healthy, though it is a friendship and friends do pick on friends and kick them in the shin so they have a hard time standing up, ok that is a pretty crappy friend.
you are right that it was Mike and Lucy…then came Sandy and Mike just ignored Lucy and so on.
i agree with you
reader November 30, 2011, 4:17 PM EST.
Oh so Sandy’s a bitch—or rather, THE bitch. Never saw that one coming.
spicybleachedhead November 30, 2011, 4:19 PM EST.
Deuce Moose: Yeah, now that you said that, this makes sense! This is transitioning directly from Mike saying “and Sandy helped me realize it” on the last page. I think this flashback is illustrating that Mike is telling this story to Lucy, explaining why he hates her. He’s telling her about how Sandy indirectly made him hate Lucy. This had to have happened somewhere between chapters 22 and 25, since Mike doesn’t have either one of his scarfs. I guess this was the first thing that made Mike rethink his friendship with Lucy, and Alcopolco was the last straw.
Turbocharge November 30, 2011, 4:20 PM EST.
domo: Yeah, and I recall getting critiqued against it because that was a really childish and messy way of bluntly saying it’s a flashback. Pillow Talk had plenty of flashbacks that didn’t say “MEANWHILE” or “TEN YEARS AGO” or “AUGUST” and nobody seemed to get confused about that, which is why it’s baffling right now for me to see so much confusion. There usually was a fade with the previous page, and in a way that’s how it was with Lucy in the final panel before. Surely the words in the final panel of last page would imply “Hey maybe we are going to see what he means by what he said”, it’s a sequence.
And on another note I recall I said “MONDAY” in the same exact chapter and got complaints about it, because it was a copout way to show a scene change.
This is an unfortunate problem with updating the comic three days a week, and having it in fragments, because what would be so painfully obvious reading it as a whole can be deemed confusing when going page by page. I don’t see the point of adding a “ONE YEAR AGO”, it always felt messy and just an easy way out. It is something I used to do back in the day because it was a lot harder to express flashbacks on lined paper where everything looked the same and there were zero backgrounds, and admittedly despite my irritation with people not thinking this is an obvious flashback, I can blame the update schedule for that. Considering the next page will be yet another flashback, in a different time period, and then the next, then we’re back to the real scene where Mike and Lucy are just standing around. That would make it really obvious.
Also nobody has noticed Sandy’s window is also snow-free, and night-free. You might say “oh well she’s obviously in another state” but I say “Well her state might not have snow, but it’s clearly day. Their time periods are not that significant, its the equivalent of California and New Jersey, but just a few hours, and it’s clearly night time at Roseville where Mike and Lucy brawled.” There’s a lot of subtle and not-so subtle parts in this page that would make you confused because they contradict the page before, so logically you would think “Mike’s behaviour is indicative to how he USED to act, and why doesn’t he use his iPhone or stay in his room? This must be a scene in the past.”
Just quoting “A reasonable person”, because they made a pretty spectacular comment, and includes all the evidence that makes this a flashback (Bar the window):
“One: This is a flashback. Notice the lack of scarf and the fact that he has to use a corded phone.
Two: They are both young, and Sandy has been sheltered in life, so of course she overreacts to her boyfriends pain.
Three: Mike didn’t say it to bitch out Lucy, he just says it because he can’t sit down and he is in pain.
Four: How does this prove Sandy is an evil manipulative force? She cares for Mike and doesn’t want to see him in pain. Lucy, conversely, roughhouses too much (a while back, anyways) and just booted him hard enough that standing is painful. Sure, Lucy has issues, but if you expect a bunch of kids to be able to understand something like that, then you have a serious lack of understanding about high schoolers.
Five: If Mike had said “Paulo had kicked me in the shine” instead of Lucy, you would all agree that Sandy’s overeaction would be cute. Since your beloved bipolar Lucy was mentioned, you blind yourself to whats going on.
Six: I do hope that Lucy and Mike stay friends, but I doubt a romance would work between them. One, Mike has Sandy, and unless something happenes, he is going to keep her. Two, I doubt Lucy would take him after this (which is the whole reason he is acting like he is; he doesn’t want her to be waiting for him forever, he wants her to move on).
Instead of ignoring the comic and constructing your own in your head, start reading the real comic so that you can realize that Sandy is not some she-devil. How does this comic prove anything, other than that Sandy is concerned for Mike?”
Taeshi November 30, 2011, 4:24 PM EST.
And now everybody thinks that Sandy’s a bitch.
Jorje November 30, 2011, 4:27 PM EST.
SO yeah… this defenatly means Sandy is a bitch and that she turned Mike against Lucy on purpose. Yep.
Relincha November 30, 2011, 4:30 PM EST.
I’m not getting why he would need to tell a teacher? He’s not at school. Should it be to tell his mom or something? And someone is being over dramatic. Mike’s suppose to be a guy and guys shrug off something like getting hit in the leg.
Ben November 30, 2011, 4:31 PM EST.
I hope you two are being sarcastic
The “let’s bash Sandy some more for being genuinely concerned about her boyfriend!” ones.
Taeshi November 30, 2011, 4:31 PM EST.
13 pages to go and flotillas have sunk, emotions are flying wild, authentic essays are being written once an hour and the entire comment page is filled with emotion. Kudos to the author for being able to craft something this magnificent out of something as common as a teenager having his/her heart broken.
Tailsdoll November 30, 2011, 4:33 PM EST.
Sandy hasn’t seen Mike in years, has led a protective life, then one day gets a call, hears that her boyfriend got hit and demonstrates what I can only assume is genuine worry towards Mike’s safety. How in hell does that make Sandy a manipulative bitch? This works FOR her, at the very least.
Mr.My November 30, 2011, 4:35 PM EST.
D’awww, Sandy being protective of her boyfriend. Tis adorable!~
LackLuster November 30, 2011, 4:36 PM EST.
Frankly, if I may say so, when it comes down to a comic that’s released thrice a week, page by page, I’ve never felt that actually saying when a flashback starts/ends was a bad idea. Especially when someone has other stuff on their minds, having something to remind us that what’s happening isn’t the present kinda helps. A lot, actually.
domo November 30, 2011, 4:39 PM EST.
Who punches peoples shins?
EtherSaga November 30, 2011, 4:40 PM EST.
You’d be surprised…
Ditto November 30, 2011, 4:40 PM EST.
*stands firmly by Taeshi’s side*
I’m with her. She speaks teh sense!
BarbedFire November 30, 2011, 4:46 PM EST.
domo: I write and draw the pages as an entire chapter, I do not write my comics update by update. So it’s honestly intended to be read in its entirety, which admittedly makes it work when made into books. I just don’t think of it as a “webcomic”, rather a long-form flowing storyline, so obvious boxes that make it clear it’s a flashback seems like such a copout, unless the time itself is completely relevant to the story. This is just a point in the past, Mike’s words in the page before should express that we’re delving into WHY he said it, and the next page will just make it more obvious, since it’ll be yet another point in time in the past.
I figure if people are confused, they can go back a few pages and recap, that’s certainly something I do with plenty of comics that are the same way. Or wait until the next update.
Taeshi November 30, 2011, 4:47 PM EST.
Remember in Acapulco when Lucy wakes up in David’s arms and manages to punch him and kick Paulo in the face at the same time, barely out of unconsciousness?
And besides, Mike says “deck”, not “punch”. Unless they’re the same thing, English ain’t my first language.
Ditto November 30, 2011, 4:47 PM EST.
Deck and punch are the same thing, in case you’re wondering.
Tickle Monster November 30, 2011, 4:49 PM EST.
I always thought decking someone was to deliver such a hard hit that they would ‘hit the deck’ or hit the ground. So basically just a term for a hard hit.
If I’m right then I’d assume that the term probably originated from fighting sailors or the like.
BarbedFire November 30, 2011, 4:50 PM EST.
YES! Let the drama ensue with a Sandy-related-chapter!
I’m so exited I couldn’t care that Mike got hit in the shin!
…Oh wait, I already don’t.
Still exited, though.
A Visitor November 30, 2011, 4:51 PM EST.
hey Taeshi~ I was wondering. will the first and all other volumes always be available, or are you going to stop selling them at some point? I want to get them all, but I want to make sure the ending doesn’t make me tear my hair out before I pay for them all ;u;” not that I’ll hate the comic/writers if it doesn’t end the way I want it to, just I probably wouldn’t then want them all on book, and since they’re around ( $40 I think? ) I don’t wanna get ahead of myself ;u;” so will you guys end them at some point where I wouldn’t be able to get my hands on one? |c or?… thanks :3”
anon November 30, 2011, 4:53 PM EST.
Taeshi, I love your comic. It’s funny, as well as being deliciously smart.
However, your fans are ****ING STUPID.
FLASHBACKS and CONCERN are NOT HARD CONCEPTS.
SynthyK November 30, 2011, 4:54 PM EST.
anon: I can’t promise you anything. We only printed 1,600 books or so, and have sold over 600 obviously. I can’t guarantee that by the end of the comic book one will still be available. We might reprint, we might not. I can’t tell you because it hasn’t happened!
Taeshi November 30, 2011, 4:56 PM EST.
OH YEAHH. see that was humor~ why is it such a big deal now? plus, she felt threatened |c while over-reactive I don’t think it’s fair to just chew her out. I mean I wouldn’t like waking up in the arms of two random guys either and I think if I remember right it was at a bad moment when he accidentally grabbed her chest or something? x3; so if I was out of it and that happened to me I might mildly freak out myself >.>; I mean really lets be honest, some guys aren’t nice. :| ( some girls aren’t either btw, not being sexist, but I am a girl so I don’t have to worry about that x3; )
well tartarsauce you. x3
ffeh. decisions. I will haunt you when you die :| thanks~ :3
anon November 30, 2011, 4:57 PM EST.
I believe I can see that. I guess the view is different from the author’s side and the reader’s side. I can agree that adding details that seem obvious when one writes a continuous story for no reason related to the plotline seems rather… artificial and unecessary, but I have a tendency at treating comics on a page by page basis (my bad). Honestly, I reread the chapter after that last comment, and I can see that this being a flashback is actually kinda obvious, given the way the story was going.
As a side note, thanks for taking the time to having this little chat. Great to see online authors that truly care for the fanbase.
domo November 30, 2011, 4:57 PM EST.
Ok, if “deck” means “punch”, I have to agree. Punching someone in the shin seems like a rather… odd angle, to say the least.
And yeah, that was really well played out humour. She fell unconscious after nearly falling to near certain death (considering her fear of water), then wakes up after David pokes her in her breasts while the same guy is literally handing her over to Paulo, and the first thing she does is wack ‘em both. Many times she hit Mike, I recognised the comedic potential, but on that point I completely lost it and laughed. Truly, it can’t be taken as THAT big a deal.
Ditto November 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EST.
2nd to last panel:
What a girlish pose, Maishul.
Yumikarp November 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EST.
Oh dear heavens. Totes hate Sandy now. Awesome.
How about some LucyxPaulo to make up for this? ARG. I hate controlling girls like Sandy…
Anbaachan November 30, 2011, 5:02 PM EST.
Once I get the money and a card or something I can use I am going to buy the book ^x^
iRussisch November 30, 2011, 5:02 PM EST.
to be perfectly honest, i’ve followed this comic for a while now and i truly doubt Sandy became some evil witch and made Mike hate Lucy…..I think she told him how she felt and Mike took it and ran with it……right over the edge of a cliff…-_- the jerkward…..
I feel bad for Lucy but i like Sandy….its just Mike who’s the asshead….
KoKoLoCo November 30, 2011, 5:03 PM EST.
domo: Yeah, in some ways I apply certain techniques because I appreciate them as a reader, like there are some stories that bounce between flashbacks and don’t add a box to tell it, but it’s done in a way that I can see the page before and see that it’s meant to be a flow of sequence, which I think is something much better to read than a page being updated on the go.
To be honest that always felt very broken sequentially for me, and I really like comics that are actually meant to be read in a giant storytelling sequence, one of the main reasons I do my comics in chapters.
I can understand the confusion if you read page-by-page, and I do apologise for the confusion! One of the reasons I haven’t altered the page is because I feel Friday’s update will clear confusion, and if it doesn’t I’m definitely going to consider adding something, not necessarily a box, but maybe more implication that it’s a flashback.
I appreciate the feedback!
Taeshi November 30, 2011, 5:03 PM EST.
Right back atcha, Tashy.
(oh my god I can’t believe she actually replied to me aaaaaa)
SynthyK November 30, 2011, 5:05 PM EST.
Hmm…Mike said “Friend”…
Sandwich November 30, 2011, 5:07 PM EST.
Kudos for keeping us on the edge of our seats with the Friday comment. Can’t wait for it, then.
Keep up the great work.
domo November 30, 2011, 5:08 PM EST.
EDIT: Ninja’d by Taeshi.
Well what I have to say now is that Sandy just gave her opinion to Mike, and he realized everything she said had a point. She only helped him seeing the truth. But for now, I can’t wait for the next update.
Danna November 30, 2011, 5:10 PM EST.
hahaha, THIS. the only thing I’d have done differently is asked what happened before telling him which action I’d suggest taking ( as in giving advice, not instruction him what to do and bossing him :| ) but while I disagree with skipping that step, I definitely don’t think it makes her a b**** by any stretch of imagination O.o
and yes. Mike did take her decent advice. and run with it. streight off a cliff. x^x
I’m hoping he’ll mature soon too though… the past is the past. it can’t be changed. Lucy has shown how much she has grown up and matured in the last few comics/pages, and I hope Mike will do the same. I also hope Sandy doesn’t have the wrong idea about Lucy :\
anon November 30, 2011, 5:12 PM EST.
*INSTANT OPINION SHIFT TO RESENTMENT! I AM FICKLE AND I DO NOT CARE!*
Holly November 30, 2011, 5:15 PM EST.
Whoop! Called it! Sandy doesn’t entirely understand the situation! Since she doesn’t really know what kind of relationship Mike and Lucy have (had?), her reaction is perfectly reasonable. All she knows is that some random b**** is beating up on her boyfriend. Calm down, guys, seriously. I’m a MikexLucy shipper, too, but some of you guys have your shipping goggles on a little too tight.
Lyons November 30, 2011, 5:17 PM EST.
It’s funny, I don’t dislike Sandy for overreacting here (I can’t exactly blame her), but I think what bugged me most about her in this page is that she doesn’t even know who Lucy is. Considering she was her boyfriend’s best friend at one point (regardless of what he says now), you’d think she’d at least be familiar with the name… And all of this just reminds me of the days when they were little and Sandy and Mike would ignore Lucy entirely. I just get the idea that Sandy is a little self-absorbed.
Maybe I’ll like her more when she visits and we get to see some development of her character.
Aussie November 30, 2011, 5:20 PM EST.
Well, now it looks like we’re gonna see people saying this:
TheX400096 November 30, 2011, 5:20 PM EST.
She sounds insane or pretty stupid :c
Matthew November 30, 2011, 5:22 PM EST.
I knew it was the past when I saw mike talking on a coded phone instead of his iPhone
clay w. November 30, 2011, 5:22 PM EST.
>Implying any kind of relationship makes constant physical abuse okay
\'Rixx November 30, 2011, 5:25 PM EST.
This right here is justified and makes complete sense.
But it still bothers me.
Sandy, how dare you care about your boyfriend?
causticAntilogy November 30, 2011, 5:28 PM EST.
So it started all the way back when he didn’t have the scarf?
Interesting…. This has been building in him for some time.
Sandy looks TOO happy in the second panel, almost maniacly happy. Or devious. Ok I can’t think of the right adjective BUT SHE DOESN’T LOOK RIGHT OK?
And no he’s not going to tell the teacher. That’s normal with Lucy and the teacher is probably used to seeing Mike all bumped and scratched and bruised up everyday so she doesn’t bother asking him what the problem is.
JC November 30, 2011, 5:29 PM EST.
He’s not wearing his scarf there.. flashback.
marmar November 30, 2011, 5:29 PM EST.
Its like almost half of you guys think that this is somehow contiguous with the rest of the comic and even commented on how all of the cues for it being a flashback were weird.
What the hell guys, you picked up on all of the cues and then had a total brain fart. Yes Mike is young, thats because its IN THE PAST. Yes Sandy is young, thats because its IN ZE PAST.
QuakeIV November 30, 2011, 5:33 PM EST.
Completely understood that Sandy was concerned, and yes, she was in the right sense of mind to express concern.
In Lucy’s defense, perhaps Lucy (and Mike) didn’t realize that what was happening was wrong.
Mike could just tell her to stop while being firm about it and give her a warning… but somehow I fear that it’s far too complicated for that.
inb4 Lucy gives the most heart-retching, tear-jerking apology evarr.
Konicaa November 30, 2011, 5:35 PM EST.
Did no one else catch that Sandy didn’t remember Lucy? so if Sandy had ‘helped’ mike come to the conclusion that Lucy wasn’t a good friend, she’d remember her?
Also, If Sandy knew anything about Mike and his relationship with Lucy before (Which I guess he never talks about, then begs the question, what DO they talk about when they spend hours on the phone?) She’d know this was normal behavior…..
And thirdly. Who tells the teacher of what happens outside of class? you call the cops!
and one more thing!
Sandy seems like one of those ditsy girly girls who is overly enthusiastic about EVERYTHING… I’m thinking Mike is just realizing this b her reaction to the kick, and how positively annoying it will get in the future.
shinka November 30, 2011, 5:53 PM EST.
@ Shinka yes she does seem like that! Especially with those disgusting little lovey dovey hearts around her lispy nick name She annoys me with her girlishness. Perhaps it will finally grate on Mike one day.
LOL I get decked, kicked, bit every week- that doesn’t mean I don’t mess around back. It’s called horseplay. It’s not like Lucy’s abusive. Jesus both of these bitches need to suck it up. What a terrible flashback this will turn into.
Boo hoo. THAT’S HOW YOU KNOW YOU’RE FRIENDS. Sandy’s reaction is so freakin’ girly and lame It made me laugh out loud. TELL THE TEACHER.
UGH women are useless sometimes. I’m glad I’m a chick and I’m not like that. And he’s a guy. A guy. if it were another girl- sure you can question that. Like ‘oh damn you don’t hit girls’ but since Mike is a *boy*… getting injured by your friends is basic friend 101.
I’m sorry this whole page is ridiculous and saddening at the same time. It’s like… he’s so pathetic about it, ‘oh sandy~’ :’( “I guess I annoyed her too much. BUT IT’S OK- I’M SUCH A TROOPER. YOU SEE HOW MUCH OF A TROOPER I AM? MAN.” I dunno this just bugged the **** out of me. Did it to anyone else lol?
Hurr November 30, 2011, 6:02 PM EST.
Honestly, Lucy was trying pretty damn hard to change. If the chapters following the Acapulco trip are to be believed. Through the course of 22(?) chapters (However much time story-wise that is, I’m not sure), including this one, I could count on one hand how many times she struck him since (Which was twice. In before the number of times doesn’t matter).
Considering her past, I’d say that’s a fantastic improvement. ****, she even took Augustus’ advice and tried being happy for him because Sandy made him happy, and that only seemed to make matters worse.
And the saddest thing of all is that this event will probably revert her back to her old ways.
Just Saiyan November 30, 2011, 6:05 PM EST.
I am with Lucy in that reaction considering her personality.
Where did Sandy think he was calling from? Tell the teacher? He’s at home!
wolfdragonful November 30, 2011, 6:05 PM EST.
I agree with a couple people on here, Sandy looks kinda scary in the second panel. But I’m mostly shocked she doesn’t remember Lucy. Weren’t they like best friends before Mike? And still friends after? Damn, Lucy’ll be a bit butthurt when she finds that out.
Variun November 30, 2011, 6:10 PM EST.
I apologize if my comment sounded like you were one of the early lucy supporters. my whole “that’s cute” comment was more aimed at the ones who supported lucy beating on mike early on. i just really can’t stand the shockingly high level of a double standard going on around this comment thread. anyhow, i agree that they’re both in the wrong, although i think that lucy has done a bit more damage than mike. she’s emotionally and physically hurt mike vs mike’s emotional attacks on lucy. i just think that comments that say she doesn’t deserve what she’s getting when she’s done similar to him is sickeningly sexist and a protrayal of double standard among the readers.
true, i’m aware of the mary sue archetype. I was stating that sandy is not a mary sue, she’s a developing character. the few moments we see of her character she’s shown that she is not a flat character. she has flaws, most notably her naivety due to her sheltered life. she has problems, there just ones we can’t understand. her life has basically been preordained by her parents, so she has very little actual freedom. she’s more or less a slave to her parents wishes. i apologize if my earlier comment sounded like an insult, i just thought that comparing our perception of reality to their perception of reality is a bit of a stretch. true our reality can help us connect to the characters however we can’t base everything off our reality because one, none of us have the same viewpoint of reality and two, it can lead to character blindness because we will cast our preconcieved notions on how the characters should act. (an example of this is some of the sandy hating comments, as they are focusing on class hatred over actual character development)
strider November 30, 2011, 6:10 PM EST.
Read the comic again today, still makes me laugh.
“Are you gonna tell the teacher?!”
Whoa guys, we’re dealing with a real badass over here.
Sweet naive Sandy. Please just say “Michael”.
JL November 30, 2011, 6:12 PM EST.
I don’t see how people didnt see that this is a flashback especially when mike is saying Lucy is his friend But Taeshi I know this doesn’t matter much but did this take place back when mike finally chose to go after Sandy and lost his blue scarf or does this take place back before he even had a scarf?
ToraPandoraPGS November 30, 2011, 6:14 PM EST.
“deck me square in the shin”? who the hell says deck me in the shin? to be decked is to be hit in the face, not the shinned. decked implies sense that someone layed you out after a hit. its wrong, or mike is a big enough poos that getting hit in the shin now constitutes enough to make him collapse
lolwut November 30, 2011, 6:22 PM EST.
I’m sure this will clear things up right now. By the looks of it, and the nervousness of Mike when he says “I missed hearing that”, I believe it can be implied that this is when Mike lost his blue scarf, and that this is his first phone-call after the being in contact with her through letters alone.
I believe this page can clear things up:
Poppop Crocker November 30, 2011, 6:23 PM EST.
not really, the conversation is stated on the following page. this isn’t that conversation.
this is probably an unseen conversation during that time frame, as we never see lucy kick mike during that time frame (granted he gets pummeled a few times)
strider November 30, 2011, 6:33 PM EST.
Ah Sandy. Why is she so naive? Shouldn’t she have grown up?
Samuel November 30, 2011, 6:37 PM EST.
….so this is probably just gonna be another 13 pages of fighting/angst :\\ Growing to only read paulo pages ‘cause he’s always funny… oh well… creative license i guess
Sethorien November 30, 2011, 6:38 PM EST.
no worries, I just wanted to make sure there’s no confusion ^-^;
when I say I don’t think she deserves it, I mean I don’t think she deserves it to that extent. actually I don’t think she deserves it at all. but I understand where he’s coming from and to an extent it is acceptable and whether we like it or not, needed. but not to this extent. especially if we look at, with un-biased minds, how hard Lucy has been working lately. she’s terrified of being rejected, but after realizing things and maturing, she has kept at trying to make things up to Mike, when she knows 99.9999999% guaranteed she will be rejected now, and has been, over, and over, and over, and over again. but she keeps at it without fail, no matter how harsh he is, and not even getting mad. this shows a ridiculous amount of maturity and care,, and honestly I’m not sure I could even do it. with that in consideration, I think that this treatment is massively unfair and that she doesn’t deserve it. :\
anon November 30, 2011, 6:47 PM EST.
there’s still a chance of the insanity i was hoping for!!!lol glad to see that he wasn’t hurt too bad.wait…..THE TEACHER!?Com’on sandy,your smarter than that,or…..are………you?you know we cant be sure because we haven’t SEEN her enough too!id really appreciate to see her and mike together more often.the stress is building in this comic!
THAT GUY November 30, 2011, 6:51 PM EST.
doesnt lucy have an older brother? is he the annoying type? does anyone know? then that would explain lucy more to me
Ellie November 30, 2011, 6:51 PM EST.
I am starting to really dislike sandy. I did not mind her before, even when I heard that sandy got mike to hate lucy. But now I know she is going far too overboard…
JC November 30, 2011, 6:55 PM EST.
would be the biggest mindf*ck if sandy was really lucy- after sandy moved away.
mrfufu November 30, 2011, 6:55 PM EST.
I take back that previous statement about Sandy.
MIKE, OH YOU SNEAKY 817CH.
A November 30, 2011, 6:56 PM EST.
Someones gota answer this for me. I think I may have missed something in the past but…why does Sandy call him Maishul?
Leo November 30, 2011, 6:59 PM EST.
@JC It’s not necessarily her fault, it appears that it’s just that Mike has been exaggerating things to her.
A November 30, 2011, 7:00 PM EST.
I think she’s Japanese or something isn’t she? it’s the way she’s always pronounced his name.
anon November 30, 2011, 7:04 PM EST.
You’re mindfluffing me already…
Lotvk November 30, 2011, 7:04 PM EST.
wait!this may be totally wrong,but,”why would i?”is a well hidden hint.sandy may convince mike to tell someone about this!lol probably wrong Thoth.
THAT GUY November 30, 2011, 7:09 PM EST.
@that guy, hint not really, but a severely over looked comment yes. mike still thinks of lucy as a friend at this point, sandy doesn’t know about the relationship between mike and lucy or lucy in general. so she’s gonna think he’s being abused by someone posing as a friend and that he’s underreacting to being abused, she’ll give him advice. He will, of course, take this advice the wrong way translating it in his mind as lucy is not really his friend. that’s what i think of that comment at least.
strider November 30, 2011, 7:15 PM EST.
Hm. She is overreacting a bit. And I’m guessing that after her overreaction, Mike started noticing only the bad things about Lucy and slowly forgot all the good. I mean, Lucy was like one of the guys in a way. Guys rough house, and Lucy is socially awkward, so expressing herself in that way isn’t out of the question (even if it isn’t appropriate). I think Mike was about to say “But I definitely deserved it.” Who knows what incident sparked the kick in the shins. He probably deserved to be reprimanded in some way, but all Lucy knows is to give a smack or a hit when she’s embarrassed or upset.
Its a shame Mike never told Sandy about the time that Lucy took a severe beating to (potentially) save his life. Or all of the times they just had a normal day together as friends. Ah well…
BlueSaved November 30, 2011, 7:17 PM EST.
Thus concluding that Mike is an easily controlled pawn and Sandy is a ******!
Davey November 30, 2011, 7:18 PM EST.
^ god i hope you are joking, there is no evidence to this.
strider November 30, 2011, 7:21 PM EST.
atlest we get some insight on sandy….
reaper November 30, 2011, 7:24 PM EST.
Yeah, why, Sandy?
PURPLZ November 30, 2011, 7:25 PM EST.
Dont ya get it, this is a flashback moment, the first time Mike realized that the abuse that Lucy was doing to hide how she felt, well. Its generally not considered friendly behavior… anyway, i hope this gets back to the story soon. I wanna see him crushed!
Freddyz November 30, 2011, 7:29 PM EST.
Sandy’s kinda creepy in her first two panels.
And “Did you tell the teacher?” I see some valuable insight into Sandy! >:D
Turtle Hermit November 30, 2011, 7:35 PM EST.
Here is a sweet scenario:
Sandy hears of the abuse on mike…and goes nuts. Then, she somehow finds out about Abbey (maybe they know each other from their past or something) and then pays him with her mother’s megabucks to Run for prez to end the violence.
Iris November 30, 2011, 7:38 PM EST.
He ment indirectly…. Mike, you are royally screwed
DavidLovesPoodles November 30, 2011, 7:38 PM EST.
for people who think Sandy is overreacting i would like to point out that Mike can hardly stand here
I think Sandy’s reaction is justified
like if he had a little bump then yeah but he can’t STAND
Also just because Lucy is nice some of the time doesn’t make up for stuff like this its like if someone came and slaped you in the face everyday and then once a month gave you a milkshake
Another Point is that Lucy is a GREAT PERSON she is just a bad friend, there is a differnce, Mike doesnt seem to get that he is treating her like she is a bad person, not a bad friend. He needed to tell lucy before hand that he did not like her abusing him instead of keeping quite about it. Its not all lucy’s fault that it happened the way it did. Mike needed to speak his mind.
I honestly dont know which side im on for this agruement i have been both a “mike” and a “lucy” and even a “sandy” so i understand all sides here. None are right they all have faults.
Voice November 30, 2011, 7:42 PM EST.
Snitches get stitches
JimBob November 30, 2011, 7:48 PM EST.
Maybe we (some readers) need something to let us know we are seeing a sudden flashback…
Stern November 30, 2011, 8:19 PM EST.
Dammit Sandy, you’re hurting Lucy without even trying….
Avory November 30, 2011, 8:24 PM EST.
“did you tell the teacher”? What is she, five?
I do not understand what you see in her Mike.
So… GET BACK TOGETHER WITH LUCY! …please?
Purple Platypi November 30, 2011, 8:26 PM EST.
Uh oh… O3O
Satora November 30, 2011, 8:27 PM EST.
Mike, that’s your knee, not your shin. I thought we learned this in second grade.
Nyla November 30, 2011, 8:36 PM EST.
I JUST ****ING DIED WHEN I HEAD SHE KICK HIM,I LOVE LUCY.
MaggotEater November 30, 2011, 8:44 PM EST.
Am I the only one who thought Sandy looked a little *****-ish in the 2nd panel?
Scott Nishida November 30, 2011, 8:53 PM EST.
This is a flashback, back when they were both friends. Mike has done nothing to deserve being kicked so hard that it hurts to stand.
Love your posts. You might find this article on tv Tropes interesting.
edgelesspigeon November 30, 2011, 8:58 PM EST.
..Why in the world would he tell the ‘teacher’? Oo
hmm November 30, 2011, 9:10 PM EST.
****…. DAMMIT TAESHI!! Why must you make it impossible to be angry at sandy???
Awwwww :3 November 30, 2011, 9:22 PM EST.
White fur. Black Hair.
toast November 30, 2011, 9:22 PM EST.
this is so ****ed up I know they dont have a good friend ship or even have one but why would she do such a devilish thing to the guy if I were mike I would slap here cry apologize then rape her then dump Sandy’s sorry little ****ed up ***
Bittersweet addict November 30, 2011, 9:23 PM EST.
My face when: Sandy is and always has been Lucy in disguise. Look at the second panel, take away the black hair, problem solved.
Cas November 30, 2011, 9:25 PM EST.
P.S. I think he should do as un merciful as possible
Bittersweet addict November 30, 2011, 9:26 PM EST.
I didn’ t realize this was supposed to be a flashback… I thought this was continuing directly from what happened on the previous page … maybe you should put FLASHBACK in big bold letters at the top panel line so we the stupid readers won’t get confused. … xD
RoseVee November 30, 2011, 9:28 PM EST.
The thing about the MikexLucy shippers are that Lucy came first. There is a whole TvTropes article about this. People have more of an attachment to her because she came first. And things tend to end where they start, you get a sense of fulfillment that way. The point of the webcomic was the relationship between the two. Of course this can end up meaning just the friendship part of the relationship, but ever since this tipped into romance territory… well you can guess what happened to the MikexLucy crowd. Miss perfect little sandy comes in later to steal the show, (someone who, unlike Lucy, is too perfect for people to relate to) and sets the events in motion that ultimately lead to mike’s friendship with Lucy getting ruined and mike himself turning into an ***. (although, I can say that she made Lucy less of a bitch in the end… so there’s that.) Yeah, so even though Sandy has done nothing wrong, some of us have that feeling fulfillment and find any way to hate Sandy. Plus, put yourself in Lucy’s shoes. Some overall better person than you takes the one you love (a freaking model at that) and leaves you with nothing. It’s like watching someone cut themselves. It hurts you even though you are not the one being cut.
Amazing Lagann November 30, 2011, 9:30 PM EST.
White skin, black hair? UNACCEPTABLE
Amazing Lagann November 30, 2011, 9:31 PM EST.
Hmmm? It..kind of sounds like she’s still a kid.. :\ I guess maybe it’s just me?
WhatisThisIDontEven November 30, 2011, 9:32 PM EST.
I see now… Sandy was worried about Mike, so to protect him she convinced him that his best friend was really never his friend… I’m sorry but no offense toward Sandy I understand why she did it, but the only victim I see here… Is Lucy… Poor girl…
AlphaMoon November 30, 2011, 9:34 PM EST.
To me, Sandy just seems like a child?
Read into that all you want, form your own opinions.
But, combining “Maishul” with “Did you tell the teacher?” makes her seem childish…..
MrYoungzman November 30, 2011, 9:40 PM EST.
I’m getting the feeling this is the final chapter, yes? I mean..think about it. Mike is getting ready to get rid of Lucy. Sandy’s coming over, so he’ll probably leave with her. Everyone else (except FF cat) is happy, so there’s not gonna be any other main characters left. If you think about it really hard, this HAS to be the final chapter, unless Lucy some how stops Mike, but we all know THAT’S not gonna happen. Mike just went into a hate rage and he’s not coming out until he murders Lucy/makes Lucy cry so much he snaps out of it/kicks her out/anything knowing Taeshi.
And off that subject: Wasn’t Lucy Sandy’s best friend as a kid (or was it Daisy..)? How could she forget her? And why is she still calling Mike Maishul? You think she’d learn better by now or Mike would’ve snapped at her about that (I mean, he’s snapping at Lucy right now, isn’t he?).
Back to subject: Alright guis. That means around 10 more pages and BBC will probably be gone. Sucks. I was hoping that Lucy and Mike would end up together in the end. What a shame.
EpicGamerGirl November 30, 2011, 9:46 PM EST.
Sandy is freaking out WAY too much about that. It sounds like Mike could get a hangnail and she’d try to make him go to the hospital for it.
KairaWolf November 30, 2011, 9:51 PM EST.
SUPAH OVAH REACTION TIME, YEAH!
Baeleox November 30, 2011, 9:55 PM EST.
Most people fail to realize how well Mike knew Lucy and her tendencies. Back then, he was also quite fond of crossing the line almost as much as Paulo was (and still is). Such as on Lucy’s birthday.
and others such as
http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c2/p2.html (panels 3, 17, & 18 )
http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c2/p4.html (panels 4/5)
He also fails to remember that it was partially his fault for Lucy’s childhood problems that turned her into the way she is today by ignoring her an entire year when he was her only friend at the time, and immediately after, tried using her as a replacement for Sandy which I don’t think anyone would enjoy, least of all Lucy. This adds hypocrisy to him saying that Lucy only liked him because she needed him, because not long before, he was the one needing her.
So while Lucy DOES have some attitude problems, Mike brought most of it upon himself through his own actions.
Qsandas November 30, 2011, 9:57 PM EST.
@Qsandas YOU TELL ‘EM! I totally agree!
MidnightSnack November 30, 2011, 10:04 PM EST.
if sandy didnt know who lucy was, then mike lied to lucy on the previous page.
derping god November 30, 2011, 10:04 PM EST.
I have a feeling he was going to say “But I definitely deserved it.”
The Nameless November 30, 2011, 10:10 PM EST.
So now Michael calls Lucy his friend?
@derping god: he never said that, he said “an Sandy helped me realize that”. Not “Sandy told me to hate you”
NRansom November 30, 2011, 10:13 PM EST.
Qsandas, I must agree with all of that.
I honestly don’t think their friendship was all that great from either end, and am still hoping that after all this, Lucy will just get the hell out of that house and begin a better life without Mike. He can keep his tiny circle of him and Sandy against the world. -.-
Also, while I am grateful for this explanation and backstory, on a different perspective, wow. Mike sure does love to hear himself talk.
After three pages of rant, one of which being him repetitively yelling how much he hates Lucy, he now feels like he might as well explain how he came to hate her.
Someone’s a little full of it.
Skygaze November 30, 2011, 10:19 PM EST.
@Qsandas: Partially his fault? I fail to see how. HE was the one who was nice to her from the beginning he brought her out of her shell at least to some small degree. It’s in no way his fault that he was the ONLY one she would open up to. She immediately latched on to him and hated everyone else. Her problem, not his. Yes the other kids reacted to her negatively on first meeting, but that’s no reason to turn away from them and force them away. Also not Mike’s fault for “ignoring” Lucy when he was hanging out with Sandy, if Lucy wasn’t such a brat to the other kids, she would have had more than one friend. Yes maybe Mike could have spent some time with Lucy, but both he and Sandy offered to let her join them, but she took the “noble suffering” route, again, not Mike’s fault. I do however agree that she should just move on and forget Mike, or at least get over him, at the present, he’s no good for her in any fashion.
Mojojojo November 30, 2011, 10:39 PM EST.
I think this is just a flashback, not necessarily a full on detailed description. If it was a full on description then it would have more of Mike narrating.
*sigh* November 30, 2011, 10:40 PM EST.
Overprotective Sandy says don’t lay a hand on my boyfriend!
Serge November 30, 2011, 10:57 PM EST.
Idk about everyone else at this moment but id like to at least see where he is going with this flashback before i make ANY assumptions, and i feel like a few others on this page should do the same.
Echo November 30, 2011, 10:57 PM EST.
Taeshi, HOW do you manage with all the unnecessary criticism?
However you do it though, kudos!
John November 30, 2011, 11:13 PM EST.
@NRansom: its, um, a flashback
2Cents November 30, 2011, 11:19 PM EST.
To everybody saying “SANDY IS AN OVERPROTECTIVE BITCH ((((:
Imagine that you’re talking on the phone to someone you’re really fond of.
No, really, imagine it. Bear with me here.
Okay, so you’re talking to an old friend, or a cousin, or a sibling, or even your boyfriend/girlfriend/fiancé. You haven’t talked with them in a while, and you’re happily chatting about stuff when they suddenly say “Owwww” and mention that someone has kicked them square in the shin for annoying them. You knew the person who kicked them once, but you don’t remember very well, and you don’t know any of the underlying circumstances beyond the fact that someone you love has been hurt.
You have several options.
A. Get upset, be concerned, tell them to let an authority figure know that this person has hurt them.
B. Brush it off like it’s nothing.
C. Tell them they deserved it.
D. Ask further about it and get details of the confrontation.
I’m betting most of you answered A or D. Sandy, as you may have guessed, is having reaction A. Even if she had reaction D., she would get Mike’s version of the story, and would not know the complexities of everything that is going on.
From your viewpoint, Sandy is in the wrong, yes. But she doesn’t know anything about what’s happened other than that Michael has been hurt. Glance upwards and notice that Sandy does not remember Lucy at all. She is acting how any caring girlfriend would, and in my opinion, she is innocent in all of this, as she doesn’t actually know how much pain and torment she has caused, (from my impression of her personality) she would not want to cause it, and the only way that she has caused it is by going out with someone she thinks is a nice, sweet, gentle guy, who is that to her, even if he isn’t to Lucy.
I don’t think it’s fair to call her insane/stupid/overreacting/a bitch if all of this is true, and I see no reason for it not to be.
fnord November 30, 2011, 11:21 PM EST.
oh now it all begins Sandy VS. Lucy the epic fight of 2011?
Nick November 30, 2011, 11:39 PM EST.
I understand the fact that it’s flash back, but Mike has always had a scarf! Where is your scarf Mike!?
Xenos November 30, 2011, 11:46 PM EST.
Kuddos to anyone who guessed this was coming. Unfortunately, i’m not one of them… I am sure those of you who often make predictions know there is no real need to guess what comes next, but don’t let me stop your comments. Just one more thing: Sandy looks like Liam in panel 8. And Mike’s pose in #9 is a bit femenine dontcha think? But his face; priceless.
The Guy Nobody Knows November 30, 2011, 11:59 PM EST.
You know, it is highly likly that Sandy has lead a sheltered life and, because of the lack of such events, a hurt shin is actualy an extreame for her.
Also, because every post needs to mention this at this point, this is a flashback.
bla December 1, 2011, 12:14 AM EST.
Is it just me or is anyone else seeing that Mike isnt trashing Lucy
he is just saying what happened and he was about to continue to say that he deserved it (or so it seems)
trashing would be like
YO THIS BITCH LUCY ALMOST KILLED ME FOR NO REASON
i dont think mike said anything like that
Voice December 1, 2011, 12:48 AM EST.
Does Sandy think he’s at school or something? Wouldn’t she have him tell his parents if she’s concerned? Strange…
Tacsi December 1, 2011, 1:16 AM EST.
This is a flashback.
Tacsi December 1, 2011, 1:17 AM EST.
Idk to be honest if somebody doesnt like something they should come out and say it.
I had this friend who I would play-fight witha nd he acted like it was cool and he didnt mind, then one day i found out he hated me o.o so i stopped play fighting and avoided him after that. Honestly if he had said he didnt like it from the get-go id be fine
moo December 1, 2011, 2:01 AM EST.
I know where this flash back is from! Read the chapter A New Leaf and this will make sense!
N-Star December 1, 2011, 2:10 AM EST.
Unfortunately, Taeshi, some people aren’t going to accept the fact that Sandy is the cause for Lucy and Mike’s hate fest. Several people however over react on this by saying, “SANDYS A BITCH”, or ,” SANDY MUST DIE!” Personally I don’t have friendly feelings toward her, being pretty much the center of hateful thoughts.
Roxas December 1, 2011, 2:21 AM EST.
Does this mean Sandy didn’t mature at all since 3rd grade? Business people scares me
JeffMScratch December 1, 2011, 2:31 AM EST.
We BARELY know anything about Sandy and it seems whenever she appears in the comic or mention, a lot of people throw fire at her. She is just being a concern girlfriend such as anyone would.
All we know about her is that she is Mike’s girlfriend, use to live in Roseville and now is far away, and is a model. That’s basically it. We haven’t seen how she’ll be around the characters when she visits and Mike introduces them. (if they have a chance)
BOTH Mike and Lucy did damages to their friendship. It’s just now Lucy is maturing as Mike is finally letting everything that she did to him in the past get to him. I wish Mike would just give Lucy a chance to show she’s not the way she was back then, but it seems a bit too late now.
Honestly, I don’t care whether or not Mike and Lucy end up together in the end. I want them to be friends again and hopefully time will heal that.
Sepiawolf December 1, 2011, 3:00 AM EST.
Under the circumstances, I would still have a bit of trouble blaming Sandy for being supportive of telling Mike to avoid Lucy. Telling him to avoid her and throwing her kindness back in her face are not in fact the same thing. It’s one thing to stop the pain. Mike simply turned it around, subverting Lucy’s attempts at changing. Blaming Sandy would be rather foolish to hold her feelings, based on what she hears from likely the only person from her old friends she keeps in contact with, against her. Mike, on the other hand, could try not being so antagonistic if he wants not to come off as a jerk. He’s kind of beating a dead horse to justify so much hate.
Hoheh wouldn’t mind him forgiving her enough to act civil instead of ignoring or being mean to her.
Hoheh December 1, 2011, 3:10 AM EST.
Tell the teacher? I believe they’re going to start having problems. This I like…
ComatoseSkunk December 1, 2011, 3:56 AM EST.
Can you please make this comic instead from
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday can you make it…
Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday please
can you please December 1, 2011, 4:14 AM EST.
Rockit December 1, 2011, 4:15 AM EST.
can you please: no.
Taeshi December 1, 2011, 4:43 AM EST.
for the love of christ could the majority of you make sure you read the rest of the comments before you comment. a lot of what’s been said in the past 9 hours has already been said by others since this page came out. in fact there have been big arguments over the issue of sandy and the flashback misconceptions.
strider December 1, 2011, 6:04 AM EST.
I always knew that Sandy girl was trouble.
ArcTypeMakoto December 1, 2011, 6:21 AM EST.
Might not have anything to do with this page but, I was just listening to Exile Vilify by The National and realized that it suited Lucy perfectly… Well ring-a-ding ding, she’s got a theme song now.
^Incase anyone wants to listen.^
JustBob December 1, 2011, 6:41 AM EST.
Hah. Great, now I have a reason to hate Sandy. I was a little annoyed at how much of a non-character she was.
Lucy and Mike had a guys’ friendship, and now Sandy’s making Mike into a little girl. (Not her fault, of course; she just doesn’t understand how friendship works. And she’s a pathetic excuse for a… er… non-human being because of it. Heh.)
You show ‘em, Mikey!
Souffrir December 1, 2011, 6:42 AM EST.
Odd. Weren’t they communicating through some written medium?
And yet… this page really sets up a tone suggesting that Sandy isn’t all there.
Fortuna Veritas December 1, 2011, 7:00 AM EST.
I see what you did there sandy… It’s that innocent worry that turns mike against Lucy and then world war fifteen begins…
Karl December 1, 2011, 7:17 AM EST.
@Taeshi: it’s pretty obviously a flashback, but sometimes you have to cater to the lowest common denominator. Have you considered giving flashbacks a specific tone? Like a single colour overlay? I’m not saying everything that happens in the past is in black and white or sepia, but you could use that sort of effect to dispel any confusion.
It’d separate the flashback pages stylistically from the rest of the scene in a very obvious, but not obtrusive way. You could also make it washed out, or hazy around the edge of the page or two tone like some earlier chapters have been. Just a suggestion. I know it’s obviously a flashback and a lot of other readers do, too. But making it more obvious might cut out the ******** comments from the… less sharp… amongst us all.
Here’s something I tried: http://www.jabberworks.com.au/?p=1192
BJMcG December 1, 2011, 8:05 AM EST.
Or Lucy can just break his kneecaps. I wasn’t expecting that
Krys the Wytch December 1, 2011, 8:27 AM EST.
Maybe Mike just rather prefer a nice, kind girl rather than some one like Lucy. Maybe he just can’t handle the way Lucy acts like Paulo does.
idek December 1, 2011, 8:37 AM EST.
“uuhhh, no Sandy, I didn’t invite another girl up to my room just before you called…”
2tailed_fox December 1, 2011, 8:39 AM EST.
I’ve never been too big of a fan of Sandy, but now I finally understand. Like Taeshi said, she’s not some manipulative she devil who’s turning Mike against Lucy on purpose. Although, I was a sheltered child who beat people up… So I guess that’s why I didn’t/don’t relate to Sandy. I still appreciate her character as a sweet, caring girl who is just shocked that someone hurt her boyfriend. Wether or not she’s more is up to Taeshi, entirely.
theghost December 1, 2011, 8:47 AM EST.
uuhhh, no 2tailed_fox, I didn’t believe someone else couldn’t understand that this page is a flashback…
or, you thought that, in that flashback, lucy was at mike’s house?
I didn’t think about this…
if it is so, sorry. I was joking, anyway (just in case).
boh... December 1, 2011, 9:04 AM EST.
I feel like Sandy has too much of a childhood complex. She keeps talking as though she can’t grow up and asking about telling the teacher? I feel like she’s still little and I feel like that throws off her character of a sweet person entirely to more of a childish stuck-in-the-past person which is likely since she was taken away so young and is now a model at a fairly young age. But that could be just how I see it
Winter_Persephone December 1, 2011, 9:22 AM EST.
thanks for trying anyway
can you please December 1, 2011, 9:26 AM EST.
that’s very perceptive of you, that “childish-ness” actually stems from the fact she really hasn’t been able to live her life. for the most part her “life”, if you want to call it that, has been set by her parents pretty much every thing she does now is what her parents want, not what she wants. she never experienced what other children will learn naturally over time. so her own perception and reactions are very limited because of this. (another way to look at it is that her parents are living their lives through her and it’s damaged the dimensions in which she views reality.)
could Karma be what’s up?
strider December 1, 2011, 9:30 AM EST.
Wow. Obviously I have it all wrong. My mind is screwing with me right now. In that case, I don’t get this at all. I shall have to re-read a lot of stuff now.
Kirby Boi December 1, 2011, 9:31 AM EST.
ow that must have been a hard kick… poor mike… poor lucy…. oh cruel fate has cast a lot against the star crossed lovers..
I find it ironic that mike said he loved her long ago and now that lucy loves him he hates her… whats up with that!?
Allianna Rene December 1, 2011, 9:32 AM EST.
I like how mike calls Lucy his friend after all of that drama.
Q December 1, 2011, 9:45 AM EST.
Q, please read the previous comments before you post, this is a flashback.
strider December 1, 2011, 9:46 AM EST.
i hope she doesn’t convince him to tell
although lucy didn’t kick him at school so im pretty sure the teachers can’t do anything about it
kkid210 December 1, 2011, 10:18 AM EST.
I just have one question.. how does “She needed to deck me square in the shin” translate, in anyone’s mind, into something that needs to be told to a teacher? I hear that, and I hear that they were goofing off and it’s ok. Not that he was being abused by his best friend…. Sandy’s reaction seems to be, well, an over reaction. Some girl that is his friend, who she doesn’t even remember, was “annoyed” and decked him in the shin… He didn’t say a bully, or give any indication that it was anything other than a friendly disagreement, and from the phrasing you could even assume it was a joking one, and he got a hurt leg, and that’s it. Yet somehow this translates into unfriendly behavior? I would understand if he had followed it up with the completely true statement that “Lucy does this all the time” or some other lame defense of Lucy’s less than acceptable treatment of him which happened all the time, but for Sandy to freak out and think he needs to tell a teacher over one time? From someone he just referred to as a friend? When she doesn’t remember or know about this happening before? That’s going a little overboard.
Mary December 1, 2011, 10:48 AM EST.
Because sandy’s perception is black and white. She has been raised in a way that any assault or abuse is bad, period. She doesn’t know Lucy or the fact that there’s a difference between friendly spats and abusive assaults. (Although mikes mobility impairment makes me think its the latter) so from her perception her reaction is justified. Besides its her BF if you heard your BF had been hurt to the point he can’t stand you would want heads to roll (metaphorically of course)
strider December 1, 2011, 12:17 PM EST.
Okay, I have a feeling that Lucy will either fire off some of the things she did for him, or just leave and do something drastic. This can, in fact, become a way for Tess to redeem herself in many people’s eyes, and go out of school with one hell of a hurrah- she comforts Lucy (or saves her, either way), then confronts Mike with the knowledge she gained from Mike about Lucy with the truth about their relationship. Either that or there will be a fight. I can see either Abbey or Paulo doing it.
Renadt December 1, 2011, 12:31 PM EST.
Am I the only one that would just laugh
elinn December 1, 2011, 1:46 PM EST.
@taeshi: i dont know if this has been said before, but one of the reasons the last flashback was seen as a flashback was because lucy LOOKED different when she was younger, so its obvious that if she looks younger its in the past, whereas mike has really only changed his scarf over the years
i hope that may help with the confusion…
chellby December 1, 2011, 1:47 PM EST.
…Why does Sandy not remember her old friend? I mean… they were friends before she moved, right?
AcousticGirl December 1, 2011, 2:03 PM EST.
Anyone else notice that Mike doesn’t really look happy even at the beginning of the comic? I suppose one could translate that as a “pained” look, but I think I’d actually look/be happier hearing my significant other’s voice after a long absence regardless…
BiCaBoKe December 1, 2011, 2:12 PM EST.
Deserved that kick to the shin
Austin December 1, 2011, 2:45 PM EST.
Mike looks naked without the scarf on
Ddadon December 1, 2011, 2:50 PM EST.
austin, the whole page is a flashback.
I think we will have to repeat this for everyone…
boh... December 1, 2011, 3:06 PM EST.
@Derp: So… what you’re saying… is noting undue hate and anger beforehand… is bad. I didn’t cause the Sandy hatred and I’m aware how stubbornly some people around here cling to blaming her. What are you on about?
Hoheh December 1, 2011, 3:16 PM EST.
@AcousticGirl Sandy spent all her time with Mike so it could be perfectly reasonable that she would forget who Lucy was since she probably hasn’t thought about her in years.
Viken December 1, 2011, 3:39 PM EST.
It’s both Mike and Lucy’s fault. Honestly, I’m pretty sure if he had threatened to end their friendship earlier over Lucy’s shenanigans, this wouldn’t have happened.
Just Saiyan December 1, 2011, 3:42 PM EST.
@Just Saiyan You can’t blame him for trying to keep there friendship alive.
Viken December 1, 2011, 3:44 PM EST.
wait what’s going on? is sandy ok?
Houle Nemo December 1, 2011, 3:47 PM EST.
That’s the thing through Viken, he honestly didn’t. He just bottled up his frustrations and **** until it all boiled over, ending with the current situation.
Just Saiyan December 1, 2011, 3:54 PM EST.
I guess so
Viken December 1, 2011, 4:02 PM EST.
600 Comments, and about half of them filled with ignorance… like little guppies…
I need more weekend activities when I’m frozen in at 3 am unable to sleep and waiting for work. ‘cause I highly doubt Taeshi’s gonna show us the Lucy Reaction Shot I’m so -desperately- waiting to see. The next page will most likely cover Sandy continuing to talk to Mike about how and why he puts up with the abuse he does, with some type of “Armor Piercing Question” (A: I hope someone gets lost on Tv Tropes. Mwahaha. And B: I wish I could make that a Link, to make getting lost onto Tv Tropes even easier. Ahahaha) that makes Mike start truly questioning why he puts up with what Lucy does.
At the same time, it is a bit unfair. For most of the begining of the comic, the characters we knew and loved enjoyed beating each other up in silly abusive ways. The injuries were amusing at best. Realism suddenly started sinking in, and Lucy’s behavior is bad. I call shenanigans! If it was -always- like that, I’d have completely sided with Mike already, not just understanding and respecting him for most of his actions (there’s still has to be a better way than to tear her heart out with a rusty spoon, Mashuel (spell check needed)). But the abuse was funny earlier. Why does it have to suddenly be bad now?
Also, obligatory remarks that few of the people that should see it will:
A) This is a flash back page. This happened some time ago. Possibly -ages- ago. Mike was talking to Sandy, Sandy was wondering why Mike was letting Lucy hurt him, and he started wondering it himself. That’s what Sandy helped him realise (or something along those lines).
B) Sandy is a flat character. She’s the nice, successful, supportive girlfriend. She isn’t evil, and she hasn’t done anything wrong. She showed concern for her man. SImple as that. Hating on her for doing anything wrong is a bit messed up. Mike and Lucy Shipers can hate on her for sinking that ship once and for all, and story writers can dislike a Static Character, but otherwise, there’s really no reason to hate on Sandy.
I still want to figure out who Lucy’s going to turn to next. Maybe she’ll go evil and join up with Final Fantasy Cat. Or she’ll give Paulo another try (despite him having to choose between Jasmine or Tessa, or did that get resolved in Jasmine’s favor already?). Hey, isn’t Jessica bi? ‘cause there’s always that. What about that Carter fellow? Isn’t he the “ILOVELUCYILOVELUCY” dude?
And then, of course, is the play. Which one’s going to be less mature about things and end up ruining it? I say 50% chance Lucy’s not going to be able to control herself working with him, 40% chance Mike’s going to be an *** about it, and a 10% chance that neither of them does anything wrong (those figures are all rounded up, with an additional .0001% chance the play goes perfectly).
Anonymous One December 1, 2011, 4:05 PM EST.
Too late for me to edit this into my comment.
@ Taeshi: I just read through every single comment.
I KNEW YOU’RE WATCHING US! I KNEW IT! ADMIT YOU ENJOY WATCHING THE LITTLE PUPPETS DANCE! YOU KNOW YOU DO!
I can’t figure out what your plan is… what are you playing at! Grawr!
Also, I can’t beleive I find myself staying up, even though I have to work, every single Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday night, just to see what the newest comic is. Despite my preference for the silly and fun, and me missing “the good ol’ days” compared to this recent dramaticness, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that BCB has become a guilty pleasure. Lord knows my psychologist would have plenty more questions for me if he found I was addicted to a comic involving anthropomorphic cats talking to each other. Still, good comic. Better than anything I could attempt.
Anonymous One December 1, 2011, 4:23 PM EST.
Um,all I care about is if we throw Sandy in a bonfire,Anoymous One..Plus,she is perfect,you know…
Rich.Pretty.Successful.Has Mike wrapped around her freaking finger.Didn`t take one step in the mud to get him.Barely has any negitive thoughts.”Oh!Are you okay?!”Worries perfectly.Is that what I see…Lipstick on her pretty face?Wow.
BitterSweetCandyBowl December 1, 2011, 4:25 PM EST.
In my opinion, Mike got what he deserved. He needs to be shapen up a little! That’s just not how you treat a lady.
Varulvsnatt December 1, 2011, 5:03 PM EST.
@BitterSweetCandyBowl I bet that perfect Sandy image will be torn to shreds when she comes to visit.
Viken December 1, 2011, 5:14 PM EST.
Sandy isn’t being a bad girlfriend right now, though it is somewhat alarming that she is reacting that strongly to being kicked in the shin (or at least asking why Mike why he isn’t telling a teacher…that just seems…awkward ).
Anyway excellent page as ever, keep up the good work
Kaiser December 1, 2011, 5:23 PM EST.
Wait a second, why did Mike still refer Lucy as a friend? Is he trying to look pitiful in Sandy’s eyes so he gets more attention? What the heck is going on!
Amber December 1, 2011, 5:35 PM EST.
It’s a flashback.
Take note of the kind of phone he’s using, as well as his size, and the fact that he’s scarfless.
Just Saiyan December 1, 2011, 5:38 PM EST.
Once again, read the comments, this is a FLASHBACK. Notice he’s not wearing the scarf right now and the background’s changed.
BirdmanGA December 1, 2011, 5:39 PM EST.
I can understand caring for him, but why call a teacher? Just seems a bit… childish.
randomguy December 1, 2011, 6:01 PM EST.
@ derp: you are the best, asd. I’m sincere. and also, you are the only one apart me who noticed that sandy is the only one having true hair and having them of a different color of the fur.
I share “Winter_Persephone“‘s opinion on sandy. is there in the comic a single character that has no (“mental”, childhood, whatever else) problems at all? no. if it appeared at least three-four times, I think.
maybe sandy’s problem is that one, that she had part of her childhood ruined, so she doesn’t know exactly what “being friends” is. she overreacted a bit too much, even if she was only worried for mike, because he did specify that it was his friend who hurted him. yes, this must be it.
I wonder how\if she will solve this problem in the little time she will stay with mike…. or if they will break up for this reason (somehow) and she will stay like this for the rest of her life, depressed and isolated in her premature adult world (maybe I exaggerated a bit with the tragicalness asd).
p.s. sorry for the english. I’m not a native speaker. tell me if I wrote something that does not make much sense…
boh... December 1, 2011, 6:06 PM EST.
Huh. So I guess mike hitting on Lucy in Chapter 10, page 6
goes to waste now that he’s sticking onto Sandy.
I can’t stand annoyance either, but clinging onto another person out of a ‘Shoo, go away. I hate you now.’ kind of manner is not nice.
Both Sandy and Lucy deserve someone better.
A Visitor December 1, 2011, 6:30 PM EST.
maybe you can explain this to me, how does
actually any of you sandy haters explain that to me, because from what i’ve seen in the past panels of the comic, is that her life =/= perfect. i won’t repeat my clues to this, if you want to know why i think this read the comment thread.
again, i think everyone is casting their perception of a perfect life on sandy and not opening their eyes to see the few clues presented that counter this opinion. (also it would help if people read chapter “to the top” and pay attention to the emotions on sandy’s face during it.)
strider December 1, 2011, 6:54 PM EST.
@strider I don’t think Sandy’s perfect, I hate that everyone thinks that she is- that’s why I dislike her … Because she’s very boring and no one can honestly tell me what’s worthwhile about her.
SHE’S SO NICE AND HAPPY!! PRETTY AD KIND!!!
that’s nothing of value to me. All that can be faked. And just because someone’s nice doesn’t mean they have a personality.
I like sincerity, uniqueness, strength. People I see worth in. I don’t see worth in Sandy no matter how successful she is. Her lack of personality makes her useless to me and I would never want to be friends with someone so boring. That’s all. That’s why I hate her lol. She’s also really ****in’ weak and girly.
Hurr December 1, 2011, 7:04 PM EST.
you seem to be a rarity in these parts, i don’t diss on haters if they have a good reason to hate. everyone has their own viewpoint, for instance i don’t like lucy because well i won’t go into that since i already argued that point into the ground two or three pages ago. i’m just getting tired of “i hate sandy because she’s perfect” or “she’s a manipulative biatch” speeches when they have no proof of this. that’s what i’m fighting to show the counter of, to show her life isn’t perfect in her eyes. personally, i think she’s a good character, not as dynamic or unique as lucy maybe, but definitely a rarely seen but often misread and quite a sad character.
strider December 1, 2011, 7:18 PM EST.
Yeah, a lot of the story has drained out of my system since it’s been so long. I don’t remember most of the story up to 4 months ago unless it was a huge event and it’s brought up again.
Amber December 1, 2011, 7:20 PM EST.
Maybe I’m reading to deeply into this, but has Sandy not grown up at all? Maybe a life of luxury has left her cut off from a path of maturity. Also, is she overly nice because she’s trying to hide a character flaw or special hatred? The world may never know…
Trace Legacy December 1, 2011, 7:27 PM EST.
@trace legacy (love the name by the way)
as for the first part i think you hit the nail on the head, she hasn’t really been exposed to the world as much as normal children so it’s stunted her development a bit. as far as the overly niceness, i think that has more to do with professional career grooming. remember she has been groomed to be a model, so it’s probable that the niceness comes off even in normal conversation. so it’s not that she’s hiding something it’s just how she has been raised to behave.
strider December 1, 2011, 7:33 PM EST.
@strider & trace
So, a ‘normal’ kid should let others kick their shins so hard it leaves a bruise, and say nothing, just laugh it out?
And worring about a friend who says he needs to sit ‘cause someone hit him, that’s being sheltered and immature? She can’t see how bad the damage is, all she knows is he’s complaining of the pain, so makes sense to be worried, don’t you think?
Lurkah December 1, 2011, 7:52 PM EST.
i’m stating points about sandy’s character, if you want to see my opinion on this page read my earlier comments. it’s not that hard, expand the comments, activate the webpage search function (ctrl+F) and type in my name. i already fought with others about that issue. i was and have been on sandy’s side. before you jump on somebody you better check the facts about who your trying to attack.
strider December 1, 2011, 7:56 PM EST.
Like I said before. This page really makes me want to see sandy to come over and see Lucy and sandy fight. Like Texas and Carolina, that could be the best cat fight ever…. of all time!
Charmdra December 1, 2011, 8:35 PM EST.
maybe but it would be seriously counter productive, that would completely annihilate any chance of mike and lucy even being friends. cause you know with lucy’s violent streak she would probably hospitalize sandy. and since sandy is a model and models don’t get jobs with scars, her career is gone. it could pretty much destroy the poor girl, making mike hate lucy even more. interesting idea but no.
strider December 1, 2011, 8:42 PM EST.
@strider I mean a verbal fight. Sandy defends mike only to learn what he has done by listening to her. Then begins to hate him and becomes emotionally scarred because she indirectly ruined someone else’s life. So she hates him and goes off as a changed woman. Just like Carolina and the director
Charmdra December 1, 2011, 8:45 PM EST.
look at the page again, you really think she’s gonna want to hear anything lucy has to say after her perception is being formed. Mike is doing a pretty good job of being the victim here, and when you’re in a rage (which is the only way i could see sandy confronting lucy) your not gonna hear what the other person is saying. especially if said person, from your perspective, severely hurt someone you deeply care about because from your perspective nothing they say can justify their actions. so i doubt sandy gets a realization from lucy. pretty much the SS MxL has been severely torpedoed and is unsavable, it’s time to abandon ship. they may be friends in the future but you may want to hope their is no confrontation from either side cause that would be another torpedo to a sinking ship.
strider December 1, 2011, 8:54 PM EST.
@Strider I don’t think she’ll be that irrational. She will probably ask mike and his friends to make sure. I mean, I’d she is smart enough to tell mike to tell the teacher (which is always the right think to do) she’ll probably be smart enough to double check.
Charmdra December 1, 2011, 8:58 PM EST.
On a side note, I keep imagining Lucy singing “your best friend” to church after the last comic
Charmdra December 1, 2011, 9:02 PM EST.
lol, i don’t think some of the readers will agree with you on that. some have stated that “telling the teacher” is a childish way to handle the situation. anyways, look at how worked up she got over just hearing he was hurt. it seems like she completely blanked out that he had just said she was a friend. seems like she is capable of extreme emotional outbursts when mike is concerned so anger bordering on blind rage can’t be ruled out. blind rage can make even the most rational person irrational.
strider December 1, 2011, 9:03 PM EST.
@Strider think long term man. If she doesn’t believe Lucy, when she calms down, Mike’s friends are gonna speak up and she’ll learn the truth from them.
PS what do you think about what I said in the last comment?
Charmdra December 1, 2011, 9:06 PM EST.
There’s a BSC wiki exists
hipster December 1, 2011, 9:16 PM EST.
honestly, the way things are going long term or not. it’s gonna be lucy and mike who have to resolve the charlie foxtrot their situation is in. if sandy leaves mike (which is what would happen in that scenario) it’s gonna start the cycle all over again, so it doesn’t resolve the problem. sandy doesn’t need be a major factor in this resolution. it’s the maturity levels of mike and lucy that’s causing this problem. that’s what needs to change and that’s what will resolve the problem.
as for your side note, when i heard you say that i got a song from the 80’s (or was it the 90’s, man i feel old) stuck in my head with that lyric in it, so i don’t think we’re on the same wavelength on that.
yeah i saw that, i thought it was funny that the only comment on the sandy conversation is sandy bashing comment, lol.
strider December 1, 2011, 9:17 PM EST.
@Strider even so, I need to see karma bite mike in the family jewels. So I just hope he sees how much of an *** he’s been lately, and see at least a friendship mended.
Also, your best friend is a rvb song sung by caboose, look it up on youtube
Charmdra December 1, 2011, 9:22 PM EST.
Oh yeah, if it happens to go to the point where Mike’s life is ruined, it’s totally worth it btw I think the zealots are getting a bit restless back at battle creek, I might need to change that
PS if you look at my previous comments, you’ll find I changed mike from church to agent Washington in his search for epsilon moments
Charmdra December 1, 2011, 9:29 PM EST.
the karma needle is aimed at lucy right now, it’ll swing back eventually but not till it’s done with lucy. there’s a reason for this, lucy isn’t backing off. let me explain, if lucy had given mike his space, he would’ve probably realized eventually he over reacted to whatever made him hate lucy. THEN, he would’ve actually started missing and start seeing lucy the person, not lucy the memory. HOWEVER, lucy attempted to force a fix (on a certain someone’s advice) on their wounded friendship while the wound was still fairly fresh. this aggitated things to the point the wound reopened, with the catastrophic effects we’re seeing now.
BTW, i gotta get back to my class work so this is my final post for the night, guys.
strider December 1, 2011, 9:34 PM EST.
wow… i think sandy became a bit obsess don’t you think too?
bob December 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EST.
You know, ignoring all the issues with Mike and Lucy, the only thing going through my mind when I read this is “It’s /Michael/. Not ‘Maishul’. You called him that in grade 3, you’re now in high school. Just…come on.”
Osa December 1, 2011, 10:16 PM EST.
sandy dont care and i hate her! !!!!!!!! still luvin paulo poor lucy kill mike!!!!!
sdamned December 1, 2011, 10:19 PM EST.
Why can’t people see that this is a freaking flashback?
Also, Sandy is not obsessed with Mike!
I would punch the life off of anyone who kept on physically harassing my boyfrend.
Emy December 1, 2011, 10:23 PM EST.
@sdamned love the name. I agree with Lucy to kill mike, he deserves it.
Charmdra December 1, 2011, 10:23 PM EST.
Interesting. Sandy may not remember Lucy at all, or they were never really introduced. Furthermore, “jerkface” (I think I’ll call him that from now on, just because it makes me smirk) who gave us the impression that he tells Sandy every little detail of his day doesn’t even talk about Lucy?! It certainly shows how much he’s trying to force her out of his existence, let alone his relationship. On the topic of Lucy’s reaction: it was very expected of her to lash out against him, but it’s understandable that she needs the truth, raw and uncut, told to her directly.
What could be expected to come: Sandy will most likely press on in learning about Lucy upon arrival, if the conversation she’s having with “jerkface” stays on topic. She’ll confront Lucy directly, which will upset Lucy, which will upset “jerkface”, and the problems between the two will just multiply exponentially. I can still see their friends backing up Lucy more than him, but if anyone will stick by “jerkface’s” side, it will probably be Paulo so he can be near Sandy. It all just comes back into a loop of suffering for “jerkface” and Lucy, doesn’t it?
~Bittersweet we will always be, Bittersweet for eternity.~
Z. Guru December 1, 2011, 10:31 PM EST.
I don’t think Sandy really had to say anything to Mike about Lucy, I think she more *showed* him what true friendship and love was like through just being the better friend. Sandy WAS Mike’s first real friend, who didn’t treat him like ****.
Bl1nd Proph3t December 1, 2011, 10:32 PM EST.
I understand being upset when somewone you care about gets hurt/hit but her reaction is pretty immature for a 16 year old
Mego December 1, 2011, 10:36 PM EST.
Prediction: Sandy and Mike have a little fight over Lucy, Mike claiming that this is just how Lucy is and she is still a good friend, Sandy disagreeing with him saying friends don’t hurt each other. This happens a few times (hence the ‘stick up his *** whenever he gets off the phone with her) and then he gets so stressed over it that he tells Lucy he hates her. Then I think he just rolls with it, which is why he brings all this with Sandy up.
Or it could be absolutely nothing like that and I am dumb.
Nikkisaurus December 1, 2011, 10:37 PM EST.
Sandy needs to ****ing learn how to say names properly, like how do you get Maishul out of Micheal?
catbutts December 1, 2011, 10:39 PM EST.
yeah, how dare Sandy have a pet name for her boyfriend that reminds them both of the happy days they spent together in their childhood.
seriously people, its either an over exaggerated effort to get an accent across (which obviously is difficult via text) or sandy mispronounces it that way intentionally because it’s basically her nickname for Mike
Alpharius December 1, 2011, 10:45 PM EST.
She CHOOSES to say it like that, its a pet name, and Mike obviously enjoys hearing her say it that way (better than honey bunch, sugar muffins, or some other awful pet name).
It is beyond me why so many people get peeved when she says Maishul…
Sandvich December 1, 2011, 10:49 PM EST.
Think French Accent…
Terrh December 1, 2011, 11:02 PM EST.
whoops , I am french and I have never heard any of my family say Michael that way. But to one’s own, we can all have our own opinions about things. No need to get mean.
catbutts December 1, 2011, 11:13 PM EST.
I know that this is way random and stuff and there ar e biggers issues……
….but am I the only one that thinks that Mike looks way younger without a scarf??….
Or I could be wrong because time has passed and so he should be growing into his adulthood looking form…
And although people hate Sandy for causing the drama and “helping” Mike realize that he hates Lucy, I have to love her for it….I mean the reason that she’s reacting like that is probably because he has told her about Lucy hurting him, and he just didn’t really listen to Sandy when she commented on it until he started thinking Sandy as his girlfriend…
Sirius December 1, 2011, 11:24 PM EST.
Aaron North December 1, 2011, 11:31 PM EST.
Sirius, I think it is before he “grew in” to his current form, if this is happening before the vacation. If i remember correctly, Lucy gets her face fangs on that vacation, so they both do some growing up.
HyperBallistic December 1, 2011, 11:59 PM EST.
No update? Take your time, I’m letting the suspense kill me irl (also, so many people F5 spamming to get the first comment break teh site)
Kyle December 2, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.
Your Mom December 2, 2011, 12:21 PM EST.
Jay Tea December 2, 2011, 2:34 PM EST.
@Sirius: I agree with evreything you said.
People are wanting to kill sandy just because she’s his girl friend…
The awsome one December 3, 2011, 6:01 PM EST.
Haha, Lucy kicked that booty!
iSpyy December 4, 2011, 1:11 AM EST.
Exactly. Why haven’t you then, Mike? I thought you hated her. *glare*
Nishakun December 5, 2011, 5:16 PM EST.
Of course, I’m still against Sandy.
The awesome one December 6, 2011, 9:55 PM EST.
mike looks weird without his scarf..its like he is naked all of the sudden 0_o
Tina December 7, 2011, 9:09 AM EST.
@Tina Your so right, he looks so different! :’D
I also believe that Mike is making a bad move here. Just because Sandy doesn’t like her doesn’t mean that he had to hate Lucy. That’s just wrong.
Snowy December 11, 2011, 11:30 PM EST.
First of all, I dont know about you, but none of my friends have ever hurt me. Not even by mistake. And Lucy’s tough girl attitude isn’t really helping in this case. I’m with Sandy, he should have told the teacher, a parent, or anyone!!
If you don’t like me, just come to my house and “Lucy”* me.
*Lucy= Kicking someones *** because she/he is your only friend/babysitter, and in the end you notice this person only likes you because everyone likes him/her because she/he is friends that prticular person.
Sleepwalker March 2, 2012, 1:11 AM EST.
soy español xd
chuquecharli May 27, 2012, 4:06 PM EST.
*GASP* Sandy doesn’t approve of Lucy? I must hate her now, HATE!
lol, Mike is like Carter, except instead of throwing himself off a cliff for Lucy, he’ll do it for Sandy.
By the way, Mike, if you don’t like Lucy-what is that injury-breaking a chair over your knee or whatever the hell happened, then cowboy the **** up and tell her straight you don’t like.
Don’t be a pansy and gourd up your emotions, until you explode like a frothing emo.
Here’s a quote for you, Mike: “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions”.
LookAtMe June 27, 2012, 5:00 PM EST.
Now that I’m used to seeing Mike with a scarf, he seems rather naked without it
Pained July 5, 2012, 8:43 PM EST.
@CC Concerned Sandy Is Concerned
S.Chambers December 29, 2012, 9:45 PM EST.
10th panel: confused Mike is confused.
Sambo March 12, 2013, 9:43 PM EST.
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