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Smooth, Lucy, real smooth.
The dialogue about the brother always kind of bugged me, but if anyone is confused, Mike is basically comparing his little brother Chris to Lucy’s pets, because they basically act and are of similar age to Chris (Who’s about three). Lucy has two biological brothers, and none of them are younger than her. That is why she is saying that it must be nice having someone younger to take care of, and Mike is saying bluntly that she is speaking nonsense because taking care of Yashy and the other pets is similar to taking care of Chris.
Funfact, this is the FIRST TIME Haley has ever been referenced in comic, and I know in my descriptions i have always called her Hayley. I hated that. I always preferred Haley, and at the end of the day, the comic itself is what points out the correct spelling so Haley is canon and you should ignore the past me and my durpitude!
EDIT: People were too confused by it and I was too annoyed with the dialogue, so it has been altered to just Mike being blunt and snarky! I hope this is better!
FINALLY I LOVE THIS COUPLE but mike is being a major **** here
CaptianMorgan October 14, 2011, 12:02 AM EST.
I love the new art style a lot, it really brings the emotions together I find!
Feyaden October 14, 2011, 12:03 AM EST.
It’s sad.. she’s trying to make small talk..:c I have been in that situation before.. I feel all lame when i am. She’s trying to be nice, he should appreciate that
Hayli October 14, 2011, 12:03 AM EST.
Just amazing. You always amaze me.
Whee7 October 14, 2011, 12:03 AM EST.
damn mike why ya gotta be so cold?
The-Gray-Angel October 14, 2011, 12:03 AM EST.
Oh Micheal, you and your angst.
Shada October 14, 2011, 12:03 AM EST.
Yaya for small talk. the page is having issues loading all the way, IDK what you can do about that or if its just my computer, anyways at least they are talking. Thanks again Taeshi
Clarification, at least they are talking civilly, even if Mike won’t look at her. I get the feeling that about fifty percent of the people who read this comic have never been annoyed at someone because none of them have ever given anyone the cold shoulder, this is reasonable, the crazed rants in class are not, but he is an emotional teenager who has been used all his life. even if i like the idea of MikexLucy, I can see why he would be ****** at her.
P.S. this is the kind of behavior which i understand coming from Mike. This doesn’t annoy me, he is perfectly welcome to be annoyed at Lucy, its when he’s being a dick and decides to embarrass himself and Lucy in class that I get tired of his feud. Also, the Lucy expressions are getting better with each page, i already found Lucy to be the most facially expressive character, but the way Taeshi has been drawing her recently is just getting better and better.
Deuce Moose October 14, 2011, 12:03 AM EST.
Not much for the small talk, huh Lucy?
Lokiallen October 14, 2011, 12:03 AM EST.
Milenkeishon October 14, 2011, 12:03 AM EST.
i starting to hate Mike again
Raxki October 14, 2011, 12:03 AM EST.
Poor Lucy, she’s trying so hard.
Inumaru12 October 14, 2011, 12:03 AM EST.
Well small talk is better than no talk.
Blue Sly October 14, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.
Lucy anger incoming…?
JD October 14, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.
Well at least lucy tried.
Arreku October 14, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.
Gotta love how Mike is giving her the COLD shoulder ;D. Get it? It’s Snowing
Blarge October 14, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.
So, so cold…
The legendary idiot October 14, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.
Mike has almost reached Sandy!!! EVERYBODY BUY A BOOK!!!!!
Kakashi October 14, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.
Mike is really shutting Lucy down as far as dialogue goes… she’s just trying to make some small talk, you don’t have to shut her down completely. At least she is being civil and trying to be friendly while Mike is simply making it so they talk as little as possible.
GracefulSerenity October 14, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
………hmmmmmmmmm I must ponder this
Fireknight October 14, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
asdfgh I want more aghhhhhh weekend wait
anonymous2 October 14, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Wait Mike has a brother what
Jeez, Mike, can’t you see she’s just trying to be friendly? She’s trying to make up for the horrible treatment she’s given you all these years.
Flara October 14, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Damn, Mike is colder than the snow. At least Lucy is trying to make amends, although both her aggressiveness and angstiness used to bother me, my respect for her just went a little higher. My respect for Mike just continues to plummet.
Vulpinewolf October 14, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Huh….Mike is currently talking the same way I talk in real life, blunt and straight to the point….hmm…..nah I am thinking way too deep upon myself.
Darf14 October 14, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.
Ahh such a crappy atmosphere between them. Why can’t you drop it and start over Mike :l I mean come on. But hey, keep it up and you’re sure to win the “***** of the Year” award.
ThatGuy October 14, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.
Personally, I like the fact that Mike isn’t being all mister nice-guy. I mean, LucyXMike is my OTP, but I’m pretty sure that if they just got together with no conflict, I’d get bored.
Hygiei October 14, 2011, 12:07 AM EST.
Aww this is so sad
Not to mention awkward. Mike why are you such a dick!
TehLulzinator October 14, 2011, 12:07 AM EST.
i really really really hope lucy mans up and let’s mike know what a totally out of nowhere ******* he’s been lately because jesus christ can anyone say unwarranted and completely out of step with how he’s been in the first 3/4th of the series
xetch October 14, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
You make it so damn easy to hate you, Mike. Just letting you know that I wonder why we readers ever deal with you.
Lol, confrontation references.
Made by me.
Edit: You’re also a jerkity jerk jerk.
Random Internet Loser October 14, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
Seriously mike, all you can do is not be a meanie head to Lucy, who is trying to have a conversation with you. Lucy is just trying to be nice to you, but you’re not nice to her. and it you fault too if you hadn’t blurted out bout the partnership, you guys weren’t be in the situation. also can’t you look at the signs, but no instead you’re throwing away a good person.
!asian power! October 14, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.
Lucy trying to make conversation. Mike giving her short answers.
soo been there.
Its pretty clear Mike doesn’t want to talk. Probably has alot on his mind.
Lucy in last panel looks as though she is going to yell.
Lily October 14, 2011, 12:11 AM EST.
Stuff is happening. Lets just give time to time….
Mayonaka October 14, 2011, 12:11 AM EST.
So, I’ve been somewhat in defense of Mike’s right to be a pissy little bitch lately. However, this page right here? This is it for me. He just has no excuse at this point. I mean, he just embarrassed the **** out of her in class, and now he can’t even find it in him to be somewhat pleasant while they’re stuck together?
I’m actually feeling like it’s getting to the point of plot contrivance. Like. He’s just being this much of a dick so that the fall will be that much greater. One of the first times I’ve actually felt like I’ve had a complaint about the actual plot of BCB :\
All the same, I look forward to when this powder keg blows. At the rate we’re building up the angst meter, it’s gonna be biblical.
Maverik October 14, 2011, 12:13 AM EST.
I really miss seeing Lucy with her ears up. Go back to playing video games and having fun, you two! What happened to Mike standing up for Lucy while drunk out of his mind and hurling her back up from a watery doom?
akipolies October 14, 2011, 12:14 AM EST.
You manage to update at midnight on the dot for my timezone almost every single time. It’s pretty awesome.
So are we supposed to hate Mike now or what? He’s becoming more and more of a jerk… I’ve been in his situation before, more or less, and I managed to make small talk with “that person”. Maybe not laid back, friendly chatter; but he can’t string more than two words together without leaving a sting at the end.
(edit): Yes, Maverik has it about right I think.
The Good Doctor October 14, 2011, 12:16 AM EST.
Mike, you idiotic little douche. Quit being such a stubborn little ***, you’ve no right to act like this when you were the one who embarrassed Lucy in class!! She should be the ******-off one, not you!
Can’t wait for him to be knocked off his little high-horse.
Ali October 14, 2011, 12:17 AM EST.
What a conversation.
Dusk October 14, 2011, 12:17 AM EST.
i would be acting the same as mike…
people don’t seem to understand the fact that when someone treats you like total **** your entire life, even when you are constantly showing your affection toward them… it eventually just makes you snap inside and you lose everything you felt toward them.
sometimes, forgiveness just isn’t an option, it’s not even possible for some people.
if mike does manage to forgive lucy and they somehow end up as a couple, fine… but i don’t blame mike for reacting this way towards lucy.
also, i’m still waiting for paulo to die… it’d be so easy, he could be alone eating chips or some kind of snack, and choke to death on one.
he could even fall down the stairs and SNAP goes his neck… i could go on and on, getting more gruesome and detailed with each scenario, anyone want me to?
really, i’d be glad to.
i’m curious, is lucy’s angry expression at the end of this page from mike’s comment, or is it because of the fact they arrived at the library already?
honestly, i don’t know with her… she gets angry when people save her life, for **** sake.
Thanatos October 14, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.
good try lucy, just keep at it girl
Chelis October 14, 2011, 12:20 AM EST.
Paulo is acting more mature than Mike lately.
Mattx2 October 14, 2011, 12:23 AM EST.
Be more of a dick, Mike. She’s just attempting to make things more pleasant and less awkward. I mean, really? Would most people want to do most partner projects in utter silence? Especially if you’re ex-friends. Even if I hated someone, I’d at least break the silence if we were forced doing something together. I did that a lot in High School, actually.
Anyways, still love the snow flurry. So pretty looking.
Psychnuat October 14, 2011, 12:24 AM EST.
Well of course most ppl would say Mike’s being an ******* to Lucy , but you have to look at it at Mike’s perspective. He spent most of his childhood with her wanting to love her, but always being tooken advantage as a tool and slowly got over her. Surely enough, when he ignores her, she finds out what she lost and wants him back. With Mike’s secure mindset towards Sandy , he rejects Lucy’s approachments .
I’m supporting Mike in this case, but I do hope they’ll at least be friends again.
ThatOtherMichael October 14, 2011, 12:25 AM EST.
Mike,why do you gotta be so cold?
I hate moments like this. And ive had some of them.
Their not fun at ALL.
I feel your pain,Lucy. .I feel your pain.
NightFaller October 14, 2011, 12:26 AM EST.
Nope. Nope. Nope.
This will just not work. I think people fail to realize that Mike has been a douche the entire time. He would’ve acted this way towards anyone.
I agree with Paulo, Mike is a daisy. He shouldn’t stop talking to someone just because of something as stupid as that.
PrincessZelda October 14, 2011, 12:26 AM EST.
me and one of me forum mates were shootin the breeze about this chapter, and what i thought of was this. watch Mike and Lucy get stuck because of a blizzard and they have to talk. probably not gonna be what happens but i feel like im close to what the arch is gonna be
Thespianut October 14, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.
I actually like to spell the name as “Hailey”, but what ever.
Mikanada October 14, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.
For god sakes mike she’s trying! That last pannel on lucy looking like this===> Say: Hey! Talk to me me god damit! U going to hate on me forever i’m trying over here! Followed by mike jerkyness evil glare one way, and evil glar back the other way. Its going to be a free for all. Honistly i’ve said i get y mike’s mad. She is ****ing trying. Go get him lucy. And keep your secret weapon on tap. Lucy will yell then say the secret word DUN DUN DUN…….SORRY MIKE!
JustSomeCritic October 14, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.
Call mike a dick all you want, i understand why taeshi is having him act this way.
Look at things from a realistic perspective. As mentioned by others she’s hasn’t been very nice to him over the years, he moved on from her, then she confesses to him. It’s a very complicated thing.
Mike is obviously irritated at the situation and i find his behavior to be realistic to the situation.
Life isn’t all about fairytale happiness and “they fell in love and lived happily ever after.” That’s the cliche for fluffy love stories. This is not a fluffy love story, the characters act in reasonable, believable ways to the situations.
More than i usually comment, just felt the need to say it. Keep up the good work Taeshi i’m loving it.
Flash October 14, 2011, 12:33 AM EST.
I can only see like half of this page…
But from what I can see, go Lucy! It looks like she’s really trying to ease the tension. I hope things start going right for them again soon…I know it’ll take time, but it makes me sad to see them like this.
Soleil October 14, 2011, 12:34 AM EST.
You know with out Lucy pushing him Mike wouldn’t even have Sandy, so he owes her a lot more than just snubbing her and treating her like a disease. At least this shows lucy is SLOWLY getting more mature as mike just gets more bitter.
chellby October 14, 2011, 12:35 AM EST.
You know, Lucy could have easily just went off on Mike for spazzing out in class and getting them in this mess. Instead, she tried to be civil and Mike just brushed her off like that.
*sigh* And you used to be the mature one, Mike.
Ayami October 14, 2011, 12:36 AM EST.
Wait, if this project is due on the last day of school… why do it? I mean, next years a new year
abang October 14, 2011, 12:40 AM EST.
P.S @ Mike the the fictional cat Ehem…..In the words of daisy : Jerk jerkity jerk jerk!
JustSomeCritic October 14, 2011, 12:43 AM EST.
Klol October 14, 2011, 12:44 AM EST.
Mike, quit bein an ***!!!
Redneck October 14, 2011, 12:45 AM EST.
Mike be trolling Lucy now, but Lucy looks like she’s going to be bitching him out soon.
Neonik October 14, 2011, 12:45 AM EST.
Well said Mike. You should slow down Mike I can barley keep up with in-depth life story. lol
starfighter105 October 14, 2011, 12:49 AM EST.
Holy heck, this is a bit annoying. Mike is being a jerk. He doesn’t have to love Lucy again, just be a teensey bit friendlier. Forgiveness is a virtue for a reason. It helps the person that has been wronged just as much as it helps the one who did wrong.
JCB14 October 14, 2011, 12:49 AM EST.
Why can’t you all just stop hating. It’s bad, just read the comic and be happy you are even getting to read this beautifully drawn, well thought out, story of two lovers who can’t seem to come to terms with eachother. This really feels like I am reading a mixture of Pride and Predgudice, Gone with the Wind, Romio and Juliet, and Hamlet all rolled into one.
Garek October 14, 2011, 12:50 AM EST.
For everyone defending Mike, I usually defend Lucy but when I always knew that Lucy was at fault too. But now? That’s changed. They’re stuck together, and Lucy’s just trying to be friendly. I understand it’s complicated and Lucy’s been a jerk to him, but when she’s trying to be nice your the one being an ******* now? Also, one other thing I’d like to mention. Basically the entire reason this ****’s started is because of Sandy. But she’s not to blame, she doesn’t even know what’s going on. And who would be the only one that would be able to tell her? Mike. And I have a feeling either Mike hasn’t yet told her or whatever Sandy did(and from the small glimpses we’ve seen of her, it looks like she wouldn’t just leave it alone) he didn’t pass on the message. That or(and I doubt this happened) they had an argument and then broke up because of Lucy which would completely explain Mike’s extreme douchebaggery lately. Long post, but my first one anyway.
Also, to that guy talking about Paulo dying: What? I don’t think this comic is going to have people die
Flashbomb7 October 14, 2011, 12:52 AM EST.
:| indeed…real smooth there, Lucy.
Aoriki October 14, 2011, 12:53 AM EST.
Dear sweet precious mikey,
Shut the he’ll up and stop bein such a jerk. I mean seriously dude? Lucy us tryin ta get over this drama factor but you just hang on to your fadoodlin angst like a whiney female dog.
-sincerely lemme sleep plz :3
Lemme Sleep plz October 14, 2011, 12:58 AM EST.
I have really enjoyed this comic. I love the new art style and the colors. I can’t help but be annoyed at the way these two treat each other. For the longest time, it was an issue of communication and now that it is out there it is just sad. Lucy has always been a pain, but I don’t really see why Mike has to be such a douche. Why can’t they just get along?
Therin October 14, 2011, 1:02 AM EST.
Mike! Can you just ride along so that Lucy can feel better? She’s having a hard time, ya know!? I hope they will end up together…
Aubi October 14, 2011, 1:04 AM EST.
DON’T STOP TRYING LUCY!….please? :3
Necrology October 14, 2011, 1:05 AM EST.
*sigh* I really hate it having a small conversacion with someone you like/love
But I really feel bad for Lucy… She’s just trying to be nice to him..
Goddamit Mike!!!!!!!! >.<’
BTW: loving this comic!!
Leen619 October 14, 2011, 1:06 AM EST.
Lucy is trying so hard; acknowledge her efforts! By the way, it must have been really fun to create every piece of falling snow on this page. =P
Saiyza October 14, 2011, 1:12 AM EST.
Maishul is cutting her little heart in tiny pieces and I’m loving it!
Profesor Rod October 14, 2011, 1:14 AM EST.
Cut Mike some slack, he put up with a lot of crap from Lucy over the years and you don’t get over that just because Lucy is being nicer than usual this one time. He probably thinks that, any second now, she will go right back to being a raggedy assed bitch, and he had better just shut her down before she has a chance to hurt him again.
Yeah, he is not being fair to her. But they have history.
He is just trying to keep from getting hurt again.
Fruvous October 14, 2011, 1:17 AM EST.
annndddd he’s back. oh well, it was nice while his brain lasted, all three milliseconds that is. well I guess Saiyza gives a good point… she’s not really wanting his attention so much as trying to be nice to him… so I guess I can’t smack her and tell her to toughen up. :3 really it’s kindof a good thing I guess, she’s being above his jack***ness and trying to be the bigger person. too bad he’s being a tantrumy toddler. >.- and maybe that’s an insult to toddlers o^o
come on Mike, Lucy’s being more mature than you now, GROW UP.
Fruvous- ( no angry tone here, sorry >.<; ) bull, Mike himself said she was a burden and he was “being her friend” out of pity. he has no excuse for the way he’s treating her. she never used him. she genuinely CARED about him. on top of that, after Sandy left, he used to pretend SHE was Sandy. whereas Lucy rejected Paulo because SHE WASN’T OVER MIKE. so if anyone used someone as a crutch, it was him.
and I’d just like to point out, she only distanced herself from him after he so massively neglected her in the Sandy incident. HE’S the one who hurt HER. so SHE distanced HERSELF from HIM to try and not get hurt again. and he hurt her again ANYWAY. further more the one time she tried to show him affection he chased her off- she also tried multiple times in her own ‘Lucy-way’, which had just as dis-heartening results. so if anyone “needs slack” because “they took a lot of crap” I personally think it’s Lucy.. honestly I think both of them should just grow up. and Lucy’s trying now, which is tough for her because she knows everything is massively against her these days and she’s sure-fire to be met with a jack*** move. and true to form lately, Mike’s being a jerk. which he’s already done several times in these first pages, but Lucy tried yet again to be nice anyway.
anon October 14, 2011, 1:19 AM EST.
These pages are just so gorgeous. *_*
I was skeptical of the new style at first, but now I can’t get enough of it.
MissCaitlyn October 14, 2011, 1:20 AM EST.
That jerk. He could at least open up a little. Or smile some.
ScrabMaster October 14, 2011, 1:21 AM EST.
@Taeshi: Okay… I hate to do this, but I can be a Nazi when it comes to grammar, storyline, etc. Anyway… Not saying that the dialogue is bad or anything, but the dialogue in panels 6 and 7 are very confusing. I know you already explained in the author’s comments that Mike was referring to the pets, but it’s still a bit misleading and confusing. I’d suggest rewriting the dialogue in those panels so that it’ll make more sense and will be less misleading.
But, hey, it’s not my call. If you want to keep it that way, then you can. I’m just a fan who’s pointing out a possible mistake in the webcomic.
Anyway… on to the review!
Review: Mike, c’mon! Lucy’s just trying to make small talk! The least you can do is act less like a jerk! Other than that, story’s going great so far! ^^
Guest D October 14, 2011, 1:28 AM EST.
There’s a character in your comic named and spelt after me?? *swoon*
Haley October 14, 2011, 1:30 AM EST.
besides all that above, I wouldn’t even treat my ex this way, and he’s the best thing I have to compare to Lucy. maybe if she were crying and clinging to him and begging him to love her and give her another chance and shizz— but she’s not doing any of that. I understand his initial coldness to cut her off because she was refusing to let him get the point across that he had a girlfriend, but she hasn’t acted up girlfriend-boyfriend wise in a very long time. if anything it seems like she’s finally just seeing him as a friend. so really I see nothing wrong with cutting her some slack now. there’s no excuse to be so cold any more.
anon October 14, 2011, 1:35 AM EST.
Y’know it’s times like now that kinda make me understand Mike’s hatedom. But eh, she ****** him around. He’s acting immature, but I’d be annoyed with Lucy and her shenanigans too. Seems like a perpetually lonely guy, too. >:
MykelTDT October 14, 2011, 1:36 AM EST.
“I don’t see what he’s doing.” Denial is lying to oneself., With the exception of protecting someone, I disapprove of lying. Heh. And this is probably the most they’ve talked in ages. How concerning is that?
And before you say it, I still don’t dislike him. Katherine annoys me more. To the above, she’s also not even attempted to inconvenience him since the first mention of the play.
EDIT: Second mention, if that was 61. Especially noteworthy since Lucy being shy about singing is a canon and long-running detail.
Hoheh October 14, 2011, 1:47 AM EST.
I’m actually on Mike’s side for this one. A lot of people have brought up that after so many years of getting the short end of the stick in the friendship he just doesn’t want to deal with it anymore and that’s true. Honestly, he got over her and is trying to live his life without the baggage anymore. If he doesn’t want to be friends anymore she has to take that with a grain of salt and move on herself and the problem is she can’t.
In this chapter, he went a little overboard because to him it seems like everything in life is conspiring to bring them together even though he’s trying so hard to move on. He snapped and that was unjustified. You can see he feels guilty he made such a show of it.
Now, a lot of people are also wondering why he’s being such a dick about it. But consider this: Has he *really* been even trying to talk to her at all lately? No. Look past the short answers to what they are. He’s ACTUALLY answering her. He’s talking to her. No it’s not “we’re friends again!” talking but he feels guilty about his outburst and is probably gritting his teeth to try and at least answer her questions. He’s being cold and distant, but he’s probably said more sentences to her in this page alone than most of the last few chapters with them combined.
Ziur October 14, 2011, 1:57 AM EST.
lol Poor poor Lucy… ; u ;
Choko October 14, 2011, 1:59 AM EST.
Dude since it’s still Thursday for me i totally wasn’t expecting a new page, but stupid me forgot about the time zone difference. I’m realized you update every midnight EST. I’m PST, so that’s three hours. Yay math.
Lucy’s still trying her hardest to be just a friend to him and i really commend that. Although I’m seeing more and more of how inconsiderate Mike is being. Although I have a hunch that if he goes back to that kind spirited past self then Lucy would just revert to her old self too.
Is there ever a balance? lol Guess not since this is a drama.
Michael S. October 14, 2011, 2:08 AM EST.
after rereading several of the older chapters, I have concluded this about Mike; he NEVER really loved/cared about Lucy in that way, he only pitied her because she had no friends as a kid. he then meets Sandy and goes all gaga over her (note: I don’t hate Sandy & I hope we see more of her in the story) and completely ditches Lucy (by the way anyone who has had a friend that started dating someone and ignored/ditched their friends to always hang out with their BF/GF knows how Lucy felt & magnify that by the fact she had no other friends to hang out with other than Mike). And after Sandy leaves, Mike USES Lucy as his substitute for Sandy.
you can’t compete with a “ghost/memory” when Mike wasn’t imagining Lucy as Sandy, he was transferring hes feelings for Sandy to Lucy because Lucy was always around. (just like when a recovering addict goes from one addiction “alcohol” to another “smoking”) All you Mike & Daisy fans think about this: if Lucy had told Mike to F***-off after Sandy left and Mike had started to hang around Daisy he would have done the same with her. The only difference is that Mike & Daisy would have been in a relationship and Mike would eventually ended up hurting Daisy even more when Sandy came back in the picture.
sen October 14, 2011, 2:09 AM EST.
I am trying to not say that mike is being a jerk every page and the last one was a nice break but I am having a hard time this time. Although I am under the impression that it is just more awekward than anything else.
Teeroy766 October 14, 2011, 2:13 AM EST.
Panel 9: You mad bro?
Wr3h October 14, 2011, 2:17 AM EST.
Now that she’s been referenced we’ll need to see her in the background sometime soon over everyone will forget that doesn’t already know.
Darkfox October 14, 2011, 2:19 AM EST.
Yeah, I think Lucy may be about to bitch Mike out.
@Taeshi I have to side with previous commenter Guest D—the reader shouldn’t need author commentary to figure out what Mike is talking about in panel 7, and I get the feeling from the comments that it went over just about everyone’s heads, including mine. I still don’t see how even Lucy could understand that comment; for a while I was thinking that she actually DID have three younger male siblings.
revengineer October 14, 2011, 2:20 AM EST.
Ziur- I have to disagree, there’s nothing for him to ‘get over’, he never liked her to begin with. >^<; he only acted like it. which ofcourse, just serves as massively confusing to Lucy. think of it as if your bestfriend suddenly hated you for no reason what so ever out of the blue one day. you’d be pretty confused, yeah? then imagine finding out they never liked you to begin with, they just pittied you. >^<
he’s also kindof being forced to unless he wants to chase her off and flunk his school assignment, so I’m not sure I’d count that., but to each their own I guess. .x.
I have to go with Sen though, they took the words streight out of my mouth and said them with a much more understandable flow. Like it or not Mike used Lucy, not the other way around. Mike never truly cared about Lucy, whereas Lucy genuinely cared about him. if Lucy only wanted attention, and got it from Mike, thus attached to him, she would have done the same with Paulo when he offered. but she didn’t. even though he was more than willing and set himself up for it multiple times. ( not attacking him there, but saying she had plenty of obvious chances. ) this brings me to the conclusion that she truly cared for Mike and was not using him a crutch.
elimo October 14, 2011, 2:22 AM EST.
… Yeah, I can actually see that. Great, now I’m miffed at Mike more than ever.
At least she has Paulo. The fact Lucy has some kind of friend makes her pain at least a little bit bearable.
At least she has Carter! He’ll never leave her side!
Rain October 14, 2011, 2:24 AM EST.
But that’s not a fair comparison, Mike!
skmojo October 14, 2011, 2:24 AM EST.
So both Lucy and Mike made a public scene to embarrass the other. At least Lucy is being the better person to at least make small talk, and have a conversation. At this point, Mike needs to get over himself, get told off, and just disappear. It’ll do most of the cast some good.
Maybe he just needs to get laid to bring the old Mike back.
Kellins October 14, 2011, 2:31 AM EST.
I really wanna punch Mike in the throat…
RayleneQuinn October 14, 2011, 2:38 AM EST.
The 8bit pixel animation and the page are so fitting
Lol :D October 14, 2011, 2:44 AM EST.
so… mike is gust stuburn hes mad abalt someting leve him alone i whod act like that to kuz he riminds me of me
gobo744 October 14, 2011, 2:46 AM EST.
**** all how whish mike to get hret or to be hurt by you all your all just silli
sorry i got in to it but plz leve mike alone
gobo744 October 14, 2011, 2:48 AM EST.
Way to be mature, Mike.
KiwiKoala October 14, 2011, 2:49 AM EST.
Wow Mike. Just, just wow.
I AM A STEGOSAURUS October 14, 2011, 2:50 AM EST.
Hmmm… Is he still mad about Lucy’s “Rebound”?
Zilla October 14, 2011, 2:51 AM EST.
Finally, Mike and Lucy together again, well, in the same area without exploding at least. Hooray for plot devices!!
S0me001 October 14, 2011, 2:58 AM EST.
Mike stop being such an *** >:I Yes, don’t let people walk all over you and blah blah, but she’s trying to be NICE and now YOU’RE being the bad guy. ****in stop it. Sometimes I want Mike to go move to where ever the Hell Sandy or Sally or whatever her name is lives so he can gtfo of Lucy and everyone else’s life. It’d be for the best.
EpicGamerGirl October 14, 2011, 3:12 AM EST.
Maybe asking about Sandy will get him a different reaction…
Lucy is trying though, Mike it obviously brushing her off to keep the distance. I though in the last page he had a look of guilt but it really wasn’t enough to try and be friendly. Better then hateful glares I guess… but still…
Jax October 14, 2011, 3:19 AM EST.
Throw a snowball at him, Lucy. That’ll ‘cool’ his heels…
(Yeah, I know…Lame pun.)
Fayt October 14, 2011, 3:57 AM EST.
I think the edit works better with the emotions than the previous
JetFire October 14, 2011, 4:12 AM EST.
Why is it that I just get this feeling that Mike experienced something that he’s not letting on about? Like… some kind of trauma or something that he’s not about to tell anyone because he doesn’t want to bring his problems on to others. Maybe I’m looking to hard at this but… given the kind of person that he is/was, something just isn’t clicking.
I don’t remember anything about Mike’s personal history unless it was focused on the others like Sandy or Lucy but it’s been a little while since I’ve checked.
Can anyone tell me if there was? I’m kind of curious about Mike’s personal character over his relationships. If I knew, it would help explain why he does what he does and why he feels the way he feels.
Tsunami October 14, 2011, 4:26 AM EST.
You know what? No. F*ck Mike. F*ck him with a cactus.
RandomBrony October 14, 2011, 4:32 AM EST.
I still stand by my comment on the last page; things will work out people, we’re just going to see a lot of Mike being an *** until he gets it together.
Right now he’s acting like any typical guy, myself included. I don’t really hate him for what he’s doing, because I’ve been there. It’ll take him a while, possibly something that maybe Paulo or Abbey will tell him, heck maybe in a few strips, something that Lucy says (highly doubt it’d be that quick) will slap him up and make him smarten up.
Frisky October 14, 2011, 4:41 AM EST.
So is this the chapter that Lucy asks Mike to love her, right before torturing and murdering his snarky ***?
Sandz890 October 14, 2011, 4:52 AM EST.
@Sandz890, Gawd, I hope not. If she’s hoping for them to still be friends, I can understand, but if she’s still aiming for love.
Missme October 14, 2011, 5:39 AM EST.
Judging by the last page, Mike still cares about her (its questionable if its love or ever will be again), but hes trying to push her away. I’m not sure what his motives are though
Sandvich October 14, 2011, 5:43 AM EST.
To all you Mike haters out there, you have to bear in mind that Mike has already declared his affection for Sandy, not Lucy - and despite this Lucy keeps trying to win his affection. I agree he could be more polite/less of a jerk, but I side with him as he is showing a great amount of loyalty to Sandy by staying single, despite Lucy’s advance - and that’s not easy.
Food for thought there.
Balderz October 14, 2011, 5:45 AM EST.
I miss blue-scarf mike.
but I understand this mike…
its like: you tell me that you hate me, then you say that you love me.
Also, it seems like more mike haters have defected and come to join his side. strange.
Desterga October 14, 2011, 5:57 AM EST.
@Balderz Very good point. I feel for him too. It’s not easy being in a situation where you can’t return someone’s feelings because you’re in love with someone else. And if both people in question are friends? …Man… Is there ANYWAY that situation can turn out good for everyone?
That’s why I hate love triangles. Someone always gets screwed over.
Tsunami October 14, 2011, 6:00 AM EST.
@Balderz, What advance? Do you mean the one she did and he simply said, “No?” If so, I’m fine, but if you mean to say she’s making one now, you’re crazy. xD
Or maybe I just can’t tell when a girl is hitting on me. Cuz lots like to ask me about my family~
Missme October 14, 2011, 6:09 AM EST.
She at least tried. Let’s give her points for that.
Tom October 14, 2011, 6:12 AM EST.
They had better end up kissing at the end of this.
shouldhaveknownbetter October 14, 2011, 6:21 AM EST.
Lucy looks tired if the way mike treated her in this comic.Well Lucy turn angry again or mike and lucy’s place is going to swap.Mike’ll tern mean and Lucy well be nicer.You never no.. Great colouring it stands out the pictures keep in doing the great work taeshi (by the way how long would it take to get a book I’m in Canada)
Candy October 14, 2011, 6:26 AM EST.
I like how well reasoned both sides are, but I’m gonna have to side with the Mike-Haters. Mike did abandon her as a kid. He knows she needed him, and chose to abandon her again. This time he’s going out of his way to shut her out, knowing full well what he’s doing to her inside. This does make him a **********, but what really kinda solidified it for me begins with his reaction to the proposal. He didn’t let her down gently, and try to keep up a friendship- he pretty much publicly humiliated her. He pretty much made a mockery of her emotions. You don’t follow a statement like, “I love you,” with, “So?”
Renadt October 14, 2011, 6:30 AM EST.
Dear Mike: I’d say get over it, but you should probably get over yourself too.
SJ October 14, 2011, 6:30 AM EST.
wolfie single happy October 14, 2011, 6:56 AM EST.
Mike’s death, when it comes, will bring me great joy.
Dext October 14, 2011, 6:57 AM EST.
Mike, get over yourself! Just because you love sandy doesn’t mean you can’t be friends with Lucy
Star Adder October 14, 2011, 7:04 AM EST.
@ Star Adder: Just because he has a girlfriend hundreds of miles away doesn’t mean he can’t realize what’s right in front of him.
FireflyFuneral October 14, 2011, 7:10 AM EST.
Mike, quit acting like a PMS bitch already!
Lucy is trying to freakin’ be normal relationship again and you keep pushing her away. I’m surprised you have any friends left……
Well, got THAT outta my system, but seriously, great comic!
chickbabe208 October 14, 2011, 7:19 AM EST.
I can tell you what’s as hard as ever
Yeah, yeah, yeah, mikes a jerk and what not. I’m really getting tired of hating him. Just so long
Kindle kat October 14, 2011, 7:22 AM EST.
It’ll be funny if Sandy dumps Mike and then he’ll have no one. :p
Colette October 14, 2011, 7:24 AM EST.
I must be the only one that still likes Mike. Lol.
Too lazy for rant as to why I like him.
Mewkat October 14, 2011, 7:38 AM EST.
Mike is being kind of a full time b—-h right now….
Blazeburner October 14, 2011, 7:39 AM EST.
Are they walking back to the school?
(I think this was an interesting comment…)
Zero_Starlight October 14, 2011, 7:56 AM EST.
I’m interested in how this whole thing turns out in the end, as I’m sure we all are.
Grubey October 14, 2011, 7:59 AM EST.
Lol, young love right? You gotta love the ignoring factor Mikie gives to Lucy, this only makes her want him more, if only he wasn’t such an annoyance, if he just stayed good friends then most of the angst and drama might lower a level or two
CTS4Kouhei October 14, 2011, 8:15 AM EST.
hes realy starting to erk me.
it makes me sad he used to be one of my favorite characters.
kickash October 14, 2011, 8:15 AM EST.
I like the old art style better…
Bioniclema90 October 14, 2011, 8:19 AM EST.
mike just keeps being a bastaard, doesn’t he? She’s trying to be nice, do that same!
asimplefangirl October 14, 2011, 8:26 AM EST.
yeah sure ingnore her, it helps alot Mike,
Prim October 14, 2011, 8:28 AM EST.
Wow Mike you’re such a herp-derpy ********* >:U GO DIE IN A PIT!!!!
LemonFilling October 14, 2011, 8:29 AM EST.
Good lord, Mike.
At least she’s trying to make an effort to talk to you.
If you would step back and notice that she wants to be a different friend than the kind that she was before, maybe you could say, “Hey, thanks for sobering up,” rather than giving her the cold shoulder.
SHE CHANGED, you son of a…
Tickle Monster October 14, 2011, 8:40 AM EST.
Wow mike way to be a serious *****, nothing like at least trying to acknowledge her but not get attached…
Pecker Fecker October 14, 2011, 8:40 AM EST.
OH MY ****ING GOD.
Lucy=Trying really hard to be nice and make conversation, and trying to make it not as weird between them.
Clare October 14, 2011, 8:40 AM EST.
How’s that one chick I can’t remember the name of for due to writer interference?
Oh she’s dead~
Huh? October 14, 2011, 8:48 AM EST.
Wow this just really makes me hate Mike even more.
Even though I support PauloxLucy, I HATE how Mike is being such a jerk to her! Just get over it, you damn *****!
Raichu October 14, 2011, 8:52 AM EST.
Kick him in the balls Lucy, it makes everything better
potato October 14, 2011, 9:18 AM EST.
Way to be a dick, Mike, way to be a dick….
You could at least look at her when you talk to her. Then you might see how hard she’s trying to change.
Tia October 14, 2011, 9:24 AM EST.
Baby steps Mike, she’s just making small talk.
On another note, I’ve just noticed the little meter on top. (Ridiculous of me right?) Congratz on almost getting there!
Bearcoon October 14, 2011, 9:26 AM EST.
Geez Mike, way to be a bitch. Cant even talk to her anymore?
TheMysteriousMan October 14, 2011, 9:32 AM EST.
You dont have to fall in love with her, just give her a chance
Aceofhearts October 14, 2011, 9:32 AM EST.
the awkwardness of creating small talk with someone that you thought you knew is way hardcore. But in all reality, I wanna see Paulo’s dad
2tailed_fox October 14, 2011, 9:34 AM EST.
Lucy should punch him in the face and tell him off for being such a little girl!
Thamix October 14, 2011, 9:39 AM EST.
Mike is being so jerkity. I really can’t stand his bitterness. He embarrassed her, yet he is still angry as if it was her fault.
Lucy, although is doing quite a good job. She’s trying to befriend him asking friendly questions. She’s aiming to be a good friend, and to start over.
Might be pretty hard to do so, such a long friendship should be mourned and is worth rekindling.
I wish they were still friends. =l
newcomer October 14, 2011, 9:43 AM EST.
I can see this attitude of Mike’s going two ways:
1) He is just plain irritated with Lucy…and just wants to end things with her and not even interested in being friends
2) He thinks the only way to help Lucy with her infatuation and dependency issues is to act like this and get her to really dislike him…along with the irritation of course
Iris October 14, 2011, 9:58 AM EST.
mike. i am seriously angry with you.
cant you at least TRYYYYYY to be nice like you used to.
basically, everyone hates mike now, unless there IS someone who likes him right now, *cough* her-
someone...notXme, someone October 14, 2011, 10:04 AM EST.
man mike ur just bein an *** here she’s being nice to u …for once. id eat it up
Spotz October 14, 2011, 10:06 AM EST.
Will Mike and Lucy be able to patch things up? I dont really Like them as a couple but I do really Like them as friends the made a good team.
Azorie October 14, 2011, 10:07 AM EST.
Am I the only one who thinks Mike’s depressed? It could explain his behavior.
J.R. October 14, 2011, 10:07 AM EST.
Mike its a mess.. people might not see but he is rly confuse right now.
Well i hope things work them self out, and they can get together. =)
Harus October 14, 2011, 10:25 AM EST.
I’ve not tune din for a while, could someone please explain why Mike’s being short with her? Has she done something?
Gothy October 14, 2011, 10:35 AM EST.
He’s tired of being her security blanket, and irritated for always being yelled at.. correct me if im wrong on these things, as I likely am
Aceofhearts October 14, 2011, 10:40 AM EST.
Mike’s being a [CENSORED]… God I hate that!
I mean, can’t you live along with it? It was his own fault he’s paired w/ her..
Mike, you [CENSORED]…
Ksio October 14, 2011, 11:14 AM EST.
Come on mike. Atleast be abit nice?, i mean come on! i know what she use you for was wrong but she liked you alot as a friend so she gotta trust you alot to share her feelings to. I know she shouts but…couldn’t it be her bad hearing? ever thought of that mike? shrugs*
Flaze October 14, 2011, 11:32 AM EST.
Jerk move, Mike. Have you noticed she HASN’T yelled at you yet once, and done nothing but try to make pleasant small talk? What do you want, an honorable mention and some kind of trophy the size of Canada that says ‘I WAS LUCY’S SECURITY BLANKET AND SURVIVED’?
gosh Mike irritates me…
RoseVee October 14, 2011, 12:08 PM EST.
Its obvious Mike. Her asking how your siblings are obviously means that she wants to take advantage of you. You cannot have pleasant conversations with any girl except Sandy. NOBODY ELSE, MIKE.
Or… thats what his mind seems to be telling him.
Mint-Sama October 14, 2011, 12:18 PM EST.
Ugh, Mike’s being a straight **** here. I mean, Augustus at least gave her the **** in a friendly way, but…
I’ll agree, it was irritating as **** when she flipped out on the stage about him offering her a cough drop like he was kissing her or something. Still, that’s been taken care of, he laid down the law as far as that was concerned. Now she’s just trying to make conversation…
I’ve been in a similar situation, even if it’s not quite identical. A girl held me in an emotionally and physically abusive thrall for two years once she’d conditioned me to believe that everything ever was my fault. Once I’d gotten out of it her very presence made me rage, and her trying to talk to me as if nothing had happened at all made me lay down a verbal shitstorm until she cried. If it had been more like the Mike/Lucy situation, though…
I kind of understand Mike here, but it wasn’t NEARLY as bad for him. Did she hit him? Yes. Was there emotional blackmail? From time to time, but whether or not Mike subscribed to it depended on his mood at the time. I can see him being curt with her at the start but I think I’d have loosened up by now and had an actual conversation, maybe even smiled at her.
Fauxlosopher October 14, 2011, 12:56 PM EST.
When Mike is a jerk everyone goes: MIKE IS AN ***
When Lucy is a jerk everyone goes: YOU SHOW’EM GIRL! TEACH THAT JERK.
I find it kinda funny. I find it kinda sad.
Granted they both treat each-other like crap in different ways. (Mike being blunt and tired of these games, Lucy using him as crutch or not letting go)
And even though I have done what he’s doing, I still think he’s being a bit of a *****, but that’s love… Or rather hate.
The Sarcastic Spoon October 14, 2011, 1:08 PM EST.
I’d make a “I get yur refurenze” joke, but that’s somewhat out of place…
This is becoming far more involved than what was once a sunshiny comic, and I love how the progression is spelled out.
…I’m starting to think that maybe Taeshi should edit every page before posting so that she can slap some sense into the ‘butthurts’ and the ‘trollolols’ that come here. I like ‘posting storytime’ but it gets real repetitive.
Welgaea October 14, 2011, 1:19 PM EST.
Come on mike. Throw her a line here!
ChaoticButterfly October 14, 2011, 1:29 PM EST.
@The Sarcastic Spoon
I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which Mike’s dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to watch them, I find it hard to take
When old friends hate each other it’s a very very
But anyway, it could be much worse. It’s not like Mike is currently lecturing her about her past behavior or anything; he just doesn’t want to talk to her. That’s hardly unreasonable given that he doesn’t like her any more, even if the same doesn’t go for some of his earlier actions.
42 October 14, 2011, 1:29 PM EST.
Lol i think mikes jerkity jerk jerkness has reached its peek. People r righting paragraphs on him including my self Lucy has so had anoff next page give or take is a scream fest. She’s officaly getting abused now and when she calls him out they r both going to be yelling since she abused him too in there old relationship. Come on guys, get it together like old times.
JustSomeCritic October 14, 2011, 1:33 PM EST.
Ooooooh, someone’s spreading grumpiness around RIGHT MIKE?
Though I really don’t get why can’t Mike just pretend he’s fine just like Lucy is, even though her pain is waaaay bigger than his. Y’know, after all angry people don’t feel pain, they feel stress (and mind you, the stress is completely avoidable in this case)
Not taking sides here—just sayin’ I don’t get Mike.
spicybleachedhead October 14, 2011, 1:34 PM EST.
Mike’s a ****. And I mean I get where he’s coming from and all, but there’s a fine line to ignoring somebody and being a wanker
Elin~ October 14, 2011, 1:37 PM EST.
I don’t understand why people defend Mike still over “Lucy giving him years of grief” I mean, really? She didn’t do anything that horrible. I mean, was she bitchy and moody? Yes. Aren’t all girls at certain points in their lives? People defend Mike and Sandy’s actions when they were little kids for ignoring Lucy and Daisy respectively, so why is it Lucy’s actions are, “OMGWTFSHESTERRIBLE!!” I mean, to quote all the Mike defenders here, she’s “Just some dumb emotional kid/teenager.” I know Lucy is really bad sometimes, but Mike can be just as bad in different ways.
Also, I used to kick boys I liked when I was younger and tease them a lot. The guys never gave me the terribly cold shoulder. One of my best friends really liked my friend and even though I knew that and confessed to him and was rejected, he didn’t start treating me like dirt. Although he did make me carry out little love notes and stuff to her which was sorta painful to do sometimes lol
Anyways, my point here is, anyone defending Mike for what Lucy did when she was a kid or her just being a dumb emotional teenager, you need to realize lots of people defended Mike’s previous and current actions for the same reason and you should give Lucy the same common courtesy if you’re using those excuses.
Psychnuat October 14, 2011, 1:56 PM EST.
i am pretty mad at mike right now…
DD October 14, 2011, 2:16 PM EST.
Holy **** for the last time Mike quit being a spiteful sod right now.
HeavenlySatanic October 14, 2011, 2:32 PM EST.
Lucy, forget about Mike I’m in a very similar situation… the best thing is to ignore and move on.
C: October 14, 2011, 2:34 PM EST.
Place comment here that defends Mike c: It’s a comic things can’t go smoothly or esle this comic wouldn’t be as good as it is. I’ve loved Mike back then and I still do. I understand his actions and I understand Lucy’s actions. But I still we don’t know anything about what Mike feels or thinks because like 95% of this comic has always focused on Lucy (in a positive way) so of course 99.9% of you are going to side with her. It’s law of POV. If a main charactere hated a character usually the audience hates that character aswell. If the main character is sad the audience usually sympathizes with them. That really shows here with this comic.
Juicebox October 14, 2011, 3:04 PM EST.
You know, Lucy could have easily just went off on Mike for spazzing out in class and getting them in this mess. Instead, she tried to be civil and Mike just brushed her off like that.
And Lucy should have, it was completely uncalled for, embarrassing her in front of everyone like that. I could understand Mike distancing himself from her, being indifferent, but he’s purposefully trying to make her unhappy at this point.
I’m having trouble respecting Mike nowadays, and I really do try to see things objectively.
Isadora October 14, 2011, 3:25 PM EST.
is there a way to see it before it was edited with changed dialogue?
The_Captain1228 October 14, 2011, 3:40 PM EST.
Wow, Mike, really? Could you be a bigger *******? I mean seriously, he’s starting to get on my nerves. SHE IS JUST TRYING TO STRIKE UP A CONVERSATION!
BunnyPopIsHere October 14, 2011, 4:14 PM EST.
Mike was mad at Lucy before for confessing to him after always beating him up, then Mike was mad at Lucy for actually trying to MOVE ON and said she was pathetic. Now Mike is mad at Lucy for…. actually this time he’s just being bitchy
which makes me wonder, since he should be the opposite, he’s a male cat after all
But this is definitely going to be interesting xD
Michi October 14, 2011, 4:17 PM EST.
You must have had fun poking at the comic to make the snow :p
Anyway, it kinda seems impossible to do a group project with someone who refuses to talk to to you. Damn it Mike.
Sally October 14, 2011, 4:18 PM EST.
i can not believe i got up to this point thought i never catch up and yea i love this comic!!!!!!!
blackpanther360 October 14, 2011, 4:28 PM EST.
I agree with Juicebox here, we didn’t get to see Mike’s side at all.
nAar October 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EST.
Dang Mike, that’s just cold… no pun intended.
LostInPhilly89 October 14, 2011, 4:34 PM EST.
I suppose any answer is better than silence… even if that answer is harsh…
Xenos October 14, 2011, 5:04 PM EST.
I wouldn’t touch him with a *dun* 39-and-a-half foot pooooolllle!
JC October 14, 2011, 5:20 PM EST.
WOAH WOAH WOAH WHAT?! I thought Jordan was younger than Lucy!!! At least he seemed to be o_____o dang and when I thought I had my facts straight :I Jeez Mike. Lucy’s actually TRYING to make this less awkward…you seriously could give it a shot :I
DarkCrystal828 October 14, 2011, 5:22 PM EST.
Awkward small talk is awkward.
I commend Lucy for trying. And there is no obligation for Mike to respond more than he has, even though it does come across as super rude.
Charie October 14, 2011, 5:43 PM EST.
you know, i hate mike and everything, but i kind of want them to be friends again, at least.
and i’m glad that lucy is looking angry here, she’s been kind of weepy around mike so far, but she needs to bite back! if he is going to be rude, so be it, be rude back! let him see that you don’t need him, even though your dependency on him was crippling, and you kind of do.
limzee October 14, 2011, 5:56 PM EST.
You know somehow I get the feeling that Lucy is going to teach him a lesson, not fighting . I mean by telling him that he doesn’t have to be mean to her like that because I don’t think she like this whole thing of Mike being mad at her when she say something or do something.
Love October 14, 2011, 6:05 PM EST.
I’m new to the comic, and I’ve read it all within about a month (it’s really good), but this whole mistreatment of Lucy really isn’t necessary. As other people have mentioned, she’s at least trying to keep it less awkward. And to be honest, I hope Lucy just ignores him afterwards-I know that won’t happen, but nonetheless. She doesn’t need him, and over a few ‘months’, he’ll come to realize that he needs Lucy more than Sandy or something and quit being a super jerk.
Krystique October 14, 2011, 6:22 PM EST.
Yeah what gives? Unless Jordan’s adopted, he should be younger… Unless he’s turning out to be a tall midget.
Lucy-Er fgsds Vera, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do!
ExplainTHIS! October 14, 2011, 6:23 PM EST.
Mike just keeps making me hate him more and more. stop being a douche Mike and just be friends again
cheshiregirl October 14, 2011, 6:49 PM EST.
aww, mikey, don’t be like that! i love this pairing…
failbot October 14, 2011, 7:13 PM EST.
Yeah, I think I have to agree with Mike on this one. It’s just time for them to let go of the baggage and travel their seperate ways. Mike is in love with Sandy, and poor Lucy isn’t going to change that.
fffu October 14, 2011, 7:50 PM EST.
I don’t blame Mike, he is after all created by Taeshi, so his whole being happy or being a jerk is all done by her
JetFire October 14, 2011, 8:02 PM EST.
I’ve been lurking comments here lately and I am simply amazed by how many people are attempting to defend Mike. His behavior is developmentally appropriate but it is -not- socially appropriate. Nor is it justified.
I’m not going to go back through the archives to pull links (although I did just reread everything to confirm that I hadn’t forgotten some crucial interaction) but here’s the gist of what has actually happened:
Lucy, pathologically terrified of water, rushed into the Ocean to save Yashy. (That is not Mike related but it does provide good insight into her character.)
Lucy protected Mike & co. when they were in a bad part of town. She was sexually assaulted as a result. In the midst of that assault, she told -Daisy- to not draw attention to herself and to run. (Super selfish, right?) When Mike came to and helped Lucy, he listed (by name) the characters the gang leader had hurt and injured him once for each of them. Who did he neglect to mention? Lucy.
Lucy, who was unable to swim, jumped into the base of a waterfall (super strong currents) to save Mike.
Mike ignored Lucy when he met Sandy.
The above are all actions. They are events we as readers have witnessed. They are -not- filtered through the perception of one of the characters. That is IMPORTANT as all getout when it comes to understanding characters in literature (or web comics).
Now let’s look at the way the characters interpreted one of those events (specifically, the “Mike almost drowned” event) :
Lucy viewed Mike’s actions as dangerous and foolish. When he fell into the water initially and moreso later when he hit his head, she felt that she had two options: watch your best friend die or potentially sacrifice yourself to try to save him. It made her angry that he had put her into that position and it made her angry that he had put himself (and, unintentionally, her) in such danger. She blames him.
Mike’s point of view, when he brings the incident up later, is that he almost died but -he- had to protect -her.- He doesn’t even aknowledge that she also almost died or that she risked her life for him. Instead, he claims that she forced him to make a sacrifice for her. He blames her.
All of that is actually supported by the text itself. There is no interpretation there. I am just repeating what the characters said. NOW for some interpretation:
Mike used Lucy as a replacement for Sandy. If he had ever really loved Lucy, he would never have felt the need to keep up corespondence with Sandy. When (with Lucy’s encouragement) he actually -got- Sandy (even if it was at a distance) he no longer had any need for Lucy. We see a strong indication of this when Mike claims that Lucy doesn’t love him. It is a well known aspect of human psychology that we tend to project our own feelings and behaviors onto other people. For example, someone who lies will be more likely to suspect that someone else is a liar. In this case, someone who used another person was quick to believe that he was being used.
Lucy, on the other hand, says that she loves Mike. This serves to illustrate the fact that he has misjudged her feelings towards him.
SO! Why does Mike hate Lucy so much right now? Simple: she contradicted the story he had built for himself. We know that Mike likes to make up stories about himself because of his interactions with Chirpy (at the Christmas Party) and Abby (when we finds out that Abby’s dad murdered his mom).
Again, all of Mike’s behaviors are developmentally appropriate and all of Mike’s behaviors make sense for the character. But it’d be lovely if a few of you would aknowledge that Mike is responsible for Mike instead of trying to blame everything he’s doing on Lucy. Not everything is about her, after all. And this is absolutely about him. It’s his chance for character development (and hopefully an epiphany). Not hers.
MiscKitty October 14, 2011, 8:37 PM EST.
Anonymus October 14, 2011, 9:13 PM EST.
lol i got nothing out of this page that is in the description… All i see is mike trying to not keep a conversation going with lucy. but really how is doing all what you just said taishi? i dont see it
btw i really like the detail you put into your drawings now
x.x October 14, 2011, 9:14 PM EST.
OMG LUCY HAS A CRUSH ON MIKE!
Dashie October 14, 2011, 9:38 PM EST.
Dashie, I’m not sure if you’re trolling, or just starting on this comic, but I recommend you check out the new reader page to catch up on what is happening.
Cyaniede October 14, 2011, 10:10 PM EST.
Aww I think he’s really upset. Blunt and snarky might just be a defense mechanism~
Sleepyface October 14, 2011, 10:31 PM EST.
MiscKitty you have a good point…Mike has always been a duche to Lucy for no reason! Lucy is always trying to save him and he blames her for it all…I have been in Lucy’s paws (you could say) before, i tried going back to someone but in the end they ****ed me over like Mike is trying to do to Lucy! It’s not fun! (As a matter of fact it hurts like hell) Lucy, get out while you still can!
James October 14, 2011, 10:40 PM EST.
I really believe that Mike isn’t trying to be a bad guy, he’s really just trying to avoid getting too involved with Lucy. He can’t be the one that always has to be there for her when he wants to be with Sandy. Also, PauloxLucy. Make it happen.
Jakery October 14, 2011, 10:45 PM EST.
amazing, I love this comment. It’s a great comment.
I wonder if past all of the blame and using, if they really do care. And if Mike (who sounds a lot like a Pisces lately with the whole making up stories in his head and with Lucy breaking his perfect world, and him starting out being generally caring and sweet yet kind of two faced/blamey) actually does love Lucy.
I’m still really upset that in the two water events-THEY BLAME EACH OTHER… what?… What? If I had to save someone’s life I of course would say they were dumb or something but I wouldn’t blame them for being hurt or in danger even if they were at fault,I would only say that so they wouldn’t do it again so they wouldn’t put THEMSELVES in danger. If you really loved them, the only thing that mattered would be there safety. I can’t believe these two blame each other. Mike falls, Lucy jumps after him.
From her point of view: He’s dragging me down, he’s going to kill me, but I have to save him.
Mike: Lucy jumped after me, I have to save her.
But wait-Mike was UNCONCIOUS so how does he even remember what *HE* was doing during that time period and Lucy wasn’t a strong enough swimmer-PAULO DID BOTH THE SAVING GUYS. If anyone should be mad it should be Paulo. But he’s not, because he’s not a selfish *******. Well…not all the time ;D
Then there was the bridge thing and… I don’t remember who jumped after who. And then Mike gets pissy after she was WORRIED when he almost died… what? Again what? Oh my god Lucy cares if I died- but she only does because then she’d be alone… uhmm… she has other friends…She may have a hard time trusting people in my opinnion but I think she’d have all her friends still. But this time she was worried for just you specifically Mike, because she loves *you*.
And I’m really glad you didn’t use the other dialouge, this is much better and antagonistic. The colors are nice on this page I love snow~
Sleepyface October 14, 2011, 10:54 PM EST.
I think part of the problem here is that Mike is totally burned out on Lucy now, and unless you have been to the point of compassion fatigue, you do not know what it’s like and you will no doubt judge someone like Mike harshly for seemingly acting like a total jerk.
But some people manipulate you through your compassion, and control you via your pity, and these people can drain a good person completely dry and leave them bitter and burned out.
It’s not just that he was Lucy’s friend out of pity (and more, I think, though he won’t admit it right now), it’s that she verbally abused him pretty much nonstop, took him for granted, pushed him around, physically abused him, monopolized his time, probably cost him other friendships, and never once acted like she even faintly appreciated it.
Sure, he neglected her for Sandy. But it’s only neglect if you start from the assumption that she owns all his time and energy by default.
He probably didn’t neglect her any more than he “neglected” his other friends when he wasn’t with them.
And even if he did…. shouldn’t she have other friends? Oh sorry, that would mean being less of a bee witch.
She does not own him simply because she’d so dependent on him.
Fruvous October 14, 2011, 11:08 PM EST.
i thought jordan was like ten and kou was like 8 i thought only sam was older
its a cat just a cat October 14, 2011, 11:18 PM EST.
I think you should have just stuck with the original dialogue because of the fact that it was, the original dialogue. You’ve done major strides with this work, many pages, such a successful story, and you really don’t have to make a change just because “too many people got confused and annoyed”. Your original work should be good enough for them. Besides just because someone gets confused as to what the characters are saying doesn’t warrant a dialogue change. Perhaps the little brother remark about Yashy could be further explained in the next page in some way.
Besides, the readers aren’t the one’s writing this, so we should just deal with it.
Michael S. October 14, 2011, 11:20 PM EST.
Now he’s joust being a douche. Why is mike so angst all of a sudden?
Chris October 14, 2011, 11:55 PM EST.
That’s right Lucy! Game face on! Knock some sense into him now!! Please!
mdg245 October 15, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
Why is everyone supporting Lucy? >_< She’s being such a nag. What happened to ‘Don’t beg a guy to go out with you?’
Arkairyn October 15, 2011, 12:13 AM EST.
@Misckitty, as a rebuttal, yes Lucy has been amazing to Mike, I don’t deny that, but she has also been fairly bad to him, albeit because she is too shy to express her feelings in a straightforward manner. I agree with you that it is not Lucy’s fault that Mike is actin the way he is, he has freedom of choice after all, but we must consider, as you said, that, first of all Mike is a teenage boy. He is hormonal and, as is the case with many teens, confused about what he wants and what he should do. For him Sandy represents an ideal of love, similar to the way Romeo looks at Juliet in Shakespeare’s play. Lucy on the other hand, while being a dear friend to Mike, also sends him extremely mixed signals, rejects him first (yes they were young and she was confused herself, but it still happened and you have to look at it from Mike’s perspective in this case). With Sandy there never was a bad moment to contrast to the good, all Mike was left with was a “hole” in his life, while Lucy has been with Mike all along, giving him more experience with who she is. For a young boy just reaching the teenage years and who is developing an interest in girls the standard by which all other relationships will be measured is by the most happy memories he has of someone, so while he has good memories of both Lucy and Sandy, there are no bad time to tarnish his thoughts about Sandy. Again I agree that Mike over reacts to Lucy’s clingyness, but one must consider that he is only a teen who is trying to cope with a very hard choice, i.e. pursue that which you once had but don’t any longer, or go back to the person who has stuck by you through thick and thin but has also been an emotional wreck through out that time. It must not be forgotten that Lucy, in her eyes, has only ever had one true friend before sophomore year (not including her pets), which is Mike. For Lucy, Mike is the equivalent of a security blanket (yes a cliche metaphor, but apt), when she needs him he’s there (or was) and she feels justified in using it the way she sees fit the rest of the time (this is not to say she uses Mike badly when she doesn’t need his support, but he can easily be moved to the periphery when need be). I see no real reason why Mike can’t be allowed to feel annoyed by being used by a close friend (again I think he goes too far, but there is no reason why he should not be able to step back and reasonably say something to the effect of “Lucy i need a break”). This is not the approach that he took, but again, we must cut him some slack, he is still young and learning.
In conclusion, yes, Mike goes too far at times, but he is also within his rights to say enough is enough. Once he reaches his limit there is no reason to put himself through undue stress to make others happy all the time. The way he goes about this may be wrong in some people’s view (i personally see nothing wrong with how he acts most of the time, including on this page, with the exception of the Classroom outburst and one or two other scenarios). As you said this is good character development and this conflict will be sorted out one way or another eventually, but as you have said with Lucy’s mostly decent behavior with major points of either good or bad treatment, Mike again exhibits mostly reasonable annoyance with Lucy for the way he feels he has been treated by her, and he also has a few instances where he overreacts, such as two pages ago. this as you said is normal for a person at his stage of development, so why not wait for the storm to blow over and then pass judgement with magnifying lens of hindsight.
I like the points you made in your argument and i hope you do not believe that I am simply trying to discredit your opinion, as i have said, I mostly agree with you. I am simply try to add a look at events from the other side. Sry if this is too long to read. and thanks Taeshi for notputting a word limit on the comments section.
Deuce Moose October 15, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.
This is probably the last chapter I read (Or last page). I find it weird that you found a way of sucking people in so… so… stealth-like. And it is an addicting comic, problem with it though, is that it’s completely unrealistic. It goes in a total loop of events. Nothing is different in this. It’s always the same situation and the same drama act. The only “difference” that’s been made here is that you find numerous locations and different styles of presenting the same conflict.
Like… “Let’s see how many dishes I can make from these ingredients”
So apart from the art, which is actually quite good, you go in useless and emotional cycles the have no point to them. You teach nothing, the characters never mature in personality and you’re implying that all there is to life in this comic is building those “better” relationships we are always hearing about nowadays.
You were right to say that it’s silly that you’re this old and you still draw this.
I could go on forever and say how ridiculous this comic is, but who am I? just a man without a voice.
You will all disagree with me, and sadly, you will all fail to see how blind you really are.
the man without a voice October 15, 2011, 12:42 AM EST.
@Fruvous Absolutely. Been there and it’s not fun. It’s physically and mentally draining. I mean, hell, it’s like having a bully for a friend in some ways. The worst part is that you can’t really tell them what they’re doing without being called a jerk anyway. So, basically, you’re screwed no matter what you do.
Tsunami October 15, 2011, 12:43 AM EST.
I don’t even remember why he’s angry anymore…
I just want her too punch him in the face, he’s such a dick!
Julie October 15, 2011, 1:05 AM EST.
the man without a voice: I was paying attention and considering what you were saying until I saw this: ” You teach nothing, the characters never mature in personality…”
And I just went ha ha ha, did you actually pay attention to characters like Paulo and Daisy, and to a degree Lucy. She might be devolving in her security, but she’s becoming a lot more open than she was at the beginning of the comic. And obviously, Mike!!!
Obviously it hurts a little to hear you confirm any doubts I have about being my age and still drawing this, but I get the feeling you haven’t read as deeply as you think you had. My comic has its flaws, but I don’t think this is one of them, or at least, I think that once I’ve told more of the story about Lucy and Michael you won’t assume the things you’re thinking now.
Michael S: While I appreciate what you said, I don’t think it’s the best mindset to have. Fact is, the dialogue WAS confusing, and as another commenter said, the comic should not be interpreted alongside commentary, the comic should be able to be coherent on its own without me word of godding. For it to rely on commentary is equivalent to bad writing, and fact was I wasn’t pleased with the original dialogue in the first place, so I was just encouraged to change it. It’s no big deal, it’s better at the end of the day!
Taeshi October 15, 2011, 1:17 AM EST.
pffft well then Mike. Looks like someone’s always grumpy unless they’re around Sandy.
Memory Anemone October 15, 2011, 1:19 AM EST.
I’m starting to like Michael less since this arc started. I mean, Lucy’s trying to at least be civil towards him, and Mike’s just being a jerk in response. This may be how Lucy copes with being rejected, after all. At the very least, Mike could be polite and attempt to have a peaceful conversation instead of just blowing Lucy off, especially since talking with Mike is obviously still very hard for Lucy to do.
Perhaps Abbey’s comments about how Mike ignores any girl he has no interest in romantically in Rising Temperature are more poignant than he realized at the time.
the_pie_maker October 15, 2011, 1:36 AM EST.
@Taeshi: Everyone is entitled to their opinion even though hearing it isn’t always the most pleasant thing to do. Regardless of how old you are I wouldn’t consider drawing this comic silly or a waste of time or anything. It’s a hobby just like old men who collect stamps or elementary school kids who draw doodles with crayons. Don’t let the opinion of one man put doubt in your mind. He has a voice, as he’s been heard. But we have voices too. In my opinion, drawing this comic isn’t silly at all, no matter how old you are. I’m sure a lot of people share that opinion too.
Ziur October 15, 2011, 1:43 AM EST.
Once again, I’ve been in situations like this; and it’s not long before someone decides to address the elephant in the room (or in this case, the snow).
I get the feeling that Mike is gonna get a very rude awakening some time during this chapter, but that’s just me throwing out guesses o.O
Chocothunda October 15, 2011, 1:48 AM EST.
I’ve started to hope that Sandy will dump Mike simply for Lucy’s sake…:3
I just wanna punch Mike into the snow xD
Aenks October 15, 2011, 2:22 AM EST.
I’m trying to figure out why Mike is being a dick.
OneLonelyPickle October 15, 2011, 2:24 AM EST.
if anyone says they dont like this comic, they shouldnt be reading it. I love this comic, and i look foward to the days when a new page is posted. sometimes i wont check for a week so when i come back theres multipul pages for me to read instead of just one. and all of the characters have changed a lot good job on your comic
valentine October 15, 2011, 2:28 AM EST.
I actually see a LOT of development in characters. Mike used to be sweet to everyone, now he cares more for himself and Sandy only. Lucy used to be mean to everyone, but she has toned down a LOT these recent chapters. Paulo used to be seen as a bit of a jerk, he;s actually a real sweet heart. Cheery-happy-go-lucky Daisy is seen having conflicts with how she looks. Tess used to be a horrible girl, now she wants to make amends.
And considering this is high school, almost all this drama I have either experienced or come across in my own 4 years of high school .So no, it;s not unrealistic. there are teenagers who actually do this ****. Normally by the time junior or senior year rolls about, it tones down, but freshman and sophomore year— you defiantly get a handful.
It has been stated time and time again, this comic is drama first, comedy second. So for what it’s supposed to be based off of, it’s doing pretty good.
I’ve seen some very logical posts in these comments, based on the psychology of a character and quite a few have pretty intelligent ideas. That isn’t blindness.
Jax October 15, 2011, 2:41 AM EST.
I don’t think Mike deserves to be redeemed. With the way Volume 2 has been heading, I just wish Mike would pass the “Moral Event Horizon” already and turn full *******. I’m just getting some arc fatigue over these two not even being on speaking terms despite their long history together.
Maybe David should be the protagonist?
Spectre39 October 15, 2011, 3:35 AM EST.
@Ziur: Well said. And what I suppose I’m trying to really say is, “It’s always good to try new recipes.”
@Taeshi: Just try adding new Ingredients some time. Not which of all contain something to do with a relationship. Will this comic go on forever? If you find the fountain of youth then… well… maybe.
But chances of that happening are very slim.
In the end, there will have to be an end. And what is the message that you plan on carrying out? Every story, long and short, has a plot, conflict, and an end with a moral, a motive and a message (At least one of the three, anyway.) It just seems a bit useless to have a story about relationships and then… nothing. Do you even have an ending or does it go on forever?
In any case, I’m sorry if I upset you and I wish you good luck with the future of the comic.
the man without a voice October 15, 2011, 5:36 AM EST.
@the man without a voice
You may have a point, but you didn’t do a very good job of making it, coming across as holier-than-thou while not really trying very hard to be clear. You claim to be without a voice. No one’s gonna hear you if you don’t make yourself worth listening to. (Certainly not Taeshi, who you went out of your way to insult. If you actually wanted to improve the comic, you’d be nice to her so that she’d be receptive to your ideas!)
Just so you know, the comic is very definitely improving over time, both art-wise and story-wise. Maybe there’s a bit of a pattern to the way conflicts develop in the comic, but I think that’s largely your style as well as just the ongoing storyline w/Mike&Lucy.
Also, w.r.t. “you being your age and still drawing this…” is it that you’re worried about the style of comic or the fact that you’re still making comics, period? Choosing to be this kind of artist can’t be an easy road, whether it pays the bills or not, but have confidence in your style. There will always be people who look down on it as a lesser art form, but that isn’t going to stop people from enjoying it anyway (like the hundreds that currently read your comic.) If Starline Hodge can do it, so can you!
revengineer October 15, 2011, 5:37 AM EST.
@the man without a voice
Posted before I saw your second post. Thanks for doing pretty much what I suggested!
revengineer October 15, 2011, 5:46 AM EST.
the man without a voice: I feel you have a very shallow way of interpreting stories. Not all stories have a specific beginning, middle, and end with a “lesson” in a concrete, easy-to-package case. There are plenty of slice of life stories that I’ve read that are basically “we are living our lives and learning a few things and just proceeding through the world.” Look at comics like Azumanga Daioh, a comic where a bunch of girls just go through high school and graduate. No intricate plot, no clear lesson, the story is captivating because we get to know a bunch of girls who we grow to care about. Girls we can imagine in the real world. There’s also Cheap Thrills, an absolutely AMAZING comic and the plot is basically the reader watching a bunch of high school kids growing up and seeing all the decisions they make, as of right now they have graduated and you’re seeing them branch out into adulthood. Plots CAN be about average, average life. Are you gonna call them aimless and stupid? Absolutely not. Even a show like Seinfeld, is basically a show about NOTHING.
Also I will have to cite the top of the page: “Welcome! This is the official site for Bittersweet Candy Bowl, Taeshi’s comic of love, drama and emotional cartoon animals. Read below for the latest page, or explore the sections above!”
love, drama, and emotional cartoon animals
I don’t cite any specific plot, this isn’t about characters fighting a primary villain with laser guns or going into space or fighting crime or whatever, it’s emotional kids whose issues are mainly related to romance.. because there really are a lot of kids who go through that. Most of my memories during high school was with crushes and unrequited romances and rejecting people and OH MY GOD THE PROM. And sleeping all the time. The characters haven’t even gotten to junior year, which is basically the year where a lot happens, SATs, driving, some might even be trying to drive later in Sophomore year, it’s way too early to judge!
So to be fairly honest, I’ve been more than clear about the true theme of the comic, and it’s.. not changing. The theme I mean, because as I said before, there are a lot of things that are yet to come up. You’re basically standing up in 1/3rds of a movie playing and saying you know how it’s all going to end, and that it’s all so pointless. From 1/3rds of a movie.
The story will still be about these characters growing up and the ups and downs they deal with, unfortunately Mike and Lucy have the most convoluted part of the story that needs the most focus because it honestly isn’t that cut and dry. Why else are there people fighting left to right about who’s wrong and right? If it was that dumb and predictable and “not with enough ingredients”, why do people argue so much? Why are there pages and pages of debate on the feelings of one character and why they may be acting a certain way and all the justifications?
I don’t see what “ingredient” is needed, frankly there is a story already planned and a story that has to set out. It’s weird you’re harping about there being no lesson when.. the comic hasn’t ended. And isn’t even near completion. It has an ending, yes, but it will definitely take quite a while to get there. Maybe a lot of the events that will culminate all this hasn’t happened yet, it’s weird to be so accusational and “you should add more ingredients” when I haven’t even covered half of the story. It’s way too early. If you’re too impatient, you’re more than free to look somewhere else, but it’s hard to take the accusations seriously when you’re not even aware of half the plans I have yet.
revengineer: I appreciate that, though I don’t think that’s what the person was getting at. At the end of the day, I’m always gonna second-guess myself, but I like seeing things through. And besides, there’s plenty of other stories I want to tell in the future! There are other comics after BCB, so it’s not making comics that’s the problem at all. I’m definitely gonna keep at it!!
Taeshi October 15, 2011, 6:41 AM EST.
Emm…….. can some remind me what happened between mike and Lucy ???
Viperalist October 15, 2011, 7:04 AM EST.
That post makes me think you’re a new hero of mine
Good on you to go through doing what you love without being affected by what judgmental people say.
If only there was a way you could make the story update faster This is just too good to have 3 updates a week xD
Alex October 15, 2011, 7:11 AM EST.
Lucy finally told Mike she loved him, and Mike had no idea what to do and flat out said “no”, which caused awkwardness; then the following day (in the storyline of course) the issue was adressed by the entire gang during lunch, and Mike exploded saying he was sick of her being clingy, yada-yada, and that he’s with Sandy <— This is of course summarized, I don’t remember the exact dialogue.
Alex October 15, 2011, 7:13 AM EST.
This is a lot harder to comment on from a phone lol
@the man without a voice: Unfortunately, there’s a lot to pick at with your post. If you haven’t taken the time yet there’s actually a FAQ section that does state that the comic will end eventually with a rough guess at when. Taeshi has already stated there is an ending. As for plot, conflict and end, there *is* a plot. Just watching these character’s everyday lives is plot. Is it deep plot? Is it compelling plot? Those are for readers to decide but regardless it’s there. Teashi’s already given examples of other works of similar plot structures. There’s definitely conflict. RIDICULOUS amounts of conflict. You may think they’re unbelievable or unrealistic but these situations do happen. Do they all happen to the same person as often? Not likely. But at least one reader here has probably encountered one of the situations in the comic. Each situation that’s happened has a reader it’s also happened to. How many pages have a comment along the lines of “this exact same thing happened to me…” These situations are realistic, perhaps not reasonable to an adult, but the characters are not adults. As for the ending, it’s not here yet. There’s (hopefully) a ton more left before it ends. Get the whole story first before judging the work. And there is definite character development. Some characters have made 180s and others have gone through significant changes. Mike is the most obvious example, look at how many readers hate him now just because of how different he is. There’s a lot to the story with more to come. If it doesn’t suit you anymore than that’s a shame, but to each his own.
Ziur October 15, 2011, 8:32 AM EST.
Man if someone doesn’t like the comic..they shouldn’t be reading it. There are plenty of stories out there who use relationships at the base like scott pilgrim or lucky star. The whole comment that guy made comes off as: “I personally don’t like this comic, you should change it so it has a easy to interpret plot”
Also as I’ve learned in screenwriting class, the best kinds of stories dig into your emotions and don’t put all the cards on the table at once.
In the end i think he’s just jelly of the success this comic has.
moo October 15, 2011, 9:20 AM EST.
……..Mike on his usual rampage of heartless reactions. T_T ANYWAYS, on to something completely different. WANNA HEAR THE MOST ANNOYING SOUND IN THE WORLD!?! EEEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH
Roxas October 15, 2011, 11:14 AM EST.
All right. My opinion still stands.
Mike is self-hating here. He doesn’t want anything to do with Lucy because of the guilt facing the triangle. He wants to be with Sandy, still loves Lucy, and is getting angry with the stress because of it. He’s just cutting off Lucy because of the guilt, it’s wrong, but he’s just following his emotions.
Other James October 15, 2011, 11:40 AM EST.
Taeshi, I think your reaction to the man with no voice’s present comment was irrelevant and irrational. The way I put it is that he saw the error in saying what he did and tried to respond in a way that he might regret. MY POINT IS that if somebody like him comments in a similar way, then don’t get so worked up about one dumb *******. My dad says that if you don’t know them and they say something that will hurt you, then ignore them or just react in a way that won’t hurt people. No offence, Taeshi, but you can get sort of mean at times, which is a statement that think everyone can agree to. SO no hard feelings, no hurtful words intended, just a suggestion that might help you in the future.
MUSTACHE ON A TROLL DOLL October 15, 2011, 11:41 AM EST.
KILL HIM LUCY, DO IT NOW
NyanKat October 15, 2011, 11:50 AM EST.
I would LOVE it if Lucy kicked the **** out of the grey cat I knew and loved as Micheal.
it’s sad, I really used to like him too. up to this point I had left a tiny window of redemption open for him because he’s a teenager, we all **** up.
however he has promptly blown it by acting with the social maturity of a toddler having a tantrum. his outburst in the classroom was completely out of order and unnecessary. WE GET IT MIKE. you don’t like Lucy, PLEASE move on.
she’s trying her hardest right now to be polite and civil with you and you go ahead and take a big bitter **** on it like the big bitter piece of **** you are.
I sincerely hope that Lucy chews him up and spits him out in the next page, his behavior is ******* me off. I knew a jerk just like him in primary school, I cared so much for him and clung to him out of fear of loosing him. he was my only friend, he shook me off and when I got to middle school he thought ‘payback’ time was in order. throwing rocks and rubbers was the beginning of his exploits, by the end of the year we’d gotten into three fights. I have’nt talked to him in years and now in my final year of high school I can see the bitterness in his eyes when our eyes do meet..it hurts. because I remember the guy he used to be..I have friends now, it just hurts that I knew him for so long and that he sparked my animosity towards males of my age due to our fights.
whilst this situation is’nt as violent as mine I do identify with Lucy as I feel the same sadness lingering with me even now. Mike’s behavior is realistic and fits with character development however it doesn’t mean it’s socially acceptable.
however like one person commented (I’m afraid I don’t know their name) we haven’t seen from Mike’s perspective in a while which could mean we’re missing something on his end which I will give him the benefit of the doubt for.
for now I apologize for the long comment and thank Taeshi for the page, I can’t wait for the next.
Moviefreek October 15, 2011, 12:45 PM EST.
Wow. Just wow. I honestly don’t know where to begin. First: @Taeshi The second I read man without a voice’s comment I was all set to put that guy in his place. Instead I commend u in your professionalism, and keeping a cool head. I don’t think I could have said it better myself. You know what your story is, your fans know what it is, and nothing this random shmuck is going to say is going to take away from your awesome creation. Your Stories are great, there are so many options for perspectives and outlooks to situations between characters we have grown to love and even care a bought. Never stop! You’re very talented. O and the art is so amazing lately and I support the title page of explaining what the comic is plan.
@Mr. man without a voice: I could go on and on, how you’re a pompous little ***** who managed to hurt someone who is more creative, talented, and smarter than u. But I’m not going to do that. I don’t need to state obvious things. If u don’t like the comic that is fine. U don’t have to read it. We will. If u want to criticize it I suggest u actually read the comic or have structural things to say. U didn’t say anything of value. Didn’t read didn’t see the comic evolve just came in and insulted away at someone’s work. U have a voice that much is clear and I hope this site gets a better filter to get u out of this site because you obviously have nothing else better to do with your sad poor existence of a life! And I pity u.
Is Bittersweetcandybowl 4 everyone? I guess not.
That doesn’t give u the right to royally attack something people put allot of time into. I suggest keep your opinions to yourself unless its constructive criticism based on what this comic represents. U insulted the whole point of BSC, and I can’t wait to c a comic u make.
Bittersweet candy bowl is a story of teen angst relations and relationships going though the drama of growing up together. Every person who posts on this site didn’t just like some comic. We found a story that we could relate to….. At times.
Taeshi: I’m really sorry. I don’t know u personally but when I read what he said. To me it was like attacking one of my friends
JustSomeCritic October 15, 2011, 1:08 PM EST.
In all honesty, it probably would’ve been better if she stopped at fifth panel, there. Still, nice effort, Lucy! Mike should make at least a little effort to make this whole thing less awkward.
On the topic of their past interactions and current situation resulting from it, I don’t believe Mike’s all to blame for why it became like this. I don’t see reason why I should hate him, either. He has his reasons and made the kind of choices anyone would make in the situations he’s been in, and it doesn’t seem fair to think that Lucy didn’t make some bad decisions either! The way he’s acting towards Lucy is pretty distasteful, but he has pretty good reason to, the way his mind’s working, I think. Doesn’t seem all that fair to Lucy, the poor girl, but still!
ostritch October 15, 2011, 1:11 PM EST.
MUSTACHE ON A TROLL DOLL, you say “irrelevant” and “irrational” seemingly without knowing what the words mean, and then you meander around with some pointless aphorism, and then you make the assertion that Veronica can be “mean at times” and everyone can agree. Where did that come from?
What are you talking about at all?
SuitCase October 15, 2011, 1:15 PM EST.
This chapter made me so depressed and sad that MikexLucy was over that I went back to read confrontation again, that kinda lifted my spirits but then again PauloxLucy could happen
:) October 15, 2011, 1:25 PM EST.
I’ve already commented about it, but here’s what I think happened to Mike. He told Sandy about what was going on with Lucy and everyone, and they had a huge argument that maybe even ended with Sandy dumping him, or just that they aren’t talking. To me, that would explain why Mike’s been so ******* lately. Just a guess about what’s going on
Flashbomb7 October 15, 2011, 1:37 PM EST.
Just Some Critic: while I’m very flattered you wanna defend me, it’s not very nice to resort to calling him a ***** and name calling him!! There were some good points you made, but please don’t get mad in my place!! I didn’t wanna imply that I needed protecting because of my feelings, I take everything seriously it’s not that hard to make me sad!!!! But I don’t want that to mean that people should go easy on me or that people should think it’s bad that I might feel self-conscious or I dunno.
But yeah, we should all be civil!! Even though I think man without a voice is wrong in his assumptions, he didn’t all-cap anything, and sounded really calm. I wanted to do the same back.
Mustache on a troll doll: yeah I don’t really know what you’re on about. Contrary to popular belief, long responses do not mean the person is worked up/overreacting/upset. I don’t see how I’m being irrelevant as well? A lot of what you said is confusing, because his criticism was about BCB not having plot and I was rebutting that.
I don’t like the mindset that you should not give people the time of day if they “potentially hurt you”, that’s not how it works for me. Criticism can be hurtful, doesn’t make it any less valid. People’s voices should be heard, even if it means getting the voices destroyed in debate
tl;dr what souppy said
Taeshi October 15, 2011, 1:50 PM EST.
@Taeshi. I’m super impressed at how you’ve handled this ‘man without a voice’ guy. Seriously. Gigantic thumbs up to you! His arguments were faulty and you rebutted well.
Re his comment that you’re silly to be writing this at your age: as someone older and less successful than you who wants to draw comics for kids and adults and write stories for kids and stuff, I felt hurt by that. Then I remembered that Hergé (artist/writer of Tintin) has a museum dedicated to him and I felt a little better for us both.
Keep up the good work. Your characters are layered and interesting and clearly engage your audience. Seems ‘man without a voice’ thinks proper growed-ups all work in offices and only kids write successful comics about cats. It disgusts me that an artist can be regarded so poorly. Regardless of how he doing the regarding feels about the work, it’s doing well, and engages the audience. If it’s not his cup of tea, that’s fine, but it’s clearly the cups of tea of many, many people and deserves respect for that.
@man without a voice: It’s character-driven drama, not sure where that ‘moral, motive or message’ thing is coming from, but you’re wrong. A story is itself a message, so any story has that - makes wondering where the message is in a story seem a bit of a pointless task. Being a character-driven drama, there’s motives out the wazoo! As for the comic as a work in itself, well, “to entertain” is a motive. A moral? Not everything is a fable by Aesop, but how about this for a moral: treat your friends well or they’ll turn into jerks. But that moral could change with upcoming stories. You can’t ask for a moral until the story is complete, and even then, it’s not a necessity.
BJMcG October 15, 2011, 3:10 PM EST.
Mike should start to be more nice with lucy because hes just not being open to lucy really at all
Blackheart October 15, 2011, 3:41 PM EST.
I wish Michael would just break up with Sandy and go out with Lucy…
Saki October 15, 2011, 3:53 PM EST.
I give Lucy a lot of credit here. She’s really trying. Mike, on the other hand…he’s a ****. There’s no real connection in any of his responses. Just pissy one-liners.
How come we never see Haley or Chris, Taeshi? We saw Jordan and Sam a bit, but why not Mike’s siblings? I only recall seeing Haley once, and even then, there were no dialog boxes or any designation of her name. I don’t recall ever seeing or hearing about Chris.
NintendoSegaSonyGuy October 15, 2011, 4:58 PM EST.
@the man without a voice
What part are you critiquing about the comic being too young for Taeshi to write about?
The animals? -> Rebuke: Animal Farm
The drama? -> Rebuke: Romance Novel Industry
The lack of end in sight? -> Rebuke: A majority of other comics in existence in their midlife
The lack of a statement? (I’d say the statement is LIFE but…)-> Rebuke: Dadaism
I’m baffled because it seems childish for someone to point at the author and say “you’re too old to do this” when the activity doesn’t relate to having life experience, good judgement, or a well-developed moral compass. I mean, what’s necessarily more mature about, say, golf than making stories?
Why should a past time that brings both the creator and others joy, and does not harm anyone, be childish?
Icsifil October 15, 2011, 5:05 PM EST.
@Taeshi: I must say it was very wrong of me to create posts like the ones I have. I now understand that I had obviously not done enough research into what this comic is all about. Instead I had gotten a bit angry when I made my first post. This is because sometimes I sometimes find it annoying that there’s so many of these kinds of comics nowadays and I get mad at the amount of people who read them instead of different genres. But that was a mistake on my behalf and I’m sorry.
Again, I wish you good luck with the comic and I hope you can accept my apology.
@Just Some Critic: I’m sorry that you think of me in such a manner and I only hope that you can think differently of me now that I have admitted I was wrong to accuse. I hope you enjoy continuing the reading of this comic.
the man without a voice October 15, 2011, 6:14 PM EST.
If @the man without a voice’s purpose was simply to troll then mission accoplished.
I disagree with what he says though. there is a point to the story, it is a commentary on life at a young age. It may not be written at the level of some of the great classics of literature, but neither are most of the more popular books or comics written today. The problem that people like @the man without a voice and others who say that there is no long play to this story is that, though they may have read the story through, maybe even multiple times, they fail to grasp the fact that the only way one can truely pass judgement on a story of situation is by looking at it from hindsight and with a fixed frame of reference. when they say that they have read through the story and can’t find a meaning that is because the overall story is still expanding to add each new situation and relation every time Taeshi adds a page. Yes, i admit, I have attempted to judge, for myself, the characters or plots of the story, but I did that in my head so that I didn’t offend anyone. If i do offer up comment on how a character is developing it is typically for the purpose of getting someone else to view a situation from a different point of view. As for the assertion that there is no depth or developement in the story, as Taeshi said, all you have to do is read the story to realize that the characters are very different from how they started with the exception of one or two minor characters. And when you say that there is no depth to the characters, I urge you to look not only at the comics themselves, but also at the comment sections. you will notice that the characters have personalities and relations that change with time. you will also notice that this depth serves to create a large rift in fans. It is the cause of people writing page long essays on why one character is worse than another or why one pairing will never work out. I did this myself for this page as a rebuttal to one which someone else had written about Lucy. that kind of dispute does not appear in any story which contains characters without depth and development. And finally in response to the idea that Taeshi is too old to be drawing comics, if you are so shallow as to believe that once a person reaches a certain age they cannot still be creative I’m not sure where you have been living for your whole life. Look at the great works, whether that’s painting, writing, comics, etc. most of them are made by, you guessed it, adults. Hayao Miyazaki, one of the great anime directors, every single person at disney, pixar, or dreamworks are some perfect examples. for art look at Picasso, Monet, etc. and if you want more modern stuff, Gerard Richter, Bansky, and Lucian Freud to name a few. then there are writers and musicians and so on and so forth. Without these people there would be no culture the way you know it. These people are the ones that give us entertainment and happiness (or sadness if that’s what you want) but they all create media that is found desirable by some and detestable by others. If you don’t like BCB then that is totally up to you, but there is no reason to attempt to bash the comic and the artist herself with poorly though out and easily refutable arguments. if you are looking for more depth than BCB can give you go read some tolstoy or shakespeare, but don’t presume to be so high and mighty that you can cast aspersions against an ongoing, ever changing story. And if you do persist in making accusation against this comic, don’t be surprised to receive this kind of feed back.
Thanks for making the comic Taeshi, I suppose that not everyone can be satisfied. (though i most certainly am)
P.S. i had not yet seen the most recent post by @the man without a voice. keep in mind there is no offense intended with this simply trying to make my point. and its very good of you to look at things a different way. I am going to keep the rest of the post the same simply because i do think it applies to other commentors. again I am not trying to bash on @the man without a voice just make a point
Deuce Moose October 15, 2011, 6:42 PM EST.
You should work on your snow… (Instructive criticism, not insult)
Cat October 15, 2011, 7:13 PM EST.
I am getting this vibe they will end up stuck on the library due to the snow or something, I wonder why.
ObnoxiousLemon October 15, 2011, 7:55 PM EST.
@cat What’s wrong with the snow? Looks pretty good to me.
orangelimepeel October 15, 2011, 7:58 PM EST.
Dang, Mike! Couldn’t you at least try listening to her instead of just being an ***? She’s your best friend.
Also I just got to where the comic is current since starting from the beginning at the very end of summer. (Honestly don’t get how people do it in less than a day ) Its great though!
Trey October 15, 2011, 8:12 PM EST.
I should have expected that last bit before Sandy… Long comment is long. Time to read it. Long comments. Oh dear. This might take a while. And sadistic comments to boot. This will not be fun.
Mike is depressingly mean. LITTLE brother. Last time I checked, Lucy was the youngest. How unappealing.
Hoheh October 15, 2011, 8:22 PM EST.
I think BCB has reached a huge turning point for the development of both Mike and Lucy. While it’s probably not my place to predict, I’m going to take a guess and say either…
1. By some plot happening (Lucy snapping and telling Mike off, Mike snapping and injuring Lucy, simple realization, etc…), Mike will go “Wow, I have been quite the pretentious *****, I should try and fix this somehow” and try to make up for all of the things he did to her and whoever else that is involved.
2. Mike will do something completely irredeemable (tell Lucy off in the cruelest of ways, physical violence, etc.) and become, pardon the language, a complete ****. Eventually, the rest of the cast will learn about his actions and will come to hate him.
At this point, I don’t hold hatred on either Mike or Lucy’s account. As a few people have said, they’re both hormonal teenagers, and as such, they have both made quite a few stupid decisions. Lucy seems to have realized this, and she is trying to make up for it. Mike is still irked at her for everything she has done to him, so her diplomacy seems to breeze right by him as some sort of advance on her part. I’m really eager to see how this arc will turn out!
Pyrofiend October 15, 2011, 8:34 PM EST.
JERK ALERT JERK ALERT!
Brain Worm October 15, 2011, 8:43 PM EST.
Cat: Please tell me how I can fix it because I do agree that the snow bugs the crud out of me! Telling me that I should “work on it” and that’s it is not really enough, because the snow was actually pretty different before I thought it looked terrible and erased a majority of it I’m not disagreeing, I would just like to know HOW to improve.
I did notice recently that I have forgotten to add little breathing coming out of the characters like I did in Pillow Talk, I am wondering now if that made a difference.
the man without a voice: Oh, I definitely agree. There’s definitely A LOT of crap out there, and a lot of work of the same theme. High School drama is probably one of the most common works explored out there, and you will definitely find way more bad than good, especially now when technology has allowed many people to have a voice without the need of editors and publishers to publish their work. Anime has covered it (And christ so badly), comics have covered it, many TV shows have covered it! Lots of soaps are out there that have covered it, and not that well.
So I can understand feeling very discouraged and irritated because when looking at the comic from a distance, it really IS about overemotional cats. I’ve heard many people in the past send me e-mails telling me “I didn’t wanna read the comic because it seemed like just a melodramatic comic with cats, but then I finally did and.. i regret what i thought”
Though I’m not saying the comic is for everyone! It’s just that’s definitely a common misconception, it’s not gonna be everyone’s cup of tea, but similarly to people refusing to read Cheap Thrills because it “looks furry” (Something that deeply frustrates me), that sort of thing can really deter people from reading a really great work. Try not to get discouraged from reading about certain dramas because of all the crap on television/anime/online provides, because you really will miss out on some great gems. (like Azumanga Daioh) Or even some pretty good comics!!
also no, nobody’s going to call anyone a troll >8( I WILL PUNCH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU
Taeshi October 15, 2011, 8:46 PM EST.
Hey Taeshi, I think I’ve only commented once before, but I’ve been reading the comic for about a year now and I’ve got to say, I really enjoy it. I look forward to every release and lement the weekends when I don’t get to read it. I also feel I’m sort of a great audience for this comic, I’m 17 so I’m jist ahead of where the characters are (I’n a senior) and they’re particularly relatable.
Now, I think the man without a voice actually does have a point, he just voiced it like an arrogant child.
Have you read the manga Love Hina? I have, all the way through, and I’ll be honest. I enjoyed the manga, but it ALMOST lost me towards the end. The few chapters before the author started to wrap up the story were difficult to read, as I felt like I was just reading the same thing over and over again, each chapter sort of just a rehash of the previous one. While I don’t think BCB has this problem, I think it very well could in the future. It seems sort of repetitive and readers want to see the characters grow and change, like in the comics you mentioned and in popular manga such as Naruto and One Piece. Naruto’s actually a great example. He’s always getting cool new moves, growing older, developing relationships, and getting closer to becoming the leader of his village. Really all popular manga follow this (With the exception of short manga series that just tell a set story, such as Death Note, although then again those do follow this mold to an extent but I digress) mold, Yugioh, Shaman King, Dragon Ball probably started this lol, it exemplifies it so perfectly.
Anyways, tl;dr “Get on with it!” lol, I would really like to see the characters change more than they do, and maybe have some of the relationships that the readers beg for come to being (LucyxPaulo etc)
I also really can’t stress my love for your work, no matter how you write it I know I’ll be reading every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Keep up the terrific work
Rockenos October 15, 2011, 8:57 PM EST.
>>implying naruto is good
The story has been planned out, characterisation has been planned out. While I appreciate criticism, this is basically telling me how to write the story. Sorry, but I have my own plans. They might meet your demands, they might not. Hopefully they do!
Also it’s three days a week so it’s an unfortunate given it might not be ideally fast.
Taeshi October 15, 2011, 9:02 PM EST.
It’s at this point I would like to say well crap. This comic is like a drug that you can’t stop doing….it’s so sad but the story is so goooooooood.0
Garek October 15, 2011, 9:40 PM EST.
I don’t think Naruto is good, but it is certainly popular
I like that you can actually greentext. I laughed pretty hard at that.
But yeah, that was just my take, I know that I’ll love whatever you do
Can’t wait till Monday!
Rockenos October 15, 2011, 10:53 PM EST.
i re-read this page and was like “i swear… thats not what he said…”
oh well still great stuff! even if the edit threw me for a loop
still gotta love it
EDIT: i desided to metion im also a new person addicted to the comic >.> i came across it one day. read from the start to what was there in a couple days and now i read every update as it comes out. (and i live in hawaii so i read it sunday, teusday , thrusday :3 ) i want to make some ebooks out of the series but i have no idea if i need permission before doing so. i think it would be cool to see it on the kindle (made some test ones god does it look good even if its black and white) and other ebook readers well keep up the good work!!!
Kuro Kitsune October 15, 2011, 10:55 PM EST.
Yeah. You need permission. It’s the whole copyrights law thingy. But I don’t think you can since this already being sold as a book on this website.
Garek October 15, 2011, 11:09 PM EST.
yeah i thought so.. would be cool if they sold an ebook of the regular comics for like a fraction of the price sure could bring in extra money lol
Kuro Kitsune October 15, 2011, 11:16 PM EST.
then whats the point in having a book to sell, the sales for the physical books would be so negligible as to make it a waste of money to print them in the first place. it would be nice to have an e-book, but personally i like something that i can actually flip through, which would probably not happen if there was a cheap download to replace the expenses of printing. that would be my assumption at least, maybe more of the fans are as willing as i am to shell out the extra money to have a real book.
I see what you mean. And i think they should be understanding enough.
Deuce Moose October 15, 2011, 11:33 PM EST.
What the hell is this guy’s problem?
StarSturdy October 15, 2011, 11:38 PM EST.
well from my point of view is in the ebook you dont add the extras you post the comic as is from a free users stand point so when the book(s) have all kinds of extras people will Still buy the book for all the new and extra stuff it comes with and alot of people like you who Prefer haveing a phyical copy can still have one. i see it as a potential to make a bit of money on people who arint buying the book due too maybe not wanting to cough up the full price of the book or are ebook fanboys instead of prefering physical copys but i have no idea. im just a fox who enjoys reading things on his kindle but if it was setup like that honestly id buy both because i want all the extras from the book too :3 (i pray im not breaking the comment rules x.x if im getting out of hand with replys ill hush up )
Kuro Kitsune October 15, 2011, 11:40 PM EST.
what the **** is with all the swearing
blue magic October 16, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.
If we were to make an ebook, we would want to do it ourselves rather than get someone else to do it, sorry.
Taeshi October 16, 2011, 12:33 AM EST.
……………Man, Mike…….I thought you were a cool bro…..
D: October 16, 2011, 12:36 AM EST.
@Garek lol true one of my friends jack has read all of the comic so far and when ever i tell him there new pages he says i am going to go read them right now or oh yeah i have read them but he still says this comic is the worst thing ever and blah blah blah. personally i love this comic and i think he does too but its not that surprising that he says he doesn’t like it because all of my friends hate the comic and say i have no taste for reading it
p.s the reason your post made me think of this is because he some times says that its like being an alcoholic and that its bad and blah blah blah
p.p.s this post “It’s at this point I would like to say well crap. This comic is like a drug that you can’t stop doing….it’s so sad but the story is so goooooooood.0”
blue magic October 16, 2011, 1:27 AM EST.
I didn’t say I didn’t like it. I love drama romances. I mean come on. I almost every shakespear play on book in my library.
Yeah, because it just wouldn’t be cost effective. You would pay more for some one to do it for you when the finished product isn’t worth all the work. So printing a book instead and charging shipping and handling plus the book it’s self is quite a bit more profitable than an ebook made by someone else…..if I knew how I would do it for free for you Taeshi.
Garek October 16, 2011, 1:28 AM EST.
i’ve always liked lucyxpaulo anyway
kkid210 October 16, 2011, 1:41 AM EST.
I don’t get it.
Wut’s not a big deal?
Joey October 16, 2011, 2:00 AM EST.
@ Taeshi: I just wanted to tell you that I, like many others, really love your comic. I happen to be OLDER than you ( I am a 30-year old young lady… you ain’t old till your 92) and I don’t think the way you draw your comic is silly. I have my own comics as well (the characters are mainly drawn as humans) because I didn’t think you could portray this type of teen drama effectively with anamorphic characters. You Tae have done something very hard, and I for one am proud of you. I’ve been drawing sense I was 8, I wanted to work as an animator for Disney and I became very good at it. so you keep up the awesome job. (just so you all know I don’t work for Disney I changed my major to Fashion Design. I just draw comics on the side)
for any haters out there: constructive criticism is always welcome but if you’ve got nothing better to do than to bash other peoples works than F-off & DON’T post. FYI teen drama hasn’t changed much except for the fact that more kids are bringing weapons to school. so all the NEGATIVE been there, done that, & so over it comments about the “predictable” teen angst/drama need to stop, you think you know it all, I challenge you to make your own F-ing comic/manga and put it out there for everyone to give their opinion.
Just so everyone knows, teen/high school drama is popular because that is a defining age for everyone. you are shaped by your culture & society but high school is when you are in that awkward stage where you are socially trying to find yourself. also almost everyone wishes that they could have a “do-over” of their high school years (man if only I knew then the things that I know now)
@ Rockenos: Little Known Fact, the creator of Dragon Ball didn’t want his story to go on as long as it did, or to have some of the characters develop the way they did. He started getting death threats from crazy fans.
@Taeshi: you’ll have to forgive those of us that are quick to come to your defense when it seems that someone is attacking you or your feelings are hurt. we feel that by posting your work, you are allowing us to get close to you and become friends with you (though many of us may never meet you or one another). suitcase may be the loudest voice in the room when it comes to standing up for/defending you, we your fans want to be right there with you.
sorry bout the long rant, it’s just the Mom in me
sen October 16, 2011, 2:08 AM EST.
yea i figured taeshi can i atlest have permission to make and use them for myself? (i mean i dont know if its legal if i keep it to myself )
anyways love your work ill stop being annoying
ps edit. i didnt mean i do it for money id happily do it for free lol. i more so just wanted permission to make some ebooks and just ment if they made and offical one there could be the potentional for profit. *Shrugs* oh well im more then likely wrong im not a sales expert lol
Kuro Kitsune October 16, 2011, 2:38 AM EST.
Now, like always, but time will tell. I only hope that things end well, though I expect things to get worse. Drama comic. Its blessing. Curse. I’m confident this ride won’t cease. The pain will not so soon release us from its grip until it’s done. It’s party time now everyone! Violence or simply gloom? Who knows? Who cares? Now make some room. This may end in pain or spite, but, at least, I’m out. Good night!
It’s not often that I show it,
Often thinking I’ll just blow it,
But, perhaps, inside I know it.
I’m me and that means a poet.
Hoheh October 16, 2011, 3:08 AM EST.
Kuro Kitsune: Permission not granted. Sorry.
Sen: I really appreciate, and I am happy knowing a fellow comic artist as well! Man it seems we got our most creative at 7-8, huh?
Taeshi October 16, 2011, 3:50 AM EST.
Wait a sec…if you did to alter the text, then how do you write it? It is not your handwriting by pen like you make the inking? Or did you made your own type in the computer?
Ana aka Knux-the-Killer October 16, 2011, 5:08 AM EST.
fair enough thank you though. i promise not to make any ebooks then. happy days and i look forward to monday
Kuro Kitsune October 16, 2011, 5:46 AM EST.
noooo Why mike! Why must you screw up every good moment!
Woodnesword October 16, 2011, 6:04 AM EST.
Mike is colder than the snow…..
Ronyle143 October 16, 2011, 6:24 AM EST.
Why does Lucy not have a backpack?
Also, @Ronyle143: Haha, ZING!
Some random guy October 16, 2011, 7:28 AM EST.
Well, yeah, that’s why there are large parts of Dragon Ball Z that sucked. What I meant was how the characterw changed a hole ****-ton throughout the course of the story. The main character even dies… Once or twice.
Goku gets married, grows much older, learns new attacks, becomes more powerful (Usually done through the varying levels of super saiyan…ness.) and fights bad guy after bad guy, each one stronger than his predecessor.
Rockenos October 16, 2011, 10:37 AM EST.
@Some Random Guy, Because she carries everything in her bow.
What? It’s big enough! D=
Missme October 16, 2011, 10:49 AM EST.
Mike is such a JERKFACE!
Anthony_frost October 16, 2011, 11:14 AM EST.
Next comic taeshi makes should be bittersweetcandybow The Post forems I mean just look at all the meteral she’ll have. There has been plenty of drama and characters in this Page lol. @taeshi i will nv name call names again………but man without a voice had it comming
JustSomeCritic October 16, 2011, 11:24 AM EST.
Really guys. Are we going to start in on the whole mike and lucy thing again? Even after the long conversations and wall posts? You guys should know better by now. The comic is going to get sadder, mike will probably be this way untill he gets it…..HOPEFULY sandy will tell him this won’t work and break up with him, and hopefully Paulo will get to be with Tess.
Garek October 16, 2011, 11:25 AM EST.
@Sen, Well I politely disagree with your hypothesis on Mike. In my honest opinion, after Sandy left, he started to realize that he really did have feeling for Lucy. However, the constant “rejection” of these feelings started to lessen these feelings over time, but still, out of all the people he could be with, he would choose Lucy over the rest.
When Sandy was once again an option, he still had feelings for Lucy, but thought that she would never reciprocate them so he simply shoved his feelings somewhere he wouldn’t ever feel them.
This then changed when Lucy told him that she loved him, causing visible inner turmoil at the time. In the end his feelings for Lucy won, but In his need to not hurt Sandy he did what he thought was the best choice… To bury his feelings for her under something else. Spite, anger, and hatred. He thinks these are the only feelings he can use to keep his love in check so that it never shows, so he grasps at straws for why he’s being so mean even though most of his excuses fall short of justifying what he’s doing.
to conclude my opinion, Mike has to bury his feelings under hatred in order to keep them from showing, but even this is starting to fail. So in response, he heaps even more hatred onto it, making him seem like a complete dick…. not sure how to finish this thought process tho >.> well just gonna post it. have fun reading a wall of text
Ihonestlycantthinkofone October 16, 2011, 12:09 PM EST.
Ana: I edit the scanned inks in photoshop, it is simple to erase and rewrite parts especially in such high DPI.
Taeshi October 16, 2011, 12:11 PM EST.
i think tht might be one of the best explanation of exactly why he’s being a dick, plenty of ones about why is or isn’t justified but that was really well though out. (not trolling actually do agree with you) good job @Ihonestlycantthinkofone
Deuce Moose October 16, 2011, 12:33 PM EST.
Get ready for the next one. We have much chapter to go.
Hoheh October 16, 2011, 12:46 PM EST.
hey cool my birthday is in december
Zuero October 16, 2011, 1:44 PM EST.
What the hell Mike!!! She is trying to,be nice!
And you too Taeshi! Today is monday! Make more because I love this comic! >_
WhoCares October 16, 2011, 4:42 PM EST.
I thought Lucy had a brother. When she was singing, her brother came in to tell her it was time for dinner. I can’t remember when though
Kindle Kat October 16, 2011, 6:14 PM EST.
Yes, Lucy has two older brothers, Jordan and Sam. The chapter you’re thinking of is “Rehearsal”
The Swimmer October 16, 2011, 7:08 PM EST.
In terms of the snow, I think it’s great. I have the first page of this chapter as my desktop. It really gives this feeling of winter in which MikexLucy belong in, and goes well with the art style, which I’m getting accustomed to also. It seems that BCB is getting a lot more “professional looking,” if that means anything. It might just be the art style that’s still bugging me subconsciously, but seeing everything drawn out so perfectly, the background done so creatively, the colour so vivid I can’t shake off the feeling of uneasiness (love the incentive comics though). Personally, I really wouldn’t mind seeing you experiment with different styles of snow throughout the rest of this long and well timed chapter (ends near christmas, I’m gonna enjoy reading it all the way till vacation!)
The Swimmer October 16, 2011, 7:58 PM EST.
geez mike, jerk much?
Ake October 16, 2011, 9:47 PM EST.
Humph! Lucy is just trying to talk to you! She’s being nice instead of bitchin’ why not savor it Mike? GAWD!
PanPan October 16, 2011, 10:39 PM EST.
And the douche bag award goes to…
Em October 16, 2011, 10:52 PM EST.
I don’t think Mike is being a douche, I just think that he’s handling the situation in the worst way possible.
After being in a similar situation myself, I can sortof relate to how he’s reacting, although as I said, he’s handling it worse than most.
Forgive and forget, Mike. Forgive and forget.
JimmyP424 October 16, 2011, 11:24 PM EST.
Where’s page 7?
Name:. who wants to know? October 16, 2011, 11:31 PM EST.
Too bad about changing the dialogue. I think it was more meaningful before. Oh well. Lovely comic as usual!
johnnyBUZZ October 16, 2011, 11:34 PM EST.
I liked the diologue before a lot better this one just sounds a bit—- simple?
Lemme Sleep plz October 16, 2011, 11:56 PM EST.
AGH, MIKE, I’M RAGING. D8<
poor lucy…… is she gonna explode any minute?? >_>
Fangirl October 17, 2011, 12:03 AM EST.
keep getting an error message. idk why something about an internal error
darn, i thought so, but i was hoping not. thanks anyways
Deuce Moose October 17, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.
@Deuce Moose: It means there were server errors. It means that the next page’ll be uploaded in a couple of hours.
Sparkfur October 17, 2011, 12:07 AM EST.
Bittersweet PauloxLucy October 17, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.
Hm, I think I liked the original dialogue better, again it was more meaningful. The new dialogue seems… out of place.
Lost BCB card October 17, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.
@Sparkfur Awww, really?…I can’t wait a couple more hours…
ThatOtherMichael October 17, 2011, 12:10 AM EST.
You “can’t wait a couple more hours?” Are you dying? Will you cease to be alive by the time the page updates? Because I think a lot of us would be cool with that.
Jerk Magic Inc October 17, 2011, 12:16 AM EST.
Wow @jerk magic inc, what the heck?! not all of us can stay up quite as late as you i guess no need to be rude
yes i realize you can wait. that does not mean that someone has to wish death on someone else just because they enjoy the comic.
and yes i am being all “white knighty” get over it. if you don’t like people talking about a late update go somewhere else
Deuce Moose October 17, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.
@Deuce- Or you can learn to be patient and wait until the MORNING. It’s not an equation.
Toffee October 17, 2011, 12:20 AM EST.
I can wait because I know Lucy’s about as fed up with Mike’s behavior by now as much as most of us are. Let Tae take her time. Pressuring an artist never prospers. It gets you blocked.
Crystal October 17, 2011, 12:20 AM EST.
@ Deuce Moose: So you’re going to lose your internet sometime between now and the next update, or are you just being a whiny, white-knighting ******? They’re not mutually exclusive, I suppose.
Jerk Magic Inc October 17, 2011, 12:21 AM EST.
I can’t really understand why mike is so mad… A girl tells you she loves you and you’re mad at her for that?
SXR123 October 17, 2011, 12:23 AM EST.
Taeshi Taeshi hurry up and update my mommy is making me go to bed and she’s gonna ground me cuz i didn’t do my homework and then i’ll miss out on ur cat drama plz halp
Jerk Magic Inc October 17, 2011, 12:23 AM EST.
anonymous2 October 17, 2011, 12:23 AM EST.
Yay! Page will be coming still!!! :3 guys remember—- patience is a virtue! Haha how about instead of ranting as much as mike does we grab some midnight tacobell and check for the page in a few hours hrrrmmm? ,’:)
Lemme Sleep plz October 17, 2011, 12:25 AM EST.
@Jerk Magic Inc It was an exaggeration… don’t be so judgemental
ThatOtherMichael October 17, 2011, 12:25 AM EST.
You have a good point. I really should respect the feelings of over-sensitive crybabies. By God! I think I’m turning over a new leaf! You have changed my worldview! I’ll never judge a spoiled manchild ever again for complaining about the slight delay of a free webcomic!
Jerk Magic Inc October 17, 2011, 12:39 AM EST.
Cry me a ****ing river. get over yourself.
Deuce Moose October 17, 2011, 12:45 AM EST.
@Ihonestlycantthinkofone: I honestly did not think of that, I must ponder for a while.
sen October 17, 2011, 12:45 AM EST.
@Jerk Magic Inc Honestly, how am I the “sensitive crybaby”? I am not the one making childish remarks as if I have a big ego. Check yourself next time.
ThatOtherMichael October 17, 2011, 12:52 AM EST.
Jerk Magic Inc is right and the best one and Deuce Moose was an impatient baby and so were all the ones having tantrums because the page wasn’t exactly on time.
Thank you Jerk Magic Inc you’re the best <3
Taeshi October 17, 2011, 2:57 AM EST.
Ain’t I just?
Jerk Magic Inc October 17, 2011, 5:33 AM EST.
I wasn’t complaining that the page wasn’t on time. I was simply annoyed that he/she was implying that @thatothermichael should die. sry if it came across that i was being impatient, but i was more than happy to wait, i just don’t like to see people be, what i consider to be, ******** for no reason. Just my view.
again sry if i seemed impatient and whiny
Deuce Moose October 17, 2011, 6:23 AM EST.
Ok, I guess. Like Deuce Moose said though, I too saw no reason for him to make a death comment towards my exaggeration of excitement for the next page.
But, oh well, if Taeshi says he was in the right and we were in the wrong, then I guess we are wrong…
My apologies then.
ThatOtherMichael October 17, 2011, 9:06 AM EST.
For once i dont agree with Taeshi. srry but how is jerk magic inc right when hes the one telling sumone to die and thatothermichael wrong when hes defending himself from jerk magic inc?…
again srry for wanting to know.
Wild Fox October 17, 2011, 9:48 AM EST.
Now, I think you all owe me an apology since Taeshi sided with me and not you. Presentation of death certificates from your surviving relatives is also acceptable.
WELL GET GOING, DEUCE. CHOP CHOP. I DON’T HAVE ALL DAY.
Jerk Magic Inc October 17, 2011, 10:26 AM EST.
I wasn’t apologizing to you Jerk Magic Inc, I was apologizing to Taeshi because she’s a good influential person. You on the other hand, are not and do not deserve any apologies. Just because she sided with you, no offence Taeshi, doesn’t mean anything, really Taeshi… no offence. Why should I apologize to you? If anything you should be the one apologizing for your ignorant commenting.
Again, sorry Taeshi, if you want me to stop just tell me and I’ll just drop the whole thing… I don’t want to present myself as a bad person to you, but until then I’ll keep responding to this guy’s nescience. I hope you don’t take anything I said offensive.
Deuce Moose, thanks for watching out for me. Don’t give your sympahty to this person. He doesn’t deserve it.
And thanks Wild Fox for your concern.
ThatOtherMichael October 17, 2011, 5:54 PM EST.
I do apologize to Taeshi for being impatient, but I sustain that @Jerk Magic Inc went too far.
Deuce Moose October 17, 2011, 6:28 PM EST.
Shhh. It’s okay. I accept your apologies. I forgive you for being sensitive manbabies, and I forgive you for not ending your lives for my amusement. Maybe some other day. Now let the healing begin.
Jerk Magic Inc October 17, 2011, 10:57 PM EST.
Eh… I’m guessing your getting bored of this paradoxical conversation too. Lol, ok I’ll admit it. I did over react over your comment, my bad. I just hate getting into arguements over stupid things, but I tend to drag along anyway.
I guess I’ll just drop it and forget the whole thing because I see no reason to continue with this.
No hard feelings?
ThatOtherMichael October 17, 2011, 11:15 PM EST.
^ @ALL OF YOU OTHER MAGGOTS: This is how you earn my respect.
By admitting that I am right and have defeated you humiliatingly. I mean, I usually am and I know it, but it’s always nice to hear it.
Jerk Magic Inc October 17, 2011, 11:33 PM EST.
Although I don’t completely agree with you, about the humiliation thing, you are right about “sensitive crybabies” who comment a lot on this website, but hey, what can you do?
ThatOtherMichael October 17, 2011, 11:41 PM EST.
I wonder why there are so many thinking Mike’s behavior is uncalled for. I mean, Lucy has been a complete and total pain in Mike’s behind since the beginning, and he’s recently discovered that he’s pretty sick of it. It was unhealthy, for both of them. While I do agree that Lucy is trying to be nice, it’s a classic case of “too little, too late”. You can’t expect things to back to normal so soon after so many (so many!) screw-ups and so much (so much!) drama.
Vyce October 18, 2011, 8:52 AM EST.
@Vyce, hmm… well its probably because most of Lucy’s “abuse” was made more or less in a joking manner, never too serious, with a few exceptions from what I’ve read, and Mike knew that, so he mostly ignored it. Now, Mike is using that past “abuse” as an excuse to “abuse” her in the most serious way he can. He completely ignores her, physically radiates hate whenever he’s around her, and just acts plain spiteful towards her. I mean, I can understand detaching himself a bit for a while until he gets his emotions in check after her confession, but he takes it a step further and completely breaks off their friendship. So if this isn’t a good enough explanation of why his behavior is uncalled for… well whatever, its your opinion and I cant force you to change it :l
ihonestlycantthinkofone October 18, 2011, 2:52 PM EST.
You haven’t known me long enough to know I’m not being serious, and I refuse to use an emoticon to make it obvious.
Jerk Magic Inc October 18, 2011, 11:09 PM EST.
dang man just becouse you dont hav feelings for her dusnt mean you haft to be a dush to her
lov/hate October 19, 2011, 3:57 PM EST.
Lucy’s abuse wasn’t made in a comic manner, it was displayed as such. It was funny to us, not funny perse. Mike has taken a lot of crap from Lucy in many ways, and he gets all the burden of having to deal with her drama without seeing any benefits other than a slightly-less-than-crappy friendship, seeing as the help he gets from her is scarce. She physically abuses, emotionally uses him and if the arc when Mike disappears after falling into the river tells you anything, she merely uses Mike as an emotional crutch with the tag of “friend”. If that isn’t “serious abuse”, I don’t know what is. Mike is sick of it, and unlike Lucy, he will make his feelings known. While I don’t condone that type of behavior, I’m happy Mike isn’t willing to just take it anymore.
Vyce October 21, 2011, 9:41 AM EST.
Mike, what is wrong with you? Shes trying to be nice!
molly October 28, 2011, 4:31 AM EST.
Mike is being a total douche. Sure Lucy is who she is, she’s made her mistakes and she is trying to fix them. Maybe you could help her be better instead of blowing her off just because she’s insecure when it comes to her self image and guys. Sheesh!
Faylinn October 31, 2011, 4:57 PM EST.
You. Yeah, you. Guy with the scarf.
Who are you and what have you done to Michael.
Harris012 November 1, 2011, 9:55 AM EST.
Stop blabbing about nothing Lucy, how many times do I have to tell you
RanmaSaotome December 25, 2011, 12:37 PM EST.
Don\'t hate ppl December 30, 2011, 9:54 AM EST.
Lucy looks different with those droops on her face. She reminds me of Daisy, except she has curls.
Just sayin' January 23, 2012, 2:51 AM EST.
The two problems with this comic are
1. It is so awesome I can’t stop reading
2. It will eventually end
Anthony February 9, 2012, 7:23 PM EST.
mike’s a total *******.
pandaeyes May 24, 2012, 11:18 AM EST.
Need a new conversation?
Why not Zoidberg?
Dr. Zoidberg June 23, 2012, 5:02 AM EST.
To be honest, I don’t like Lucy’s droops on her cheeks.
Just sayin June 23, 2012, 10:17 AM EST.
Tonights weather forecast: A furious drama storm headed their way!
Beck August 6, 2012, 4:41 PM EST.
well excuse her for trying
SimonD April 16, 2013, 8:55 PM EST.
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