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Veronica’s Commentary

sorry guys i was too busy self-mutilating to update the page at midnight. you know how it goes.

i apologise for my indiscretion

oh well time for another cheerful chapter!

(are some of you seriously assuming i would carelessly poke fun at something grim and serious like harming yourself)

(holy crap i just)

(sigh)

(good thing barely anyone reads this anyway)

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263 Reader Comments On This Page

Comment ID #204169

where were you the day bcb was late

side-note: hey, an abbey arc! this should be interesting (and also depressing)

srs109 January 2, 2012, 6:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #204170

Yay! thank you so much Taeshi c:
This one looks like its going to be super emotional. :c Really have to love Abbey.
MOLLY LOOKS ADORABLE ; W ; /squeeze

Ellies January 2, 2012, 6:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #204171

FLASHBACK!

I love Abbey’s little tuft. It makes his anger so adorable!

Also… why does Molly have a bow if she’s supposed to be sleeping?

:D January 2, 2012, 6:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #204172

Yay Abbey’s past time!!

AwesomeKid15 January 2, 2012, 6:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #204173

Oh man. AbbeyXMolly time.

OmoGayowth January 2, 2012, 6:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #204174

Hooray, Abbey backstory development!

Ditto January 2, 2012, 6:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #204175

Some more Abbey development! Feels like another depressing chapter T.T

Fenfir January 2, 2012, 6:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #204176

lol chapter 69 XD

aw, little abbey?

anon January 2, 2012, 6:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #204177

Ooooh… I’ve waited a long time for this story…

Ark January 2, 2012, 6:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #204178

Beautiful art, colors, and use of a new conflict. Now they may introduce conflicts among Abbey’s family, along with (maybe) some other secondhand characters! Keep us coming back for more, Taeshi!

Rectification January 2, 2012, 6:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #204179

Oh wow… This is going to be another good chapter. Abbey, come here into my arms, my precious baby. ; n ; Let me give you all my paps and shooshes. /pap pap shoosh shoosh.

squish January 2, 2012, 6:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #204180

Oh, I’ve been waiting for this story.
Probably gonna cry, cool.

Shelbykins January 2, 2012, 6:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #204181

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Radial January 2, 2012, 6:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #204182

O.o
my guess was an Abbey heavy comic, but i wonder who else will be here?
Obviously Daisy, but it makes we think about Creepy Guy Mc Stalkpants.

and of course Carter.

Rameak January 2, 2012, 6:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #204183

YAY AT LAST!!! :D

Name January 2, 2012, 6:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #204184

I thought that you weren’t going to do the in-depth chapter on Abbey… :question:
Anyway, I was curious as to what screwed him up so bad…so this seems pretty cool none the less.

Invader Rex January 2, 2012, 6:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #204185

aw yay! something else possibly depressing or intriguing to let us all forget for a short amount of time the lucy and Mike ‘issues’

TimeTraveller January 2, 2012, 6:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #204186

WE FINALLY GET AN ABBEY STORY!? :D Happinesss~

G!@nN@ January 2, 2012, 6:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #204187

More about Abbey, I’m fine with that. You’re getting better at making the characters look younger in the flashbacks now, Taeshi. It used to be a bit ambiguous. XD

The Swimmer January 2, 2012, 6:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #204188

oh good, Abbey character development. TBH I’ve never liked Abbey much cause he just seems so…. rigid? obnoxious? I dunno, I guess it’s mainly that his main character drive has always been so far in the background that it never really helped me care much for him when he was ranting at mike for supposedly not caring about daisy, or beating up guys cause violence is wrong. I’m just glad to see a chapter that might help me warm up to him

Hopefully this’ll help me get more into Abbey x Daisy too!

Alpharius January 2, 2012, 6:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #204189

yay, flashback chapter! 8-D
this is going to be amazinng, i can feel it.

Beyatchart January 2, 2012, 6:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #204190

holy c***, anyone notice a weird connection. i’m referring to the line, “you know how your father gets, sometimes i must get on his nerves” anyone else notice that connection to a recent past arc. (then again i may be overthinking that line.)

strider January 2, 2012, 6:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #204191

Yay! We finally get to find out with Abbey(hopefully)
=3 Really looking foreward to the rest of this chapter.

CocoTR January 2, 2012, 6:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #204192

That tissue box and cover I got for christmas will come it handy for this chapter, I’m guessing… ;~;

Fridgy da Squidgy January 2, 2012, 6:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #204193

Awesome job here. Doesn’t matter that it’s late, I’m way too interested in what will unfold with Abbey’s past.

Good use of color, the mood is already turning out just with the colors you chose to put in. Also your line art is smoother, which looks great.

I’m excited to see what will unfold next- keep up the good work Taeshi.

Rye January 2, 2012, 6:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #204194

Yay, my borderline favorite main character getting a story arc about his past!
I wonder what his father did to Charlotte’s arm, a cut or even a broken bone perhaps?

JD January 2, 2012, 6:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #204195

Woo! I think I’m gonna like this chapter, looks really interesting.. (though I think i’ll need some tissues for the abusive pages… ;3; )

Problem? January 2, 2012, 6:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #204196

Strider: A connection I didn’t think of, but one I’m eager to embrace!

SuitCase January 2, 2012, 6:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #204197

wow, abbey’s mom appearence.

Finally we got some sidestory for him. He was like…some random NPC for me xDDD


BTW: happy new year Taeshi!

Loki January 2, 2012, 6:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #204198

suitcase: i was thinking of c68/p26 when i saw that line, since they sound similar. although they’re in two different contexts, these lines have the same idea of denial behind them. i was wondering if anyone noticed a connection to other arcs as well (obviously ones i can’t think of right now).

strider January 2, 2012, 6:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #204199

Ooh boy, we’re finally devling into Abbey’s issues, aren’t we. You’re really not pulling any punches, are you? Can’t wait to see where this goes!

Duruznik January 2, 2012, 6:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #204200

Interesting.. So it’s Abbey’s turn. :)

Zach January 2, 2012, 6:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #204201

wow o.o cant wait to read more in to this chapter

Lionesst January 2, 2012, 6:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #204202

Alright, new chapter!

Skygaze January 2, 2012, 6:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #204203

I wonder if it refers to his feeling about Christmas too… Anyway, looking forward to wednesday!

LH January 2, 2012, 6:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #204204

So late T_T I was up late waiting. Oh well. Cant wait for next chapter. :] ! I can’t wait to see how sandy will handle things at school.

BunBun January 2, 2012, 6:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #204205

This is gonna get sad, scary, and angry.

Xenos January 2, 2012, 6:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #204206

Crap.
Another chapter where I cry.

MissCaitlyn January 2, 2012, 6:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #204207

Yay! More Abbey back story!

Teeroy766 January 2, 2012, 6:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #204208

@Strider
People always try to deny the truth when they’re hurt by the people they love.
Sometimes, it’s cute. Sometimes it’s dumb. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Darth GW7 January 2, 2012, 6:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #204209

Yes! Abbey is one of my favorite characters. I was hoping for some more info on him! :D

Jackie January 2, 2012, 6:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #204210

@darth GW7
i’m aware of what denial is, i just noticed the connection. so it got me wondering if this is an intended or unintended connection, like maybe taeshi has been trying to make a statement about abuse and denial in the event of said abuse by putting it into a different context.

strider January 2, 2012, 6:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #204211

Yay! An Abbey flashback. Finally. I love you Taeshi. <3

Steve-O January 2, 2012, 6:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #204212

Are we finally gonna see what happened when Abby was a child? o.o that’d be nice. I mean I have an idea but clarification would be epic.

Crystal Son January 2, 2012, 6:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #204213

Cheerful in that it’s going to tug at our heartstrings isn’t it?

Ravux January 2, 2012, 6:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #204215

Taeshi if you were seriously self mutilating I’m gonna have to beat some sense into you :l Now it’s time for Abbey to angst some good thing too I miss Abbey >.

ToraPandoraPGS January 2, 2012, 6:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #204216

Taeshi, haven’t you thought about taking a week, or at least a day, off? It really seems like you need it, and it would do you good. I’m sure your fans will understand, and the ones that don’t are ******** and deserve to suffer anyway.

Itu January 2, 2012, 6:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #204217

Oh Abbey’s Mom, don’t beat yourself over this! Your husband already does that for you!

Hue
Hue
Hue

Vigtyr January 2, 2012, 6:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #204218

ill be back… nice start off btw :)
~ dont worry checking on the award for taeshi and souppy!!

GoldenCappuccinoFlame January 2, 2012, 6:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #204219

Goodness… I’ve been really wanting to know what happened to Abbey’s original family… This will be very sad and emotional, but very… good. And Tae, self-mutilating is bad… Thank you for the update, very much.

Amaris January 2, 2012, 6:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #204221

man…this is going to be intense

Iris January 2, 2012, 6:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #204222

I have no tolerance for any abuse within the house hold. To much experience. It’s absolutely horrible and who ever does it without taking account of their actions and fixing things. They deserve to burn in hell. Mad Lucy sorry but I get a bit sensitive with this subject…. I might skip this chapter if its okay? Haha well anyway it’s a pretty page and Molly really is adorable.

Lemme sleep plz January 2, 2012, 6:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #204223

Abby’s past arc! Bring out the tissues! ;_;

Vega January 2, 2012, 6:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #204224

Oh my gosh… I worry so much about Abbey and wondered what happened to his real family, but… it’ll get better.

An Angel I am January 2, 2012, 6:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #204225

:question: what’s going on here???

mad hatter January 2, 2012, 7:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #204226

WAIT. WAIT. HOW DO WE KNOW THATS REALLY MOLLY?! The hair looks a smidge too light for it to be molly…But anyway, I’m going to have a wonderful time reading this comic. That or a smidge too dark….either way it just kinda seems off. But it does appear to be molly. Ah just sayin’ though….

sammi January 2, 2012, 7:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #204227

OHHHHH HOW I LONG FOR THE TIME WHEN WE HAD NICE UPDATES AND THINGS WERE SIMPLE AND HAPPT! ;_;

Holly January 2, 2012, 7:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #204228

Wow, a girl on the verge of losing everything, and most likely will commit suicide. And now fathers abusing mothers. I think you stalked my childhood.

Loki the first January 2, 2012, 7:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #204229

We go away from Lucy’s pain to move on to Abbey’s pain. This won’t be fun. Slight upside is we get more Abbey backstory.

shunoflegacy January 2, 2012, 7:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #204230

AW!!! Abby’s sister woke up!

How could Abby’s dad do that to the random lady who I am guessing is Abby’s mom?

megeriffic January 2, 2012, 7:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #204232

Overall, a nice comic. I like that we get to find out a little bit more about Abbey, but this could just be a tiny memory from him or his sister. I eagerly await the next pages

T3rminal January 2, 2012, 7:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #204233

Taeshi, you know how we love these cheerful chapters!

Anon January 2, 2012, 7:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #204234

Abby’s unfinished chapter (look in the graveyard) was very intense. (for just 3 pages… which would be about 6 pages in today’s frames per page rate)
I’m very eager, and a bit nervous on how Taeshi tells this part of Abby. It’s just these things can get personal fast.

VanVoltra January 2, 2012, 7:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #204235

@sammi:
if you mean that she could be another sister, I assure you she isn’t. she is molly without any doubt.

boh... January 2, 2012, 7:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #204236

It kind of concerns me that I can’t tell if you’re serious, Taeshi.

Sidnoea January 2, 2012, 7:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #204237

I wonder how long Abbey and Daisy have been dating…

Cody January 2, 2012, 7:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #204238

I think I will cry in this chapter :unsure:

Kyosuke January 2, 2012, 7:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #204239

wait… self mutilation?

kytan January 2, 2012, 7:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #204240

“i was too busy self-mutilating to update”…ewww

FenixWong951 January 2, 2012, 7:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #204241

Happy anniversary! :D

New page looks great

nalem January 2, 2012, 7:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #204243

@ Cody: They’ve been dating around 6-7 months now.

Ayami January 2, 2012, 7:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #204244

Abbey chapter! Yay!

Arkairyn January 2, 2012, 7:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #204245

I LOVE candy corn!!!~ :D

Candy Corn Lover January 2, 2012, 7:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #204246

YES! Abbey chapter! Abbey is one of my fave characters! WOO! :D

Derpy January 2, 2012, 7:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #204247

sorry guys no luck, the computer is SO slow… but i still love it!! :(

GoldenCappuccinoFlame January 2, 2012, 7:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #204248

Oh god… Abbey-past-arc. Let the depression continue.

The Sarcastic Spoon January 2, 2012, 7:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #204249

Am I the only one who will be concerned for your self-mutilation? Hahaha, thank you for the new page (some comics I read update a fifth of the amount of times they say they will…-_-+).

I look forward to this chapter, which seems will be equally sad and intense. :

Chi-chan January 2, 2012, 7:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #204250

So it’s THIS chapter

Kyute January 2, 2012, 7:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #204252

Oh great… get to delve into Abbey’s past to make him more sympathetic.

Sigh… Abbey and Lucy are my two least favorite characters of the six main. I seem to not have any sympathy for the physically violent members of the group.

1. David (My favorite) - David probably has the least amount of character development, but I still like him because he’s silly and not overly complicated like the rest of the group.

2. Paulo. I used to not like Paulo because of his attitude, but then I learned that his attitude is just a mask he wears to hide his insecurities. In fact… everyone besides David seems to wear some kind of mask (Who knows if David is actually wearing one).

3. Mike. Despite the last arc, Mike is still my number three. He does get annoying at times whenever he’s talking about Sandy, and his always-positive attitude can be sickening at times. Was he a jerk in the last arc? Of course. But he had every right to be a jerk to Lucy after all the years she’s been treating him.

4. Daisy. Daisy… didn’t really think much about her until she started hanging out with those two girls who slept with Paulo (can’t think of their names right now). Suddenly her sweet, innocent persona was really just a mask that hid her bottled up anger of always being the one who has to make sacrifices to be the nice one. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the reason I put her below Mike is because she’s a ditz. I probably would have put her above Mike if she hadn’t given her power to Abbey after the election. (I’m pretty sure it’s not even supposed to work like that!)

5. Lucy. Yes, yes we all know of her past, but does it really warrant physical violence? I get that she has some insecurities, but there are better ways to hide it than to use her fists. Also… I just don’t get her attraction to Mike outside of the feelings she had for him when they were very young. Mike doesn’t do anything that warrants her love, but maybe her admiration. I think she would be better off with Paulo who actually shows how much he cares for her and who doesn’t mind her occasional abuse.

6. Abbey. Abbey and Lucy used to be tied, but the last arc has made me admire Lucy slightly. Abbey seems to have a temper problem which will most likely be explained in this arc. He shows that he doesn’t mean to be violent (even breaks down and cries when it gets too out-of-hand). I don’t know… when I see Abbey I see a cliche, not a character. Perhaps this arc will change my view on him.

On a side note… my least favorite character in the entire series is Yahsy! OMG I am so happy that she has not made an appearance since the Halloween arc if I remember correctly. Yashy is Lucy to the extreme! She’s insults people, hits Mike, and even gets him into trouble by taking advantage of Lucy’s deaf ear! There is nothing to like about her! If Yashy does appear again in the near future, I hope Mike has a talk with her similar to that he had with Lucy!

Well… I’m done with my rant.

Please respect that all of this MY OPINION. I did not bash anyone whose beliefs are contradictory to mine, so you don’t bash mine because it’s contradictory to yours

rtlstien January 2, 2012, 7:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #204253

He’s so TINE-EEEE. I’m gonna love him & hug him & squeeze him & call him George and make him my very own <3

DeValt & Whittaker January 2, 2012, 7:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #204254

Yay, an Abbey chapter! Been looking forward to one after the unfinished Abbey Chapter in the graveyard. Looking forward to updates!

Justmyopinion January 2, 2012, 7:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #204255

Oh man… Taeshi. I applaud your willingness to attempt this again, it must have taken a lot of courage. I sincerely hope you’re joking up there. We all love yah.

The Good Doctor January 2, 2012, 7:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #204256

I’m sorry, did you mean the self mutilation part? I’ve been reading your diary comic things (I’m never sure what they’re called) and we know how Souppy feels about this. You have many adoring fans, a special someone for you and a project that hundreds know about. I know it’s tough to think that someone genuinely likes you, but just look at how much your work has grown throughout the years. You are a very special person.

aFan January 2, 2012, 7:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #204257

“self-mutilating” While I respect your drive to keep going with the comic, I think it’s high-time after this chapter (or during, your choice) to take a VERY. LONG. GRACE PERIOD. I fear to think what you may be doing if SuitCase didn’t push you in the right direction, or if he wasn’t there. Seriously, Veronica. Take a vacation.

Major Renko January 2, 2012, 7:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #204258

I HAVE LONG BEEN AWAITING THIS CHAPTER
Very eager to have some light shed on Abbys back story.
I’ll let you know what I thought at the end.
See you in 10 weeks ;)

lynch226 January 2, 2012, 7:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #204259

i really hope your not serious about the self mutilation thing and were just parting hard over the holidays

Miki January 2, 2012, 7:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #204260

What Renko said ^ On a better side note: The art. It’s so crisp and smoov! You can distinguish their age now and really, you’ve improved so much. I adore your work, so it’s nice to see progress! Unlike other people who don’t try too, and go “Lol this is my style” or something along that plane. You have people who admire you, kay? Now, I’m gonna stop being a moralman and get to d’awwing my face off to Young!Abbey

Extendo Mags January 2, 2012, 8:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #204261

Yeah, real cheerful all right. I’m excited to see some background on Abbey. Even though he may not be one of the characters most focused on, I think he’s cool.
Hm, I wonder how Lucy will act now. I know there’s no way it’ll go back to how it was before.
Cold shoulder? Wallowing in pity? Constant despair? Angry at everything? So many different moods… . And will she tell this to anyone?
But I do know now that Lucy is broken, and it’s thanks to Mike. I don’t know when, but sometime, sometime I’m sure he’ll regret it. He must
Dying to find the answer to these questions.

And I really hope you’re not serious about self mutilation. O.o

The Geek January 2, 2012, 8:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #204262

Nooo. Nooo! The chapter title! This is reminding me of MW2’s mission “Loose Ends” Why’d you bring that **** up?! *Mourns Ghost & Roach 4evrrrr*

Vercetti January 2, 2012, 8:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #204263

sorry guys i was too busy self-mutilating to update the page at midnight. you know how it goes.
—-
Wait what?
Hope you’re not serious there… 0______0

Jackie January 2, 2012, 8:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #204264

Taeshi, what convinced you to go through with a sad Abbey arc?

Locho Lol January 2, 2012, 8:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #204265

Hooray! Finally, the comic that makes Abbey haters feel like crap because he’s gone through a lot and junk!

Random Internet Loser January 2, 2012, 8:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #204266

self-mutilating? serious?

kokat-dez January 2, 2012, 8:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #204267

AWWW YEEEEEEE
Time for some serious stuff to go down.
I await with glee.

CrealStar January 2, 2012, 8:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #204268

Oh no, please tell me this isn’t about Abbey’s mom’s past :(

Charlottle, Abbey and Molly look cute :)

Bittersweet_PauloxLucy January 2, 2012, 8:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #204269

WOOOOOOOO ABBEY CHAPTAH!!!!!! <3

Kristy January 2, 2012, 8:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #204270

It took me a moment but yeah, I can see Abby appears a lot younger now. So, a flashback. I am oh so intrigued.

DiDi January 2, 2012, 8:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #204272

Molly looks so cute!

GKIDRULZ January 2, 2012, 8:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #204273

this going be hard chpt to read ;_; and your bscb is the best comic in the world

bahersmasher5 January 2, 2012, 8:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #204274

Taeshi, I seriously hope the self-mutilation thing was a hyperbole for working hard on the comic last night. :c Please don’t hurt yourself. We all love you too much.

On another note, I’m surprised to see this arc starting. I’ve read the extra pages thing on Abbey’s past, and was always curious as to what happened next but was okay with the decision to not finish it. This is such a difficult subject to approach. I’m excited to finally learn more about Abbey, though, gotta admit!

Sabe January 2, 2012, 8:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #204275

Did anyone else but me notice Taeshi’s “self-mutilating” comment in the description?

Your Mom January 2, 2012, 8:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #204276

great, abbey chapter… sandy is coming to visit mike in how many days?

instead of just skipping a couple days to the big day, we’re gonna fill the space with a flashback… yeah, abbey’s mother got beaten and killed, thats nice, but i was hoping for something like sandy talking down to lucy during the visit and lucy mauling her in cold blood right in front of mike or something.

considering the title, i really hope inbetween flashbacks, we see abbey hunt down his father and kill him… i need something to keep my interest, and violent deaths are just the thing.

ignorant people who think getting pounded on like a slab of beef means “i love you with all my heart, and will never hurt you”, are about as interesting as the book series “twilight”. :/

Edit: “your mom”, i assume by “self-mutilating”, veronica meant her and oliver are trying to get pregnant.

Thanatos January 2, 2012, 8:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #204277

Growing up in a broken home? This should make for a very interesting chapter.

ChewySmokey January 2, 2012, 8:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #204278

Dawwwww! Abby and Molly look sooooooo CUTE! XD

N-star January 2, 2012, 8:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #204279

and one other thing aww get better friend i wish i can help

bahersmasher5 January 2, 2012, 8:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #204280

Cheerful! yay!
Oh wait… no…
All of the drama, all of it.

Dan January 2, 2012, 8:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #204281

TAESHI I HOPE YOU’RE NOT SERIOUS ABOUT SELF-MUTILATING ;O; We loooooooooooove youuuu!!!! <3 <3 <3

Also, ABBEY TIME! Awesome =D I look forward to this chapter yes yes <3

Aquati January 2, 2012, 9:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #204282

I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS CHAPTER EVER SINCE THIS GUY’S BEEN INTRODUCED
No seriously, I really love Abbey. Thanks for the coming chapter, Taeshi! :D

Seiyaku January 2, 2012, 9:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #204283

Wow, how very…. dismissive of you Thanatos. But i do agree that this probably is not the most appropriate time for an Abbey flash back. I remember you already tried this once Taeshi but you stopped it saying, “its too controversial” or something along those lines. What made you change your mind? :x
Maybe it would have been better though for a Abbey arch while there wasn’t a huge drama arch that just happened. I think this is why some people say this comic got hit by the Cerberus syndrome. Its attitude is almost nothing like it had when it began. I think a relaxed chap or two after this situation with Lucy and Mike might be a plus for your fans. Just a suggestion though, but I’m sure you know what your doing. Hopefully you reply because i would love to see your side of things on this issue! :D

Echo January 2, 2012, 9:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #204284

More angst! At least it keeps the chapters interesting…

J.R. January 2, 2012, 9:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #204285

NO! NO! NO! mother abbey do not let daddy abbey hurt u Furious Abbey why u let
dat happen why no no no why u let daddy abbey hit u huh :question: its not nice evil daddy evil daddy! (i bet shes) stands down to daddy mummy stands down to daddy mummy! commensence abbey commen sence abbey! still younge (forgothernamelol) sister still younge sister!
just a sum up of the characters
i knew this was gonna happen
i knew this is what happend
i knew his dad was gonnna be somin like this and his mum seems like will do somthin like if the farther he gose to hit the kid shes just stand back hearing them in pain like this ._.

TotallyDrawn January 2, 2012, 9:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #204286

D: i hope you dont feel forced to do all this drawing for your fans…sounds like you are though… that must suck.
anyways! i love your work so much!

elia January 2, 2012, 9:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #204287

1 of 32… the first page is already so interesting I can hardly stop looking at it.

This is going to be be ;)murder ;) waiting for these pages.

nameless January 2, 2012, 9:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #204288

Cheerful? Ha. Right. Ok. Needless to say by this page and Taeshi’s comments I’m scared already.

Abbey’s mother is very pretty. * ^ * Scared and disheveled maybe but pretty.

*sigh* What did Abbey’s dad do THIS time? That no good son of a mother…

JC January 2, 2012, 9:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #204289

Abbey’s mother is beaautiful. I don’t understand how anyone would want to hurt her. It just makes me so plain MAD!

Warrior January 2, 2012, 9:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #204290

Aha, an Abbey chapter!

CriticalQuit January 2, 2012, 9:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #204291

Hey Taeshi~!
God damnnn i love your art, your backgrounds and colouring always fit the mood so perfectly! It’s also really great/brave to try to write a chapter about Abbey’s past again, what with it being such a serious topic. Your characters are so fantastically developed, I’m envious.
Also, feel better, ok?

Colour January 2, 2012, 9:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #204292

So that’s wut abbey’s mom looks like :I

Shannon January 2, 2012, 9:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #204293

dont hurt yourself tae

Steve January 2, 2012, 9:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #204294

Echo, i’m a very dismissive person… but i must give you a big “kudos” for actually spelling my name correctly.

almost every other person who responded to me kept spelling it “thantos”.

if the self-mutilation thing is from stress caused by doing the comic, and NOT a metaphor for having sex/getting pregnant… then take a damn break, already.

stop caring about other people so much, veronica… caring about others only gets you hurt, anyway.

between updating the comic three times a week, and sorting through god knows how many questions in that “ask roseville high” thing, i don’t see how it’s for fun so much as just trying not to disappoint people.

you’re only disappointing people by harming yourself.

now, if that self-mutilation thing WAS a metaphor for sex/pregnancy, then completely disregard every damn thing i just said and let’s kill some fictional characters. :/

Thanatos January 2, 2012, 9:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #204295

Woo! Favorite character time! I friggin love his character. We both hate bullies with a fiery passion hahaa… Just like everyone else though, I guess. I also love his design…
Aw man the Abbey emote won’t work… D:

Dragnite January 2, 2012, 9:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #204296

… I thought we would get some resolution, I thought that we would lighten the sadness. I thought wrong. Damn. This is going to be a sad one, buckle up guys. This one for me is going to be worse than the Lucy and Mike confrontation, because I can chalk that up to teenage angst, while these are real family problems, that seriously hit home, and are bad no matter how you look at it.

Get ready for some real abuse people. If you thought that what Lucy was doing as a tsundere was bad, watch the real domestic abuse. Maybe that was Taeshi’s point. Maybe she’s going to tell us that Mike is overreacting, because this story arc is quite convenient.

Or maybe not, but I’m going to take it as that. Suck it Mike supporters… If he still has any fools on his side.

Amazing Lagann January 2, 2012, 9:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #204297

Thanatos, why are YOU still here?!? Aren’t you the one that hated this comic!?!

The Awesome One January 2, 2012, 9:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #204298

Yay! Cheerful! An abusive husband and a stressed out mother! That’s always fun. I really hate these kinds of stories. I’ll let you all guess which one I ment to be sarcastic.

Joe philis January 2, 2012, 9:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #204299

the not-so-awesome one, you’re kind of far in the past, aren’t you?

pull your head out of that barnacle-encrusted *** of yours and catch up with current events. :/

i started loving this comic LONG ago… it just took me some time to adjust to the characters. :smirk:

Edit: i even paid $70 for the volume one book of the comic veronica and oliver made… $30 more than they charged.

Thanatos January 2, 2012, 10:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #204300

oh good no more mike… i like abbey

Thespianut January 2, 2012, 10:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #204301

Can we ban Thanatos already, please?

You’re being self-mutilating, Taeshi? Why? I mean, are you alright? Didn’t you just go through a Happy Anniversary with Suitcase? Well, whatever the case, I wish you the best. Take it easy, now.

Anyway, like other people, I’m also finding this strange. Only now are we finally exploring Abbey’s rather brutal past? Wasn’t that what the “Unfinished Abbey Chapter” was going to do, and how long ago was that when it was left unfinished? I’ve actually been wanting that chapter to be resolved for a long time now, as it was extremely interesting, but why suddenly start talking about now? Are we at that point when we can start exploring those more brutal elements? Speaking of which, that’s a lovely transition. From Mike tearing Lucy’s heart into pieces to Abbey’s mother being slowly destroyed by her own husband. It’s not like that’s a bad thing, as it is entertaining, but it’s not like Pillow Talk, where things are dark, but at the same time, pretty upbeat and cheery. When Jessica is telling the story, everyone is there and can understand her. Comparing that to December, Lucy had no one besides Augustus who was there and could understand her turmoil, and he left the chapter pretty early on. Where Jessica had Rachel at the end, Lucy had no one. Honestly, the dark quality of the comic is probably coupled with the new art style. Ever since On Our Own, it’s been kinda down…When I need comedy, I think I’ll read Carry Me, or Feline Filibuster. Those bring smiles to my face every time. :D

Bottom line, this chapter looks interesting. On this page, Abbey’s mom looks pretty bad, I’m sad to say. Her head is way too small in panel 2, her hair is messy and crappy all throughout, and in the second to last panel her mouth is weird, she has no eyes, and her finger isn’t in the exact position for her to be “shushing” Abbey. But Abbey and Molly look ADORABLE. :D

NintendoSegaSonyGuy January 2, 2012, 10:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #204302

Looks like we’re in for some laughs in this chapter! I was worried BCB was getting too serious but looks like it’s time to yuk it up! I can’t wait to see what hilarious misadventures abbey gets himself into!

nAar January 2, 2012, 10:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #204303

Me too Thespianut. Me too.

Ice Shield January 2, 2012, 10:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #204304

@amazinglagann,
abuse is abuse, no if’s, and’s, or buts about it. all abuse is bad, i think that’s the message she’s trying to get across. that’s why she’s showing the comparison even threw in a denial line similar (a line similar to what mike said in one of the flashback’s) to the previous chapter, regardless of what kind of abuse it is, abuse = bad. it seems like she is really going after abuse lately, domestic and tsundere (i really hate that term, because it makes it seem like it’s justified when it’s not). seems like she went particularly hard on the tsundere part, but we’ll see how she does the domestic abuse.

anyhow, sorry for the rant but i hate it when people try to downplay a type of abuse or say that someone over reacted to abuse. there is no overreacting to abuse, i’ll say it once more abuse is abuse.

strider January 2, 2012, 10:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #204305

ban me for what?

i’m a follower and lover of this comic, i support veronica and oliver’s work, and even paid more than what they charged for something they made, i suggested veronica take a break if all this work is getting to her…

oh, wow… watch out, i might buy something else and help support them some more! better get me arrested, while you’re at it.

anyway, enough humoring the worthless trash that inhabits this place…

i really do hope this chapter has abbey going after his father for revenge or something, i want to see pure, unbridled rage!

again, veronica… if you’re actually starting to get stressed from some of these idiots demanding so much work from you, just take a break… a month-long vacation from the comic won’t kill anyone… even if there are a couple people i just responded to who deserve such an end.

Thanatos January 2, 2012, 10:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #204306

I’ve been waiting much too long for this.

Jinx. January 2, 2012, 10:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #204307

… I see what you did there 8)

Comparing the whole MIke thing with Abbeys mother… I can see who’s gonna side with Mikie~ <3

Well it’s true, there’s no masking abuse, of any kind. This comic is more phycologically focused now…

C: January 2, 2012, 10:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #204308

So the last chapter is made of 39 pages of cliffhanger, to leave on a huge cliffhanger, and now you’re getting on a 32 pages chapter about a completely different event?

I’m sorry, but there’s a point past which suspense only gets really annoying, and you’ve gotten way past that point. I don’t like having my feelings, even if they’re for fictional characters, getting toyed with like that, and my patience with this comic has run out.

Cepheus January 2, 2012, 10:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #204309

Cepheus, if it’s getting on your nerves don’t read it. and this isn’t a cliffhanger because no plot to this chapter has been given yet, as this is an opening to the arc, it gives you a brief idea what’s going to happen in the chapter. so chill out and be patient.

strider January 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #204310

@Cepheus Your acting like this comic is about to end abruptly or something. Chill out, all these different parts have a meaning. Its like a puzzle, all the pieces fit one way or another.

Alice January 2, 2012, 10:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #204311

@Cepheus

I fail to see what “huge cliffhanger” you’re referring to. Augustus explained why he left Daisy alone. Mike explained why he “hated” Lucy. Lucy threw up, then ran home in the blistering cold and finished the essay, then put it in Mike’s locker - exactly like she said she would.

Only real mystery in that last chapter is what texting went on between Mike and Sandy throughout the entire thing. But that has little to no importance to the story, seeing how we were given the gist of what was being said.

Ziggy January 2, 2012, 10:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #204312

Wait wait wait WAIT!!! Hold on a darn second! Is this a remake of the unfinished Abbey chapter that you thought that was way toooo personal and violent to work on?! ……..wow….. to be honest I didn’t expect that chapter to rise from the ashes.

Darf14 January 2, 2012, 10:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #204313

abbeybackstoryabbeybackstoryabbeybackstory

yay

twalker500 January 2, 2012, 10:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #204314

I just hope that daisy realislzes that Lucy is trying. I don’t want to see everyone side with mike cause really I don’t like him right now. I understand that Lucy was a butt but he never really defended her either. It’s like he doesn’t have a mind of his own. It’s sad. Hopefully this chapter will be more upbeat than the last bit with the way it’s looking who knows. I just hope we get to some happier chapters soon.

Robin January 2, 2012, 10:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #204315

Goodgod……:.this chapter will go for 3 months….BTW NEW CHAPTAH!

_-SHEPERD-_ January 2, 2012, 10:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #204316

Making light of self mutilation, real classy.

anon January 2, 2012, 10:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #204317

Oooh, an Abbey Chapter :D

Jayfeather21 January 2, 2012, 11:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #204318

Schindler’s List
Was so depressing that I cut my wrists~\o *red streamers everywhere*

Tacsi January 2, 2012, 11:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #204319

Too busy self-mutilating? I hope you’re not being serious Taeshi…

Anyways… I’m guessing this is a flashback? it’d be interesting if these flashbacks are occuring during all those counselling sessions.

Delta January 2, 2012, 11:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #204320

And still no Augustus arc. Well, Taeshi will make it eventually. Even if it takes FOREVER

Roxas427 January 2, 2012, 11:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #204321

Abby! <3 ….more serious note alright…

Aoriki January 2, 2012, 11:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #204322

Oh please, PLEASE update daily instead :D

Oh, and an Abbey arc :D I’d suppose it’s familial. Opening page is already leaving me hanging.

darnitmike January 2, 2012, 11:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #204323

Abbeys my favorite character in bcb. Btw i named my abyssinian cat after him (obsess much?)

2Cents January 2, 2012, 11:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #204324

I’m not going to like this arc… ;_;

Yumikarp January 2, 2012, 11:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #204326

JOKES ON YOU GAIZ! It’s a Molly arc. Don’tlistentomeIreallydon’tknowanything

RayleneQuinn January 2, 2012, 11:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #204327

Volume 1 was nothing but high school innocence. Volume 2 is the death of that innocence. I wonder what the finale is going to be like.

DarthStar January 2, 2012, 11:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #204328

Self mutilating? Gettin yourself into the zone in order to write emo stuff?

Putting closed minded comments aside, why is abbey patching up his mother, what is he, like eight? His mother must be very fragile to have her young son taking care of her, good thing he gets real parents. My money is on she either gets killed or kills herself, but I wanted that to happen to Lucy last chapter and was sorely dissapointed : /

Chellby January 2, 2012, 11:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #204330

i think i see where this arc is going, and if i’m right than this is gonna hurt. if i’m wrong and its just a molly arc, than good, she doesn’t get enough attention.

capstain January 2, 2012, 11:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #204331

*sigh*
Abby…
Abby, Abby, Abby.
I really like the character, I really do.
He and I are surprisingly similar, though instead of actually getting angry, I use… Passive aggressive verbal fists, if you will.
Abby has his moments, and is a great character. He’s just poorly executed.
Young Abby though, like all the other “young” characters, is adorable.
In this chapter, I anticipate Abby’s mom being abused by Abby’s dad, and something happening to his sister.
Though I can’t say I’ll enjoy this chapter much. Expect it to be a long slog.
Suprise me, taeshi.

EDIT: thought of something. Name of the chapter is “at loose ends”. Could this possibly be a thing-I-know-has-a-name-but-I-forget of “at wits end”?
Food for thought.

Curtisimo - scroll of fire storm, B*TCH!!!

Curtisimo January 2, 2012, 11:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #204332

TT_TT nooo! Abbey!!! Here we go on another emotional depressing journey, this time with Abbey and Daisy, and probably Final Fantasy cat.

and NOOO TAESHI! XD YOU CAN’T SELF MUTILATE!

Silversoma January 2, 2012, 11:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #204333

Oh, and @strider
Nice not freaking out over suitcase @ing you. I would have.

Curtisimo - that is all.

Curtisimo January 2, 2012, 11:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #204334

*sigh* more angst? I’ll be back in a month then… maybe something lighthearted will be waiting…

Sethorien January 2, 2012, 11:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #204335

@curtisimo,
honestly, i didn’t realize who had @’d me when i replied back. it wasn’t till you mentioned it that i noticed who had commented on my comment. lol, that’s what i get for spacing out haha.

@charmdra,
that’s because in the last chapter their was a battle to be fought (at least the lucy supporters thought their was one). in this case though their is no battle, right from page one we see that abbey’s father has crossed the line, since we clearly see he has injured abbey’s mother.

strider January 3, 2012, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #204336

Unlike the last chapter where people were taking sides (stares at battle creek) I think it’s safe to assume we will all hate abbey’s dad, well most of us (points at Jerk)

Charmdra January 3, 2012, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #204337

HOLY CRAP, PEOPLE ACTUALLY FIGURED OUT IT WAS A FLASHBACK

Seriously, that never happens here. Flashbacks start and people get confused for weeks on end.

Guess we do get to find out what had Abbey in such a bad mood earlier. Cool.

42 January 3, 2012, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #204338

@Strider yeah, except for jerk, he just hates abbey and likes to make rude comments. Do you think he’s going to side with the abusive father?

Charmdra January 3, 2012, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #204339

i remember reading that abbeys origin was cut because the story was to “mean spirited” how ever after looking at some of the work that has come out and seeing how…………er happy but not ‘mean spirited’ that was is this chapter FINALLY going to tell us abbeys past like a full flash back chapter or are you gonna camp out AGAIN and leave us hanging/just have the characters talk about it but not actually show anything? because i for one don’t like abbey at all he just pop up out of now where and is suddenly a main character

krewl12 January 3, 2012, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #204340

Let’s just hope that things dont go like the unfinished abbey chapter cause that thing was just desterbing. Don’t get me wrong, I still want drama

Charmdra January 3, 2012, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #204341

@charmdra,
I doubt it, if he did he’d make himself look downright foolish. no one in this day and age supports spousal abuse. if we were in the 50’s (or some parts of the middle east) that’d be a different story. but spousal abuse in this day, age, and region has gained the status of taboo, it’s just something you don’t do. if you do or you support it you’re deemed a weak lil A-hole who can’t fight against an equal so you take it out on someone who won’t or can’t fight back.

strider January 3, 2012, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #204342

Oooh… This one really hits close to home for me… Not sure if I should stick around for this chapter, but at the same time, Abbey is the character I love the most, and I relate to him more than any of the other cast members.

Geez Taeshi, you always make these arcs so emotional, I’m afraid I may go into a deep depression if I read this chapter!

Kessy January 3, 2012, 12:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #204343

Oh, an Abbey flashback! I’m going to LOVE this chapter ^^

Subaru January 3, 2012, 12:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #204344

Hi im sarah mclachlan as far as you know. For just pennies a day, you can save the life of an abused and maltreated animal like this poor cat trying to mother her two innocent kittens. Unfortunately, we live in a world where husbands beat their wives. However, in this parallel universe, husband cats beat on their cat wives so we think its even worse cuz theyre animals. Wont you send your money?

Sarah_McLachlan January 3, 2012, 12:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #204346

@Sarah_McLachlan
i knew one of those PSA’s were coming, i’m just surprised i’m seeing it now and not in the last chapter. (BTW where’s the “eyes of an angel” music, you need that to make everyone start crying and forking over the cash. seriously is there a scene that you can put that song on and not get emotional.)

strider January 3, 2012, 12:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #204347

Hmm…
And here I sit, unable to fall asleep, ready to maul anyone who says something stupid or obnoxious with my diamond pick, various other video game references, and solid reasoning.

Curtisimo - my speech is equivilant to that of dibella.

Curtisimo January 3, 2012, 12:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #204348

There you go Abbey, REBEL. Grow a Mohawk, get some piercings, dye your hair, corrupt Daisy with your rebelliousness, and let anarchy rain! >:D

Nah, Abbey’s a nice guy. I just hope he ends out for the better. And Molly, so cute! I just wanna eat her up :D Omonomnomnom!

Krys the Wytch January 3, 2012, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #204349

In the arms of an angel/Fly away from here/Youre in the arms of an angel/May you find some comfort here (satisfied? too bad eat a snickers)

Sarah_McLachlan January 3, 2012, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #204350

For some reason abbey looks younger in this page…hmm, maybe it’s just me

Brooke January 3, 2012, 1:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #204351

I somehow knew this was coming when Abbey mentioned Christmas was coming up in such an unhappy way last chapter.

Mirasia January 3, 2012, 1:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #204352

because i haven’t seen anyone mention it yet *hugs Taeshi* sounds like you needed it. I know hugs don’t heal everything but at least know that some of us do care about you :)

Luna January 3, 2012, 1:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #204353

HA! Me and my brother had a bet on wether it would be an Abbey arc or not, and now I’m 10 bucks richer >:D

K.R.I January 3, 2012, 1:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #204354

this is chapter 69……………hehe *snicker* “69”

treblig January 3, 2012, 1:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #204355

And now for a light-hearted, totally angst fre- Oh wait, nevermind.

KiwiKoala January 3, 2012, 1:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #204356

Just gets more and more dark, eh? How long until a nice chapter, Taeshi?

toXicus January 3, 2012, 1:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #204357

Ya know, just something to point out:
There’s slim pickings when it comes to animated BCB on YouTube.
Make it work, people!
Ok, done for the night.

Curtisimo - never mine straight down. Never mine straight up. Never mine directly in front of you. Avoid mining as a profession all together.

Curtisimo January 3, 2012, 1:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #204358

Oh man… I haven’t recovered from the last chapter. And I still haven’t recovered from the Confrontation Arc…

ScrabMaster January 3, 2012, 1:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #204359

This looks like it’s going to be another serious arc, hopefully it concludes with Abby goin all rage-mode and tossin his dad out of the house!

SteewpidZombie January 3, 2012, 1:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #204360

I’ve been looking forward to the eventual telling of this story! I’m pleased I finally get to read it. I super dig the art on this page, too.

NtG January 3, 2012, 1:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #204361

are we going to see a glimpse of an even cuter Molly…. I think that’s her name, it has been a pretty long time, so now we get to see Abbey’s Mom, she’s kinda what I expected to tell you the truth, but I expected an even more torn woman, so she has long ears as well, but sadly I still think abbey’s are longer, but it is hard to tel if her ears are very big with all that hair XD

CTS4Kouhei January 3, 2012, 2:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #204362

Its your awesome webcomic, you can update when you want imo, and i want to thank you personally for doin this for so long, happy new years!

Aspear January 3, 2012, 2:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #204364

Abbey looks so much different in his younger self, not so much that you cannot identify him but his one tooth is rather strange…

JetFire January 3, 2012, 4:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #204365

Taeshi, I do hope you’re not being sarcastic here. Last one left somebody in shambles. Well, not in reality as far as I know… :question:
Ah, a chapter focused on Abbey. I have been intrigued about his history, hope to find out more about it.

Harris012 January 3, 2012, 4:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #204366

Awesome. This is going to be plain awesome.

SushiJaguar January 3, 2012, 4:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #204367

OH MY GOD

you don’t know how long i’ve been waiting for an angsty Abbey’s Past chapter kgfjjaoljnirasds

lqawrkmfkrkk this is gonna be awesome

momoa January 3, 2012, 5:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #204368

I waver from concern to disgust as I think of you being serious or joking about the self mutilation.

The comic, I must admit is taking a break from the present and I’m not sure if I can wait for it to catch up. Of course, I will though…

Xdepression January 3, 2012, 5:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #204369

Sorry for the sarcasm but : This is so cheerful! Not at all angsty and scary!
Again I am sorry, but the last chapter was really, REALLY sad and angsty.

Apple January 3, 2012, 5:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #204370

Domestic abuse?

That is my fetish January 3, 2012, 6:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #204371

abby, your finally a protagonist… horray!

Kindle Kat January 3, 2012, 6:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #204372

Also, I would like to say that young Abbey and Molly are really cute! But this is still really sad… ;_;
Please dont judge me!

Apple January 3, 2012, 7:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #204373

ok…so this is gonna be a cheerful chapter? 0_o Taeshi i dunno if ur being serious about it or not but either way this gonna be a good read o3o . So now moving on from lucy’s crushed heart(if it hasnt turned to dust and been blown away by mike’s brainwashed logic) to abbey’s memories? Fun. I think most of us are tired of seeing mike crush lucy’s heart(even a sadist like me o-o) into a void of dark, spiraling depression. I guess if we compare this tp the previous chapter it might be chearful o-o. Ahh, well, that all depends on you Taeshi, keep making us more addicted to this comic ;)

On another note…self-mutilation? Seriously? I dont think a lot of people would buy that as an excuse considering u and souppy have been together for 9 years…i don’t think he’s gonna let you do that, right? *nudges SuitCase*

And finally, my review of the page o3o :
Overall good art, very nice shadowing and coloring to match the mood and every thing works well together. 5 out of 5 ★s from me ^-^.

Nekomimi January 3, 2012, 7:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #204374

Ooo I’m liking the change of scenery, even though it looks like it will depress me. At least I won’t be raging over Mike and Lucy for a little while -_-=

Steph January 3, 2012, 7:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #204375

Woo! Chapter on my birthday :D
Even though it looks depressing, i’m still interested in what’s going to happen next. Keep on going Taeshi :)

eatedurtaco January 3, 2012, 7:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #204376

Impending goofy time

7 January 3, 2012, 8:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #204377

What do you mean barely anyone reads this! the hell?, anyway poor Abbey :( can’t wait for more!

Kat January 3, 2012, 8:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #204378

Abbey back story time? The chapter I’ve been waiting for since Daisy’s angsty chapter? Yes yes yes yes yes!

Riff Raff January 3, 2012, 9:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #204379

yes taeshi, people read the page comment. they make me sad most of the time…

ForeverAlone January 3, 2012, 10:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #204380

ABBY CHAPTER, YEAH ,WOOOO, alright. ._.

Rozon January 3, 2012, 11:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #204382

i think its fine that you cut, its just something you gotta do.. of course having the guts to announce it on the judgmental internet is kinda difficult.

elia January 3, 2012, 2:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #204383

Yeesh, your too hard on yourself! Lighten up!

Mooglie January 3, 2012, 2:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #204385

Um, Taeshi, maybe you need to take a mental health break for a week or something. We wouldn’t mind.

fnord January 3, 2012, 3:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #204386

Taeshi your comment is amazing don’t let anyone tell you otherwise :l From what I’ve seen from Suitcases pictures youre really pretty and on top of that youre really talented who cares what other people think? I know I shouldn’t be talking since I have a huge self esteem problem and think that everyone thinks I’m a freak for being short and boring but you shouldnt think about the worst >.< Think about Suitcase who loves you and your fans who love you and your wonderful comic we’d really hate if something happened to you Taeshi and not just because of Bittersweet Candybowl :l

ToraPandoraPGS January 3, 2012, 3:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #204387

i doubt the words of some stranger on the internet means much, but please do not make the mistake of believing you’re worthless, taeshi



on a side note, this abbey chapter looks like it’ll be interesting and heart-wrenching. glorious

Mako January 3, 2012, 3:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #204388

I agree with all the people who are telling you to stop thinking you are worthless Taeshi, it’s true, you are not worthless at all, actualy you are a very important person to most of us, not only because of the comic or your invaluable talent for drawing, but because for those who actualy read the things you post underneath each comment, we like you very much, and we end up caring after such a long way of watching you develop your skills and show your rare talent on making great synergy between the characters’ and reader’s feelings aside from your top noch story telling.
And it’s that care that leads me to ask you to please (if you actualy do) never to do such a thing like cutting yourself or hurting yourself physicaly, all it does is add pain, and barely distract you from emotional pain, besides there’s a chance you could misscalculate and end up in a hospital! or even die! and let me tell you that NOBODY wants that. So please don’t do that anymore (if you ever did) D;

PS: we love you! <3 <3

Luio January 3, 2012, 4:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #204389

More depressing pages D: Better break out the tissues.

n January 3, 2012, 4:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #204390

Oh, Taeshi. Try not to think grimly… :(

Hell, my grandfather died during summer break. I couldn’t think of anything except him… And then my father became a two-faced, lying, fudgewad of a dad. ._.

…And i’m standing here telling others to be happy when I can’t accomplish that myself. XD

A Visitor January 3, 2012, 5:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #204391

Can’t wait to see where this is going, I always wanted to see more of Abby’s tragic past (dun-dun-duuunnnn)

Dracain January 3, 2012, 5:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #204392

:)

killjoy January 3, 2012, 6:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #204393

im soo sorry A Visitor
i feel so bad
why dosent abbys mom just leave him she could elope with the children change there names and die there hair
but this is a real prob in the usa there is alot of spouse abuse
and some people do somthing about others dont

KAT January 3, 2012, 6:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #204394

Taeshi,
For what it’s worth from a reader you’ve never spoken with, I value you and respect you. Your contribution is important in my life. I regularly keep up with 30 or so comics each week, but Bittersweet is the one I look forward to most.

Wherever your path leads, whatever the future of our very indirect contact with eachother, I just wanted you to know you’re important.

Kaylana January 3, 2012, 6:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #204395

Taeshi, I hope you’re okay. For what it’s worth, I usually read the description because you’re usually funny!
On another note, while this is gonna be a really depressing chapter, I’m interested to see where it goes. I really like Abbey.

Shannon January 3, 2012, 6:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #204396

Note from another stranger from the net that really enjoys your comic and looks forward to the updates.
I don’t know all the details of what is going on in your personal life , but things will get better . (and I’m saying this as a person who went through stage 3 cancer a few years back) Even in the darkest of moments it’s good to try and find some postive and/or hope.

I agree with other posters, a flashback story arc about Abby should prove to interesting and provide more background to him. I look forward to it.

OnenuttyTanuki January 3, 2012, 6:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #204397

Omg Abbey’s story!!

Leonmaster January 3, 2012, 6:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #204398

I read the page comments box. I is confused :question:
awwz little abbey!!
i love how if you buy pins it comes on a recycled piece of cardboard!

Kaerru January 3, 2012, 6:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #204399

I’m not really sure what to say here Taeshi. I’m a big fan of the comic but I’ve never posted in the comments before. Your description has me worried for you though so I thought I’d say something in case you were going through these.

I truly hope you’re able to think better about yourself. You’re a great person and while I do love your webcomic, I don’t really want to just bring that up as the reason because if you decided to just stop BCB altogether and felt better because of it, I couldn’t complain. Your health is the most important thing here and I don’t think any of your fans would rather have a comic than your health. And if they would then that’s THEIR problem and they probably shouldn’t be here anyway.

That being said, I really don’t think self-mutilation is ever the answer. I guess I don’t know what’s necessarily causing this depression but it will get better eventually. You’re a great person and I don’t want you to think otherwise.

I really don’t know if this will help, since I’m not really sure how to say it all exactly, but please take care of yourself before anyone else!

Whatkoro January 3, 2012, 7:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #204400

Oh No not this situation i will get hostile.

joefox January 3, 2012, 7:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #204401

Omg look at abbeys angry buck-teeth 030 adorable

IDog January 3, 2012, 7:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #204403

For a minute there I thought his mother was Tess and I went like ‘OMG HOLY SH-’ And then I just squinted at the picture and went ‘oh’

BitterSweetCandyBowl January 3, 2012, 7:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #204404

@whatkoro
Of course I would rather have a web comic than a healthy person!
I am, of course, jokeing, and assumed taeshi is joking. If she really is self-mutilating, than here is a unpublic public service advisement announcement from the unpublic public service advisement announcement council.
Don’t do it, taesh!
You have thousands of adoring fans, a loving husband/boyfriend, and an amazing project.
Don’t kill yourself.

Curtisimo - FACT! The square root of rope is string.

Curtisimo January 3, 2012, 8:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #204405

I read it… D:

Aquarian January 3, 2012, 8:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #204407

I guarantee once I read this whole chapter, I’ll feel like a know it all for a whole day. XD

Minty Winter January 3, 2012, 8:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #204413

Yep this chapter is gonna be really sad and emotional :/

lcexfire12 January 3, 2012, 9:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #204415

I feel this chapter is gonna be just as sad or maybe more so than the last chapter… :(
Ooooor Abbey’s dad could pop up on the next page and become Mr. Rogers, bringing happiness and joy to the whole family 8-D

Sandvich January 3, 2012, 9:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #204416

Why dø yøu assume nø øne reads that?
Because I dø.
Always.

Ø January 3, 2012, 9:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #204417

Taeshi your awesome. I really like BCB. ;_;

Chibiterasu January 3, 2012, 10:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #204418

No problem, Taeshi. Hang in there!
And damn, forget to congratulate you two last time. I’ve read a little bit through your journals. You two are great!

Also, wohoo for new chapter!

Naity January 3, 2012, 10:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #204419

Stay strong taeshi, plenty of people love you, and not just because you put pictures on the internet

amberbydreams January 3, 2012, 10:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #204420

Just realized you updated the commentary.
Thought you were joking, but it’s nice to know for shure.
We ALL read the commentary though.
Oh, and everyone out there, would you do me a favor and tell me where these “journals” can be found? A link, maybe, or a direction?

Curtisimo - is patiantly waiting for MOAR

Curtisimo January 3, 2012, 10:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #204421

i completely believe that you mutilated yourself. jokes aren’t allowed on the internet. we are all serious people here.

Mercury January 3, 2012, 10:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #204422

I think the reason most people took it as a joke because they felt uncomfortable with that info and did not want to believe she was serious. I kind of passed it off as joking because of that. But I know how serious it is. :x
Awe Molly :love:

Amber January 3, 2012, 10:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #204423

Another reason people might have thought it was a joke was simply because it seems written like average conversation. You then go on to make a joke about the chapter, so it seems like it’s nothing. But best wishes to you, and I hope you feel better, sorry for misinterpreting what you wrote.

Dracain January 3, 2012, 11:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #204424

I read it! I love this comic, though I admit the newere stories are starting to get me down. Could you maybe do a panel with david just to lift my spirits a little? That aside though, you’re a great writer, and I’m a huge fan of your work. ^^

pdaniel January 3, 2012, 11:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #204425

I kind of hope Abbey realizes his life is worthless and everything bad that happens around him is his fault and he kills himself in this arc. That would make me happy. Pants happy.

Fluffy January 3, 2012, 11:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #204426

oh so you were serious about the self mutilating taeshi? lmfao thats awesome, never post sh!t like that on the internet, you’re just asking for people to make the situation worse

in all seriousness though i have lost all respect in your professionalism being a creator of the comic and in charge of the website as a whole, bye now, i’m tired of this twilight-like quality

chellby January 3, 2012, 11:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #204427

@fluffy
*stares awkwardly at*
Oh-kaaaaaaay…
*rubs back of neck*
So…
Yeah.
That’s… An… Interesting thought.
You realize this is a flashback, right?

Curtisimo - forever a McCain and/or Sue, but I embrace the lifestyle.

Curtisimo January 3, 2012, 11:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #204428

@chellby Funny, I distinctly remember something along the lines of that from a bit ago.

I like how nobody criticized the art style back in the day, but now that it’s getting pretty damn good considering it’s cats everyone has something mean to add.

I like how you specifically never have one thing nice to say about anything in the comic. Oh, the background’s confusing. Oh, you should show them walking more. Oh, you should never under any circumstance ever have a speech bubble without a clue who said it. Frankly it’s getting tiresome, it’s as if you refuse to admit that you don’t want to give a second thought for understanding it all.

Well, I guess in the world of criticism someone has to represent the mentally handicapped. Good luck, chellby, and good riddance. I don’t think anybody will miss you and your negativity here.

biblioholic January 3, 2012, 11:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #204429

Taeshi, you draw and write a wonderful comic that has left me at the edge of my computer chair for months. I’m sure you are a wonderful and amazing person and I have grown to find great respect and admiration for you, but I was devastated to learn that you’ve found solace in such an emotionally traumatizing practice. Hurting yourself doesn’t make the pain go away. It abates it until it all comes crashing down on you again in the future and it only gets harder to stop every time you do it. I hope everything is alright with you in your life and I thank you for how you’ve affected mine.

Crystal January 3, 2012, 11:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #204430

He’s having a flashback in a bathtub full of red water? Don’t try to crush my hopes.

Fluffy January 3, 2012, 11:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #204431

Please don’t hurt yourself Taeshi. :(

pearlcrox January 3, 2012, 11:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #204432

HERP DERP DERP

CHAPTER SIXTY NINE.

yay an abbey arc! :D

SXR123 January 3, 2012, 11:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #204442

Taeshi, sweetheart, hurting yourself doesn’t solve anything, just leaves scars that’ll make you feel worse (and hurt the ones you love). That isn’t to say that you should feel ashamed and estranged for doing so. You aren’t alone, there are a LOT of people out there doing so too. hope you feel better. I hate being depressed too! :( (a complete stranger of a fan’s opinion)

Different Adam January 4, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #204582

Wait, I thought Abbey’s foster mom was a dog…?

blossom January 4, 2012, 5:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #204590

i Rofled at the: Abbey: *pout*…. “NO!”
even if that part WAS serious XD

Great Job! Keep going!

And Taeshi, you’re awesome! Don’t be down and depressed!

Sako January 4, 2012, 6:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #204598

@Blosson yes his FOSTER mom is a dog XD this is his real mum

Kite January 4, 2012, 7:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #204607

I read your comments, Taeshi…
I have no idea how to cheer people up.
Anyways, Abbey backstory, oh snap! Should be good!

Turtle Hermit January 4, 2012, 9:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #204617

Was wondering when taeshi would tell his past

JustSomeCritic January 4, 2012, 11:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #204638

Oh, I see. After the emotionally brutal, bruising, devastating enormous bloody climax to the entire Mike and Lucy relationship arc, Taeshi decided we all needed a lighthearted break in the world of psychotically dysfunctional families dominated by a savagely abusive father.

Thanks for the breather there, Taeshi. :P

Jokes side, though, I didn’t make it this far into the series because I only read things full of rainbow sunshine happiness.

Hell, I have read through the whole archive of Jack (warning, seriously dark and sometimes NSFW) twice!

So roll on, dark lady. Take us to the other side.

Fruvous January 5, 2012, 1:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #204648

Oh my gosh I feel so bad for Abbey!His moms dead and he has to go to therapy because of what his dad did to his mom. I hate Abbeys dad -_-

Al3BEY January 5, 2012, 6:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #205069

Cute little Abbey and cute little Molly are so cute I can’t even breath D=

Emy January 6, 2012, 11:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #205530

Hehehe it’s Chapter 69
/shot

Jared January 12, 2012, 6:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #205676

How did Abbey’s hair go from that, to jagged and pointy? i like young Abbey’s hair much better ;)

RandomFox January 13, 2012, 11:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #206955

:( I miss the original charcters… Michael and Lucy, but the new ones are alright too. But I think this comic is becoming too serious, so I’ll probably stop reading…

R-E January 29, 2012, 12:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #210270

alright…so…mike likes lusy but lucy isn’t intrested, but then she likes him then mike pushes her away……is there never a happy ending?!?

lexy February 23, 2012, 10:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #212064

Goodbye r-e

tk March 16, 2012, 5:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #225109

So, you post about your self-mutilation in a hasty, almost nonchalant way, using the conventions of a thirteen-year-old girl on Facebook, and you’re mad when people don’t take you seriously?

What kind of idiotic sense does that make?

Mintyfishbowl August 10, 2012, 1:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #227651

I like abbey too! :D

Czarina September 7, 2012, 6:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #231943

These Mike haters are ridiculous. The abuse that Abby’s mom receives is almost no different than the abuse Mike receives! “I must get on his nerves” … That sounds WAY too familiar. Lucy might be sweet deep down but it is still no excuse to CONSTANTLY abuse somebody.

Justice..? October 25, 2012, 4:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #262784

I hope the self-mutilating thing was a joke.

SarcasticFinn October 23, 2013, 12:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #284557

so this is why abbey is like this

TemplarArchon_Hunter July 28, 2014, 11:26 PM EST.

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