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Gasp! He’s cheating on jasmine
Wow May 18, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.
“Sure, Why not?” xD
Kalin May 18, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.
Sure, why not. Way to sum up the conversation.
Nikita May 18, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.
Perfect dad reaction, lol.
Delusional May 18, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.
NO PAULO STAY WITH JASMINE. SHE’S BETTER FOR YOU.
SXR123 May 18, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.
Rage. I’m pretty sure how good for each other they can be got a chapter.
Hoheh! May 18, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.
I hope Lucy and Paulo date. I approve Mike And Sandy.
Just..Hope Lucy finds that happiness.
and someone tell me if jazza gf or a friend to Paulo???
Sahchan May 18, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.
hahahaha , his dad.
matchbook May 18, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.
Suddenly, I have newfound respect for Paulo. Not only
Is he fiercely trying to help his friend, when he even thought that MAYBE he THOUGHT something even the SMALLEST bit cheaty, he wanted to see if it was actually bad.
Way to go, Paulo. Settin’ an example. *thumbs up*
Curtisimo May 18, 2012, 12:06 AM EST.
I have decided tae is the biggest troll because she keeps us coming back for more
DinR May 18, 2012, 12:06 AM EST.
lol “automatic response activated”
Alone but peaceful May 18, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.
Lol, his dad’s response is the best one EVER (except I don’t want to get that response from MY dad if this happened to me)! Will Paulo take this as a sign that he sees Jazz as a friend only and break up with her, and concentrate on Lucy, or will he tell him to be serious? Won’t know until Monday I suppose, but this strip made my day
Subaru May 18, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.
Kai the koi May 18, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.
naw poor paulo if only he knew what really happened between lucy and mike
Geb May 18, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.
>NO PAULO STAY WITH JASMINE. SHE’S BETTER FOR YOU.
Nopenopenope. Paulo craves attention and Jasmine doesn’t give him enough. Lucy’s perfect for him, she just won’t let Mike go.
Dreyfuss May 18, 2012, 12:11 AM EST.
jun May 18, 2012, 12:13 AM EST.
I laughed at Paulo’s dad’s reaction.
ZombieSlayr800 May 18, 2012, 12:15 AM EST.
parent of the year right there folks
Neila078 May 18, 2012, 12:15 AM EST.
Good to see Paulo’s dad keep on keepin’ on.
Kurtispj May 18, 2012, 12:15 AM EST.
so much attintion was NOT paid to that question
kagura May 18, 2012, 12:15 AM EST.
Oh paulo’s dad you just know what to say
old Greg May 18, 2012, 12:16 AM EST.
Oh Paulo xD Never stop being you
Kyute May 18, 2012, 12:18 AM EST.
Automatic response service activated. Answer given.
Tudor May 18, 2012, 12:19 AM EST.
Paulo leaving Jazz for Lucy = Drama…Its gonna happen.
Fluffy May 18, 2012, 12:22 AM EST.
Yeah, dads are useless when it come to relationships. And moms are over protective of the sons. Now, were Pauli a girl, the dad would be all over this conversation.
Slenderman May 18, 2012, 12:22 AM EST.
I would really like Paulo to stay with Jasmine, but life is life, everything we are not aware will happen… one way or another
Yukianesa May 18, 2012, 12:31 AM EST.
Poor Paulo. his problem with how he does t know who he rally like reminds me of a quote from A:TLA. (avatar the last Airbender)
the Boulder: “THE BOULDER FEELS CONFLICTED !”
:P paulo, don’t worry… it’ll be over soon.
Sora May 18, 2012, 12:35 AM EST.
Ohhhhh dear. xD
Nissie May 18, 2012, 12:38 AM EST.
“Son, you can not understand the magnitude of the ****s I don’t give.”
CptOverkill May 18, 2012, 12:53 AM EST.
Jade May 18, 2012, 1:23 AM EST.
*sighs* Paulo why did you leave… You should have called her to the window. @Sora your comment made me laugh out loud but in all seriousness it does fit. Paulo is feeling very conflicted right now, he doesn’t love Jazzie but at the same time she is his gf and she is just a sweet young girl who has done nothing to derserve all the drama that would ensue if he were to actually pursue Lucy. Paulo knows this. He just doesn’t want to break her heart, she deserves far better. However, he IS in love with Lucy. He also knows that him and Lucy would be happy together, he really just cant decide what is the right thing to do. I feel for you Paulo and I just hope you make a decision you dont have to feel guilty about… PS:Taeshi u r amazing for being able to make a comic that ppl can actually have such a strong care for. PPS: Lucy x Happiness ftw.
nexus doubt May 18, 2012, 1:27 AM EST.
This just goes to shows how wrong Lucy’s brother was in ther previous strip. Paulo has sincere concern for Lucy, and he obviously wants to be there for her but not at the expense of hurting Jasmine.
Talk about a tight spot
Andy May 18, 2012, 1:32 AM EST.
Well there is hope for him as a person if he relised he was going to go into a trecherous way , it would make him scum if he went after someone when he relised he would be doing wrong specialy if it would mean hurting someone who actualy been there for him .
DrackeStalenTorgen May 18, 2012, 1:41 AM EST.
GAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH oh wow Pualo you poor son of a gun
You neede your Pa to figure that out for ya
Shoop-a-doop May 18, 2012, 1:47 AM EST.
I don’t really think he’s cheating on her. I’d like for Paulo to stay with jasmine, sort of for the purpose of Mike getting a reality check and liking Lucy again, but for now……
I can see how some people may be right that Paulo an Lucy may be good for each other, even though I hate to admit it,
It seems like its for the best, especially with recent developments.
Hope Paulo figures all of this out soon!
Foreveryoung5 May 18, 2012, 2:27 AM EST.
Man, if anything, this chapter continues to solidify how shallow Paulo appears to me.
If memory serves he pledged himself to a certain Tuxedo cat, did he not? Is he that pathetic, that weak-willed that he won’t cut it off before things progress further and end up hurting Jasmine even more? Furthermore, at the start he knew, knew without a doubt that he had feelings for Lucy and yet he still took Jasmine under his wing. Shallow and cruel, with a total disregard for her feelings - if he truly did care he’d come to his senses and break it off with her.
Prior to that, he screwed Rachel and Jessica without a second thought. And don’t give me any **** about him being seduced into it (he seduced JESSICA into it) or whine that David forced him to do it. No one made him do anything. He is an intelligent human being who can make decisions for himself - but he made the wrong ones and he deserves to suffer the consequences. It shows that he is in no way, shape, or form, good at getting his priorities straight.
And how dare he get upset at Jordan for reacting to the truth? How dare he even have the /gall/ to pretend like what he did wasn’t bad, or that he could actually be a good friend to Lucy? He was such a good friend, he broke her heart and cast her aside. After that intimacy they shared he went and stuffed his dick into two other complete strangers. Shallow and cruel.
He’s egotistical, he’s self-centered, he’s shallow and as much as he denies it it’s obvious he only cares about himself. He’s the worst character in this comic, not in writing or story telling, but as a person. He has been motivated by nothing but self-gain and for as much as he whines about regretting his choices, he keeps making the same ****ing mistakes, which shows a complete unwillingness to change, or a lack of a want to change. You can spout as much **** from your mouth as you want but in the end if you don’t back it up with actions it’s meaningless drivel.
And he here is, prolonging a failing relationship while he second-guesses himself and focuses on his feelings for Lucy instead of having a heart-to-heart with Jasmine. Looks like he’s going to hurt another girl! He totally hasn’t done that before, right? After all, he has such a heart of gold.
Pitch-black, cold metal.
Susan May 18, 2012, 2:45 AM EST.
It looks like his dad isn’t really even paying attention, and that’s why he gave that answer.
The background in panel 4 is my favorite of all the watercolor work Taeshi’s done, there’s something about the simplicity in the blend of colors that I really enjoy, because it’s just.. It’s perfect. I don’t really know what else to say.
Also, why does his dad always wear his hat in the house?
Haku May 18, 2012, 2:45 AM EST.
paulo and jazzie aren’t married.
visiface May 18, 2012, 2:50 AM EST.
Susan May 18, 2012, 2:58 AM EST.
In all the characters in this comic, Paulo is perhaps the only genuinely nice guy.
…he is so ****ed.
Tacsi May 18, 2012, 3:04 AM EST.
looks like the say something to make him feel better because you weren’t listening approach made things worse.
Alexander B May 18, 2012, 3:09 AM EST.
Haha oh wow, Paulo y u the best char ever?
Thndrsbl May 18, 2012, 3:12 AM EST.
haha. no, dude, that’s totally relevant.
somali’s still trying to sort out his feelings
y’know, cause he’s still in what, high school?
high school’s the key words in my thoughts.
but i must disagree with you on the good friend point.
he’s a very good friend to lucy, even if he did that stuff
with jess and rach. saved her life, carried her back home,
all that comfort about mike, talk talk yada yada.
now as a boyfriend?
i do agree with you on some points.
obvious problems with jazz. derp.
also keep in mind that he was going to end it. but then
oh hey look. more time. time to try and make things
work. yipee. :’D
and the whole shallow and cruel stuffin’ thing.
some high school bros do that. whaddya do. /shrug
its all about the growth. c:
who knows. after this whole chapter, he might have that talk.
you never know.
visiface May 18, 2012, 3:21 AM EST.
I am…waaaay too damn tired to make a solid comment at the moment, but all I’ve gotta say is this.
Paulo showing signs of maturity up in this page ? Respect UP!
Also, lawl at Paulo’s pops.
Chocothunda May 18, 2012, 3:21 AM EST.
“haha. no, dude, that’s totally relevant. somali’s still trying to sort out his feelings y’know, cause he’s still in what, high school?”
No, it’s not relevant - regarding that logic, since I am currently in a relationship (at the high-school age of 17), it is perfectly acceptable for me to stick a big middle finger up to my boyfriend and start being intimate with someone else behind his back. Under no circumstances is such betrayal acceptable, and the whole ‘he’s still in high school’ doesn’t explain away anything. Other people his age exhibit common sense, he is more than capable of doing so. He’s not stupid. He just chooses not to.
“yeah. high school’s the key words in my thoughts.”
Being in high school is not a free pass to being a moron.
“but i must disagree with you on the good friend point. he’s a very good friend to lucy, even if he did that stuff with jess and rach. saved her life, carried her back home, all that comfort about mike, talk talk yada yada.”
Like I said, he has a pitch black heart of gold. Too often do I see ignorant arguments claiming that the good he’s done outweighs and outshines the bad, and thus the ******** he’s pulled should be ignored. Well, Adolf Hitler was a very good artist prior to his reign as Fuhrer, and despite his hatred for Jews he was good to the German people. He rebuilt their army, fed their economy, and gave renewed hope to his citizens.
Does that mean the millions of innocent lives that were lost should be ignored because he made millions of German lives better? **** no.
He saved her life, sure, whatever. But what good is that when he turns around and ****** on her hopes and dreams? So, what, he listened to her about Mike and comforted her, then ****ed Rachel and Jessica when Lucy was vulnerable? When she shared intimate feelings with him and he cast them to the side? The good never outweighs the bad. People should always face the music for what they’ve done. No exceptions.
“now as a boyfriend? i do agree with you on some points.
obvious problems with jazz. derp. also keep in mind that he was going to end it. but then oh hey look. more time. time to try and make things work. yipee. :’D”
If by ‘more time to makes thing work’ you mean ‘focus entirely on Lucy and Jasmine be damned’, then you’re right, because that’s all I’m getting out of this chapter. He did have a choice to end it, but lo and behold, did he? No he did not, and it is only for selfish reasons. When people say they hide something because ‘they didn’t want to hurt you’ or ‘didn’t know how you’d react’, it’s a lie, as it’s always selfish. They were just afraid to confront you and face the music. In fact, lying to keep something hidden when it’d be so much better to just tell the truth is a horrible, cruel way to manipulate someone. I feel very bad for Jasmine.
“and the whole shallow and cruel stuffin’ thing. some high school bros do that. whaddya do. /shrug”
********. He’s almost an adult and he needs to learn to deal with the consequences of his actions. He knows right from wrong, and just because some people do it doesn’t make it right at all. That is the worst and by far most ignorant argument I’ve ever heard. Being in high school does not exude you from bad behavior, nor does it make you immune to suffering the consequences. He should, and now that he’s starting to, he’s actually getting mad. So egotistical.
“its all about the growth. c:
who knows. after this whole chapter, he might have that talk. you never know.”
Took him long enough. Better late than never is a **** excuse. He has Jasmine on puppeteer’s strings and he’s playing with her emotions. Nothing will ever excuse such blatant disregard for another person’s feelings, especially one you’ve professed romantic affection for.
Susan May 18, 2012, 3:39 AM EST.
Susan, for making such a long comment and able to back up your point, I’m impressed with you. But because it’s so dang early in the morning/late at night, I do not have the mental capacity at to make any rebuttal… -drifts off to bed-
Nanai May 18, 2012, 3:46 AM EST.
Hyperr May 18, 2012, 3:46 AM EST.
see, i told everyone that paulo was going to cheat on jazmine… that worthless ******* couldn’t stay loyal if there was only a single woman on earth.
so, again… anyone who likes paulo, i hope you enjoy never being truly happy or having your relationship last for much longer.
Thanatos May 18, 2012, 3:50 AM EST.
Susan… did you just compare a comic about cats in high school to /the holocaust/?
Dreyfuss May 18, 2012, 4:08 AM EST.
No. Learn to read.
Susan May 18, 2012, 4:09 AM EST.
I hope Paulo still tries to stay loyal to Jezz.
She’s such a sweet gilr and she and Paulo are qutie cute together as a couple. Ture she has a lot to do in her life then hang out withn her boyfirend but at least she still makes time for him when she can help it.
What Lucy needs right now is just the comforting support of firends then more akward romance to mess her up even more. And Paulo still mostly thinks about the more physical aspcets of a relationship when Lucy is mentioned…… dude really needs to have a cold shower more often.
Death of Ink May 18, 2012, 4:14 AM EST.
so you’re gonna compare a cat to hitler?
good job, bb.
the whole point of saying that it’s high school
was not to pass it off as HERP DERP ITS OKAY
its to be like
they make mistakes.
and learn from it. (hopefully)
‘ell, people still do that in adulthood.
in some cases, yes, people his age could handle this
sort of thing. some don’t know.
so his “choosing not to”, as you say, could go either way.
and hold up.
that reply to the make things work bit.
he prolonged it because the very problem in the first place
was that she was always too busy for him, and they never
had time to see each other. now that she cancelled
a few things, he saw that as being able to fix their problem and
hang out more. that’s a “jasmine be damned” if i ever saw one.
im trying to see how its a puppet on strings.
i really am.
i get the whole triangle, worry, jealous sorta thing.
but i dont see paulo controlling jasmine or her feelings.
a thought popped into mind, and not to put the blame on
jasmine, but she could start this heart to heart, too.
and of course the good’s not gonna outweigh the bad.
it’s just to show that it’s not ALL bad. maybe paulo is or
isn’t outrunning his problems, idk.
all i see from this chapter is him realizing he actually has
these problems. and going to his dad, regardless of this was
for humor or not, probably shows that he’s confused. yeah,
kid’s smart. but even smart kids do the dumbest things
when they’re panicked.
“Nothing will ever excuse such blatant disregard for another person’s feelings, especially one you’ve professed romantic affection for.”
so you’re saying he’s completely disregarding jasmine’s feelings?
i wouldn’t say completely.
when he’s thinking about lucy he’s in that mindset.
but if jasmine were crying or showing the same signs as
lucy, i highly doubt he’d ignore her.
the only thing ima say to this is that i don’t think it’s as bad
as you’re making it sound in this case. that’s all.
visiface May 18, 2012, 4:20 AM EST.
You do realize Paulo haven’t cheated anyone yet and Taeshi herself have confirmed that he would rather break up first than cheat on someone.
No, thinking about someone isn’t cheating.
Thndrsbl May 18, 2012, 4:32 AM EST.
I think Paulo’s dad’s reaction is perfectly appropriate here. Which just makes me think he’s SO much more awesome!
Jessica U. Ingmann May 18, 2012, 4:43 AM EST.
Model parenting advice, right there!
Kai May 18, 2012, 4:46 AM EST.
Just because Paulo reckons he’d make a good boyfriend to Lucy doesn’t mean he will up and leave Jasmine, (though I wish he would ) nor is he really cheating. Loving how Paulos dad is so blunt about it, I don’t think he realises that poor little Paulo is being quite serious heh. I still reckon that Paulo and Lucy should be a couple, they had a real good chance at it, Lucy was even all sweet and freindly! Then David ruined it by questioning Paulos sexuality. WHY DAVID WHY!?
Sammy May 18, 2012, 5:03 AM EST.
“see, i told everyone that paulo was going to cheat on jazmine… that worthless ******* couldn’t stay loyal if there was only a single woman on earth.
so, again… anyone who likes paulo, i hope you enjoy never being truly happy or having your relationship last for much longer.”
See, Thanatos, if you argued your point like Susan does, maybe we’d be more inclined to take you seriously. In all essence, I really just have a question.
All-in-all, I’d like to say that Paulo is really admitting he’s having an issue. Sure he sort of half-admitted it to Lucy in “Carry Me” while she was pretty ill and delirious. But to actually worry about it aloud in some form or another to someone else I think really is solidifying the issue.
I actually went back and sped-read over a couple of previous chapters to see how Paulo interacts with Jazz and Lucy. The more I see those two (Paulo and Jasmine) together, the more I see Jazz has sort of this strange crush-ish feeling toward Paulo and Paulo almost treats her like a younger sister. It’s not really fair to Jasmine, but Paulo isn’t staying with her out of malicious intent. He’s not disregarding her feelings, but he isn’t being completely kind about it either.
He knows Jasmine likes him and to an extent, he likes her, so naturally he wants to make what they have going, work. And it seems that over the last few chapters their interactions have gotten more frequent. But even then, he STILL has feelings for Lucy and despite his best efforts, he’s trying to come to some solution to what he’s feeling. Which he’s having obvious difficulties with.
As for Paulo getting together with Rachel and Jess? You’re absolutely right, he ****ed up. That was never okay and never will be. He hurt Lucy but let us not forget he hurt Tess too. And—this may come as a shock—he hurt himself in the process as well. Don’t forget that. He even admitted to David he felt WORSE after he did those things with the girls. I honestly think he learned something from that and the weird drama it created coupled with the bad feeling he gained from it was punishment enough. What more could anything be done to “punish” him for it anyway? Granted he tried going after Jasmine, but that quickly changed when he started hanging out with her and then actually dating her.
Paulo’s always gonna be a bit self-centered and obnoxious, that’s kind of who he is. But I think he’s matured a bit more over the last couple of chapters that we’ve seen him in. He’s not been very kind to either Lucy or Jasmine, but he doesn’t really mean any harm. He just needs someone to kick him in the ***. Like any teen, or any person for that matter, Paulo could use some good, heart-to-heart advice from someone who he’ll listen to.
His father would be good, if he wasn’t cracking jokes. >> I hope that’s a joke by the way.
Also, 4 in the morning comment is at 4 in the morning.
Yaschiri May 18, 2012, 5:13 AM EST.
Awww, poor Jasmine!
I really like her, and I don’t think Paulo is really being a cheater. He’s just trying to be a nice friend!
rilakkumalover May 18, 2012, 5:21 AM EST.
Eh, gives a little hint on a future situation, meh.
Paulo’s dad, readin dem Funnez
Anonymous May 18, 2012, 5:47 AM EST.
I LOLD SO HARD. paulo you sweetie
Dangos May 18, 2012, 5:57 AM EST.
I`m sorry, I`m with him. Paulo would be the best boyfri… Uh, i mean friend that lucy would ever got. Mostly, because she has no friends. Hahahaha… Oh god that is so sad, why…
Fake May 18, 2012, 5:59 AM EST.
So I just caught up with this comic after a few days archive bingeing, and I have to say it took me by surprise.
I always hated the whole “tsundere” thing, seeing it as a dumb archetype used by writers too lazy to do real character development. All I knew about this story when I started reading it was “guy eventually gets tired of tsundere girl’s ****, tells her to **** off”, to which my response was “hahaha awesome, this I must see.”
If anyone had told me that by the time it got to that point I’d be siding with the girl I’d have called them insane, and yet here we are. Taeshi, I don’t know how you did this to me, but bravo.
Now on topic for the current strip: as much as I’d like Paulo and Lucy to end up together (yeah, Another Path was my favourite chapter, it was just so sweet I can’t help it~) I don’t want to see Jasmine get hurt either. I think he really should’ve been honest with her earlier about what was distracting him. She’s Lucy’s friend too, right? If they’d shown up there together they might have accomplished something, and Paulo wouldn’t have ended up stewing over this by himself and getting conflicted about his own feelings.
What worries me most about this situation is that Paulo might distance himself from Lucy because he’s worried about “cheating”, and that’ll just add to the damage Mike already did. She really needs support from someone right now.
wow that was a lot of words
Some new guy May 18, 2012, 6:32 AM EST.
Everyone knows you want to bang her, oh mister right Well, two bipolar fakers stick together.
Knux-the-Killer May 18, 2012, 6:34 AM EST.
Paulo’s father is cool.
He was also cool in the flashback/daydream comic.
It is a shame Paulo is known for his irresponsibleness rather than his friendliness and kindness. Its interesting that he keeps doing retarded and dumb things, he seems better than that. But he for some reason tries to play the bad-guy role a lot and that makes it harder for people to accept him as a shoulder to cry on.
The Guy in the Background May 18, 2012, 6:36 AM EST.
I see where you’re coming from,and it is pretty true,Paulo does have his flaws and he has messed up immensely in his past.and if you think he is the worst character in this comic,than so be it,everyone has their opinions.But I think you have failed to see his point of view.He’s been lost and confused for a long time now because he can’t seem to be able to find the right person to be with.Yes,I feel like he’s really going to hurt jazmine,but that doesn’t mean he’s a heartless *******.Yes,he is quite selfish,but I feel like he’s going to change all that in the end.Everyone has their flaws,alright?
SaberTiger May 18, 2012, 6:49 AM EST.
Good to see that Paulo’s dad is still as helpful as ever.
ScrabMaster May 18, 2012, 7:00 AM EST.
Hot Fu•king Damn. Not only did you make a propor argument, and backed it up when someone disagreed, AND had a sense of grammar, I didnt know someone with as lame a name as susan could make an argument so strong.
Mighty Susan! *skyrim level up music*
… I don’t know where I was going with this. On the the rebuttal.
I only have one simple point to make. It can be seen from the above comic: Paulo is trying to prevent a breakup. Trying NOT to cheat. You call theirs a failing relationship, when it has no signs of being one.
I agree Paulo is a Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold,
Or rather, I agree he WAS one. Let’s compare past Paulo to present Paulo.
Past Paulo hit on everything with the propor genetalia.
Present Paulo dosent.
Past Paulo performed minor heroics, half the time just wanting to get in her pants.
Present Paulo is trying to cheer Lucy up. Sadly, he was thinking about getting in her pants (with his monogomy shirt on, gasp!), so I guess you’ve got me there.
All in all, my argument has is this: Paulo has changed. He still has a lot of redemption to do for all the stunts he’s pulled, but he’s trying to do good by Jazzie, at least trying, so that’s a step in the right direction. He’s still… what, 16? Anyway, he still suffers from high school age perversity, as many of us did, but he’s on the right path.
Looking back, my argument is woefully shorter than yours, so I feel tempted to fill the rest with utter nonsense, but I’ll save that for a chapter that’s not funny.
Also, the ‘Susan is a boring name’ buisiness up top? Sarcasm. Hope you took it that way.
Curtisimo May 18, 2012, 7:12 AM EST.
yeah, it seems like susan can’t understand that nobody’s perfect and if you are 17 and someone of your same age hasn’t your same opinions on what is good and what is bad, he\she is just an evil *******.
remember forever that what makes you a good or a bad person are the intentions. paulo didn’t go with jess and rachel thinking “yeah, this way I can hurt lucy! yay!”.
boh... May 18, 2012, 7:38 AM EST.
The thing about Paulo is, he’s never been the womaniser he’d like people to think he is. That’s all a front. He learned that behaviour from that older kid way back earlier in the story, and it helped him get over a lack of confidence (as seen in his panicked retreat in the face of Lucy’s adorableness in their first meeting.) It wasn’t a good way to learn confidence, but it worked for him and he was too young and stupid to know better.
Only once has he actually tried to act that way, rather than just talking that way, and that only succeeded because Jessica and Rachel were using him for their own ends.
The tragedy here is that he’s got himself into a situation where someone’s likely to get hurt because of him, even if his intentions are good. And because of the reputation he’s created for himself with his faux bravado, nobody’s going to believe they were good.
Some new guy May 18, 2012, 7:42 AM EST.
Lol that was pretty funny im glad
that taesha is adding light hearted elements into all the drama, it makes it all better imo
V May 18, 2012, 8:06 AM EST.
We’re already at page 12 of 17. Is this chapter gonna be nothing but Paulo futzing around being useless?
JC May 18, 2012, 8:11 AM EST.
Favorite character now. xD
Skygaze May 18, 2012, 8:20 AM EST.
always a good time to get advise from your dad
jell-o May 18, 2012, 8:22 AM EST.
Father figure: A
Overall help: B-
Wolf128 May 18, 2012, 8:24 AM EST.
wow, paulo confused himself i felt like i was about to fall out of my chair for some reason… paulo should go to david for advice (jk)
the 9th 9ball May 18, 2012, 8:53 AM EST.
Wow… some of you guys read way too much into the comic…
Raffy May 18, 2012, 9:04 AM EST.
THE CURVE OF PAULO’S SNOUT HAS SHIFTED….
… which has nothing to do with anything. Huh… is snout the right word? Maybe….. Rhinarium~
Huh? May 18, 2012, 9:15 AM EST.
At this point I want to see Lucy with anyone accept Mike. (Though, I mainly root for Paulo and Augustus. Lol)
But anywho, even though I don’t see Paulo and Jazz as a couple, ‘cause they obviously have a more brother-sister relationship (at least in my opinion), I don’t understand why people keep attacking him for dating her “when he obviously likes Lucy”.
I don’t know if anyone noticed, but at the moment anyways, Lucy’s only focus is Mike. So should Paulo have to be all alone and heartbroke…waiting for the day till Lucy finally figures out that Mike might not be the cat of her dreams? A day that might never even come, may I add.
He did what many people actually do… it’s called TRY TO MOVE ON. Is it hard? Of course it is. Feelings don’t go away over night. But you try to move on, ‘cause sometimes feelings come with time. Maybe his feelings for Jazz aren’t as strong right now… but with time they can form. If Paulo and Jazz really are meant to be together sooner or later Paulo will wake up and realize “oh, Lucy isn’t the girl for me” just like I hope Lucy will figure out Mike isn’t the guy for her. But stuff like that doesn’t happen overnight…. Not all love is like a freakin’ Disney movie.
And just because Paulo is dating Jazz doesn’t mean he can’t think about other girls, or that he can’t see and try to remain friends with Lucy. I mean seriously people… dating doesn’t make you blind. Dating doesn’t take away a teenage boy’s sex drive. It’s called being….uh…Cats and thus having certain natural instincts and physical needs . Again, real relationships aren’t like DISNEY movies. Having fantasies is natural but that doesn’t mean you’re CHEATING on the person your with. It’ acting on those fantasies that make you a cheater. (And I know some will say “well I’m not like that”. Well good for you. But sadly you don’t make up the world’s whole population.)
And yeah, he might hurt Jazzes feelings if he picks Lucy in the end. But you know what? That’s part of relationships. Sometimes you get hurt. Maybe Jazz will find someone else in the future too and be the one that does the breaking up… who knows… but hurt happens. It’s part of dating. It takes time to find out if someone is “the one” or not, and sometimes you’re just not the one.
Anyways, I’ll shut up now.
Lunacy May 18, 2012, 9:26 AM EST.
after reading this part of your comment:
“(And I know some will say “well I’m not like that”. Well good for you. But sadly you don’t make up the world’s whole population.)”
I said “EXACTLY!”. that’s a part of what susan didn’t understand and that I tried to say with my previous comment.
well done my friend (asd).
boh... May 18, 2012, 9:38 AM EST.
You guys are doing a crappy rhetorical analysis of a comic about highschool… One of your lame-O posts that no-one reads takes longer to write then Taeshi spends making a page for this comic.
AnnoySumo May 18, 2012, 9:42 AM EST.
I kind of had the suspicion that even if they break up, Jazzy might be depressed about it at first but would maybe just end up being really good friends with Paulo (and maybe even be promoted to his confidant). And, I also realized something; in one of the pictures about BBC that Taeshi posted in the tumblr, Jazzy said “whatever happens, no hard feelings”. I think that just confirmed my suspicion. Sorry if it sounds like a pointless and obvious observation, but I kind of just remembered this….. So even if they break up, there’s a chance they could stay on good terms…. YAAAAY!!! I’m so glad, I like Jazz
@Some new guy: Wow, I never really thought about that, that’s a really good conclusion there!
Subaru May 18, 2012, 9:57 AM EST.
then, don’t read them. we are supposed to be free, or not?
boh... May 18, 2012, 10:21 AM EST.
One of my favourite pages just had to be released on my birthday
Cloudy May 18, 2012, 10:29 AM EST.
Maaaaaannnnnn, at this point I’m like “I have no idea where you’re taking us Taeshi, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.” Fine by me; no further comment…
Starkeyblade May 18, 2012, 10:38 AM EST.
Well it’s now safe to say that it’s true that Paulo has a big crush on Lucy and that he shouldn’t be dating Jasmine when he does. I love his Dads response to the whole situation, he probably just sees it as dramatic teenage rubbish
Kit May 18, 2012, 10:45 AM EST.
@Susan I love you so much. I was going to comment really, really extensively on this page (and the chapter thus far) but you pretty much summed up a good portion of my thoughts.
I find it hilarious how people think Paulo is really nice and a much better guy than Mike. Do you know who the only legitimately, genuinely, totally “nice” person in this comic is? Daisy. And that’s mainly because she lacks a backbone. Mike has his issues in how he’s handled his relationship with Lucy, but overall? He’s much nicer than Paulo at heart and is unfairly ragged on by a ton of people he knows- maybe less now than earlier in the series, but remember the “gay” and “cheater” taunts that annoyed him, and led to Mike’s physical harm for no reason, so much? Who was mainly behind those again? Oh right, Paulo.
Now, I’m not saying that Mike hasn’t gotten more aggressive and that Paulo hasn’t become less of a complete jerk, but Paulo’s been far too much of a d-bag for his (selfish) concerns about Lucy to outweigh the simple fact that he’s really still an ***. There’s not much room for debate about who ranks higher on the karma meter between Mike and Paulo.
I also fail to see why people ship Paulo x Lucy so aggressively as if they’re the perfect couple, completely destined for each other. You know how they got along the best- what they could really relate to, more often than anything else? The fact that both of them are periodically ********: Paulo with his abuse of everyone and their mom, and Lucy with her abuse of Mike. Any other feelings are mainly luck and timing- ie, Paulo being literally just about the only person physically available for Lucy to talk to in some of her darkest moments. This isn’t a case of star-crossed lovers, it’s a heavily underdeveloped, uncertain, and ill-advised potential relationship. The only relationship that even begins to approach the levels of stupidity of PauloxLucy is MikexSandy- two kids who haven’t seen each other in years, that liked each other in the third grade, and that are doomed to a long-distance, minimal-if-any-contact relationship so long as Sandy continues her career path under heavy pressure from her parents? Totally going to work out, right?
Meanwhile, Paulo’s dad remains one of my favorite characters.
-Fanboys gon’ hate
Null May 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EST.
Paulo’s Dad has become my second favorite character, right next to McCain. Remember, even if it’s just in your head, if you let it consume you, it’s cheating!
Xenos May 18, 2012, 11:20 AM EST.
SHUT THE FRACK UP!!
dude shutup already! May 18, 2012, 11:53 AM EST.
it almost seems that you didn’t read the comments in response to susan’s ones.
you are pointing out all the bad things about paulo without trying to consider his point of view (subconscious included, since we can see it) and without taking into account the good things he did.
edit: and I agree with the guy above.
boh... May 18, 2012, 11:58 AM EST.
heh. Sound like something my dad would say…
Paulo you betta behave. Stay with jazz…
The rule is at least someone at the table needs to be emo and have a problem, otherwise, there would be no story….
Mike better be the next emo one….
He srsly needs a taste of pain.
Pshyzo May 18, 2012, 12:05 PM EST.
Pshyzo May 18, 2012, 12:07 PM EST.
@boh His point of view as in the fact that he was really only interested in Lucy because she’s hot? He’s said so enough times himself. Now yeah, recently, he’s started showing signs of actually caring for her beyond wanting to tap dat a$$, but it’s a far cry from the friendship Mike and Lucy had.
The good things he’s done? Of course he’s had good moments. He saved both Mike and Lucy’s life when they were drowning, for instance. You should learn to read more carefully- I said he’s become less of a total jerk. That’s true. So trust me, I did indeed “take into account the good things” Paulo did- and in no way do they outweigh his jerkiness.
I also think you don’t really understand what I was getting at. I’m not calling Paulo a totally evil, irredeemable villain in no way, shape, or form. I’m saying that he is incomparably more jerky than Mike, and Mike is equally incomparably nicer than Paulo, yet there are a score of people who are saying the exact opposite. Also, just as I’m not calling Paulo the devil, I’m not calling Mike a saint, either.
Null May 18, 2012, 12:09 PM EST.
In Another Path, while it didn’t actually happen, we saw that Paulo could actually step up and be an adult about things. I think that’s why I like him so much, because we’ve seen that he has the potential to be responsible and I personally want him to have an opportunity to show that in the real story. Underneath the ********* shell is a pretty cool guy who lacked confidence but will do what’s right for his friends, and I can respect that.
Dizzy May 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EST.
yeah if you did argue points like susan,
thatd be a lot, LOT less annoying.
she’s actually really fun to argue with. c: <3
im not sure where the argument that paulo’s a better
dude than mike came from, but even the peeps
who like paulo know he’s a serious d-bag.
just not a total, complete one.
i do agree with null to an extent.
visiface May 18, 2012, 12:46 PM EST.
@Thanatos That’s really harsh ya know. He’s not cheating on Jasmine. He didn’t really do anything wrong. People cant control their feelings and he’s accepting that things aren’t easy for him. Before he was falling into peer pressure but he accepted what he did was wrong. Then he began being faithful to Jasmine. I can’t help but wonder if ur the jealous girlfirend type now…
Tanna May 18, 2012, 1:02 PM EST.
Breaking News - Paulo needs to get his priorities straight! Who will he take , Lucy or Jasmine?
I’m really curious how this will turn out for him, because except for the cake bringing part, this exact situation happened to me too >.< I just wonder how he will handle it.
ThisGuy May 18, 2012, 1:15 PM EST.
Let’s just hope that whatever advice Paulo’s dad could come up with, it should make the situation at least better.
Nimbus26 May 18, 2012, 1:33 PM EST.
Oh laud I love Paulo and his dad xD
Busty Laroo May 18, 2012, 1:39 PM EST.
Way to not care, mr. whatever-your-last-name-is.
Sarge May 18, 2012, 1:41 PM EST.
I noticed a lot of people fighting over Paulo and I just wanted to give my thoughts on the situation.
I think Paulo is a really nice guy, sure he’s confused and yes he has made a lot of mistakes, but who hasn’t? The fact that he feels remorse for his actions shows he wants to improve himself. I understand what he did in the past wasn’t the right thing to do but he is trying to not repeat the same mistakes and so far I have seen improvement in his actions.
He is only young and I don’t expect a teenager to fully understand their actions, usually those who make the most mistakes often end up the wisest. He’s learning it’s not like he actually cheated on Jasmine yet but I still think he should break up with her when he is so confused, it seems unfair on her and soon he will hopefully realise this.
Either way give the guy a break ^^ he’s young and stupid.
Kit May 18, 2012, 1:53 PM EST.
guys, don’t bother saying stuff to thanatos anymore. I ascertained he’s that type of person that writes thinking he’s totally right about everything and doesn’t read other people’s replies to not risk to see the evidence that he’s wrong.
I hate that kind of people… ‘cause they are only annoying and you can do nothing to make them change their mind…
in real life, when you try to explain them why they are wrong on something, they just go away without listening, saying nothing.
edit: I agree with Kit.
boh... May 18, 2012, 1:56 PM EST.
A little observation before my comment on this page…I’m noticing a lot of peeps getting on Paulo’s back and pretty much calling him a flat out jerk due to his past, despite recent chapters showing that he’s trying to be a better person. However, when peeps look at Lucy, whom also has a bit of a…colorful, if not violent past…whom is ALSO trying to change herself for the better, people jump to her defense.
…Double Standard, much?
Anyway, to the page at hand: I give a hell of a lot of respect to Paulo. He’s genuinely trying to do what’s right by both being a friend to Lucy and making sure that this particular (complicated) friendship isn’t cheating (though, Paulo’s pops MAAAAAY not have been the best option for asking that ).
This is a MAJOR bit of character development for him, as he’s gradually becoming more and more mature, and is somewhat trying to distance himself from his past “playboy” nature.
Playboy’s in quotes because I think he is realizing that kind of attitude that he played up in the past isn’t exactly a GOOD IDEA. And, for the most part, it’s mostly in title, anyway. This is evidenced by two particular girls that banged him (yes, not the other way around).
Jessica and Rachel. It seems that some may not have noticed that A)the both of them were the ones to make the first move on Paulo, not the other way around and B)the both of them did it to get revenge on Tess! And what was the best way to do that at the time? Bang Paulo.
He’s a bit of a victim of circumstance, but, at the same time, both of those instances kind of inflated his ego…which quickly got popped once Tess and Lucy got ****** off.
How’s Jasmine fit into all of this? Paulo wants to really and truly stick with her, but their relationship was a bit strained early on due to the both of them not really…well…being able to BE with each other. Jazz was almost always busy, which kind of drove a wedge between the two…which was mostly taken out after “Carry Me.” Towards the end of that chapter, we can see that their relationship does hold a good chunk of water, albeit with a few holes in it.
In regards to Lucy, he is probably right in his assumption that he is the best goddamn friend ever, cause has been trying to see if Lucy is alright for this entire chapter. Despite this, he’s also known to like her a bit, despite being in a relationship with Jazz. I also don’t believe that he’s trying to take advantage of Lucy in this particular situation. Why?
If he didn’t do so in Another Shoulder, why should he now?
He was trying to comfort Lucy, then, and for the most part, he did…Lucy was just looking for something a little…deeper, if you know what I mean *punched*. For that entire time, though, he refused to go further.
Which kind of flies in the face of the whole “Paulo is a dick who only thinks with his dick” theory.
Aaaaall of that said, we can see why there’s so much conflict in this page, and with it, we’re seeing him becoming a bit more mature.
Chocothunda May 18, 2012, 2:13 PM EST.
Wow. I was expecting this page, of any, to be one of the ones with the -LEAST- amount of Fandom Fighting.. and yet it seems to be pretty darn serious.
I still subscribe to the theory that Taeshi likes watching people fight (so long as it doesn’t pass certain points). I think she’s a troll, and she knows it, too. Trollaeshi, I’m onto your game.
Two serious things: One, and I’m sorry to say this, but I freaking -HATE- Paulo’s dad’s posture. He looks like he’s smaller than Paulo is, and his arms look…. odd. Almost flat. I feel like he might be better drawn kinda leaning to one side, paper in one hand, his head balanced on the other.
And two, although far less serious than the issues I have with Paulo’s dad: that tree seems odd, the way the snow isn’t inline with the left still of the same shot. The right tree is the odd one, I mean. That sentence also seems odd….
Finally, commentary on Paulo.
I don’t think he should be seen as bad for having sex with Jessica and Racheal, or for not having sex with Lucy. While, yes, the dream in which Paulo did have sex with Lucy and suddenly everything worked out was definitely a fun one, Paulo did the right thing by being the stable support Lucy needed, rather than the … what’s that word? Swing around? Rebound? Whatever it is, he’s right to not have done that. And I bet Lucy knows it and is thankful for it, despite having only vented about everyone (Paulo included) to her family.
As for what he did with Jessica and Racheal, I’m pretty sure I read in the ask mes that Jasmine doesn’t care, since it was before her, and he’s shaped up since. And everyone else has put it behind them (bet Rach would make a funny comment here). I don’t see the need to berate him over it.
The biggest sin he’s commiting now is that he’s still got his heart in two places, and he hasn’t figured out where he wants to put it all. And this chapter seems to be about him working that out. So being angry about him for that could take a bit of a pause until we see what goes on later.
I’m officially a Paulo x Lucy. The only time she’s seemed remotely non-emo recently is with him, and he knows he loves her more than he loves Jasmine, unfortunately for the latter. If he can set Jasmine down without hurting her, and they remain friends, then I think Paulo and Lucy deserve each other’s happyness, especially since they instil that happyness into eachother. As for Mike and Lucy, let Mike have Sandy. Hopefully he’s not damaged too badly from his “history” with Lucy such that he even remotely treats Sandy wrong, or else Mike can go die in a ditch. And then maybe David can have Sandy. :p
Anonymous One May 18, 2012, 2:17 PM EST.
Hey Taeshi! Doing an amazing job! I’m really excited to be seeing a chapter with Paulo back in it, haha, I know he’s not the greatest character in the story, and I remember when I first sall him how stereotypical cool I thought he was… but I’ve come to love him all the same, haha.
His reactions to situations are always the best, and I really appreciate his panicky expressions, hahaha. I always feel like I can get a lot of fun out of reading about Paulo, (I still love his and David’s protest against drama which didn’t go to plan.) so I’m really looking forward to the chapter with Lucy.
And with the consensus of mostly everyone, Paulo’s dad is still rated Excellent.
E.P. May 18, 2012, 2:21 PM EST.
Well..he almost kill lucy 3 times…
OdinSwordGo May 18, 2012, 2:23 PM EST.
I love with how sad this comic has been lately that just a few words from the dad brightens it up. its always good to rely on secondary characters for comic relief<3 ~LucyxPaulo~
Reni May 18, 2012, 2:45 PM EST.
With all my exams and everything i really don’t have the mental capacity to make a reasonable debate with those who are judging paulo by his thoughts.
So, i’ll cheat and quote someone else “An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied” -Arnold Glasgow
strider May 18, 2012, 2:47 PM EST.
Well you certainly didn’t help, Mr. uh, erm, um…whatever the **** Paulo’s last name is.
TheX400096 May 18, 2012, 3:11 PM EST.
Aww poor paulo! he knew he just wanted to show how much he cared for Lucy~! and …wow his dad is..making him well…feel bad? Dx he just cares for Lucy a bit more than Jazzy…
Jodi ~ fan cat May 18, 2012, 3:45 PM EST.
Nice distracted reply Paulo’s dad xD
Knuc May 18, 2012, 4:10 PM EST.
Looks and sounds just like my dad, minus the cat part lol.
jemek May 18, 2012, 4:16 PM EST.
@dreyfuss I thought the 3 nopes in a row said no pen without spaces LOL. Also pain in the *** typing on IPOD
????? May 18, 2012, 4:16 PM EST.
love paulo and his dad you rock paulo’s dad
Yuki May 18, 2012, 4:22 PM EST.
@Chocothunda and @Anonymous One
Beautiful points, that I couldn’t hit on. :’D Thank you~
Yaschiri May 18, 2012, 4:30 PM EST.
PFFFFFFFF LucyDucy’s comment right here dudes -3-
I think that it’s close to Sandy’s visit OR she really REALLY depressed.
LucyDucy May 18, 2012, 4:32 PM EST.
…goodness, people get intense with this…I just feel that everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes, people make very, very bad mistakes, that they either regret and learn from, or they keep sliding down that slippery slope we are all so close to, because we’re all human, and adding youth into the mix makes it even harder.
I like Paulo. He’s an idiot, yes. He can be uncouth, stupid, overly-macho and sensitive, and he gets in lots of trouble. But that doesnt mean he’s the devil’s very own personal assistant, out to destroy the lives of all the people he touches. I think that he is trying SO HARD to please everyone now in an attempt to redeem his past mistakes, and in that metality, he’s just confusing himself. He doesn’t want to hurt his girlfriend, (though I don’t see them as a couple, they’re too sibling-like, they would be much much better best friends, which is completely possible), but he also can’t ignore his feelings for Lucy, which are incredibly confusing for him, and I’m sure anyone in a situation like this could agree. BUT, even if he can’t IGNORE them, he’s trying his best to just be her friend. He just wants to know what’s wrong, because he can now see something is VERY wrong, and he wants to help. He can’t stop himself from wondering about his feelings a little if they’re for someone he desperately wants to help. Associated thoughts and so on, don’t think about a purple elaphant anyone?
Yes, I am all for PauloxLucy. But first and foremost, for this story that I deeply enjoy, (fantastic work, Taeshi, I admire your art and mind), I am pretty much EveryonexHappiness.
Strawberry Milkshake May 18, 2012, 4:34 PM EST.
“Sure, why not” lmao!
But really, why is everyone so fierce and serious about this? Relax, calm down, and see where this is going. Even though everyone has their own opinions, I think it is good to enjoy what the comic is dishing out at the moment. Everything will work out in time
kuribohkun May 18, 2012, 5:10 PM EST.
-deep breath- ok. For one I am pauloxlucy. That is not the reason why I am saying what I am about to say. I think Paulo should leave Jasmines. Lucy and Paulo no only have more history, but because the only real time I took Paulo and jazz seriously…they got into an arguement. She was pretty harsh with him just because he wanted to spend some time with her. I know she had her reasons, but it felt like she pulled a mike…..just a little. I have more points, but I am mobile right now, so….long story short…Jazz and Paulo make better friends at the moment. Paulo should date lucy and then they will see that they make better friends. This will give jazz time to mature and grow. ….er…it works either way. Lucy needs to mature a bit more also……but I still strongly support lucyxpaulo
Akiriuu May 18, 2012, 5:59 PM EST.
I’m extremely upset with myself.
I took a good portion of my day reading and agreeing to half of these comments. Lawl, I seriously have nothing better to do! Dx
Mew May 18, 2012, 6:10 PM EST.
Lucy x Taeshi. All the way. I don’t care what any of you think.
Kissmessitude May 18, 2012, 7:12 PM EST.
ok here’s another quote im gonna do (i do quotes that resemble or symbolize what goes on) “If you wish to know the importance of a question which can be answered by many, do not reach for limited knowledge.”
ThePointMan May 18, 2012, 7:45 PM EST.
I think what Paulo and Jazz have is the relationship of that as close friends/brother and sister rather than lovers. I would like them to realize this before anything happens. As I think they would be great friends and actually better off that way, I mean he’s not really done much romantically with Jazz. But he likes to take care of her and make her happy, I think that counts for something. Paulo isn’t deceiving Jazz entirely, I think he does genuinely care deeply for her, but is confused by those feelings…
Bear in mind, Paulo was taught that in order to get a girls attention, you had to chase and bug them in an overconfident manner. For the longest time he did that to cover up his fear of talking to girls. Which ultimately led to the whole situation with Jessica and Rachel. It’s only recently he’s truly realized that his actions actually repelled the original girl of his affections away from him and isn’t the way to go. Outside Daisy, Jazz is maybe the first girl Paulo hasn’t really chased in that way. So it’s clear he respects her on the same level he respects Daisy, Tess and Lucy now at least.
People are weird in how they define good and bad, and people reading BCB should realize by now, that MOST characters have good intentions at hand. But they are teenagers, and lots of teenagers do very stupid things in their quest to mature and find their place in life. Sometimes they make bad life decisions, burn bridges that later they regret, and so on, so do adults, that doesn’t make them nasty pieces of work, they just messed up or made decisions that will shape where their lives go next. Paulo has hardly done anything wrong, but it’s easy at that age to confuse a close bond for love.
Jennytablina May 18, 2012, 8:05 PM EST.
parenting… doing it right
Sethorien May 18, 2012, 9:44 PM EST.
For the page;
I was just looking at candybooru and realized, yes he changed with the scarf but who gave it to him? Blame Tess. Also, when he talked to Tess and Sandy maybe he realized his true feelings and decided to express them. I know haters are gonna hate, but at least give him a break. If you where in his position what would you have done?
FairyTalegurl May 18, 2012, 10:07 PM EST.
You should also give sandy a break. It’s mile making the actions, not her
FairyTalegurl May 18, 2012, 10:10 PM EST.
it kinda looks like paulo’s talking to himself there since we don’t see any reaction from lucy’s brother
nAar May 18, 2012, 10:23 PM EST.
The fighting is delicious. *shot*
Awww. Paulo. The best friend Lucy could have.
Just-a-Lurker May 18, 2012, 10:55 PM EST.
” No more knowledge comes out of words then thought.” looks like his father needs to learn that
ThePointMan May 18, 2012, 11:52 PM EST.
I dislike the ‘which one will Paulo choose’ attitude that some people have. Paulo isn’t the only one who would have to make that choice. It takes two people to form a relationship and after what happened with Mike? Lucy won’t want one so he is likely to quietly stay with Jasmine, at least at the moment.
Also, I don’t understand the whole ‘brother & sister’ thing some people see Paulo’s relationship with Jasmine being. I see two people that enjoy several of the same activities, have a similar sense of humour and love spending time together e.g. scaring kids at Halloween together. A relationship isn’t all about kissing and cuddling and sex, it is also about how well they get along and how much fun they have together because in a working relationship, your partner will become your friend too.
Moogle May 19, 2012, 12:12 AM EST.
I waited for the smallest excuse to make This.
Neospector May 19, 2012, 12:35 AM EST.
honestly I’d like to see Lucy and Paulo together..I just feel that there’s a naturalness in thier relationship that she desparately needs. As for Paulo and
Jasmine, I don’t see that it’s deep meaningful relationship, it feels like the type of relationship one would have in middle school, you know, when you date and while it may be fun, you don’t have the emotional growth that comes from a relationship with more on the line (like pauloxlucy, years of crushing on each other, being hurt, and trying to understand each other.)
Maybe not so soo much after the thing with mike however.. lucy will really need time after that.
Moozers May 19, 2012, 1:22 AM EST.
This is why I love Paulo’s dad
mistyfud May 19, 2012, 2:08 AM EST.
My reaction to the comments about Paulo being bad
High schoolers do dumb sh*t
Many high schoolers do dumber sh*t
His dumb sh*t is average
Its not ok but sh*t happens
Dragnite May 19, 2012, 2:57 AM EST.
“Sure why not” Best Dad Line EVER!
Al3BEY May 19, 2012, 3:34 AM EST.
Trevor May 19, 2012, 10:09 AM EST.
…. WOW I feel like a noob now, one of the bottom comments.
Still, I think Jordan’s being a jerk in this installment
Hashi May 19, 2012, 10:19 AM EST.
It’s called self control and discipline, friend. Thoughts are just that, thoughts. They don’t make what you are, thoughts are neither good or evil unless you put them into action. It’s like this, if i imagined i wanted to throw my boss off a cliff because i hate him/her, it still doesn’t make me a murderer. It’s only till i act on those thoughts that i would become a murderer. As long as you show a little self discipline, you would realize it’s wrong and not act on it. It’s why people are born with a brain capable of complex thoughts and judgement.
So Paulo thinking these thoughts doesn’t make him evil or an a-hole, it’s only till he acts on them (showing a lack of discipline) that he becomes those things. But the fact that it troubles him means deep down he recognizes it would be wrong and thus will probably won’t act on them. Now whether he breaks up with Jazmine is a different story, but again that doesn’t make him a cheater.
strider May 19, 2012, 1:02 PM EST.
If Lucy and Paulo end up together my life will be complete.
Jupi May 19, 2012, 3:12 PM EST.
Oh, the angst.
Gunkillman May 19, 2012, 3:12 PM EST.
BTW, did the MikexLucy ship sink, or did it just take a few cannonballs? I mean, with Mike’s recent treatment of Lucy, kissing-and-making-up seems a bit out-the-window.
Gunkillman May 19, 2012, 3:13 PM EST.
Aiight, maybe calling Paulo a victim of circumstance was a bit of a stretch . Also, I think I may have used “first move” in the wrong context so, lemme clarify that a bit.
Jessica and Rachel were the ones to initiate the sex, not Paulo. True, Paulo wasn’t forced, but he was used.
Now that I look at it, Back and Forth was pretty much the death of Paulo’s playboy nature, since we saw in that chapter (and Another Shoulder) that he can generally be a good person (if he wasn’t, he would’ve banged Lucy without a second thought).
In regards to Lucy, we actually DID see her do some of those things recently: Pillow Talk. Prior to her flashback with Mike, she…wasn’t really all that friendly during the party. She was very presumptive of the other girls, was smack-happy during that time and she REALLY took off on Jessica, to the point where she gave her a bloody nose.
Lucy’s may be changing these flaws, albeit slowly (not being fully honest with others and expressing herself with her fists), but these are truly major flaws. This has, unfortunately, landed her into “Master of Mixed Message” territory. And we have seen how damaging that can be o.O
In regards to Paulo, being a show-off and macho are pretty much integral to his character: in other words, it’s Paulo being Paulo (he’s pretty much doing what a lot of teens do at that age…or did…I unno, I’m 26, SHUT UP! ). Yeah, he panicked during that day dream, but he also stuck with Lucy and supported her through that entire time. This shows that, if he really puts his mind to it, he can make a solid, steady relationship work. We saw that in Another Path, and we’re seeing that with his current relationship with Jasmine.
This is something that is actually pretty major for Paulo’s character: while we’ve seen him drop his playboy nature, we’re also seeing Paulo working to become a more mature as well.
Chocothunda May 19, 2012, 4:12 PM EST.
I’m not going to read all of those long comments, so I’m just going to say this without reading the other half. I agree with Susan, because, even if there’s a ‘learn from your mistakes’ option, I don’t see why that could patch up what you’ve done, no matter what age you are. Saying you’re ‘just a kid’ or that you’re ‘only in highschool’ doesn’t help either. All people are cabable of making their own decisions, and no one can force you to do what is wrong. And I don’t reall like PauloxLucy, I prefer PauloxJasmine, even if Paulo’s a jerk. Jasmine’s a sweet girl and does not deserve to be caught up in this whirlwind of drama. I am not meaning to start another arguement, I just wanted to voice my opinion. Sorry if I offended anyone. Also Paulo’s dad.
NinjaFox May 19, 2012, 6:54 PM EST.
it’s a bit useless if you don’t read what others have to say. this way you can lose the chance of reading something that can make you reconsider what you think.
and remember that nobody comes to life with the knowledge of what is right and what is wrong (meaning that what seems obviously wrong to you can seem obviously right to someone else, for some reasons (for example, a very different culture)).
boh... May 19, 2012, 7:13 PM EST.
(I apologize for this rant in advance, if it’s TL;DR to just skip to the bottom, i summarized )
I was going to agree with your comment and i did agree with you on the first half but i have to respond to that second half. Most cultures, except those that believe in polygamy, have a standard set of beliefs; like murder is wrong, thieves are scum, and cheaters are **********.
For instance (and this is a big for instance) movies, tv, and stories in general. In all of these story arcs what always happens to the cheater? Humiliation, loneliness, and, in the case of a particular stephen king story, death by mint flavored electricity. Religion as well, for most religions (with a few exceptions) a man in a relationship is supposed to be loyal to his mate otherwise bad things happen. Basically, there are stories, myths, fables and horror stories about cheating and it’s pretty much hardwired into alot of cultures that cheating is bad.
So, even if your parents don’t teach you that lesson, you are bound to learn it one way or the other, unless of course you live in one of those regions that say that it’s alright for men to have more than one woman. But the case here is thus, in the confines of this story we see that the idea of cheating bothers paulo. That should say right off the bat that he’s been raised in the belief that cheating is wrong. The reason he’s inquiring to his father is because he’s unsure at what point it becomes cheating (at least that’s what i think he’s doing, it’s kind of hard to interpret that question of his, it’s more of a ramble to me), in other words he doesn’t know if thinking about another girl is cheating or is him actually bonking her the point where he becomes a cheater.
To summarize, you may not come into life with the knowledge of cultural moral choice, but you do learn it pretty d*** quick. Thus by HIGH SCHOOL you should know what is right and wrong in your culture’s set of laws and within this story’s cultural setting cheating is wrong since it’s bugging paulo.
strider May 19, 2012, 9:30 PM EST.
Kylie May 19, 2012, 11:58 PM EST.
Wow, I’ve never been on a webcomic where the deep-thinking people outnumber the people just posting for the heck of it. Suddenly I feel deep shame for my little joke, bad meme, and even worse pun filled comments.
Neospector May 20, 2012, 12:23 AM EST.
Oh Paulo, you so random
Mr. Applejack May 20, 2012, 2:17 AM EST.
Come on Lucy’s brother let paulo in so he can comfort her/beat the living bejeebus out of the jerk known as mike
Lucyfan May 20, 2012, 6:12 AM EST.
I read though everyone’s comments after reading the page (I’ve been following this comic for a while now. But this is a first time commenting).
All I really have to say is… It’s a comic about cats in SCHOOL, Either high school or just before it. Seriously. Every comic has a good guy, A bad guy, The kind you sympathize with and the kind you think the comic could do without.
But in the end… It’s just a comic. At this point in the comic, Paulo (being a nice friend) has some feelings and concern for Lucy… Who looks depressed and all that… And at the same time, He’s not sure if comforting her or anything similar will cause a rift or something between himself & Jasmine.
There is a plot line to this comic, In my opinion a very good one. At least Paulo has the mind sense to REALIZE that he’s feeling conflicted about the whole thing. He obviously loves Jasmine… But he also very OBVIOUSLY loves Lucy.
It happens. It’s not like he willingly wants to hurt either Lucy or Jasmine, It’s obvious that he hoped his dad would have given him more then the answer that he did.
People’s feelings change and in high school… They change like the hands of a clock. You never know how you’re going to feel from one moment to the next in school. Paulo obviously feels conflicted, At least he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t want to hurt anyone with his choices.
In the end, What happens between the characters is up to the (likely) pre-written script and the creators behind this wonderful comic. People, The creators make this to give the readers a sense of enjoyment. Something to laugh at, To cry over or to simply peacefully read and apply aspects of it to their own lives if they so wish to.
It’s a comic…
In closing I’d like to point out that in the comment box it OBVIOUSLY has a simple rule ‘Be CIVIL, and stay on topic’. Everyone has their own opinions about what they’d like to see in comics.
Anyway, I’m going to leave it at this.
I have the utmost high respect for the creators of this wonderful comic and I can’t wait to read more.
I have respect for those who’ve commented with their own opinions but to argue over a comic is kind of in it’s own way silly.
Remember fellow readers, Where the comic goes… Isn’t up to us. We’re just here to enjoy it.
ReaderInTheShadows May 20, 2012, 7:54 AM EST.
Cata :3 May 20, 2012, 8:18 AM EST.
Normally, I would say something relivant, but then again… THE PEOPLE WIF TEH MASSIVE COMMENTS!!!! I recognize when ive been outclassed
Invader Rex May 20, 2012, 8:20 AM EST.
Wooow..lotta words here.-Skips to next comment-
LucyDucy May 20, 2012, 2:21 PM EST.
Lol, amen to that, old dude.
Michelle May 20, 2012, 3:45 PM EST.
I’ve already explained more than once to people who say “it’s just a comic” why it’s not useless to make such insightful comments. sincerely, I’m tired to repeat it. if you have the patience and you’re interested on it, go search for the explanation in the comments of the previous chapters (good luck).
asd, you misinterpreted what I wanted to say. I was not talking about cheating at all, in that comment.
at first, I wrote “nobody comes to life with the knowledge of what is right and what is wrong”, then with “what seems obviously wrong to you can seem obviously right to someone else” I wanted to say that there’s people that, for some reasons, have some beliefs that, to them, seem right, only because in their life they never found something that made them think that it could actually be wrong.
young people, in particular, can be like this, because they have a lot to learn and still have to mature. they may have some attitudes that can seem normal for them, while older people know they are inopportune\bad\whatever else (I don’t know how to express it precisely in english).
I said this because NinjaFox wrote “even if there’s a ‘learn from your mistakes’ option, I don’t see why that could patch up what you’ve done, no matter what age you are.” and I think it’s wrong, because you may do something thinking it is right while it actually is wrong (for everyone else (since we need a reference point to say if something is good or bad)), but if you did it with good intentions, understand that it was wrong and are sorry for having done it, I don’t think it cannot be forgiven (yes, even murder, since it’s almost impossible to do it thinking it’s right AND never, in the entire life, finding anything that can make you think it’s wrong).
I had been out the entire day, that’s why I wrote this so late. tell me in the next page’s comments if you saw it (I’ll point it out to you anyway if I’ll comment before you or if I’ll see you didn’t notice it).
boh... May 20, 2012, 5:51 PM EST.
He still loves her… he will always love her… I do feel sorry for Jasmine but Lucy needs him…
Sam May 20, 2012, 10:25 PM EST.
“Paulo McBangy”! ROFL! I gotta give it to ya, that’s a good nickname for him.
Anyway, to address two of your points, I’ll say this: The whole “wanting to bang all the chicks” bit that Paulo was thinkin about in “Back and Forth” was largely due to David calling him out. David’s accusation of “YOU GAY OR SUMTHIN?! (always got me rollin…no pun intended o.O) helped showcase two dueling halves of Paulo: He genuinely wants to be a good guy, but he also wants to try and maintain that “cool, playboy kid” position.
Now, let’s also take into account that in that chapter, Paulo went out with three different chicks: Jessica, Rachel, and Jasmine. Each outing went by differently, but Jasmine’s was the only one that was different: Not only did it not end in sex, but Paulo actually felt GOOD about that date. You could tell that wasn’t the case after Jessica and Rachel o.O
I’ll give it to you that his “wanting to bang as many ladies as he can” side of himself isn’t completely dead, but it is dying at a moderate level.
In regards to him making relationships work, I’ll maintain that this is the case with Jazz; both before AND after he was considering breaking up with her.
Before the consideration of a break-up, he and Jazz actually did work pretty well. It was fairly steady, and he did his best to help her out when possible.
Then their fight happened. The fight showcased the fact that Jazz almost never had time for Paulo; she was always busy. Now, I may be making a strong assumption here, but I do think that one of the major dangers to a relationship is lack of time together/communication. That’s why there was a growing wedge between the two, no matter how much Paulo wanted to be with Jasmine.
(A bit of a side note: This is also why MikexSandy is still holding together. Yes, they haven’t seen each other for ages, but they HAVE been communicating with each other for as many chances as they can get. This communication helps keep that LDR going.)
It’s true that Paulo was thinking about ending it, but his reasoning is mainly due their lack of interaction. At the same time, though, despite having this thought, you could tell that he was struggling to fully commit to the idea (putting action behind it), as evidenced near the end of Carry Me, prior to Jasmine showing up and when he was on the verge of tears.
You can see their [PauloxJasmine] start to patch up by the end of that chapter.
Also, I do agree with ya that being a teen doesn’t give one an excuse to be a dick, that’s a given. I will say that though he has Jerkass tendencies, he isn’t a full-on *******. But I think that’s something we’re just gonna bump heads on .
As for him trying to sneak in to see Lucy; I’d say that’s less of being unreasonable and more him REALLY wanting to see what’s up with her. As for him shouting at the door, that feels less like him being immature and more of him being frustrated: most likely both at the situation (him not being able to check up on LUcy to see what’s wrong) and himself (the fact that, despite him trying his best to do right, his past is coming back to bite him in the arse).
Chocothunda May 20, 2012, 11:57 PM EST.
Ahhhhh! Tae, I’m gonna eat you for putting us in so much suspense >:U
Glitch May 21, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.
I suppose the main reason people ship PauloxLucy is because they both act so differently around each other. Paulo is a sensitive, nice, and supportive person, and Lucy is a somewhat-shy but almost painfully normal gal. It’s like their respective problems melt away around each other.
Paulo isn’t cheating, he’s just confused about his feelings. He likes Jazz but can’t spend much time with her, due to her busy stuff. He’s already said he might break up with her over that.
Jazzy and Paulo seem to have a kinda shallow but fun relationship, typical of a freshman and a sophmore. A lot of people seem to think this is unfair to Jazzy, since Paulo likes Lucy but still goes out with Jazz. But does Paulo like Lucy? And if he does, does he even know about it?
I mean, Paulo was never any great shakes at sensitivity. That was his fatal flaw, really. Lucy was tsundere to the logical extreme and also had major problems; Abbey has anger issues; Mike is a hardheaded, highhanded jerkface; and Paulo is insensitive. Insensitive people often have trouble deciphering their own feelings as well. Paulo probably doesn’t consciously see anything between him and Lucy… until recently, anyways.
That realization is probably gonna be the focus for this particular comic. What remains to be seen is, does Paulo like Lucy, can he realize he likes Lucy, will Jazzy and Paulo come together or break apart, and will Lucy get over her angst.
PS: I can’t believe I spent twenty minutes delivering a spiel on a cat comic.
Gunkillman May 21, 2012, 3:47 AM EST.
susan you get WAY to worked up about this web comic.
as someone pointed out up there, you really just compared the holocaust to an imaginary teenage cat/human on a web-comic.
take a chill pill dude May 23, 2012, 4:14 PM EST.
Gotta love Paulo’s dad.
Sima May 26, 2012, 10:30 PM EST.
Paulo’s dad is funny!
Mike July 5, 2012, 5:17 AM EST.
Some Dad you are
o_o August 4, 2012, 3:24 PM EST.
“Sure why not.”
o_o October 6, 2012, 11:33 AM EST.
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