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Haley has been listening to Mike panic for a whole hour, can you blame her?
New chapter! And it’s Mike’s family. More Haley time is fun. Right! Sandy finally shows. This is going to be fun! Even if Mike is still a jerk. Redeem yourself already. And not just to fans.
Hoheh! June 1, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.
Wow June 1, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.
New chapter, yay! Sad, that we won’t see Lucy in this one
DarknestOne June 1, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.
Haley I love you.
Shada June 1, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.
Gotta love Haley, making sense when Mike doesn’t.
EDIT: Also, ominous chapter title.
Jordan Isaacs June 1, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.
She certainly isnt enjoying this. Me, very much so.
Cakeboy June 1, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.
Anonymous-_- June 1, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.
But seriously, not a bad start, though I wonder what will happen from here on (especially for Mike).
Nimbus26 June 1, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.
Mike finally visits sandy, and debates seeing her early. A wonderful little slice of life.
In other news, HOLY FU•KING D•CK TI•S THE COMIC IS BEAUTIFUL.
Curtisimo - less evil genious, more Yogi Bear
Curtisimo June 1, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.
4th and 5th panel Mike are adorable!
Wow I haven’t commented in such a long time
CatTrooper June 1, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.
ohhhhhh noo….. I sense burning disasterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr….
day~day June 1, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.
LOL, I was thinking the same thing that Haley was thinking when Mike was talking.
Darf14 June 1, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.
Gah… the page did the half *** load on me and I can only see one panel… Daaaaaang… I gotta wait now
Mightyena June 1, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.
Mike is going to act like a total jerk in this isn’t he? I about through the computer at the wall during the last chapter when lucy made her breif “apperance” because i was so mad at mike.
Lexxi June 1, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.
LOL Hayley i love you
chexMix June 1, 2012, 12:06 AM EST.
Screw a Mike chapter. We need more Lucy right now!
Hatergunnahate June 1, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.
THANK YOU HALEY
i mean seriously thank you for ending that conversation in a funny way well no lucy for 31 pages gonna be a sad time
masterfunny June 1, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.
OHHHHHHHH MYYYYYYY GOOOODDD
Haley June 1, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.
cannut unsee haley’s black eye
jamie_mac June 1, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.
great, a whole chapter about Mike.
RoseVee June 1, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.
The coloring in this particular page is amazing! 8)
And I love Haley, I’d do the same thing ;D
Vero June 1, 2012, 12:10 AM EST.
And this is why I love this webcomic, and sit like a ******* for 5 minutes every Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday night refreshing and refreshing like an idiot until midnight hits and a new comic is revealed.
Frodomann1 June 1, 2012, 12:10 AM EST.
I wonder how Sandy and Mike will get along in person?
Pontus June 1, 2012, 12:12 AM EST.
OHHHHHHHHHHHH MYYYYYYYYYY GOODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD a chapter about MikeXSandy…………
Why you askin? June 1, 2012, 12:14 AM EST.
I hope the story begins to advance quickly.
Just-a-Lurker June 1, 2012, 12:14 AM EST.
I sympathise with Mike, putting the whole “woobie, crusher of hearts” thing aside. Meeting someone for the first time, or in a VERY long time does crazy things to you. You constantly worry how you’ll get along, if it’ll go okay, and there’s that point - when you know VERY soon you’ll be together, and you want that moment to be perfect and not, well, awkward. Plus you want it to happen asap and do something to make it happen right away. But yes, it does drive other people nuts
Jennytablina June 1, 2012, 12:16 AM EST.
31 pages? Aw, man. It’s like three month of lifetime. And, like always, all plot will be in last 5-6 pages, while the first 25 will be just cute, adorable water. And the most funniest thing, is that we all will look forward for every page, and will love what we will get.
DarknestOne June 1, 2012, 12:16 AM EST.
@Lexxi. This is for you and all mike-haters, Lucy has Been picking on Mike for all these years and he finally snaps because he couldn’t take it anymore. Now everyone hates him, because he did what was right, he DEFENDED himself. now all of you people HATE, HATE, HATE!! Him for it, its like having someone hurting you for all these years and you can’t defend yourself. Then when you finally do defend yourself by snapping. Everyone hates you because you did it. Its like people think Mike snapped for no reason now everyone hates him. Mike is a nice guy and he was forced to snap because of Lucy. So to Mike fans who wanted to say this but didn’t have the guts to do do, I did it for you. Long live Mike and Mike fans! YEE HAW!
MikeRocks314 June 1, 2012, 12:17 AM EST.
i just caught up. Why here!?!?
lolcat179 June 1, 2012, 12:17 AM EST.
In a way, I just want things to backfire for Mike. Don’t get me wrong, it would be great if everything went well, but I still feel unhappy with the fact that he’s getting away with hurting Lucy so much emotionally that she ended up… You know. Karma has to do it’s job.
It’s not that I dislike Mike, I just dislike how he’s been acting since he’s been talking to Sandy. He started being rash and pushing aside everyone, not caring about their emotions or the precautions of his comments/actions.
Lil Gray Bunny June 1, 2012, 12:18 AM EST.
Haley, I LOVE you. No, really, I do; thank you!
Oooh, Mike chapter, didn’t see this comming yet. I guess we’ll see how this date turns out. Will Sandy appear? Or not? Hm… show? As in, fashion show? He’s going to see Sandy’s show? Hm.. with Sandy’s busy schedule, this the only possible solution for a first date. Well played, Sandy, well played.
BUT, will this date be as successful as Mike hopes, or will all his hopes be dashed by Sandy’s busy schedule and stardom? Stay tuned for…. MONDAY?! OOOHH MMMMYYY GOOOOOD! (I’m sorry, I just had to do it, so tempting )
Subaru June 1, 2012, 12:18 AM EST.
THANK YOU, HALEY. =.=
Nissie June 1, 2012, 12:18 AM EST.
OOOOOOOHHH MMMMYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOD!!! lol that was great. Good to see mike again, though i think Sandy can go to hell… she turned Mike into a whiney little *****. AMAZING JOB ON THE DETAIL TAESHI OOOOOOOHHH MMMMYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOD!!
Nexus Doubt June 1, 2012, 12:18 AM EST.
Okay, people talk about Jordan being annoying, at least he had the redeeming factor of being concerned for Lucy (even if the way it was expressed was annoying).
I cannot stand Haley! As a little sister myself, I really hate sister characters who hate their older siblings for no good reason. At least Lucy has her little Freudian Excuse, Haley has nothing. And Mike haters, don’t point out how jerky Mike’s become, Haley’s ALWAYS been like this, even in the tiniest of cameos.
Floweramon June 1, 2012, 12:20 AM EST.
man havent posted in awhile sooo agree with haley
kagura June 1, 2012, 12:20 AM EST.
@MikeRocks314. You are not completly correct. Things between Mike and Lucy wasn’t that bad as You described. But yes, I don’t think Mike should be hated, and even more - I trully belive that he will reunite with Lucy in the nearest future
DarknestOne June 1, 2012, 12:21 AM EST.
Anyone complaining about this chapter being about Mike/Sandy/Not Lucy can go die.
Murderer June 1, 2012, 12:23 AM EST.
I rarely post, just a few thoughts.
Wow, this page looks stunning. The art, the colors, it’s all beautiful.
And secondly, there needs to be a Haley “omg” emote, smiley thing. Like right now.
Anyway, it’ll be nice to see Sandy again. I wonder what’s in store for Mike? Maybe it’s just me but the title of the chapter can be seen in a sort of sarcastic way. I love how this comic always keeps me thinking.
Schrödinger June 1, 2012, 12:24 AM EST.
Looks like someone finally couldn’t handle her emo brother anymore.
Dice June 1, 2012, 12:24 AM EST.
@DarknestOne. I agree with ya!
jun June 1, 2012, 12:24 AM EST.
So we’re gonna get a whole chapter for this b*stard? Fun.
I’m looking forward to this.
Skygaze June 1, 2012, 12:27 AM EST.
I really don’t understand people in the comments who say stuff like “Sandy turned Mike into this” or “Sandy can go to hell” - Sandy hasn’t done anything other than what any person would do.
Mike is responsible for his own actions, and so is Lucy. I like Lucy, but think back to the all the times she hurt him - I’d be far more disgusted if she didn’t give a damn that her boyfriend was being punched in the face.
So yeah - I like Sandy. She seems like a nice girl and the fact that ” everything was good for Lucy before she showed up” seems like a stupid reason to dislike somebody.
I think Mike did go to far - but you can’t say he wasn’t pushed.
timothy June 1, 2012, 12:30 AM EST.
Love Mike’s sister.<3
Cassandra June 1, 2012, 12:31 AM EST.
I’m still waiting for Sandy and her boyfriend (not Mike) to make an appearance. Would serve that *** right.
Spiritwolf15 June 1, 2012, 12:32 AM EST.
Gotta love haley
Meh June 1, 2012, 12:34 AM EST.
Wow. The title of this chapter describes panel 1 to me. I love it.
Kikren June 1, 2012, 12:34 AM EST.
Jlaw June 1, 2012, 12:35 AM EST.
Something tells me that this will all end with everyone finding out that Sandy has been manipulating Mike from the time they rediscovered eachother. I have just had the feeling. Also, I feel that (just for the random topic of fan wars going on here) both Mike AND Lucy can both get a grip on what happened between them. Yes, Lucy has been treating Mike a little harshly in the Middle school, but Mike also seemed to give into it in the earlier chapters. He also needs to think that if Tess has changed since her early High School life, MAYBE Lucy can. However, I feel that I may not be thinking it through in certain areas, and will see how it ends out 30 pages from now.
Also: lol Haley
Screaming on the Toilet June 1, 2012, 12:36 AM EST.
Haley is saying what a good chunk of us are already saying in our heads.
UltimateZ June 1, 2012, 12:38 AM EST.
Mike is the type of idiot who would be 100% whipped and would allow himself not to have a free will of his own. ****ing *****.
Leo-Inu June 1, 2012, 12:38 AM EST.
Sooo… I’m guessing that this takes place on the day of, or of the night of the same day that Paulo just had his little breakdown the night after Tess’s party those many days ago…
I’m also gonna guess that Mike is about to see Sandy and he is freakin about now and for the past gajillion hours in the car. Poor guy… I know a lot of you don’t like him for ‘December’ but I can tell that it is pretty hard for him. Officially “dating” Sandy, but never seeing her for years……
He has been lucky so far but tonight I think he will come to a shocking realisation about life; people change…
foreveryoung5 June 1, 2012, 12:45 AM EST.
I can tell that that this is going to be a GOOD chapter. I actually did a little dance when I saw this.
skari45 June 1, 2012, 12:47 AM EST.
Obviously, Haley’s thinking “Shut up already. It’s not like you’re gonna be proposing or anything! ”
Very nice shading on this one, Taeshi. Definitely gives a great sense of nighttime in winter.
NBbowler June 1, 2012, 12:52 AM EST.
No… Mikie… You’re awful… ಥ_ಥ
You said it yourself; Lucy needs you. You broke her heart, and now all that sadness is either going to become anger… or worse… she’ll just give up and dissapear forever.
If nobody saves Lucy… I’ll… I’ll write a terrible fanfic! Where david is the main character and Paulo and Yashi have twenty children.
Chinatsu June 1, 2012, 12:54 AM EST.
Panel one is gorgeous.
I’m among those that really don’t agree with how Mike handled things with Lucy, but I look forward to seeing what this chapter brings. I have a feeling there’s a surprise or two in store.
Coji June 1, 2012, 12:57 AM EST.
As for mike, I don’t care for him but don’t hate him. But Honestly hope something goes wrong on his end. Yes years of Lucy finally fell apart on him and lashed out on her. But its still wrong. First he kissed her. How should she take that? yes was 3 yrs ago so what, But still he lead her there. even with all the times together he put on a face of support and love when she looks his way. but when her face is barred in his chest or not looking hes got such hate in his eyes. I believe its wrong for him to say he hates her. I don’t believe that I hope karma happens SOON.
But in this chapter am interested in how MikexSandy will do as a couple closer then threw a phone. Sandy might even be TOO Busy for a boyfriend Or her mother might not even ALLOW her to date, Seeing it as something that will get in her ER Sandy s way to become a Star Model or Mikes low class style Might be something the mother dislikes.
Sahchan June 1, 2012, 12:57 AM EST.
Swag, Haley. Swag.
The Doctor June 1, 2012, 12:59 AM EST.
Haley is now up there with David and Carter in terms of making me laugh the hardest.
Kray Z Guy June 1, 2012, 1:01 AM EST.
Alexander B June 1, 2012, 1:01 AM EST.
Haley, my words exactly.
Fluffy June 1, 2012, 1:02 AM EST.
Well now Haley is my second fav character.
OmegaB June 1, 2012, 1:03 AM EST.
im sorry your comments are getting full with hate coments against a chacter bucause you didnt went withwhat the shippers wanted .
and sincerily i respect how honest your chacters and in their execution , i cant wait to get hold of book two^^
hope for some extras thou.
And i must say i always find adorable when mike talks to his mom its just such a cute relationship^^
DrackeStalenTorgen June 1, 2012, 1:11 AM EST.
Rofl, Mike be worrying just a LEEEETLE bit too much o.O
And Haley makes me lawl. Just saying
Chocothunda June 1, 2012, 1:17 AM EST.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who read those last 2 lines of panels in Garterbelt’s voice.
And then immediately thought “… GOD MY OOOOHHHHH”
Kjh242 June 1, 2012, 1:18 AM EST.
Mike’s mom gets that tired little smirk thing going in the 7th and 8th panels that says “Ahhh, you wacky child of mine I wish I could laugh at this.” Then panel 9 she gets that “going too far” look.
THAT is what made me laugh.
For the record, Sandy haters should be aware that Mike chooses to act as he does towards Sandy because he chooses to act as he does. If Sandy had her way there would be world peace, because Sandy is a clean soul with a slightly different opinion of friends than we Westerner masses.
I wonder if Mike will feel guilty about Lucy while he’s waiting for the show to end.
Biblioholic June 1, 2012, 1:21 AM EST.
Haley just do everyone a favor and take him out. Remember, snap the neck at the third vertibra
Bleep bloop June 1, 2012, 1:24 AM EST.
finally, mike and his family, again… i’m so sick and tired of seeing paulo, i had to strangle some orphans just to lower my blood pressure after the last chapter.
maybe now the comic can get interesting again.
i don’t see how the chapter title is ominous… but people these days use pretty stupid terms that don’t match the situation at all, so maybe i’m missing some stupid kid-thing with the “beautiful” part.
you know what’s ominous? a skeleton in a robe wielding a scythe appearing in your dreams, and holding out its hand to you.
Thanatos June 1, 2012, 1:29 AM EST.
Oh, Mike. >.< Please don’t do anything that will make me hate you.
Anon June 1, 2012, 1:30 AM EST.
In response to mikerocks
It’s not that we hate him for finally defending himself. There was a better way to handle the situation even if he snapped. He could of just said I want nothing more to do with you instead of sayin you suck and everyone won’t be your friend because you are awful and I am awsome.
I feel like saying I hat you or I don’t want I be your friend anymore would have been enough. So in short ya we hate mike because he was a butt and told Lucy people only like you because of me. That’s not cool. Ever.
On this chapters note mikes sister is awsome.
Robin June 1, 2012, 1:30 AM EST.
After haleys comment I was half expecting a nice BASS DROP!
:D June 1, 2012, 1:35 AM EST.
Someone’s on her period. She needs to respect a guy whose nervous about seeing his girl. We get timid at times…
Slenderman June 1, 2012, 1:42 AM EST.
AHAHAHAHA Haley, I love you.
nanxi June 1, 2012, 1:47 AM EST.
Haley echoes how we all feel.
Kal June 1, 2012, 2:04 AM EST.
I’ve wanted to see them meet for a long time. Looking forward to more =)
Here’s something I felt was appropriate =p A cookie for who can guess where it’s from.
ShadowN1NJ4 June 1, 2012, 2:13 AM EST.
Omg how can anyone hate Mike? HIS LOVE IS SO GENUINE!!!
Jimmy Noir June 1, 2012, 2:14 AM EST.
I listned to him complain for 4 panels, same reaction
Aspear June 1, 2012, 2:18 AM EST.
OMG THIS WILL BE SO CUTE
Kyute June 1, 2012, 2:25 AM EST.
Normally, I would step into the Mike vs Lucy argument, but I feel like it’s been exhausted and all the points have already been made. Honestly it’s getting about as tiring as listening to political debates from people at school/work. Pretty much everything has already been said that can possibly be said, Yes, Mike reacted harshly, yes Lucy kind of had it coming, yes, Sandy had a big role in it, and yes Sandy was just acting in Mike’s defense. But my point isn’t to argue, my point is to simply say that these arguments are tired and nobody really wants to hear the same thing repeated over and over (I’ll bet at least 50% of the comments since December have been about either Mike, Sandy, or Lucy being a jerk. That’s a crapton of comments saying the same thing. Way to be original guys.)
~~~~~~Rant over, sane people can start reading here
HOLY WOW THIS COMIC IS SO FRIGGIN BEAUTIFUL *Rainbow vomit* Everything looks so warm and wonderful. I sympathize with Mike so well at this point it’s not even funny. That car looks really nicely done, if a little flat (Maybe have a little bit of the other wheels behind the ones we can see, but you might have already tried that out and it might have looked weird.) And Hayley’s shoulders look a little disconnected, they don’t look connected at the top like they should. Of course everyone’s already mentioned Hayley’s black eyes, but it could be poorly/heavily applied mascara/eyeshadow/whatever you women slather on your face to look purdy. I hope this little bit of critique helps you, I’m trying to be a good commentor! I’m happy we get to see more of Sandy, that previous encounter (via flashback) was a little *cough* bittersweet, but I wonder what sorts of DRAMA will show in this comic. Maybe Daisy gets a ticket as well and gets mad at Sandy for “forgetting” her all these years? Maybe Paulo is waiting to harass Mike for no apparant reason? Maybe Yashi is hiding in Mike’s scarf waiting to ruin Sandy’s shoot by screaming “*****!”? Or maybe Sandy’s parents are trying to split them up (Sandy’s focusing too much on Mike and not enough on her career) and pay someone to act like Sandy’s boyfriend? Or maybe Sandy got sick and didn’t make it to the event at all? As for Hayley at the end, I have younger sisters and your enactment was definitely true to the “Annoying Little Sister” archetype.
Inukai June 1, 2012, 2:27 AM EST.
I don’t know how anyone who has been following this comic since it got serious and colored could not see sparks flying at this point about Mike.
Mike is such a hypocrite. In panel 5 he acts all sweet and dumb as a sheep. However, when we get to panel 9, he looks very angry and vengeful, almost like he’d enjoy punching Haley.
Mike is a temperamental cry baby living in his own world with no regards for anyone else, except for those who attack it, even slightly. Simply put, he’s still just a kid caught in his own internalized perceptions of the world.
I find it really difficult to sympathize with Mike at this point.
He’s shot down Lucy, he’s at odds with Paulo, he only cares about Sandy, and everyone else he knows seems to have been pushed back.
I’d like to sympathize with Mike, I really would, but having dinner plate eyes and simpering like a baby is not enough to earn it from me.
Siminara June 1, 2012, 2:32 AM EST.
I don’t wish the worst for Mike despite everything he did to Lucy, and I’m actually quite interested how his night will turn out… but assuming things go to heck, I’m gonna prepare to laugh.
Karma’s a bish, ain’t it Mikey? Mwuhahaha.
But yeah, Lucy’s mostly feeling better anyway… kinda. No harm done people, hopefully. Let’s just hope the little ***** makes it to his girlfriend, because then it wouldn’t be as interesting as seeing Mike getting screwed up on so many levels. Or maybe I’m just saying that cause I’m worried what will happen to everyone else if he DOESN’T reach Sandy.
Either way, there’s gonna be DRAMA.
Irenezelle June 1, 2012, 2:34 AM EST.
Many people here are screaming things like “Mike will fail” “Sandy will be herer with her BF” and so on. But look at this in another way: if he will broke with Sandy, he’ll be wery dissapointed, depressed, just like Lucy right now. But it can be good for him. I mean, Lucy always was on his side. For instance, when Sandy left him, many years ago, she accept him and helped him to get along. Yeah, he told realy, realy bad things to her, and he sould be ashamed for it. But still, i belive Lucy will forgive him, and will be on his side in case if something bad will happend.
DarknestOne June 1, 2012, 2:46 AM EST.
And what a nice start to something dark.
Don’t disappoint me now, Taeshi. I have a feeling a lot of information will come to light, and I expect each tidbit of information to be shown right before a cliffhanger. (Failure to do so will cause Mike to spontaneously combust from all the hate he’s getting recently. Just think, hating someone till he explodes. Now THAT’s Flaming :p )
Anyone who thinks this will end on a high note is optimistic, and I envy you.
If nothing happens, then… well… at least Haley does a good job of showing how frustrating that will be ( and a certain cat’s demise. yes…..)
Can’t steal something that was
Never here June 1, 2012, 2:48 AM EST.
Something tells me that Mike is going to regret what he said to Lucy. Even if he DOES get Sandy and there isn’t some sort of “evil bitch” twist, people are going to notice something is up with Lucy. Paulo is already catching on and it wont be long before other company see’s her’s condition as well. I don’t think everyone will follow Mike like he thinks they will. Remember how mad everyone was when he rejected Lucy’s confession? I think the reaction will probably be worse now that he… you know… crushed her soul.
Chinatsu June 1, 2012, 2:56 AM EST.
Haley is the best sister. <3
Tacsi June 1, 2012, 2:58 AM EST.
Anyways I for one am very happy to see a chapter about Mike & Sandy. we haven’t really seen things from Mike’ s point of view and maybe we’ll all get a better understanding about him. Maybe after Sandy confirmed that she and Mike were a couple he started to see Lucy as more of a sister than a potential love interest. and unless your some sick pervert, who the H3LL wants to date their own sibling? that being said, it still does not excuse his behavior towards Lucy.
As for Sandy, I can’t say I hate/dislike the girl. even after reading the chapter about Sandy’s life, (To the Top) the only thing we really know about her is that she’s stressed. for all we know she could be using Mike as well but in a different way. Think about it, her relationship with Mike is the one thing that she has control of (for now anyways). She may only be with him because of that fact. from what I’ve seen in previous chapters, she seems to be sincere about her feelings for Mike but we don’t know if her comments to him about Lucy were because she was concerned or to keep Lucy from taking Mike from her. Sandy may have even been jealous of Lucy considering that she was around Mike so much and he obviously has brought her up in conversations before. I mean, just re-read “December” when he mentioned Lucy to her over the phone she says “who?”. Lucy and Mike were always together so it would stand to reason that most of the conversations he had with Sandy would include the things that he & Lucy did on a regular basis. even though I’ve been with my boyfriend for 8 years, when we first started dating you better believe I could remember his best friends name (and his best friend was a girl) so for Sandy to not know whom Lucy is means she either doesn’t really pay attention to what is going on in Mike’s life or she is really, really clueless.
just something to think about.
sen June 1, 2012, 3:01 AM EST.
Something will go wrong, I just know it. Life is never this easy.
Dr Noyd June 1, 2012, 3:05 AM EST.
That’s exactly what I’d do
DezRaffy June 1, 2012, 3:07 AM EST.
LMFAO O MY GOD!!!!!!!! Haily u r now my new favorite
JustSomeCritic7 June 1, 2012, 3:07 AM EST.
@Dr Noyd, as it’s was said before, life changes people. That’s first. And second, phone conversation and real meating leavs different feelings. Everyone, who had “distant love” can tell you that. When you meet it’s like diferent person standing in front of you, not the one who you thought you knew
DarknestOne June 1, 2012, 3:09 AM EST.
A Mike-centric chapter?! Sweeeeeeeeeet!
So Mike and Sandy are finally going to meet again, huh? I just got into the comic last year and its already felt like forever. I can’t even imagine what the long-time MikexSandy fans are feeling right now.
But if there’s one thing I want this chapter, it’s that Mike does something to help redeem himself in the eyes of the fans. A lot of readers are still calling him the spawn of Satan and, while I am one of those who understands and sympathizes with Mike about his position in all of this, it’s pretty easy to see why.
To me, this was an awesome way to start off June and the perfect chapter to lead into the summer. I really can’t wait to see what ensues in the following thirty pages.
headsortails June 1, 2012, 3:10 AM EST.
………. nope, still hate him
Lucyluz June 1, 2012, 3:27 AM EST.
That’s a dangerous slope, being just beautiful. Being just beautiful denies any sense of kindness, intelligence, respect, or worth. No one notices a persons true ability if all they can see is beauty. A person can be shallow, cruel, judgmental, and just plain horrible, and all people would notice is beauty. Maybe that’s what the title means. Maybe there’s not much else to Sandy, just this shell of a beautiful thing, and maybe what Mike sees will break his heart.
Beautiful page by the way, Taeshi. Your skills have skyrocketed since I first started reading the comic about a year ago. Everything about this page I love. Heck, I could even get past my anger of Mike and enjoy his expressions. Fantastic stuff.
the other white meat June 1, 2012, 3:29 AM EST.
I still dislike Mike but I’m not going to focus on that and focus on the chapter.
I love Haleys reaction to the whole thing, it’s like she is one of the only sane young characters in the story (along with Sue) who realises how pointless all this drama and overreacting is, I’d say she’s quite mature. Although I’m curious why she is coming along? Why would she want to?
I also see you are continuing with the watercolour style :o I have to admit I do prefer digital colouring but the watercolour works really well here, it adds a lovely atmosphere to it, especially with the subtle light on the characters from the street lamps. I’m still impressed your able to do comic pages in water colour, cause honestly without a edit>undo function I’d probably go insane
Kit June 1, 2012, 4:13 AM EST.
Mike’s face is like a pouting child’s in panel 4
Lynsey June 1, 2012, 4:16 AM EST.
Damn this being almost 3:30 in the morning! I really wanted to laugh out loud from Haley. <3
I looove Haley. ; -;
-Snickers loudly- <3
Also, Thanatos! Welcome back to the party ya crazy. Favorite troll yet. <3
So Taeshi, SO happy to see you making comments again. ; -; Hope I can keep seeing comments from you this chapter. <3
Did you get magically more impressive since last chapter? The colours look stunning. o _o I love Mike’s expression. xD
Anyway I’m really looking forward to see how Mike and Sandy react to one another. :3 Hope it doesn’t go too horribly. But that’s just me. e_e
Yaschiri June 1, 2012, 4:27 AM EST.
*sigh* AAAND, let the mike hate begin. I know it’s coming (if it hasn’t started already).
@ShadowN1NJ4, I believe that’s from troll 2, right?
strider June 1, 2012, 4:28 AM EST.
Things will go fine with Sandy.
There may be some information tossed back and forth, some drama here and there.
But if he actually meets Sandy, things will go fine.
Zero dollars, two cents June 1, 2012, 4:29 AM EST.
Loving the style, nice one
withoutbelief June 1, 2012, 4:33 AM EST.
The Reasons I Hate Mike:
I despise Mike not because he stood up for himself, but because his argument became a cruel and reckless assault on Lucy’s insecurities and greatest fears. Whenever someone has a disagreement and argues their point that is fine, but when it gets to the point where they are just shouting hurtful words and trying to break you down to ‘win’, they are going too far and it stops being acceptable behaviour.
Mike’s behaviour was completely unacceptable and you can’t deny that because it is a fact that he let his anger take over and it is a fact that he changed from standing up for himself to doing anything he could to tear Lucy to pieces. His good actions of the past will never change the fact that what he did was wrong. No matter how he felt or what Lucy had done to him, there is no excuse for trying to mentally destroy someone, especially when they were never actually told their actions were wrong in the first place.
I also hate Mike because he never corrected her bad social habits, yet had the nerve to suddenly call her out on them. She felt that what she was doing was normal because despite knowing her for years, he never corrected her or told her that her actions were wrong. All he had to do was say hitting was wrong or that he hated it and she would have probably stopped hitting him for fun. Did he do that though? No. He did not.
Another thing I hate about him is that he appears to blindly follow Sandy’s wishes without stopping to think about the situation more. If he had taken even five seconds to think about it, he would have noticed that whenever he gets serious injuries coincides perfectly with when he irritates Lucy. What would that have told him? To stop irritating Lucy until she loses her temper. At least twice he mentioned that he was annoying her when he recalled how he got injured as he talked to Sandy which indicates he actually is bringing about some of the injuries by himself with the way he acts.
Summary: I hate that Mike tried to destroy Lucy mentally. I hate that Mike got angry at her for social habits he could have corrected at any time. I hate that Mike never looked at the reason why Lucy kept severely injuring him which is actually because he was always being an annoying brat that was setting off her short temper. Other people likely have the same views which explains why they hate him.
The Reason What You Described Is NOT What Happened:
What you basically said is that Lucy is like a bully intent on destroying poor defenceless Mike who then snaps because he has no choice and earns nothing but hate for it. If that was the case, I’d be on Mike’s side. However that is nothing like what happened and Mike could have told Lucy that the way she interacted with people was too violent and he could have talked to her calmly if he chose to. He was NOT forced to snap by her actions because he could have talked to her about it and over all just improved the situation with some communication because Lucy didn’t hate him or wish to make him unhappy (except maybe when he set off her temper). Instead though, he CHOSE to explode at her and he CHOSE to tear her apart and he CHOSE to destroy any remains of the friendship they had because he CHOSE to do as Sandy said and to stop being friends with her. Every word he said was something he could have chosen not to say, he wasn’t forced to say any of it.
Moogle June 1, 2012, 4:37 AM EST.
“Yes, that’s true..” is the cutest panel I’ve seen Vero draw in a while.
SuitCase June 1, 2012, 4:59 AM EST.
Haley, why did you even come along?
Anonymous June 1, 2012, 5:11 AM EST.
@Moogle, I’m sure, that when you were 10 or 11 years old, you told your friends how to act and how to behave, and they followed your advices. Cmon, it’s teenagers, they dont always knew how to behave themself, and you want one teen to teech another teen how to live? Well, good luck.
DarknestOne June 1, 2012, 5:11 AM EST.
And thus, Haley becomes my new favorite character.
In other words: I really love this page. Didn’t like the watercolor in the last chapter, tbh, as it felt kind of … it’s hard to put it. I thought it was not intense enough. But that is my own personal opinion and once again Taeshi has proven that the new stile IS an improvement and that shes able to refine her skills enough in just one chapter so that tge next one looks like she never did anything else. This page looks really wonderful! The whole first panel (and especially the car) looks great. It’s impressive how you are able to create such an intense atmosphere through this style of coloring. I’ve sat in a car just like these three many a winter day and I can remember some evenings being just like this. Such beautiful colors.
Storywise, I’m glad we finally see some Mike and get his story told. Hopefully, Haley gets to stay a while, though I don’t think so.
Copper June 1, 2012, 5:19 AM EST.
ok, technically this is a double post, but
@moogle (and @mikerocks314),
Maybe you guys should go look back at the chapter in question (december, i believe) and read through the comments for that chapter, this fight has been said and done. Every argument and counter argument has been made, in great length i might add, on the subjects that came up in that chapter.
In the end, Mike did over do it and was harsh to lucy, but he did have good cause for it as he was treated harshly by her over the years (Please, don’t pull that selective memory tripe, turning lucy into a saint, and make me lose respect for you as a debater.) The truth is they both f***ed up, neither was an innocent in the scenario and thus both should be judged equally. Which, in my opinion, they were, both sides were equally defended in the case and a decision was more or less made.
strider June 1, 2012, 5:21 AM EST.
I think people are overreacting to Mike’s er, reaction to Lucy. I feel bad for Lucy having to take that much verbal abuse, but still, why do people make it seem that he’s a complete monster who sold his soul to Satan? He’s not a total jerk either; AFAIK he only did two things that are remotely unforgivable: the time he declined Lucy’s confession and the whole December chapter.
observer June 1, 2012, 5:37 AM EST.
On a side note, Haley FTW
You should definitely have more pages dedicated to you and characterization. Heck, so does Sam, Jordan, Paolo’s dad (or whatever his name is), Amaya, Katie and her best friend, the flower girl, etc. Also, what happened to Sue’s play?
observer June 1, 2012, 5:46 AM EST.
Don’t panic Mike, just keep panel five’s eyes. You’ll live through it just fine.
The Guy in the Background June 1, 2012, 6:21 AM EST.
Ugh….Mike still irks me greatly at this point….
It’s not so much that I hate Mike because he’d rather be with Sandy than Lucy. Let’s face it; Sandy is just better for him. She’s a nice and caring girl, and I really can’t understand the people who despise her. However, at this point I utterly detest Mike, more for the way he handled his situation with Lucy. They could have still been friends. Sure, Lucy is clearly still obsessed with him, but he could have been the bigger person instead of being just as messed up.
In anycase, I really hope Mike shows some improvement in character this chapter, cuz I really still want to punch him in the nads at this point. But even if not, I’m excited to see how things will go this chapter.
^w^ I totay see where Hailey is coming from, too. Lol
OverlordRoo June 1, 2012, 6:25 AM EST.
The great taunter of Mike has returned! O’ joyous of days!
Kindle Kat June 1, 2012, 6:28 AM EST.
If I wasn’t so tired,I wouldve waited up until midnight to see the page.Birthday update ftw!And this is one of the greatest presents ever,I might add !I’ve been looking forward to this chalter for a while,just to see how they act around each other face-to-face
In other news,Haley reminds me a lot of my little sister (whose birthday is also today,and who is also 14.weird.)That makes me kinda want to smack Haley,but still love her as a character.She seems very realistic to me,great job,Taeshi,and thank you so much!
Miki-chan June 1, 2012, 6:39 AM EST.
I think I love Haley. Also, I hope this experience is so awkward and so crappy that they stop seeing one another and will force Mike to think about all that he’s done and said. Things change over the years, as do feelings. You may still feel those lingering feelings but until you actually meet and interact with someone you won’t know how you truly feel. But judging by the title… that may not happen.
Canny June 1, 2012, 6:42 AM EST.
Exactly, Haily, EXACTLY
FairyTalegurl June 1, 2012, 6:48 AM EST.
lol Bout ****in time Mick was shut up. i really dont him much. he’s a bit of an *******
lol this guy is better >>>>>>>>>
Alopex June 1, 2012, 6:48 AM EST.
Wow, this chapter is already looking beautiful. I love your use of watercolour. I’m envious that you can make them look so fantastic.
Reine June 1, 2012, 7:02 AM EST.
Yay, a Mike chapter! About time we got away from that useless “BAWWWW CUT MAH WRISTS” Lucy crap and focus on a good character.
Donny June 1, 2012, 7:07 AM EST.
My goodness, I love how the watercolour is being used lately…
Also at @ShadowN1NJ4, that scene is obviously from Troll 2
eatedurtaco June 1, 2012, 7:15 AM EST.
oi oi, strider.
Logic vs Emotions.
It’s like Batman vs Joker. You won’t win, just lock them up for a day before they bust out and cause havoc again.
~Waste of time and cause of stress.
Never here June 1, 2012, 7:16 AM EST.
“im sorry your comments are getting full with hate coments against a chacter bucause you didnt went withwhat the shippers wanted .”
Uh, I really don’t think that’s the case for most people. They’re not upset about shipping, they’re sick of how annoying of a character Mike’s become. And being a really annoying character isn’t a bad thing, it’s an important part of the story. He’ll get over it, we hope.
In any case, Haley is now the best character.
N June 1, 2012, 7:19 AM EST.
yay new chapters = plot advancement
steve_from_accounting June 1, 2012, 7:38 AM EST.
Toooo be completely honest. I feel like Mike’s just been misguided by Sandy and Sandy has been mis-heard by Mike. To be honest as well, who wouldn’t be overly protective if you found out your boyfriend was being hit by another girl. Hmm. I’unno this is my theory.
I actually hope the 3 can all get together at one stage. Poor miss Lucy has been depressed for far too many chapters now and I want the old meany, hitty, dicky-to-Paulo Lucy back!
Yorky June 1, 2012, 7:39 AM EST.
An hour? How did she not throw herself out of the car by now? Or him?
Iris June 1, 2012, 7:42 AM EST.
What I really hope to see in this chapter is some sign that Mike feels bad about being so harsh on Lucy.
When people are angry they can go too far, say cruel and hurtful things. It happens. But I’d expect to see guilt afterwards, and so far we’ve seen no sign of that from Mike. That’s really the biggest thing that makes me dislike him right now. Especially when compared with Lucy, who was actually feeling remorse over her actions and trying to change, even if it came too late.
But then I realise that we haven’t seen his point of view at all since then, so maybe this chapter will surprise me.
Some new guy June 1, 2012, 7:48 AM EST.
no i can not blame her. i hate hearing people panic for an hour. i can’t wait to see what comes but i have some ideas to ponder.
i don't know June 1, 2012, 7:48 AM EST.
@Moogle I agree with you 100%.
I hope Sandy dumps him, wont’ happen but it should.
Cherry June 1, 2012, 7:55 AM EST.
” Just Beautiful”? Wow that can be seen as so many ways.
1) Mike gets to see how beautiful Sandy has become….and that’s pretty much it, nothing too special aside form that.
2) Or, Haley disrupts Mike and Sandy’s time together. Thus Mike’s annoyed and is thinking,” Just Beautiful, what else can go wrong?”
3) Or, something else go horribly wrong, and the title refers to us, the readers thinking, ” It’s Just Beautiful.” Which means, the revenge on Mike for being an as to Lucy is so great, that it makes us say that.
Alkaizer87 June 1, 2012, 8:02 AM EST.
Please the upcomming page i wish mike and lucy became a couple pls God plsssssssssssss i really like mikexlucy not mikexsandy
chris mikexlucy lover June 1, 2012, 8:51 AM EST.
Mike went from my favourite character to the one character I no longer care at all to see.. He used to be so awesome, and suddenly, he’s this hateful pansy.. I just can’t stand him anymore. I really hope something happens, like Sandy meets Lucy and realizes she may have screwed everything up inadvertently. I want to like Mike again, but damned if I wouldn’t care at all if he died in a fire right now.
Ark June 1, 2012, 8:56 AM EST.
Everyone please stop talking about how much of a jerk Mike was! He’s not a jerk Mike has been showing his love to Lucy for years! And she denied him he learned that being with her was hopeless and Mike moved on to Sandy. And he learned he is happier with Sandy since she doesn’t abuse or cling to him. By the time Lucy said she loved Mike he had moved on. Lucy had her chance and it was a long chance too! But when Mike finally stands up for himself everyone says HE’S A JERK I HATE HIM! Really? He was standing up for himself. That’s why Mike is my favorite character.
mr.awesome June 1, 2012, 9:07 AM EST.
OOMMMMMMMGGGGG lol haley
KittyXoX June 1, 2012, 9:19 AM EST.
It must really itch to have a bow attached to your eyebrow….
Huh? June 1, 2012, 9:32 AM EST.
Haley x Jordan anyone?
PAULOISSOHOTLIKE June 1, 2012, 9:32 AM EST.
Ha ha ha! Just like my sisters piano lessons. I sat in the car for two hours every Monday and Friday banging me head on the dash bord saying **** over and over again. Good times
On another note this mike chapter will go for 10 weeks so one school term Of me wanting to punch mike in his mangina
God I watch to much mighty boosh
Aris June 1, 2012, 9:34 AM EST.
That’s how I want to respond to most stupid things as well.
And I’m a guy!
Neospector June 1, 2012, 9:47 AM EST.
THANK YOU HALEY! Geez
Cass June 1, 2012, 10:10 AM EST.
Everyone loves Haley
Darkfox June 1, 2012, 10:16 AM EST.
There’s a part of me that respects Mike for moving on, but I’m not sure that’s what happened in chapter 68. I’ve been wondering… is really the Mike we’re used to? I’m thinking there’s more to this; It didn’t seem like he was “just standing up for himself” when he mentioned taking everyone with him when he moved tables.
Also, having that big of a fight with someone would sit ill with most people… Mike seemed to forget it even happened a minute later. When it comes to Sandy, Mike seems to forget the rest of the world and gets totally absorbed in his thoughts of her… is this love, or is he obsessed with a girl who moved away a long time ago (and has probably changed since then)?
I feel so bad for Lucy, but maybe it’s better this happened… she MIGHT gain a little independence (hopefully without hurting PauloXJazz). As for Mike, I have a feeling things aren’t going to be sparkling pink as he’d like them to be. If it does? Well he’s gotten everything he ever dreamed of!… Although I’d be a bit sad the two protagonsits didn’t get together.
Chinatsu June 1, 2012, 10:18 AM EST.
@ Darkfox I’m not impressed by her so far. She acts a lot like old Lucy from the early pages. Why is Haley even going with them if she’s so frustrated? And why am I a “stupid prat” for trying to make space between my paragraphs? What does “prat” even mean?
Hal June 1, 2012, 10:19 AM EST.
This page looks great. Love the watercolour work
ket June 1, 2012, 10:24 AM EST.
The facial progressions on everyone in the last 5 panels is just amazing, lol
Stryyder June 1, 2012, 10:31 AM EST.
The coloring on this page, UNF. I love this way you did the lighting on them and the colors you chose. Mike looks really adorable throughout this page, you can really see the essence of Chris in him.
As much as I have disliked Mike for being so harsh on Lucy, I’m excited for this chapter! Itll be interesting to see them together after so long, and I hope there won’t be any shenanigans to mess it up and have him NOT see her I sympathize with panic-mike, I would probably be worse if I was in his position. It’s nice to see him away from Lucy and to get away from all that rage, but it still irks me that Sandy is one of the only people who can make him happy. It’s weird how much story has passed while we’ve hopped from place to place, how we haven’t seen the regular group together in awhile. I like it, it adds more depth to the story. Aaand the wait for Monday starts c:
Clare June 1, 2012, 10:33 AM EST.
@headsortails Yes I totally agree with you.
Starkeyblade June 1, 2012, 10:39 AM EST.
@mr.awesome: So basically telling your friend that you’ll be meaningless after leaving “x” table is a sign of defending yourself after making a more acceptable point of why you disprove of the abuse for years? Kinda like saying ” you were never loved before or now, even when I came along to bring people together, also I hated how you treated me so… Bye bye now!!”
He stood up for himself, but that last comment was not needed…actually, he pulled that out of his @$$ out of spite for the girl, so I’m sure the hate is more understandable for this character. If anything, Mike has always been my favorite character, but there is a difference between being displeased and just hating someone, and his two faced personality during the current chapters sure as hell didn’t help. Lucy may have caused more of the problem for them, but Mike didn’t do anything up until now, and attitude wise, pretty crappy. Really they’re both to blame.
But regardless Mike DID do the right thing. . but in the worst way.
Shojobo June 1, 2012, 10:50 AM EST.
I feal ,a realy bad problem comeing for mike,and not just the hole lucy thing,…theres something that’s going too shatter his world ,I just know it
hurt/lov/hate June 1, 2012, 11:27 AM EST.
1 hour? Try 5 hours, while crossing the border.
I shoulda dumped his body out back when I got the chance!
-D June 1, 2012, 11:44 AM EST.
God, this reminds me of my older sister… OH MY GOOOOOOOOOD!
I really feel like something bad will happen with Mike… or at least is what I HOPE FOR.
What is wrong with the comments?
Sérgio June 1, 2012, 11:55 AM EST.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who thought of this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7r3HM6wToo
Agentomega June 1, 2012, 12:11 PM EST.
I feel the saaaamee way sister, believe me!
Personally I HOPE Mike gets into an embarrassing situation. >:T He deserves it, seeing what he’s done to Lucy.
Silversoma June 1, 2012, 12:29 PM EST.
By the way, Taeshi, you have gotten AMAZING at drawing/painting cars! beautiful job <3
Silversoma June 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EST.
Amaya: Always on topic. ALWAYS.
Anonymous June 1, 2012, 12:33 PM EST.
@hurt/lov/hate. i have had a certain feeling of foreboding ever since i finished the last comic. i always get it when it when something bad will happen. when i get this feeling i hope that i will be pleasantly surprise and nothing happens but so far i have yet to be surprised. but the thing is when i get this feeling it does not have a sense of when it will happen.
i don't know June 1, 2012, 12:35 PM EST.
His sister’s pretty hot.
Awbbie June 1, 2012, 12:42 PM EST.
i just found out one of this chapter’s updates is on my birthday ,to be exact June 11, hooray for me i now have another reason for my anxious wait.
i don't know June 1, 2012, 12:43 PM EST.
I miss Mike, he didn’t appeared for a long time
Why are people blaming him? It’s more like Sandy’s fault, yes I should say that it’s also Mike’s. But hey, Mike’s a nice guy, it’s just because Sandy changed completly his mind and yes, he cameback at ignoring Lucy.
I really like Mike’s character, but yet I hated how he got out of his mind and scram that to Lucy, poor her
rilakkumalover June 1, 2012, 1:34 PM EST.
lolz i love the half “H” on the right there
DenverDiddles June 1, 2012, 1:54 PM EST.
GGGGUUUHHH i hate mike so much >,< sandy should know what a down rotten creep he is! and dump him.. and throw him off a cliff my opinion.. Come on haters, gimme your best shot
le-kitty-rawr June 1, 2012, 2:33 PM EST.
@rilakkumalover how can you miss anyone who has been so inhuman towards others??? That’s just weird….
le-kitty-rawr June 1, 2012, 2:39 PM EST.
@Moogle BEST COMMENT EVER
le-kitty-rawr June 1, 2012, 2:43 PM EST.
@le-kitty-rawr, there is edit button, did you knew?
DarknestOne June 1, 2012, 2:49 PM EST.
You tell that uncle ****ing brother of yours, Haley!
TheX400096 June 1, 2012, 3:04 PM EST.
I like the fact they wear clothes now Makes them look better
TishonHeart June 1, 2012, 3:22 PM EST.
cool!!! is this gonna be a chapter centered around mike???
This keeps getting more and more fun!!!! can’t wait for the next page
Been reading this since…… can’t remember when I started
well any ways, keep up the GOOD WORK
creangel June 1, 2012, 3:57 PM EST.
Everything about this page is great! The mom who tells it like it is, the love-sick boy (it’s good to see some Mike as we wait to hear about Lucy, though he is SERIOUSLY in the negative for me in terms of liking him right now), the sister who suffers. The watercolor looks really awesome! I look forward to Monday
Shi-chan June 1, 2012, 4:21 PM EST.
May the MikexSandy fans rejoice. As for me, I say burn the witch! Show no mercy!
Btw, am I the only person who has the deep feeling that Sandy’s been cheating on Mike? It sure does feel like that.
Blare June 1, 2012, 4:53 PM EST.
What i dont get it ?
Brandon June 1, 2012, 5:10 PM EST.
I really love the colors and detail in this one. It seems more serious even by the first page
Ahahaha poor Haley!!!! I love how her facial expressions change in those last three panels (and Mike and his mum’s’)
Knuc June 1, 2012, 5:45 PM EST.
It’s fine that Mike moved on. It’s even fine that he’s not putting up with Lucy’s ********, but two wrongs don’t make a right. When someone is putting themselves out there in order to mend a broken friendship, you don’t go all soft and friendly with them one minute then turn around and tear them apart the next. However, he had a right to tell her how he felt, and even put her in her place, that she deserved and that he owed to her, but he did not need to rip her apart.
That’s what people are ****** about. It was his conduct. While Lucy is at fault for abusing him, even if she truly meant no harm, it’s Mike’s fault for letting it happen, and it’s his fault for letting everything grow to a head as it did. They are both at fault. As good friends as they are, if they would have had a serious conversation about things, they might not be in this situation now. They are both stupid (and I don’t mean that in the intelligence sense), hormonal, ignorant teens who wouldn’t know how to tell apart their ******* from a random hole in the ground. It’s experiences like these that make a person smarter, less ignorant and tougher. As for hormonal, that takes … growing up and letting your body sort things out.
@Yorky said something that reminded me of something. That Mike has been misguided by Sandy and Sandy has been mis-heard by Mike. This has actually happened to me before. A friend was complaining about his girlfriend, who he didn’t say was his girlfriend, that that ‘this girl’ was this and that. As a friend, I said “Well, if she’s , then you really just need to tell her to screw off and let you be.” A couple days later, he accuses me of making him break up with his girlfriend. First off, I didn’t make him do anything, I gave advice. The info was misheard at the very least, and the advice, was unknowingly misguided. Both are both and neither at fault, but they are accountable toward their own actions. We’re now seeing the fruits of those actions now.
Canny June 1, 2012, 6:10 PM EST.
Wow, the watercolours on this page, particularly in that background are beautiful
Pie June 1, 2012, 6:16 PM EST.
I find it funny how everybody is saying Lucy isn’t going to show up in this chapter, but who knows! Maybe when she finally comes out of her depression and is happy again, she’ll end up bumping into a mike and sally make out scene and just blow her top. probably won’t be like that, but i don’t knoww.. I love the water colors, they’re so pretty! Especially in these panels, even though I hate mike..it’s still pretty.
Xarf June 1, 2012, 6:20 PM EST.
To; Hoheh!: …If it’s his family, then where’s his (And Haley’s…) Dad?
Damin Gawasake June 1, 2012, 6:21 PM EST.
Uh..ok I’m just gonna put my own two cents here, even if people won’t read this comment.
It seemed to me that when Mike and Lucy were growing up, she wasn’t intentionally bullying him. She was teasing him, but a bit too rough than usual teasing, and I believe she didn’t entirely realize that. She probably got the message when Mike finally snapped. But I think he snapped too far. He just went too far in telling her what was wrong with what she was doing. He could of just talked to her seriously about it without yelling or hurtful words. To me, it looked like he was trying to fight a flame with an explosion (you know the expression, fighting fire with fire?) So for that, I don’t particularly like Mike at the moment. I never entirely liked Lucy either because of her bullyish atittude. But both seem to be in fault here and both also seem to be the victims. They had different ideas of what was “okay” and their ideas didn’t seem to work out together in the end.
As for Sandy, I don’t really care much for her. From what we’ve seen from her, she seems a little bit like an airhead, but once again we haven’t seen much of her.
Jordan - he just seems like an over-protective brother. It appears he doesn’t know much about what’s going on, so go easy on him.
Haley - We haven’t seen much of how Mike’s family gets along, so for all we know, there could be a VERY good reason as to why Haley doesn’t like Mike much. I kind of doubt that she hates him “for no good reason at all” like some siblings.
But eh~ who knows.
…okay I think I’ve put my two cents in…
DarkCrystal828 June 1, 2012, 7:02 PM EST.
@Xarf: That isn’t going to happen. Sandy’s only in town for one day, the day after Tess’ party, so Lucy’s still shut up in her room eating cake at this point.
Some new guy June 1, 2012, 7:20 PM EST.
If the next pages turn out how I think they will turn out this will be good
Valor June 1, 2012, 7:21 PM EST.
All in all I think sooner or later mike and Lucy will be together
Forgot to put this in original comment
Valor June 1, 2012, 7:23 PM EST.
@floweramon- well lets not forget he has been fretting like this for the past hour in the car, it says so right below the comic.
also WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO looks like were going to finally see sandy meet up with mike
kuri-tsuka June 1, 2012, 7:29 PM EST.
I kinda get how Mike feels here… my boyfriend lives a fair distance away from me and I only get to see him on weekends (for now). He’s also a year younger than me, so he’s still in school, too; which makes things even harder. Still, though, I am always so happy to see him when I can - and I do get a little nervous now and again about it.
Twilight June 1, 2012, 8:21 PM EST.
Too true, but i felt it should be pointed out that the whole mike vs lucy debate has been played out back in the december chapter and that the commenters are pretty much repeating all the arguments and counter arguments made back then (i seriously got deja vu from some of the comments). But some maybe new to this fight and maybe if they read through the comments of the old fight they’ll avoid repeating arguments and maybe make some new ones worth arguing about. Hince why i pointed towards that chapter.
i don’t know what a moomin is (maybe you can point me to a reference) but considering the extent of mike’s anger back then couldn’t it have been that he was temporarily mental, thus the mood swings, etc. I think, for now, we should keep mike’s behavior for that chapter contained to that chapter as he was obviously mentally imbalanced. At least until we see proof that his actions back then are actually normal and persistent traits, since then however we haven’t really seen no proof of that. What we are seeing now is pretty much typical Mike and the december outburst was an unusual attitude for him.
strider June 1, 2012, 8:23 PM EST.
I don’t even remember this Haley, but I like her already.
Cochemiel June 1, 2012, 8:30 PM EST.
For some reason i still prefer the old style better….. it has more bolder colours.
sumgai38 June 1, 2012, 8:30 PM EST.
While I can sympathize with Mike about the whole “OMG I’m seeing Sandy again and I love her but what about Lucy?!” thing, I seriously think that telling Lucy he hated her was a total dick move. I don’t think he REALLY hates her, he kind of obsessed over Sandy so much that he didn’t realize he had Lucy. Mike better do something good in order to un-dickufy himself pretty soon, because right now, he’s not in my good books.
Kenshin June 1, 2012, 8:31 PM EST.
Is this finally the reunion of Mike and Sandy? this is getting even better but I wonder what would happen between Lucy and Mike? o.O I just hope that everything will be fine…
NirvaNOX182 June 1, 2012, 9:40 PM EST.
you can’t blame Mike for being in panic put yourself in his… cat paws? o.O
NirvaNOX182 June 1, 2012, 9:41 PM EST.
I think Haley speaks for almost everyone. I almost forgot Mike had a family since they haven’t been seen in so long. Taeshi, will you finally show us Mike meeting up with Sandy, or just tease us? I have a feeling this will be quite the ride.
Xenos June 1, 2012, 9:58 PM EST.
i’m being close minded here but i hope that mike is CRUSHED. probly won’t happen but you can still hope
mrfufu June 1, 2012, 10:00 PM EST.
DarknestOne@. Finally! Someone agrees with me! For the rest of you… go die in a pit. … I’m just joking! But i someone agree with you.
MikeRocks314 June 1, 2012, 10:39 PM EST.
Wait a sec…. OH GOD! I THINK I AM THE NEW-WORLD HITLER! BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE SOMEWHAT FOLLOWING ME WHEN I SAID MY SPEECH TO MIKE HATERS! Oh also the last panel made me laugh. Mike is like: W.T.F.
MikeRocks314 June 1, 2012, 10:43 PM EST.
@Floweramon: I don’t get why u got a star I get your valid point that she shouldn’t hate mike for no darn reason. I even thought it was an interesting character trait considering how we have seen mike in the beginning depicted as your tipical nice guy, so ya why should haley be such a hater. When u get right down to it, Yes Mikes been a jerk to Lucy lately and in his defense i get Y he did what he did. I still say he should have handled it way differently, but then we wouldn’t have this drama that for some reason we all like Back to my point on haley. Can u even emagine being haley? Living with mike, hearing him go on and on and on, abought his pretend GF, Its not about lucy y she treats him that way, at the end of the day this guy ===> is a annoying whinny grade A Douche. Nice guy, but douche he is. Haley, keep doing what your doing, O MY GOD! LOL I hope thats your new catchphrase.
JustSomeCritic June 1, 2012, 11:03 PM EST.
…. Haley’s adorable on those last 3 pannels!
Lurkah June 1, 2012, 11:20 PM EST.
I honestly say… they are all to blame! and they are not to blame either, Mike is guilty for being a Jerk to Lucy lately but Lucy is guilty for never saying the truth and for always treating Mike like garbage all the time, and Sandy’s fault for manipulating Mike! but you have to see from each characters point of view, from Lucy yes it is difficult to open your heart and say what you feel to the person you love that is a terrible pain… we are always scared and when she finally does she realizes she is too late! and gets totally sad because of Mike’s behavior! from Mike he was always tolerant with Lucy and he really cared about her even though Lucy was mean to him… but we boys are stupid and sometimes easy manipulated by love or by our girlfriends! we do any stupid thing to impress girls and I must say that a girl must be treated with respect always but boys and girls must protect themselves for not getting harmed or broken hearted, well back to the point, Mike wasn’t really going to act like a jerk to Lucy but Sandy told him to do it indirectly… well Mike of course obeyed her because he is to blind because he loves Sandy! and finally Sandy’s point of view, I Think she really loves Mike and how would you feell if someone treats bad the person you love? well it feels awful and that’s why she doesn’t likes Lucy, but still I don’t know Sandy completely so I don’t know what is she planning to doo with Mike, all characters have a good point of view! it’s like saying ”two different people, two different places, looking through one way window with two different faces” they see different things it’s a different point of view… and I took that saying from the song Point of View from Blink 182 well everyone has its own opinion… this is mine. and I really respect all your opinions
NirvaNOX182 June 1, 2012, 11:53 PM EST.
@JustSomeCritic: I have a what now? *checks* … I have no idea what that’s about, but I feel weirdly happy about it.
But yeah, like you said, we barely get to see her and Mike interact, and from what I’ve seen, the little it is is her acting like a preppy brat with little to no provacation from Mike. The only time she’s nice is when she’s interacting with Chris, which makes me want an explanation more.
I see it more like Mike having to put up with Lucy’s crap at school, then coming home and having another, even worse version that he has to live with. And people wonder why he snapped…
Floweramon June 1, 2012, 11:54 PM EST.
this is a really nice comic… I can get inside the story when I read it…
NirvaNOX182 June 1, 2012, 11:54 PM EST.
Haley, you’re my new best friend.
Amaris June 1, 2012, 11:58 PM EST.
That is very well explained. Thank you.
BlossomWolf June 2, 2012, 12:14 AM EST.
And here comes the part where we discover that Sandy is really just a figment of Mike’s imagination. To explain the phone calls and text messages, it was his family all along.
Kyle June 2, 2012, 12:36 AM EST.
…she can do that for a long time…without even taking a little breathing break?
and i like the last part
Megadude June 2, 2012, 1:05 AM EST.
OMG DRAMA! I really love that we get to have a Mike-centric chapter - despite the last few chapters, witnessing The Mike and Sandy Reunion is exciting, no matter the outcome. Mostly because it feels like a main climax in the plot of the comic.
I also finally got the chance to start BCB from the beginning today, and in the face of a more informed read of the recent chapters, I truly feel for all of the characters. For Lucy - seeing how deeply her fear of being alone grips her breaks my heart every time, and her inability to see just how it affects those around her makes me wanna shake her. For Mike - experiencing his intense desire to find that “perfect relationship” while he burns all the bridges that don’t lead to it makes me want to slap him and hug him and punch him and comfort him all at the same time. For Paulo - he tries so hard to follow his heart, but keeps getting derailed by just how fickle a young heart truly is. For Daisy - For Jas - For Abby - even for David! BCB is the most complex, infuriating, endearing, enjoyable webcomic I’ve come across in a long time. Here’s to a great chapter!
Oh, and Haley is fantastic. Not because harassing Mike is fun right now, but because if there’s anything we need after Super Gloomy Lucy Of Doom, it’s a bit of unbridled humor. Haley’s face in all three of the bottom panels make me so very happy.
nyllyn June 2, 2012, 1:06 AM EST.
Hayley’s reaction is my reaction to the comments.
OMG June 2, 2012, 1:14 AM EST.
OHHHH MYYYY GOOOOD are your watercolor skills amazing Taeshi
seriously, you were pretty good when you started but this is just great. first panel especially
srs109 June 2, 2012, 1:16 AM EST.
Love the mom’s face last pannel
JustSomeCritic June 2, 2012, 1:24 AM EST.
Taeshi, your comidic timing here is sublime
JustSomeCritic June 2, 2012, 1:25 AM EST.
HALEY you are so awesome, LOL!
nebulasg June 2, 2012, 2:33 AM EST.
*Sigh* All I have to say is that I hope whatever happens next is in Mike’s best interest. I think I speak for everyone when I say Taeshi will probably take this in an… interesting direction.
kjiu02812 June 2, 2012, 3:36 AM EST.
WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO way to kill his little moment
LAZYACOUNT June 2, 2012, 3:40 AM EST.
do as strider said. please, please go read “december”’s comments because most of you (if not all of you) are just repeating everything that has been said in that chapter’s comments.
this is the reason why I’m not saying anything about mike’s situation, because I already have said enough on “december”, and I don’t think I’m the only one.
boh... June 2, 2012, 4:59 AM EST.
yah… its Sandy it just is
]V[EGADET]-[ June 2, 2012, 6:11 AM EST.
Oh wow, Mike’s pouty face is so cute! <3
Elena June 2, 2012, 6:13 AM EST.
Moogle@ I don’t really hate anyone in the series. Well… I hate Paulo and Sue (I think…) a little more than others. 1: Because Paulo is an: *put nick @$$ dialogue*. 2: Since Sue gave Mike the new scarf. He has been acting like a jerk… oh. I just said this against my point didn’t I? Take that? New world Hitler has been wiped out by Russian comments.
MikeRocks314 June 2, 2012, 6:22 AM EST.
MikeRocks314 June 2, 2012, 6:23 AM EST.
Ignore comment above.^ mess up.
MikeRocks314 June 2, 2012, 6:24 AM EST.
**** ther are cats eve rywetr.
ok i ca do thgis
i nede a doublke cheese burger with a alrge fry also do you sell pants/
Also iam out of tequila an vodka.
You'reNo_Hwit_Do June 2, 2012, 6:37 AM EST.
it’s tess who gave mike the new scarf. I hope you just mixed up the names.
boh... June 2, 2012, 6:54 AM EST.
@DarknestOne learn english xD
Lucyluz June 2, 2012, 8:00 AM EST.
31pages?!Oh noooooooooo.I love Bittersweet candy bowl,but he is going to Sandy and,and,and…Well who cares!I think that to PauloxLucyis better than LucyxMike.
ema June 2, 2012, 8:30 AM EST.
You just gotta love Haley! Finally bringing a little more comedy into all of this drama. That’s a breather, for sure! Although I’m still wondering what will happen in this chapter… OH MY GOSH I CAN’T WAIT!
youill1 June 2, 2012, 10:10 AM EST.
I agree with youill1. Everyone was, I can hopefully assume, anticipating a rather emotionally charged chapter. I think it’s an excellent introduction to throw Haley into the mix. Whether you think she’s annoying, or just a nice comic foil, it makes for a loverly twist in the first moments. Also, what a smart suit Mike’s mother is wearing, and what an adorable expression in Panel 4. Looking forward to the events of this chapter! Can’t wait until Monday.
Mamimi June 2, 2012, 11:28 AM EST.
Well, if everyone is doing it then I’ll join in
Reasons I don’t like Mike
1. He never stood up for himself
2. He crushes people’s souls
3. Emotion swings (Are you on your period or are you pregnant, Mike?)
Reasons I don’t like Sandy
1. She takes control over Mike’s actions (Admit it )
2. She’s the one ”Oh oh! My life is so terrible even though everybody loves me!” (I know she has stress and all, but please. It’s not THAT bad. I mean she doesn’t have to do 5 pages of homework, get a project done and go to a meeting with a speech. And don’t forget a concert.I had to do that once )
3. She caused the main problem and left Daisy ( ) behind
Why I like Mike
1. He is an interesting character
2. He can be rather nice
Why I like Sandy
1. She tries to have some time with her love even though she actually has no time
2. Living with controlling parents
Lucy has been a bit offensive to him and she could of been better. Everyone makes mistakes. But with Mike… You seriously could of just said ”Stop!” instead of whining like a defenseless kitten to Sandy. Paulo goddamn it choose either Jassy or Lucy, before it ends up like Mike and Lucy and Sandy. Of course if jerkface (Couldn’t resist xD) here ends up with Sandy go for Lucy. Save the soul. Jasmine is too busy for you anyway. (Like Sandy and Mike )
Haley. I love you. The panel is just AMAZING. I love every single bit. The colors and shading <3 We need Haley ”OOHHHMYYGOOOOOD” emote. I’d use it all the time
Can’t wait for Monday
Vanesa June 2, 2012, 12:01 PM EST.
I think MikexLucy is ruined. That makes me so sad. T_T
Tavros June 2, 2012, 3:16 PM EST.
People liking Mike, okay go ahead. But people defending Mike for what he did to Lucy? Seriously how heartless can you people get. Lucy did at that point accept she won’t be able to be with him, and thus the ” Well if anyone can…” part. You didn’t hear her say,” Screw Sandy,” or “I can’t live without you Mike! Love me damn it!” She just wanted to be a friend at that point, but then for no damn reason he starts whining at her and making Lucy feel like lower than dirt? That’s heartless and evil. Try being in Lucy’s place. Someone you wanted to be your boyfriend/girlfriend who has clearly told you no, and have accept this condition starts yelling at you. You just want to stay friends, but just because the one in the relationship with him/her says so, That person tells you off. He clearly shows he doesn’t even want to settle being friends, as if you’re an enemy. Then the very same person decided to degrade you mind even more by telling how all the other people you regard as friends will leave you. That they essentially weren’t really your friends to begin with, and it’s because of him that they’ll leave, as if he owns them. Sad already from the fact that he’s turned you into an enemy, he pulls this on you to make you feel like you’re trash, when you’re not. Also he acts as if nothing has happened later? He’s the only trash I see. Making someone who’s willing to be a friend become like that. It’s sickening. Go ahead, defend him, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a heartless jerk,and calling him a jerk is me being modest, his much bigger than that.
Alkaizer87 June 2, 2012, 3:47 PM EST.
I love you Haley!!
Miki June 2, 2012, 4:02 PM EST.
I agree with Haily.
Mike you broke Lucy’s Heart you arrogant a**hole now get the H*** out of the Car go watch your girlfriend’s modeling show and have some good time with her cause the way I see you got a lot of bad Karma right now that you need to fix soon because Karma’s a woman and when she hits she is a B****
Freidrich von Wolfegang June 2, 2012, 8:04 PM EST.
True, true, but as i say this i can’t help but think of a great song that fits this pretty well, “No more Mr. nice guy” by Alice Cooper. The truth is just because someone’s naturally nice doesn’t mean they don’t have a snapping point where they (as the song says) cease to be “Mr. nice guy”. Looking throughout the comic i’d say that Mike has actually been that nice guy who’s been slowly creeping to his breaking point which he did in the december chapter.
So I think that IF the nice guy attitude was phony, we would have seen a MAJOR snap way before that chapter, would we not? As it’s harder to maintain a fake persona than it is to be true to yourself and your true nature. Heck, his defensive reaction at tess’s party shows that he does feel somewhat regrettable of his actions, a true a**hole who’s pretending to be nice wouldn’t feel regret for an outburst as his true nature is the a**hole.
Sorry, but i still feel that the nice guy mike is the true mike and the outburst was years of anger and annoyance finally being released, as nice guys tend to bite their tongue on a lot of issues for the sake of being nice.
strider June 2, 2012, 8:47 PM EST.
i am not going to defend what Mike did to Lucy, but i have to say this(or at least try);
Mike start to feel hate against Lucy because she rejected him, bullied him,etc. so when he get to his boiling point in “december”, he split out all the things he was feeling and the toughts he formulated trough his time of friendship with Lucy.
When somebody gets to this point, he stop thinking in the felings of the other person and he says his deepest and worst thoughts about the other person and the hate grows even more in that moment. This happened to me.
Im just trying to say that mike need to think about this, he will regret it, like i did. Because, at that time it was contained rage speak about years of relationship, not his true felings, he said bad things about Lucy but with his hate he only make worse the efect of his words.(traduced by google, im still learning english)
spanishguy June 2, 2012, 8:52 PM EST.
@Floweramon: Your logic fails. We found out, in the same chapter as when he proved himself a jerk to Lucy, that he is mean to Haley as well. Chapter 68. Lucy proved she would risk her life for his, and she was neither drunk nor does she want others to go down with her.
Hoheh June 2, 2012, 9:40 PM EST.
Wow, the last five panels really make me wish this was animated xD
Lynnthoria June 2, 2012, 10:10 PM EST.
U know y i like this comic? Well since u asked: Theses characters r so complex that we are not always in love with r 2 main characters. We started out with them but look how everyone hates mike, or is mad at lucy for being mean to mike or ext. Point i’m making is normaly in a comic the authers make it so u always love the protaginest, but here we liked them and then made our own opinions. To me this comic and I R in a relationship. Just like the characters i’m in a plotonic relationship with this comic. Liked them, loved them, been iritated with them, mad even. It’s like people i know who i want things to work out. I guess what i’m saying is this comic makes the reader feel like you r sue, a person at the table but u do your own thing and hope for the best. So ya are we mad at mike for what he’s done, ya, are we mad at lucy for being a cold bitter mean to mike ext. ya. But as mad as we are we want it all to work out like a happy ending. So ya this comic is awsome because of the ishues. At a pannel at comic con i don’t expect everyone to agree or be friends, well maby, but ya we all have picked our side and we all want things to work out. So the drama is good, makes us like want and squirm more for things to go the way we want………….Long live Taeshi and Suitcase
JustSomeCritic June 2, 2012, 11:21 PM EST.
JUST REALIZED: We have only seen Paulo and Abby’s fathers.
Anonymous June 2, 2012, 11:23 PM EST.
Whoa whoa, wait.
I know who is to blame for the whole Mike’s aggression towards Lucy and I’m upset that you all haven’t figured this out sooner.
It’s Carter and Mccain.
They are both working secretly behind the scenes to rid of the two main characters and make themselves the new stars! >C We need to stop them! >C
Mew June 2, 2012, 11:31 PM EST.
LOL what do you want to bet meeting her in person won’t go as sweet as expected? That’s right, the perfect relationship you have with your fake over the phone girl friend is awkward person-to-person. I dunno, I just don’t really like Mike and Sandy. Her character physically and emotionally reminds me of a panda and doesn’t interest me at all. Super mellow, never can do anything wrong, beautiful (?), “rare”, but is actually really boring when you go meet them. Have you seen panda’s? They eat, sleep and roll over. Sorry I find that boring not cute. Not one convo they’ve had has been deep or interesting. Just a bunch of ‘I miss you so much’ ‘lucy is bad for you (which is true)’ and mush. I like to see a bit of depth with relationships. All I see is affection for not a whole lot of reason besides ‘she’s nice and she’s pretty…’ So what do you guys talk about? Each other? Snore-fest.
That one bitch June 3, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.
Anna norh June 3, 2012, 12:35 AM EST.
I’m not really a Sandy fan. However, she was just worried about Mike and didn’t want him to get hurt. Mike however shouldn’t have been a total ******* to Lucy. He kinda deserves to suffer. Also for all you people hating on Sandy, please don’t. I know a majority of you probably won’t listen but that’s alright . Sorry for ranting. That is all.
FancyTomato June 3, 2012, 12:45 AM EST.
That reminds me of Angelica, from Rugrats.
That person June 3, 2012, 1:21 AM EST.
@hoheh! Mike may never redeem himself, nor do I believe Taeshi wants to lead him to redemption. I doubt greatly that Mike has even revealed the reason for Lucy’s absence. Taeshi wants him to keep his awful secret to himself, because it builds more dramatic affect into the whole Mike story.
TraceLegacySSOF June 3, 2012, 3:27 AM EST.
@JustSomeCritic Nobody asked why you like the comic and not to be rude, but I don’t think anybody cares the slightest about your comment, or your opinions.
Trolldude June 3, 2012, 3:30 AM EST.
@MikeRocks314/ DarknestOne- HOLD ON ONE F*CKING SECOND! So you two are saying that this skunksack pile of SH*T should be forgiven by everyone, because you believe he was the victim…….HAHAHAH….HECK NO! So just because someone has a mental disorder which causes them to act unusual or different, YOU have the right to judge them!?! I have been judged all my life because I had a disorder like Lucy. I know her pain, her inability to express her true feelings. Do you have ANY idea what that feels like? It feels like bottling up your humanity and morality inside your heart. It feels as if every step causes internal pain and bleeding. Like Lucy, I was the one who fed off of the group, the one who depended on others code help. They all left, as I forced myself to pick up what I had left, I became secluded and alone as Lucy has. Lucy is the kind of person who needs others, because she can’t learn to pick herself up from the rubble of despair. I walked down a path which I was sure to lead me to death, but here I am, typing this comment. I hope everyone will find out how much help Lucy needs, even Michael…………
Have I lost my humanity, secluding myself from the world around me- or have I done myself a favor blinding myself from the atrocity the world has become?
Roxas427 June 3, 2012, 4:01 AM EST.
*For* help. My mistake. (realized too late so couldnt edit it)
Roxas427 June 3, 2012, 4:04 AM EST.
I would go further into a debate but, no. Mostly because I’d pretty much be repeating my arguments from “december”, but also because it seems you are overlaying your own perception of reality onto the comic. I won’t say i’m not guilty of that myself. I was one of those nice guys in high school and i know what it’s like to get pushed too far, because of this i have overlayed a bit of my reality into my arguments as well.
So, yeah, i see that you see him as a mental case, however i see him as just a bit gaga for his girl. Hell i was 1000x worse than that with my girlfriend (the whole gaga thing not the snapping thing) in high school so i don’t see anything strange. So to sum up, it’s all a matter of your perception of reality and how it effects your perception of what is a normal personas.
strider June 3, 2012, 5:48 AM EST.
Why did I have to finally catch up HERE?!? I’ve been living on this for the last coupla’ hours and it it decided to stop NOW?!? GRRRRAAARGH (Foaming at mouth on ground) I need to know what happens!!!
P.S. I sincerely apologize to anyone who was at all scarred or disturbed by my tantrum. I am a huge fan who just found the site and I need my fix… Now!!!
RemoTheRavenous June 3, 2012, 5:58 AM EST.
@strider: I’m not saying that Mike’s “nice guy” attitude was fake or not, but he obviously hasn’t been completely honest with himself or others about his true nature. by the way, there is evidence of mike’s temperament way before the December chapter. like in the “confrontation” chapter when he was telling Daisy stop chasing after her feelings for him. look at his constant irritations with Paulo. Not to mention his fight with Abby in the chapter where he was telling Mike that Daisy need help.
something about Mike’s behavior doesn’t add up, and it’s not just his complicated relationship with Lucy.
sen June 3, 2012, 6:01 AM EST.
Haha, Mike’s face on the fourth panel.
Izzy10235 June 3, 2012, 6:28 AM EST.
I think you would like this deviantart artist:
to support your opinion about mike:
boh... June 3, 2012, 6:32 AM EST.
Well to be honest that’s not completely true.
(I’ll let you know now I’m not a Mike-hater.)
Yes I agree Lucy has in many ways abused Mike over the past few years. Yet, if you look at it from a different perspective.
(Rather than the whole she deserved what she got point of view.)
You would see that Lucy has always acted that way towards people she wanted to get close to. Also, if she’s been doing it all these years that means no one has ever corrected her behavior. Meaning she uses her actions to deal with feelings.
(Such as anger embarrassment, sadness, and etc…)
Now your right, Mike did defend himself. Though, once he did that he should have stopped. He didn’t need to go beyond that and make Lucy feel as though she was just worthless. He broke not only her heart, but also her spirit.
(Yeah, he broke her after she tried hard to make amends with him that day. Especially, since she decided that she would toss her own feelings aside, just so he could be happy with Sandy.)
So, yeah…forgive people if they believe he was in the wrong. Mike crossed the point of no return, once he went from defending to attacking. Everyone applauded him for sticking up for himself.
(However, if you look around Mike-haters were almost non-existent until he called Lucy a parasite…that no one could ever love.)
Now if you don’t believe he crossed the line after that, fine with me. Yet know this, I supported Mike for standing up for himself. Though, sadly I lost that support after he sent Lucy into a state of depression. Which, she is trying to hide from him so he can be happy with Sandy without any remorse for what he did…
(All Lucy did in the chapter were Mike hurt her was try to show him that she was happy for him. She wanted him to be happy even if it wasn’t with her. She handled that pain like a grown up.)
So forgive me if I don’t agree with you completely when you say Mike was defending himself.
That is why, because most Mike fans didn’t have the guts to say that, I did it for you. Long live Mike and Mike fans! WoO HoO!!!
Riiah June 3, 2012, 7:39 AM EST.
yes he was drunk, but as I said during “december”, drunk people say the truth. nobody will convince me that mike wasn’t sincere.
boh... June 3, 2012, 8:42 AM EST.
XXslyfoxhoundXx June 3, 2012, 9:33 AM EST.
i agree when someone is drunk they either say random crap that makes no sense or stuff they are being sincere about since they won’t be in the right mindset to lie about it.
i don't know June 3, 2012, 11:44 AM EST.
ironic how its winter in this comic right now
I feel like something is going to happen and Mike is going to end up not meeting Sandy again
as sad as that would be it feels like its going to happen
MrMan June 3, 2012, 1:00 PM EST.
His mom has always been so pretty =)
Spiffie June 3, 2012, 1:31 PM EST.
Yay, I’ve been missing li’l Mike! Bust out the moves on Sandy! Haaa, this reminds me of me and my older brother!
Now that we get to see from Mike’s side of the story and all, maybe everyone will chill out with the whole “DIEEE MIKE!” attitude! I dunno why, but I still like Mike. Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading this comic for awhile and he’s always just been such a good guy to everyone (minus the latest chapters)
iSpyy (Bethhy) June 3, 2012, 1:54 PM EST.
Taeshi, i like your comic really i do, but after reading some of “taeshi diaries”, I’m astounded.
How tall are you? because correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t 52 kg equal 114 pounds? Unless you’re 4 foot 10, your PERFECTLY FINE.
i am 19 (almost 20!) years old, AT LEAST 210 lbs, and I’m only 5 foot 3, MAYBE 5 foot 4. (and god knows i work my *** off trying not to gain another pound)
You have someone who loves you, yes? and family who haven’t disowned you for also loving and being with said person?
you have SOOOOO MANY fans, tripping all over themselves to read your new comic as soon as it comes out, they hang on to your every word and brush stroke.
I’m assuming, you have loved ones, friends even, im assuming you have a job, im assuming you have a roof over your head, and im assuming you have no life threatening diseases when i say this;
stop it. stop making a mountain out of a mole hill. QUIT complaining about trivial ****.
because life is to short, and you come off as someone who is slyly begging for constant re assurance.
OHHHMYYYYGOOOOD June 3, 2012, 2:06 PM EST.
fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck i cant wait for tomorrow ;-; d@mn having to wait! -__-
shmidny June 3, 2012, 2:08 PM EST.
Dear Taeshi, I am completely in love with this style. Please never ever change it again <3
Null June 3, 2012, 2:44 PM EST.
The thing that turned me away from Mike was that he never showed any of his anger towards Lucy until she finally revealed how she felt. Right from that point Mike did all he could to either avoid or ignore her and even brought up Sandy (almost intentionally in my opinion) whenever Lucy was around. Mike had always been my favorite character because of all the things he had to put up with. But after what he did to Lucy, he’s almost unforgivable.
In his argument at Lucy he said how he was “always her babysitter.” However, if you look back through the story, it has been mostly even between them and if anything Lucy had been his savior such as how she attempted to rescue him from the waterfall incident and what happened to them in that back alley many chapters ago.
As for that scene in “December”, Mike really had no place to even begin to yell at Lucy. It was obvious she was trying to make up for all of the times before and both of them had a good time together. He blew up simply because she was saying how she had never seen him smile for so long. Think about it for a second, how would YOU have felt in Lucy’s shoes (so to speak) getting told by the one person, who you recently realized means so much more to you than you ever recognized before, that they completely abhor your entire existence? That and he is pushing the limit as to attempt to completely remove any social life at all which she may have with anyone by gathering people away from her at school lunch.
All in all Mike has turned into -as much as it pains me- a hypocritical ******* for how he is treating Lucy recently. The only thing i fear for Mike is the time when someone, such as Paulo, finds out what he did… The results will not be pretty.
extrementalis June 3, 2012, 5:01 PM EST.
I love how his mom is having mixed emotions to the little sisters reaction. xDD Rock on, Haley.
Eeyup June 3, 2012, 5:38 PM EST.
Haley and Jordan should date!
Angel June 3, 2012, 5:55 PM EST.
I couldn’t wait till this chapter. Not because I like Mike (I rather dislike him) but because I can’t wait for the drama that’s sure to happen 8D
Lunacy June 3, 2012, 6:04 PM EST.
Can’t wait to see more of Sandy. Maybe she can redeem herself in the eyes of the fans
Bree June 3, 2012, 6:39 PM EST.
to mike: http://i3.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/ 008/910/ultra-gay.png
pandaeyes June 3, 2012, 9:44 PM EST.
Strangely, i could get behind that idea and did for a while (sandy being the influence part, not the she sucks dick part). Except I get the feeling that the “december” chapter was supposed to be a retcon, to make a major shift in the readers point of view and change the idea of the comic from silly slapstick with no consequence to a comic where consequences behind the characters actions are now introduced.
In a silly slaptick comic, a character could be punched hard enough to enter orbit and land somewhere else, just to be fixed by a band aid.
In a comic with consequences, the actions (specifically punches, kicks and the like) can and will hurt the characters. So a punch that draws blood can be assumed to have been painful and have considerable force behind it. Because of this it gives weight of good and bad to the characters actions.
Because of this i believe that Sandy was less of an major decision influence for mike and more just a catalyst for mike’s perception. I mean Mike is kind of closed off, again a trait of the “nice guy” is that many won’t actively show that they are in pain, because of this it seems he may have been repressing and after years of repressing he had accepted it as the norm. I mean how much do we know of mike and lucy’s relationship up to this point? Not much, as there’s a big gap between the intro of the comic and their childhood flashbacks. But mike did express annoyance towards lucy back in the flashbacks, so if he’s been repressing since then it’ll seem like the norm to him when he enters middle and high school.
Thus through his conversations with sandy allowed him to see a different view and started a shift in Mike where all that repressed annoyance and anger started to come out more and more. I mean which would you rather have, a girl who constantly hits you and berates you or a girl who is nice to you (lets exclude looks for the sake of comparison). So like i said, she was less of an influence and more of a catalyst. At least that’s how i perceive the situation while taking in the retcon factor.
strider June 3, 2012, 9:59 PM EST.
@Riiah. Amen to that.
TraceLegacySSOF June 4, 2012, 1:18 AM EST.
In reality I am being a Mike.
I'mBecomingMike June 4, 2012, 6:01 AM EST.
People seem to hate Haley a lot, but I personally think she is awesome. I mean, how else would you react if your sibling was ranting on and on about getting out of the car fifteen minutes earlier?
Whitney June 4, 2012, 3:21 PM EST.
I am simply blown away by the coloring on this page!
Jupi June 4, 2012, 8:50 PM EST.
@Damin Gawasuke:: Mike’s father has never been seen in person. We only see Charlotte (Abbey’s mom) and Abraham Sr.in flashbacks, never see Lucy’s gather, Paulo’s mother, either of Daisy’s parents (I think), or David’s father. What’s your point?
@TraceLegacySSOF: Heh. Twokinds. Mike may or may not redeem himself, but he’s pretty overldue regardless. The reasons he hates her are only losing weight when she has stopped bothering him and has admitted her feelings. She even tried to make up and he became even more hostile to repay her efforts. “She needs me, but that’s all.” His words. He basically broke off the friendship after making it clear he wanted to break her with the very knowledge that marked him as her best friend. Like I said. He’s a jerk. On a personal note, I want him to redeem himself for Lucy’s sake and so I can finally go back to not hating him. I like Katherine more than him and that is unacceptable. I only hate 3 other characters: Alejandro, Roger, and Abraham Sr. Mike does not belong on my hate list. See my point of view?
Hoheh June 4, 2012, 9:29 PM EST.
I think that if Mike got ‘punished’ for his reaction to Lucy by something in this chapter for some sort of karmic effect like a lot of people are suggesting, it might be a little ham-fisted and unnecessary, but we’ll see.
I’m pleased there is a chapter focusing on Mike and Sandy since it’s been a while since we’ve really been able to see her as anything but a voice on a phone. Unfortunately, it feels like most everyone is going to insist on going way overboard with the hate and bitching every time they get a chance (basically every chapter with even one picture of Mike or Lucy sparks off the same debates that have already been had in the December chapter) and we’re beating a zombie horse by this point. It adds nothing of worth to the current chapter where Mike so far hasn’t been an *** and just basically sounds like a big attack on Taeshi over something that’s already happened (and, in some cases, emotional blackmail in order to try and make her write her own story the way people want it to go).
I know a lot of people are incredibly annoyed at Mike but at least some are bothering to criticise the way he’s acting in this chapter instead of just dwelling on the past (although it looks like there’s a big case of ‘seeing what they want to see’ in the way they judge Mike right now - it makes sense for him to be nervous and agitated in this situation doesn’t it?).
Crayon June 5, 2012, 2:14 PM EST.
This chapter has some very nostalgic feeling coloring to it. I will enjoy this
Icing June 17, 2012, 2:03 AM EST.
OH MY GOD BASE GOD
you can kill me now that i went there
steve_from_accounting June 28, 2012, 10:22 AM EST.
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Clenaeronal October 1, 2012, 11:31 PM EST.
His sister is kind of hot… Anyone else notice that? Just me?
Hoodlum November 4, 2012, 3:18 AM EST.
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