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Veronica’s Commentary

guest starring a toddler!

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137 Reader Comments On This Page

Comment ID #240967

D’awwww… where’d they get the baby? …Mike’s bro? :O

Anon March 15, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240968

Mike’s character is/was an ugly baby. I mean, his face is a rounded cube! Also, when you point to the sky and say that someone there is watching over you, that someone tends to be dead. Just throwing that out there. I’m also pretty sure babies lack the capacity to have aspirations, but I may be wrong there.
Seriously though, I think that the play might have deeper meaning than just filler. I’m quite certain that it’s going to change course to mirror the relationship between Mike and Lucy. It just seems too coincidental and it also seems like something Taeshi would take advantage of to do so.
@ Someone
Maybe in Minecraft…

@ Comrade
Yeah, and Gears of War is coming out in 5 days. Kinda the same really, except that in GoW, you can chainsaw people in half.

@ Suitcase
The play serves to distract people from the main characters and to take up space in order to create suspense. It can therefore be considered ‘filler’ even if it is the subject matter of the chapter.

Nikita March 15, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240969

So… Chris is playing Young Mike, then?
Nikita should be pleased, I am not spreading knowledge of the World Wars here. I am advertising something else instead: This.

@Taeshi: Sorry for a sort of advertisement, but the game will be out in 5 days and I don’t know how many people even know of it… always could use more fans. I’ll vouch for you on the A&A forums if you want.

Anyway, GET TO THE DAMN TOURNAMENT ALREADY AND VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

Comrade March 15, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240970

CLiffhanger once again. What else is new. :/

@supertails19
While you are here
” “This goes along with the Mike feeling guilty theory… which you seem to dislike…”-supertails19
“WHAT! I want Mike to feel guilty! That is what I have been hoping for all along! Why do you think I don’t want Mike to feel bad and apology? Why? ;_;”-TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone

You finally got to me 1st comment but avoided this one.”-TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone

@supertails19
He is bringing me Angst! MORE WAITING WHY TAESHI! ._.

@Nikita
That what babies look like smarty pants. EEWW MINECRAFT -_- Trust me I am looking my cousin’s 6 week old, his head also looks like that.
About dead people:
“Remember who you are. You are my son the one true king.”

@SuitCase
Isn’t this comic about Mike and Lucy?

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 15, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240971

Chris has the power to turn drama and angst into pure cuteness. For some reason I am curious about the age of this ball of cuteness that happen’s to be Mike’s little brother.

supertails19 March 15, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240972

I missed the first comment. Fooey.

Secret(Original) March 15, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240973

Aaaannnd back to filler. *sigh*

Chompy March 15, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #240974

We now interrupt this program with adorableness

Day~Day March 15, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #240975

expected something else…crap.

Why you askin? March 15, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #240976

HELLO CHRIS! 8-D

Darecrow March 15, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #240977

Awww and taeshi are still in that competition, on a scale of 1 to 10 how mutch do you want to win

lov/hate/hurt March 15, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #240978

Are you serious…MORE WAITING

Beanbabis March 15, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #240979

Blaze33405 March 15, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #240980

Waiting time

yes March 15, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #240981

That is one chubby baby. Cute~

Neveko March 15, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #240982

Filler? Isn’t this chapter about a play?

SuitCase March 15, 2013, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #240983

Aww it’s Chris now to just to wait… :nope:

Midstrike March 15, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #240984

Chris! IT MUST BE HIM!

poopie123 March 15, 2013, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #240985

T_T TEARS FROM THE ADORABLENESS

best guest star ever.

Bleh March 15, 2013, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #240986

I see baby Chris is having a blast. Unaware and free of the drama around him. I really envy him.

Subaru March 15, 2013, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #240987

@TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone: *facepalm* This comic is not just about Mike and Lucy… if it was then why is the About section filled with so many characters? Please think about that before you respond.

@Suitcase: This chapter is about Sue’s play. Sadly we need to remember that certain readers are forgetful. While others can’t take the time to view the description in the Archives for this chapter. Chapter 74 Curtain Call: “Sue’s big production finally takes the stage.”

supertails19 March 15, 2013, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #240988

@Nikita: Sure, and in Axis & Allies you can push little tiny infantrymen around a map while rolling dice and calculating economics.

To each his own, I suppose.

Comrade March 15, 2013, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #240989

@Nikita
“Remember who you are. You are my son, and the one true King. Remember who you are”-Mufasa

@Subaru
“Ignorance is bliss”

@supertails19
I am just saying like suitcase, but is it not a fact that Mike and Lucy are the main characters(or 2 of the 4)? Yet it seems they lately have been hiding from the spotlight. *rubs chin thoughtfully*
Also where is Sue? And has a few minutes been up?

@Comrade
Hypocrite.

@taeshi
umm Ouch I am sorry… I didn’t know I came across that way…
I am honestly sorry…

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 15, 2013, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #240990

@TheRealSomeone
“Any man using the words of another is an unthinking Parasite worthy only of contempt and death.”
-Ayn Rand

Comrade March 15, 2013, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #240991

GUYS. Complain about “fillers” one more time and you will be banned. I’m getting really sick of the unconstructive bitching, especially because this chapter is ABOUT A PLAY therefore going back to the play IS NOT FILLER. If you’re sick of the comic being updated three days a week because you’re impatient, come back to the comic in a month. This is meant to be read as a whole and all pages matter.

Comrade: Removed part of your comment. Be civil about the contest, do not remark badly about other comics. It will not be tolerated.

Taeshi March 15, 2013, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #240992

Taeshi used the word ‘guest’ in the description, so it must be Chris :O Though in this chapter he looks more like a cheeky korean baby cat, maybe it’s because he’s a Korat -badum tss, awful joke- Anyways, he looks so cute in the first panel :love: Good Job with the expressions once more Taeshi <3 We’re almost halfway on this chapter woohoo! 8-D Guise stop complaining about non-existant cliffhangers, this chapter is about Sue’s play after all.

KarmaKitty March 15, 2013, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #240993

Of course they get rid of thr girl, cause they sexcist.

Annoymouse March 15, 2013, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #240994

BCB#1

null March 15, 2013, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #240995

Yes Chris is dreaming of big things http://askbcb.tumblr.com/post/15046813755 keep on dreaming you adorable kitten.

supertails19 March 15, 2013, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #240996

@Taeshi: I thought I had been civil, sorry. Won’t happen again. You have to understand that the tournament is very interesting to me and I’m very much hoping one of my favorite comics wins.
@TheRealSomeone: That’s the point. By pointing it out, you take away the humor.

Comrade March 15, 2013, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #240997

@suitcase,
oddly enough, I kind of figured today would be about another part of the play, I also figured there’d be a lot of bitching about “filler”.

@everyone else,
Chill out, this is going to be going on for a while, we have 21 more pages of this chapter and i’m sure about half or more are going to be play scenes. I mean we have two stories going on simultaneously. We have a part of the BCB story and the play. Since i’m assuming that Taeshi wants to tell the full play story then it’s going to take dominance over this chapter and what’s going on backstage is going to be a side story.

strider March 15, 2013, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #240998

Oh god the suspense is killing me! Chris is freaking adorable. Also I think mike being a “hero” in this play is really going to get to his conscious. Also Lucy’s robe makes a lot more sense now if technically her character is dead and she’s playing an angel (her voice is angelic that’s why I’m assuming this”

Sylvia March 15, 2013, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #240999

@Nikita Regarding your comment about someone watching over Chris implying that his sister is dead, you must have never seen An American Tail, where even though Fievel was separated from his family, they still believed that they were still out there. That’s what the song in the movie was about…. Ooooh, I wonder if Taeshi’s gonna have Lucy sing to Mike in that same way, maybe she plays the sister in the play. Food for thought ;)

Great page as usual! Now I have to wait the whole weekend for my fix, I might go through withdrawals ;_;

Oreo Clarity March 15, 2013, 12:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #241000

Chris looks like he has been enjoying a few too many cookies. In addition, I find it quite daring to use an actual baby in the play. Who knows what problems could arise!
Change of pace page to help increase in intensity and push the story along. Thus lets readers mind speculate what’s going on behind the scenes as well as establishing the impending feeling of what is to come. It would be so much less interesting if the play simply jumped into things without build up. There is no good drama without proper build up.

Also Taeshi; waiting a month and coming back to this comic is impossible. It’s too addicting to see what each page will be!
Keep up the good work. :)

Fenfir March 15, 2013, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #241001

@taeshi
Now you have gotten me curious of what his toddler sister is up to. *rubs chin in thought* What does she do! Maybe she is mage or a sword welder herself. OMG epic sword fight! Maybe is she… is karate master *makes kung fu sounds* Maybe she is nun? :question: Lucy would make the most badass nun I am right? 8-)

I don’t hate the play. I am just simple minded and this scene changes are making me wonder if we are missing parts of the play. Well don’t listen to me I am just one… simple-minded fool XD You do a wonderful job of writing BCB. And don’t let anyone tell you different. :)

I hope this makes you feel better :)


@KarmaKitty
We have reached half way… Wow time flies eh?

@strider
*laughes nervously* How did you know it was back to play?

@Furball
That would explain why she is wearing a cloak. But Sue did want to use this to try to rebuild Mike and Lucy’s friendship(correct if I am wrong here). So that would be weird eh?

@Taeshi
I am curious how they will do the boat scene.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 15, 2013, 12:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #241002

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH- CHRIS OMG IS THAT YOU QWQ

…Cough. Anyway, when the ‘mom’ said that the boy’s sister is watching over him, doesn’t that mean she’s dead in the play? And Lucy would be her ghost or spirit.. Imagination, how I love you. I also really want to see more of the play, not only Lucy and Mike having an awkward moment of teen drama.
By the way Tae, that baby looks absolutely adorable <3

Furball March 15, 2013, 12:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #241003

:love: chris is super ADORABLE!! i went “NAWWWWW” when i saw chris! :D

zee March 15, 2013, 12:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #241004

@Taeshi
This Comic vs LeastICando

Had to vote Canadian made……..

Yes I do the Daily Hotties :P

Pepe Le Pew March 15, 2013, 12:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #241006

@Comrade if you’d like to email me the link about the same I’ll be happy to promote it on twitter or even mention it in the commentary on the site on Monday, please let me know! I didn’t realise it was still underway and I didn’t wanna seem like I was ignoring your hard work! Thank you.

@TheRealSomeone sorry for coming off strong, tbh it was more of a general comment since I’ve been seeing people whinge about “filler” pages that aren’t actually filler when looking at the big picture haha

Also I find it funny that in chapters before there were people all WHERE IS THE PLAY WHERE IS THE PLAY GOD WHEN IS IT

and now it’s here people are like WHY ARE WE FOCUSING ON THE PLAY WAHH FILLER hahaha

Taeshi March 15, 2013, 12:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #241007

His sister probably hates him.

Yxela007 March 15, 2013, 12:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #241008

@Sylvia: If Sue made Lucy be an angel for this play I will officially call her a genius from now on :love:. Yeah it would make sense because Lucy’s voice is angelic, but it would also be a huge confidence booster if the play works out. Also, Mike as the hero would make him feel bad about his actions towards Lucy. The fact that the hero was blessed and the sister was cursed could play into it as well… this is just pure genius. How much time was spent creating this play? It is becoming more and more intricate… every detail is eventually going to mesh together. Wow that’s amazing :).

@fenfir: There is a difference between loving the comic so much that you can’t wait for the next one and annoyingly asking for the next page to come out already. Some people do it and I still don’t get why. Same thing goes for complaining about pages… It happens and when it does happen my initial response is: Isn’t there a better way to voice opinions :|. I’m not blaming you of acting this way but i’m letting you know that there are people that do :x.

supertails19 March 15, 2013, 12:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #241009

@Taeshi
It’s funny people say there is filler in BCB, I have reread your beautiful piece of work 3 times. BCB does not know the meaning of filler.

“Also I find it funny that in chapters before there were people all WHERE IS THE PLAY WHERE IS THE PLAY GOD WHEN IS IT
and now it’s here people are like WHY ARE WE FOCUSING ON THE PLAY WAHH FILLER hahaha”-Taeshi
I bet sometimes reading our comments you fall off you chair laughing at us XD

You say you struggle with drawing? Chris’ head is near perfect, my cousin has baby boy and he is 6 weeks old and his head looks almost like that. Don’t cut yourself short or listen to Nikita XD

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 15, 2013, 12:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #241010

Dude if mike slays a beast i will be SO happy!
@taeshi psh dont listen to them. Im glad were back to the play. Lucy was bein’ a downer ;P

Demetrois March 15, 2013, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #241011

@Taeshi
Link to what? If you’re talking about A&A then I’m afraid I’m not a developer, just an avid fan, like with this. Heck, BCB comments and A&A forums are about the only places I talk on the Internet.
…Except YouTube. I love arguing about Communism vs. Other Forms of Government/Economics there.

Good luck in the tournament, I hope you win and it would be really fun to see my two favorite comics in the finale.

Comrade March 15, 2013, 12:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #241012

Jesus, disappear for a week and everyone is complaining about the comic?

Some people, sheesh :smirk:

It’s all good though! I’ll be gone for yet ANOTHER week and get to read up on the comic when I get back from vacation # 2 next Sunday. Sometimes comics are meant to be taken slow. People need to learn to appreciate the balance of them (even though I normally prefer the suspense and am on pins and needles with every post :love:

Someone March 15, 2013, 1:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #241013

@therealsomeone,

it’s not that hard to figure out the pattern, before weeks end Taeshi usually sets up a question to be answered in the next week. Since the standing questions in story B & C (what did Paulo do (B) and is Mike going to remain professional or is he going to cause a bigger snafu(C)) have already been laid on the table and progressing anymore on them now would mean taking away a bit of the anticipation then it makes sense that we’d switch back to this chapters story A.

Also I take back a part of my earlier statement in hindsight, we have 3 stories going on here. You have, in no real order, Story A: the play, Story B: Paulo and Lucy’s encounter, and Story C: Mike and Lucy’s ongoing conflict. Story A will get resolved this chapter obviously, Story C is probably going to progress the current conflict but I don’t see a conclusion to that overall arc this chapter, and Story B: I don’t think it will get resolved this chapter as I think this is the start of a new conflict.

At least this is the best I can explain how I guessed we would be seeing more of the play today.

strider March 15, 2013, 1:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #241014

I am liking this chapter so far. There is a fair bit of drama and we finally get to see the play. I am really excited to see where this is going.

Dracain March 15, 2013, 1:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #241015

Aaawww Chris is so adorable. :D

But seriously ….. that moment when Taeshi’s diary is more fun, has more drama and overall better than Bats-hit Crazy B-itch lately :/ …. what happened to your webcomic taeshi????

BCB used to be cool, fast-paced enough, with perfectly placed Cliffhangers, really fun filler, character development, and mainly LUCY, you know, the protagonist? Mad Lucy
What Happened to the actual dialog concerning the story? :question:

I don’t like the change BCB took….. I miss the Old BCB ….

._.

Taeshi …. i don’t hate you…. But if this is what you’re doing so you could fulfill the goal of extending BCB until 2014 …. Please Stop…. If BCB has to end before the Deadline you gave in the FAQ’s, then end it, No one is going to hate you for it…..

This is NOT BCB…. This is Cliffhanger after Cliffhanger, unfinished scenes, incomplete dialogs, and overall an un-fulfilling, un-amusing, sad and incomplete shadow of it’s former self.

;_;

….Please, don’t do this anymore….Please i beg of you.

TL;DR i know …. and i’m sure i’m going to receive a lot of hate for this comment, but it is the truth.

Red_Fezz March 15, 2013, 1:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #241016

Ah yes! The play~ Can’t wait to see how the play transpires and the interactions of the characters in it! <3

@Red_Fezz:

I don’t think you should get hate over a comment. =3 You are just being brutally honest and I am positive that quite a few people are not happy with the pace of the comic either. =D Interesting insight you have!

Lolly March 15, 2013, 1:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #241017

lol I’m focused on the play and thinking “OH THAT POOR BABY THEY HAD TO KILL IT” instead of focusing on what I usually am: Mike VS Lucy in a battle of emotions.

Rylan March 15, 2013, 1:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #241018

I personally am enjoying the play a lot. The fact that it switches between scenes keeps me on the edge of my seat, not knowing what’ll be shown next. I love things like this.

Anyhoo, onto some page notes. The baby is adorable, I must say. To anyone upset with his face: babies are fat. Have you never seen a baby? They’re fat. End of story.

The effect of using a crayon-like texture for the backdrop is clever, it really adds to the “play” effect. The only thing slightly bothersome to me is that in the last panel it looks like the girl has a turtleneck on due to the shading there. I’m not trying to criticize, since I know I could NEVER use watercolour as well as you do Tae. I’m too used to critiquing DeviantART stuff, please don’t be offended. I’d suggest trying to keep the colours from the shirt from blending too much with the grey fur, but I don’t know how hard those are to use, so don’t mind me.

It’s impressive how well the shading is done here, to be truly honest. Keep up the amazing work.

EDIT:: Wait! Is this implying Mike and Lucy are related in this play? I hope so because that means no kiss scenes! Please. Please no kiss scenes. It’s too soon.

LightTribe March 15, 2013, 2:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #241019

@red_fezz which chapter do you consider the end of “old bcb”?

SuitCase March 15, 2013, 2:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #241020

>Complain that author forgot the play
>Get to the play and complain that it’s filler
>????
>Profit

Ouno March 15, 2013, 2:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #241021

lol at twinkle in the sky being a metaphor for his sister watching over him. I can feel myself twitching and it looks like it’s taking the adult character all she can muster on the last panel (her eyes seem strained to me? Perhaps it’s because the dialog is killing me.) to not just freak out and yell, “Who wrote these freakin’ lines!?”
I hope Sue didn’t write the dialog, because it’s about as canned and corny as it gets. I know Sue and she’s above that kind of scripting…I hope. Unless of course the teacher required her to write script along that line or something.
Yep, little Chris (that is Chris or a look-a-like, right?) your villainous sister is watching over you. One day, she’s going to bake you a whole batch of raisin oatmeal cookies and all your innocence will be shattered in that one moment. How will our hero prevail now?

Blank On Purpose March 15, 2013, 3:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #241022

Why the hell does everyone assume it’s Chris?

Waldo March 15, 2013, 3:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #241023

>Too much cuteness
>Cannot compute…
> Spambot crashing….

Lo March 15, 2013, 4:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #241024

@red_fezz

Wow…It’s a lot of complaining. I admit I find current pace of this comic a little slower than it used to be, but you cannot judge this chapter until it’s finished, you know? Maybe the play will reveal a true sense (or its lack) of Mike and Lucy quarrel or sth like that.
Personally I can’t wait to see how Augustus and Lucy meeting ended and that’s why I am a little impatient, but it’s not like I can’t enjoy this chapter

eniena March 15, 2013, 4:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #241025

Awh, baby Chris is so cute! I just wanna cuddle him! :love:

Morning Glory March 15, 2013, 4:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #241026

Chris is in the play? did not see this coming.

Let’s hope Mike and Lucy’s rehearsing goes fine.

DeathofInk March 15, 2013, 5:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #241027

oh god… what is the point of this chapter?? :/

sunny-lucy March 15, 2013, 5:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #241028

Maybe the play has a fake fight scene and they’re gonna really go at it…With fake swords n junk :|

Anon-Anon March 15, 2013, 5:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #241029

Chris! Okey, a good idea, better than using a doll. (p.s. Of cause, this cannot happen in China.) And, how long hasn’t Chris been in the comic since his last appearance? At least a year.
@Taeshi: Maybe this comic goes a bit slowly, but not really. I think BCB can get more famous if you advertise it more. (And reduce some “disharmonious” content will do help if you want to sell it to magazines.) Sell the characters to a comic company can make the comic stay alive for tens of years.

Henry Wang March 15, 2013, 5:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #241030

Twinkle in the sky? but its day time!

Ronyle143 March 15, 2013, 5:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #241031

%$ing cliffhanger. And what is going on with little Lucy? I mean Mike/ Link and Lucy/ evil child’s is saying Evil, my name for Lucy’s character until it is know, is watching over them. Many she literally means that now that Evil was taken by an Oracle, or that she I dead. And personally I think that Evil will become a dark lord, theory I did not write the play, and Link will have to kill her to bring peace to the world or something like that.

Devin March 15, 2013, 6:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #241032

He’s already a better actor then me and he’s like what? One and a half? Two maybe?

Also reading the FAQs, it says bcb might come to an end next year…. -Tear drop-

Kindle Kat March 15, 2013, 6:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #241033

I’ve been dying to see the play, I wish the entire chapter was just that. Y’all stop bitching over needing your dose of drama. Taeshi will deliver, she always does.

honeybee March 15, 2013, 7:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #241034

This chapter….is one giant cock tease

Some Guy March 15, 2013, 7:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #241036

DAT BBY MIKE QAQ

Gea March 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #241038

@Henry Wang
I don’t think Taeshi intends to end the comic around 2014 because of funding issues. I believe that she intends to do so because that time is when she can have the comic come to what she feels is full and satisfying resolution. That way, she can move on to other projects that might be in consideration, trying new things, etc.
In fact, I’d ague that it probably isn’t a good idea to sell the rights to any comic company. While you might, if they approve, make good money and increase your fame, but often it leads to a comic being over-drawn, as in, lessened in quality or staled because of how long it is kept going. The same characters doing the same or similar things every issue, always the same problem and very limited character development.
Because it’s about making net gains. Said “company” wants to increase their profit margin, etc. If they can make money off of BCB, then they’d have reason to extend it beyond what it agreeably should be. If they develop a character at an interesting pace, eventually their is nothing left to develop.

So they could prolong and stretch it to very little progress every “issue”, or what have you. This changes it to having a small problem and fixing it with a small solution every time.

Basically, when (often) done wrong, it can make the author seem like a sell-out, lazy, and unable to make a satisfying story. When I think of this, I think of Superman. The way I see it, he started out a rather round character, and really you can’t improve off of a round character except minor details and “new” (but really the same premise) challenges.

Personally, I think “keeping the comic ‘alive’ for tens of years” wouldn’t really be keeping it alive at all. To me, it would seem like a slow, painful, death.
@taeshi
Nothing here is slow. Nothing here is filler. Continue in the same of plot development!

Bluecaptain March 15, 2013, 8:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #241039

Well, Taeshi. I think you managed to cure my cold with this adorableness. My sinuses just randomly cleared! Chris, you are a miracle healer! See, he’s obviously meant to be a Cleric, not a Fighter when he grows up to be a hero. That’s why Mike’s so bitter. His destiny was taken from him… I’ll stop now.

EternalOne March 15, 2013, 8:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #241040

Ya ever feel obligated to comment on a comic you like? Even though you can’t think of anything witty or constructive? There is no rational to this need~

Huh? March 15, 2013, 9:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #241041

Well ain’t he just a cute little fella :D, I’ve been wanting to see how the play goes and so far it seems a little interesting to me. I wonder how this will entie to the main story.

Among the comments, there is some interesting ideas about what the story would hold. I’m hoping to see who’s idea is in the story.

I hope you don’t mind me talking about this, but it may have to do with something in the story. I want to share with you my weird dream about Mike and Lucy I had last night. It was weird and I felt like want to share it. It starts with this random guy (I have no idea why) wanting to have Lucy as his girlfriend and imagined someone who would have her as his girlfriend (I don’t know why either). And so, this other guy tied up Lucy and wants to “get it on” with her. Also, this other guy seems to have a girlfriend who, oddly enough, helps him with this (and that’s not even the wierdest part of all). Then it goes to where the guy shoots Lucy in the head, killing her (and I’m like, “What the crap is going on here?! :nope:). Then suddenly the whole story was in Mike’s head and he starts making jokes about how Lucy could ever get a boyfriend. He was in the kitchen (probably his and somewhat dark) doing this and Lucy came up behind him. Mike was surprised and then Lucy asked if he got any honey or fresh fruit.

Out of that dream I was like, “This is some weird as heak stuff.” Out of the whole thing I only liked the ending of it where Lucy surprises Mike and just asks him if he got any honey or fresh fruit. That part was funny.

Pardon that I shared with you my weird as heak of a dream, but I feel that it may have something to do with the story of BCB. Maybe, idk, it just seemed weird to me and I felt like sharing it. Dreams, man, sometimes they’re like that. :/

Keyblade Dragon March 15, 2013, 10:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #241042

I am pretty confused by what everyone is calling a cliffhanger. What about this is a cliffhanger? It just looks like many people call every page a cliffhanger because they haven’t gotten all the answers they wanted in a single page space. Chill, ladies and gents. You can’t use the term cliffhanger for every page that leaves you unfulfilled. Just because you have to wait two or three days doesn’t mean that it’s a nail-biting, edge-of-seat, drama-filled cliffhanger. Sometimes, the end of a page is just that; simply the end of a page. It’s called development.

eccentrik March 15, 2013, 10:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #241043

*I’ve made some errors on my comment, but when you’re writing a page like this and posting and editing it quickly. That happens. (Just letting anyone who tends to be a grammer nazi know.)

Keyblade Dragon March 15, 2013, 10:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #241044

Is not “filler”.

Is called “pacing”.

Orion March 15, 2013, 11:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #241045

AWWW Mike’s little brother is sooo cute! But what the heck is with the cliffhangers, i wanna know what happened between Lucy and Paulo..

Michelle March 15, 2013, 12:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #241046

The only scenes I really get annoyed with are ones with absolutely no dialogue or ones that show Lucy’s face with no eyes to portray depression. I miss confident Lucy. However I do understand that some pages speak louder with no dialogue. Emotion is inferred.

Basically the only thing I don’t like is a page that equates to minutes of breathing and shock you get from an average episode of Dragonball Z.

I’m interested in the play, but I can see why people would call this a tease as it is coming out because you’re essentially telling two stories very very slowly in one chapter, at least so far.

Finally, am I the only one who thinks a lot of the theories and predictions in the comments are way too speculative and far fetched with the information that we already know? I mean seriously.

Ven March 15, 2013, 12:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #241047

ahhhh dat toddler >w>
so cuteee
looks like Chris lol

shaaa March 15, 2013, 12:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #241048

Well this confirms that there are more Korat’s than the Mike family.

wr3h March 15, 2013, 2:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #241049

aaaaawwwwwwwwww its mike’s little brother, uhm i don’t know his name :(

mikedawn March 15, 2013, 2:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #241050

Not sure I’d want my sister watching over me if she was to someday become evil, so either that’s going to be an interesting and rather original twist in the story, or Mike is going to be the bad one, which would be odd considering his outfit unless he is to become a powerful magician or something. XD

I'll Eat Yourself March 15, 2013, 2:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #241051

they said little sister watches him, hmm they say that she is dead or something… and sees shes alive.

mikedawn March 15, 2013, 2:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #241052

i certainly can’t wait to see mike and lucy’s part in the play… should be interesting, hopefully. :smirk:

there is a bonus comic? …”bathtime for lucy”… yet i saw a picture of paulo inthe bath… ugh, the constant fanservice for lucy/paulo supporters is ridiculous. :/

also, i recall seeing on the forum, someone named… meowth, i think… saying something about “the opinions of a ‘certain ******’ ” when mentioning that it is likely a lucy/paulo comic… i assume that was directed at me, considering everyone here hates me, so who else would such a comment be directed at?

here is a bit of advice, you should be careful who you **** off">********. ;)

Thanatos March 15, 2013, 2:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #241053

you guys, taeshi is falling behind in votes right now on the webcomic contest thing! we should totally all go there and vote for her!

http://www.comicmix.com/mix-march-madness- webcomics-tournament/2013/03/14/cast-your-vote-in- round-3-of-the-mix-march-madness-2013-webcomics- tournament/

Bleh March 15, 2013, 3:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #241054

No seriously, if you guys haven’t voted, go vote! Make sure BCB is properly supported by our :love:

VOTE VOTE VOTE

@SuitCase
@Taeshi

Best of luck to BOTH of you in the contest, BTW. I won’t see the results most likely because I’ll be in Cuba for vacation starting tomorrow, but out of all of my favorite comics I have, you guys are the only one I love still left in the running. Go get’em!

Someone March 15, 2013, 3:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #241055

I think cliffhangers can go burn in a literary hell.

The Pornographer March 15, 2013, 4:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #241056

You guyssss we’re so close! Only 9 more votes and we’ll have closed the gap!

http://www.comicmix.com/mix-march-madness- webcomics-tournament/2013/03/14/cast-your-vote-in- round-3-of-the-mix-march-madness-2013-webcomics- tournament/

With our help, I bet bcb can win this thing fo’sho! Taeshi’s been drawing for our amusement all these years, this is our chance to give back a little!

Bleh March 15, 2013, 4:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #241058

@Bluecaptai: Without profit, no website can last long. You can find advertisements in this website. But BCB is not famous enough, I hardly find any information about it (except the BCB website itself) online. Sharing the characters’ design with other comics or cartoons with free advertisement, or sending BCB links to other website, can help a lot. (p.s. I really wonder how I was able to find BCB)

Henry Wang March 15, 2013, 8:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #241059

omfg chris is so cute

Pirari March 15, 2013, 8:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #241060

Goddammit. Well, at least the play is interesting. :(

Wat March 15, 2013, 8:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #241061

No of you are posting anything that causes a discussion shame on you and me!

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 15, 2013, 9:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #241062

Chris, you cute baby, you. Keep trotting along.

@ Everybody

You do realize that Sue picked their parts after Mike rejected her but before Mike said he hated her, right?

Gate March 15, 2013, 9:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #241064

@HenryWang I found BCB by way of an ad on the Let’s Play Archive that caught my eye.

Comrade March 15, 2013, 9:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #241065

We’re behind by 2 votes y’all. Let’s prove that bcb deserves to make it to the finals! Vote for bcb now!

http://www.comicmix.com/mix-march-madness- webcomics-tournament/2013/03/14/cast-your-vote-in- round-3-of-the-mix-march-madness-2013-webcomics- tournament/

Bleh March 15, 2013, 10:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #241066

@bleh,

4 votes now (288 to 292)

~edit~

7:46 PST 3 votes (289 to 292)

7:50 PST 2 votes (290 to292)

strider March 15, 2013, 10:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #241067

and now we are tied

~correction~
now we have the lead

strider March 15, 2013, 10:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #241068

Aw yisssss! It’s looking like a bittersweet victory for bcb! XD

Wait, no. Just sweet.

Well, unless you like both comics.

But mostly sweet I’d say.

There’s still time! If you haven’t yet, get out there and vote!

http://www.comicmix.com/mix-march-madness- webcomics-tournament/2013/03/14/cast-your-vote-in- round-3-of-the-mix-march-madness-2013-webcomics- tournament/

Bleh March 16, 2013, 12:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #241069

I recommend going over to Modest Medusa’s site and reading the comments there. Perhaps you won’t find as much humor in it as I did, but I just think it’s intrinsically funny, us two groups of fans seriously discussing their desperate need to defeat the opposing webcomic and their strategies for doing so. It’s like looking in on two enemy war rooms.

Comrade March 16, 2013, 2:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #241070

If I am correct, the actress on page 1 was Haley, and the actor was Jordan.

Henry Wang March 16, 2013, 5:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #241071

@comrade,

Recommended, but should be noted to not start any flame wars. It’s humorous that both fanbases are competing, but as Suitcase said, the reason they took BCB off of topwebcomics (I think that’s the name he said) was because of the hypercompetitive nature of it. (For example, fans of other comics coming over here and trolling/starting flame wars.) Although he might have meant something different by hypercompetitive.

strider March 16, 2013, 7:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #241072

Corvro March 16, 2013, 7:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #241074

@strider I said I recommended reading the comments there, not writing nasty messages. I’ve learned my lesson about poisonous writing.

Comrade March 16, 2013, 11:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #241075

I think a lot of the people complaining about filler aren’t giving the play itself enough credit in the story, just as Mike, Paulo, and Lucy’s interactions are setting the stage and building drama the play is setting itself up as well. And with both happening at the same time it only seems natural to me that both would be playing off one another in both buildup and conclusion.

However I admit that it is sometimes difficult to view a web comic as a cohesive whole as opposed to individual pages when waiting for the next update. I myself will likely read this chapter over again when it is finished so that I can get a feel of what it is like when the events are happening more or less simultaneously to me as well.

Alfador March 16, 2013, 11:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #241076

@Everyone: I think this chapter is made this way to build up suspense. I’m pretty sure this chapter is meant to be viewed as a whole, not page per page so maybe it might be best to come back in April if you can’t handle the pacing of this story as well as I can. I don’t hate you for it, but I would prefer it if you kept comments like that are meant to sound like complaints to a minimum(sorry if that is not what you intended it to be, but I have read enough complaints today :( ). We have already seen enough anger this week let’s not see anymore.

@Ven: “Finally, am I the only one who thinks a lot of the theories and predictions in the comments are way too speculative and far fetched with the information that we already know? I mean seriously.” -Ven. But creating wild speculation based on facts that we have is fun, right? … right?!

@I’ll Eat Yourself: Lucy is the cursed sibling, that does not necessarily mean she is going to be evil. She has a lot of misfortune right now, but that does not make her evil. Her actions on the other hand, well if she tried to destroy the hero and felt no remorse if she actually succeeded then yeah she would be evil… uhh let’s hope she’s not evil.

@Thanatos: I checked back in the forums, Meowth wasn’t talking about you… Meowth was talking about SpaceMouse(the one with a PauloXLucy avatar). SpaceMouse: “This is such a great comic 8-).” This is what SpaceMouse said about that topic so no harm intended. I’m pretty sure Meowth wasn’t trying to be hurtful either… kind of more as a joke. I don’t think i’m supposed to be talking about this but I wanted to clear things up :unsure:.

@Gate: You do realize that no one, other than Mike and Lucy, knows about Mike’s December speech. Right? If you do then you should know that Sue has no idea that even happened. Sue will find out eventually, but for now she has to deal with not knowing why her female lead is acting this way.

@Henry Wang: Haley does not have hair like this actress, I have no idea why Sue would cast a freshman in this play, and I don’t think Haley would want to do this anyways.

Jordan is white, he does not have 2 green eyes, and I don’t think he would agree to being part of this play(especially if he finds out what is going to happen).

supertails19 March 16, 2013, 11:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #241077

@comrade,

In my experience it helps to put notes or disclaimers when giving recommendations. You might not intend for them to go over there and start a war, but without someone to say “hey, that might not be the best idea” some jerknut is going to do it and even if they do do it after you advised against it you at least have plausible deniability. Just saying.

strider March 16, 2013, 11:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #241078

Bleh March 16, 2013, 12:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #241079

You guys are loseing by 10 votes

kuu March 16, 2013, 2:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #241080

That baby looks kinda like Chris. I haven’t checked up here for 2 months! It feels good to be back! ;) But this chapter, as is every chapter and page, is supposed to articulate theories from the audience; is it not? A predictable comic wouldn’t be all that much fun, would it?

Leo March 16, 2013, 2:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #241081

is that mikes mom?

Sanchan March 16, 2013, 3:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #241082

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 16, 2013, 3:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #241083

@Henry Wang:
The fact that money is needed to run websites isn’t what I’m debating. What you said was to: “Sell the characters to a comic company can make the comic stay alive for tens of years.”.
Anyone can agree that it’s difficult to accumulate popularity online, especially when lacking advertisement. What I’m saying is that it would be dangerous to sell comic rights to a company who wanted them.
The problem with publicity is something all artists have to face, and it’s up to them to decide. I’m stating that there are better ways then others.

Bluecaptain March 16, 2013, 7:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #241084

@supertails19

No no, you misunderstand. People are making wild speculations like “ninja swordfights” and other ridiculous stuff. Viewers are making up things they think will happen when information we already have makes it very very unlikely.

Some of these comments I just look at and shake my head, facepalm, and go “no.”

Ven March 16, 2013, 7:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #241085

@therealsomeone,

you never heard of a wig? If the baby is indeed Chris it would make sense to try and get his mother to …. play the mother. Since the baby will be more comfortable and less likely to start crying if his real mother is holding him. You know, maternal bond and all that. Not to mention she would match the look of a mother more than any of the students would.

strider March 16, 2013, 8:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #241086

@strider
Maybe, but Will is just as tall a grown woman? I guess that makes now that I think about(NOT sarcastic).
Wouldn’t she see notice Lucy and her son practicing and see their wonderful relationship? :/ And make her son practice a lot since is acting sucks(according to Jessica)?

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 16, 2013, 10:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #241087

I think for a school play, they’re more or less expected to use students. Chris is an exception because a) he’s freakin adorable, b) they needed a baby and Mike, the main character, just happened to have a baby brother that looked like him, and c) he’s freakin adorable.

Bleh March 16, 2013, 11:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #241088

@bleh,

I’ve known a number of schools who have utilized teachers and parents of one of the students for small parts in plays.

@therealsomeone,

It could have been she was less volunteered and more drafted in (fellow parents “requesting” her aid). If that’s the case then she probably only gave bare minimum dedication to the play and therefore wouldn’t really be paying attention to her son’s progress in the play. I mean judging by her appearance the last times we saw her, she’s probably a career woman so only would be able to give very little time to the play. If that is indeed her.

Also I don’t remember who will is.

strider March 17, 2013, 2:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #241089

quick update:

Round 3 has ended and while the votes are being tallied (could be some cheaters using multiple accounts to fluff the numbers) it looks like BCB got knocked out by 19 votes (390 to 409). We’ll find out on Monday when they start round 4 if there was a 20 vote error in BCB’s favor, but that was one heck of a fight, I tell you what.

strider March 17, 2013, 7:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #241090

@strider
BCB is on TopWebcomics. I’m just surprised at the lack of voting for it given all the readers/fans I see here and on forums. Currently it’s it 409th place this month with 78 votes.
http://www.topwebcomics.com/? searchterm=bittersweet

Bluecaptain March 17, 2013, 8:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #241091

@bluecaptain,

Huh, might want to tell suitcase that then. On the last update he was talking about how he had it removed from that list.

strider March 17, 2013, 8:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #241092

@Taeshi I used to love reading BCB, but these last chapters have gone way too slow, been confusing and did not tell what it was all really about with a sudden end of it and a new chapter starting..
Not to sound all bitchy about it at all, but as a reader I have kinda lost interest in this comic, which is too bad really :/
If you don’t want all these complains, you should try and listen to your readers and the constructive criticism instead of telling them how wrong they are because you had.. whatever you had in mind for this??
Maybe change a few things and go more into details with the characters background story, family or so, instead of just making a comic about drama in a messy and confusing way, and try and close each chapter in a better way than leaving us clueless about what we read, before you start a new chapter.. it’s actually annoying to read a comic like this if it only leaves one question after another that we wont ever get an answer to.
I’m sorry to say this, but i don’t think I’m the only one who is thinking of this about your comic :(

Sunny-Lucy March 17, 2013, 10:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #241093

@Sunny-Lucy
Remember how the comic is supposed to be read as a chapter to help make sense of it? This is it right here. I know some people who feel the same way aren’t as patient or understanding, or even open to pondering the events of the comic, but it needs consideration.
The reason people feel as if everything is happening slow is because the plot is progressing in a more action-based way then the more common verbal explanation/argument way. Quite a bit of stuff is happening in the short span of the play(Paulo’s story, Lucy’s story, Mike’s story, The Play), and Taeshi is trying to capture all of them in a sort of simultaneous way.
It also might seem slow because, rather than reading through entire chapters at a time, current readers need to wait for the new page release dates. Think about it.
@strider
I think Suitcase is computer-savvy enough to know it’s there, unless someone else put it up. I’m not sure if someone can even do that, though

Blucaptain March 17, 2013, 11:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #241094

@sunny-lucy,

There’s a difference between constructive criticism and yelling “blah, blah, FILLER blah, blah, CLIFFHANGERS”. She hasn’t once jumped on those who are giving constructive criticisms, she has however gotten heated at the ones who are just complaining about filler but not adding anything to back the claim.

That said yes the story is progressing slowly right now, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If she just started rapid firing through conflicts the story would quickly become confusing and convoluted. Right now she’s progressing at an adequate pace for character and plot development within the confines of an 8 panel page 3 times a week. Further slow pacing is required at times to give proper depth and attention to the situations at hand or just to give the readers time to “meditate” on the standing issues before rolling into the next stages. Rushing through because her fans demand it would just lessen the impact at critical turning points in the story.

@bluecaptain,

I wasn’t referring to him being computer illiterate or anything like that. I was saying he might not be aware of it being there, possibly for the reason you mentioned (someone else putting it there). It’s not outside the realm of possibility that someone else put it on the list. I’ve seen it happen to other sites on other lists that the site creator had no intent to have it there.

strider March 17, 2013, 11:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #241096

@strider: If everything went according to my plan then we won by a landslide ;). We still have to wait until Monday before we find out. This is the first time I ever cheated on anything so i’m a little nervous about the consequences. It is for a good cause though so whatever the result is I can be happy about it :).

@ven: I have not seen any mention of ninjas, but I see your point some comments here just make me go “HAHA WHAT!?” or “Are you insane… I guess I am as well since I want that to happen” or the usual “No, just no.” That is only for really outrageous comments like Paulo taking advantage of Lucy or the rage filled comments to the characters. On the other hand I have seen several really good comments out there that make me envious every once in a while.

supertails19 March 17, 2013, 11:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #241097

@supertails19,

What’d you do, become a double agent? Anyhow, unfortunately the system was a bit skewed. Allowing people to buy up to 5 votes kind of leaned the polls to whichever comic had more people on the paypal system.

strider March 17, 2013, 11:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #241098

@strider: “The price for this round to 20¢ a vote, with a minimum of five votes purchased at a time, split any way you want. All proceeds from paid votes will go to the Hero Initiative, an organization that helps comic book creators in need.” I got this from the Comic mix site. The one word that really stood out was “minimum.” I agree the system was a bit skewed if it let me cast as many vote as I did. To say I donated a dollar is a bit of an understatement. On a more random note: Secret agent Supertails sounds awesome 8-).

Edit: In order for my plan to work, one big donation would have to be enough to over rule all the little ones made by the competition… but that’s just my crazy plan.

supertails19 March 17, 2013, 12:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #241099

@supertails19,

Ah, I misread then, I thought they had a 5 vote cap on. Would make sense to avoid heavy slanting, yes? Guess not. Man, if I knew that I would’ve slung more votes out then I did.

strider March 17, 2013, 12:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #241100

@strider
Will is the yellow furred guy with green eyes

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 17, 2013, 12:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #241101

Right now its just like we can’t wait anymore! or maybe we’re always like that? 8-D

Toxic March 17, 2013, 12:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #241102

@strider: You didn’t misread they did have a cap for round one and the seeding round. they changed it somewhere around round 2 in order to earn more money for the Hero Initiative. Now the competition will get heated as both sides will try and beat the other while simultaneously giving support to a great organization that helps comics in need so it is a win-win situation if there is no limits. Also since I can’t resist Final Fantasy Cat used Limit Break 8-D. Also, don’t worry there is always next round ;).

supertails19 March 17, 2013, 12:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #241103

@Sunny-Lucy
I’m sorry, but I REALLY hate this mindset in general that I am noticing more and more in regards to web-comics/art/music/what have you. And that mindset seems to go something like ‘well if you don’t want us to complain/dislike your work you should just make it the way we want you to.’ I’m not really sure people that say that realize what they are in effect saying is that all subjective media can and should be tailored directly to them or it is worthless. What is even the point of stories or art in general if every piece follows the same form and structure without deviation for fear of rejection? Having your own nitpicks is only natural, I’m sure if given a few minutes I could think of a couple of my own in BCB, but people have to realize these are THEIR nitpicks and opinions and that it is perfectly acceptable to disagree with others. Because finding perfect agreement is pretty much impossible especially on something as subjective as a web-comic. Whats more is that when it comes down to it the one opinion that truly matters is that of the artist/author themselves, and while most anyone who wishes simply to create something great will welcome criticism in hopes of improving there is a difference between constructive criticism and ‘change this now because we (apparently being the self-appointed speaker for a significantly large group of people) want you to.’

Once again sorry for the rant, but statements like that just annoy me.

@supertails19
Now I won’t be able read anything you write without thinking about Secret Squirrel, which I suppose isn’t really a bad thing.

Alfador March 17, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #241104

@Sunny-Lucy
You do have some good points but there is some bitching in your comment. I am myself find BCB getting slow. I am also hoping all this confusion and questions we have will be answered. I do feel like when something is about to happen Taeshi grabs and pulls away kicking a screaming to new scene. XD Perhaps she is building up the tension. But the tension is killing me XD Despite all this I find myself addicted to BCB. In 8 hours and 13minutes hopefully some light is shined on what is going on.
I just really want to know what is happening between Mike and Lucy… If even it is one page I just want to know what how they interact. Maybe after the play Mike will seek out Lucy. But I doubt it as Taeshi said in the formspring Mike hates Lucy. But still have this gut feeling the old Michael is in there somewhere.
I really hoping after the play we can get some Mike and Lucy time.

@taeshi
You used the abused wife and husband to explain why Mike hates Lucy. But maybe it is just me and my simple-mindedness.
But it looks like Lucy has backed off and isn’t really mean to Mike anymore. So if I am remotely correct using your explain: The husband puts in an effort to stop being abusive to his wife and eventually he stops abusing her. I know the damage is done, but would it be fair for the wife to strike back and hit the man(not physically) where it would really hurt him, possibly more pain than the physical pain she received?

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 17, 2013, 3:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #241105

I thought this was a high school play. Who are those old people.

qwup March 17, 2013, 7:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #241107

I like what Taeshi is doing with the perspective here, it’s just hard for me to sit through.

Through much of the comic we’ve looked on from over Lucy’s shoulder, seeing the world through her perspective or someone close to her. We’ve allways known what’s been going on inside her head, or at least had an educated guess. I think someone earlier refered to this as her ‘being the protaganist’.

This constant knowledge of her is no longer the case, and that is awesome. I percieve it as an evolution in storytelling, a new plot device, a risk, a creative venture, whatever the right phrase is… It’s new, and it has me at the edge of my seat; I WANT TO KNOW what’s going on with Lucy, Paulo, her family ect., I just have to wait for the updates. Unlike when reading an archived chapter.

If this chapter was behind us, in the archives, it would probobly seem adequately paced, and accepted as another great chapter in the comic without much seccond thought. But sitting through the weeks as it updates makes it seem a bit slow. That’s just our perspective working.

If anything, I think this chapter is one of the better ones. We’re going to be surprised by Lucy of all people, the one we’ve seen the most of! The plot’s not stagnating either; new things are happening, character relationships are changing, forming, disolving… Nothing in this chapter has been redundant, each encounter and phrase has been significant to understanding the characters and the situation. Much has been unsaid or been unshown, but that’s likely planned and for good reasons.

I may be frustrated by the fact that we know so little about what’s been happening with and around Lucy lately, but I recognize it as a literary technique and am looking forward to the reveals when they come.

For comparison I invite you all to remember the December Chapter, when Lucy left Mike’s room after being left alone with his phone. We had no clue what she had or had not just done with the phone, and were left in the dark. Three chapters later we find out, and the reveal was (I regret nothing!) just beautiful.

I fully expect Taeshi to do this comic justice, whatever that ends up being.

My only regret is my lack of a time machine; I want to jump forward and do an archive binge. ;)

RandomPhrases March 17, 2013, 9:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #241214

@RandomPhrases: Wow, that was just amazing. I am glad I saw this comment of yours. I’m speechless towards your profound sense of loyalty and your ability to see that this chapter is actually going to be pretty great when it is viewed as a whole.

While I tend to judge the current pages on their own at first, I also know that each page has a connection to the chapter as a whole and each chapter has something that links it to another and it goes on and on until you have Bittersweet Candy Bowl. The whole story interlocks and as long as you can view BCB as a whole, the story is sheer greatness #^_^#.

supertails19 March 18, 2013, 2:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #242937

i just realized Mike could have totally played the mom and the son part … wig, fruit, a dress,… and a feminine voice!! coulda totally nailed it

cloudy April 12, 2013, 3:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #244925

The girl playing the mother looks cute, and must be the same Race as Mike.

Follarch May 4, 2013, 5:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #263301

God, chris is just too adorbs!

Anna-B-Chan October 26, 2013, 2:34 PM EST.

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