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New chapter, guys! Yay!!! I feel sorta bad because I initially wanted the weekday updates to begin today (Mainly as a reward for you guys making me win the Mix March Madness thing like seriously I can’t get over how that happened and I am still surprised and everything and thank you i love you) because I think this page is better off with the next page seen right away and I’m hella nervous about it, but whatchugonnado. I sorta ran out of time to be able to make enough buffer to survive May, so I guess you get a month of crazy ol’ cliffhangers with days between them. Of course, we’re still in line to start the five-days-a-week thing in June.
I’m gonna level with you guys, 2012-2013 was kind of an awkward bad time for me. I did imply multiple times on twitter and even in the page comments how I haven’t been in the best of mindsets. I was even diagnosed with BPD at the end of 2012 which sort of explained A LOT and I really am working on my emotions and trying to be better, one step at a time. Kind of sucks that no medication worked for me so I really just gotta.. deal with it.
But anyway the point I’m trying to make (I don’t wanna attract a pity party I’m sorry if it comes off that way) is that I really considered ending the comic in 2012 and was trying to think which chapter was good enough as a sudden ending. I was sick of it all, I was extremely upset and I didn’t think it was going anywhere (worrying that Souppy is putting all his effort behind.. a series that won’t pay off. This is our job, after all, so worrying about readership numbers staying at the same level for a year was a huge concern for me and admittedly still is), so when I was planning an ending I thought that this chapter was actually a “good enough” way to end it. It would leave a lot of questions unanswered, but it just felt like an ending. So yeah, if I was in a worse headspace and really didn’t think BCB was going anywhere, I woulda said this was the final chapter.
But I was given hope, I guess, so I do have to thank you all for the support. I know I’m a dumb whiny baby a lot of the time and I appear really ungrateful (“WHY DOESN’T ANYONE LIKE ME LET ME SAY THIS WHILE I GET TONS OF TWITTER MESSAGES A DAY ABOUT PEOPLE TELLING ME HOW THEY LIKE ME AND I GET NAGGED BY FRIENDS TO GET ON SKYPE BECAUSE THEY WANNA TALK TO ME”), but I really do thank you lots of the things you’ve done for me, whether it’s reading, donating or subscribing to BCI, visiting me at cons, being super cool, etc, and it’s because of that that Souppy and I are trying super hard to make this year really good for BCB, weekday schedule and moving to America and all
I do still worry like I wonder if I should start another story or make another story on the side, but yeah. Comic will continue until the actual proper ending that was intended, rather than just a warped crummy end. Show must go on!!!!
so anyway how about dem cats
This title scares me. Lucy will probably either:
a) kick him in the face
I’m still going with A.
Puppo May 6, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.
yayyy almost first xD
i really like the series
this one was edited after you thinked you wanna continue the story? or is the ending part you modified?
Knight-A May 6, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.
Hmm, this should be interesting. I can’t wait to see how this goes over with the group. Also, considering that the title is “Breaking Up”, maybe Mike’s going to make good on his promise from December. I hope not, but I wouldn’t put it past him.
Nikita May 6, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.
I wondered if that would happen. What if Lucy got to be a famous singer and ended up with Paulo? I’d really like to see her bloom.
Kbmulloy May 6, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.
Ominous title… Regardless, my gut tells me the producer has something to do with Lucy leaving or whatever
DrepDuSelv May 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.
That doge looks SNAZZYYYYYY
shaaa May 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.
There’s no way he’s not there for Lucy.
Ha I bet Lucy’d have to sing for him, given she accepts. Unlike for Zachary.
Dakota May 6, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.
Well well well…that’s the unexpected plot twist everyone was waiting for last chapter. So much for angst and drama. Mwhaha! take that curve ball people!
BetaMonkey May 6, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.
Whaaaaat. Lucy is so lucky!!! This is going to be interesting, considering it seems she’s supposed to move away soon… or is she? Hrrrmmm >3>
I’m really glad the comic is still going on too! There are lot of followers and it’s my favoritest comic in the world and it just means so much to me that you work so hard on it. Thank you!
Jupi May 6, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.
o: ohhh paulo
i wonder what you’re thinking
vivitv24 May 6, 2013, 12:05 AM EST.
Oh boy… Well there goes Lucy
Kindle Kat May 6, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.
Aaaaand Lucy still looks depressed. Although that’s to be expected…pointing out that he (Mike) was wrong but there’s still stuff to talk about wouldn’t be an instant-fix most of the time anyways.
But that chapter name…’Breaking Up’? That doesn’t sound very promising…even though we don’t know who it applies to exactly. Either way, this chapter is already promising to be another helping of drama. But for who?…
Oceanus92 May 6, 2013, 12:07 AM EST.
That’s good to hear. Thanks for deciding to continue.
StushiJaguar May 6, 2013, 12:08 AM EST.
That sure was convenient.
Kew May 6, 2013, 12:08 AM EST.
T_T Please never end BCB!!! Me and my boyfriend LOVE it and read it together and like to talk about what we think will happen next!! <3
Amanda May 6, 2013, 12:08 AM EST.
I remember talking to yo long ago on DA and said you might have BPD because I also had it, and someone bitched me out saying you didn’t… Sorry you joined the ranks of incurable mental illness, but I do know if meds don’t work then therapy does, or well it works for me at least, also to the douche on DA who was mean to be over the conversation we had, >.> nurds to you sir/madam…. Lets hope for better and awesome works from you Tae Tae
MedleyMoo May 6, 2013, 12:09 AM EST.
WHAT? This is kinda random, but…. I like it.
Now I’m gonna comment on things I feel like pointing out.
1. Daisy looks adorable and I just wanna hug her.
2. IS MIKE EVER GONNA GROW?
3. Lucy still looks a little…sad, but a bit better.
4. Is Mike gonna grow?
I have some hopes for this, it sounds like an interesting turn (even if it was meant to be a sudden end chapter) Maybe this will make Lucy a better person, at least, I hope he means Lucy. She’s the amazing singer of the group.
And I’m glad you’re staying Tae! I hope everything works out with you in the future <3
CheshireGames May 6, 2013, 12:09 AM EST.
I’m not diagnosed with BPD, but I have PTSD, so I know that any sort of mental illness is a b—— and a half to deal with. So while I’m happy that you’re not ending the comic, I do hope that you feel better and that things get better for you. =)
Tiny May 6, 2013, 12:09 AM EST.
Wow, congratulations Lucy! I wonder if she would be comfortable with a career in music though? She doesn’t like singing publicly…..
GingerPaws May 6, 2013, 12:10 AM EST.
inb4 he is actually here for Mike’s amaaazing voice
And that title, oh my. Mike and Sandy? Lucy and the group? Daisy and Abbey?? (now that would be a curveball)
Or maybe it means Lucy’s voice will break up and she’ll have trouble singing.
Ket May 6, 2013, 12:11 AM EST.
MedleyMoo: I’m sorry that someone was a jerk to you, I don’t recall that aaaa ;___; But haha you got the last laugh huh
Taeshi May 6, 2013, 12:11 AM EST.
Daisy’s face in panel 3 anyway I really do hope that everything turns out for the better you know for the actual ending but I’m sure it will
Midstrike May 6, 2013, 12:12 AM EST.
talking to sue or lucy?
Sanchan May 6, 2013, 12:13 AM EST.
She’s most likely going to take it, as it would put her basically in the same position as Sandy, but in the musical agency. No doubt there’s still a bit of rivalry in her, even though the text.
MonsieurWTF May 6, 2013, 12:13 AM EST.
WHY ARE LUCY’SEYES NOT FILLED WITH LIFE
I MEAN COME ON TAESHI GIVE LUCY A BREAK
Also I think sue is going to faint due to the fact that someone that could make her famous is right next to her
N-master May 6, 2013, 12:14 AM EST.
@Taeshi, as long as you are okay, getting better and won’t let the bad thoughts get you down hunny, then I can joyfully laugh at the silly jokes in the comics :3 screw pride, just want my number one fave comic artist to be happy
MedleyMoo May 6, 2013, 12:16 AM EST.
your comic is the best <3
vale May 6, 2013, 12:16 AM EST.
I saw music producer and thought “ohsweetgod does this mean zach will re appear sometime soon?”
Then i scolded myself for wanting so much, im still geeking out about the daily update thing
So many squees.
shmidny May 6, 2013, 12:17 AM EST.
Funny how Paulo’s just kind of standing there, although I can understand why he’d feel a little awkward. If that guy had approached Lucy a few months ago, I would say we’d have a little nostalgic moment of Acapulco. But since Lucy’s in such a weird emotional state, I honestly think she could surprise us all and at least talk with him. Maybe singing on stage opened something up inside her? Maybe she could consider that for a living now? Guess we’ll just have to wait until Wednesday to find out!
honeybee May 6, 2013, 12:19 AM EST.
That title… Intrigues me…
Wonder who it’ll apply to, Mike and Sandy? Lucy and Paulo?
Welp guess we’ll find out soon enough! Love ya Taeshi, keep your
And oh no! Paulo fell! (Scroll up!)
Thatoneguy May 6, 2013, 12:19 AM EST.
I totally saw this coming! (Not so much in this particular chapter but at some point in the story.)
I asked on the tumblr ask-page a few times about whether or not Lucy had ever considered a job in modeling or singing, and another time whether she’d accept such as offer if she were to ever get one. I noticed my questions never got answered, so I started getting a feeling that it meant it might eventually actually happen. >=D Now I know I was right.
Lime Cake May 6, 2013, 12:21 AM EST.
Wow this chapter gonna be special, I wonder what i going to happen with lucy
eagle May 6, 2013, 12:21 AM EST.
Lucy, move aside! He’s talking to Mike! “Wanna join a boy band?!”
AmAm May 6, 2013, 12:23 AM EST.
Who walks in and just announces that they “are a well know music producer”? Sure you could say who you are first.
Malice May 6, 2013, 12:30 AM EST.
“BPD”, I am guessing is “Bi-Polar Disorder” ?
If so, my father has it, so does my boyfriend..
I have been told I have it, but my most recent doctor person thing says it is most likely the about 18 years of living with my mentally and on the rare occasion, physically abusive father… making it SEEM like I do because of the stress and stuff.
Though is is HIGHLY likely I have some sort of anxiety thing, she doesn’t think I have it…
…What was I saying?
I get sidetracked easily, and even while re-reading my post I can’t get back on track…
If you ever want someone to talk to , though I am just one of your high amount of fans..You can talk to me!
I like helping people!
ON TOPIC OF THE PAGE.
WHY YOU ALWAYS DO CLIFF HANGER THINGS
WHY DOES EVERYONE DO THEM.
That title name.
LUCY IS TOTALLY GONNA SAY “**** you guys, I’m goin’ to be a STAAARRR”
Totally not her personality..I think..
ON JUNE 7TH YOU SHOULD DO A DOUBLE PAGE UPDATE.
I’D LOVE YOU FOREVER
~will be my 18th birthday~
****** May 6, 2013, 12:31 AM EST.
Hold on! Somewhat of apology or not why is Mike standing next to Lucy?
And… wow I did not see this coming…
Of course you are Mr. Sunglasses. Btw How much is Alejandro paying you?
Panel 5 expect for the eyes welcome back Lucy
Lucy, I in a way hope she said ‘no’… diehard MikexLucy and well I watch too many movies so I feel something bad could happen… Call me paranoid.
You ever heard the song ‘Skater Boy’? This page screams it
Well except obvious backwards, so Lucy is the ‘Skater Boy’
TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 6, 2013, 12:36 AM EST.
I just realized the music producer appeared in the same night as the play. I’m either slow at realizing this, or I’m not the only one who noticed. Anyway, it looks like there will be a bit of a flashback to what happened after Mike and Lucy’s talk. As it was last minute and unexpected, I’m sure the producer has given Lucy (at least that’s who I think he’s talking to) time to think over his offer of becoming a singer. But man, that chapter title. After a chapter that’s meant to be dramatic for public entertainment, I’m sure this one will have LOADS of it. This is gonna be interesting I’m sure.
Dudeler May 6, 2013, 12:42 AM EST.
Also, @******, you should probably talk to someone about your father situation. That’s not healthy.
Dudeler May 6, 2013, 12:44 AM EST.
Plot twist: he’s there for Chris
MissShellGiraffe May 6, 2013, 12:46 AM EST.
Oh gods I can feel the drama meter, and guess whats it reads? its such a large number, its not as large as a Googol or Googolplex, I can feel it being around Quadrillion, I can feel multiple things that could be happening from here on, there are so many I could say but I don’t feel like taking an hour to write it out. Anyways, it may not be much but, *huggers* I wish I could do something for yous Taeshi, I just don’t like to see people feel bad , especially people that I grow a fond of :3, I mean you have to become fond of the creator of a comic that you love :3 lol
Kleitos May 6, 2013, 12:46 AM EST.
It’s one armed bandit! Take cover and throw cheese at him! Seriously though, why do I get this feeling he’s either a pedophile, or a rapist?
Commander_Zero May 6, 2013, 12:48 AM EST.
Taeshi, you’re such an amazing person you have been doing a wonderful job and always have. As far as the new posting schedule, I don’t mind waiting since this comic is worth the wait and I’m sure many of your fans agree. I have a friend who has the same thing. Do you think doing these comics help you cope? Making art is kind of a therapy, so I hope it does You’re a really cool amazing person
I’m looking forward to this chapter! Hope Lucy goes for a music career
Gabria93 May 6, 2013, 12:50 AM EST.
The title. I cringe in fear.
Wat May 6, 2013, 12:52 AM EST.
I’m thinking he’s Zachary .
you know just maybe .
G-HAZE May 6, 2013, 12:52 AM EST.
Calling it, Lucy has to leave the group to follow her musical career.
JackRabbit May 6, 2013, 12:55 AM EST.
Anyone notice that Mike’s quote is all wave-y, as if he’s trying (badly) to hide that something’s devastated him? I think the guy is there for Lucy, and that she probably accepted it right off the bat.
Mike probably will be shocked that Lucy chooses to leave, but she points out that while it would “be nice” to start over, she never agreed to actually doing it.
Deiser May 6, 2013, 12:57 AM EST.
Am I the only one who’s wondering WHY there’s a “well known music producer” during the night of the play?? Or HOW he just decided to go to their high school?
…………….. Should I just show up and be intrigued at the possible implications of this chap’s title? Yeah, maybe I should just do that instead….. (Welp, my guess is that maybe its THE GANG that’s going to break up :c)
Subaru May 6, 2013, 1:00 AM EST.
for the LOVE OF HUMANITY let her say yes
(and then we get a chapter where sandy is in her music video and it’s incredibly awkward)
blackouthart May 6, 2013, 1:02 AM EST.
Take your time, switching from a 3 a week to practically daily update schedule is rough even for sites that are just gathering data (like images or stuff like that), let alone those having to draw out different comic strips. If anyone gets pissy over the wait, give ‘em the finger (not the pointer or the ring), i’m sure the rest of us won’t mind waiting a month to get to the 5 a day goodness.
strider May 6, 2013, 1:02 AM EST.
I DIDN’T EXPECT THAT
Lolly May 6, 2013, 1:03 AM EST.
The title scares me a bit. with so many many possible ways for it to be taken. but i can’t wait to see where this is going.
Damien_Von_Hellsing May 6, 2013, 1:07 AM EST.
Make a new side story. Even if it only becomes a oneshot dealio. That 24hour comic you did was fantastic, even moreso because it had no words.
jamie_mac May 6, 2013, 1:09 AM EST.
In panel 1, Daisy looks kinda pregnant. *gasp* Abbey, how could you!! She’s still in high school!! *smacks*
Aaanyways. Back to REAL commenting.
Love the new twist to the storyline. My prediction for the “breaking up” thing:
Lucy will leave for a while to do some training and get set up with the talent agency, and in the meantime Mike will be all alone back in Roseville. During that time alone, he’ll realize just how much he really does love Lucy, and he’ll break up with Sandy.
PLEASE let this be what happens!!!
Bertemai May 6, 2013, 1:20 AM EST.
… and then we find out it’s David he’s talking to, who’s conveniently *just* off panel. Why no one threw him out of the auditorium once he began singing over Lucy’s songs is beyond me.
David’s breaking up with Flower Girl?!? LE GASP!
Chronos May 6, 2013, 1:20 AM EST.
That would be beyond awesome!
Why should he be? Mike told her no one liked her and she believed that we know that for a fact. Whether or not Lucy believes Mike actually wants to make amends is unknown. If she says yes, he is definitely deserving some of the blame.
TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 6, 2013, 1:22 AM EST.
sing it quurl
/please be Zachary and be happily marriiieeeddd
silveryogurt May 6, 2013, 1:39 AM EST.
@Taeshi: I got the feeling from your journal Tumblr that things were getting hard for you. My boyfriend, who used to read this all the time, could feel it in the comics and actually felt so badly for you that he couldn’t bear to see your pain through the comic. He will be really glad to know that you are doing better, or at least know how to deal with the situation better. While I can’t wait for daily updates, I’m with Strider on this one. Take your time and do this on your own terms. This is an amazing story worth waiting for!
Again, I am so glad you are doing better! I will follow this till the end!
GhostCaptainBarbossa May 6, 2013, 1:50 AM EST.
Let me guess, the producer is actually there for Chris. lol
Morning Glory May 6, 2013, 1:50 AM EST.
Not sure if BPD = Borderline Personality Disorder or Bipolar Disorder (though I’m pretty sure it’s the former). D8
Either way, hope you find some way to help you cope with it. c:
what May 6, 2013, 1:50 AM EST.
Lucy says yes and she become the next Sandy, except Lucy has everything and she’s HAPPY. Mike will be jealous and she’ll be with Paulo. Yay.
Rioo May 6, 2013, 1:51 AM EST.
oh my goodness Taeshi!! I LOVE YOU and thanks for all your hard work <3 we appretiate it
also MUSIC LUCY DO IT
Hell In my Clouds May 6, 2013, 2:05 AM EST.
IT’S A TRAP!!! This guy seems shady! Like, possibly with the alley attackers kinda shady…
Six May 6, 2013, 2:06 AM EST.
What a twist! I guess Lucy has more decisions headed her way. I hope things get even better, since she just got a huge break from Mike.
Lokiallen May 6, 2013, 2:07 AM EST.
what if abbey and daisy broke up!
wr3h May 6, 2013, 2:07 AM EST.
OH MY GOOD Lucy should be a famous singer she diserves it an she realy look cute with this astonished fa ce
regichan21 May 6, 2013, 2:10 AM EST.
Knowing Lucy and her love for singing she would have probably accepted it… you know, like A YEAR AGO by BCB time. But now that she is so crushed? If she does accept it, it will most likely sound like “Yeah, sure, whatever”.
That is given the producer isn’t actually after Chris or whoever.
And yay for the still dead eyes! No, it actually is awful that she’s like this, but a deus ex machina played by Mike who kinda apologizes and everything suddenly becomes okay? No thank you.
HIC May 6, 2013, 2:15 AM EST.
Plot twist: It’s David’s uncle.
Purple Haze May 6, 2013, 2:17 AM EST.
New guy looks pretty fancy, but now that it seems Lucy may just end up going into show business just like Sandy, and that could mean that, well, perhaps that could either fix things or cause problems. It’s possible Lucy will start experiencing the long-distance thing just like Sandy and Mike, Mike will begin to realize he really DID love her more than Sandy, and stuff will happen, OR various other things could happen. However, now that I just noticed the title of the chapter is “breaking up”, I’m suddenly telling myself “PLEASE don’t make things worse, PLEASE don’t make things WORSE!!” X(
I'll Eat Yourself May 6, 2013, 2:17 AM EST.
i like seein that lucy by maishal’s side.
i like it a lot
Rachel Peculiar May 6, 2013, 2:36 AM EST.
Hey, @Taeshi, hang in there. As a fellow BPD sufferer, it can & will get better, it just takes a while. When you get to the states, check out therapists who specialize in DBT (dialectical behavior therapy). It helps. I got tossed around in the system for ten years till I found a therapist who specialized in BPD, and that’s the therapy she specialized in. I was deemed a hopeless case, and DBT set my *** straight. Took me four years, but I did it.
Please take care of yourself, and don’t push yourself too hard. There are more fans that care about you than you know, and we’d rather you make comics because they make you happy than because you feel like you have no choice. Please, please don’t ever put your happiness last because you feel obligated. Take breaks if you need to. We’d rather you be healthy and happy than experiencing the pain you were obviously feeling last year.
And stating that you were diagnosed with BPD, and being as transparent about it as you have been? High five, that takes some serious cajones. Not all of us are as brave. Thank you for being brave for those of us (like me) who are afraid to talk about their mental illness. It’s encouraging.
Now, with all the serious stuff out of the way…HOLY WHAT LUCY WHAT YOU GONNA DO GURL.
wafflebutt May 6, 2013, 2:39 AM EST.
Gee, talk about cheesy… I hope the script improves soon. The play itself was too rushed. For something that Sue and the rest of the cast worked so hard on, I have to say I was pretty disappointed by how it turned out. There should have been a well-thought out story and a scene where Lucy actually SUNG (+ accompanying lyrics.) Overall, it was a severely lacking chapter. Try not to rush things in the future, I suppose? All these sudden transitions aren’t doing justice to BCB’s potential
Kim May 6, 2013, 2:47 AM EST.
was I the only one whose first thought was ‘ohmyhell what if he’s one of those horrible fake talent scouts and does something horrible to her?’ x:
wakawakawaka May 6, 2013, 2:58 AM EST.
Why is the this chapter called breaking up?!?!?!?!??!?! O_O
Psych0Kitten May 6, 2013, 3:01 AM EST.
Ahhh, people are hanging out together and stuff? This is a page of relative lightness? WHAT HAS THE WORLD COME TO.
My main attention is on Taeshi’s post here. It’s maybe the most touched I’ve been by anything she’s shared with us, and I’m so happy to read a comic by such a fantastic person as her. She may make her living like this, but the vast majority of her readership (including me) pay absolutely nothing to enjoy this beautiful tapestry of high school shenanigans, and this is something she has no debt to us to continue providing. It saddens me to think we could have lost BCB so quickly, and over such a dark moment in her life as well, so this news makes me just about as equally glad that she’s doing fine as that it’ll continue. Maybe I sound like a dumb automated good-feedback response, but that all just hit me with this, and I dunno, I’m just very happy I have cats to yell at on weekday nights.
Hazel May 6, 2013, 3:12 AM EST.
He’s talking about Amaya, of course.
Cavara May 6, 2013, 3:14 AM EST.
Well, I wouldn’t read into the title…too much.
Previous and suggestive title chapters have often been misleading.
I am still wondering who exactly this music producer guy is talking to: Sue or Lucy? Because Sue is like “What da fak?” and Lucy is like “Are you talking about my talent?”
I like how Lucy looks all shy and everything like she doesn’t know what to do. “Mike actually said he was sorry? Wow, I can’t begrudge him now?” Her mind is blown and she doesn’t know what to do.
Spear me if you must, I really could care less cuz it’s just metaphorically and I don’t tippy-toe when I got something to say, but I can somewhat relate with such a feeling. You hate something for so long, but you wonder when you can stop hating, but you know it’s never going to happen, so you keep hating. But, it actually comes clear and you don’t have to hate, so you go “what?” and get stuck between still hating (defending yourself) and being more open (being exposed).
Real cute Luce. All of you are still growing up, much apparently (although some acclaimed “grown-ups” still have a ways to go).
Blank On Purpose May 6, 2013, 3:16 AM EST.
@Nikita What Promise?!?! I seriously need to re-read this thing from the beginning again.
HolaATurGURL May 6, 2013, 3:21 AM EST.
That Music producer would look like Skrillex if he had black hair
Daze May 6, 2013, 3:47 AM EST.
@Taeshi I Love/Hate you.
Dork May 6, 2013, 4:04 AM EST.
Well, if there’s ever a time to say this, it’s now.
I seriously love this webcomic. I’ve been trying to find the cash to buy the books or at LEAST join BCI since last summer. (Not impressive to you long term fans I know, but this is about letting Taeshi and Suitcase know how much I appreciate their work.)
I’ve pestered all my friends to read it, reread it from the beginning three times and every Monday or Wednesday or Friday basically the first thing I do is fire up my laptop to check the new page.
@Taeshi You’re doing an amazing job with this. The story’s gripping, the characters make me love them and root for them even when they want conflicting things. (Most known example, in one chapter, even one page, I can be glad for Mike and Sandy, wish Lucy would give Paulo a chance, ache for Daisy, (though not of late, since I honestly believe her crush is dying. Not dead yet, but dying.) and long for Mike and Lucy to shut up and kiss already. ) In summary, thank you for making this comic, sharing it, spending so much time on it and not giving up on it.
Jaebird May 6, 2013, 4:24 AM EST.
As long as there’s no omnious couch in the back of that shadey guy’s office, I’m pretty sure we’re good.
Davey May 6, 2013, 4:28 AM EST.
uhhh….jee i wonder how this will end up…
Anima May 6, 2013, 5:00 AM EST.
Super-Model or Musician, who will win!?
Anon-Anon May 6, 2013, 5:17 AM EST.
This will be the saddest chapter, as the title ‘Breaking Up’ lends itself to the destruction of the most prominent relationship in all of BCB: Sue and McCain.
Shiloh May 6, 2013, 5:46 AM EST.
Prediction: The “talent agent” is actually a child molester.
Matt May 6, 2013, 5:59 AM EST.
tashei, ill never get tired of this comic. even when u end it, it will be contiued in my heart. (ohhh sound so corny!!!)
RerunGirl May 6, 2013, 6:04 AM EST.
Random *** guy who randomly stops in school plays then follows the actors to the library and offers the girl a major music career. TOTALLY NOT SKETCHY!!!
Draven May 6, 2013, 6:23 AM EST.
Wow, it seems that SOMEONE get good luck!
And the music star is really cool.
@Taeshi: BPD? Really that serious?
Comrade Ben May 6, 2013, 6:24 AM EST.
Nooooo I can already see where this is going just by reading the Chapter Title, just like everyone else can read! I think this is where we see the “bitter” that accompanies the “sweet” from last Chapter.
@Shiloh and @Matt
I actually laughed…out…loud.
Bluecaptain May 6, 2013, 6:31 AM EST.
Chapter name. Breaking Up. So either Mike breaks up with Sandy, unlikely but wanted, or Lucy will move away to join that singing thing and the whole gang will break up.
Devin May 6, 2013, 6:32 AM EST.
Oh man! This would be so great for Lucy right now to boost her self-esteem Of course that is assuming the guy is serious and wouldn’t screw her over.
You should start another comic on the side . Maybe it will help with coping with your emotions. So when you start feeling bogged down and not so good about BCB, it might help to just turn to another thing for a bit then come back to BCB.
Iris May 6, 2013, 6:56 AM EST.
I’m worried, is the group we’ve been following going to be broken up. i hope not.
i don't know May 6, 2013, 7:02 AM EST.
The title of this chapter makes me uneasy.
DekuMarth May 6, 2013, 7:05 AM EST.
anyone who thinks the title has to do with mike and lucy is an idiot… either that, or veronica is bad at choosing titles.
“breaking up” implies the end of a relationship… the only important relationships at the moment are daisy and abbey… which i doubt will end… and mike/sandy… which is possible and most likely since mike is finally coming back into the light and apologized to lucy.
course, i forgot… paulo believes he and lucy are together now, because he basically had a moment of necrophilia with lucy, considering how dead on the inside she is.
so lucy will probably fall for mike again and tell paulo to go **** himself.
though, i don’t see how that would need an entire chapter to do… maybe a single page at most.
Thanatos May 6, 2013, 7:11 AM EST.
Actually it might be breaking up as in the gangs splitting up. Lucy could maybe take the job and has to leave everyone, which could cause a friction as to them being upset about her leaving or this is simply a chapter about two of the characters breaking up
Mike and sandy??
Abbey and daisy????
idk May 6, 2013, 7:24 AM EST.
This name scares me, either there’s going to be a horrible break up between a loved couple, like Daisy and Abby, or the gang will be broken up.
The Real Lee May 6, 2013, 8:06 AM EST.
Your art is amazing, your story is amazing, you are an amazing person! I know it doesn’t mean much coming from a complete stranger, but you really are! Don’t lose faith in yourself or your story.
GKID May 6, 2013, 8:25 AM EST.
;-; Oh gosh so BCB’s getting ever closer to its end? I’m so used to reading BCB that when it ends it will be a huge shock and I will sit here sulking
On another note, Lucy still hasn’t picked up. No shininess in her eyes! o:
Kimz May 6, 2013, 8:41 AM EST.
Who else just said “holy s***”?
Meow May 6, 2013, 8:45 AM EST.
Taeshi, We love you And we love this comic! Thank you so much for keeping on going! Can’t wait for this chapter
nostalgicmitten May 6, 2013, 8:52 AM EST.
Well… it’s one of the least soulless industries in industries. Though the corporate castes try their best to change that…..
Huh? May 6, 2013, 9:28 AM EST.
Wow, Lucy just got an offer in the music business. As nice as it is, I wouldn’t count on her accepting it. I mean she’s just getting back togeather with Mike and now a simple career path is threatening to separate them again. I wonder what she will say in response to that guy.
This reminds me of the Ask Roseville High question about the singing comparison between Lucy and Daisy. I just of what would be Sandy’s singing compared to Lucy. I wonder….
Anyway, Taeshi, you’re doing a good job with your work. You just keep on enduring through this and you’ll do fine.
Keyblade Dragon May 6, 2013, 9:37 AM EST.
OHMYGOD HE’S GOT AN ARM OFF! lol, yeah, it’s folded behind his back.
But is this Zachary’s pedo-cat cousin or something?
Stickman18 May 6, 2013, 9:56 AM EST.
Lucy’s gonna be an Idol!
It also occurs to me that I read far too much manga.
Neospector May 6, 2013, 10:00 AM EST.
*GASP* NOT WHAT I EXPECTED.
Rylan May 6, 2013, 10:03 AM EST.
@TheRealSomeone (aka Someone
…Because he just said he wanted to patch things up and start over as friends, and knowing him he probably took Lucy’s “That’d be nice” at face value. >_>
Deiser May 6, 2013, 10:07 AM EST.
you know what guys? do you know where that man works? where lucy goes if she accepts to work for him?
I fear the title refers to paulo and lucy, but 30 pages are too many only for that.
… almost exactly what thanatos said lol
only that I don’t insult anyone
boh... May 6, 2013, 10:09 AM EST.
Oh my god thank yoou for not ending the comic! if it ended that way it woulda outright ****** me off. AND made me sad. It woulda been a really twisted ending indeed. BUT NOW IM SCARED. THE REASON WHY IS BECAUSE I KNOW THIS COMIC WILL EVENTUALLY REACH AN END AND I DONT KNOW WHEN! THIS IS MY FAVORITE COMIC OUT OF ALL 92 THAT IM READING! AAAH :’(
Rylan May 6, 2013, 10:09 AM EST.
So… Mike’s ”ex” is going to be a music idol… And her GF is already sorta on her way there? Hmm…
Mike May 6, 2013, 10:13 AM EST.
Wow, that was kind of random and you got to wonder what that title is all about.
lov/hate/hurt May 6, 2013, 10:24 AM EST.
Is he blind or tone-deaf? I know he is oblivious as hell, but he has to notice those eyes. Also couldn’t he tell from her tone she isn’t her normal self?
I forgot to discuss about Mike and wavy bubble. I am really confused at this point. He when from friend>’leave me alone’>like>love>like>indifferent>hate>indifferent >and now he is bother she is leaving? Mike is very perplexing… and thought provoking. I am starting doubt to his mind is just: ‘SandySandySandySandySandySandySandySandySandy, and ETC!’
Lucy isn’t his ex. The only person who could possibly be his ex is Sandy, since she is the only girlfriend he ever had. Unless you mean ex-best friend.
TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 6, 2013, 10:47 AM EST.
Oh, crap. Oh, crap. Title: “Breaking Up” plus Daisy in the first panel equals implied DaisyxAbbey breakup. No, don’t break up my otp Taeshi! Don’t do it! Break up Paulo and Lucy instead! Oh, and Mike and Sandy while you’re at it.
Random Internet Loser May 6, 2013, 11:14 AM EST.
Regarding the oblivious comment… you do realize you’re talking about Mike right? The same Mike who thought that he and Lucy would be able to finish the paper TOGETHER the same night that he told her how he hated her and thought she was a parasite? He’s shown himself to be unbelievably dense about her feelings before.
Deiser May 6, 2013, 11:21 AM EST.
He always seems to be “unbelievably dense” when it comes to things, sadly he isn’t the only one. But when it comes to him and her feelings, it like trying to do a card trick for a blind person.
I guess I am always surprise at how big of a blind spot Sandy really is
Than again not really… He is like Carter but to Sandy and Sandy seems to enjoy it.
TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 6, 2013, 11:51 AM EST.
I actually dislike how everyone’s freaking out about the fact that Daisy looks a bit chubby. And what if she is? I think it only makes her look more adorable. It’s a shame, how that’s the thing that everyone just must notice.
Silvyx May 6, 2013, 12:43 PM EST.
aidsmanexpress May 6, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
Don’t do it Sue! Or does he mean Lucy? Anyway, if you agree, then you’ll get caught up in the business hoopla and have little to no time with your friends anymore.
Bizkit May 6, 2013, 1:51 PM EST.
a producer at a high school musical? the title being “breaking up”? not what i would have guessed would be the next part to this story, however it is one hell of a hook. whatever is going on, i get a strange vibe from the producer.. “just happened to swing by” … we will see…
Whistleblower May 6, 2013, 2:30 PM EST.
Too good to be true? Probably not. It’s reasonable that someone in the audience might have seen talent in Lucy.
Can’t wait for the one-a-day updates, the plot was moving kinda slow of late.
qwup May 6, 2013, 3:09 PM EST.
I love this comic! Please keep making it! It gives me hope. OvO
Dualgunner May 6, 2013, 3:25 PM EST.
LUCY HAS EMOTION AGAIN.
catwaffle May 6, 2013, 3:42 PM EST.
7 May 6, 2013, 3:59 PM EST.
maybe mike breaks up with sandy. it has a low chance of happening… but anything is possible in this comic
Toxic-Flare May 6, 2013, 4:02 PM EST.
OMIGOSH Taeshi I <3 you ! Thankyou for continueing the comic. Has helped me much in life
And oh dear, the awkwardness that will be bestown upon the group of friends! I can feel the potential! Honestly, my feels are driving me crazy
xxGrayxx May 6, 2013, 4:09 PM EST.
Are daisy and Abbey gonna break up? Or Sandy and Mike? Or something I can’t come up with!? Lucy won’t go! Will she? NOOO!
Solaris May 6, 2013, 4:37 PM EST.
Oh god please dont end it yet! i wont have anything to read. oh and i guess now its either a singing star or model for Mike i think the singing star is better.
SmokeSkid May 6, 2013, 6:08 PM EST.
I’m really glad to hear that. You definitely seemed very…off a lot of the time below the comics last year.
I was a bit worried you’d stop actually but it’s good to hear that you’re continuing. I’m happy to hear that! This comic was one of the biggest inspirations and is really what pushed me to start mine.
So I’m looking forward to a great new year and I can’t wait to see what this chapter holds!
Mister-Saturn May 6, 2013, 6:24 PM EST.
the title dosn’t mean partners breaking up just the group
Sanchan May 6, 2013, 6:52 PM EST.
It’s been a while since I have posted, so might as well hop back in.
Keep your chin up, your heart open, and your loved ones close. Those who you are close to will be the ones to help you through anything, so never get too down. No matter how terribly you might think of yourself, there are plenty of others that think the world of you, so there must be something special about you. Don’t forget that, ok? Good luck with your move, and take your time settling in. Your fans will still be here when you are ready. <3
OK, Back to the business of this new story. I don’t want to make too many speculations, but there are so many possibilities I feel the need to let my fingers dance over the keys and breathe life into these ideas fluttering about.
As for “Breaking Up” the title, I do not believe it relates to only one couple. On the contrary I think it relates to ALL of them.
Things are already rocky between Paulo and Jasmine so I doubt that Jazz will be spending much time around the group anymore. With the prospect of Lucy moving away being ever eminent there goes another part of their group. Mike has made it clear he plans to leave the lunch table, and I do not doubt he will still do it, but that the others won’t end up “following” him like he thinks they will. Daisy will probably be one of the only ones to follow him, and thus her relationship with Abbey will begin to crumble as her unfinished and obviously still there affections for Mike will form a more obvious rift in their fairy tale-esk relationship. Abbey will really start to show more emotion and want to distance himself from Mike, especially if he ever found out how harshly he treated Lucy, but mostly because of Daisy still chasing him. It’s not very subtle on this page how much Daisy is focusing on Mike while Abbey ends up having to follow behind, or stand off to the side while Daisy fawns over Mike. Paulo will probably become really depressed about Lucy leaving and will end up spending more time alone instead of getting with anyone right away. Again the issue of anyone finding out about what Mike did then Paulo would immediately be done with Mike and possibly try to beat him up.
With all of this I believe that this chapter won’t be about any one couple breaking up, but rather the entire group “Breaking Up” and falling apart.
Rather depressing way to think of it but it seems like that is the route this chapter might be heading…. Then again I could be completely wrong and it be all about one specific couple breaking up. We shall just have to see.
GracefulSerenity May 6, 2013, 6:58 PM EST.
…I’m really curious to know just WHY this chapter is called “Breaking Up”…
Maybe Mike’s FINALLY dumping Sandy for Lucy and realizing what a freaking JERK he’d been to her!
NoName XD May 6, 2013, 7:03 PM EST.
Of course, Lucy will leave now that she has semi-resolved things by at least knowing that Mike would be fine with starting over
Now Mike will be all alone, and start hitting on other women
Abby will beat Mike’s **** for trying to hit on Daisy, and Paulo will whine like a Mike over Lucy leaving and dumping Jazzie
Tcj333 May 6, 2013, 7:39 PM EST.
It’s not called breaking up because of Mike and Sandy, if you saw this first page you would take a better guess that it’s about a dramatic change affecting Lucy’s future and how it might “break up” the group in the end
bunnyclub May 6, 2013, 7:47 PM EST.
I will shed manly tears if the group breaks up and things start to end
Skittz May 6, 2013, 8:53 PM EST.
@GracefulSerenity ah you beat me too it.
Sanchan May 6, 2013, 8:56 PM EST.
I think a comic about talking cats just jumped the shark for me. I mean a Producer coming to a school play in-person to look for new talent? o_O That just doesn’t happen.
But whatever it’s just a comic. I’ll just wait and see where this goes.
Justmyopinion May 6, 2013, 8:57 PM EST.
i have a feeling
that this is a pedophile
Kasey May 6, 2013, 9:06 PM EST.
Dang, the title wants to make me blow chunks.
Anonymous May 6, 2013, 9:13 PM EST.
I know your pain Taeshi, but please, don’t push it. I know you’re working so hard just to make this comic so good, but I really wish you can have some rest in between. if you can’t really keep up with time, it’s cool, I won’t bother. I just hope you had some time to chill
XTR09 May 6, 2013, 9:23 PM EST.
This chapter will be the end of BCB? DD:
Angel May 6, 2013, 9:46 PM EST.
I don’t know how to feel about this chapter. This could either end up really good or really bad.
So anyways. Taeshi, my respect for you has gone from high to higher in the past few days. I’m seriously considering subscribing to BCI after reading your page comment today. I wish you and Suitcase the best!
Turbocharge May 6, 2013, 10:00 PM EST.
Thanatos you ***** why do you have to judge everything
extrasolid May 6, 2013, 10:07 PM EST.
You guys are da bes
Wheat May 7, 2013, 12:10 AM EST.
also, can’t wait to see you guys in America
I’m totally gonna stalk your ****
Wheat May 7, 2013, 12:11 AM EST.
I really, really love Lucy’s face at the end.
I don’t know why.
Just-A-Lurker May 7, 2013, 1:45 AM EST.
This is amazing. I am so glad you are continuing. I really love this comic and it’s the one thing I can come home to and read when I’m upset. I would have been super sad if you had ended it here, and I’m very glad you didn’t. I’ve had the worst week of my life, but this still managed to get me to smile. Thank you for the smiles. And I’m glad you’re getting better. Now maybe I can, too.
ComatoseSkunk May 7, 2013, 2:11 AM EST.
Thanks for continuing, Taeshi. I swear to God, I’m asking for more of my friends to read this work of art but so far, I’ve only gotten two of my friends to read it, and they weren’t even the ones I asked to. On top of that, both of them and I are males; I’ve been asking my female friends but they have got to be kidding me when they said they have other stuff to attend to. I can’t believe they’re missing out on one of the best webcomics out there, in my opinion.
I’d love to see a proper ending to this, however it may end (I’m a fan of Mike x Lucy; it’s a long story). Thanks for giving me something to retreat to when I’m down on the dumps, especially a few months ago when someone I liked, who also happened to be my friend, told me that she was already in a relationship. And reading this just somehow made me feel better. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to and smile at.
Prius May 7, 2013, 4:08 AM EST.
Sue’s never put up such a cool emotion.
Daisy is really upset.
Mike&Lucy must be chosen to continue their story.
Doctor Nuclear May 7, 2013, 6:01 AM EST.
@“******” and others who mentioned bipolar disorder:
No, Veronica has “Borderline Personality Disorder”, which is quite a different thing. I don’t even know of a good way to explain it, except to say that it often leads to destructive self-harming thoughts and behaviour, and there’s no good way to fix it. Wafflebutt’s comment is somewhat inspiring, though!
perhaps you should consider that only the pertinent parts of the play were highlighted? Many people couldn’t stand the indirect storytelling of the play in the last chapter, so it’s kinda funny to see those who wanted it to be more. If you wanted an excellent fantasy story-within-a-story, I suggest next time you pick one which isn’t written by a fictional 15-year-old. We wanted it to be true to Sue’s voice more than we cared for it to be an impressive story!
Ooh, just you wait and see!
Also, the supportive comments here are very sweet and Veronica appreciates them. For those of you scrounging up money, take heed of the last part of our news post! We would simply like it if more people posted reviews o the comic to forums and other things like that. Just to get the name out there a bit, no matter the context. That’s just as cool as buying stuff from the store, you know!
SuitCase May 7, 2013, 6:17 AM EST.
@SuitCase: It seems that BPD can’t be totally cured, the best “medicine” is your help. Her behavior in Taeshi Diary is the evidence of BPD. You are the example.
—Er… My English isn’t good enough. In the end, best wishes.
Doctor Nuclear May 7, 2013, 7:02 AM EST.
I am really glad you decided to bring this comic to a proper end, you have a super sized fanbase that all wishes you the very best, and hopes that all goes well with you. This chapter looks to be interesting, though I am wondering about Mr. Nameless Producer. Can’t wait to see where this goes.
Dracain May 7, 2013, 10:05 AM EST.
What a lot of online comic writers do is they do not END the comic, they just do not update it as much. So consider updating once a week, or even month, so it will not take up all of your time.
Idiotic Technology May 7, 2013, 11:28 AM EST.
@Kasey same. here. he gives me that feeling like the prom picture guy. or the guy with the “Cannabis” cemetery
Idiotic Technology May 7, 2013, 11:31 AM EST.
@Nikita: Has Mike ever promised anything? I reread the “December” and found nothing.
Doctor Nuclear May 7, 2013, 12:33 PM EST.
Keep Walking creeper.
RohanSpartan May 7, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.
He said he was leaving the table after the play.
I am kind of hoping he does so Lucy can see he is wrong. Especially about Paulo.
TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 7, 2013, 1:51 PM EST.
Lucy’s gonna be a STARRRR, and then she’s going to get into Pop and dress trashy and sell out her talent for big bucks and moneyz and use it all against Mike for saying he hates her.
Or she’ll just mull it over, let life slowly continue, and find some other way to ***** Mike in the balls for what he did. Either way, Dat Lucy smirk before, something’s gonna come from that.
Oh and Cliffhangers Taeshi. Keep doing the cliffhangers, they make the audience keep coming back to find out more. Disregard the crappy complaints about them.
Follarch May 7, 2013, 2:13 PM EST.
I’m sure a lot of people can say they’re really relieved that you decided to continue! Being 20 I might not even part of the main demographic (? Maybe), but I still enjoy this comic a lot, I find myself really attached to the characters and always checking back to see what happens in their drama-filled adventures! Thank you for being awesome Taeshi and for making daily weekday updates!
Eddie.Mammie May 7, 2013, 2:50 PM EST.
Decisions decisions?? :3
LucyDucy May 7, 2013, 6:29 PM EST.
Okey, I misunderstanded the word “promise”.
Doctor Nuclear May 7, 2013, 7:05 PM EST.
Thank you Taeshi for continuing this amazing comic, it’s really helps me feel better on crummy days. I’d just like to say that your comics have inspired me from the moment I first saw them 3 years ago and I hope to be as good with watercolors as you are some day.
Hannah May 7, 2013, 8:19 PM EST.
So… We have a nameless music producer.. an emotionally destroyed Lucy.. and a chapter titled, “Break up.” ….. What could happen….? Let’s venture a guess! The Producer is a fraud, Lucy is going to be depressed throughout the chapter, and a beloved couple is going to break up, rendering dozens of pictures in the galleries fruitless…. Smiles all around…? Yeesh, I’ve never wished I was more wrong… heh… Oh! By the way, I’m back BCB! Chances are, you don’t remember me, but that’s okay! I’ve been gone a year a year and am now commenting again! Plus, I’m engaged! So, I couldn’t be upset if I tried! ^v^
The Guy Nobody Knows May 7, 2013, 9:13 PM EST.
HAHA im thinking ” oh cram is this the last chapter? then she blows what would be the last chapter by rewriting her plotline
Idiotic Technology May 8, 2013, 11:47 AM EST.
Omygod the title of this chapter is scaring the bejeebus out of me. Please don’t be what I think it is.
Oh my. It’s a potential END chapter? What kind of feelings are we TALKING ABOUT here?!
Biblioholic(retired) May 8, 2013, 5:29 PM EST.
THANK YOU FOR WORKING YOUR HARDEST ON THIS COMIC! Seriously, much appreciated. I hope that it continues being what you want (since I want to read it, lol). <3
Welcome to America!
Shi-chan May 10, 2013, 5:23 PM EST.
Taeshi, you do great work here. I’ve been lurking the comments for some time now too, and have seen some very inspirational comments on both you, your web comic, and your work in general. A lot of people love you, and BCB. In the end, it’s up to you, if you feel like you’ve got some other business to take care of, then we will eagerly await your return. Same if you choose to keep working on BCB. We’re all with you 100 percent of the way.
Dasaki May 20, 2013, 8:48 PM EST.
Gotta love that Susan face on the last panel.
Sheichii June 25, 2013, 11:35 PM EST.
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