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Maybe Mike will just sit there and take the beating.
TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone June 26, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
I WAS WAITING FOR YOU, PAULO.
My wish has been granted.
Gabba June 26, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Sheichii June 26, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Now Mike’s gonna get it….
That Random Guy June 26, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
He’ll be a good replacement for Lucy for the time being…
T68 June 26, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Holy crap @Taeshi I will still bye you that Katana if you want
TheGentleman June 26, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
TheGrayFox June 26, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Hahaha, he found out, I guess
Be3N2 June 26, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Hell yeah Paulo show the bitch who’s boss
Dakota June 26, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
LucyDucy June 26, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
Bam right in the kisser
King June 26, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
No words…just a punch.
Lily June 26, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
THIS IS TOO MUCH FOR ME
Jerkface June 26, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
this kid June 26, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
Mike, what happened to your incredible punch-blocking skills from the last chapter?
Be3N2 June 26, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
And the best part is … it looks like Paulo didn’t even have to interrogate anybody to find out what happened! He probably got contacted by Lucy’s family once Mike left
Kisekiko June 26, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
this **** just got real
Curtis June 26, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES.
Someone June 26, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
Look how mature he is. Happy now commenters? Your heroine is now being fought over by a man-child and a whiny brat. I’m not aligned either way, but I sure love showing how immature Paulo really is. Solve everything with physical violence, that’s definitely the answer..
Zorak June 26, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
not to surprised. considering paulo is head over heels for lucy.
Whistleblower June 26, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
Jago June 26, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
………. last page comments, totally called it.
Venorik June 26, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
Some Dude June 26, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
Ohhhh sheeze, here goes Paulo. Mike really deserves this, but I think everyone feels bad right now.. Paulo looks broken. Everyone needs a big apology and group hug right now, really..
RaggleFraggle June 26, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
Best…page…EVER!!! and on my birthday im so happy
kittykitty101 June 26, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
You go Paulo YES YES ♥♥♥
BeanieButt June 26, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
Nuka June 26, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
YES!!!! I’VE WANTED PAULO TO DO THAT FOR SO LONG!!!!
THATS WHAT YOU GET MICHEAL!!!
tetsa zangetsu June 26, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
YAAAAAAY! I’m happy now.
Punkkitten7x2 June 26, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
No sound effects?
Haha Paulo looks so awkward with muscles lol.
Ya take that Mike.
LancelotOcelot June 26, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
Man, first Mike is abused by Lucy and then the pendulum swung back the other way and Mike went too far and abused Lucy. Now the pendulum is going to swing even further in the other direction with everyone blaiming Mike for Lucy’s running away,
Kevin June 26, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
lucy better ****ing stop paulo and his dumb *** because he has no right to punch mike like that
christ June 26, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
I want to say that Paulo’s punch looked horribly weak, but then I noticed he doesn’t even have eyes, so the fact that he located Mike by scent alone and connected with a blind punch is commendable. But seriously, once again it’s an abusive, dominating ‘friend’ of Mike’s inflicting physical harm on him with flimsy cause. Yay bullying.
Shiloh June 26, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
what’s gonna happen next?!
Midstrike June 26, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
Oh man the fists are flying now!
Todd June 26, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
MOTHER****IN CALLED IT!!!
Sono June 26, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
****’s gonna go down.
You know what’d be cool? If Paulo announced that he was leaving with Lucy!
Sambo June 26, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
oh yeeeees I like that really good painting *-*
BcBfan174 June 26, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.
…and all across the world, BCB readers are rejoicing.
And I’m sitting here, feeling kinda sorry for Mike.
Copper June 26, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.
Paulo versus Mike!
My money is on Mike, he is more athletic, so if he doesn’t win using fists he can always abuse Paulo’s phobia of barking. Muhahahaha!
Anon-Anon June 26, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.
doesn’t seems that hurt
Dekolantzen June 26, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.
The feels I can’t
I love them!
Vivitv June 26, 2013, 1:06 PM EST.
Whoa whoa whoa
How did you find out Paulo? If you did that is…
And also, yes, I did at one point believe Mike needed a nice smack, but that was only for the ‘make him see some sense’ factor. But, now that he has, its a bit unnecessary.
I feel like there’s going to be a quick flashback. Maybe Lucy called him? Sent him a letter? Her family called? He begged and pleaded to see her and they finally let him?
I NEED ANSWERS DAMMIT.
CheshireGames June 26, 2013, 1:06 PM EST.
Dear goodness, I can already hear Team Lucy’s violent orgasms in the background.
Dammit, Paulo. For one brief, shining moment, you were the one guy who was actually managing to keep it all together. *Sigh*…I guess the high emotions and irrationality are no longer able to be contained by the comment section alone.
My thoughts exactly.
EDIT: Not that I support this theory myself, but what if this is actually several (nonspecific increment of time)s after the previous chapter, Mike and Lucy slowly made up, Mike dumped Sandy, became Lucy’s real actual boyfriend instead of all the previous tension, and Paulo’s just angry that Mike stole his potential GF?
Insanity_Prevails June 26, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
Anyone called for a Falcon Punch? Lol
Blaze June 26, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
On a side note
Vivitv June 26, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
I don’t think Mike deserves this, actually. He’s already gone through his own guilt trip, and he’s pretty much redeemed in my eyes. Paulo shouldn’t’ve punched him, although I do feel bad for him. Sadness all around
Sambo June 26, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
Woah, did Paulo found out or he had a feeling that it was all Mike’s fault? oh my gawd, what’s going to happen!
Aoriki June 26, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
So we finally get to see Paulo versus Mike. Well let’s see if Mike’s going to take Paulo’s punches or if he’s actually going to fight back. Now I’m wondering who told Paulo. Oh, and if anyone else knows.
supertails19 June 26, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
Yeah, kinda knew that would be coming sooner or later. Not that I think it was totally necessary, but it’s Paulo. We all knew he would react like this. I personally hoped he wouldn’t, but hey. Not much one can do about that.
Plus, the whole lack of eyes thing should’ve been a nice indicator. Either his face is contorted into one of pure rage, or he’s crying a ton. Or both.
Oceanus92 June 26, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.
Hah, wasn’t expecting that xDD I don’t know if I should feel sorry for Mike or just excited that Paulo punched him. I hope Paulo actually knows the whole story and what happened in December to go punch him like that.. Or maybe not. Who knows
Just a lady. June 26, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.
I shouldn’t be enjoying this, but…
*grabs a chair and makes some popcorn*
Xeneus June 26, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.
Oh come ducking on! People only got over Mike haters vs Lucy hater wars and you start a Mike vs Paulo fight. I’m starting to regret it didn’t end two pages ago.
HIC June 26, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.
So far as I can tell from the comic Lucy didn’t ‘Run away’ Her family is Sending her away because they think that will help her.
Lexicon June 26, 2013, 1:11 PM EST.
Mmmm whatcha say
Mmm that you only meant well?
Well of course you did
Mmmm whatcha say
Mmmm that it’s all for the best?
Lyrics from eLyrics.net
xlk June 26, 2013, 1:11 PM EST.
Better back the **** up before you get smacked the **** up
Sleepingfox June 26, 2013, 1:12 PM EST.
DEAR LORD YES.
I’m not a big Mike fan and it was WAY over due for this to happen, for many reasons. (A) He needed a reality check. BIG TIME. (B) VENGEANCE (C) Paulo is the man!
It’s still a two-way street, but both of them are kids…gotta lot of hard lessons ahead of them. He needed to realize what COULD’VE happened and thankfully he did.
Infamous_Ren June 26, 2013, 1:12 PM EST.
Fight Fight Fight. Kick his *** Mike.
starfighter105 June 26, 2013, 1:12 PM EST.
You should TOTALLY be enjoying this
*hands you a soda*
Infamous_Ren June 26, 2013, 1:13 PM EST.
Wow. Some of you.
Mike is a pretty emotionally suppressed character, more-so than even Lucy. Mike was essentially abused by most of the characters in this story for a long period of time, and it was clear that it wore on him after a while. Not only that, but PAULO made him feel guilty for liking Lucy in the first place, and convinced him that he was cheating on Sandy by even still being friends with Lucy. In a lot of mostly indirect ways, Paulo is to blame for this situation.
Mike’s explosion on Lucy was due to Sandy being upset that Lucy was “abusing” him, Paulo’s guilt tripping, and spreading the word that Mike was a cheater, as well as his own guilty FROM that, because he loved/still loves Lucy.
The only ****ing reason Mike even treated Lucy like that for so long, was because he feels guilty, because he DOES love her.
Granted his explosion was over the top, but that’s what happens when you internalize everything. He’s not a horrible person, and isn’t really deserving of punishment at this point from anyone else. His own personal punishment from his regret, is worse than anything anyone could possibly do to him.
TL;DR: This situation is partially Paulo’s fault. **** Paulo’s anger.
Blizz June 26, 2013, 1:13 PM EST.
Oh Paulo, you beautiful hero you.
SkyeCaptain June 26, 2013, 1:16 PM EST.
Because reality checks always come in the form of physical violence. That always makes things better instead of worse. Right?
Insanity_Prevails June 26, 2013, 1:17 PM EST.
Paulo, please don’t beat up Mike It’s not going to solve anything.
Maybe the both of you can fix this together! How can you be so selfish?! This isn’t about Mike, it’s about Lucy! So be the bigger man for once and put it behind you so the both of you can find a way to get Lucy to stay!!!
SIGxMUNDx808 June 26, 2013, 1:18 PM EST.
Violence is the answer to all of life’s questions. Obviously. Well, that and alcohol.
Yxela007 June 26, 2013, 1:20 PM EST.
Karma is a bitch!
Well nobody offended you, yet.
But you got what you deservee
Solly June 26, 2013, 1:22 PM EST.
Punch him again, PUNCH HIM AGAIN! I DEMAND IT.
feralsoul June 26, 2013, 1:23 PM EST.
I wonder if this is why she made out with Paulo. She seemed kind of uninterested when she did it. Guess all of their friends really will side with her.
Stephen June 26, 2013, 1:24 PM EST.
OMFG I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS!!!!!!!! SICK HIM PAULO!!!!
CLoud June 26, 2013, 1:24 PM EST.
Thank God I have been waiting for some violence.
TheGentleman June 26, 2013, 1:25 PM EST.
**** YEAH PAULO!!! BEAT HIS ***!!!
Pauloisjustthatboss June 26, 2013, 1:26 PM EST.
o no Paulo lost his eyes.
TheGentleman June 26, 2013, 1:26 PM EST.
nommerz June 26, 2013, 1:27 PM EST.
Super Paulo punch!
I’ve been waiting for this to happen :-)
cherry panda June 26, 2013, 1:27 PM EST.
Vivitv June 26, 2013, 1:28 PM EST.
I am guessing Jordan told him what happened.
Nice punch Paulo
Teed June 26, 2013, 1:29 PM EST.
Can we all just sit down and remember that they are in high school, Lucy made herself all depressed over pretty much nothing but jealousy (because lets be honest, you shouldn’t be “falling in love”, if you can even call it that, in high school) Paulo’s all upset because he doesn’t have his **** buddy any more, and Mike, Daisy, and Abbey are probably the only one’s with normally functioning brains (because Lucy IS abusive, so Mike has every right to hate her)?
This lady June 26, 2013, 1:30 PM EST.
Mousse the Husky June 26, 2013, 1:31 PM EST.
XenaTheAlienChick June 26, 2013, 1:31 PM EST.
Paulo. Grow a pair and get over it and try do something instead of killing mike… Wait don’t because you already have thoes and they too sensative. Grow a ****** coz thoes things can take a pounding.
Mike. You ****ing stupid. Get over it. Tell people what the hell happened. Take the blame! I saw you cry but now suffer under your own guilt! Not paulo’s beating.
Now let Lucy watch the show as this is all part of her plan to get revenge on mike! *evil face*
Not true but nice to hope…. Or is it??? Da da daaaaa
LOVE The Artwork!
Too ama-zing! Wait no1 will get that and if you do please tell me coz I’ll be shocked like mike is with paulo punching his lights in
So amped for next page
The G June 26, 2013, 1:32 PM EST.
Interesting twist…! See, I’ve been rooting for ANYone to give Mike a good swat, but I realize now that it was only because he wasn’t acknowledging his own fault in this mess, nor was he TRULY remorseful for his actions.
Now that he’s finally shown that, seeing this finally go down is a little… “lukewarm”? Unremarkable? Too late?
Ah well, this was bound to happen at any rate. This confrontation is something we’ve all been waiting for, regardless of what exactly goes down! Nicely done, Taeshi!
Ryuko June 26, 2013, 1:34 PM EST.
….And so, as Paulo’s punch, driven from anger, anguish, and desperation, hit Micheal’s face, the mystic forces of the cosmos aligned and magically returned everything to normal, and everyone was happy.
Y’know. Because this sort of thing solves problems. All the time. Right?
Bluecaptain June 26, 2013, 1:34 PM EST.
Is it just me or does Mike in the first panel look like a total badass?
And on that note : Paulo - FALCON PUNCH!!!!
Random dude June 26, 2013, 1:35 PM EST.
Listen up everyone! It’s all gone to ****, and sitting here arguing about who’s to blame is not going to solve it. It is high time that the Lucy shippers unite! ALL the Lucy shippers!!! I call out to those who love Lucy with all their heart, to come together under one flag!
I ask you, the faithful fans of BCB, is Paulo beating up Mike really going to make it right, or will this just become another problem that will keep the gang from losing Lucy. There have been tough times, and great obstacles for the cast of BCB, but none such that they couldn’t overcome TOGETHER. This is their greatest challenge yet, for it tests the very bonds that have gotten them through every dilemma they’ve faced so far. Things look grim, and may never be the same…but their friendship is strong. It is a force greater than the sun itself. It is truer than the skies and deeper than the oceans. Together they will be able to overcome this as they have always done. And so I call out to every last fan out there to unite for the cast of BCB, for Lucy, Michael, for Paulo and Daisy and Tess and Sue and Abbey, for them all!!! FOR BITTERSWEET CANDY BOWL!!!!!!
SIGxMUNDx808 June 26, 2013, 1:35 PM EST.
Stiiiiill waiting on you to tell us what actually happened.
DiamondMX June 26, 2013, 1:36 PM EST.
Michael deserves a fist in the face.
And Lucy too.
Knux-the-Killer June 26, 2013, 1:36 PM EST.
Scratch my last comment when I felt remorse for mike
Finally justice is served
N-master June 26, 2013, 1:37 PM EST.
I can honestly say I have always hated Paulo. He acts like an as all the time, gets way to emotional over the smallest things, he took advantage of Lucy in her lil’ crisis and he just punched Mike so ya I can say with a straight face I hate Paulo
SteakInc June 26, 2013, 1:37 PM EST.
all hail the magical disappearing tree¡¡¡
deku tree June 26, 2013, 1:40 PM EST.
YES PAULO, YES.
God, I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this to happen.
pauloissohotlike June 26, 2013, 1:41 PM EST.
My god, he punched that tree out of existence. That’s…that’s just insanity
Jake June 26, 2013, 1:42 PM EST.
I was waiting for this to happen totally called it
kold kagura June 26, 2013, 1:43 PM EST.
Paulo has the fastest fists in the west…or east…or wherever they are. Mike is really in for it now. Paulo’s fists will now forever be known as pain and retribution.
P.S. Is it just me or does Paulo look huge as a mofo in the last panel?
lolwut June 26, 2013, 1:44 PM EST.
If anyone deserves to be called a Backpfeifengesicht, it’s Mike.
Patrick June 26, 2013, 1:45 PM EST.
I fully agree with Blizz. People are blaming Mike for everything, and are taking sick pleasure from his torture. This is not all Mike’s fault. He was abused by everyone else and finally snapped. And now after one outburst from him everyone turned against him and say all of the character’s emotional problems are because of little old Mike. Everyone is to blame. Mike isn’t a bad guy, he just warped the situation in his mind and acted very rashly. Apparently that caused Lucy to snap too, but this Paulo outburst is uncalled for. He harassed Mike to no end, and is partially to blame for the situation they are in. Personally I think this story is getting way too dark/angsty and if II haven’t been reading for years, I would have stopped reading when everything went to ****.
tl;dr Everybody chill, Mike isn’t bad, and Paulo has no room/reason to beat up on him.
Well Then June 26, 2013, 1:47 PM EST.
I FOLLOW THE BANNER YOU CARRY!!! FOR BCB!!!!!!!!!!
The G June 26, 2013, 1:47 PM EST.
Finish him! X3 nice hit, Paulo. I probably would have done the same thing in his position. Excellent work as always, taeshi. ^_^
Legion June 26, 2013, 1:47 PM EST.
Blank On Purpose June 26, 2013, 1:48 PM EST.
Paulo…what in the hell are you doing.
Also…guys…this is perhaps a very interesting call back…
Also: @Well Then, pretty much this.
Chocothunda June 26, 2013, 1:49 PM EST.
Also, @This Lady, I could’t have said it better myself.
Well Then June 26, 2013, 1:49 PM EST.
Oh my god guys. Why would you want Paulo to wreck him? He knows he did wrong, he’s feeling guilty. I’m scared of what’s going to happen next, hope nothing terrible.
Some of these comments worry me, chanting for Paulo to continue? Come on guys, these people were friends, Lucy and Mike were best friends, whys there gotta be more drama?
Dave June 26, 2013, 1:49 PM EST.
Daisey better not still be on mikes side cause of her feelings for him >.> my god…
Sanchan June 26, 2013, 1:52 PM EST.
YES!! Paulo is my hero right now. Taeshi I love you
ihaveaname? June 26, 2013, 1:54 PM EST.
Lol I just can’t help myself but imagine that Carter was doing this instead of Paulo. I know he died by woodchipper, but still. It’s just…. I dunno.
Exodustrial June 26, 2013, 1:54 PM EST.
@Blizz I agree.
I am very interested in seeing the dialogue in the next few pages and Paulo’s reaction to Mike’s revelation of his arsery.
Mike can take a hit, considering “Confrontation”, The summer arc, Mini-fight with Abby, and the hits he shrugged off from Lucy.
But in the mean time: BARK BARK BARK BARK
Vanvoltra June 26, 2013, 1:55 PM EST.
@Dave Paulo’s gonna kick ***, that’s what’s gonna happen next
lolwut June 26, 2013, 1:55 PM EST.
Exactly. You’ve encapsulated by feeling on the matter quite perfectly. Thanks.
Gryph June 26, 2013, 1:57 PM EST.
I have no idea June 26, 2013, 1:57 PM EST.
@Legion and other commenters. It truly is quite sad to see people support such violence because they/you think he deserves it. It’s just like in real life where people root for violence merely because they find it entertaining. Do you REALLY think Mike deserved that, or is it just double-standard because you think he does because of the December stuff, and that he hurt a female you thought you all knew well?
SkyyKirby44 June 26, 2013, 1:59 PM EST.
Too true man, I hope something good happens, fast.
Dave June 26, 2013, 2:01 PM EST.
There… are you all happy now? He finally punched Mike like you guys wanted FOR MONTHS. Mike definitely had it coming but Paulo isn’t handling the situation any better. I’m just glad that now all the PauloXLucy shippers are satisfied and they’ll stop begging for Mike to be hurt. (Although knowing shippers in general, they’re rarely ever satisfied…) My opinion still stands that Mike AND Lucy are both at fault for all this angst and everyone is along for the ride. I refuse to be on the Mike hate train or the Lucy hate train because they BOTH screwed up people.
Say What? June 26, 2013, 2:05 PM EST.
You are all ****ing sick watching this violence and enjoying it.
Lance June 26, 2013, 2:06 PM EST.
Mike sorta deserved it, but at least Paulo could have said something. You know, like hear his part of the story… ♥I still love how Paulo is reacting!♥
I Am Who I Am June 26, 2013, 2:07 PM EST.
woah….. I wanted this to happen but I…..I never though it would!
and now that Mike has sincerely apologized(even if it wasn’t to Lucy’s face) I don’t feel as much animosity towards him.
Which makes Paulo’s actions not as satisfactory as I would have liked.
Shoop-a-doop June 26, 2013, 2:07 PM EST.
@SIGxMUNDx808 You have my sword…
Well, can’t say I didn’t see this coming.
It’s kind of ironic, Mike said that Lucy would be left all alone if he were to leave their table, and everyone would follow him, but if Paulo really knows what went on between Mike and Lucy, and spreads the word to everyone else…
Lets just say Paulo is probably just the beginning of what’s to come in the near future.
13lackout June 26, 2013, 2:07 PM EST.
Bout’ time Pualo kicked his @ss. Honestly, am I the only one that has actually been WAITING for this?
I’ve sat through drama, pain, crying, Lucy’s wack emotions, for this moment
When Pualo kicks his butt for well being a butt.
It’s such an amazing, and much needed thing I bet even Daisy would agree its needed <33
Doodles June 26, 2013, 2:07 PM EST.
I’m sorry, but can we not agree that Mike deserved that punch? I… I honestly hope that Lucy does get better and with time, both physically and emotionally. Because Lucy DOES have friends… and she’s no parasite, though, yes, Lucy did need a wake-up call, however, the way Mike did it was uncalled for. And look where we are now… Well, Mike? Are you happy now? Lucy will no longer cling to you or bother you. You have Sandy. You got what you wanted… I hope you’re happy with what you’ve accomplished. You don’t deserve Lucy, she’s too good for you, and I honestly feel bad if Sandy saw your nasty attitude…
Julia KaNeko June 26, 2013, 2:11 PM EST.
And the lesson here boys -if a girl abuses you, just take it. Because if you explode, and call her out on her actions you are a bad person.
Smegirl June 26, 2013, 2:14 PM EST.
I keep liking Paulo more and more. He sooo did just what Mike deserves. I mean really, Mike is so unlikeable… with his obsession over his girlfriend Sandy he is willing to make own friends go to hell. I mean, I don’t believe this was even about him but about Sandy crying over how Mike gets hurt by Lucy. It is interesting how he goes from nice guy, to total jerk and shows only care because dear Sandy asked him to talk it out with Lucy. Im quite curious to see how this will evolve. Sofar it does pretie sure look that he caused Lucy go suicidal after making her feel like the world hates her
Still, the atmosphere of the drama to its ultimate is very well done
Dk3 June 26, 2013, 2:15 PM EST.
I’ve been waiting for this moment, for a long long time, oh lord.
Mike June 26, 2013, 2:17 PM EST.
I don’t understand when people say Lucy is “too good” for mike?
I’m not saying this to be mean, I mean it - Mike is established as being athletic, smart, and regardless of his actions to Lucy he is kindhearted patient and generally caring - he felt taken advantage of and abused, which he was, and he snapped. It wasn’t just Lucy bullying him either, but most of his friends - when Mike loved Lucy, nobody really cared, and then when Mike moved on and found somebody he really loved who treated him right, Lucy confessed and ALL his friends jumped at him to accept her love.
Lucy is established as being very attractive, and she can be nice when she wants to be - but the problem is it seems she very rarely wants to be. She is quite selfish, clingy and violent.
Also when she did confess, he did let her down gently, and she is the one who started calling him a jerk the next day and accusing him of acting like her feelings didn’t matter - the problem is their friends do the exact opposite - they act like her feelings are the only ones that matter, not how mike feels about sandy.
So I don’t really understand when people say “Lucy is too good for Mike” - both characters have good sides and bad sides to their personalities, but Mikes actions were the result of passion - he cried as he shouted that he hated her, it wasn’t like he calculated how he was going to break her.
Ramona June 26, 2013, 2:21 PM EST.
This ‘gon be good.
Styx June 26, 2013, 2:21 PM EST.
It seems everyone wants either Paulo to beat up Mike or no fight at all. I personally want Mike to beat the **** out of Paulo. Paulo is being immature if he thinks violence will solve part of this is his fault as show with the earleir comments about making Mike feel guilty. So if he is gonna try fight Michael I hope Mike beats him up but instead he will probably feel guilty and just take the fists and not fight back. I feel sorry for you Mike
HauntedW June 26, 2013, 2:22 PM EST.
Who the hell cares about this being immature?
It needed to be done, plus, they’re practically just kids. Get over yourselves.
Jerkface June 26, 2013, 2:22 PM EST.
It’s finally happening. Paulo is acting on his feelings and showing his dominance to Mike and making him the submissive one that he now shall be. Surely, their relationship will be one of greatness for all.
Vivex June 26, 2013, 2:25 PM EST.
Either Paulo is a giant in the last panel or Mike is a dwarf.
Alsohow come Jordan, who is older than Mike ad Paulo, is unable to punch
Mimi June 26, 2013, 2:25 PM EST.
All of my yeses
That one person June 26, 2013, 2:27 PM EST.
Oh an’ then there’s Paulo.
shaaa June 26, 2013, 2:29 PM EST.
I wish Paulo would’ve hit Mike before Mike came to whatever realization he just came to… Seems kinda like when someone kicks you when you’re down. But still, we all saw that punch coming. I just wonder if Paulo knows the whole story yet.
@Smegirl : It’s fine and within your right to call someone out when they’re hurting/abusing you.. but Mike went way beyond that with his explosive tirade. It was unnecessarily cruel, it went off topic, and it just caused more problems. It’s not all about who was right or wrong, it’s about how you treat people, and Mike went about telling Lucy to back off all wrong. She deserved to be told not to hit him or hurt him anymore, but she did not deserve the other things he said about her. That’s all.
Tickled June 26, 2013, 2:29 PM EST.
OH YES. BEAT HIM UP GOOD PAULO, WHOOOOOPPPP. Mike deserved it. I just hope that daisy does it too, shows him just how far she’ll go for a friend.
.-. June 26, 2013, 2:30 PM EST.
Either Paulo is a giant in the last panel or Mike is a dwarf. Oh wait it’s pespective… I think.
Also how come Jordan, who is older than Mike and Paulo, is unable to punch Mike to save his life while it is way too easy for Paulo to do so…? Sometimes I think Paulo is made out to be way too “badass”, resulting in him verging on being unrealistic and annoying.
@ThisLady What you said is perfect!! 10/10
Mimimi June 26, 2013, 2:32 PM EST.
Woah come on, Mike regretted it and is feeling pretty low as it is. He doesn’t deserve to be beaten for this don’t push Mike to suicidal thoughts as well. Revenge is never pretty especially when the other party is already sorry…
Kitmit June 26, 2013, 2:32 PM EST.
As you said, what Mike did was not right, even if understandable… yet you act like Paulo’s reaction here (whether it was from finding out, or from finally figuring it out on his own somehow) is both not right and NOT understandable. Isn’t that a bit of a double standard? Yes, Mike overdid things because he had suppressed his anger over time, but it’s obvious that Paulo also did that in this case (albeit more short term), since it looks like he’s been mentally stewing about it while looking for Mike.
Both Mike and Paulo’s actions were not right, but both, in my opinion, are equally understandable. People who are implying that what is happening to Mike right now, if for reasons most people suspect, is unfair, are not considering that there will always be consequences for one’s actions no matter how understandable they may be. Mike’s outburst was the breaking point for Lucy and is probably the reason Paulo’s punching him, so he just had to face the consequences of his actions and in my opinion that is entirely fair. It’s just as fair as the fact that Paulo will have to face the consequences for punching Mike, whether it’d be future regret or someone calling him out on it later on.
Deiser June 26, 2013, 2:33 PM EST.
@Mimimi To be fair, Mike had probably been expecting it from Jordan. That obviously wasn’t the case with Paulo.
Be3N2 June 26, 2013, 2:35 PM EST.
Paulo I love you but
stop being so harsh on Mike
I’m with ya buddy, hang in there
Milkfruit June 26, 2013, 2:37 PM EST.
With so much bias in the comment sections you’d think that only a few people actually read the entirety of the comic. Mike is such a bad guy who totally needed to be punched, even though at one point in his life, he basically sacrificed himself to save Lucy, and even after, instead of thanking him, she berates him for doing it. It doesn’t matter that while they were searching for him, Lily wanted to find him, not to make sure he was alive, but solely for Lucy’s sake. That’s basically the majority of the comment section in a nutshell. Everything has to be for Lucy’s sake, doesn’t matter how much Mike has been abused by her co-dependency.
@Zorak Good Show.
Damonashu June 26, 2013, 2:37 PM EST.
Ooooook…time to sit down, strap in and shut up ‘cuz this shist just got real
Craaaaap…now I have to buy EVERYTHING from the BCB store.
You, my dear Veronica & Oliver are Fraking. Brilliant.
kaminari683 June 26, 2013, 2:38 PM EST.
My pants just got tighter…
I ve been sooooooooo looking forward to this!
Order_66 June 26, 2013, 2:41 PM EST.
Oh for crying out loud, NOW he can’t catch a punch?
C’mon keep some continuity
Macca June 26, 2013, 2:47 PM EST.
I think everyone saw this moment coming sooner or later. Oooh I can’t wait to see how this plays out!
Extrementalis June 26, 2013, 2:48 PM EST.
Wow, I was wondering when this was happening, it was LONG overdue. NOT Because Mike deserved it/didn’t deserve it, but its just that there was just too much friction between those two. I think that they ARE genuinely friends, but to an extent because Lucy was always in the middle of it all. So that must’ve cause some frustrations between the two to build up over the years, as well as other things, at LEAST from PAULO’S side of the drama (like “Starting Over” pg. 11, and maybe 12).
Judging from the last few chapters, Paulo probably doesn’t know ANYTHING about what happened between Lucy and Mike. So I’m guessing the punch comes from his own speculations after trying to connect some dots together; “Starting Over” and http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c69/p20.html indicate that at least a few of their friends knew that Mike and Lucy weren’t on good terms. So, it probably wasn’t too hard for Paulo to guess “who was responsible” for Lucy’s departure.
Well, this is gonna pretty bad really fast. So, I’m just going to grab some cookies and hope for best
Subaru June 26, 2013, 2:48 PM EST.
Thinking about it, this is almost kind of what happened with Mike and Lucy in December. Mike blew up on Lucy in an unneeded manner after she had started to change how she was toward others and deliberately broke her by exploiting the insecurities he knew she had.
Now he’s had his realization that his actions were wrong and that he took it too hard, and Paulo comes in late to lash out at him. Only real difference so far is it was a punch instead of words.
I’ll be curious to see where the next 9 pages lead.
JustaReader June 26, 2013, 2:49 PM EST.
THEY FINALLY FIGHT
I’m actually really hyped for this.
Mike’s faster and more agile.
Paulo is physically stronger and probably more durable.
This is gonna be good.
wr3h June 26, 2013, 3:10 PM EST.
I have to say, that mike has a lot inside to keep going and then suddently when never can be worst. Paulo show and fk the crap out of mike
Othoniel June 26, 2013, 3:11 PM EST.
looks like Paulo is somewhat aware of what went down.
Anyone else notice how he looks kind of like a giant compared to Mike in the last panel? or is it just me?
imaginativemonster June 26, 2013, 3:11 PM EST.
On a slightly lighter note
I think Lucy’s no eye disease has spread to Paulo
Shoop-a-doop June 26, 2013, 3:12 PM EST.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Kiss, kiss, kiss.
LOL! I like fights, & seeing as this one is inevitable. Go! Go! Go!
BARK!, BARK!, BARK! Michael used the divine move.
Capital D June 26, 2013, 3:14 PM EST.
Grant June 26, 2013, 3:14 PM EST.
Right, so because he’s “unlikeable,” he deserves to be beaten. Seriously? I’m getting tired of this shpiel. And the last chapter? You know, the one where he showed complete remorse for his actions after going all the way to the hospital to see Lucy WITHOUT Sandy’s encouragement? Yeah, that whole chapter doesn’t count either, I suppose.
Insanity_Prevails June 26, 2013, 3:15 PM EST.
YES!!! I’ve been waiting for this to happen since december!!! It’d be even more sastifying if he found out what happened (maybe not exactly but knows that mike had something to do with lucy’s present state of mind/ her leaving) Avenge your lady love Paulo!!! I salute you.
Luna June 26, 2013, 3:15 PM EST.
Mike wont fight back. He already feels like ****, and probably even thinks he deserves it. Although I would love for him to kick Paulo’s ***.
BornAgain June 26, 2013, 3:16 PM EST.
PAUL BEAT HIS WHITE *** AND KNOCK SOME SENCE INTO THIS HEARTBREAKER
ethan June 26, 2013, 3:17 PM EST.
down with MikexPaulo
Seppucrow June 26, 2013, 3:19 PM EST.
F*** YES. ALL MY DREAMS ARE ABOUT TO COME TRUE. Mike gets served, Paulo becomes a bamf, andddd… Some canon LucyXPaulo is on the way, right? >3> riiiiiiiight? ggfh
Jupi June 26, 2013, 3:26 PM EST.
This will not end well.
MGlBlaze June 26, 2013, 3:27 PM EST.
Whoah there friend, you might need to slow down.
But seriously. Out of all the possible things that could have happened on this page, I was not expecting this! I’m excited to see what else will happen in this chapter and what Mike will do on the next page!
HimbeCat379 June 26, 2013, 3:32 PM EST.
Now Mike has become the new Lucy and everyone is going to defend him and say he has absolutely no blame in nothing. He did something wrong to Lucy? Yes. Every action has a reaction, no matter how remorseful you feel about it - we can see he’s remorseful, other characters can’t. If Paulo found out what happened, it’s very obvious he would be angry. He’s a teenager just like Mike - if Mike’s outburst was excusable, so is this. They both had reasons that were right in their minds at that time.
It doesn’t make the punch right, but it’s understandable - and I’m stoked to see it! It’s very in-character for Paulo and it makes for good story AND good drama both - which is why I love BCB. As everyone keeps saying to defend Mike and/or Lucy: They’re all teenagers. They’re immature. They do stupid things. It’s life. It makes good drama and good storytelling.
To the people being all sensitive about it: IT’S A COMIC, jeez. No one is supporting real life violence. There’s a VERY big difference. A punch solely doesn’t configure abuse. It’s just a fight between two boys in a situation that’s gotten out of control.
I like where this is going! Keep on the good work, Taeshi!
Geos June 26, 2013, 3:34 PM EST.
shmidny June 26, 2013, 3:37 PM EST.
that fist is like grace jones’ head
how why June 26, 2013, 3:39 PM EST.
He sooo asked for that.
Pocketchibi June 26, 2013, 3:41 PM EST.
I don’t think this is the proper way for Paulo to handle this. I mean, that’s the whole reason Mike hated Lucy right? Her hitting him? I really don’t think this is the “mature” solution, but hey, they’re sophomores in high school.
GingerPaws June 26, 2013, 3:43 PM EST.
Damn straight he deserves this! I mean if you look at it this way: Lucy only hurt Mike ( only because she liked him btw) but he hurt her way worse and not only her but all of her friends too ( the friends Mike said didn’t actually give a **** about her ), he hurt her family ( You and I both saw Jordan break down over whatever happened to Lucy) AND her PETS! (We all saw the agony attached to those little critters’ eyes )
To be honest, I’m not a ‘Mike hater’ , I think he’s a great character and plays a very important role in the BCB story but he’s the only character who hasn’t had any personal growth all through the story (at least not positive growth) and everyone’s taking it too easy on him.So having Paulo beat him up is the cheery on top of Mikes epiphany
B-Dawg June 26, 2013, 3:46 PM EST.
AWWW YEAAAH THAT FEELS GOOD
CLOSURE AT LAST
Kaljoey June 26, 2013, 3:46 PM EST.
Most. Unnatural. Punch scene. EVER!! Seriously, there is almost no motion from the body, it seems like he just did a light jab at Mike.
P.S.: I don’t mean to disrespect, it is just constructive criticism (tell the artist where he made a mistake, so the artist can get better).
Lynn June 26, 2013, 3:48 PM EST.
**** yeah paulo is the boss!
eagle June 26, 2013, 3:54 PM EST.
I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS.
Yumikarp June 26, 2013, 3:59 PM EST.
I agree with @Blizz . If Mike is deserving a punch, it shouldn’t come from Paulo. I never liked Paulo quite a lot. He called Mike a cheater by being friends with Lucy, just because she liked Mike better than him. That was part of Mike’s mental switch and so Paulo is partially blamed. I don’t like how he tries to look all manly and cool but he’s childish and immature. Of course that he has his good points. He’s loyal and a nice friend, but look at how, if Mike reacts overratedly with Lucy, he’s punching him. PAULO was the one who ran away like a baby when Lucy was clearly in a hard situation and MIKE stood there, to know what happened to Lucy, mantaining himself calm. PAULO overreacted and started calling names to Jordan just because he slammed the door, which he did to protect his sister. MIKE acted calm and persistent with Jordan, who attempted to punch him. He acts like he’s the only one who cares about Lucy, when Mike, Sue, Daisy, etc clearly care about her. I’m not saying Mike’s quite better or something, but Paulo himself deserved a mental slap. It would be really nice to see Mike fighting back, because Paulo isn’t in position to beat him. It’s awful to see how people are enjoying it and saying Paulo is cool. Paulo is punching Mike because he overreacted with Lucy and was quite childish in front of Lucy’s house. I now understand why Jordan doesn’t like him, sheesh. He’s meaning Mike’s all blamed and he should die. Paulo, you’re getting worse day by day.
rainyrilakkuma June 26, 2013, 4:00 PM EST.
1. Major character tries to commit suicide despite only A PAGE AGO looking like she was recovering
2. And now everyone’s gonna gang up on the guy they think is responsible.
…Yeah, I think this story can now be considered grimdark. At this point its nothing but drama, tragedy, and characters being emotionally tortured for no reason.
SFF June 26, 2013, 4:06 PM EST.
Damn. Its like afternoon television, but with cats.
xxGrayxx June 26, 2013, 4:13 PM EST.
Everything has been leading towards this.
God June 26, 2013, 4:14 PM EST.
Heeey that was a bit uncalled for
Wittmann June 26, 2013, 4:24 PM EST.
Announcer June 26, 2013, 4:24 PM EST.
GO PAULO <3
Gea June 26, 2013, 4:24 PM EST.
I keep seeing all these comments about how Paulo is being immature and unreasonable. I kinda really disagree? I mean, Paulo’s always really liked Lucy and knew that she liked Mike. When Mike caused her to lose her cool and became incredibly depressed, did you really not expect Paulo to be mad at him? If someone I loved was driven to the deep end by someone else, especially if that someone else was someone they really trusted, I would be pretty angry and upset, too. I don’t think that it’s RIGHT and that Paulo should beat Mike up, and I don’t think Mike is a horribly awful person who deserves to get beaten up. But remember, they’re teenage boys. You really think they’re gonna sit down and talk about their feelings and try to settle this calmly?
Miaaa June 26, 2013, 4:26 PM EST.
You all have many in-depth points on the exact nature of this smackdown-a-brewin’.
Rather than get involved, I want to point out how well-drawn that punch is. The fingers are right, the arm twist is just so; everything is drawn very nicely.
Nixtarma June 26, 2013, 4:30 PM EST.
Yes, you’re fault, Mike . Paulo knows everything. Do not want …****ing.
Laguhez June 26, 2013, 4:32 PM EST.
THIS PAGE IS ALL WHAT I EVER WANTED <3
IT’S CHRISTMAS ? IT’S HEAVEN? OMG
Taeshi, you totally rock, you didn’t finished the comic on the last charapter, plus, you give us THIS <3 on the second page of the new charapter
Gea June 26, 2013, 4:33 PM EST.
I may be one of the few but… I really think it’s not fair for Mike, just when he tries to do something for himself, even if its done wrong, everyone makes him out to be the bad guy.
I feel bad for him.
Nanners June 26, 2013, 4:37 PM EST.
You know, I’ve been rather peeved at Mike for a while, though I understand where he’s coming from. I even ship Lucy x Paulo. But this is going to accomplish nothing. Mike’s finally realized his own hand in all this, while Paulo only recently realized his feelings for Lucy. Everyone’s emotions are going haywire, and a confrontation like this is just going to make things worse.
Party Favors June 26, 2013, 4:37 PM EST.
i swear if we dont find out wtf happened soon im gonna snap and punch a cat!
MrDude June 26, 2013, 4:37 PM EST.
Mike kinda deserved this for being such a douche bag to Lucy. I’m glad someone is standing up for her. Poor girl may have been a bit mean but she didn’t deserve the reeming she got from Mike.
FlameWolf June 26, 2013, 4:38 PM EST.
Nah, the punch after the emotional nuke is too much. Mike needed that when Sandy’s “bop” barely beat sense into him, not now.
Adept-eX June 26, 2013, 4:38 PM EST.
This is stupid. Paulo is a tool. Seriously Paulo is a ****ing *********.
Teashi June 26, 2013, 4:38 PM EST.
You guys act like Paulo just shot him. Everyone deserves a good punch in the face sometimes. “Violence is never the answer” is ********. It’s like when parents give their kid a spanking or hit on the hand. It does more mentally than physically- it’s saying you were bad, and it’s a reminder not to do it again.
honeybee June 26, 2013, 4:41 PM EST.
And boom goes the dynamite.
Anonymous June 26, 2013, 4:41 PM EST.
Epic cinematic showdown go!!!
Kindle_Kat June 26, 2013, 4:47 PM EST.
I’m sort of torn about whether Mike deserved that or not…
Drackose June 26, 2013, 4:47 PM EST.
IT’S ABOUT FRIGGIN’ DANG TIME!! MIKE MUST PAY!!
Seriously though, Lucy had better not be dead.
Also, once all the drama in this comic is over with and such, it’s always possible that you could continue the comic instead of ending it and use it for simple humor from that point on.
I'll Eat Yourself June 26, 2013, 4:47 PM EST.
Hah!!! FINALLY! He had this coming for a looong time. I do hope they forgive Mike but he does deserve some hell for what he did.
Yuki23 June 26, 2013, 4:50 PM EST.
he is really huge compared to mike and where did the tree go ?????
Amberflower June 26, 2013, 4:55 PM EST.
I don’t want more, I just felt Paulo deserved to get in a a hit. None of them are bad people, but Mike really screwed with Lucy, and unitentianally Paulo. I feel Mike deserved a solid punch.
Mike June 26, 2013, 4:55 PM EST.
Yeah, Mike might have raised his voice while talking to Lucy about how much he hates her and all that crap once, but how many times did SHE insult both Mike and Paulo? Also, she beated both of them up multiple times, and they did pretty many nice things to her before-hand (saving her life, in Mike’s case)..
……Why can’t any of these teenagers effin’ try and actually stay out of all the dramaaaaa- ;___; /sobs
Furball June 26, 2013, 4:55 PM EST.
Wat June 26, 2013, 4:59 PM EST.
Seriously… ****ing Paulo. Paulo is the least likable character in this entire comic. He’s always had some sort of Self-Righteousness that he feels he’s got to fight mike because of something that happened between Mike and Lucy. Most of the time Lucy was the instigator, yet PAULO thinks,
“Oh EM GEE mike is such a jerk” *Cracks knuckles*. YES WE ****ING GET IT, MIKE WAS AWFUL IN DECEMBER. WE’VE THOROUGHLY DISSECTED HIS ACTIONS FOR THE LAST 100 PAGES. Mike doesn’t deserve to be punched in the face. And OF COURSE nobody remembers how much of a JERK Paulo was to Mike in the past as well. And the gang encounter, and countless times where he tries to be cool and detached when he’s actually an insecure douche bag. “Oh wow paulo is such a hero he loves lucy!” **** you. He sure loves Lucy! and Tess, and Jasmine, and Daisy. Mike admitted he loved Lucy ages ago, he was shot down multiple times, and then when he rejects Lucy after he’s in a relationship with Sandy, OH WOW MIKE’S SUCH A JERK.
And you get the people who say, “Mike, it’s too late you could have had that”. Well he ****ing tried, and he got tired of it. He shouldn’t have exploded on Lucy. He should have expressed his feelings in an adult manner. Paulo is a much better person for punching Mike in the face. OH WAIT NO HE’S JUST THE ****ING SAME. This is the exact same outburst and lack of communication that people hate Mike for. Paulo isn’t a white knight or Lucy’s Savior, he’s a stupid, emotional kid.
Honestly, I hope Mike and Lucy’s relationship gets better. I don’t care who winds up with who.
The only thing I hope is that Paulo winds up alone and miserable. Because I think he is a terrible person who doesn’t deserve any empathy or respect.
Teashi June 26, 2013, 5:00 PM EST.
Just to everyone who says Paulo is being immature:
1. He’s a sophomore, in high school (last time I checked) so honestly, you’d accept 30 year-old chit chat and thoughts from some 15 or 16 year old kid?
2. Mike just caused Lucy to go to the HOSPITAL and leave her family, maybe not directly, but his actions led her to that. If the person you loved was sent to the hospital by some guy(or girl) he/she trusted would you be calm with that person? If you were older and had more experience, yes, you most likely would, but these are teenagers. Hormones, man!
3. If there was no drama, we’d all whine. We’d all be like “What I thought this was supposed to have drama” and this equals drama. Right up there. At the top of the page. That’s what we crave (well most of us at least.)
4. Ever heard of karma? If you believe it, Mike got his, and soon enough Paulo will get his for his irrational actions.
If you wish to argue with me, PLEASE do, I love to banter
ReddenedS June 26, 2013, 5:09 PM EST.
Paulo throws the punch every person’s been screaming about for months and months.
Neveko June 26, 2013, 5:14 PM EST.
Wow, all Mike haters are rejoicing that somebody who figured out he was wrong and cried about it is deserving of violence. Paulo is a lil’ **** which I already knew since the begining of the comic, but this is what cracks the ice, Paulo is a violent person we already knew this, but that people really support the violence is just dumb.
~Bat with a Cat June 26, 2013, 5:19 PM EST.
Am I only the only one who hopes paulo and lucy end up together in the end >//>
SirSynx June 26, 2013, 5:19 PM EST.
AW YEAH, MY MAN PAULO!
Chompy June 26, 2013, 5:20 PM EST.
Been a LucyXMike fan throughout!!
Squiidge June 26, 2013, 5:26 PM EST.
I’m in the process of framing the last image to put on my wall. Thank u Paulo
JustSomeCritic June 26, 2013, 5:27 PM EST.
My immediate reaction was a laugh then “What?!”
This is not good.
Yaschiri June 26, 2013, 5:30 PM EST.
Okay, that was justified in a way but i definitely like Paulo less now.
Dragnite June 26, 2013, 5:33 PM EST.
Lets remember Mikie can kick Paulo’s *** here.. If it ends at that punch, well done Paulo. If he tries to beat up Mike… Well Paulo you’re a *******. Mike deserves a punch I suppose, but I’m disappointed in Paulo for just goin that way.
Bleu June 26, 2013, 5:42 PM EST.
I_Love_Lucy June 26, 2013, 5:45 PM EST.
Knuc June 26, 2013, 5:49 PM EST.
I was laughing for a bit and then I thought over the past few chapters. And then I started crying. And immediately afterwards, I attempted to punch my screen. My hand feels ouchies.
Mikey, you and all of your soap opera stuff make my heart burn. (And not always in a good way…)
Can’t say I didn’t see Paulo’s fist coming, though. I think he’s probably thinking something along the lines of, “Nyeh, Mike was an arsehole to Lucy and blah blah blah IMMA PUNCH YO FACE IN, BETCH!”
Paulo —> BECAUSE PUNCHING PEOPLE SOLVES EVERYTHING!!!
I’m going to H-E-double hockey-sticks for this.
Sashimi June 26, 2013, 5:50 PM EST.
You deserve that punch Michael! You were really mean!
Panda-chan June 26, 2013, 5:50 PM EST.
Elise June 26, 2013, 5:53 PM EST.
So let me get this straight:
-Mike finally gets the reality check he needs. Didn’t come in the form of a punch to the face, sure, but it was far more effective than anything violence could ever provide.
-Mike realizes his mistake. Understands he’s too late. Reminisces about all the good times he had with Lucy. Cries like the fruitcake he is.
-After some down time, Paulo comes outta nowhere, in all his eyeless glory, and creams him. Right in the kisser.
-People cheer like Frankenstein’s monster just got publicly executed.
I feel like this whole thing is less about making things right and more about just seeing Mike get his $%@# pushed in for hurting little ol’ Lucy. Ya’ll some vicious folk.
Ziggy June 26, 2013, 6:04 PM EST.
PAULO STOP BEING A DICK!!!! He’s just as upset as you!!!
#1 fan of Defiance June 26, 2013, 6:05 PM EST.
I’m trying to figure out which direction I should read this page. Left to right or Right to left?
MapleMelodey June 26, 2013, 6:12 PM EST.
Mike and Paulo are finally fighting over Lucy, but in a more bittersweet way than I thought. She’ll be leaving soon and even if Paulo wins this fight, it will be an empty victory. The fact that Paulo’s love is moving away and that Mike isn’t in the mindset to properly defend himself might help Paulo win… if Mike really does feel that he deserves this.
I’m thinking that Mike might try to defend himself at some point, but no after taking what Paulo is dishing out. It’s friend versus friend in a fight for a friend. This chapter is probably going to make me sad, but I’ll be okay with whatever happens.
@Yaschiri: My initial reaction to seeing Paulo was: “Oh hey it’s Paulo, maybe he and Mike will finally talk things out.” Then I saw the last panel. “Or fight like teenage boys. ” Well it was bound to happen eventually right? Hmm, maybe Mike will at least try to defend himself. I really don’t want Mike to take a beating he feels he deserves and to be honest I think Paulo has done his fair share of mistakes in the past so he’s in no position to judge.
I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next. What about you?
I’m sure this mess up situation will get better sooner or later, but for now we’ll have to wait through the tough times to get a look at the good times again.
supertails19 June 26, 2013, 6:12 PM EST.
What a bunch of little children you all are, more assault and you all cheer and hoot like a bunch of hill billy apes. Again, not his fault Lucy went full emo mode.
Donny June 26, 2013, 6:17 PM EST.
@styx My agreement level is over 9000.
Chinatsu June 26, 2013, 6:17 PM EST.
Thatoneguy June 26, 2013, 6:18 PM EST.
@Ziggy: Pretty much this.
@supertails19: I don’t think Mike’s going to defend himself on this. After all that he saw, I think he’s putting the blame…(ALL of the blame), squarely on himself. So I don’t think he’s going to raise a hand at all to Paulo.
Paulo’s getting his anger out…but with this little fight, it will be nothing more than a meaningless scuffle that truly should not have happened at this point in time. Some people are arguing that he deserves it at this point; I disagree wholeheartedly. Someone who goes through his thought processes, reflects on his actions, and is actually visibly remorseful doesn’t deserve the “kick while he’s down” treatment.
Chocothunda June 26, 2013, 6:39 PM EST.
Listen I have to say that Mike is an absolute idiot. but he doesn’t deserve to be punched. He has been manipulated. (Please note that I may be reading too much into this so I apolgise if this is TLDR!)
My first thought when Mike’s rant started was the fact that Sandy had effectively provoked Mike into saying those things to Lucy. Then she turned around later and said that Mike should apologise to her when it was clear that Lucy was not going to respond positively to it. In fact Sandy has Mike under her thumb all the while feeding him coos and drawing him away from Lucy.
I don’t like Sandy….I’ll be honest. She seems a little sociopathic….
Druffy June 26, 2013, 6:40 PM EST.
GO PAULO GO!
PUNCH THAT AS*HOLE IN THE THROAT!
Red_Fezz June 26, 2013, 6:44 PM EST.
Mike deserved that punch, and i can’t think of anyone else to do it but Paulo.
Hahaha… ready for a man to man lecture mike >w
Jaime June 26, 2013, 6:46 PM EST.
For Mike, In Chinese, we call that is 背运(unlucky).
HongKat June 26, 2013, 6:47 PM EST.
****** June 26, 2013, 6:50 PM EST.
Firstly, my opinion on Paulo’s actions: I don’t think he was in the wrong here. He is an insecure guy who can’t seem to get his feelings strait. He FINALLY decides he’s only going to be faithful to Lucy, and he finds out she’s in the hospital and it’s Mike’s fault. How do you think he’s going to act? There’s no way he could know Mike is repenting, because only Mike himself knows that at this point. Would you have the patience to ask if you were in his place?
Secondly, my opinion on Mike’s actions: No, Mike didn’t really deserve to be punched in the face ( not that I have a problem with it - it was a bit late to be appropriate but it was still satisfying ). Also, the minute Mike decided it was *okay* to keep quiet about his argument with Lucy, he risked this kind of reaction from the rest of the cast. It was a decision he made that lead to… well… this. No - He didn’t really deserve the punch, but he’s definitely not blameless here.
Chinatsu June 26, 2013, 6:59 PM EST.
Well, Mike already sees how much he ****ed up, but he deserved at least one punch. But I don’t think it’s going to end there.
Xeneus June 26, 2013, 7:03 PM EST.
Paulo looks like on propaganda posters while punching.
Anyway: yeah, I kinda wanted this to happen. But then again, is Paulo really a person to lecture Mike about how to treat a lady? I mean really, he isn’t flawless himself. Mike did some serious stuff, but Paulo also ended up hurting Jasmine feelings. Granted, he didn’t mean to do it, but didn’t he hooked up with her, because David dared him to show that he still is local playboy? In the end we have two females that are hurt due to immature behaviour of both guys. So it’s not exactly right for Paulo to punish or lecture Mike.
Commander_Zero June 26, 2013, 7:04 PM EST.
And the Mike haters and the Paulo x Lucy shippers explode… !
It was bound to happen, I know; hell, I even call it ‘karmic inertia’, but that doesn’t mean I like this development. I bet we’re wounding up for a speech on the reasons why Mike sucks from Paulo… .
Redd June 26, 2013, 7:07 PM EST.
Enigma June 26, 2013, 7:09 PM EST.
@Chocothunda: Yeah, I’ll have to agree with you on that. Paulo is in a rage and Mike just had a major realization that could easily make him feel like a monster. If Mike is as guilt ridden as we assume him to be, then there is no real reason that he would put up a fight against Paulo. If Mike feels he deserves it, then he’ll accept it. I honestly hate that way of thinking, I know it happens and I’ve done it in the past, but I don’t want Mike to take a beating for doing what he thought was right at the time. Paulo may think he is in the right, but he’s wrong if he thinks punching Mike when he’s down is going to do anything to help.
I’m okay with a little retribution, but not like this. Mike just finished realizing he went too far and is actually sorry about what he did. Like you mentioned, Mike is actually remorseful for his actions and this is the time Paulo chooses to punch him? Right after Mike finished crying his eyes out and moping about what he has done? *sigh* These cool cats need better timing and maybe some respect for one another .
Contrary to what a lot of people here believe, Mike does not deserve to be beaten to a pulp by a friend… no one should ever have to deal with that. That’s why I want Mike to at least block the attacks. Mike doesn’t have to punch Paulo’s lights out, just defend himself. I guess that might be too much to ask for.
supertails19 June 26, 2013, 7:12 PM EST.
You people are disgusting. Nothing justifies violence.
Marscgm June 26, 2013, 7:20 PM EST.
Das June 26, 2013, 7:27 PM EST.
BlossomWolf June 26, 2013, 7:32 PM EST.
oh god Thanatos mustn’t see this
boh... June 26, 2013, 7:33 PM EST.
Mikes had a hell of a few hours. Had to deal with the Jordan situation. Ran across town to get to the hospital while being scared out of his mind. Was then told to leave by Lily even though he was concerned for Lucy. Rediscovered that he still cared for Lucy (as a friend it seems.) And now his only male “friend” wants to fight him. I’m sure the majority of the fans are loving this, but I still like Mike damn it!
BornAgain June 26, 2013, 7:40 PM EST.
BROOKLYN RAGE! *punch*
NBbowler June 26, 2013, 7:48 PM EST.
Yeah you tell him Paulo
Soup June 26, 2013, 7:53 PM EST.
why is a tails recoloring punching tom
boston June 26, 2013, 8:03 PM EST.
Alright, I have nothing better to do at the moment. And I’m probably already becoming the black sheep of this fanbase anyway.
1.) His age doesn’t justify his immaturity. As I recall, he’s a child living in a household with a hardworking single parent who’s out of the house most of the time. I know what that’s like, firsthand. You’ve got to learn how to take care of yourself. It teaches you some stuff. You can’t get by without being mature. As to comparing Paulo to a 20-30 year old…well, irrational fights aren’t exactly limited to children. Actually, I think there’s a guy—oh, what’s his name…Zimmerman, maybe? I’ve heard his name somewhere or other—who exhibits that trait perfectly.
2.) Right. He sent her to the hospital. Indirectly. Because he was psychologically breaking. Because of the harassment he was facing. Mostly from—guess who?—Carter. Oh wait, that’s not right. Silly me.
Also, let’s talk about people and hospitals. That punch could have broken Mike’s jaw or nose. Directly, not indirectly. And for the record, a direct blow to the face has a slim chance of forcing the bone located in the bridge of the nose up into the brain, resulting in death.
3.) We’re not criticizing the comic, we’re criticizing the characters as people. If this was nothing but a commentary of a webcomic, people wouldn’t be getting so emotionally wrapped up in it. And it would come off as being a lot more intelligent. And anyway, there are plenty of types of drama that don’t involve physical violence. December? That’s drama. Everything that happened between Paulo and Tess? And Jasmine? That’s drama. Abbey figuring out what happened to his mother? That’s drama too. And I don’t recall anyone cheering Abbey’s dad on when HE was being violent.
4.) “Someone’s doing something bad to me, but it’s okay; something bad will happen to him too.” Tell yourself that while you’re getting robbed. No, put down that phone. Don’t call 911. It’ll work itself out on its own.
5.) Yeah, Mike’s the only one who’s wronged Lucy. (Although, as I recall, Paulo’s been womanizing Lucy periodically since page FOUR. Of the ENTIRE COMIC. Leading up to the incident in which he almost TOOK ADVANTAGE of a depressed, hormonal girl.)
Insanity_Prevails June 26, 2013, 8:14 PM EST.
****, I need to learn how to make my comments shorter.
Insanity_Prevails June 26, 2013, 8:16 PM EST.
@Teashi: Not gonna lie. I kinda agree with you there.
@supertails19: Hopefully there isn’t anything more to block from. The one was enough/too much…hopefully Paulo will just move on to angrily talking to Mike or something.
…oh, wait. It’s Paulo. Nevermind.
Oceanus92 June 26, 2013, 8:20 PM EST.
Sometimes the assault & battery charge is OH SO worth it, compared to restraining yourself.
wix June 26, 2013, 8:20 PM EST.
I am so happy right now. Paulo has finally done what I have wanted to do for the longest time. Now Paulo stop it, one punch is enough. He may have been a jerk and all but he is still your (sort of) friend, and he has realized his mistakes. Also Lucy will be angry if he does any more.
Kay-Felis June 26, 2013, 8:31 PM EST.
Paulo punched the tree out of Michael
I think that If Paulo gave the punch before the self-realisation(?) everyone would be ok with it… since it was after, oh well…
I don’t think mike will fight it.. He’ll probably say “I deserved that”, cry together with paulo and then make babies together! that escalated…
Skullie June 26, 2013, 8:33 PM EST.
Paulo is a bad person.
Steel Wings June 26, 2013, 8:45 PM EST.
How does this un-moving picture somehow look like it’s it slow-mo?
Huh? June 26, 2013, 8:52 PM EST.
I hope they really beat the crap out of each other.
Wont solve anything though, but fun to see.
@Skullie i hope all that happens lol.
Helghan June 26, 2013, 9:06 PM EST.
You deserved that Mike. Just a little.
Little June 26, 2013, 9:09 PM EST.
I love you Paulo but that wasn’t necessary.
MusicalChairs June 26, 2013, 9:19 PM EST.
About damn time !
And the tree disappeared. 0_0
Chibs June 26, 2013, 9:20 PM EST.
… Haha, I haven’t read page comments in a long time, and now I remember why.
Excuse the long body of text. I just really have nothing to do but tear at some of the **** I’ve seen posted, considering my internet’s as fast as a turtle today.
Did Mike deserve that punch? Maybe when he lashed out at Lucy, but no character, as far as we know, knows he did that. Does punching Mike make Paulo a little ****? Not at all. Mike might not deserve the punch now that he had his realizations, but Paulo doesn’t know that the last few pages happened. As far as we know, Paulo only knows that someone in their group of friends caused Lucy emotional distress, and this may have somehow escalated to her hospitalization and leaving. First and foremost, we all know that Paulo loves Lucy and has liked her since their childhood. If he figured that the cause might have been Mike, there are two possible choices: 1. Talk it out, or 2. Hit him.
I’m pretty sure it was intended to look like a light punch, or at the very least, not something bone shatteringly fatal. There is no doubt in my mind that Paulo would definitely not have gone “Mike. We need to talk. What the **** happened?” First, it’s way too calm. Paulo’s emotionally distressed as well, if you haven’t noticed. Punches can evolve into conversations. Sometimes, fists literally have to do the talking. It doesn’t mean Paulo hates Mike. Their friendship is at a point where they can hit each other. I don’t think a full on fight is going to break out, maybe a few punches mixed in with dialogue that would be hard to say otherwise.
Would Mike punch back? Maybe, probably not before hearing Paulo out a bit, though. For those of you expecting a full on fight for the hell of it, you definitely won’t get it. If they do end up beating the snot out of each other, you can be assured that they’ll have plenty of dialogue and yelling at each other during the fight. More likely, Paulo could keep punching Mike and eventually break down into an emotional wreck, since he couldn’t help Lucy, the girl he’s loved for a ****ing long time, and knows nothing whatsoever. Helplessness, if you will.
Lucy punching Mike and Paulo punching Mike have nothing to do with each other, so that shouldn’t even be an argument.
Taeshi’s flow of events is well crafted and logical. She won’t have Paulo beat the **** out of Mike for the hell of it, it’ll have a reason. If any of you are expecting the daylights being smacked out of Mike, and Paulo walking triumphantly away because he’s an ‘immature douche’, you should try turning that into an actual plot-relevant event. Your comments seem to say otherwise.
Also, on the note of ‘Paulo/Mike is an *******’, what the hell do you want? Every character is crucial to the plot, and serves some purpose. Neither of them are ******** for the sake of it, since we’ve all seen they’ve had their ‘heart of gold’ moments. They aren’t naturally malicious, and everything they’ve done has had a reason, even if it ends up being ‘They thought it’d be funny’ (i.e. the whole phone thing that went down). You aren’t perfect little angels either, and their faults are what make them decent characters. They’ve got personalities. Well written personalities.
Odot June 26, 2013, 9:37 PM EST.
Mike, kick Paulo’s ***, then cut his tail off and nail it to the tree.
Synyen June 26, 2013, 9:37 PM EST.
@supertails19: The fact that it’s two friends fighting like this makes this situation just a lil bit worse
Chocothunda June 26, 2013, 9:49 PM EST.
Mike in response to your current situation I’m going to give you some words of wisdom from the one, the only MR. TORGUE.
“THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE!! PUNCH HIM SO HARD HE EXPLODES!!”
starfighter105 June 26, 2013, 10:00 PM EST.
I completely agree with you.
Kay-Felis June 26, 2013, 10:09 PM EST.
Paulo beat up Mike. Make Mike pay what he has done.
Dell125 June 26, 2013, 10:09 PM EST.
He doesn’t even have eyes, how can he see him?
paulosawesome June 26, 2013, 10:19 PM EST.
On the one hand Mike kind of had that coming. On the other violence is never the answer. Mike doesn’t even know what Paulo’s angry about.
Justmyopinion June 26, 2013, 10:33 PM EST.
Let me guess, after that punch, either Paulo is going to yell at Mike or just totally break down. AND we still don’t know for certain what happened to Lucy! I TOLD YOU we would have to wait longer for that to come out! Still wondering how Paulo found out abt how it was Mike’s fault….
Brambles June 26, 2013, 10:41 PM EST.
Welp, Mike’s gon’ **** some bitch up.
StushiJaguar June 26, 2013, 10:47 PM EST.
FINALLY DAMN. I was waiting for this to happen.
Some Guy June 26, 2013, 10:51 PM EST.
I’m probably not the first person to do this but…
Candycorn Lover June 26, 2013, 11:01 PM EST.
Oh everything just became perfect
lazer June 26, 2013, 11:02 PM EST.
OOOH! Right on the face! . But seriously, this is awesome. But it took you awhile Paulo. Took you too damn long.
Timni June 26, 2013, 11:10 PM EST.
Nothing beats a tender love-tap from a constant admirer~ :3
Jessica U. Ingmann June 26, 2013, 11:15 PM EST.
@ReddenedS and @Insanity_Prevails
But can’t we excuse Mikes actions against Lucy as stupid and immature? He was a horrible person to her, but they’re just kids
Lucy’s clingy and ToughButReallyVurnerable personality was what got her so emotionally distraught that she ended up in the hospital.
This whole comic is about teenagers and their mistakes! Why argue about it? Enjoy their angsty roller coaster ride. These kids are LEARNING. lets not expect perfection yet
Bleu June 26, 2013, 11:18 PM EST.
I couldn’t agree with you more. I suppose people get caught up in the moment, especially when emotionally charged scenes like this are happening, and it is easy then to shove blame on to one character or another. But there is a lot of depth and history between Paulo, Mike, and Lucy that makes everything not quite so clear cut. Paulo punching Mike makes sense, a lot of emotions going on at the moment after all, but does it make him morally right or wrong? Is Mike deserving after what happened in December despite his obvious admission of guilt?
I guess what I’m trying and failing to say here is that in cases like these perfect lines aren’t quite so easy to draw and that I wish people would consider events from each characters point of view more often.
Alfador June 26, 2013, 11:23 PM EST.
WHAT!? Paulo!! What did you do that for!? then again maybe Mike deserved it. P.S. you are soo cute Paulo!!<3 <3
Shira Hoult June 26, 2013, 11:36 PM EST.
PAULO YOU IDIOT
you gotta say a cheese one liner first
I still think mike deserves this maybe not fully but shure as hell stile deserves some after what he did sure he knows what he did. Sure he is on a guilt trip but this is mike he will return to fantasy land if some one doesnt anchor him to the hard cold world of reality that he helped make. Grants while he deserves it I still hope this is the only pinch thrown just hope it turns to verbal abuse and mike has to admit what he did to everyone
THIS GONNA’ BE GOOD
Dr.Rockit June 26, 2013, 11:37 PM EST.
Anyone else cheer to themselves when Paulo hit Mike?
Sairei June 26, 2013, 11:38 PM EST.
Yes. A punch. Paulo needs a little more twist and bend, but if we’re punching Mikey-wikey here, I guess it’ll be okay. Catfight?
Just-A-Lurker June 26, 2013, 11:43 PM EST.
I agree with Blizz, Mike is just as emotionally suppressed(was that the words used?) as Lucy. He was abused as much as her by much of the cast, Paulo included. They’ve all had fault in this. I don’t really see why people are cheering Paulo on. Either people are looking past Mike’s situation or they just want to see Mike suffer because he did wrong things more recently than the rest of the cast in my opinion… Anyways I’m rooting for Mike here, as personal preference. He’s just learned a big lesson and Paulo, though he doesn’t know about Mike’s epiphany, certainly is not helping with his childishness…
Dragnite June 26, 2013, 11:46 PM EST.
Paulo!!! I called it!
Grimbold June 27, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.
Go kick his ***… Mike. I’ve got your back all they way bro.
RPG Nerd June 27, 2013, 12:14 AM EST.
Someone figured it out… … Or finally convinced someone to talk. … A little late actually, not sure if this will actually help Mike’s mental state and maturity levels. But it is certainly deserved…
Oh, and Paulo’s got his left back gearing up for another punch. Likely followed by some kneeing action or kicking… Here’s hoping he doesn’t go overboard, and actually starts to talk after a few strikes.
Allsmiles June 27, 2013, 12:17 AM EST.
let’s be honest here, everyone was waiting for this
Vega June 27, 2013, 12:21 AM EST.
@Vega. I was not.
RPG Nerd June 27, 2013, 12:23 AM EST.
I have an idea. How about everyone stop being mopy and stupid and find a way to get Lucy back. How bout that. Hmm. Also he’s I was waiting for someone to punch micheal. Not like a beating him near death just a punch and be all “get your head out of your butt ” kind of punch.
Robin June 27, 2013, 12:25 AM EST.
I Realy dislike when someone starts a fight in such a cowardly way , thou here it fits paolo personality the fullest.
I liked how you played with the expectations last chapter , fills like a well rounded journey for mike , kuddos.
(sarcastic that the chacter to confirm my coment was paolo)
DrackeStalenTorgen June 27, 2013, 12:25 AM EST.
At this point, I feel really sorry for both of them, but neither of them as much I feel sorry for Lucy. Basically everyones’ lives suck right now. It’ll be pretty weird if the resolution between Mike and Paulo happens before Mike and Lucy, but if Mike doesn’t resist being beaten and Paulo isn’t completely heartless, that’s probably what’s going to happen.
Patrick June 27, 2013, 12:29 AM EST.
Like a boss!
xlk June 27, 2013, 12:29 AM EST.
When suddenly Paulo.
Doge June 27, 2013, 12:31 AM EST.
Well great job, Paulo. You just punched a guy in his lowest, and probably solidified him in depression and self-hate for at least half of his life. Anyone happy that Mike’s being punched is immature. He’s at his weakest, and blaming himself for something that happened because he dared to stand up for himself, and now he’s getting an external opinion agreeing that he’s entirely at fault, and is worthless.
But sure, he’s a big dummy head who should’ve put up with a lifetime of abuse because deep down, she really did care about him guys, and that’s enough to make up for it, and totally doesn’t make it a classic abusive relationship.
Best-case scenario, Mike will swiftly follow Lucy’s actions. Worst case scenario, Mike will spend his entire life hating himself and allowing himself to be abused, while making sure everyone thinks the abusers are in the right, continuing the cycle.
ChiefSlaya June 27, 2013, 12:36 AM EST.
Kinda reminds me of There She Is, part 4 to be accurate. This remind anyone else of There She Is?
RPG Nerd June 27, 2013, 12:46 AM EST.
I seem to be one of the few who doesn’t approve this… =S Ouch ouch ouch
Lolly June 27, 2013, 12:46 AM EST.
..Well that was unexpected. Though not completely surprising, either.
Munk June 27, 2013, 12:50 AM EST.
Some quick critique: Paulo in the last panel is drawn well - his posture and form is correct and solid. Drawing him facing us makes the pose more powerful. Mike should be drawn bigger, though, as he’s at least a little closer to us than Paulo is. Mike’s height is fine, just the general size of his body needs to be a little bigger to make the perspective work best.
blod June 27, 2013, 1:05 AM EST.
I’m guessing he found out, but how? Maybe someon told him or he put two and two together
lov/hate/hurt June 27, 2013, 1:07 AM EST.
http://cdn2.bittersweetcandybowl.com/img/emoticons/ jasminefacial.png BAD Paulo. Use your words! http://cdn2.bittersweetcandybowl.com/img/emoticons/ cool.png NUU I DO WAT I WANT
http://cdn2.bittersweetcandybowl.com/img/emoticons/ jasminefacial.png Like misspelling the words ‘no,’ and ‘what’?
http://cdn2.bittersweetcandybowl.com/img/emoticons/ tongue.png that’s what I thought.
Astrid June 27, 2013, 1:08 AM EST.
… Winner gets Lucy’s love.
The Celt June 27, 2013, 1:13 AM EST.
Defutz June 27, 2013, 1:21 AM EST.
I don’t care if anyone has already said this.
A WILD PAULO APPEARS!
PAULO USES STRIKE!
IT’S SUPER EFFECTIVE!
Doctor horse June 27, 2013, 1:22 AM EST.
@xlk wajajajaja totally called that song xD
right on the face .. nice
waiting for tomorrow
Knight-A June 27, 2013, 1:28 AM EST.
Paulo is a diiiiick.
Would’ve been a stronger message if he had raised his hand but walked away instead of going through with it.
Tigrr June 27, 2013, 1:36 AM EST.
I love how pro-violence everyone is towards Mike. It’s great. Totally love how everyone doesn’t give a crap about him because “Muh Lucy” “Muh waifu” “troo luv” crap. He overreacted twice after being in an abusive relationship with her. She didn’t need to try and kill herself. She had friends, family. Instead she became so self abosrbed/obsessed with Mike that she up and did herself in. And now, when he realizes just what’s happened and that he’s just as flawed as she was and that he overreacted, Paulo comes in to be a bloody white knight because his waifu crush couldn’t settle for him.
I feel for Lucy, I really, really do. She’s closer to me then almost any character, suicide attempt and all but that’s why I don’t condone her crap. It’s selfish and self agrandizing. She /CHOSE/ to do this. She could’ve sought out help, she had avenues of escape and yet she chose self-pity over survival and growth. She basically played with Paulo’s strings like a puppet and then couldn’t deal. Now he’s taking out his rage on Mike and blaming him for Lucy’s CHOICE.
Stay Classy BCB fans.
That damn cat June 27, 2013, 1:38 AM EST.
Thank you seriously,its like whatever Mike does is blown out of proportion and whatever Paulo does is shoved under in a rock in a corner. This situation is mostly his fault, he partially caused the rift between them and then he turns around and straight up abandons Lucy when she needed him the most. And hid behind Jasmine instead of manning up and handling the situation he helped create with Lucy, Tess, Rachael, and Jessica. This makes me like Paulo even LESS, how could he even remotely justify attacking Mike? He ran off crying like a baby rather then waiting and being a sensible person to see what happened. Now he’s going to take his anger/frustration out on Mike? Jasmine dodged a serious bullet with this one.
Sammy June 27, 2013, 2:21 AM EST.
Lets not forget…Paulo led Lucy on and then slept with two other people…
Some of this is on his shoulders as well.
Still, Mike totally deserved that.
candy cane June 27, 2013, 2:23 AM EST.
Mike)AH! What did I do NOW
frequentflyer June 27, 2013, 2:32 AM EST.
And I just wanna add all the people saying “he deserved it” he never put his hands on Lucy. Yelling at someone and hitting them are completely different, if mike had HIT her I could see someone saying he deserved it but never DID. Even if he never had an epiphany Paulo had absolutely NO right to ever put his hands on him period! There’s nothing honorable or cool about him being a jerk, a hiting someone or emotionally attacking someone is still abuse. I seriously hope Mike wakes up and realizes these people aren’t his friends and they don’t care about his feelings at all. At the drop of a dime they will turn on him if he doesn’t do what they want. And hope kids reading this realize too, Mike might have been wrong for finally blowing up after years of abuse but you should never EVER have to stay in an abusive relationship because you’re afraid your friends or family will reject you. Walk away and don’t look back you will be much much better off in the end. If they come back an apologize forgive them but be careful.
Sammy June 27, 2013, 2:34 AM EST.
Lola June 27, 2013, 2:35 AM EST.
About time someone hit him! I’m just sorry that it wasn’t me.
SOGx-ray June 27, 2013, 2:39 AM EST.
You have some excellent points. I admit we do see different sides of the same page, and I like what you say. The stuff I said about karma was not supposed to be directly set in stone. Hell, Mike could punch back Paulo and I’d call that his karma. Yes, there are different conclusions to how karma can act, and in the case of a robbery, as you stated, I would not let “the universe” take over. No, I’d act on it like a bat out of hell. That’s what Paulo did, sorta. man, I’m tired, my logic is failing me Anyways, I do agree with a lot of points you stated, especially how fights involving immaturity not being limited to children. However, they are more common in those of younger ages (Zimmerman, HA!), though that does not justify Paulo’s actions. While I do agree that Lucy was the cause for her own suffering in indirect, though sometimes direct means, Mike wasn’t justified in hurting her, and neither was she. Lucy should not have abused him, and he should have stood up for himself in a better way. But those times have passed, and her hospitalization is in the present. (Secretly, Carter is dressed as Paulo? Kill me for saying that ) On the other hand, I myself critique the comic, while a lot of other critique the people in the comic. To each their own, my mistake. I, in no way, approve of Paulo’s violence. I didn’t approve of Mike’s violence, or as you said, Abraham’s. I apologize if it came off that way. I was just trying to get my word in this mass of commentary. Lastly, I don’t ever recall saying Mike was the only one who harassed Lucy. Let me check. Nah, I never did. And true, Paulo has had his share of harassment, but Lucy played that off, it wasn’t really serious for her. Mike, however, really damaged her, she took that to heart. I am not trying to justify Paulo’s past actions, for he as a character rather disgusts me, but harassment can be different in someone’s eyes, and the person being harassed may not have a problem with it. If Lucy truly hated it, she would have lashed out at Paulo, much like Mike did at her. Whoa, dude. I am NOT even gonna bother treading that territory. Whew. Anyways, I’m done.
Lengthy comment is lengthy.
(I wrote all this with four baby kittens on my keyboard woo no typos hopefully. Not even gonna check.)
Technically I would say yes, we can excuse Mike’s actions for being immature against Lucy, and her actions being immature as well. However, all actions have consequences, even the simplest thing as a child saying “I think Mommy’s fat” can cause her to have hurt feelings. Everyone gets hurt one way or another, always.
And it’s fun to argue on the internet, so yeah.
ReddenedS June 27, 2013, 2:55 AM EST.
Falcon PUNCH!!! (Paulo style) HADUKIN!
JustSomeCritic June 27, 2013, 3:18 AM EST.
It was kinda obvious this was going to happen eventually. Paulo always wanted to resort to violence whenever Mike and Lucy had a falling out before but was always stopped by Lucy and this time, there is no Lucy nearby to stop him and she is far more damaged than she ever had been before so of course this would occur.
And I’m not saying violence is right, but it is better having Paulo punch Mike in the face now than letting his anger build until he does worse or does something stupid.
Moogle June 27, 2013, 3:45 AM EST.
Paulo is like… some sorta sentinel come to destroy Mike or something… like the Purrminator!!
..okay, that joke was a-Paul-ling, just ignore me. xD
TarriPup June 27, 2013, 3:53 AM EST.
Alright with the amount of ‘Beat him up Mike/Paulo!’ that’s flying around the comments I kinda want to put my opinion out there (it’s the internet, why not right?) Does Mike deserve a punch? I like to think so. Did Paulo really need to punch someone? Definitely. However it didn’t really help anything and if Paulo continues, then he’s lost almost all sympathy from those that like him. Personally Paulo is my second favorite character, and the one I find has had the most personality development over the years (Don’t get me wrong, he’s still a sleazeball, but at least he’s trying to change, with Jazz, now Lucy.) I hope Paulo found something out about what Mike said so it wasn’t just a ‘I think you did something’ punch. Lets hope Paulo talks next page and gives his reasoning behind the hit.
Venorik June 27, 2013, 4:33 AM EST.
And before Paulo lovers/Mike haters say Mike deserves more punishment, don’t forget Paulo comforted her, said, and I quote, ‘No matter what I’m doing or where I am, you got me.’ He then proceeded to bang Rachel and Jessica, then dated Jasmine shortly afterwards, which left Lucy alone with Mike for a while.
Venorik June 27, 2013, 4:51 AM EST.
I love reading the comments section filled with so many biased opinions, and honestly I understand them all.
Mike WASN’T taken advantage of (or at least not as much as you’re all making it seem), he WAS abused (IMHO not really since he encouraged Lucy’s behavior). Mike did drive the drama knife too far with how he acted towards EVERYONE as soon as Sandy came into the picture, specially how he actedwith Lucy.
Did Lucy have it coming to her? Not entirely, her and Mike’s friendship was a competitive one (hence forth it WILL have some sort of “abusive” behavior) not only that, it was usually Mike who started the banter already knowing how she would act.
Sandy, well… to all who hate her for “breaking up Mike and Lucy” I’m sorry to disapoint you, but she is innocent in all of this, namely because she only ever heard bad things about Lucy, not fully knowing her relationship with Mike (Lucy’s not her own) so she made a quick judgement call on Lucy’s behavior after Mike lied to her about not liking Lucy (yes this happened). Sandy is only guilty of trying to protect her BF without all the information.
Paulo’s hand in this was guilt tripping Mike for liking Lucy while he is dating Sandy. Thats it.
David, didnt do anything ge gets a get out of jail free card.
As do Daisy and Abby
Now to the big fish: Mike’s relationship with Lucy
Mike’s relationship with Lucy started in grade school, Lucy being the tom-boy she is was shunned by both boys and girls. Boys shunned her because “cooties” ang girls because she wasn’t girly. Introducing Mike who was the only one to accept her. So Lucy being pretty much abandoned by everyone else clings to Mike. The next time she gets to see him he basically abandoned her too for Sandy.
Lucy now has made herself the idea that she can only rely on herself, and she gets her pets for emotional comfort, and support, as they won’t abandon her. Once Sandy moves away Mike uses Lucy as a replacement for Sandy, and Lucy allows herself to lean on Mike for support aswell.
Several years pass and Mike finally see’s Lucy for herself instead of a replacement for Sandy. He genuinely begins to like HER. Then comes a letter from Sandy and Mike begins to obsess over her again and Lucy supports him on his quest to find her. She would have been happy knowing that he was happy and well back then.
Fast foward a few years, Mike is officially dating Sandy, and Lucy is happy for him, and continues with their friendship as it normaly was competitive and somewhat abusive .
Then Mike begins to give Lucy the silent treatment, and Lucy begins to break. Then in December Mike explodes on Lucy, he basically took a sledge hammer to a damaged wall and fully broke her, physically, mentally and emotionally. He made her feel worthless. What did he do next? He went on with his life like what he did to her didn’t matter.
Then at the play he half-assedly and half-heartedly apologised because Sandy told him to.
In a quick view Lucy is a bitch but in the long run Mike was far worst a cat-person
Did Mike deserve to get punched? Yeah he did. Not by Paulo though. It should have been from Lucy’s brother. Did he deserve to get punched now? No he didn’t, he deserved it much much sooner.
And at thispoint everyone is figuring out what happened and are going to make him feel like scum, it doesn’t matter that he repented for what he did. They don’t know that, some of them might, but weather that matters to them is up to them.
TL;DR: Mike used Lucy as an emotional crutch more then she used him as one. Mike will be treated like scum
Ren Ren June 27, 2013, 5:30 AM EST.
THIS IS ALL
THAT IVE EVER WANTED TO HAPPEN
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE HAVE DONE IT
isabelle June 27, 2013, 5:46 AM EST.
eclypsia June 27, 2013, 6:31 AM EST.
Oooooh, and “Heartbreaker” Mike takes a sucker punch from “Anything That Moves” Paulo in the third round. Can Mike recover?
Masket June 27, 2013, 6:53 AM EST.
Could everyone please stop raging at whoever they’re raging at and step back for a moment? Okay, so maybe Mike deserves this, maybe he doesn’t, but you have to remember that these are TEENAGERS, and are DEVELOPING CHARACTERS. If Paulo isn’t making the right decision right now, then he’ll probably regret it later and in the end things will fix themselves. Not to mention, all of the characters are MUCH DIFFERENT. THAT’S WHAT MAKES THEM ALL WORK SO WELL TOGETHER. They all have their own way of dealing with things. Lucy might not have had the BEST way of dealing with her problems, but she wasn’t, for example, Daisy, who would have dealt with it much better, I’m asuming. Mike didn’t have the best way of telling Lucy that she wasn’t the best of friends, but that’s because he was IN DEVELOPMENT. And we all know Mike and Paulo have never been on the best terms, but hopefully in the end they’ll both reconcile. So please, respect the fact that this is TAESHI’S STORY, not yours, and let her tell it the way she wants to, without complaining about how she does it. If you don’t like what she’s doing then politely just leave.
And sorry if it seems that I’m complaining about people, I’m really not, I’m just trying to say that while you can have your opinion, please try and remember what that opinion is of and that maybe if you were in said characters shoes you might feel differently. Personally I don’t have a particular side that I’m on.
EpicLyra June 27, 2013, 7:07 AM EST.
@epiclyra and besides, the people who are all “you should feel bad for enjoying Mike getting punched in the face” are also just pretending they didn’t feel some catharsis seeing Mike get knocked the eff out too.
Get off your high horse, people. Read. Enjoy. Laugh at fictional cats’ shenanigans.
And calm down. Christ sakes. Comic cats are serious business, I guess.
Neveko June 27, 2013, 7:34 AM EST.
I’m expecting Paulo to breakdown and mope about how it’s always Mike that Lucy focuses on (Referring back to the chapter where he imagines an alternative timeline where Lucy and Paulo got together).
Nonetheless, this was expected. Frankly I’m kinda neutral about the whole situation (lots of factors and both sides were at fault). I’m quite curious how Paulo found out (or maybe alternative reason, but it’s most likely to be about Lucy anyways) and how Mike qould react to this.
Considering how Mike really did feel remorse and regret for what he had done, I’m assuming he’s going to try to face Lucy about his wrongdoings. However, with the chapter name, I’m thinking it might not go exactly as planned…
Clefhanger June 27, 2013, 8:07 AM EST.
He looks like he missed his face
DezRaffy June 27, 2013, 8:51 AM EST.
Thank you. Thank you SO VERY MUCH.
No, seriously, you have such a good damn comment up there. It would be a shame if NOBODY ELSE OF THOSE WHO READ THIS AND COMMENT GAVE A DUCK.
And it’s not even just you. I’ve been reading EVERY SINGLE COMMENT since “Another Path” and though there were many that made sense and could end fights, after the point wiew based on all of the details was made, people still write bovine excrement about both sides.
HIC June 27, 2013, 8:55 AM EST.
Mike could have deserved this earlier…. but certainly not now given his extremely remorseful state of mind
foreveryoung5 June 27, 2013, 8:59 AM EST.
People have to remember Paulo DOESN’T KNOW that Mike is remorseful. Only we, as readers, know that. So it doesn’t matter to him if Make had an epiphany, felt guilty, cried, whatever. Paulo has no idea.
Geos June 27, 2013, 9:16 AM EST.
Why do I have a feeling Paulo is going to break down crying?
Quite honestly, I’m surprised Mike didn’t block it like he did to Jordan’s punch. Perhaps he wasn’t expecting that, or maybe Paulo becomes a huge bully and therefore Mike leaves home?
Oh no this is bad…
AngryBunny June 27, 2013, 9:20 AM EST.
Dramatic irony is a bitch like that.
Alfador June 27, 2013, 9:29 AM EST.
Well that was unexpected …..
Can I post gifs here?
Itsrainingbubbles June 27, 2013, 9:41 AM EST.
//casually reminds everyone again that they’re teenage boys with raging hormones that have had something traumatic happen to both of them and that they’re not gonna act rationally
Miaaa June 27, 2013, 9:46 AM EST.
Poor Mike, he is hurt emotionally and physically now. I hope all Paulo doesn’t end Mike’s life for this, because then Mike and Lucy will be “Leaving Home”
legislacerator June 27, 2013, 9:54 AM EST.
Looks like Mike is dreaming
silveryogurt June 27, 2013, 10:00 AM EST.
I know five comics a week is a crazy workload but that last panel is way off.
I was expecting someone to tell him off eventually but this is certainly a curveball. I thought him being sorry and crying and being depressed would be enough penance but NOPE PAULO PAWCH.
I reaaaally don’t like Paulo. Never did, but this makes him 20% worse.
naAr June 27, 2013, 10:08 AM EST.
ooooh boy you got knocked the hell out!!
ArieseAllwood June 27, 2013, 11:28 AM EST.
BAM! RIGHT IN THE KISSER!
Rusco Istar June 27, 2013, 8:45 PM EST.
Honestly Paulo could have handled this slightly different but i ship LucyxPaulo all the way. Paulo is sensitive and has always been there for Lucy and done right by her no matter what the situation. I mean even when Lucy offered herself to him, crazy with loneliness he did right by her and refused. So though this could have been handled differently i stand behind Paulo most defiantly !
SourSkittles June 28, 2013, 10:30 PM EST.
dat anatomy tho
wowow June 30, 2013, 5:30 AM EST.
BTW clearly paulo doesn’t know how to fight. His back hand is in a horrible chamber, his shoulder is out too much, among other things….Mike would wreck him
At least he knows how to fight better then people where I live
Sleepingfox September 19, 2013, 12:16 PM EST.
I’ll miss her
kharisma August 18, 2014, 9:50 PM EST.
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