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MAN RACHEL LET ME CRY IN PEACE
Two new things today! We’ve added a “Things We’ve Done” section to the Extras page, which has the old guest comics you’ve likely seen along with a new link to an interview we did with Sega Nerds regarding the Not Enough Rings Kickstarter! (A Kickstarter that just met its stretch goal, by the way!!) Listen if you like, but it’s not a whole lot about BCB. Just that other thing.
And all of the PauloxRachel shippers rejoiced.
And all my fellow PAULOXLUCY shippers freaked the heck out.
Gabba July 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Amber July 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Yumi July 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Last character I thought of
Mike: bye hope you’ll be alright
Paulo: eff off
Paulo: now I can cry all I want
Rachel: oh hai
On a completely unrelated note: has anyone ever made the suit&tae pun?
LancelotOcelot July 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
TIME FOR MORE DRAMA
Aquaczaz July 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Wolfpoet July 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Rare July 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
ANGST OVERDOSE!!!! Fast, turn on an MLP chapter!!
Volgrand July 2, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
SteakInc July 2, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
Rachel is really short…
AngryBunny July 2, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
WHOA, when did Rachel sneak back into the comic?!
This. I like this.
MissShellGiraffe July 2, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
Im not sure about this… I am having a hard enough time fully realizing that lucy is gone… I hope rachel can maybe get paulo into talking ang help him vent a little more. I feel so bad for paulo
DawnTheSheWolf July 2, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
Dekolantzen July 2, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.
Here we go.
Yxela007 July 2, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.
Haha Tae, finally they can be cute together, my beautiful beautiful otp :”D
Rachel can give him confort and warm hugs uvu
HappyCat July 2, 2013, 1:06 PM EST.
Rachel? Why are you wearing a skirt during the winter? oAo
Furball July 2, 2013, 1:06 PM EST.
More characters from the group!
But man I’m feeling kind of bad for Paulo, too bad he didn’t find Mike as comforting. But hey, at least Mike tried, way to go!
Dave July 2, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
Why does Rachel look so short?…huh.
Anyways, it seems like Paulo can only keep up that facade of being the tough guy when others are around. Of course, then he just wanders into someone…although I’m wondering what Rachel’s doing there. But as far as I can tell, this might not go very well. After all, Paulo and Rachel’s last interaction, last I checked, wasn’t very great.
Oceanus92 July 2, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.
The chapter is getting better already it seems!
Gnukko July 2, 2013, 1:09 PM EST.
Welp, might as well bring in all the shippers.
Why not? Heck bring the entirety of BCB into this chapter. Let there be chaos, it will help with all the angst we’ve been exposed to.
Hey! Maybe Rachel can fix this whole mess!!! I mean, why not?
You go Rachel!
SIGxMUNDx808 July 2, 2013, 1:09 PM EST.
I foresee Paulo screwing up again…
Kyuubi July 2, 2013, 1:12 PM EST.
i only just realised how tiny rachel is.
caconia July 2, 2013, 1:14 PM EST.
Pity sex Rachel?
ANON-Jedi July 2, 2013, 1:16 PM EST.
Actually, she could be the best thing for him. Rachel always had an interest in Paulo, and I doubt this leads to anything sexual. At the very least, she’ll bring his confidence back up with having another girl in his life. Thank the gods for characters that can completely mess up the tone, for the better.
Zorak July 2, 2013, 1:19 PM EST.
Oh no! Hopefully Paulo doesn’t mess up again…but on the upside I hope Rachel can actually HELP him (like a pep talk or something) rather than screw him up more
Todd July 2, 2013, 1:19 PM EST.
O_O It’s like Paulo is meant to screw up again. I love Rachel’s timing, by the way. It’s like her drama meter went off when Mike touched Paulo and she just had to be here to watch the action. She’ll have to settle for comforting Paulo though. Wonder if she’ll just talk to him or if she’ll do something else. Uhh, I meant be his shoulder to cry on… that’s what you all thought I meant right?
supertails19 July 2, 2013, 1:21 PM EST.
Rachel’s not in their class, so she probably doesn’t know about Lucy yet. Maybe Paulo can explain to her, and lead to some more exposition. Seriously, I think we’re all pretty confused about what exactly is going on.
Patrick July 2, 2013, 1:22 PM EST.
God! Is two seconds alone too much to ask for?!
Kindle_Kat July 2, 2013, 1:28 PM EST.
Oh man, cheer up sex, amirite?
nalem July 2, 2013, 1:33 PM EST.
did NOT see that one coming. i.. really have no idea what to expect now.
Whistleblower July 2, 2013, 1:33 PM EST.
… I am going to be very upset if he sleeps with her again because of his current emotional state….
Though… then again I doubt I have anything to worry about, since he has finally admitted out loud that he loves Lucy.
*grabs popcorn and stares at screen* Whatever happens! ‘Dis gun be gggoooooddd.
feralsoul July 2, 2013, 1:34 PM EST.
Time for a rebound!
Also, I never realized that Suit & Tae pun, probably because it isn’t actually pronounced like tie.
Titanium Dragon July 2, 2013, 1:34 PM EST.
@Furball You could ask why Paulo is naked outdoors during winter too
7 July 2, 2013, 1:35 PM EST.
Been a while since we last saw Rachel! I wonder how this will turn out… Anything could happen
Elly123 July 2, 2013, 1:36 PM EST.
This is a cry fest!!!
Rusco Istar July 2, 2013, 1:38 PM EST.
Aww, one of his flings, Rachel who’s just another tough-acting softie (check her backstory; her buddy Jess doesn’t fall too far from this tree either), has happened upon Paulo when he was crying his eyes out.
You see, Mike. If Paulo was to ever want sympathy from someone, it’d be from a girl, not another guy. The question is: does he want it or is he too much of a man to accept it?
Judging by how he broke down after pummeling Mike, then trying to hold up those feelings while, for whatever reason, walking with him down a random sidewalk acting tough about the whole thing, only to end up crying all over again about it after Mike left…yeah, I don’t really know.
As for Rachel, if she’s got that “woman’s intuition” thing going on, she’ll still have to be careful about how she plays out this scenario. She can either level with him on a “heart-to-heart”, which he may or may not want, or she can play it up tough and tease him lightly about it…or she can be like Mike and play it static with a blank face (because that’s been working so well).
Either way, when a guy like Paulo who likes to come off tough is caught crying in front of a girl he only really fooled around with, it’s kind of like getting caught with your pants down and then getting kicked in the nuts.
Proceed with caution, Rachel…or by all means just tear into him, but consider if the outcome will be worth it.
Blank On Purpose July 2, 2013, 1:38 PM EST.
AWWWW is Rachel going to be a good girl for once? Lol. Jk Jk. Anyway, I just realized how boring my life is If I don’t read bittersweet……
Momiji July 2, 2013, 1:39 PM EST.
It’s like that mammoth from Ice Age movie once said: “Guys don’t talk to guys about guy problems. They just… punch each other on the shoulder.”
Knux-the-Killer July 2, 2013, 1:44 PM EST.
also I laughed irl at the first panel
boh... July 2, 2013, 1:44 PM EST.
NOW PUNCH HER
shmidny July 2, 2013, 1:47 PM EST.
Box July 2, 2013, 1:53 PM EST.
you are really good at distracting us Taeshi what on earth happened to Lucy?????
Midori July 2, 2013, 1:53 PM EST.
I was really not expecting this! But it’s probably for the best, because Rachel will most likely be able to give him SOME form of comfort, at least!
Neon Skies July 2, 2013, 2:07 PM EST.
I SWEAR TO GOD IF RACHEL TRYS ANYTHING ON PAULO IM KILLING A BABY ROCK
its sposed to be x
Mewtallica July 2, 2013, 2:07 PM EST.
And then they banged.
wr3h July 2, 2013, 2:07 PM EST.
**** you too Paulo, being sad and heartbroken doesn’t give you the right to being a total dick to everyone
bankai July 2, 2013, 2:15 PM EST.
AM I THE ONLY ONE STILL WONDERING ABOUT LUCY?!?!
Monello July 2, 2013, 2:18 PM EST.
eagle July 2, 2013, 2:34 PM EST.
I love this page and the back-and-forth emotion that comes with it (comical start, sad middle, hopeful end).
Speaking of emotions, anyone notice that Paulo’s tears kind of act like a yoyo in this page? Starts small, pools up, streams of tears, goes back to pools, then ends at being small again.
Deiser July 2, 2013, 2:40 PM EST.
@Patrick: What more do you need to know? Lucy was going to be moving away and her family made a plan about it. Lucy found out about the plan during Ten Seconds to Midnight, she did not like that her family didn’t give her a choice and went to the nearest rooftop to think about everything. Augustus saw Lucy and thought she was going to jump, and after a few panels Lucy tells him that she hates when people make decisions for her(she’s not a baby, you know). Augustus made the smart move and left her alone to vent her feelings on the rooftop and after getting a good look at the scenery, Lucy came back down(using the stairs of course).
The following Chapter is basically Lucy using her people pleasing skills. Don’t look at me like I’m insane for saying that… you know it’s true. Lucy pretty much put on a “happy” facade to make everyone else happy in Curtain Call. Giving an amazing performance in a play she did not want to do(while wearing a dress?! How often do you see Lucy in a dress? I can only remember 3 times and she was never happy about it), she made out with Paulo, did what Mike wanted her to do(rehearse), complimented Sue on her play, did it all with a smile on her face and even agreed to Mike’s little ‘let’s start over’ talk… well actually she didn’t agree, she just said that it would be nice. She had no intention of being around for it did she… not that I blame her for it(I would probably have done the same thing).
Breaking Up seems to be the chapter that confuses people the most, but I don’t get why they are all confused. Lucy’s room has been cleared out because her family was going to move her away. Lucy is currently in the hospital because she didn’t agree with a plan she had zero choice on. Lucy’s family tried moving her away without asking her about it and she didn’t like it one bit. What is so difficult to understand about that?
I don’t know why, but I was asked about the sequence that Mike went through: “Why did Mike need to have a big revelation about Lucy? Shouldn’t this have been obvious to Mike?”
Mike pretty much convinced himself that Lucy was a bully and she was always trying to be hurtful or manipulative. He wasn’t exactly given much reason to trust Lucy in the past and he got even angrier with her when he thought her ‘I love you’ was just a pitiful attempt to get between him and Sandy… didn’t help that Lucy went to Paulo soon after and nearly slept with him. Up until recently, Mike had no reason to believe that anything Lucy said was sincere. Her performance in Curtain Call helped him see that she had some good in her and Lily stopping him from seeing Lucy helped Mike see the good in Lucy and most likely help him realize the wrongs he had done to her. This was a big moment and I’m glad it happened the way it did.
supertails19 July 2, 2013, 2:42 PM EST.
Leaving Home… oh it’s going wonderfully right now. We start off with Mike still being sad about his realization and being unable to do anything about it at the moment, then we have Paulo show up and he walks up, punches Mike in the face and pins him to the tree ready to give him a good yelling. However, Paulo backs down from yelling at his buddy and starts crying in front of his friend he keeps calling a ‘pansy’ pretty ironic right? Mike just sits there perfectly ready to get yelled at and is surprised to see his ‘tough guy’ friend breakdown in tears right before his eyes… all he can do at that point is do his best to comfort his friend and offer his help which Paulo is quick to deny.
Paulo broke down in tears because he never got the chance to tell Lucy how he felt about her… he was so close and now he thinks there is a good chance he’ll never be able to be honest with her. How would you feel if you had a crush on somebody and then they disappeared without a trace. I’d be devastated.
People wondering why Mike isn’t telling everyone about December: Well why would he want to make everyone hate him? Put yourself in his position… would you really be able to handle all the hate?
Also, anyone that wants Mike or Paulo to magically go see Lucy right now… it’s a nice thought, but let’s try being realistic here they wouldn’t be able to say anything at this point that would get her to stay… sorry to burst your bubbles, but I kind of got tired of being optimistic and am trying to be realistic right now. I keep seeing people ask: “WHERE’S LUCY?!” or WHAT HAPPENED TO LUCY?!” When it’s clear she won’t be around physically… she will be thought about and talked about while she’s gone so I don’t get why anyone is complaining.
I took quite a bit of time to explain the previous 4 chapters so I hope somebody appreciates it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I got ignored just like my sister is currently ignoring me.
Well at this stage in the game everyone, I believe that PauloXRachel is the most likely couple at this point. Also its an idea that could lead to more plot development. Seeing that BCB is all about drama, maybe there should be an arc dedicated to the relationship between cats and dogs. Taeshi did something similar earlier in the series with Abbey’s foster parents, however I feel like it was just brushed off. For example, when Mike found out that Abbey’s mom was a dog he was shocked at first, because that’s probable not the norm in the BCB universe. This could be a great way to introduce race relationships in a cartoon way similar to how it was introduced in other great works such as “There She Is.” http://www.youtube.com/watch? feature=player_detailpage&v=3NdVPTQkRaY
The Mylestone July 2, 2013, 2:49 PM EST.
Those milkshake tears.
Anon July 2, 2013, 3:02 PM EST.
Anon-Anon July 2, 2013, 3:08 PM EST.
A NEW WARRIOR HAS ENTERED THE RING!
Oh hey, it’s Rachel
Chocothunda July 2, 2013, 3:13 PM EST.
@supertails19: I appreciate the thought and you wrapped up the chapters nicely. Also I don’t blame you at this point, with that’s happed I wonder if Mike and Lucy will still be friends.
The Mylestone July 2, 2013, 3:15 PM EST.
Sadness and Crying.
Tell me when something new happens.
TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone July 2, 2013, 3:24 PM EST.
@Supertails19 Huh, wha? Sorry, I was busy ignoring you since I was reading your well-thought-out points.
In seriousness, I totally agree with you. I also am rolling my eyes at how people keep asking for Taeshi to show what happened to Lucy, when this chapter is clearly not about that and that doing so would be rather jarring and ruin the flow of the chapter. Taeshi will show what happened to Lucy when it is right to do so. Right now she is giving time to the other characters, who have not been in the spotlight for a while. I’m glad to find someone who shares a similar view regarding that as I do.
Deiser July 2, 2013, 3:53 PM EST.
Give a dog a bone!
Tired of Lucy July 2, 2013, 4:24 PM EST.
oh god the gossiper…..what if knows mike e_e”” shes all into the drama what if she knows!!! -flails- run mike!
Sanchan July 2, 2013, 4:50 PM EST.
OMG, Rachel. Let people cry in peace and stop being rude!
Random Person July 2, 2013, 4:56 PM EST.
Mike still shows no sign of being punched. No red marks or anything. HOW DOES HIS FACE STAY PERFECT?!?!
Astrid555.1 July 2, 2013, 5:02 PM EST.
@astrid555.1 because his face is covered in fur duh.
nightarix July 2, 2013, 5:08 PM EST.
She looks really adorable there, and I also just realized that it’s been a long time since we last saw her, or at least since she last had a few lines.
I'll Eat Yourself July 2, 2013, 5:16 PM EST.
No Taeshi, no. You can’t do this ; _ ;
I kinda pictured Mike to confront everyone who came to visit Lucy in this chapter. Why is Rachel here?
pauloissohotlike July 2, 2013, 5:28 PM EST.
Oh no, please don’t let this happen.
asdf July 2, 2013, 6:25 PM EST.
I wonder what gonna happen next
Natacha July 2, 2013, 6:46 PM EST.
HongKat July 2, 2013, 6:59 PM EST.
I’m not crying, I’m spewing liquid testosterone out of my eyes!
Trubeque July 2, 2013, 7:06 PM EST.
Lol his tears look like milk.
shmidny July 2, 2013, 7:14 PM EST.
Sh** just got real.
Thatoneguy July 2, 2013, 7:29 PM EST.
YES! Rachel is my favorite. I’m so glad you are hear Rachel, help Paulo with the pain. And mabie le sex.
Fluffy July 2, 2013, 7:40 PM EST.
*hugs PauloxLucy ship tightly* NO. THOU SHALL NOT BREAK MY OTP
Wat July 2, 2013, 7:47 PM EST.
aaaand now paulo is on the rebound. :C idk how i feel about this
echo July 2, 2013, 8:04 PM EST.
THEY’RE SO STUBBY IN THE LAST PANEL OMG
Sheichii July 2, 2013, 8:24 PM EST.
I love how a bunch of people immediately assume paulo is going to do something ‘nasty’ with rachel or that her showing up is going to break the pauloxlucy ship…seriously people, hes going through emotional distress, even Rachel wouldnt take advantage of that!
Fiver26 July 2, 2013, 8:40 PM EST.
Well, if this goes the way I hope it does then maybe I won’t have to change my username.
paulosawesome July 2, 2013, 8:59 PM EST.
Why are they so short…?
Somewhat July 2, 2013, 9:08 PM EST.
Suit & Tae…fraking brilliant!!
kaminari683 July 2, 2013, 9:37 PM EST.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh hell Rachel??
Follarch July 2, 2013, 9:46 PM EST.
I always thought Rachel was the same height as Paulo, weird………..
Subaru July 2, 2013, 9:57 PM EST.
@gabba you’re so right xD
but i hope rachel plays the wise guy
Knight-A July 2, 2013, 10:00 PM EST.
-Nudges Rachel- Make Paulo feel better! In a platonic manner of course, ya ****. <3
Everyone who is freaking out about Rachel being here, calm your asses. I think she’s more likely to jump to “help” mode instead of “sex” mode. And, also, I don’t think everyone knows that he and Jazz have broken up. >>
Also @supertails19! I’ve misses seeing you in the comments. Thank you for making a rare appearance. <3 And I never ignore you. I appreciate your comments. ;-;
Yaschiri July 2, 2013, 10:03 PM EST.
My thoughts exactly @Gabba, my thoughts exactly.
I always thought Rachel and Paulo would make a very excellent supplementary couple, and likely this could develop into something here, but I think Paulo has too much of a need to serve whoever he’s with and like Jasmine, Rachel strikes me as being a bit too independent for that. That nature however actually makes him a much better complementary match with Lucy and her needs.
Plus at this point I think that he’s set himself so straight on driving for Lucy that even if he derails temporarily with a rebound mate he’s gonna recoil back on his Lucy trip once the initial infatuations run course and fades. Or if/when Lucy comes back into the picture, (like not living on suicide watch or with her dad or whatever happens cause of this issues,) he’ll want to jump back into getting with her. Especially since she goaded him with that make-out session the night of the play. You know that’s going to be running in his mind from here till the end of time unless he can get in bed with her.
BetaMonkey July 2, 2013, 11:02 PM EST.
Rachel is absolutely tiny haha
Forest July 2, 2013, 11:08 PM EST.
And then Rachel becomes his bitch. The end! :3
Jessica U. Ingmann July 2, 2013, 11:22 PM EST.
No. Bad Paulo. Stop jumping around in relationships! Take a moment to breath and be your own man!!!
Isqi July 2, 2013, 11:32 PM EST.
Random thought, but…you know, the longer this chapter goes on, the less this chapter title makes sense to me.
…maybe I should stop assuming the title dictates the chapter’s progression.
Oceanus92 July 2, 2013, 11:49 PM EST.
I love this comic so much it makes me want more. I check every single other day it’s uploaded
Skylit July 2, 2013, 11:56 PM EST.
Paulo: I know you probably want to make me feel better, so I think-
Rachel: Are you CRYING?! THAT’S SO HOT!
Huh? July 3, 2013, 12:33 AM EST.
I dont believe that they will start dating but he will definantly get some
DinR July 3, 2013, 12:55 AM EST.
God I hope he doesn’t do anything with Rachel. He’s hurting hard but he’s a good guy… He wouldn’t do that.. right?
Kauphy July 3, 2013, 1:25 AM EST.
Oh my goodness! I have a feeling that mostly what wil happen is that she’ll just comfort him in a friendly way.
Lolly July 3, 2013, 1:28 AM EST.
I should disappear more often! I couldn’t have wrapped up the last few chapters any better myself, and I definitely couldn’t have made it as polished as you. I think you’ve done my job for me I can’t find much room for expansion in that at all.
Hmm. Plenty of Rising Action here (Book-writing reference) I’m finding myself anticipating and dreading the conclusion to this chapter or the next, whichever it occurs in, because it’s going to be the emotional gut-punch of a climax for this arc. Or… One of them. If Taeshi is as skilled as I’m thinking, she might be the kind of person who can do a Double Whammy, where a story arc has two huge climaxes before falling into the Falling Action. It’s a hard thing to do successfully, because if you’re not careful it just feels drawn-out.
Hmm. I dunno what else I can say. Anything else kind of seems redundant. x-x
Lost_Cookie July 3, 2013, 2:24 AM EST.
Woah, has Rachel always been a midget?
AnotherCommenter July 3, 2013, 2:39 AM EST.
You know what… I am feeling positive that this ain’t going to lead to pity sex.
On another note, never realised how short Rachel was, geebers. :S
eatedurtaco July 3, 2013, 2:42 AM EST.
Paulo should really just drop the whole “tough guy” persona all together, its not really helping him or anyone and its hardly gotten him any girls like he planned it would.
Still, seeing Rachel makes me wonder how Jess is taking Lucy’s absence.
Probably just as devastated I’m sure.
DeathofInk July 3, 2013, 4:15 AM EST.
I sense she’s gonna get Paulo to talk, we might finally get some more information…
honeybee July 3, 2013, 4:33 AM EST.
hmm… yes we know Paulo…your sad cause you weren’t able to tell Lucy how you feel….what about the fact that Lucy could be really messed up right now?
Your not the only victim here
Iris July 3, 2013, 6:47 AM EST.
@SuperTails19. Oh, hey, you think about this stuff pretty even-headedly. You show a REAL understanding of the comic. The adults in the fandom ARE impressed. You are smart. Don’t you believe it yourself?
Not getting enough strokes? 30% of the comments are totally clueless, as in: haven’t read the strip-archives, yet. Really. 1/3rd: no thought at all. Another 1/3rd of them are rabid fans who don’t understand nor follow what Tae is doing, don’t follow her nuance and subtlety; clearly, you do. You give a clear and accurate synopsis, including an understanding of the characters’ foibles, fortes, and flaws. Don’t you get enough satisfaction from being “On the Beam,” … isn’t that enough? I would think you would be very happy with the twinkly-ribbon acknowledging your insight.
Geneseepaws July 3, 2013, 7:01 AM EST.
AND ITS RACHEL’S TURN!!!
tetsa zangetsu July 3, 2013, 10:29 AM EST.
One-hit wonder Paulo is about to get some wang bang pootang! Just what he needs =)
V July 3, 2013, 11:34 AM EST.
For a split second I saw black and white and thought Rachel was Jasmine. Almost had a ****ing heart attack. Also in response to the previous page which I am late seeing, awww Mike. You tried, honey.
Lizzie July 3, 2013, 5:59 PM EST.
wow why are these comments so awful
brap July 3, 2013, 9:08 PM EST.
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