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take a load off man
Woah Daisy where did you come from
Caconia September 25, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
yeah come on sue, get with the times.
ComicGuy September 25, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
Page won’t load for me.
D September 25, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
I’m lost, what just happened?
Hawz September 25, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
Sue is seriously gonna lose her sanity due to David . Also dat blush
Blaze September 25, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
Its almoust as if David became more mature now
EvilKitty3 September 25, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
I think Sue is starting to lose it.
Keyblade Dragon September 25, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
David score 3
sue score 0.
look out cute daisy coming through! Taeshi I love how you draw upset unhappy faces.
Blue fox September 25, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
Come to think of it, the title “Critical Hit.” I wonder if Sue will say something to David that she shouldn’t have due to snapping at him? Guess we’ll have to find out.
Dudeler September 25, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
Wow, David looks quite a bit older than I’m used to in panels 4 and 5. I mean, I know it’s been a while since we’ve seen anything focused on him, so that’s kind of a given, but David… although he is one of my favourites, isn’t really the picture of a character I would associate with maturity.
Lizzie September 25, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.
sue will be playing the part of Lucy for this chapter as she slaps every one in the museum for being winey and annoying.
Blue fox September 25, 2013, 1:09 PM EST.
By the end of this chapter I see Sue hitting David with a piece of artwork.
Chrisd765 September 25, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.
Sue, relax. You take too much responsibility for others’ actions. Just go about your business.
Gate-senpai September 25, 2013, 1:11 PM EST.
It’s kind of cool that David and Sue are getting more focus this chapter. It’s for comedy, yeah, but I’ve been missing the jokes from earlier chapters somewhat too.
Justmyopinion September 25, 2013, 1:13 PM EST.
Daisy appears, Sue blushes. I don’t usually do this but…
Suexdaisy, calling it now. Best couple.
twoplusfiveequallsseven September 25, 2013, 1:15 PM EST.
Well, I guess David’s actions would reflect on Sue since she was elected the student council president in the end, right? She gets stuck with having the actions of the student body reflect on her ability to lead them. Kind of like when a bunch of students are rowdy on a field trip, the school looks bad and they’re not invited back next year.
I mean, David’s just being insufferable. No respect for the art (or anything at all ever really) - oil from your hands will degrade art pieces over the course of dozens of years. And like a child he has to touchy-touchy everything and push boundaries. All fun and games until his parents are saddled with the day he damages a $250,000 piece being stupid.
I know David’s supposed to be a one-note vapid comedy character but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
Macca September 25, 2013, 1:17 PM EST.
SuexDaisy errybody! We need another crack pairing!
Sleepingfox September 25, 2013, 1:44 PM EST.
@Taeshi: Was Daisy Standing there the whole time?
“Get with the times,” that’s an outdated statement.
“Suzie,” I’m gonna call her that from now on.
Suzie should get chill-pills to go.
Hawz September 25, 2013, 1:58 PM EST.
Hello there, Daisy! Just walk away, Sue, protect your sanity!
Subaru September 25, 2013, 2:22 PM EST.
Man look at that blush on Sue. I bet she feels like a big dope now cuz she made one mistake. In particular a mistake of being nagging when there was no need. :B
HLTH September 25, 2013, 2:22 PM EST.
Yeah, get with the times Sue. We sit on art exhibitions these days, duh. Just looking at them is, like, what my grandparents did. Jeeze…
Blank On Purpose September 25, 2013, 2:34 PM EST.
Whoa, sue sure is a bossy one isn’t she? I kinda wish this wasn’t a filler chapter, only hope remains I guess…
ImPawsibleName September 25, 2013, 2:36 PM EST.
Also, Sue seems a wee bit wound up O_O
Chocothunda September 25, 2013, 3:12 PM EST.
@ImPawsibleName: the chapter hasn’t even ended
so you don’t even know what will happen yet you regard it as “filler”
Taeshi September 25, 2013, 3:22 PM EST.
@Taeshi sure looks like filler.
…But the opening to the chapter says it will “broaden our minds”.
Poke September 25, 2013, 3:27 PM EST.
>the comic general summary says it’s about a bunch of cats and dogs in high school
>in this chapter they are doing an assignment
>because they are in high school
>earlier chapters run the same format
Taeshi September 25, 2013, 3:34 PM EST.
I think many see it as a filler, because it doesn’t have Lucy in it.
I’ve enjoyed all the chapters so far since Lucy left, but a rather large “crucifix” so to speak has been left on her that many have come to think Lucy is the main material of this comic.
I actually enjoy seeing more of David, Daisy, Sue, and the rest of the gang. So yeah, keep it up!
Blank On Purpose September 25, 2013, 3:37 PM EST.
I just want to tell you that i love your arts and stories and that i keep some in links to re-read them simply because they can cheer me up, make me happy and wistful and sad at the same time.
Actually, what i love in BSCB is that it makes me bittersweet and there’s no other way to say it. (and when you’re six feet tall and bearded, that says a lot)
I’ll never stop reading this comic !
ABear September 25, 2013, 3:39 PM EST.
Sue—-> jaja. U MAd?
Mr-Hero-Bio September 25, 2013, 3:45 PM EST.
People tend to call things as they see it regardless of what it really is, we call these ‘opinions’
In my opinion, Sue needs to get laid. Chill, yo
Liust September 25, 2013, 3:45 PM EST.
@ Taeshi - I think it seems a bit like “filler” because you haven’t yet given us the denouement for the story arc involving Lucy’s suicide attempt. We don’t know exactly what happened to her and we don’t know what the other characters know. So it doesn’t feel quite finished yet, if that makes any sense.
MiscKitty September 25, 2013, 3:46 PM EST.
Well spoken @ABear
Speed of sound September 25, 2013, 3:47 PM EST.
@ABear: You are very sweet, thank you so much!!
@MiscKitty: Where in the comic does it say that the series is just about Lucy and her life? As I said, the general description about the comic is that it has to do with cats and dogs in high school. Lucy is not the only character that gets development, and there’s been many chapters in a row that strictly had to do with her even though there are other characters that are important.
There are a lot of loose threads that have happened in the story, some people are still wondering what’s up with Augustus, but I’m not really seeing them come in and denounce any chapter that doesn’t have to do with Augustus as filler?
It’s fair enough and great to anticipate and hope for things to be revealed, but it’s another thing to denounce chapters that don’t mention her as “filler”, let alone the fact that the chapter hasn’t even finished yet.
Taeshi September 25, 2013, 3:53 PM EST.
And just like that Amaya fades away into the off-panel life once more. I feel like I’d love a chapter which highlights her life…then again it would probably be hard to do that because she doesn’t talk
Bluesky September 25, 2013, 3:59 PM EST.
@ Taeshi - The last story arc was (in large part) about Lucy, though.
The lack of a denouement for that particular story arc, which was highly emotionally charged, has left readers without a sense of closure. If that was your intention I can understand that from an artistic standpoint. But in my opinion, that is the reason so many readers are making “what about Lucy?!” posts.
MiscKitty September 25, 2013, 4:02 PM EST.
I’m with Sue on this. These idiots (even though I love Paulo with Lucy) need to keep their grubby hands to themselves in a Museum environment. Course I know this is a preplanned story and Veronica WANTS it this way, but I’m still with Sue.
I’d be the guy, with his arms crossed, always standing behind the wire examining in silence. I think by this point in time Sue would give me a gold star just for doing nothing compared to these two.
Follarch September 25, 2013, 4:03 PM EST.
Where’s Lucy now? ;-;
GrinchyGrinch September 25, 2013, 4:04 PM EST.
Whether or not this story is meant to be “filler” or not I really don’t care. Your comics have always been funny and enjoyable with an occasional life lesson thrown in. So just ignore what the people whining about this being a “filler” piece are saying and keep doing what you you do. Have a wonderful life everybody.
Tigerclaw32 September 25, 2013, 4:04 PM EST.
@MiscKitty: the story won’t be finished for a long time so of course it is going to feel unfinished to you. You are going to feel like there is a mystery you don’t know the answer to and you want to know it so badly, but it would be like having Shaggy solve the crime and figure out who the bad guy is at the very beginning of a Scooby-Doo episode… it just wouldn’t feel right.
@anyone-whining-this-is-filler: Haha, are you seriously saying that a chapter with David, Paulo, Mike, Sue, Daisy, Amaya, and a bunch of artwork is filler? Are you kidding me? This chapter is not even half way done and it has plenty of potential for entertainment. How is it filler?
@Macca(below): Breaking news… a chapter without Lucy being focused on seems like a natural thing for a bunch of high school kids that are trying to move on from recently having a friend move away. Sorry that they had a class assignment at an art gallery… oh wait, they are high school students so they kind of have to do it.
supertails19 September 25, 2013, 4:07 PM EST.
Well, when the chapter hasn’t seen any development yet, past “breaking news: Paulo loses Mike’s stuff” and “everyone else is normal as usual”, it’s pretty easy to call it a filler chapter. No development, nothing going on, aside from the proof that life does go on without Lucy around. It’s not the fact that it doesn’t have Lucy (although that’s your biggest unfinished thread and at the front of everyone’s minds) so much as this chapter doesn’t serve to continue any threads, start any threads, or finish any threads thus far. So it’s a threadless chapter, in limbo, without character development, not serving much specific storyline purpose. So far, you could just have easily put this chapter anywhere else in the series and it would fit there just fine - that’s what makes it feel like filler.
Macca September 25, 2013, 4:13 PM EST.
@Macca: Did you even read what I said about how the chapter isn’t even finished and you’re jumping into conclusions about a chapter that isn’t even halfway complete yet though..?
@Tigerclaw32: I really appreciate that, thank you. You don’t have to worry about me changing things since I have most chapters pre-planned, i’m more just confused about the blanket accusation over a chapter that hasn’t even reached its end. I can’t really argue if the chapter ends and people still think it’s filler, but right now it’s just kind of jumping into conclusions and I’m more humouring than anything. The chapter has been completely drawn and everything, haha
It’s just funny how I get a lot of complaints about wanting the series back to the “good ol’ days” where the characters went on outings and interacted.. and now that this is technically a chapter akin to the “good ol’ days” people are complaining about it. Can’t please everyone I guess!
Taeshi September 25, 2013, 4:17 PM EST.
@ supertails19 - I actually haven’t posted my own opinion of this chapter at all. Instead, I have explained how Taeshi’s decision to violate typical writing format (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement) has likely played a part in generating the sort of response (“what about Lucy?!”) that some people are finding so distasteful.
But if you’d like my personal opinion, here’s the short of it: I think your Scooby-Doo analogy is way off base. The Daisy’s Party chapter struck me as a transition chapter and this chapter seems to be the beginning of a new (post-Lucy) story arc.
MiscKitty September 25, 2013, 4:19 PM EST.
@MiscKitty: Okay then, I’d like to point out that if you want to make assumptions about the rest of the chapter, then go ahead… I won’t stop you. I’ll enjoy reading whatever you come up with. I’m not being sarcastic, I am actually being serious. Keep coming up with the predictions and the advice. I want to see how far you get and how serious other people actually take you.
I’m sure it will go great. I will laugh when the next chapter ends up explaining what happened with Lucy. I guess no one ever told you that Patience is a virtue. Enjoy your theories and know that I’ll read them on account of I read all the comments.
Wow, this sounded so snarky even though that’s not what I intended. I shouldn’t comment after waking up early from a nap.
supertails19 September 25, 2013, 4:24 PM EST.
I can believe you’re arguing with the author about what SHE wrote, like she doesn’t know about she wrote or something. In the begining of the chapter no less where she hasn’t even gotten to what she wants to portray yet and you think there’s enough for you to judge it.
Never go full ******
Idk why these people are scared of progression, which is how stories… work, but I appreciated your throwback reference to your earlier work while still focusing on the current state of affairs c: please, keep doin’ yo thang gurl
Fellow bro September 25, 2013, 4:32 PM EST.
I can’t believe*
@ supertails19 - Do you have any idea how absurd it is to post something like “go ahead… I won’t stop you” as if you have any control whatsoever over whether or not I post?
But that little gaffe aside, if the next chapter ends with an explanation of everything that happened to Lucy (or even focuses entirely on Lucy) that won’t invalidate what I have said with regards to why I suspect some readers are reacting the way they are or with regards to Taeshi having opted to not follow standard structure. The former will still be a logical explanation of the reactions being posted at this time and the latter will still be objectively accurate.
Edit: And it looks like you edited your post while I was writing this one. ^^’
Edit two: I actually hope she doesn’t double back and give us more on Lucy. I like the thought that she has done this intentionally to cause the readers to feel the same discomfort and uncertainty that friends and family feel after a loved one commits suicide. That would be really cool from an artistic standpoint. ^^
MiscKitty September 25, 2013, 4:39 PM EST.
I suddenly feel the need for a davidxsue
HAHAHAHAHAH September 25, 2013, 4:46 PM EST.
David *love love love*
Moonshine September 25, 2013, 4:54 PM EST.
@MiscKitty: I’m just saying that I’m fine with watching you make a fool of yourself now. I was trying to be nice, but I am failing at it right now. Basically the point I was trying to make earlier with that Scooby-doo analogy is that sometimes the readers aren’t meant to know what happens until a given time. You won’t know what happens until the author decides when you can know. I’m pretty sure that she has something planned(as she has said repeatedly). Sorry for the readers that desperately want to know… it hurts to not know what happened to Lucy, but I can bear with it long enough for it to be revealed later on… are you really that impatient?
That bit about Taeshi “having opted to not follow standard structure” is not necessarily a bad thing. Please do some reading and you can see that there have been plenty of writers that went outside the norm… also, not to mention the fact that you are arguing about the author’s wishes on a story she is doing successfully… do you hear yourself MiscKitty? It sounds like somebody is full of it. the pacing is fine, the artwork is great, the story is entertaining even with one of the main characters missing for a while and honestly, if you go back and read the previous chapters over again, then you’d know entirely why she isn’t being shown right now. The problem is that certain fans forgot about the hints that to me seemed obvious… if you think Lucy was happy in the hospital, then I recommend rereading the previous chapters… she was doing something called recovering from her messed up life. Once again, sorry to everyone that wanted to know what happened to Lucy… if you don’t know have a clue already, then wait for the chapter that is going to spoonfeed you the answers.
Edit: Looks like you edited yours as well… just ignore the first line of this one then because you saved yourself with that second edit. That second edit is the way I feel. I’m fine with the uncertainty because it feels so real as opposed to being given the answers prematurely. I’m fine with being kept in the dark because I’m not sure if I’m going to like the answer.
I’m uhh going to finish my nap before I embarrass myself and I’ll talk with a clear head later.
supertails19 September 25, 2013, 5:00 PM EST.
Sue is so cute c:
akipolies September 25, 2013, 5:04 PM EST.
What is that even supposed to be that David is messing with at the end?
I'll Eat Yourself September 25, 2013, 5:31 PM EST.
David is master character. None shall be above him. Sue can not compete.
Pyro September 25, 2013, 5:42 PM EST.
“I better stay close to you…
to make sure you don’t get into trouble!”
Tcj333 September 25, 2013, 5:42 PM EST.
@Taeshi I’m one of the people wondering what happened to Augustus. ; _ ; I miss my favourite sketchy snarkcat…
Lumi September 25, 2013, 6:00 PM EST.
I’m loving this chapter and all the diverse character interactions! A fresh change of pace is certainly not a bad thing here.
And to be honest, Lucy and the drama is the last thing on MY mind =_= Some of us have our fill of drama day to day
xKrisx September 25, 2013, 6:27 PM EST.
I must say, I admire your high potential in drawing, story telling, every thing, ESPECIALY the way you keep up with the comics and demands. Your work has touched us all, it’s just amazing! Don’t worry about the complains and conclusions some people are jumping into, atleast we find this chapter funny and entertaining.
GLaDOS September 25, 2013, 6:29 PM EST.
AAAAAAAH OKAY I GUESS THIS PAGE IS ULTIMATELY TO MURDER @Taeshi SO I GUESS I’LL FORSAKE MY NORMAL PEACE-MAKING STUFF AND JUMP RIGHT IN YAAAAAAAAAARG
but in all seriousness, guys? IT IS A COMIC ABOUT CATS AND DOGS IN HIGH SCHOOL. NO ONE SAID IT IS ABOUT LUCY. CALM YOURSELVES.
Carindel Girl September 25, 2013, 6:52 PM EST.
Daisy and David’s faces reminds me of Cuties orange brand, the best fruit, in my opinion.
What kind of museum is this? I WANNA GO!
Now I have to type up an essay for the rest of the day. *sighs*
Hawz September 25, 2013, 7:01 PM EST.
suexdavid! yes, Yes, YES!
KJ September 25, 2013, 7:07 PM EST.
@ supertails19 - You’re really failing on the whole “reading comprehension” thing right now. x_x’ (I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt here and assuming it’s because you’re sleepy - no one is as good at processing what they have read when they are tired). Go back and reread what I have actually written. In my second post, I said “If that was your intention I can understand that from an artistic standpoint.” So much for “saving [myself] with that second edit,” huh?
I haven’t been arguing that she needs to do things differently. I’ve been explaining one possible reason that some of her readers aren’t reacting well to this chapter. (In case you’ve managed to miss it again, I’m not included in that group of readers. I’ve said that more than once.) And I’ve done so by referencing basic stuff that you will learn in any college level class that deals with fiction writing or literature.
So please, if you disagree with something I have actually written, let’s discuss it. But I’m getting pretty tired of the strawman nonsense coupled with the utterly tacky little insults.
That you would interact with a complete stranger in such a way, even when tired, says absolutely nothing about me. But it says volumes about you.
MiscKitty September 25, 2013, 7:16 PM EST.
Too tired to read all that. ^
GLaDOS September 25, 2013, 8:21 PM EST.
why is this making me ship sue and david
if they were a couple their entire relationship would be:
bluhbluhbluh September 25, 2013, 9:03 PM EST.
Oh gosh, people are still talking about this? That lack of closure seems to be an elephant in the room from the reader perspective. I think you all are making Taeshi self-conscious. STAP.
Though, just to point this out my dear @Taeshi, we don’t ask about Augustus because Augustus didn’t try to kill himself or get into some angst-gang scuffle where we don’t know his whereabouts. Otherwise I’m sure people would feel the same confusion over why he was left hanging. And enigmatic scene where, wait, “Did Daisy sleep with Abbey?” would have also spurred this reaction.
Well I guess the plot defaulted to high school bickering? Maybe just drama, but I just don’t want a “He said-she said” argument/drama situation. The comic is better than that.
Personally, this chapter is not really filler just yet. Though I haven’t figured out where its going and it is nearly half-over.
Pyro September 25, 2013, 9:12 PM EST.
People good god let us just say so I don’t have to keep seeing Taeshi have to keep repeating herself it is not filler sit back and enjoy the ride k.
TheGentleman September 25, 2013, 10:21 PM EST.
Still miss Lucy
Cush September 25, 2013, 10:44 PM EST.
We all do .
speaking of Lucy. will she return in a later chapter? just asking
Mr.Grumpy September 25, 2013, 11:42 PM EST.
Personaly im not sure if it is a good idea to make Lucy return to them. I have the feeling it would end in another dramatic conflict with Mikes hating making her feel miserable again because… this can be just me but as far I see, the groups community didn’t change. I cant really see how this improves for Lucy returning to them. They just move on with usual own life. So im guessing we going to have moar drama once Lucy shows up which dear Taeshi doesn’t wanna reweal yet and that’s why we get these more cheerful chapters before the storm?
Personaly id love to see her meet that beach guy who foretold her fate. He seems like one who is willing and can help her better than her friends and she still owes him that singing
And yeah yeah, the story is already planed and all but I can still guess
Oh yeah, and wheres Augustus? Its a school project they do in museum so he could make apearence there, right
EvilKitty3 September 26, 2013, 12:25 AM EST.
There. I have done it. I have climbed this mountain. I have gotten my way from Simple Pleasure to here, and I must say my heart has broken. I must say that things have taken turns I have not been expecting, as well as I have seen cliches from miles away. But that’s how it’s supposed to be, right? A great comic should do that?
Keep this comic going!!
Carter September 26, 2013, 12:37 AM EST.
*sees Taeshi’s comments*
Wait, people are complaining about current events? Why? I mean, sure, people want Lucy back, but come ON, people! It happens when it happens! And complaining about it won’t do anything positive!
…bleh. Too tired to rant. Imma just patiently wait for the next page and try to make a witty comment there.
Oceanus92 September 26, 2013, 12:51 AM EST.
SeasonPrecure September 26, 2013, 1:00 AM EST.
@Taeshi, I just wanted to say that I’m very touched by your work. I have watched your talent grow and mature over time and it has inspired me to keep going as a writer. That in time I too can grow and mature into creating my own works. Right now I have no inspiration to make anything of my own, so I write to improve my skills. I wish you the best of luck with this giant story, and I do look forward to the very end of it.
Beaches September 26, 2013, 4:04 AM EST.
Awe, I always wanted to think Sue’s full name was Susan!
Huh? September 26, 2013, 8:40 AM EST.
So… Sue’s last name is Crabgrass?
Bunk September 26, 2013, 8:53 AM EST.
I can see a piece of art hitting davi’s face in any moment, just wait
eagle September 26, 2013, 9:25 AM EST.
Recently found this comic and am in love with it!! Your artwork is good and the story flows really well!! Great job!!!
AshFisher September 26, 2013, 11:08 AM EST.
That’s me, sometimes…
Daisy just appeared like… “YO ‘SUP.”
Mikika Hatari September 26, 2013, 11:38 AM EST.
Hey man, if you wanna get all mad that I explained WHY people think it’s a filler chapter…you know, explaining the reasoning without necessarily agreeing with it, that’s on you. I can see how people think it’s filler. That doesn’t mean it IS.
Edit: Aw hell I won’t lie, I think this feels like a filler chapter, I agree with others that so far it doesn’t appear well-paced compared to other chapters. But it hasn’t ended yet, so whatever. I’ll end up being wrong…maybe! Time will tell - creators sometimes miss the mark on what they intended.
Macca September 26, 2013, 11:39 AM EST.
why is there another pyro? e3e… SPY!
Pyro September 26, 2013, 8:15 PM EST.
denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denouement denoueme
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