79. Critical Hit, page posted 10/2/13

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Comment ID #260756

ABUSE! Furious Abbey

Mike and Suzie are talking crap about Paulo, I did not expect that, poor Paulo.

Hawz October 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #260757

Poor Paulo… is poor!

All alone in an art gallery, whatever will he do?

Also: first! Do I win a prize?

A ‘banhammer’? Oh goody! Oh wait…
@Hawz: Curses! Foiled again!

5Cats October 2, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #260758

The museum guys’ continued use of shoving/physical contact may indicate something important about the world this comic takes place in. This is not Earth. This is not an alternate Earth with all of our rules but animal people in place of humans. The rules and expectations for physical contact are very different, therefore the prior instances of Lucy bopping people may not have been quite the way that we readers have been previously interpreting them.

Adekii October 2, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #260759

whats with that guy and hitting people!

SomeBro October 2, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #260760

He’s trying so hard to be cool, cute

Sly October 2, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #260761

Drags David’s grade down? does that mean David had good grades? I don’t know about that…

twoplusfiveequallsseven October 2, 2013, 1:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #260762

For a second I thought the comic hadn’t updated yet.

darklion October 2, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #260763

I wonder what the dumb idea was. Was it bringing Paulo to an art museum, or was it art in general?

@Adekii: The sense… it has suddenly been made. Though I still feel physical violence without provocation is abhorrent. Share no love for the Lucy or the Museum Guy.

Shiloh October 2, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #260764

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU MUSEUM GUY!? STOP SHOVING PAULO WHILE DEMANDING TICKETS YOU JERK.

Moogle October 2, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #260765

That adult museum employee is still hitting an under aged high school student without provocation!! Someone call the police!!

Lord Lemmy October 2, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #260766

“Poor Paulo” - the guy has gone out of his way to be an obnoxious ******* all day.

and no, you can’t blame it on him missing Lucy, he’s like it anyway.

Jack October 2, 2013, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #260767

And then a critical hit was landed on paulos conscience by his mature friends. And some douche museum guy keeps pushing paulo in the face. What is this the be rude museum?

Blue fox October 2, 2013, 1:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #260768

Reminds me of that he could end up somewhat like his did, but there is the good sense of parenthood in him like his dad.

(I’m probably gonna start something out of my control.)

Keyblade Dragon October 2, 2013, 1:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #260769

Okay that employee is getting on my nerves

Laufente October 2, 2013, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #260770

“Forever alone for Paulo” ;_;

Mr-Hero-Bio October 2, 2013, 1:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #260771

Time to get a bit more mature, Paulo.

I still feel sorry for him though. :(

Anoukk October 2, 2013, 1:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #260772

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

Rydux October 2, 2013, 1:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #260773

Well Paulo you could always shut down the Museum ………… 8-D

Pepe Le Pew October 2, 2013, 1:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #260774

Did anyone besides me visit the BCB booth at AWA this past weekend?!

Quill October 2, 2013, 1:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #260775

Museum is boring. i go to sleep. 8-)

*zzz*

Mr-Hero-Bio October 2, 2013, 1:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #260776

wish I could I’m stuck far away ;_;.

mikedawn October 2, 2013, 1:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #260777

@Blue fox

I was just about to bring that up too. You beat me too it <<..

Anyway, I think this next chapter is going to be targeted more toward Paulo’s development. Maybe the chapter is titled “critical hit” because, with Lucy gone (either temporarily or for the story, still not completly sure where that is going), Paulo doesn’t have too much to relate to, save David and a very small amount of concentration to his “exes”. It seemed like a betrayal for David to just walk out like that, and somwhat distinct. Maybe the chapter will offer Paulo a little more maturity, related to this social “critical hit” that was landed just now.

This is just a brainstorm though ^^; I could just as easily be wrong. The next page tomarrow could just as easily concentrait on the exhibit that the rest of the group just entered, and single Paulo out for the chapter, undermining this idea…

Fangs October 2, 2013, 1:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #260778

@Adekii&Shiloh:

You got all that from the usher denying Paulo? O_O

You guys have:
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Hawz October 2, 2013, 1:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #260779

eeeeeyup

thatguy October 2, 2013, 1:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #260780

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TICKETS, Paulo needs them.

Hawz October 2, 2013, 1:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #260781

lol “TICKETS, DAMN IT! TICKETS!” that guy for reals, he needs to stop wapping Paulo on the head like that.

That panel 4, though. Wow, look at those malicious shadows and you know who they are. Dang, didn’t think Sue could appear so malicious, she’s usually straight as an arrow and hard as a textbook thrown to the face.

Whatever, Paulo, I’d let it glide. Anyways, you were calling them idiots and nerds the whole time, so it’s kinda karma. Just stroll and let it be.

Also, what is this “dumb idea” they “knew of”? I thought they were doing an essay for school or was that Paulo just trying to be funny again? Huh, if they all came to the museum of their own FREE will…
Neeeeerdsssss….

Blank On Purpose October 2, 2013, 1:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #260782

Honestly, I don’t really get why people are bashing on Paulo that he’s being immature. Well, at least more so in this chapter. They are assuming that Paulo doesn’t like art museums and he’s goofing off and causing trouble. Well, he never said he didn’t like art museums nor is he griping about it. In fact, he looks like he’s enjoying it in the company of his friends. The only real bummer is that there’s an assignment attached to it which let’s be honest, anyone would hate doing an assignment on something they could be enjoying.
The one that being the most immature here, in my opinion, is David. I mean, he was the one that was going to try to jump over the sculpture (we didn’t see Paulo egging him on, only stating that David would have made it), pressed him face against glasses, checked the security line “to see if it worked,” and played with the art exhibits such as the ring. Paulo only acted really immature with Mike, and it’s an immaturity that was consistent through the ENTIRE SERIES. But I thought that David was the biggest douche ever when he handed over that ticket to the man, smiling all the while, while never telling Paulo that he had one or what it was; basically ditching his friend.

Tylord October 2, 2013, 1:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #260783

Looking at Paulo’s reaction to some things, even he was indeed embarrassed when David was pressing up against the glass. He laughed when David played with the ring (it was pretty amusing) and he even wanted to interact with the interactive art piece. But the most important reaction was when Mike explained to him what the ticket was. If he was really amused, his eyebrows would have been raised and there would have been a lower eyelid rising up. But there is that smile… try to take it away. All you get left is a, in my opinion, a hurt expression. Perhaps he felt left out or hurt that no one even thought about him or he knew that they were deliberately leaving him where he couldn’t go (and possibly couldn’t afford). I say that his dialogue is his defense mechanism against showing pain or weakness. Hell, he even asked David to go back to the ring so they can do their project together or at least get a couple more laughs together before David ditched him.

Then you get this page. Him hearing people gossiping about him. I’ve been in this situation and let me tell you this, it feels BAD. I imagine it feels worse for him since Lucy, the only girl he had legitimate feelings for leaving in unexplained circumstances and since Jasmine told him he’s immature and he wasn’t worth waiting for. He could be trying to bring down their emotional level as low is him, because really, they were being a bit mean to him at that point. Might as well do the same thing to them.

TL;DR

Ease up on the poor guy. He isn’t being as big of a jerk as people are making him out to be. Also I like David.

Tylord October 2, 2013, 1:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #260784

@Hawz Thats not just imaaagination, its synthesizing.

Fangs October 2, 2013, 1:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #260785

Boy what good friends….

Slush October 2, 2013, 1:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #260786

TICKETS

BlueBerry October 2, 2013, 1:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #260787

Aw man, I feel so bad for Paulo.
I hope he writes the best essay/research.

Yumikarp October 2, 2013, 2:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #260788

I just finished reading a book where there were a bunch of people fighting. And I read that. Now I can’t get the image of Paulo swinging a broadsword at the guy while he blocks with a claymore and yells, “TICKETS!”

What the heck, imagination?

Also, wow, Paulo is looking kinda down now. Poor Paulo.

Lost_Cookie October 2, 2013, 2:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #260789

Museum Employee’s Final Smash: TICKETS!

Gate-senpai October 2, 2013, 2:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #260790

@Adekii:

To be honest, I didn’t even think about it. But not only do Lucy and the museum guy bop people- Mike’s bopped people, Sue choked Mike, Paulo bops everyone, SANDY bopped Mike, for crying out loud…

GingerPaws October 2, 2013, 2:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #260791

I’ve found re-reading the chapter is usually helpful before commenting.

I think the critical hit is going to be the loss of Paulo. There’s a point where everyone walks away.

Grow up? Maybe. Develop? Possibly. Depression? Most likely. At what point does the hurt get passed the rest of the emotional armor?

Silas October 2, 2013, 2:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #260792

@ everyone talking about violence as a social norm:

It is just as likely that our writer/artist is just a fan of slapstick humor. While the comic has plenary of drama, Taeshi keeps a balance of of humor to keep the comic… Bittersweet.

Happy Huginn October 2, 2013, 2:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #260793

Maverick October 2, 2013, 2:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #260794

@Fangs&Lost_Cookie:
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Hawz October 2, 2013, 2:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #260795

So is this gonna be a solo Paulo chapter or is it gonna be a Paulo free break? Or will we have 5-7 more pages of this?

Misanthrope October 2, 2013, 2:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #260796

is it me, or did some people change since Lucy is out of the picture??

i don’t like what is going on.

Sanchan October 2, 2013, 2:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #260797

@those_still_talking_about_physical_violence:
These are cartoon cats, dogs, and rabbits you are talking about.

C’mon guys, lighten up.

Hawz October 2, 2013, 3:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #260798

Talk about wack priorities from Sue.
Squeeze some info out of Mike? NOPE let’s dick around with Paulo’s insecurities instead.

@Hawz
The comic doesn’t play it off as slapstick, otherwise Mike wouldn’t have mentally destroyed Lucy.

Trevor October 2, 2013, 3:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #260799

woah there pink guy, no need to get physical! (no really, what’s with your love of slamming poor widdle paulo’s head?) Mad Lucy

Carindel Girl October 2, 2013, 3:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #260800

@Trevor: That’s not what I meant, I just dislike all this seriousness, don’t mind me. :x

Hawz October 2, 2013, 3:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #260801

Yes, I do think reading 250 pages (251 now) in a row is impressive tiny page Paulo.

Anon-Anon October 2, 2013, 3:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #260802

Punch Sue in the boob and Kick Mike in the crotch.
Paulo wins. Simple, and besides..he can yell “MIKE! I screwed Lucy first!” but it would be a backlash because Lucy was all whiny during the time sooo does not count.

Ross October 2, 2013, 4:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #260803

*I demand tickets, give your tickets or prepare your head for recibe my powerful shoving e-e xD

eagle October 2, 2013, 4:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #260804

@Ross: I recommend you reread a few chapters of the series as Paulo actually doing it with Lucy was just a fantasy. I want you to understand so you can fully enjoy the comic.

Fergilicious October 2, 2013, 4:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #260805

.-. Now I actually feel bad for Paulo once. Not that I never had feelings towards Paulo. It’s just that he’s lonely and feels like a jerk a little. Or maybe lonely, or both. Either way, hope he can “get in” (sneak in) without a ticket. o3o Paulo reminds me of one of my friends that snuck me in my high school homecoming dance. Even though I had to pay 10 dollars, I was able to get in because they wouldn’t allow people to buy tickets when the dance started. .-. sry Paulo, but maybe you have to sit this one out though. :nope:
(this message is sponsored by a talkative person 8-D)

Lyrix October 2, 2013, 4:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #260806

Heh that employer acts not only like a jerk but also like a total noob for not figuring out yet that Paulo simply has no tickets.

Ill laugh if at the end of this mess, Paulo gets awesome serious moment and lands the best grade for his ring essay :smirk:

I mean really, they handle this whole museum project as if the whole study depends on it. Iam an artist and yet I hated the art museum stuff the most those days.
It was never importand for school, just time and money wasting.
The only one I really did enjoy was the butterfly exhibit and that wasn’t a school project…

EvilKitty3 October 2, 2013, 4:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #260807

Man that guy’s persistent. :V

Jessica U. Ingmann October 2, 2013, 4:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #260808

that’s the teacher you dumb ****s

roll October 2, 2013, 5:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #260809

What was the dumb idea?

Chinatsu October 2, 2013, 5:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #260810

I didn’t quite understand what is the dumb idea sue talks about.

boh... October 2, 2013, 5:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #260811

Didn’t expect Sue and Mike to talk about paulo behind his back though…well… Mike yeah…. but talking about people behind their backs where they can actively hear you tends to cause some drama so… yeah.. Sue…..

Vega October 2, 2013, 5:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #260812

So…. Can we still have a Sue orientated chapter?

twoplusfiveequallsseven October 2, 2013, 5:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #260813

I know he’s been a jerk all day, but I know how Paulo feels right now - having heard his friends talking about him and how he’s “dragging other people down” and it’s not a nice feeling. :( It always feels awful to be abandoned by your WHOLE group of friends, even those you’re close to. The fact that they’re talking about him as they leave is kind of an extra sucker punch to the whole, “Everybody’s on on it except you, and maybe everyone planned it that way to begin with.” If they’re so mature and sophisticated and appreciative of the world around them, they shouldn’t add insult to injury by putting Paulo down, even if they think they’re out of earshot.

J October 2, 2013, 5:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #260814

How does that museum guy think he is. I mean Paulo was being dumb, but you don’t push someone’s face like that.

HLTH October 2, 2013, 6:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #260815

@roll teacher or not, that’s not how you act as an adult towards adolescent. Also, just because people are unaware of whatever his occupation may be doesn’t give you any right to call anyone dumb “sugar honey iced teas”

Amber October 2, 2013, 6:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #260816

Poor Paulo. I can see where this story is going. Maybe Paulo will try to find a way to sneak past the guard, or maybe he will just try to do the project for himself. I can relate to how he feels about his friends talking about him behind his back because I’ve had it happen to me before. :( Hang in there Paulo! :D

Angel October 2, 2013, 6:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #260817

@Fangs Hello!!!!!~ Welcome to the BCB comments section! :love: Hi babe! Nice to see that you caught up with me. I think just the same as you do, but I do hope that Mad Lucy will come back because you know she’s my favorite character aside from :unsure:.

Angel October 2, 2013, 6:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #260818

CRITICAL HIT.
…oh. Would you look at that.
The only thing here that confuses me…”I knew it was a dumb idea”? Knew WHAT was a dumb idea? Paying for more? Telling Paulo? I AM ALL SORTS OF CONFUZZLED.
And gotta love how Paulo’s like ‘okay gonna come out from behind the corner now’ and the ticket guy is all like ‘LOL NOPE’ XD

Oceanus92 October 2, 2013, 6:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #260819

Forever Paulone.

tinkertail October 2, 2013, 6:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #260821

Paulo spends an entire chapter being a public ********* while Sue and Co. try to work on a school project
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LET’S BLAME MIKE!!! 8-D

Also, prophecize all you want about the significance of the chapter title; that usher will DEFINITELY be the one dishing the crits.

Insanity_Prevails October 2, 2013, 6:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #260822

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Nerrrrrrrrddsss

Hawz October 2, 2013, 7:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #260823

@Adekii, the difference is he’s not bopping or hitting Paulo. He’s shoving him, like a good guard would do if he believes someone is attempting to slip in, there’s a difference in context here. With Lucy it has since been specifically pointed out that Lucy was injuring Mike. This was done to expressly retcon the first acts playful slapstick to have actual consequences. Further, you can clearly tell the difference, punch impact uses a (i know this is the wrong word) star flash to indicate a physical impact. What we have here are movement lines around the arm and alert lines above Paulo’s head. Nothing in the artwork indicates a punch or slap.

buchanen_neket October 2, 2013, 7:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #260824

Where the plot at??

mah goose October 2, 2013, 7:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #260825

Uh… bad idea? Trying to use context clues here but to no avail…

@mahgoose: lol, that’s what I’m sayin’!

Kenta October 2, 2013, 7:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #260826

Wow, if this was all something planned by Mike [I assume because of the grade comment] then he’s really being a jerk. Honestly. If they’re ‘friends’ they should be helping him and supporting him. Not doing sneaky things like this, talking about him poorly behind his back, and then acting like nothing is wrong. Those, in my eyes, are the worst kinds of people.

Crystal October 2, 2013, 7:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #260827

Keeping up the insults are just going to make you more of an apple, you apple.

Otter guy October 2, 2013, 8:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #260828

if you havent taken notice, paulo isnt his usual self and hasnt been ever since lucy left. he’s probably panicking and thats whats making him act like this. if lucy were here he’d probably go up with the rest of them

Whimsicott October 2, 2013, 8:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #260829

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Masket October 2, 2013, 8:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #260830

@Masket: OH GAWD! IT’S THE SHAMWOW GUY! RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! XD

Hawz October 2, 2013, 8:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #260831

This guy thick or what? How has he not worked out that Paulo has no tickets?

Thisguy October 2, 2013, 8:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #260832

I can expect that type of comment from Mike, but Sue? Poor Paulo :( he looks very sa…

-TICKETS.

*Punches the man in the face*

DaniGH October 2, 2013, 8:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #260833

ooooooh my poor baby my paulo i love you

Otaku Emi October 2, 2013, 8:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #260834

I think Mike is a jerk. You don’t talk about your friends that way, it’s not nice. And shame on Sue.

We all know David doesn’t make good grades anyway :)

And Paulo in his own right is only crying “Nerds” because he feels left out. They did purposely leave him out of it.

And @everyone_Talking_about_Abuse

I agree that the comic has a tendency for slap-stick humor. Perhaps this is why many don’t see Lucy’s behavior as bad because it gets mistaken for comedy moments. Which, yeah everyone slaps each other in this comic. Even oh-so-perfect Sandy slaps Mike.

PyrotheEmber October 2, 2013, 9:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #260835

I just realized that the man pushed Paulo to the wall. Is Paulo being mugged? D:

Hawz October 2, 2013, 9:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #260836

Ctrl+F -types “Lucy”-

Audino October 2, 2013, 9:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #260837

Ha. Ask alone inan art gallery. I can only wish that this would turn out as ib. Go into the painting paulo. Go.

Krix Liz October 2, 2013, 9:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #260838

HOLY GLOB I MISSED AUGUSTUS’ BIRTHDAY
HAPPY LATE B-DAY, AUGUSTUS

Not-you October 2, 2013, 9:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #260839

Prove ‘em wrong Paulo.

Trubeque October 2, 2013, 9:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #260840

Perhaps if you didn’t insult them so much for being more invested in stuff you find boring or mock them for trying to get good grades, they might treat you fairly.

But since you just keep on acting obnoxious and immature for no real reason towards the people who are apparently your “friends”, their comments about you behind your back are pretty much justified.

Not so nice when YOUR the one who gets mocked huh Paulo?

DeathofInk October 2, 2013, 9:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #260841

I may be wrong but it is possible that Paulo may be imagining what Mike and Sue are saying. We all know he has an overactive imagination from his “if I bang Lucy this might happen” day dream. And his James Bond role play.

Thisguyyouknow October 2, 2013, 10:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #260844

Ohhh, I see what’s happening here. Jazz’s last words to him, Rachel’s little dig about confidence at the study sessions, and now his friends are walking out on him here. Paulo’s taking a beating for basically being the same guy he was at the beginning of the series. Dunno how much a kid can grow up in just a couple years of his life, but I guess in comic-time all you can do is play keep-up with your drama-magnet friends. GO PAULO! FOR MATURITY! AND CHICKS! Chicks who don’t just get with you because you’re amusingly wobbley, I mean.

MykelTDT October 2, 2013, 10:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #260845

You know, Mike, appreciating art is really not that cool. Big whoop, you can look at those poorly designed abstract art pieces that clutters museums and you can claim you know something deep about it.

I really loathe modern art. It just isn’t any good and it doesn’t take any skill.

I want pieces so good and accurate that they pop off the page. Art that is so vibrant, it depicts something beautiful or cartoony or imaginative. Not those stupid rectangles or random scribbles or paint splatters that are just a sign of the times- lazy.

PyrotheEmber October 2, 2013, 11:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #260847

i swear i will bring the [SS] and bring too hell 1 by 1 all in that gallery, specialy, mike Furious Abbey

rex_inizaky October 2, 2013, 11:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #260848

Man, ticket guy. Do you have to shove him into the wall? You should push him back lightly, not shove him into whatever the wall’s made out of. Can Paulo report him for assault?

Zone October 2, 2013, 11:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #260849

Yeah what the hell is up with this comic somtimes. Slapstick violence played for laughs in the beginning = author intended it to be dead serious so Lucy is beating up people and that is bad!!! Okay, new status quo established as of a couple years ago: take the slapstick more seriously because author intended it to be so.

Now we have museum guy using violence for slapstick gags again. What, should we be calling abuse because we should be taking the slapstick serious? Or is Lucy a super speshul part of the story where only her slapstick violence is turned into legit abuse?

Please, be more consistent! That is the biggest problem I see in this comic! I enjoy this comic a lot but there is still a lot of growing left to be done, and the author’s propensity of stepping in to personally advocate this or that as her real intent when she failed in properly conveying it the first time around only makes the consistency problem more apparent.

Macca October 2, 2013, 11:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #260850

Chiba October 2, 2013, 11:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #260851

”.. the first time he drags David’s grade down?”

Wait, David has better grades than Paulo? :O

Okay, seeing how he made it to a different writing class at the end of his freshman than expected (exceeding his jerkish teacher’s expectations, and taunts), that probably CAN be the case (whenever/if David ever decided to put his mind into it)

Subaru October 3, 2013, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #260852

It looks like Paulo is realizing that Jasmine might have had a point.

I’m seeing it too. Just a little. He seems to wish to put on appearances. But it’s not working anymore. I think Lucy was probably the only one who might have liked him the way he was.

Now she’s gone…

Dinique October 3, 2013, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #260853

I like that they just beat someone into a state of suicidal depression just a few chapters ago and yet here they are again resorting to the same things that lead to that exact situation once again.

What great people they are, let’s just forget the horrible things that happened so shortly ago in favor of being terrible people all around.

That’s really most of the problem for them, for the most part they’re pretty much universally terrible people.

But hey hey hey, I guess it’s okay because Paulo is not the best person either? At least he appears to attempt character development every now and then even when it falls through, which is more than you can say for most of the characters around here, who spend most of their development justifying their bad traits rather than making changes.

DarkLordWiggles October 3, 2013, 1:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #260856

AAAAnd here we go again.

@Pyrotheember
That’s why Taeshi retconned with the december chapter. To give different context to the past chapters as she progressed into more serious stuff.

@DarkLordWiggles,
Oh COME ON!!!! These are two entirely different situations. For crap’s sake, Lucy had it easy. She gets told off by one person while everybody around her are good friends to her and she jumps to suicide, bloody hell. Oh while we’re at it let’s demonize a group of people because they aren’t the bloody perfect god damn friends that television portrays. For ****’s sake are you even paying attention to the comic. DO YOU NOT NOTICE THE LITTLE SERATED LINES AROUND THE SPEECH BUBBLES?!!!

@thisguyyouknow,
THANK YOU! Taeshi has never put the serated lines in before, why now? It’s because this is Paulo’s imagination picturing what they are saying due to what has happened to him recently. When she indicates a volume drop off she decreases the text size.

buchanen_neket October 3, 2013, 3:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #260857

@PyrotheEmber *Makes a lot of audible grossed out noises*

Modern art is a lot more calculated than you think. If I had a dime for every person that underestimated modern art and said nonsense like “it is lazy/shapes are nothing!” i would be a billionaire. Having studied art history and the like, I can tell you that it isn’t as easy as you think. A lot more thought is put into the meaning of the works, and if you genuinely studied art history it would open your mind a lot. It can really be super fascinating! Especially how it can challenge what is really art or not, while I appreciate and adore the “flowery” works that you referenced, the gorgeous paintings of people in scenery and the like, I find it a lot more interesting to dissect and analyse modern art. Leaves a lot more open to interpretation.

and i hate to use the “i’d like to see you do it!” but i think this really does apply, it makes me wonder why other people didn’t think of the works they criticise first. The works they think “they could do”. Mimicking repeating patterns with as much perfection in a lot of modern art is HARD. Simplicity can sometimes be the most complex.

Taeshi October 3, 2013, 3:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #260858

shut up sue

SuitCase October 3, 2013, 3:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #260859

GET OUT PAULO WHY DON’T YOU LEARN THINGS

Taeshi October 3, 2013, 3:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #260860

Sorry Taeshi, but I originally had big dreams to go to the Savannah College of Art and Design.

*cough*It was too expensive and the economy was in the toilet at the time I graduated*cough*

I seriously considered it even if I didn’t pick that as my career as you did. I got a 4 on my AP studio art class. I used to place in competitions for my pastel, graphic design, and charcoal pieces. I had to create a theme to connect 24 pieces for the class semester. I ended up focusing on making a different take on other pictures of countries I visited. I did a really good job.

Hell, I used to even get art commissions because people would walk in class to check out my work and ask me to do something for them. I didn’t even solicit my work for that, it just happened because others liked my work.

I’m no expert, but I did do enough art then to appreciate the effort I know I spent in it. And I do not feel that an undetailed, silly sculpture or any of that random mish-mash is as skilled as something from say, the Romantic Period or Baroque period. Or even just a detailed object that is so lovely you can almost grab it.

Sorry hun, but that’s why I personally hate modern art. I don’t mean to make you gag? Sick? Seriously girl? Anyway.

PyrotheEmber October 3, 2013, 6:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #260861

Say it with me now. Everyone is a nerd.

Blue fox October 3, 2013, 6:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #260862

@Whimsicot: No, Paulo has always been a huge jerk. Like, all the time. Always. Go look at the old chapters pre-Lucy-drama. It hasn’t been a sudden thing since Lucy left, it’s not new. The VERY FEW times in the comic we have seen him not be a jerk was because girls were directly influencing his actions, but when they weren’t, he was like this.

daft_inquisitor October 3, 2013, 6:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #260863

Don’t get me wrong, I like Paulo. I just hate that he acts like this.

daft_inquisitor October 3, 2013, 6:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #260864

—No ticket, no service.
This is not Culture Revolution time any more, so get enough money next time.

HongKat October 3, 2013, 11:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #260870

@PyrotheEmber: I still don’t think you fully understand how complex “simplicity” can be regardless of what kind of work you have done, nor do you offer examples. I guess you’re free to hate modern art, but I will always find that incredibly narrow-minded and kind of tragic because of how varied and wide the world of modern art can be, with so many different mediums people never thought of using before, and pushing the boundaries of what art can and “cannot” be. Especially since I look back to the same beliefs I held when I was 17 and feel embarrassed about it. Alas, to each their own!

Though granted there are some modern art works I don’t like, but I can still appreciate the thought put to it.

Taeshi October 3, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #260912

@Taeshi

I really don’t feel like getting into these weird, “I THINK YOU’RE WRONG SO PROVE YOURSELF” debates that have been going on around here.

The very definition of the word, “simple” is not complex. I gave you background on my work because I wanted to point out that I do have experience with art myself. Nevertheless, if my experience is inadequate, who says anyone can fully grasp the complexity of simplicity either? If that even makes sense. :/

PyrotheEmber October 3, 2013, 3:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #260915

Work can look simple, but it can actually be complex to make. You might have experience with art, but you said you don’t seem to have experience with art history and learning about that itself.

People can grasp it if they learn about it and are open to reading and educating themselves on the history/meaning/intention rather than dismissing it as “lazy”

Taeshi October 3, 2013, 3:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #260930

As an example of modern art in the extreme abstract style: Pollock was revolutionary because he made art because he could. His works are the embodiment of self-absorbed “I do what I want!” and “**** the critics!”. It was shocking because people didn’t DO that, and now he had done it. His paintings were a big fat middle finger to everyone else and the thought that art should have purpose and meaning outside of the author’s own head.

However, that doesn’t actually mean Pollock made anything skillfully, worthwhile, or worthy of praise. He just did something shocking for attention. So you can go on about the greatness of modern art in that vein and I’ll just turn my nose up at it.

That being said, there’s an awful lot of modern art out there that does not fall anywhere near Pollock’s sort of work. It’s just stuff like Pollock is what everyone thinks of when they hear the term “Modern art”. Kind of like how people judge rap and country songs unilaterally off of some vague example of what those genres are.

I still prefer baroque and rococo to most modern fine art though. Visit the MoMA? Plz. No.

Macca October 3, 2013, 4:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #260941

Hey! No need to HIT him, you d*ck! What, were you a bouncer at a night club before you got this job?!

SOGx-ray October 3, 2013, 6:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #260951

Thanks Macca. That was a great example. I just feel that most modern I have seen in museums is closer to Pollock. And I just don’t see that as good art. I shouldn’t have to imagine what I am looking at if the artist is talented.

Sure I can feel something about the piece, but I shouldn’t be cocking my head wondering why there is a new bike, an old shoe, and a tiny trashcan in the middle of the gallery. Or squinting at literally just paint splatters wondering why their color test canvas is there in the middle of a fancy art show.

PyrotheEmber October 3, 2013, 9:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #260953

And that post alone is example enough that you really don’t understand and don’t want to understand and there is no point debating further if you don’t want to think further and just want to look at everything from the surface. There’s no way to help with that. Oh well!

Taeshi October 3, 2013, 9:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #260960

Taeshi I really wasn’t trying to debate. I personally don’t think there is more to understand about some modern work. It’s like when writing english papers. Some people claim to see more meaning. Example:

Author: The carpet is blue.
Student: The blue represents the inner struggle within the main character.

I don’t know, it seems like the student is trying to hard to value something that really wasn’t that deep to begin with. But I respect your opinion, and obvious love of all forms of art. I’m just a little picky, that’s all.

PyrotheEmber October 3, 2013, 10:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #260961

Sorry, but “picky” is the wrong word to use when you refuse to learn and educate yourself on modern art and dismiss it. The word you’re looking for is “close-minded.”

There’s a difference between understanding modern art, but still not having it be your cup of tea, to calling it “splashes of nonsense”, “lazy”, “not deep”, “seeing what is not there”, because that alone shows you don’t get it. Don’t try to explain otherwise. You are ignorant on the matter. And ultimately there’s nothing wrong with that, I can’t force you at gunpoint to learn and appreciate modern art, but you shouldn’t act like you’re being picky in an educational sense. You’re not, you don’t want to learn.

There’s plenty of works I don’t like, hell i am not a big fan of Pollock, but I can appreciate what he wanted to do and the impact behind his body of work and understand why he did what he wanted to do. Now that’s being picky, rather than not even bothering to learn and analyse.

Taeshi October 3, 2013, 10:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #263348

Am I the only one a little disappointed in who ever made that comment about Paulo?

Tealjoy October 27, 2013, 3:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #273946

@Blue fox
They are not mature, they are even cast aspersions on him, just because they think he does not hear them. That´s not what i call maturity.

Tails January 29, 2014, 1:13 AM EST.

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