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BeanieButt October 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Hawz October 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
ComicGuy October 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
WHAT THE **** SUE
Captain kelo October 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Oooooh low blow Suzie. You are ever so awesome.
Edit: Guys, why so much hate. You guys bring up Lucy more than Paulo, who just forgot about her, so cool down. Paulo was a jerk this chapter, he needed someone to put him back in his place. Sue is good at that.
Vgr October 8, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
wtf sue….i dont like sue anymore, just f u sue….
Sanchan October 8, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
Apply ice to the burned area
Rayn October 8, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
BURNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
wr3h October 8, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
……..though, he was being a huge jerk too, so I can’t say it was completely uncalled for.
Lunar October 8, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
You will make the Mona Lisa cry with your fighting.
Shiloh October 8, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
I just crit my pants O.O
HungryLlama October 8, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
…. ouch. Wonder how Paulo will react to that? Angry retort, introversion, depression…. a little of everything…
Also.. what would Amaya think if she saw you now, Sue? *tsktsk*
WeibFox October 8, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
Paulo deserved that. Go Sue!
TheLazyCharmander October 8, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
Mil_Faces October 8, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
Well. Looks like someone’s going to be punched in the next five seconds. Way to really tick him off, Sue. Personally, I think it’s good that he’s trying to stick with his friends despite everything that has happened, and it’s pretty bitchy of her to try to outcast him.
And anyways, she’s the one who was in the background and pushed her way to the foreground. I didn’t mind her so much as a background character or even just a supportive main role, but when she’s trying to run the show she’s being pretty terrible. Fail, Sue. Just FAIL. Go back to being the nice, supportive one or at least project on the proper party! Paulo wasn’t the one who broke Lucy’s heart and made her go away!
Zone October 8, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.
ToastyJester October 8, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
Oooooh. Hey you need to take what you dish out. I think Paulo may need this ->
crystal arrow October 8, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
So… that’s the critical hit… Yet, sooooo right! Paulo being with Rachel just after Lucy left is one of the things that disappointed me. (Yeah, he apologized to Lucy, but he still is sticking with Rachel… or at least that’s the impression I got on the last chapter).
Hmm… Hmmmmm!! Sue is right in that she did try something new, and of course it would have been so clichè if her first play/writting was a big success. Step by step she can be an awesome writer. Then again… so she confessed that they wanted to get rid of Paulo? Saying that they didn’t liked him before would have been the best instead of whispering behind his back, why do they insist in hiding their discomfort?
Aaah… these adolescents kittens… One day they will learn~
Teh Lvy! October 8, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
i thought this was going to be a boring chapter and a waste of my time but SUE
Whimsicott October 8, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
Gotta admit everyone loves them low blows here in BCB.
Lilmont October 8, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.
and THERE’s the critical hit. Sue’s sunk Paulo’s battleship.
ResidentEddy October 8, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.
This field trip has degenerated quickly…
Paulo really needs to take a “Shut The Heck Up” pill.
5Cats October 8, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.
this is escalating quickly!
Kindle_Kat October 8, 2013, 1:09 PM EST.
Well this got out of hand quickly And @Zone is right, Paulo isn’t the main suspect in the ,,Lucy goes *poof*” case, he just has a really short attention span
B-Dawg October 8, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.
Paulo does deserve this. I mean he slept with Rachel shortly after he knew that Lucy left. I am on Sue’s side.
Mikefan October 8, 2013, 1:11 PM EST.
Lolly October 8, 2013, 1:13 PM EST.
Honestly, i’ve been very lost in the last couple of pages. I don’t seem to understand why Sue is acting the way she is, unless Taeshi intended her to? Ok, so a couple of pages back, she talked bad about Paulo right? Then she was nervous about looking at a picture… Then she wanted to go back downstair again..? To see Paulo? And now they’re fighting..? I’m so confused, if anyone can clarify this whole situation to me, i’d be very grateful T-T
Ps. sorry for my dumbness!
Yelikarts October 8, 2013, 1:15 PM EST.
I will now proceed to ship x perfect ship am I right
Sea-Foam October 8, 2013, 1:15 PM EST.
Paulo needs to walk away before he does or says something they’ll regret. I mean good gawddayum. He’s already crossed like three lines in this page alone.
Sue’s response was just beautiful, to be sure. It plays on his insecurities very subtly, implying many things at once. It’s a good contrast to him trying to bull-rush her own fears and insecurities.
This is gonna become a battle of wills pretty fast unless one of them is the bigger cat and just walks away.
The Weirdo October 8, 2013, 1:16 PM EST.
Damn that got personal,I’m shipping them pauloXsue oxox
lov/hate/hurt October 8, 2013, 1:16 PM EST.
To be honest, I was surprised by how many people were assuming Sue had a crush on Paulo! Based on previous pages, I interpreted her facial expressions as someone who wasn’t understanding the paintings. Paulo telling her “you’re just pretending to be smart” confirms what I believe!
Alicia October 8, 2013, 1:16 PM EST.
@Whimsicott: What an unnecessarily rude thing to say. It's great that you're interested because of Sue, but you don't have to do that while being insulting about the chapter generally. Please be more tactful next time.
Taeshi October 8, 2013, 1:17 PM EST.
Seeing these two fight is great, they are so similar in their faults that they cannot see it.
Twoplusfiveequallsseven October 8, 2013, 1:20 PM EST.
They’re BOTH amusing hopeless teenies. And horny!
Where’s my popcorn???
Knux-the-Killer October 8, 2013, 1:22 PM EST.
***** going down.
taNi October 8, 2013, 1:23 PM EST.
I don’t like this..
x October 8, 2013, 1:23 PM EST.
The critical hit connected.
Schrodinger October 8, 2013, 1:24 PM EST.
Ouch…kind of a low blow Sue but he kind of had it coming.
So going with the cliche of love and hate, will they be jumping each others by the end of the chapter?
Chrisd765 October 8, 2013, 1:24 PM EST.
Ooh major BURN! I wonder how Paulo’s going to responed. /:s
Jayden October 8, 2013, 1:24 PM EST.
notice she blush when david is mentioned?
kiki October 8, 2013, 1:25 PM EST.
Lizzie October 8, 2013, 1:25 PM EST.
He looks about ready to fricking break her face in?!!!!
PAULO I KNOW YOU LOVE LUCY BUT PLEASE DON’T MAKE ANY MORE BAD DECISIONS!!!
Arlekk October 8, 2013, 1:27 PM EST.
I’d normally be on Sue’s side, but she’s the one who started the argument by demanding to know why Paulo came upstairs when he had been mocking them to begin with. For someone who normally can read the signs well (such as not pushing Mike for his involvement in Lucy’s dilemma), she showed a surprising lack of tact in this situation.
I especially don’t like how she mentioned Lucy; while Paulo was insulting her, she went for the one point that she knew had hurt Paulo the most, rather than just leave her insult at him being scatterbrained. After several chapters of her showing good judgment, it’s sad that the one time where she makes a mistake (which naturally happens with anyone) is the time when it can and probably will hurt the most.
Wonderful chapter so far Taeshi. Not many stories get me so emotionally invested in what is going on.
Deiser October 8, 2013, 1:27 PM EST.
Dam sue needs a hammer and a nail so she can actually nail paulos *** to the wall like she did his personality.
Blue fox October 8, 2013, 1:30 PM EST.
Oh geez, this escalated quickly..
Ouch @ Paulo saying no one likes Sue.. Yeesh
Jade October 8, 2013, 1:31 PM EST.
a55hole sue strikes back
thatguy October 8, 2013, 1:31 PM EST.
hit her with a painting, Paulo…
Wolfy October 8, 2013, 1:32 PM EST.
Holy ****, IN YOUR FACE PAULO!
@Taeshi I understand you got offended by @Whimsicott, but I believe he choose the wrong words. I was thinking that this chapter would be a simple “slice of life” without anything meaningful going into it. But now this page has been really “Holy ****!”.
And by the way, keep on the good work .I’m waiting for the third volume
Volgrand October 8, 2013, 1:34 PM EST.
Why is Sue upset again? I mean….she was saying the exact same thing about the painting before Paulo appeared. She thought it was dull and lifeless, too.
Damn finicky teens.
Akiriuu October 8, 2013, 1:35 PM EST.
Oh, Sue! Don’t bring Lucy into this! You’re not making the situation any better! Seriously, you should have stopped after you said he couldn’t focus. You’ve probably hurt Paulo really bad now. And I agree with Wolfy, Paulo deserves the opportunity to hit her with a painting.
Discord55 October 8, 2013, 1:35 PM EST.
More drama everyone!
Mr. Morningstar October 8, 2013, 1:35 PM EST.
That was rough stuff…
Order_66 October 8, 2013, 1:37 PM EST.
What sucks is that this ends in the next three pages,I hope something unexpected happens for the end
lov/hate/hurt October 8, 2013, 1:37 PM EST.
Mr-Hero-Bio October 8, 2013, 1:37 PM EST.
Stop whinging Veronica, there are a lot of underage kids that read this comic. Instead of unnecessarily lashing out at them, be a good artist and take a step back from it. You have so much to learn about being a true artist, but you’ll get there.
Huh October 8, 2013, 1:38 PM EST.
sue is awesome but she was so wrong and this chapter. however i don’t think paulo is messing around with Rachel i just think he finds comfort in her company. so dat lucy comment, sue, was uncalled for.anyway “boo” to David for saying sue’s play sucked. + cracked pairings forever!!!! whoooo!!!
kiki October 8, 2013, 1:38 PM EST.
And thus, we have our “Critical Hit”
Hate to say it, but Paulo left himself wide open for that one. He needed Lucy. She was the center of his world; now that she’s out of the picture, his life has been thrown out of wack & his jack@$$ery has been left unchecked and has grown to doosh-bag proportions.
I really am sad that you won’t be at NYCC this weekend. I’d love to meet you and y’know, like, buy EVERYTHING from your booth …I love your comic too much…and I don’t care
Kaminari683 October 8, 2013, 1:38 PM EST.
Sheichii October 8, 2013, 1:39 PM EST.
I am so loving this chapter, ha ha.
Rydux October 8, 2013, 1:40 PM EST.
gotohell October 8, 2013, 1:41 PM EST.
Oh, what’s that sound? That’s the sound of Paulo getting served like a Saigon *****.
Kanashe October 8, 2013, 1:44 PM EST.
Oh, ouch, oh geez! I know Paulo was ALWAYS kind of a jerk, but it seems he’s getting worse. And MAN, that was a low blow, Sue, geez! But he he might have deserved it.
Lord Lemmy October 8, 2013, 1:46 PM EST.
um,the cussing….. @taeshi , no offense what he said was wrong, you work hard on your books and believe me they are amazing. i don’t find any of your chapters boring ,none at all. but there are assertive ways to saying things. there are underage ppl reading this stuff too, not including myself, im 21 and i love your work but all the cussing is a bit of a downer
kiki October 8, 2013, 1:48 PM EST.
And THERE is the Critical Hit, right there.
YoshiStar68221 October 8, 2013, 1:48 PM EST.
Wow Paulo’s such a jerk. “Nobody even likes you” and “You should stop pretending to fit in and go back to your little gay drama club” were absolutely uncalled for.
The first reminds me of how Mike told Lucy that he didn’t like her—that he hated her.
Now I see Paulo saying that.
I can’t say Sue’s in the right, but that sort of provocation from Paulo’s jerkishness can’t be excused. Smh.
Momoro October 8, 2013, 1:50 PM EST.
Wasn’t Sue the the one that yelled at him first? As soon as he got up there, SHE yelled at HIM. He didn’t say a word. I know paulo is rude and annoying at times, ok, well a lot of the time, but seriously? She’s being the only being rude here….
Dogman October 8, 2013, 1:50 PM EST.
I honestly don’t like how Paulo called the drama club “gay” instead of “stupid” like I think what he was trying to say. Different people have different viewpoints on different subjects, but there’s no reason to downgrade some like Paulo displayed. Then again, we’re talking about cartoon high school sophomores here. Judging by Paulo’s character development so far, if we’re replacing terms here, we might as well have his name take over words like “*******” or “*********.”
For example, “Ugh, can you believe that guy slept with another girl right after the break up? He’s such a Paulo.”
Dudeler October 8, 2013, 1:51 PM EST.
Holy cow! Sue! You are amazing!!!! New respect earned!
Holy ****…. Dude, you got owned. I’m sorry but if you want help, ask and don’t be a dick. I like all you guys . Except you Mike . You still a dick. But please don’t fight with each other. I love the drama and I’m currently having huge drama in my life ( Which I hate, yes I’m a hypocrite ) but please be friends.
I had an idea for a nice ship I’m hopping onto = Sue X Paulo =
So I need to rethink my shipping because I have mike with 4 girls right now, Paulo with 3, Daisy 4, Lucy 2 (+1 female), David 1, Sue 2, Sandy 3, Jess 0 so far, and yeaa… The rest all 0…. Hmm this won’t work…
Anyway LOVE the chapter (like all the others but still ) and NTNPN!!!!!!! (Need The Next Page Now)
The G October 8, 2013, 1:54 PM EST.
Sue, you didn’t do **** regarding Lucy after the play yourself.
And you also thought a play were a good idea to solve problems.
Way to handle problems with the maturity level of Paulo’s language.
Misc October 8, 2013, 1:55 PM EST.
And now we know what the critical hit is. Anyone wondering if Paulo will punch her in the face, having her tumbling down the stairs?
MachBiker October 8, 2013, 1:55 PM EST.
Nice one Sue, you sunk that arrogant ******* like the Bismark.
starfighter105 October 8, 2013, 1:55 PM EST.
I really, really don’t like where this is going. Someone is going to be really hurt in a minute and I don’t want to know either way. Jesus Christ, Paulo can’t seem to get a break…
Guys, I know Paulo is a douche and he needs to get a bit of reality, but things are really starting to heat up, and I feel all sad inside. He’s being a jerk towards Sue who was thinking about him just seconds ago, but wow… I really thought that she would keep her calm to the end. I guess even Sue has her limit, eh?
God, Paulo, get a grip and understand what is going on. You’re going to lose a lot of great friends by behaving like you don’t care. Paulo and Lucy are very alike in that area in my opinion. Jesus, I hope everything works out. I can’t take all the breaking friendships. ;-;
Strawberryblossom October 8, 2013, 2:01 PM EST.
WOW Sue just I mean DANG. Sue may have been right but she was totally wrong to say it like that, esp since she is pretty guilty of the same thing. She forced the play on Mike and Lucy without considering either of their feelings. And from what we saw in the comic she didn’t really seem to go out of her way to hang with Lucy or check up on her. I do think Paulo needed a wake up call it was just so harsh good grief! Now this explains why she was so angry around him, shes pretty much blaming him for what happened. I wondering if she knew how Lucy felt about him or that something was going on between them? Wow just wow Sue has 0 tact
Sammy October 8, 2013, 2:03 PM EST.
Ouch, nice burn Sue.
TheXtreme October 8, 2013, 2:04 PM EST.
Unexpected. Well it’s not the best time and place to show how stressful you’ve been lately (I mean they are in the art gallery where people usually go for inspiration or smth… and there are people around ).
I didn’t expect it to be a calm chapter but this contrast with previous page. I was thinking they’ll continue arguing about painting. I hope they won’t go too far . Anyway gj Taeshi!
JayLime October 8, 2013, 2:07 PM EST.
It looks like Paulo has crossed the line with his attitude one too many times with Sue. Honestly, Paulo deserves to have his *** handed to him. His behavior has been extraordinarily pompous and rude to his friends, degrading them at his convenience. In the page before, Sue’s reaction to Paulo was that of surprise and frustration when she asked why was he up here, because he had made such a loud fuss about paying to learn more. Honestly, I’d be fed up by now myself. Paulo could had just shrugged it off after “that’s irrelevant” but he chose to tear at her insecurities and diminish her hard work and success, whether or not it was spectacular. He’s been nothing but a thorn in this chapter. I admire Sue for standing up for herself and trying to keep things under wraps so they don’t get in trouble and ruin the trip, but, sadly that’s not her job. I don’t like the fact that she’s using a low blow herself, but the way I see things as it currently stands, it’s a pinch considering what Paulo has been punching out since the beginning. So I hope something happens to him that calms him down. If I were her, or the group … I’d get away from him to. His freakin poison right now. As far as I’m concern, Sue and the others were doing the right thing by removing themselves from Paulo and his prickish behavior.
Canny October 8, 2013, 2:08 PM EST.
It seems like Lucy’s departure hit Sue pretty hard, she doesn’t seem to be able to really talk to either Mike or Paulo without bringing her up.
I also really like how Sue has been more in the limelight recently, she doesn’t get enough of that. Now we just need that chapter on Amaya, but I guess we don’t talk about that.
Alfador October 8, 2013, 2:10 PM EST.
Finally, DRAMA BOMB!
I wonder if Sue’s going to get more intense or end it there. Either way, Sue dealt one hell of a blow.
@ALL_YOU_HATERS: Sue just hit Paulo with the reality staff in the nards, CALM DOWN.
Hawz October 8, 2013, 2:11 PM EST.
Oh god its a verbal warzone in here
void October 8, 2013, 2:12 PM EST.
I don’t understand people’s love for Paulo, as he’s proving himself to be a pretty disappointing friend.
This entire chapter he has built himself up by putting his friends down because of his own insecurities of poor academics. He was a playboy before Lucy and as soon as she’s gone what does he do? Sleep with Rachel. Again. He’s immature and goes straight for Sue’s jugular “No one likes you”, “you’re stupid”, “your play sucked” before Sue had enough and went for an equally hurtful blow.
He’s an immature, insensitive, bully. I can only hope this chapter knocks some sense into him.
Tara October 8, 2013, 2:13 PM EST.
SHOTS FIRED! SOMEONE GET AN ICE PACK!
KaijinZero October 8, 2013, 2:13 PM EST.
BOOM SHAKA LAKA!!!
In the whole argument of who’s being a bigger ******* here, I’d say Paulo got what was coming to him.
He’s been trying to worm his way through the assignment with as little effort as possible: trying to take notes from the plaques and Mike’s audio device. Some people say that paying for the exhibition shows that he’s trying. Well, I can’t say what his motive was for that, but later he still thinks he can just look at a piece of art and understand it immediately.
I’ve had college assignments on interpreting art, it isn’t as easy as it seems. What Paulo and Sue see in the painting might have had a different meaning at the time and place it was first created. Of course Sue couldn’t tell Paulo what the work meant, she hasn’t had time to do any research yet. This museum outing is probably just to choose a work for their papers and record any surface observations, how does it make them feel, what do they see, etc.
13lackout October 8, 2013, 2:13 PM EST.
I really enjoy how Sue finally has that, “spotlight,” she’s been looking for without having to call a pointless meeting.
Hawz October 8, 2013, 2:15 PM EST.
Paulo has been as much as a pathetic bully or worse than the other’s episodes. I really don’t understand how people can like a person like that.
Canny October 8, 2013, 2:17 PM EST.
KitKatMuffin October 8, 2013, 2:19 PM EST.
Ouch. I hate Paulo, but still this was rather vicious thing to say. I know Sue is concerned about everyones wellbeing n’stuff but isn’t that a little self righteous? Who is she to decide if the group is to hang out with Paulo or not? “WE all came here”, “Why won’t you leave ME alone” - doesn’t add up.
I was thinking this will be one of those non-drama chapters but I guess I was wrong, and we’re going to have a December like situation… or not. Three pages left. Paulo will probably just look miserable without any retort.
Teenagers goona teenage. Kids at this age are quite rude. And Sue knows a thing or two about verbal retaliation. I would say she massacred him without cussing or mentioning homosexuals.
“What an unnecessarily rude thing to say. It’s great that you’re interested because of Sue, but you don’t have to do that while being shittty about the chapter generally. Please be more tactful next time.”
Please tell us more about being tactful.
While I generally agree Paulo was acting *******… well he was doing this all the time. How come this bothers people now? It’s same like Lucy abusing Mike. No one gave a damn, until we saw bloody knee.
Commander_Zero October 8, 2013, 2:22 PM EST.
Susan don’t you DARE go there!
SOGx-ray October 8, 2013, 2:22 PM EST.
I can actually sympathise a bit with Paulo. He has just overheard his best friends criticise what he thinks is a normal and perfectly healthy way of acting, (and i don’t necessarily dissagree with him there, we all have the right not to be interested in art/museums) his closest friend, whom he thought he shared similar beliefs dissed him to join, and when he makes the decision to follow them, from curiosity or desire to be with his friends, he is greeted by Sue’s obvious annoyance at seeing him. Not really the best way to feel better.
My guess is that the sudden subject change to Lucy comes from Sue’s anger with Paulo, perhaps because she believed he was the only one who could help her get through her troubles after all that mess with Mike, but didn’t, or because she is simply mad at seeing him get over her so easily.
And if we suppose that there has been some time since Lucy left them, i think is quite possible that Sue hasn’t talked to anyone about this and that anger has just been building up. I’m sensing a huge fight beggining.
Clementine October 8, 2013, 2:23 PM EST.
Hopefully this ends Paulo’s denial once and for all. I feel like Paulo’s problems have been shoved in our faces since this chapter started.
Hawz October 8, 2013, 2:24 PM EST.
If Paulo reacts to this the way the comment section seems to think (crushed, enraged, depressed, etc.) then I can’t imagine how he would react to some of the things the comment section has said before (especially after Jasmine got her retribution). Seriously though why isthis is a “cruel and low blow” and Jasmine telling him he’s immature is the greatest thing ever since both are technically true and said out of frustration to Paulo
Misanthrope October 8, 2013, 2:24 PM EST.
Laguhez October 8, 2013, 2:28 PM EST.
O,O ooooooohhhhhhh SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!!!!!!!
Dude, that was intense! I cringed when i read that!! Bravo!
Edit: btw, wtf how did this fight start anyway? They are all at least friends right?
Jaime October 8, 2013, 2:29 PM EST.
Wow Paulo, why are you being such a moron today? What do you mean no one likes Sue? What do you mean the play was bad? Seriously…?
Lumi October 8, 2013, 2:31 PM EST.
o.o Did I miss somethin’? Where’d all this tension between Sue ‘n Paulo come from? Have they always been like this and I just never noticed?!
Jessica U. Ingmann October 8, 2013, 2:32 PM EST.
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT
I am stupid October 8, 2013, 2:36 PM EST.
(Do NOT enter the verbal arena if you are not ready to take the blows Paulo… And I see that the characters are immature and emotionally unstable as ever.)
Allsmiles October 8, 2013, 2:39 PM EST.
im sorry this is literally all i can say omg
Pirari October 8, 2013, 2:42 PM EST.
I can hear the snoring sounds from the first panel~
Huh? October 8, 2013, 2:44 PM EST.
#ShotFired October 8, 2013, 2:45 PM EST.
There it is! The critical hit!! Paulo was critically hitted!!! Mentally.
Friedhelm October 8, 2013, 2:46 PM EST.
Sue used Low Blow. It’s super effective!
Did Paulo seriously just tell Sue that no one likes her? Seriously?
Maybe he and Mike are meant to be together, after all…
ravengal October 8, 2013, 2:48 PM EST.
Dont punch her paulo dont do it
Liridiandandan October 8, 2013, 2:48 PM EST.
Tickled October 8, 2013, 2:54 PM EST.
Paulo’s just a Lucy, on the inside. He was attacked first, and like Lucy, he doesn’t back down. Escalation from the other side? He’ll escalate also. Sue doesn’t seem to regret what she’s saying, probably because she means every word of it. Paulo is digging for things to say back so it seems like he’s not losing. I’m really frustrated by the uncalled for insults Paulo had for Sue in this, but I understand them. Like, look at fifth panel. If that isn’t a case of “Lucy face” I don’t know what is.
All of this being said, I’m glad someone finally brought up Lucy. What I see in his eyes in the second to last panel is “understanding” that he’s the only one truly on his side. Whether or not it’s true, it’s a realization that needed to happen for Paulo to break from his stasis.
I don’t even know what could escalate from this that would shock anyone. He’s already jumped in bed with Rachel and basically stayed there, he’s punched Mike and openly cried, he’s yelled at Daisy multiple times …I fear for what’s next. I feel like it’s going to be proportional to this burn and all the betrayal that he feels has happened recently.
Hazel October 8, 2013, 2:57 PM EST.
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!
KILL’EM SUE! MURDER THAT SON OF A GIT!
Blank On Purpose October 8, 2013, 2:59 PM EST.
We thought it would be a ‘critical hit’ on David’s attitude. We thought it would be a ‘critical hit’ on Paulo for being…well, Paulo. But now that we get here and see Sue bringing Lucy into this? Yeah…in all honesty, I’m not sure if I should have seen this coming or not. Either way, this HAS to be it. Either that, or this whole thing was one giant one on Paulo. I’m just wondering how he’ll react. My guess is that he’ll shut up right about now.
Oceanus92 October 8, 2013, 3:02 PM EST.
@Volgrant, @Huh: I don’t think I was being rude, I was more pointing out that it wasn’t a very tactful thing to say with the assumption that the person didn’t really mean it. Some people say tactless things all the time without realising it despite their good intentions, but it’s good to point it out so they can learn and improve/become more self-aware.
@Commander_Zero, @Kiki: Haha what, I guess I edited to replace the word with “mean” but I’m semi-confused why people are getting bent out of shape over a word that is commonly used in the comic itself by some of the characters? It’s edited now out at least. (though tbh it shoulda been censored but I typoed whoops)
Taeshi October 8, 2013, 3:04 PM EST.
It’s ridiculous how everyone is jumping on the Lucy comment. Everyone loves Paulo when he is, in essence, a bully - repeatedly hurting people’s feelings and targeting their insecurities to make him feel better. He’s become totally vile to me and if someone treated me like that, telling me my months of work and craftsmanship were crap, telling me to shut up because I wanted to appreciate something without someone telling me how lame it is, I would have said a lot worse about Lucy to him. Not the good thing to do of course, but Taeshi’s representation of real, human emotions is clear and low blows don’t just come out of nowhere from nice characters like Sue.
Really says something how Paulo’s constant digs are just funny/’oh you’/he’s emotional wah wah and the first nasty thing Sue comes out with causes a shitstorm. Wow.
Mollington October 8, 2013, 3:07 PM EST.
Max October 8, 2013, 3:10 PM EST.
I hope Paulo doesn’t take the “Lucy” route and insist his behavior is justified and change nothing.
Yeah Sue wasn’t exactly cordial when he came up stairs but he basically quoted Mike by telling Sue that no one likes her.
Yeah that was a low blow on Sue’s part, but Paulo has been rude all day, and comes upstairs to insult Sue more and tell her that her hobbies suck and her play sucked.
Ellie October 8, 2013, 3:11 PM EST.
and then they ****ed
wafwafwa October 8, 2013, 3:12 PM EST.
Oh it’s gettin real up in dis.
HLTH October 8, 2013, 3:13 PM EST.
Milkfruit October 8, 2013, 3:14 PM EST.
I’m expecting angry sex in the bathroom…
Bob Bobington October 8, 2013, 3:18 PM EST.
well you realy made me think “wow she just realy said tha” but i truly agree with her.
you know im glad you are giving sue some spot light , you got lots of interesting chacters glad you mix it up
DrackeStalenTorgen October 8, 2013, 3:23 PM EST.
BlueBerry October 8, 2013, 3:25 PM EST.
THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PAGES IN BCB HISTORY!
So many comments in under two hours…
Hawz October 8, 2013, 3:27 PM EST.
DRAMA BOMBS ARE FALLING FROM THE SKY! PROTECT THE SHIPS!
Hawz October 8, 2013, 3:31 PM EST.
Someone October 8, 2013, 3:32 PM EST.
Well that escalated and burned quickly.
Keyblade Dragon October 8, 2013, 3:33 PM EST.
@Jessica U. Ingmann: Really, I just don’t think he has ever spent an entire day talking to Sue. They always seemed to annoy each other when they did talk, but they barely talked before.
Moogle October 8, 2013, 3:33 PM EST.
Ooo! Burn! Sue, that was a low blow but -claps-
Aoriki October 8, 2013, 3:34 PM EST.
@Canny That was exactly what Mike has been saying about Lucy. That she was only abusive and “poison” to the group. Can you imagine how painful it must be for Paulo right now? He lost Lucy because of something Mike did and couldn’t even bring himself to kick the guy’s butt. He’s got it pretty bad already, but he chose to shell out the money to go and join his “friends”, only to be yelled at by Sue. If I was him, I would lash out like this too.
He’s not “being a bully”, he’s fooling around with the others. I thought it was cute, until what might be his only friend left went up with the others, who then proceeded to make fun of Paulo. Did he ever really cause anyone pain with his antics in the museum? And if he did, do you think it was EVER intentional?
Zone October 8, 2013, 3:34 PM EST.
Jeez, guys just make out already.
SkyeCaptain October 8, 2013, 3:35 PM EST.
Hawz October 8, 2013, 3:35 PM EST.
Aaaaaand now we know why this chapter is called “Critical Hit”. I gotta say, even though Paulo’s been a jerk lately he definitely didn’t deserve that low of a blow. They’re ALL still reeling from losing Lucy. Paulo and Mike most of all. Sue is coping too but her way of lashing out isn’t gonna help the group. Neither is Paulo’s but isolating each other is what got them in this mess in the first place. I just hope they figure that out before they lose someone else.
Kiyoshina October 8, 2013, 3:44 PM EST.
I personally think that Paulo acts the way he does because he really doesn’t know how to connect with people, and he has so many faults of his own (being poor, being too much a flirt for his own good, etc) that he tries to hide it by pointing out others’ faults. He’s shown us that he can at times be a sweet guy, but hardly anyone ever gives him the chance to show it when all they want from him is to use him as a verbal/physical punching bag, a sex object, or someone to play mind-games with - I’m looking at you, David.
As for the Lucy comment, did Sue really do anything to help her? At least Paulo tried to give her comfort after Mike destroyed her inside and punched Mike after she went away. What did Sue do besides accuse Mike ONCE of having something to do with it and then proceed to hang out with him happily and bash on Paulo like some bully?
Yes, Sue is a BULLY right now. She’s BEEN a bully since Paulo first came up the stairs wanting to join them. He never cared about the art, he paid that money so he could join them in the activity. No matter his earlier antics, it doesn’t call for that kind of treatment from her.
Zone October 8, 2013, 3:44 PM EST.
Sue uses Low Kick! Critical hit! It’s super effective!
You see, Paulo’s ego made him too top heavy, so low kick does more damage.
Hawz October 8, 2013, 3:46 PM EST.
Both characters deserve a bit of a reality check. Neither is really acting all that mature and have both had opportunities to do the right thing. Ultimately someone or both persons are going be hurt after all is said and done. I can’t really imagine how Paulo is going to react. <3 drama cats
Fenfir October 8, 2013, 3:50 PM EST.
@Mollington: while I do agree with you about the unnecessary cruel/stupid things Paulo said to Sue, there is, in my opinion, no way she came in this part of the museum to appreciate it. It’s quite obvious she doesn’t like that kind of art. I guess she’d rather see something theatre-related. But that’s beside the point.
In the end, this whole argument is very child-like: -“No one likes you !”
-“No, no one likes YOU, and you’re a poopy head !”
-“Well, at least I stopped peing in my bed at night !”
dralou October 8, 2013, 3:53 PM EST.
I’m not sure what to even say to this.
I’ve been wondering about Lucy this whole chapter
Now I want to know what is up with Sue…
****** October 8, 2013, 3:56 PM EST.
:33< I ship <3< so hard
(that is a spade btw)
Arsenic Catnip October 8, 2013, 4:00 PM EST.
Aaaaand my respect for Sue had just plummeted down to null. Seriously, That was way beyond harsh. That was fawking brutal.
Gate-senpai October 8, 2013, 4:00 PM EST.
The ticket man is now in peace.
Hawz October 8, 2013, 4:03 PM EST.
@Arsenic_Catnip HOMESTUCK YUSS
but on more relevant issues, low blow, suzie.
Carindel Girl October 8, 2013, 4:05 PM EST.
Where is all this anger coming from?? Paulo was being a dumb teenage boy and suddenly Sue is making comments about him behind his back and leaving him behind. Then Paulo follows after, not wanting to be abandoned by his friends, but he continues his bravado to hide that he’s scared and hurt. Now they are at each other’s throats.
Galaxa October 8, 2013, 4:07 PM EST.
to all comments that are saying “Low blow suz” I shall say, yes true but also is the truth
Othoniel October 8, 2013, 4:08 PM EST.
Has anyone thought about how Sue is feeling, though? I mean, what if Sue is just still really upset about Lucy and it upsets her even more that Paulo just doesn’t seem to give a crap anymore after his display when it happened? I’m sure they can talk it out, or…y’know, they won’t and more drama.
Switch October 8, 2013, 4:09 PM EST.
Dizzam Sue, that was mega harsh
quietlythundering October 8, 2013, 4:12 PM EST.
Dreamsofcrows October 8, 2013, 4:19 PM EST.
So what, Sue? Was Paulo supposed to be forever depressed like you when the ICSW cat went away? Not everybody’s like you and not everyone handles depression like you. You don’t even deserve that necklace thing.
Gate-senpai October 8, 2013, 4:19 PM EST.
@Galaxa It seems that you pretty much answered your own question there, buddy
However, it would be nice to know why they’re even more pissy than usual, I can only imagine it’s Lucy’s departure, the most obvious reason.
Sandvich October 8, 2013, 4:21 PM EST.
Taeshi should probably stay out of tussling with the comment sections. Just looks unprofessional and always kind of reeks of “well I’m the CREATOR and I MADE THIS so RESPECT ME because I am the GOD of this story, you HATERS you don’t UNDERSTAND what I’m TRYING TO DO because I CREATED THIS and you DIDN’T” creator self-absorption. Yeah, uh-huh, sure. You can think it all you want, but as soon as you say it out loud to your reader base it becomes stupid all around. After all, media is nothing without a consumer and stories are interpreted through the lens of readers.
Honestly, I don’t respect taeshi much what with all the childish acting out she does. I can separate a work from its author though in that regard. I won’t stop reading just because of a sulky author.
Macca October 8, 2013, 4:21 PM EST.
@Switch : I’m not sure she really had Lucy in mind before in this whole chapter, she was busy. Lucy popped up because it’s a very sore point for Paulo. Maybe she really misses her, but in all honesty, she didn’t look to care that much about her before The Big Crash.
dralou October 8, 2013, 4:22 PM EST.
PS. it sounds like you have mild borderline personality disorder btw. Just sayin’, you live a life of extremes taeshi, and it’s not pretty to watch it happen.
Macca October 8, 2013, 4:23 PM EST.
Newfound respect and hatred all over this comments page.
@Macca: That’s really an insulting overreaction. It’s okay if you think that, but at least have the decency to keep it to yourself. You already made it clear that Taeshi reads the comments. If all you care about is the material, don’t express your hate to the one who makes it.
Hawz October 8, 2013, 4:24 PM EST.
Nothing wrong with Sue. She’s just being… Sue… but a little more suey, I guess. Or more intense Sue.
It’s more about telling someone to be tactful while using filthy words. And I don’t think the fact tha cats in the comic are foulmouthed is an fitting excuse. They’re cats. Cats are alwats forgiven, even when they decide it’s time to clean testicles, while whole family is eating a dinner at the same time.
It’s all Mikes doing. I’m 100% sure. He ruined Lucy, now he’s trying to destroy Paulos life. That babyfaced *******…
Bob, how many times did I told you not to post a comment before evening masturbation? How many times?!
Commander_Zero October 8, 2013, 4:25 PM EST.
that might’ve been taking it a little far Sue… I know he deserved it but still
duskdelusion October 8, 2013, 4:34 PM EST.
I’m expecting Paulo to punch her IN THE FAAAAAAAAAAAACEEEEEEE!
Gate-senpai October 8, 2013, 4:35 PM EST.
I don’t think we can beat this horse much further than it already has, but…
Diamond October 8, 2013, 4:39 PM EST.
I wonder where this is all going
zen October 8, 2013, 4:40 PM EST.
Better rub some aloe on THAT burn, Paulo! OvO
The Nameless One October 8, 2013, 4:41 PM EST.
idk October 8, 2013, 4:45 PM EST.
@Commander_Zero I think the use of one word was pretty tame. People seem to keep pickin’ on Taeshi in this comment section for some reason. I dunno, I personally think that it’s fine. Calling someone’s hard work a waste of their time is a bit insensitive, as well as just rude. Even if it was just potential, according to Whimsicott, it wasn’t nice at all.
It’s not like Veronica called him a ******** ***** of the ****** Banana ***** *** ***** *** Trampoline Tribe **** *** the Third. I must be honest, Whimsicott was being ****** in my opinion and Taeshi just let them know that.
Poor word choice may have been used once. But overall, I feel like that doesn’t matter. No disrespect, of course. Just requesting a little slack to be cut.
Now regarding the page! My goodness, that was below the belt, but I feel like Paulo needed to hear it. He has made silly decisions in the past and shows no signs of changing his judgement. It may hurt, and maybe Sue could have chosen better words, but I feel like this is going to be introspective for Paulo. I just hope it doesn’t escalate too much further.
ThingamaJigglyPuff October 8, 2013, 4:50 PM EST.
Arcaii October 8, 2013, 4:52 PM EST.
Sue, low blow, you’re practically begging to be pushed down those stairs now… Probably will be.
Anon-Anon October 8, 2013, 5:07 PM EST.
Sue can read my mind, it seems. I couldn’t agree more.
Copper October 8, 2013, 5:07 PM EST.
Taeshi, keep working hard. Oh behalf of a single BCB fan, I humbly request you to have a great day.
@everyoneelsewhoiskindofbeingunnecessarilynitpicky this is Taeshi’s website, she pays for it, she writes it, she puts her time into writing a FREE COMIC (essentially), and the fact that she allows a free comment forum and goes through the time to read and reply to some comments whilst letting every reader to have a voice, even the nasty ones… well, you should all be happy that someone is writing a comic for your enjoyment instead of belittling them for small mistakes. Seriously, how would you feel if all your hard work would equate to “oh, he/she said something that doesn’t coincide with my ideals, therefore REPRIMAND” : /
Anyways, I stand by Taeshi’s “please remain tactful”, because ****** behaviour should never be tolerated. ****** language on the otherhand remains to be determined
PS: backhanded compliments are the WORST, don’t think you’re so witty for using them, cause you’re just actually being a huge jerkface
Lena October 8, 2013, 5:09 PM EST.
Shot fired, shots definitely fired.
Both of them went a bit overboard, but I feel Paulo needed to hear it, and be taken down a notch.
Also, Paulo said “gay” *teehee* what a rebel.
freaquentflyer October 8, 2013, 5:09 PM EST.
Damn. I think Rihanna said it best: “Ra pu-pu-pum, ra pu-pu-pum, ra pu-pu-pum, MAN DOWN”.
>_< So much angst!
xxGrayxx October 8, 2013, 5:12 PM EST.
@Lena said it better than I could have.
Anyways, just occurred to me that there are 3 pages left in the chapter. So this leads me to believe Paulo leaves out of shock. Gah, I’m liking this chapter, especially after rereading it continuously without daily update gaps. Keep up the good work, yo.
ThingamaJigglyPuff October 8, 2013, 5:15 PM EST.
He deserved it so bad
naAr October 8, 2013, 5:16 PM EST.
Wowwwww Sue didnt have to go their. I would personally smack her with a slab of concrete not a painting. The dudes been through so much already.
Crazy Crud October 8, 2013, 5:16 PM EST.
I don’t know what’s more dramatizing; the actual comic or the comment section!
Gate-senpai October 8, 2013, 5:17 PM EST.
Daaaaaaang… Low blow Sue, low blow.
The Observer October 8, 2013, 5:20 PM EST.
SICK FIRES, MAN
KiraDood5 October 8, 2013, 5:23 PM EST.
It has always bothered me which is why I never cared for Paulo’s attitude and treatment of others. It may have not been an issue before because it was more slap stick comedy that grew into something more serious, which is why people are now taking these issues with a harder tone than before. But regardless they are in a public place where they are supposed to behaved so yes, I would be more uptight in this situation than I would be if this was all going on at a park, or something.
Paulo is being poisonous because he is being negative and causing various scenes. He’s causing commotions that could get others, not just himself in trouble. It is not backstabbing to take yourself away from someone like him and let him cool off. You are not obligated to be up someone’s *** and be around them regardless of how they’re acting. If it’s bothering you, you remove yourself away from them which is actually the mature thing to do. It doesn’t mean you don’t value your friendship. The difference between the situation between Mike and Lucy and him and Sue are different. Mike did it out of maliciousness and unprovoked. Paulo, has been provocative the whole time, especially on this page. It doesn’t matter if it’s intentional or not, he knows he’s being a ***** and revels in it. And right now he is deliberately trying to hurt sue. He is trying to cause her PAIN and that makes him no better than Mike or Lucy. Sue is getting tired of his ****, and rightly so. I’m not saying she’s innocent, but I am saying that Paulo has more to answer for.
@Anon-Anon if he does push her down the stairs then he will have crossed the line. And will deserve whatever punishment he would get from it should he become physical.
Canny October 8, 2013, 5:24 PM EST.
Well, that escalated quickly.
At this rate the whole building will burst into flames.
I think this scene shows how much the shock of Lucys disappearing is affecting the group.
OldMan October 8, 2013, 5:32 PM EST.
@Taeshi: That last panel would make a great wallpaper.
Hawz October 8, 2013, 5:42 PM EST.
@Macca, Veronica said nothing of the sort. Go back to your Nazi art, lol
FWIW, I suggested that she say what she said to Whimsicott because he appeared to be an otherwise fine poster who probably didn’t realise how he was coming across. So it was worth pointing it out.
Some people will say rude things with full awareness of that, and with those people we won’t engage, but others need to be reminded of what Lena said: backhanded compliments are the worst.
SuitCase October 8, 2013, 5:45 PM EST.
was that comment directed towards me @lena? cause if it was i’ll tell ya right now i don’t give backhanded compliments, taeshi was in her own right to speak against Whimsicott because he was being rude. however i was pointing out that ppl of age aren’t the only ones that read this and if i threw a compliment in it, that just my way of letting taeshi know i wasn’t siding with Whimsicott or trying to start crap! so if you think i’m a jerkface it’s whatever, that aint gonna stop me from sleeping at night. but if your comment was not directed towards me, i sincerely apologize for making this comment
kiki October 8, 2013, 5:47 PM EST.
@Macca putting words in people’s mouths, i never said any such thing. I was merely saying that sometimes people can be tactless when in reality they mean no harm and that they should make sure to double-check in future. I even said they’re allowed to not have been interested in the chapter, but backhanding something when trying to compliment is kind of rude and it’s better they know about it. But you’re free to believe whatever alternate reality you want though.
I might have BPD and in other occasions I can definitely lash out, but this case is really bizarre and unwarranted and you’re just trying to pick a fight.
@Commander_Zero: I was mainly talking about Kiki who was all “There are children reading” when this comic is a PG-13 comic to read and there have been plenty of swears in the comic itself. You’re just honing in on something irrelevant and missing the point which is the person was being unintentionally rude and that they should make sure not to do that next time, using the word I used or not should not take away from the fact and you’re just using semantics. And it’s also been edited out because tbh the site censors swears for ad networks and my typo got it through by mistake.
Taeshi October 8, 2013, 5:56 PM EST.
Guys if u don’t agree on things with taeshi just don’t watch the comic or ignore the comments it her job to take care of the haters and keep the comic enjoyable and it just ****** me off to see people talking to her in a way they SHOULDNT And I think she does enjoy all the wonderful comments cause she can shut this down and just finish it on book copy’s so you’ll have to pay for it be grateful and keep up the good work
Spooky October 8, 2013, 5:59 PM EST.
how was i being rude??? @taeshi? omg, not once have i ever been negative to you or your work now im being targeted because i made a comment about the cussing? why talk about me to commander_zero why not just tell me that yourself my comment was kind of stupid in a non-rude way?
kiki October 8, 2013, 6:02 PM EST.
And taeshi is being really nice about it ,if I was her you’ll be given a few words of “wisdom” and then be blocked
Spooky October 8, 2013, 6:03 PM EST.
Pinkkitten October 8, 2013, 6:04 PM EST.
@Kiki you weren’t being rude omg, I am really confused about how you’re misinterpreting. The first sentence to my response to Commander_Zero only had to do with you (Which is just about being confused as to why you’re concerned about swearing when the comic has plenty of swears, and if it wasn’t for ad networks the comments section wouldn’t censor swears), but then the rest had to do with him. Nothing I said had to do with you being rude, chillax
Taeshi October 8, 2013, 6:07 PM EST.
That was the critical hit!
leepop7 October 8, 2013, 6:10 PM EST.
i’m so sorry @teashi i should have read your comment better…..im so shutting up now
kiki October 8, 2013, 6:12 PM EST.
@macca I think you should chill because obviously you don’t understand what taeshi does for us, the people who enjoy this comment, also I don’t think your being very considerate about her feelings what would you do if this was YOUR comic and everyone tried to put you down personally I would have given up it sucks to be called out on things like that, to think there’s people like you in the world making others miserable only for your own pleasure it’s very selfish of you.
and I would learn to keep those awful “opinions ” to yourself
Spooky October 8, 2013, 6:12 PM EST.
@kiki: No don’t worry about it, i just don’t want you to think you did anything wrong. You really haven’t!
@Spooky don’t worry about it, we should just go back to talking about the comic. I’m gonna get rid of the double-post comment you made and just add it to the post before me, but let’s all just move on from this and get to talking about the page again
Taeshi October 8, 2013, 6:14 PM EST.
Ladies and gentlemen the shots have been fired, someone call an ambulance and get Paulo on that stretcher ASAP.
First of all I want to get something out of the way. I see David as more of a buddy to just hang out with and associate than a friend. Don’t get me wrong, I love David, but some of his actions and words have a bad influence on Paulo and he offers almost no support. He just goes upstairs and leave’s him behind and he does it in funny yet horrible way. But I guess it wouldn’t be David otherwise.
I understand how Paulo feels, but I feel both of them are in the wrong here for reasons other’s have said better than I can, so I’ll skip it. Where did all that tension even come from? From the first panel, you’d think you missed a page.
But yeah Paulo, Sue put you on full blast Paulo and she did it with her “Mike face”
Ragfy October 8, 2013, 6:17 PM EST.
wow paulo, never been so rude. I’m starting to like him less lol
wow macca is such a… I don’t even know what word to use, asd.
just get out of here (and with “here” I mean planet earth).
edit: whoooo biblio is back!
boh... October 8, 2013, 6:17 PM EST.
I wonder why it is that it’s politically incorrect to get politely offended here in the bittersweet candy bowl comments section.
I mean, can you not nitpick and tell people off for expressing their feelings in a calm, dignified manner?
@Macca “Taeshi should probably stay out of tussling with the comment sections. Just looks unprofessional and always kind of reeks of “well I’m the CREATOR and I MADE THIS so RESPECT ME because I am the GOD of this story, you HATERS you don’t UNDERSTAND what I’m TRYING TO DO because I CREATED THIS and you DIDN’T” creator self-absorption. Yeah, uh-huh, sure. You can think it all you want, but as soon as you say it out loud to your reader base it becomes stupid all around. After all, media is nothing without a consumer and stories are interpreted through the lens of readers.
Honestly, I don’t respect taeshi much what with all the childish acting out she does….”
“PS. it sounds like you have mild borderline personality disorder btw. Just sayin’, you live a life of extremes taeshi, and it’s not pretty to watch it happen.”
What. The. ****.
No. No to your attitude, no to your putting words in people’s mouths, no to you’re presumptions that all people are horrible.
This, all of this, all of your talk here just all of it, is becoming something ugly and pointlessly pettily idiotic. Ad hominim all over the place. Are you even hearing what you are saying?
To Macca’s little Post Script, first and foremost, you do not get to armchair-diagnose anybody, and the fact that you voice your concern in the tones of selfish distaste is distasteful in and of itself. To say what you said before, and then say that thing, like that, is disgustingly hypocritical. This is not even ad hominim because there was no noteworthy argument from Taeshi. This is rude, unasked for, hypocritical, and pointless.
Any respect I was going to give you has been preemptively shattered by your own hand and I don’t feel sorry in the slightest for the offended tone I’m going to use from this point to indicate how many ****s I care for you. I could make this all very P.C. with nice language so the others will let me sit at their lunch table but I don’t care how I am perceived because no matter how distasteful the words still hold their worth and I dare anybody to say otherwise.
< rude >
If Taeshi originally used a word that was mildly offensive to indicate her mildly hurt feelings and explain how she felt and asking the original offender to please not word it like her work is pointless, oh no. Somebody has stooped ever so slightly down to frown at somebody who only very briefly showed themselves here and chose to use their brief time to say something rude.
Woe to the world.
In reality it actually does not matter what vernacular she utilized, as you can say quite rude things in very refined language and you can say some very kind things in some filthily crude language. The word was not used as an adjective to the person. It was used to describe a casual use of a single word as “******.” Or rude, as she has edited herself to have said. It honestly doesn’t matter. The intrinsic meaning of the sentence shifted almost nil. I don’t understand why certain people should be held to the responsibility of ALWAYS being the bigger person 100% of the time unless they were elected. Taeshi has sworn no oath and has bandied no promises to her decorum, she’s never said she was more than just a human being with feelings to be shat on and imperfections to possess. True, one should not lower themselves to other people’s level just to make them comfortable, but why should you people be dragging her down just because she chose to stoop a statement with COMMON vernacular, oh nooooo, and then explain herself and even apologize!
< /rude >
@Commander_Zero “It’s more about telling someone to be tactful while using filthy words. And I don’t think the fact tha cats in the comic are foulmouthed is an fitting excuse. They’re cats. Cats are alwats forgiven, even when they decide it’s time to clean testicles, while whole family is eating a dinner at the same time.”
You, sir, are 98.43% forgiven because you’re using jocular rhetoric. But hiding behind that joking tone is a little tap on the snout of “well still, don’t do it again” and I’m here to return that tap on the snout to you and say “nuts to that you darned squirrel it was handled just fine.”
TL;DR shut the heck up Macca.
biblioholic October 8, 2013, 6:18 PM EST.
thank you for taking the time to tell me that @taeshi, now that you mention it, it is pretty dumb that i mentioned the cussing when paulo cuss in the comic all the time,lol so sorry for the unnecessary drama i caused you, you could have easily blocked me for trying to act high and mighty acting as if i was so mature myself
kiki October 8, 2013, 6:22 PM EST.
Damn! O.O this escalated quickly!
That is such a low blow.
wolven_DM October 8, 2013, 6:23 PM EST.
@Kiki: No need to block at all, it was a reasonable concern to have. The comic does sometimes test the waters and I do feel self-conscious sometimes when I hear about 11 year olds reading the comic, but not really too much because of the swears, there’s just other chapters that aren’t very appropriate at all, but to each their own. I was reading stuff with swears and awkward stuff like that when I was that young, but it’s always a good worry to have.
SO GUYS ARE PAULO AND SUE THE BIGGEST JERKS IN THE WORLD OR WHAT
bittersweet jerk bowl
Taeshi October 8, 2013, 6:24 PM EST.
BubbleBerry October 8, 2013, 6:25 PM EST.
Wow I kind of feel soiled from having pressed enter on that. I actually wasn’t going to.
biblioholic October 8, 2013, 6:26 PM EST.
What the flip, he’s like my favorite character! >:U
Cody October 8, 2013, 6:27 PM EST.
sue is a jerk, pualo isn’t, why? i’d be mad if i heard mike and sue talking crap about me too., paulo was in his right to get a little snippy with suzie.
ps: i did not know sue was short 4 Suzie i thought it was short for Susan,lol
kiki October 8, 2013, 6:30 PM EST.
@biblioholic: Aww, you’re very sweet. Don’t be sorry, I just don’t want it to become a lot more vicious with more commenters piling in though i half-assume macca will just ignore all of it and continue picking fights, so I dunno. I appreciate what you said though!!! Don’t feel bad!! Especially since I edited the post rather than post another comment so you wouldn’t have known. I do appreciate everyone’s kind words and tbh I have been trying to veer myself away from looking at the comments section since I always wanna say something, but sometimes it’s hard :-[ aa
I do think it’s kinda funny how Paulo was being yelled at by commenters before when he was goofing off and being mean to people and now there’s a feelings whiplash against sue ahah
V @Cassidy: Ohhh thank you ;___; You’re very kind, I hope things are improving for you and I’m happy to hear that the comic has entertained you in one way or the other, but I wish you all the best!!
Taeshi October 8, 2013, 6:32 PM EST.
@Taeshi… I’ve always wanted to tell you…
I’ve been reading your comic since the beginning. I’ve watched your art grow, and I’m so proud even though I’m just a stranger over the internet to you.
Thank you for making me feel better when I’m feeling down for all these years.
- Cassidy Wright
Cassidy October 8, 2013, 6:32 PM EST.
lol biblio you did right! vent out!
boh... October 8, 2013, 6:33 PM EST.
m3w October 8, 2013, 6:34 PM EST.
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH SSSSSSSNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPPP!!!! SHIZ JUST GOT REEEEEEEAAAAAAAAALLL!!!
I'll Eat Yourself October 8, 2013, 6:34 PM EST.
I would totally hit dat. I would totally hit Sue.
IN THE FAACEEE! *puts on sunglasses* AW YEAH!
Gate-senpai October 8, 2013, 6:36 PM EST.
Page: Well that escalated quickly o3o
Comments: Poor Taeshi having to figure out everyone’s comments xD
Kris October 8, 2013, 6:46 PM EST.
so thats why the chapter is titled Critical hit ooooooh
Stoopify October 8, 2013, 6:49 PM EST.
This is going to end badly for Sue…
Or Paulo will be the better person and just walk away.
Ice Shield October 8, 2013, 6:49 PM EST.
200th comment. WHOO!
Nevermind 202th comment. Whoo….
Hawz October 8, 2013, 6:50 PM EST.
That’s gotta hurt
So, Lucy is once again mentioned. I wonder what’ll happen? Eventually Sue’s going to drag a confession out of Mike…
Sambo October 8, 2013, 6:52 PM EST.
There it is. There’s the critical hit.
Demetrois October 8, 2013, 6:53 PM EST.
When Taeshi said the theme of this story was going to change after Lucy “left” she really meant it! This is even more intense then Mike’s “The Reason You Suck Speech” towards Lucy and Abbey’s intense desire to see “bullies” get physically punished (are we ever going to see what comes of that? cause its been a while since that chapter came out and showed us Abbey’s goals and getting close to achieving them)
This page pretty much confirms what I’ve seen in the past, Paulo and Sue have never really been friends. They only hang out since they share the same group of friends and when they do talk to each other they mostly just snark at each other. They could of saved themselves this pain and hatred by just avoiding each other or not speaking at all, but instead they’ve only just made the situation even more uncomfortable and I fear both their insults will have grave and/or long lasting effects on how they interact in the future.
DeathofInk October 8, 2013, 6:54 PM EST.
I’ve never seen so much celebration for drama, EVER. It’s as if all these commentators have been holding their breath, and they can now finally breathe.
Hawz October 8, 2013, 6:56 PM EST.
Did anyone else cry a little and want to throw up? Im tearing up at how harsh they are to eachother, these are horrible things to say to eachother.
MeowBirdy October 8, 2013, 6:58 PM EST.
@Taeshi Ah… Commander Zero pasted the original a little bit below your edited version, and you stated you edited it in your second response.
… thank you for helping me figure out where the line is. I’m still learning that much.
“I do think it’s kinda funny how Paulo was being yelled at by commenters before when he was goofing off and being mean to people and now there’s a feelings whiplash against sue ahah”
I return your amused sentiments. Ha. Ha. Tee hee. What fun.
biblioholic October 8, 2013, 7:00 PM EST.
This is probably going to get ugly… turn into yelling and fighting. Soon enough that security guard is going to have to intervene, I bet
Sambo October 8, 2013, 7:03 PM EST.
Sharp darts being thrown… from two feet away…
This isn’t going to end all that quietly, is it?
Nixnax101 October 8, 2013, 7:07 PM EST.
Ouch….That’s NOT cool man, NOT cool
Sasha Rudderbutt October 8, 2013, 7:08 PM EST.
This page really throws into relief just how immature Paulo is in comparison to Sue, who is relatively mature/wise when compared to the main cast. I mean, replying to “why can’t you just leave me alone” like “why can’t you just shut up”? Really, Paulo? Are you in sixth grade?
Admittedly, that was a rather low blow, Sue. But no matter how “low” it might have been, Paulo really needs a kick in the tail to get him to start maturing. Not to say that he hasn’t developed! But for where he is right now in his life, he should have some modicum of maturity, or at least start developing it now.
So yes, what Sue said is rather harsh and akin to poking at raw nerves, but Paulo kind of needs it.
… Which isn’t to say that I like seeing Paulo get hurt. If only he could stay young and dumb forever.
Captain October 8, 2013, 7:09 PM EST.
Critical hit, defense is broken
Want to see how gonna paulo to respond to that
eagle October 8, 2013, 7:22 PM EST.
Oh golly gee wiz… I’m so glad the chapter is finishing before the weekend… I don’t think I could take an additional 2 days of waiting for the end *3*
Nixnax101 October 8, 2013, 7:22 PM EST.
Hawz October 8, 2013, 7:24 PM EST.
O_O. That’s gonna be my face until I forg- oh. OH GOD. I’M NOT TURNING INTO PAULO AM I?!?! NOOOOOO!
Literal thinker October 8, 2013, 7:27 PM EST.
Damn Sue, goin’ a bit low there ain’tcha? I bet Paulo’s just gonna start tearing up and walk away from the argument, I know I would.
Also: SO. MUCH. BURRRRRRRRRRN.
Turanis October 8, 2013, 7:30 PM EST.
http://cdn2.bittersweetcandybowl.com/img/emoticons/ huh.png x http://cdn2.bittersweetcandybowl.com/img/emoticons/ cool.png forever
FireAndIce October 8, 2013, 7:39 PM EST.
Whoops I really messed that up. Please just ignore that.
FireAndIce October 8, 2013, 7:40 PM EST.
*cringes* My ‘Paulo will smash Sue’s face out for saying that’ senses are tingling…
eyexofxtiger October 8, 2013, 7:42 PM EST.
I feel like I should write what each character is feeling to push further the subject than the “lol low blow sue” and “Paulo had it coming he deserved it.” Remember, we are an omnipresent force in this world, and sometimes we need to look through the characters viewpoints. I’ll just write out a brief summary all the way to this part. I put in my two cents in the end.
First with Sue:
Sue has been really good friends with Lucy and now all she knows is that Lucy is gone. She probably saw Paulo and Lucy hang out more often before Lucy went away. Now Lucy is gone and Paulo is still being the same skirt chaser as he was before. He flirted with Rachel (which we saw was actually the other way around when she sat in his lap in the previous page), made Jasmine want to get out the room when she came to study (only to see Paulo go after her again in which we saw him as going to her as a friend), and also was one of the few people seen with Lucy right before/during the play. The very play that she worked hard on and she knew who would be perfect for. She didn’t choose Mike and Lucy because they needed to make up, she chose Mike because he was the one of the only decent actors (his lack of acting could be smoothed out and she only chose him after he auditioned) and Lucy because she knew she had TALENT. Sue wasn’t trying to play match-maker as most people seems to think.
And now here is Paulo, being a disrespectful jerk still womanizing in school and doing tomfoolery in the art museum. He laughs at people’s artwork and plays with it (we see more of DAVID actually doing this) which Sue can relate to in terms of hard-work and is once again trying to take the easy way out. Rather than make a scene, she and everyone else goes where they know he probably won’t be able to afford or has no interest in going. But no, he has to follow, probably to ruin more of their experience. Paulo insults the artwork and then insult /her/ artwork aka the play, her intelligence and her social stature. So she snaps at him. Her lost friend was hanging a lot with this jerk, hasn’t he been paying attention to her health? He didn’t notice the changes in where she failed? Apparently not. He chose to “flirt” with other girls when Lucy was gone.
I feel like Sue has been a little justified. It wasn’t considered a “low blow” from her viewpoint. Now to Paulo!
Paulo was in love with Lucy. He actually went to her house to give her a present (the only one too) and when he saw something was off, he got worried. He broke up with an essentially perfect girlfriend (pretty, smart, athletic ect.) to be with someone he called “high maintenance” because he loved her smile and her. He was okay with being a rebound because he got to spend time with her. He basically helped her rebuilt her shattered self-worth whenever Mike (whether he meant to or not) destroyed it until it was beyond repairing. Remember when Lucy asked him to bang her (I don’t know how to say that delicately) and he said “”no”? The only difference was that Rachel didn’t say ‘no’ and people are calling him out on it. Paulo was basically in the same mental state as Lucy. He even regretted it when he realized what he did. After having his heart broken and doing something he regretted, he gets called immature and “NOT WORTH WAITING.” I think that’s what hit him most with Jasmine, not the immaturity part.
He’s always been a slacker. I don’t know why people are calling him an a**hole and a jerk for this. David was the one goofing off the pieces and he was merely having fun with him. But for some reason, Sue is yelling at him for accidents and for things David is doing. Oh well, they are going to the special exhibit and at least- never mind, there goes David leaving him alone. Oh, they are gossiping about him. Even if they are not, this is Paulo’s mental state, degrading himself and making himself a dead weight on others because of his crippling self-esteem and self-worth. He acts out, trying to hide his insecurities. He calls Sue “stupid, unlikable and pretending.” I can’t believe I’m the only one that sees him calling his own insecurities out. Now that Lucy comment. That’s different from being called stupid or unwanted. That’s showing him that he’s a horrible friend even though he tried hard to be with her. He climbed the side of a house just to find out what happened to her due to his stubbornness and refusal to take “go away” for an answer. It’s saying that it’s his fault that this happened to Lucy. Like he was responsible for a life and he failed horribly. He doesn’t know why she did what she did. Either ways, it hurts because it goes into a more moral structure of his being.
Paulo doesn’t deserve this at all, he has a good person at heart but I feel like he directs his emotions the wrong way at points, like insecurity for the past couple of chapters. But I can’t blame Sue for saying that, she didn’t know his feelings for her nor did she know his intentions.
Tylord October 8, 2013, 7:45 PM EST.
In retrospect I think I do have to agree with you here, I re-read it and he just kept insulting Sue until she lets him have it. Harshly but its not like they weren’t just pushing each others buttons and imho both needed a wakeup call. Paulo needs to stop being so immature and thoughtless with his insults, and should try actually being considerate. And Sue should try not to be so controlling, and pushy and maybe actually listen rather then assume things. But hey no ones perfect
Sammy October 8, 2013, 7:46 PM EST.
BUUUUUURRRRRNNNN.!!!!!Now that was probably the Critical Hit. I can’t imagine it getting any worse unless Sue turns on Mike for the state Lucy is in.
Seoq October 8, 2013, 7:48 PM EST.
That expression in the last frame, if it does half as much damage as the last person that used it:
Then well, we may have quite the fireworks display coming up tomorrow.
Anialator October 8, 2013, 7:51 PM EST.
sue just went there, paulo os gonna be piiiissed
cristian October 8, 2013, 7:51 PM EST.
I normally like Paulo, but I’ve noticed I only like him around Lucy - around Lucy he acts like a decent person. All chapter he’s annoyed the sh*t out of me.
He drags the others down, he makes no effort at anything. And I agree - at least Sue tries for stuff. At least she tries to write, create and be sensible.
I can also understand completely what sue said about Lucy.
Considering Paulo “loves” her so much (which kinda came out of nowhere to me - I know he had a crush on her for years but I don’t know why he’s decided its love all of a sudden, especially since he was so keen to spend more time with Jasmine before) he was perfectly cool to jump into bed with Rach. And don’t give me “he was emotional” - you don’t just have a night of wild sex and not once think “oh wait I shouldn’t be doing this”.
Part of me worries that because he acts like such a knob around the others, that his niceness around Lucy is only the result of him having the hots for her.
I do think sue overstepped the mark but he has been relentless in his constant dickitude.
Dolphinbread October 8, 2013, 8:02 PM EST.
Wahhh paulo didn’t your mommy ever tell you its not nice to bully?
babygirl October 8, 2013, 8:15 PM EST.
This is so freaken awesome to read right now.
Heck, where’s Amaya?! U best be selling that popcorn girl and tickets for the art of “critical blows”
Ps: wonder If that ticket guy is gonna watch?
Mcturtle October 8, 2013, 8:16 PM EST.
I think she’s blushing because Paulo mentioned the play, rather than blushing because David was mentioned.
@Not at anyone lol
I think it’s just Sue, Mike, and Abbey that don’t like Paulo.
Errr Maybe it’s Love/hate relationship with Paulo/Mike. But I’m sure Sue and Abbey don’t like him. So when Sue’s saying that no one wants him around, it seems like an exaggeration.
Obviously the readers get to see the good sides of all the characters, but not all the characters get to see the good sides of other characters (such as Paulo in this scenario), so I don’t see the point of ‘hating’ characters (Like Abbey in the previous Chapters and Sue now) even though they are being inconsiderate/rude, but remember they have feelings, too. Plus they probably never see the good side of Paulo anyway.
(Kind of like Dramatic irony? Or when The audience knows something the characters don’t know)
(I just don’t like character hate)
K, this was too long sorry.
I think he might just start crying
I sort of agree. Sometimes it seems like he’s only nice to select girl characters he likes. But I guess the other characters really haven’t gotten to know him enough. (Maybe except Mike? idk) It seems like he’s pressured by something to fit in some societal standard…. But I haven’t figured out what yet.
Wei October 8, 2013, 8:25 PM EST.
Several days ago, people assumed Mike would be the one to deal the killing blow.
Turned out totally right.
Insanity_Prevails October 8, 2013, 8:28 PM EST.
I predict seeing Paulo in the backseat of a police car sometime in the next few pages.
steelCOYOTE October 8, 2013, 8:30 PM EST.
:33< @KiraDood5, Yes, such sick fires, *Then Sue and Paulo proceeded to have the most angry conversation in Paradox Space* lol
Arsenic Catnip October 8, 2013, 8:38 PM EST.
That is exactly what I was thinking, @Tylord !
BOTH Paulo and Sue care deeply for Lucy. Just like all of the kids.
Paulo’s mom went away when he was very young, it’s no wonder he has woman issues.
Remember his fantasy of the Lucy pregnancy arc? Perhaps this is how he sees Rachel…except reversed gender rolls. (I know this isn’t being worded well by me lol…but. In the pregnancy arc, they did bang because despite Lucy’s emotional state, he did not say no; she regretted it but they stayed together and he made her feel better about Mike. And this is his situation right now…Rachel did not say no despite his emotional state; he regretted it but they stayed together and she made him feel better about Lucy…by not thinking about her and having a stable female figure who doesn’t move on from his life. His mom left, Jasmine probably reinforced his insecurities about his mother: why would she leave her child unless he wasn’t worth it? And now Lucy is gone, too. But Rachel is standing by him.)
Like Paulo’s story makes me want to cry lol.
And then in this chapter, Sue is just picking on him the whole time, everyone is acting like he’s just an annoying jerk. In truth, he is feeling inferior and is unintentionally insulting people to make himself feel better…he just wants them to like him, but he has this pride thing that he uses to hide his real feelings. But he isn’t dumb and he knows they wanted to get away from him. And he just didn’t want to be abandoned…..yet again.
Nobody wants to feel like they aren’t worth anything.
The way they’re treating him, tbh, is somewhat natural but….it is exactly what Mike told Lucy would happen. He said to her, “all of our friends will follow me and leave you behind.” And look what that did to her.
All of Paulo’s friends followed Sue and Mike. And left him behind.
I can only imagine what he would be feeling.
I can’t imagine him actually having a response to Sue at this point other than storming out angrily and crying.
He was only projecting his own insecurities when he was yelling at Sue that “nobody even likes you, go back to where you came from, even DAVID told me you play sucked, you just pretend to be smart.” Yet David left him to be with his friends, everyone left him alone, he always feels inferior and maybe envious because of his money/home issues…Poor guy ahhh >< I just wanna hug him.
And through it all? He has loved Lucy from afar, SCARED TO GET CLOSE TO HER FOR FEAR OF HER LEAVING.
Sometimes I want to tear out my hair reading this D’:
But he is still somewhat wrong for yelling at Sue. He is just still too immature to recognize his own behaviors Q___Q
P.S: @Taeshi, you are a freaking miracle worker, when I started reading this it was my “thing to read while waiting for more Homestuck” and I was shy about reading it, because talking anime cats…and I’m 18. At first glance, I was like “lol cute cats are entertaining but nobody needs to know my secret love.” But now. I am so immersed. The problems you portray in this comic are not childish. (Though the characters may be sometimes ;3 ) They are real problems…and I am studying to be a therapist, so it really makes me want to have an intervention with all of these kids…. And I am just kind of obsessed now? Like. I can’t even imagine being able to create such immense character depth and being able to portray it so truly and realistically. I feel like these talking anime cats are real people because you are AMAZING at what you do. Lmfao sometimes I’m on a date with my boyfriend and I suddenly get my phone out and he’s like “uh what are ya doin there babe?” And I’m like “stfu reading my cat comic shhhh” and then he goes “omg noo now you’re gonna be commenting and not paying attention to me. LOVE ME DAMMIT” meanwhile I am yelling at my phone screen/ the characters. hahaha
Silveryogurt October 8, 2013, 8:45 PM EST.
Applepie October 8, 2013, 8:45 PM EST.
wooow just wow, some days without reading the comments and what happened here, they are trolls everyday saying bad stuff, but being critic to the series (everyone is free to give their opinion from what is worth, having some tact of course) … but insulting or worse treating Taeshi like that, she makes this comic because she likes doing this and if you’re here (reffering to Macca or anyone that like offend people in this manner) it’s cause you like the comic, that’s being just a jerk, if the comic is cut for people like you, I will feel very sad, but mostly I will feel pity for people like you.
Knight-A October 8, 2013, 8:46 PM EST.
I’m leaning towards Sue’s side. Yes, what she said was harsh. But the way Paulo acts is incredibly disrespectful, and it’s pretty obvious that almost no one in the group appreciates his behavior. And to be honest, I can’t really side with anyone who uses “gay” as an insult. Jasmine was right, Paulo has a lot of growing up to do, and having his friends beat around the bush about his behavior won’t help. It’s just unfortunate that it’s been put off so long that it’s come to a head like this.
(On a personal note, I used to know someone who was just like Paulo. After knowing them for a long time, putting up with their attitude and making excuses for them, I finally realized how toxic their friendship was. Even then it took several months for me to cut ties with them. It still makes me mad thinking about them and I have a lot of self-loathing for letting it go on for so long, but I have no regrets for cutting someone like that out of my life.)
Floweramon October 8, 2013, 9:00 PM EST.
Damn Sue low blow, low blow
no wonder this chapter is called critical hit
SilverPocky October 8, 2013, 9:14 PM EST.
Apply aloe vera to burned area.
BlossomWolf October 8, 2013, 9:32 PM EST.
WTF sue Drama bombs just raining from the sky and Paulo is not about to react well from that major burn.
kold kagura October 8, 2013, 9:48 PM EST.
how thats hard
bobhoule October 8, 2013, 10:00 PM EST.
SXR123 October 8, 2013, 10:06 PM EST.
Apply fire to frozen area!
BambooPony October 8, 2013, 10:26 PM EST.
You heard that? That was a glass heart breaking. Mine or his . No one should bring up that topic in that manner. My 2nd favorite character is now my least. I’m sorry, I’m too obsessed with this icons.
PrincessKarina October 8, 2013, 10:29 PM EST.
*looks at comments*
Yeah knew that would happen. Just glad there aren’t people comparing this to december (and now that i’ve said that, there’ll probably be a ton of people doing that).
buchanen_neket October 8, 2013, 10:33 PM EST.
I guess it makes sense that they’re acting incongruously around each other, because they probably bring out the worst in each other, but still. This chapter is kind of hard to follow. I start thinking they’re feeling one way and then they go and run off into another extreme in their actions.
Also Paulo is being a major ***. But I guess it’s to be expected when he heard what Sue was saying about him behind his back.
Ravako October 8, 2013, 10:37 PM EST.
@Tylord & @Silveryogurt
Thank god for you two.
You two are the most sensible people I’ve seen on this page so far, lot of good points, few odd ones, but a lot of strong eloquent words to think about. Thank you for not targeting the characters but giving good reason for both of them to be wrong, you’ve a sharp wit.
Turanis October 8, 2013, 10:40 PM EST.
Oooh Sue, that was way out of line!
Paula October 8, 2013, 10:42 PM EST.
GO SUE!!! She does have a point, Paulo needs to get his hormones in check because really, he seems like nothing but a player, no matter what his intentions really are. He’s been jumping all around from girl to girl throughout this whole entire comic. I get that he loves Lucy, but it seemed like he loved Tess. Not so much Jazz, they seemed more like the ones that wouldn’t last long. And I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, because you can’t stop someone from liking someone, especially in high school. It’s just the way he went around was kinda wrong especially jumping right onto Rachel (literally) as a rebound.
But……….. you got the wrong person, Sue!!!!!! Mike, you better fess up because Sue is on a rampage. Also, that was kinda a low-blow….
To me, this feels like Paulo is threatened by Sue’s presence and feels like she’s trying to replace Lucy in the group. Hence the “You should stop pretending to fit in” part that Paulo yelled.
@Taeshi I’ve been reading this comic for a while, and I just want to say Thank You. You’re always working so hard on this comic and have been working on it for years. Your constant change in your comic style is always so refreshing. It always makes me feel inspired. My art style is always changing, so I don’t have a consistent style of art, and I always feel too intimidated to post anything online because I always see these artists and how their art is consistent and only changes slightly. And you’re always so dedicated to the comic and kind to your fans. Anyways, thanks for sticking around for so long. Hope you are well (after typing this it kinda sounds like it could be a goodbye message. It’s not. I just figured that I’d say thanks since I haven’t done so yet)
Gabria93 October 8, 2013, 10:54 PM EST.
OH wow O.O ……. Well, this is NOT gonna end well : o. Low blows everywhere.
Subaru October 8, 2013, 11:02 PM EST.
Chill with the hate on Sue! I agree with her almost completely, though she doesn’t know what’s going through Paulo’s mind and right now neither do we. So yeah, it was a low blow, but maybe he deserved it. I love Paulo, he’s absolutely 100% my favorite character, but Sue had a valid point there. Paulo is amazing and has done some pretty amazing things in the past, but right now he really needs to get himself together and set his priorities straight. Hopefully Sue just set him in the right direction-even if it is a bit harsh.
WellSnap October 8, 2013, 11:03 PM EST.
Furblur October 8, 2013, 11:06 PM EST.
WOW we all know she hit him hard there. I can’t wait to see how he reacts…will he burst out in anger (at a girl no less), or will he just get sad? (probably be an emo kid). And then will Sue continue to beret him without realizing it got to him, or will she find out to her surprise, that he does have a week spot hes hiding
Paulo is like the male tsundere
Sleepingfox October 8, 2013, 11:10 PM EST.
Critical hit! Paulo’s confidence fainted.
Trubeque October 8, 2013, 11:20 PM EST.
@Arsenic_Catnip FIGURES I WOULD FIND YOU HERE NEPETA…
@taeshi KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK (FUNNY THING IS I FOUND THIS WEBCOMIC FROM READING HOMESTUCK) I REALLY ENJOY THIS AND HOPE IT KEEPS ROLLING.
carcinoGeneticist October 8, 2013, 11:21 PM EST.
The exciting conclusion of the ages comes tomorrow at 10am stay tuned
lov/hate/hurt October 8, 2013, 11:45 PM EST.
Really hoping Paulo snaps and hits her in the next page. Drama ahoy, oh wait, we’ve already had it the whole time!
asdf October 8, 2013, 11:46 PM EST.
I kind of desperately want his response to be “yeah? Well I didn’t see you try either!”
Critical blows all around.
Purple haze October 8, 2013, 11:48 PM EST.
Well this escalated quickly… Damn Sue way to bring out the big guns.
SpiritWolf15x October 8, 2013, 11:50 PM EST.
My bitchslap senses are tingling lmao. People that are saying that Paulos comments were unwarranted, have you all forgotten that Sue and Mike were up there talking **** about Paulo and he overheard them? So take into account that he is already hurting on the inside because Lucy just up and pukked a Houdini and disappeared and now his “friends” are bailing out on him AND talking trash behind his back, but still in earshot. Not to mention that Sue practically stated that they knew since he was poor that they could use that as a way to get away from him. She, and the others that were involved, are acting like asswholes. BEFORE people start replying to my comment about what he did, yes he was acting like an ***, but what did you expect from him honestly? Paulo is a little whirlwind of emotion that doesn’t know how to export it properly. Have they even tried to show some support? The only people who have givin the slightest bit of support would be Mike and Daisy. Although Mike only gave it because Paulo went to him. If he hadn’t Mike probably wouldn’t have seeked him out. I digress, people would rather look at the outside and faults other than the inside and the good qualities. All I can say is shots fired and keep it up taeshi. Your comic is one of the best I’ve read and that list is very small mind-you. Don’t mind the haters, they’ve just got nothing better to do.
Random dude October 8, 2013, 11:55 PM EST.
pualo hitting sue will add so much drama,lol but i can’t imagine him doing that, mike on the other hand…….
kiki October 8, 2013, 11:55 PM EST.
I just thought…
what if Paulo is the next to leave or Sue?
Will the group just eventually completely fall apart?
I’m also a little worried wondering if Paulo might hit Sue or completely flip.
duskdelusion October 8, 2013, 11:59 PM EST.
This is more misunderstanding adding up. I actually find Paulo to be deeper in character than most of the others. (Sorry, but Augustus takes the cake on that one) It seems that most of the characters take Paulo at face-value. Not really surprising though. He puts on this charade to hide what he’s going through, and only a couple characters see this. I know Lucy can see right through it and Daisy is one of the few people he would open up completely to. I can’t really blame Sue in this case, she’s just ignorant (not an insult) of what’s going on and has taken him at face-value.
As for those bringing up Rachel, we have seen quite a few rebounds in the comic, so this shouldn’t have come as a surprise. A person in mental anguish is broken and incapable of making the right decisions. It’s a form of temporary insanity where a person is blind to the line between right and wrong and will do everything they can in order to stop the pain they’re in, which is the primary reason for almost all rebounds.
Qsandas October 8, 2013, 11:59 PM EST.
Hora! Cora! Excited for the next page! KAHAHA! This page is awesome!
Akira October 9, 2013, 12:07 AM EST.
Saying things like that only invites trouble.
A.T. October 9, 2013, 12:10 AM EST.
@Taeshi: Does this arc mean that Lily hates you forever now?
Titanium Dragon October 9, 2013, 12:12 AM EST.
I think that might have been the “Critical Hit”…
Jack-Mo October 9, 2013, 12:13 AM EST.
Welp… Someone’s gonna die
Midstrike October 9, 2013, 12:17 AM EST.
@kiki - I pray to god he doesn’t hit Sue or even implies that he will, because not only would it make me lose major respect for Paulo. I’d rather not see him get his front teeth knocked in by Abbey who is also in the room.
Yet, they both are out of line. Sue and Paulo should of never began arguing in the first place. Also, I don’t understand why Sue would try and start arguing with Paulo anyway. I mean, wasn’t she about to go back downstairs to where he was? Under the guise that it was boring upstairs?
In my own opinion even though I know Paulo would never admit it. I believe he was going to give being mature a try, because we all know Paulo has a lot of pride when it comes to admitting he’s wrong. Plus it seemed Sue’s and Mike’s side comments about bringing down David’s grades really got to him as they were heading upstairs.
In all honesty, I believe everything would of been fine if Sue wasn’t acting so prissy as soon as he got up there. If she’d left him alone there wouldn’t have been any reason for either of them to argue. Besides how hard is it to move on after accidentally bumping into someone?
(Sue did **** me off by asking why he was up there. As though, she had the right to say who could and could not be up there.)
Yet, I wonder what her vendetta against Paulo is? It couldn’t be because of how he was acting earlier, since David was acting the exact same way before they went upstairs and he didn’t get the same lashing as Paulo. Is it maybe about the whole Lucy ordeal? If it is Sue needs to get her priorities straight. Considering she is so chummy with Mike who is the cause of Lucy’s depression all the way up to the day she disappeared. Can’t say she doesn’t know it’s Mike fault either, since she questioned him at the group study and hit the nail right on the head.
Riiah October 9, 2013, 12:17 AM EST.
As people have stated, Paulo puts on a facade. He acts like he’s cool and all, but he really is very insecure and fragile. One wrong tap and he’ll shatter. He is also a raging fire. If you keep fueling it you’re biund to get burned. I hooe he doesn’t set Sue ablaze with his words in the next page though. I hope he keeps up his act and just walks out like a bad-***, but then lets loose once he’s out of their vicinity. He just needs to cool off and then get on with it. On the other hand, a part if me wants him to tell Sue off and give her a ****ing reality check. Yes he has his faults, but that doesn’t give you the right to categorize them as him. If you were a true friend you wouldn’t do that. As for David ugug ugh fufufhf!!!!!!!!!!! He ****** me off this chapter. He was the one being ****ing immature. Paulo chuckled and played along with a few of the shenanigans, but for the most part it was David. Yet people are saying, and I quote, ” Paulo is being so immature messing around in the art museum. He’s such an asswhole.” I could keep going on and on. It’s ridiculous that people don’t see it. Sue is picking on him for no complete reason. *sighs* I think they both just need to shut ul and kiss already
Random dude October 9, 2013, 12:25 AM EST.
Also note that Sue was just bashing on a painting last page, but when Paulo says something negative about the same painting (I think) she yells at him saying he’s “not trying.” Like wtf is up with that?
Random dude October 9, 2013, 12:30 AM EST.
@Tylord & @Silveryogurt
Youse two are BRILLIANT! You both hit the analytical nail on the head!
I too started reading this comic as a bit of a guilty pleasure because of the cutesy art style and the overall silliness, but then the drama hit & I was hooked…and I’m 30!! I do still miss the silly & cute stuff though
kaminari683 October 9, 2013, 12:34 AM EST.
Personally I was never a fan of using the word “we” especially in a argument. You never really know what your friends will respond to it unless you are the leader atleast. That Sue just now confirmed that this was all planed to leave Paulo behind as a burden in their studies makes me stand on Paulo’s side. They really are gay little drama club . Although I don’t find his claim to be at good timing to involve others opinion about Sue. Now all I can hope is that Mike wont involve himself in this and better shut up and hide. He does nothing but drama blows in such cases.
It would be interesting though if Paulo could reveal a few things that prove that he cares damn well about Lucy, even more than anyone in this group
I wouldn’t be also surprised if Sues jerkiness lately comes from a talk with Jasmine. That girl sure wants to lash at him despite that she dumped him to do her hobbies in peace while pretending to be super mature about it.
At least Rachel was with him during his worst moments even when it escalated awkward …
EvilKitty3 October 9, 2013, 12:40 AM EST.
Perception is everything, when Sue did it she did out of faux intellectuality. When Paulo did he did it just to hate on it because he hates all the artwork. From character POV, she sees Paulo as just saying it sucks because from her POV he’s being a pest and is only criticizing it to fit in and/or ruin everybody else’s enjoyment of the museum because he wants to drag everyone else to his level. Basically what she’s seeing is he doesn’t want to be there in the first place so he’s causing problems for everyone else there because he’s trying to amuse himself.
A big tell is that you can tell she actually took time to try and understand the piece. However she couldn’t and got embarassed so tried to hide it by trying to sound intellectual. Paulo on the other hand took one glance at it and put no thought into his critique. So it’s fairly obvious that he’s saying it sucks because he just hates art.
buchanen_neket October 9, 2013, 12:42 AM EST.
OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! YOOOOO!!!!! She got him GOOOD!
Timni October 9, 2013, 12:46 AM EST.
There are trolls afoot, and do you know what I do to trolls??
Well, do you??
I make them hold hands in a circle and sing, “kumbaya”
If you’re trolly enough, I’ll make you wear flower crowns too, or worse.
No lies, this is srs business. Be nice to Tae, be nice to each other, and enjoy your cat drama!
GingerPaws October 9, 2013, 12:52 AM EST.
@buchanen_neket Paulo came to the same conclusion as her in a shorter time. You don’t have to be looking at it a long time to say the rubbish she spouted. She just stared awkwardly at it and then said SOMETHING because the others wanted her to.
Honestly, I love art and I didn’t get the painting. You don’t have to dislike art or museums to recognize when some paintings are just plain boring paintings. And museums can be really boring unless there’s something interesting to do, and when Paulo seems to have the attention-span of a cat, which can either be a lot or very little, it’s not hard to lose interest. So, claiming that he “hates art” is a little too harsh. He obviously enjoyed the sculptures and ring, but paintings are just beyond him.
Zone October 9, 2013, 1:00 AM EST.
Either way you look she was still critcizing the art just as he was and I honestly doubt she put much thought into her reasoning. The whole time they’ve been up there something has been on her mind. She hasn’t been thinking about the art at all. And I don’t think Paulos comment on the art was because he hates art. It’s probably not his cup of tea. Meaning this type of art probably isn’t his style and from an artist point of view when I see something that I don’t particularly like it only takes one glance before I can point out it’s faults and why I don’t like it.
Random dude October 9, 2013, 1:00 AM EST.
My point exactly
Random dude October 9, 2013, 1:02 AM EST.
**** it just got personal. I’ve been expecting **** to hit the fan for a while now, but i didn’t expect these two to go at it. At first i thought paulo was being a jerk, but i retraced my steps a few pages. Sue is being kinda mean to him. Paulo is acting out. They both r acctualy. There taking the lose of lucy out on eachother. Sue is being harsh on paulo having fun, and paulo’s attacking sue’s life interests and accomplishments. There both just acting out, and protecting themselves. Both punching below the belt. Personaly i think sue should have eased up on him. I understand paulo, because i relate to him, and when someone says something against me i used to fight back like my life was on the line. These days not so much. The point is there both saying what they don’t mean. I hope that after a page or two more of screaming at eachother, they stop take a deep breath, look at one another and appoligise. Who knew lucy held the glue of this group. I mean she has no idea how many people love her. And what sucks is she’s kinda ah b i t c h. There fighting over that girl in the group who’s constintly ****** off. Don’t get me wrong i like lucy and she has her good moment, but she has no fricking clue what an impact her gone is to these guys. Heck her lesbian lover who never expressed her attractions from another group and missing her. Y does lucy gravitate peopele? Is it because she’s hot? **** she’s my type lol, but i’m sweet on my daisy. Come on paulo, come on sue, kiss and make up, but don’t kiss because i don’t think paulo can handle anymore relationship mindfrags
JustSomeCritic October 9, 2013, 1:03 AM EST.
Kingsley Payens October 9, 2013, 1:07 AM EST.
Okay this is hard to explain, so i’ll paraphrase a line from Dominic Deegan to try and simplify it “When a Seer looks into a crystal ball and start spouting some cryptic message. It isn’t because second sight is inherently mysterious. It’s because the Seer doesn’t know what he is looking at and is probably disguising his confusion with cliche mysticism.”
For Sue and Paulo, Sue did it because she was confused by what she saw or rather she had difficulty understanding it. She at least made the attempt. Paulo, he was just being a dick, there i said it, Paulo was being a dick because he’s bored. He didn’t even take a second to come up with a criticism. And yes let me clarify, maybe he doesn’t “hate” art, but he’s definitely not a fan of it. I mean this chapter started out with him and David playing around a piece. However maybe he doesn’t like being at the museum. Does that wrap a nice bow around it? He doesn’t like something there, you know what i meant.
buchanen_neket October 9, 2013, 1:16 AM EST.
uh, haha, sorry tae! didnt mean to offend you! i’ll think before i speak next time
Whimsicott October 9, 2013, 1:24 AM EST.
“Not even Lucy.”
Just-A-Lurker October 9, 2013, 1:28 AM EST.
honestly speaking, paulo deserved that. a play isn’t that easy to direct, and he was insulting not just sue’s hard work and effort, but her interests (in this specific scenario, referring to her fondness for theatre as that ‘gay drama club’), and her as a person. it was entirely uncalled for on his part.
just because he’s grown on you, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t make mistakes. you’re justifying his behaviour by hating on every character that calls him out on his crap? so be it.
Chris October 9, 2013, 2:07 AM EST.
Yeesh, now that Lucy is gone, all the friendly fire (Maybe not too friendly anymore) has been nailing Paulo in the face. As much as I don’t like it, I think Paulo might separate from the group as well, and that just doesn’t bode well. Honestly, imagine the downhill spiral that could come off this.
Venorik October 9, 2013, 2:10 AM EST.
I don’t know about the downhill spiral Venorik. I mean really what is lost if Paulo leaves? David is really the only thing. We know Abbey (and by affiliation, Daisy) won’t have any issues with him leaving. Sue wouldn’t be remise to see him leave, nor would Mike really. Tess and Lucy already gone, as is Jasmine. The only backlash i could see is maybe a slight rift between Daisy and Abbey because of Daisy’s friendship with both Paulo and Rachel, but only slight because Daisy’s head over heels for Abbey and would probably stand by him. But i’m not seeing it have the megaton punch of Lucy’s leaving (i mean really leaving, not just put out of commission for a bit).
buchanen_neket October 9, 2013, 2:33 AM EST.
YES! She IS a try-hard character! I’ve finally confirmed Sue as my favorite character! In other news, Sue stepped into the Somali Den armed with a branding iron. Will the Large-Ego’d Somali Tiger recover from its burn for a vicious counterattack, or will it back down and mope in a corner? Viewers eagerly await the outcome!
Miracon October 9, 2013, 3:11 AM EST.
@Taeshi Just poppin’ in to let you know you’re awesome and not to let anyone get you down!
Love BCB, probably my favorite webcomic (And I read ALOT of web comics).
Delusional October 9, 2013, 3:57 AM EST.
Now that’s what I call…
*puts on glasses*
A critical hit.
Randolf October 9, 2013, 5:57 AM EST.
‘Not even Lucy’
Me: ‘Oh, there will be countless comments ’
I was right
Taeshi I love you for this page!
But still, I cannot believe you let the mother of Molly and Abbey pass away
Selef October 9, 2013, 6:00 AM EST.
Then paulo realized that sue is 100% right and he went home and ate a gallon of ice cream had some sex with Rachel then cried himself to sleep.
Blue fox October 9, 2013, 6:55 AM EST.
Fireworks coming in three…
Chocothunda October 9, 2013, 7:19 AM EST.
She used the L word. Not cool, man.
7 October 9, 2013, 7:50 AM EST.
I Miss Lucy.
BloomKitryn October 9, 2013, 8:29 AM EST.
Ohoho, oh snap.
shi-chan October 9, 2013, 9:47 AM EST.
“Either way you look she was still critcizing the art just as he was and I honestly doubt she put much thought into her reasoning. The whole time they’ve been up there something has been on her mind. She hasn’t been thinking about the art at all.”
read my comment on the previous page. sue has been looking to the same painting for 4 consecutive pages.
boh... October 9, 2013, 10:01 AM EST.
If you actually take the time to read my comment I said she wasn’t really looking at it she had something on her mind this entire chapter. She hasn’t been paying attention to the art at all. So before you reply to someone make sure you know exactly what they said previously.
Random dude October 9, 2013, 10:15 AM EST.
This will get interesting later on in the pages of this chapter…
Lyrix October 9, 2013, 10:15 AM EST.
Also four consecutive pages my ***. She looked at that painting for one whole page. The other ones she is staring down the hallway at everyone, bumps into Paulo, and then this page. Maybe you should look back at the pages thoroughly next time.
Random dude October 9, 2013, 10:22 AM EST.
Oww,sue that whas a hurtfull thing to say.Thought, Maybe It’s time someone Said.
Falled Angel October 9, 2013, 10:33 AM EST.
im a bit mad that paulo would stoop to using “gay” as a derogatory word!! i know thats become quite common in today’s society, even after the lgbtqia+ community has worked so hard to overcome some of the homophobia we face, but even so, i’ve lost quite a bit of respect for paulo! :o/
ashfox October 9, 2013, 10:33 AM EST.
Well, this is quite a “Critical Hit”.
HongKat October 9, 2013, 10:38 AM EST.
me October 9, 2013, 11:13 AM EST.
bscbf October 9, 2013, 11:50 AM EST.
I never did like her -_-
Squiidge October 9, 2013, 3:15 PM EST.
Sue uses BURN:
It’s a critical hit!
Now I get the chapter title
SIGxMUNDx808 October 9, 2013, 8:46 PM EST.
That’s the sound of Paulo BURNING~
Rusco Istar October 10, 2013, 2:18 AM EST.
Last two panels:
STARING COMPETION GO!
YOU WIN. YOU ALWAYS DO.
Hawz October 11, 2013, 8:47 PM EST.
Ouch. Feel the burn Paulo,feel it.
DeltaRedd October 12, 2013, 2:44 PM EST.
Hate to say it, but she’s got a point. Granted, ripping into him like that just because he annoyed her (and he would annoy me too, but that’s besides the point) was the wrong thing to do. That said, he dumped Jasmine to get with Lucy. Jasmine knew it, because he told her he fell for someone else. Then Lucy leaves, and not even a day later he sleeps with Rachel - again.
Now, I get that a guy receiving a lot of female attention is not always going to know how to handle it, especially since they’re in high school. That said, he’s not handling with it well, if at all. That is a sign of real immaturity, and he’s hurt people because of it. Jasmine called him out on it, now Sue is calling him out on it. And they’re right to do so. He might actually grow as a person because of it.
Adam November 27, 2013, 11:54 AM EST.
Whoa, Sue looks so Lucy-ish in that last panel.
hidden lol June 7, 2014, 5:41 AM EST.
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