79. Critical Hit, page posted 10/9/13

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Comment ID #261567

SUE UPSET! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Hawz October 9, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #261568

So… nobody blew up!

Momoro October 9, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #261569

Yay! No hitting!

Tylord October 9, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #261570

aege

kiana October 9, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #261571

Theres not enough DICKS.

me October 9, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #261572

Whoa… didn’t see that coming.

Gate-senpai October 9, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #261573

Well I was expecting more punching and hitting of the faces :O

Mr. Morningstar October 9, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #261574

Always glad to see character development and emotional story-lines, they’re what keep me coming back to BCB every update day! :3

Ciela Lione October 9, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #261575

That went… better than I expected….

*point

Flame_LoneWolf October 9, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #261576

@Mr.Morningstar
FAAAAAAAACEEEEEEE!

Gate-senpai October 9, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #261577

RAAAAAAAAAGE!!

lol October 9, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #261578

It looks like Sue was was holding Paulo’s arm in the last panel :D

Ruby October 9, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #261579

Where is Paulo pointing, you may ask? Why, he’s pointing at you! You are art now. You may never move again.

Shiloh October 9, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #261580

Glad they made up right away in their own way. These two make great friends, as shown by getting in eachothers faces with very personal issues and still being okay with everything. Best friends for sure, maybe more?

Time for Paulo x Sue shippers ;3

Winterstorm October 9, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #261581

I suspect the next page is going to be Paulo showing everyone up with his opinions on the art.

Chrisd765 October 9, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #261582

sue and paulo were mad now there sad. Tiss the nature of these drama cats. Sue should punch paulo in the dick and paulo should punch sue in the boob.

Blue fox October 9, 2013, 1:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #261583

So drama…
Lost….
Broken…..
Needs Hope…

Mr-Hero-Bio October 9, 2013, 1:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #261584

The times that you lose …

Mr-Hero-Bio October 9, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #261585

A wave of drama and esteem have hit the shore.

Keyblade Dragon October 9, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #261586

Yay

Mood: Optimistic October 9, 2013, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #261587

Why have I the feeling hes pointing at Mike that has Sandy phone time :D

EvilKitty3 October 9, 2013, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #261588

the WHEEEEEEEL

Sambo October 9, 2013, 1:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #261589

@Random Dude,

HA. Exactly what we’ve been saying. so :P

buchanen_neket October 9, 2013, 1:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #261590

No Paulo, you’re not Uncle Sam.

Plop October 9, 2013, 1:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #261591

Who is Paulo pointing at? And Sue upset….that’s…wow.

Aoriki October 9, 2013, 1:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #261592

hahahaha the title certainly meets the name xD, that was super effective, paulo was crying like a little bitch xD

Knight-A October 9, 2013, 1:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #261593

What is he pointing at?!

Jayden October 9, 2013, 1:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #261594

No. No, no, no. JUST NO! How could you conclude situation like that with no violence? Seriously?! No one hits anyone? Not a single slap to the face? WHY?! Ok, drama is cool and dandy, but we need some unnecessary violence! It’s what this comic been missing for so long, while hiding behind slapstick and not whole joke-fights routine! This makes Pandas in North Korea cry…


Anyway: it really seems like Lucy is dead. People are so fragile. They’re arguing about the art and suddenly low blows everywhere. What the hell? It’s not a Bittersweet Candy Bowl anymore, it’s Big Cup Of Cold Black Coffe. Maybe it’s only me, but those gags that happen from time to time are ineffective. Ok they’re not bad gags, or jokes, but with so much drama all around they hardly matter.

@Jayden
You. And you know why. You should be ashamed.

@Chrisd765
Paulo will amaze everyone with his wast knowledge and deep understanding of artist vision.

Commander_Zero October 9, 2013, 1:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #261595

@tylord that long comment on the page before this one, I completely agree with you. it’s always best to see the perspective from every side of a situation. in my old group of friends I found out there were a ton of misunderstandings that were caused by being blind to any view but your own.
I really hope at least Sue can understand what’s going on so she can mediate between her friends when new problems arise, otherwise it might not end well for them as it happened with my old group.
as for Paulo, he should open up to someone about what he’s going through. it’s so bad to keep all that negativity bottled up. maybe he could talk to Daisy but I’m sure abbey will misinterpret it as Paulo trying to get at his girl.
also, I doubt he and Rachel did anything that last time, I’m pretty sure she was just joking around.
I would love to date someone like Paulo, I’ve always thought there’s more to him than he lets on. I hope he finds his way back to Lucy. aahhh I gotta get back to work now!

captainAndie October 9, 2013, 1:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #261596

Paulo wants YOU to love art!

Volgrand October 9, 2013, 1:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #261597

NO PAULO DON’T BACK DOWN PUNCH HER IN DA FACEEE

Sea-Foam October 9, 2013, 1:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #261598

Paulo’s about to grace us all with a piece of art he actually finds interesting. Maybe even some insightful knowledge into the work of art that makes us all realize just how much Paulo actually cares.

I’m glad they resolved that without any violence. There has been enough physical and emotional damage done already.

supertails19 October 9, 2013, 1:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #261599

Prove her wrong Paulo!

Twoplusfiveequallsseven October 9, 2013, 1:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #261600

hit…. :O

Laguhez October 9, 2013, 1:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #261601

WHOA HEY I JUST DISCOVERED THE EMOTE PANEL IN THE COMMENT BOX!! O_O Seriously how did I never notice it before?
Aaaand suddenly Sue has teleported behind Paulo in the last panel and begun looking like his new timid girlfriend. XD PLEASE tell me Paulo is pointing at Mike and is about to tell him to quit being such a b****. Mad Lucy
PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS TRUE!! ;_;

I'll Eat Yourself October 9, 2013, 1:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #261602

I ship it like FedEx.

ProShipper October 9, 2013, 1:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #261603

I think Paulo figured out we’ve been spying on their lives for years now. :unsure: With that our Secret Stalker Society has come to an end ._.

B-Dawg October 9, 2013, 1:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #261604

Eh, their chat was as silly as the comments on the last page.

ItsON October 9, 2013, 1:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #261605

8-): I WANT YOU TO STOP BEING A *****. My name’s Paulo, and I approve this message.

Hawz October 9, 2013, 1:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #261606

First comment I make o this comic, though I like it quikte a bit and ha’ve been around for a while.

I love this page.
It feels like they’re handling things better, as weird as that sounds. People vent on each other, but Sue tries to make ammends in a very realistic way. I think everyone has said something they’ve regrettet immediately.

Kinzie October 9, 2013, 2:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #261607

I wonder what Augustus ;) is doing?

HardyTorne October 9, 2013, 2:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #261608

omg is Sue going to CRY!?
Paulo, stop it. That’s enough, I don’t want to see Sue cry.
All of this can’t just be about the art though. They’re talking about Lucy or something through the art, unless they’re “that” kind of people who are moved to tears by art.
Sue was the “man” though, because she was the one that went out and said sorry, while Paulo basically had his back turned like a hurt baby.
Anyways, yall need to chill. Failure to remain calm is the sign of a weak mind.

Blank On Purpose October 9, 2013, 2:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #261609

Do you see that painting? I painted it while you were talking!

Misanthrope October 9, 2013, 2:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #261610

For the record, I honestly don’t think Lucy is dead. I think mom shipped her off to an all girl boarding school.

Just saying.

Akiriuu October 9, 2013, 2:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #261611

I need a pin… I NEED A PIN OF THAT LAST PANEL!

Huh? October 9, 2013, 2:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #261612

But, in all seriousness, can Sue make an apology without still dissing someone? Sue is a great character but she really needs to think less of herself.

Twoplusfiveequallsseven October 9, 2013, 2:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #261613

in think theres a budding romance in the future……maybe

josh October 9, 2013, 2:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #261614

@Akiriuu I do believe that you, ma’am or sir or WHATEVER GENDER YOU ARE- you are correct and this makes the most sense out of anything. She might have been in the hospital for some kind of unrelated injury that Taeshi, smart girl, made into a gigantic giraffe of an emotional heart-wrencher, and she also got vaccines for her new school. That would also explain how her room was empty even though her family is still here and no sign of a moving van.

AAND ON A TOTALLY UNRELATED TOPIC:
What is Paulo pointing at? Is it a bird? A plane?
NO! IT’S AIR!

Carindel Girl October 9, 2013, 2:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #261615

@Chrisd765: He already made a very astute observation about one of the pieces in the upper gallery. I mean, commenting on a picture’s bland palette? That’s a perfectly valid artistic critique.

daft_inquisitor October 9, 2013, 2:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #261616

Call me crazy, but the first thing that came to mind that Paulo is pointing at is a picture of Lucy. I have a feeling that he’s pointing at something that upset him that the others have yet to notice, but once they notice it, they will understand his behavior.

Or he’s pointing at a work he thinks to be so obviously devoid of meaning or skill that it will show Sue that there isn’t much point in interpreting some works of art.

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

Comment ID #261617

@I’ll_Eat_Yourself: I think it’s a recent change, because I just noticed it myself. :x

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

Comment ID #261618

@Akiriuu: That’s basically the general concensus, from what I’ve seen. It was BLATANTLY STATED that Lucy is still alive, and WILL be returning to the comic. She isn’t dead, she’s just been put on a (temporary) bus, if you will.

She’s out of town at the very least.

daft_inquisitor October 9, 2013, 2:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #261619

@daft_inquisitor true, he did. I am expecting him to point along the wall making observations about each piece and then say something Pauloish and walk away.

Chrisd765 October 9, 2013, 2:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #261620

Sue just had to make that low blow on Paulo. Wait a minute then.. that must sort of mean that she did not completely know about how he feels about Lucy. I mean she wouldn’t have said something like that unless she thought that everything had been remaining the same, right?

HLTH October 9, 2013, 2:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #261622

Just watch, within the next two chapters Sue will get her wish : to date a main character.

Bluesky October 9, 2013, 2:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #261623

And then the Apollo Justice theme song starts playing as Paulo expertly deconstructs every work of art in the gallery.

The curator is subsequently found guilty.

The Weirdo October 9, 2013, 2:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #261624

Wow…this…this is actually good. Like finally seeing some development in the loose friendship between Paulo and Sue.

BetaMonkey October 9, 2013, 3:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #261625

Feels

naAr October 9, 2013, 3:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #261628

What’s going on in that last panel?

Me Man October 9, 2013, 3:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #261629

I hope paulos pointing at the circle like ” that. Thats what were ginna ****in understand, got it?’

Liridiandandan October 9, 2013, 3:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #261630

my favorite part about the Paulo and Sue relationship (not like /relationship/ just how they interact)is that they act like they’re so different ‘soo much cooler/smarter’ but they think on the same wavelength and they get eachother to the point where of all the group (save Mike and Lucy but we’ve already seen where that ended up) literally cannot give them the cruel precision strikes that they give eachother.

Vega October 9, 2013, 3:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #261632

am I seeing some… pauloxsue…?

SXR123 October 9, 2013, 3:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #261633

:unsure:MIKE! MIKE IS TOO BLAME! :unsure:

Sue and Paulo both suspected that Mike had done something, and it’s time for CONFRONTATION! At least that’s the theory.

Hawz October 9, 2013, 3:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #261634

This chapter is making me appreciate Paulo’s and Sue’s relationship. I love that she’s quick to apologize when she realized she did step over the line.

And also, I am not dead. 8)

Anyway, I wonder what evidence Paulo has to support his side? o:

Yaschiri October 9, 2013, 3:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #261635

wow i dont think i have wanted to see the next page more than i do now

DinR October 9, 2013, 3:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #261636

@Yaschiri: Welcome back. Do you think Paulo is pointing at a piece of art that he will somehow interpret masterfully or is Paulo just going to point at a random artwork that will make Sue question why she’s still talking to him?

Do you think Paulo and Sue will be able to reach a conclusion about why Lucy left now that they are talking to each other more? With enough hints, they could form their very own false assumption about Mike which could force him into talking about the situation more… probably. What are your thoughts on these random theories?

supertails19 October 9, 2013, 3:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #261637

Bewilder my thinking, but this seems to have taken a slight turn of the story line. I find that Paulo will attract feelings towards the likeliness of Sue and that they will overcome the barrier between… Oh, screw it… I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT’S NEXT IN THIS CHAPTER :love:

Lyrix October 9, 2013, 4:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #261638

Hm, turned out differently then I expected.

DeathofInk October 9, 2013, 4:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #261639

It’s official, that last panel would be the best wallpaper ever! :love:

Hawz October 9, 2013, 4:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #261640

And he points at McClain to prove that she is no better than him.

Kindle_Kat October 9, 2013, 4:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #261641

@Blank on Purpose: Did you read the last page? If not, you should because that is where most of the argument is and one of the last things mentioned is Lucy and they were both about to cry because they were so upset in this page.

Sue wasn’t ‘the man’ by saying sorry first, she just didn’t want to lose another friend and wanted to calmly explain her point to Paulo because it was still a valid point, it just could have been made without the original cruel intent. And Paulo was not being a ‘baby’, he was giving up the argument so that he could leave and be upset by himself instead of upsetting others, which is generally a mature action to take when the other is to keep fighting.

Failure to remain calm is NOT a sign of a weak mind. If ‘calm’ was meant to be the constant state of mind, then quite simply, it would be and everything would always be under our control. But people have many emotions and some such as anger and sadness and excitement are difficult to control, and sadness can be impossible to control at first because it usually has its peak first and then gradually calms down, even if the person didn’t want to feel sad or has no reason to be sad at the time.

Moogle October 9, 2013, 4:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #261642

Huh, the outcome went better than I expected. I wonder if the art in the museum is the only thing they’re “struggling” about?

Dudeler October 9, 2013, 4:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #261643

nuuuuu Paulo TwT

Aha McCoy October 9, 2013, 4:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #261644

So much for the hole being Paulo’s choice for the project then. And to think it was so complementing…

Anyway, I’m surprised that Lucy was brought up as the main idea of the chapter. It was pretty great to see the lack of fighting, dispite everyone else complaining that no one got hit and “CRITICAL HIT!” didn’t flash in the background; its definitly better this way. If Paulo and Sue were just as bitter to eachother as Lucy and Mike were on several occasions, it might have led to long-term conflicts, so its great that this situation in particular didn’t collapse. :unsure:

Fangs October 9, 2013, 4:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #261645

I Bet hes Pointing at a Warhol painting XD

BloomKitryn October 9, 2013, 4:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #261646

Oh good. In the end, Paulo took the mature approach and stepped down from the fight. And then apology from Sue! YAY, she’s doing the right thing! It proves how grown up Paulo is getting that he refrained from hitting her for bringing up a painful spot.

I do wonder about his expression as he’s pointing, though. It looks kind of like “Well, THEY certainly aren’t”. :nope:

Zone October 9, 2013, 4:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #261647

@Random dude:

“The whole time they’ve been up there something has been on her mind. She hasn’t been thinking about the art at all”

apart from the fact that basically this page demonstrates that I was right, I’ll show you that you were wrong anyway (not about the number of pages, I admit it. you are right, they were “only” 3):

page 16, sue looks at the painting and doesn’t understand it. she looks at mike thinking “should I ask him for help?”. daisy arrives and sue pretends she enjoys and understands everything.

page 17, she is still trying to understand the meaning of the painting. amaya arrives and sue criticizes the painting to not show she didn’t get it. paulo arrives.

page 18, they talk about that painting and sue still hasn’t understood the meaning, and once again pretends to know more than she actually does.

so no, she was not thinking about something else, but was always concentrated on that single painting.

“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.”

as I already wrote, the thing she said to amaya was just an expedient to not admit the truth (aka: a lie). that’s why she didn’t put much thought in it. if it wasn’t a lie, in this page she would have said “I don’t like the works either”, not “the works are hard to understand”.

boh... October 9, 2013, 4:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #261648

….

AcheronDyrra October 9, 2013, 4:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #261649

I can’t believe I am going to say this but I really hope this has a expansion maybe later on, its very interesting to see the character development of Sue as well as Paulo and the connections drawing together or pulling apart.

@anyonewhothinksviolenceistheanswer I could never understand why people think coming across and hitting each other is a good thing and it will resolve anything, if anything it warps the issue and creates a whole new mess, there is very few characters that pulled this off, one being Lucy. But we are talking about basic Animalistic emotions here so… *shrugs*

carcinoGeneticist October 9, 2013, 5:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #261650

I’m thinking Paulo is pointing at the ring from earlier. Sue may say that Paulo doesn’t put his mind to things, I think that’s exactly what Paulo did when David said ‘holiness’. You know, the giant gaping hole Lucy left, not to mention they know diddly-sh*t about why she’s gone as well.

Venorik October 9, 2013, 5:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #261651

Sue has restored my faith in her. Thank god lol. I wonder what Paulo is pointing at?

Random dude October 9, 2013, 5:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #261652

@carcinoGenetecist (god damn that’s a tricky name),

Most were joking, those who were serious aren’t taking paulo’s character into account. He’s a douche, but he’s not a violent misogynist. Honestly, outside him punching Mike a few chapters back, i don’t think Paulo’s ever thrown a punch for the majority of this comic. Much less trying to strike a female. It would be out of character for him. Buuuut, i would be lying if i couldn’t see where they are coming from.

Mike and Paulo are both characters who were pushed beyond their boiling point. As Paulo is a more physical character, i believe that they thought an equivalent reaction would happen. That while Mike retaliated with his voice, Paulo would retaliate with his fists.

But again this would out of character for him (i mean lucy literally slugged him a few times and he didn’t slug her back), albeit a juicy twist that there is some sort of hidden misogyny under his layers of insecurity. I think that’s where that idea is coming from. That the critical hit would be a physical one from Paulo which reveals a new layer to him caused by all the hits he’s taken from females lately.

buchanen_neket October 9, 2013, 5:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #261653

And Ms. Drama has been returned xD

eagle October 9, 2013, 5:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #261654

@carcinoGeneticist

Oh I know! Maybe he wanted to marry Lucy. :) It was a ring.

Lickit&stickit October 9, 2013, 5:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #261655

W-wait. Is Sue having a Daisy moment; tryin’ ta act more mature and refined than she is? She’s always been Ms. Smartypants, always ahead’a the curve and always doin’ stuff. But this confession here… Hm! Character development! Mama like. :3

Jessica U. Ingmann October 9, 2013, 5:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #261656

**** me if he’s pointing that stupid ring

Hicks October 9, 2013, 5:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #261658

I reallly hope him and lucy get together and have that goggles kid from bcb baby quiz. Their kid would be soo cute. Paulo x Lucy

Crazy Crud October 9, 2013, 6:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #261659

That objection reminded me of dangan ronpa :question: hmm

Midstrike October 9, 2013, 6:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #261660

It’s a plaque with the artist’s commentary. Calling it.

Insanity_Prevails October 9, 2013, 6:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #261661

pHOENIX WRIGHT.

Zach October 9, 2013, 6:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #261662

It’s really sad to see Sue like this, but I’m glad she didn’t keep it in.

Man, this comic really DOES revolve around character development.

Last panel: CAUTION! AN ENEMY APPROACHES!

@Those_relieved_with_Paulo: You guys aren’t out of the woods yet, Paulo (and possibly Sue) could divert his anger to who or whatever he’s pointing at.

I think it’s Mike. Sue DID choke him with his scarf, and she DID act strange around him earlier. However, Mike and Sue DID have a sinister, talking-behind-your-back moment together. So, I guess it’s up in the air.

@Hardy_Torne: He’s probably looking out at some kind of view.

Hawz October 9, 2013, 6:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #261663

Glad that this has not become a violent chapter. Kind of refreshing. It shows their understanding… and gives hope for Sue x Paulo

RaineKay October 9, 2013, 6:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #261664

Sue is smart and civil paulo is a gentlemen. there was no way they were going to get in a physical fight.

Blue fox October 9, 2013, 6:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #261665

I’m glad Paulo is probably about to prove Sue wrong. I mean, I love Sue as much as the next guy but sometimes she can really be a know-it-all and I hope that whatever Paulo is pointing at will make him look like a bad-***.

Fredley October 9, 2013, 6:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #261666

If he’s pointing at Mike, this is gonna be deep crud.

BlossomWolf October 9, 2013, 7:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #261667

I really like how Sue looks in panel 2 for some reason. She looks really actual.

Demetrois October 9, 2013, 7:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #261668

Oh crap.

I just realized the significance Sue caught when he said, “I’d rather watch a movie.” It’s his own way of saying, “I wish things were the way they were before, before all this crap happened.” It’s no wonder Sue broke.

Poor Paulo, Poor Sue. ._.

Hawz October 9, 2013, 7:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #261669

@buchanen_neket (Homestuck my dear friend my name is a Homestuck pesterchum handle name, should look into it. I follow it ‘long side BCB)
I agree with you and its noted to add that even though that lucy is the only one that Veronica has shown us with Paulo, Paulo does have a soft side, he’s not this self absorbed jerk that people make him out to be.
To me Paulo has been neglected far deeper then some may realize, and his fear of barking makes me wonder “why? Why barking something happen before the night in the park?”
Also there is the fact of his parents or possible lack there of a motherly figure also being another ‘layer of insecurity’. I mean, we saw and know of his father’s existence but what of his mother? Also was Mike’s father introduced? (If so I may of missed it)
We know why Abby turned out the way he did and now he’s doing something about it, however there are pieces of the Paulo and Mike Puzzles we still don’t have or know. Maybe they will be revealed to us… maybe not.

@lickit&stickit sorry to disappoint I don’t see the PauloXLucy working, Paulo would become boring in my mind because he would always try to comfort her (which don’t get me wrong isn’t a bad thing but for story purposes it may not work) and Lucy would, again in my mind, lose that ‘I don’t need you, but I need you’ kind of attention hating/seeking thing she has right now.

Luce is still on my mind, but unlike some I can forgive and forget if she became a minor character. (And I would throw a party if she was reintroduced again)

I don’t know if what I said made sense, I just know I’m loving this story every since I mistakenly clicked a link on my phone from mspaintadventures.com

carcinoGeneticist October 9, 2013, 7:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #261670

@carinoGeneticist: So, Lucy is to Paulo as Sally is to Sonic? I never thought of it that way. :x

Hawz October 9, 2013, 7:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #261671

@Hawz
If that works, Question mark? Simply put I don’t like the pairing due to the character restraints it would cause. I don’t know I kinda have that love hate thing going on about some of the characters and wouldn’t want a few of them tied up with someone preventing me from swaying one way or the other, I’m trying to be rational instead of emotional towards the characters and see them for what they are before I make an honest ‘I absolutely love/hate you _____’ statement. Make sense?

carcinoGeneticist October 9, 2013, 7:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #261672

@carcinoGeneticist: It was a rhetorical question. Sally would also make Sonic boring, for a different reason. What you’re saying makes perfect sense. :D

Hawz October 9, 2013, 7:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #261673

TO DA MOVIES

Mcturtle October 9, 2013, 7:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #261674

@mcturtle
*facepalm* please… for everything that is ever knowing and true, please tell me your joking, we already have seen them in one public place and see how bad it is there, we don’t need to see how badly they would be in each other’s throats in a dark loud room.

carcinoGeneticist October 9, 2013, 7:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #261675

Well Sue said he was scatter brained about Lucy, and he described the paintings in the Museum as hills, bridges and women.

So I’d guess he’s pointing at artwork that reminds him of Lucy.

Maybe?

I dunno.

Just guessin' October 9, 2013, 8:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #261677

@carcinoGeneticist: He’s probably making a reference to chapter 9, “Off to the Movies,” or is trying to break possible tension created by this page. CALM DOWN

Hawz October 9, 2013, 8:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #261679

Omg..

Caitlynn Moss October 9, 2013, 8:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #261681

Uh-oh—I think that was it. Judging by the tear in the corner of Paulo’s eye, and the way is voice is starting to tremble, that was hard to take.
Though, Sue doesn’t look too happy either, and it was nice of her to apologize like she did. She didn’t have to since she was kinda right, but it was really adult of her to do so. ^w^
Sue, you have even more of my respect than at first, and I hope you keep it. ;)

Shibuyah-kun October 9, 2013, 8:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #261682

:/: “It’s hard to understand the works.”

I KNOW, ME TOO! Whenever I go to Subway, someone asks me if I want, “the works,” then I’m like, “what’s the works?” They’re like, “everything’s on it,” then I’m like, “what’s everything?” Then they’re like…

OHCRAPTHISISSERIOUSTIMEIFORGOTSOSORRYPLEASEFORGIVE ME! D:

Hawz October 9, 2013, 8:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #261684

Paulo is always the jerk
said the guys who actually love Mike. :/

Ñ October 9, 2013, 8:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #261685

: Or they ARE Mike. o.O

Hawz October 9, 2013, 9:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #261686

@Taeshi: No one points when they say, “OBJECTION,” not even on tv. :D

Hawz October 9, 2013, 9:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #261688

Yay! Violence avoided! :)

Subaru October 9, 2013, 9:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #261689

OMG suspense,what is he pointing at!?

Speed of sound October 9, 2013, 9:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #261690

I think Paulo will get metaphysical about the painting and try to describe how it relates to the situation. That’s my thought. I mean, it would give a bit more to the character than some would think. :D

Kodak October 9, 2013, 9:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #261691

XD the tension is intense

yashy October 9, 2013, 9:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #261692

N,

Dude you’re kidding right? Mike just recently became a “jerk”, it was to ONE person and he didn’t remain that way for long. seriously has he done ANYTHING jerkish since December. Paulo has how many notches in his Jerk belt? He’s been a jerk for the majority of the comic and don’t give me that he’s bettering himself junk. You have to earn redemption, till then Paulo is the jerk king of the comic and comparing Mike to Paulo HA. Mike’s a bloody saint in comparison to Paulo.

buchanen_neket October 9, 2013, 10:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #261693

Sue x Paulo? Sweet jebus what strange parallel universe did we enter. :question:

Anon-Anon October 9, 2013, 10:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #261694

I bet is pointing mike :unsure:

bobhoule October 9, 2013, 10:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #261695

Poor Paulo… :’(

kitty777 October 9, 2013, 10:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #261696

OBJECTION! That painting is very suspicious!

Trubeque October 9, 2013, 11:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #261697

Wha…oh NO! HE’S FINALLY FOUND US! EVERYONE, EVACUATE! NOW!
*disappears through escape hatch*

Oceanus92 October 10, 2013, 12:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #261698

“I’m sorry, but here’s why I’m still right.” - Sue.

Wat October 10, 2013, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #261699

@shilo: Never move again? But of course I can still move; I’m performance art! 8-D

Marissa October 10, 2013, 1:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #261700

Paulo: “Then you can start by helping the guy downstairs understand that I snuck up here without a ticket.”

Guessing October 10, 2013, 1:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #261701

@supertails19


Oh why hello darling! Sorry I haven’t been around. It’s nice to see you being your inquisitive and lovely self.

As for what Paulo is looking at, I feel whatever it is will either be something that reminds him of Lucy or will surprise us all by being something completely different. Or maybe he’s referencing back to his “doughnut” art he and David were working on earlier. ;) Regardless, I think people underestimate how Paulo can suddenly have these mature and serious moments, where he’s actually trying, y’know? He can be pretty immature a lot of the time, but he’s a boy in high school, a lot of ‘em are like that.

I think Sue and Paulo have a pretty solid friendship in the respect that they seem to have a mutual “okay”-ness. There are no really deep expectations from each other and their company is, again, “okay” at best, seeing as they aren’t good friends, just friends.

I hope that makes sense, what I’m trying to say. @-@

Yaschiri October 10, 2013, 1:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #261703

From looking at everybody’s comments, I think Paulo only needs to explain one piece to prove Sue wrong about how much he cares. Sure he may be the jerk, but he is growing.

One last thing I have to say is to you @Taeshi, from one comic writer to another. This is by far the best chapter of the entire story. From the craft of your art, which I understand if you still find small mistakes that the readers don’t notice, it is visually impeccable. The story, not just the overall theme but these small situations that build like blocks supporting the arcing theme, has grown into a real and organically flowing world. Both the art and the story combined is taking my breath away, I just can’t wait for the next page.

I know there are times when we aren’t at our best and things seem hopeless, I’ve had a few close friends and girlfriends that were going through forms of depression, I know how firsthand how difficult it is. But I want you to know, you’ve succeeded. You have taken control and made this wonderful, beautiful story. Something that only you could have made, and in a way you can thank your condition for giving you the opportunity.

This story is truly amazing, all because it is you. You lovely wonderful, person you. And I know all my rambling may not mean much because you and I don’t even know each other, but I just wanted you to know that your comic is beautiful and we all love you. Thank you for this dramatic, heart-pulling, enduring, wonderful comic.

Thank you
You deserve it
And never let yourself think otherwise.

-ARC

Twoplusfiveequalsseven October 10, 2013, 2:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #261704

I feel like @buchanen_neket really loves Mike’s character compared to Paulo. But I feel like Mike has been a jerk to Lucy since before December. They both had a jerky “bittersweet” relationship with each other. Mike used her to replace the hole from when Sandy left. Why is that not a jerk move? He took advantage of Lucy’s feelings for him, and started seeing her as a replacement, then dropped her like a hot-potato as soon as Sandy came back.

The whole point of the first chapters shows that the reason Lucy is the non-trusting individual she is, is because of Mike’s “I’m going to leave you when I feel like it” behavior towards her. Let’s not pretend that Mike is as perfect as Lucy makes him out to be ;)

Lickit&stickit October 10, 2013, 3:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #261705

For a second there I was going “Whoops! There goes my crackship!” and then this. Hihi, taeshi ILY :”>. I just hope in the next page it turns out better for them 8-D

ThatCat October 10, 2013, 3:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #261706

Holy crap, they were both almost driven to tears…
Intense. about the last page, Sue is kind of right though about Paulo’s ‘absentmindedness’, he could do better, be he’s really at the bottom end in terms of how everyone felt about Lucy leaving. Gotta feel for the guy, but on the other hand everyone forgets that Sue was/is actually good friends with EVERYONE in the group and is hurt about Lucy leaving, she only has Amaya to talk to, and Daisy would probably be likely to talk to Abbey rather than Sue…..
Oh yeah I’m back again 8-)
This comic keeps getting better and better!

Sue is awesome btw. Sue #1

foreveryoung5 October 10, 2013, 4:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #261708

Lickit&stickit,
that’s a matter of percerception. Namely that you see what YOU want to see. seriously though, Mike written with a “i’m gonna leave you when i feel like it.” attitude? You must be joking, Mike pretty much till a few chapters prior to december was written as basically a doormat. The cliche, generic nice guy, that no matter how much crap you gave he’d more or less just roll with (and get rolled over by) it.

This whole “crouching nice guy, hidden douche bag” theory appeared because of the december retcon to Lucy’s character. Because of that Lucy got put in a bad light, whereas Mike really didn’t have anything in the past chapters retconned. So lucy fanboys (and girls) came up with a fan retcon to make it seem like mike was a douche from the start where that couldn’t be further from the truth. However it’s not really canon.

buchanen_neket October 10, 2013, 7:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #261709

I like the thing with the tails in the first panel, just like real cats. :)

bigdogstan October 10, 2013, 7:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #261710

Okey, the atmosphere became heavy when Lucy was mentioned…
Who can do an edit on the last panel?

HongKat October 10, 2013, 7:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #261711

“Omae wo shindeiru…”

Dekolantzen October 10, 2013, 8:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #261712

RUN IT ALEJANDRO HES COME BACK TO FINISH, trying, TO KILL THE CAST. If Lucy’s not there he just might succe*negative ideas get bricked*
If it is Alejandro the not only will the cast be older and tougher then they were before there is a guard downstairs and Abbey and David are there as well so even if Lucy is not there they cast will still probably win.
There I killed my own negative ideas now you haters can’t flame me for saying the Alejandro might have returned.

Thatoneguyyouknow October 10, 2013, 9:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #261713

I predict that Paulo will analyze a painting and get it right… I want this to happen but I also don’t want it because then Sue would feel even worse about herself

Cheesebake October 10, 2013, 10:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #261714

@Yaschiri: It’s nice to have you back again. I’m glad you are just as insightful as ever. :)

I was just thinking Paulo was going to point at an artwork and astound us with how well he was able to relate it to a real life situation and explain it like he actually knows what he’s talking about… on account of giving it so much thought. Probably something that reminded him of Lucy and then that would show Sue that he does care.

Your idea has more thought put into it though. I just came up with this a while ago and I didn’t spend much time on it.

As for Paulo and Sue… what you said made perfect sense and I think it was worded beautifully. :D

Paulo and Sue get along as friends, but there is really no expectation for them to be anything more than just friends. Sorry, Paulo X Sue shippers everywhere.

Oh, umm… before I forget, I really like your idea of Paulo going back to the “holiness” art that he and David were talking about. It might just be that… or maybe it could be something new… hmm, we’ll find out soon enough. :)

@Hawz: Well there is always this attorney. http://ocremix.org/files/images/games/nds/3/ phoenix-wright-ace-attorney-nds-cover-front- 73662.jpg

supertails19 October 10, 2013, 11:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #261715

I get the feeling that Paulo is pointing at the circle that he and David were looking at earlier.

Quill October 10, 2013, 11:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #261760

Paulo, you’re just mean man.

The people around you didn’t even do anything wrong and you annoy them with immaturity and sudden anger.
Gotta give the guy some minus points now :l :nope:

Deemz October 10, 2013, 2:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #261816

@supertails19: Your link leads me to nowhere…

Hawz October 10, 2013, 7:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #261931

The third last box…

Sue is shorter, and looks…different, but I happen to like Paulo.

My$t3ry October 11, 2013, 7:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #261933

8-) Oh Paulo…

My$t3ry October 11, 2013, 8:12 PM EST.

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