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Twoplusfiveequallsseven October 11, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Hawz October 11, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
They both deserved it, and both must learn on what each other have said…
Blacko Katt October 11, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
ihaveaname? October 11, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
Humility makes better people.
Keyblade Dragon October 11, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
Yumi October 11, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
I though they would find Lucy in there
Sea-Foam October 11, 2013, 1:06 PM EST.
And from the painting, the darkness spread out, consuming the world around it, until both person ad object alike were one with the black.
And another fantastic chapter by Taeshi! Seriously, this is amazing stuff. And the next chapter starts on my birthday, too, so I’m looking doubly forward to that!
Oceanus92 October 11, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
poor both of them
HLTH October 11, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
Oceanus92 October 11, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.
sue trying to fit in,why? it keeps you out of drama
kiki October 11, 2013, 1:20 PM EST.
It’s the blackness of your soul, Paulo. It stares into you.
darklion October 11, 2013, 1:24 PM EST.
Poor Paulo…I hope he comes to terms with his feelings and finds someone who can fill the hole in his heart. :,(
Jayden October 11, 2013, 1:25 PM EST.
*sees double comment*
Oops. Sorry about that. Page had frozen on me…didn’t think it went through.
Oceanus92 October 11, 2013, 1:26 PM EST.
i know, Jayden.
But… There´s another chance to fix it >:)
Mr-Hero-Bio October 11, 2013, 1:26 PM EST.
@Blacko_Katt Exactly. Neither was completely right and both left with something to think about.
GrannieOva October 11, 2013, 1:29 PM EST.
I can’t stand Paulo.
Canny October 11, 2013, 1:30 PM EST.
I think that was a lose-lose situation, I was hoping for more progress. Oh well, that just means the comic will last longer!
That art has to be Black Friday, the most evil shopping day of the year.
@#PokémonXY: Thanks for reminding me that I can’t afford it…
Hawz October 11, 2013, 1:38 PM EST.
@Canny: He’s not even saying anything on this page, how can you…?
Hawz October 11, 2013, 1:40 PM EST.
So right now Lucy is MIA, Jasmine is angry at Paulo, Sue and Paulo just dealt each other critical hits, Abbey and Daisy are having relationship problems… How is it the people who are best off right now are Mike, Tess, and David? I mean David is usually fine but Mike and Tess used to be trouble magnets.
Misanthrope October 11, 2013, 1:41 PM EST.
Hes going to write about lucy :3
Sanchan October 11, 2013, 1:44 PM EST.
Everyone is sad now. Yay sadness!
TheXtreme October 11, 2013, 1:50 PM EST.
And then paulo learned something about him self that day in the art museum. He learned that he really was immature and he was as empty as that black picture in front of him.
Blue fox October 11, 2013, 1:52 PM EST.
@Misanthrope: Jasmine is more disappointed with Paulo than angry, Abbey and Daisy aren’t really having problems in their relationship, and Tess simply isn’t as important to the story anymore, she’s also a fan-character.
Mike’s turn for drama will happen, eventually.
Hawz October 11, 2013, 1:54 PM EST.
Good job, Paulo. Good job.
Also, 26th comment.
Sono October 11, 2013, 1:54 PM EST.
I didn’t think he had to be speaking on a particular page for me to not be able to stand him. I felt like expressing my dislike is all. He’s arrogant, rude and obnoxious to his friends, loud and disrespectful in a place that should be quiet and enjoyed. I don’t care for David either. Until hey show some development and get their heads out of their asses, then I can enjoy them as decent people.
Canny October 11, 2013, 1:59 PM EST.
@Misanthrope: I just had an amazing thought. What if Lucy is doing better than all of them when we see her again? It will be a long time from now to when we see her again so maybe she will have moved on with her life by then. Only sad thing about that is that Mike will never have his chance to get Lucy back… well let’s face it, it was too late to do anything about it a long time ago. Most he could do now is try earning her forgiveness and move on.
Or she could be a wreck when she sees him again and they could try working something out, but the first one is the direction I’m leaning towards.
Paulo and Sue both regret this argument ever happened… I guess it shows that they both have some maturing to do. I hope Paulo gets his act together before he ends up alone. As for Sue, she needs to learn that she doesn’t have to try so hard to fit in. I’m sure the others would be accepting of her.
supertails19 October 11, 2013, 2:01 PM EST.
Aw,on panels 6 and 7 he looks so depressed :-(
Speed of sound October 11, 2013, 2:05 PM EST.
@ supertails19 you are still a Lucyxmike shipper to me and you always will be.
@Taeshi Thanks for writing such a wonderfully cute comic.
Blue fox October 11, 2013, 2:10 PM EST.
If it’s going to be a long time until we see Lucy and by then she would have gotten better,will we find out why she was in the hospital and what she got better from in the first place?
Speed of sound October 11, 2013, 2:11 PM EST.
..This chapter confused me.
****** October 11, 2013, 2:14 PM EST.
@Speed_of_sound Lucy DEAD. She ain’t comin’ back. :V
Jessica U. Ingmann October 11, 2013, 2:20 PM EST.
And now he’s going to contemplate on it and maybe do an essay on what he thinks it means and maybe how it relates to him. I doubt we’ll get to see it, but maybe we’ll see how he gets graded in class. He might also be thinking about how dark and lonely his life is slowly becoming, what with Lucy gone and his friends all “growing up” without him and now he has quite a bit less pocket money than he did before he bought the ticket and went up just to be yelled at by Sue. The feels…
Zone October 11, 2013, 2:20 PM EST.
“I don’t see people making out in a garden”
“Well I sure do!”
Huh? October 11, 2013, 2:23 PM EST.
@Jessica U. Ingmann: Not true, Lucy is not dead. She’s just away and they said she would be out in a week. I think I’m going to go with someone else’s suggestion and she went to an all-girls boarding school and they’ll see her in college or whenever she visits her family.
Zone October 11, 2013, 2:31 PM EST.
@Speed of sound: There’s indication of a suicide attempt, I think. She was in the ER, you know.
Zone October 11, 2013, 2:32 PM EST.
It looks like Paulo might be about to get in touch with his feelings, and this may well be dangerous territory for him.
I really want to know what their reports turn out like now…..
Alfador October 11, 2013, 2:40 PM EST.
The last few panels speak alot if you actually look deep into it and think about it. Y u do dis Taeshi? :’(
Random dude October 11, 2013, 3:02 PM EST.
Greetings Paulo. Welcome on the depression express.
kommo1 October 11, 2013, 3:08 PM EST.
I felt like the conversation they just had was less about knowing the meaning of paintings, and more about how they are coping about the whole Lucy deal.
Sue: “You are terrible for not doing it right!”
Paulo: “I’m not supposed to know how to deal with this, and if you pretend that you know, you are a liar!”
Lickit&stickit October 11, 2013, 3:13 PM EST.
Man, I think I need to re-read the chapter, ‘cause I feel like I missed something, but i also feel like I got something in return…… -goes and re-reads-
Subaru October 11, 2013, 3:18 PM EST.
Oh, it was just that your short comment made it seem like you were talking about the page.
Also the comment box does say, “stay on topic,” of course that’s subjective.
Hawz October 11, 2013, 3:34 PM EST.
The last half of this chapter was really good, because of the metaphors and especially the symbolism being used. Could’ve they just been talking about art or were they talking about Lucy? What’s up with the pitch black painting and why can’t any of them understand it? Both of them enjoy the art, but it seems they have very different views about it.
Great chapter in more than one way and my only complaint is that it’s Friday, so I’ll have to wait two full days for the next chapter.
Blank On Purpose October 11, 2013, 3:41 PM EST.
Panel 6, Morgan Freeman
Hawz October 11, 2013, 3:43 PM EST.
@Lickit&stickit: That is such a cool way to look at it. It just shows how talented Taeshi and SuitCase really are for being able to come up with that. The message was that Paulo deals with work and the Lucy situation similarly and it isn’t like he does not care, he just does what suits him. Sue did not understand that at all, especially when she didn’t know that Paulo cried, like, twice about this. This was really powerful message about Paulo and helps me understand him a bit more.
Timni October 11, 2013, 3:46 PM EST.
TOO MANY FEELS
DekuMarth October 11, 2013, 3:59 PM EST.
I love art, don’t get me wrong, but I do not really like abstract art. I mean, my high school went on an Italy trip, and one day we spent a few hours at an abstract art museum. Worst hours ever. Half the paintings there were drawing I made when I was 3 years old. I mean, I should have kept those and sold them for a profit.
Me Man October 11, 2013, 4:10 PM EST.
Abstract art is not art, it is not inspiration, it is a mockery. Now while i dont like the fact that “black” is worth millions of dollars, i CAN see how someone can find meaning while staring into the void. Stare at the blackness Paulo take in the dark, and let it take you.
Voidling October 11, 2013, 4:36 PM EST.
The way I see it, the arguement wasn’t about the art, but on how Paulo delt with the who issue with Lucy. Everyone had their way of dealing with it, but he did what he felt comfortable with, clinging onto someone else.
But no matter how you deal with it, it still feels empty. (Corny, I know. xD)
Mock October 11, 2013, 4:51 PM EST.
YAY a new chapter coming up and new adventures to come! Thanks for the wonderful comics! @taeshi
Maith1 October 11, 2013, 4:53 PM EST.
wait, is that the ticket or a brochure?
boh... October 11, 2013, 5:19 PM EST.
@ Hawz, true I was simply pointing out how Mike who has suffered a long distance relationship, and a sometimes abisive relationship with Lucy, and had normally been something of a stress toy for the other members is now doing the best
@Supertails19, whenever I think that Lucy would be okay or over Mike I just re-read the chapter where she thinks he died. Then I know everything is not going to be okay (at least as long as Sandy is with Mike, darn her and her sushi and scarf bribing)
Misanthrope October 11, 2013, 5:29 PM EST.
But… Were is Lucy anyway?
Mr-Hero-Bio October 11, 2013, 6:12 PM EST.
And then Paulo proceeds to write a mind-blowing essay about the black painting.
Housey October 11, 2013, 6:52 PM EST.
@Mr-Hero-Bio: She could be anywhere, EXCEPT the hospital, and Lily said she was okay, so she’s probably not dead. However, anything could happen because we got Taeshi, the professional author, and Suitcase. I don’t know what he does, but it’s of high importance.
@Misanthrope: Mike does seem to spend lots of time contacting, for lack of a better word, Sandy. I don’t really think he and Sandy have ever had negative conflict.
Also, I’m pretty sure that the fish was cooked, Sandy seems to have an economically well-off family.
I never understand the hate for Sandy, she seems to be the only incorruptible character.
Hawz October 11, 2013, 7:05 PM EST.
Oh, HEY! A clean slate!!
Blastion October 11, 2013, 7:15 PM EST.
Sooooooo we were all thinking it was pent-up tension about the whole Lucy event, or the final result of swallowing the hatred Sue and Paulo have for each other or whatnot. But reading the whole chapter in one go, it’s actually just the normal frustration of two teenagers having to do an assignment on a subject they don’t know about nor are interested in.
Turning a small thing like homework into such a drama bomb is so….. teenage-like. That’s why I love this comic xDD
Flying Potato October 11, 2013, 7:34 PM EST.
There is the element of psychology. If you pay to do any given thing, you’re more invested in the outcome. If the result is underwhelming, you can either blame the seller for ripping you off, lie to yourself that you enjoyed it, or say that you had poor judgement to pay in the first place. I see an interesting contrast between the ways these two react.
fulgens October 11, 2013, 7:38 PM EST.
@Blastion: You are a ****ing genius
Fergilicious October 11, 2013, 8:07 PM EST.
Is this the first time since you started updating daily that a chapter actually ended on a Friday?
Bunk October 11, 2013, 8:12 PM EST.
I still am sad about Lucy leaving
My$t3ry October 11, 2013, 8:14 PM EST.
Aaaaaaand the point of this chapter waaaasss…what? I honestly don’t get what just happened. They started arguing for some reason, I don’t remember what, if I ever even knew in the first place, and then it ended with Paulo telling Sue how he deals with things compared to her ways, followed by him looking at the pamphlet to figure out the meaning behind the black painting. WHAT!?
I'll Eat Yourself October 11, 2013, 8:26 PM EST.
Honestly this chapter felt kind of empty, like it didn’t really go anywhere or say anything (other than that modern art sucks <3).
Titanium Dragon October 11, 2013, 9:08 PM EST.
Why does paulo’s head look so big
davysprockett October 11, 2013, 9:14 PM EST.
@I’ll Eat Yourself:
Paulo basically looks to everyone else for a meaning behind the dark things that have happened and finds out that nobody can really help him figure it out.
Dave has less of an idea (and an attention span) than Paulo, while Mike has a long-distance mentor/confidante and is out of patience with Paulo anyhow.
Sue is closest to Paulo in terms of ability to deal; they both see each other as not pulling it off. They yell at each other because they’re both right.
BTW, I think that paper in his hands is the assignment, not a pamphlet describing the art.
Farvana October 11, 2013, 9:20 PM EST.
Excited for the next one! What’s it gonna be? :3
Paulo_fan October 11, 2013, 9:49 PM EST.
People say hurtful things when they’re hurt.
Mecha Pencil October 11, 2013, 9:51 PM EST.
The most poignant comment on this chapter lol
SuitCase October 11, 2013, 10:32 PM EST.
And at the end of the day, everyone goes home ****** and sad.
Zeb October 11, 2013, 10:46 PM EST.
Long time reader, love/hate the comic.
But DAMMIT Taeshi your goddamn banner ad on /co/ is ****ing creepy!
Eli October 11, 2013, 10:55 PM EST.
You didn’t understand the point, just like you don’t understand modern art. It takes effort to find meaning in good things.
That makes you like Paulo. No effort, results in lack of gain.
Twoplusfiveequalsseven October 11, 2013, 11:30 PM EST.
I’m calling it—he’ll write a paper about that painting involving Lucy.
Hunnikitty October 12, 2013, 12:10 AM EST.
The week is ending…
Wei October 12, 2013, 12:12 AM EST.
That…That was handled well…
Trubeque October 12, 2013, 1:46 AM EST.
Wow, just when I thought there couldn’t be a greater critical hit… ouch. That got really sad really fast
Seoq October 12, 2013, 2:08 AM EST.
Long story short: Sue is a liar and Paulo is an idiot.
ResidentEddy October 12, 2013, 4:01 AM EST.
I feel for Sue…
I mean sure she pretends, but she does try in school and yeah…
Paulo knows what the art means now…
foreveryoung5 October 12, 2013, 4:46 AM EST.
The ending was planned out in a Q and A a looooong time ago. I can not help but wonder what Taeshi is building up here with all of this story telling.
Fw911TTW October 12, 2013, 5:24 AM EST.
So, two critical hits for two kinds of people?
HongKat October 12, 2013, 6:08 AM EST.
So, we haven’t seen Augustus in a while. What do you think the chances are that he skipped town and followed Lucy to wherever she went? I mean, it’s not like he had much keeping him here…
This is sorta in reply to the “What if Lucy ends up being better of than everyone and has moved on” comment.
daft_inquisitor October 12, 2013, 6:47 AM EST.
The painting obviously means Lucy’s depression. At least, in my opinion.
Sheichii October 12, 2013, 10:22 AM EST.
I was on topic. He’s on the page ain’t he? He’s been takin a snowball dive into ****** person land lately. The only people he really acts decent around, is the girls he likes and maybe David. I know he’s a good guy, and he means well at times. But I guess with all things, it’s going to get worse before it gets better, and that’s probably the same with Paulo.
Canny October 12, 2013, 10:43 AM EST.
I’ma be cryin’
Hunter&Bro October 12, 2013, 11:17 AM EST.
Looks like Paulo found what he’s gonna write about for that research paper.
It’d be nice if that moment in the museum was a turning point for Paulo.
As of yet he never really had much thought about what he wanted to do with his life. Being able to connect with a piece of Art might give him the desire to get better at dealing with his emotions and make some Art himself.
That exposition was a clear indicator that anyone can be a dedicated artist (with enough perseverance, devotion and luck… maybe some talent too).
Pauto becoming an artist sounds like something that would help him mature and do something with himself.
Ajo October 12, 2013, 11:33 AM EST.
I liked the symbolism in this chapter.
Paula October 12, 2013, 2:45 PM EST.
The sad part is that can actually be considered art.
Rozonth October 12, 2013, 4:09 PM EST.
sigh, poor paulo and sue.
Carindel Girl October 12, 2013, 5:07 PM EST.
@Titanium_Dragon that’s not true. It showed that some people, like Mike, Daisy, and Abbey (I think, prolly not all of them, though) are dealing with Lucy’s disappearance by pretending that she is just gone for a bit, you know, avoiding the emotional stress by trying to keep busy, and others, like Paulo and David, act stupid, and people like Sue try even harder than they normally do to fit in or act normally. Now, I personally think that Daisy deals by acting happy at school or around other people but, at home, she cries her eyes out when she remembers how sad Lucy was when she left, but that’s just me.
Carindel Girl October 12, 2013, 7:26 PM EST.
Hehe. With a title like “Critical Hit”, I was honestly expecting an appearance by Augustus “Final Fantasy” cat. xD
Orsinox October 12, 2013, 11:38 PM EST.
@Orsinox: Who knows… we might end up seeing him next chapter. Maybe we’ll see some more of Rachel and Jessica too. Who knows what the future holds. Imagination helps though.
@Carindel Gel: I think Titanium Dragon was being facetious… probably not meant to be too serious. I guess some might agree and some might disagree with what he said in any case.
As for the way the characters are behaving… I’m just going to assume that they aren’t as cheery as they appear when they are home alone. This is actually normal for some teens. I thought it was noticeable back when Daisy through a party for the sake of cheering people up… just because they are partying doesn’t translate to them being over Lucy. I guess some fans might have missed that though? Oh well. They’ll find out eventually.
supertails19 October 13, 2013, 12:12 AM EST.
Another arc is goe, and the great question remains being the same… where is Lucy?! ToT
eagle October 13, 2013, 4:31 AM EST.
hey now paulo has a art piece to write about and it will be how he feels
DinR October 13, 2013, 9:51 AM EST.
I really like your idea! This whole chapter is but a metaphor for how Sue and Paulo are reacting to Lucy’s disappearance? Brilliant! You really broadened my mind relative to this chapter, thank you!
Sambo October 13, 2013, 10:46 AM EST.
@supertails19: I was thinking the same thing, and have been picturing her super happy with new friends and pursuing a musical career. Maybe even with a piercing or two, and with a new look and everything. That’s just what I think anyways.
Whitney October 13, 2013, 12:53 PM EST.
Guys. Guys. Calm down. Lucy is doing just fine and she’s moved on with her successful music career.
Just look for yourself.
Twoplusfiveequalsseven October 13, 2013, 6:36 PM EST.
I have read through this entire comic about twice now and I am still enjoying it. I really enjoy the way this comic is heading with all the relationships and drama, but I enjoyed the comic more when it first started. I enjoyed the simple adventures and gradual story progression along with the emotional moments the characters had every few chapters. There are some other things I do not like about the newer entries in the comic. I enjoyed the old coloring style much more than the new one and the old character design (such as Lucy’s rounder head) is also better in my opinion. Anyway I will still read and love this comic. I hope this comic continues for a long time. I really support this comic and can’t wait for the new entries.
Lin October 13, 2013, 6:55 PM EST.
Man, whenever Paulo’s depressed or upset he’s the spitting image of his father.
GEsque October 13, 2013, 9:03 PM EST.
Goonsack October 14, 2013, 12:36 AM EST.
Q the band 3 doors down last pannel “I’m here without you, baby
But you’re still on my lonely mind
I think about you, baby
And I dream about you all the time
I’m here without you, baby
But you’re still with me in my dreams
And tonight it’s only you and me, yeah”
JustSomeCritic October 14, 2013, 1:23 AM EST.
Anywayz Paulo has a point, he has his own way of grieving and dealing with many things in life, just as everyone else is entitled to express how they feel about anything.
wolven_DM October 14, 2013, 3:12 AM EST.
*foosh* mind blown
Lyric October 14, 2013, 9:25 AM EST.
Sparkle October 14, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
yea thats what im seeing with the whole “next chapter starts in 24 hours” thing
MobileCrusader October 14, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
@Sparkle so it seems….. >,>”
Blaze October 14, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
No update ….
Red-Fezz October 14, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
Amanda October 14, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.
it figures too, that the one time i am here for an update there isnt one.
MobileCrusader October 14, 2013, 1:09 PM EST.
Guys! If you look at ask Roseville High, she said that the new page will update at 1:00!
Update today but not now!
Tylord October 14, 2013, 1:09 PM EST.
I wouldn’t worry too much, there’s probably been a glitch in the system and they’ll have it fixed before to long.
Or maybe Taeshi took the day off. She deserves holidays as well.
Chibidrow October 14, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.
1:00 of what time zone?
edit: ok I guess it’s in 45 minutes from now.
boh... October 14, 2013, 1:15 PM EST.
1:00 at what timezone?
MobileCrusader October 14, 2013, 1:15 PM EST.
It’s Columbus Day here. I guess that means a day off. No biggie.
Teashi October 14, 2013, 1:15 PM EST.
@Taeshi oh ok….yea it is that day….read ya tomorrow then….
Redneck October 14, 2013, 1:18 PM EST.
you spelled Taeshi wrong, but I guess your right; she deserves it, working so hard for us
SomeBro October 14, 2013, 1:18 PM EST.
CHECK “ASK ROSEVILLE HIGH”
like I said, she’ll update today but not now!
Tylord October 14, 2013, 1:19 PM EST.
@tylord I was just about to post that.
SomeBro October 14, 2013, 1:20 PM EST.
Hopefully everything is alright on her end. There was no update on Ask Roseville High Sunday, and the update on them taking a break was random. Hopefully nothin happened
Blaze October 14, 2013, 1:21 PM EST.
To all the readers,
Taeshi stated in her twitter page the next chapter will only start in some hours time due to a slight delay!
Please understand and give her some slack!
Knux-the-Killer October 14, 2013, 2:00 PM EST.
can’t wait for the new page Tae ! Take your time uwu it’s already amazing how often you get pages out
Kitmit October 14, 2013, 2:01 PM EST.
@People wondering what happened to today’s page.
I read on Taeshi’s twitter that it seems to be a problem on the code, but she doesn’t know how to solve it and the only one able to update the comic is Suitcase. Unfortunately, due to different time zones, he is sleeping.
Time estimated for the update: 8 hours.
Okay, now I will drink my coffee~
PS: Got ninja’ed by Knux!
Teh Lvy! October 14, 2013, 2:02 PM EST.
@Teh Lvy : Sorry!!!
Knux-the-Killer October 14, 2013, 2:10 PM EST.
I come here like “OH GOD, NO NEW PAGE? IS TAESHI LEAVING US LIKE THIS, OH NO THAT’S CR-…Oh right its a holiday.”
Souh, enjoy today! :
****** October 14, 2013, 2:41 PM EST.
You know today is a Holiday only celebrated by the government(in the USA). Columbus was a very bad person…
Wait Suitcase is still not in America?
TheXtreme(YM) October 14, 2013, 3:19 PM EST.
It’s Thanksgiving in Canada :3
Veigar OP October 14, 2013, 4:46 PM EST.
Always kinda freaks me out when you say “Thanks for reading!”
I’m worried that’s the end.
OneRumor October 22, 2013, 3:40 AM EST.
Heh. I think Paulo was just hit with an understanding of what that blank black painting meant.
Rainy October 30, 2013, 11:47 PM EST.
i think you did hit the nail here
Tails November 30, 2013, 6:54 PM EST.
I just realized… Paulo’s still here because he does understand this painting, and with the disappearance of the one he loved most, he can fully identify.
I bet he could write a great essay on it. «How does it make you feel?» Sad and empty. «What did you first see in it?» Myself
Though he’ll probably just write the essay on another painting because he’s too cool for that
Sambo May 11, 2014, 6:20 PM EST.
This chapter tells us a lot about Sue’s motivations and flaws. Up until this point she is more or less a “drama free” character who works very hard and is well respected by her peers. Single handedly she wrote, produced, and directed a school play, while selectively casting the lead roles in an attempt to dispel tension within her friend group. Sue is awesome; she really loves her friends though they drive her nuts, and she is frickin smart too.
In this chapter we learn that Sue cares about maintaining her “mature, intelligent” image enough to fake it to her friends. Sue pretends to understand the modern art in order to seem more intelligent, but really she is just as confused as Paulo. The problem is that Sue and Paulo have never liked each other, only hanging out due to common friendships with Mike, Lucy, Daisy, etc. This is no surprise though seeing as they are completely opposite characters.
Sue works hard, Paulo is a slacker. Sue is calm and friendly, Paulo is angry and abrasive. Paulo is immature, and Sue is mature… except maybe not? Before this chapter, Sue lubricates the relationships between her friends, but now she is throwing low blows at Paulo’s love life, trying to fit into the “smart club” by stepping on Paulo and David, and basically stirring up drama. Notably, these are all things that are pretty atypical of Sue.
There are three “critical hits” in this chapter. You might think one is Sue’s “Lucy” comment to Paulo, but Paulo knows what he’s done; he already knows he’s immature. Heck, e v e r y o n e, cast and audience included, know that Paulo deals with his problems in immature ways that make things worse for him and everyone else. No surprise.
The first “critical hit” is to our perception of Sue. It turns out she has a superiority complex, she’s not as intelligent as we thought, and she’s dishonest with herself. She can be just as immature as Paulo. I suppose she’s not a “Mary Sue” after all.
The second critical hit is from Paulo to Sue. He calls her out on her hypocrisy. Paulo doesn’t understand the works, and he accepts that. However, because he doesn’t understand Sue begins berating him when in fact she doesn’t understand them either. As @Tylord said on the previous page, it’s hard to take criticism from a hypocrite. Paulo is the only one who has beef with Sue and it’s because he thinks she’s pretentious, and he’s right. It’s easy to think that Paulo dislikes smart characters like Mike and Sue because he’s jealous, but really he just appreciates honesty and friendliness more than other qualities. Though Mike and Sue see him as inferior, he dislikes Sue the most because he can sense the fake.
The third critical hit is from Sue to Paulo. She resigns her argument and leaves Paulo to think about the way he uses immaturity to deal with problems. As he somberly ponders his immaturity, this completely black painting confronts Paulo. It’s aesthetically similar to the donut we see on page 5, but it’s pretty clear that the painting represents the emptiness in Paulo’s life. Paulo is not satisfied, and for the entirety of the comic, he never has been. He mostly tries to fill the void with girls and anger, but Sue leaves him to confront the reality that none of these immature pursuits are going to solve his emptiness problem.
Sue is great! Realest character IMO.
Anyway, thanks for this brilliant chapter. Excellent use of symbolism!
alpaca May 17, 2014, 10:25 AM EST.
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