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and I half expect Paulo to fall off the couch and the Mike to say something that would give him away. either way its not gonna end well lol
stealthy toast November 11, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Rock on Paulo
Kindle_kat November 11, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Ciel November 11, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.
Twoplussfiveequalsseven November 11, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
kitkat November 11, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
boobtouching means nothing :I
Brighty November 11, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
Somehow I feel like this wasn’t quite worth the 72hrs of suspense…
Anon November 11, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
Drunk Paulo in action
Mariasona November 11, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.
LOL I want a poster of Paulo in that third frame.
Spartacus November 11, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
I guess they’ll have to consult the chart for how many points that is.
Shiloh November 11, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
Jonas97face November 11, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
Hell yeah, tell him Paulo!
EvilKitty3 November 11, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.
Paulo, why are you standing on the couch with your shoes on?! It’s January, they’re covered in slush and salt and crud. Dude.
Oh, and grats on the boob thing. NOW TAKE OFF YOUR DAMN SHOES
Z November 11, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
Oh crap…It’s about to go down…
Damage November 11, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.
Drunken arguments are funny. Looks like they both are reaching their drunken anger limit.
Gate-senpai November 11, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
oh my god
Laufente November 11, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.
So who’s taking bets on the brewing fight.
Chrisd765 November 11, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.
tacomaster November 11, 2013, 1:06 PM EST.
It was worth the suspense for me! I thought Mike was over Lucy, but now it’s almost as if he’s getting possessive and jealous over her… I’m sure this will be interesting
Snowstar November 11, 2013, 1:06 PM EST.
It does mean something, just not what they think that it means. It means that Lucy was willing to trust other people besides Mike. It means that she trusted Paulo the second most, right after Mike. it also means that she was ready to change: to become a normal person (at least I hope so).
Lordofrye November 11, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
And this is what happens when you and your friends get drunk, you have a drunken argument which then leads to a drunken fight.
Izeya November 11, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
I just can’t stop laughing….
Ammonite November 11, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.
Omg awesome!! are they arguing over Lucy?!! Does Mike want Lucy?!! I’m a Lucy+Mike fan forever and this bitch: Should die in a slow, PAINFUL death .-.
GO + (me) :
Iti November 11, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.
This site is plagued with the “get new java” pop-up! HEEELLP!
5Cats November 11, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.
What are you trying to prove Mike?
Fellow bro November 11, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.
Rach ain’t see that one comin’. Moments like these (Along with all the ridiculously dramatic Lucy fetish moments) are why this dude’s my favorite dude in the history of dudes!
Turanis November 11, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.
Paulo sometimes know how be real despicable.
And Michael isn’t any behind.
Both horny lil’ kids.
Knux-the-Killer November 11, 2013, 1:12 PM EST.
Really Paulo? I sense a fight is about to happen.
Jayden November 11, 2013, 1:14 PM EST.
paulos such an *******, i dont give a **** how heartbroken he is, he is gross.
ugh November 11, 2013, 1:17 PM EST.
LET THE DRUNKEN MATCH BEGIN!!!
BETS HERE: Paulo:5 Mike:5 minimum bettage price.
Mcturtle November 11, 2013, 1:18 PM EST.
In the words of RoosterTeeth’s Joel…
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Kiss. Kiss. Kiss.
Anon-Anon November 11, 2013, 1:18 PM EST.
Rachel is best puppy
theawkwardprincess November 11, 2013, 1:20 PM EST.
Guh relationships these days
Jaime November 11, 2013, 1:23 PM EST.
Hey Mike? You mad brah?
Lickit&Stickit November 11, 2013, 1:27 PM EST.
I forgot for a second that there drunk,also that they won’t remember a damn thing the next day
lov/hate/hurt November 11, 2013, 1:27 PM EST.
So I guess lucy let Paulo fill her up back stage during the play. And no Paulo it was just a depression grop fest it Ment nothing.
Blue fox November 11, 2013, 1:29 PM EST.
@iti - sandy is hardly a b*tch every time we’ve seen her she’s been nothing but caring and supportive - at worst she’s occasionally forgetful.
I like Lucy, but she fits the description of a b*tch much much more.
I want mike and Lucy to be friends, but Sandy treats Mike far better and always has. Sandy and Mike have a healthy relationship whereas Lucy abused him for a decade and treated him like a punching bag, a babysitter and a comfort blanket consecutively. she doesn’t have that same history with Paulo so I think he’d be a better choice - he loves her and she can start a fresh with him (though I don’t know if his love is based on personality or just pure physical attractiveness, and I think he does need to mature).
Mike and sandy, and Paulo and Lucy seem to bring out the best in each other as couples.
Dolphinbread November 11, 2013, 1:34 PM EST.
Mike drunk… and Paulo drunk… they are kind of behaving like idiots!! On top of all that why is Mike crying?! He does not deserve the right to be sad!! It was his fault!!!
Vanilla November 11, 2013, 1:34 PM EST.
*sniff sniff* Mike you reek of jealousy. Lol jk, but he does look like he’s getting a bit jelly.
Random dude November 11, 2013, 1:35 PM EST.
lol I expected a sad confession page and we get this.
it was worth the wait
what java popup? try installing both the 32 and 64 bit versions (unless your computer is 64 bit) and uninstall the older ones.
boh... November 11, 2013, 1:44 PM EST.
Go on, @Taeshi, you’ve laid the groundwork, now make ‘em fight…
… It will… amuse me…
(sorry, but that’s the most diabolical looking emoticon provided)
ThatOneGuy November 11, 2013, 1:46 PM EST.
WAY better than a confession. We learn that Mike is defensive of his past crush with Lucy.
Lickit&Stickit November 11, 2013, 1:46 PM EST.
i think his love is back
Phillip November 11, 2013, 1:52 PM EST.
It does mean something. It means she was telling you goodbye, in a way you’ve always wanted from her, Paulo.
Also, I sense jealousy from Mike’s part. Before, he’d deny anything that could put his fidelity to Sandy at risk. But here, he practically said he could’ve done even more with her, though that is completely false. Maybe i’m reading a little too much into it, or Mike’s still a little drunk xD
Either way, Mike’s always gone far into denying that Lucy has any feelings for Paulo. He talks about how Lucy is selfish and self centered, yet he can’t accept that she may have feelings for someone other than him. A bit hypocritical from your part, eh Mikie? :3
Yelikarts November 11, 2013, 1:56 PM EST.
I was right **** is going down!
Xylee November 11, 2013, 1:56 PM EST.
Mad Mike is mad.
kami November 11, 2013, 2:03 PM EST.
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!
starfighter105 November 11, 2013, 2:06 PM EST.
That’s right, if all else fails, then boobs!
Hunnikitty November 11, 2013, 2:07 PM EST.
Nuuuu, don’t start fighting over who she liked more, get back to bringing the hammer down on Mike! Come ooooooon, we’ve been waiting for this
MissShellGiraffe November 11, 2013, 2:07 PM EST.
This will not turn out good
Justadude November 11, 2013, 2:11 PM EST.
****** November 11, 2013, 2:11 PM EST.
They’re gonna totally have sloppy hate make-outs at the end
KiraDood5 November 11, 2013, 2:19 PM EST.
IT’S PAULO’S EPIC…………… thought…. bubble?
Huh? November 11, 2013, 2:21 PM EST.
Yeah come on Mike, just because Lucy had proffessed her love to you, followed you like a loyal pet through elementary and middle school, and disappeared only after you played a good game of spirit crush (A 2 player game that 50% of people enjoy) doesn’t mean she wasn’t actually madly in love with “that jerk” Paulo. Everyone knows breast contact means far more than that…
Poor Rachel… Her supposed boyfriend is going on a druken rant of love for his former love intrest… Noones gonna be left to put Paulo back together again… (Mike, Abbey, and Sue will help make sure he stays in pieces though…
Misanthrope November 11, 2013, 2:24 PM EST.
Whoo! Brofist for the boob touching mate, but it’s kind of a weak basis for your point Even though you’re still lower on Lucys ‘********** To Kill’ list than Mr.Holier Than Thou
B-Dawg November 11, 2013, 2:25 PM EST.
Well the friendliness was bound to end sooner or later.
Mr. Morningstar November 11, 2013, 2:28 PM EST.
Oh boy. Either this going to end badly or this is going to end horribly. Pick your poision, Taeshi.
Crystalzoner November 11, 2013, 2:30 PM EST.
It’s adorable how proud Paulo is of copping a feel.
Steely November 11, 2013, 2:31 PM EST.
This is the stupidest argument ever.
She just wanted SOMEBODY.
GooltheFool November 11, 2013, 2:32 PM EST.
Paulo must I beat the living Ебать out of you too?!!!! How Ебать’ing dare you you Ебать’ing man-*****!!!!! I will slaughter you!!!!!
Lucy X Paulo =
Lucy X Mike =
Paulo X à§§-pirate-named-Buford =
Mike’s-man-hood X blender =
(Mike’s-man-hood X blender) = ? X Lucy =
Bringing maths into shipping is loads of fun
And Rachel… Your face is so cute!!!!!
LOVE the comic!!!
The G November 11, 2013, 2:34 PM EST.
Oh. So that’s why Paulo’s attitude towards Lucy suddenly changed.
And she wondered into his room at the play and he looked into her cold dead eyes that were clearly in a lot of pain and confusion as they wondered numbly towards him and he thought “oh man, she really…. BOOB.”
My knight in shining armor. <3 ( sarcasm )
Also, I’m going to go with @Lordofrye and @Yelikarts, which both approach a very disturbing possibility.
Lucy appeared to be tyring to say goodbye to everyone in a way they had always wanted, which for Paulo was allowing him to get his hands all over her….
Further more, she may have been hoping he would prove her wrong and stop her because it was clear that there was something very wrong… which he certainly failed to do…..
sigh November 11, 2013, 2:39 PM EST.
Mike - 1
Paulo - 2
Sanchan November 11, 2013, 2:46 PM EST.
Paulo’s wearing shoes… How long has Taeshi been drawing shoes? Is this a new thing or has she been doing that for a while? Either way, it’s cool to see Taeshi’s skill is continuing to improve, especially considering how much she already has. Also, Paulo…things only have the meaning ascribed to them. It’s just a simple event. It doesn’t necessarily mean what you think. Sorry buddy.
titansCrypt November 11, 2013, 2:49 PM EST.
So…i have a question here…did Paulo really fell in love with lucy…??
Or it was just the resurface of an old childish crush, combine with lust and the false feeling of obligation to help her out and be her “someone special” disguised as love…??
On the other hand, maybe it’s just the hormones speaking now..
Clementine November 11, 2013, 2:51 PM EST.
Yooo this couldn’t be a better turnout for me as a reader xD this is an awesome page. I can’t wait to see daisys reaction to what is/is going to happen
Also, wish I could back the kickstarter…But dat economy
Sleepingfox November 11, 2013, 2:54 PM EST.
I AM OVERFLOWING WITH BITTERSWEET AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
BACON November 11, 2013, 3:09 PM EST.
@misanthrope have you actually read the comic? She treat him like sh*t for years! and when she first proclaimed her love for him he did let her down bluntly but gently. He only became angry when their friends kept hassling him and demanding he return her affections despite being taken.
I agree mike was too harsh in December but it didn’t come out of nowhere.
It’s amazing how people will overlook peoples actions if they find them “cute”. Lucy acted like a jerk most of the time to everyone, not just mike.
Now because her actions came back to bite her she’s a poor, sweet innocent angel.
Harsh but true November 11, 2013, 3:09 PM EST.
“I touched her boob!”-Paulo
That is by far the best thing to be proud of.
Also $100 says Mike could have gone farther.
I have a good feeling lots of true is going to come out. And someone is going to feel like ****.
TheXtreme(YM) November 11, 2013, 3:17 PM EST.
Oh god Paulo, not very good words at the moment.
Carindel Girl November 11, 2013, 3:21 PM EST.
david needs to shut up -_-
DaveOtow November 11, 2013, 3:24 PM EST.
“But she made out with me! I TOUCHED HER BOOB!” Very motivational speach there Paulo :’)
kitty777 November 11, 2013, 3:27 PM EST.
YES PAULO! SCREAM FROM THE MOUNTAINTOPS! LET THE WHOLE WORLD KNOW!
Trubeque November 11, 2013, 3:30 PM EST.
You GO Paulo!!!! And it does SO mean something Mike! Take THAT!
Kidhate November 11, 2013, 3:37 PM EST.
Subaru November 11, 2013, 3:43 PM EST.
here comes the ultimate clash: vs
ooooh dis is gonna be goooood ^w^
Pyro November 11, 2013, 3:48 PM EST.
So now if Paulo and Mike go toe to toe Over who Lucy wanted more, I wonder what impact this is going to have on Rachel, Or if she’s going to chime in and speak her mind, or tell paulo he’s sleeping on the couch tonight. Even though it’s been stated several times the Rachel is rather loose, She seeme’d to want to settle down with Paulo, (or have a steady supply of adultlike fun) It’s still has to kinda hurt for her to hear Paulo ready to defend his pride and standing by the fact that Lucy fooled around with him.
Interested to see what Rachel does coming up. Unless someone intervenes (or shuts David up) Fisticuffs will be had.
My money is on Mike
V1A2 November 11, 2013, 3:52 PM EST.
You touched the boob : ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED
Chinatsu November 11, 2013, 3:57 PM EST.
I really feel sorry for Rachel. I mean really she gets to spend her birthday hearing the guy she likes talk about another girl and how he cares about her. I get she’s being nice and their drunk but this has got to hurt.
Matt November 11, 2013, 4:00 PM EST.
Thats my paulo (? Now the critical hit
eagle November 11, 2013, 4:02 PM EST.
I feel like this is Paulo’s real gift for Rachel. A list of all his sexual achievements.
On a different note I’m really happy that this chapter got away from the drinking party stuff.
June-pay Eeyorey November 11, 2013, 4:28 PM EST.
C’mon, just start kicking each other’s *ss, what else can you expect from two drunk teenagers arguing for a girl?
Though I’m not really sure if they’re fighting for her love or for deciding who was more responsible of lucy’s vanishing. Drunk issues I guess.
But I have read enough of this comic to know they’ll just finish accusing each other, and making someone end up with a depression. In this case it’s just better a physical fight to solve frustation (can’t believe I’m saying this lol)
fheer21 November 11, 2013, 4:32 PM EST.
Wow is mike… defending… Lucy? What is this madness?!?
Maith1 November 11, 2013, 4:33 PM EST.
-grabs megaphone- Round one, FIGHT!!!
Foolishprototype001 November 11, 2013, 4:44 PM EST.
Do I detect a hint of jealousy Michael
roguish-skullduggery November 11, 2013, 4:47 PM EST.
Lordofrye… oh, of course… because being normal means letting someone who has nearly let you get raped without lifting a finger to defend you, molest you in a closet.
what the **** is with society’s perception of normal?
who knew that being reserved and not offering your body up for orgies freely was considered being “not normal”?
the canon ending to this comic better involve paulo dying and no one caring.
otherwise it’ll suck.
sorry, but i tend to hate disloyal cowards who can’t bring themselves to defend their friends and do nothing but flirt and cheat on everyone they get with.
go figure that 90% of the fans here like paulo… says quite a lot about all of you.
Thanatos November 11, 2013, 4:55 PM EST.
Eh? Stealin’ my old name brah?
Turanis November 11, 2013, 4:56 PM EST.
Ugh… my respect for Paulo keeps sinking and sinking over the last few months. I think he is my least fav now.
Anyway, can’t wait to see how this will play out. Mike’s reaction is really interesting.
You’re SO right…
Whatever November 11, 2013, 5:10 PM EST.
I feel like this arguing is not a good thing towards Lucy -.-
gudfsfs November 11, 2013, 5:16 PM EST.
I just tried to edit my comment and add in the LONGEST FRIGGEN RANT EVER. But I took too long and it ended up not letting me :3
Too bad, I got up in a LOT of faces.
Turanis November 11, 2013, 5:17 PM EST.
how will daisy react, after paulo just told everybody at rachel’s party? first paulo considered his relationship with Tessa to be complicated, now he considers his relationship with Rachel to be complicated too?! wow, Jazz was right, Paulo is immature.
Blake A. Roten November 11, 2013, 5:24 PM EST.
Is Paulo talking about when he made out with Lucy in «Another Shoulder», after Mike ditched her, or when who knows what happened backstage during the play? Because seeing as they were talking about when Paulo started dating Jasmine, I thought it was «Another Shoulder»… but a lot of comments are talking about «Curtain Call». Which time it was changes what it «means».
Sambo November 11, 2013, 5:44 PM EST.
So… He really HAD fun in there
Ñ November 11, 2013, 5:45 PM EST.
He’s been jealous and possessive of her ever since their fight. Lucy couldn’t even talk to another guy without him being obviously bothered by it.
Ravako November 11, 2013, 5:49 PM EST.
This needed to be saved.
Argo November 11, 2013, 5:54 PM EST.
@Lickit&stickit (on your post last page)
“That was when the comic shifted to seeing it as actual abuse, but there were never bruises before.”
That’s debatable and also a big issue in retcons as a whole. When you retcon a part of the story, the reader has to make assumptions. Because Taeshi couldn’t go back to the older chapters and re-upload every page to show bruising or physical damage we have to make an assumption about the change. Because the two incidents Mike wasn’t described and was generalized, we have to assume that the implication is that every time (or just about) Lucy severely punched, kicked, or otherwise assaulted Mike that it resulted in a bruise or abrasion as that was the point of the retcon was to remove the slapstick from the past chapters and add actual repercussions and the implication that Lucy’s punching/kicking caused damage to Mike.
It wasn’t an easy retcon, to be honest, that’s why it’s still debated. The retcon caused a massive tone shift for the comic from slapstick to “real” world implications. It’s akin to if Tom & Jerry had shifted mid run to a prime time drama show while maintaining the continuity of the old episodes. It would be near impossible because everyone’s gotten used to a certain mentality of how that universe works.
A better idea for something like this would have been to do a form of universe shifting. Basically cause a seperation between the old comic and the new style while maintaining the same cast. A good case in point would be for how sore thumbs did there and to a (much, MUCH) lesser extent how New 52 did it.
buchanen_neket November 11, 2013, 5:54 PM EST.
Oh The “I touched her boob” part was really funny, but I kinda feel bad for Rachel. I also agree with @Blake A. Roten , Paulo really IS inmature
Marina :3 November 11, 2013, 5:57 PM EST.
Can someone PLEASE punch Paulo in the face already?
Dee November 11, 2013, 6:07 PM EST.
“How would you know?” Mike you guys have kissed only 2 times and after the whole trip with Tess you kind of shut down any sort of action you would’ve gotten once you started focusing fully on your relationship Sandy and let her worrying over you twist your view of Lucy. “How would you know?” Psh you won’t know now will you? Just focus on Sandy dude.
Tealjoy November 11, 2013, 6:09 PM EST.
Poor Rachael, gonna get her heart broken.
Someonewhoisntyou November 11, 2013, 6:10 PM EST.
Is Jessica there? She must be jealous lol
Poor Rachel though, she’s been supportive and caring the whole time T~T
Lee November 11, 2013, 6:14 PM EST.
Guys Guys Paulo isn’t a bad guy, just confused and currently drunk and trying to one-up mike. Under normal circumstances, he probably wouldn’t have told anyone. On the other hand, Why is Paulo the bad guy for stating he touched her boob but not Mike, the guy with a legit girlfriend, for saying that Lucy wanted him? Both guys are jerks frankly. Mike doesn’t get to blub about her now after telling her that she was a parasite and Paulo who was woman hopping like a healthy horny teenager and just recently out a relationship has no claim either.
Guys Stahp November 11, 2013, 6:24 PM EST.
May I remind you that when Lucy was in danger of being raped or molested, Paulo was the first to react. The problem was his phobia, which was triggered in a rather brutal matter. Are you really blaming him for not doing anything when he COULDN’T do anything? Phobias when triggered could send the person into shock and psychological break down. Paulo at that moment was experiencing an enormous distress, big enough to make him shut down his normal functions and go into total panic. Saying that he didn’t lift a finger is like saying that the soldier with post-traumatic stress should suck it up while in a military museum. Who cares that he saw people die with that tank in display? He’s crying and disrupting other people. You might not say that it’s not the same thing, but the point is that they were both scarred mentally and this scar might open up into a wound in certain circumstances, disallowing them to function properly.
Also, I know that this sounds strange but Paulo never officially “cheated.” He slept with a couple of girls (what, around two of them? I can’t remember), true, but they were both USING him and seduced him. He never went behind a girl’s back whilst dating them. Whenever he slept with someone he was never in a relationship like with Jasmine or Tess. Even then the only reason now that he is/was banging Rachel (we don’t even know if it’s even frequent or not) is because she offered up sex as a comfort and seeing this as the only comfort being offered at the time, he took or is even still taking it. If he was a “cheating coward” why would he advise Daisy not to do anything sexual? He said it complicates things and he learned from his mistakes. If he was really a complete manwhore, he would be egging her on and then offering to join in as you make him out to be an animal trying to score with anyone.
But if you think that the canon ending is for Paulo to die and nobody cares, then go ahead. I’m just stating on why I think some of what you said goes against the description of the character. But I’m sorry for liking Paulo as a three dimensional character with flaws as well as good attributes. Please elaborate, what does liking Paulo mean for the 90% of us?
Tylord November 11, 2013, 6:25 PM EST.
A fight is on the horizon…
This…isn’t good O_O
Chocothunda November 11, 2013, 6:28 PM EST.
I agree @tylord This is the most logical comment I have seen thus far
Guys Stahp November 11, 2013, 6:28 PM EST.
OH PLEASE mike like YOU know what lucy likes or what matters to lucy or in all of this drunkness you forgot what happened in december
also i can’t tell if david is drunk, just being dumb, or both
n-master November 11, 2013, 6:33 PM EST.
They’re both making this about themselves…That’s what I see as the issue here. Right now? They are both being d*cks.
Shiny Phin November 11, 2013, 6:37 PM EST.
D8 well, I’m speechless
Flying Potato November 11, 2013, 6:41 PM EST.
Rachel looks strangely impressed
King_Crimson November 11, 2013, 6:50 PM EST.
Yknow id never noticed the flowers on the couch until this page ;D
Stridon November 11, 2013, 6:54 PM EST.
Well that’s why everyone argues so much about it.
People who read early see Mike as unjustified, while those that were later see it as acceptable.
That being said, regardless of all that with some slapstick and some not so much, Mike beat her up nearly as often as she did.
If we assume all hits are bad now, doesn’t anyone realize how abusive Mike is? In addition to breaking her down, giving her those abandonment issues as a kid, he was always punching her back regardless of who started what which made her think that his fists were also part of their friendship. Mike doesn’t get to be okay with that behavior and retaliate in such a way, then only change his mind once he fears his girl might think his friendship is emotionally cheating. Then point his finger ans say, “IT WAS ONLY YOU WHO EVER DID THIS RAWRRRR!!!!111”
Everything he has ever done to Lucy emotionally with the constant push and pull is far worse than any physical wound. Physical wounds heal, emotional insecurities and disorders from trauma do not heal without some extreme support and help.
I still find Lucy’s situation a larger outcry of victimization than Mike’s even if we start assuming all hits in comic are bad.
The best example, is Mike’s abuse led Lucy to try suicide. Lucy’s abuse led Mike to just casually mention it to his girlfriend. Like three times. (Until Sandy called Lucy a terrible friend due to her understanding. And to Mike anything Sandy says is like gold whether or not it makes sense. So of course he’s going to 180 on his feelings to match hers)
Until then Mike was never even angry about their punchy relationship.
Lickit&Stickit November 11, 2013, 7:01 PM EST.
Paulo is seriously wasted X)
The Nameless One November 11, 2013, 7:10 PM EST.
Okay, time to vent away all the feelings.
I don’t believe that Mike is trying to make this all about him. I think he’s blaming himself for her leaving, and obviously regrets his choices in December. He still cares for Lucy, maybe not “love” but there is something there. Now on to the next topic. I still dislike the PauloXLucy relationship path, and this page only refuels my argument. I realize he is drunk, but he’s always this immature character who seems to only be comic relief. I’m finding it more and more likely that Lucy will end up with a non-main character or just alone in general (no matter how much vote for MikeXLucy!) But I suppose half the funs in the journey…. Even though the “fun” in this comic seems to be stabbing me in the heart and laughing as my soul dies in the corner…. Anyways! Thanks for the wonderful art and story Taeshi, and thanks to whoever is reading this now.
BornAgain November 11, 2013, 7:10 PM EST.
Mike’s drunk fighting skillz are 10/10 Paulo. watch yo ***
Bleu November 11, 2013, 7:14 PM EST.
Has no one else noticed Mike wearing the same thing he wore to when he saw Sandy? Either he doesn’t have a lot of clothing options, or Taeshi’s trying to tell us something…
Anu November 11, 2013, 7:16 PM EST.
i love how david is still supporting things that paulo says even after he says mikes his best friend. thats an a+ pal right there
Whimsicott November 11, 2013, 7:20 PM EST.
Spontaneous statements time:
I TOUCHED HER BOOB! I AM THE VICTOR!
It’s what I picture myself doing in ten years.
“Pard’ner,” sounds like, “pardon her,” which would make It sound like Paulo went up to Lucy, touched her boob, and said, “EXCUSE YOU.”
I knew someone would go ahead, and soil that couch. SOILED IT!
Mike seriously looks like he’s gonna pull a gun out in that last panel.
Rachel’s arms look like a jellybean.
Why is there a circle on the wall, behind Paulo?
Hawz November 11, 2013, 7:23 PM EST.
No it doesn’t Paulo.
You just couldn’t control your hormones. :3
asdf November 11, 2013, 7:32 PM EST.
Paulo: ” I HAVE THE POOOOOOOWER!!!
JustSomeCritic November 11, 2013, 7:37 PM EST.
Yeah..but so did that thug back when she was thirteen. A grope doesn’t mean mean much, Paulo. Though, her willingly making out with you does give you points, I guess. The big thing is that she turned to YOU when she was upset, and not anyone else. She never found the comfort with the other girls that she did while hanging out with you.
Why does his declaration have a thought-bubble shape?
Zone November 11, 2013, 7:38 PM EST.
paulo’s legs are smaller every time I see him… I… I sorry?¡ <3
Othoniel November 11, 2013, 7:41 PM EST.
I sense a drunken battle….YES!!! Paulo fighting for Lucy? HOW SWEET!!!!
Discord55 November 11, 2013, 8:07 PM EST.
@Taeshi Are clothes just optional for anyone in this world? or do they just get them out for certain occasions?
Valentine November 11, 2013, 8:23 PM EST.
Mike, don’t be that guy. Just don’t.
Xeneus November 11, 2013, 8:34 PM EST.
I freakin’ love ya dude. That was EXACTLY what I was gonna say, AND THEN SOME! Glad to see some still choose to remain rational.
Turanis November 11, 2013, 8:35 PM EST.
Oh that it, COME ON GUYS! What are children cheering on a drunken fight,have we learned nothing from this third ark!
lov/hate/hurt November 11, 2013, 8:37 PM EST.
I never refuted Lucy’s poor behavior towards Mike at times, nor did I say his action were unjustified, not did I say Lucy was “cute” (more like emotionally underdeveloped resulting from early childhood trauma) What I did however say was that Lucy has persistently followed Mike even when he was dating sandy at school (which I believe you have read about?) and even when he went to find Sandy in a neighboring town (great chapter… Stupid Dock!) and I would point out that her emotional attachment to Mike was clearly great and inflicted much pain on her disproportionate to anything Paulo could have achieved with their weak connection.
Misanthrope November 11, 2013, 8:38 PM EST.
@Z: No, it is February.
This is how time passed:
New Year’s party ——> Play when school starts again, likely around 7th or 8th of month ——> Lucy leaving around a week later = around 14th ——> Study Party next day ——> 3 weeks or so later at start of Safe Boundaries, Daisy says it was a hard month around 6th of February ——> Rachel’s birthday, 11th of February.
@Iti: Sorry, but Sandy is not a bitch, she is just very forgetful (she couldn’t remember Lucy’s name after likely being told it a billion times but does remember it after she sends a text to her). She has shown nothing but kindness and concern so she most definitely should not die a slow painful death, especially when she was the one who told Mike off for wanting Lucy to die and suggested he try to help her change.
@Harsh but true: Have YOU read the comic? Mike, though not completely at fault due to age, did allow her to become the way she was.
He let her push him without telling a teacher, this allowed her inclination to solving things with violence develop into part of her personality and allowed her to see it as a solution to the new positive attention she’d get that she wasn’t used to and felt scared of and therefore didn’t want, which caused it to escalate into punching and kicking.
He also outright abandoned her when he met Sandy. This of course made her frightened of being abandoned again and likely made her feel pretty worthless too so she would cling when he came back as a result and though she would hide her kindness somewhat before that, now she had a reason to develop a tough shell to try to hide it all away. It doesn’t hurt as much when no one can really get close to you and when you keep pushing them away you can just say they were going to leave anyway. Her rather mean attitude was a way to protect her vulnerable core and to try to limit her emotional pain.
Mike screwed up Lucy horribly when they were children when he wasn’t even trying to and that sadly came back to bite him in the form of Lucy’s abuse.
And not a single person afterwards tried to seriously fix her behaviour even if they noticed problems and they certainly never told her that there was a problem. Look at the first few pages of Confrontation and it will be obvious that Daisy and Paulo knew there were things they disliked but they mocked them instead of discussing them with her. She likely would have listened to them if they seemed to genuinely want to help her but all they seemed to be doing was insulting/mocking her instead. They didn’t even try to discuss the issues they could see with Mike rationally so that he could help her.
Only one person actually tried to change Lucy’s behaviour and that was Zachary, some stranger she had no reason to believe or trust and the only one who told Mike that he HAD to get Lucy to stop hitting him because it wasn’t acceptable behaviour was Sandy, someone without enough information to really tell him the best way to handle it.
As a result, because apparently teenagers never discuss any problems they have with others rationally like real people, we ended up with December where Mike broke Lucy further, but this time, on purpose because he was angry, and he stabbed right through her shell to stab her vulnerable core repeatedly, causing it to die and leaving us with the hollow shell she became.
Lucy is most likely the character that has been the most broken out of the cast and she is very easy to villainise when you forget how she became who she was and why she was never able to change. A person can never change how they act if they never know that it is a real problem that needs fixed in the first place.
Moogle November 11, 2013, 9:01 PM EST.
Achievement Unlocked: make an awkard remark in front of your new GF about touching boobs xD
Knight-A November 11, 2013, 9:11 PM EST.
@Dolphinbread Agreed! I get kinda mad when the fans get mad at Sandy, even though Sandy cared about Lucy, even more that Mike one time.
I also agree about Lucy being with Paulo. Even though he’s still a little inmature, I think they would make a great couple. Just look at the chapter where he daydreams that they are together, it shows what Paulo really feels about her (I’m sorry if my english is not perfect or understandable )
NelaCat November 11, 2013, 9:23 PM EST.
Oh my gosh full circle. It’s just like the character in the play who was abandoned by her brother and didn’t really have a choice but to be evil because of what people did to her.
Good foil by @taeshi
Lickit&stickit November 11, 2013, 9:31 PM EST.
It bothers me that ANY of the kids are made out to be villains, because, let’s face it….kids. They’ve certainly done crappy things to each other, some of that intentionally, but that’s what teens do. It’s awful, it’s nasty, but it doesn’t make them evil. And, having seen most of these characters WITHOUT the misunderstandings they have between each other, it’s surprising to me that we can’t be more empathetic with them.
GobHobblin November 11, 2013, 9:59 PM EST.
Does anyone else get “update your java” popups whenever they try to read the comic recently?
Slightly offtopic November 11, 2013, 10:02 PM EST.
Man I freaking hate Paulo lately. I know he’s drunk right now, but seriously, shut the heck up.
SnowyPaint November 11, 2013, 11:14 PM EST.
Something is about to go down.
Keyblade Dragon November 11, 2013, 11:33 PM EST.
It would mean so much if it wasn’t right before Lucy left entirely… It’s possible she just wanted to experience that with him before whatever she did to get herself sent away.
TMUnreal November 11, 2013, 11:54 PM EST.
c’mon dude spill the beans. enough talk about boobies
Landy November 12, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.
Incoming drunken fistfight? Regardless, I can already tell that dis gun be gud
Carolus Rex November 12, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.
tabby November 12, 2013, 12:25 AM EST.
I spy with my little eye…
Mike: “I love Lucy! I’ve never loved anyone more!”
.. and then notices Sandy who has just walked in. Yeah, that’s what I want to see within the next pages.
Cera November 12, 2013, 12:31 AM EST.
petition to get the middle panel as a computer wallpaper
purrcatory November 12, 2013, 12:32 AM EST.
He touched her boob… So it was THHAAT far they got?
Angel November 12, 2013, 1:14 AM EST.
I wonder… is Mike gonna rant about his involvement in Lucy’s depression and subsequent departure? Or will he, in a little bout of drunken anger, try to explain his actions first by pointing out how he saw Lucy as using Paulo for a quick “manwhore” rebound?
Either way, this is gonna end with the truth being made known about December… I’m dying to see how everyone will react!! Great as always Taeshi!
Ryuko November 12, 2013, 1:37 AM EST.
No Paulo that doesn’t mean anything… You took advantage of a girl a you didn’t really notice how troubled she really was…
Leaf November 12, 2013, 2:16 AM EST.
I strongly dislike it when people expect to dissolve teenagers of all responsibility for their poor choices. It’s something that is a bit of a culture these days. “They did WHAT? Well it’s okay because they are just teens! They are SUPPOSED to be inconsiderate members of society.”
Teenagers are young adults. They don’t need to be perfect, but that doesn’t mean we should just set the expectations so low that that we acknowledge poor choices and attitudes. I think this “whatever” stance is why we have particularly wild teens that are selfish with little respect for laws, general personal decency, or social courtesy towards others. We certainly didn’t used to have this many teen shootings or teen suicides from harassment a few years back. And the growing amount of youth driving and texting is terrifying! We really aren’t doing a good job teaching the teens to be professional or socially functional. You can hear the same mantra from any company looking to hire young students out of college.
Respect is an important life skill. You can’t be a successful person in society if you can’t muster the empathy to treat people like their stories are every bit as important as yours.
Lickit&stickit November 12, 2013, 3:34 AM EST.
Drunk cats’s crazy argument……
Jasmine: I’m sure someone needs a punch, or need several.
HongKat November 12, 2013, 4:17 AM EST.
Note to self. BCB is not a webcomic you want to archive binge just before bed.
Ow, my feels.
talinuva November 12, 2013, 4:49 AM EST.
There is something wrong about Paulo’s height - he looks so short, when he is one of the tallest in the group. That means Augustus, for example, is something about 90cm since he is much almost 1/4 shorter than Paulo.
eniena November 12, 2013, 6:26 AM EST.
A) What comic have you been reading? or B) what have you been smoking (answer whichever is relevant). I’ve think i’ve only seen two occasions where Mike play tapped Lucy. None of them being full on sluggings which is what lucy did. There’s a reason why there’s a difference in impact indicators. Note i pointed out SEVERE HITS are the ones with the retcon attached to them. Go look back through the comic you can tell how severe the hit is by the impact indication drawn at the point of impact. If it looks like a meteor impact that means the hit was really hard. This was the case with almost ALL of lucy’s punches and kicks, meaning Lucy is knocking the **** out of Mike and others. The few times i remember Mike tapping Lucy a “smarts” indication was used meaning it’s a light tap. Learn to read the degrees of hits in drawn form.
buchanen_neket November 12, 2013, 6:28 AM EST.
Some **** is gonna go Down
Naruko November 12, 2013, 6:38 AM EST.
Everyone seems to assume the boob touching happened right before the play. To me, it was noticeable in the Lucy-seducing-Paulo-out-of-grief chapter that some groping was going on there. From my reading of his reaction after the pre-play incident, it seems more likely that Lucy made out with him and groped HIM while he wasn’t expecting it.
Hazel November 12, 2013, 9:15 AM EST.
Notice how Rachel instinctively covers her chest when he shouts that.
Follarch November 12, 2013, 9:26 AM EST.
Lately the characters have been looking older, and you can really tell they’re in high school. The last few updates though, not so much. They have officially reverted back to their five-year olds selves and Lucy is like the shiny toy that everyone wanted to play with but no one would admit they were the one to break it now that it’s gone. The joys of being drunk.
Steampunkgirl November 12, 2013, 9:54 AM EST.
@Steampunkgirl, glad to know I’m not the only one that’s been thinking that also, did anyone else notice how short Paulo is in panel 3
Seiri November 12, 2013, 11:09 AM EST.
DAVID. YOU ARE NOT HELPING MATTERS.
Lizzie November 12, 2013, 1:06 PM EST.
WOW way da go Paulo. he is the first to touch Lucy’s boob lol his dreams have come true
robyn November 12, 2013, 2:21 PM EST.
Except David was actually first
TBlackfeet November 12, 2013, 3:13 PM EST.
2nd base is cool and all, but it’s kinda irrelevant to the situation
freaquentflyer November 12, 2013, 10:06 PM EST.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I’ve been watching the comments regarding Paulo, and you summed it up PERFECTLY! Mikey is, and always has been the jerk here, and Paulo is the best.
PEACHY^-^ November 13, 2013, 2:09 PM EST.
In the end, nobody is good or evil and everybody is a hypocrite. It’s that simple.
Obsidian December 2, 2013, 12:17 AM EST.
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