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Sue has some good intentions, but still needs to work some biases of her own whoops
Today marks the start of a new style, update schedule, all sorts of stuff. I’m drawing on huge paper, using coloured inks and copic markers as well as trying a few new things with the character designs. Like On Our Own was back in the day, this chapter is a bit of a style experiment.. so I hope you enjoy as I work things out!
Also, a huge site update took effect today! As a part of the cleanup, we removed the last two temporary chapters. Find them on the BCB Repost Tumblr if you like. But more importantly, we completely revamped the post-Volume-Two archive with all the updates we made for Volume Three (soon to go on sale!) A giant amount of art and dialogue fixes applied, so those with time to burn might like to revisit Rehearsal and onward?
Anyway, see you on Wednesday (remember the new update schedule, and read the news post if you haven’t!)
first. Also, living your new style
ShutitMcCain January 20, 2014, 1:09 PM EST.
Lovin’ the new style!
MoonlightAroraa January 20, 2014, 1:09 PM EST.
This art style is gorgeous. Great work as always, Taeshi. <3
TheLazyCharmander January 20, 2014, 1:10 PM EST.
Awesome! This looks cool!
Shannon January 20, 2014, 1:11 PM EST.
Sweet! The soft edges are so elegant~!
First January 20, 2014, 1:12 PM EST.
Paulo summed up my first reaction to this comic.
DarthStar January 20, 2014, 1:13 PM EST.
I like the new style but I prefer the old.
ComicGuy January 20, 2014, 1:13 PM EST.
While the water color was wonderful, I am glad to see you changing things up! It’s always fun to see different styles and how they change the characters.
SillyKitty January 20, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.
OH POOR DAISY I CAN SENSE THAT HER AND SUE ARE GONNA BE TARGETTED IN THIS.
but omg omg i really like the style tash
lazydayArtist January 20, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.
The new style is amazing!!!! I love it!!!!!!
Ruby January 20, 2014, 1:15 PM EST.
Aww man such a nice style
wr3h January 20, 2014, 1:15 PM EST.
I like the new art style, it has a sort of endearing charm.
TKM January 20, 2014, 1:15 PM EST.
Don’t worry Sue, you’re not fat.
Daisy stay, calm.
Jonas97face January 20, 2014, 1:17 PM EST.
My god, the new art style… it’s… it’s like a creamy chocolate mousse for the eyes. It’s gorgeous.
Comment bot January 20, 2014, 1:18 PM EST.
I love the new art style! Its so good…like….chocolate mixed with vanilla!
Nicole January 20, 2014, 1:22 PM EST.
This new style so ADORABLUUUURRGGGHHH!!! Sorry, just puked up a rainbow there. ^^;
A David looks like he’s angry at Paulo on the last panel……DavidxSue anyone? X3 but in seriousness, maybe this would be a chapter about David bringing the group of friends together again, in an actual serious matter. Idk but that’s good guess to start with right?
Twiggy January 20, 2014, 1:22 PM EST.
“All bodies are beautiful”.
Sure, you can believe that - beauty is in the eye of the beholder so there’s nothing wrong with that statement.
That said, not all body type are equally healthy. Being overweight is hard on your body, and should be discouraged for the same reason we encourage people not be sedentary.
<- 200 pound man who used to be 300 pounds
Charles January 20, 2014, 1:23 PM EST.
omfg tHIS NEW STYLE MAN
I LOVE IT
Anonymous January 20, 2014, 1:23 PM EST.
Ahhhhh, the style!!
EstebanW. January 20, 2014, 1:23 PM EST.
New style looks fantastic. Keep up the good work
Blablablablabla January 20, 2014, 1:24 PM EST.
Loving the new style already; while it’s maybe a tad too pastel-ish for me (it’s gorgeous, but makes the scene look less lively in a way?), I dig the colored lines! I look forward to seeing where the style is going <3
Laufente January 20, 2014, 1:26 PM EST.
i think the new art style is so original! the colors just seem to blend and melt on the page… definitely giving it a nice feel to the cast.
wafflonzoe January 20, 2014, 1:30 PM EST.
Panel 5 of David and Sue, I can’t stop thinking about their baby. she was adorable
Seoq January 20, 2014, 1:32 PM EST.
Uhh, Paulo I wouldn’t be so keen on calling others “fatty” if I were you. Unless you are planning on making Daisy cry at some point… which I doubt.
Huh, reminds me of when the health teacher made us watch “Supersize Me” in class.
supertails19 January 20, 2014, 1:32 PM EST.
Ooh I like the new style.
Schist January 20, 2014, 1:34 PM EST.
New style is great!
@Jonas97face Daisy is not fat,she is just fluffy
Hitori January 20, 2014, 1:35 PM EST.
Loving the new style! Panel two Paulo looks like a badass anime character, and Daisy’s eyes look so sparkly. Great work!
Zott January 20, 2014, 1:37 PM EST.
@Hitori: Correction, Daisy is cute and fluffy. You can’t forget the cute.
supertails19 January 20, 2014, 1:37 PM EST.
I like the style
EvilKitty3 January 20, 2014, 1:37 PM EST.
I love the new style. So colorful! Every chapter I read is different. I am glad your doing a chapter on weight. Both obesity, anorexia, and bohemia are huge problems. When I was about fourteen or fifteen I was in my second year of middle school. I hated school because I was 5’3, 116 pounds, in size 6 pants, and getting called fat because I have wide hips. The school knew about it but didn’t care. When I transferred out of school because of bullies and my weight problem I was 105. I should have been 125 at least. Once I went into a charter school I started to think better about myself because of the teachers I met. Weight is a serious issue with teenagers especially and should not be taken to far ether way.
MissLadyScarlet January 20, 2014, 1:38 PM EST.
Taeshi’s new style uses less lines and in stead focuses on the form of the character. this is important because lines do not exist in a 3d space, so taeshi has actually makes a more believable composition. In shout less lines means more depth of field and the page is going to look less flat over all.
June-pay Eeyorey January 20, 2014, 1:42 PM EST.
They look like 7 year old’s now.
Getting all kinds of weird.
Imminow January 20, 2014, 1:43 PM EST.
Its good to see you trying out new styles and developing your art. I think this is really good style, but my main issue is the coloring. It feels very faded, kinda washed out. I personally prefer it with a bit more Vibrance in the color, but thats just me really. Keep working, you are doing amazing work. :3
Zionus January 20, 2014, 1:44 PM EST.
The new art style is awesome!
Keyblade Dragon January 20, 2014, 1:46 PM EST.
THE NEW STYLE
Dragobir January 20, 2014, 1:48 PM EST.
The new style is a BLOOMING success
Trubeque January 20, 2014, 1:49 PM EST.
The push towards more stubby, cartoony bodies is an attempt to avoid the “furry” look that comes with properly-proportioned bodies and instead do something more distinctive. I think the designs don’t go far enough, and Veronica might move even further along with time… it’s actually hard to break those habits of wanting to make sure nobody looks too short, limbs aren’t too stubby. It’ll take time to figure out.
As for the colours, we could have made it more vibrant but we decided to done down the contrast and vibrance of the older watercolours. Together with the burnt umber ink, I think it’s really attractive.
SuitCase January 20, 2014, 1:51 PM EST.
I LOOOOOOOVE your new style!! The eyes look particularly pretty!
I didn’t want to mention it before, but in the previous style, Paulo’s cheek fur for example, looked a skootch too angular. This new style looks softer and a little more natural.
I wish I could watercolor…so pretty… But alas, my forte lies with prismacolor markers.
kaminari683 January 20, 2014, 1:51 PM EST.
This is so ADORABLE. I think this is my favorite style up to now. IT’S FLUFFY.
Solaris January 20, 2014, 1:54 PM EST.
@supertails19 oh,you right,silly me!
Hitori January 20, 2014, 1:55 PM EST.
You tell em fatty go paulo!!
dubstep_kitteh1 January 20, 2014, 1:55 PM EST.
Trying out a new style, huh? That’s cool.
I like how the first place Sue looks at is her butt, when Paulo insinuates she’s fat. (Personally, I’d look at my stomach. Guess Sue’s just more sensitive about dat butt).
I like the reference on the Big Fat Movie. Nothing like watching an hours worth of some guy eating a crap ton of fat, greasy food, getting obese and clinically ill, and then trying to break off from the habit.
Remember people: Only in America does stuff like this fly and get serious consideration.
Blank On Purpose January 20, 2014, 1:55 PM EST.
I don’t know, but I’m not exactly feeling the new art style. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great, but the last one seemed like it was just… PERFECT
xxBLACKOUTxx January 20, 2014, 1:55 PM EST.
I love the new style, it’s so pretty <3
Mego January 20, 2014, 1:56 PM EST.
@Suitcase: I think that going for the Stubbier, shorter look is a better idea in the long run. It may make them look a bit more baby-faced as some of the comments have been pointing out, but I think I prefer this more cartoony style for these Characters. It definitely makes this comic stand out from others who also use Animal characters, but make them very human-like shape.
I can see where you guys are heading with the colours, and I think it may be a great idea for your style. I still personally prefer more vibrance, and wouldn’t mind seeing just a bit more color (Only a bit more. like, 10%) but this also has its charms. It does feel very soft, and combined with the style its pretty adorable. :3
Zionus January 20, 2014, 1:57 PM EST.
Love the new style, it’s a lot softer looking plus I like the colors as always! I’m a sucker for wicked colour schemes X)
Rae723 January 20, 2014, 1:57 PM EST.
@MissLadyScarlet: I think by Bohemia you actually meant to say Bulimia. Also, I’m sorry to hear about your troubles. I know from experience that kids can be jerks.
Don’t let a few bad words get you down. If someone has a problem with your weight it doesn’t matter as long as you are at a healthy weight… they can cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it for all I care. Don’t starve yourself or overeat yourself into an early grave because somebody else doesn’t like how you look. It’s annoying how cruel some kids can be.
I think I’ll have to calm down and be quiet for a while before I say something stupid out of anger… if I haven’t already.
supertails19 January 20, 2014, 1:58 PM EST.
I’m excited for the new chapter, and I’m loving the entire thing… but at the same time, I kind of don’t want another chapter about all the Roseville people doing things. I want another chapter about Sandy. Or one about wherever Blur went (Perhaps he followed Lucy and her pets?). Or maybe one showing how Lucy is holding up (I’m guessing she’s not doing to0 well). I’m sure all these are planned for the future, and that asking is completely unnecessary, but I can’t help it.
Loving the new art style, by the way. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!
NLights January 20, 2014, 1:59 PM EST.
Taeshi! You deleted the Rachel/Paulo and Sue/David? It was super cute, but I guess it was only an AU?
kawaii-kittycat January 20, 2014, 1:59 PM EST.
Wow, I love the eye work. Really looking forward to watching this style evolve
Scaught January 20, 2014, 2:00 PM EST.
IT’S SO CUTE OH GAWD
Skylar January 20, 2014, 2:04 PM EST.
Loving the Hell out of this new style!
Alamoraine January 20, 2014, 2:11 PM EST.
Wow, the new style looks awesome. The eyes especially are really nice. Though I overall prefer digital, I like seeing all the different styles of BCB from pencil onwards, it’s distinctive and fun.
I hope this doesn’t fuel Daisy’s insecurities…
ket January 20, 2014, 2:15 PM EST.
the new art style look great @Taeshi.
@twiggy i hope so, we need another top knotch couple other than abby+daisy
kiki January 20, 2014, 2:22 PM EST.
cute update but what happened to the intermission comic with sue and david and rachel and paulo with kids?
lollirot January 20, 2014, 2:23 PM EST.
I’m liking this art style, so adorable! It definitely stands out in comparison to a lot of stuff I’ve seen lately, that’s always a good thing.
Mai Terra January 20, 2014, 2:33 PM EST.
Aw, a new update schedule? That means I won’t get to read this comic every day, and that it’s going to take even LONGER to reach the inevitable moment of truth. Bummer. :\ Oh well, it’s better than being even less often or being indeterminate!
illeatyourself January 20, 2014, 2:34 PM EST.
Every time you start a new art style, it’s ALWAYS a big improvement upon your already awesome art style, and really enjoyable! Keep up with the great work!
Lord Lemmy January 20, 2014, 2:38 PM EST.
I forgot the smileys had BCB characters. LOL
Lord Lemmy January 20, 2014, 2:39 PM EST.
ohh the new Style is really cute <3
well done Taeshi
Tails January 20, 2014, 2:42 PM EST.
Tails January 20, 2014, 2:43 PM EST.
This new style of yours is seriously great, I love the way it looks!
You’re making so much progress, I am very excited to see where things go from here!!
Eyuna January 20, 2014, 2:47 PM EST.
The art style is gorgeous
And jeez that last panel, that last intermission is making me see things through DaveyxSue colored glasses..
Gabba January 20, 2014, 2:48 PM EST.
What a lovely art style, Taeshi! I have to say, I think this one suits David better than watercolours. Really though, I like the way you’ve drawn and colored and shaded them like this - I think it looks very nice. Although Abbey looks a little young in panel 4!
I wish the both of you the best of luck and I’m glad you’ll be switching back to the MWF schedule if it’s better for you.
J January 20, 2014, 2:55 PM EST.
I honestly don’t understand how people like paulo. like goddamn. look at this *******. what the **** man.
Art is cute, I like it.
synthyK January 20, 2014, 2:56 PM EST.
The new style is quite lovely I’m so glad you’re taking the opportunity to experiment.
Don’t listen to the hate, Taeshi. You are an artist and you decide what course you take. <3 This is YOUR project after all, and you have every right to convey it in whatever way you desire.
Can’t wait to see more of this style and many more styles to come in the future!
Silversoma January 20, 2014, 3:09 PM EST.
this almost seems like a prequel to the last chapter. david asking sue to go see a movie (even if he’s including everyone else)
King_Crimson January 20, 2014, 3:26 PM EST.
Took a brief stroll through the archives to see if I could see any changes. Man, the dialogue changes in ‘pillow talk’ completely changes the tone of the forced kiss between mike and lucy. Not sure how I feel about that, but it certainly helps show Lucy is not as inept with expressing her feelings as previously shown, and Mike less of a pushy ***
Another Anon January 20, 2014, 3:41 PM EST.
Love the new style!!
We have seen you grow as an artist, I love how you try new things and manage to pull it off!
Keep the good work Taeshi, and if you ever need a break the haters can go to hell. Forget your worries for a time.
lousika January 20, 2014, 3:41 PM EST.
Me encanta el trazo y el nuevo estilo de los dibujos!
El segundo cuadro me encantó cómo se ven todos, pero me llamó más la atención Abby y Daysi.
Felicidades por este nuevo estilo!
Mariposa de humo January 20, 2014, 3:41 PM EST.
New style looks good by itself but please please PLEASE go back to digital. Don’t think it goes well with the comic in general.
Venku January 20, 2014, 3:44 PM EST.
Not a fan of watercolors
Venku January 20, 2014, 3:46 PM EST.
So, is Lucy dead? Did she move away? I haven’t really gotten this clarified.
Sam January 20, 2014, 3:55 PM EST.
I THOUGHT something was different ! It looks really good, Taeshi.
Subaru January 20, 2014, 3:55 PM EST.
Lol is nobody gonna point out how annoyed David looks in the last panel?
Love the art style btw :3
mickeyyyy January 20, 2014, 4:07 PM EST.
Ehhhh I can’t say I like this new style, but I don’t hate it either. I do enjoy seeing taeshi change things up every now and then.
taNi January 20, 2014, 4:14 PM EST.
@Sam: You’re Lucy’s older brother, you should know by now that Lucy is out of the hospital and has been transferred out of Roseville High. She is still alive someplace far away from here.
Well, since you are here, Sam, I would like to ask you a random question: do you think Lucy is doing well with her hearing aid now? (Seriously, why else would she be at the hospital? … okay don’t give me that look, I know what really could have happened to Lucy, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it… just let me dream for a while longer, that she got a hearing aid and is now living a somewhat happier life in Rickter). Even though Lucy could easily be nowhere near Rickter and she could be having a miserable time trying to make new friends… but that’s not going to stop me from imagining Lucy becoming friends with Sandy and others to enjoy her time in Rickter. Oh the adventures and drama those two would experience. >:D
@Tails: Hi. *hugs* Hmm, I wonder where our friend Bluefox could be? What do you think about what I said to Sam? I know he’s not actually the BCB Sam, but I can pretend.
supertails19 January 20, 2014, 4:33 PM EST.
yeah i would like to know that too
and yes ywhat you said to sam was absolutely perfect
Tails January 20, 2014, 4:47 PM EST.
Hmmm @supertails19. When you talk about Lucy befriending Sandy I think of Sandy teaching Lucy modeling .
@buchay buddy. You’ll be back now that the story has started right ? Right ? (at least I got @Lickit so… wait… he hasn’t commented yet . JK . Miss your comments though, more buchey’s since he hasn’t commented for the longest of time).
I guess this chapter will be entirely about the gang.
Where is the teacher ?
Jonas97face January 20, 2014, 4:48 PM EST.
The new art style looks amazing ! Love it !
eyexofxtiger January 20, 2014, 4:54 PM EST.
If the attempting to abandon the “furry” look is because of perverted idiots, then I’ve gotten some news for you:
It’s a waste of time.
Even goddamn My Little Pony has been sexualized and fetishized by creeps.
It is downright proportional with popularity, and going “littlest pet shop” style like what the current directions seems to be heading is malplaced effort that also leads to a art style that doesn’t suit the storyline.
It’ll be like a watered-down copy of Happy Tree Friends then.
Fretzel January 20, 2014, 4:57 PM EST.
I really like the new art style. The soft edges are wonderful and the coloring gets better and better with every comic.
I enjoyed the faux magazine. Nice touch.
insertunoriginalnamehere January 20, 2014, 5:11 PM EST.
Hmm. It is nice coloring, but for me it is a little hard on the eyes. The colors blend in a bit and create a sort of chaotic blend before I squint and focus on individuals. Darker lines would help, maybe a little shadowing behind the characters. the “On our own” style was great. The colors really stood out, were sharp and easy to focus on. Something like that would be great.
Astoria January 20, 2014, 5:13 PM EST.
I was actually reading the comic and was gonna comment about you(taeshi) trying a new style…then I read the description and it said you were trying a new style… so now that’s no use -w- …..uhm anyways the style is ok but I love the old one. Idk why but its too…girly or cute you might say? This style is cute though just please use the old style once in a while ^w^
kitty777 January 20, 2014, 5:13 PM EST.
Very nice new art style, Tae. I don’t comment a lot honestly, but I feel I’ve just gotta say this looks great.
Chozo January 20, 2014, 5:21 PM EST.
If I’m honest I don’t really like the look of this style. For me it’s too cutesy and makes all the character look quite young. Also Astoria has a point in saying the colors all blend in with each other. I thought that Fade Away and the last chapter were the best style used. So maybe every once in a while you could do a chapter like that? Thanks!
Lindsay January 20, 2014, 5:33 PM EST.
I like this new art style! It’s faboo! 8D
DipplingSquad January 20, 2014, 5:47 PM EST.
The new art style is really awesome Taeshi!
AueRora January 20, 2014, 6:01 PM EST.
@Suitcase As much as I love the coloring, and how cute this looks they look like a bunch of elementary kids which I guess could be confusing? And it really really won’t take away the “furry-ness” of it by making them cute little chibis, the only thing that will take that away is to make them human. Just don’t worry about it you don’t have to be furries to make a furry-styled comic, have fun with it.
David looks like he’s about to bust Paulo up for that comment
Samm-y January 20, 2014, 6:02 PM EST.
We have no problem with porn, but we’ve always been uncomfortable with the balance struck between “well-drawn in a more detailed style” and “does not belong on furaffinity”. (The discomfort stems from aesthetics more than self-consciousness, FWIW.)
I think BCB has always leaned cartoony and never went too far in the humans-with-dog-heads direction, but deliberately veering away from human proportions goes a long way to avoiding what became a difficult balance. I agree that there is some disconnect between the cute characters and heavy drama, but that is something pretty deeply embedded in the comic, and could optimistically be said to lighten it up.
My Little Pony or Littlest Pet Shop is hardly the inspiration — we’d be listening to the people clamouring for sharp digital lines if that were the case! But “animated” stylisation is certainly a goal.
SuitCase January 20, 2014, 6:04 PM EST.
This style’s pretty cute, and I love how Daisy’s pearls stand out more.
Moogle January 20, 2014, 6:06 PM EST.
I’m going to have to agree with @Fretzel (though we aren’t all “idiots” and “creeps”, we don’t choose what we’re attracted to).
Pokelova January 20, 2014, 6:09 PM EST.
This is so gorgeous it hurts. I think the stubby, childlike bodies are a little too Lucky Star for my tastes (and any mention in-comic of adult topics might have a weird lolicon vibe), but my gosh I am just adoring the colours. If this comic gets any prettier I’ll have to read it through sunglasses to avoid outright watercolour fugue. Soft edges, detailed lighting, nice warm subdued palettes; everything about the look of this is just so invitingly pleasant.
MykelTDT January 20, 2014, 6:17 PM EST.
Oh my gosh this looks so different
It’s kinda wierd
They look so much shorter too
What is going on I don’t even know
Still. It’s just a single page. I guess seeing more of it will give me a better impression…obviously. I suppose I’ll just get used to it. I certainly hope so, anyways…
Oceanus92 January 20, 2014, 6:25 PM EST.
I like the art style, it gives the ears some more expression, and makes the characters look younger. Though I am a bit worried it makes them look a bit too young. It is far too early to tell, but I figured I would voice my first thoughts upon seeing it. Either way though, it looks fantastic.
Dracain January 20, 2014, 6:27 PM EST.
Hang in there, you two. Life’s tough and relocating like that can (obviously) be tougher. You two are amazing people who make your readers experience a myriad of emotions every week and you should take pride in that. You rock.
akipolies January 20, 2014, 6:30 PM EST.
It’s so much softer, it feels like everything kinda fades into each other, and like the characters don’t stand out as much. It’ll take some getting used to.
Alex Kitsune January 20, 2014, 6:43 PM EST.
Don’t worry Sue your butt is fine. Its a very nice butt. Paulo just wanted to see you do a little dance and put your clearly out of shape body into action.
@ MissLadyScarlet good to hear from you again! Sorry to hear about the hard child hood. You should chat more.
@ Supertails/Tails long hard day
Blue fox January 20, 2014, 6:53 PM EST.
Tails January 20, 2014, 7:05 PM EST.
@Supertails19/Blue fox Christ, it’s been a while since I heard from you two.
Anyway, I can see where this storyline is going from this page. Sue’s going to feel insecure of her weight, so she starts to limit herself from food. When the main cast starts to notice her changes, Abbey gets worried and goes to her house to check up on her. He finds Sue on the floor, malnourished and writhing in pain. Abbey rushes her to the hospital and when she comes to, they both decide to end their rivalry and become friends.
If this doesn’t happen, which I highly think it will, this would make for some good fanfiction
Rocky January 20, 2014, 7:25 PM EST.
INTERNAL SCREAMING! IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL!!! PLEASE KEEP THIS STYLE I LOVE IT SO SO SO MUCH
Jupi January 20, 2014, 8:14 PM EST.
…Kinda liked the old style allot better, seems quality is lowered with this.
DoingBuinessActorLolz January 20, 2014, 8:27 PM EST.
I agree. Being healthy is important.
But, there is a major societal problem with shaming someone by calling them fat, ugly, or not pretty. It turns outer appearance into the defining factor on a person’s character. And it isn’t. And if you think it should be, you need to take a long look in the mirror and consider what kind of subliminal bullying you might be doing by putting someone’s self-worth to their physical traits.
Furthermore, I put forth that telling a perfectly healthy weighted teenager like Sue, that she is a fatty is quite common in young adult circles. It is wrong to treat anyone that way. Society encourages us to say, “If they are fat, then what worth do they have?” And the answer is damn plenty past their ability to strut in a swimsuit on vacation.
Normally, I like the real personality that Paulo tries so desperately to hide. The slightly awkward, self-conscious, and somewhat caring/concerned young adult. We see bits and pieces of this guy whenever Lucy is around.
That being said, his patriarchal ******* front that he keeps up for his idea of a “Cool-man” is encouraging body shaming right now and it needs to die.
Hahaha, is that good enough conversation starter for you?
Lickit&stickit January 20, 2014, 8:31 PM EST.
Great new art style, a chapter where Daisy might learn to get over her insecurities, and Sue about to kick Paulo’s ***, what more could I want from a new chapter
RPGNerd January 20, 2014, 8:35 PM EST.
digging the new style the softer lines and palette and glossed over look really pulls together nicely, cant wait to see the upcoming pages!
fefairi January 20, 2014, 8:56 PM EST.
I LOVE the new style! so much more soft and pretty to me c:
winterette January 20, 2014, 9:12 PM EST.
I like the new style so far! I think the more abstract use of lines works well for something like BCB. It makes things feel a bit more mold-able, and less static, and encourages the use of a lot of colors. Which seems to be a very important key to mood setting and atmosphere in the comic. I look foreward to you becoming more comfortable with the style!
my only thought would be maybe make the eye outlines hard colors, to me (and this is just an oppinion) sue’s eyes look a bit odd lined in the lighter color. It doesn’t make the the color of her eyes stand out either. However! this is merely a thought, if it is what you like, then by all means keep doing it. The comic is your work after all, and you can make it however you like.
Kiwi January 20, 2014, 9:22 PM EST.
To be honest, I don’t like this new style at all. It’s bland coloring and you aged the characters back like 7ish years. Your old style had much more depth in the character faces and personaility. Your vain attempts to escape the furry culture is futile for as long as you draw animals with human qualities whatsoever you are anthropomorphic. Also, on that note I think I’m quite done with the furry bashing. I’ve gritted my teeth because I thought this comic was pretty awesome, but I don’t think ill be supporting blind hate for those of us who enjoy anthropomorphic art and anthropomorphic representation. Yes there is a few disgusting pigs in the fan base who get off to beastaility, but the majority of furry fans and artist enjoy the psychological connection of interpreting ourselves as a furry character. Let me be the first to say it is no different from larping or other role play activities. You should he embracing the sane section of anthropomorphic culture rather than bashing it because every single fan who reads and likes it is part of that culture
Silverxphoenix January 20, 2014, 9:37 PM EST.
Bweeee I like the DavidxSue hinting
Busty Laroo January 20, 2014, 9:42 PM EST.
I do not like the new art style at all. Dare I say it, I prefer “On Our Own” MUCH more. Please go back to the previous style…
UGHHHHHHH January 20, 2014, 9:50 PM EST.
I am pretending David x Sue is canon… Whether I’m being delusional. IT’S MY HAPPY PLACE OKAY!
I also love this new style too!
hunkofblue January 20, 2014, 10:07 PM EST.
Your not Fat Sue……..
Just very cute…
Pepe Le Pew January 20, 2014, 10:17 PM EST.
How are they still in school?
No January 20, 2014, 10:37 PM EST.
I like the new style @Taeshi!
However I dunno about making them more baby-faced and child-like. I mean, they ARE highschoolers. It’s not even a ‘furry vs non-furry’ thing that @SuitCase was talking about, it’s just that if they’re in high school why would they look like younger kids, ya know? But that’s just my opinion. I’ll always love BCB no matter what, and the new style IS super cute so it’ll probably grow on me ahaha!
Petra January 20, 2014, 11:22 PM EST.
I did mention that our problem with “furry” proportions was an aesthetic one! There isn’t hate behind the decision, it’s simply not an artistic direction we prefer to follow.
SuitCase January 20, 2014, 11:25 PM EST.
Paulo needs to grow up.
mickeyyyy January 20, 2014, 11:44 PM EST.
The new style really shows your talent with watercolors, and for the most part I like it more than the older one. The only thing I would really change is the paleness of some colors, since the characters seem to fade into the background a bit. As for the faces and body styles, you should go with whatever seems right to you. Ignore the arguments about furries, etc. and go with whatever best suits your style and preference. You’ve maintained the classic looks of characters through every change in style/media, and I have no doubt that you’ll continue to produce excellent pages with this different approach.
Litreeo January 21, 2014, 12:29 AM EST.
Hm… it looks a bit blurred in my opinion. Guess it’s a little too soft for my tastes.
But I’m still reading.
Dinique January 21, 2014, 12:47 AM EST.
The new style is so…
Moonshine January 21, 2014, 1:31 AM EST.
The style’s lively. I really like the softness to the line work, as well as the colors.
I sort of take issue with this interpretation of the character designs. They look like they’re even younger than usual. Perhaps that was intended, but it’s a bit jarring.
Regardless, it’s quite the soothing page, just based on visuals alone. Awesomely done, miss.
Gryph January 21, 2014, 2:33 AM EST.
I’m not really liking the new style. Everything looks faded(yet somehow too saturated) and blended, outlines disappear, shadows are dim. They look very young and short. The contrast is also lacking. Those background characters also look like weird cardboard cut outs with copy & pasted eyes.
asdf January 21, 2014, 3:06 AM EST.
Really nice blending work with the copics, but the lack of outlines does weird things to my eyes. Nice new style, however I think it would better suit pin-ups than comics.
QQ January 21, 2014, 4:09 AM EST.
I like the style. It looks really good.
Reader-tan January 21, 2014, 4:12 AM EST.
Sue does cathedral style at times…
@SuitCase: Actually I think it’s still not human-like enough… (At least where’re these teenagers’ clothes…)
HongKat January 21, 2014, 5:19 AM EST.
Um, where did the intermission thingy go?
MikexLucyForever January 21, 2014, 5:21 AM EST.
“But, there is a major societal problem with shaming someone by calling them fat, ugly, or not pretty.”
Depends. Depends on your use of the word shaming - as I’d use to say bring shame to. Technically, a calorie counter is a great way to shame most people (A few of my friends where ashamed when they realized that energy drinks weren’t calorie free - and in fact where quite heavy on that count! This pretty much made them cut down on the amount of them pretty fast.)
Now, going off and getting into someone’s face and yelling at the top of your lungs “Ugly ugly fasto” is insulting - and people shouldn’t have to put up with that. But there is a major difference between the two - in the same way we shame people from stealing while no one sane would go nuts on someone who’s starving for stealing bread. That said, purely objective things aren’t things you should shame - being black, having braids, being gay, etc, just have no basis in requiring shame unless you have internalized prejudices popping it up - just to get that out of the way.
“Furthermore, I put forth that telling a perfectly healthy weighted teenager like Sue, that she is a fatty is quite common in young adult circles. ”
Let’s be frank on two counts here - or let’s be sue, I’m all for trying new things. 1) Kids say really stupid ****, I don’t think most adults would say “You’re 10 pounds bigger then normal OBVIOUSLY YOU’RE RETARDED” outside of celebrities and youtube comments. 2) Considering the fact that “drastically overweight” children (12 and 400 pounds overweight) have been taken from their family since that’s ruled criminal levels of child neglect - obesity in children need to be taken seriously.
3) Paulo’s a tool. >.>
@MikexLucyForever, it was temporary, it’s done now.
Charles January 21, 2014, 6:05 AM EST.
apparently my previous comment broke veronica’s brain, it figures that she’d delete the intermission chapters when those were the ones i decided to post something supportive… which apparently broke other people’s brains, too.
well, veronica got rid of the only evidence that i care about anything…
…kill paulo, i ****ing hate that ****-hog.
Thanatos January 21, 2014, 6:17 AM EST.
So this is how their relationship started…..*snicker*
Kindle_kat January 21, 2014, 6:29 AM EST.
Let me say, this looks amazing !
Ignatius January 21, 2014, 6:29 AM EST.
Thanatos, I removed them from the archive. It’s just a matter of keeping the archive consistent with the books… I don’t like posting out-of-order intermissions.
But they will remain on the Tumblr if you ever would like to read them again.
SuitCase January 21, 2014, 7:17 AM EST.
Hey, Suitcase - you might want to update the page timer. It still looks like there are going to be 5 comics per week. We don’t want false hopes. Plus, plenty of people will have not read the newspost and will be confused.
Lordofrye January 21, 2014, 7:27 AM EST.
@Lickit: Yes it is my friend
@Hitori: I never called Daisy fat. I was only saying Daisy not to worry because she has had doubts about her body before (”Follow Me”).
Jonas97face January 21, 2014, 8:23 AM EST.
@ Rocky if your the someone I think then it’s not my fault you got in trouble and had to make a new name. If you want to stay in touch stop in the IRC and I will be glad to give you my cell.
Blue fox January 21, 2014, 8:32 AM EST.
The new style :p
I kinda liked the one in happy hour better
Crazy Crud January 21, 2014, 8:42 AM EST.
@ Supertails/Rocky/Tails maybe paulo Takes Heart of what his friends have been saying about him being a immature dick and he starts to get his **** together.
Blue fox January 21, 2014, 8:53 AM EST.
The style is so prettyyyy!! <3
Meg January 21, 2014, 10:13 AM EST.
Loving the new style! Copics are my best friends *-*
Marizella January 21, 2014, 11:29 AM EST.
Hopefully not, because just changing because others pressure you into it just because they want you to be someone that you are not and label you as “immature” because of that is just ******. And then i rather would suggest paulo to ask himself if they are really his friends under such circumstances.
Tails January 21, 2014, 11:51 AM EST.
Part of being friends and getting along under social circumstances in the open public often requires individuals to be who/what they don’t want to be for the time being.
Behind closed doors or in private areas, however, is a completely different and often more “interesting” matter…
Blank On Purpose January 21, 2014, 12:18 PM EST.
this style has to be my favorite so far
Milkfruit January 21, 2014, 12:45 PM EST.
I like the new style.
Vanilla January 21, 2014, 12:47 PM EST.
David looks more childish in this style. So does Abbey in panel 4.
Sue and Paulo are great however.
Kinda neutral towards Daisy.
Can’t say anything about Mike since I haven’t seen him clearly enough.
That is what I think about this style
Jonas97face January 21, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.
No page update today then?
Alfavhunter January 21, 2014, 1:12 PM EST.
So fat shaming is immoral now, eh? I guess that means the whole country of Japan is morally bankrupt! Gomen nasai!
As a fairly pudgey guy, I can tell you, sometimes shame means the difference between staying at “squishy but attractive” and growing into “horrible ham-beast.” But appearances aside, appearance isn’t really what’s being shamed, is it?
What people shame is the pointless overeating, the careless lack of self-consciousness, or the abject laziness. Not all cases of fatitude are due to gross neglect, but it’s difficult to tell at a glance that someone is round because they’re a programmer with no barbells and not because they eat ice cream for breakfast.
So in lieu of precision shame, it’s a fog of shame all around to keep humanity in general healthy and in line.
MykelTDT January 21, 2014, 1:17 PM EST.
The next page debuts in 24 hours? but we havent gotten the next page yet!
lollirot January 21, 2014, 1:27 PM EST.
Hey! Sue isn’t fat…she’s HOT! Also I like the new art style it’s a bit more flowing and natural.
Jayden January 21, 2014, 2:08 PM EST.
Read the news.
Don’t tell an artist how to do their work. If you don’t like it, whatever. But don’t tell them they should ‘go back to the old style’ or ‘this be look seems like a step backwards.’
It’s not your comic and it’s important for an artist to find their own look. Changing styles is how you grow. I don’t want anyone here wants @Trash to feel artistically limited, ESPECIALLY after what was discussed in the news post.
Orion January 21, 2014, 2:14 PM EST.
Okay so my phone has auto correct now and it accidentally turned @Taeshi’s name to Trash and given the fact that I was trying to be encouraging in my last post it was very ironic so I wanted to make sure everyone knew this so okay thanks I’m gonna just go die now.
Orion January 21, 2014, 2:16 PM EST.
I don’t mind the new style as far as colors go, in fact when I first saw this page I was like ‘HOLY GODDAMN THIS IS AMAZINGGG’. But I do have to agree with some people that the characters look way too young. I understand trying to get away from the furry look (which has already been done pretty well) but I don’t want to keep reminding myself that these are high-school kids and they’re not in kindergarten. Either way, as long as there are human-like cats, you’re not going to escape the furry tag.
@lollirot and @Alfavhunter
Going back to the old schedule. Check news on homepage.
TBlackfeet January 21, 2014, 2:52 PM EST.
The comic is back to the Monday, Wednesday, Friday updates for the next 2 months…….
Hope you get better soon……. [EDITOR’S COMMENT: no, it’s MWF forever]
Pepe Le Pew January 21, 2014, 2:54 PM EST.
I’m sensing a lack of Mike, maybe.
Hunnikitty January 21, 2014, 2:58 PM EST.
Paulo is with rachel and david is with sue in the future they have kids
nicolette January 21, 2014, 4:27 PM EST.
I’m macking on this new style Tae. Gives the characters a more lighthearted look. Keep up the good work as always you two. Also enjoy the extra time from the new/old schedule, you deserve it!
Andyfoxy January 21, 2014, 4:40 PM EST.
The new style looks messy and faded.
Instantly reminded of Instagram, and that’s no compliment.
Also the characters now look like they’re only freshman Elementary school students.
Lacks well defined lines, sharper colors and contrast, and body shapes & proportions that reflect the character’s real age group.
Bastion January 21, 2014, 4:50 PM EST.
Ohh lord @taeshi I love this comic so much you have no idea like I have the app and everything okay it’s perfect everyday I scream when the new page comes out cause its so beautiful I SPENT TWO DAYS READING IT ALL AND I JUST FOUND IT I LOVE YOUR COMICS SO MUCH YOU HAVE NO idea what I would do without them and PLEASE lucy x Paulo cause I really want Lucy to come back imma cry! Anyways I love you thank you for this comic ❤
Natah January 21, 2014, 4:53 PM EST.
nicolette: that plot was non canon
Mr.Imperius January 21, 2014, 4:54 PM EST.
I haven’t figured out if I like this new style or not quite yet for the actual characters, but I think it definitely works better for the backgrounds.
Bluegrass January 21, 2014, 5:26 PM EST.
I wasn’t sure what to think of the new style at first, but Abby’s adorable little pout-y face in panel four won me over. It’s so cute!
Anon January 21, 2014, 5:31 PM EST.
Compared to the last canon chapter this page looks like a color newspaper page without any outlines that has been left in the sun for 10 years
And the characters look like they should be in a flashback that is about just as far back
What happened?? this honestly looks like two steps backwards
bananablues January 21, 2014, 6:09 PM EST.
@Redline If you’re so much more knowledgable, create a better comic instead of just putting down legitimate content creators.
Anyway, on the off-chance that any of the creators of the comic see this, remember that there’s far more fans than snobby cartoon connoisseurs. Psychologically, it takes approximately two positive responses to outweigh one negative one, so I realize that this won’t make up for the other comment, but it will make up for about half of it.
Manatee January 21, 2014, 6:56 PM EST.
Sure smells like the “If you don’t like how it tastes, then you should become a chef” argument.
Is pointing out a valid problem suddenly hate, or are you just a blind fan?
Imminow January 21, 2014, 7:01 PM EST.
where is the next chapter?
Mr-Hero-Bio January 21, 2014, 7:30 PM EST.
@ Tails Paulo’s best bud David don’t seem to find it funny. He could at least stop always insulting his friends. I’m not saying he should stop being who he is but at least if he is going to hang around them he could act accordingly so he is not just ******* every one of like when they were at the museum.
@ Redline I was having trouble of putting my thoughts into words of what to say to you and was just going to say **** you. But then I saw what Manatee said and that’s good enough. Your just being hate full and not helping. As said Taeshi is always experimenting with art styles. Your not being helpful just putting her down. That’s not cool.
Blue fox January 21, 2014, 7:33 PM EST.
“Your characters look fat” isn’t a valid problem. And no, mr anon, I’m not sure exactly what you think an anonymous user would stand to gain from countering a negative comment.
Manatee January 21, 2014, 7:35 PM EST.
@Imminow If he had said, “I don’t like this comic,” I would have understood, and then it would have been like the chef argument if I had countered it that way. But if you told a chef “You simply don’t understand how to properly season a salmon fillet,” and then told them that you actually had no idea how you wanted them to do it, it would be an unhelpful critique. So the chef analogy isn’t that reasonable.
Manatee January 21, 2014, 7:40 PM EST.
Naw, Sue ain’t fat! Daisy and Rachel though……XD
Ud the Imp January 21, 2014, 7:59 PM EST.
@Hunnikitty I think he’s right there in the background.
Caroline January 21, 2014, 9:49 PM EST.
@SuitCase Hey, I don’t know if it was intentional, or if anybody else has pointed it out (though I skimmed through comments above, and didn’t notice anybody mention it), but the news post reads the date as “January 17, 2013” instead of 2014. Again, not sure if it was intentional, or if it was just something you guys missed.
NLights January 21, 2014, 10:16 PM EST.
@BlueFox You know what, she has a okay butt
NoblePariah January 21, 2014, 10:34 PM EST.
Omg the new style is so pretty! I’m really loving it so far ^^
Uboa January 21, 2014, 10:42 PM EST.
Whoah, new art style!
@Suitcase : Any chance you could include the last two temporary chapters on the extras page? It’d make them a lot more accessible.
Sambo January 21, 2014, 10:45 PM EST.
@Taeshi & @Suitcase Three things!
One, I read the news and am suddenly overcome with the urge to give you both a teddy bear to hug. I know how it is to miss certain people, since a certain friend of mine is gone until February as well, but I could never last a few months with the professionalism you both have, and I applaud your emotional/mental fortitude in the matter.
Two (for Taeshi), your new art style seems to to have changed alot more than just a few lines. The style makes the characters pop less, but that’s because a few of them actually are supposed to blend color-wise. In other words, it’s more realistic, even if people don’t agree. Plus, I can imagine it’s tough to change styles on the fly without missing a beat.
Three, I wish both of you the best. I hope things get settled so you both can be super happy together. Mostly cause I’m a sucker for romance stories. Sidenote (for Taeshi)… Take a short vacation if you need it. You aren’t failing by taking some time off. Saving yourself from falling apart, breaking down, and such, even in the smallest ways, is always worth the effort. The closer to breaking you are, the more likely you’ll mess up accidentally and feel worse for it.
Wixvhen January 21, 2014, 11:23 PM EST.
Well this explains why they had so much difficulty in the last few strips.
Mr. Me January 22, 2014, 12:25 AM EST.
I noticed how the art style change with the general mood of the chapter, in volume 2 it was with mostly Shades of blue, representing how it was the hardest time for the characters… Volume 3 watercolors showed how things were slowly getting more calm, and maked everything lightier, and contrasted sad emotions. This art style shows a more happy mood from the characters, showing how the characters are slowly moving on.
RicardoD January 22, 2014, 7:31 AM EST.
so shiny, so potentially depressing
north January 22, 2014, 8:33 AM EST.
Looking really forward for the next page upload
@Suitcase. I think the charm is starting to work. More and more people are starting to talk to me (in real life) when I wear it. Those who notice it actually like it (they find it cute). I’ve had a hard time making friends (except on the internet) and I’m really happy that I’m making more (since I’ve always had to change friends, either because I had to move or because I had to change schools which pretty much screws up my social life. I still got my best friends but I have had to make friends since I’m in a new school and it hadn’t gone well for over half a year (half a school year). But now it’s going really well. Guess this charm isn’t cursed at all .
Oh. By the way. Good luck living in the United States and be extremely careful. People are allowed to have weapons
Jonas97face January 22, 2014, 8:39 AM EST.
Paulo’s smile reminds me so much of Naruto’s when he drew on the Hokage statue faces
Fellow bro January 22, 2014, 9:01 AM EST.
WHY NOT DIGITAL?!? Dx
Gah January 22, 2014, 9:20 AM EST.
I LOOOOVE THE NEW STYLE!!!! <33333
Cloud January 22, 2014, 10:37 AM EST.
Whoa! First would-be-but-no-longer-is update time and the knives come out. Sorry, didn’t look at the page ‘till now.
A few general comments:
It is really very heartening to hear the nice things people have written about the page and the news post. There are some kind people here, and we’ve got some lovely emails too. I wish I could be more personal, but I have to leave it at this: thanks!
I’m being fairly tolerant of comments criticising this new page because even when people are being a tactless about it, it reflects a legitimate viewpoint. However, I find it harder to be OK with negative people these days because I see them as such a drain on the creative people I know. I learned a lot myself about how delicate you have to be if you want to communicate something negative to a creative person. Some people haven’t learned about that yet, and it’s a shame, because nuanced opinions are always more interesting to read. All I’ll say is that casually dismissive and negative comments do far more harm to Veronica’s motivation than jus about anything else, and I’ve yet to read anyone with a rude attitude that had something that wasn’t either misinformed or obvious. Please be tactful and recognise the impact of grossly dismissive words on a very fragile mind.
(P.S. “Redline” undermined everything he said by sockpuppeting under different names to support himself :S It is interesting how the most negative people tend to carry baggage like that.)
Finally, It is a strange thing to take what I said earlier on this page and twist it into “we don’t want BCB to be furry so the characters now look like babies”. What you are seeing is an attempt to try a more-cartoonish stylisation, and it is gonna take some time for Veronica to get comfortable with the new forms.
Some individual replies:
@Lordofrye All countdowns on the site should indeed be updated for the new schedule! Can you explain where you saw the bug?
@NLights Whoa, of course that wasn’t intentional! Thanks for the heads up.
@Sambo That is a perfect idea. I will do it soon.
@Jonas97face I will take your report onboard and add it to future copy for the Store page.
SuitCase January 22, 2014, 10:56 AM EST.
Honestly i would have acted the exact same way as paulo did back at the museum xD
But yes, being a bit nicer would be good for paulo too.
Tails January 22, 2014, 11:01 AM EST.
I just noticed it now, but if panel 8 is indicative of the future, Mike’s new eyes are gorgeous!
Zott January 22, 2014, 11:14 AM EST.
Paulo picks on Sue, this happens. He’s not doing anything really bad, and he might’ve just been trying to get a reaction out of her. One comment from a guy that she knows is a real brat should not drive her into anorexia like some of you people are saying it will. These two butt heads all the time, and his grin there says “I’m just kidding around, but it was funny to make you look at your butt anyway”.
Paulo isn’t being a bully, he’s just being a brat. A bully would do a hell of a lot worse than just make a joking comment like that. She knows and we know that he’s not intending any real harm by it and name-calling is uncalled for in the comment boxes.
Now, about the comic. I adore the watercolors, they’re quite beautiful, but I did prefer the more defined lines of the previous style more. Not bad for an experiment, though.
Zone January 22, 2014, 12:08 PM EST.
(I am currently super excited that my suggestion has been followed up on)
Sambo January 25, 2014, 12:11 AM EST.
@Taeshi, I praise you for going through your old chapters making changes, and also for this new art style. It looks beautiful, I can’t wait to see what will come of it!
@Suitcase, congratulations on the the website design! It looks awesome!
Sambo January 25, 2014, 12:23 AM EST.
The new style ain’t even that much different lol just better.
Friedhelm January 25, 2014, 9:58 AM EST.
Daisy looks a bit pudgy…
Savannah Reed January 26, 2014, 11:09 PM EST.
Awwww! David looks a bit defensive at the last panel <3
Love the new style btw
Kayiame May 25, 2014, 6:47 AM EST.
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