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There's been some colour-changes to the site! Hope you like it and don't think that your browser is going haywire or something :P IT IS ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD
Also I'm dumb and realised that I wanted to try a thing with the dialogue bubbles, SO THAT'S DIFFERENT TOO. Sorry about that.
Huh is she ok? Yea first!
RerunGirl January 22, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.
Dragobir January 22, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.
They literally look 7.
Pokelova January 22, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.
She’s giving out free ********.
Sly January 22, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.
Still does Rachel look angry ?
A guy January 22, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.
Well oh my buddah.
Bolgverk January 22, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.
I honestly a few days ago just fell in love with this entire comic!
It’s so mind boggling!
Queen January 22, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.
Liking the new art style.
runoono January 22, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.
ack the new style is so flippin cute *u*
Kris January 22, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.
MoonlightAroraa January 22, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.
Wonder who she is kissing, possibly not in the lips either
Alfavhunter January 22, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.
DarthStar January 22, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.
I wish i had teachers like that.
Com.Nyan January 22, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.
Ah no she was kissing someone…
I thought she was angry about something.
A guy January 22, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.
What?! What happened!?!! Why must you do this to me with these teases… But eh, I can wait 47 hours 57 minutes and about 30 seconds.
Lycan01 January 22, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.
Poor teacher, he’s regretting becoming one….
I wonder what Rachel is doing…..hope this doesn’t blow!
Nyotei January 22, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.
I went to check for an update yesterday only to find I had to wait another 24 hours…oh well, worth it. I agree with Pokelova, they do look way younger with the new art style. a bit too young. Other than that, loving the new look. Keep up the good work Veronica!
Jester January 22, 2014, 1:06 PM EST.
Loving the new style and interface, The background on the site bothers me though because I have OCD
Plasma January 22, 2014, 1:06 PM EST.
The shadow to the right of Paulo’s head in the last panel looks familiar and I can’t think of many people who could cause Paulo to be dumb struck, could she be back.
Then again it could be Mike talking to Rachael.
Chrisd765 January 22, 2014, 1:09 PM EST.
Ohh no. What did Paulo see (maybe Rachel is kissing someone, maybe she is hurt or maybe she has too much make up. The last one was a joke. Aww gawwd).
Lol. Nobody is paying the teacher any attention and he’s like ”Screw it” .
Well the comment bubbles do hurt my eyes (I find them a bit bright), but I will survive.
@Suitcase from last page: Well thank you for that
Edit: @Christd: Yeah. It could be Mike. If it is then she’s probably giving him a hug cause he’s feeling really sad
Jonas97face January 22, 2014, 1:10 PM EST.
Abbey looks like he is just not having it with Daisy.
Damage January 22, 2014, 1:11 PM EST.
“oh what the hell ever”
hee hee hee~
Augh I love the new art so much it’s unreal; it looks like a graphic novel in watercolour! X3
It’s not a huge surprise to see Rachel now after that last arc, but damned if I’m not already intrigued. Taeshi, after pulling our heart strings with these two last month, you better not be about to snap ‘em in half. :0
MykelTDT January 22, 2014, 1:11 PM EST.
Oh cool, I’m liking all these new recent changes.
Hmm, I wonder if Abbey is annoyed at Daisy because of the way she acted at the party or if he’s just not in the mood to watch this particular movie with her.
Huh, Rachel standing around the corner with one leg in the air… okay I’m going to jump the bandwagon: Who is she kissing?
David is probably counting on Amaya to score them a few snacks.
Oh, I get it. Paulo opened up to Rachel about how he felt about Lucy and now Rachel is moving on to someone else. It’s not like Paulo and Rachel were official. Or maybe I’m just jumping the gun.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Daisy’s and Abbey’s bond is weaker now especially considering what Daisy did to Abbey at Rachel’s party.
supertails19 January 22, 2014, 1:12 PM EST.
Ooh: people mentioned that she was kissing someone. That’s perfect. Very perfect.
Know how it FEELS, Paulo. Do you feel it?
Good. Now you are learning.
Lordofrye January 22, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.
To be honest, I kinda like the old artstyle a bit better, which isn’t to say this one isn’t good. I’m mostly not used to it yet, but it’s very aesthetically pleasing. I do enjoy the speech bubbles a lot though.
Also, reading the update to the site, I have to agree with Souppy in saying that Taeshi hasn’t failed us at all with the new update schedule. It may not mean a lot coming from one fan, but I’m sure many agree. With the recent stress and all, I say if it ever becomes too much to handle, you should take a break, Veronica. It means a lot that you’re pushing through for us. Just know that you’ve gotta be content with your situation before you have to feel obligated to continue the comic, as awesome as it is.
Anyways, I’m rambling. What is that sneaky Rachel up to?
ThingamaJigglypuff January 22, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.
No don’t tell me she’s kissing someone.
Please don’t tell me she’s kissing someone.
Myst January 22, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.
I have nothing constructive to say here…
I just wanted to let you know that I adore all the new changes… <3
( except for the schedule, but I adore that too since it means more time for Taeshi’s well-being and we love Taeshi 20x more than this comic. <3
Taeshi, we love you! You have never let us down, and you are doing quite the opposite. Please don’t feel bad, take care of yourself and take the time for yourself, that’s what we really want… <3 )
also, unless they were waiting outside for her, I don’t think she’s be kissing someone, she was walking out the door when he went after her… maybe she has a black eye or something? :c
wakkawakkawakka January 22, 2014, 1:16 PM EST.
Abbey seems uncharacteristically cold towards Daisy. Points for guessing why.
Zott January 22, 2014, 1:24 PM EST.
Daisy’s eyes are epic.
As for the art style, needs a color configuration, some of the colors seem lack some definition because they look kinda pale. Still its pretty good, but I would advise that the dialogue bubbles have the black outline in case of placed on a white/very pale background.
As for the site, its quite classic in a sense. If it helps with any website problems then I can’t argue with that.
Keyblade Dragon January 22, 2014, 1:24 PM EST.
Rachel’s leg? Sup with that? Possibly unrelated but I dunno where the rest of you are getting “she’s kissing someone!” from.
TBlackfeet January 22, 2014, 1:26 PM EST.
The teacher’s frustration seems a little silly to me. As the mysterious ignoring Paulo by Rachael we can assume something is going down.
Keyblade Dragon January 22, 2014, 1:26 PM EST.
@wakkawakkawakka: Or maybe Paulo was expecting to spend time with Rachel, but is now surprised to see her meeting with somebody else. Or maybe Rachel is ignoring Paulo… that would be quite the shocker.
@Zott: Abbey’s being colder to Daisy because of the way Daisy acted around him at Rachel’s birthday party. Let’s see… Daisy drank an alcoholic beverage even against Abbey’s wishes, while drunk she made her feelings about Mike very apparent while ignoring Abbey, she hit Abbey in the groin, and she pretty much stabbed him in the arm… uhh, Daisy is not winning any girlfriend of the year awards anytime soon… sadly. She’s normally so nice to Abbey, but when she got drunk… well people don’t always make the best decisions when drunk.
supertails19 January 22, 2014, 1:27 PM EST.
Rachel has digitigrade legs?
Dragnite January 22, 2014, 1:27 PM EST.
@Jonas97face I am thinking something along those lines, could be holding his hands while encouraging him, which would probably be more likely to be miss interpreted by Paulo than her just giving him a hug.
Chrisd765 January 22, 2014, 1:29 PM EST.
I love the new style :3 but David does really look like a puppy in the first pannel and did you change their leg shapes? Rachel’s looks more animal like.
Also I like the look of the speech bubbles it compliments the new art style.
Mego January 22, 2014, 1:30 PM EST.
OH MY LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Paulo looks so adorable in this new art style <3 him even more!
melancholia January 22, 2014, 1:32 PM EST.
I don’t know why I have the funny suspicion that someone’s about to light the fuse on the drama-bomb…
If you’re new to the comic, go to the archives, start from the very beginning & fasten your seatbelt for one heck of a ride but I warn you now, there are drama-bombs littered throughout…you’ll love it!!
kaminari683 January 22, 2014, 1:35 PM EST.
@TBlackfeet, @Dragnite, @Mego
I saw what you’re all seeing too, at first. But you’re looking at it wrong.
Pokelova January 22, 2014, 1:37 PM EST.
what wrong with rachel? wait let me guess let me guess uh shes in tears becuase a family members got into a horrible axident, no no wait she has a black eye because she got into a fight, no wait she’s talking with tess and jasmine about a particuler person…that last one seemed possible but less likely
side note: best teacher ever
void January 22, 2014, 1:44 PM EST.
Taeshi what are you doing
TAESHI IT’S FINALS WEEK
Okay, now for the seriousness.
So, we really are back to the old update schedule? Can’t say I’m complaining. If it helps Taeshi not stress herself out, it’s more than worth it. seriously we should pay her for this I mean really
Also that teacher is amazing. ‘Why are you out of your seat’…that question should be asked more often in fiction, honestly.:P
Oceanus92 January 22, 2014, 1:48 PM EST.
Is it me or does the shadow in the last page remind me of Lucy ?
A guy January 22, 2014, 1:49 PM EST.
It’s a bit hard to see certain details, like Paulo’s mouth and SFX words like “RIIIING.” Basically anything white and not outlined.
Wat January 22, 2014, 1:51 PM EST.
Well, as for Rachel lifting up one leg, haven’t you all seen those corny love stories where the girl gets her first kiss, and then she proceeds to lift one of her legs up? I think that’s why some assume that she’s kissing someone. I didn’t know what was up first either, but it could look like she’s at least interacting with someone else.
I have to admit though, if she’s kissing someone else, she is giving mixed signals. Either she just wanted to be there for Paulo and give him a shoulder to cry on (and offered intimate times as a sort of help, eh), or she had genuine feelings for him, and then that doesn’t seem right. Although Paulo doesn’t exactly have the right to call dibs on her feelings either; I mean, I wouldn’t like to be romantically involved with someone having such deep feelings for another girl, and therefore, their relationship is kind of confusing.
Also, I really like the new art style! Everything is just so soft (colours) and pretty, and the new site looks good, too! I’m looking forward to the new page, sigh… Friday, come faster!
Strawberryblossom January 22, 2014, 2:03 PM EST.
@Taeshi: The new art style is something I didn’t expect, but I like how it lacks the one thing that irked me in the earlier styles. All the past styles had an almost stark quality to them, now more lines blend in and not stand out. I feel that this new style has a certain softness to it that brings out a sort of youth that existed in the first 42 chapters. I think the one drawback to the art style is that it becomes harder to notice parts of the background like the bell ringing in panel 5.
Hawz January 22, 2014, 2:05 PM EST.
….. why is it that they all look younger than usual? Or should I say smaller…? Maybe its the new art style… OH WELL, still like it
Yikes, trouble in paradise. I guess its obvious that Abbey wouldn’t ignore Daisy’s attitude at the party, huh? Also, I give David brownie points for trying to smooth out the awkward, though.
Subaru January 22, 2014, 2:07 PM EST.
Never knew Daisy was really grey.
Imminow January 22, 2014, 2:16 PM EST.
The “Ringing” of the bell in panel 5 is really hard to see. I think it’s the plain white text over an already light-colored palette. Or maybe it’s something else. Either way, I’m sure there’s something that could be done to make it more prominent. I’m just worried about future sound effects getting washed out as well.
daft_inquisitor January 22, 2014, 2:31 PM EST.
This new style sure is… different. Not necessarily bad, it just takes some getting used to. The colours just seem a little faded, like I should change the settings of my screen. Also everybody looks like they’re 7 years old. Personally I preferred the old style, but I’ve felt the same way about some of the previous style changes so it doesn’t matter that much. I don’t want to sound like you should change anything, just giving my opinion.
If you want to experiment, who am I to complain? Experimenting has worked greatly in the past, and I’m sure it will work now. Keep up the awesomeness!
Also, the new colours for the website look really neat, didn’t think such a small change would make such a difference.
__noname__ January 22, 2014, 2:37 PM EST.
mmh, the new colors are a bit a punch in the eye…the background or the comments’ bubbles should be darker.
boh... January 22, 2014, 2:37 PM EST.
the new style is cute!
Cheribi January 22, 2014, 2:39 PM EST.
What makes people say Rachel’s kissing someone? All she did was walk by Paulo without saying hi.
Nix Willarin January 22, 2014, 3:01 PM EST.
Since you’re experimenting with your style, maybe you’ll appreciate some feedback. I know that this is only the second page we’ve seen so far and you’ve probably changed your style again already, but I’ve noticed how much younger the characters looked on the last two pages. Especially David in the first panel looks like he’s .. six? Daisy looks younger as well, but she always looked younger than the rest, so that’s not a big deal. Abbey and Paulo however also seem to have lost a couple of years. I think they look younger because their eyes are much bigger, as well as their heads, and especially David’s body in the first panel looks very small. I mean, he’s the tallest of the group and a teenager at that, but in this picture his head is wider than his shoulders. That’s usually a trait only children have in comics.
Apart from that, the new colors look beautiful. The way you outline in different colors makes the pictures look smoother and more balanced. Very pleasing to the eye! I also liked your old style, but this one looks pretty great so far.
One other thing I have noticed - and this is literally the first time I’ve ever noticed this in a comic you’ve done - is, that the flow of the panels doesn’t really seem to work. We have three jumps in perspective here and the first one doesn’t really work for me. I think the problem is that you don’t get that the bell is ringing and the lesson is over (it took me some time to see that soundword in the fifth panel, which is much too light by the way, as school bells usually have a tendency to be loud as hell, so the soundword should be a stronger color like red or black), so it’s hard to grasp what exactly the teacher’s problem is in panel 6 and 7. Doesn’t make it easier that the teacher looks fairly young himself and could be taken for a student.
The second switch to Paulo works a bit better, even though I wonder where he is that he sees Rachel leaving the room. If I recall correctly, Rachel is a fairly good student so she wouldn’t have classes with people a year under her. But maybe that’ll be explained in the future pages.
Long comment is long and this is only my opinion, but I thought I’d let you know since you’re still experimenting.
Copper January 22, 2014, 3:05 PM EST.
Uh oh. Uh oh uh oh UH OH!
RACHEL WHAT ARE YOU DOING AROUND THAT CORNER!?
Taeshi don’t do this to us she’s good for him!
Follarch January 22, 2014, 3:10 PM EST.
The new coloring style is absolutelly gorgeous, but seems like it take a lot more effort than the other one. Keep up the amazing work, Taeshi!
Berserkitty January 22, 2014, 3:13 PM EST.
i really hope rachel is ok
Phillip January 22, 2014, 3:39 PM EST.
Daisy’s sparkling eyes are so pretty.
Wonton-chan January 22, 2014, 3:47 PM EST.
You know, the more I read Daisy, the more I get annoyed at how little empathy she sometimes displays.
Zaywex January 22, 2014, 3:53 PM EST.
so….Abbey is still mad at Daisy and rachel…..i hope she does not something stupid >.
Tails January 22, 2014, 4:19 PM EST.
Love the new website layout! Well done uwu
Kitmit January 22, 2014, 4:22 PM EST.
Hmm. This one is even more harsh on the eyes than the last one for me. The speach bubble not having an outline just blends it in way too much. I am also starting to see why everyone thinks they look seven. Making me feel uncomfortable seeing little kids behave like teens/adults. Even the teacher looks like he is about fourteen.
On a side note. Good for Abbey. Don’t let Daisy off so easy. It doesn’t matter if she was drunk or not. She decided she just had to fit in and then she hurt him. Not only that, she spent a whole chapter insisting they needed condoms when clearly Abbey wasn’t thinking of sex. Daisy is becoming more and more annoying.
Astoria January 22, 2014, 4:31 PM EST.
Btw Daisy is f***ing adorable in the second panel.
Damage January 22, 2014, 4:40 PM EST.
Teacher’s mad because he got all of three minutes for his class before the bell rang. Or are we supposed to believe that both Sue AND Daisy were off-task and out of their seats in the middle of lecture?
Anyway, I loves me some passive-aggressive teachers.
Paulo’s colors look really nice in this style. Daisy’s…not so much. Especially when the walls and the desks behind her are pretty much the same color as her.
Ravako January 22, 2014, 4:41 PM EST.
The new art style is great! It’s a bit reminiscent of Hamtaro, especially how Daisy looks in panel 2! You have hit a 10 on the cuteness scale!!!
Rainsfriend January 22, 2014, 4:41 PM EST.
Still love the color style, but be careful with proportions. They are starting to look like preschoolers, which can attract the wrong kinds of people. You had mentioned not wanting to be considered furry and distance yourself, however, making them just look younger will bring the worst dregs of that fandom to your comic, the cub lovers. I’m not demanding you change anything, I’m just giving you a cautionary heads up.
Not to in love with the lineless dialogue balloons, only because they can blend into the background. It might be better how different pages. But this is just an opinion. keep up the good work, and do what feels right for your comic :3
Kiwi January 22, 2014, 4:46 PM EST.
@Kiwi, that is a really strange thing to worry about. Things that are cute don’t really specifically attract pedophiles or “cub lov—” ech, not finishing that phrase. It’s cute. I think you’re stretching a little on this one.
Ravako January 22, 2014, 4:49 PM EST.
Blah blah characters look to young, blah blah hard to see speech bubbles/sound effects. It’s all been said by other people already… But it’s true. For now, I feel like you should keep the outline-less speech bubbles, considering we’ve only seen one page with it so far, and as you said, you’re still trying things out. The sound effect would probably have been better with black (or some other dark color), that way it isn’t missed (I didn’t notice it the first time, and became confused by the students leaving class).
Aside from that, I’m really interested to see where this chapter is going… Can’t wait for Friday!
NLights January 22, 2014, 4:57 PM EST.
It looks like Abbey is still hurt from the party and who can blame him. And ten bucks says its a guy that Rachel is with that is making Paulo pause
Seoq January 22, 2014, 5:14 PM EST.
Also gotta factor in whenever cute is actually fitting the current setting for the comic.
Which IMO it really doesn’t since they all look like preschoolers.
Might be good for separate artsy fartsy pages, but for a already established comic storyline, it’s wreaking havoc.
Imminow January 22, 2014, 5:16 PM EST.
Looks to me that Rachel’s kissing someone’s lips, and they’re not Paulo’s!
NBbowler January 22, 2014, 5:17 PM EST.
Why is Daisy fat now?
Mari January 22, 2014, 5:21 PM EST.
I like that teacher.
…Daisy’s puffy flowery dialogue bubbles are adorable.
Mai Terra January 22, 2014, 5:28 PM EST.
It’s definitely a unique art style, and while I prefer the older ones, I’ll let the whole chapter play out first before having more concrete thoughts.
I’m loving that Daisy’s mini-speech about Mike last chapter is having echoes with Abbey here. Theirs is definitely the most interesting relationship right now.
More of that teacher too please. :3
Masket January 22, 2014, 5:45 PM EST.
I need to know what happens! ;n;
DipplingSquad January 22, 2014, 5:53 PM EST.
I betcha rachels interacting with that optimistic black and white cat from the chapter involving rachels party
kiko January 22, 2014, 6:37 PM EST.
AAAAAA WHY IS EVERYTHING SO BEAUTIFUL
Solaris January 22, 2014, 6:51 PM EST.
“Remember your oh what the f no one’s going to remember”
Kurohayabusa January 22, 2014, 6:57 PM EST.
are they going to be drawn with digitigrade legs from now on?
boop January 22, 2014, 7:01 PM EST.
Is just me or the coloring makes them look younger?
DrackeStalenTorgen January 22, 2014, 7:08 PM EST.
Hello, long time reader, first time commenter. :3
It seems like Abbey’s having doubts about the relationship after what transpired, really unfortunate.
Phillip January 22, 2014, 7:18 PM EST.
these things are happening
“next chapter, someone’s blood dripping on the ground at the back of the school as first page.”
Pyro January 22, 2014, 7:31 PM EST.
Thank you Abbey, though your loss of worship for Daisy may turn her into a negative spiral on how boys don’t like her not even her boyfriends, “Blah blah woe is me.”
When she really just needs to use her eyeballs and realize what’s she’s doing to people when she throws her drunk feelings at an ex-crush, punches balls, and stabs people.
Geesh, what a social-phopa.
I second the main thought that Rachel moved on. And if she did, good for her. Paulo is using her as a blanket. Either way, I don’t think she’s the girl to stick around with anyone. Especially in high school. She’s like a social butterfly. ALSO, this scenario is like one of those California “I fell in love with someone drop dead gorgeous and popular and crazy, but I don’t know what went wrong.” songs:
Lickit&stickit January 22, 2014, 7:35 PM EST.
You went chibi shota on us >__>
Gah January 22, 2014, 7:37 PM EST.
*i see the last 3 parts of this comic page*What? What is it, Paulo? What’s wrong?
Michelle January 22, 2014, 7:44 PM EST.
That teacher looks like he hardly even cares about his job. He’d be fun to mess with.
illeatyourself January 22, 2014, 7:57 PM EST.
Kinda reminds me of my History teacher, you know, last hour ‘till schools ends, 5 hours of school more to come for some people (Like me ), Nobody is in the mood of doing more work…
RicardoD January 22, 2014, 7:58 PM EST.
Honestly, i slowly have the feeling that you are rather cold o.O
Tails January 22, 2014, 8:11 PM EST.
“Everyone! Remember your - oh what the hell ever” Best teacher in history.
Davey and Sue's Daughter January 22, 2014, 8:31 PM EST.
Wonder what Rachael is up to?
Still not a fan of the new style. I love how it works with the backgrounds and what you’re doing with the word bubbles. It makes it a smooth read.
@Taeshi I think you need to blend more complementary colors. It looks as though you are using colors straight from the tubes. If you ever get the chance I recommend taking a color course or reading about using complementary colors for shading. Here’s an example of what I mean http://www.painters-online.co.uk/Features/How-to- Paint-Vibrant-Watercolours-using-Complementary- Colour-Pairs/_ft241
I love your comic. Keep up the good work.
taNi January 22, 2014, 8:42 PM EST.
Dandy January 22, 2014, 8:47 PM EST.
Warning! The class is over! A large group of students running out of classroom!
HongKat January 22, 2014, 9:15 PM EST.
Oh man that teacher made me laugh hard.
I love this style and I love your bubbles. e_e Keep it up~
Yaschiri January 22, 2014, 9:51 PM EST.
This…..THIS HERE…. is… BEAUTIFUL!! I really like the new art style
Is it just me or do the characters look child-like/younger ? But anyways… This is purrrrrfect! (Sorry for my lame puns lol)
Demetrios January 22, 2014, 10:00 PM EST.
The look on Paulo’s face makes me think I’m about to have some bad feels…
Eevee January 22, 2014, 10:42 PM EST.
Kirby Dreamland 3 looking visuals. I like this.
Limit January 22, 2014, 10:44 PM EST.
The art is very cute. I like these experimental art styles—it’s great that Taeshi is trying to expand her art. Keep it up.
And thanks for the 5-day schedule for so long. It’s surely mentally exhausting and to delivered it for a while is amazing. Thank you again.
Just-A-Lurker January 22, 2014, 10:54 PM EST.
@Lickit&stickit, a social what? Do you mean faux pas?
@Kiwi, as a cub-lover myself, I can tell you Taeshi doesn’t have to worry about that.
@boop, you’re looking at it wrong. They are normal legs.
@Mari, Daisy has always been on the chubbier side.
Pokelova January 22, 2014, 11:14 PM EST.
I like it. It has a youthful twang to it.
Timni January 22, 2014, 11:23 PM EST.
I really like the new style, but I also think it doesn’t fit. Everything seems light and fluffy and HELLA younger. In my opinion it would work better on a flashback/dream chapter. Alas it does look friggen sweet.
Hamshi January 22, 2014, 11:40 PM EST.
@Taeshi the new way of doing speech bubbles is a little weird. for example the tail on the bubble (the teacher’s bubble) in the first panel gets a little lost. I think that the out lines of the speech bubbles are to important to not have them in a comic.
Although it is a fresh new look, it is very hard to read and I think that using an outline for the speech bubbles will stop any awkward or unreadable panels.
Keep in mind that the job of the artist is to make they’re story as readable as possible. This is achieved by a system of smooth transitions from panel to panel (which you have achieve by using the classic grid format), and to make sure that your speech bubbles are easy to read. Not just the text but the bubble itself. by not using outlines the reader may become confused as to what character is speaking which lines.
There is also a color theory side to this too. The colors that makeup your comic are general pale or light colors. Your speech bubbles are white. With out a thin black line to break up your speech bubble from your art work the comic will look unfinished or sloppy (I’m not trying to say this page is sloppy). The speech bubbles become lost, and its hard for the reader’s eye to detect the bubble from the artwork.
One more thing, (this is actually more of a suggestion) try having your speech bubbles over lap the character that you want saying whats in that speech bubble. This will make it 100% clear about who is saying that speech bubble.
I hope no one thinks I’m talking out of my *** on this. I actually know a fair bit about comics and about art in general, I “secretly” want to be a graphic designer when I get out of college. I also took a comic class that my school offered so I could get an understanding of what goes into making a comic (and so I can call Taeshi out on any mistakes).
I really hope that my input helps out Taeshi. I love to halp out in anyway I can, and I hope you will value my criticism as more then just some crabby jerk who is only out to cause trouble…
Oh my, I sure did a lot of typing. Maybe senpai will notice me.
June-pay Eeyorey January 22, 2014, 11:56 PM EST.
I’m sorry, I think Rachel is very caring, but so far as dependable for just one romance? Ehhh. Not for a while. She’s going to go off into the sunset with her charmings with each setting day and settle down when she’s over the excitement of shiny things. Paulo should have known better about her.
Yet, I honestly feel more for Paulo here. Rachel is obviously over it. And Paulo? He can’t get a break with his romance interests. (Hung-over one, moves on, then she’s gone too) Can’t being doing much for his ego.
He’s come around to her or her support/friendship, and she is definitely making out with some one here. Just noting the tilt of the head and *around the corner* placement of her in general. Still time to be wrong but I doubt it.
Lickit&stickit January 23, 2014, 12:45 AM EST.
hey, I like this style!
it finally looks like they’re kids again.
though, it’s easy to forget that considering all the drama they go through
but, you know, I still really liked the old style waaaaay back.
ala chapter 50+.
it just had that lightheartedness.
oh well. maybe I can associate this style with fun instead of death-emo-drama.
Pshyzo January 23, 2014, 1:13 AM EST.
Also, notice the fact you can see two shadows in the last panel, and two pages before that, you can see Rachel’s left leg in the air, which I think is a big giveaway.
I wander how Paulo will react to this news… I can tell things are going to get very interesting.
And I like the new website style! Your art seems pretty neat, but is it me or is David a lot darker than normal? And I think I prefer the all white word bubbles than with black outlines, because it sort’ve feels ‘clean’ to me. I’m not really sure how to explain it, I suppose.
That guy January 23, 2014, 1:20 AM EST.
Skeptics and pro-RachelxPaulo fans could always try to argue that she is marking her territory on the wall.
That would give Paulo the same look of shock.
Lickit&stickit January 23, 2014, 1:23 AM EST.
o3o I like this new style of the website and the comic. Makes it feel bubbly… Like cartoon-cartoon… I bet Rach. is cheating… If not, IDK
Lyrix January 23, 2014, 1:40 AM EST.
I prefered the old style, it was much more full of life. (sorry for bad englisch)
now it looks kinda… hmm lifeless i think.
that’s my opinion
annonymous January 23, 2014, 1:58 AM EST.
Wow, the comment boxes look so cool! I like the site changes overall. This new style is interesting too, I look forward to seeing it for the length of this chapter. It seems softer yet still defined in a way…it makes me think of clay. Is that weird? Haha! It’s too early to make a full verdict on it yet though ^^ I really like how everyone’s eyes are a little different. For example, Daisy is a sweetie and a little naive, so she gets TWO highlights in each eye. Also, the teacher’s comment is great.
+bird+ January 23, 2014, 3:33 AM EST.
“eh?” why do i feel taeshi has been reading manga
MikexLucyForever January 23, 2014, 5:32 AM EST.
I’ll bet that rachel has a guy now
shhh January 23, 2014, 5:40 AM EST.
@MikexLucyForever, since when is “eh?” a manga-esque thing to say?
Pokelova January 23, 2014, 8:19 AM EST.
@taeshi, I think the comment bubbles make it easier to read .
iris January 23, 2014, 9:06 AM EST.
Still not digging the new style. But what ever. Figure Rachel is with another guy, too. After all, she pointed out they weren’t together, though if anyone finds it shocking that she is with another guy, they’re too into drama.
I doubt we’re gonna get things back to the previous style, so I’ll have to be satisfied with this. This delay for the comic, though, is driving me insane. Had to go weeks without, and now it’s delayed posting for each picture. This is insanity. And I hate writing these posts because it never changes anything, other than showing that I have words I wish mattered, like most people who complain about something.
Either way, hope Paulo gets kicked down a couple notches, Lucy shows up at some point or the other, Rachel has a new guy, Abbey expresses how upset he is with Daisy for the way she acted, Mike starts feeling better, and that they all go see a movie. Pretty sure if Rachel is also having fun with another guy, Paulo will be busy sulking and what not, and if Abbey says he’s not comfortable with Daisy liking Mike, and happens to- Eh, what ever. Just want to see the next page already.
Bro Kane January 23, 2014, 9:10 AM EST.
ah ok, it just sounded more like you were happy about paulos shock o.o
And btw i never saw anyone doing this “leg in the air” thing in RL when they were in love with someone….isn´t that just a teenie-movie-or romance- clichee? xD
Tails January 23, 2014, 9:46 AM EST.
Orion January 23, 2014, 11:19 AM EST.
To everyone out their proclaiming that Abbey clearly doesn’t like/love Daisy anymore simply because he isn’t jumping out of his seat to agree with her, you are really over-analyzing. He just doesn’t want to watch a movie. You can disagree with someone and still love them. He’s simply staying silent to spare her feelings and to not disagree with her in front of their friends (which is really, really nice of him, I think).
Ravako January 23, 2014, 11:40 AM EST.
That’s mighty naive, given his reaction.
Daisy broke his self-esteem by openly proclaiming Abbey were more-or-less not what she wanted, but what she could get, while she was drunk.
Imminow January 23, 2014, 12:01 PM EST.
Yep, Love the new style along with those chat bubbles
NegaSimon January 23, 2014, 12:04 PM EST.
Rachel’s movin on huh
He did say she’s not his girlfriend!
GingerPaws January 23, 2014, 12:08 PM EST.
Shoosh. Shooshshooshshoosh. SHOOSH.
*hug* It’s okay. It’s gonna be okay. You’re gonna be okay, buddy! *pat pat*
Go play the click and drag game for a while, and draw some fanfic of it.
Have some chocolate while you’re at it- cheer up!
GingerPaws January 23, 2014, 12:24 PM EST.
I’m starting to think that Rachel is with someone else. It’s no longer February.
How much time has it passed since Rachel birthday party? If it’s been like 3 weeks then I will totally believe that Rachel is seeing someone else. Does anybody know? Help a bro out here ?
Jonas97face January 23, 2014, 12:55 PM EST.
Probably that guy dog at that party. He seemed fun and she wants puppies.
Hunnikitty January 23, 2014, 1:07 PM EST.
Dang I just got faked out of a new page.
Damage January 23, 2014, 1:24 PM EST.
what is going on?
Mr-Hero-Bio January 23, 2014, 1:38 PM EST.
Shani96 January 23, 2014, 2:00 PM EST.
@Gingerpaws - Keep your paws off my husband, please. You don’t know him to know that he is okay with your “hugs”. I am not okay with it.
Astoria January 23, 2014, 2:05 PM EST.
Tails January 23, 2014, 2:50 PM EST.
FXMaster January 23, 2014, 3:04 PM EST.
wha? oh ya thats right where going back to the moday< wensday
void January 23, 2014, 3:18 PM EST.
@Tails Worry about you, not me. I don’t recall mentioning you in that post.
Astoria January 23, 2014, 3:36 PM EST.
Ok, so Rachel is standing with her and elevated, a foot in the air and her face only visible to Paulo… I see a cat shadow… that better not be Mike cheating on Sandy/Lucy!! (Honestly, we haven’t really heard from Mike(sober) in a while… do we really know him still? I think it was, what, May?-June? WHAT IS THIS???!!!)
The Scarlet Tailed Fox January 23, 2014, 4:13 PM EST.
The Scarlet Tailed Fox January 23, 2014, 4:14 PM EST.
@The Scarlet Tailed Fox
OMG! If that would be Mike i´m gonna be SO ****** at him! >.
Tails January 23, 2014, 4:29 PM EST.
I think Astoria also needs a hug.
Orion January 23, 2014, 4:32 PM EST.
Hmmm, I like the art style as a whole, but I think it’s making the characters look extremely young. Maybe it’s just how the characters are proportioned right now. They look very “chibi” in comparison to the other work you’ve done. Big eyes and big heads in comparison to the rest of the body. Normally I don’t have a problem with this look, but I don’t think it fits the characters very well at this stage where there has been a LOT of serious topics lately.
For example, I really can’t see Mike saying “I hate you” to Lucy the way they look now and take it serious.
And Taeshi, never think you’re letting us down! We all love you! I couldn’t even finish a page a month, let alone three every week! You’ve got talent, and I love the stories you tell. Keep up the fantastic work!
The Esquire January 23, 2014, 4:46 PM EST.
Whaaaaaaa? Rachel has new legs style?
JayLime January 23, 2014, 5:06 PM EST.
So drawing 15/16 year olds like they are 12 does grant the comic a more cutsey appeal. I just don’t think it’ll be be the same when these 12 year old kids go out to parties and get wasted. Let alone these baby faced kids buying cond0ms/having sex or attempting suicide.
Really, the childish looks sort of detract from the comics standard drama fulled entertainment. The style would work on straight comedy comics, but I really don’t see the fit here..
Julius Verne January 23, 2014, 5:11 PM EST.
I dunno. 12 is pretty old for a cat.
Orion January 23, 2014, 5:26 PM EST.
Wow. I just recently found out that their is a comment section. I posted somethin earlier. Taeshi… do you draw/write other comics? Your name sounds kind of familiar.
The Scarlet Tailed Fox January 23, 2014, 5:43 PM EST.
in my opinion, I like the cute style taeshi has.
she has always made they be cute in a way, and that’s how id always like them to stay.
otaku January 23, 2014, 6:42 PM EST.
I know it really looks like it, but if you look closely, you see her left leg is raised. it took me a few times looking at it for me to figure it out, lol. That would be a bit too much of a “style change”
Housey January 23, 2014, 7:30 PM EST.
i keep seeing it, too. its like that optical illusion with the spinning ballerina
Housey January 23, 2014, 7:31 PM EST.
If Rachel is kissing someone else, then it sets up a perfect lesson for Paulo. It mirrors his “betrayal” of Lucy so well. The breakdown, comforting for an entire night because of obsession towards someone unreachable. Then the “betrayal”, which isn’t cheating, but is still a betrayal. Paulo will know what it FEELS like. I wonder is Rachel is planning this. I’d like to think that she is.
Of course, I could be wrong: Rachel could be not kissing another. I have been wrong plenty of times before. One of the good parts of this comic is that you can depend on our author to be unpredictable.
Lordofrye January 23, 2014, 8:25 PM EST.
Yay I love the new style. Grrrrr I can find the ending to that what if chapter from last week. But yay I got to read two new pages
JustSomeCritic January 23, 2014, 8:33 PM EST.
Mr-Hero-Bio January 23, 2014, 8:41 PM EST.
that dude is thining “what a bunch of dicks” jsut walking out on him like that.
MobileCrusader January 23, 2014, 9:27 PM EST.
t-the new palette on the site and the pages kinda hurts my eyes TTwTT I don’t know, maybe it’s because of the lack of lines, but my eyes have trouble focusing.
Still, the new style is sooo adorableeeee <3 I looove it!
although everyone kinda looks like, three years younger xD
FlyingPotato January 23, 2014, 9:28 PM EST.
I smell unannounced dream sequence. Can’t think of any other reason for the art style to suddenly go so washed out and fuzzy.
Spatz January 23, 2014, 9:38 PM EST.
I still think it wasn´t a “betrayal” and it will never be one. But anyway
Tails January 23, 2014, 10:11 PM EST.
@imminow It’s naive to think that someone can just disagree with someone they love but not want to hurt their feelings in front of their friends? Oh, I’m sorry, but how many healthy relationships have you been in? It’s naive to think that someone who is in love with someone has to agree with that one person all the time, actually. It’s a pretty juvenile and unhealthy way to look at relationships, and as much as I dislike Abbey, I have to say he is not immature enough to think that he has to agree with his dear little girlfriend all the time to keep her pleased all the time for some inane reason. Sure, he might be a little upset by what happened at Rachel’s party, but that was in-comic time months (or at the very least more than a month) ago. You really think he’d be visibly upset by that still? I have a little more faith in Taeshi’s writing than that.
Ravako January 23, 2014, 10:22 PM EST.
I hope Paulo doesn’t get hurt tommorow. He has been through a lot already in the recent comics. Also, I know Abbey is probably not upset anymore but I still don’t like to see him be so apathetic towards Daisy. I’m still holding out for DaisyXAbbey in the end. Fingers crossed!
Nenekiri January 23, 2014, 11:33 PM EST.
“Oh what the hell ever”. I’ve never heard it said like that.
Reminded me of Scott Pilgrim for some reason.
asdf January 23, 2014, 11:46 PM EST.
Best. Teacher. EVER! cute art style i like it ^u^
XenaTheChimera January 24, 2014, 1:56 AM EST.
@Astoria, calm yo self girl. If a mere internet hug (not even a flirty hug, a comforting one) is enough to make you react like that, you are overly attached.
Pokelova January 24, 2014, 4:32 AM EST.
Nox January 24, 2014, 5:36 AM EST.
Tails January 24, 2014, 7:57 AM EST.
Jonas97face January 24, 2014, 8:20 AM EST.
Am I correctly observing that Rachel’s legs are now double jointed?? Like a dog’s? Because if so, awesome!!!
alpaca January 24, 2014, 8:47 AM EST.
@alpaca, no, you’re looking at it wrong. They are normal legs. The leg closest to the viewer is popped up and the one furthest from the viewer is on the ground.
Pokelova January 24, 2014, 9:29 AM EST.
Her leg isn’t sticking up, it’s her tail. Remember Rachel has a tail that is white.
Butterfly1 January 24, 2014, 10:39 AM EST.
@Butterfly1, her tail is indeed sticking up, but her left leg is also raised.
Pokelova January 24, 2014, 10:47 AM EST.
Crazycrud January 24, 2014, 3:15 PM EST.
Actually after that party how is Abbey and Daisy? It’s been months since then I’m sure but still I’m curious
Tealjoy January 25, 2014, 1:37 PM EST.
Daisy and David look like children in the first two panels but it’s so shiny!!!
Iceberganalogy101 January 30, 2014, 7:18 AM EST.
@Ravako If you heard your significant other basically saying her feelings to someone other than you, how would you feel? Daisy is just a little girl who needs some growing up. She’s a bit of a little princess who wants what she wants. She may have Abbey, but she would’ve been more happy with Mike. She like her Mikey but lost him to Sandy and the Sandy-Daisy relationship was severed. And she lost him again to Lucy. Daisy was pretty much saying that Mike could do better and would’ve been more happy with her as a girlfriend.
If you with Daisy and heard her say that, wouldn’t you be upset knowing you’re second-best? That even though you’re with her, she still holds feelings for someone else?
They obviously need to have a talk on their relationship and where it stands.
Julia KaNeko January 31, 2014, 7:43 PM EST.
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