Story Summary: Starting Over, page posted 9/14/12

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Starting Over — Page 1
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Author commentary

Veronica: BCB has been running since 2006. In the years since, there has been a lot of improvement. While we’d love it if you read the first three years of BCB, this summary of those early years is our effort to recap the story for new readers, introducing you to everybody important. We hope you enjoy it!

We want to email you some comics!

Join the thousands of BCB fans who look forward to an email of cat drama every Monday morning, and we’ll send you a dozen “Ships Ahoy” comic strips, and one every week after that!

We’ll send a link to the comics you missed, straight away.

Reader comments

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Comment ID #228400

Hmm, so this is from before when Jessica joined Lucy’s fan club. Also, what on earth are those things in Rachel’s hair, I still have no idea? Why is Daisy not sad? Where is Abbey? Why is Paulo sweating and why isn’t he pestering Lucy? Why am I asking you all this?
Also, have you ever noticed that Rachel is similar to Daisy in her constant slightly obnoxious happy attitude.
In summary, I don’t have nearly as much insight to give as I would like, so in the mean time, FISH! <*)) >=

Nikita September 14, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #228401

So.. chapter 73 will be titled ‘cat calamity’…

I now fear for the relationships of all characters…

Tom-the-Foxey September 14, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #228402

ooh black and white.

Lucy September 14, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #228403

Whoa a story with just Jessica and Rachel don’t think we had that yet.

Edit: I’m cool with it mom. I can wait to find out what Ch. 73: Cat Calamity is going to be about my guess Mike vs. Paulo and it is going to be a catastrophe. o.o sorry for that lame joke.

@Taeshi: Are we going to see more of that creepy cat Alejandro?

supertails19 September 14, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #228404

You seem to have met a horible fate, haven’t you?

Ben September 14, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #228405

also such cute faces everyone is making, lol even Lucy

Lucy September 14, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #228406

Oh Lucy is such a beautiful mystery. BRB MASSIVE GIRL CRUSH ON CARTOON CAT TIME.

Telta September 14, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #228407

Please, no, not enough rings is completely unfuny, never touch it again please please please with sugar on top!!!

Mimy September 14, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #228408

LOL I love David’s face 8D

Jirky-Kake September 14, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #228409

new chapter made at midnight and on my birthday today awesome! 8-)

trizero91489 September 14, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #228410

I just finished pledging the $45 to fund/buy Starting Over
Cant wait till November :3

Frodomann1 September 14, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #228411


Batman September 14, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #228412

Lucy’s Bedroom eyes.

Cyph September 14, 2012, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #228413

yay! finally!

Sirchai September 14, 2012, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #228414

I’m actually really excited to see this prequel bit here. It’s been so long since we’ve seen Lucy… well, I would say happy, but that’s not quite right. Normal, I guess? And Mike isn’t as insensitive, Paulo’s back to being awesome with less emotional stuff, and David is… David.

I’m just glad for this change of pace, okay?

Cael September 14, 2012, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #228415

Haha well I must say it is quite the change to see it in black and white again. I will certainly enjoy the additional insight. Been a while since I’ve read that arc so I suppose a recap would be nice… I’m too lazy to go back and read them… ^_^* tee hee

Though on the note of the name, it automatically made me think of new years lol. My bday was yesterday so I suppose it’s only appropriate to have the chapter “starting over” be a bit of a theme huh? :p

Legion September 14, 2012, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #228418

Ooooh, no melodrama for a whilee.

However… Seven months… Hngh… I’m so eager to see progressionnnn.

Although, that last point of Tae’s there is a good one I hadn’t thought of before. I’ve got several friends who I’ve been BEGGING to read this, but won’t because of its length and.. Less up to date art in the beginning. This’ll be perfect to get them in the swing of things and really fall in love with the comic with me

Rii September 14, 2012, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #228419

I love the style this page is in. It has a nice feel to it. I can’t wait for more pages!

Comatose September 14, 2012, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #228420

Not gonna lie. Kind of bummed that it’s going to take another 10 weeks to get back to the main story. I mean, I get that it’s meant to give you more time to work, but now we have go through a ton of backstory again when everyone was excited to move on. I’ll be following anyway, love this comic, just a bit anxious to move on with the raw, emotional, story changing chapter that seems to be looming over the horizon. Anyway, on with the story!

Nonameghost September 14, 2012, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #228421

7…7???? MONTHS?? I give up on this comic it really isn’t worth my time anymore all the intermissions are just staling the REAL STORY i wanna know what happends next but i guess were all gonna have to live with it.

That Guy September 14, 2012, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #228422

I’m happy whenever there is any update… And so should everyone else… No matter what it is :D I’m looking forward to this chapter (or should I say backward) ((sorry… Lame joke)) thanks for being awesome and sharing your awesome comic with us <3

Anthony_frost September 14, 2012, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #228425

Pretty sweet, looking forward to more ~

Jade September 14, 2012, 12:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #228426

Trizero91489: happy birthday!

Legion: happy birthday to you too!

Taeshi September 14, 2012, 12:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #228428

@Ben You shouldnt have done that…..

Frodomann1 September 14, 2012, 12:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #228429

People… Where are you getting your math

32 pages

3 updates a week

32 devided by 3 = 10.66

Round that to 11 and devide 11 by 4

It should take 2.75 months not 7 8-)

Edit: @Order_66 woot… Math buddy’s ;)

Anthony_frost September 14, 2012, 12:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #228430

Where the **** is everyone getting 5-7 months from???
31 pages at 3 pages a week is 10 weeks, thats between 2 and 3 months, not 5-7.
Stop your bitching.

Order_66 September 14, 2012, 12:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #228431

Personally speaking, I’m already enjoying the POV shift. It’s like the Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days storyline in the sense of giving us an alternate look of events that have already happened.

Hinochi September 14, 2012, 12:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #228432

@fuking stupid: I find it funny how your name matches your comment 8-). If you can’t wait that long find something else to do than whine about it. Also do yourself a favor read a book and calm down or do what i’m about to do and get some sleep. Good night to you.

supertails19 September 14, 2012, 12:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #228433

fantastic, a new chapter for introducing new readers. now i won’t have to map out individual chapters for my finds to read.

Felix September 14, 2012, 12:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #228434

Where are people getting the whole seven month thing?! 23 pages doesn’t take seven months, chill out!

Floweramon September 14, 2012, 12:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #228435

Well… Not what i was hoping for but really who cares haha i like the black and white format for this.. my only concern is Paulo’s mouth.. seems a bit off..

Richy_Rich September 14, 2012, 1:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #228436

Finally more Jessica :smirk:

Bicsir September 14, 2012, 1:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #228437

I’m liking it. A chapter’s a chapter. And I do like more info. ;)

taNi September 14, 2012, 1:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #228438

I have to agree - We have gotten almost no direct insight to how Jessica and Rachel think and how they got swept up into the group - I think this will be AWESOME.

BTW - To everyone whining about the “Main Story” - This *IS* the main story. I don’t understand why people are always so eager to get to the end of the book. Me, I’m sad I already know Taeshi has mapped out this story to the end and will all-too-soon be finishing it up, so anything that can delay that last chapter is good by me.

Terrh September 14, 2012, 1:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #228439

Interestingly, Treblig, Cali, weathertailo and “fuking stupid.” were all the same person! So I deleted their comments and banned them.

Of course, if more people are upset by this chapter and weren’t placated by the “FAQ” they are welcome to say so in the comments, but please don’t pretend to be many different people while you do it. :(

Terrh, thanks! I think this is a better way to look at it. It’s not supposed to read like a summary, it is an actual story.

SuitCase September 14, 2012, 1:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #228441

Also, as a quick note: if you’d like new comics and your name isn’t sparkling gold, you do realise Bittersweet Club International has 160+ pages of other BCB chapters for you to read, right? With the added bonus that it helps us eat and pay rent and stuff!

SuitCase September 14, 2012, 1:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #228443

Coolio, so this is right when Daisy got a new boyfriend and before mike and lucy completely fall out of line.
I think the whole BCB universe is great, the more insight to the characters te better!!

foreveryoung5 September 14, 2012, 1:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #228444

Piecing the past together, eh? That always helps make a story more concrete and whole. Helps smooth out those bumps and makes it flow a little more smoothly. I appreciate how the art style is following the styles illustrated during these chapters.
My only complaint is that I wish these bridges were made before I started reading BCB! (Also, and I know some might get sick of hearing this, but it’s true, I desire to see more Lucy!)

Dude disguised as a dude September 14, 2012, 1:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #228445

Looking forward to the story progression resuming (hopefully) after this chapter. The prologue should end around the time the books are ready to ship if I’m guessing right. Either way, I’m looking forward to it. Until then, I’ll enjoy our sneak peak of 32 pages from the book, which aren’t included in the “over 100 exclusive pages!” (I hope? XD)

Keep up the good work Taeshi and Suit.

Fenfir September 14, 2012, 2:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #228446

Well I won’t pretend that I’m not disappointed, since after the drama levels reached in “Just Beautiful” the crave for progress in the plot has been unbearable, but it’s not like I won’t be able to enjoy this chapter as well.
Besides, I like this style a lot even though the watercolors are so pretty.
From the looks of it, it might start with a short recap of the cast and their relationships, but I doubt it would last more than a few pages if it was just that. We can’t expect major turns that wouldn’t be consistent with the existing chapters that follow, but I’m sure it will be interesting. ;)

Cavara September 14, 2012, 2:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #228449

I think i recognize this! D: If my memory serves right, they’re going to ask Daisy if they can sit cause they don’t know anyone in that lunch period, then they’re gonna give Tess evil looks. Woo.

Follarch September 14, 2012, 3:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #228450

People say such insulting things toward the author in these comments sections, but I simply say “Hi” and my comment gets deleted? That’s screwed up.

Stevum September 14, 2012, 4:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #228451

Oh man, only three months of Rachel and Jessica POV chapter focus?
I’ll try to enjoy it as long as it last.

Gnukko September 14, 2012, 5:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #228452

I’m eager to see the story in the present time, with more of that new art style, which is still new with the comic overall. Oh well, no biggie, so long as I’m alive and Taeshi is alive, it’s fine. In fact, I’m glad that Taeshi clearly isn’t rushing the story, sure it may take a while but it will make it turn out a better story than rushing all through! Back in the day, there was no internet to view the progression of comics, they were just released when they were done. It doesn’t mean they did it in 2 days or something, it takes time everyone, don’t be surprised!

Skorzney September 14, 2012, 6:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #228454

So this chapter is to be told from jess and racheles point of veiw I take it. This should be enjoyable.

Blue fox September 14, 2012, 7:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #228455

Cat-calamity, eh? Sounds like I need to sit down and get ready to respond to some DRAMA. *finger wiggle* You can never prepare too early.

@Taeshi Also, I admire the fact you’re able to switch back and forth between mediums! Seems you’ve drawn this chapter in the style you were using during that time in the story (rather than just throwing in a colored chapter). Just thought I’d let you know I find that neat. :D

Chinatsu September 14, 2012, 8:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #228457

Guess we’ll finally know WHY Jessica is crushing hard-mode on Lucy.
And maybe also how that happened in the first place.


anov September 14, 2012, 8:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #228458

Where is the David chapter?

7 September 14, 2012, 9:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #228459

Ah, so happy! Jessica is one of my favourite characters - very interesting girl, but we don’t honestly know all that much about her yet, and certainly not from her perspective. I still like Lucy and Mike and all, but this is rather refreshing.

N September 14, 2012, 10:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #228460

Boy, there is a lot of preparation is there? Well thats what you expect and there’s much here that makes me a little agitated but I seem to be oddly rambling that I’ll just drop the subject… So anyway a good refresher is always good.

Starkeyblade September 14, 2012, 11:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #228462

This chapter is a great idea, actually!

Júlia September 14, 2012, 3:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #228466

Yes! I’m excited for this extra insight from Jessica’s and Rachael’s’ points of view! Need some outside opinion on these loves. :3 (Lucy does not look too happy, awks :unsure:)

Shi-chan September 14, 2012, 4:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #228467

New points of view mixed with flashbacks? I think I’ll like this :3

Subaru September 14, 2012, 4:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #228469


buuuuuuuurp September 14, 2012, 6:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #228471

Ill be back nov 27
For the next chapter :/

Hmm September 14, 2012, 6:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #228472

Just got into this comic recently and I can’t stop back reading; this is all so wonderful! :D Though the comments sometime….yeesh! I’ve followed an online comic for the past 9 years that only updates ONCE a week; in my eyes, you lot are getting spoiled to Hell. :smirk: Looking forward to reading many more of your comics in the near future. Oh, and the page-saving feature? BRILLIANT. 8-D

Rainey September 14, 2012, 6:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #228474

Lol This is horrible, but when Jessica asked do they know anything about Daisy’s friends. I instantly thought, “Well…you slept with one.”

KittyKattRawr September 14, 2012, 7:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #228476

oh boy

soup September 14, 2012, 7:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #228477

daisy’s neck looks weird o.o

nom September 14, 2012, 8:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #228478

I find this bouncing back and forth a bit confusing and it takes the focus away from the story..

Sly September 14, 2012, 8:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #228480

DAVIDDD!!! Awww yisss

Knuc September 14, 2012, 8:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #228481

@Rainey if your doing a lot of back redding may I suggest becoming a member like suitcase said new comics and a shinny name. I joind about a moth ago.

Blue fox September 14, 2012, 8:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #228482

oohhh!!! really, you dont David, paulo, lucy, mike and daisy.

criastal September 14, 2012, 8:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #228485

When ever Im presented with a problem, I just ask myself WWPD? 8-)

Frodomann1 September 14, 2012, 11:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #228488

I’m sure they… know Paulo 8-)

IBeMe September 14, 2012, 11:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #228491

Love Jess’s pouty look in panel 2.

@Nikita: I’m bored, so random speculation on the answers. :) Barrettes or earrings, I imagine. Her hair doesn’t look long enough for barrettes, but earrings would normally be lower down. Ear barrettes, maybe?

Daisy has Abbey as a boyfriend, so she’s happy, and he’s probably weighing the pros and cons of an apple versus a banana with his lunch, so he’ll be to the table shortly.

I’m guessing Paulo’s sweating because David looks like he’s barking to tease him (or just saying something embarrassing, equally likely in a story that summarizes events to bring new characters up to date on the rest of the story).

The same reason I’m answering them: boredom and curiosity. :D

Yes! And now I’m stealing your fish to give to a pretty girl. :x <*)) >=

So, yeah, just finished catching up, loving it, and looking forward to the Kickstarter finishing so I can get a Lucy figurine. Freakin’ adorable. :smirk:

Coyote September 15, 2012, 2:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #228509

@ Coyote
Muchas Gracias. Also, I dare you to find something to do with this,
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
One more thing, how do you add a hyperlink into your text, it doesn’t seem to work for me.

Nikita September 15, 2012, 11:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #228517

Lucy always did make disinterest look good.

Hoheh_Iyah_Hohee September 15, 2012, 12:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #228534

Well i’m not happy about that at all Mad Lucy

New chap plox

zinxinax September 15, 2012, 2:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #228537

I’m actually quite glad BCB is finally making a good ‘hey, this is the comic!’ chapter. I’ve tried to show my friends BCB a few times, but there’s not a good starting point. You can start at the beginning, but it’s difficult to see past the low-grade art that BCB once was. You could start somewhere in the middle, or just start on the newest comic, but then there’s a serious feeling of confusion, as every characters actions and interactions are based on aspects of their personality or their past. (WHICH I LOVE.)
If this is as-advertised, this will be an excelent jumping-on point, which the comic sorely needed.
And it will be as-advertised, ‘cause the Tae don’t dissapoint.
Curtisimo - Flulosipher

Curtisimo September 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #228540

@ Blue Fox
I’ll definitely give that a look when I have spending moneys again. :)

Rainey September 15, 2012, 3:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #228545

Eh Well its nice to know that you care about your customers so yeah go Taeshi! ^__^

Casshern September 15, 2012, 3:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #228553

*makes some popcorn*

This’ll be an interesting chapter :3

Chocothunda September 15, 2012, 4:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #228571

Ooh, cool. We get to take a trip to the past and learn more about Jessica and Rachel. :smirk: :P I’m okay with this.

Also, I am chuffed about my new membership. 8-D Woot.

ravengal September 15, 2012, 7:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #228575

I Realy realy hope we see the long awaited ***** story ark between jessica and lucy. I mean what the hell happend with that? It was presented and forgotten too quickly

JustSomeCritic September 15, 2012, 8:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #228576

Realy. Lesbian shortened gets bleeped!? Its a term. I got gay friendsand they don’t hate it. I’m talking about Lucy X jessica.

JustSomeCritic September 15, 2012, 8:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #228606

Am I the only one that thinks Jessica looks stunning in the second panel?

Skari September 16, 2012, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #228616

Ok I am totally confused here, Lucy has actually been hanging out with Michael and hasn’t been all that mopey. Please excuese this because it’s PROBABLY a stupid question but isn’t she supposed to be trying to AVOID him after that last verbal beating that he gave her? And how is the WORLD have none of the others found about that?????

Lex September 16, 2012, 1:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #228623

@Nikita: To do hyperlinks, you have to do the actual html code. Here’s a tutorial. (Copy/pasting from a tutorial is the easy way.) You need a ‘less than’ sign, the letter “a” followed by a space, then href=”url” (the letters U-R-L get replaced by the actual url, which seems obvious but it never hurts to be clear), then a ‘greater than’ sign. Then you type what the link should say, and finish with ‘less than’, ‘forward slash’, “a”, ‘greater than’. That should work, assuming full HTML is allowed for editing. There’s no preview button, so here goes nothing! (Also, assuming this does work, plugging in the string target=”_blank” before the first ‘greater than’ sign will make the link open in a new window.)

And now, a brief retelling of how Abbey rescued Daisy:
;) => ;_; => Furious Abbey => (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

EDIT: Success!

Coyote September 16, 2012, 3:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #228661

Of course we do!

…………. at least one of them is a dog~

Huh? September 16, 2012, 9:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #228682

I think this takes place when those 2 go up to daisys table way back when. I have no idea :question: taeshi any thoughts?

JustSomeCritic September 16, 2012, 12:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #228683

“Do we even know anything about them?”

Possible Responses:

A. You don’t want to know… Run while you still can! LIVE FOR US ALL!


C. You will know soon enough…

- Zero

Zero_Starlight September 16, 2012, 1:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #228690

It just occurred to me that rachel is a bit on the short side and jess is quiet tall.

Blue fox September 16, 2012, 3:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #228804

Where’s the new page?

Stevum September 19, 2012, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #229154

Poalo looks a little scared there… 8-DPs im no good at spelling!PPs McCain is cool! 8-)

nozan September 24, 2012, 6:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #230942

Lucy looks like she’s slowly turning into a goth chick in the last panel. I expect her to start writing poems about the inky blackness of her soul in blood red ink haha.

Maverik October 9, 2012, 5:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #231651

I really can’t wait to see how the conversation between Mike and Lucy goes. I JUST. CAN’T. WAIT.

Rylan October 21, 2012, 2:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #240935


Niggah March 13, 2013, 9:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #242277

So, I just read three years worth of comics in less than a week… When I read a webcomic, I read a webcomic.

Patrick April 3, 2013, 2:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #248274

I wanna make this clear its more than worth read from chapter 01 to chapter 46 if you dont read it you will miss a lot, i started from here but i did not know at the moment that it was not the 1st chapter

dont think little of the 1st chapters they are awesome
(sorry if my english is not that goo xD)

Jonathan June 10, 2013, 3:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #253611

And then ****** returned to her home planet.

Sheichii July 13, 2013, 5:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #253980

Wait… It was 3 and a half years before this started again 0.0

Barosepha July 17, 2013, 7:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #255365

Lucy my fav character :love:

Hunter July 31, 2013, 3:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #261093


Nixnax101 October 6, 2013, 2:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #278891

That star on Rachel’s shirt reminds me of Union Market.

Someone April 7, 2014, 6:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #282331

Thank God!! finally done with volume 1

Varden-kun June 12, 2014, 2:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #284113

I love this so much. I can’t even… :love:

Btw, I love this font…anybody else? XD

David is my man. 8-D

wait… why is davids emoticon a 8- D


Talli July 20, 2014, 12:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #291336

New readers?

SotiCoto December 12, 2014, 2:56 PM EST.

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