Story Summary: Starting Over, page posted 10/8/12

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Starting Over — Page 11
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Veronica: A harem, eh.

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Comment ID #230672

Rachel is freaking hilarious. Secondly, I just realized that Mike actually does have a ‘harem’. Also, who is that girl in the back? She looks like she could be Lucy, with the slightly embarrassed look and all, but she has a bow in her hair. Plus, if it’s not Lucy, then why isn’t she following him?
Either way, what Paulo said seemed surprisingly heartfelt, if you know what I mean. Also, I think he may be the slightest bit jealous.
Lastly, I envy their long transition periods as it would seem.

Nikita October 8, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #230673

lol. This entire chapter is probably making all the pauloxmike freaks go freakin’ nuts.

Also Paulo why so serious? You feel threatened in your pursuits by the *** scarf nerd boy you described? :P

Tom-the-Foxey October 8, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #230674

Quick, someone draw Paulo with a scarf!

bjk October 8, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #230675

Mike x Paulo fangirls, GO!

Rusco Istar October 8, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #230676

I should have already know that Mike had his own little harem, it is practically stated on the relationship chart, showing all of the girls at least fancy him.

The Real Lee October 8, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #230677

harem ending

Kaxbe October 8, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #230678

I laughed so hard at this page.

Fluffy October 8, 2012, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #230679

@ Kaxbe
NO! In the corner with you!
ヽ(`Д´)ノ ┻━┻

Nikita October 8, 2012, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #230680

Why is Mike’s scarf still striped?

ChaosGale October 8, 2012, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #230681

Probably Stacy B)

Box October 8, 2012, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #230682

With the way Paulo knows Mike, he really may have a chance. XD

IBeMe October 8, 2012, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #230683

@Nikita: I think that is Stacy she wrote Mike a poem that Lucy read out loud, which ended up hurting her feelings. I guess she still likes Mike. Also Rachel is funny but Paulo made me crack up. XD
I just noticed that Box beat me to it oh well.

supertails19 October 8, 2012, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #230684

Girls *had* a thing for mike. Before he became a self-centered/ sandy centered jerk and told off lucy and made her cry. Now once they find out he yelled a lucy again, he’ll be dead to them….

Frodomann1 October 8, 2012, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #230685

Rachel is quickly growing to be one of my favorite characters, haha.

Zel October 8, 2012, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #230686

For starters Mike has charm and doesn’t fail as a bad boy wannabe.

Jack October 8, 2012, 12:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #230687

inb4 Thanatos

Crackles October 8, 2012, 12:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #230688

@ Supertails/Box
Thanks, and I think I may remember that. That chapter was unusual to say the least.
@ Jack
You can’t fail at being a ‘wannabe’ but as rule of thumb, ‘wannabes’ themselves fail.
@ Crackles

Nikita October 8, 2012, 12:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #230690

lol, harems…………. Ya know what? If BBC were like one of those romance games/dating sims, and Mike were the main character (and was given his usual harem), then the “PauloXMike ending” should be the bonus/surprise pairing for the game XD.

Subaru October 8, 2012, 12:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #230692

In the harem animes I’ve seen, the ending would usually be a gigantic cliffhanger and a hug. I’m still trying to figure out what the hell happened in Demon King Daimao’s ending, to say nothing about Girls Bravo.

Neospector October 8, 2012, 12:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #230693

so what if Mike happens to have a lot of girls following him? Some guys just get lucky I guess, real world or BCB, mate it would be different if I knew Mike personally but I don’t find him to be a jerk.
And even though It isn’t the nicest hing for Paulo to talk about Mike this way but at least I know they respect each other. But soon enough Paulo won’t be complaining after getting with Jessica and Rachel…
This is getting fun! Love the detail in Paulo’s expressions!

foreveryoung5 October 8, 2012, 12:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #230694

It never really came to mind that Mike has a possible harem with Paulo’s constant taunting and basically the drama.

Fangirl October 8, 2012, 1:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #230698


Yet you can still appear to be a nice person, but deep down be a self-centered manipulative *******.

It’s not how they appear that defines them, it’s their true intentions that does.

And that can’t be hidden forever.

One_does_Zero October 8, 2012, 1:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #230699

The physical reactions of characters are really starting to fall in line with their mood. You can tell in panel one that Paulo is genuinely disgruntled about Mike’s ability to attract girls.
On that note, I would like to speculate that girls as a majority tend to float towards guys who are open, but don’t try to hard (not too emotional, but not too robotic)? Could I say they (girls) like an inviting and friendly mystery? Hmm, dunno (not female myself).
I would also like to speculate an infusion of reader reactions in this page. Paulo’s gripes about Mike in panel 3 are gripes commonly tossed around among a circle of readers. The joke that Rachel made about Paulo secretly pinning after Mike is also a long-running joke (seriously considered “shipping” by some?) among readers.
A final speculation I’d like to make is that Mike might have no romantic affection for his troupe of girls, because Sandy already has all of it. No point in feeling for other females, when you have your true “one and only” (and as many readers probably know, Mike is obsessed with Sandy).
Anyways, great stuff. The updates on BCB are like little surprises I look forward to throughout the week. The development of the story, art style, and reactions of characters are all the things I anticipate greatly.

Blue Forty Two October 8, 2012, 1:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #230700

So that’s the lineup of girls that want to bang him,dang

lov/hate/hurt October 8, 2012, 1:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #230702

Hey this is all fine and good but when in THE **** is the main story arc continuing? I want to know if Lucy doesnt off herself in before Paulo bangs her.

D October 8, 2012, 1:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #230703

Amaya, you are adorable. :x

Xenos October 8, 2012, 2:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #230706

@Xenos Ik right?

MikeRocks314 October 8, 2012, 2:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #230713

Mike is so perfect. But underneath that perfection… ohhhh. INSANITY. :D

Just-a-Lurker October 8, 2012, 3:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #230716

The girls are following Mike because of the love spell he cast on his Harry Potter scarf. And now Paulo is feeling the effects. :love:

Pirate Santa October 8, 2012, 3:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #230717

Oh Mike, you and your hoards of fangirls. Paulo, you might wanna try harder, or he’ll get Rachel and Jessica as well. 8-D

Homestucker October 8, 2012, 4:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #230720

People have had a long debate about Michael’s last name, knowing that it begins with an S, due to one of the chapters.
I’m sort of inclined to believe his last name is Swag.

Skorzney October 8, 2012, 4:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #230725

Well, well, well… I’d say it’s easy to fancy over the long-distance relationship when you have so many spare tires around, Michael… I wonder if you’d be so confident if Sandy was the only girl that’s interested into you. :/

Cavara October 8, 2012, 5:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #230727

When do they bring out the stripper in the birthday cake?

Vloggmus Prime October 8, 2012, 6:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #230729

o3o about time, I kinda want to see mike lose his luck with the girls abit. paulo for the win!

Mister O October 8, 2012, 6:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #230730

Mike, what a p*mp! You’re leading a whole procession line of females. Didn’t expect that out of you. Or maybe that is your real personality and you use your nice boy cover to draw everyone in. Then, when they start to fall………

The Yoshinator October 8, 2012, 6:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #230731

All majestic in the wind XD HA

Midstrike October 8, 2012, 6:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #230733

Vloggmus Prime told me to change his name to That Irreverent Guy so as he could be even less serous!

That Irreverent Guy October 8, 2012, 6:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #230734

You know, kuz im a boss!

That Irreverent Guy October 8, 2012, 6:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #230735

Holy crap, a Stacy sighting! :love:

Why is Daisy walking with them? She already ran to class like 5 minutes ago.

DLancer October 8, 2012, 7:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #230736

H3h h3h “gay *** scarf” h3h

Terizi Pyrope October 8, 2012, 7:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #230737

Ha if I had a dollar for evrey time mike was being followed by a group of women…..

Blue fox October 8, 2012, 7:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #230742


Huh? October 8, 2012, 9:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #230744

Its hard to be irreverent with a less serous page :(

That Irreverent Guy October 8, 2012, 9:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #230748

I think Paulo would make a cute gay guy <3

TishonHeart October 8, 2012, 10:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #230749

mike can have any girl he wants, yet he stays loyal to the one he loves.

paulo has little choice… there is jasmine, and… that’s about it… unless he preys on lucy’s weakened state and rapes her, or whatever.

how many girls has paulo really been with?

two ***** with absolutely no self-respect, dignity, or any reason for existing other than to try hurting tess, which is the whole reason they even paid paulo any mind.

then there is jasmine, some 10 year old he picked up… or however old she is… who is inexplicably drawn to him for who he is…

…and despite FINALLY finding a girl who doesn’t despise him for being a totally perverted ********, HE IS SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING CHEATING ON HER.

seriously, why do girls… and some guys… like paulo so much? must be a bunch of twitards… being in love with abusive men and stupid girls who wouldn’t be able to spot a bad person if they were followed around by police sirens and flashing neon lights, followed by an air-raid siren when they get too close. :/

Thanatos October 8, 2012, 10:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #230750

@DLancer dasiy always has time for mike.

Blue fox October 8, 2012, 10:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #230751

Oh, Paulo is jealous alright… of Mike or the harem, we may never know.

Arkairyn October 8, 2012, 10:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #230752

Mike may be boring but Rachel isn’t lol

Knux-the-Killer October 8, 2012, 10:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #230753

If only Sandy could see Mike now… :unsure:

ChaosGale October 8, 2012, 10:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #230756

The girl in the back with the bow looks like mike’s sister,Haley, annoyed at not being able to get to her locker or something

Angry Faic October 8, 2012, 10:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #230763

Gay ***-SCARF gotta love the hyphen transfer game

Hahahahahah October 8, 2012, 11:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #230766

what is this mike :D
nothing sandy :unsure:
why are all these girls with you :D
;_; :x :/ :love:
haha well—— :unsure:
mike lets talk for a bit :D [deep emotion ._.>:O]

disaster October 8, 2012, 11:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #230767

Lol you are wrong on so many levels it’s hilarious with your panties in a twist disdain for everything Paulo. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Paulo defender, I like Mike just as much.

First, At this point in the story, he hasn’t been with anyone yet. Just because you sleep with someone is not grounds to say they have no self respect. Not everyone treats sex the same way. Yeah it was kind of low to use it to just get back at Tess, but I can’t really blame Jess for what Tess did to her.

I don’t know about Jess but are you BLIND? XD We just heard that Rachel likes him. The fact that he and Tess are close just sweetened the deal. Remember Tess and her old boyfriend broke her little bro’s arm.

Second, I don’t know where you are from, but freshman are usually 14 or 15 to be a freshman. I was on the young end of my grade so I know. Paulo is a sophomore. That makes him 15 or 16. Thats only a year or two difference lol. Not that big of a deal.
They are good friends that became more. They are more like partners in crime. Bottom line is that they have fun together. I think he’s even a better person because of it. In ask Roseville High, Jasmine said she wants to be friends no matter what happens.
We don’t know that he would cheat. All we know is that he has feelings for Lucy. I think Paulo has enough honor to end it with Jazzy first before going to Lucy.

As for your last remark…you have some issues man lol. I’m guessing it stems from inadequacy issues of people like Paulo succeeding in your real life where you couldn’t. But I don’t know you, I don’t know your life story so I can only speculate. People like Paulo are just fun to be around sometimes.


Ventus October 8, 2012, 11:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #230777

Ahhh this is the Mike I grew to respect.
An actual nice guy.
Too bad this was in the past.

Wr3h October 8, 2012, 12:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #230783

damns we need lagamorphs in this comic! Oh well, we got david so its all cool!

That Irreverent Guy October 8, 2012, 1:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #230787

I don’t know what it is with all the Mike haters. Mike may have taken it a little too far with crushing lucy’s heart but he’s right. I mean Lucy’s been practically torturing Mike over the years, hitting him, teasing him and fighting with him. He only rejected her and said he hated her because she was a jerk to him for years. I mean he tried for her for years and now she says she loves him after she knows he has a girlfriend. I would do the same thing. So all you mike haters just think about this and don’t say someone else has been hurt worse by Lucy and isn’t complaining they haven’t had her as a practical stalker for years. So think about this thats all. :D

Kai October 8, 2012, 1:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #230789

@kai its true that she did act wrong with him in the past, but two wrongs don’t make a right. He shouldn’t have been such a dick to her after, and he could have handled it better. and about your stalker comment, They were friends, even if mike realized she was being abusive later. She wasn’t a stalker to him then, she was an actual friend at the time.

iluvsushi October 8, 2012, 2:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #230803

That could possibly be the cheeriest Sue I have ever seen.

Having a group of a bunch of girls like you? The hell is your problem Mike. lol You have it made.

Follarch October 8, 2012, 3:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #230811

Actually a very good observation of the scenario, i would’ve just added that just because a guy in a relationship thinks about another girl doesn’t automatically make them a cheater. A lot of guys have admitted to having thoughts about other women while they are in a relationship. Sort of a grass is greener thing, but it’s only if the person acts on those thoughts that they become a cheater.

strider October 8, 2012, 4:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #230841

Methinks you did that a little too well, Paulo. ;)

Rainey October 8, 2012, 7:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #230849

hrmmmmm me thinks that the cult of the scarf and the cult of the player might have repercussions from this…….. ;) plus, where’s(DOG WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED, for lulz) when you need her? oh wait, she’s dead

TheTanman October 8, 2012, 8:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #230886


Knuc October 8, 2012, 11:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #230896

Prediction: Augustus is going to use Lucy to hurt Mike over something that probably happened years ago, because Lucy needs somebody to cry on, she will be easily manipulated BUT still can’t accept that Mike is taken (for now).

Peanut Braddle October 9, 2012, 12:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #230941

I like how Abbey is part of Mike’s Harem at the end there haha

Maverik October 9, 2012, 5:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #230943

On topic?: Paulo is just jealous. 8-D
Off topic: “Click an emoticon to insert it.” …That doesn’t sound right. :nope:

TotallyNotAFanboy October 9, 2012, 6:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #230944

Secret ending: Lucy x Jessica

You just know it’s gonna happen.

Or Lucy x Sandy.

I don’t even…… :nope:

Starling October 9, 2012, 6:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #230955

Thats Stacy. Why would Abbey have a bow in his hair.

Kai October 9, 2012, 10:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #230957

What tipped rachel off? The gay-*** scarf?

Mike October 9, 2012, 11:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #230958

You know Paulo might actually have a thing for Mike. He gets all angry and flustered when Rachael accuses him of liking Mike and Paulo is blushing when he describes Mike ;)

Kai October 9, 2012, 11:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #230959

And is Mike so oblivious that he doesn’t know that the girls are following him because they’re interested. Really Mike its kind of obvious considering they’re basically stalking you and are blushing in some cases. :/

Kai October 9, 2012, 11:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #230963

I bet carson is behind that group of ladies. He whants mikes bone for sure.

Blue fox October 9, 2012, 1:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #230964

How long is that line exactly anyways.

Kai October 9, 2012, 2:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #230966

Everyone, I have instituted a new “captcha” system as a response to all the crazy spam we were getting once the old math question was “cracked”. Luckily it didn’t appear on the most recent page but it was filling up the archives. It should be self-explanatory and bug-free, but let me know if you encounter any trouble.

To those who keep trying to derail discussion, please, speak your mind, but do so in the right place! If you have complaints about the idea of we have a forum topic for it! If you wish to complain about me, do it somewhere appropriate! (Formspring? Twitter? IRC? … Email?) There are private places to talk to Veronica and I, and public places to talk to the wider community - but this comments area is for the current page.

SuitCase October 9, 2012, 2:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #230967

First of all, loving that captcha system Suitcase!
Second of all, Sue looks so happy it’s adorable!

Wr3h October 9, 2012, 3:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #230968

When is the next page coming out Suitcase its seven hours late. Mad Lucy

Kai October 9, 2012, 3:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #230971

Kai, what? The comic updates at midnight EST on Wednesday morning.

SuitCase October 9, 2012, 4:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #230973

Everyone wants a piece of that lovable korat.

Gnukko October 9, 2012, 4:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #230975

I wonder if Paulo’s model ever was a girl. Now I wonder, how would he look as a cross dresser? Questions, questions…

PasswordHater October 9, 2012, 4:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #230977


Fittz October 9, 2012, 4:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #230980

So when does Paulo figure out that being a jerk doesn’t work?

PhantomCat October 9, 2012, 5:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #230981

oops sorry

Kai October 9, 2012, 6:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #230982

:smirk:Omg I am soooo confused with all of this. But I also get it.

Al3BEY October 9, 2012, 8:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #243555

Paulo wishes he could get a harem like Mike there
He wants to join that harem which gives the story room for yaoi

RedAries April 20, 2013, 10:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #253982

“Oh, I dunno…”

CatLover101 July 17, 2013, 7:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #260232

Why does he have so many girls falling him :nope:

Shadow September 24, 2013, 11:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #279320

Paulo’s just jealous of the girls getting in his way to mike’s pants

still, he’ll always have that night in acapolco

Beige April 15, 2014, 12:14 PM EST.

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