AX, July 5–8

Story Summary: Starting Over, page posted 11/2/12

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Starting Over — Page 22
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Veronica: A little bit of introspection.

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Comment ID #232184

Lucy is lonely :(. I kind of find it depressing that Mike was the first one she thought about after her nice conversation with Jessica and Rachel.

@Matt: If you need to get your drama fix go back to a previous chapter(one you liked or one you don’t remember) that will keep you entertained.

supertails19 November 2, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #232185

Whoa, one of the few times we get to see Lucy from behind. :O
Awesome. <3

Vitani November 2, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #232186

Not sure the whole time lapse double Lucy thing in the first panel is doing it for me…

rokkugo November 2, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #232187


shonenjump1 November 2, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #232188

I agree with Matt, it is rather boring so far. :/
But I get it’s a back-story thing, so it’s not exactly supposed to drip with excitement.
Still, I like it :)

Psychadelicious November 2, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #232189

Your enjoying the backside a bit to much.

Hunger November 2, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #232190

Well this chapter is a recap so something drama filled is coming soon

Stephano November 2, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #232191

You’re sucking at English a bit too much.

Stevum November 2, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #232192

So much has changed since the beginning, the feelings of each character. Love turns to hate, protection turns to abandonment, and David, well he’s still David.

IBeMe November 2, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #232193

Lucy, Mike was a jerk, but so were you. Lucy may be lonely right now, but she has this sort of tunnel vision. She only thinks that Mike is her friend. She pushes everyone away, but she needs to just open her eyes and see that others care about her. Paulo cares, Daisy cares, Tess cares, carter loves lucy, Sue cares, Abby cares, but she pushes all of them away.

If Lucy is going to be happy, she needs to open up to others, she needs more than Mike.

The Real Lee November 2, 2012, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #232194

I wonder where Nikita is :o

Stevum November 2, 2012, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #232195

That panel makes for an extremely comfortable arm rest :p

Kikren November 2, 2012, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #232196

Lil bit of introspection goes a long way, eh Lucy?

I love this chapter from a psychological standpoint, even if some may call it boring. We’re actually seeing most character’s viewpoints and opinions for a change instead of the primary characters for that chapter. I mean, Lucy is complex as always, but seeing her interact with those other than Mike/Paulo is nice. We actually see a side of her personality that’s likable, and it’s great to not just see her talk to Rachel and Jess, but to see how all of them feel about the situation.

Yeah, it may not have action, but from a personification standpoint, this chapter has been brilliant.

Zorak November 2, 2012, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #232197

@Lucy: Repeating the conversation you had with Mike a few minutes ago is not going to help you feel better… can’t you find something else to focus on?

@Zorak: Agreed and the variety of facial expressions is great too, obviously someone has trying out new ideas which is always good for an amazing artist.

supertails19 November 2, 2012, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #232198

Angsty Lucy is angsty.

Frodomann1 November 2, 2012, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #232199

Mmph…bottling it up, bad idea. Pressure builds and then it finally…pop.

Being the blind PauloxLucy shipper I am, I have the agree with The Real Lee, she can do so much better than Mike. Even though I’m not a big fan of him, even Augustus has some good qualities over Mike. But, at this point I suppose, Mike hasn’t flashed his true colors just yet, so Augustus is still bad in comparison.
So, I’m drawing the conclusion that Mike telling Lucy off was (will be, wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey stuff) both good and bad for her self esteem. Bad in the obvious sense, Mike was (will be) incredibly harsh, and good in the sense that she needs (needed) to release her feelings, otherwise “pop”. And “pop” is a very bad thing; “pop” could have ruined all of her friendships if she lashed out, on, or pulled away from her friends.
So, in a way, Mike was (will be) doing her a favor; now Lucy wont “pop” in front of her friends and “wizz-bang-kablooie” into a spiral of depression deeper than she was in (will be in).

Time is hurting my already test-bruised brain. ._.

Neospector November 2, 2012, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #232200

I don’t know about you guys, but Lucy is like the only character that remained constant with her personality output. It’s how she functioned, and yet everyone was still friends with her. Why? Not because she was nice to people, that’s for sure. Mike so selfishly and desperately wanted her to change, change into something that wasn’t herself, even threatened her with the chance of losing her friends. It was extortion to get his own way. He believes it’s her fault for getting herself into this position, but in reality, relationships work both ways. Mike let himself let her become this way towards him. It’s frustrating to see people think that Lucy OR Mike is the only one at fault when it is most certainly both.

In my honest opinion, Lucy is just being Lucy. In her mind, she thought that was fine for, what, 15 years? Now suddenly, one of the closest people (ahem) to her is telling her that her personality is out of whack, that she needs to change in order for others to like her, to be with her. It hurts to be told that your entire personality is wrong.

Lena November 2, 2012, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #232201

usually this seems more like a page to end on but when i looked at the page number i thought there is still more :D

taro November 2, 2012, 12:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #232202

I won’t lie, I’m also getting a bit antsy to see the next chapter, because I feel like this is going to be a built up for something big. I’m quite curious to see if Lucy will open her eyes more to the world around her and start to open up, or if she’ll end up closing up even more.

kitty41188123 November 2, 2012, 12:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #232203

Where do we go from here in BCB saga

lov/hate/hurte November 2, 2012, 2:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #232204

omg this is why Lucy needs to be with Liam.
no matter what she does or doesn’t do he loves her the most. plus he can take her away from all that drama. ;)

Madi_mew101 November 2, 2012, 3:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #232205

Player 1 used Heal on Computer!
Super effective!
A thought occurs: isn’t it possible a newcomer might mistake this chapter for saying Rachel and What-Her-Face are the main characters?
Curtisimo - Back in plaid

Curtisimo November 2, 2012, 4:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #232206

Those lockers are huge…

Naoki November 2, 2012, 4:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #232207

sure he can be a jerk a bit, but he’s a pretty good guy overall, Lucy is just too mad to see it at the moment…. still another 10pgs… Taeshi you must be brilliant because I can’t imagine any follow up!

foreveryoung5 November 2, 2012, 5:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #232208

Gee, gotta re-read from the beginning… What I like of this comic are his solidly built charathers and their evolving personalities. I never got tired of the clash of emotions eh. By the way, Abby is the best. His side story explained a lot of how he is and why. Daisy got a true man on the making. He has scope to grow to be a great man. Paulo could also be so much better, but is learning. Mike is a bit of a jerk who is still getting the gist of having integrity and being upfront about things.Nahh, he needs to clean out his weak and wimpy char…

Reader November 2, 2012, 5:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #232209

hm…what to say here? FRUIT YEAH STEPHANO!!..that would be all .

Ps: where’s BATMAN?

Jell_o November 2, 2012, 5:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #232210

Yes he is Lucy, yes he is.

Someone needs a hug and then some video game bro time! D:

Follarch November 2, 2012, 5:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #232211

Cant wait for new chapter. :/

tmcool November 2, 2012, 6:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #232212

I don’t really see the Sweet in this candybowl. I mean common, you’re killing me here! Just make Lucy and Mike get together already! ._.

Orangepower123 November 2, 2012, 7:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #232213

~Cue the good-times flashback~

poopie123 November 2, 2012, 8:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #232214

Well I guess that explains what Jess and Rachel known about everything.
I just wish we could get back to the regular, drama-filled story!

Someone November 2, 2012, 8:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #232215

Its times like these I can’t help but wonder what “Old Mike” would of done in these current events if he was not such an uptight jerk like “Current Mike” :(

DeathofInk November 2, 2012, 8:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #232216

Damn, with the last two-to-three pages it went from interestinly full steam ahead to a grinding boring and dull halt.
That’s quite a achievement, even if it was on purpose

Lascew November 2, 2012, 9:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #232217

I just hope Liam will be in the new series or volume 2, that would really spice things up alot

Naruko November 2, 2012, 10:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #232218

bring back ******

tacsi November 2, 2012, 11:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #232219

well time to reread bitter sweet from page one none stop

basilisk79 November 2, 2012, 11:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #232220

Mike is a jerk and Lucy is and idiot. I just can’t get why she let him treat her like that,she should really move forward in her life unless she like to be treated like that.

Magus November 2, 2012, 12:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #232221

@Lena I don’t think that Mike wanted to change her, Mike maybe wanted to have something more than friends with her, but, he just give up that idea, and after Acapulco he felt used like a toy,and not like a friend. Now he don’t have any reason to accept how Lucy treat him. And he is being inmature now treating her like how he saw she treated him. (still learning english please tell me if i misspelled something) Its just my point of view and i can be wrong so i can’t wait for the next chapter. XD

ChileanGuy November 2, 2012, 12:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #232222

Aw man… I sure hope they fix things up. I don’t want this comic to end as Bitter Bowl. No sweet no candy. D:

Rylan November 2, 2012, 1:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #232223

See, it’s funny because she brought that on herself.

Ziggy November 2, 2012, 1:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #232224

lucy is truly a unpredictable storm of emotions.

Blue fox November 2, 2012, 1:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #232225

Last Panel: About Flipping time!

Also “someone” stole my name!

Someone November 2, 2012, 2:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #232226

@ChileanGuy: totally agree with you -
Now as I’ve said I don’t think Lucy is a bad person, but come on - she hasn’t really treated Mike like a friend, and considering all her trust issues and dependency problems, Mike has a reason to feel used like a safety blanket instead of a person.
I don’t think the way he’s acting towards her is right, but I understand what’s brought it on, and I don’t think he’s a jerk either - he’s been pushed for 10 years and has snapped.
Especially considering, despite the fact she has years to tell him, he has a girlfriend, and she has repeatedly beat him up, everyone expected him to except Lucy’s love confession and called him a jerk when he didn’t.
Lucy is a complex character, and I really like her sweet side - but the cynical side of me does wonder if Paolo and Mike, and some fans would have put up with her long enough to see it if she wasn’t “hot”

Dave November 2, 2012, 2:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #232228

you ain’t no Sweet angel either you know? always hitting him, insulting him and everyone else, acting all tough and hard with everyone…if he is a Jerk (which he is) YOU, Lucy, are a Bitch!

bankai November 2, 2012, 3:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #232229

Yay a Mikes a jerk comic page for my birthday 8D
Poor Lucy :(

MedaMego November 2, 2012, 3:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #232230

Mike, you ARE a jerk. What do you have to say for yourself!? :unsure:

FluffyBrony14 November 2, 2012, 4:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #232231

bankai has right BUTwho cares. This new girl (cat that I’ll never remember the name) is cool *-* (ah I used a nickname overused sorry)

Someone November 2, 2012, 4:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #232233

You realize that now Lucy? And now I think she actually mean it. Not like when shes in a fight with Michael and she calls him a jerk. Right now shes alone. Shes hurt. She looks like the way she looked like in December. Like shes about to cry.

And is Lucy even going to go to class? I mean… look at her.. man, I wouldnt even go to class. I would probably go home.

what? November 2, 2012, 6:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #232234

My guess is that since Mike pushed away Lucy, she’ll finally be able to see her friends more. When I say that, I mean be with them more. While at first it may be because she doesn’t want to be all lonely, eventually she’ll see that there’s more to friendship than what she saw with Mike and she’ll become a better hopefully.

Then again, it’s all up to Taeshi :D Taeshi, you’re an amazing artist and an amazing person for staying true to your fans :D Although my busy schedule doesn’t allow me to become a total fan, I enjoy looking at this comic at the end of my day :) Thanks for giving me my drama fix ever since I graduated from high school, Taeshi! <3

Gabria November 2, 2012, 7:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #232235

I’m not sure what she is expecting him to be like when he took quite a bit of garbage from her in the past. The guy she like’s doesn’t want to take her treating him like trash anymore? She’d rather he continue suffering under problems that she creates because she can’t get some perspective?

Sure the guy has a ‘girlfriend’ that he is waiting for, but he never promised himself to her in the first place. She wants him to be all hers and all forgiving and all perfect because none of his problems matter as much as hers. She is about as strong willed as a daisy and as willing to change that as a rock in a low valley.

So far as I’m concerned, Mike is perfectly fine in his own lane. There is no obligation on his part to support her while sacrificing himself and his grades to her ‘Save me’ attitude.

Natain November 2, 2012, 7:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #232236

My god the Lockers are like a meter taller than the students…

MURDER_Kitty November 2, 2012, 7:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #232237

Hang in there, Lucy. You’ve gotten this far; just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you’ll eventually get to wherever it is you need to be.

Blank On Purpose November 2, 2012, 8:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #232238

Good comments here, but still, WHERE THE HELL IS NIKITA? (He always gets first comment!)

Redsilence November 2, 2012, 8:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #232240

Neospector November 2, 2012, 11:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #232241

Well, both of them are being jerks. Although, Lucy is in a state of regret and Mike in a state of hatred and hostility. With the circumstances and the situations from the past the friendship wasn’t a fully pleasant and normal one to begin with. I’ll just leave it there…

Starkeyblade November 3, 2012, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #232242

Nikita is a MAN?

bjk November 3, 2012, 1:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #232244

@Natain Bless you.
It’s a bit hard to see people that actually realizes that Lucy has the most fault for her state right now. Sure, Mike is taking it a bit too far, but he was just tired of all the bullying Lucy did with him.

It wasn’t a healthy friendship anyways.

Waste of Time November 3, 2012, 4:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #232245

So sad… They’re both at fault, but does anyone seem to realize that that’s the way Lucy is? So she “bullies” him. It’s not like she does it JUST to be mean. It’s because she’s selfconcious. And besides, she isn’t really harming him to get him to help her, she’s just got a lot bottled up.
That’s where I think Mike is getting things turned around. Sandy has kinda turn him against her. Does anyone remember the conversations on the phone between the two? Mike was perfectly fine with the way he was treated until Sandy told him she didn’t like her. Then things went haywire. In the end, I see Sandy as the one responsible for making things so hard for BOTH of them. It’s obvious Mike doesn’t like the current situation. Did anyone else see the tears in his eyes when he was screaming that he hated lucy?

Rylan November 3, 2012, 6:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #232247

That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking. It’s both of their faults, but Sandy basically started this.
Also, hurricane Sandy.

Tectrix November 3, 2012, 9:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #232248

@Rylan: First off, I’m going to start off I say that I agree with you with that the fact that both Mike and Lucy both are at fault in this situation. What’s happening between them in the comic is a tragic, to say the least.

However, I disagree completely that Sandy is to blame for it. For two reasons: A) The conversations that Mike had with Sandy in December didn’t all happen in that month; they happened over the course of the comic, mostly likely in relation to some of Lucy’s antics that we didn’t see. This means that Mike has HAD time to think in between those conversations, and all of the other events prior to the December chapter. B), and perhaps the most definitive reason, Sandy herself said that she didn’t want the two of them to hate each other. She just thought that “she should treat Mike right”, which is not an unfair thought and, in and of itself, is truly the best intention that she had.

If anything is at fault, it’s this: Lack of Communication.

On Lucy’s end, we know that she is indeed self-conscious, but does she ever address it, or tell anyone about it? Lemme rephrase that: Has she told anyone else about it besides her pets, Augustus and Zachary? Instead of actually sitting down and talking it out, she kept on beating around the bush (in some cases quite literally).

On Mike’s end, we know that he knows that Lucy’s antics did **** him off, but has he ever had the chance to say it to any of his friends? The same friends who are trying to ship them together despite him being in a relationship with Sandy? The same friends, whom, at one point, relentlessly called him a “cheater”? The only people that he’s been able to talk about this in someone full confidence is Sandy, and we’ve already seen how difficult those conversations were.

I have to kinda cut this short as I’m heading out, but I will say this in closing: Mike and Lucy are indeed both at fault for the situation they are in; Sandy, for the most part, is a bit of an innocent bystander with best intentions caught up in this mess. The lack of communication between Mike and Lucy (and amongst the rest of their friends, for that matter), is what helped burn the bridge between the two.

High school, yo. It sure can be ****ed up at times.

Chocothunda November 3, 2012, 9:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #232250

Honestly, this gets tiring. Don’t people get tired of saying the same thing over and over again?
For every 50 new readers, the probability for someone to make the same statement becomes 1.
Speaking of which….
Where’s strider? Haven’t seen him in a while.

NH November 3, 2012, 10:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #232253

Naw, I’m really out. Enough is enough. I used to read this out of habit, but this long, unnecessary chapter has totally taken me out of the story. I’m not even excited to see where it goes anymore. Someone will fall off a cliff or get stabbed or nearly drown or get raped. Mike will forgive Lucy, or he won’t. If he does, she won’t want him back. Or will be too crushed and crippled to have him. Or they’ll be the best of friends again until some other completely fabricated drama crops up. Basically, whatever way this plays out, I would be incredibly surprised to find myself interested - especially since god only knows what other months-long diversions from story progression and character development await ahead. You had me once, but you lost me, Taeshi. I’m sorry. :(

Bored November 4, 2012, 12:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #232255

ya know ive been reading this comic for about a year now and dont even really know why i still read it. im mostly just interested to see what happens to these morons, except for daisy and abby i ****ing love those two, i dont even care if the ending is happy, and i no longer have any attachment to lucy or mike. im all for a little drama here and there but **** the comic feels like a NIN song now, just angst every where. i guess im just still reading because its a habbit more than any thing ?:|

anonymous November 4, 2012, 1:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #232266

Unfortunately, I have to agree with the 3 comments above me… although I’m not sure id ever abandoning the comic, i understand their frustration.
Just when the main story line had gotten really good and we had reach a major turing point for many of the main characters we get 2-3 months of filler… it was just kind of a kick in the nads.
Im not saying i don’t enjoy backstory, in any other circumstances i would love this chapter, but the timing was just kinda poor…

Order_66 November 4, 2012, 3:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #232268

You know… I love this comic. I really do. It gives me drama and angst and love and hate and all of that high school crap that I miss. However, it really has reached a boring part. I used to check this every day to make sure a new page hadn’t gone up, but now I find myself forgetting about it for months. I sure hope it picks up soon or I may have to just move on.

Angie November 4, 2012, 4:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #232270

I love how I completely agree with Lucy on this. If he had actually paid attention to the feelings of the people around him, then I would like him more. At this point, he’s being really self-centered, and needs to realize that he’s not as great as he thinks he is. Like earlier, when he got really mad at Lucy and told her to lay off him and all that other stuff that I can’t quote, I was just like, “Mike, get over yourself. Lucy isn’t depending on just you. Sure, she really likes you, but she’d hate even more to lose you as a friend.” I mean, Mike was just… URGGHHH (finally fell back into my grammatically incorrect internetz language…) But yeah, Lucy is right. Mike really was the cause of most of this. It’s not even Sandy; she’s at least worried about everyone’s feelings besides Mike’s and her own. Anyway: rant over.

Renoku November 4, 2012, 11:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #232271

The lockers they have are so big

Dubsalot November 4, 2012, 12:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #232275

*reading some of the comments and wondering why the ones who are bored don’t go read something else instal bitching Taeshi when she is being nice to the new readers since not everyone is a veteran*

Knux-the-Killer November 4, 2012, 2:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #232277

I am a veteran of this comic tashiea it’s been a privlage to read this comic

Mr nice November 4, 2012, 10:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #232279

Sigh. Oh, Lucy, those emotions. :(

SaphiraN November 4, 2012, 10:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #232281

For those who are complaining about how boring this chapter is: You really expect me to believe there is nothing more productive you can be doing right now? Go read a book or find some art to look at if your that bored anything but whining. Go draw some doodles or sketches, if that is how you spend your time, let your imagination run wild and create epic adventures 8-D. Go outside and get some fresh air or play some video games. All of these are things you could be doing instead of complaining to the wonderful person who created HER OWN amazing story. She created it so she gets to decide how it progresses. Besides she will probably astound us with the next chapter and who knows, there might be a few more surprises in this one ;).

supertails19 November 4, 2012, 10:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #232283

@Mr nice I hear you man, ben reading for the last 2 too 3 years,this good story and I hope to see more till the 100 chapter, then more

lov/hate/hurte November 4, 2012, 11:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #232284

As I’ve said many times - it’s either this chapter or a hiatus. Because I’ve been working on the book. That’s why there’s a delay. Sorry!!!!

Taeshi November 4, 2012, 11:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #232285


Don’t worry about the people who are complaining about this chapter, even if it isn’t giving revelatory reveals, I’m enjoying it, as well as most of the people who read it.

The Real Lee November 4, 2012, 11:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #232361

Oh he’s a jerk, lucy I think you should pay closer attention to how you’ve acted, you ungrateful lousy jerk bitch

Otter guy November 5, 2012, 12:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #232385

I knew a dude named Nikita, but I really don’t know if this one’s a guy…
Btw I am a guy my self jus FYI…
Too many questions indeed… I hope they’re not treating Nikita too badly… I mean- uh- no! *BUSTED*

ALSO, Lucy, as I’m in America, I’ve met plenty hypocrites, but you… YOU, are the biggest hypocrite… (No offense) ⇐This keeps my *** from getting kicked.

Redsilence November 5, 2012, 6:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #255739

I once heard that when you hang around someone long enough, you may pick their traits, favorable or otherwise… Perhaps… Lucy changed Mike! SOMEONE, get me a book on psychology!

Anon August 3, 2013, 8:16 PM EST.

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