Intermission: Turning Tides, page posted 9/5/12

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Veronica: There is actually something in this page that shows Paulo is actually mindful/cares about Mike, I don’t think anyone will be able to spot it haha.

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Comment ID #227358

Paulos gonna get his *** whacked

Ratze September 5, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #227359

Classic Paulo…

asdf September 5, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #227360

Wow Paulo being a jerk again this is way way back.

Wolf128 September 5, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #227362

OMG, That’s great! XD

Subaru September 5, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #227363

There’s -no- way this is going to end well for Paulo. I imagine he’s biting off far more than he can chew in this little challenge.

Also, other than putting them -both- with Daisy, I fail to see any even remote -hint- that Paulo is thinking about Mike.

Anonymous One September 5, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #227364

XD HAHA, Scheming Paulo is the best (even if he can be an dick) Shame on you Paulo!!! :D

Frodomann1 September 5, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #227365

I was going to try to sleep until I remembered that it was almost Wednesday, so instead I took to switching between my Facebook and obsessively refreshing the last page.
What? Who’se obsessed? Not me!

IAmAnOctopus September 5, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #227366

Green eyes gets the green gun. Paulo’s color coordination really says a lot about both his mindfulness and masculinity.

Purin September 5, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #227367

I have a feeling Lucy’s competitive side will kick in and whup both of Paulo and Davids butts

Frodomann1 September 5, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #227368

Paulo and David vs. Mike Abbey Lucy and Daisy… seems legit i guess Paulo does care about Mike since he actually made sure Mike had a water gun first 8-).

Edit: poor Paulo he hasn’t realized the massive mistake he has made XD Lucy is not going to let herself get hit so easily, Mike has speed on his side, Abbey is probably going to enjoy aiming his water gun at Paulo’s head and Daisy has Abbey as a shield since he is going to do his best to protect her. I can also see Lucy as SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T LIKE LOSING.

supertails19 September 5, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #227369

Is the caring thing that Paulo gives Mike the green water gun because it matches his eyes? because that would be absolutely fantastic

Order_66 September 5, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #227370

Haha, normal paulo! :D

Levi September 5, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #227371

I don’t get it, Paulo mindful of Mike? I don’t see any ferns.

Ace September 5, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #227372

@Hi!: Correction Fourth, also I wouldn’t be surprized if your comment is deleted XD. Anyways, OHGODDEMONICDAVIDNOOOOOO!!!!!
That is all… 8-D

Jirky-Kake September 5, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #227373

Paulo! That doesn’t seem very nice! (But then again this IS Paulo..)
I can’t wait to see what happens next!
And it looks like poor Mike took a smack to the face there.. Ouch!

HimbeCat379 September 5, 2012, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #227374

Paulo is totally going to have his *** handed to him.

Okapimon September 5, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #227375

I think Mike needs to grow a hand on his forehead, since he seems to only try to catch stuff with his face XD

Qsandas September 5, 2012, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #227376

Oh Paulo, a LOT of water may take affect on Lucy, but not from a little water gun. What, he doesn’t think she take showers? x)

Sepiawolf September 5, 2012, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #227377

Haha! David’s all sold on the fact that Lucy’s going to get sprayed. It’s not even about winning for him anymore! I also love how Paulo and David are portrayed as shadowy individuals at the bottom and everyone else is cowering before them, suggesting that once Lucy goes down, the rest will follow easily (meaning they are light-weights compared to her!). As an added bonus, while Mike and Daisy seem terrified, Abbey’s kind of got a “WTF!?” look on his face. This page is priceless.

Good Times September 5, 2012, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #227378

A dunka doo bawls

Stevum September 5, 2012, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #227379

I miss this Paulo.

Aspear September 5, 2012, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #227380

Everyone’s trying their darnedest to have the “most insightful” comment so that they get a little star next to their name. It’s like I’m in a preschool xD

Stevum September 5, 2012, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #227381

Mindful… in the way that it has to do with water..? ;o

co0kie September 5, 2012, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #227382

Maybe Paulo is trying to reinforce their friendship by making Lucy faint, and thus reming Mike how much she cares for him and he’ll be all “oh no, how could I ignore you ever” or sumfin?

…Nah, y’all are probably right, it can’t be that obvious. It MUST be Paulo’s fabulous taste.

RC September 5, 2012, 12:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #227383

Inukai September 5, 2012, 12:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #227384

Now if it were me, I’d be letting mike and Lucy be on the same team because as proven in previous chapters Paulo does have respect for mike, and in a possible scenario could be giving mike the chance to “be the hero” when Lucy gets wet. I don’t think paulo’s really thinking it through all the way if that is at all close to it, but that’s just me. In a simple statement, love interest. Though at the same time, Paulo likes Lucy as well so idk.

Another possibility would be that Paulo just wants him to play. I suppose I would probably have better judgement of the subliminal messages if I wasn’t so tired lol.

Legion September 5, 2012, 12:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #227385

He gave Mike a water gun! (To his face.) To better protect his upper body which Paulo cares so deeply about.

Case closed.

Rupert September 5, 2012, 12:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #227386

That panel where Paulo imagines Lucy getting hit with the water looks VERY VERY WRONG to a hormonal teen like me.
Anyhoo, because this is in the past Paulo is still rolling with the whole ‘douchbags are cool’ routine? I get that, but I thought David was the Ed of the strip. Since when does he do this kind of stuff?
Curtisimo - EMPEROR OF THE WRITERVERSE except for all the better people

Curtisimo September 5, 2012, 12:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #227387

Well, according to Taeshi’s formspring Mike’s favorite color is green, so Paulo must have saved the green gun for Mike. That and the fact that Paulo tossed the gun at Mike’s face instead of trying to bean him in the nuts must be his way of showing he cares.

Catalyst September 5, 2012, 12:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #227388

If I’m not mistaken they all have somewhat coordinated water guns 0-o.

Nonameghost September 5, 2012, 12:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #227389

I get it. Paulo wants to take out Lucy first so that Mike wont have to be all protective of her. If lucy os down, mike can have fun instead of worrying if she was okay all the time.

Sebastian September 5, 2012, 12:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #227390

Wait… Wasn’t something mentioned on like, askbcb that Lucy isn’t fazed by waterguns??

Knuc September 5, 2012, 12:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #227391

I would assume Lucy does shower at least so i think paulo has overstated her hydrophobia.

No idea what in this indicates his mindfulness though. Nothing i can think of makes much sense.

Cyph September 5, 2012, 12:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #227393

Cant really spot what you mean Taeshi. But nice page none the less.

Leo-Inu September 5, 2012, 1:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #227394

I’m gonna assume that Mike’s favorite color is green?

verobero September 5, 2012, 1:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #227396

Wohoo Paulo is a verry fast minded i like his way to think through ;)

The Duke September 5, 2012, 1:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #227397

And this is why David is one of my favorite characters. 8-D

Xenos September 5, 2012, 1:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #227398

Paulo is not a villain either. If anything, he’s an anti-hero. Like Deadpool… or Spawn…. or Ghostrider.

:( I’m not proud of myself right now…

UltimateZ September 5, 2012, 1:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #227401

The guns are also the color of the characters (Lucys is white, Paulos is orange)

paulosawesome September 5, 2012, 2:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #227402

Wait, if this is a flashback then why is he wearing the same scarf he wore during his ‘i hate Lucy’ phase

Amb September 5, 2012, 2:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #227403

Last panel…David and Paulo from hell XD

Otto September 5, 2012, 2:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #227404

I think since Lucy got over Mike she’s not afraid of water anymore but that’s just a mere hypothesis, conjecture, an assertion that might’ve accidentally the screwed this whole chapter I guess sorry if it happens, happened last time too.

Justinkangabang September 5, 2012, 2:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #227405

. Oh wait it’s a flashback nvm…

Justinkangabang September 5, 2012, 2:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #227406

how is paulo showing that he is mindful/cares about mike? is it the fact that he threw him a green pistol to match his eyes?

because that is stupid, considering he still smacked him in the face with the damn thing. :/

i had quite a bit more typed into this comment, several paragraphs, actually… but reading the whole thing over, i realized i had gone into enough grotesque detail in my rant of hatred to make the most hardened men weep in terror and disgust, and possibly violently vomit blood.

so i deleted those parts, because i am considerate. :smirk:

Thanatos September 5, 2012, 2:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #227408

also TWAK 8-)

Zero September 5, 2012, 3:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #227409

Review: Being splashed by water doesn’t work on her.

Anon-Anon September 5, 2012, 5:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #227410

So hitting someone in the face with a water gun can be taken as a sing of affection… At this point it actually does makes sense and I am willing to accept that

Balthazar September 5, 2012, 5:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #227415

Whilst it may come of as him being his usual, bully self, maybe he thought he was gonna say something stupid and embarrass himself in front of everyone and stopped him in time? Prob not.

Donny September 5, 2012, 6:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #227416

i do not think that will work. and if it does, you are heartless paulo Mad Lucy

butterflyslicer September 5, 2012, 6:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #227429

I give up. I wasted like an hour over-analyzing the page this morning.. the only things I could come up with in terms of what taeshi said was here is this:
Paulo gave mike his favorite color gun. //negated because he threw it at his face.
Paulo let mike and Lucy on the same team //prevents competition between the two//allows them to be friends instead of enemies.
Ehmm.. I had a few other theories but they don’t actually make much sense now..

Oh well. The link somewhere above this comment to that candybooru comic is great, and all the comments to this page and the candybooru page are pure gold.

Tom-the-Foxey September 5, 2012, 6:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #227430

Oh Paulo your gonna be soaking wet when she done with you :P

Midstrike September 5, 2012, 7:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #227431

Wow you should go back to this coloring style.

LittleIliad September 5, 2012, 7:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #227432

No one will ever spot it, Taeshi.

NintendoSegaSonyGuy September 5, 2012, 7:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #227437

The thing that shows he cares is probably the fact that he gave Mike a water gun (even if he did whip it in his face.

Xiro September 5, 2012, 9:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #227438

Paulo, you cute little *******.

Wolftail September 5, 2012, 9:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #227439

It’s funny, because we already know via the water bottle incident that Lucy doesn’t react that way :D

Glenn September 5, 2012, 9:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #227442

I’d take Paulo’s concern for Mike as him hitting him over the head with the water gun in the second panel. Well done, was sad when I realized the last page wasn’t posted yet. I’m very curious to see what happens next.

Serai September 5, 2012, 10:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #227443

Even if Lucy isn’t actually affected by water guns, it’s a pretty dick move to try and use someone’s phobia against them (and they’re not even playacting as supervillains). I mean, phobias are pretty serious business and I wouldn’t call someone a friend if they made a point to try and exploit a phobia for their own entertainment.

Maybe I am taking Paulo too seriously. I mean, obviously Lucy will be unaffected so it’s a wash in the end (ha!) but the fact that he intended to exploit her is pretty mean. He probably doesn’t even realize it.

Hamonga September 5, 2012, 10:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #227445

Trying so hard to figure out what Paulo did for mike to show he does care a little (also… Yay… I pledged money) =D

Anthony_frost September 5, 2012, 11:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #227446

paulo : ho—-
me :- rny.
Derp. Pls tell me I’m not the only one.

Jell_o September 5, 2012, 11:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #227447

its because he had them both be on the team, instead of just mike. which ether stops daisy from pushing mike when he has a gf and doesent like it, or to stop mike and lucy from fighting

Sleepingfox September 5, 2012, 11:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #227448

Abbey has seen enough anime

to know where this is going. (Lol lol lol!)

Ah, back in the days when Paulo appeared to be more loveable than *******. :’]

Shi-chan September 5, 2012, 11:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #227449

There seems to be a few things I want to point out:
The first is that Lucy is more aquaphobic than hydrophobic because hydrophobia involves fluids/liquids while aquaphobic just involves water although hydrophobia was the Greek term for fear of water but is coined as aquaphobia the Greek-Roman term. The debate on that is another story.

As for my non-clarifying comment: Paulo is gonna get owned. After how long Paulo has known about her its funny that Lucy’s competitiveness will prevail over his foolish plan.

Starkeyblade September 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #227450

What is this now? Mike and Lucy can bear to be in a 20-foot radius of each other?

FamineFox September 5, 2012, 12:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #227451

Aaaaand Paulo is back to his old self. It was nice while it lasted.

As for him being mindful of Mike, is it in some pseduo-way because he “gave” him the water pistol?

StushiJaguar September 5, 2012, 12:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #227467

Paulo, are you REALLY that dumb? XD She fears LARGE bodies of water, not ANY water! Ha! YOU JUST SIGNED YOUR DEATH WARRANT 83

Jessica U. Ingmann September 5, 2012, 2:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #227469

Go get the *******, Lucy. Just bark before you shoot him!

LH September 5, 2012, 3:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #227471

LOL, I love this intermission XD
I am still laughing for the one on Monday, but this is even better! XD
Can’t wait till Friday! XD

Someone September 5, 2012, 3:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #227476

Challenge Accepted, Taeshi.
I think it’s the fact that he put Mike and Lucy on the same team, so Mike didn’t have to spray her.

Sam September 5, 2012, 4:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #227481

Well paulo dident call him gay or a fruitcake I guess.

Blue fox September 5, 2012, 5:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #227482

Mike’s gun is green; like the colour of his eyes. C:

Remmy September 5, 2012, 5:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #227491

“There is actually something in this page that shows Paulo is actually mindful/cares about Mike, I don’t think anyone will be able to spot it haha.”

I bet it’s that Paulo’s thinking Mike will come to Lucy’s rescue like in the 8th panel. Or that he let them be on the same team/larger team. Well either way he’s trying to help his bro out.

Justmyopinion September 5, 2012, 6:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #227497

Must see what happens!!!!!

Firefly September 5, 2012, 7:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #227498

jerk move man hydrophobia is no joke

soup September 5, 2012, 8:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #227499


Abraham September 5, 2012, 9:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #227501

Ah, well, there goes David with his crazy eyes again…

Invader Rex September 5, 2012, 9:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #227505

Paulo’s mouth in the last panel kind of bugs me. Other than that, I like the colors on this page! Its nice to revert back to the digital look, even if its once in a while. And this reminds me of carmen’s candybooru comic haha!

Eepmul September 5, 2012, 10:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #227510

@ Tom-the-foxey. Hey rember that guy last page……. Good times

Mr nice September 5, 2012, 10:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #227516

he can see us… Abbey can see us!

The_Ben24 September 6, 2012, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #227517

Paulo’s plan is going to fail and I dont know what the
Hint is. But I see that Paulo gave the gun to mike lol

Elu September 6, 2012, 1:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #227520

I’ve got a bit of hydrophobia myself (or aquaphobia) and yeah, I’d say he’s overestimating it. Squirt guns and such wouldn’t bother ME anyways, nor would even having a bucket of water thrown on me, which it ALMOST looks like Lucy is getting in Paulo’s imagination. That or some sort of squirt-shotgun.

I like the idea of Paulo giving Mike the green gun being the thing he is mindful/caring about. My initial thought?… The gun is empty. Which I imagine would not only hurt less (as opposed to filling it then throwing it) but I can also see Paulo doing that just to screw Mike over a little. But the comments make me think it’s the green thing!

ExarArcian September 6, 2012, 1:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #227525

I don’t think that’s gonna work. There’s a difference between a water stream from a water gun and a river. Right?

Random Guy September 6, 2012, 4:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #227530

wow, thats surprisingly…evil of Paolo. O.O
Not candycornflavor, but I still like it :D

Candy Corn Lover September 6, 2012, 8:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #227531

Hydrophobic? Lucy has Rabies?! D:

SomeRandomToast September 6, 2012, 9:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #227539

I’m surprised that no one has done a edit with the 8th panel

Adept-eX September 6, 2012, 12:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #227542

4th wall broken with the water gun XD -n- man is Paulo gonna get it soon as Lucy gets up.

Joltshanto~ September 6, 2012, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #227561

Jerk for lifetime,eh…..(very bad jokes..)

French fan September 6, 2012, 3:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #227569

Heh heh, don’t take her for granted Paulo, she’ll be a fudgin’ ninja out there. WATCH YO *** PAULO.

SunWolf September 6, 2012, 7:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #227570

Paulo and David wish they could take Lucy down that easily. :P

Myself September 6, 2012, 9:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #227571

:smirk:I have a feeling that Abbey’s agrresivness will be Paulo’s down-fall in this challange

Al3BEY September 6, 2012, 10:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #227675

No one mentions how cute Lucy looks in panel seven? She is just ADORABLE being all commando and the like. Okay, the reason I’m not sure, but the way she looks is just so cute!

The Nturtanyr September 7, 2012, 2:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #227768

is the “hint” the fact that mike is showing his concern for Lucy in Paulo’s little fantasy? otherwise i don’t see how Paulo could be thinking about mike in any way

KitsuneHonor September 8, 2012, 5:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #227840

Unless there’s a connection between the green water gun and Mike’s nickname “green eyes”, I’m not seeing the mindfulness >.>

Hylian_Nerd September 9, 2012, 1:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #227893

I think I figured out what he did that shows he cares. He allowed both Mike and Lucy to be on the same team so they wouldn’t end up having to go against one another (back then I don’t think they were fighting,) and he also interrupted the conversation by pinging him with the gun, Lucy didn’t exactly look ecstatic that Daisy was hugging him, “join my team!”. He defused a possibly ugly situation.

some guy September 9, 2012, 12:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #228079

Lucy looks so cute in those 2 first panels

IDFC Friday September 11, 2012, 10:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #236168

I think I spotted it. :P

I'll Eat Yourself January 8, 2013, 4:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #252473

Abbeys brain is going “IT’S A TRAP!!!”

Thatoneguy July 5, 2013, 6:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #282659

On an unrelated note, Fries

hidden lol June 17, 2014, 11:02 AM EST.

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