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Veronica: before people point this out and like half the comments are ridden with this - yes i realised a wee bit too late that it seems Sandy’s hand is like PHANTOMLY PASSING THROUGH THE MAILBOX like some sort of ghost, I thought it looked fine in the sketch but now it looks all UGHGHGGUGUGUHHHUUGGHGHHH so oh well

sandy you space cadet

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Comment ID #58815

Wuuuut? ._.

Whoa! This is only, like, my second time commentin’… and it seems that this mornin’ or whatever, I was really ready for this page, seein’ that it’s 1:11 a.m. O.o

*thirsty **** XD

iiNaoki July 12, 2010, 2:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #58816

oh those ads

when are they not being retarded

i will make a long post

to make it all stretched out

and stop taking over the commentary





goddamn sandy looks like she’s got claws in panel 2 I was pretty proud of this page initially but it kind of looks dated and ehhhhh now and there’s something odd about her face in the third to last panel i can’t put my finger on it

goddammit sandy

Taeshi July 12, 2010, 2:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #58817

Sorry, it may be just my computer, or yet another sign of my loosening grip on sanity and my inevitable descent into madness, but does anyone else see the blank boxes?

John July 12, 2010, 2:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #58818

hmmm, this isn’t going to be a cheerful chapter is it?

(nameless) July 12, 2010, 2:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #58819

Cool. I never complain to an early update. Can’t wait to see where this goes, Taeshi.

Six July 12, 2010, 2:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #58820

Being screamed at is not how I would want to be waken up MOM.

Leaving a comment July 12, 2010, 2:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #58823

Even models get bored.

Flame-LoneWolf July 12, 2010, 2:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #58824

: 3 I am intruiged and must continue to read. Or my brain and heart will implode from lack of bittersweet candy, which happens to be contained in a bowl.

The Sarcastic Spoon July 12, 2010, 2:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #58825

A package? Its clearly a bomb.

Poor Micheal, never knew what hit him.

Though it seems like she was actually delivering it for her mom given the thanks she got.

Titanium Dragon July 12, 2010, 2:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #58827

i bet that box is for mike

crimsondarkwolf July 12, 2010, 2:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #58828

Yoiks, Sandy’s mom seems to be a little bit on the fierce side, eh? I think I can see where this is going…

Also, perfectly logical explanation for mailbox/hand phatasming: There is an indentation in the mail-slot specifically designed for one’s hand to fit through! Y’know, so it doesn’t get stuck! Totally what’s happening right there! :D

Void July 12, 2010, 2:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #58829

Everything looks great to me!^^

Clunker429 July 12, 2010, 2:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #58831

x3 Wow….Sandys sucha weirdo. x3

Crystal July 12, 2010, 2:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #58833

(To The Top) Ok this does not feel right…No I must resist! I think I’m start-starting to to,shut up! L-L-Like Sandy for a reason?…NO I SAID IT!!! curse you EMONESS!!!! CURSE YOU!!!! MikeXLucy! MikeXLucy!!! MikeXSandy!!!!!!! What the?- NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU(Toasty!) UUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuu….
in other news I guess that mail was for Mike Lolz:3 Wake up Sandy! Your in adulthood dairyland! I mean dreamland! go back to being young again or this is her young self??? oh well at least this week we will soon know!

P.S. Hmm strange? Smells like sulfur and burning brimstone. OH NO I FORGOT THE POPCORN!!! The neighborhood is on FIRE!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!! For pit sack! I mean where’s the fire extinguisher!? Oh there it is floating in mid-air!
Ok pyrofreak prepare to eat 5 lbs. of ammonium phosphate dry chemical!!!
BANZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *8 mins later* ah smells like hell!
hmmm something doesn’t feel right. The earth is shaking—OH NO I FORGOT TO TURN OF THE FACET!!! TSUNAMI INCOMING!!! Oh look I never known that the statue of Liberty could look good as a boat! WHAT AM I SAYING!!! Enough! Its time to act! Ok Tsunami caring the Titanic! Time to Get In Mah Belly!!!!!!!!!! Shoop Da Mah Gulp Plap plap plap Bpru!!!!!!!!!! *8 mins later* WHERE’S MAH GRANDMA’S TOILET!!!!!!

8feet July 12, 2010, 3:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #58834

8feet what the ****.

ToastyJester July 12, 2010, 3:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #58835

Wtf is wrong with you 8feet

Dr.John July 12, 2010, 3:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #58836

Mookie smells a break-up letter…

Mookie July 12, 2010, 3:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #58837

8feet. That was the most awesome post ever.
With the exception of __________’s post, which had to be removed….

Rift July 12, 2010, 3:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #58840

Ah, Sandy doesn’t have her ear cuff anymore! (she wore one in the pic Mike had at the end of the Lucy Angst arc)

Kurai Kawaii July 12, 2010, 3:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #58842

Who were on Sandy’s flashback? Sandy and Mike?

—- Edit: OMG i just get it it wasn’t a flashback Sandy just looked over the window and saw 2 kids

Leves July 12, 2010, 4:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #58846

Damn, she looks sexy in the last panel…

Xu-kitty July 12, 2010, 4:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #58847

Aw, I bet she’s missing Maishul. :) HANDS OFF. HE’S LUCY’S!

Glasses July 12, 2010, 4:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #58849

Wow, Sandy looks real tired and spacey. And yeah her mom seems like the whip-cracking perfectionist type that pushes their children to do the things “they” deem important. But that’s just what I’m getting so far, it’s not definitive yet to me. Love you as always Taeshi! <3

Silvermane July 12, 2010, 4:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #58850

Sandy reminds me of Persia from Better Days. Except that Persia didn’t have a love interest.

SkylineFaux July 12, 2010, 4:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #58851

ah sandy misses mike

awsomesauce July 12, 2010, 4:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #58854

(Sweet Dreams) Oh poor Molly. Say bye bye to mommy. Your call has expired Lolz:D!

P.S. YAY!!! I have been discovered! I’m famous now!!! I think I’m on TV!
Hi MOM!!!

8feet July 12, 2010, 4:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #58855


J. Vincero (Jerk) July 12, 2010, 4:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #58857

…*twitch* damn sleeping Sandy looks so cute its near criminal! D:
Mike certainly got a catch with this chick!! XD *thumbs up to Mike*

404found July 12, 2010, 5:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #58867

Oh 8feet … *shakes small plastic container* PILLS HERE! :P *hint hint* lawls.

The “letter” has gotten me confused: the idea that it COULD be a letter to Mike (as suggested previously) seems plausible since she is holding the letter and such … but why did Sally’s mother say “Thanks sweetie” from the car as though doing her a favor by mailing the letter? Was the letter from her mom?

OH NOES! Could it be a letter to Mike… FROM SANDY’S MOM!? *GASP!* D:

The plot thickens like 8feet’s infinite supply of ketchup…

Zan July 12, 2010, 5:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #58868

@SkylineFaux, ….. well, they do seem alike, but their moms are exactly the same!

Name:. who wants to know? July 12, 2010, 5:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #58869

Ah lack of sleep, i know it well. Sandy is so adorable >< poor thing.

kara-yasuragi July 12, 2010, 5:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #58872

if you look at the last panel you will see that someone is shouting at Sandy, and I bet a million bucks (sarcastic about a million bucks) that it’s either (<—-did I spell that right?) Sandy’s mom or that she is dreaming about one (probably Michael), some, or all of her old friends!

p.s. I’m bored!

Name:. who wants to know? July 12, 2010, 6:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #58876

her moms a bit of a bitch :(
leave the poor girl alone!

Draeko Silver July 12, 2010, 6:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #58882

@Zan Sorry Zan I’m not into pillz Lolz;D! I’m into VODKA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
also Ya! I do have infinite amount of Ketchup! especially lots of body bags!

8feet July 12, 2010, 7:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #58890

The title of this chapter is “To The Top” But it seemed that Sandy is down(Her mood I meant)

BCB fan July 12, 2010, 7:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #58898

omg i love the 6th panel <3 i really like it how you can see her eye in the reflexion!

supersmexyawesome July 12, 2010, 8:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #58899

Why exactly is her mom saying thanks in the 2nd panel? O.o

SkylineFaux July 12, 2010, 8:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #58900

Poor Sandy, I know what being awoken by yelling is like :(

I support Mike~x~Corner, no, not Corner as in a name, as in a corner of a room :) He’s obsessed with his model girlfriend, and I think he should let her go, mainly because their personalities have changed. xD Lucy and him just… Don’t seem to fit. Lucy~x~Carter, I guess?

Really interesting, seeing the comic from Sandy’s view.

Okami July 12, 2010, 8:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #58901

Woken up ‘cause they have arrived at destination?

MiwAuturu July 12, 2010, 8:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #58902

How is Sandy’s mom being a bitch by asking her to mail a package?

Lily (the real one!!!) July 12, 2010, 8:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #58903

I see ads. Lots of them. I liked it better when it was clean! Did Facebook force these ads on you?

Planeswalker July 12, 2010, 8:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #58904

So at last….. we see Sandy’s true nature….. that appears to be “sleepy”

Kind of interesting, yet surprising.

Karthorak July 12, 2010, 8:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #58906

I know this is kind of weird, but I love this comic so much that I just got up, literally, just to check the page. I totally feel Sandy’s tiredness.

Jedi Master July 12, 2010, 8:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #58907

“Click”? I thought mailboxes slammed shut whether you wanted them to or not.

Gabriel Kaxbe July 12, 2010, 8:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #58908

Is she narcoleptic?

CeilDeAlta July 12, 2010, 8:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #58910

Phantom passing through the mailbox?……………….. well I notice now :D

Anonymoose July 12, 2010, 8:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #58918

Planeswalker, no, but they’re attempts to make more money to help transform the site into something that contributes a little more to Vero’s life than just being a time sink! It seems to be working, the ads you see bring in a quite reasonable amount of money.

SuitCase July 12, 2010, 9:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #58919

Thank you planeswalker! Now I understand why Bittersweetcandybowl has started taking 15 MINUTES to load. All these ads…

Anywho, this particular ‘page’ makes sandy look really midget. She seemed tall in the last one.

Riley July 12, 2010, 9:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #58924

When i saw the second panel i though she was going to date another boy besides Mike. ._.?

PwNzZ July 12, 2010, 10:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #58928

iI’v got do idea what she’s doing. x3 The suspence!

TheGirlWhoNeverComments July 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #58929

Sandy looks like a midget.

Keejer July 12, 2010, 10:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #58933

i cant wait to see whats going to happen next :)

jetlage July 12, 2010, 10:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #58942

I hate it when I’m woken up right when I fall asleep.

Saiyza July 12, 2010, 10:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #58945

The site might take longer to load because we’re heavily advertising and a lot of extra visitors are coming along. I haven’t had the motivation to work on some of the issues causing that poor performance. I apologise.

The ads are coded in a very specific way so that they don’t impact on page load speeds at all (you’ll notice they only fill in after the page has finished loading.)

I don’t mind if you dislike the clutter they bring, though. There are ways to remove them if you’re so inclined, and I’ve endeavoured to make that fairly easy if it’s what you want to do.

SuitCase July 12, 2010, 10:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #58951

Aww, Sandy’s lonely.

Ved of Flames July 12, 2010, 11:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #58955

Sandy sooooo wants mike!

Levi July 12, 2010, 11:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #58956

And i have a question, why do you draw sandy’s eyes different than the others?

Levi July 12, 2010, 11:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #58959

what otp?

Kursha July 12, 2010, 11:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #58961

I shall love this chapter much methinks

Goggles July 12, 2010, 11:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #58965

how could politics ever put some one to sleep?politics!?!?!? D:

seadogs123 July 12, 2010, 11:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #58973

Interesting… VeeeEEEeery interesting….

Obsidian July 12, 2010, 12:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #58975

I think I see what’s wrong in third-to-last. Her face looks vaguely more like Jess’ in that panel, though I can’t really point out why. I think it’s the mouth. Think being the keyword.

Wait, what I see here? Scandal? HOLD IT! There’s no need to fear, Pheonix wright is one the case!

Blue July 12, 2010, 12:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #58976

Hmm… not much to go on at the moment, besides Sandy’s tiredness, Sandy missing Maishul and her mother whip-cracking her into perfection. I wonder what’s going on with the letter and the first impression?

By the way, Sandy is beautiful. I do wonder, though, if her hair is actually a wig, considering we didn’t see it on the first page. Lol.

P.S. I actually think Sandy looks adorable when she’s mailing the letter. One thing to point out, though, is that the envelope seems to be unsealed… unless it’s a box. Hard to tell, but it’s a box, right?

ravengal July 12, 2010, 12:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #58983

I wish everyone would quit complaining about the ads. If you don’t like them, block em. Get Mozilla firefox, that’s what I have and I don’t see one ad. Geez, it’s not that big of a deal people.

Leaving a comment July 12, 2010, 1:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #58986

In the third panel of the first page you can see a slight lump on her back. That was meant to be her hair. It’s just sticking towards her because if i made it all curly it woulda been an obvious giveaway, but Sandy’s hair is relatively perfect so it wasn’t all tangled up and ****


Taeshi July 12, 2010, 1:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #58987

She’s pretty much like Rayman. Floating hands 8D

Tukari July 12, 2010, 2:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #58988

She doesn’t wear a wig!?

Because she lives in Nazi Germany. o~o She’s being taken to a concentration camp.

Hitler is her mother.

Mika July 12, 2010, 2:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #58994

Mika- You…are amazing.

Sandy’s mom kind of reminds me of my own mother.

Lindsay July 12, 2010, 2:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #58996

well, i have mozzilla and i see adds
i just use it to block pop up adds
i mean, without adds, i would never had found this comic

Foxy July 12, 2010, 2:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #58999

Sandy’s mom reminds me of my drill sergeants from basic. NAG NAG BITCH lol. Anyways this chapter surely has me curious.

starfighter-105 July 12, 2010, 2:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #59009

What kind of kid wears a business suit?

Sigma July 12, 2010, 3:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #59020

@Sigma: the business kind

random fan July 12, 2010, 3:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #59026

Her mom makes me think of those mothers from Toddlers & Tiaras..

Tigara July 12, 2010, 4:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #59027

why does sandy were cloths??

Mira July 12, 2010, 4:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #59028

‘Cause she’s a model and needs to look good? ans presumably is going to something related to said modeling job?

MiwAuturu July 12, 2010, 4:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #59030

@Mira to show that she is not one of the main characters. Because none of the main characters ever wear clothes. Which is, now that I think about it, kind of weird…

TheGirlWhoNeverComments July 12, 2010, 4:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #59031

Anyone else notice that those two boys Sandy sees through the window kinda look like Paulo and David?


Loos July 12, 2010, 4:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #59032

Haha. XD Oops. Looks like my comment tipped Taeshi-san over the edge.

I know she was being vague on purpose… I just found it odd afterwards that her hair was so incredibly flat on the wake-up panel of page one that she looked EXACTLY like Lucy. I know it was intentional, just… ugh. XD

Sandy’s hair obviously doesn’t tangle when she wakes up, like mine does. Instead, it sticks to her body. XD

ravengal July 12, 2010, 4:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #59050

Love the pace, slow enough to really let the reader think

Guy July 12, 2010, 7:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #59056

Woo! Go Sandy! Sandy FTW

Gtrhero July 12, 2010, 7:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #59062

I’ve got a baaad feeling ‘bout the way Sandy looks so upset and depressed… Mike better watch out for any incoming post.

Lilmewy July 12, 2010, 8:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #59067

Do I hear a flashback page coming soon?

Kikren July 12, 2010, 8:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #59070

What is happening with her.
And what are they listening to?

joefox July 12, 2010, 8:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #59072

She seems so sad =(

Darn you for making me feel bad for her!

Skygaze July 12, 2010, 8:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #59114

Regarding the incentive comic: I adore the imagery of the past few pages, and now want to listen to the song that Lucy is singing. What is it called?

Mick G. July 12, 2010, 10:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #59140

I must say… This is just ridiculous… I mean, I’ve been in a situation like this, but at least we had cyanide pills in case we were captured by the bloody crazies we could end the pain… Poor Sandy… v.v


Mika July 13, 2010, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #59154

OH come on i do that all the time

mr canbowl July 13, 2010, 2:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #59162

hey, i finally made it to the most recent page! I have been reading for like three days straight now XD
ah…I cannot wait for the next page, one day now! //w<
now that I have had my little yay moment:
finally time for what sue mentioned to take form?

chesire July 13, 2010, 3:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #59166

I have been reading this for three or four days now, I’m finally caught up! TwT

Limzee July 13, 2010, 3:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #59168

I’m glad to be able to get to know Sandy more personally. I haven’t been able to have any real opinion on who she is now. I mean, there’s a little about her earlier on. We know how she met Mike and everything but I’ve bee interested in knowing how she’s grown up since then.

OpeeFomenom July 13, 2010, 4:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #59180

i don’t get wat is she doing?

Meg July 13, 2010, 7:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #59248

You realize of course you’re making impossible for me to say “Mike- go back for Lucy- She’s just as cute, and she’s actually there.” The cuteness factor on Sandy went up exponential in panels 1, 3, 5, and 9. :P

Drakor July 13, 2010, 11:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #59258

This wait is nearly KILLING ME! Seriously.

Impatient July 13, 2010, 11:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #59272

I discovered this comic at about… mm lessay 11 last night…
It’s now noon and I’ve read through all of the pages so far…
…Good work.

Misguided Terran July 13, 2010, 12:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #59287

Haha, I’m not seeing any of these “flaws” in the comic you’re pointing out, Taeshi.

As they say, you’re your own biggest critic. When I draw or play an instrument, all the flaws are just so painfully obvious in my head, it tears me up inside. But other people just don’t seem to notice them! I really doubt people would see even half the mistakes you see without looking through your eyes if you don’t point them out. :3

Edit: Oh yeah, since I hardly ever comment, I thought I’d mention how fun that survey you had up a little while ago was. I love surveys!

Kris July 13, 2010, 1:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #59313

Yeah…I could say that Sandy kinda looks funny in a few scenes…but who am I to critisize? I draw and I can only have the right once I’m critisized…so until then i keep my mouth shut on critisism

El Zorrito July 13, 2010, 4:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #59314

Hmm … this very interesting story …

No offense, but Sandy’s eyes seemed to be a bit square-ish rather than oval-ish in the third-to-last panel.

True Liar July 13, 2010, 5:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #59361

I didn’t see anything wrong with it… I thought they were all cute :3

Max July 13, 2010, 9:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #59363

her mom talks to much about business(did I spell it right?)

BCB fan July 13, 2010, 9:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #59391

A-archive bingeing… isn’t good for your health…
(Followed link Sunday night — read through total archive by noon today. Hours of sleep = unknown.)

Novem July 14, 2010, 12:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #59405


I know exactly how you feel. @_@

Void July 14, 2010, 1:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #59406

LOL Great job 8feet you destroyed the world! XD

Flame-LoneWolf July 14, 2010, 1:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #128946

Why is she wearing clothes?

SushiJaguar November 18, 2010, 5:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #132273

I’ve been noticing that Sandy looks alot like Lucy. Take off the hair and turn the eyes Blue and you got a bowless Lucy with Lipstick on. Idk I maybe it’s just me….

Mia November 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #152632

I see what people are seeing. It’s because they don’t see her arm attached to the hand. In my opinion as a fellow artist, it’s the angle, and the fact her hands are so close.

The determined typist March 20, 2011, 9:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #162649

A letter to her boyfriend…? :3

NintendoSegaSonyGuy May 22, 2011, 12:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #180723

For some reason, I always thought Sandy was a Squirrel… XD :P

Ono September 5, 2011, 10:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #181106

I think her hand looks fine!

Probably thinking about much it will suck to break Mike’s heart by telling him she has found someone new.

I haven’t read ahead, that’s just a guess.

Long distance romance sucks.

Fruvous September 8, 2011, 7:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #184146

So shes in high school but rides in the back seat that sucks

The FIRE BUG October 5, 2011, 1:59 AM EST.

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