Fade Away — Page 2
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Don’t fret, guys. This won’t be like Pillow Talk :P

Kind of wanted to go for lack of shading for the characters in the background, hope it looks fine. IT WAS INTENTIONAL OKAY. just like the bus in On Our Own, OKAY.

Dat moody tessa, changing design every single year. THAT IS LILY’S FAULT NOT MINE.

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Comment ID #182602

The art style is bugging me less now.
David looks like he’s cleaning plates, is this a surprise for Tess?

EDIT: 10 minutes after the update and I was first. Seems like people have finally matured. Or maybe it’s because the incentive hasn’t updated in awhile. *cough*

anonymous2 September 21, 2011, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #182603

I really like this page. I have a weakness for flashback-y things. I can’t put my finger on it, but it just seems so cute and sad in some way.
I really feel bad for Tess. It must not be great graduating from High School with a feeling, that you have messed must of the time up. I really hope something good happens to her, so she a least feels something good (besides meeting the others - which also is great!)

Great page. The shading looks fine - at least to me. :)

Lily September 21, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #182604

Awww, poor Tess. Gonna be moving on after finally making some friends…

Qsandas September 21, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #182606

Let’s see here… Freshman year I assume is the first panel… Sophmore in second, Junior in 3rd and 4th… poor Tess in 6th panel. :(

No Lucy at the table this time? :question: Where’s Paulo as well?

…I’m more curious why david is cleaning a glass than the table cloth. Plus, why is Daisy sorta sweating over there?

I can relate to Tess feeling slightly haunted by her past along with regrets. Hope she can make those up.

Blue Sly September 21, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #182607

Have to say I’ve been watching this comic since well …Pillow Talk and I have to say I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve seen so far; me and my girl both. She and I are in some ways Mad Lucy LucyXMike :unsure: supporters but considering the turn of events and that horrendous glare he gave to Lucy back in “Carry Me” Ch.65 (?) I have to say the path towards their relationship…heck their friendship is dwindling to nothingness.

I only hope that once this entire comic finishes, that the finale will at least restore their friendship, but seeing as the title (and emphasis) is “bittersweet” I expect that hopes regarding one of the protagonists will go a fair path. . but not the way we expected nor hoped. Anyway that’s just my thoughts there XD

Shojobo September 21, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #182608

I still prefer long haired Tess. It’s sad that she has to go, but all the moments in those flashbacks where awesome. I’m looking forward to this chapter.

Frustrated_Writer September 21, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #182609

Interesting to see how Tess has changed over the years…
Also, loving the new style, Lil~ :D

TurnerClassicNinja September 21, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #182610

Looks like Lucy and Paulo aren’t there yet… wherever “there” is. Yeah, the lack of shading is fine, gives it a nice quality rather than using a vignette effect. Thanks for another page, Taeshi!

Lost BCB card September 21, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #182611

The old Tess before the pink hair is so adorable. <3

And why is Daisy sweating while looking at Tess? Doesn’t like her after Pillow talk?

Rachel Vang September 21, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #182612

And this is why i love Tess, even if she is a fan character. Great job on the lighting, it fits the mood perfectly I think, the new style works really well for this kind of strip. I’m gonna miss PauloxTess though. Thanks for another great page Taeshi.

Deuce Moose September 21, 2011, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #182613

Huh. Maybe it’s a bug or something, but FYI, I’m on an iPod touch and I can’t see any comments. Because I seriously doubt 10 minutes could pass without anybody commenting.
EDIT: I guess I was wrong, they suddenly popped up when I was done… Weird. Also, yeah, the shaders look fine to me anyway.
I really like the change in style recently; for better or worse, it definitely gives off a more ‘mature’ feeling as far as the art goes. Not that I would know much about that… Anyway, keep up the good work as usual! I look forward to the plot twists an drama that seem to be revolving around Paulo lately! (Which I also happen to like!)

Tal September 21, 2011, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #182614

I wonder why Daisy looks so nervous. And where’s Lucy? :question:

Seikyuu September 21, 2011, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #182615

hey the gangs (almost) all there!!

and daisy sweating? maybe the pregnancy arch joke might be true lol

huh September 21, 2011, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #182616

Oh, since it’s now December, it must be Tess’s birthday! That might explain why Paulo’s not at the table.

Catalyst September 21, 2011, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #182617

i like Tessa’s freshman style hair its cool looking.

koren September 21, 2011, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #182618

Poor Tess! She’s worried the gang will forget about her after she graduates because of all the mistakes she’s made? D:
Great page, loving the new style~!

Cara September 21, 2011, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #182619

I like the flash back

Raxki September 21, 2011, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #182620

Wow, so that’s what Tess looked like before she dyed her hair! :love:

I’m really looking forward to how her destiny plays out. I hope she gets the absolution she’s seeking.

Spectre39 September 21, 2011, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #182621

loving the new art :D oh, and Tess better not go away!

assassin250 September 21, 2011, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #182622

I really like your new style. Something about the planned sequence of detailing and lack thereof in specific frames, (such as in the background) has definitely given more power and meaning for the overall pages. The coloration has also added a new flavorful uniqueness to the equation.

It’s probably due to viewing this on a mobile, but is David cleaning a mug?

Sean9596! September 21, 2011, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #182623

Who is that in panel 5? it’s too tall to be Paulo… FF Cat?

Barrier September 21, 2011, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #182624

Everyone looks 10x better from before. Especially Mike and Daisy.

NITWITT September 21, 2011, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #182625

haha, when I first saw the 1st panel I was all like ”WHY IS TESS NAKED?!” and then I thought ”oh wait…” :nope:

kind of weird seeing her without her wearing her necklace or anything.

Memory Anemone September 21, 2011, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #182626

Looks like I was partially right, she did reflect on what happened before, but I wonder what the rest of the main cast is going to do for Tess…..then again its kinda obvious, its A Party!

Darf14 September 21, 2011, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #182627

She looks so pretty in the first panel… i prefer her look then to when she added pink.

GKIDRULZ September 21, 2011, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #182628

I like the shading and new style Daisy.
@anonymous2 I’m pretty sure that there was a site problem. Taeshi was saying something about a site problem on Twitter too.

Nope September 21, 2011, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #182629

I am beggining to love this art style, it looks so soft now :3

jackkuro September 21, 2011, 12:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #182630

2 chairs left… And Paulo and Lucy are missing.

Lion September 21, 2011, 12:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #182631

I love how the memory panels are just a little bit grainy. I think it gives it a nostalgic quality. The overall color pallet is perfect for this chapter, very gray and brown, gives it a rustic quality as if the entire thing is already over (which it kind of is for Tess) and this is just a good memory. Probably one of my favorite individual pages in a long time.

Deuce Moose September 21, 2011, 12:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #182633

PS. sry for triple posting but i just noticed that the different necklaces that Tess wears represent who she is. No necklace is a young naive Tess. The choker is the Bitchy Tess, then the Lock heart keeping others out but still having her superficial feelings open to the world. then the simple heart comes after she and Paulo finally go out as if she has finally found someone who can get her out of her shell, i.e. Paulo. Finally as she has moved on from Paulo as a specific love interest but still has feelings for him and the others she has a star, maybe because she is older and has seen and done many things and stands as a model to the others, still precious to those who look for her, but no longer the center of attention or affection. I think the necklaces are a representation of how she is perceived by both herself and others which has changed through out the story and hopefully will continue to change in the future.

Deuce Moose September 21, 2011, 12:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #182634

I must say that Tess looks weird with short hair.

EpicGamerGirl September 21, 2011, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #182635

Sue!!! Side Characters Untie!(please note that tihs is alos a meeting of the dyslexics cbul as well.)
(please note as well that i am Dyslexic so i can get away with that joke.)

P.S. Maybe some Tess X Paulo around the corner… please? oooo… just had an idea, how would Augustus X Tess work out? maybe we’ll see?

Teeroy766 September 21, 2011, 12:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #182636

i wonder what they’re gonna do for tessa… probably just a going away party and dinner.

…i see lucy and paulo are missing, probably too busy getting hit by buses or getting shot… well, i can dream. :smirk:

sue looks like she’s beginning to wish she hadn’t made such a big deal about being included with the main group, now.

oh, and… correct me if i’m wrong, but did anonymous2 edit his/her comment just to mention his/her place in the comments?

i’m honestly surprised he/she hasn’t gotten in trouble yet… :/

Thanatos September 21, 2011, 1:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #182637

Like how u reveiled wat th rest of th main characters look like in this style in one comic
Why is daisy sweating? Is she already pregnant?!!
I agree wth tess, wats up wth th table cloth? O.O Its her baby-shower!!! (likes to jump to conclusions)

Redneck September 21, 2011, 1:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #182638

Oh no, Mike is an amputee!

Zilla September 21, 2011, 1:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #182639

I actually like long haired freshman Tessa. (or is that just me and my affinity for long hair?) Although is it also normal for girls to change their styles every year? I pretty much stayed the same my four years, save for a few different kinds of shirts.

I feel bad for Tessa though. She’s gone through major stages of her life, some good, and some terribly wrong. But the guilt is catching up with her, and shes just trying to make up for what she had done her sophomore year. (if i’m getting the timeline right) Shes returning to being a good person, and that’s where many would be happy that she found her way there. She’s still unstable though. Really gonna need some closure. Perhaps going to the kid who’s arm was broken and apologize to him in front of his sister. And also give Jessica a formal apology to.

Now i’m just telling you how to write your plot. xD sorry.

michaelS September 21, 2011, 1:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #182640

Freshman Tess I SOO CUTE! I knew the pink hair was dyed :smirk:

V September 21, 2011, 1:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #182641

Aww I love how she looked with long all brown hair <3

Effie September 21, 2011, 1:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #182642

I can’t be the only one who saw her without the customary vest and thought OMG! Why is Tessa naked in school?! Scandal!

Quaddy September 21, 2011, 1:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #182643


They must be getting lunch, that’s what.

KiwiKoala September 21, 2011, 1:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #182644

Awww, little tess is cute! Sue looks cool in the last panel!

Momoa September 21, 2011, 1:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #182645

Mike looked soooooo ****in cute in that last panel!

N-Star September 21, 2011, 1:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #182647

Wooo Barkeeper David! one round plz ;) cuz this is getting gooooooood…. x3

Leonmaster September 21, 2011, 2:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #182648

Amazing artwork ^_^

Maishul September 21, 2011, 2:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #182649

Page Song: Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Sad Tess is in for a send off by her friends. “With a Little Help From My Friends” moment incoming.

Hoheh September 21, 2011, 2:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #182650

Its gonna one of her good old times memories with the gang ^__^

Leen619 September 21, 2011, 2:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #182651

Only Daisy’s new eyes freak me out. And Augustus’s. Everyone else is fine.
Seriously Tess, is not even the end of the first term. Whatta pessimist lad :P

Ana aka Knux-the-Killer September 21, 2011, 2:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #182653

:c Really sad with how the comic’s going on lately. Used to be PACKED with dialogue and story and now it’s a snail’s pace every page. Still coming back and loving it but it’s not what I loved it to be!

Ed September 21, 2011, 3:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #182654

Oh Sue~

Daisy looks the exact same as your style before.

I like how the flashback in the summer shows Tess’ cool old necklace. I really don’t like her choker.

StarSturdy September 21, 2011, 3:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #182655

Ummmm I’m very awkwarded all out rite now… This just isn’t makin any sense tah meh!

Lemme Sleep plz September 21, 2011, 3:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #182656

Despite my best efforts I am most concerned about that table cloth. :o

Welgaean September 21, 2011, 3:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #182657

Is it just me or does Mike look really young?

Eveco September 21, 2011, 3:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #182658

Why is David polishing a dish? 8-D aw who cares it’s david

IDog September 21, 2011, 4:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #182659

wheres lucy o:

Rokki September 21, 2011, 4:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #182660

Im guessing the tablecloth has something to do with tess’ comment on the last panel….maybe a private steak and lobster luncheon thanks to her mummy and daddys vast sums of monies. Pfft

2Cents September 21, 2011, 4:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #182661

i miss yoshi dude whens he coming back?XD and really a table cloth? im looking forward to seeing what its about. also did any one else notice that Taeshi wore like sven different necklaces in this comic?

yoshdude September 21, 2011, 4:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #182662

and Paulo still hasn’t been properly shown in the new style…
I know that’s him on panel six but… iz all shady…

Desterga September 21, 2011, 5:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #182664

It’s your final year, so step right up, my dear. The hate and all the fear will wash away- that’s clear. All beginnings have ends. Your time had twists and bends. You’ve tried to make amends, so enjoy the time with friends. Though rich, you didn’t boast. To say sorry was most important. A toast for Tessa now. Poof. A ghost…

If they don’t forget, she’ll always be there. After she’s gone, her memory, her ghost, will stay. Have a nice life, Tess. Oh, questioning the poetry now.

Hoheh September 21, 2011, 6:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #182665

Serious face Abby.

GreenPhantom September 21, 2011, 7:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #182666

Tess no longer have a lock on her neck, that means than she no longer gonna close her heart?

Tess is really something, starting like a bully, an year after start looking for redemption and now the goodbye from everything she love to carry on her own way, very sad, specialy Paulo, I wish he give her some acción in the prom to make her last moment the sweetest.

Deuce Moose I´m completly agreed with you, is good to see someone puts valuable comments

Katanasoul September 21, 2011, 7:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #182667

I think it’s a party for her departure

Shocky September 21, 2011, 7:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #182668

Abbey! Smile for the camera!

Quaddy September 21, 2011, 8:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #182669

@Desterga That’s Paulo there in the 3rd panel in a flashback.

Some random guy September 21, 2011, 8:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #182670

well at least she had a few friends, not like me on my high school days… sometimes, I just want to go back in time…

Ronyle143 September 21, 2011, 8:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #182671

Abbey always serious….

Just a Guy September 21, 2011, 8:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #182672

Well, that’s depressing. Why does she want everyone to forget about her? I can understand her wanting people like Jessica and Rachel to forget about her, but why anyone from the main cast? They’re her friends! If anything, I’d want to try and the most lasting on my friends as I can, just so I can hope that I changed their lives in some positive way. Memories are a little hard to just forget about; trust me.

I’m a sucker for tragic back-stories and flashbacks, so I really didn’t mind anything on this page. Well, except for the new art style, but that’s besides the point.

NintendoSegaSonyGuy September 21, 2011, 8:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #182673


…………………… it’s spin the bottle~

Huh? September 21, 2011, 8:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #182674

Seems like new-style really wasn’t that bad! It didn’t even change that much… just: the eyes, background, and a tini-tiny more furrier. Not great deal, and I kind of like it :3
Even though it’s going good, I feel it like ‘more serious’ (not because of this chapter), I don’t know why. It’s like now I can’t imagine David doing his funny stuff, or Paulo making fun of Mike with silly faces….. Well, whatever, it’s my silly opinion, not really worthy now hahhah.

BY THE WAY, the chapter is going great! I hope I can learn more about Tess in it :)

Cata :3 September 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #182675

What’s wrong Daisy?

2tailed_fox September 21, 2011, 8:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #182676

Who’s the new kid?

Bambalooza September 21, 2011, 8:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #182677

Tess doesn’t want her friends (in this case the main cast) to forget her, but she wants them to move on… Maybe you mis-spelled the words in last panel!
It says: “…but I don’t want them to forget me…”

Cata :3 September 21, 2011, 8:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #182678

Oh, I’ve found something! (I’m not sure if I’m right, but… screw it!)

It was in fresh-man year where the main cast met Tess, isn’t it? And when Tess first met the main cast (or whoever was first of them) she had mid-long hair, like in panel 4 (when they were in Acapulco), right? So then, why in panel 3 she has short hair like now, if the order of panels is mostly in chronological order (at least that part)??? Doesn’t she have to have mid-sized long hair like I think she’s supposed to? :$

hehe, details :3

Cata :3 September 21, 2011, 9:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #182679

Curious to know how old Tess is in the first panel…no pink hair yet.

Iris September 21, 2011, 9:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #182680

Aw, Tess no one’s gonna forget you. And why is there a table cloth?

OH SHOES, WHERE DID PAULO AND LUCY GO. Oh right, Lucy’s probably bugging Augustus and Paulo’s off with Jasmine.

Bearcoon September 21, 2011, 9:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #182682

tablecloth? … shifty daisy? … omg…. SURPRISE PARTY!!!!

servare September 21, 2011, 10:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #182683

notice two chairs are empty…

Sarge September 21, 2011, 10:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #182684

Have I just not read the comic properly before or is that a new character right there.

Karo September 21, 2011, 10:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #182685

whats up wit sue? she looks bummed?

jamie mac September 21, 2011, 10:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #182686

I bet David has something epic planned with this table cloth… 8-D

Thamix September 21, 2011, 10:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #182687

Sue looks the same, David looks sorta the same, Abbey looks kinda evil and Mike looks really cute. Cuter than usual.

Atlas September 21, 2011, 10:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #182688

Oh and Daisy looks… Like something bad is going to happen?

Atlas September 21, 2011, 10:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #182689

David is pleased with his cleaning skills…

Wr3h September 21, 2011, 11:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #182690

Jesus Christ, has Sue been taking fat tablets?


StushiJaguar September 21, 2011, 11:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #182691

David looks like a bartender in the last panel. Bartender David knows how to solve all of life’s problems and is always willing to listen. 8-D

Xenos September 21, 2011, 12:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #182692

New style Abbey is so cute! Glaring as usual. I’d be disturbed if he weren’t.

Neveko September 21, 2011, 12:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #182693

Daisy looks so cute… I bet it was her idea to put the table cloth

Carlitos September 21, 2011, 12:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #182694

Abbey’s back <:’D

Jicak4t September 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #182695

love tess in this page, the new style fits her really well :love: i especially love paulo and tess in the background of the 6th panel! the coloring is fantastic as well!! i guess this stlye is starting to grow on me :)!

sigh... September 21, 2011, 1:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #182696

Never noticed that she sits at their table still, I missed Tess, too bad when she graduates she leave probably. :(

CTS4Kouhei September 21, 2011, 1:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #182697

Freshie Tess is so adorable ^.^

liliputianbelle September 21, 2011, 2:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #182698

Tess angst?

And wow the characters look fantastic by the way! I love Mikes design the most, it really makes his eyes pop.

Shada September 21, 2011, 2:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #182699

This is page looks so nice… and Tess in panel 1… YES!!! She changed so much and Mike in the last panel <3 yes

Wait September 21, 2011, 2:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #182700

Suddenly I think that the change in style will be followed by a change in the main protagonists (beeing Mike and Lucy), hm…

Also, pets are gone for quite a while now.

Naity September 21, 2011, 2:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #182701

Woah, woah. Cutie alert! Last panel :-* I love Mike in the new style~

Nikzilla September 21, 2011, 3:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #182702

The style for the color was awesome! It sets the tone for the chapter really good. I hope the rest of it goes as good as this.

Tom September 21, 2011, 3:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #182703

I agree with Tess… why is there a tablecloth? :question:

PURPLZ September 21, 2011, 3:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #182704

her hair is ugly with the pink highlights now that ive seen it fully brown and long.
also cute :3!

Bloop! September 21, 2011, 3:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #182705

…who is that in the last panel? …Tess? :question:

G!@nN@ September 21, 2011, 3:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #182706

David looks like a bartender 8-D I’ll have a Jim Jones

Issun September 21, 2011, 4:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #182707

I REALLY want to buy book, but i just dont have the cash. ._. the day i get enough, youll be hearing from me!

Siot Gleda September 21, 2011, 4:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #182708

Does anyone else notice Daisy looks kinda nervous ….. I smell a surprise a comin, maybe for Tess? :D

Issun September 21, 2011, 4:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #182709

Wait a second when did Tess cut her hair? Did Tess just do that or am I going senile at 17.

Chibiterasu September 21, 2011, 4:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #182710

Abbey and his always cranky looking face xD Sue’s not looking very excited, either.

V September 21, 2011, 4:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #182711

I was wondering why Tess changed her hair every two chapters… thats a good explaination xD …

C: September 21, 2011, 4:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #182713

Wait Lucy and Paulo are missing! (wow i’m slow)

C: September 21, 2011, 4:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #182714

Abbey is always grumpeh. Mike is showing a lack of emotion, as always. There’s two open spots for Paulo and Lucy, aaand Daisy looks like she’s trying to hold in a fart.

Tickle Monster September 21, 2011, 4:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #182715

Art style is AMAZING so clean and crisp looking

jack September 21, 2011, 4:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #182716

Why there table cloth?

Because Cake.

YYC on GC September 21, 2011, 5:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #182717

No it’s Tess’s fault for having hair.

Tacsi September 21, 2011, 5:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #182718

I think Abbey and Sue are glaring at each other a bit; apparently they still have political differences.

Of course this is like Pillow Talk; that 6 in “page 2 of 6” is supposed to be a 60: just a simple typo.

42 September 21, 2011, 5:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #182719

Hahaha two pages ago I said I was excited to see all the other characters in the new style… and then hey look there they all are.

The Good Doctor September 21, 2011, 5:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #182720

The table cloth has relevance because….?

Mmmmmarissa September 21, 2011, 6:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #182721

Definitely dislike the new style…liking the style is what got me started reading the archives in the first place…it doesn’t look nearly so crisp and polished..and I feel like the characters themselves look less…appealing. More derpy. Just saying.

ArashiiNekkyou September 21, 2011, 6:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #182722

Gotta say
Your art is finally making a step forward (don’t trust all those people not liking it - it really is getting better and more consistent, and line variation gives things a lot of character). Now to get your ankles and wrists looking less like amorphous blobs in full body shots!

Heck you know we’ll all keep coming back because of the story drama regardless

Mackkk September 21, 2011, 6:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #182723

I might be wrong, the girl cat with the necklace…Daisy? Is it me, or does she look nervous?

Forrealnigga September 21, 2011, 6:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #182724

she does doesn’t she.

PTF8 September 21, 2011, 7:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #182725

I dont DISLIKE the new art, but I kinda like the old art better. It’s what I grew up reading. :D

Cookie September 21, 2011, 7:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #182727

Sue looks so miserable.
David is mischievou- I mean *what* is in his hand? :/

StraightFace September 21, 2011, 7:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #182728

Something unusual is happening in the last panel. We’ll find out on Friday I guess.

Starkeyblade September 21, 2011, 8:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #182729

i cant wait for the next page.

debbiecakes September 21, 2011, 8:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #182730

why is there a tablecloth !!!!!!!! 0__o

nobody September 21, 2011, 8:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #182731

I dislike the new Tess style. I think she looks kinda dumb like this. Anyways, so far, so suspenseful. Can’t wait for Friday. (Man, I prefer reading about high school than living it.)

Nyan September 21, 2011, 8:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #182732

I like the style! It’s a refreshing change. :D Just don’t overuse it! ;)
Random tablecloth, much?? And just WHAT is David holding??

Ashshadow September 21, 2011, 8:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #182733

Tess looked better with longer hair. I dislike how she looks now. =~=

Faery September 21, 2011, 9:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #182734

oooh i love the second panel :)

sirderps September 21, 2011, 9:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #182735

Tickle Monster:
I laughed MY *** OFF at what you said about Daisy, dudeee! hahahah

Cata :3 September 21, 2011, 9:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #182736

Tess looks so beautiful as a freshman ;A;

Sankuxi September 21, 2011, 9:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #182738

Table cloth for a celebration silly!

Dusk September 21, 2011, 10:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #182740

Wow so tess realy evolved. First your average freshmen, with no pink hair. Guissing those shadow guy r what corrupted her into a jerk. Then With pink hair strip she is a mean jerk to jess, and finnaly in the end with all out pink hair she is a fine balence. Its been cool learning her journy. I mean, when we first met her she was just this big sister showing the group the ropes, and then learned she wasn’t always like that. Had a bad past do real hurtful things to people and got shunned for it. Then finnaly when she was rejected by the whole school and she wasn’t being a bitch anymore she made good friends with the bittersweetgang. I gotta say meeting her as an awsome friend to the group first then shifting to a dark past was very interesting, kept me interested lol. Poor tess…..Don’t worry tess i still love u :love:

JustSomeCritic September 21, 2011, 10:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #182741

Bcb reminds me of my own life in a way. I like to think of myself as Augustus and the girl I like is a lot like daisy

Roxas September 21, 2011, 11:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #182742

Is it sad I forgot today was wednesday and only remembered at night? And that I had even gone on the site to get to the forum? Yeah….anyway, dem flashbacks. Tess’s hair is the only way to tell her age :smirk:

TheMysteriousMan September 21, 2011, 11:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #182744

Tessa’s natural hair looks gorgeous. Why’d she have to go color-fi it?
All the characters look fantastic in the new style!
And hey look! Both Paulo and Lucy are missing. Skipping lunch together, perhaps~? :3

MissCaitlyn September 22, 2011, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #182745

@ MissCaitlyn:
Nah, Lucy’s off looking for Augustus and everyone at the table noticed her missing and sent Paulo off to go find her. He’ll likely find her and Augustus either behind the bleachers out on the field or in either the boy’s or girl’s locker room…being naughty. <_<

Nah, I’m just kidding…

Fayt September 22, 2011, 2:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #182746

The whole story has been memorable to the last :) I like the new style, I think it adds more to the individuality of the characters. I love the more serious tones of the story that make you smile at the end. Maybe this will be one of those skits? :D

Gary micheals September 22, 2011, 3:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #182747

What’s REALLY bothering me is not the fact that both Paulo and Lucy are missing nor that Tess changed her locket, but rather why Daisy looks like she has something to hide. Are those beads of sweat or…? It probably has to do with mentioned table cloth… wonder what the surprise is :P?

Alex September 22, 2011, 5:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #182748

Tess’s hair is so shiny~

Also, she should probably know better than to ask about the table cloth. It’s probably just Davey up to his usual mischief. XD

Nishakun September 22, 2011, 5:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #182750

I noticed the new font on the website, it’s nice :)

MyNamesLucyToo September 22, 2011, 7:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #182754

I FINALLY noticed! Tess puts on at least THREE different necklaces, in what seems like SECONDS of time! how did she do it? It somehow transformed from pearls (or maybe a chain?) to a choker collar?

Candy Corn Lover September 22, 2011, 8:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #182755

The first few panels are flashbacks.

I kinda like her new hairstyle.

ZoeStellan September 22, 2011, 12:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #182756

loving Tess in the first panel <3

Dreamer September 22, 2011, 3:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #182760

Panel 3… was that the panel where David was originally eating the table? I wonder…
Why do I keep seeing Tess as a Hispanic girl in the first panel? Tess’s ever changing style… *sigh*

Vulpinewolf September 22, 2011, 4:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #182761

I really do hope mike and lucy get together at the end :/

Panda September 22, 2011, 4:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #182762

tess in first panel is amazing! :0 im guessing she was bullied once, yes?
also, it must be a party for the happiness of tess disappearing
from the minds of all

maax September 22, 2011, 4:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #182763

also forgot to mention

the art style has REALLY gotton a lot better

maax September 22, 2011, 5:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #182764

Where are Paulo and Lucy? Does this take place during Carry Me or something? It seems weird that they aren’t there.

BCA September 22, 2011, 6:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #182768

aww, a chapter I can emphathize with, being a senior myself this year =D

MissShell September 22, 2011, 10:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #182769


Oh noez.

LemonFilling September 22, 2011, 10:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #182770

So wait.. Tess was an extreme bully in her sophomore year? Seems early, but she looks so cute as a freshman xD

Konicaa September 22, 2011, 10:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #182771

ABBEY! He is back from…from…where did he go? Oh well… not like i cared or anything *push fingers together* *AWKWARD SILENCE*…So how bout them SAINTS!

Timni September 22, 2011, 11:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #182772

The quality of the art really comes through with this new style, I think.

Million September 22, 2011, 11:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #182773

Will update the comic 10 minutes late today. Have to re-arrange a few things.

SuitCase September 22, 2011, 11:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #182781

Keeping with commenting on the current comic, I’m not too fond of the last panel. It gives a dark room feeling, when high school cafeterias are anything but.

:D September 23, 2011, 12:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #182787

So Tess had brown hair before?

Bittersweet PauloxLucy September 23, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #182788

Im actually really liking the new style. :)
Poor tess. :( but in all honestly, she did bring this upon herself.

Purple Platypi September 23, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #182797

tess is amazing. period. i will gladly give anyone the 2 page essay i wrote about if for debate class. my friend wrote one about how much tess sucks… i won :)

TESSFTW September 23, 2011, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #182799

@TESSFTW I’m interested in this essay

Elite September 23, 2011, 12:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #182800

as am i, you should make a forum thread or something.

Deuce Moose September 23, 2011, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #182857

You mean she’s not a natural pink? SCANDALOUS!

RJRouge September 23, 2011, 3:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #182862

^ Natural colors tend to be more of them than just their front bangs. Like Jessica’s whole body, Augustus’ ears, Abbey and Molly…

Hoheh September 23, 2011, 3:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #182927

what the first pannel about ??

pinkamber September 23, 2011, 8:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #182938

Tess in the first panel is SO. CUTE.

Some random guy September 23, 2011, 10:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #182966

wow i just noticed how different she looks from the first tme we saw her…

DD September 24, 2011, 3:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #183787

I really like Tess.
But seeing the group together like that makes me realize that’s its been long since Lucy been with the group.

Rydux October 2, 2011, 10:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #187498

Ugh, i know exactly how Tess feels right now… this is my last year in high school and i’m happy and sad at the same tiiime ;_;

iSpyy October 29, 2011, 9:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #192385

Tess’s freshman style was so cute. :love: I love her, I hope she’s important Next chapter or whenever. She’s definitely my favorite.

But yeah, never noticed she wore pearls (third panel).

On a side note WHYY does Justin have an emoticon and Tess doesn’t? Mad Lucy

RC! November 21, 2011, 9:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #199433

I like the way Tess looked when she has long hair.

Don't hate ppl December 12, 2011, 9:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #208325

Umm….RC! Justin doesn’t have an emoticon *cough*

She’s cute at the first panel :)

Bittersweetlover! February 8, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #213946

So this:( isn’t Justin?

Sycrin April 10, 2012, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #230954

Who’s the person with other than Tessa on panel six? Paulo or Augustus? Or someone else?..

Chesire99 October 9, 2012, 9:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #284541

why does this carecter alway’s look like ****

TemplarArchon_Hunter July 28, 2014, 10:49 PM EST.

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