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Comment ID #188854

Yay, snow!
Something tells me Mike forgot the cheap move from “Gaming RivalryXD
His face in the last panel looks like he is ready for it though…

The Swimmer November 7, 2011, 11:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #188855

wow….. look on mike’s face is epic in last panel …… i kinda like how lucy is trying to get him to cheer up lol XD

anony November 7, 2011, 11:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #188856

No way, Lucy, You better have been practicing!

Amber November 7, 2011, 11:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #188857


Waldo November 7, 2011, 11:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #188858

Awww Lucy is trying Mike!! Dont let her down!! (but i still hate you , Mike)
Good old videogames, they never fail!

Tessa Fan November 7, 2011, 11:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #188859

I wonder if Mike will be nicer to Lucy after this. :/

Not sure how I feel about that.

Sarah Is a Color November 7, 2011, 11:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #188860

haha this is great. thanks Taeshi

Deuce Moose November 7, 2011, 11:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #188861

And what if Lucy wins?!

eccentrik November 7, 2011, 11:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #188862

Lol Mike you grouch |D ease up a little!~~~~

DarkCrystal828 November 7, 2011, 11:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #188863

lucy is back to her old bossy self…at least for now ><

Lucy November 7, 2011, 11:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #188864

It’s nice seeing Lucy not-depressed around Mike :)

Haddi November 7, 2011, 11:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #188865

I have a feeling Mike would react that way, but I didn’t expect him to play The Game. Also congrats on your 600 book goal.

Darf14 November 7, 2011, 12:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #188866

Aaaaw, I really want them to be together. Also, WHY NO TEAM LUCY BADGES IN STORE?!?!?!?!?! Mad Lucy

Russell November 7, 2011, 12:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #188867

Why doesn’t mike like Lucy at all any more? What ever happened to “let’s jus be friends”?

Teeroy766 November 7, 2011, 12:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #188868

Oh I do so hope that mike will get over this “im a complete A-hole” phase quickly -.- I like the artwork on this page though :) I cannot draw Tvs or remotes to save my life XD

LunaBee November 7, 2011, 12:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #188869

Happy real life birthday Lucy!

Aww Mike, you’re opening up a little bit at a time aintcha? lol
‘Sides, you know damn well you want to spend time with SOMEONE instead of being alone. Suck it up for a few rounds ya big baby.

Kroth November 7, 2011, 12:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #188870

Needs more Paulo. Lucy is too much of an oblivious self centered woman. She blew her chance and there is no going back now. It’s painfully clear that this will never go anywhere. Stupid woman.

Stripes November 7, 2011, 12:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #188871

Lucy’s being so sweet!

Xenos November 7, 2011, 12:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #188872

“If it’ll shut you up” huh?
lucy should shove her first in his fat *** mouth just to shut him up Mad Lucy

Rozon November 7, 2011, 12:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #188873


dustin November 7, 2011, 12:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #188874

wow! Right when i re-load the page you update!! I really hope that this time, it will work out, And i think a Sandy-call i imminent now XD

Laykazam November 7, 2011, 12:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #188875

Booo grumpy grumpy. Furious Abbey

You change that attitude right now Mike I’m getting pretty sick of you at this point. Kudos to Lucy for not giving up. :D

TehLulzinator November 7, 2011, 12:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #188876

I love this chapter!
Happy birthday, Lucy. ^_^

Peppermint November 7, 2011, 12:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #188877

Wonder where this will go. Somewhere interesting, I’m sure!

That’s a good idea, actually. Wonder how Lucy would react.

Darth GW7 November 7, 2011, 12:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #188878

Lucy’s still gona win, gaurenteed XD

Seraphara November 7, 2011, 12:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #188879

Mike, common man be a good sport. Lucy is trying so hard. I’m glad she’s not so down. I think Mike is going to enjoy playing the game and forget his anger for a little bit.

But then Sandy will call and all will be lost.

Minty Lime Green November 7, 2011, 12:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #188880

wow, 600 books sold, great job guys :) that’s a lot of books sold and a lot of money earned XD anyway, lets see how this whole video game thing goes, i hope it turns out well for Lucy and Mike!! then again, its only 16/40 pages, so who knows what’s bound to happen :x?

sigh... November 7, 2011, 12:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #188881

The faces have been weird every so often in this new style. In particular, last panel of last page and 3rd panel of this page.

Zerreth November 7, 2011, 12:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #188882

Oh Lucy, you try SO hard and it is SO cute but he is SO not worth it

kikimmicoa November 7, 2011, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #188883

MLG, Mike

SushiJaguar November 7, 2011, 1:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #188884

I just want to beat the crap out of Mike. I’m sure you’re gettin’ tired of readin’ that. That’s okay. I’m gettin’ tired of sayin’ that. 9.9;

Jessica U. Ingmann November 7, 2011, 1:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #188885

oh the gauntlet’s been thrown down now, I bet Lucy is gonna play really hard . She might even use that super move from ‘Gaming Rivalry’

J Boy November 7, 2011, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #188886

D’aww.. stop being such a douch Mike >:P

Rose November 7, 2011, 1:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #188888

i keep getting this weird feeling that everyone exept mike and lucy are gonna go grocery shopping or something and then the snows gonna trap them there alone and their gonna make up

Steve November 7, 2011, 1:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #188889

I have the feeling we will find out why he has been a complete *** soon. I agree with a Sandy call interfering with this game and turning this situation on its head.

Lucy is really trying hard to at least rescue whatever is left of her friendship, and that is quite admirable. Whether she believes she has no longer any hope of getting mike to love her remains to be seen tho…. I personally wish that there was hope for mikexlucy (if mike stops being a jerk). Altho Sandy seems far too sweet to be eliminated from the equation by choice… so somehow it’ll be either that she grows even more distant somehow or some tragic circumstances cut her off from mike.

Delta November 7, 2011, 1:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #188890

It’s doubtful, but a heart to heart discussion would be really nice this chapter. Too bad it’s hard for either of them to talk seriously without getting into a huge brawl. Mike doesn’t want to be sucked back into Lucy’s issues, so his guard is up. Lucy still doesn’t like to look vulnerable, so her subtle attempts to get Mike talking won’t be nearly enough.

People are saying Mike doesn’t deserve Lucy, when in fact they both have been insensitive dicks. I think this behavior only further cements how much these two deserve to be stuck with each other. I like this story because no one’s a saint. Each of the cast has strengths and flaws, which makes them seem more human. I applaud Taeshi for refusing to make Mike or anyone else a one dimensional character.

Again, I doubt either of them will make any progress towards closing the gap between them. Taeshi DID say that this chapter would be an awful ride.

The Observer November 7, 2011, 1:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #188891

I bet Lucy is gunna kick Mike’s *** in the game :D and then Mike well play over and over again until (which he won’t) XD

Candy November 7, 2011, 1:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #188892

angry faces everywher..poor mike..

tara November 7, 2011, 1:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #188893

@The Observer: DUDE! I applaude your perferct description. That should really be used to advertise this comic or something. It’s perfect! Also, about the comic. I never noticed how you drew all the fingers on the hand before, I know it’s a minor thing, but it’s still cool that you put that little bit to drawing a full hand, that’s awesome.

Dracain November 7, 2011, 2:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #188894

The thing is, although they’ve both been jerks to one another, Lucy was doing it out of fear and insecurity. Mike has been doing it out of MALICE. He WANTS Lucy to feel bad, even though she never wanted to hurt him. The similarity between the two is that neither seems to feel guilty over what they did (and continue to do) to eachother. Lucy is upset not because she hurt Mike, but because Mike finally abandoned her. Mike isn’t upset about hurting Lucy at all, and is just angsting over himself.

If anything good comes out of this chapter, it’ll probably be Mike doing something even Lucy can’t forgive him for so she can finally get over him.

Sad November 7, 2011, 2:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #188895

I really don’t know how I feel about this… Poor Lucy and Poor Mike ): I wish they would figure out their problems, but it’s so difficult for things like this to be fixed. What it might need is just some time…

Serene Heaven November 7, 2011, 2:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #188896

I like to understand his last face as his “Game Face”, not as his “*** Face”. And if it is, it might be good for Mike to bond with someone other than Sandy, even if it is Lucy. Although I’m still trying to figure out how, relationship-wise, a Shakespearean Tragety can be avoided… at this point, I suspect multiple threesomes….

Anonymous November 7, 2011, 2:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #188897

I can’t stop smiling. It’s so nice to think that these guys will finally just drop it and be happy again! =D

HyperBallistic November 7, 2011, 2:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #188898

I’d love to see Sandy get tired of the distance, lonely, and end up with someone else. Cheated but didn’t intend to cheat but did anyway. *shrug* She’s too saintly for my tastes right now.

Truth? November 7, 2011, 2:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #188899

Or a few games… Anyway, I like Mike, because he’s a complete BAMF, in case anybody forgot the times he risked his life to save Lucy, but the size of the pipe rammed up his *** is going to be immortalized in song for millenia to come.

404 not found November 7, 2011, 2:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #188901

if kids simply said what was on their damn minds more often, relationships wouldn’t be so difficult like this.

lucy took forever to tell mike she loved him, and still won’t say a damn thing that she should… it isn’t hard!

“why do you hate me? can we never be friends again?” crap like that…

mike should tell her exactly why he’s angry at her, and why he’s behaving the way he is.

paulo should tell jasmine that he doesn’t give a flying crap about her, and only wants to screw lucy, or daisy… hell, he doesn’t even care about lucy as much as daisy according to that “ask BCB” answer. :/

jessica needs to tell lucy she is attracted to her, and rachel needs to go work on a street corner or strip club, if she’s gonna be a ****, she may as well get paid for it, so she can pay for treatment for the inevitable STDs to come.

but, i suppose having common sense makes you one-dimensional…

Thanatos November 7, 2011, 2:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #188902

Lucy should see if Mike has Battletoads.

Ven November 7, 2011, 2:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #188903

And we’re back to our VGcats roots!

Doodleydoowop November 7, 2011, 2:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #188904

I REALLY don’t like how this is turning out. Of course, it’s not, like, a problem with the story itself but as with… the characters, ya know? Just saying that Taeshi, Suitcase, and anyone else helping out is making a wonderful comic. BUT I don’t like how Lucy is handling this problem. As I’ve stated before, they need to talk; otherwise, it seems like they’re going to run themselves into a vicious cycle. In the past, they’ve used video games to get over their problems… and it seems those problems are still around or still lingering in their heads.

Missme November 7, 2011, 2:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #188905

Now we’ll discover that she’s been letting him win on purpose all these years. Dun dun duuuuun!!!

Lunacy November 7, 2011, 2:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #188906

Hehe, the 8th panel seems to be betraying Mike’s actions even more XD

Lucy’s attempts are definitely starting to chip away at his harsh exterior; whether it’ll be enough, though, is left to be seen. As Observer put it, it may not be enough o.O

Chocothunda November 7, 2011, 2:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #188907

Let the game begin!! XD

Leen619 November 7, 2011, 2:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #188908

I like it when Mike is a meanie towards Lucy, SOMEONE needs to show the spoiled brat some tough love…. okay Mike isn’t really showing tough love he just doesn’t want anything with her. But someone needs to show her that.

Worst November 7, 2011, 2:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #188909

maybe the reason that mike is such a grouch is because deep down he know she likes lucy? o_o

SXR123 November 7, 2011, 2:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #188910

Sweet! I mean… Bittersweet.


Comment ID #188911

Well I’m glad that Lucy is sticking to her guns and trying to make things more like the way they used to be. Even if they have fun this time though, I feel like Lucy will exoect everything to go back to normal when…it won’t.

But whatever, they’ll eventually get something worked out (hopefully without TOO much discomfort :unsure:)

:question: I just never use his face. I like Blur! :D

Chi-chan November 7, 2011, 2:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #188913

Mike’s anguish is like a delightful jelly sandwich to me. Toasted bread, and butter too. Cranberry, I think. Cuz, you know… they’re bittersweet.

I must also remark that Lucy is finally getting the right idea. Kudos to her, unless she screws it up.

Dext November 7, 2011, 3:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #188914

If mike had half a brain he would realise that whatever her plan is, she must have one to make the stakes so high. The result should have been an immediate schedualing of a meating at the librairy. One can only do what they beleive is the right thing when it feels wrong for so long I suppose.

bla November 7, 2011, 3:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #188915

It’s good to see Mike starting to cheer up a bit. I hope Lucy can continue this; I want to see them happy like they were in middle school.

OmicronPlus November 7, 2011, 3:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #188916

I foresee the Ultimate Move being either the ice breaker or the life taker!

Krys the Wytch November 7, 2011, 3:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #188917

His wrists must be uncomfortable being bent at a 90 degree angle like that. Unless cats have that kind of flexibility. I’m not a biologist.

Me November 7, 2011, 3:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #188920

i know that strategy!
Nice work Lucy!!

Chuck Norris November 7, 2011, 3:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #188921

Mike just got one UPed! He totally fell for the bait Lucy gave him. Oh, Mike.

Tom November 7, 2011, 3:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #188922

Oh wicked!!! Mike’s game face looks just like mine! 8-D

Cheese Coated Chopper November 7, 2011, 3:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #188923

More snow :3 and mike is just digging himself deeper into going back to the way it used to be between him and Lucy, which I don’t mind, I just wish he had more
Balls in the situation and showed that he can actually wear the pants in a relationship. Otherwise they won’t really grow from their little toddler spat

Chellby November 7, 2011, 4:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #188924

Lol that face!!!
Well like mike said all those years ago “it’s oooonnn”
P. S. Congrats on the 600 books sold XD

8bitpie November 7, 2011, 4:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #188925

And Lucy Wins

Silver the Dragon November 7, 2011, 4:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #188926

Gotta get stuff off my mind so here it goes;

1. Mike is being this way to Lucy out of malice and spite. Lucy treated Mike the way she did out of insecurity and general playfulness. Teasing is such a thing. As far as I can tell, Lucy has never set out to purposely make Mike feel like he’s a piece of dirt and the world would be a better place without him. Nor has she ever stalked his relationships with other people to the point of pretending like she owns him and calls him pathetic and obvious for having relationships and friendships outside of herself. Mike is being an enormous jerk and bratty child. Lucy has been a bratty child at times as well, but never to this extreme extent.

2. No one ever forced him to be friends with Lucy; so if he hated her all these years he easily could have broke off the friendship early on. He just didn’t want to do so. He obviously liked being with Lucy regardless of her playful teasing and over all rudeness. Yes, Lucy has been bratty and annoying, but Mike didn’t seem to mind before.

3. Regardless if Lucy had confessed her feelings to Mike; I don’t think it would have mattered. They may have started dating, but the moment Sandy came back into the picture ever so remotely, I feel like Mike would have dumped Lucy quickly and early on. I firmly believe he used Lucy as a Sandy substitute for all these years. I think that’s the main reason he put up with her antics and that his current hate stems from inner turmoil rather than Lucy herself and her actions.

Overall neither Mike or Lucy are innocent parties in this. Lucy should have wised up long ago and stopped pinning over Mike and moved on. I don’t like her insecurity and inferiority complex (By the way a lot of people act mean and bratty due to inferiority and insecurity. This is not an excuse though.) in the least.

Although Lucy has never really been a horrible friend regardless of her complex and teasing nature. In the same sense, Mike had never been a horrible friend either until recently. Mike is being terribly cruel at this point. I hate new Mike, not old Mike. I wouldn’t even hate a Mike who wanted nothing to do with Lucy, but acted civil. At this point, Mike is being spiteful and taking out his anger on someone whom he thinks he has a right to do so. I’ve been in this situation before. A good friend of mine took out unjust rage on me out of her own fear of her relationship with her boyfriend. I tried my hardest to make the situation right, but she shut me out entirely and blamed me for everything in her life.

Shutting someone out and lashing out at that person unjustly isn’t the way to solve a problem. It only makes the situation worse. It makes the aggressor look like a horrible person and it makes the other party feel terrible and confused. No one wins in this situation.

This is why I hope that Mike and Lucy talk their problems out and agree to stay friends and realize they couldn’t ever be together for multiple reasons; not just Sandy. Both Mike and Lucy need to grow up immensely.

Minty Lime Green November 7, 2011, 4:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #188927

Bait? What Bait? 8-D

Do you mean bait as in to bait him into interacting with her? Or is she going to exploit the situation somehow?

Delta November 7, 2011, 4:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #188928

VERY much like the old days~!

ScrabMaster November 7, 2011, 4:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #188929

Mike’s face: I’m-acting-like-I-don’t-want-to-but-secretly- YOU’RE-GOING-DOWN.
I like that face.

A November 7, 2011, 4:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #188930


there’s gonna be one heck of a laugh sometime soon… has to be…

Sue November 7, 2011, 4:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #188931


Raven November 7, 2011, 4:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #188932

@Minty Lime Green

I don’t think that is necessarily the case… Lucy wasn’t really a substitute to Sandy, as Mike had been always writing to her since she left for like 5 years until Lucy found out in 8th grade. I think Mike was trying to make a choice between them, it was either to take his childhood infatuation seriously or to confess his feelings for Lucy. He ignored Lucy early on when Sandy was still around but when she left, he began to create new memories with Lucy and began to like her.

The choice between the two girls were always there. But as the flashback in the Pillow Talk chapter shows, Lucy rejected Mike’s confession and Mike even said that “they might not be like this forever” hinting that he would seek out Sandy instead if Lucy did not return his feelings.

The resentment that Mike has for Lucy is compounded by her dependency and inability to accept the fact that she messed up all the chances she had to express her feelings for Mike when Mike was just waiting for her and standing by her side all those years. That and that Lucy’s insecurities meant that her only form of communication with mike was to beat him up and annoy the crap out of him.

Delta November 7, 2011, 4:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #188933

I love Mike’s face in the 4th and 8th panels. (probably because they’re the same facial expression.)

StarSturdy November 7, 2011, 4:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #188934


True, Mike warned her, but I feel like if Sandy had come back even if Lucy had accepted he would have left Lucy for Sandy. Not out of malice or anything, he just prefers Sandy. I don’t think Mike has true romantic feelings for Lucy.

It’s still my opinion that he used her as a substitute.

I also still feel like his resentment still stems from inner turmoil over his own insecurities with his relationship with Sandy and how he feels bad for using Lucy. He resents himself and the closest thing he has to take out his anger on is Lucy. She’s there and he feels bad. I believe his “pathetic” and “obviously using others as a substitute for me.” comments stem from his own actions. He used Lucy as one and therefore sees her as himself and it makes him angry. He doesn’t want to be the bad guy, but she is a constant reminder of what he has done and he hates it.

This is just my theory though.

Minty Lime Green November 7, 2011, 4:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #188935

Oh, Lucy has such a way with manipulating Mike. Looks like Lucy won that battle. :P

Saiyza November 7, 2011, 4:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #188936

Congratulations on reaching 8-bit Sandy, 8-bit Mike!

Eevee November 7, 2011, 4:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #188937

Mike’s serious gamer face

Chillent November 7, 2011, 4:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #188938


But if he didn’t have romantic feelings for her, then on the rare occasions when Lucy does show some feelings, like after the alley fight, Mike becomes completely speechless and proceeds to dream about her constantly and loses sleep over the mixed messages that Lucy was sending him.

Perhaps his resentment was also compounded by the fact that holiday with Tess, Acapulo or whatever… From his perspective, he was nothing more than a security blanket to Lucy, and that she would cling onto anyone who remotely shows any sign of support for her… and after being forced to reject her confession she then has that near disaster with Paolo and then going to Augustus afterwards. Both times made Mike furious inside yet unable to do anything about it since he had committed himself to Sandy and doesn’t want to give Lucy anymore false hope/not be tempted himself.

Delta November 7, 2011, 4:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #188940

@Minty Lime Green & @Delta

I’m leaning more towards Delta in this conversation. Sandy is the embodiment of perfection (in her role as a girlfriend) in Mike’s point of view. He will never give her up until something in their relationship changes for the worse. When she left, he slowly bonded with Lucy over time through their experiences (Confrontation). Then, when a letter arrives from Sandy he starts to feel guilty about his feelings for Lucy and talks to Sandy over the phone. He tells her everything, “confessing” about his feelings and then no longer feels as much of a attachment to Lucy. He still does not show his resentment of her until she tells him that she loves him, where he rejects her as a way of avoiding the emotional confusion he had before he got into regular contact with Sandy. Yes, he is frowing a lot of his resentment unjustly towards Lucy, however his feelings towards her where not always negative (page 4 of “Unfit for Education”)

The Swimmer November 7, 2011, 5:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #188941

Hey, the Swimmer, you do know that Mike totally mastered that move, right? Also, I sense a “we played video games so now the angst session is kind of over” moment. At least, I hope it’s that.

Random Internet Loser November 7, 2011, 5:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #188942

Remember the cheat codes, Mike: 2x(up), 2x(down), <—, —>, <—, —>, B, A, START

phoenix16 November 7, 2011, 5:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #188943

Mike’s just a dick. I’ve also noticed that every time I’ve commented, I’m always just bashing Mike. Weird.

He’s still a dick, though.

And props to Lucy for not giving up on still trying to be his friend. She’s the REAL hero in all this. :D

The Almighty Twitch November 7, 2011, 5:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #188944

Oh, this page was so worth waiting for.
At first I thought Lucy (in panel 2) was all, “NO!” *happy victory jump*

Anyways, I hope Lucy will win.

@Random Internet Loser; In BCB, Video games usually start all the drama.

Mewkat November 7, 2011, 5:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #188945

Omg guys Mike reached Sandy in the donation thing.

Anonymus November 7, 2011, 5:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #188946

Mike looks really determined to win…

Julka November 7, 2011, 5:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #188947

AAAAAND Mike STILL is a dick. :P
*An hour later*
Lucy: “Only because I picked YOUR best game.” :/

Ice Shield November 7, 2011, 5:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #188949

8-D Why is there no David?


IDog November 7, 2011, 5:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #188950

Happy Birthday,Lucy!

Good for you,Mike.Playing videogames with Lucy like the good’ol days.

NightFaller November 7, 2011, 5:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #188951

Am I the only one here who thinks that it’s kind of reasonable for mike to be being a dick. Lucy torments him then has a breakdown when he rejects her. He’s been hurt just as much as her.

Jackattack November 7, 2011, 5:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #188952

Grats on 600 books! :D Lol and I love how everything behind 8-bit Mike has fallen into chaos just because he was trying to reach Sandy. Much like the story itself, I suppose. :/

Ryn November 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #188953

lol how confincing lucy is on a scale to 1 to 10 i give her a 11 :)

blackpanther360 November 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #188954

I predict some slow development of feelings between them, similar to what happened when Paulo was making Lucy feel better in Pick Me Up (at least i think thats the chapter :question: )
I just hope at least they blow SOME steam off, they’re such an odd pair, yet fit like a puzzle :)

Sandvich November 7, 2011, 6:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #188955

Sandy is a core character right? not a fan-based character right?

Because that would be a massive hint in itself as to how things workout if she was a fan-based character.

Delta November 7, 2011, 6:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #188956

Ah… games. The cause of - and solution to - all of life’s problems.

And congrats on the 600! Achievement unlocked - 600 books sold!

But I have to say, I’m a little disappointed with the banner. Mike reaches Sandy and that’s it? Couldn’t… I dunno… a talking banana have attacked him or something? Big build-up. Kinda disappointing resolution. But I suppose the point was to INDICATE book sales. It wasn’t an incentive.

And the mere notion of a talking banana is absurd.


BJMcG November 7, 2011, 6:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #188957

Taeshi-san wasn’t kidding when she said Mike was the type to take a loooot of time to build up rage, but when he did, he’d hold on to it forever…

Complete opposite of Paulo, poor soul.

Lyucs November 7, 2011, 6:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #188958

Mike, you’re seriously gonna have a bad case of wrinkles when you’re older.

Aenks November 7, 2011, 6:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #188960

geez, it’s nice that lucy is trying to cheer mike up, but he seriously needs to get the pole up his *** out before something really bad happens.

asimplefangirl November 7, 2011, 6:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #188961

he loses. I’d bet on it, if i had the money.

Riskyfox November 7, 2011, 6:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #188962

What is it you see in meanness to Lucy? She’s not very mean and yet you still lean on that grudge without reason. Get in the season and have some more fun. You’ll want it when done. Nothing wrong with a little bit. I mean some fun, so get to it!

Hoheh November 7, 2011, 6:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #188963

SKEEEEEE THEY SOMEWHAT RETURNED TO THERE OLDEN DAY SELVES!!!! :D i would like sandy if she hadn’t you know suddenly appeared and ruined every thing…. and then there is mike who acts more like an *** as we go along… and then all of a sudden lucy went bipolar on us all… so you know… I am really happy that we are somewhat returning to the non complicated friendship these two had that made me a mikeXlucy shipper in the first place. ^~^

lemme sleep plz November 7, 2011, 6:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #188964

Of course, Mike. You agree to play the game if only to get the chance to make Lucy leave you alone. |D

Skygaze November 7, 2011, 6:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #188965

I think I understand the fatal flaw in Sandy’s and Mike’s relationship. I’ve been wondering why she’s been too perfect, and why Mike’s been acting like a dick, since he told his feelings to Sandy. There are many things that come into account, like how Lucy doesn’t know how to show her feelings through anything else aside from rude remarks, and violent actions, but she’s actually gotten better at it. Lucy does such actions, because she doesn’t know how else to convey her thoughts.

We know where Lucy stands, how she acts, and we know why Mike is the way he is, except for the anger. His anger is understandable at the beginning, but as time goes on, it seems to be fueled, and grows stronger, even though Lucy’s backed off. There’s only a few things that we cant take into account on Mikes end. One of them is Sandy.

From what we know about Sandy, her life is completely controlled, and she can’t do anything. She has no control in anything, except her relationship, and I bet that’s even managed (How long she can talk to him). She’s very sweet, because it seems she has to be. She’s not allowed to show any flaws, any cracks that form; she’s denied to show any form of negative emotions. She can only keep it bottled inside, and continuously goes through a daily routine of acting how others want her to act. All that build up has to leak out somewhere, but yet Mike and Sandy seem to be ok (from what we have seen, at least).

In the last few chapters, Lucy’s been civil, and even nice, to Mike. She’s paying her due, in her own mind, and has to do what she has to do to gain his attention back, and even his trust. Old Mike’s a chill, go with the flow, cool guy. He would let things slide off his back, and even if he got fed up with something, he would have calmed down about it by now, and gone past it, yet new Mike he seems to keep on holding this against her.

I think Sandy’s a key element in all of this malice on Mikes end. Maybe, and this is just a thought, maybe she doesn’t want to lose Mike; the only thing she feels she has control of in her life. Sandy could easily work her words, into sounding sweet and non threatening, even though the message underneath is against Lucy, and pulling Mike closer to her. Sandy is stoking the fires of wrath in Mike’s heart, and aiming it at Lucy. Mike should feel some frustration about Sandy being so far away, yet we can’t see if he feels that or not. For all we know, he’s mindlessly bliss about his situation, and overly angry at Lucy. Mike would die for Sandy, it seems, and maybe that’s what Sandy wants; a boyfriend all to herself, that no one else can have, that she feels is her own. I know I would want someone like that in her shoes.

Even in this page, Lucy’s doing the best she can to mend a burnt bridge, and he seems to go for it with that slight blush. It has to be comforting, actually hanging out with a familiar face. He might feel isolated; putting all his free time towards Sandy and ignoring all his other friends outside of school. But who knows; we haven’t seen much of Mike’s social life.

If all this is true about Sandy, then I might actually like her more instead of feeling pity for her situation.

the other white meat November 7, 2011, 6:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #188966

I bet a $100 that Lucy wins and makes Mike have more fun. :D

no one November 7, 2011, 6:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #188967

Hmm…a bet? How will this turn out?! :D I can’t wait for the next page

Aoriki November 7, 2011, 6:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #188968

Oh boy, Lucy’s gonna whip him.
Mike better watch out xD

Raichu November 7, 2011, 7:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #188969

@the other white meat: you raise a ton of interesting points, and I have to say, after reading your post, I agree!

Pas November 7, 2011, 7:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #188970

I agree completely with The Other White Meat. I’ve been analyzing the whole Sandy situation and came to the same conclusion. Mike is the only thing she has any sort of control over, and she’s used to manipulating her words considering her job as a model. I don’t believe she would have been hanging onto to him this long just because he was a childhood crush.

I always got the feeling Sandy was being insincere over the phone in To The Top. She was laying down the charm a little too liberally. “You’re much too handsome for me to let anyone else photograph you, Maishul.” Come to think of it, that sounds a little malicious. O_o

“I can’t let you do that, Maishul…” I could totally picture that now

The Observer November 7, 2011, 7:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #188971

@the other white meat: That’s alot of words up there. But I am torn between if I like Sandy or dislike her. (Hey, I’m not using hate.) She/he up there is giving a good argument.

MidnightSanck November 7, 2011, 7:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #188972

Is anyone picking up just how ****** Mike is right now? I know Lucy is trying to cheer him up.. But it’s not working. She’s just pushing him until he explodes.

Serge November 7, 2011, 7:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #188973

There are those who claim that she is so much better than those free of the distance apart. That she;s the best one for his heart. This claim is all jest. How would we know who is the best? If she comes, then, we’ll see. Who’s the right girl for Mikey? Until we have that, this is so. A conflict on things we don’t know. How frivolous is such a thing? So let us read. And let her sing. The artist, sillirs! Not my fav. Was this better with that save or simply without? Nevermind, just inner doubt!

Hoheh November 7, 2011, 7:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #188974

I hypothesize that the gifts Sandy sends Mike are full of a microscopic bacteria that react to his DNA, compelling him to be a dick to anyone that his beloved girlfriend chooses. She wants to get rid of Lucy first, obviously. Nobody ****s with the master plan and lives… MUAHAHAHAHA!!!

The Observer November 7, 2011, 7:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #188975

@Serge I’m not sure Lucy is necessarily trying to cheer him up as opposed to trying to break down the hard shell Mike has put between himself and Lucy.

Delta November 7, 2011, 7:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #188976

Lucy’s going to have to pull something out of her butt to win. Probably that one cheat move, hmmm, they’re going to kiss. I KNOW IT! :D

Monanniverse November 7, 2011, 7:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #188977

Aww…they get to rekindle their old ‘friendship’ before he snaps and eats her entrails.

I cant quite wait to see how this goes wrong.

Jake November 7, 2011, 7:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #188978

Now they are playing!!!! hope you’ll win, Lucy!!!

Carlitos November 7, 2011, 7:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #188979

meh. I have a bad feeling that something is going to happen in this chapter…. What will go wrong next, in the world of Mike and Lucy? If anything else to drastic happens, I don’t think Mike will ever stop being a…..
well, a Mike. :/

kalipinky42 November 7, 2011, 7:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #188980

Like they would.
There is still…
Let’s wait and see.
Mike x Lucy?
This is not Sparta.
Can I get a little “DUH?”
I rhyme because I do.
All you get and it’s all true.

Hoheh November 7, 2011, 8:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #188981

Mike needs to chill out. There’s no need for him to be this rude to Lucy.

decafdec November 7, 2011, 8:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #188982

Yes. Yes there is.

nAar November 7, 2011, 8:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #188983

OMG LUCY hahaha I totally wanna see this 8-D
go kick his butt Lucy! 8-)
but here’s to Mike who has excepted the challenge
and taken the bait ;)

HellinTheCloudz November 7, 2011, 8:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #188984

@The Observer: LOL. I’ve been creeping on everyone’s comments, and that was the awesomest comment by far. (I do agree with a lot of the real points some of you made, though. I feel smarter just reading some of this stuff! XD)

JCB14 November 7, 2011, 8:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #188985

Lucy just looks amazing in this page. Mike looks great too, but there’s just something so pleasing about Lucy here. I also like the final panel with only the snow in the night. Again thank you Taeshi, I hope that Supernova has been going well.

Deuce Moose November 7, 2011, 8:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #188986

Lucy must kick his butt, mhm. >)

Fangirl November 7, 2011, 8:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #188987

my thought is there gonna get snowed in and forced to be in contact but I’m not sure

cutefur14 November 7, 2011, 8:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #188988

The snow is going to freeze the whole world except Lucy and Mike and they have to like eachother in order for the cat population to survive

GoBeyond November 7, 2011, 8:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #188989

HEY LUCY, LISTEN. Mike wants to play as Lucy! Can’t you hear? ;_; …Oh wait.
Anyways, thanks, Luc, for lightening things up, for more drama. :P Hopefully, we can see other characters in the next page (or the one after that). If not… oh well. We have enough angst for the two of them. :D

DOUHAVETHE411 November 7, 2011, 9:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #188990

This is the most annoying part of the series by far: The friendship rebuilding. Not only is everyone fed up with Mike’s attitude, but his reasons behind it aren’t very clear. He says it’ because of Lucy being abusive, but he seems guilty about how he’s treating her and he doesn’t fly off the handle when she starts acting that way again. I don’t really believe Mike’s true motives have been revealed. This is a bad kind of “suspensful moment.” The kind when people are looking forward to something, but they don’t really know what they want because they don’t know whats going on. Then you throw in a plot twist, but that just confuses people more. You need to give a better reason why Mike is the way he is. This may sound stupid, but you should brake up Mike and Sandy. She serves very little purpose. Their relationship is only giving Mike an excuse to be an ***. He’s annoying, and I dont look forward to seeing him anymore.

The Guy Nobody Knows November 7, 2011, 9:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #188991



Pick Yer Poison November 7, 2011, 9:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #188992

P.S. I know i’m about 4 hours late to this debate, but @the Swimmer is right i believe. Sandy represents the ideal that never was. She moved away while the whole of her relationship with Mike was still in its infancy. There were no bad times and no fights with her yet, just the sweet dopamine rush of young love. Lucy on the other hand is not only “abusive,” but she is also the nagging, annoying, sometimes friend, sometimes enemy, sometime would be girlfriend who is getting in between what Mike sees as his happiness. Sandy it the idealistic Juliet to Mike’s love-struck Romeo (yeah I know I’ve used this analogy a couple hundred times, but it is very true). Lucy also represents a danger to that happiness, because as long a Mike can feel that he is being true to his ignorant bliss he is happy. With Lucy hanging around all the time trying to “seduce” him, Mike sees Lucy as another trial (I am referring to the chapter “Hot Pursuit” in which Mike goes on about how his search for Sandy is a test of his love for her). As a result of this mentality, Mike regards Lucy with spite and disgust for trying to break his perfect world. Mike also knows that despite his love for Sandy, he still harbors feelings for Lucy and as such he is ashamed of himself for not being pure and true. This disgust is shown in the form of anger at Lucy for “causing” his “untrue” feelings for another.

Another point to make is that Mike is just as emotionally dependent on Sandy as Lucy is on Mike. Without Sandy, Mike was left empty and broken, sitting under his tree and trying to imagine that Sandy is still with him. The thing that managed to bring him back to reality was the thought of how terribly he has treated Lucy during his time with Sandy. With the reintroduction of Sandy to his life, the old wounds resurfaced and he became dependent again. Just as Lucy is never able to truly leave Mike, as we are seeing in this chapter, Mike is never truly able to forget about Sandy, without her he is little or nothing. Again he is conflicted because of his slight feelings towards Lucy, but he has decided that he needs the purity, however fleeting it may be, of a “relationship” with Sandy, instead of the good, but rocky, relationship that would be provided by his long time friend Lucy.

Deuce Moose November 7, 2011, 9:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #188993

@ DeuceMoose and the GuyNobodyKnows
Yes you guys are right on the money.

Hurr November 7, 2011, 9:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #188994

Lol the game system in the background looks like a toaster XD

MildlyConcerned November 7, 2011, 9:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #188995

Mike is only angry because when they were littler then that, he told Lucy he liked her.Lucy said that she likes him now, so hes angry because she didn’t say it when he asked her to tell him if she liked him or not.But Mike is also angry because she said it right after he and Sandy became a couple.But as you can tell he still likes her.Oo la la! People like each other everywhere! Now ring around the roses, pocket full of posies, we all fall down on a bunch of people who like each other, yay!! Anyways I wanna know if Lucy and Mike are going to celebrate Christmas together……….DISTURBING TH@UGHT!!!

An Angel I am November 7, 2011, 9:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #188996

Lucy’s been practicing I presume, so Mikie better find an easier way to win, I don’t even want to think of the penalty Lucy will give to Mikie.

CTS4Kouhei November 7, 2011, 9:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #188997

So does Mike meet Sandy now?Just wonderin, because we did all the work of buying your books and all… :unsure:

Joey November 7, 2011, 9:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #188998

Wow, that’s not what I expected that to look like!8-D

Joey November 7, 2011, 9:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #188999

actually, mike is still likes lucy, but he doesn’t want to admit it because of his Sandy….. :( poor wucy-chan need to get all things like before until mike-kun bestfriend her again……

Lucas November 7, 2011, 9:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #189000

If it’ll shut you up, lol

2tailed_fox November 7, 2011, 9:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #189001

Okay I thought Mike would either accept or be an ******* and not. Looks like a half-half to me! I should have seen him not accepting at first, then accepting while still being an asshat. Congrats, Mike, on being so human-like!

Dragnite November 7, 2011, 9:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #189002

looks like lucy is trying to get her friendship with mike back :love:

fireimonkey November 7, 2011, 9:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #189004

@the other white meat

It’s really nice to see a perspective dealing with a bit more complexity on Sandy’s character. It’s pretty clear why we don’t see this a lot; there really isn’t much given about Sandy’s personality. Apart from “To The Top,” we only see Sandy from Mike’s perspective, which is “the ideal that never was” (-Deuce Moose). Now, seeing your interpretation I’m kind of embarrassed for having had overlooked/ ignored that chapter when I interpreted Sandy’s character. I kind of pride myself for not giving an opinion without being sure of the entire story/ context. My opinion of her role in the comic stays the same, but now I see her a bit more 3 dimensionally. Thanks for that post!

The Swimmer November 7, 2011, 9:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #189005

You’re all wrong! Mike has contracted an alien virus that spreads with physical contact! Since he can’t physically get Lucy away, he has to pretend to be malicious to get her out! Why doesn’t he just tell her about the deadly brain-melting disease, you may ask? Because he’s a good guy and doesn’t want to throw the whole world into panic and chaos, that’s why!

(thats a joke. to all you overanalyzers, dont kill me because of it)

Dragnite November 7, 2011, 9:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #189006

So that explains it!

haha Dragnite

Mess November 7, 2011, 10:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #189007

Maybe beating Lucy senseless in a videogame will help Mike relieve some of that pressure thats been smothering his entire brain for the last several chapters…
Or maybe Lucy will be able to beat HIM senseless and relive some of her angst.
Either way, win win.

Shadai November 7, 2011, 10:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #189008


OR Mike will be an arsehat and say “This is stupid” and quit D:

Dragnite November 7, 2011, 10:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #189009

@The Swimmer and The Other White Meat, While I think that the chapter “To the Top” does gives Sandy more depth, it is one day that we are shown in her life. yes it is controlled, but we don’t see what she does when she isn’t modelling, we don’t actually hear her specific and truthful (yeah she says she’s fine to Mike, but that’s an automatic answer), we don’t see what she does on the weekends. Yeah I know that these are kind of nit picky points, but these are all parts which account for who Sandy is. As I have said many times in previous pages, yes i agree she is controlled and probably isn’t happy, but I’m not sure that the chapter in question gives us enough of an in depth look at her to judge how she deals with control in her life.

I am mostly playing devils advocate here. I agree that that Sandy is a key part of the reason why Mike acts the way he does, but I’m not entirely sure that its because she is controlling him to act this way to Lucy. As I said earlier, i’d say its more because Mike looks at Lucy as a threat to him and Sandy. As you said, we haven’t seen much of Mike’s interactions with Sandy so while you may be entirely right, Sandy may also not be trying to dig her hooks into Mike by turning him against his friends. For example, he is still great friends with Daisy, who is much more forward about her love for Mike than Lucy is and with most of the other girls, again most of whom have a far more explicit interest in Mike than Lucy does.

I do however agree that, while I still want a better look at who Sandy is on a personal or psychological level, she has become much more realized as a character since she was vaguely introduced in the early chapters.

Thanks to you both for the food for thought. Its always nice to read these comments and see other people who have great ideas about how the characters function with each, both mentally and physically.

Deuce Moose November 7, 2011, 10:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #189010

I wish there were five clones of you so I could see a page every weekday, Taeshi. :love:

What was Justin Timberlakes stupid jingle? Babababa I’m Lovin’ it? Yeeeeah. There’s also SO Ess-Oh, Gee double-o Dee gooood.

MikeShadow (No Relation) November 7, 2011, 10:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #189012

Snes! :D

AnAnon November 7, 2011, 10:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #189013

I can’t really see Sandy being that manipulative, simply because I doubt Mike phones Sandy and is like, “Hey Sandy. I know we rarely talk so when we do I’m going to talk all about Lucy and her attempts to seduce me away from you.”

Seems like Mike would purposely choose to not talk about Lucy so he doesn’t upset Sandy or ruin his time with her. And I don’t really think Sandy even knows about Lucy being that close to like. She probably knows they’re friends (Or were friends.) but I don’t think she knows much, if anything; about their romantic aspects.

Using that same logic, should she not also have Mike targeting Daisy as well? Even Tess? If Sandy is manipulating Mike into hurting Lucy, I think it’d only make sense of her to make him hurt all of his close female friends.

Now, maybe Mike is complaining about Lucy in general to Sandy. Things like, “She’s so annoying and mean to me all the time.” and Sandy is just siding with him and saying things such as, “Oh well she’s an awful person and you shouldn’t hang around her then.” or something to that effect.

But for her to outright tell Mike to practically tell Lucy to go commit suicide because the world would be a much better place without her? Unless Sandy is a horribly malicious and evil person (In that case any other female friend of his should also be being spurned.) then I don’t think she’s manipulating him into purposely hurting Lucy. However she may just be attempting to console Mike and side with him because he is her boyfriend and unknowingly causing Mike to rage on Lucy further.

Minty Lime Green November 7, 2011, 10:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #189014

Exactly what I said, thank you for the much more detailed back up.

Deuce Moose November 7, 2011, 10:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #189015

YAY! The comic has arrived! xD
Anyway, I think Lucy has done some practicing if she is going to make a bet like that! D:

Ikuto November 7, 2011, 10:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #189016

These facial expressions are great. Lucy generated like at least three good smilies in a row here.

I therefore demand more lucyface in the emoticons section. Mad Lucy

QuakeIV November 7, 2011, 10:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #189017

@Deuce Moose

Oh goodness I’m so sorry lol I hadn’t even read your previous post! I basically just restated what you had said.

Anyways I think we can all agree we know little to nothing about Sandy and her life. Everyone seems to agree her life is very controlled and that she seems to be a perfect creature in every way, but we all very well may be wrong about even that. I’m hoping for some more incite on her and her life entirely. I have theories, but none of them can be confirmed with so little information on a character!

Minty Lime Green November 7, 2011, 10:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #189018

LOL XD in a way this reminds me of the intermission: Having Kittens for some weird reason! ;)
Anyway, I think the new style puts a great touch on the characters and their actions! 8-)

Ikuto November 7, 2011, 10:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #189019

Yay! Maybe they’ll be a little closer to being friends again! :D

limzee November 7, 2011, 10:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #189020

No @Minty, that’s cool. I thought you said it better anyways.

Deuce Moose November 7, 2011, 11:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #189021

That Sandy theory, it gives me the chills D:
It is plausible, very likely, not knowing much about Sandy yet.

Yeah! That’s the way, Lucy! …should be? Just make sure you don’t make him more mad than he is now…

Mike might actually get more… ****** if Lucy beats the hell outta him. Also hope that he wouldn’t get his ego too up if he beats Lucy, heh. :P

DeSpErAtE567 November 7, 2011, 11:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #189022

no, no, NO, THIS IS ALL WRONG, the last panel needs to be in rage face and say:

neb November 7, 2011, 11:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #189023

Speaking of Sandy, I wonder if Daisy will try and contact her at some point in the future. They were best friends after all. And I’m positive the subject of Mike and his attitude problem will come up. Maybe I’m on to something :O Or maybe I’m just over-analyzing here :P Either way, it means more drama. 8-)

Qsandas November 7, 2011, 11:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #189024

Congrats on your 600 books sold. :’D

Lovin’ Lucy’s cocky face but she better have been practicing or else… Go Lucy go go Lucy!

Can I say snowed in at your friend’s house equals a repaired friendship?

Bearcoon November 7, 2011, 11:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #189025

Sandy scares me anyways, I don’t care if she’s manipulative or not. She has hair on her hair!

…That aside, she is in a way manipulating him… You see, she is manipulating him without knowing it. Obviously Mike changes his attitude and mindset around her and not around, so she is influencing him massively- and she can’t tell. But she, in lieu with Mike, has made some sort of mindset for him. Again, not directly…

I guess what I’m saying is, everyone’s theories have merit and truth to them. If you just add them all together, its a perfect theorie! It’s a bit of everything; Sandy IS doing nothing, while obviously doing something.

In doing nothing you’re still doing something, right?

Dragnite November 7, 2011, 11:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #189026

Omg she is going to so make him say fffuuuuu i cant wait

DinR November 7, 2011, 11:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #189027

Damnit, Dragnite! HAHAHAHAH

In that sense, yes! or rather in that nonsense, you speak truly.

Mess November 7, 2011, 11:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #189029

Mike’s still actin’ with a stick up his ***…..

Vega November 8, 2011, 12:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #189030

mike raging from cheap move in 3, 2, 1…….

Ethan November 8, 2011, 12:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #189031

I bet that either Mike will get caught up in the game and cheer up or freak out and boot Lucy out…. Here’s hoping he cheers up!

Eyefriend November 8, 2011, 1:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #189032


…..His eyes kind of scare me in the last panel though……. Okay, Mike is totally going to add something else to Lucy’s “baking off” when he wins, isn’t he?

Subaru November 8, 2011, 1:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #189034

I don’t understand why Mike has to be such an *** towards Lucy…
Yeah she was always rough with him, but he could have told her to back off or something instead of just holding it in and then blowing up and saying he hates her.

Plus it’s his fault they’re stuck doing the essay together, not her’s or the teacher’s.

Serrina November 8, 2011, 1:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #189035


Simply cuz Lucy confessed her feelings or whatever to him late. So he feels torn and threatened and confused, and lashes out! But this is the simple version. Just remember it isn’t because of physical abuse, Mike never cared about it that much. If youre talking about physical abuse, that is…


Someone notices my fail jokes! Woo! XD

Dragnite November 8, 2011, 2:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #189036

Anyone remember a particular line from Mike’s sister? A line that was admitted to be poorly made? It was just a few pages ago.
Mike’s sister said that she thought that maybe Lucy could fix the stick that appears up Mike’s but when he is not on the phone with Sandy (I know that that isn’t what it said, the writers said they couldn’t find an “elegant” way to say it and this is what was meant). Point being, Mike’s anger is not specifically at Lucy. It also affects anyone who spends a decent amount of time with him. Lucy may be a key part of the agitation but she isn’t the only target. Any “manipulation” on the part of sandy would result in either simple obedience or massive frustrating hemorrhages. Clearly, if sandy is manipulating him, treating Lucy this way is causing him great turmoil. So, it is possible that he is being wracked with guilt even though he thinks he is doing the right thing. However, he will break eventually. If he is simply doing what sandy says, his “breaking” would result in immediate separation from her. Furthermore, he would begin to hate sandy over time if he was feeling so much guilt because everyone around him was suffering because of something that she asked him to do. Before long, his time on the phone with sandy would not be the best time of his day but it would instead be the time when he crammed a fake smile on his face and tried to satisfy the she-devil who he was causing all the pain for. Is that what is happening? I think not. He wouldn’t be so very happy to share with his friends (ie: when he got his phone.). Also, he would never wear a smile when texting.
But he DOES smile when she can’t see him or hear him and he PROUDLY shares his happiness with anyone who he can get to look. He is upbeat when she is only remotely involved. So, it is not an act and he doesn’t secretly hate her. So, he doesn’t think that any of this is her fault directly or indirectly. So, she has never asked him to do anything or even directly guilted him into doing anything. Meaning, she is innocent in all this. That doesn’t mean that this isn’t all her fault but she had good intent and he knows she had good intent.
It seems that many people are willing to say, at this point, “Oh, so he DOESN’T have any reason whatsoever to be mean to Lucy and he is just a HUGE, REASONLESS, ***** after all!” Let me explain something about huge ******, ok? They like being ******! They love rubbing things just the right wrong way. They ENJOY it. It is a relief to them. Look at Augusts, he loves that stuff. Thankfully, Augusts isn’t reasonless and he isn’t too bad, if you can forgive some of the stuff he has done. If you can’t forgive, well, he is the sum of every bad thing he has ever done and we are all monsters then aren’t we? Back to my point, mike isn’t enjoying this. He is sending passive aggression and a bit of normal aggression in every direction and he doesn’t seem any better to me. In fact, as me and everyone else seems to have noticed, he is getting worse. He isn’t laughing his *** off while Lucy cries. He is having outbursts in class and being mean to his family in some as-of-yet undisclosed way. He is letting Paulo get to him and he is punching abbey. You know what that is? That is an emotionally disturbed young person who feels like the entire world wants something from him that he can’t give. You know, sort of like a particular tomboy but with a different set of genitals and the expectation that he play with the right set of toys is replaced with the expectation that his love life goes exactly like everyone wants. Not even wants, expects. In Paulo’s case it isn’t even what he expects, it is whatever gets him Lucy without her ever being rejected. Remember? When she was crying, he immediately wanted to go beat on mike. That was all good and pure but do you remember when he was having his internal monolog about how lucky Mike was? That wasn’t about Lucy, that was about a personal insult that he believed he had suffered when someone chose to discard what he wanted so bad. That wasn’t even totally about Lucy, that was about Sandy too. That was partly about Mike having more interested ladies. Mike believes the entire world, save one person, is against him. So, if you are going to knock mike for his issues, you have to knock Lucy for exactly those issues.
That still doesn’t account for the special treatment that Lucy is getting. Well, he doesn’t hate her. I already mentioned the fact that he wouldn’t be so frustrated with the Lucy situation if he didn’t still like her at least as a friend. It would be simple. To him, Lucy would be that bitch who fills the air with unhappiness and pain while leaching off of others so that she can pull herself from her swamp of self pity and loathing long enough to get some fresh air. He would have nothing to do with her and his problems would be solved. He gave her the med kit that his mother packed him. Would you do that for what you believe is the embodiment of pure evil? She then collapsed into a happy, hysterical, pile of happy snot and fir and, instead of being glad about it, he became extremely displeased. You don’t do nice things for people who you are holding a grudge against. It isn’t about that. He doesn’t want her to like him. He doesn’t like the way things used to be. He doesn’t want to be her security blanket ever again and seeing her lean on him in the slightest makes him sick to his stomach. Why? Because the negative feeling that he has whenever he sees her taking comfort from him comes from the fear that he will find himself with a parasite again and rejection of the idea of betraying Sandy. Both of these make little sense without explanation.

bla November 8, 2011, 2:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #189037

He considers Lucy a leach. She said she loved him and he loved her to, for a time, but she never returned his love until after he left. It seems a bit overly suspicious of Mike to think that Lucy would suddenly stop loving him if he accepted her and he would be back in the situation he was in before. Forever asking just to be told no. However, he has reason to believe she is outright lying. He believes that he has been a security blanket. He believes that, without him, she is desperate to find a new blanket. He thinks that she is desperate enough to tell Mike whatever he wants to hear or use anyone who is available. Assuming he is wrong, if he were to accept Lucy, the fact that she told him she loved him would factor into that decision. In fact, believing her would be the deciding factor in returning to the old way. Why would you let some parasite who DIDN’T love you back into your life just to torture you again? So, if he were to be friends with Lucy he would be betraying Sandy even though Sandy doesn’t care about the Lucy issue. Because she doesn’t know about the Lucy issue, Mike blames himself entirely. It shouldn’t be such a problem to just be friends with her. He should give her that and he knows it. “What kind of jerk face ignores a friend?” he asks himself. “What kind of jerk face betrays a love?” he asks himself. He can’t answer. Lucy’s very existence makes him feel like a low life scum bag and any closeness with her amplifies it. However, all she and most people see is that “It looks like your very existence ****** him off”.
Why is this so hard to figure out? Partly because things are easier to understand as more information comes but also because people like the easy answer. Everyone just wants to see G.I.joe take down cobra for the six thousandth time. No one wants to have to read something and then, for every little thing they read, look internally and say “How is this little bit of fiction everyone’s fault? Am I just as bad as this fake person?” Is it that hard to believe that a story can get by without a villain? No. However, that story would be hard to understand, hard to write, and meaningful in ways that affect everyday life. Who wants to deal with that?

bla November 8, 2011, 2:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #189038

Well said. Welcome to the freakin long analysis club of the bcb comments page. XD Join the ranks of Minty, Dragnite, myself and many others as we attempt to dismantle the secrets of Mike’s current douchebaggery.

The Observer November 8, 2011, 2:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #189039

@The Observer

I’m in these ranks? XD Awesome. But man I love how this comic gets us all in a mood to just… think and rant. It’s awesome. We all love this comic, don’t we? :P

… Also I don’t stalk this comment thing or anything. It’s just usually really late at night or early in the morning when I can access the internet so there’s not much else to do at those times.

Minty Lime Green November 8, 2011, 3:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #189040

^ Biggest webcomic character psychoanalysing fan ever. XD

That was quite interesting to be honest. Made me take a whole different look at the current situation. But I’m gonna be skeptic about it until I know for sure this is what actually is being told with the story. ;)

TehLulzinator November 8, 2011, 3:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #189041

TAKEN 7 8-)

Reimer November 8, 2011, 3:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #189042

Then again, I just made a huge generalization. Exactly the opposite of what everyone has been discussing. As Bla just stated, there’s no simple answer to this. I have to admit it gets tiring looking below each new page and seeing 90% of the comments full of hate against Mike. It’s tempting to blame Mike, but the only thing close to an antagonist so far is Alejandro.

We need more off the wall conspiracy theories here. Yashy turns out to be a secret operative planted by Alejandro, waiting to act on his signal. Hopefully the snow prevents Lucy from having to go home, where she is least safe. Yashy’s blade grows bored… she desires the thrill of drawing kitty blood. It’s not wise to make her wait…

The Observer November 8, 2011, 3:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #189043

I like the idea of them hanging like old times but i just hate mike. I get y he is the way he is and understand and respect it. But as highschool as it sounds he’s doing it the wrong way. He’s being so immature about it and i expect him to **** it up to make the plot more interesting sucks because i used to think he was ok….but the poulo in me says what a *** at him

JustSomeCritic November 8, 2011, 4:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #189044

Congrats Taeshi at your 600 books!

JustSomeCritic November 8, 2011, 5:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #189045

I just hope a sequence of fisticuffs erupt somewhere in this 40-page chapter. Or better yet some swordplay! Final Fantasy cat looks like a guy who could handle a rapier. He’d make a perfect match against Yashy the assassin, as The Observer observed speculatively.

Speaking of dismantling Mike’s douchebaggery, I think this is the part where the _real_ Mike busts into the room and exclaims that Lucy has been talking to his _evil twin brother_ all along.

Mess November 8, 2011, 5:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #189046

hehe i got a copy of the book at supernova :D got a drawing of lucy decking micheal’s **** out ^^ WHILE sandy was watching :3

Jordan November 8, 2011, 6:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #189047

I’d play anything just to get out of work. (excepting Maniac Mole)
I always procrastinate school assignments until the night before.
I always get an A or B+. I am awesome!

Bendy November 8, 2011, 6:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #189048

This make me feel awkward D:
Whatever, congratulations! You got 600 books x3 !!

Kyosuke November 8, 2011, 6:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #189049

Lucy! Dont let him win!! This is the time that you two can be close again. :D Go for MikexLucy! Woohoo! :”>

Aubi November 8, 2011, 7:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #189050

strangest feeling Mike will lose, just because of his lack in motivation to do anything with Lucy… at ALL.

We’ll see.

tony November 8, 2011, 8:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #189051

Loosen the muscles Mike and go with the flow, sometimes you just have to let yourself go and go for the ride.

Another lovely made page by Taeshi, thank you for all the hard work you do.

MaskedSensei November 8, 2011, 8:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #189052

I like breaking out the old SNES too~

Huh? November 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #189053


Mewkat November 8, 2011, 9:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #189054

Haha funny,i do that to my friends too! :)

Megaluigiman November 8, 2011, 9:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #189055

Darn you Lucy, you’d better have been practicing!!! I’m going to be sooooo Furious Abbey

Blank Space November 8, 2011, 9:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #189056

awhhh i think they are becomeing better friends again. :)

Lilnekogrl November 8, 2011, 9:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #189057

I love how Mike still has an Snes…wait, or is that a nes? *goes on google*


Avory November 8, 2011, 10:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #189058

I like this Lucy, she’s the old, self-confident Lucy! :)

Doodlebug November 8, 2011, 11:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #189059

Lucy and Mike should become friends again! I don’t ship them, I just want them to be friends!

ps Congratulations on 600 books sold!!!

Momoa November 8, 2011, 11:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #189061

Yay, I have been re-re-re-re-accepted into the brain prediction club! Darn it, I forgot to mention that there was a time when he was 100% convinced that Lucy didn’t love him and he did simply ignore her during that time. Unfortunately, that window was the length of one confrontation during “Pick Me Up” so, we can’t prove anything about that.
Wow. I just went all the way back to intervention to make sure I knew what I was talking about before posting this. First page, first comment, all he let her see was poker face and apologies and embraces. The subject matter is his saving her life. Just look. Page four also works as support for my theories.

I find it odd that people think that something as insignificant as a video game bet is going to fix everything. If he wins, he and Lucy get to sit in the silence until the assignment is done. He gets to feel the rush of victory and then the relief of Lucy leaving him alone. Then he gets to realize what that really means. If Lucy wins, Mike didn’t bet anything but she will feel more justified in bugging him. Of course, the fact that she didn’t bet anything means that she isn’t looking to win. Maybe she has studied all the possible strategies for the game and found a way to tie every time? All that does is stretch out her time with him.

bla November 8, 2011, 12:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #189063

ok this is a good thing so far i just wonder what lucy has in mind fully? cuz something tell me this might be a smmall recreation of the flash back mike had when they were at lucys house only its reversed and lucys brother isnt there to stop them…any thoughts on this?

Siriuswolf November 8, 2011, 2:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #189064

I really wonder how much of Mike’s apparently aberrant behavior can be chalked up to him being 16. In real life it’s often hard enough to establish whether behavior changes are fundamentally attributed to internal personality development or to external pressures of some sort, or a combination. I’ve seen opinions running the gamut of possibilities and all of them are more or less equally plausible.

At this point it’s almost essential to the plot that Mike remains opaque. It would help if later some elder showed up and chastised him either to his face or behind his back, just for the purpose of establishing a point of reference for the reader. Or we could end up seeing a heart-to-heart with Lucy or Sandy. I’m hoping for some internal monologues, something we haven’t seen from him in a long time.

revengineer November 8, 2011, 3:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #189066

I think Lucy just missses playign with Mike…and she’s tired of being all mopey about it :-/

Tickled November 8, 2011, 4:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #189067

I love how Lucy looks in Panel 6 X3 She looks so cute and like her old self~

CocoTR November 8, 2011, 4:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #189068

my goodness, there has been almost half a year(for us) with Mike hating on Lucy. It is annoying and now i’m hoping that they can be friends.

reader November 8, 2011, 5:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #189069

Mike! Stop eating the controller.

I hope you continue experimenting with the comic’s style. What you’re doing is great, though I prefer the single-colour pages for some reason. Maybe you could try a ‘combination’ and try to make the colouration subtle.

Sam November 8, 2011, 5:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #189070

@bla, while I agree that i don’t think a game will fix things, it may just start them talking about why they have problems, or it might exacerbate the problem, idk, but i agree the game in and of itself will probably not “fix” things.

Deuce Moose November 8, 2011, 5:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #189071

Kick her arse, Mike.

Arkairyn November 8, 2011, 6:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #189072

Mike, it’s ok to not like lucy~

It’s ok, but don’t be a dick about it

It’s ok to not like lucy

don’t be a dick to the girl you don’t like~

BasketCase November 8, 2011, 6:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #189073

happy real birthday lucy im 13 and i love this comic idk y

cddscddsdcs November 8, 2011, 6:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #189074


Lucy~ November 8, 2011, 6:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #189075

600 books sold, eh? PARTY TIEM!

Ah, Mikie, will he ever lighten up? Lucy’s really trying to mend their broken friendship…

Nishakun November 8, 2011, 7:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #189076

The art style is better than I saw at the start of last chapter.


First time posting. Wanted to catch up first. 8-D

Altchase November 8, 2011, 7:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #189078

I feel like an idiot for asking… but I heard that when 600 books were sold, there would be 2 chapters or something that were BCI exclusive until then. Where exactly would i find those? :l

ihonestlycantthinkofone November 8, 2011, 7:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #189079

Mike’s being a Grinch in that last panel methinks. CHEER UP BOY-O!

Longinus November 8, 2011, 8:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #189080

What? Lucy is making Mike play games?!?!? oh no. The Universe of Drama is falling apart!!!!! (calls the men in black)

Joshua Roberts November 8, 2011, 8:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #189081

@Ihonestlycantthinkofone, they are the “confrontation” chapter and a newer one, can’t remember what its called, but it introduced the bird Error, just look at the date modified in the archives, find the two old chapters, like first 10 or 20, and see which have been updated in 2011. Hope this helps

Deuce Moose November 8, 2011, 8:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #189083


Actually, that kind of happened in the summer arc, more specifically “Intervention.” This, however, was more Mike revealing his feelings (or what he didn’t feel). Lucy was the one being chastised throughout the arc by Zachie, or ‘by some elder’ (to put it into your words) in the next chapter, “Return.” I’m not sure I want to see something like that happen with Mike. I would really prefer this (revealing of character through his reaction to criticism/ simply criticism?) to involve Augustus. Nothing but a personal hope though… ;)

The Swimmer November 8, 2011, 9:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #189085

I just realized, It’s been two years for us, but it’s only been three months for the characters. Mike really hasn’t been angry at her for as long as we feel he has.

Waters November 8, 2011, 9:25 PM EST.

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Peach November 8, 2011, 9:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #189090

I’m glad to see them Kinda getting along. I hated that ‘I hate you and I have it worse’ crap.

Cameron November 8, 2011, 9:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #189091

This may be trivial, but it was Mad Lucy ‘s birthday yesterday XD

HOW CAN WE FORGET!? November 8, 2011, 9:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #189092

@Waters Uh actually I think it’s been longer than 3 months for them…I think it’s been over a year too for them. Not sure though since I’m kinda lazy to go figure it out.

DarkCrystal828 November 8, 2011, 9:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #189093

I have a feeling that perhaps they will get snowed in and Lucy and Mike will be stuck together for a couple of days.

KairaWolf November 8, 2011, 10:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #189094

@ Waters and @ DarkCrystal828 It’s definitely been more then a year. At the beginning weren’t they all around 13 years old? now they are about 15. Plus, they’ve at least gone from middle school to second year of highschool.

Edit.. I think I misunderstood what you meant by that Waters XD nevermind then. No clue, but I feel it has been longer then three months that Mike has been mad at Lucy

Sohashi November 8, 2011, 10:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #189095

@SuitCase or @Taeshi, when you say you post based on EST does that mean you also adjust for daylight savings time? Just wondering for future reference.

Deuce Moose November 8, 2011, 11:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #189096

@Deuce Moose

Well, the comic on monday was uploaded around noon, as promised, and not 11:00 am, so I would assume that they did. Plus, I thought that they set their comics to update automatically, so wouldn’t it be based on whether or not their computers changed times? (or however these automated updates work, because I don’t know but would like to)

The Swimmer November 8, 2011, 11:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #189098

Mike is still such a sourpuss (pun very intended). I think Lucy is going about this in exactly the right way.

CatTrooper November 8, 2011, 11:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #189099

yeah thanks @the swimmer. i just wanted to make sure cause I too am a swimmer and season just started which makes staying up until midnight most nights something of a problem with morning practices and **** like that. anyways thanks again for clarifying.

P.S. Thanks @SuitCase

Deuce Moose November 8, 2011, 11:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #189100

Lucy won’t get through to him, that much is certain. She is probably planning to use the game as a bridge toward getting Mike to actually converse with her. It’s too soon for a resolution to this though. There’s more opportunities to develop this conflict, and I am certain that Taeshi is all for the extra exposition. Some stories fall flat due to an overload of exposition, but I believe Tae has done a good job here. We wouldn’t all be analyzing the possible backstories if this wasn’t an engaging read. I like bcb because it isn’t one of the countless instant gratification comics. It’s a turn off for the person used to the gag a day format. I may miss some of the lighthearted humor from the old days, but it evolved into something much more, dare I say it, compelling.

The Observer November 8, 2011, 11:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #189101

Yes, we try to adjust for daylight savings — the rule is, whatever the current time is in New York. I have to change it when DST occurs, though, so there’s a bit of confusion whenever it switches.

The page for today will, however, be a bit late. We are still catching up on awful sleep from Supanova. Once again, the next page will appear closer to noon on Wednesday, which means 12 hours from whenever you would ordinarily expect an update.

I’ve disabled the comments for now, because it just puts undue stress on Veronica to see 100 comments posted with people declaring that they’re staying up and desperately waiting for the update. Not everybody is rude and demanding, and it’s nice to see the dedication, but if a few people make a scene it can rob Veronica of the motivation to work, or cause her to rush.

SuitCase November 8, 2011, 11:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #189323

thanks suitcase 8-D

Aries November 9, 2011, 8:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #189590

Attaboy, Mike. ;)
Man, I wish I had my own credit card; I really want to buy Vol. 1. :(

Harris012 November 11, 2011, 4:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #268521

That´s the spirit lucy! Kick the jerk out of Mike :D

Tails November 28, 2013, 2:52 PM EST.

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