December — Page 28
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Veronica: It is my birthday today, and there is still an update!!!!! Aren’t I just super duper swell

It’s too bad this is my least favourite page of the chapter, I did so much redrawing and it’s still very wonky in my eyes. Alas. OH WELL.


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Comment ID #196327

Gotta say I just love how Sandy looks at the bottom. Idk why but I do~.

CC December 5, 2011, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #196329

Well, **** you, too, Sandy. I don’t think I like you never even calling or writing Mike for years and then just expecting things to be okay. You’re lucky they are. I hate you. I HATE YOU!!

Random Internet Loser December 5, 2011, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #196330

I hate you Sandy, you don’t UNDERSTAND Lucy, you don’t get their friendship!

Clare December 5, 2011, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #196331

Happy Birthday!

Athen December 5, 2011, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #196332

Oops. Nevermind the double post.

Happy birthday, Taeshi. :D

ChocolateShake December 5, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #196333

alas, when you only view one side of the story it can be easy to misunderstand

WiggleWonder December 5, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #196334

Dunno…Sandy is starting to look kind of pudgy…

Jake December 5, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #196335

Well, that’s getting pretty sad… I can sort of sympathise with Sandy.
Happy birthday since you mentioned it. (i still have to wait 2 weeks for mine… =P)

Cloudedice December 5, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #196336

At least lucy doesn’t hate sandy?????


ilovethiscomic December 5, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #196337

Now let’s watch the Sandy hating grow by at least 50%.

I love Lucy, I REALLY think Sandy overreacts with her crying, but I mean, I know if some girl friend of my boyfriend kept hurting him I’d hate her too. :/ And as I said, I love Lucy and don’t care for Sandy, but I understand.

Anyone who doesn’t…. Probably has never dated. Lol

Blue December 5, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #196338

Haha. Happy birth day again and yes, you are indeed the swellest of swell people Taeshi. Anyways, can’t say I’m surprised at this reaction. Honestly my head is going in circles trying to figure out what’s better: MikexLucy,MikexSandy, or what ever. I’m so tired from it, but it’s all so worth it. So thank you again Taeshi and I hope your birthday was great.

Deuce Moose December 5, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #196339

And I all begins…T honestly thing all this sandy hate is a little un presented guys. She’s a stupid girl infatuated with her boyfriend and jealous of Lucy.

Gimpy December 5, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #196340

Obsessive jealous Sandy. Going to tell Mike that she thinks shes mean/abusive/ect.

She has hardly any basis for this and while she may be concerned, I think this goes beyond it. Obviously she has been thinking way too much about Lucy. She went from being flattered to being jealous that maybe someone else gave Mike a nosebleed.

Xdepression December 5, 2011, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #196341

Nice sandy, now mike is 10X worse than Lucy ever was

infantry56 December 5, 2011, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #196342

@ilovethiscomic: Lucy hates her, and apparantly, vice versa.

Great page, Taeshi :D

Sparkfur December 5, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #196343

This isn’t really cartoon violence anymore. It’s sorta… intense.

Minty Lime Green December 5, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #196344


I Like how Sandy Turned Out In The Last Panel.
I Wonder What Will Happen Next :o

NightFaller December 5, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #196345


Gabriel Kaxbe December 5, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #196346

Of course you don’t like her. She’s your competition! :P

Even if she isn’t really, because Mike already picked you over her.

Though to be fair, it seems that Mike managed to accrue quite the list of injuries.

Titanium Dragon December 5, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #196347

Thinking back, this after mike got tess’s scarf but before he got his phone, prbly before Lucy told him her feelings… This would start a tention where Sandy will ask mike not to see Lucy again, mike might say yes… Flash forward to the debate between abby and sue..Abbey makes the comment about abbuse, mike is getting patornized by Sandy, and Lucy isn’t making thine easier… They kinda mold together… I guess sues play is the only wild card we have right now.

The Read Theorey December 5, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #196348

Happy birthday Tae!!


Also: sandy suddenly grew hair not just the little tufft in the front and all the way back..

Serapharah December 5, 2011, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #196349

Can’t say that we didn’t see this one coming. I have fallen in love with this comic, and I constantly find myself reading it and going through the older stuff. You have made a fan for life.

N10seCapricorn December 5, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #196350

:L Sandy doesn’t even know her.

Hayli December 5, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #196351

May you have a very happy (and hopefully a bit drunk ;)) birthday!

I like the texture on the tissue. Also; how have other people guessed this so far in advance? I don’t get it.

The Swimmer December 5, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #196352

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I HOPE YOU HAVE MANY MORE, and i really like your work, sandy is the cutest =D

Knight-K December 5, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #196353

Is it just me, or does sandy look chubbier . ___ .

XCturtle December 5, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #196354

Happy Birthday Taeshi! :D

Sandy seems like somewhat of a baby in my mind. Very emotional, and very obsessive…

J.R. December 5, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #196355

Happy Birthday!

Levy December 5, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #196356

Wow, Sandy isn’t looking too good. She looks sick/stressed.

X-strike-fire-dragon December 5, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #196357

out of all of mikes friends i find it odd that only sandy sees something wrong with his relationship with lucy……

just saying, if domestic abuse is that bad in this comic, more people should be worried about it and not just someone in a towel *cant get over the towel thing*

chellby December 5, 2011, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #196358

We are very grateful that you gave us an update on your birthday!

Also, nosebleed? … Err, besides the point! It pains me to read the words Sandy says about hating Lucy… I mean, she doesn’t even know the girl.

Drakesm December 5, 2011, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #196359

TAESH HAPPY BIRTHDAY T____T <3 thank you for being so amazingly amazing

and oh sandy. you and your motherly ways.

Memory Anemone December 5, 2011, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #196360

I love the fact that Mike’s being injured over and over, and not do to roughhousing, but because Lucy’s pissy, and the Sandy bashers are criticizing Sandy as not understanding Lucy and her relationship with Mike, or that she’s overreaction. Wait. Did I say love? I meant amazed. I guess it will take nothing less than Taeshi herself stating that Lucy is in the wrong, that’s she’s been abusing Mike, and that Sandy’s reaction is perfectly justified to clear things up. No, wait, that happened last update, and still didn’t change anything. Lucy’s as pure as driven snow, she is capable of no wrong. Seriously, people, let’s look at the facts. Lucy’s one of my two top favorite characters, but what she’s doing is wrong.

More importantly, however, happy birthday Taeshi.

edgelesspigeon December 5, 2011, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #196361

Happy birthday, Taeshi! We all wish you the best!

Sandy is motivated by jealousy and mistrust. Lucy isn’t completely innocent given the severity of the beatings we’ve seen, but concern for Mike’s well being isn’t the primary focus here. Sandy doesn’t like hearing about Mike hanging out with any other potential rivals, and Lucy’s violent nature is simply a scapegoat. Although, Lucy shouldn’t be maiming Mike that badly to begin with. And regardless of who helped Mike reach the conclusion that Lucy’s violence is unwelcome, he’s to blame for never mentioning this to Lucy instead of silently writing her off for it.

Yeah, to some degree everyone’s at fault here. But I am still holding to my prior position that Lucy should find friendship as far away from Mike as possible. Furthermore, if female attention is such an issue for Sandy, Mike should become a social island. That way Lucy can fall back on the group for support and Mike can continue living in his cell phone where he belongs. Everyone wins.

Spectre39 December 5, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #196362

Happy Birthday, Taeshi!

Charvale December 5, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #196363

Uh oh

Happy Birthday Taeshi!!!

tHe PuRpLe ShAdOw December 5, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #196364

And so began Mike’s hatred. Ta-daaa

Dragnite December 5, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #196365

Happy birthday! I hope you enjoy it and you get spoiled rotten :)

Anyway, I really love how Sandy looks with her hair down. She looks adorable, even when she’s so sad for Mike.

Inumaru12 December 5, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #196366

Im starting to like Sandy now she has stopped being so over dramatic over it. I agree I’d be kinda upset too if someone did that to my boyfriend and I see Sandys reaction more reasonable then the others.

Kite December 5, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #196367

ah, he is a man torn between camps. his weak constitution explains his recent behavior

Thespianut December 5, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #196368

Thank you for giving us an update even though it was your special day.


Zuzu December 5, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #196369

Well I don’t like you sandy! Caboose! She’s my “friend” you should “help” her with the tank!

Charmdra December 5, 2011, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #196370



SushiJaguar December 5, 2011, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #196371

I think I can now see things from sandy and mike’s point of view. although I think mike should try and help her get over her problem.

@Taeshi Can the next chapter be a funny one? maybe centering around David or something. or maybe Lucy can find someone to distract her from mike? while the story is really good it’s kinda getting me down.

Teeroy766 December 5, 2011, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #196372

I thought their dialogue at the top was cute and ahh, the way Sandy looks in the third panel is really pretty, she looks all mature. probably just cuz you can’t see her eyes, but blah. I don’t see what Sandy is doing that’s so wrong. at all. she doesn’t have to understand Lucy or have to understand hers and Mike’s friendship to not like the fact that Lucy beats on Mike all the time. people are overreacting because they can’t stand the fact that their precious tsundere Lucy isn’t getting her way. I like Sandy and I don’t see her as a villainous character, people should chill out.

rishi-chan December 5, 2011, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #196373

I don’t get why people think Sandy’s .. idk obsessive and emotional…seriously?

A nosebleed? That’s mean. My COUSINS only give me nosebleeds occasionally on ACCIDENT. geez. Lucy really?

I can understand why Sandy’s reacting like this.

RoseVee December 5, 2011, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #196374

can some one explain to me the nosebleed it feels like an intire day just passed with them talking as he went to school one day and got nocked out by lucy then goes home to talk to sandy on phone again if im wrong pls correct me cause it feels that way in u look at page 27 and then 28 they dont seem to add up this is just like in TSAT.

P.S. O snap that really does look like lucy with a wig

DEMONX December 5, 2011, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #196375

Lucy is kinda doing wrong things but she’s like that, normally insecure, but Sandy doens’t know that part but yet she is right because Mike didn’t really do anything and Lucy just does it Ah BCB, aren’t you one big mystery ;)

BCBFan December 5, 2011, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #196376

Teeroy766: Please don’t tell me what to do with my comic, it’s really rude. Chapters are pre-planned.

Taeshi December 5, 2011, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #196377

You know, I don’t think Sandy has had any male friends besides Mike whom she’s been dating since 3rd grade or so. I can understand why she would react this way to violence seeing how she’s never really grown up around it. Female friends don’t generally punch each other (not that I’ve seen any way) so Sandy’s scope is rather limited. Personally, I think she should trust Mike and talk to him about his relationship with Lucy rather than just judge the nature of their relationship based on these injuries by Lucy. I think it would have really helped Mike also to talk about it to someone so that he could find out how much of it actually bothered him so he could talk to Lucy instead of exploding at her.

Kinda on the fence here about all this since I can understand everyone at this point. Frankly, they all should have conveyed their feelings better. :O

SillyKitty December 5, 2011, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #196378

Ick wuensch Di allns Gode ton Geburtsdach!!!

Andreas December 5, 2011, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #196379

Ok i don’t know if anyone else pointed this out but why is sandy always wearing a towel in the flashbacks does mike always phone as soon as she gets out of the shower or something?

krewl12 December 5, 2011, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #196380

soooo… anyone else confused? in some earlier chapter it said that sandy tried to get Lucy to play with her an mike when they were playing… and now sandy hates Lucy?… am i just being stupid and misinterpreting something?

Le kitty December 5, 2011, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #196381

Happy Bday Girl^^
thanks for all this comics^^
cant wait for volume 2 to be published ^^

Dracke December 5, 2011, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #196382

I’ve got the same opinion as Moose.
Both couples seem fun though.

Oh and happy birthday ‘n stuff.
Free candy PLuhZ?

Waldo December 5, 2011, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #196383

I like that Mike was actually able to state he was being annoying in this page so that Sandy kinda at least knows it isn’t 100% Lucy’s fault. However it is rather saddening that it is too late to actually change her opinion of Lucy in the slightest when he actually can fully explain.

@Taeshi: I like most of this page personally but the very last bit of it, the picture that shows Sandy’s full face, just seems kinda off. Maybe because her neck isn’t visible in it and it has been visible in all the other panels showing her?

Moogle December 5, 2011, 12:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #196384

Because normal friendships involve an insecure ho beating the hell out of you.

SausageGravy December 5, 2011, 12:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #196385


And happy birthday! Thanks for being such an awesome person! 8-D

headsortails December 5, 2011, 12:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #196386

HappyBirthday! Taeshi!!! your Birthday is the same day as our king in Thailand!!!! XD

(translate to thai)
สุขสันต์วันเกิด! คุณ เทชี่ (หรือ เทอิชิ)!!! (i’m not sure is it spell tae-shi or ta-e-shi) 8-D

holyXcross December 5, 2011, 12:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #196387

i never get random nosebleeds like that i just dont understand how other guys do that >.

paulosawesome December 5, 2011, 12:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #196388

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, YOU ONE HOT B!TCH! :D Anyway, now WE KNOW for SURE that there’s gonna be some major WANGSTIN’ DRAMA all up everywhere when she comes to visit! Wednesdayyy

DeValt & Whittaker December 5, 2011, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #196389

Have an epic birthday Taeshi!
Don’t listen to that raven-capped succubus, Mike. She’s bad news.

Hinochi December 5, 2011, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #196390

Happy birthday, Taeshi!

I still don’t like Sandy anymore. An’ Mike is a tool fer listenin’ to her. Lucy is a violent person yes, but she doesn’t strike unwarranted. An’ she’s a good girl at heart. All Sandy ever heard about Lucy was the bad. “Lucy kicked me.” “Lucy punched me in the nose.” “Lucy destroyed my crops and brought plague and pestilence on my family.” Sandy doesn’t wanna hear Mike say good things about Lucy. The same Lucy she used ta be semi-sorta friends with long ago…

Jessica U. Ingmann December 5, 2011, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #196392

happy birthday Tae. sorry I didn’t make anything for ya. sorry the page didn’t come out the way you wanted but I hope everything else on you special day did.

NegraCardia December 5, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #196393

I WANT to like Sandy, she’s a good girlfriend and she’s so nice to everyone, but I always find myself getting so mad when she appears and, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t like her the way I like so many other characters. I’m sorry Sandy, I really am :(

Wisp December 5, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #196394

Well, at least she didn’t say she hated her. I mean, she does not know her at all.
But Mike could’ve sat Lucy down and told her to STOP. As far as I remember, he never did. Someone cant fix their mistakes if they don’t know they’re there…
Im not saying its Mike’s fault, but honestly. He could’ve stopped it at anytime.

OH and happy birthday Taeshi! Thanks so much for all the wonderful comics you’ve given us.

Ranki December 5, 2011, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #196395

Oh, well, happy birthday. I feel like sending you a present >:o! And I’m serious too! What would you like?

Extendo Mags December 5, 2011, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #196396

Oh, happy birthday, Taeshi! I think it’s a great page any way, even though Mike is hurt again.. Quite sad flashbacks. :(

I know I should sympathise a little with Lucy, but I can also understand Sandy’s reactions. I mean, I would be sad too, if my special someone was getting psysically or mentally hurt by someone (both a quite serious, if you ask me).
But I still wished, that Sandy knew about the - if only a few - good times. When Lucy could be nice and sweet.. Well. This is still a great chapter.

Looking forward to Wednesday!

Lily December 5, 2011, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #196397

Happy Birthday Taeshi!
And man, I really can’t disagree with Sandy’s way of thinking. Seriously who wants anyone to hang out with a person that beats the crap out of you? D:

ThatGuy December 5, 2011, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #196398

Dang, straight up broke mikes nose!

I can see why Sandy would get a bad impression from lucy with **** like this.

Gary December 5, 2011, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #196399

Happy birthday! 8D

Mego December 5, 2011, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #196400

I think the wonkiness stems from the last panel. Just the way Sandy is holding the phone looks off. Other than that, I don’t see any issues.

Mikaro December 5, 2011, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #196401

Happy Birthday!
Your Gift:
A reminder that you are awesome an a promise that you will have an awesome day in the near future!

LaneCornell December 5, 2011, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #196402

Did you tell Sandy about the time Lucy almost drowned saving yo sorry A$S Maishal? Or when she was almost raped trying to save your drunk A$S? No? didn’t think so. :/ Oh yeah Happy B-Day Taeshi you rule!

Chibiterasu December 5, 2011, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #196403

I love how people keep saying Mike should’ve told Lucy about her being a bit abusive but HONESTLY guys, do you think she would’ve stopped?

The Solution December 5, 2011, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #196404

happy birthday taeshi!

2Cents December 5, 2011, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #196405

**** damn it all you Lucy protectors. You have to hit hard to give someone a nosebleed! You can’t love tap someone into getting a nosebleed. Sandy is well within her right as Mike’s girlfriend to be worried.

Ven December 5, 2011, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #196406

In the third and fifth frame with sandy in it, she looks alot like sedusa from powerpuff girls. Do not tell me it doesnt. Look at her hen look at sedusa. The likeness is uncanny.

Joe philis December 5, 2011, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #196407

Is Sandy’s last name “Obvious”? Or maybe it’s “Green”. I just think Sandy is jealous because she thinks the reason Mike doesn’t hit Lucy back is because he is attracted to her (and he is, don’t deny it. Remember the science fair?).
Maybe she just hit that part in teenage life with all the angst and this is an example of that?

CatTrooper December 5, 2011, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #196408

Oh, happy birthday, Taeshi! I think it’s a great page any way, even though Mike is hurt again.. Quite sad flashbacks. :(

I know I should sympathise a little with Lucy, but I can also understand Sandy’s reactions. I mean, I would be sad too, if my special someone was gettung psysically og mentally hurt by someone (both a quite serious, if you ask me).
But I still wished, that Sandy knew about - if only a few - the good times. When Lucy could be nice and sweet.. Well. This is still a great chapter.

Looking forward to Wednesday!

Lily December 5, 2011, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #196409

Happy Birthday Tae !!!! X3 and I don’t want to be mean… But I kinda lost all respects from sandy….(team MikexLucy) all the way <3

Leen619 December 5, 2011, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #196410

Holy ****….it’s your birthday? HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I would sing you the song but “I” will lose all respect for myself if I do.

Joe philis December 5, 2011, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #196411

sandy needs to take a pill. It’s not that serious. And Mike obviously hasn’t told sandy about any of the great things lucy has done for him. Frankly, it seems Mike is just trying to push lucy away because he’s trying to please sandy, who is just stupidly oblivious. :/

idiocy December 5, 2011, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #196412

I must say that I totally understand Sandy. I mean, she’s just being protective and there’s a LOTTA comments that say the same. However, she just gotta understand! A friendship IS a friendship. Mike was willing to tolerate her until Sandy started to be a drama queen. What if a girl beats the hell out of him! I mean, Lucy doesn’t get mad whenever Mike answers back! And Mike’s not what I call an angel, exactly. He sometimes teases her too… I just think that their friendship started to fall apart when Sandy appeared. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s Sandy’s fault. She didn’t know the full story, so that doesn’t turn her into the bad girl here. All of them are victims and no one should hate Sandy or Lucy.

RunninLittleDummy December 5, 2011, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #196413

CatTrooper Michael doesn’t like Lucy anymore, he HATES her, didn’t you see that already, and Taeshi said that he has no more feelings for her anymore Mad Lucy jeez didnt you nOtice that already?!

Ps Happy B-Day Taeshi!!

BCBFan December 5, 2011, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #196414

Umm. I dunno why there are comments here supporting Lucy hitting Mike. I suppose assault’s okay if its female on male, am I right?

Sari December 5, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #196415

Happy Birthday! You are now 1 year older! Better start investing in a cane. *punched* X_X, JK! Jk……. ow, anyway I think she really is protective of Mike by the looks of it. By her perspective Lucy sounds like a abusive friend and not once that Mike said anything good about Lucy to Sandy and it made Sandy viewed her (Lucy) in that way.

Darf14 December 5, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #196416

Happy birthday, Taeshi. Here’s hoping it’s a swell one, madam.

CatnipCrusader December 5, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #196417

I can hardly blame her for not liking Lucy, given that all the info Mike has given about her is “BOYGOLLY, SHE SURE DOES BEAT ME UP A LOT”

Disnee December 5, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #196418

:nope: it doesnt seem wonky at all to me! happy birthday also! hope it’ll be fun. you certainly deserve it!

Wolfy December 5, 2011, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #196419

A nose bleed…Mike come ON man. Just because you were being annoying doesn’t deserve a nose bleed -.- before you were just screaming and got kicked in the shin. A punch in the face is much more serious.

Leo December 5, 2011, 12:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #196420

lol @ the MikeXLucy fanboys being up in arms about Sandy saying “Rawr I hate Sandy die in a fire rawrblglglglgl.” Would you not be concerned that someone is beating your boyfriend/girlfriend? Even if it is Lucy just being herself, Sandy doesnt know that and just is trying to help Mike.

Nigh_Towl December 5, 2011, 12:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #196421



once again, great page! Keep it up! :D

SXR123 December 5, 2011, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #196422

Ok, now that’s something Sandy can genuinely get upset over.

The injury to the knee probably hurt but wasn’t that bad, and if he has a sore throat from yelling that means he was as much at fault as Lucy was because she never forced him to yell. But this is crossing the line.

Still not worth of Mike’s dick move from a few pages ago but let’s see what comes up.

*EDIT* Happy B-Day!

OmegaB December 5, 2011, 12:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #196423

sandy is kind of annoying now that i see more of her… seriously, she seems WAY too innocent for a teenage girl who is a MODEL.

not only that, she’s been a model since… what… kindergarten?

you’d think she would be a spoiled little bimbo used to getting her way and sleeping with every boy she lays eyes on… because she’s a model.

well, i still hate lucy, though… she’s been too much of a bitch, she admitted having feelings for paulo despite him being the reason she almost died ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS… and not even bothering to lift a finger to save her from being raped because he was afraid of a dog barking… worthless little crap.

lucy’s tormented mike physically and emotionally, ripping his heart out, using it as her litter box, then cramming it up his ***.

mike should get with carson… and lucy should get with jessica. :smirk:

really now, though we’ve been teased, why aren’t there any gay relationships in all this angst?

Thanatos December 5, 2011, 12:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #196424

It’s Taeshi’s birthday?! You know what this calls for? A PARTY!!! -cue music, ballons, and all that fun party stuff-

Pinkie Pie December 5, 2011, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #196425

Well she is only hearing about the beatings of course mike never tells her about how sweet Lucy can be and how she would risk her life to save him…twice, so ya if I was in sandys shoes only hearing about the bad I’ld hate her to ;-; and Lucy is my favorite character :)

Mego December 5, 2011, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #196426

good grief, jealous? now she’s JEALOUS of Lucy? she doesn’t even know her!!

seriously people thatt… =/ her reaction is understandable. I wouldn’t want some strange girl beating up my boyfriend either, for any reason.

RoseVee December 5, 2011, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #196427

What do you mean Lucy doesn’t strike unwarranted? If that were true then you honestly believe that Mike deserved to get kicked and punched so hard his nose bled, BEFORE when he was still nice to Lucy? Was he a bad person to her back then?


Give me a frakking break guys.

Lucy was violent because she was insecure about her feelings and was afraid to tell mike how she felt because she didn’t want to get hurt again like when Mike hung out with Sandy in the 3rd grade.


Ven December 5, 2011, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #196428

Man, I’m really starting to get tired of everyone defending Lucy and bashing Mike and Sandy. Being “annoying” or teasing someone or having a traumatic past does not give someone the excuse to strike another person. People keep saying Sandy doesn’t know the full story, or understand that Lucy has psychological issues. It doesn’t matter. While Lucy can, and should be sympathized with, it should be only be to a certain point. Her past and issues should not give Lucy a free pass for hurting people. Neither should her moments of kindness and the fact that she’s risked her life to save Mike before. This is evidence that there is a good person within Lucy, but it doesn’t excuse Lucy’s treatment of Mike, nor should Sandy relent in her criticizing Lucy’s behavior because of her occasional kindnesses.

edgelesspigeon December 5, 2011, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #196429

Hope you have a “Sweet” birthday!!! xD

Haiku December 5, 2011, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #196430

That sounds like jealously and concern! Sandy cares for Mike how sweet… too bad for Lucy though.

Xenos December 5, 2011, 12:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #196431

I think this page definitely stresses the abusive friendship thing to a point the other pages weren’t quite getting across. Also, happy birthday! I’d buy you something if I wasn’t poor ;_;

Sidnoea December 5, 2011, 12:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #196432

Happy birthay to you
Miss creator this toon
Imagine that I’m singing
And some bells and **** are ringing
I made this song on the spot
Because you are so hot (oops)
I’m loving Bittersweet Candy Bowl
something that rhymes with bowl
Happy happy birthday
to you CHA CHA CHA!!!!

ultimateZ December 5, 2011, 12:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #196433


I thought Sandy and Lucy were friends back when Sandy still lived there?

Buh i forgot

Happy Birthday Taeshi!

CriticalQuit December 5, 2011, 12:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #196434


Lion December 5, 2011, 12:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #196435

A Nose/Broken/Bleed? Dammit, starting to sound like Abraha-fdsfgs. Well, these flashbackaroos are sorta making out Lucy to be severly violent. Look from Sandy’s side, if youre bf kept getting served, without much knowledge on your part, OF COURSE your worried. But see, it’s also her fault for focusing on the negatives. Also Mike ain’t doing much to defend her… Makes ya wonder.

Major Renko December 5, 2011, 12:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #196436

@Lion Err, Pablo?

Lan-DO December 5, 2011, 12:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #196437

Oh don’t worry Sandy, once you get kicked in the face by Lucy, you’ll feel the love that Mike feels.

Shiloh December 5, 2011, 12:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #196438

Okay. Seriously. Kicking him in the shin, yelling at him, you know, I can forgive Lucy for that. We all have “that friend.” Now, I’m not trying to suggest that getting a bloody nose around your friend is an automatic indicator of wrongdoing. He could have tripped, or maybe a play fight got out of hand, but that doesn’t jive with what we know about Lucy’s history of violence. What we want is exactly the two examples I gave above.

What we know is that she totally went Vigo Mortensen on his face, that her reaction was (likely) disproportionate to whatever he did, and that she (probably) did not apologize for it later. Lucy has some markers for emotionally unstable personality disorder (as defined by the WHO), although I wouldn’t go so far as to say she actually has this disorder, but that’s also not an excuse. Lucy needs helps, and it’s becoming more and more apparent that Mike is not able to effectively provide it.

PhycoKrusk December 5, 2011, 12:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #196439

Dude, if my long distance boyfriend kept getting his *** served to him by a girl, such as Mike has, I’d break it off right there. A bit too touchy.

eccentrik December 5, 2011, 12:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #196440

Haha, Taeshi, you must think us all silly to be so invested.

Icsifil December 5, 2011, 12:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #196441

As a girlfriend to someone like an IRL version of Mike, I can understand where Sandy’s coming from. And though my feelings for Lucy are neither here nor there, I find it worrying that she can’t seem to do no wrong for some people here.

The hoarse throat thing can be bypassed, but the kick to the shin making it difficult to walk for him and the nosebleed are both causes for concern. For those saying that she doesn’t know a thing about Lucy’s sweet side, the answer is that she doesn’t. With only these to go by, it’s only natural that Sandy’d base her conclusions about Lucy around this part of her.

And while I agree that bit about ‘telling a teacher’ most definitely comes off as rather childish, you can’t call someone out for being worried about a loved one being hurt from afar.

Oh, and happy birthday Taeshi. c:

Micha December 5, 2011, 12:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #196442

HAPPY B-DAY!!!! <333

Sorry i am on a very crazy sugar rush that was made of chocolate ,icecream, and SO many other sweets!!!! XDDDDDDDDD

But this for Lucy really sucks. But it is hard to choose who is more right. TT~TT I just hope in the future….Mike sees it.

Rolego December 5, 2011, 12:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #196443

Well Taeshi, as far as I can tell, regardless of the misinterpretations of the friendships, and regardless of others’ opinions, you struck the nail on the head on one big thing: “Taeshi’s comic of love, drama and emotional cartoon animals.”

I’ve been reading BCB for a while, and I’ve seen you defend your comic many times as far as how you have it planned out, the characters’ personalities, and so on and so forth. And look at these comments: people are absolutely freaking out over the storyline as it continues. I wonder how many others also find entertainment simply in reading the comments, though never getting involved? (Granted, I just did right here).

I like this comic, very much, for both the comic, your commentary, your bf’s commentary, and every single one of the commentators, whether regulars, newbies, or even trolls. Every single thing equates to simple, drama-filled entertainment. Taeshi, I applaud you for all of these things, in the strangest way that I can’t fully find the words for, but I mean all the best by. Cheers.

Actually Commenting December 5, 2011, 12:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #196444

@Thanatos: In reality, not everyone has balls of steel like we keep thinking or expecting them to, especially if it involves something that reawakens a traumatizing event. As pathetic as it made Paulo seem, that didn’t mean he wasn’t going to help the others in that situation. The trauma got the best of him…it happens.

Understand that. And trust me when Paulo in this case is a better candidate than most others.

Shojobo December 5, 2011, 12:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #196445

Happy birthday to the queen of the drama cats! Hope you had a lot of fun Taeshi! ^^

And for the rest of you…

Seriously people. How can you just hate Sandy. Put yourself in her place and remove the rose coloured glasses people. We’ve seen three incidents from her view. Go back and read some comics without those “Oh Lucy loves him so she can’t possibly be that bad!” thoughts blocking it out. She’s been calming down and not nearly as violent as she used to be, but she’s still done tons of damage. It’s been said time and time again, Sandy’s responses are normal, human responses for someone hearing the love in their life just got smashed in the face and has a bloody nose. A bruise now and then, yeah. I could maybe see that. She’s chronically abused him, assaulted him and beaten him. He took it, protected her, stood up for her, carried her and then nearly died for her. He’s done. He’s put up with her crap and has moved on. If it were Mike beating Lucy, bloodying her nose, bruising her shin and trying to slap her across the face, you’d lynch him in a heartbeat. And don’t give me that ******** about how he should ‘man up and take it.’ Guess what? He did, for a long *** time. Now he’s moving on because he’s tired of this. I’m sick of your backwards *** reasoning and admiration for that Psychotic, emotionally damaged and overly violent girl. I get it, you’re fanboys and girls that endlessly ship Mike x Lucy or just love Lucy. He got to the breaking point and I’m just tired of the stupid comments.

God I’m getting bothered by stupid fans of Cartoon cats. Curse this comic and how good it is.

@Thanatos: Also yes. I have to agree. Why haven’t we seen some gay love up in here? Probably cause it’d be a little hard to move into eh?

The Sarcastic Spoon December 5, 2011, 12:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #196446

“You don’t get their friendship!”
“I hate you too, bitch!”

Honestly, look at things from Sandy’s point of view. All Micheal ever says to her is about Lucy hurting him. She probably sees her as some cranky, abusive girl who always hurts her boyfriend.

@edgelesspigeon— Agreed.

Flara December 5, 2011, 12:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #196447

:love: happy birthday taeshi! :love: hope ya have a good one. and seriously, sandy shouldn’t judge lucy by first impressions, or from just hearing about her :(

Aesura December 5, 2011, 12:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #196448

I’m really surprised people hate Sandy just because she doesn’t like Lucy. Her distaste for Lucy is sort of justified by Lucy’s abuse and Sandy not being able to interact with Lucy one on one. She CAN’T know Lucy like Mike does, and if I was a bystander to Mike and Lucy’s relationship, I would probably think like Sandy does. And before I get bombarded with hate for defending Sandy, I actually prefer MikeXLucy to MikeXSandy, I can just see where she’s coming from. :P

Also, Happy birthday Taeshi! I hope you have a great day!

Beros December 5, 2011, 12:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #196449

hmm? Wasn’t Sandy wearing a blue dress thing in the last comic?
Also…I’m enjoying the drama thus far, although I really want Mike and Sandy’s relationship fail. I want Sandy to realize that Mike has some fault in it too. But really…I love your comic

Kori December 5, 2011, 12:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #196450

Happy birthday Tae :D hope you enjoy this day

LuckyCat December 5, 2011, 12:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #196451

happy birthday taeshi^^ really enjoy the comic thus far keep it up haha ^^

karma December 5, 2011, 12:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #196452

Happy birthday! I hope you have a good time! And loving the comic!

BTW: The page looks great, don’t worry about it to much.

The silent reader December 5, 2011, 12:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #196453

@Random Internet Loser
u mad :P

any way i can see why sandy is being the way she is

blue magic December 5, 2011, 12:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #196454

@kori this is a diffrent day ;) so a diffrent flashback

Mego December 5, 2011, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #196455

I mean I hit my friends, but I’d never make them bleed or actually have a lasting injury.

I would feel the same as Sandy does now if someone I loved had a bloodied nose.. as I’ve said before.

Come on people. Stop hating Sandy. She wouldn’t be the only one worried. Don’t you think his parents are worried too?

Also, silly question, but is that his iphone hes using? or a mobile wireless phone? because I coulda sworn by the time he got his iphone he wasn’t talking to Lucy anymore.

Rachel Vang December 5, 2011, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #196456

happy birthday ^_^ and i think it looks great

Kuro Kitsune December 5, 2011, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #196457

Happy Birthday!

Monanniverse December 5, 2011, 12:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #196458

You know, I used to be, and still am, a MikeXLucy fan (though I never hated Sandy or the MikeXSandy ship), but seeing all this, and seeing how much Sandy cares for Mike, and how she’s like the only character to really, truly call Lucy out on her behavior (before Mike realized Sandy was right that is) has made Sandy not only one of my favorite characters, but almost makes MikeXSandy a tie for MikeXLucy as my favorite ship.

edgelesspigeon December 5, 2011, 12:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #196459

ok can sandy be more of a cry baby..and can mike be more of a jerk? He doesn’t even talk about the others just how lucy is hurting him. and why? why can he say she’s a good person that she only loves her pets. But now that Mike hates Lucy Mike is being Lucy. kinda of a twist. Let’s see if Lucy just punches him and say “goodbye” and then she goes to Paulo again. I’m starting support PAULOXLUCY

also Happy Birthday!!!!

Lelah Hearts December 5, 2011, 12:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #196460

Happy Birthday!!

Ampp3 December 5, 2011, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #196461

At this point I’m like so tired of the Sandy haters comments, because it looks like they’re way too immature to put themselves in Sandy’s place and are all like “you bitch don’t understand Lucy nor their friendship! **** you!” like if Lucy haven’t done anything bad at all. I mean…come on…breaking your friend’s nose? Is that supposed to be acceptable, even in a friendly way, just because she had a difficult childhood? Is it okay to be constantly causing pain and injuries to your friends? Well…you don’t understand Sandy. She’s just worried, she has all the reason to dislike Lucy because she only knows that she’s one of Mike friends that is always abusing him, she doesn’t know all the story and that’s not her fault! But even if she knew the story I’m sure she would still be against Lucy’s abuse with Mike. I WOULD if I were in her place. It’s like…so stupid to blame her for all what Mike had done to Lucy. Sandy’s just worried, Mike attitude it’s because he, himself and no one else CHOSE to.

Effie December 5, 2011, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #196462

And the plot gets thicker. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

WildChoco December 5, 2011, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #196463

Oh joy. Called it. Those two, changed behavior or not, definitely aren’t going to click if they meet. And they will. Almost guaranteed. Ho hum. And the Sandy haters will be noisy and annoying about it. BCB drama is fine, but commentator drama gets old rather fast. Hope Sandy manages to start trouble within Lucy’s friends’ presence. That could be entertaining. And potential for character development is high.

Hoheh :x expects fun times. Sandy may be why he forgot. Viral element, much? I get why she feels that way, but Lucy risked being beaten to death to protect Mike. Anyone who ignores that has his/her head somewhere wrong. Sandy probably doesn’t know. Commentators lack that excuse.

Happy birthday, Taeshi.

Hoheh December 5, 2011, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #196464

@ Taeshi Sorry. I didn’t mean to be rude. Happy Birthday by the way.
Sorry if i sounded whiny earlier. I didn’t know how far in advanced chapters were planned.

I am happy to say that I can see it from Sandy’s point of view now. Thank you!

Teeroy766 December 5, 2011, 12:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #196465

It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even care about this love triangle anymore. I don’t like Mike, I don’t like Sandy, and I don’t like Lucy. Mike and Sandy can go off and get married and Lucy can take a few chill pills and hook up with Paulo. At least, I’d like to say that but I don’t think he can break up with Jasmine without creating drama. ARGH! Why can’t there be a peaceful end to all this. Regardless, happy b-day Taeshi, you incorrigibly excellent story maker.

Elrandir December 5, 2011, 12:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #196466

I am a mikeXlucy fan here, but you guys need to admit, even if it is how she shows her love for mike, it’s unnatural for someone to hit another over and over and have them deal with it like it’s nothing. If it wasn’t a relationship, you could probably call it bullying. I mean, bruising a knee, then a nosebleed? Now you’re raging on Sandy because she cares for the safety of her boyfriend? Honestly, you Internet people, I dont get you at all.

Cyaniede December 5, 2011, 12:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #196467

Maybe you’re right, Sandy shouldn’t judge Lucy by the first impression. But what about the second and third that support the first? It may have originally been for comedic effect, but Lucy is quite violent at the slightest jibe. Sandy’s justified (even if she doesn’t know it).

In my opinion, Lucy needed ten times the therapy Abbey did and that amount’s only increasing as Mike is finally saying stop the only way she’ll truly respond to (most likley by crying, beating him, and then leaving into the night).

Cloudedice December 5, 2011, 12:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #196468

I wish you a happy birthday, Taeshi.

As for the most recent of updates, I have a few things to say.

I can see where everyone is coming from in up to now.

Mike is tired of always putting up with her physical abuse and overly romantic advances, and I can see how tiresome that can become.

I can also see how pained Sandy is by Lucy’s cruelty towards him. It does seem(from a distance, of course) that all Lucy likes to do is bully Michael, especially during the good times.

And lastly, Lucy’s side is also fair. She knows that Sandy has been gone for some time, and felt Michael should be with someone who is actually there from time to time. And when she realized Michael doesn’t, hadn’t, and will never care for her the way Michael cares for Sandy and vice versa, she quit her romantic wishes.

Unfortunately, Michael has failed to realize any of this. He continues to treat her as if she was the same person she always was- An abusive, lustful brat. It’s almost as if he’s denying himself the possibility of her only wishing for them to remain friends as an excuse to hurt her to the final straw.

Sandy’s opinion about her is biased as well. If she had ever let Michael finish his statements during their phone calls(evidenced by their previous conversations located above), she may have realized that although Lucy does like to “horse around” to an extreme, Lucy is neither better nor worse than Sandy or Michael(or any of the supporting characters as well). Lucy holds faults and flaws, as does the rest of them.

All in all, I find Sandy to be a bit unfair(due to her never actually seeming to visit him, only the other way around). Michael needs to grow up(Ironic in how he speaks of Lucy) and learn some softer ways to deal with clingy people(I have dealt with a few, and they were causing more trouble and effort on my part to stand than I feel Michael has had to deal with). And for Lucy, she may need to realize that some people just won’t tolerate her actions(especially if they are influenced by a biased outside source they trust more than her).

That is how the most recent events unfolded in this comic have affected me.

Evan December 5, 2011, 12:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #196469

So Sandy cares about mike’s well being, Lucy shows love through painful means, and mike can go jump off a bridge. That just about sums up my interpretation of this love triangle.

Theghost December 5, 2011, 1:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #196470



muneeb December 5, 2011, 1:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #196471

Seriously, I’m kind of in the middle about Sandy. Maybe it’s just because she’s such a Mary Sue character that I have dislike for her or the fact that she’s hating on one of MY favorite characters. But I also get where’s she’s coming from about the abuse. Truthfully, I still blame Mike. Dude, just because you’re girlfriend doesn’t like your friends doesn’t mean you have to act like an *** to them! Everything was fine between you two until you let your obsession with your girlfriend get the better of you :/

TheySeeMeTrolling December 5, 2011, 1:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #196472



I like that Mike still attempts to defend her. owo It makes me happy and yet at the same time sad. Ehn. Ah well.

Yaschiri December 5, 2011, 1:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #196473

i like mike´flashbacks
by the way
happy birthday¡¡¡¡¡

doll December 5, 2011, 1:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #196474

Really Sandy? You think you don’t like Lucy at all? Did you come to this conclusion by yourself?

“This guy has tormented, bullied, and hurt my boyfreind for years… I don’t think I like her at all!” No **** Sandy? Glad to see you came to this conclusion within the decade!

Hollow Rock December 5, 2011, 1:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #196475

Man I don’t even remember Lucy’s redeeming traits anymore. All I know is, if some girl abused my guy, and he just took it and gave excuses for her because he’s too chivalrous to hit a girl, I would get a bat and hit her for him.

Raaaage December 5, 2011, 1:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #196476

Recently I’ve found many of the updates just flat-out depressing. I suddenly find myself disliking this comic.

I’m changing my homepage, if I want to be depressed I’ll watch the news.

ArkaniusXII December 5, 2011, 1:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #196477


animelord December 5, 2011, 1:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #196478

I wouldn’t like any bitch to be best friends with my man. When you’re going out with a guy you should be his best friend any way. For him to call someone else that means you don’t have that deep level of friendship. And I certainly wouldn’t like it if he liked her SO much that he stayed with her even if she beat him up. But again, Mike has not had a proper conversation with Lucy so I don’t pity him one bit. Plus that snively way he describes it ‘I was being annoying’ He’s SUCH a VICTIM it’s disgusting. What a drama queen. Just say, yeah we got in a fight. Jesus. Don’t be the perfect little angel and take it with a smile, how ****ing annoying. Get mad, tell her not to, or don’t ****ing whine about it later.

I understand Sandy’s reaction, it’s a little… no it’s way too girly, but hey I’m an assertive person, she’s a snivelly wimp, so of course I’m not going to like all the crying and depression- but hey, I guess I understand it.

I’m totally fine with Sandy hate. Because frankly she’s ****ing annoying. I have a very good sense of personality and pick up on people very well. I’m also not someone who just settles. I’m afraid people just don’t realize how very plain most people are. How very replaceable and worthless most people truly are. I’m sure sandy would be a perfectly nice, perfectly *alright* person in real life…. but that’s just it. She’s weak, she’s ordinary, and she’s boring. Nothing of interest to me at all. And no one ever said you have to like everyone in the world ^^. Sometimes you meet someone and immediately dislike them but you don’t have any other reason for this then ‘your gut’

So Sandy hate- is great! :D Because you’re trusting your gut. Sandy love is fine too! (Probably just means you’re very ordinary and replaceable yourself) but hey, those people have guts to listen to aswell :p haha!

Hurr December 5, 2011, 1:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #196479

I agree with Arkanius…

Gaius Ghostpaws December 5, 2011, 1:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #196480

People… Lucy STOPPED even being snarky with Mike a minute ago. She is benevolent, accepting of Mike being with Sandy (if pained by it), and still gets called on the stuff she doesn’t even do anymore. You folks are worse than Tess’ classmates. You have a place to see it from multiple perspectives, but you can’t even note character development. Are you incapable of noticing character change? Are you ignoring that change? Well?

Hoheh Furious Abbey hates how many comments call Lucy out on things she doesn’t do.

Hoheh December 5, 2011, 1:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #196481

@ArkainusVII I so agree with you. I really hate this webcomic now. I love depressing ****. I seriously just LOVE it. But something about this webcomic… it’s not so much the sadness of it, but the characters are totally turning me off. I really don’t think it’s that great anymore. I’m only here because I hope it gets better. Cause it had a lot of promise to me.

@HOHEH EXACTLY!!! I SEE IT TOO :D! Trust me! That’s also a reason this webcomic is disappointing to me, Lucy is described as such an awful character but she’s my favorite. It’s like, I see that way she acts in the comic and it’s totally understandable- the punching and **** is annoying but whatever she outgrew it and is changing- but seriously I just don’t see what all the hubub is about. I better see some down right stabbing before I say she’s even close to abusive. And I never got the needy vibe.

Hurr December 5, 2011, 1:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #196482

Happy Birthday to you!!

Well I’m kind of glad we could see some form of background for the way Mike behaved towards Lucy. For a while it just looked like he was being a pricked for the hell of it.

But now we can see what happened “behind closed doors” to put it.
=\\ I’m not sure how I feel..

It kind of goes both ways for Mike and Lucy… That and Sandy is a bit too emotional.
But still. It goes both ways.
Lucy for being.. well Lucy.
And Mike for not stepping his foot down and instead of trying to help Lucy realize the harm she does to him, he just lets it continue to the point to where.. he.. hates Lucy.

But anyway. Happy Birthday again! Hope it’s a good one

Nara December 5, 2011, 1:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #196483


N-Star December 5, 2011, 1:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #196484

Happy birthday!

And why all the hate on Sandy? No, she doesn’t know the whole story, but she cares a lot about Mike.

I’ll never understand why people read a drama and act surprised when there’s depression. Personally I like this.

Eveco December 5, 2011, 1:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #196485


Thanks for the comic update be sure to have fun in the near future lol.

And on that note I can understand where Sandy is going with this I mean come on if you get a bloody nose from a “friend” I wouldn’t like that person at all.

Izaya December 5, 2011, 1:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #196486

this part is dragging on a tad too much. >_>
we should just skip to the sandy in town bit so she can finally stop clinging to mike or put Lucy in her place.

imacocobo December 5, 2011, 1:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #196487

ohhh Happy Birthday btw! :D

imacocobo December 5, 2011, 1:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #196488

I still like Lucy more than I like Sandy. I like that she’s become more mature, but from Sandy’s point of view I can’t really fault her.

I’m not mad at Lucy or Sandy here.

I’m still pretty upset with Mike though. Not because he finally grew a backbone, but because he’s being a bitch about it now. Lucy’s apologized, she’s changed and he just cannot accept this. He just keeps antagonizing her even though he still admittedly has fun with her.

If anyone has overreacted, it’s Mike.

Minty Lime Green December 5, 2011, 1:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #196489

Happy belated birthday then! Well, all this definitely explains why Mike hates Lucy, it’s all because Sandy completely flat-out HATES rough play, fighting, injuries, etc. Honestly, it IS partially Lucy’s fault, since she is pretty rough on Mike. (Even if it’s just a game) But it’s also Mike’s fault, not completely sure why….. But it still is! Honestly, I just hate Mike. Sorry, I just do. Mike is fine with Lucy’s fighting, he even laughs about it! He just needs to tell Sandy that he is fine and maybe stop letting Sandy know about it.

S0me001 December 5, 2011, 1:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #196490

@anyone who brings up the confrontation arc: Mike has repaid that supposed self-sacrifice thrice fold by now. Or do you forget him falling off a bloody cliff into a river for her? Yes she cares, so much. We get it. But she also beat the crap out of him for a long time.

@Hoheh: You’re right. She hasn’t been violent or even snarky with him. But all it takes is a realization that she beat him way too much and took it too far, too often. This isn’t something that happened fast. It took years of building up and now because she’s being nice, he should forget history and all the crap he’s put up with?

The Sarcastic Spoon December 5, 2011, 1:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #196491

Happy Birthday!

This is shaping up to be quite an excellent chapter. It is well on it’s way to becoming one of my new favorites. I’m excited to see how it all plays out…

Aken December 5, 2011, 1:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #196492

@Hoheh: Sooo… Lucy trying to be nice makes it okay for her to act like what she did never happened and not even try to apologize for it?

Mmmm…. nah. Maybe its the grudge-holder in Me but she has to try a little harder then just stopping for awhile and then playing video games with him.

….Course it’s too late for that now, but oh well!

Edit: Derp, Spoon got there first.

Gary December 5, 2011, 1:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #196493

This has smashed LucyxSandy into a million pieces :O

lmtyah December 5, 2011, 1:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #196494

its still 10:30 where i live so happy birthday!! and on time. feel sorry for mike right now. their must have been countless other times where lucy jacked him up good.

emohamstergod December 5, 2011, 1:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #196495

Although i also see the fact that people are calling on things Lucy does not do anymore i can’t help but notice that….
you keep bringing up that same lucy risked her life for Mike thing over and over again
Yes we get Lucy did that but just because she did one good thing doesnt mean she gets to get away with **** the rest of her life

sorry if this sounded attackish i’m just pointing somthing i noticed out I’m really not on anyside i’m actually just want them both to get over themselves

Mike need to learn to forgive

Lucy needs to learn how to treat people with respect

Voice December 5, 2011, 1:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #196496

Mike just should tell her to stop acting like a child, kindergarden (or whatever in the past when they met eachother) has passed already long ago.

Enasael December 5, 2011, 1:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #196497

First of all: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAESHI! I hope you have a fantastic one, you deserve it! :)

And second of all: Put yourself in Sandy’s shoes. All she is capable of seeing is Mike’s point of view. I think if my boyfriend came home beat up constantly, I’d question the quality of his friendship with said other person, too. I understand that Lucy isn’t all bad, and that’s just the way she is, but that’s all that Sandy can see.

It’s really just a series of unfortunate events, it’s not really any particular one character’s “fault.” I’m more waiting to see what happens when Sandy actually visits…THEN I’ll make my decision about how I feel about her character.

CountryFox December 5, 2011, 1:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #196498

@ Taeshi: Yes, you are awesome for giving us an update even though it’s your birthday. Happy Birthday! Hope you’re doing okay!

It’s getting -really- hard to see where the Sandy hate comes from. Maybe it’s because some people dislike that type of person, but I personally can’t find reason to dislike her. It seems almost unreasonable for people to be treating her the way they do.

As for how I feel about Mike and Lucy, all I can say is I don’t see any possible way for that ship to even remotely still be standing. This entire chapter, It’s like Pearl Harbor for Mike x Lucy.

God, how’s life going to be like after this chapter’s over? I couldn’t imagine thing even remotely being the same after this chapter ends. It’s like someone moving away or getting crippled or something…

Anonymous One December 5, 2011, 1:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #196499

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY—- *three time modified years later(so its still on your birthday)* HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOO YOU!!!!!!!!!! welp sandy is kinda makin me depressed as she is ****** and now im just kinda p.o.ed at all the characters (as in Sandy Mike and Lucy) because they are just… FRAAAGINWAGGEERRRRS. yes thats right. fargin fragginwaggers. :\\

lemme sleep plz December 5, 2011, 1:28 AM EST.

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Hmmm i have to say mike is thick headed enought that it takes this many flashbacks to see lucy isnt nice to him. Hes prob thick headed because of how much lucy “hurts him” i think he likes it…

DinR December 5, 2011, 1:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #196501

I don’t remember when he had a nosebleed O.O

well, this one was abuse, and her saying she doesn’t like her is acceptable buuuuuuuuuut….. Sandy, I still don’t care for you. something about you rubs me the wrong… maybe because there seems to be nothing wrong with you which is just weird in itself but whatever it is. I don’t like you nor dislike you, I just don’t care for your character…. now I don’t like Lucy very much. I liked her better before all the drama

hmm, I think that Mike has bad taste in women. Just saying Also,
happy birthday ^w^

kikimmicoa December 5, 2011, 1:32 AM EST.

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Mike, a masochist? D:
Welp, thats gonna be riding my train of thought for awhile :O

Sandvich December 5, 2011, 1:34 AM EST.

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(Happy Birthday, Taeshi! ^_^)

W December 5, 2011, 1:38 AM EST.

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Woo!I like messy hair sandy for some reason :P

And happy birthday :)

Judah4 December 5, 2011, 1:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #196505

okay. This is just too much. I can’t remember any time in the bcb when lucy made mike bleed in any way. Heck, she didn’t punch or kick him, unless he did something. mostly she would just use her words.

Comostraut December 5, 2011, 1:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #196506

I really haven’t seen enough fandom talk as this is the first time I see this kind of character hate. Holy ****, what is up with these comments? Well I guess that calls for small applause to Taeshi for bringing emotions out of people.

thrbl December 5, 2011, 1:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #196507

Happy B-Day!

I’m sticking by my theory of ‘Sandy has suffered some form of physical abuse’ considering that reaction. She looks both the part of a worried girlfriend and a suffering victim. I could be, and probably am wrong, but every reaction I see, I see more and more subtle hints at damage from a possibly violent relationship/friendship in Sandy. In truth, that would explain why she’s so happy with Mike, on top of him being a truly upstanding boyfriend; he’d never hurt her.

Either way, another wonderful page, Taeshi!

EternalOne December 5, 2011, 1:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #196508


@ all the sandy haters

don’t get me wrong I am totally mikeXLucy but I have to be honest if every time I called someone I loved, or even liked and heard that someone was hurting them I don’t think I would like that person either. True that sandy doesn’t know the whole story but given what she does know I can understand her reactions. So I think you guys should stop the hate…please <3

suka-chan December 5, 2011, 1:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #196509

Happy birfday Taeshi!! :D

The comments about Sandy over-reacting are pointless, short-sighted, and shows a lack of experience in being in a situation like Sandy’s. :/ It also shows that a very small fraction of people commenting are even trying to see the situations from the characters’ perspectives and can/will even take the time to think that the characters don’t see all sides of conflicts within the story like us readers do.

I fail to see how Sandy is over-reacting to the whole Mike/Lucy violence thing. Like I said above, she doesn’t know both sides of the story. Therefore she can only make judgments based on what people tell her, and the only one who talks to her about it is Michael. So, she’s only seeing him getting the crap kicked out of him on a near-daily basis, and honestly, she’s not trying to control Mike at all; she’s worried about him and trying to look out for her boyfriend — like any good girlfriend would do :/
She’s not saying “I’m jealous and don’t want you to ever talk to this girl again” (though she knows he puts up with it which is understandably going to worry her about possible competition) she’s saying “I’m worried about you, and from what you’ve told me, I don’t like this girl because she beats you up all the time.”

… Am I the only one who has an opinion like this, or one of the only ones who will voice it..? Seriously, in the past few pages of flashbacks, I’ve seen maybe two to four intelligent comments on each page and the rest are just stupid shippers and haters…

Aren Kitsune December 5, 2011, 1:45 AM EST.

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Happy Birthday Taeshi 8-)

Also i agree with Aren Kitsune about sandy

That Other Guy December 5, 2011, 1:46 AM EST.

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Baeleox December 5, 2011, 1:46 AM EST.

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Lucy is apologetic now, knows what she’s done and is probably being crushed by the guilt of it as Mike reminds her of all the times she’s lost her temper at him over the years. Sandy’s side may be that of the one, but nothing justifies hurting another, ever. Sandy is afraid for Mike when Lucy was being a bully and neither of them probably noticed the change in her from a clingy, spoiled little girl to an introverted, lost young woman who only wants to make amends at this point. As someone who has caused pain in the past I understand this all too well.

Crystal December 5, 2011, 1:50 AM EST.

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Happy Birthday Taeshi!! …this is one of those conflicting moments where i want to hate Sandy, but i can understand why she’s being the way she is =/

Coda December 5, 2011, 1:53 AM EST.

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I hate you, Sandy, that is all. :D
Lucy x Mike…..

Fangirl December 5, 2011, 1:54 AM EST.

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Sonny:) December 5, 2011, 1:54 AM EST.

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Sandy’s point is pretty valid - but ONLY from her eyes. I can see that from her point of view Mike is getting hurt too often, but for him, this is normal. He doesn’t consider it a big thing.

I still love Lucy (…tell me I just didn’t XD), though, and I’ll stick by her. I stick by all of them. Sandy, Lucy, Mike… they are each right, but only in their own right. It’s just a messed up world. :P

Mocha December 5, 2011, 1:56 AM EST.

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@That Other Guy Good to know there are people who understand what’s going on in the comic. :)

Aren Kitsune December 5, 2011, 1:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #196518

at all???????????? :nope:

alex December 5, 2011, 1:56 AM EST.

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Hahaha “flashback”. Happy birthday! And I kind of got surprised when Sandy just said “I don’t think I like her. At all.” I thought she would say “I hate her!!” Or something like that. She’s kinda nice.

V December 5, 2011, 1:58 AM EST.

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oops fandom secret: sandy is great, and my waifu

Lavender December 5, 2011, 1:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #196521

Holy crap sandy just got fatter!

JeffMScratch December 5, 2011, 2:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #196522

Heh, good story Taeshi.

Wow, guys. You are all aware of the fact that several things can be right, yes? Lucy can be right as she is now, Sandy can be right as she sees it, Mike can be right… in his point of view, at least. That doesn’t mean that all of them are completely right, I’m just saying they’re all both right and wrong on different levels, as is nearly every human being who ever lived. For me, I think the deal breaker is that Mike decided, rather than telling Sandy further, or telling Lucy to stop once he realized she was too abusive, he decided to let it stew, let it simmer, let it bubble just under the surface, bottled his anger and loathing for her actions, then suddenly when there’s the slightest reason he quits. And now he outright explodes. Yes, his anger is justified. But there are certain actions that one never does. Murder. Theft. Rape. Purposefully reaching out and crushing everything another person lives for.

I do a certain thing to my worst enemies, before I decide to end it once and for all. This bully that tormented me all throughought 1st and 2nd grades. A sadistic teacher in the fourth. A stone-stubborn and cruel gang member that lived next door that made my life a living hell for three years. What I did was psycho-analyze them, I got into their heads, and when I finally got enough information to figure out how to utterly destroy them, I emphasized with them on such a deep level that I could never do that.

In other words, I learned to love my enemies. The bully? My best friend. The teacher? She eventually saw good in me as I saw good in her. The gang member? I asked him a few piercing questions and he never bothered me again. My friends tell me his gangster buddies say “he’s lost his passion for the trade.” I take that as a good sign and confirmation to what I saw.

I don’t hate Mike. Not anymore. But his actions are not to be aplauded. In the end he is only a good kid trying to make the people around him happy. He lets himself be pushed around, lets other people tell him what to think. He chases the pot of gold at the rainbow, an optical illusion made from sunlight and a prism. Sandy’s coming over, but he’s built up this perfect image of her, and he WILL be disapointed at SOME level. And he’s aquired that “to hell with it all, the world can burn if she and I can be together” attitude that is very dangerous to have, because then he simply does not deserve her. ‘twouldn’t be justice.

I don’t hate Lucy, for all her tsundre ways. She is barely at fault, she’s a product of what’s been done to her, and she’s since started trying to change that. She’s insecure, she’s needy, she’s prideful and stubborn. She’s a wreck. A sad wreck. I become angry at those who cause her further hurt, she’s so damn brave and good at heart, yet she’s had to harden herself up so much that she can be abrasive, and it only hurts her….

Sandy I hate least, I’ve never hated her. She’s at the least fault. She’s been told to be the model of mental and physical human perfection, she’s been shoved into makeup and dresses and told to force herself to the level of perfect that she can’t ever hope to attain. She perfects herself to please others, she woulnd’t want to be perfect if it weren’t for others telling her what she wants. The perfect asian daughter. The pretty little princess. The model. The beautiful, businesslike, smart, charasmatic girl who “loves” to do what she does. Just like the workaholic that any boss would love to work to death. Just like the faceless loyal brainwashed hero of a soldier that the generals would love to have ten thousand of to hurl at the enemy. Just like the perfect ten that any boy would love to have as his own.

I pity her. So much. Words cannot express how sorry I feel for her. Were she real, I would teach her the pleasures of existance (not those, perves, the others, the greater ones that transcend such mere physical delights).

But Lucy…

She has felt misery. She needs to feel the sweetness of life now, else hers will be terribly, tragically short. Lucy is in dire trouble of NEVER being happy again. She is in greater need. Another can be found to give Sandy what she needs. There is no other for Lucy that has such power to render her suffering so utterly ended. There are others, for later, for when the scars heal, but those would have to reach in and work hard, long years to repair the damage Mike has done with neglegence and apathy.

Say what you wish, I wish them all a happy ending. Paulo, Tess, Jessica, Jasmine, Daisy, Augustus. Mike, Sandy, and Lucy. Nobody’s happiness for another’s despair.

And yet foresight tells me that it just might not be so. Thus, my previous anger.

I apologize if I’ve decieved anyone as to my opinions. They hadn’t solidified until the page when Mike first whispered “I hate you”, and I instantly knew where this comic was going, and wished and wished it weren’t so but was alas at every opportunity thus far told more and more surely that it was.

I think I see the end. I hope Taeshi doesn’t have a downer ending in heart to give. I really hope. Because there’s such a potential for one.

These characters have turned real, they’ve jumped off the page and into our hearts as real, true people. If I never read another comic of yours again, Taeshi, thank you. Thank you for the lessons in character development. Thank you for the breathtaking art. And thank you for the thought you made me exert. I don’t find many things that I can think so deeply on.

Biblioholic December 5, 2011, 2:04 AM EST.

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Wow, Biblioholic. I wish I knew you in real life. You sound like an amazing person. ;)

Meeps December 5, 2011, 2:09 AM EST.

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^lol long post. Agreed.

ThatOtherMichael December 5, 2011, 2:10 AM EST.

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@Bibioholic: Very eloquent and surprisingly accurate. I’m actually in awe at your post, sir.

The Sarcastic Spoon December 5, 2011, 2:13 AM EST.

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mike admits he was being annoying (countless times), which shows he accepts he deserves it, and the only thing sandy has to say is “I dont think I like her?”. man… this’ll sure give a blow to mike and spark some IMMEDIATE hate for lucy :(

sigh... December 5, 2011, 2:21 AM EST.

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Man, I didn’t think Lucy ever beat him THAT badly. O-o Maybe Mike’s right. I sure wouldn’t hang around someone who regularly drew my blood.
There’s only so far “it’s how I say hello” will get you, Lucy.

MykelTDT December 5, 2011, 2:21 AM EST.

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I really don’t mean to sound disrespectful, or anything along those lines, and maybe this is just ME, but I really don’t think that Sandy looks very good in the last panel.
I don’t know exactly what it is about her, but she just looks very unattractive, albeit I think it has something to do with her arm placement and her head shaping…
But, I dunno, it could just be me.

Lola December 5, 2011, 2:23 AM EST.

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Wow guys, seriously with the Sandy hate? She’s done nothing wrong.
Read the story before coming to conclusion with Characters.
You may think “she’s the meanie stealing Mike”, but if you saw their pasts, you’d understand that Lucy kinda had it coming.

And my guess still remains that either her and Lucy will fight, or she’ll ask Mike never to see Lucy again. I don’t think that Sandy will let this slide easily, and she has serious potential to become something of a control freak.

CharmingRice December 5, 2011, 2:24 AM EST.

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Happy Birthday!!! #^_^#

I’m still a Lucy fan… I don’t like this Sandy person. I’ve never liked her. She seemed plain and now she’s just annoying. Mad Lucy

ComatoseSkunk December 5, 2011, 2:25 AM EST.

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Ooh, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :D Thanks for taking the time to still put up this page! Hope you have an awesome day!

Nissie December 5, 2011, 2:29 AM EST.

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Happy Birthday!
Wait.. you draw sad angst comics like these on your birthday?
Nooo! They’re suppose to be filled with cake and happiness, birthdays. ♥ ;_;

Yumikarp December 5, 2011, 2:31 AM EST.

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Why do people people hate Sandy so much? While I am a MikexLucy Shipper I am siding kinda with Sandy on this one. Blind devotion to a particular couple is just kinda stupid. I think anyone should be concerned when their friend (Doesn’t have to be boyfriend/girlfriend.) is being actually hurt. I mean a couple of bruises from just plain old rough housing is fine but injuries like this on a regular basis is not acceptable. I will say that Mike should probably try to help Lucy somehow but Sandy had nothing to do with how Mike is treating Lucy ( I may have to eat my words later in the chapter or next chapters).

I now I would want my girlfriend(if I had one.) to be concerned for me if I was in Mike’s situation.

Teeroy766 December 5, 2011, 2:31 AM EST.

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First time writing a comment on here and all I have to say is that I agree whole heartedly with Biblioholic’s post. I really hope Lucy does find some happiness, and that she has learned perhaps to not be as abusive as she was. As for Mike…I think he did go about things the wrong way. He should have spoken up sooner, told Lucy to stop or the friendship would end…but he didn’t. I hope nothing but happiness at this point for everyone, but I have a feeling that won’t come so easily =/

Nineveh December 5, 2011, 2:31 AM EST.

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Womp womp, you go on with that opinion, Sandy. Let’s see where it takes us.

KiwiKoala December 5, 2011, 2:31 AM EST.

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happy birthday! :D

and wow….drawing blood i think is a first for her lol

Gingin December 5, 2011, 2:35 AM EST.

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Happy Birthday. :) And dang, here we go again Sandy vs. Lucy.

hmm December 5, 2011, 2:36 AM EST.

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The people saying, “I hate you Sandy,” aren’t getting the characters perspectives. From Sandy’s perspective, she sees her boyfriend getting beat up by Mike’s “so-called” friend. She’s worried about Mike, not jealous because “this girl” is hurting Mike. Even though Mike explains to Sandy that Lucy’s a nice friend, Sandy is trying to explain to him that a friend shouldn’t hurt a friend.

Most of these comments are supporting Mike getting abused, hatred of Sandy even if she’s only had a little screen time, and MikeXLucy when Mike says that he hates Lucy right now. Most people hate Sandy just for these idiotic reasons: “SANDY, Y U MAKE MIKE JERK BAG”; “SANDY WE DON’T KNOW YOU, *****.”; “YOU TAKE MIKE AWAY FROM LUCY, BITCH”; “YOU’RE OH SO PERFECT, MARY SUE.”

For one , Sandy isn’t perfect. In chapter “To The Top”, she is stressed from being in a long distance relationship and her busy schedule. Not only that but she has a weakness for sweets, when she knows she’s not suppose to have fatty foods.

Get off the dang bandwagon of MikeXLucy. Just because the ship is influenced doesn’t mean it’s going to be canon. Sure they had a nice childhood, and there’s a possibility they can be “more than friends”, but that doesn’t mean you can flame Sandy just because she “took” Mike.

Sandy loves Mike, and she probably doesn’t even know what Mike is shouting at Lucy right now. I’m not sure how she’s making Mike a douche.

I would understand haters hating on Sandy if her personality was bratty and self-absorbed, but sadly we don’t even know that. Stop the hate, at least until you actually get to know if she’s a bad person or not.

Dat Person out. :D

By the way, happy birthday Taeshi. May we all solute the BCB World Goddess.

Dat Person December 5, 2011, 2:37 AM EST.

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what is wrong with some of the people here? If your sister or brother was in a relationship where they were constantly being abused, would you side with the person who cares and wants them to stop, or the person abusing your sibling? And don;t give me that “Oh but that’s just how Lucy loves nyeh nyeh nyeh!” bull **** either. It is NEVER acceptable! I know that MikexLucy is the preferred couple, but logically, it makes no sense. A girl likes a guy, she beats him a little as a kid= cute. Same girl, same guy, still beating all they way into high school, now with injuries and blood loss= abuse! If they hooked up, if, then what is to stop Lucy from still beating Mike? What if they got married? Is it in a healthy relationship to hit your partner that badly? I thought so. I am not annoyed because of two fictional characters, I am annoyed because someone I know and care about (actual family, immediate family) is in a relationship like that, but more mental than physical abuse. So please do not think I am getting serious with something over the internet, I am getting serious with something that happens out of it.

db14 December 5, 2011, 2:41 AM EST.

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… I think the problem here is that people just want to voice their opinions. They don’t care what others say, so they never come back to see what others say, or look back.

@ComatoseSkunk That is because you don’t look very closely, and because it hasn’t been put in simple enough terms for it to be considered spoonfeeding, the reasons you should like Sandy.

@Lola I’m sorry, she’s been crying and she’s doing her hair, is she supposed to look attractive?

@sigh… Mike deserved nothing but kindness that Lucy really wanted to give him but was too self-conscious to truly give. There is SOME fault on Lucy here, don’t just say “oh, he admits it, he deserved to be beaten.”

@teeroy766 Sandy can’t know what she’s doing, she’s only giving perspective and trying to see Mike’s life as good as she wants hers, but you can’t say she never caused Lucy harm through Mike. This explains why he was so sorry and remorseful after she told him she love him and then suddenly he didn’t act sorry at all.

I honestly only hate redundant stupidity. There is little that can be said further that hasn’t been kicked around the block fourty times.

Biblioholic December 5, 2011, 2:50 AM EST.

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I am quite disturbed by the amount of people that blindly turn everything in the comic into fuel against Sandy. “Lucy is just being Lucy, why is Sandy being like this about it?”, “OMG Snady, u r jealouse!!!1!11!one!”, “Sandy is soo innocent, grow up!” Honestly, if these beatings are just Lucy being Lucy, then Sandy being disturbed is quite reasonable; after all, is it normal to be punched in the face like that by a friend? Remember, these are flashbacks, so you can’t say “Mike just yelled at Lucy and stuff!!!!” As for the accusations of jealousy, well, I cannot comment. Perhaps it factors in, but at heart she cannot stand to see Mike being hurt because he won’t stand up to Lucy; yes, they roughhouse and play around, but she tends to act irratically at times, and that ussually results in nosebleeds and bruised knees. For the last point, yes she is. She is innocent to this sort of thing. Does that make her wrong? Would you still think this was an innocence issue if Lucy had a nosebleed and was talking to a friend on the phone? The trite “Guy’s need to suck it up, girls can do no wrong!” attitude speaks to a foolish self-entitlement by some very spoiled and naive women. You hate Mike for yelling at Lucy to tell her off for being a poor friend to him, and then turn around saying every injury he has in these flashback is deserved and don’t count against Lucy because obviously she’s just being Lucy and can’t be blamed for beating on Mike.

Sure, I wouldn’t mind a MikexLucy ending, but Lucy needs to do more than not beat him for a few weeks to earn him. Yes, she has apologized. Yes, she is being nice to him now. Yes, she confessed to loving him. So what? She mistreated him for years, whether he fully understood it or not, and she can’t just expect everything to instantly be alright. Lucy needs to develope further. Taeshi has done excellently at developing these characters, but they aren’t all done developing just yet; in fact, I daresay that they still have quite a bit more developing left to do. That is the beauty of it; they will continue to grow as the story goes on. Maybe Lucy will finally realize just what Mike has gone through in their flawed relationship. Maybe Mike will calm down and be able to gradually accept Lucy as a friend again. Maybe as Lucy changes Sandy will grow to accept her. However, without these changes, then LucyxMike will not happen. Sory to all you shippers, but Sandy is being Mikes stability, Lucy represents all the turmoil that he has felt over the years, and Mike is too emotional to just forgive and forget (and this is perfectly natural) without Lucy putting in a ****-ton more effort. Sorry to say, but Lucy ruined the friendship, and she has to bear the brunt of putting it back together.

I have no idea how you hardcore MxL shippers are turning these into support for your completely absent arguments, but I hope some of you decide to actually read the comics instead of mindlessly raging in the comments. Seriously, the comics are good. Try thinking while reading the comic, you will find it far more satisfying than skimming to comic and exploding into random tangents.

Hugs and Kisses,

Lord Pants XXVII

Edit: Happy birthday Taeshi. Extra hugs and kisses for you.

Lord Pants XXVII December 5, 2011, 2:56 AM EST.

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So after Lucy being a tsundere, we now can see Sandy as a potential yandere?

Do December 5, 2011, 2:58 AM EST.

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Oh Happy Birthday! Its my birthday today (monday) so were like almost close to the same day or something. Yaaaay!

Mattykins December 5, 2011, 2:59 AM EST.

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Happy birthday. And why doesnt she like her there were friend before that . :question:

gobo744 December 5, 2011, 3:02 AM EST.

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Happy birthday Taeshi!

As for the comic, I think that the only thing that we as readers need to do is try to see things from everyone’s perspective. I like Sandy, I really do. She is really caring, and she clearly doesn’t like violence - which is the reason behind her extreme dislike for Lucy. You can see how much it hurt her to say that she doesn’t like Michael’s friend in the amount of time that it took her to pluck up her courage and actually tell Michael how she felt about the whole situation. This is probably because she knows she doesn’t have any real say in the things that happen over with that group, but she feels that she needs to let Michael know lest arguments arise between them because he thinks that she’s hiding something.

By being close-minded and saying that this page of BCB is all about Sandy’s jealousy over the closeness of Michael and Lucy, you are ruling out the entire purpose - this page was not designed to show Sandy trying to manipulate Michael, it was shown to present the point from Sandy’s point of view. All she hears about Lucy is violent acts against her boyfriend, because that tends to be the predominant thing that emerges from Lucy’s end, and she hates it. While Lucy appears to have mended her ways for now, it would be very hard to make up for the years of beatings that Lucy has delivered to Michael… and Sandy is just saying that she doesn’t like Lucy because Michael is constantly being hit. If she was just trying to interfere with Lucy and Michael’s relationship because she doesn’t like the closeness that existed between the pair, why would she be crying? Surely she wouldn’t have to actually cry to make it sound realistic, since they’re over the phone. Simply put, Sandy is just looking out for Michael.

VelcrowElbows December 5, 2011, 3:02 AM EST.

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I see you have not read. Sandy never saw Lucy because she was with Mike, who was with Sandy.

Dat Person again. December 5, 2011, 3:04 AM EST.

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@Evan THANK YOU. That is exactly what is going on. It’s nice to see someone actually address every angle in their comment. Everyone else who says they see all sides only hint at what their talking about.

A happy birthday to you, Taeshi. Thanks for keeping this going all this time.

Call Me Phipps December 5, 2011, 3:06 AM EST.

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Happy Birthday, Vera!

I don’t understand all the Sandy bashing, Sandy realizes Mike is a vulnerable guy and from her point of view Mike is getting abused by this so called friend of his. It’s understandable why Sandy wouldn’t like Lucy from hearing this and Mike does take too much as it is sometimes.

Sonata December 5, 2011, 3:09 AM EST.

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Happy Birthday Taeshi ^^ Keep on going with the great comic :)

Ranadiel December 5, 2011, 3:09 AM EST.

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Firstly Happy Birthday Taeshi! :D

Secondly - whats with all the “I hate you Sandy” comments?
I like Lucy, I really do, and I’d love nothing more than to see her and Mike being friends again. It has genuinely pained me seeing her hurt like this.

But regardless of her issues, the way she has treated Mike in the past wasn’t right. :(

Take Lucy and Mike, and swap their genders. Keep everything the same, but just switch them round so its Michelle and Larry. Would it be okay for Larry to constantly be hitting, kicking, or yelling at Michelle cause of past issues?
I have the feeling it wouldn’t be considered funny, cute or cool. It’d be wrong. I hate this idea that abuse is okay if its female on male. Its not - its still abuse.

Sandy isn’t out there to break these guys up, but see it from her point of view - She loves Mike, and everytime she has heard Lucy’s name, it has tied in with Mike being physically hurt. I know Lucy has temper issues, but if I was Sandy and I constantly heard about this girl abusing my boyfriend, I wouldn’t like her either :/

So yeah, come on guys.

Kay December 5, 2011, 3:17 AM EST.

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I can understand why Sandy reacts every time the way she does, but seriously, SCREW HER.

Chris December 5, 2011, 3:18 AM EST.

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Happy Birthday Tae, I really like the last panel. it looks like Sandy just jot out of the shower.

sen December 5, 2011, 3:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #196554

Happy Birth day!

Ronyle143 December 5, 2011, 3:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #196555

Happy Birthday!! Still loving the comic. But it keeps getting much sadder and sadder each page. But I know you have a plan to make everything better in the end. So, I’m not worried. I’m a MikexLucy fan but as long as everything works out between them, I’m okay. :)

Hi December 5, 2011, 3:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #196556

Dam lucy…bloody nose? Mabe she did deserve the “I hate you” My friends never busted my nose >.>…warm water on the hand while i was sleeping maybe, but never a busted nose…

Akela December 5, 2011, 3:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #196557

Happy Birthday XD!!! I was just wondering, if he has told her everything that has happened to Lucy? i know it doesn’t make things she has done okay, but it would make it more understandable. Also why is Sandy always in a towl when she talks to him its kinda weird :unsure: and Lucy seemed to be nice earlier in the comic but then she steadily go meaner, I wonder why…… So many questions i want answered

ChocolateBanana December 5, 2011, 3:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #196558

i understand sandy she’s really worried bout mike , sandy is really different guys she hates violence, she doesn’t know about the friends that hit you just for fun, anyway lucy tends to overdo mike because she was the closest to him and i don’t think sandy knows about this.
i think mike and sandy are a nice couple but mike should’ve been with lucy because he knew her longer. And i know that lucy kinda blew her chance but she was vulnerable then and still is now. i was really happy when lucy confessed but when mike ditched her i got ******.

Blue December 5, 2011, 3:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #196559

Happy Birthday, Tae!

C-Ling December 5, 2011, 3:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #196560

Happy Birthday Taeshi! :D

Luna December 5, 2011, 3:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #196561

It’s probably said in a similar way many times already, but I’ll say my thoughts on this.

I find this really sad to see Sandy like this. She has the right to feel this way because she can’t do anything for Mike, believing that he is being hurt and in denial. It’s like when someone is getting beating up for something they did wrong and actually thinks they deserved that kind of punishment. Which they don’t.

I’m not saying Lucy is someone that deserves to be hated because Sandy doesn’t remember her whatsoever and doesn’t understand Lucy’s past and how she is with others. Lucy is an emotional wreck, but has a very good heart and what’s going on right now will only make her hit rock-bottom.

I like both Lucy AND Sandy! They both have hard problems. Sandy’s life around her may look perfect, but really nothing is ever perfect as you can see. I really do hope that both of them have happy endings. All the characters, really.

And also, Happy Birthday Taeshi! :D
Thank you for putting time and effort on this awesome comic for so long. It’s really one of the best comics I’ve ever read. BCB may be a fictional story, but how you showed/wrote the lives of these teenagers is realistic to the world. Hope you have a good one!

Sepiawolf December 5, 2011, 3:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #196562

Seriously the Sandy hate is getting stupid; besides so many have already pointed out that Sandy’s reactions are pretty expected of a concerned girlfriend, and many in her shoes would find Lucy detestable, there’s another factor to consider.

Unless the comic shows Mike giving Sandy the whole spiel’ that means Sandy is only getting the “Lucy hurts my Maishul…” end of the spectrum, she probably doesn’t know their whole history and Mike doesn’t seem to be doing a whole lot to explain why he puts up with it beyond a few swallow explainations that to anyone would sound like they’re comming from someone suffering from “domestic abuse syndrome”.

So far Sandy has no reason to be hated, her reactions are the norm of a concerned girlfriend, and in her shoes I’d be begging Mike to deep-six Lucy too!!

The only reason person I see reason to loathe of late is Mike, and only in how he’s handled “parting with Lucy”. His “we were never friends” crack was out of line and an outright lie; to me it seems Mike is just channeling his negative emotions about Lucy’s BS over the years and picked the most negative and deconstructive and self-destructive way to vent them. Namely he’s unnessecarily crushing and hurting Lucy emotionally in ways she doesn’t deserve.

In an ironic way, Mike’s doing to Lucy what she did to him but emotionally and vindictively with a purpose, whereas while no excuse for violent reactions, Lucy does have legit psychological issues, but again I digress, hitting people is no way to vent. I just personally dispise the way Mike’s going about this; so while Lucy has probably incurred him telling her off, the way he’s doing it would make me if I was in the room, slug him and tear into him more than Lucy about her past actions.

Weltall84 December 5, 2011, 3:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #196563

I think the reason Mike did this is because Sandy decided that if Mike didn’t stop seeing Lucy, it was over. Sandy never let Mike finish and tell her wha he did to make Lucy do that to him. She cuts him off and speculates. His sister even said Mike has a stick up his butt every time Sandy calls. He’s crying.. he’s doing this just to save his relationship… it’s a thing almost every girl I know did to all of my guy friends.. it’s a effed up thing to do in my opinion.

Ujima Jamah December 5, 2011, 4:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #196564

Happy Birthday!!!

I can understand where Sandy’s coming from but she just doesn’t get the dynamic of Lucy’s relationship with Mike (obviously pre-hatred). Everyone else is fine with it, and that’s because they actually know both of them, and know that the way they interact (including the admittedly negative way Lucy tends to treat him) is not a problem, they (were) happy or at least content with the status quo.

There, there is my little opinion on this current state of affairs. Again, Happy Birthday Taeshi!

Silvermane December 5, 2011, 4:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #196565

Happy Birthday, have a nice day, dont let yourself get stressed because of us nerds XD

I wish you healthyness, fun and dont you break your drawing hand ;)

Even when i dont like the moment now that lucy and mike are getting hard apart, its good to see how mike’s chaning has started and how he gets manipulated or maybe open-eyed by sandy, the only thing he forgets is his behavoir in past times when sandy was there, if sandy knew about this and if mike would have talked with lucy seriously about it and warning her then things wouldnt be so complicated now maybe….


WE NEED THE DRAMA! YEAH BABY YEAH! (there need to be a smily from an austin powers character, so imagine it standing here)

anonymus December 5, 2011, 4:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #196566

Happy Birthday.
Oh the Drama …

Ariso December 5, 2011, 4:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #196567

Happy Birthday

david December 5, 2011, 4:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #196568

Oooh, Lucy you really, really screwed up. Looking from Mike’s point of view now, she had this coming.

Jack December 5, 2011, 4:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #196570

Happy Birthday, Taeshi!
I still couldn’t believe how I got some of my friends to read this; one wasn’t particularly interested, the other wasn’t a fan of anything like this at all. Keep it up, eh? 8-D
Wait… I was supposed to be reviewing for exams later this week… DERP
But what the heck; still waiting how this flashback’ll end and how everything’ll turn out.

Harris012 December 5, 2011, 5:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #196571

The sheer amount of Sandy bashing and “fat” jokes never ceases to amaze me.

Happy birthday, Taeshi.

fnord December 5, 2011, 5:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #196573

@Ujima Jamah Dude, you’ve got it in reverse. He gets a stick stuck up his *** whenever he isn’t on the phone with Sandy. The only thing he really enjoys anymore is talking with Sandy. Everyone else can just go to hell as far as he is concerned. And I don’t think Sandy thought that Mike was seeing Lucy. She just hated how poorly Lucy treated him and couldn’t understand why he continued to hang out with her in such an abusive relationship. And it may have developed into pressure if she said or implied that she can’t stand to see him getting abused anymore. (if that ever happened) Anyways, after seeing some of this flashback, I once again, have a bit more sympathy for Mike, especially seeing how all he did really was just take care of her and babysit. I wouldn’t be against Mike telling her off like he is now and cutting all ties with her, but I wouldn’t mind if they became friends later in time if Lucy truly hits rock bottom with him here and gets better and no longer needs to leach off of people and becomes independent, and not impulsively violent.

Indigo December 5, 2011, 5:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #196574

Happy birthday :D

It’s 3 in the morning here and I have to get up for school in 3 hours… Comic is coming along great, I love it and keep up the great work

Gary micheals December 5, 2011, 5:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #196575

To all the Sandy-apologists: That’s great. She’s normal. I’m reading fiction, however, which means that characters have to be better than normal for me to like them. Normal means nothing out of the ordinary, and something entirely in line with he ordinary is something without inherent worth, qua itself.

Sandy is worthless qua being Michael’s girlfriend—she’s not even around, and what interactions we have seen with her haven’t done anything but temporarily elevate his mood, only to depress him again since, you know, she’s not around. That’d be fine, in itself, if that were all it was: but she’s very clearly doing terrible things to him, and through him, to Lucy. She doesn’t understand how a better friendship than she seems likely to have ever had works, and she’s tearing one apart, at best because she doesn’t understand (or want to), and at worst because she’s jealous.

A lot of people are treating Lucy like she’s been nothing but a thorn in Mike’s side, but, yeah, her teen-drama emotional problems aside, she’s been supportive of him the whole comic. Remember when we first found out about Sandy? She encouraged their relationship. She may be becoming a wreck, but, as we’re finding out, that seems to mostly be Sandy’s fault.

So yes, I hate Sandy. Even if it’s not really her fault, she’s a terrible person.

And Happy Birthday, dear author.

Souffrir December 5, 2011, 5:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #196576

I think Sandy already conveyed that message, did she not? :x

StarSturdy December 5, 2011, 5:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #196577

Is teh boss’s bday so spear your whining at least today :P

Knux-the-Killer December 5, 2011, 5:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #196578

Werent Lucy and Sandy friends before?

MationMac December 5, 2011, 5:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #196579


No, When Sandy was still there, Mike only played with Sandy and Sandy only played with Mike, although when Sandy would ask if Lucy would play, she would go something like “Hey person” or “Hey you” or “Hey” cause Sandy never knew her name and Mike and Sandy would only concentrate on themselves in the game but not Lucy. So Sandy had no idea who Lucy was

Valentines Day December 5, 2011, 5:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #196580

VERY good job on the blood, Taeshi! It looks so real, and I love Sandy’s hair in this page. I think it’s wonderful. :D

Happy Birthday!

Missme December 5, 2011, 5:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #196582

Awww, poor Sandy. Is some crazy cat bitch roughing up your boyfriend who you never see? Get over it, he needs a little rough love to dislodge the stick up his *** every once in a while.

ObsidianSnow December 5, 2011, 5:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #196583

Happy birthday from Norway! Love your comic! :D

Magne December 5, 2011, 5:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #196584

No **** Sandy, you’ve been weeping for like, three pages or something. :nope: Of course you don’t like Lucy—I doubt you’re loved in the BCB community.

It’s funny to see the Sandy-hating population rapidly increasing in this chapter; watch out Sandy, they’re gonna make sure you’re going to get burned on a stake like they do to “witches” in the olden days. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to roast her on a roast pit. 8-D

Seriously though, Sandy should stop ****ing crying every single time when her boyfriend is getting beaten up by a girl, crying isn’t going to make him feel better. And Mike should at least go to a self-defense class or get some balls and deal with the pain like a bauss. /shot

And happy birthday Taeshi, keep up the good work with the comic! :)

Sesame December 5, 2011, 5:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #196585

And this is why it all went downhill, this page right here.

CursedKat December 5, 2011, 5:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #196586

So, how many more pages of flash back are there? I’m guessing two left.

Just Saiyan December 5, 2011, 5:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #196587

Hapity bifrday. I really dont like this page either.

A rampaging hobo December 5, 2011, 5:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #196588

It’s a never ending string of pain for your boyfriend Sandy. dealwithit.gif

Turtle Hermit December 5, 2011, 6:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #196589

Happy freakin’ birthday!!! But realy Sandy, just get over it :/

Ling December 5, 2011, 6:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #196590

that’s one way of getting rid of competition…

Celsy December 5, 2011, 6:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #196591

What Sandy doesn’t understand is that everyone has a positive and negative side to them, even her. She hates Lucy because she’s only focusing on the negatives and continues to fail to notice the positives, the fact that underneath Mike and Lucy’s fights they’ve had there share of fun within them.

I’m sure that if Sandy heard about all the other stuff Mike’s other friends did that seem bad she probably would’ve hated them too, because she’d only see the bad rather than see the good that came out of them.

AlphaMoon December 5, 2011, 6:08 AM EST.

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AlphaMoon December 5, 2011, 6:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #196593

Hapy Birthday. And also, the plot seems to be thickening. I’m betting that Mike is either going to end up wrapped around Sandy’s finger, or he’s going to break it off with her.

PlinaZ December 5, 2011, 6:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #196594

happy birthday i love your comic

notpop78 December 5, 2011, 6:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #196595

Whoever has been saying they hate Sandy is crazy. I don’t care what you say- i’d rather date someone i barely get to see than be physically ABUSED every day by someone who claims to be my friend. There are laws against it people, LAWS!!!

Smiley December 5, 2011, 6:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #196596

Sandy looks little bit different in this page. I hope Mike x Sandy will be over and Sandy’s place will be change with Lucy… ;) :/

Dara December 5, 2011, 6:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #196597

oh NO WAI! you have the same birthday as I! super happy birthday, and keep up dat high-octane drama!! :D

NebulaSG December 5, 2011, 6:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #196598

Happy birthday Veronica! Excellent job on the comic as always - it remains one of my favourite things about Mondays :P
As for the plot developments, I can definitely understand Sandy’s way of thinking; I reckon she really is primarily concerned with her Maishul’s welfare - it is true that she is only hearing one side of the story, but that’s mostly due to Mike only really telling one side (though he did mention she’s nicer than he makes her out to be, briefly).
Either way, I think people are a bit harsh on her; if you put yourself in her position -i.e. in a long distance relationship with a childhood friend - how would you feel about the person who you’re told is physically hurting them every other day?

Mallard December 5, 2011, 6:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #196599

happy birthday to you and sandy needs to get a book on “tough friendships” or also known as “tough love”

Anima December 5, 2011, 6:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #196600

I don’t blame you sandy

Aries December 5, 2011, 6:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #196601

p.s. HAPPY BIRTHDAY lots of 8-D for U!

Aries December 5, 2011, 6:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #196602

…After pages of feeling depressed due to the storyline has suddenly opened my eyes to a certain fact that causes my expresion to become just Mike when hes moody. And here it is.

Don’t you think Mike constantly brings up his physical injury problems instead of dealing with the pain like the male he is? He brings up his problems about Lucy in a negative way because he never wants to rell Sandy how well of a time he has with her otherwise, why? Lack of experience with girls. Im going to sit back and watch how the characters fall apart til they die. There is no way the situation will improve.

TCB December 5, 2011, 6:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #196603

Revealing flashback is revealing.

Happy B day

Kindle kat December 5, 2011, 6:34 AM EST.

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Kanonon December 5, 2011, 6:35 AM EST.

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Me December 5, 2011, 6:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #196606

Well, I don’t want to get involved in the Sandy Hate-storm, so I’ll just say happy birthday!

Jenn December 5, 2011, 6:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #196607

Stop hatin’ on sandy shes woried like the girlfriend she is

also nosebleed ftw 8-)

James December 5, 2011, 6:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #196608

Sandy I hate you

badger December 5, 2011, 6:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #196609

This is making me so sad face! :(((( I hope things get fixed soon between mike and Lucy! Oh and happy birthday!!! Keep up the awesome work

Defutz December 5, 2011, 6:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #196610


And Sandy I can see why you would worry and be upset but maybe you should try and see things from different point of views Sandy I don’t hate you but eh your so not my favourite right now

Sam December 5, 2011, 6:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #196611

First of all: Happy birthday!!!!

Second: I’d like to say something about the whole ‘Lucy is now a much better person’ thing. I agree, she has grown and is trying to treat Mike with more respect. But you shouldn’t forget that her mistreating him went on for YEARS, and she has only been nicer since a few WEEKS. That’s a huge difference!
Also, Mike may not buy it. I don’t think he does, because he doesn’t really trust her anymore. First she kicks him around, then she confesses her love to him and now she wants to pretend she’s okay with Sandy and go on with their friendship like nothing ever happened. I wouldn’t just be okay with that either!
I believe Lucy can be a very good friend to Mike and vice versa. Mike has been protective over her for a long time and he really cared about her. Lucy has been clingy, but also because she really relies on him as a friend. She trusts him completely.

But they should TALK. Not scream ‘I hate you’ or cry, but TALK. If you can’t work it out by talking, it’s done. But then you know. I know it’s harder for them because they’re teenagers, but if only they just talked about their feelings and explained their behaviour, they could work it out. But I’m afraid it’s not going to happen any time soon.

LH December 5, 2011, 6:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #196612

MikexSandy FTW!!!!! screw MikexLucy.

Bioniclema90 December 5, 2011, 6:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #196613

Sorry, Just have to say,
Well, Sandy, you haven’t even met her! Actually you have, remeber that time you stole that girl’s ONLY FRIEND? Yeh, that’s THIS girl

wow I can post a comment! December 5, 2011, 6:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #196614

Happy birthday, Taeshi! ^_^

Peppermint December 5, 2011, 6:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #196615

Happy birthday!!!! Have a nice day :D

In the other hand, Michael was very strong… he resisted Sandy’s arguments for a long time, specially considering than Lucy was doing phisical damage to him.

Carlitos December 5, 2011, 6:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #196616

Aww.. :c I kinda feel bad for Sandy.. I understand her point of view… i’m kinda worried for Lucy now…

I wonder what’s gonna happen next… :question:

David for luck: 8-D

Ruru December 5, 2011, 6:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #196617

Happy Birthday Taeshi! 8-D

This flashback is probably going to remove most of the Sandy haters, it lets us see that Sandy didn’t plot against Lucy. To Sandy, Lucy was this girl beating up her boyfriend constantly. Sandy wasn’t told about all the good times, just the times where Mike was hurt. Then she did the rational thing that most would do in that situation, she tried to get her boyfriend to not be friends with this physically violent girl, which is what Lucy was in Sandy’s eyes. Some will still hate her no matter what however. I may not like what Sandy has caused, but I understand why she caused it.

Brandon December 5, 2011, 7:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #196618

Happy birthday Taeshi :D

Anon Ymous December 5, 2011, 7:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #196619

Happy B-Day Taeshi ^w^

Bootz December 5, 2011, 7:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #196620

Lol I want to see what happens for the school play the most :)
But then again I don’t because bad things could happen :(

Joshua Roberts December 5, 2011, 7:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #196621

Oh by the way happy B-day T :)

Joshua Roberts December 5, 2011, 7:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #196622

Happy Birthday.

Nondell December 5, 2011, 7:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #196623

happy happy birthday, it’s all thanks to you, we wish it was our birthday so we could party too!~~~~~~

Downright went out with it and said she doesn’t like Lucy (for maybe a second time now lol) but it seems like Mikie isn’t getting the big picture here. He has to cut ties with Lucy, as his pain is really affecting Sandy. If he hadn’t said her name, I wouldn’t have told that was Sandy by looking at her. I don’t know, maybe she just got out of the shower but with her hair down she looks depressing. Oh well, I love Sandy none the less.

After cutting that huge tie with Lucy of “friendship” Mikie is rewarded with a punch in the face. Too bad this is supposed to be a sad chapter, I wanted to see that punch as it would be funny….. well still sad as Lucy would be crying her eyes out. But that IS the art of cause and affect. I say this a lot, but when Sandy comes to visit and sees Lucy, then she will probably still not recognize her as she was a “side-character” when Sandy was around and Lucy lost Mikie to her. Can’t wait for the next page still ^.^

CTS4Kouhei December 5, 2011, 7:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #196624

Happy b day and great page it adds to the story

Ac130 December 5, 2011, 7:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #196625

Happy Birthday! ;)

no one December 5, 2011, 7:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #196626

I can picture it now: after the flashbacks, Mike is expecting Lucy to hit him for siding with Sandy to prove his point. Only for Lucy to not hit him.

The Merchant December 5, 2011, 7:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #196627

Oh, and Happy Birthday. How could i forget? =)

The Merchant December 5, 2011, 7:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #196628

I wanna see sandy’s reaction if someone told her how paulo made like all the girls in high school beat the crap out of mike for being “unfaithful” >:P but yeah i can’t wait to see more and how sandy will play this out and what will happen with lucy and mikes ehhh ex-firendship :( also happy birthy day thanks for the page can’t wait to see more. :)

sh0rtest December 5, 2011, 7:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #196629

B-but…Lucy’s been nicer now and now she actually has a good reason to mean towards a meaner Mike. Kinda glad this chapter finally came up. I was wondering why he so suddenly hated her.

mdg245 December 5, 2011, 7:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #196630

and then the present comes along sometime, then sandy meets lucy oh dear.
but uh, i guess i dislike sandy a little bit more, but i can sort of see where she is coming from. no, literally.
oh and happy birthday, taeshi :)

Beyatchart December 5, 2011, 7:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #196631


Sandy does look a pretty messed up in the last panel, but other than that, this page looks fine.

NintendoSegaSonyGuy December 5, 2011, 7:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #196632

I think i quite like Sandy. She clearly is misunderstanding Lucy… being as Lucy doesn’t allow herself to be understood in the first place… Altho Sandy needs to cry a little bit less…

Honestly to those who say that Sandy doesn’t get Lucy/ understand her… truth be told, even Mike didn’t understand her fully. He assumed she was just dependent and temperamental… but in fact deep down Lucy was nervous, scared and jealous of any girl that even attempts to get close to Mike. So I find Sandy’s perspective perfectly reasonable.

Happy Birthday Taeshi, Keep up the awesome work!

Delta December 5, 2011, 7:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #196633

Ok, ok, off the Sandy note.
Happy motherfriggin’ birthday Taeshi!

Anon December 5, 2011, 7:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #196634

I can tottally see Sandy hunting down Lucy after this.
Happy Birfday Taeshi 8-D

PauloxLucyfurevr December 5, 2011, 7:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #196635

Mike’s so beaten up, I think he’s got internal bleeding. Lucy’s such an *******, if she was kind and sweet like Sandy throughout the comic. This wouldn’t have happened.

By the way, happy birthday Taeshi!

Flandere December 5, 2011, 7:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #196636

I don’t like sandy but like mike less ridmght now cause he won’t stand up for his friend… Tell your girlfriend the whole story will ya mike

Robin December 5, 2011, 8:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #196637

“I hate you Sandy, you don’t UNDERSTAND Lucy, you don’t get their friendship!” No, she does know, however, if you’re injuring people like that, you’re not a good friend.

{EDIT: Oh, right, and Happy b-day Taeshi!}

An intelligent teen December 5, 2011, 8:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #196638




P.S…. I DINT HATE SANDY..I DONT HATE LUCY…it is how Double V..plots go on..

(Double V —Veronica Vera a.k.a “Taeshi”

Shephard December 5, 2011, 8:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #196639

FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS TAKESHI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Espero que lo pases espectacular en tu dia :)

una persona December 5, 2011, 8:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #196640

You know, I really think he deserved that nose bleed. He was being quite the *******

Pyro Assassin December 5, 2011, 8:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #196641

Geez… I never realized how much Lucy like to beat the crap out of Mike. Maybe he’s less of a security blanket and more of a punching bag. I’m becoming more supportive of Sandy every page.

Tsunami December 5, 2011, 8:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #196642

weren’t Sandy and Lucy best friends in Elementary school before she met Mike?

Adario-Mendcaz December 5, 2011, 8:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #196643

happy bday and can we have sandy killed off and mike suicide or something then two characters that are annoying are gone XD

Owen December 5, 2011, 8:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #196644

I wish I didn’t hate Sandy as much as I do, but by seeing how she acts and whatnot in these pages, she’s just too much like someone who’s been ****ing my personal life for the past few months.. dumb reason or not, I find it offputting. :(

I don’t know where all these people are getting the idea that Sandy and Lucy were ever friends; guys, Lucy had no friends except Mike, Sandy only ever came along in 3rd grade, and even then, Sandy was MIKES friend. Not Lucy’s, and I imagine Lucy would have probably resented Sandy back then, cuz well. You know. She was the reason Mike abandoned her. I think people are mistaking that DAISY and Sandy were best friends. :P

Happy birthday, Taeshi. :3

Stuffnthat December 5, 2011, 8:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #196645

Stop hating on Sandy.
She’s probably the nicest person in this comic. Maybe Mike hates Lucy because of her, but she didn’t do it on purpose.
Seriously, though, I think Mike’s the one to hate on right now. :P

hakr14 December 5, 2011, 8:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #196646

Well, Happy Birthday! :D *sings the happy birthday song loudly and probably off key* Hehehe.
Ah, Taeshi, why make me stop hating Sandy? Now I have no reason to hate her anymore. (Probably had no reason to hate her in the first place, probably trying not to hate Mike and ending up hating Sandy instead.) Mike still deserves some serious hell, though. He could’ve went around telling Lucy he didn’t wasnt to be friends way better than he did. Or just told Sandy how she changed! Grr… I suppose you know where you’re going with this, and we’ll all just have to wait in agonizing suspense, as usual. XD Really do love the comic, though.

Yuki-chan December 5, 2011, 8:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #196647

Haters gonna hate. Sandy is just being a bit sensitive, everyone considers her “OMFG U B KILLEN DER RELAITSHUNSHIP”. Try not to take it too hard, guys, but whoever thinks that is a fool at least.

Tudor December 5, 2011, 8:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #196648

aparently typin “happy b day” is a dumb comment…but what the hay
happy birthday taeshilh

damon December 5, 2011, 8:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #196649

You people are effing cruel to her! What is there to get about Mike and Lucy’s friendship, hm? That it’s unstable and obsessive, unhealthy even? That’s all there is to it. You can’t keep throwing up excuses to hate her. You say these pages are making you hate her more, but to me, it just seems like you’re in denial. Sandy is concerned for her boyfriend’s health, and for a good reason, as these beatings are continuing. Maybe she’d be more lenient if she was there with Mike, but she isn’t, so she just keeps hearing that her boyfriend is getting hurt by this girl and he just puts up with it for God-knows-why. Saying he loves her is not an excuse. I understand Mike’s end of it, but goddammit, blaming Sandy just because she’s concerned is just retarded. Hell, I bet if it were Lucy in Sandy’s case, you’d still be hating on Sandy. Quit being in denial about Lucy; she’s one of my favorite characters, but she’s still a huge bitch and she needs to be told that or she’ll never change.

Tsukaiz December 5, 2011, 8:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #196650

ooooooooooo, its getting kinda tense, can’t wait to see what happens when they meet up!!!!!!
and aw poor Mike he got hit by Lucy….again>.<

Vinyl Studios December 5, 2011, 8:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #196651

Happy birthday, Taeshi!

Anyways, let’s get down to business with this comment.

Sandy doesn’t like Lucy? So what? Big deal.

Lucy probably seems, on Sandy’s end, like the biggest and most horrible threat to ever get in the way of her and Mike’s happiness. I mean, even though he tries not to, he pretty much still puts up with her quite a bit, which would make a girl suspicious.

If I was a cutie-pie little schoolgirl and some passive-aggressive chick whose past I didn’t know anything about was coming around physically maiming my boyfriend, I’d probably be pretty peeved too.

So, yeah. Sandy dislikes Lucy? I think that’s adorable and is a clue that maybe Sandy and Lucy are spoiling for a catfight, hmm?..

Tickle Monster December 5, 2011, 8:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #196652

Happy birthday, congratz for your work!

Sondy is kinda right, i mean he is always hurt or something cuz of “that girl”…

Harus December 5, 2011, 8:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #196653

Congratulations :D
And yes, you are!

Naity December 5, 2011, 8:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #196654

I think the thing that’s hard to get used to is that we always took those bits as comedy.

It’d be like… OK, for those who haven’t read Ranma 1/2, Ranma gets beat senseless by Akane a lot (tsundere). It’d be like suddenly finding out that every time she punched him through the roof he was hospitalized for weeks. Suddenly “Haha” goes to “Oh…”

It’s still hard to wrap my head around it.

Blur December 5, 2011, 8:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #196655

who the hell calls his…girlfriend?…whenever he’s got a boo-boo? Man up, ya jackwagon

2tailed_fox December 5, 2011, 8:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #196656

You ARE superduper swell! :D Have a super awesome birthday with loads of cake, gifts and happiness! <3

Minty December 5, 2011, 8:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #196657

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Taeshi your awsome.
Now over protective sandy is over protective. Ihave to say i dont hate sandy, but i still dont really like her. It’s mike who got punched a lot not you.

The awesome one December 5, 2011, 9:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #196658

A great happy birthday!!! ;)

Jack Silvermoon December 5, 2011, 9:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #196659

Happy birthday Taeshi! =D

And to be fair: Sandy is being objective. She doesn’t remember Lucy, and just calls things as she sees them. If anyone is overreacting here, it’s Mike - if you call someone your friend, you shouldn’t give a rat’s *** about what anyone says about them.

Kibondo December 5, 2011, 9:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #196660

The graph of likeability of Sandy split in two, one is falling and will soon cross Augustus’ graph, other one is slightly rising.

Martys December 5, 2011, 9:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #196661

Happy Birthday! You always do awesome work!

And really, people, abuse is not ok if it’s female on male. Lucy’s behavior really is a pain to deal with. I know; I’ve dated a girl just like her.

I know you all want to defend your favorite. Fine. But don’t forget that Mike really doesn’t deserve this abuse. Even if it’s funny.

William Syler December 5, 2011, 9:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #196662

Happy birthday!

Matthew December 5, 2011, 9:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #196663

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And this page is still amazing :3 As are all your pages <3 HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUUUUUE somethingsomethingsomethingsomethingsomething YOU!

LikexMucy December 5, 2011, 9:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #196664

Feliz cumpleaños, Taeshi! XD

What is up with this hate? There ain’t any alternate methods behind Sandy’s concern, it’s just in your heads. That’s probably the way you would react, but that isn’t Sandy. She obviously just cares about Mike’s well being. Another thing, she never abandoned Mike. If you actually read chapter 15, you’d see that she never stopped mailing him, she just didn’t do it often.

Dang, I can’t wait for Sandy’s arrival! :D

KillerCobraZ117 December 5, 2011, 9:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #196665

Happy B-Day! 8D
And i understand where Sandy is coming from… cuz when you love someone you worry about their well-fare and want them to be safe and you dislike any force that would harm the one you love. Given how Sandy doesn’t really know Lucy and all she knows about Lucy is that she’s making Mike hurt and even get a bloody nose, I’d be right there with her! I like all the chars… besides Augustus that is :P

Kris December 5, 2011, 9:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #196666

Firsties, Happy birthday!

I just can’t wait for Sandy to come and actually meet Lucy.

Bearcoon December 5, 2011, 9:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #196667

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MA’AM!!!! The confrontation of characters is going to be glorious!

Noctis December 5, 2011, 9:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #196668

Happy Birthday, Taeshi. I’d draw you something, but I can’t even draw a good stick figure. Anywho, I hope you enjoy your birthday and have many more like it.

Hans Vedic December 5, 2011, 9:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #196669

I’m expecting a catfight later in the chapter between the two of them. Oh yes, there will be blood and fur flying everywhere.

DLancer December 5, 2011, 9:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #196670

No offense to Sandy supporters but I just keep hating Sandy more and more in this chapter. Not like I want to hate her, I just do. I’m repulsed by most girls. ESPECIALLY ‘little miss perfect’s. :\\
And to other Sandy haters who are freaking out… just… Shut up. *facepalm* You’re making yourselves look stupid. Please.

Rose32397 December 5, 2011, 9:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #196671

Guys, seriously, stop hating on Sandy. Imagine if you were trying to have a long distance relationship with someone, and you constantly had to hear about them getting hit, screamed at, or beat up. You’d be ****ing sad too, so shut up. Maybe she doesn’t get Lucy, fine, but do you think she cares about Lucy at all? She doesn’t even know or remember her, Lucy’s just a girl who beats on her boyfriend to her. It’s completely unfair to say that you hate Sandy, because she’s just concerned for Mike here. Not everyone is going to adore Lucy, just because she might not be as mean as she makes people believe. The point is that she IS mean, outwardly, to a lot of people, and some people will tolerate that, but there are a lot of people who won’t. You can’t expect others to just be okay with being put down or beat up on a regular basis for very long, because it isn’t fair to them.

Mike and Lucy’s relationship was never healthy. It might have gotten better, Lucy was TRYING to make amends, and I AM upset with Mike for ruining things, but Lucy needs to learn how to be independent, and she kind of DID deserve it. You have to look at this from EVERYONE’S perspective. The point is that she DID treat him badly, even if she didn’t mean to. You can’t expect people to care about you if you only hurt them, and she made her decision too little too late. Now she has to deal with the consequences, and hopefully she learns from her mistakes. Maybe one day they can be friends again, I hope that’s the case, but right now, she needs to have this argument, and this needs to happen, so she can grow.

It’s not Sandy’s fault.

Limzee December 5, 2011, 9:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #196672

Wow, I must admit some of the comments here are really closed minded, and still bashing Sandy for caring about her boyfriend. Although Mike is calmly and casually telling Sandy that Lucy is doing some not-so-good things to him, Lucy is still doing things that goes beyond the means of rough housing. For crying out loud he had a busted knee and now his nose is bleeding. If you heard just about everyday that someone that called themselves a friend was abusing your significant other to the point that whenever they’d called you they was always hurt in some way wouldn’t YOU be upset??? Sandy doesn’t remember Lucy so she doesn’t have any attachment to Lucy. All she knows is that this girl is hurting someone she cares about and doesn’t understand why Mike is allowing it. All she knows is that friends are suppose to be there for you, to comfort and help you out. Mike isn’t really bringing good news to Sandy about Lucy and that’s because Lucy isn’t doing any good to make herself look like a good friend. I mean come on here look at the last three pages, look at mike! Although he’s taking it lightly, the situations he finds himself in are not to be taken as such. Why do you think he’s bashing Lucy now because all the years of abuse and mistreatment. He ignored Lucy when he met Sandy because Sandy showed him something that Lucy never did. Honesty, people give Sandy a break, she makes mike happy and Lucy needs to own up for her behavior.

Lucy December 5, 2011, 9:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #196673

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sandy in last panel looks kind of weird to me, anyway. I think Mike did deserve a bit more respect from Lucy and I can see why he got annoyed. Still, Sandy is obviously overreacting a bit because she kind of lives in a world without any violence or anything like this, so she’s blowing it out of proportion.

Flashbomb7 December 5, 2011, 9:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #196674

Sandy is a obsessive compulsive girlfriend == OH AND HAPPY BIRFDAY TAESHI!!~

Silvere December 5, 2011, 9:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #196675

also happy birthday Taeshi >

Lucy December 5, 2011, 9:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #196676

Happy Birthday!
Thanks for making these comics, I freakin’ love them.

Ryoushi-kun December 5, 2011, 9:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #196677

Happy birthday Taeshi! Hope you have a wonderful one. =)

as for this page, I think it really shows that Sandy is just being really caring about Michael’s wellbeing and just wants him to be safe and not get hurt. Perhaps Sandy doesn’t understand the relationship between Michael and Lucy, but all she’s trying to do is keep Michael safe.

She’s a nice girl.

Kirby Boi December 5, 2011, 9:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #196678

Happy birthday to the author! and enjoying the chapter so far, wonky eyes are no worry;)

billi December 5, 2011, 9:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #196679

GEEZ some of these comments are long, I BLAME SANDY~


Huh? December 5, 2011, 9:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #196680

None of this is Sandy’s fault. It’s not Lucy’s either. It’s all Mike’s.

Whose the one who put up with Lucy’s ****? Mike.
Whose the one who bottled up his anger towards Lucy? Mike.
Whose the one who didn’t try to get Lucy to stop her ******** once he found out it worried Sandy? Mike.

Blame Mike.

Just Saiyan December 5, 2011, 9:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #196681

Happy Birthday! =)

Also i hate sandy and mike is an idiot if she’s the only reason he started being so cold to lucy.

Savy December 5, 2011, 9:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #196682

happy birth day taeshi! and sandy look’s fat in the last panel and she overreacting what Flashbomb7 say’s i agree with him :) i thing **** sandy
hahaha sorry still Happy B-DAY!
peace :D

thathurt,good? December 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #196683

Yeah, it definitely seems awkward that the violence from early BCB which felt played up for comedic effect is actually being passed off as canon here. At no point in the early comics did I believe Lucy had actually caused Mike any real harm at all - it all came across as manga slapstick.

The two just doesn’t synch well - like the ideas of past comics are over-influencing future comics.

Even I would probably be on the annoyed side if someone had smacked my boyfriend hard enough in the face to give him a nosebleed. Noses are somewhat fragile and broken bones (and all the bills that come with it) are rather serious.

MadH December 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #196684

Happy Birthday!
You know it would be funny if you did like a character doing the “imagination” thing and used “flashback” for the word and that would be a funny transition.

Starkeyblade December 5, 2011, 10:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #196685


I feel for Sandy, she worries for Mike. All she knows is that one of his “friends” hurts him on a daily basis. From her point of view it looks like he’s being abused and just making excusses for the one hurting him. And I think drawing blood is enough to question a friendship.

Cyandog182 December 5, 2011, 10:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #196686

I don’t hate Sandy, Mike, or Lucy in this situation, but I do think Mike shouldn’t have told Sandy about all of this after a while. By the third time (or more, if these are just a few) he told her he was hurt and she broke down crying he still doesn’t think to keep quiet about it to keep from hurting her? Especially if he did agree he may have instigated the abuse to at least some extent.

Kuna December 5, 2011, 10:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #196687


Dominik December 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #196688

okay, this is just dumb. Mike, really? what the hell. you can bet he never told her about the time Lucy fought off those thieves ( gangmembers? what ever |: ) for him. and I’m sorry but fragile scaredy-cat Lucy was being BRAVE there for Mike and I think she deserves some credit. she OBVIOUSLY cared about him. why the hell would she risk getting beat up, murdered, and/or raped just to save her crutch? and what about the multiple other times she’s done good stuff and shown how much she cares? besides that, we don’t know if she even did it on purpose. maybe she was just trying to whack him, accidentally gave him a bloody nose, and freaked out and apologized, it doesn’t even show us. she’s not getting even HALF the story, she’s getting LESS THAN. on top of that, Mike never says WHAT he did to provoke her upset reaction. and I really don’t think Lucy would purposefully hurt him like that. a whack or mild kick between friends, but I don’t think she would have TRIED to give him a bloody nose. I don’t think it’s fair that we’re not getting to see the whole story, or that it’s fair that SANDY doesn’t get to see the whole story, or that it’s fair that, when Mike is being an a**, we try to give him the benefit of the doubt, but when Lucy does something bad, even though we don’t know what really happened, EVERYONE just JUMPS at her and CLAWS HER TO PIECES. seriously QUIT BEING BIASED AND ////GROW UP!//// XC
also what Kuna said.

oh. and Happy Birthday :3 <3

also just for the record~
I don’t recall Lucy EVER hating Sandy. resenting Mike for the way he used her to see Sandy after Sandy left, resenting Mike for abandoning her for Sandy, but I recall that the two actually wanted to be friends way back as kids, and although Sandy has completely forgotten her supposedly, which does bug me a little, Lucy has always remembered her, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard her say something that would suggest hating her.
she was actually even happy for Mike right before he did this horrible chewing-out session to her…. :\ she does not deserve this…. this makes me so sick…. :\
that aside though, I don’t recall Lucy ever hating Sandy, and do remember that she was actually happy for Mike when he was smiling because of his phone, which must have been due to Sandy.

anon December 5, 2011, 10:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #196689

oops, realized how awkward the one part of my comment sounded x3;
*sure, I do remember her resenting Mike for the way he used her to see Sandy after Sandy left, and resenting Mike for abandoning her for Sandy in the first place, but I recall that the two actually wanted to be friends way back as kids,*********

anon December 5, 2011, 10:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #196690

damn, did Lucy punch him, or… is this that same phone session with Sandy? eh.

tony December 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #196691

Wow. This might be around the time Lucy was like “I love you” and Mike was like “GTFO” and a jerk. Because Sandy told him they weren’t friends, the jealous idiot.

FShounen December 5, 2011, 10:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #196692

I agree Anon, all she hears is the end of it, and nothing of the inbetweens. I hit, slapped and kicked my friends and I got it in return. Does it sound horrible? Are you sure you know how hard we did it? We were best friends.

I’ve done this exact thing to a guy friend in like 6th grade; (Bloody nose thing) Sometimes It just happens and even if I was angry, I apologized.

No one knows if Lucy did or not, so I’m kinda hating these one-sided flash backs.

Amber December 5, 2011, 10:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #196694

Happy b-day Veronica.

The Guy Nobody Knows December 5, 2011, 10:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #196695

Taeshi diffucult name thou i did somthing random :P p13.html#post

hope u like it xD

40. Love My Way, chapter posted 6/27/07 link dint work >.<

thathurt,good? December 5, 2011, 10:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #196697

and sorry again >.< there is somthing i fergot the page….
it’s Page 13 with daisy and mike
this comment is from this above this so. sorry

thathurt,good? December 5, 2011, 10:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #196698

Sandy’s discontent is understandable, she’s removed from the situation. This only proves that Mike is a TOOL, as its becoming clear that the only reason he ‘hates’ Lucy is because someone else told him too.

GiantWeebo December 5, 2011, 10:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #196699

How van such a cute little kitty noise bleeed? Very nice bloody tissue, though :)

Mattykins December 5, 2011, 10:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #196700

Ok, I recall Taeshi saying there’d be 3 flashback pages, which would mean this is the last one. So, what, Sandy doesn’t like Lucy, ergo Mike doesn’t like Lucy?
Unless Mike has some more exposition when we get back to the present, he’s just lost a lot of my consideration here. Still, fingers crossed for exposition. He can’t be THIS shallow.

Ditto December 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #196701

Oh. Wow. Do we have nothing but a bunch of twelve-year-olds reading this comic? You guys are not trying to see this from Sandy’s point of view AT ALL.

No. Sandy doesn’t understand their friendship. She’s only hearing about the violent bits. She’s worried about Mike. It’s completely understandable. She didn’t say outright “I HATE LUCY”, she said “I don’t think I like Lucy”. Emphasis on the “don’t think”. She’s not saying she hates Lucy, she’s just saying that Lucy does not sound like a good friend for Mike. This is because all she ever hears about is how Lucy kicked him, or Lucy gave him a bloody nose (which, man, she would’ve had to hit hard to do that), or Lucy tried to slap him. Sandy is not overreacting, she doesn’t fully understand the situation.

And with that being said; Lucy does need to tone down the violence, which it looks like she’s trying to! She’s just a bit too late with it. She should have toned it down ages ago. Mike’s had enough, and there might be no going back for Lucy. We’ll have to see.

EDIT: Errr…I’m generally directing this post at those saying “I HATE YOU TOO, SANDY”, or “F- YOU, SANDY”. Not everyone is being like that….Thanks to those who aren’t! ^^U

Shadow December 5, 2011, 11:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #196702

Absolutely and 100% agreeing with Shadow!

Also, I really like the art in this one. :)

Janara December 5, 2011, 11:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #196703

Happy Birthday!!!

Zane December 5, 2011, 11:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #196704

OK… i don’t think Sandy looks good like before… something is missing from the previous art, i am not talking about the quality of the drawing, its as good as ever, but… she… oh… i just noticed it, its the pose in the last panel, she looks awkward :S

JMOR December 5, 2011, 11:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #196706

Agreeing with Shadow too, I was really trying to look at the bright side of Mike and Lucy’s friendship, but dammit a nose bleed?! That’s awful, even for teenage cats.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAESHI!! I hope you have a nice day!

Cam December 5, 2011, 11:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #196707

Happy Birthday, Sandy is very sensitive or really likes mike alot, because she really seems to cry alot. which is probably why mike said that he hates Lucy. Lucy doesn’t know how much that she is hurting his relationship with Sandy. thats my take on it anyways

Skyheart December 5, 2011, 11:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #196708

I love the art, nice bloody tissue (as I’m sure you’ve been told)
I agree with Shadow on this. It’s a real pity that Lucy’s change came about too late for Mike’s limit.
Also, you can see that sandy is sad in the last panel, not angry or raging but sad for Mike, and I like the way that it shows she cares.

BarbedFire December 5, 2011, 11:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #196709

All the Mike x Lucy shippers need to calm down and see it from Sandy’s point of view. Not saying she’s right, but to anyone on the outside Lucy is going to look like a crazy violent psycho-bitch.

James December 5, 2011, 11:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #196710

Hmm, Sandy looks kinda chubby in the last panel :I

Elli December 5, 2011, 11:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #196711

I’d like to say that, despite the fact that I don’t like what Sandy does, I do like her. She seems quite genuine in her concern about Mike. My problem is that she took just the violent parts of Lucy and created an image. Sure, she’s not there, so she can’t see what’s going on, or how Mike Lucy get along in their own unique way, but should that stop her from asking? Absolutely not. And yet, when she hears about their little fights, it’s not, well how did it happen, it’s, “Well what the hell is wrong with her?” It’s not, well does it bother you, it’s, well since she hurt you, things are clearly bad.. And it’s that which I dislike, and my greatest concern is, it won’t stop here. Since things happen, and they all have rather unique friendships, she’s just going to keep on burning bridges for him.

He’s just too lovestruck to do anything… Poor fool.

Becquerel Noir December 5, 2011, 11:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #196712

Waait, you guys….wasn’t Sandy once a friend of Lucy’s too? Why does she talk about her like she never met her???

Mutz December 5, 2011, 11:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #196713

Feliz cumpleaños Taeshi!!!! andá a ponerte en pedo y escabiate todo… Siiii y comete un error que no puedas aguantar la verguenzaaa!!!! besotote!


Tuffex December 5, 2011, 11:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #196714

Oh come /ON/ everyone hates Sandy because she’s crying over the fact that her /BOYFRIEND/ is constantly being /ABUSED/ by /LUCY/ and she can’t do a dang thing about it. I don’t care what type of friendship Mike and Lucy has and I don’t give a rats hindquarters if she doesn’t ‘understand’ Mike and Lucy’s relationship, she is constantly being /HITTING HIM/ and he has been kicked hard in the knee, /PUNCHED IN THE FACE/ causing him to have a /NOSEBLEED/. Last time I checked that’s called an abusive relationship and it’s nice to know you guys support it apparently. I think Sandy has a /RIGHT/ to not like Lucy, I don’t care if she disappeared for a while life /happens/ at least she started to get back into contact with him and now does it daily. I find it rather ridiculous that everyone hates Sandy because she’s concerned for her boyfriend that won’t stand up for himself to a bully of a friend that is named Lucy. We’ve only seen what’s gone on mainly from Lucy’s standpoint so we don’t know what the /FULL/ extent of the damage she caused to Mike.


Insane Lioness December 5, 2011, 11:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #196715

happy birthay have a nice day!!! :love:

i hate sandy! 8-D

Jonny_M December 5, 2011, 11:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #196716

i really dot get that ethier, they were in school for a couple of years and she hung out with mike even tho he pushed her away she bound to remember her abit

Ellie December 5, 2011, 11:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #196717

@Blur Same here, I felt the same way especially with this page and all the blood.

OmegaB December 5, 2011, 11:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #196718

Happy Birthday to Taeshi. I find this page ironic because they used to be friends.

twalker500 December 5, 2011, 11:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #196719

Sandy is acting her age: dumb.

She is forming an opinion on Lucy by directly ignoring everything else Mike is saying. Mike was defending Lucy’s actions as no big deal, because they aren’t; it’s just roughhousing, it’s fairly common in a lot of friendships, and that Mike was still calling Lucy a friend should be good enough for Sandy. Sandy was just refusing to listen to him. Not a good start to a relationship at all.

Heim December 5, 2011, 11:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #196720

Happy birthday, Taeshi!

And oh: Sandy seems sensitive. She must have been either sheltered from the atrocities of life or isn’t as innocent as she is portrayed of being. ._. Now ain’t that just sad?

Well…at least she said, “I don’t think I like her. At all.” instead of, “I hate her,” or, “I greatly despise her,” or, “I HATE HER.” She thinks she doesn’t like her, so if she has the chance of meeting her for who she is, then maybe her views will change. A lot.

But if she really doesn’t like her without knowing her, then…

Before I forget: Sandy’s hair looks amazing.

I Forgot My Username December 5, 2011, 11:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #196721

i actually dont hate sandy : l well i used to but lucy started getting annoying by abusing mike and stuff

undecisivefan December 5, 2011, 11:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #196722

Happy Birthday!!! … I kinda wanna punch sandy in her stupid pretty face because she’s kinda just only listening to the bad parts and not the part when Mikie’s defending Lucy…

Brekke and Wyrenth 4ever December 5, 2011, 12:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #196723

Happy Birthday genius ♥ :3

About the comic: Well… I think Sandy is exaggerating about the situation. But it’s true that Mike supports Lucy too much. I’m like him, in this kind of themes… And it isn’t healty :c

PD: My english sucks, I try my best!
And yashy, please, stop with your “Possibly Bad Comment Warning” ;_;

Kyosuke December 5, 2011, 12:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #196724

I for one support the fact Sandy does not like Lucy. Hiding behind the fact that Mike and Lucy are friends, or the fact Mike is defending Lucy’s action is not an excuse. Friends DO NOT beat one another up to the point someone bleeds. I’m not proclaiming Mike as innocent, but I’m also not going to say that it is all just ‘fun and games’ on Lucy’s part. If someone you cared deeply for was being harmed by one of their ‘friends’ wouldn’t you as a person feel worried? Especially when the act is defended? Just because one says its ‘okay’ doesn’t make it so.

Anon December 5, 2011, 12:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #196725

Alot of people are looking at tghis from the point of view of the reader and assuming that Sandy completely understands the type of person that Lucy was. The fact stands that Lucy was VERY abusive physically and emotionally ignored or harrased Mike. From her point of view it sounds like he was coming home very often if not everyday with some sort of injury then calling her up. I know that if i was in a relationship with someone and they came home that often with cuts/scratches/bloody noses, etc. I would be angry and i probably wouldnt like the person doing that to my loved one. This is the only side of Lucy that Sandy is seeing. She is not having the chance to view her (at the time rare) displays of kindsness or friendship. So people before you judge take the time to sit and think about what is actually going on. ;)
Oh and nice comment Anon :D

Echo December 5, 2011, 12:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #196726

Happy Birthday :D
Oh, and also, I think I love Sandy and Mike drawn in this style :)
Have a nice birtday and keep up with the good work! ;)

Emy December 5, 2011, 12:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #196727

I understand how she feels but mike is OK with it he doesn’t see it as much as a problem and that should be OK with her, :unsure: its no like he’s complaining at all.

Rozon December 5, 2011, 12:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #196728

Even though Sandy’s acting like a good girlfriend should act,
She’s being kind of a bitch about it

badger December 5, 2011, 12:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #196729

Really hating the Sandy haters right now. The way they act is NOT okay, just like it ISN’T right to hurt your friend like that. I know this because I’m considered a violent friend, and I’ve never even considered taking anything too far. Headlocks are all in good fun, light punches are all in good fun, a slap on the back or wrestling is good fun. Bloody noses are not, bruises are not, NOTHING that Lucy has done is alright.
Quite frankly the way she’s treated him is sickening, and this is the first time we’ve seen the extent of the abuse she’s put him through. I applaud Mike for listening to Sandy rather than Lucy, because Sandy cares about him. And I care about what happens to Mike too. And seriously, you guys who are ranting about how much you hate Sandy, you clearly do NOT. It says a lot really, that comments about fictional characters could make me so angry.

SgtRed December 5, 2011, 12:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #196730

@Anon and @ SgtRed
AMEN, GOOD SIRS/MADAMS! I agree with you completely. To be honest, I’m surprised it took this long for Mike to say ‘No more’, and that no-one closer has said anything about this blatantly abusive friendship (oh how inappropriate the word ‘friendship’ is in this case though…)

Balderz December 5, 2011, 12:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #196731

happy birthday to you! ive always liked sandy up untill this page though. -shrug- ah well. i wonder whats in store for our little kittys.

mew December 5, 2011, 12:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #196732

Happy birthday
also very related
A disturbance in the force I sense, a stalker nearby there is…yeeesss

Samuel December 5, 2011, 12:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #196733

“Oh, sure I am bleeding, but it’s no big deal, I probably deserved it.. ”

Ease up on the Sandy h8, people! Honestly, what has she done that’s wrong? As far as she knows, Lucy is a psycho chick who beats up her boyfriend.

And you know what? That’s not far from the truth.

How would you people react if Mike popped Lucy in the face and gave her a bloody nose, huh?

Fruvous December 5, 2011, 12:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #196734

Well im glad there is an underlaying cause for Mikes douchebagginess. I’m also glad its Sandys fault that Mike is seeing Lucy as a bad friend. But I dont like how Mike is listening only to Sandy. Lucy and Mike have been through so much through the years, they’ve developed their own kind of friendship that shouldn’t be taken apart so easily. And wasn’t Lucy being mean to Mike because he liked her to begin with? So she was pushing him away cause she didn’t want to like him but ended up realizing she liked him anyways? They were both kids and kids wrestle about, and Mike let Lucy win a lot probably so ofcourse he’d get hurt a bit sometimes. But it wasn’t a constant thing of abuse. I don’t know …. I actually like Sandy more at the moment but I thought she and Lucy used to be friends, so has she forgotten Lucy?

Tickled December 5, 2011, 12:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #196735

Sandy is a stupid and a crybaby -.-

Cat_Bitter December 5, 2011, 12:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #196736

Sandy and Lucy never were Friends. Sandy and Daisy were best friends until Mike and Sandy found each other.

Zarylo December 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #196737

Lucy may be a violent person, but she’s still been a good friend when Mike really needed it. And she’s at least been trying to make up for all the hurt she’s caused over the years. I can understand Mike being upset with her, and now I understand why it’s gotten as bad as it has, so really in the end… even if it’s Sandy’s fault for telling him Lucy’s a horrible person (cuz sometimes she really is), Lucy did bring this on herself, and I have come accept that now. But Mike still ****** me off for not giving her a chance. The whole time he’s been “putting up with” Lucy, but he’s never really tried to see her side of it and never really gave her a second chance until the video game thing. Then Sandy popped up and he went ballistic on Lucy because in a single moment he let everything Sandy told him in ignorance completely overshadow the good he was seeing in Lucy right before his very eyes. THAT is why I hate Mike.

novascottch December 5, 2011, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #196738

happy birthday~~~ :)
oh darn, wut is that manipulative sandy doing now…tsk tsk

swift December 5, 2011, 1:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #196739

Oh, and Happy Birthday!

novascottch December 5, 2011, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #196740

Happy birthday, Taeshi!! :D

I thought Lucy and Sandy used to be friends…

Raichu December 5, 2011, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #196741

Happy Birthday!! Just got off the phone wishing my mother a Happy Birthday as well! I wonder if I know anyone else with a Birthday today?

Pecker Fecker December 5, 2011, 1:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #196742

Mike’s such a spineless piece of ****.

Is that why you stopped having fun with Lucy just moments ago Mike? Did Sandy’s text remind you of what she said? Why didn’t you have the courage to stand up to Lucy yourself? Oh, right, you’re a spineless coward. Those yellow stripes look good on you, Maishul.

Just Saiyan December 5, 2011, 1:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #196743

Completely inaccurate, hopefully by the time the author gets into highschool they’ll be able to write good plots.

Ranger December 5, 2011, 1:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #196744

Posted image MIKEXLUCY OTP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seppucrow December 5, 2011, 1:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #196745

Happy birthday!

Ah, Its a montage of flashbacks. Why did it take awhile for me to figure that out?

Honestly, I understand Sandy’s position. Someone is beating up your boyfriend daily and he always takes it like a bitch. Lucy is rough and demanding. A bit of a bitch herself!

I don’t know how Lucy will justify herself this time, I don’t think it’s actually possible at this point! All she can do is try and keep her hands to herself throughout the weekend. And try not to **** Mike off again.

Mint-sama December 5, 2011, 1:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #196746

And we dont like you!

Exnato December 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #196747

@ Ranger:
Completely coward, hopefully by the time you get a brain pointless haters like you will be able to write meditated comments.

boh... December 5, 2011, 1:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #196748


Awwwwwwwww. I can see where Sandy’s coming from. If some girl punched my bf in the nose I wouldn’t be too happy either. C: Sure my friends and I may insult each other but we don’t beat each other for fun lolol that’s just mean.

I still like Lucy <3

Aquati December 5, 2011, 1:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #196749

in my opinion it ain’t easy in ANY of the three situations the characters find themselves in.
Everybody seems to hate someone according to what you guys post here. I don’t understand why.

I understand why Sandy cries and “does not like” Lucy: Lucy obviously gives tons of reasons to do so. (I once found myself in Sandy’s situation about one year ago: it is horrifying.)

I understand why Mike acts as he does: for one thing Lucy is really treating him badly. But he really likes her, he enjoys playing videogames like we just saw and typically lacks an oponent when Lucy isn’t around. The reason why he’d put up with her behaviour is because he never knew anything else. (i had a similar experience here as well, that was 10 years ago). Once Mike ceased accepting Lucy’s behaviour (because he realized he does not like the way she treats him) … he wanted to step her doing it.
The only thing he did wrong was not seeing that Lucy mistreated him unintentionally, but that is an easy thing to say yet hard to do.

As for Lucy: Lucy’s social interface is messed up. She did not learn to “get along” with others and was left out because of that. Mike was the only one that developed some kind of liking towards her. Lucy clinged to her only friend she got back then and showed him affection in the very wrong way we very well know by now. (your’e about to ask if my social interface is messed up as well right? Yes it is.)

Oh and my very best Birthday wishes with lot’sa love to you Taeshi! <3

Zarylo December 5, 2011, 1:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #196750

@ boh… Completely mad ;)

Ranger December 5, 2011, 1:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #196751


She can, she’s saved Mike’s life more than once at risk of her own, almost got raped saving Mike. He’s been a jerk back at her too plenty of times, as well as saved her. Sandy only knows bits and pieces and doesn’t know Lucy or cared to and is inadvertently turning Mike against Lucy. She did some injustice herself against Lucy when they were little kids.
Lucy was estranged until Mike became her friend, but then Sandy swept Mike away and left Lucy alone again without caring about Mike’s or her own friends. Sandy ditched her once-best-friend Daisy too.
I am wondering and waiting what will happen between the two distanced lovers when they finally come back together, they grew up so differently.

Kixxar December 5, 2011, 1:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #196752

I smell a cat-fight. (Yes, it is a pun!) :D

Icing December 5, 2011, 1:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #196753

Hey sandy don’t you remember. You kinda used to hang out with Lucy. Then you started to hang out with Michael.

I still think you’re a bitch for forgetting that! :D

Mr. Morningstar December 5, 2011, 1:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #196754

Happy Birthday 8-D

And wow, I trough Sandy was going to say that Lucy was a bitch and she hated her and didn’t wanted Mike to see her ever again, but she only said she didn’t liked her, that suprised me #^_^#

NyanKat December 5, 2011, 2:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #196755

One more time, Sandy, and listen good. You - don’t - know - her - well - enough - to - make - that - kind - of - judgement! Mike does.

Sarge December 5, 2011, 2:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #196756

I have to say, I am completely and utterly horrified at the amount of people defending Lucy’s acts of abuse against Mike. The fact that people either say he deserved it because he ‘did something’, that he needs to ‘toughen up’, or insisting that it’s just how Lucy is, it’s absolutely horrifying. If the genders were switched, no one would find this acceptable. But it’s okay now?

No. Absolutely not.

All I can do is hope that the people spouting this garbage are minors, and thus don’t know any better.

Tiger December 5, 2011, 2:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #196757


Danny December 5, 2011, 2:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #196758

Happy Birthday Taeshi! Hope you have a good one! :)

@The last several pages:

It has been hard/interesting viewing the last couple of pages and comments. I have personally been a mikexlucy fan, but for no better reason than because it seemed right (or so I thought). That started to change back before this chapter when seeing how happy Mike was when he talked about Sandy, and even more so when I reread the comic after buying volume one. This chapter has been an affirmation of the general abuse or truth about mikexlucy I didn’t want to face. I hadn’t really thought about why I had such an illogical denial until today. I had been in one of those relationships before. Complete with occasional punches, kicks and her favorite of jabbing me in the side. It took a year and a half, and the help of some good friends to finally get me to open my eyes at the situation. Looking back I am disgusted and even frustrated that I let it happen just because of the moments we shared when she wasn’t abusive. I’m glad Sandy was finally able to do the same for Mike, and I commend you Taeshi for incorporating such a psychological element into your story.

Sean December 5, 2011, 2:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #196759

Didn’t Lucy, Mike and Sandy play together as kids? It’s a bit weird that Sandy doesn’t remember her.

Ellen December 5, 2011, 2:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #196760

Happy the birth giving day!

So Sandy says she dosen’t like Lucy…… will Mike take it?

Cuz he’s being bipolar about all this lately.

Ryo December 5, 2011, 2:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #196761

My word there is a lot of “Lucy is misunderstood comment.” Surely it’s not just a minority of us who have being reading the last few pages and seeing Mike injured and telling Sandy something akin to “I stepped out of line so she hit me.” You know that’s the type of stuff a person in an abusive relationship would say to someone who cares about them when they start to worry right? I always thought the negative comments about MikexLucy fans were blown out of proportion, but I can see now they’re pretty right.

Damonashu December 5, 2011, 2:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #196762

i smell i cat fight

GreenAngel December 5, 2011, 2:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #196763

@Tiger and Sean it’s nice to see that there are some sensible readers here and I’m not the only one who is disgusted and horrified by almost everyone’s reaction to Mike getting out of an abusive relationship with a friend.

I don’t care how nice Lucy has been to Mike or the times she has saved his life. It is all null and void when you’re the one who is constantly putting his life in danger by her abuse. One day it would of gone too far and I’m glad that Mike has finally opened his eyes to realized “Hey, this is not okay and if this doesn’t stop I’m ending my friendship with her”

Insane Lioness December 5, 2011, 2:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #196764


Also, Mike should set his priorities. “Oh no, a nosebleed! Better call Sandy.” Euurrrmmm… Deal with that first, mkay?

LAMP December 5, 2011, 2:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #196765

Yes, Lucy has abused Mike physically in the past, but the kind of emotional pain Mike’s causing her right now makes that physical abuse pale in comparison. Not saying he’s an idiot or a jerk, since he does really need to let her down, but he could’ve chosen a MUCH better route than crushing Lucy completely. Bloody noses are one thing, Lucy’ll probably be crying this one off for weeks to come. Then again, this comic wouldn’t be this good without a healthy dose of drama.

Ditto December 5, 2011, 2:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #196766

Joyous womb expulsion day, Taeshi!
Oh hell yes. These better be cracks forming.

Ashe December 5, 2011, 2:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #196767

Look, I’m not justifying Lucy’s behaviour, but relationships like that can’t be understood by anyone that’s not involved in it.
Lucy doesn’t mean to hurt him in an aggresive way, but in a Lucy way if that makes sense which it won’t but what the hey

elinn December 5, 2011, 2:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #196768

Happy Birthday! I’d ask how old you are but that would be rude.

bluesub6 December 5, 2011, 2:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #196769

Happy Birthday Taeshi~!

Hahahaha. I love how the drama in the comments is more serious than the comic itself. Everyone is whining and crying “ohhhh i want lucxmike, sandy is a bitch” “ohhhh i want sandyxmike its so much better lucy is a ****** friend ohhhh”

For one. Friends do beat on each other, maybe not to the extreme’s Lucy does to mike, but she is an aggressive flirter. She needs to stop flirting because mike’s mind is made up now, i don’t know if it will change in the future but yeah. That’s all that’s wrong here, Mike has a girlfriend, Lucy’s feeling were rejected by him, she wants to get over it and be his friend again, or so it looks.

Sandy is worried, but obviously she hasn’t had a close friend before, and she doesn’t really understand mike and lucy’s relationship it seems. They have a violent friend relationship, it shouldn’t be SO violent that mike bleed, but that still doesn’t mean Sandy has to react this way. If the half of you fighting over pairings actually paid attention, in a way Sandy is controlling Mike. Mike had no problem with being Lucy’s friend until Sandy started crying, telling him she doesn’t like Lucy. Sure Lucy’s and Mike’s friendship is a bit shaky, but they make it work. Mike should not stop being Lucy’s friend just because Sandy doesn’t like her. But then again, maybe Mike is fed up with Lucy and Sandy is really making him see that. We don’t really know, now do we? Get over yourselves.

Lol December 5, 2011, 2:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #196770

Happy birthhday Taeshi~!! You did a great job on making the bloody cloth, it worked really well! I think you did Mike great here, the only one I have issues with is Sandy…I see what you mean by visually ‘wonky’…something seems a little bit off. It’s great work still! I love your work as usual! ^_^

FireFang December 5, 2011, 2:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #196771

Happy Birthday even if im a little off.

now I just realised hat my last coment was stupid but i was blinded at my rage of mike but now is see i should be annoyed at all three of them, lucy because she is beeing a jerk but only because mike pretty much got her safety blanket set it on fire and launched the ashes into space. and im annoyed at sandy because she doesen’t know lucy and if she did she would know this is kind of normal for her and would not hate her for nothing. (now thst i got this logic out of my head i can get back to being my self again) when sandy gets there she should get in a slap fight with lucy.

Akira December 5, 2011, 2:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #196772

Yay! DRAMA! Sandy you just keep on twisting that knife, don’t you Ms. Prissykins?
Mikes gonna have a real mouth off at Lucy now. He loves her really though. That adolescent swine.
Sandy: ‘twisttwisttwisttwisttwistwisttwist’
Mike: ‘bleedbleedbleedbleedbleedbleed’

OH. Happy Birthday Taeshi~~~~~!!!!! I put a picture in candybooru but i fail at sizes of pictures :’(

Tessa Fan December 5, 2011, 2:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #196773

Happy birthday, Taeshi.

Someguy December 5, 2011, 2:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #196774

Why are people now hating on Sandy? She’s worried about his well-being! Or is that a bad thing?! Sorry that she should be hated because she’s not Lucy and DOESN’T abuse him! God, you people.

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Taeshi!!!

Flame-LoneWolf December 5, 2011, 2:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #196775

Anyone else got the feeling how Sandy looks exactly like Lucy in the last panel? Seriously, just add a wig! o.o

Billy MT December 5, 2011, 2:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #196776

I wish Sandy would get it but I’m just glad she wasn’t mad this time.

Meg December 5, 2011, 2:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #196777

If she pulls the “Stop being her friend or we’re breaking up.” I will through a fit! Mad Lucy

.... December 5, 2011, 3:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #196778

Sandy looks really weird last panel

nAar December 5, 2011, 3:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #196779

Agree with above me. If I could spam with anger on this thing if it happened I so would.

Suzume December 5, 2011, 3:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #196780

ok, I never comment but seeing all the hating on Sandy I feel like I have to say something.
I have many friends online and if one of them was constantly telling me every week that they are getting punched, kicked, slapped and/or insulted well…I wouldn’t have waited as long as Sandy did to tell them that that is not a healthy friendship and that they should reconsider being friends with whoever that is. Plus Mike isn’t saying reasons why Lucy may be doing this that links to her past, he’s just plainly making excuses that sound like he’s covering up for her.
Secondly, look at Sandy. She’s a very nice girl, polite and all. Sorry she’s not a mental mess like some of you here prefer -_- Though I think she does mean to influence Mike on this page; she is not manipulative person which is why she’s obviously being awkward about it and having a hard time saying it. She’s more the type to keep to herself and I’m sure it’s difficult for her to do something so out of character. But hey, she’s trying to protect her boyfriend from what from her perspective seems like a bully.
What would you do if your friends online come on skype every night with bruises or a nosebleed?

just_a_cat December 5, 2011, 3:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #196781

bitch please,
if you were in her position
you’d be the same

runo December 5, 2011, 3:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #196782

I don’t know about everyone else, but I find Sandy more depressing than Lucy in her current state.

btw, Happy Birthday!

Chiba December 5, 2011, 3:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #196783

I think Sandy is a little over dramatic. He got a nose-bleed, not a gun shot wound…no need to cry. I don’t hate Sandy, I just don’t think she should be this dramatic. :p

ToxicRainy December 5, 2011, 3:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #196784

First off, a very happy birthday to you Taeshi. I’m very appreciative that you’d go to the length of posting a page on your birthday.

Also I think you did wonderfully on this page- the composition is beautiful. More and more Mike’s actions become more justifiable, and Sandy definetely does not seem as awful as she was originally made out to be. It’s extremely clear that it’s a flashback- I don’t understand how people wouldn’t understand that right off the bat. The transitions could be a bit smoother but it’s definetely obvious. Well done still, I’m eager as ever to read the next page.

Rye December 5, 2011, 3:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #196785

Happy birthday! and thanks for the comics :D

Thorn December 5, 2011, 3:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #196786

Happy birthday tae! And while I hate Sandy’s character I love how she looks, she’s very pretty in this style! Good job c:

YumeKitsu December 5, 2011, 3:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #196787


I can see where Sandy is coming from and agree with her 50%; what’s Lucy and Michael’s relationship as mates is theirs alone and if he’s/was fine with it then leave it at that. What I DON’T agree with is the psychological pushing away she seems to be having Michael do though I could - and probably am - wrong. Having said that however her personal take on Lucy is hers to make.

Oh yeah; happy belated birthday dude.

Syrus December 5, 2011, 3:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #196788

First off, happy birthday, Taeshi!

Second off, DAMN. Mike needs to stop calling Sandy while in the throes of pain!

Also, I’m noticing several subtle, but important details with these three flashbacks: Each flashback has started up with something sweet between the two [Mike and Sandy], but is interrupted by Mike’s grunts of pain, pain that has been inflicted by Lucy. The “rough-housing”(you really can’t call it that anymore) is apparently increasing in intensity, ranging from a kick in the shin, to a ****ing bloody nose.

Mike also is trying to defend Lucy with each flashback…however, you can tell that it’s getting harder and harder to defend her when he’s talking about how she beat him on that day (and then they hung out). This is the message that is being portrayed to Sandy, thus, her reactions…which aren’t too far off the mark, as they are becoming increasingly disapproving of Lucy’s actions.

With all of those details, it shouldn’t be too shocking to see how one can begin to re-evaluate their friendship with another.

@Lioness: I wouldn’t necessarily say that Mike’s life is being put in danger by this abuse, but I do agree in spite of their good times, the physical/emotional barrages Mike has been taking is starting to overshadow the friendship as a whole, which isn’t cool by any stretch of the imagination.

@Ditto: I agree that Mike could’ve had a more constructive way of showing his anger towards Lucy. Chances are, that wasn’t possible as even if he tried to vent a lil bit of a frustration against Lucy, he’d get harped on by his friends. This is anger that has been bottled up for the longest time possible and is now causing an explosion of nuclear proportions. Is this explosion extreme? Yes.

Is it justified?


Lucy may be feeling this weeks after this explosion, but compare that to how Mike has felt over the years of their friendship…There is (or rather will) be a difference.

Chocothunda December 5, 2011, 3:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #196789


-Happy Birthday! We all love you. 8D

-Sandy Princess, go to hell.

Chimera December 5, 2011, 3:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #196790

MaggotEater December 5, 2011, 3:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #196791

woot bday girl in da house y’all!!! 8D

also: sandy is kinda evil O.o the way she talks all darkly to maishul about lucy like that, but her hair is very pretty in the last panel :3

CheeseCoatedChopper December 5, 2011, 3:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #196792

Happy b-day, I’ve been stalking your page so here’s my input

These teens need rehab
Also sandy is special,my girl HAS beaten up girls who bother me but if I tell her it’s my fault or I sound kiddish or at least not mad,shell just laugh, spoiled or not you have to know that there are tomboys and ******(not to be prejudice,I think they’re kool)that hit people. And he can hit back.that tellin the teach thing is, special

Jimmibob December 5, 2011, 3:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #196793

You notice every time mike tries to defend Lucy’s actions sandy interrupts him -_-

Mego December 5, 2011, 3:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #196794

Happy birthday :D

Binky December 5, 2011, 3:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #196795

Happy Birthday Taeshi! May it be full of all those things you like to do and stuff!

Why should Sandy like Lucy? Because her only information about her has been her rampant abuse of her boyfriend? Or is it because Mike puts up with her and never so much as receives a thank you? (At the time)

Mike cared about them both but one of them was always concerned about him while the other physically, and occasionally emotionally, abused him for years. It’s not some big conspiracy, just the culmination of Mike’s vast patience finally coming to an end. This arc is going in a pretty solid direction and it’s not going to end well. Hopefully after all this Lucy will try to change a bit and support herself. Cause of she just goes running to say, Paulo? Who will more than willingly take her side and validate her actions, then she’s just going to trap herself in that same destructive spiral she had with Mike.

Kroth December 5, 2011, 3:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #196796

Well played, MaggotEater.

Sandy seems nice enough in these flashbacks, and seems to be showing genuine concern. I have no idea what any of the Sandy haters are talking about any more; I remained neutral up until this point because little was said about how the relationship worked, and no news is just that. No news. Drawing any conclusions from it whatsoever would have been a mistake.

Now that I’m actually learning something of her; I approve.

Oh, and happy birthday, Taeshi!

Blaze December 5, 2011, 4:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #196797

Happy birthday

??? December 5, 2011, 4:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #196798

Happy Birthday, Taeshi! Keep up the good work!
P.S. Nice to finally see Sandy’s true face. ;)

potemkin December 5, 2011, 4:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #196799

Too bad Mike led Sandy to believe Lucy is a puppy kicker (even if he didn’t meant to). This cluster**** will be hard to revert

7 December 5, 2011, 4:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #196800

HAPPY B-DAY :D (If I’m not to late)

yay, Sandy face is shown!

Aoriki December 5, 2011, 4:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #196801

Happy Birthday Taeshi! And all my regards to SuitCase! I wish you the best.

Redd December 5, 2011, 4:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #196802

Happy birthday!!

Kingdestroyer December 5, 2011, 4:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #196803

is it me or is Sandy’s room getting darker each time they talk. I think Sandy needs to turn a light on in her room. Plus i bet Mike got the nose bleed from picking his nose too much.
I really see no need to hate on Sandy, if she was there she would intervene the beatings of Lucy and i think all would be ok with that. But here she is, in a dark room, on the phone, helpless. And all see can do is ask for the man she likes to listen to her, and he isn’t. But he needs to be take a stand for himself in both relationships.

reader December 5, 2011, 4:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #196804


Standing up for himself?

Good one.

Just Saiyan December 5, 2011, 4:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #196805

In all reality, Sandy has the right to be worried. I would be too if some girl I “don’t” know was beating my boyfriend up, but the thing is is that she doesn’t 100% understand the situation because she wont let Mike explain, due to bursting into tears before he can finish, or even start.

idonteven December 5, 2011, 4:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #196806

she acts like a little kid, she talks like a little kid, she cries over and over again like a little kid, she thinks like a little kid aka tell the teacher, she has the chest size of a little kid, AND WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT? she LOOKS like a little kid!!!
mikes dating a lil kid. sad when he could have lucy.

i dont think i like SANDY.
at all :P

jussayinnlol December 5, 2011, 4:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #196807


oh, and i gjhsdjgnsdlkh HAAAAATTTEEEEEEEE sandy’s face in last pannel… shes just so, so.. sandy!

Cata :3 December 5, 2011, 4:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #196808

@Just Saiyan
hey, you never know. He is confronting Lucy…..with yelling right now on how much he hates her

reader December 5, 2011, 4:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #196809

mike started it :/

totallydrawn December 5, 2011, 4:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #196810

First off, Happy Birthday Taeshi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And pardon my french but Mike! You little mother ****ing hypocrite! You tell Lucy that you hate her and then your all like to Sandy ‘Oh she’s my BFF’ and all that ********!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ******* mother ****er

Ikuto December 5, 2011, 4:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #196811

Why all the Sandy hating. Her boyfriend is getting beaten up on a regular basis (as far as she knows, at least) and she is reacting as realistically as possible for her character. Hell, she doesn’t even say she hates Lucy, she doesn’t even say she doesn’t like her. She says she “thinks” she doesn’t like her. Even Sandy doesn’t not like Lucy (pardon the double negative), so why direct your hate at her?

Edit: Happy B-Day, Taeshi!

Tailsdoll December 5, 2011, 4:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #196812

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! It’s my b-day on Wednesday.
But relating to the story. If I had a girl friend who had a friend that abused her I would kind of get upset.
Mike did ask Lucy to go out with him when Sandy did talk to him, but she refused him, so he went back with Sandy who finally can talk to him.

Ben December 5, 2011, 4:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #196813


After remembering he was told that Sandy doesn’t think she likes Lucy.

They were enjoying themselves until he was reminded of Sandy through that text message.

Mike’s a spineless limp wristed *****.

Just Saiyan December 5, 2011, 4:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #196814

awwwwwwwwww it yo birthday :love:
aint that just swell X3 :love:

totallydrawn December 5, 2011, 4:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #196815

Happy B-day Taeshi!!! I hope the hangover doesn’t hit you too hard. :P

Of course Sandy’s seemingly forever alone self seems a bit less at home than what her modeling career portrays. At home she is pudgier and never seems to change from her pajama-gown thingy. It’s a complicated friendship, those simple always nice guy/girl relations usually aren’t as deep as the one Lucy and Mike have.

Vulpinewolf December 5, 2011, 5:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #196816

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! its kinda funny cuz im eating cake lol
Anyways it IS kinda wonky, i feel like i skipped a page O_O
well ill go check right after this… * punches sandy in the face for
everything PLUS being such a crybaby bitch * bye!!!


luvercandy December 5, 2011, 5:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #196817

People, please don’t hate Sandy. If you had a significant other who you believed was being horribly abused by a friend of theirs, and you couldn’t do a dang thing because they’re thousands of miles away, wouldn’t you be at least a LITTLE upset?

Although I would appreciate if Sandy actually met Lucy again and not judge her from the guy who probably makes her mind cloudy with emotion, I can empathize with her.

Konicaa December 5, 2011, 5:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #196818

Happy birthday! My best wishes to you. :)

Laviavani December 5, 2011, 5:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #196819

btw, sandy is a stalker and will probably kill mike if he breaks up with her 8-D

luvercandy December 5, 2011, 5:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #196820

Happy b-day Taeshi!

I feel Sandy has every right to dislike Lucy, but… Mike dear, you can’t hate Lucy because your girlfriend does!! You, only you, know the depth of your friendship, the things you’ve both done for eachother! Don’t throw that all away… Yes, Lucy has her problems, but thats only because YOU let her get to that point.

Why didn’t you stop her after the first time she hit you? You let her get away with beating the crap out of you, and after letting it all build up, you stand for yourself years later!? And then what? Instead of talking to Lucy and tell her what she’s doing is wrong, that your sick of it all, you just pout and run away! And the whole, LucyxAugustus thing, you frown apon it, like you owned her!? Well no Mike, I don’t like that at all! Mad Lucy

(Btw: I kinda feel Sandy looks weird in the last panel… like her head was flat or something… Sorry, idk but i thought i’d point it out)

C: December 5, 2011, 5:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #196822

Happy birthday! Also, I can’t hate Sandy for this. I’d be worried if I were in her place.

Mythril December 5, 2011, 5:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #196823

Happy B-Day Taeshi!!

LunarStar December 5, 2011, 5:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #196827

Miiiiiiiike quit doing thaaaat
Also happy birthday :D

Dakka December 5, 2011, 5:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #196828

I stopped reading the comments after about twenty or so. At first I thought that most of the “durhur sandy ez dum she dunno lucee” comments were ironic/satirical, but then I realized that they are almost all serious. Entirely serious.

Humanity, y u disappoint me.

Null December 5, 2011, 5:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #196829

Happy birthday Taeshi!

Other that that, Sandy isn’t helping the situation. At all.

Nishakun December 5, 2011, 5:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #196830

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!! 8-D :smirk:
I can’t say i hate Sandy but I don’t like what she is doing Mad Lucy
Mike just because you model girlfriend :D Sandy hates/dislikes her doesn’t mean you should too :x I mean one of my pet peeves Furious Abbey is when you follow someone all the time :/ I mean its okay to be a leader or to follow a leader but not every single thing. Please don’t do it :unsure:
This is so exciting :P

Tigerdolphin December 5, 2011, 5:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #196831

Happy birthday!! 8-D
and i understand why mike says he hates lucy (even though i dont believe its true), if your in a relationship and like the person alot, youd do anythin for them, and you listen to only them. Hes in a love spell. I dont agree with mike right now, but hey, things could get better, hopefully…

Pup December 5, 2011, 5:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #196832

What really gets to me is the whole mentality that Sandy ‘doesn’t know Lucy’, the implication being that if she did know Lucy, she’d understand that it’s perfectly acceptable to beat on her friend.

Okay, let’s try something.

“He just doesn’t understand how to express himself, that’s why he beats me!”
“He’s had a hard life, that’s why he gets violent when angry.”
“He is dealing with a lot of stress, that’s why he hits me!”
“I made him upset, that’s why he hurt me!”

Is that still acceptable? (The answer is no. With this crowd, I felt like I had to say that.)

Here’s the thing. It doesn’t matter if Sandy doesn’t know Lucy - it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter how hard her life is, it doesn’t matter how troubled she is. She has no right to hurt Mike. It doesn’t matter what he says, what he does, any of it - she has no right to lay a single finger on him. It’s called assault, and no, friends do not assault each other. He doesn’t like it, he doesn’t enjoy it, so even claiming that it’s ‘just rough-housing’ is completely incorrect. It’s battered spouse syndrome, and in no way romantic.

And to even make the claim that the emotional distress Lucy is feeling is greater than the physical and emotional distress that she has put him through for years? Is absolutely ridiculous.

Tiger December 5, 2011, 5:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #196833

Tiger, you have completely expressed my thoughts on this whole mess. Thank you so so much.

Anthilira December 5, 2011, 5:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #196834

Heh! Well said Tiger. >X3

FunnyGuy December 5, 2011, 5:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #196835

Tiger just said it all, seriously.

I give you, sir or madam, a well-deserved slow clap.

Tickle Monster December 5, 2011, 5:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #196836

Thank you so much Tiger. 8(

Beans December 5, 2011, 5:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #196837

Happy birthday! and your eyes look fine.

Ice Shield December 5, 2011, 5:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #196838

To tiger: I think that you may have forgotten that lucy and mike are still pretty young. This being said it has been sense Lucy has out of spite and for no reason hurt mike. Which means that they were even younger when she did constantly beat up on him. Point is that they were kids. Kids everywhere in punch or kick with no real hate behind them just to express what they’re feeling. Go to a playground, I’m sure you’ll see it. In the context of this comic I can not see how you’d call lucks actions assault. It seemed as though, all though the wrong way, hurting mike was the only way to express her feelings. As she grew older she realized that that was not the way to go and attempted to rectify her relationship with mike. Obviously with time she has matured and improved. The only reason she even kicks mike now is because he says unesicary things to purposely upset her. I think that just like when she liked him she only hurt him because well a) mike was being a ***** and b) she again didnt know how to express her feelings. Again. Although her actions are not right I in no way believe that she is as harsh as you make her sound. She’s just, hurt, young, and believes she’s in love. As for sandy…..words can not express my dislike for her……. :]

Lillyflower December 5, 2011, 5:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #196839

An update on your birthday? Going above and beyond the call of duty there! Anyway, Sandy looks kinda wierd to me in all the panels. Idk why but I imagined her more like the last time we saw her, during the modeling auditions.

Vice December 5, 2011, 5:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #196840

Lillyflower: So it’s okay because she was a child?

No. It’s not okay. That makes her a bully, and victims of bullying have the right to not like being bullied. It doesn’t matter if they were friends at the time, she had no business hurting him. No child should be forced to tolerate another child beating on them, especially one that’s supposed to be their friend. Mike is not Lucy’s therapy punching bag, no one is.

Everyone else: Thank you for your kind words. ^^; I just felt really strongly about this.

Tiger December 5, 2011, 6:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #196841

As if Mike couldn’t stop her in the first place.

Really, what was stopping Mike?

Just Saiyan December 5, 2011, 6:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #196842

Mike, as much as a douche that you’ve been lately, I’m actually starting to feel for you now….a lot. You have a problem, things between you and sandy are getting crazy, and I think you should put an end to it all. Don’t worry, I’m here for you. All you need is an intervention……………………….with a variable zoom scope and as much ammo as you can carry. I’m telling you, one very well-aimed shot is all it takes to end it for good.

phoenix16 December 5, 2011, 6:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #196843

Tiger, that comment was simply amazing, took the words right out of my mouth. Couldn’t have said it better myself. :)
Keep that logical head on your shoulders, because its ****ing amazing :-*

Sandvich December 5, 2011, 6:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #196844

I wish dave would fall through the window right now


Dear writer lady: Happy birth day

Unknown December 5, 2011, 6:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #196845

What most people do not realize is that SANDY is the one who is in the wrong here. No matter what you say, she is controlling Mike to do what she wants (cell phone, who he hangs out with, etc).

Friends hurt each other, friends make each other crazy, and friends sometimes stab each other in the back (especially for men/women). The true test of a real friend is not how much you don’t hurt the other person, it’s how you can forgive and move on.

Everyone has that friend/family member who drives them mad, does things that make them hate them for a time, and might even hurt them. It’s called life, sometimes we hurt the ones we love, but if they love you back they will forgive you and your faults.

Also, Mike is just going from being a doormat for Lucy to a doormat for Sandy. Yes Lucy is wrong to hit Mike, but it’s just as wrong to control someone the way Sandy does.

Vashiel December 5, 2011, 6:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #196846

Just Saiyan: …Seriously? You really don’t see what’s so completely horrible about that statement?

I am actually completely flabbergasted that anyone’d even say such a thing.

Tiger December 5, 2011, 6:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #196847

Why is Sandy never wearing clothes when she talks to Michael?

JL December 5, 2011, 6:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #196848

My only problem with this entire situation is that, idk maybe it’s just me, but cartoon violence is… cartoon violence. Lucy’s treatment of Mike was pretty much always played as that, and the sudden shift from comedy to drama makes you not really buy into the seriousness of her treatment of him. It’s nice to see some flashbacks that actually have the right tone when dealing with the issue; makes it easier to understand Mike and Sandy, at least.

polythene pam December 5, 2011, 6:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #196849

You still haven’t given a particular reason why Mike couldn’t stop Lucy.

Yet the only time he could muster up the courage to tell her he hates her was when he got the news that his beloved was coming to visit.

Mike’s just as dependent as Lucy. Mike used Sandy as a safety net, just as he used Lucy when Sandy left.

Just Saiyan December 5, 2011, 6:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #196850

Mike didn’t stop Lucy because he mistakenly believed that Lucy was his friend, that it was okay to be hurt by your friends, and that he deserved the abuse.

So, yes, that’s why Mike couldn’t stop Lucy.

Victim-blaming is really, really unpleasant.

Tiger December 5, 2011, 6:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #196851

CAT FIGHT!!! I’m so witty… but also, it’s good to finally see Sandy stop acting so whiny. I think it was Squeekz that made a point the other day to contradict what I was saying which read: “Is it so bad that she’s crying because she cares about Mike being hurt?” Sorry I haven’t gotten to answer you til now Squeekz, hope you read this. I completely agree that she should be concerned but….SERIOUSLY? “Aren’t you going to tell the teacher?” Think about it… THEY ARE IN ****ING HIGH SCHOOL! I, Dr. Trace, prescribe Mike a heavy dose of “Man the **** up” and Sandy, a heavy dose of “B**** Be Gone”. Even though I’m a Mike x Lucy boater, I think Sandy is finally redeaming herself as story character that could be compatible with Mike for me. That is… I just hope she stops crying constantly…

Trace Legacy December 5, 2011, 6:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #196852

I hate people like Sandy…they’re always so possessive of the people they like! Mad Lucy

Momotaro December 5, 2011, 6:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #196853

Mistakenly believed?

Hell, reading through the first few pages of Intervention says otherwise.

Just Saiyan December 5, 2011, 6:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #196854

In Sandy’s world, she’s kind of sheltered, so I think that’s why her first thought was to go to the teacher. She’s never had that kind of treatment, and probably never really has seen it. I feel so sorry for her because everyone’s saying she’s controlling him. All she’s doing is wondering why he’s friends with someone who abuses him so poorly. She hasn’t said she hates Lucy and hasn’t told him to quite being friends with her, she’s just stating her opinions on it.

Anthilira December 5, 2011, 6:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #196855

Anthilira: I agree. She’s not controlling him at all. I’d like someone point out to a single instance where she made him do anything.

Just Saiyan: And I’ve read the whole comic, and I’d say that ‘mistakenly believed’ is right on the money. But let’s say for the sake of argument that she was his friend, does that make it okay for her to hurt him?

The answer is still no. In fact, it makes what she did even worse.

Tiger December 5, 2011, 6:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #196856

Of course not.

It still doesn’t explain why he clearly knew he was being used and put up with it.

Besides the fact that Mike had no reliable connection to sandy, nor had the idea Sandy disliked Lucy.

Just Saiyan December 5, 2011, 6:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #196857

@polythene pam I used to think that too. But then I thought for a moment and remembered; this is a drama. I used to think this was a comedy, but it never really was…

@Tiger thats true, but Just Saiyan does have a point. Bulling is wrong, there’s nothing to justify her actions. But there was so much he could have done to help eachother. I mean phycologically.

Anyway, this is a comic after all, what used to be portrayed as comic relief is now a serious issue, Sandy’s role has developed, and Lucy will be left even more crazy then she was. I feel like coming back in a year, so I can bombard myself in woeful pages without the cliffhanger angst.

C: December 5, 2011, 6:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #196858

Because, as I said, he believed it was okay for Lucy to hurt him. I imagine this arc is showing when that illusion was finally shattered and he realized that, no, it was not okay for Lucy to hurt him. Up until then, he kept making excuses - excuses he seemed to believe. That it wasn’t a big deal, that he annoyed her, and such.

Sandy was, it seems, the one that made him realize that his excuses were wrong.

Tiger December 5, 2011, 6:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #196859

I must say that I’ve been waiting for this story arc for a long time. I really hope that this is the wake up call that tells Lucy how much she wronged her oldest and closest friend and that it will inspire her to change, even at the cost of their friendship. She put Mike through so much and he was a saint for putting up with it for as long as he did. She needed to see that what she was doing was not right and it isn’t something that anyone should tolerate, especially from someone you care about. The fact that she’s a child is more reason why she needs to learn the lesson now before she alienates all her friends and winds up bitter and alone for the rest of her life.

The only thing that taints this story arc for me, and all of the previous points where Mike was showing signs of resentment for the treatment Lucy thrust upon him, is all the victim blaming going on in the comments. I’m honestly disturbed and saddened that so many people are angry with Mike because he won’t tolerate being verbally and physically abused anymore, just because Lucy has issues. Lucy needs therapy, not to make those who reach out to her suffer because she can’t handle living life.

The sad thing is I’m sure the people who are damning Mike now are saying things out of ignorance rather than realizing the real life implications, because they have never known a Lucy in their lives who used them as an emotional crutch, promising friendship at the cost of their mental and physical health. They haven’t been in Sandy’s position either, watching someone they love slowly deteriorate at the callous hand of someone they called friend. Speaking from experience, it’s heartbreaking to watch it happen, and it is a terrible trap that the victim falls into. The sad thing is that a lot of times you don’t even see it coming until it’s too late.

“You’re not a true friend unless you can be there in good times and bad.” Isn’t that the same argument that prevented battered spouses from escaping abuse because they promised to be there for each other forever? Mike never made any such vows to Lucy, but being friends for so long means the emotional commitment is nearly as strong. Heck, at one point he even loved her. It just makes it that much more heartbreaking that she destroyed it, crushed him, and outsiders are blaming Mike for not tolerating it, and Sandy for encouraging him to have the strength to finally leave. I applaud Mike for taking steps to end the cycle of abuse and I hope Lucy realizes her mistakes and changes, rather than just let it be another excuse for her to martyr herself to the next person who feels sorry for her and reaches out to her.

Cookie December 5, 2011, 6:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #196860

Happy birthday! I hope your day went well.

Also as much as I don’t like Mike, if I was in Sandy’s position and had some girl hurting my boyfriend (physically or emotionally) I wouldn’t be a fan of her either. She’s justifiable in her emotions. I just hope things end up alright.

Kara December 5, 2011, 6:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #196861

I’m just confused cos violence had never been a serious thing at the start of the comic (aiyu beam anyone?) but suddenly it’s a huge drama!
I’d like to think that Mike goes on to defend Lucy’s behaviour and also talks about how other people hit him and get hit by him too. Unless Mike is playing the sympathy card on Sandy?
Has Mike ever mentioned that time in the alleyway to Sandy? It would go a long way in defending Lucy.

Finally, I’d just like to say that I don’t like Sandy. She’s been away this whole time, and she’s just making it harder on Mike by judging his friends. There are so many reasons for her to visit before now - and weak little reasons why she hasn’t. I want Sandy to be a stronger person, like pretty much everyone else in the comic.

Georginorx December 5, 2011, 6:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #196862

Happy Birthday!!
Also I feel like Sandy isn’t the mary sue we all thought she was..

Raven December 5, 2011, 7:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #196863

realization has dawned upon me on this fine day. I realized,(much to my terror,) That Lucyis a …. Cjidjcifj! She is evil! I’m glad Mike has showed me her bully ways, because I really hadn’t realized she was this bad. I just thought she shoved him around and acted all tough. But wow. This is ridiculous poor Mikey. Also notice within flashback, Orange scarf is there, even though during orange scarf period Lucy and Mike barely spoke, let alone Lucy kicking his ***. Just saying.

Pauloizawsom December 5, 2011, 7:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #196864

I still don’t like her… :/
But I can see that someone beating up my boyfriend would not be okay, and I’d be really upset. Sandy should meet Lucy. And they could have a cat fight! lol (Did you see what I did there? Huh huh.)

And Happy Birthday, Taeshi! I hope you have a great day and enjoy much more. ;3

Maii December 5, 2011, 7:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #196866

Happy Birthadyy!!! :D

I don’t understand why Mike listens to Sandy when he knows all about Lucy. he knows why she’s so violent, why let her influence him so much?? :(
it’s cool though, because Paulo’s gonna save the day. 8-)

cheshiregirl December 5, 2011, 7:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #196867

I DESPISE SANDY. All this ridiculous sentimentality is making me want to scream!!! “Oh… poor you I’m so sad that she beats you up all the time and whine whine whine BLAURHG.”

Jyrico December 5, 2011, 7:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #196868

Sandy, I don’t think I like you…at all. XD
Just my opinion, not saying she deserves being hated, buuuut… y’know, she’s being a jealous bitch and all, and it would be awesome if only she wasn’t the crying “I’m so innocent, look at me boohoo” type. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE jealous bitch characters, but…. Sandy is being a jealous bitch *wannabe* and failing pretty hard at it.

spicybleachedhead December 5, 2011, 7:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #196869

@ Taeshi,
Sorry, but that last panel makes Sandy look fat. Oh, and you hid this amount of damage from us. Lucy has a lot to answer for, and we were given the wrong impression.
@ Random Internet Loser,
You’re obsessing over the life problems of fictional cats. Don’t let it go too deep.
@ Clare,
She understands just fine, Lucy beats up on Mike. That’s basically their friendship. Lucy has no reason to do those things. Unless i’m missing some trauma from some earlier chapter.
@ Cookie,
Yeah, it wasn’t right for Lucy to abuse Mike, and she was a bit of an ***, but she changed, and Mike turned into an ***. I just feel like Mike and Lucy’s relationship is like two people looking to see if the other is looking at them, but they never look at the same time. You are right about Sandy and her feelings toward Lucy. I have been in that position, and I can see how much that would hurt her. But of course, we have seen Lucy from the other side. Not so bad. Well, until god decided to reveal some hidden wounds that came from Lucy. Too much. But still, LUCY CHANGED. Point.
@ Georginorx,
Umm, the alleyway scene doesn’t really work. Cause Lucy didn’t really do anything. Mike saved her ***. Again. Maybe i’m getting this wrong, but… And I agree with your thoughts on sandy. Oooh, I just remembered that scene when Lucy says “can you love someone so far away more than someone right here?” and then Mike is like “yes”. Man, I hated that.

Amazing Lagann December 5, 2011, 7:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #196870

It’s not wonky! It’s awesome. Don’t forget that ;)

Spinnner. December 5, 2011, 7:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #196871

She’s clearly jelly.

Lunacy December 5, 2011, 7:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #196872


I would loveeeeeeeee to see Lucy and Sandy meet. Then become best friends. Hahahaha that would be hilarious, maybe then I’ll feel sorry for Mike. Well, prolly not. I never liked him.

kalipinky42 December 5, 2011, 7:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #196873

LOL, I just saw a better way of looking at this. Lucy gave him a nosebleed because she was being cute, and so now Sandy is jelly. There. No mutilation necessary.

Of course… that’s not true… But if it was manga, it would be!

Amazing Lagann December 5, 2011, 7:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #196874

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAESHI! I hate to say it, but I think a lot of fans are really gonna hate this flashback arc, being sort of the “Sandy hates Lucy ” one. Personally I’m not favoring this chapter much at all at the moment, but I know Taeshi is going to conclude this chapter with an ending that will probably appeal to most people- like other chapters.

Roxas December 5, 2011, 7:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #196875

I feel like i need to comment once again, to all the sandy haters, the sandy hater haters and just about some of the inconsistencies i see with the comic as a whole.

First to the Sandy haters, she love Mike, and just like Lucy she is using him as an emotional crutch. Her life is frantic, she has an over bearing mother, no real friends, and no real life. When she talks to Mike she see’s salvation, something she can mentally hold onto and keep her down to earth. He is perfect in her eyes just as much as she is perfect in his eyes, and with him getting hurt, he is now flawed and she cant handle that, so she get worried, cries and clings onto him. Is she in the wrong? No, a girlfriend being worried for her boyfriend is natural, is she over reacting? Considering how much she depends emotionally on Mike to keep her grounded i don’t think so.

To the sandy hater haters, people have fallen in love with the characters, and as such everyone will have a very strong opinion about them. Sandy, even though we have known about her for a long time, is actually a very new character in terms of actual character development. We’ve laughed along with david and his antics. We saw the adorableness of the petsWe felt for Daisy when she was trying to find herself, we connected with Abbey and his anger issues. We’ve seen Tess’s transformation from a cutthroat b*itch to a sweet girl just trying to make amends. But most importantly we have seen Mike and Lucy go through a hell of a lot with one another. Lucy defending Mike and almost getting raped, Mike saving her from said angry rapist, Lucy saving Mike from the stream, Mike saving Lucy from the bridge, and so much more. We have been shown time and time again how these two characters help each other out and deeply care for one another. Then we actually get to see Sandy out of context making the whole basis for the early comic moot and the readers just don’t understand. How can anyone side with a character we know just about nothing about when her influence is creating a rift in what we have been shown all this time? As many has said before, she is a boring character, a mary-sue we don’t really know nothing about, and after seeing all that character development between all the other characters, i don’t see it fair to snap at people having an extreme reaction to her, because frankly, what would you expect? this is the internet where first thoughts are the ones that prevail and over thinking not only contradicts the entertainment portion that the internet sends out, to most its downright boring.

Now for the comic itself, and in this part i really don’t want to give the impression i am bashing the comic, because that would be extremely saddening. Looking back the comic was very light and comedic, let me just stretch it to say it was cartoonish. Like most of the cartoons we grew up with had unrealistic situations (the most obvious one being that its about talking cats….), there were talking pets talking about sex in school, hilarious situations, and most of all some violence. Now the violence is what i want to point out the most. How can it be expected for anyone reading the comic before the drama really started to get their panties in a bundle at CARTOON violence? it wasn’t until these past three pages (rape-cat excluded) that it was really seen in a bad light. Even when Mike fell off a cliff and was covered with bandages it wasn’t seen as “omg he fell off a cliff why are people not worried about him and only worried about if paulo is going to get some action tonight”. These pages take the whole story out of context and show the inconsistencies in the actual web comic theme. You can call it “bitter-sweet” all you want, but frankly its just a change from comedic cartoon to teen drama. Not a bad thing, but still something that needs to be taken into consideration.

/end spheel :3

edit: shoot i forgot something, and this is more opinion based than the others. All the yelling at Lucy for beating up Mike, and Sandy crying her eyes out, we all forget that there were probably more people in many of the cases than just Mike and Lucy. they have friends, who unlike the main two have a different view on how people are supposed to be treated. This makes it out like Lucy just yells “Hey look DISTRACTION!” and all their friends go and look, then she makes mike bleed and it’s expected that everyone turns a blind eye to it? I dont see, say, Daisy sitting still while her crush gets the snot beaten out of him, it just doesn’t make sense. Also, Sandy just sits there and cries like a helpless puppy, she has the influence over Mike, if she knew the right thing, why didn’t she tell Mike? She has/had the power to tell him to confront her, to reason with him that what was happening was wrong, but she DIDN”T, she just broke down and cried, all you girls saying how you would protect your men, would you really just sit there and cry, feeling more and more like ****, or would you try to fix things?

just saying…

chellby December 5, 2011, 7:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #196876

Happy birthday, Taeshi!

TheLightorTheDark December 5, 2011, 7:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #196877

Happy Birthday! Now go reenact what David did for his birthday :P

Kaiser December 5, 2011, 7:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #196878

I can’t believe there are people here who think Sandy is controlling Mike. How in the blue blazes is she doing that? Simply by stating her disapproval of such behaviour? Since when was voicing your opinion controlling? Sandy is worried about her boyfriend who is being constantly abused severely by his ‘friend’, this in the real world is a normal reaction. She thinks she doesn’t like Lucy because all she hears is how badly he abuses him, but Sandy is a smart girl and is probably trying her best to give the benefit of the doubt. Sandy is crying because her boyfriend has been kicked so hard he can’t walked and punched in the face that makes his nose bleed. “Oh it’s not that serious it’s not like Lucy shot him or anything” Give me a break! The fact that it escalated beyond a simple tap on the shoulder is serious and in the real world that would be consider an assault. As Tiger so beautifully mentioned Mike most likely thought he deserved it because he knew he annoyed Lucy. When all you know is being hit/smacked/punched/etc. when angering Lucy that is what you accept and let’s say Mike did try to stop half the abuse would it not just make things worse? As many has mentioned before if the tables were turned many would be outraged that Mike could do such a thing because Lucy is a girl, but since Mike is a guy he is expected to tough it out? Double standard much? It seems like most people are siding with Lucy because she’s a girl and we’ve only seen what goes on with her and not much focus of Mike and how emotionally damaged he is by all this.

“Friends hit each other, it’s natural” Alright yes I may give you that much, but for me I’ve never done anything more than a playful slap on the arm. Punching? Kicking? Slapping? Yes that’s totally okay if he thinks it’s okay. Just because he says it’s okay doesn’t mean it’s okay. If we went by that then a lot of women and men would still be in abusive relationships because they said “Oh, well he tells me he loves me and that he’s sorry so it’s okay” It’s appalling that a lot of people actually SUPPORT the abuse and want it to CONTINUE this makes me worry heavily about the human race.

Boy hits girl= Not okay
Girl SERVILELY HURTS Boy= He’s a wimp/Needs to man up/ Means he loves her.
Seriously what is WRONG with half of you?

Insane Lioness December 5, 2011, 7:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #196879

Sandy is a crybaby. I think Lucy and Sandy both need to go the hell away.

Arkairyn December 5, 2011, 7:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #196882

Hm what makes you say that? I thought everyone in real life anthropomorphic animals 8D

Excuse me for disliking the reactions of people who apparently support abuse despite the fact that it’s fictional~

Edit: Also, even if it’s a fictional situation this /actually/ happens which is what /worries/ me so much.

Insane Lioness December 5, 2011, 7:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #196883

Happy birfday!
Lol, nosebleed reference.

Your Mom December 5, 2011, 7:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #196884

Ok.Can we kick Sandy into a dark pit now?

Sure,Lucy has bossed Mike around,but if you look back in the old days,he was the only person that she didn`t seem to slap all the time.I worry heavily in the human race by how their keeping this ‘I love Sandy’ disease around them. ;_;

By the way,we haven`t seen Yashy or her friends ever since this new colored page style came out.Show them in the next chapter,would you?

BitterSweetCandyBowl December 5, 2011, 7:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #196885

As logical as that may sound, you must not realize how many people take this comic seriously, because of how much it means to them; yes, its just a debate. People fight over small and large things, but not everything needs to be real in order for it to be important to them. No offense (and if you still do take offense, oh well 8-D ), but you come off as an arse the way you describe the situation… :/

@Insane Lioness
I thought my favorite comment(s) of the day would be just by Tiger, but you and Tiger are a tie for amazing interpretation of the comic, well done. You win a cookie :)

Sandvich December 5, 2011, 7:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #196886

@chellby: wow 0_0 was that ever long with some very valid points. I like how logical you made sandy’s character considering I’ve never quite made it onto her side.
I can’t hate her but I can’t accept her either considering for the most part she is a ghost character in a sense. Never supplying enough to truly see her as she is and presented as a mary-sue from mikes perspective. Her current reaction isn’t pleasing but mike really isn’t presenting lucy in the most positive way. :/

dimes should have stores December 5, 2011, 8:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #196888

First off, nice original name :P
Secondly, you do realize that Lucy pretty much abused everyone when they make the slightest comment that annoyed her, and abused Mike the MOST especially. It was her way of expressing feelings, i can get that, but just because you have problems, doesn’t justify giving other people problems. If he doesn’t want to take her ****, hell, if anyone else doesn’t want to take her ****, they do not have to.
But, I’ll admit this, she is improving, and that takes a lot of work, to stray from a mindset you’ve kept for such a long time. So props to Lucy. :)

Sandvich December 5, 2011, 8:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #196889

@Derp Well seeing the reaction by the masses it’s hard to tell if they do or don’t support irl violence. I’m not ‘overreacting’ I have a general concern and I do not have a tolerance of those who support abusive relationships irl or in fiction. Just because it’s not real doesn’t mean it’s okay imho.

@Sandvich Why thank you, hun I don’t think I’m getting my point across as clearly as Tiger is(ie the thing I have going on with Derp), but it’s nice to know someone reads and likes my comments<3

Insane Lioness December 5, 2011, 8:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #196890

A Happy Happy Birthday to you, Taeshi~

This…is a flashback, huh? Hmm.

Lost again, I am sorry. 8-D

Welgaea December 5, 2011, 8:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #196891

ooooh, they are different phone conversations… things make a bit more sense to me now.

happy birthday tae!

Eevee December 5, 2011, 8:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #196892

HAPPY BIRTHDAY i love this page and is it me or is sandy starting to look like a good guy in this senario?

Spotz December 5, 2011, 8:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #196893

I don’t think Sandy is the she-devil everyone is making her out to be. I think she is just concerned about Mike’s relationship with Lucy and he really has no backbone. It’s like many have said before me, (can’t recall names at this moment hoo hoo!) she doesn’t like Lucy so whenever he’s around Lucy he feels like he’s betraying Sandy. They were getting along perfectly fine until he saw his text from Sandy. He literally did a 180.

Also, I don’t think people who prefer Lucy and/or defend her are abuse supporters/defenders. I think they just have a relationship similar to hers or react like she does and can relate to how hard it is sometimes to express yourself. I know I’m more comfortable with a slight punch rather than a hug. (Lucy however has some ‘splaining to do apparently with those injuries :/ )

SillyKitty December 5, 2011, 8:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #196894

You have the same birthday as my grandma lolo
I’ve actually been waiting for something like this to happen and I’m quite happy that Mike has begun to realize what Lucy has been doing to him.

Casii December 5, 2011, 8:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #196896

Yes we would all love our significant other being attacked by their friend, that is very normal.

Treeless Druid December 5, 2011, 8:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #196898

@Derp I refuse to argue this with you. Go ahead and think I’m overreacting because I honestly don’t really care.

Insane Lioness December 5, 2011, 8:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #196899

Sandvich:Well,yes I am mascot *Derp*


But,Lucy was more cute and shes a little more unmary-sue then Sandy.Sandy…shes just too much of what you call…a slow thinker.

BitterSweetCandyBowl December 5, 2011, 8:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #196900

Heh, Mike is literally coming home on multiple occasions as if he got the **** beaten out of him and people still think hes a pansy, Lucy’s a saint, and Sandy should go to hell. Some people just can’t move on from her actions simply because she has been a favorite (and main character) throughout the whole comic. Doesn’t matter what she does as long as people liked her in the past, they’ll like her now and forever… :/
Sandy, she shows concern, and says her opinion on how Lucy treats Mike and now shes a controlling bitch that needs to back down.
the community here has logic that I simply can not understand…

Sandvich December 5, 2011, 8:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #196901

Poor Mike, he sounds like one of those super abused people that make excuses for being abused…well at this point he kind of is….but he’s my favorite character and I’m glad that he realized that….

And no I don’t hate Sandy…

Or Lucy…

Anyways happy birthday….and *SUBMIT RETARDED DANCE PARTY MOVES HERE* XD… Hope it’s a good one…

Sirius December 5, 2011, 8:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #196902

It’s funny (yet very admirable) how the majority of people providing LOGICAL arguments are defending Sandy. To those of you who claim to hate Sandy, the only thing you really have to say for yourselves is “OMGBBQ SHE DISLIKES LUCY FOR BEATING THE EVER-LOVING CRAP OUT OF MIKE!!” (Keep in mind, all ye haters, that this is back when Mike actually put up with her).

Now, I’m not saying Lucy is entirely at fault here - I mean, let’s face it, she’s an extremely insecure girl who uses violence as a means of defending both herself and her friends even in the most trivial of matters. Key word: Insecure. And this insecurity didn’t just stem from nowhere (you’re gonna have to read about it on your own if you haven’t already, because I don’t feel like citing the flashback in this comment).

On the other hand, Sandy’s not at fault, either; honestly, she’s worried about Mike and obviously believes that friends don’t abuse friends. Yeah, she doesn’t know/remember Lucy and doesn’t understand why she’s so violent, but that doesn’t automatically make her the bad guy for actually giving a hoo-hah about her boyfriend’s well-being.

And as for Mike… Let me just emphasize this one more time for those who haven’t read some of the other comments… THIS IS A FLASHBACK. So to all you saying “LOL MIKE DESERVES THIS,” get with the program. At this point in time, he’s done little to justify Lucy giving him a nosebleed. At the WORST, he probably just provoked her during one of their little contests.

Honestly, all of this Sandy hate just spawned out of nowhere. And it’s only been, what, 3 or 4 pages now? Give her some room to explain herself first, at least.

And one last thing… For all of you bawww’ing over Lucy and her currently pitiful state: had Mike not distanced himself from her, it’s highly likely she would have continued abusing him. That being said, it’s amazing he put with her for as long as he did - even the most patient of people would have bailed early on in the friendship. In addition… Had Zachary not told Lucy that Mike was going to leave her one day, it’s highly likely she wouldn’t have confessed to him.

So if you ABSOLUTELY feel the need to blame somebody for Lucy’s problems, blame Zachary. D:

Ziggy December 5, 2011, 8:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #196903

Derp: hun it’s the Internet, NOBODY exists XP

And everyone is allowed their own opinion on the Internet, whether bashing, superior or troll ;)

Also Dimes should have stores, I’m glad I made sense, sometimes when I rant it becomes jumbled such, plus the tl;dr thing always happens xD

Chellby December 5, 2011, 8:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #196904

eesh. The more the flashbacks we see, the harder it is to defend Lucy.

I mean, one blow’s one thing… but it just… keeps adding up. :S And getting worse

nalem December 5, 2011, 8:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #196907

@Ziggy, I wub you <3 and I agree if there is anyone you want to hate aim it at Zach for putting it all into motion. XD


Insane Lioness December 5, 2011, 8:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #196908

Derp: Naw..just making one 8-D

BitterSweetCandyBowl December 5, 2011, 8:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #196909

Happy Birthday :) <3

Dawnest December 5, 2011, 8:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #196910

Happy happy birthday, we’re really glad you came!

Happy happy birthday from the lobster gang!

We really are excited! We hope you are impressed!

So have a happy birthday to our favorite guest!

Happy Birthday Taeshi! Have a wonderful birthday! I wonder if people would remember this…

The Lobster gang December 5, 2011, 8:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #196911

I dont think Sandy should even bother talking to Mike. shes being a jerk and crying and being a baby over something that can be forgiven.

And its pretty stupid that She chose NOW to talk to mike and not before. really strange.

Nanny December 5, 2011, 9:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #196913


:/ You’ve got the perfect way of putting things.

Xiface December 5, 2011, 9:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #196914

Oh my gosh! Sandy Face! We actually get to see Sandy’s Face. Why is she always wearing pink?

Darknesss December 5, 2011, 9:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #196915

So all of you Sandy haters are saying that if someone was physically and emotionally abusing your friend or significant other, you wouldn’t want to step in and do something about it? She may be going about it the wrong way and being a bit overemotional, but it’s clear that she does care about Mike.

This is actually what I like most about this comic. Of the major, and even secondary, characters, not a one of them is presented as being perfect. This is what, with the exception of them being anthropomorphized animals, makes them so believable. They are all heavily flawed, whether it be Paulo’s womanizing, Tess’s past misdeeds, or Lucy being an unreasonable bitch (And I love her for it, but she certainly is.)

Apologies in advance if this double-posts. There seems to be a minor website issue on my end.

R.J. Rouge December 5, 2011, 9:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #196916

Go away, Sandy, you’re a wishy washy little witch with a capital “B.” I hope Michael breaks things off with her and goes back to being friends with Lucy *happy ending*

TheDude December 5, 2011, 9:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #196917

IM SORRY, BUT THE LAST PANEL IS…. she looks different… Why is she holding the phone with two hands? **feels like a terrible person**

Its okay sandy, *pat pat* you are allowed to not like her :D

@TheDude =_=

Epicosity December 5, 2011, 9:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #196918

Notice how all of these situations state that Mike and Lucy are still friends.

I wouldn’t hate on either Sandy or Lucy, but actually Mike who has ditched a life long friend because his long distance girlfriend doesn’t like the way their friendship operates.

Hmmm December 5, 2011, 9:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #196919

Although considering Lucy has been Mikes best friend for years, I can’t understand how Sandy would just ‘forget’ her name.

Though if I remember rightly, calling your competition by the wrong name or ‘forgetting’ their name intentionally is often a sign of attempting to undermine them.

Hmmm2 December 5, 2011, 9:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #196920

Because Sandy didn’t know her well? Her and Lucy were never really friends. She knew Lucy’s name because Mike hung around her, but that was years ago in third grade, and since during that time hanging around Lucy wasn’t really a top priority for Mike, Lucy really had no reason to remember Lucy. Sandy’s not trying to “undermine” Lucy, she sincerely doesn’t remember her. She doesn’t remember Daisy, either, or anyone else from that point likely. Life goes on, and there are some people that wont leave an impact on you. Mike left an impact on her, which is why she remembers him.

Tsukaiz December 5, 2011, 9:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #196921

…Harumph. She’s overreacting now. If she actually understood their relationship, and still reacted like that, okay cool. She’d still be overreacting, but maybe it’s just her thing; overreacting. But she doesn’t understand, and she not trying to fix that, and that’s not good. Bad things are gonna happen soon… D:

Lyons December 5, 2011, 10:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #196922

That’s amazing. Not only you draw the comics, but you write the story really well. :D At this point, I’m very amazed how the story is going; there are a lot of great artists I know that aren’t able to do this, but you’re able to pull this off.

You’re now my official role model.

SortingItOut December 5, 2011, 10:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #196923

So much hate. Can’t a girl get a hug?
Mikey Mikey Maishul.. You’re an idiot.
Sandy is striking me as an emo now. Color highlights, maybe?

Krys the Wytch December 5, 2011, 10:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #196924

@ TheDude

Yeah! And we can divide by zero while we’re at it!

Ziggy December 5, 2011, 10:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #196925

i really think tht sandy should get a grip on things and that mike should look at lucys perspective on things i mean really!! mike its your fault for making lucy become a “mean” person, well shes not really mean but actually quite cautious and just reacts to things quickly without thinking. but it is mikes fault by ditching her for sandy and leaving her by herself. and for some strange reason i really hate sandy right now

da puppy December 5, 2011, 10:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #196926

Lucy is beating Mike up, and Sandy is the bad girl here for not likeing Lucy for doing so? O-o?

Porcratus December 5, 2011, 10:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #196927

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :D :) I hope you had/have a great day since I don’t know time differences that well! : D

Hmmm. I can see how this happened pretty easily now. But. I haven’t really seen Lucy beating up Mike in a while. And this is after he got his phone. But wait most of the beating up probably happened “off-screen” away from our pleasurable viewing way to only stay on the surface there for a bit JC. Not to mention the previous ones were before he had the scarf and the other was probably when he was using the blue one so this developed overtime so the beating up happened overtime and not just when he had the yellow and orange scarf. This makes more sense now.

At least Mike is trying to brush it off and telling her not to worry about it.

Wonky? Where? If anything Sandy’s arms may be a *tiny* bit weird-ish, but it’s by far my favorite drawing out of the entire page. I would put it on my wall if I could. And I don’t even LIKE Sandy all that much. Well, at least not anymore. But still, she’s drawn fine you worry yourself too much Taeshi.

Btw, happy birthday again~! Here’s to many more!

JC December 5, 2011, 10:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #196928

No, Mike is not forcing Lucy to be mean. This is a flashback, before Mike decided he no longer wanted to be friends with Lucy. Mike has done nothing to deserve this. I don’t care if Lucy has emotional issues. I don’t care if she’s insecure. You do not treat another person like this. People say that we should try to remember what made Lucy the way she is, and that we should try to see things from her point of view. Fine. I can sympathize with Lucy to that extent. It helps us understand her. It helps us see that she’s not a one-dimensional jerk. It shows us that there is a good person within Lucy. But my sympathy ends when she starts hurting others. The fact that she really does care for Mike, that she’s risked her life for him before, and that she is occasionally nice to him does not give her an excuse to behave this way. People complain at Mike that he never tells Sandy of Lucy’s positive attributes, only highlighting her negatives. But her positive attributes don’t expunge her negative attributes. I don’t think Sandy would change her mind if Mike told her that Lucy has been nice to him before, nor should it. It doesn’t change the fact that she’s harming him, and her past good behavior and deeds does not mean Mike should endure this.

edgelesspigeon December 5, 2011, 10:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #196929

She looks…fat in the last panel.. :question:

BitterSweetCandyBowl December 5, 2011, 10:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #196930

idk…i didn`t mind sandy b4 but now she’s just being a donkey -___- like really maybe b4 you start crying you should understand better as to why he was a hurt and what Lucy’s and Mike’s relationship…. and idk if you guy will agree to this but after mike dumped Lucy for Sandy (maybe a little bit b4 that) i was hoping that something between Lucy and Paulo….

CoolCat ;) December 5, 2011, 10:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #196931

There we go! Okay, it’s official, her eyes really show that she is truly concerned for Mike. Not just trying to ruin his relationship with Lucy.

TurtleMan December 5, 2011, 10:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #196932

i just came to say Happy birthday Taeshi i hope you have many more.

oh and @the sarcastic spoon and dat person as well as all the wide eyed individuals here (in other words the non MxL bandwagoners), you guys rock!!! keep it up and good luck. remember what the man said “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink”

strider December 5, 2011, 11:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #196933

Why is everyone being so harsh on Lucy? Quite frankly one of her only friends in the world just went crazy on her because he got a phone call, violence is really the only way she knows how to deal with it I’m sure she feels terrible right about now and now Mike is trying to get sympathy from Sandy >.

Chesh_The_Cat December 5, 2011, 11:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #196934

Well now I see it clearly. Mike was ‘ok’ with the abuse but Sandy wasn’t. Which is completely normal, ok? Lucy is being too harsh and violent… and Sandy is only being a good girlfriend. However, she is getting a one-sided view on things. Actually, scratch that… she’s getting a personal view on things. She doesn’t even take into account all the crazy crap that Mike has done RIGHT ALONG with Lucy! All she sees are the aftermath injuries and makes assumptions based on those. If Mike says he’s fine… he’s fine. You can’t control who he hangs with, Sandy.

…. LucyXMike Forevs

Silversoma December 5, 2011, 11:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #196935

Okay now I understand the “flashback” comments. I’m thinking that several times Mike has talked to Sandy after being physically assaulted in some way by Lucy? I can completely understand how she gets this one-sided view of Lucy, and it’s too bad since it isn’t all her fault and I believe they were friends in the beginning. :( When Sandy comes it’ll be interesting for sure! :P

And HAAAAAAAAAAAPYYYYYYYYYY BIRRRRRRRRTHDAAAAAAAAYY!!!! Thanks for updating even on this day!! You and I both know you didn’t have to do that… ;)

Chi.chan December 5, 2011, 11:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #196936

IT’s my birthday too! Happy our birthdays! and I am still loving this chapter <3

Pollie December 5, 2011, 11:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #196937

Anoying, you being straight up ***, oh and happy birthday sexy girl

lov/hate December 5, 2011, 11:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #196939

I know Sandy isn’t like trying to be a trouble maker- its obvious she really cares about Mike, but I just dont like her :/ no offense, but you live far away and dont know anything about what happens in Mike’s life except what he tells you, so honestly its time for you to be quiet now. She has made Mike focus on all the bad and none of the good and ruined a really good thing. But eh, its drama and isn’t drama the result of immature people doing immature things? This is a comic about drama and highschool so you’ll find pleanty of immaturity B] But yes, I am ANTI-SANDY! (unless she can get more of a less whiny personality lol)

LunaBee December 5, 2011, 11:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #196940

@Pollie It’s great, if you like an emofest.

ArkaniusXII December 5, 2011, 11:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #196941

Is… she wearing a towel?

Redneck December 5, 2011, 11:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #196942

Looooooordy, people, you and your arguments!

Look, bottom line. We’ve taken all of this abuse as a comical thing. We thought it was funny. Now we’re seeing the backstage, where we see the effects of that kick or punch. The bloody nose, the sore throat, and his shin. We never saw that before. It’s not funny.

But you people (that is, the MxL shippers and Sandy haters) still consider it all fun and games because you haven’t been shown the side effects before. Thus, when Sandy appears and makes him realize that, hey, this is not his fault and it’s not okay, you see a threat to your pairing, and to your comedy.

So you get angry at Sandy, who’s only crimes are loving her boyfriend, crying for him (reasonably, I’d be crying if I was helpless to make the pain my s.o. goes through stop), and disliking Lucy. You say “She doesn’t understand! She’s being a wuss! She’s stupid, I hate her! She’s a controlling bitch!”

She gets told every day by Mike that he’s done some “wrong” and gets heavily injured for it, so from what she gets, this girl is abusing Mike. She has all rights to cry about that, adding to her everyday stress that an over-scheduled girl would have. She isn’t being controlling; she’s telling the truth. And she has every right in the world to dislike, even hate Lucy.

And as for Lucy.

You all need to stop defending her, and realize that what she has been doing is wrong. If she was being beat by Mike you would find that horrible and you would lynch him on the spot. She’s doing the same thing, but the genders are reversed, and you sadistic ****s AGREE to that!

You all are ridiculous. So I’ll tell you what. Be Sandy, and be Mike.

Be the girl who’s over scheduled, forced to be what everyone wants her to be, who’s only beacon of hope is her beloved boyfriend, but he gets beaten by a girl and is convinced it’s his fault, and she can’t help him.

Be the boy who receives these blows every day of his life, and thinks it’s alright, while he can barely walk, while his throat is sore, and while his nose bleeds.

The reason I don’t ask you to be Lucy is because you sympathize with her already. She doesn’t need defending.

And for my final word on this: Get some sense into your heads, stop making retarded excuses for Lucy’s behavior, and try to act intelligent.

Arcaii December 5, 2011, 11:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #196943


Finally, a voice of reason and sanity.

As a side note, I wonder how Abbey, what with his zero tolerance for abuse and bullying, would think about all of this.

edgelesspigeon December 5, 2011, 11:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #196944

And that’s alright, Sandy. You don’t have to like her, just… don’t hate her. ouo

Not to be on Sandy’s side but, in all honesty, it kind of seems like (to me) that she tried to like her. The whole, “I don’t think I like her” thing tells that. She doesn’t say, “I don’t…” but instead says, “I don’t think…”

And, hey. As many have said, Sandy’s just worried about her boyfriend. She doesn’t know what actually goes down, even though that is partially her own fault, so she just thinks Lucy is being a bully or something and picking on him and hurting him.

Caelan Hill December 6, 2011, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #196945

I’m really amazed at how many comments there are about this.

From what I’ve seen, Sandy doesn’t seem jealous at all about Lucy, only for being able to be with him at best. Considering what she hears happen to Mike, she does have every right to be concerned for his safety. I know I would tell my friend to dump their girl and bail if she was anything like Lucy. Sure, friends can sling mud between each other and throw a few punches, but if it actually causes harm then that’s when it goes too far. Not once have I broken a friend’s nose and laughed it off like it was nothing.

As for Sandy only hearing of the bad of Lucy, do you really think that’s all she hears? So far we’ve only seen 3 calls between Sandy and Mike, showing why she’s concerned. Do you really think those are the only calls Mike makes to her or vice versa? More than likely there are calls that show the good in her (to some extent), but considering how Lucy is, the bad ones could easily outweigh the good. The broken nose just shows to be the last straw for her, who knows how many more she heard before then?

Personally, I find Lucy more interesting than Sandy in regards to personality, but I’m sure I would reach my limit of tolerance with Lucy rather quickly. I’m just surprised at how long Mike tolerated it for.

RiPpA December 6, 2011, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #196946

Just because she doesn’t understand the full situation, doesn’t mean she has to sit back and enjoy the ride as her boyfriend gets abused on a daily basis. All she knows is he is being harmed, and that is enough reason to have to say in the matter.
And shes just voices her opinion of the situation and Lucy. She never once told Mike to stay away from her and stop being friends (as of yet, that might change, and it certainly might not as well), you’re all just assuming that will happen. Being someone that genuinely cares about the safety of someone else is not a crime or immoral, its something that people should actually try doing more often.
On another note, I don’t see how its an overreaction, he is getting abused and she can not do anything to help him, she LOVES the guy, and something bad is happening to him. Don’t forget that Sandy is his girlfriend, not Lucy. She isn’t gonna be Lucy and say “tough luck”. Shedding a few tears and talking about how she treats him is being considerate. But apparently, you all want her to be the cardboard box that sits in the shed and does diddly squat while Mike “mans-up” and takes abuse. When was it made that men had to take **** whether they like it or not and then be accepted into a good standing in society.
If it wasn’t for the fact that you people hate Sandy too, I’d say a lot of you are sexist :/
(P.S. I know not all of you think this way :))

Sandvich December 6, 2011, 12:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #196947

@sandvich- even if she cares doesn’t mean she should just sit there and cry while whining about how sad it is that he’s hurt and just let it fester like a puss filled cut, she should woman up and actually do something, clean out the infected parts

Btw I is not a sexist, I hate both sexes equally :D

Edit: btw I hope there is a confrontation between the two, just not a cat-fight (haha pun) it’ll give the characters much needed development, to show Lucy has grown, to show sandy isn’t a Mary sue and to show mike there is a balance between the
extremes of of his personality

Chellby December 6, 2011, 1:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #196948

Arcaii definitely explained the whole situation the best.

But as for those saying ‘Weren’t Sandy and Lucy friends?’ There could be a reasonable explanation as to why Sandy doesn’t remember her.

I mean, I’m sure they were friendly with one another when they were playmates, but when you think about it, they were never really close friends.

In reality, not everybody will remember all their playmates from their early childhood, especially those they weren’t that close with. Lucy only remembers her because Sandy had some sort of influence towards Lucy and Mike’s friendship at that age. Plus Lucy never really had a lot of friends back then while Sandy did.

Plus Sandy may not have the best memory. We did have some insight from within the comic that told us that Sandy was terrible with school. So maybe her poor grades are due to memory issues. And if she has memory issues, that could be why she doesn’t remember Lucy!

OH! Or how about this: what if Sandy does remember Lucy but only in appearance: she may not remember her name but she may be able to at least recognize her if she were ever to see her.

Guh, sorry for the assumptions, but I wanted to at least point out why Sandy doesn’t remember Lucy in the most realistic manner.

P.S. Happy Belated Birthday Taeshi!

pinki December 6, 2011, 1:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #196949

Happy birthday, I’ve been following your comic for about half a year now I think and I’ve loved all of it.

I feel bad for Mike and really wish I could open his eyes to the abuse he’s been put under by Lucy, I’ll admit I would of wished to see exactly how he got hurt but most of the time it seems like he says something wrong and then she attacks him…

I use to be in that kind of relationship myself however the abuser was my girlfriend at the time and I never had anyone else to show or tell me that I was actually being abused.

So far what I’ve seen of sandy I love, her character is starting to fill out more and she so far seems like a kind and loving girlfriend. (And to answer someone else’s question she’s in a nightie when they end up talking it looks like)

I hope Mikes eyes get opened up soon, the nose bleed has me slightly worried about him a bit more. I love your depth of character they look and feel very real, like it could litterliy be taking place in some fury land and we all get to watch the drama unfold.

I understand that a lot of people are hating on Sandy mainly because she’s in the way of Lucy x Mike but I try to personally look at the hole picture and not judge.

That picture has me also very worried about Lucy as well as this form of abuse against Mike could lead to something very very bad down the rode of life like jail, murder, and suicide. Because lets face it Lucy’s life as she believes it is being torn apart and destroyed mainly because of lies or things she doesn’t wish to see and when the mats pulled out from under her like it just was a few pages ago she’s probably going to lose it very very badly.

This could lead her to many things and sadly most people are probably going to be blaming Mike and Sandy when really the main person who would fit the blame is Lucy as she didn’t wish to see it and probably knowing her character won’t be trying to ask or get help when she really needs it.

DChan December 6, 2011, 2:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #196950

I once watched a psychological experiment that showed the reactions of passer-bys to abusive couples. Like, in one instance the guy would be acting all abusive to the girl, and in the other the girl would be all abusive to the guy.

As far as I remember, the results were basically that people would step in an intervene with the guy abusing the girl, but would pretty much just assume the guy deserved whatever he was getting (they interviewed some of the passer-bys afterwards)

God damn, if I ever needed the results of that experiment backed up, reading these comments has sure done that for me.

@SeppuCrow: LOL! Whatever you’re arguing in favour of (I want to say its satire, and you’re poking fun at people who think that Mike and Lucy had a good friendship, but I can’t be sure on these boards, Poe’s law and all that), your post is hilarious.

AOJ - DeciA December 6, 2011, 2:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #196951

Haha, don’t laugh, but I think sandy looks like the grudge girl in some of the panels XD just putting that out

IDog December 6, 2011, 3:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #196952

@Just Saiyan
so in other words, Mike be whipped. It is Sandy that is yelling at Lucy!!!
there problem solved, Mike just sucks

reader December 6, 2011, 3:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #196953

Wow and the “I Hate Sandy” brigade strengthens it’s ranks with each page. Sandy doesn’t like Lucy. BIG WOOP. You have a right to like and not like anyone. I have a list of people I don’t like as well, you gonna get all pissy with me?

ALL Sandy is basically hearing about Lucy is when Lucy treats Mike terribly, and that’s why she’s developing a terribly image of her and hence, the not liking. C’mon people, start being a bit more like a psychologist. You need to understand whats going on, not just reading the words.

What I hope happens, is when Sandy does arrive for her visit, that she somehow meets with Lucy and gets to know the girl here and now, and not how she used to be back when she was emotionally “hurt”. I still see a chance to remedy all this. :)

Michael S. December 6, 2011, 3:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #196954

@AOJ-DeciA: Ya know…that’s not too bad of an experiment lol!

Chocothunda December 6, 2011, 4:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #196955

Lucy is a bich. Sandy x Mike 4eva

Tacsi December 6, 2011, 5:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #196956

Like wise, Sandy. No one likes you either lol

ArcTypeMakoto December 6, 2011, 5:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #196957


Really I wonder if anyone can change my mind about her…

but meanwhile~ HATE HATE HATE HATE and HATE infinity~

Dood December 6, 2011, 5:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #196958

Sandy reminds me of myself when I was 15, overly emotional over a semi long-distance boyfriend. And because of this I can’t stand but to just LOATHE her.

Kami December 6, 2011, 5:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #196959

Sandy is angsting the heck out of this chapter. And she isn’t even there! Well, hopefully she doesn’t mess up her modeling career with all her unnecessary stress.

Saiyza December 6, 2011, 6:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #196960

Happy Birthday Taeshi ^^

About the page, Mike didn’t even said it was Lucy who gave him the nosebleed. I know it will be the first thing everyone will think, I mean that Lucy gave Mike that nosebleed, but maybe it wasn’t her this time? o.o

I admit I like MikexLucy pairing but I’m not basing my comments on that preference but on my point of view about what I did read on the comic.

I think we all can agree that Sandy doesn’t knows all of what Mike and Lucy have shared over the years. I can safely say that Sandy only knows very tiny bits about Mike and Lucy’s friendship and mostly she doesn’t knows or doesn’t remembers Lucy at all, so she is merely jumping in conclusions just because a few frictions Mike and Lucy.

The bad thing is that Mike ended believing that Sandy was right about Lucy and we saw the outcome of that three pages ago.

LPatamon December 6, 2011, 6:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #196961

BITCH!!!!!!!!!! D:<
Ruining a lifelong friendship like that! >:K

chickbabe208 December 6, 2011, 7:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #196962

She punched him in the nose…That’s not exactly friendly. :/

I can certainly see where she’s coming from, but she’s not operating from an informed stand point on Mike and Lucy’s relationship as a whole. That being said, I actually don’t fault her for disliking Lucy.

If someone were, to me, abusing my girlfriend, I’d definitely be inclined to dislike them.

Also, Happy Around-Nine-Months After Conception Day, Taeshi.

Gryph December 6, 2011, 8:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #196963

Guess what? She probaly hates you too :D

Kei December 6, 2011, 8:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #196966

Happy Birth Day! 8-D
Sandy is really misunderstanding, saying that Mad Lucy
i don’t like you Sandy!! :P

Punch Juice December 6, 2011, 8:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #196970

However caring she may be, I still think she’s slightly rude for not remembering Lucy or even just her name. Hrmph.

Kirby Boi December 6, 2011, 9:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #196972

But Kirby, recall that Lucy was probably one of the least outgoing children during the years where Sandy was around. Only her closest friends would manage to remember her by now.

Ramdon Gai December 6, 2011, 9:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #196974

Sandy always hung out with Daisy until she met Mike. Lucy and Sandy were in pretty much disjoint parties…
Lucy might remember Sandy though since she sort of stole her only friend.

Zarylo December 6, 2011, 9:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #196975

Am I the only one who likes Sandy?

Atlas December 6, 2011, 10:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #196976

@Atlas: No, I can see where she is coming from, and I can’t say I blame her.

Dracain December 6, 2011, 10:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #196977

Happy Birthday, and thanks for your gift to us all! May your blessings be many!

Adaon December 6, 2011, 10:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #196978

Happy Birthday! XD

Sandy looks really worn out. I don’t know if it’s from her work or if its from worry about :unsure:

Drakara December 6, 2011, 11:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #196979

asd guys, I repeat it, Derp is the best.

ok now that we all (mostly) understood that sandy’s not evil, mike is not that big jerk and lucy has her faults and is trying to change, can we begin guessing what will happen next? I haven’t seen a single (serious) comment about this…

I think mike will have to choose between sandy and his friends, if they will all side with lucy, but maybe lucy will admit her faults and defend mike, even if he hates her (and I still think he actually doesn’t…).

boh... December 6, 2011, 11:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #196980

Sandy’s hair looks amazing!
I think it’s quite understandable why she’s so overprotective of Mike.
All the distance could be making her feel like she can’t help him. D:

Nuriko December 6, 2011, 12:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #196982

The sad thing is that EVERYONE is in the right here. Sandy’s reaction is perfectly normal, Mike may be overreacting but he has a valid point, and Lucy’s making an honest effort to connect with Mike again as a friend.

If I disagree with anyone it’s Mike—I do think he’s being too harsh on Lucy (saying “I HATE YOU” out of nowhere is bound to shatter someone, you know?). Like, he has a good reason to be mad, but he needs to explain it properly rather then getting super emotional and saying things he might regret later.

Haha this comic turns us all into psychiatrists and relationship counsellors xD

ket December 6, 2011, 12:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #196983

Happy birthday!

I can see Sandy’s point in all this. She might be a bit overly protective of Michael but Lucy is (or at least was, at the time) a little too rough towards him.

Slick December 6, 2011, 1:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #196984


I’d be angry but its awesome just watching the master at work. XD

QuakeIV December 6, 2011, 1:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #196985

In the last panel, Sandy looks like a piece of **** to me. And did she send him a picture or was it on the web? Meh, I’ll just say happy birthday, well, I had a friend that’s birthday was today too xD so, I got a birthday at 23 this month, care to say me a happy birthday too? Anyways, how was your birthday party? Was it nice? I’ve never really had one before, anyway, last panel lookedlike Lucy on a wig of Sandy’s hair xD

Blast_The_Hedghog December 6, 2011, 2:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #196986

And proof this guy is an idiot, he let’s others decide what is best for him, or in this case Sandy. I’ll admit to not liking her before, but now I despise her.

jmb December 6, 2011, 2:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #196987

@ket: Heh, even those of us that are psych majors are finding this interesting as all hell XD

I do agree with ya, though; Mike’s reaction, while it is justified, is going to have some major consequences as this chapter goes on. Going to be quite interesting to see what happens (and reader’s reactions, too).

*passes popcorn*

Chocothunda December 6, 2011, 2:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #196988

i dont think i like sandy… at all
lol :D

jkattz December 6, 2011, 3:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #196989

F you Sandy! You f-ing hoe! You don’t know a god-damn thing about Lucy so go to hell and don’t make mike hate Lucy because you don’t know **** about their friendship!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sandy Hater December 6, 2011, 3:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #196990

And so the plot thickens. Mike’s actions are somewhat… explained, and I use that term loosely. Sandy’s playing the role of the concerned girlfriend, and she has the right to be. Her significant other is being hurt by Lucy, so concern for mike and dislike for lucy is understandable. I have a feeling that things are either going to change or heat up a lot when sandy comes to town. Just a prediction on my part, pay me no mind.

Just_Another_Reader December 6, 2011, 3:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #196991

sandy is a little….chubby looking in the last panel

jkattz December 6, 2011, 3:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #196993

It’s more just everyone in all of this, taking things from their own view, their own perspective, without broadening their sense and thinking how anyone else in this feels. Lucy feels walled off without any hope of connection to Mikey again, while Mikey is too concerned about Sandy to care about how Lucy feels, while Sandy doesn’t want to know Lucy at all, as well as Mikey always having an issue or disagreement with Lucy with that day, and showing Sandy only the bad side of Lucy towards her.

Cyt December 6, 2011, 3:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #196994

Ultimately this is a love story comic. And I believe it is a very poorly told one. I have read through it quickly and decided to stop here to post my comments.

Firstly, the art is beautiful and the artist should feel proud of their progress. It’s a lovely piece especially in later chapters.

Secondly, the characters are done well with the exception of mike. Consistent personality, good dynamics, interesting developing relationships. Honestly if you removed Mike and Lucy, or their dynamic at least, you would have a very dynamic and balanced story about middle and high school, growing up, and love.

The problem comes with our main characters. Mike is completely unrecognizable from his early appearances. As a reader this is extremely confusing. He is deeply, obviously, and somewhat charmingly in love with Lucy in the early chapters. The dynamic seems to be, Mike loves Lucy, but Lucy doesn’t reciprocate due to a mistrust of others and a refusal to open up.

Which is fine, a classic dynamic and done with moderate success. However at a certain point Sandy is introduced as a character and we learn that Mike loves her. I thought this meant we were in for a love triangle development, which would be fine. A bit cliche` but everything is.

Instead it seemed suddenly Mike loved Sandy to the exclusion of Lucy, and the logic for this change is confusing and inconsistent. It seems as if the introduction of Sandy suddenly transforms Mike into a different character with a different dynamic entirely. It’s quite jarring and terribly confusing as a reader. I wasn’t sure exactly what had happened.

And suddenly that playful violence of Lucy’s is being both played for laughs and played straight simultaneously. She whacks him, we laugh, the next story arc she whacks him and we’re supposed to react as if she has issues with violence and he is a victim of abuse? You can’t have it both ways. It’s a jarring tonal shift. Either she’s abusive or not, these mixed signals make reading frustrating.

That’s how I’d describe the entire comic. Jarring tonal shifts. When Lucy confesses and Mike bluntly rejects her I found this to be the breaking point of the comic. I could understand if he’d slowly grown distant from her and it climaxed in this rejection but that’s not what happened. They had very recently been on adventures and through stories together with no real issue. And suddenly the same mike that spent the early pages blushing at her every move bluntly rejects her as if it never mattered?

I mean.. this is a love story teen dramedy, right? I understand it’s dull if everything goes perfectly. I understand there’s dramatic elements, but the entire comic from this moment lost it’s fun. It’s been one long depressing story followed by another with no real relief. It’s been BRUTAL to read with this heavy atmosphere, and then you follow with this scene?

A complete break of the core duo’s relationship using the hitting that was played for laughs earlier as the motives? I mean I’m all for a strong story about physical violence leading to emotional torment but this is a comic about two cat-human-creatures that are ‘meant to be’ and the travails of their inevitable romance and the wacky misadventures they and their friends endure along the way, right?

So why all the doom and gloom? Why SEVERAL months of this downward spiral? If this comic had come directly after her confession, if it had been an immediate response, i’d get it. You’re bringing them to their lowest low point. But it isn’t. It’s been months of dour, dragging, depressing, mopey, ********, climaxing in this. It’s just… painful. And not even cathartically. It’s mike hurting lucy over and over for months. And amusingly Lucy hasn’t even touched mike, the source of this issue, since before the year began within the story. So..


In the end it hinges itself as a comic on the core romance, and it fails there. This is just… not a very good comic. The characterization and tone are inconsistent resulting in a page 1 that has nothing to do with page 600 and it reeks of an amateur author that is forcing two wildly different comics to work together rather than just cleanly and sensibly break the current comic off from the old one and re-establish the characters in a way that makes sense.

Cypriss December 6, 2011, 3:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #196995

Unless Sandy ends every call and text with, “REMEMBER YOU HAVE TO HATE LUCY!” I’m not going to hate her.

Minty Lime Green December 6, 2011, 3:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #196996

jesus Cypriss u really broke it down but you made good points

AshuraKauri December 6, 2011, 4:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #196997

i hate how sensitive Sandy is! i mean at my school a nosebleed is as good as a high five! (and yes I’m serious). i knew sandy grew up in a bubble…but i didn’t think it was this bad!

RAWRcoon December 6, 2011, 4:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #196998


I know everyone will probably bash you, but I completely agree.

RocknRoll December 6, 2011, 4:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #196999

@Cypriss I understand where you’re coming from but i think the fact that Sandy suddenly changes Mike is the point. Relationships do that, I can say from personal experience, it can make you alienate your best friend. Now i’m not saying this is Sandy’s intention nor that i like her, but she’s far away from the situation.

From what i see, this is a very true love story to the flaws between reality and love.

Mike is in love with Lucy but as the story has stated, for a while he would turn his affection towards her as a way to cope with Sandy being gone. Lucy, knowing this, is hurt and refuses to reciprocate his feelings because of this.

Flash forward a little, Mike’s forgotten about Sandy and is interested in Lucy who, like you said, is lacking in trust. he then receives word from his first love. (There is a theory that you will always have feelings for the first person you have ever fallen in love with.) They start talking and he happily finds himself almost reunited with her.

Meanwhile, Lucy’s beginning to open up, Mike’s beginning to realize how attached to him she is when they all get a taste of what it would be like if he were gone. To top it all off they’re under the stress of new friends who are watching this scenario out of context and attempting to help. The cherry on top, Mike and Lucy are still misunderstanding one another.

Now to the confession. Lucy was only trying to tell him how she felt. Mike too this as a threat to the relationship he had once lost and immediately became defensive. Now every attempt Lucy makes at fixing their friendship Mike sees as her trying to win him over.

As for Sandy, as far as she knows there’s some girl “abusing” Mike. Sandy doesn’t hang out with anyone like Lucy and has never see Mikes mean side. She doesn’t understand that it’s all fun and games. Sandy’s reaction is perfectly normal from that viewpoint.

This is where i blame Mike. He does know better, he does know Lucy, he does know he probably deserved that. Mike is not seeing that the fact that deep down he has feelings for Lucy are what’s making him so agitated by her. He is also very susceptible to being convinced of something untrue by Sandy, who (again) does not know the whole story. That’s character development that we have not gotten to see through yet.

I will agree that the angst has been quite drawn out, but this is not badly written. This is an honest love story about how things really happen.

Not trying to bash you. I can actually relate to this story really well so i see it as a perspective on reality

EmmaBemmaNem December 6, 2011, 4:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #197000

oh, I almost forgot,

EmmaBemmaNem December 6, 2011, 4:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #197001

Joyeux anniversaire Taeshi !!
I do love your webcomic ! :)

Nerds[fr] December 6, 2011, 4:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #197002

@Cypriss and EmmaBemmaNem

You guys are really good at these stuff. 8-D

SortingItOut December 6, 2011, 5:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #197003

Cypriss, it’s great to get long, considered critique like that! I enjoy reading it, at least.

Unless you’re picking on the current chapter as a mere example of poor characterisation, I think you’re wound up in a half-told story arc along with the rest of the people here flipping out about how cold Michael is being. For anyone who is distraught by how Lucy’s violence is being flipped around from something cute to something awful, I think it’s going to take more story time to get used to that. It’s the sort of plot point that inspires critique that Veronica (or myself) can only take with a grain of salt, because in the wider story (from which many pages are to come) it feels like it fits well.

I think the other point on which I’d disagree is the idea of the coming being full of jarring tonal shifts. There is absolutely a shift from lighthearted comedy to serious drama, but it’s not a constant back and forth. There’s a tapering off of the jokey chapters around a third of the way in, and from that point it stays the way it is today - “dour, dragging, depressing, mopey ********”. (That’s one way to put it.) From a certain point, it’s very consistent.

I think there are two ways you can look at it, and your view shows that you’ve got it the wrong way around. I think you think this was a lighthearted comic that got mired in drama. Instead, it’s a dramatic comic that gave false hints of being lighthearted at the start.

You can read through it and wonder when things will get better, and grab at the occasional jokey chapters in the vain hope things will stop dragging on, but it’s futile. Post Sandy, and especially around the Daisy angst arc, Veronica stopped meandering with the story and figured out that she wanted it to be about the kind of things you have found depressing.

It certainly took some time to find its footing (like a lot of accidental webcomics), and I would be the first person to admit that even with all the archive tweaks, the earlier chapters are worse for that. But I have to fundamentally disagree with people who interpret the comic as getting derailed, where every joke chapter is a step in the right direction that is immediately made void by the next chapter where Lucy cries about her life. You’re going to be constantly disappointed if you expect things to turn around and be fun and silly again.

And that’s okay! Maybe it’s not the kind of thing that appeals to you. I just fear that your opinion is founded on an idea I occasionally see in the comments section, which is that eventually it’s gonna turn around and David will have a wacky adventure and Lucy will go back to playing video games with Mike every day. That was the “uneven start”, not the ideal from which the comic deviated.

SuitCase December 6, 2011, 5:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #197004

Poor Lucy, she’s about to get her butt kicked by Sandy haha XD I hope Lucy wins.. which is no dur lol :D

Vylot December 6, 2011, 5:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #197005

Emma, thank you for the thoughtful reply, it is lovely to read such a thought out comment and I am glad that you are such a devoted fan. I really don’t take offense to your reply and I am happy to see such well thought out opinions. I will post one more bit and then be done with it so as to not break the rules about making this area a chat room. But I regret not being able to have a more full conversation!

I don’t really have an issue with any of the characters actions, my issue is with the tonal fluctuation of the story. The first many many chapters are silly, lighthearted, comedic romps about Mike being in love with Lucy but too shy to say it, and Lucy slowly reciprocating.

However suddenly it completely changes with Sandy’s introduction to be far more serious, dramatic, angsty, and relies on longer plots. Mike’s complete change in personality happens here as well. A story works because you establish a central theme or conflict and then work to resolve it across the story. However here it seems they went from a gag comic with story bits to a story comic with gag bits, and completely changed the character dynamics and relationships so abruptly that everything we see clashes with thing’s we’ve been told.

The people in these comments aren’t dumb. They reply to each strip getting mad at Sandy or Mike because the strip in it’s early days very clearly told the readers this was Mike and Lucy’s story. They ignore Lucy’s violence because the comic very clearly told them it was just meant for laughs. So now they react in anger or confusion because the comic presents conflicting data. Why do you think each and every strips comments section, as far as I’ve seen, is “Mike’s a jerk!” “Lucy’s a jerk!” “Sandy’s a jerk!” It’s not that a large part of the fanbase is stupid, that’s rude and demeaning to them.

It’s because the comic isn’t following a storytelling structure that makes sense. It went from a lighthearted will-they-wont-they to a dramatic almost.. tragic story and this tonal shock is causing the fandom to react powerfully.

My issues is not with any character in the story but with the very story itself. The characters are wonderful, but I think Taishi would have a much better comic on his or her hands if (s)he had cut the archives off at a point and inserted a new beginning chapter that eased readers into what is very obviously not the same comic as the original one. But keeping that old continuity and this new one just creates a confusing mess of conflicting character personalities and storylines.

Cypriss December 6, 2011, 5:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #197006

Also Sandy’s existence was planned from the start. She was never an afterthought.

“It’s because the comic isn’t following a storytelling structure that makes sense. It went from a lighthearted will-they-wont-they to a dramatic almost.. tragic story and this tonal shock is causing the fandom to react powerfully. ”

Incorrect interpretation of the plot. I figure you posted this before reading SuitCase’s response. Also before a revamp there were chapters about Sandy that were as early as Chapter 6, it all just got condensed into “Unfulfilled Fantasy” and were thrown into the Extras section. (Which isn’t really much of an excuse, but the point is saying that the intention was always there)

Drama was always the intention for BCB, or rather a dramedy - so drama with some bits of comedy, not a lighthearted story that so happened to get run over by the Cerebus Syndrome. Admittedly Souppy described it better than me, and it would be better to see his response instead of mine!

Taeshi December 6, 2011, 5:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #197007

I miss David.

Dubsalot December 6, 2011, 5:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #197008

Mike: you… mother…
Mike:Lucy was right you don’t understand…
Mike: You don’t make me happy…
Mike:But this one is straight from me…
Mike:IT’S OVER SANDY were trough.
That is what should happen

Bittersweet addict December 6, 2011, 5:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #197009

(it won’t)

Taeshi December 6, 2011, 5:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #197010

To Bittersweet addict:
One, what does the symbols up top mean?
And two, it’s “we’re through” not “were trough.”
(Sorry about the second, I just HATE mixed up homophones and bad spelling.)

Ari December 6, 2011, 5:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #197011

tl;dr people think they know more about the comic than taeshi

and the majority of the fanbase is stupid, Cypriss.

Susan December 6, 2011, 5:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #197012

First off happy belated birthday.

Secondly id want to say that if my best friend wants to stop seeing me just because of his girlfriend not likening me. i would have him go back to the good times we had and tell him that she should have to put up with the roughhousing.

SAXsamus December 6, 2011, 5:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #197013

Oh sandy, if only you understood what those words are doing right now

Charmdra December 6, 2011, 5:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #197014

“People like someone I don’t and hate someone I like, they must be stupid”
Pretty much the majority of comments here.

Donny December 6, 2011, 5:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #197015

@taishi, quick question, you imply that the plot has stayed the same since the beginning, has it really? did you plan this situation from the beginning or think of it later?

just want clarification, cause i know some comic creators just go with whatever comes in their minds, and some have a set linear layout for their story, i’m wondering which category this falls under :)

chellby December 6, 2011, 5:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #197016

I seriously hate Sandy now she’s so freaking annoying. She never let’s Mike finish and tell her how he was being annoying , or how rude he was, she just blames it on Lucy. Furious AbbeyAlthough Lucy is mean to him and half of it could have been her fault

I AM AB-BEE December 6, 2011, 5:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #197017

Mass majority of this fanbase is… Not smart…

Ragna December 6, 2011, 5:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #197018


Firefly December 6, 2011, 6:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #197019

Happy birthday Tae, sorry you have to makes dem comics here.

A December 6, 2011, 6:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #197020

urggg mike what have you done you lying jerk. man hes got issue with lucy then he lies to sandy about it. god i might just give up reading this comic(most unlikely)

47 December 6, 2011, 6:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #197021

Sandy really cares for mike, damn. she seems a little paranoid though. it’s understandable, but if it gets worse or continues that could end this relationship. I’m surprised how much she cares. if she loses him it could be hell for her.

I find it funny how alot of people are still rooting for lucy, even after she beat him. mike knows what he wants i’m pretty sure. he doesn’t want a competitive abusive girlfriend. so he’ll keep his distance from lucy.

meleeman December 6, 2011, 6:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #197022

OMG. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAESHI <3 THANKS FOR BEING BORN AND BRINGING SO MANY GREAT ARTWORK, DRAMA, AND STORIES TO LIFE <3 Your humour is priceless! <3 And omg this story is getting more and more interesting.

Luio December 6, 2011, 6:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #197023

To taieshi #1 annoyed #2 mad #3 furious #4 demon hatred

Bittersweet addict December 6, 2011, 6:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #197024

I don’t know… even though Sandy has everything out of context, Lucy is kind of abusive to Mike.

Has a Point December 6, 2011, 7:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #197026

… Why does everyone hate sandy? T_T

Virtual December 6, 2011, 7:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #197027

Lucy and Mike always had this rivalry-friendship-love-mixup thing. We only understand (part of ) it because we’ve followed it long enough through the 4th wall, y’know.

It was funny when it was all fun and games. Now people grew up and got hurt. Time to deal with the consequences.

NoPlayer December 6, 2011, 7:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #197028

Well said, NoPlayer.

Skygaze December 6, 2011, 7:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #197029

Just one more comment for Cypriss:

You also have to keep in mind that this is a webcomic. Most webcomics dont go very far if you dont start off with a fairly light hearted tone along with some comedy to become attached to the characters.

and to the creators:

Though i agree the switch to drama from light heartedness wasnt the smoothest, i still love it. (Personal opinion)

EmmaBemmaNem December 6, 2011, 7:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #197030

also, just a question
Did Lucy ever say sorry for all the abuse when she started changing and being less clingy?
‘cause if she hasn’t and she’s just expecting everything to fade away then I feel more empathy towards Mike. With all that anger bottled up he can’t just forget about it and tell her everything’s fine.
Also for everyone who says “he could have just stopped being friends with her”. Well every time, as soon as he got mad at her or tried to get away everyone reprimanded him and told him to go /apologize/ to her even though she was clearly at fault. Especially Paulo; damn Paulo I love you T . T but you’d let Lucy get away with anything…

just_a_cat December 6, 2011, 7:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #197033

Wow, I discovered this only a week ago and here I am caught up on everything. Tad disappointing now that I have to wait to see what happens but how quickly I’ve gone through everything speaks volumes for this comic, can’t honestly say how many HOURS I spent reading each day. So kudos to everyone that works on it.

As for today’s page I certainly see Sandy’s viewpoint, bit of real life experience with being an outsider looking at a relationship like that. But we all also know she really only knows roughly half of whats going on.

NB December 6, 2011, 8:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #197034

Me and my girlfriend live FAR apart, meaning roughly the entire United States separates her. After reading this comic, and seeing all the cries to burn Sandy, I asked her this, “How would you react if a friend of mine did X to me?” where X is all the things that Mike told Sandy happened between him and Lucy. She responded quite quickly with this:
“I’d tell her off and if that friend of yours hits me back, I’ll hit her back twice as hard.
Yes, even if it was a girl.
It doesn’t matter what gender.
They made their choice by hurting you.”
Now she doesn’t read BCB, so she didn’t know about any reasons why my “friend” would do hurt me. She just automatically responded like that. So really, how can you get upset with Sandy for feeling distressed at hearing about what happens between Mike and Lucy?

That One Guy December 6, 2011, 8:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #197035

Happy late birthday. :D

Ok, this page. Mixed feelings here. I mean, Mike knows what Lucy is like. He’s ok with this. Not that I agree with what Lucy does, but hey, Lucy will be Lucy. I don’t think Sandy quite understands their relationship correctly. While she’s completely right to be upset that Mike’s being hurt by some strange girl, I don’t agree with her judging Lucy so quickly, and without even knowing her. On the flip side, Lucy really shouldn’t be so abusive and take advantage of Mike like that.

But that’s just my opinion. :D

Satora December 6, 2011, 8:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #197036

I agree, Sandy looks pretty strange at the bottom, it really stood out to me. And Happy Birthday! Hope it was a great day!

Fellow bcb fans: please stop letting your feelings cloud your judgement. Let’s connect happenings and behaviors reasonably. Wanting to keep and protect your boyfriend from someone who kicks him, causes him to fight and scream almost constantly, and gives him a nose bleed, is not really characterizing of a Bitch as we define one today. It is more so a caring, given it’s too much some times, and isn’t wrong in any way, shape, or form. Thank you to those who read my post, and I hope you will at least consider my, and others who defend Sandy, point.

Adrian Fife December 6, 2011, 8:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #197037

“This girl…”
“Whatever her name is..”

“I really have no Idea who she is.”
“A Side Character maybe?”
“But one thing is for sure.”

“I don´t think I like her.”
“At all.”

Seeing as what I wrote seem to have gone into the filter I think I have to elebrotate. bittersweetcandybowl is a great comic. An actual story beeing told in an often funny way. If we compare Main Actors and Siderolls then Mike and Lucy would score the former. People like Paulo or Daisy the latter. And while the number of sidecharacters gets constantly expandend by people like Tess or Jasmine those like Sandy roughly score as Stage Characters, like that one kid in the early chapters that was head over heels for Lucy. They shine a few times and then it is enough. Pretty much like the standard StarTrek Redshirt.

Random Surfer December 6, 2011, 9:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #197038

Happy birthday!
Think I’ll leave an extra nice compliment in honor of this special day:

Bittersweet candybowl is my favorite comic. It’s graceful as a ballet, brutal as a boxing match, and as funny as a Fry and Laurie comedy sketch. Please continue to write. ^^

pdaniel December 6, 2011, 9:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #197040

Happy B day and i hope your cake is chocolate 8-D chocolate

ello mates December 6, 2011, 9:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #197041

Oh, I was reading through the earlier chapters and found this. This is probably the point where Lucy realized the gravity of her wrong, and how she was BULLYING Mike. And added to Mike’s realization that she was bullying him. And at first, I thought it was just the plain old cartoon mischief/violence, but… it’s more real. Like Abby’s mom and dad.
Just FYI.

(disclaimer) I am a MikexLucy fan, but am (mostly) not biased by it. I see both sides of the issue, but I still want Mike to end up with Lucy, because she’s been here all along, and I have come to see her as a friend.

Amazing Lagann December 6, 2011, 9:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #197043

……-sigh- im really starting to……. Dislike Sandy…. alot Mad Lucy

Lilnekogrl December 6, 2011, 9:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #197044

happy birthday

ero387 December 6, 2011, 9:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #197046

The comment i was going to post, regarding bronies, was caught by the dumb comment filter, so i’ll say this:


god of derps and such December 6, 2011, 10:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #197047

The comment system is messed up. I posted a comment saying “Why does everyone hate Lucy???” and it called it stupid… and It called this one stupid aswell…

Stlip December 6, 2011, 10:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #197048

all sandy knows about lucy is that the violence is getting worse, and he makes excuses. of coarse she will hate lucy. if all i knew about someone was they were hurting my friend, i would be mad too.

felix December 6, 2011, 11:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #197049

Meh, I understand why Sandy is being the way she is, but I dislike her. This is because she seems rather weak minded and quick to jump to conclusions. I believe a real friend would try to find out the details of the whole situation. Hey if someone was bullying my friend, and I found out it was my friends fault, I wouldn’t be crying over a phone. I’d try to talk things through.

Anonymus December 6, 2011, 11:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #197050

Happy Birfday :D

tana December 6, 2011, 11:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #197052

I’d act the same way if someone was punching the hell out of my boyfriend everyday or any day at all; I don’t support the Mike x Lucy ship, but Sandy’s reaction is justified.

MeroMaro December 6, 2011, 11:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #197053

Wait, so your comments AREN’T supposed to be caught by the dumb comment filter thing? Mine ALWAYS gets caught. This is a clear sign and has confirmed my suspicions. I’m dum.
@Anonymus I think it’d be easy for Sandy to feel the way she feels. With the crying and all. I’m sure there are other times when he came back hurt. Not only the three that Taeshi drew. And the fact that she can’t do anything to help OR the fact that Mike has such a close relationship with another girl, bothers her.
Then again she may be jelly of their physical relationship >_> ;D

LikexMucy December 6, 2011, 11:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #197054

I find Cypriss’ fair critique and SuitCase’s response most interesting. And interesting still, to a lesser extent, I’m inclined to agree with both.

True that the transition of the tone of the comic was not entirely seamless, which led some, including myself admittedly, to regard Mike’s recent behavior as something almost uncharacteristic and arbitrary; but even from the beginning I think Taeshi had always maintained that subtlety of the sense that amid all the levity and fanfare eddying round the core couple was an underlying note of severity; perhaps just lost and made indistinct, not to say confused, amid the lofty festivities of the cast of characters who all seemed to have a propensity to being zany. I think this degree of seriousness had always been there but now only more pronounced due to the relatively recent but welcomed attempts at streamlining the comic.

However, for what it’s worth, I think it’s simply unfair to expect such a level of consummate consistency throughout the whole comic, especially when the earlier chapters were at their most formative stages. There was something experimental about them, for which I can see why Suitcase used the term ‘accidental’ and the idiom ‘finding’ the comic’s ‘footing’. The dualistic balance between comedy and drama were in the important process of titration, with the congenial mixture of which can only be resolved or achieved through trial and experimentation. Sure it made the narrative seem amateurish or arbitrary sometimes or what say you; but really now. Aren’t web comics in general made by amateurs? or at least start out as one? To be fair, even professional comics such as ones made by DC and Marvel are not always fine specimens as champions of consistency. And the changes made in BCB so far are subtle enough to have gone passed many unnoticed. It takes a handful of incisive people like Cypriss to break things down as to why the fandome is ‘powerfully reacting.’

The now grim tone doubtless will better serve the story which Taeshi premeditated to tell. Transition in tone could have been smoother round the edges but not altogether shabby. It’s still the same BCB universe and still as compelling. Perhaps an interlude will follow shortly, like that singular scene where Mike and Lucy were enjoying each other’s company over a quiet session of an obscure video game. And the flash backs will serve to ease us into interpreting Lucy’s physical assaults as something serious and a considerable issue and not always a lighthearted gesture. This hint of jealousy of Sandy over Lucy is an intriguing development, i’m sure it’ll colour Mike’s motives for his actions to come.

P.S. Happy belated B-day Teashi!

Mess December 6, 2011, 11:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #197055

I can blame quite a few of my injuries on being annoying, once I even got a black eye because of it -was not intentional- and I’m am still best friends with the person that did it to this day =)

Sandy is just jumping to conclusions and should just not be so serious about it

kolarbear December 6, 2011, 11:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #197056

Ahh suspense, that wonderful storytelling tool that so few people understand that makes a good ending great, and a simple person who draws and writes into an artist.

Erikasaria December 7, 2011, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #197066

Happy Belated Birthday!!! x3

FreakUnique December 7, 2011, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #197146

chellby: Yes, it was always intended! Though to be honest, a lot of events were planned a lot later than others, but I felt it was too ridiculous to drag on, so some events were pushed up. Nonetheless, they were intended.

Taeshi December 7, 2011, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #197610

Nose bleed on my significant other would upset me too. But i think its notw fair to mike dealing with a long distence relationship. yes she is speaking out against lucy like most girlfriends do against there friends but i feel she’s in the right. She cares and doesn’t appreat the abuse. I said i think mike needed to lighten up on lucy but we forget how much abuse she gives him. All he realy needs to do is not take lucys **** but be sivil

JustSomeCritic December 7, 2011, 5:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #197937


The awesome one December 8, 2011, 11:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #198614

i… i think i hate her eyes in the last panel… i dont like them at all… * fake tears roll down my eyes * ._.

luvercandy December 9, 2011, 4:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #198825

Everyone hates Mike right now but COME ON! She is hurting him for no reason! No blood no foul? Well here’s a nosebleed. Get punched in the face almost daily, then tell Mike he’s being a dick for not wanting to be around Lucy.

Serge December 10, 2011, 1:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #198999

Happy belated birthday

bob December 10, 2011, 11:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #200282

Everyone is right, actually. :x

PURPLZ December 14, 2011, 7:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #201170

Why da hell does Sandy keep on crying? :question:

LightUpTheWorld December 18, 2011, 8:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #202695

@LightUpTheWorld Because her boyfriend is being beat on a regular basis and there’s nothing she can do to stop it.

Arcaii December 24, 2011, 11:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #204600

To everyone saying “Sandy just doesn’t understand”, imagine the genders reversed

Thatcanine January 4, 2012, 7:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #205542

@ Serge

And who is being punched in the face daily?

I don’t see Mike in a perpetual nosebleed, so don’t make a false martyr to prove an invalid point.

Priscilla January 12, 2012, 9:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #206937

Sandy…Why won’t you get to know her?
Instead of saying bad things about her.

SGRTC January 29, 2012, 12:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #207605

wow, i ****ing hate Sandy, she made Mike (one of my favorite characters) hate Lucy for reasons that were long ago even though she’s treating Mike like a friend

lolman February 3, 2012, 4:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #210834

I don’t know about your friends but none of my friends have ever hurt me.
I am not sure, but doesn’t friends mean “have fun and dont be mean to each other” or sumtin’ like that? This is my reaction when I think of all the times Mike has been so “annoying” that Lucy has to hurt him!: D:

Sleepwalker March 2, 2012, 1:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #212047

Is she saying this this and crying cause she realists a certain something?

tk March 16, 2012, 3:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #212048

Realizes …stupid auto correct

tk March 16, 2012, 3:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #212534

Dear Sandy,
It’s not like you haven’t hurt your friends - Daisy was crushed.

Joey March 23, 2012, 7:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #215322

Go to Hell Sandy. But first, crush Mike’s stupid little heart with an iorn fist, stomp on it, make him suffer. Then leave and get murdlered in a dark alleyway painfully, bloodily, and slowly. Then you’ll end up in Hell. AND I WILL CRY TEARS OF JOY. :love:

TheRavingFangirl April 28, 2012, 12:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #217192

sandy’s a huge whiner. let her go mike. :P

pandaeyes May 24, 2012, 11:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #217961

Something is up with sandy. Sue Noticed something about her ==> ( There’s something Taeshi isn’t telling us… but what? :O

Chinatsu June 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #219065

@Chinatsu I think all that Sue was picking up on is that fact that she probably saw her in a magazine lately, since she is a model. That was before the modeling career was brought to light.

Frodomann1 June 14, 2012, 11:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #220424

Oh my god. Sandy gets upset because some girl punched her boyfriend in the nose so he bled, and she gets labeled a whiner!?
No wonder woman-on-male abuse isn’t taken seriously.
I know Lucy isn’t evil but she has hurt him. Badly.

Poole June 28, 2012, 9:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #223578

I know that Lucy was always pretty mean to Mike, and the fact that she grew being or feeling rejected doesn’t justify her being abusive to him at all. He has the right to hate her, if he truly does.

But, here we have Sandy. At least for me, her way to proceed wasn’t the best. I can’t blame her for not liking Lucy, but here it seems like she’s trying to turn Mike against her, as if she saw Lucy as a threat to her and Mike’s relationship. And he, as the lovesick puppy we all know ( I have nothing against him, though) , tries his best to please his girlfriend.

I won’t lie, I’m not fond of Sandy, but I don’t hate her. My guess is that there’s more to her than what we all know, so I won’t judge.

But all in all, another wonderful page. I am so obsessed with this! :D

Candy-Girl July 23, 2012, 12:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #226905

i understand that Lucy can have temper and all, but hitting someone in the nose, strongly enough tho make it bleed, is not something that i would accept at all, i mean, that is a hit that i would give to someone in a fight.

ChileanGuy September 1, 2012, 10:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #226989

Mike loves Sandy
Sandy doesn’t like Lucy
Mike loves Sandy
Mike hates Lucy

Not hating on Sandy but you can see she just might have an influence on Mike.

Someone September 2, 2012, 4:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #238095

Shut up Sandy!

Sarathewise February 1, 2013, 11:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #243175

Sandy’s a well meaning girl, but it’s a bit over reaction; what guys can rough house with each other but a girl can’t? Some people clearly haven’t had many tom boy friends

SimonD April 16, 2013, 9:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #263065

WAH WAH I don’t like a friend of my boyfriend’s that physically interacts with (and harms more often than not) him. Why wouldn’t she just say to talk to his friend (Lucy) about not getting quite so physical? Rather than just being like, “She’s such a bitch omg!”

You know the “long text” that he got before his tantrum - where Sandy said she was visiting? Maybe she was like “I’m ONLY visiting if you totally blow off Lucy and never talk to her ever again.” That’s so manipulative and doesn’t bode well for Mike if he stays with Sandy for very long.

Vix October 25, 2013, 8:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #266295

Sandy has gotten faaaaaaat

Emoji November 18, 2013, 11:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #279624

Mike looks like a pedophile in the first panel

Kuruchan April 19, 2014, 8:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #280605

Bloody hell Sandy. You’ve just gone and ****ed it all up.
*slow claps*
Congratulations, you destroyed Mike. Maishul is a pretty stupid nickname, just saying.

Christen May 5, 2014, 10:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #284555

Smart paulo,david & paulo’s dad

TemplarArchon_Hunter July 28, 2014, 11:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #290165

flashbackception 8-)

RedRedKitty November 13, 2014, 11:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #294399

Let’s hate Sandy because she actually GIVES A DAMN AND CARES FOR THIS KID.

Noodle Lu February 24, 2015, 12:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #298170

Look it’s not like i have anything against Sandy i mean i love how she cares about Mike and all but…she can’t even judge Lucy she literally doesn’t remember her so I don’t think Mike should value her opinion…that sounds mean, but seriously Mike probably didn’t even think of how Lucy is good just thought of her badish (but badass) traits.

Lucy's the best April 27, 2015, 8:53 PM EST.

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