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Veronica: abbey shut off that brain for like a minute man it must be giving you a headache

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Comment ID #210658

Dayum, Abbey angry. Can’t blame him though :(

Shpiersh February 29, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #210659

And thus the dramatic flashbacks start again.

sumfurry911 February 29, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #210661

And this goes to show you that she’s dead :L

I was hoping she’d be alive..guess that dream is crushed.

DerpidyDerp February 29, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210662

Omg bloody hell

Ven February 29, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210664

The emotions portrayed in this strip are stunning; you can just feel the pain that Abbey is going through.

Anonymous February 29, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210665

And the truth is revealed…

Invader Rex February 29, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210666

Deactivation of brain function?? Dafuq is dat!?

Seraphara February 29, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #210667

Sadface… Do we get to see this note? Or will that remain a mystery?

Someone somewhere February 29, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #210668

Wow. Abbey has the worst little kid’s room ever.

Kaxbe February 29, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #210669

From crushed to confused to ****** all in a second. I wonder whats on the note!

Neoresolution February 29, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #210670

did he hit her with the lamp?

leovany February 29, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #210671

So Abbey was the one who got it to end, huh? That’s a good thing, I suppose.

Ah, the suspense!

Titanium Dragon February 29, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #210672

abbey’s dad in for a *** kicking

futuristic-artist February 29, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #210673

I feel terrible for Abbey, seeing your mother lying unconsious on the floor must be heartbreaking for a little kid like Abbey and Molly (at the moment). Hopefully she isn’t dead (when they go visit her)

SilviaTW February 29, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #210674

:C :c :c

Sad face

Dakota Lesmercy February 29, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #210675

Abbey looks so cute in bed!

skari45 February 29, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #210676

Looks like he actually hit her with the lamp and now he is gonna get help from the neighbors,to stop his father from doing something even worst.
This chapter is getting darker and more suspense.
And now its time to stop his father before he gets away with it that easy before its too late.

SGRTC February 29, 2012, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #210677

Abbey’s going after his dad, and Sr. will be caught red handed….? Nah, Abbey can’t think that far ahead. But what’s he going to do. Well, in the meantime, what did he give Molly? Is it a letter telling the neighbors to alert the authorities? O.O

Subaru February 29, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #210678

Abbey seems to be getting very upset lately, and frankly it makes me upset too. Taeshi the expressions you give these characters and the situations you put them through are so amazing, I can feel everything that they are feeling (cough*ExceptForMikeWho’sBeingAStupidJerk! *cough) thank you for making this comic so amazing

:) February 29, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #210679

:( it kinda sucks how Molly is so ignorant to what actually happens.

Ice Shield February 29, 2012, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #210680

Oh ****…last panel: Abby’s on his period. Lol

Slenderman February 29, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #210681

WAAH :( How old were they when this happened?
And where r u going now mister??

8bitpie February 29, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #210682

I’m probably not going to like where this is going…

ScrabMaster February 29, 2012, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #210683

This has gotten too real for me to even try to be funny about it.
It’s a sad day when that comes, friends. A sad day.
I just hope it all turns out alright. She’s obviously not dead, as proved in the last page, but getting hit over the head with ceramics… That’ll mess you up. It can cause any or all of this: paralysis, retardation, amnesia, constant headaches/migraines, and tumurs. It can obviously cause death as well, but that didn’t happen.
And Abby, being Abby, will have blamed it all on himself. My god… Well, I’m pretty certain I can relate to that. I dont have guilt over causing someone to be hurt, at least physically, but… Well, it’s not for public discussion.
Guilt is a real thing. A very heavy burden. And having to live with it for multiple years? Makes you want to cry. Be alone. Introvert. Thankfully, Abby hasn’t done that, but it’s obviously hurting him.
Let’s hope for once in this comic, there’s closure. People need closure.

Curtisimo February 29, 2012, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #210684

hmmmmmmmmm no still hate abbey but i do feal sorry for little abby

krewl12 February 29, 2012, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #210685

Affirmative action. Put your goggles on… we’re in for a bumpy ride.

Spladle of Doom February 29, 2012, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #210686

“dear neighbours, Thanks for being so swell! If you hear any loud noises, just lock your doors and don’t open them for anyone :D



Sethorien February 29, 2012, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #210687

Something big is about to happen next isn’t it? :unsure: Well good luck Abbey.

Trey February 29, 2012, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #210689

Panel 4 Shock
Panel 5 Realization

Abbey is out for blood!

ultimateZ February 29, 2012, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #210690

First time poster, love the strip!

Quick question: This is pretty much expanding on the flashbacks we saw in ‘New Beginnings’ right? Maybe someone already mentioned it but I’m sure we’re going to see Abbey confront his Dad at the hotel.

Sorry if my prediction makes the next strip predictable. lol

Mike February 29, 2012, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #210691

What a roller coaster you lead us on, Taeshi.

Having to walk around, live every day life, talk to people kindly and pretend like you’re a normal person, when you carry that inside of you….

That would ruin me. I wouldn’t be able to do that.

I’ve always admired Abbey as someone who didn’t take that crap that we all see happen all around us. Now I know why, and my respect for Abbey has increased tenfold.

Biblioholic February 29, 2012, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #210692

Why is Molly so INNOCENT?! ;_;

Lisa Nani February 29, 2012, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #210693

Abbey seems to jump back and forth a lot. And I don’t entirely mean from past to present and back again. >.<

In some pages it’s almost like he feels himself to be weak. Unable to save his mother. Afraid of his own anger and ability to control it.

Yet, I also see a lot of strength in him. Though he’s angry in this flashback, he’s clearly getting help, starting to solve this problem that their mother can not. I’m assuming those neighbors are going to get help immediately to get them out of there. This was probably the turning point in not only their lives, but his personality.

I hope, that as the story continues to unfold, that Abbey can see his own strength. Naturally that doesn’t mean everything will turn out alright. But he’s shown signs of being a fighter. As with all fighters, he’ll have his wounds though. But luckily, he has Daisy there to patch him up and stand by his side.

I’m rooting for Abbey to get through this! :3

P.S. Sorry if my thoughts seem like they’re all over the place. I’m half asleep. >.<

Melly February 29, 2012, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #210694

Boogyman: *From Abbey’s closet* Heya buddy. Missed me? Man, what’s it been, like nine years since you got over your fear of the dark?

Abbey: … D8 …

Boogyman: K’mere tyke let’s play catch

Abbey: …

Boogyman: Hey, where’s your mother? Daddy wants to have a chat with Mommy

Geraldo February 29, 2012, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #210695

It would really suck if his mother was actually brain-damaged and in a mental hospital when Abbey gets to see her…..

LightTribeWarrior February 29, 2012, 12:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #210697

Abbey is looking a mite miffed.

Hoheh February 29, 2012, 12:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #210698

I’m scared. o.o
Abbey will KILL or something.
It’s probably just something. Minor. Not dangerous. Or lethal. Or even somewhat harmful to a very minor degree.

Krystique February 29, 2012, 1:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #210699

Ever since i began reading this, every friggin day now i give my pet cat, Zeep, a double take whenevr i pass him. God i dont know whats what ‘nymore, zeep needs hugs i think.

Aspear February 29, 2012, 1:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #210700

oh he did hit hurt and it’s on now

Anima February 29, 2012, 1:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #210701

Panel 2 is monkey man face :nope:

paulosawesome February 29, 2012, 1:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #210702

poor little kittens ;_;

Neila078 February 29, 2012, 1:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #210703

that man deserves w/e is coming to him…his cheating abusive days are numbered ….at least if my father was like that… id made sure he would never come of or prison…EVER

DarkFox February 29, 2012, 2:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #210704

Taeshi, I love how you’ve done their expressions. They fit what’s happening in the scene perfectly. I can’t wait to see how this story resolves itself, happy or sad.

Now for my comment on this page: Something tells me that Abbey’s about to show his father how much of his anger he inherited from him.

NBbowler February 29, 2012, 2:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #210705

everytime the flashback begin, i play the lost flashback music in my mind

Alpharius February 29, 2012, 2:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #210706

Huh. That face he’s pulling in panel two looks very Dr. Seuss. Am I the only one who sees that?

Also wow Molly is taking her unconscious mother pretty well.

StushiJaguar February 29, 2012, 2:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #210707

I come back after a couple days and HOLY SHIZZ new comment system!

Subject-Delta February 29, 2012, 2:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #210708

The disturbing part is that Molly is taking this so well. It implies that she’s seen it so often that she sees it as normal. Of course Abbey’s furious; he might have just realized that his father’s abuse of his mother might lead his sister to allow a man to abuse her as well.

Vdrake77 February 29, 2012, 3:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #210709

Dayum, he mad, bro, he mad.

In all seriousness, I agree with Vdrake77. I’m glad to see Abbey take action since he’s really the only one who sees the situation as something that is downright wrong.

Love the expressions. Abbey’s were just spot on in terms of conveying his inner conflicts.

nanxi February 29, 2012, 3:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #210710

._.Molly is always so cute why is her smily a sad one

JustSomeCritic February 29, 2012, 4:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #210712

When I read abby’s speech bubble, I read it in a creapy ghost voice. :3

PurpleLeaf February 29, 2012, 4:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #210713

OMG maybe Abbey’s Dad Hit Abbey’s Mom on the head using the lamp post two pages ago, which caused unconsciousness and Amnesia. Which means that their main source of money is lost, which means that they can’t get any money. Because they don’t have any money they won’t be able to eat, and if they don’t eat, they Starve and Die. NOoooo Abbey don’t die!!!!

EricKm February 29, 2012, 4:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #210714

Boosh! Abby to the rescue! Duh-duh-dah! Sorry, but this has got to be one of the most up and down chapters yet. Like, “hey a party! Oh no, drama! Yay, the party! Oh no, is that drama!? Hey, dancing! Oh f***, drama! Drama?… yeah that’s drama.”

TNTree February 29, 2012, 4:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #210715


Leen619 February 29, 2012, 5:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #210716

Yeah, mommy had an accident, that note was a grocery list to pick up some more Depends.

Vigtyr February 29, 2012, 5:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #210717

Abbey reminds me off mike. But instead of having his period he has a darn reason why he is so angry.

Yorky February 29, 2012, 6:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #210718

:’( poor abby….and god I hate to read anti-Mikie comments I love him :3

Tug February 29, 2012, 6:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #210719

The facial expressions are fantastic, I have much jealousy for your art style.

Acoustic-Fox February 29, 2012, 7:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #210720

Wow! That’s awesome! I just want to find out where Lucy was during the party. Oh, and why Mike is being such a ****ING JERK to Lucy!

MikeHater443 February 29, 2012, 7:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #210722

Damn…I can’t even imagine being in Abbey’s shoes. I would hope that I would be strong, especially for Molly.

Please tell me that’s a note of Abbey explaining that his father is an abusive ********.

Anyway, where is Abbey going in the last panel. Is he going to confront his father? That, I’m actually greatly looking forward to.

You know, Abbey visiting his mother has got me thinking…perhaps she really IS dead. The chapter is almost over. I can see Janet taking him to a graveyard where he can pay his respects.

NintendoSegaSonyGuy February 29, 2012, 7:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #210724

Filler.. Filler.. Filler.. Filler.. Filler..

:| February 29, 2012, 8:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #210727

For a terrible second in that seventh panel, I thought he was going to snap at his little sister.

Emily February 29, 2012, 8:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #210730

I understand that this comic is heavy on the agnst but I remember when I first stumbled upon it and it did have some humor mixed in. I find myself getting depressed reading it! It’s a great comic but please, I’ve seen nothing but sadness lately! I got a fever and the only prescription is more humor….and cowbell.

2tailed_fox February 29, 2012, 8:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #210733


totodaj February 29, 2012, 8:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #210734

@Aspear: Zeep should get hugs.

That aborted chapter describes things pretty accurately, if his look of rage is any indication. Molly must not realize the severity of the situation yet, which is going to make her rather averse to anything that her father would hit her mother over. Child abandonment, infidelity, spousal abuse, depraved indifference, whatever I missed… He may have gotten himself some notable time indeed.

Hoheh February 29, 2012, 8:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #210735

O_O abbey? is that really u?O_O YELLIN AT HER Furious Abbey

GoldenCappuccinoFlame February 29, 2012, 9:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #210736

Those are some really ugly faces he’s makin’…

Jessica U. Ingmann February 29, 2012, 9:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #210737

Abby don’t be a jerk just cos your dad is one to your mom be the better man gosh :(

Yuki February 29, 2012, 9:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #210738

hey cat ima boop yo head wit dis lamp


urm… uh… ah crap

1D February 29, 2012, 9:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #210739

Wow man…..this is getting wierd…..

Ikuto February 29, 2012, 9:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #210740

Am I the only one who likes Mike anymore?

Atlas February 29, 2012, 10:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #210742

@Atlas I still do!

Tug February 29, 2012, 10:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #210746


Sarge February 29, 2012, 10:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #210752

So the neighbours ratted out on Social services or something?

Thank God,

But I’m interested in how Abbey’s personal relationship with his father was. I mean there must be some time in all of this that Abbey and his dad were actually on good terms?……. I hope…………….. pleaseee Taeshi…. :)

foreveryoung5 February 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #210753

go abbey. i am rooting for you.

melberry12 February 29, 2012, 11:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210754

Abbey, you must learn the ways of the Darkside if you wish to take revenge upon your father. The Force is strong with you.

Xenos February 29, 2012, 11:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #210755

Why did Molly have her ribbon on when she was sleeping?

Hal February 29, 2012, 11:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #210758

it seems like the house is on fire and the fire just hasn’t reached them ; maybe it’s just me? :question:
Abby finally snapped! he’s gonna get revenge on his horrible father perhaps Furious Abbey

confused fan February 29, 2012, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #210759

Wow, Taeshi! :D I love the color overlays on these panels! They really show Abbey’s emotions changing. :) Poor Abbey… and his sister! I really hope their Dad rots in h e l l >:U

Silversoma February 29, 2012, 2:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #210760

Wouldn’t wanna show us whats happening or anything drastic like that.

QuakeIV February 29, 2012, 2:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #210761

It’s amazing, I can see the pinpoint expression on his face.

Doodlebug February 29, 2012, 3:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #210762

That look in his eyes does not look good D:

lov/hate February 29, 2012, 3:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #210763

Man this is getting crazy! Poor guys. Cant wait to see how his mom is in current time. Hope shes alright. D=

THAT GUY February 29, 2012, 3:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #210764

Abbey must feel tons of pressure from trying to protect Molly from anything bad happening to her. It’s very sad that he couldn’t and can’t protect his mother from his father. It’s not fair for anyone to be living in an abusive environment such as the one that Abbey, Molly, and their mother lived in. I can understand why Abbey had wished to find his mother because he cared so much for her. Now that he knows, he is probably very anxious even if she is dead. What I mean by that is that he probably would really want to check on her and just see her. If she is dead he would probably want to see her grave.

Bl155 February 29, 2012, 4:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #210765


XxDELTA 1 1 5Xx February 29, 2012, 4:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #210766

I surrender; the mood is far too dark. Once, perhaps, I could’ve managed some sort of hopeful yet insightful remark, or failing that, have managed a darkly humorous joke .
Now? The only keeping me from my crazy pills is the sight of a certain pink haired cat getting blitzed on booze, and at the rate this comic is going, ten to one says even that will be played for drama; probably AA or something equally depressing (that, however, I wouldn’t mind making a joke about; ****, gimme ten drink-depraved cats and my cup of humor shall runneth over (but not with beer)). Jeez, I personally thought my joke about the word ‘Catatonic’ was mildly humorous until it damned well happened in story!
In the end, I think the drama has improved the story. No, really, I do. I just wish that there could be a filler chapter once in a while that didn’t take itself too seriously…

CynicaIdealist February 29, 2012, 4:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #210768

rage moment???

unkwon February 29, 2012, 5:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #210769

Abbey has been one of my favorite characters ever since he was first introduced to us, so I don’t know why people keep saying ‘where’s Lucy? I want yet another chapter dedicated only to her!!’ I personally like Lucy a lot, but I’m glad that Taeshi is giving us a chapter for one of the characters that gets paid less attention to

Knuc February 29, 2012, 5:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #210770

seriously when will we get to see mike and sandy meet again? I would also like to see what that note says. But I am :unsure: what Lucy will say when sandy comes.

????? February 29, 2012, 5:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #210771

I know, kid, I know. Ive been there too.

KittySabba February 29, 2012, 6:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #210772

Oh, Abbie. :( Please stop that. Or, don’t, I mean- this is so interesting- but, Abbie, baby… I… GAH.

Raven February 29, 2012, 7:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #210773

how…tragic…i saw it comeing but now that its actually happeing….its sad ._.

Meh February 29, 2012, 8:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #210774


Nickita February 29, 2012, 8:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #210775

Abbey is a much better person, I realized, after I have been reading about his past.

PURPLZ February 29, 2012, 9:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #210776

Abby blames himself huh. Everything fell out how you’d expect in this situation, and you can’t really prevent it. (and I’m not saying this **** should happen) but Abby took the next step forward in the situation, and got help. This would get his mom and him aand his sister out of it.

Blame yourself Abby? You did the right thing, and you saved you mom! You may be scarred, but your sis is still sweet an innocent. The situation is hard of course, but give yourself some props!

Edit: God I hope his mom is alive now that I said that.. I bet she is though!!!!

Serge February 29, 2012, 9:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #210777

Abbey angery, Abbey smash

Jack Flop February 29, 2012, 9:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #210780

Abbey has touched the Death Note!
Don’t do it, Abbey! You know not what powers you toy wiiiiith!

toast February 29, 2012, 10:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #210781

Fathers a name you haven’t earned yet,
Your just a child with a temper.
Haven’t you heard “Don’t hit a lady”,
Kicking your butt would be a pleasure!

I feel for Abbey is all im saying…

XaldinXenotrix February 29, 2012, 10:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #210783

ooh abbeys got the serious face ( Furious Abbey ) he’s gonna do something!

anomnomnom March 1, 2012, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #210786

Abbey:(graps a shotgun and suits up)time to shoot some scum…I mean a scum. B)

SGRTC March 1, 2012, 4:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #210787

im surprised on how hard this home for me. my advice to him is that the past is a horrible thing that can only lead to more sadness, fear, hatred and hurt. dont go back, life sucks so you might as well get used to it.

IRISHWULFHOUND March 1, 2012, 4:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #210789

Oh Abby! You and your dark and mysterious past.

Bleh March 1, 2012, 2:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #210790

This is really interesting, and I can feel Abbey’s pain.
However, I can’t help but notice the whole town seems to slowly go insane over its population’s histories. That’s just me thinking :I

Eddy March 1, 2012, 3:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #210794

Why is abbey so mad? I can understand that he’s frightened, but he looks more mad than sad or worried in some panels.

nAar March 1, 2012, 4:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #210797

The things are becoming, interesting… ;)

Jack Silvermoon March 1, 2012, 8:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #210798

Abbey the past is past you shall think of your future! Get rid of it! :(

PhotoGirl March 1, 2012, 8:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #210799

Oooh nice job Taeshi.

I love the use of colors, especially in the three boxed panels. They really bring the mood forward, and it looks really good. Really helps emphasize the mood. The linework is really great too.

On another note, Abbey is probably making a good decision. I’m guessing it’s to tell them to call the police or something. Seems like it he might regret it though.

Rye March 1, 2012, 9:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #210868

I just wanna see Abbey kick his dad’s butt.

Keo March 2, 2012, 11:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #210915

No wonder Abbey blames himself… :[

I like how the flashback art style looks like the older art style to help us distinguish between the past and the present xD

Wei March 4, 2012, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #210927

Some of us have brains that don’t turn off, Taeshi.

I figures poor Abbey was holding on to something like this.

Poor guy. He need so many hugs.

Fruvous March 4, 2012, 9:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #214440

I think it’s funny how everyone else hates Mike too. And the way the author makes us connect with the characters is amazingly skillful. I mean, I actually cried in the chapter where Mike was saying how if he leaves the table, Lucy will have no-one. But it’s interesting, Mike once was our protagonist, our nice guy, but it’s hard to like him anymore. He’s almost become like a monster. Taeshi, I wonder what you think of him now.

Haley April 15, 2012, 6:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #259894

Sigh. If only he’d let someone understand for example: ;_;

meep September 19, 2013, 7:56 PM EST.

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