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Comment ID #212998

Calm down Abbey.

matchbook March 30, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #212999

where’s daisy? :p

Shpiersh March 30, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #213000

Abbey really needs to chill.

Ventus March 30, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #213001

Aw, poor Abbey. :(

JD March 30, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #213002

Knock Knock,
Who’s there?


EricKm March 30, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #213003

A new side of Abbey? I like it!

Tye bru March 30, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #213004

It seems that Daisy has disappeared. It’s totally extraterrestrials.

JCB14 March 30, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #213005

Okay, who stuck daisy In the trunk?? -_-

Seraphara March 30, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #213006

I think I love Janet :B

Terran March 30, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #213007

Everyone has felt that way before it seems. Abbey really is a good and true person. Passion is something that takes time to be tamed. He is probably the most dynamic and interesting characters you have. He really fees real and the phrasing you use with the way he talks really feels real. Currently the most tragic, and my favorite, character that you have.

Kikren March 30, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #213008

And the angst thickens

zero enna March 30, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #213009

Man, it must be pretty darn difficult for Abbey. He probably thought he would be more or less okay with seeing his mom, but as she draws ever closer, so does his guilt. The closer he gets to potentially tying up loose ends, the more guilt he feels about the entirety of the situation, especially because of what his father said. People keep telling him to get over it, but come on, it’s difficult to get over something that has been tormenting you for a good chunk of your life just like that.

Indigo March 30, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #213010

Daisy, your boyfriend is angsting again. Time to jump into the conversation and tell him that he’s awesome. :P

ravengal March 30, 2012, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #213011

i’m guessing Daisy is snoozing in the back seat some where that we can’t see

Kyla March 30, 2012, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #213012

ha funny

Soniku March 30, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #213013

Again, Abbey, you need to realize that you’re getting better than you used to be. I know it’s hard to move on from past problems with yourself, but fixing those flaws take time. Janet is right, and the fact that you notice this problem already goes to show that you are a far better man than your father simply by knowing it’s wrong. Just hang in there, it may be a difficult task, but I believe you have the strength to commit to fixing these flaws. So stop being so hard on yourself about it. You will become a far greater man than your father EVER was.

Too bad he can’t hear me…. :(

Qsandas March 30, 2012, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #213014

Doesn’t Abby in panel 5 look like he’s got a tiny, tiny smile? 8-D

Esspytood March 30, 2012, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #213015

Yeah Janet. That was the radio. >>

Name not found March 30, 2012, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #213016

I feel so sympathetic for Abbey. Janet is the best at that song I bet. XD

Minty Winter March 30, 2012, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #213017

uh where is Daisy?

Matt March 30, 2012, 12:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #213019


Go Abbey

Pepe Le Pew March 30, 2012, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #213020

yeah… where IS Daisy?

Different Adam March 30, 2012, 12:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #213021

Yes, Abbey. It’s a good thing you’re aware of your faults. It’s the first step toward self-betterment. :)

Jessica U. Ingmann March 30, 2012, 12:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #213023

What makes me feel even more sorry for him is that I can actually relate to the anger issue.

Randommoron5 March 30, 2012, 12:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #213024

All a part of growing up.

theunwiseman March 30, 2012, 12:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #213025

YAY! Abbey is wise, so wise. but he lacketh deh control!
become more aware abbey and a jedi you shall be! lol. :D

DB March 30, 2012, 12:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #213027

wheres daisy? O.o

Nekochi-Chan March 30, 2012, 12:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #213028

Poor angsty Abbey
“universal conquering hug”
You will be happy again. :)

UltimateZ March 30, 2012, 12:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #213029

As much as I hate to use this quote, mainly because of where it came from, knowing is indeed half the battle. One cannot truly be dynamic without knowing what needs to change. One needs to see one’s faults if one is to truly change. Abbey is learning, but he needs to see forward as well as back, as hindsight is always 20/20.

Renadt March 30, 2012, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #213030

Awww. Abbey’s main problem is he likes to blame himself. Usually when he finds a problem (something like the bullying situation in the flashback) he most certainly is in the right, he just has a tendency to “get passionate” and take it too far, which likely stems from his abusive father.

It’s really good that he’s getting help and he’s willing to admit that he does have issues that he needs to work out. It’s probably something his father never did :)

Also, I really like hoodie Abbey. Not sure why, seeing as ANGST ANGST ANGST ANGST ANGST.

Limey Brit March 30, 2012, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #213033

Oi, as much as I love the story… It feels so unnecessarily dragged out sometimes.

Mew March 30, 2012, 1:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #213034

I understand what Abby is going through.
To stop being angry for “no reason” you first need to identify what, exactly, you’re angry about. Noone, unless they’re emotionally unstable, just gets mad for “no reason”. It may be something insignificant and childish. You may not even realize that it’s what made you angry. But anger always has a trigger.
And once you get through your anger, there’s the balancing act of deciding when it’s ok to be angry. Sometimes you’re undeniably in the right. In cases such as those, it’s ok the be assertive and angry, sometimes. however, it’s impossible to know. No matter how in the right you were, in how yin thought or in reality, you will always think that you were too mean. That you did something wrong.
Abby just needs to stop trying. If he gets mad, fine. Get mad. We all have our own feelings, and people will respect you for expressing them honestly, no matter how nasty it may sound. The only reason Abby would have to try and rein in his anger is if, whenever he got angry, he wanted to hurt someone. Not hurt at in “ooow, you kick me!”, hurt as in broken arm hurt. That’s when you need a psychiatrist, medicine, or both. And Abby just isn’t that kind of kid. Angry violent jerkass isn’t a gene, it’s a mental state, which Abby clearly isn’t in.
Also, abby, along with all the other characters, looks positively dapper in clothing.

Curtisimo March 30, 2012, 1:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #213035

Awww, Abbey probably never confides in anyone and keeps all the emotions bottled up. ._. I’m glad Abbey has a supportive family and friends :]

I really like Abbey and Molly’s brother and sister relationship. :] It kind of seems like they keep each other in check/balanced… It kindof like my brother and me. He usually gets me to think about stuff or tells me if I do something wrong… And I used to be kind of violent too. >.> I guess most people who are bullied/abused become abusive themselves. ._.

And if Molly’s late all the time, is that dude bothering her all the time? It’s nice she’s being strong and independent, but I wonder if she’s really getting help…

Wei March 30, 2012, 1:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #213036

Lol it’s good that he knows it’s his fault. XD

StarSturdy March 30, 2012, 1:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #213037

I feel a lot like that sometimes…

Xenos March 30, 2012, 1:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #213039

It’s ok Abby. At least you know your not a serial killer since they don’t feel grief/regret from killing |D

Skitcy March 30, 2012, 1:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #213040

I guess it’s good to be aware of your faults, but it’s pretty hard to fix them. .__.

Xenos, sounds like you need a hug.

All these characters so complex and complicated x__x

Sima March 30, 2012, 1:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #213042

They forgot Daisy at the petrol station while she went to the toilet. Poor kitten :(

Migrant March 30, 2012, 1:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #213046

Abbey isn’t as bad as Mike, so I think he’s got nothing to worry about as long as he keeps up his therapy. At least he notices it, and admitting it is the first step…

MissListless March 30, 2012, 1:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #213047


The Good Doctor March 30, 2012, 2:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #213048

Taeshi, Y U NO comment?!?! Lol, I’m just wondering why you didn’t comment on this very helpful post, or should I say, Healthful post. (Emotional health pun) XD

PurpleLeaf March 30, 2012, 2:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #213049

Abby, your thoughts aren’t inportant unless you act on them or dwell on them. They mean nothing unless you do one of those two.

Slenderman March 30, 2012, 3:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #213050


Aoriki March 30, 2012, 3:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #213051

Lol, Qsandas talking with cartoon character :D

pampers March 30, 2012, 3:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #213052

Mew, that’s the unfortunate thing about chapters like these. They flow just fine when read all at once, but there’s not enough action per page to keep it feeling as fast as it should when you’re reading at 3\wk. There’s no good solution to it.

SuitCase March 30, 2012, 4:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #213053


Neila078 March 30, 2012, 4:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #213054

It’s good to be aware of your faults? Oh….kay… I would just stop talking if someone said that to me. It’s kind of… I dunno just wouldn’t ever say that to someone. It’s like I’m agreeing with them.

“Man I’m so stupid…”
“Well it’s good to be aware of your faults.”

I mean can you just see it?

That one bitch March 30, 2012, 4:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #213055

lol abbys words remind me of batman. God i love batman. :smirk:

JustSomeCritic March 30, 2012, 5:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #213056

aaah, so she woke up abbey with the radio and her voice! I didn’t understand that he was sleeping.
I hope daisy is sleeping too, huddled up behind one of the two seats.

… but I think we should have been able to see her in these panels, anyway.

edit: just noticed Taeshi’s comment for the previous page:

Janet is rockin beats right now while everyone else sleeps

was it there from the beginning? I usually read her comment soon after reading the comic…

boh... March 30, 2012, 5:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #213057

I’ve been where he is.
My father was also a very violent man and it was years later, when I grew up a bit more, before I learnt about his actions in detail.
But I always feared I’d become him, I used to get angry for no reason, I worried that I couldn’t become somebody better than him. Everything Abbey is saying and going through… I can connect with entirely.

It takes a while to get control of it, I still struggle at times. But yes! if you can see your own faults, you are already half way to winning the battle :)

Abbey’s gonna be okay. And he’ll grow up to a great person too~
His heart’s in the right place.

LOVE this story arc by the way :D

Ash March 30, 2012, 5:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #213058

Abbey’s mouth reminds me of Pacman in the 3rd panel. I don’t know why.. 8-D

Dragonite March 30, 2012, 6:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #213059

Wow, its pretty sad seeing Abbey break apart like this. Before it seemed he was willing to take anything on. Right now he seems so fragile. Hopefully visiting his mom won’t bring up any bad memories and fix him up a little.

Drew March 30, 2012, 6:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #213061

I do believe, that by the end of this chapter, Abbey is going out and becoming a better man/Abyssinian/Cat-thingamajig, and when that happens, he’s going to show everybody that he’s a great person!

I’m going to chuckle when he just laughs off Paulo’s agitation attempts.

DeValt & Whittaker March 30, 2012, 7:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #213062

Abbey’s face in panel 3. Priceless.

Bssnst06 March 30, 2012, 7:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #213063

Has no one noticed Daisy has just escaped the car when they weren’t looking

SpaceMouse March 30, 2012, 8:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #213064

So whatever happened to those other cats? I think there was a white one… and a jerK? Oh well, more Angsty Abby! XD

Keep up the good work Taeshi

- Zero

Zero_Starlight March 30, 2012, 8:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #213065

Anyone noticed thet Daisy has dissapeared from the back seat?

Yoran Stern March 30, 2012, 8:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #213066

Dude… this little guy just has the same problem as me…

****ing dysfunctional marriages…

Faust March 30, 2012, 8:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #213067

Abby your so cute

Yuki March 30, 2012, 8:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #213068

I feel you, Abbey. Though it was never to the extreme you and other people have experienced, I grew up in an emotionally abusive household. I didn’t realize it until a few years ago; I thought everyone’s house was like that. My dad had physical tendencies, but he aware enough of them to stop himself from hurting us (most of the time). Usually he would break things to take out his anger - a can opener, a printer, a window - but I grew up seeing that explosive rage and I adopted it myself. I get really angry and until I started teaching I didn’t realize how desperately I needed to get control of it. I learned to rein in my anger and control my actions, but I still feel it, and I know from other people’s expressions that they see the crazy gleam in my eyes and the flush in my face when I’m trying to control my anger. Many times I force myself to walk away and either write until I no longer feel angry, exercise, or work on something that requires a ton of energy.

To sum up, Abbey, you might or might not be able to control how angry you get, but you can absolutely control your reactions. It takes time, and you’re still very young.

Nicole March 30, 2012, 8:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #213069

And knowing is half the battle, G.I. Joe

Iris March 30, 2012, 9:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #213070

That face he’s making in the last pannel….I think I just died a little inside ;_; Taeshi, you draw facial expressions so wonderfully :love:

Lunar March 30, 2012, 9:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #213071

Looking kind of duckish in the third panel there, Abbey.

StushiJaguar March 30, 2012, 9:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #213072

“How do you stop being angry for no good reason?”
“You sing along with me, of course!”
Party hard, in car, with Abby and Janet.

Kindle_Kat March 30, 2012, 9:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #213073

AWWW!!!! Poor Abbey! I love that little guy now he’s all sad!!!

Ikuto March 30, 2012, 9:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #213074

Love abbey in his jacket(on clothes to be more precisely…making me wanna draw him…)

Raxki March 30, 2012, 10:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #213075

Oh god, bracing for Daisy not actually being real. She just completely disappeared from the car. PLOT TWEEEST?! I hope not. I like Daisy.

Eeyup March 30, 2012, 10:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #213076


asdfghjkl; March 30, 2012, 10:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #213077

The levitating jaw trick on still 3 is kind of… awkward.

Davey March 30, 2012, 10:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #213079

Abbey, forget that, look behind you, your girlfriend got abducted by aliens!

Tudor March 30, 2012, 12:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #213084

Am I the only one who doesn’t think Abbi has a problem? He’s got a lot to be angry about, and that incident with the bully was totally justified. He wouldn’t listen when asked nicely, so he had to speak the bully’s own language. Not a lot of force, just enough to get him to give back the ribbon. The problem is that today everyone is sure that pacifism is the answer to everything. Getting angry, and even occasionally using force, does NOT make Abbi the same as his father.

Poprocks March 30, 2012, 12:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #213085

I just realized… Janet is either a great or bad driver, with how she manages to not collide into anything while looking at the road just half the time in that weather

John March 30, 2012, 2:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #213086

Le gasp! they’re tight :o

Daisy got Kizunaed

John March 30, 2012, 2:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #213087

Wait… I THOUGHT DAISY WAS IN THE CAR TOO! She must have jumped out of the window when we weren’t looking! D:

thadarova March 30, 2012, 4:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #213089

I find this lack of Daisy disturbing.

Blossom March 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #213090

well no it’s not good the more you are aware of your fualts the more boiled up you get at the horrible ones the boom your out and about like that masacur kids back in 1999

moon ba bay March 30, 2012, 5:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #213091

yea i screwed my name up…^^^^^

moonba bay March 30, 2012, 5:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #213092

@moonba bay
If you’re referring to Columbine, it was more of a lack of an outlet/empathy, and it was a bully’s haven. Everyone points the finger at everything else rather than themselves, and in the end nothing gets solved.

Renadt March 30, 2012, 6:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #213093

Holy ****, I just emotionally connected with Abbey. I know that feel bro…it’s like it’s always my fault because I go off on tangents and only later realize I might have overdone it T_T

OneLonelyPickle March 30, 2012, 6:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #213094

Being aware of your faults is very different from undue self blame. The hard part is keeping one from blaming his or her self for what wasn’t one’s fault. The learning of the proper balance is just another piece of maturity. Not giving up helps and there we are.

Hoheh March 30, 2012, 7:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #213095


Ice Shield March 30, 2012, 7:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #213096

Abbey, Favorite character. No love problems, more personal problems. I have the same thing where I’m think that being aggressive is the key to answer the problem. Trying to start listening with out trying to be the one heard and not to attack back if being one attacked.

Ben March 30, 2012, 8:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #213097

angry for no good reason? when has abbey been angry without good reason? Everytime he’s gone ape spit (on augustus, mike, and paulo to a lesser extent) he’s been completely justified. Please don’t tell me we’re turning this into a violence is bad story, because it’s been proven that sometimes force is acceptable and necessary more times than you think.

strider March 30, 2012, 8:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #213098


That person March 30, 2012, 9:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #213101

Hey, I know its kinda off topic of Abbey and such, but I just bought Shinedown’s new album and theres a song in there called “For My Sake”. I think it describes Mike and Lucys problems between their relationship pretty well. If you have time you should check it out and tell me what you think.

Drew March 30, 2012, 10:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #213104

In the end only the sanest ask themselves such questions, Abbey.

Nimbus March 30, 2012, 11:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #213113

Hmm, now I’m curious to see when daisy will show up again, XD she seems to have been “off screen” for a while now.

Mr.Anonymous March 31, 2012, 12:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #213120


Miki March 31, 2012, 10:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #213124

In the back seat

FairyTalegurl March 31, 2012, 1:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #213126

Actually, I’m sad. Well… Abbey is a trauma-boy, that’s a fact.

Kyosuke March 31, 2012, 3:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #213127

Love jannet. she needs her own emoticon. So does tess for that matter

JustSomeCritic March 31, 2012, 3:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #213130

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree it seems. -.-

SteelWings March 31, 2012, 5:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #213134

it’s a quick question Teashi in the FAQ section of the about page the last question about mike and lucy getting together again it said yes a few times but when i come back it says no is there a problem or am i going crazy.

i don't know March 31, 2012, 6:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #213135

@i don’t know,
That question in the FAQ does that, it’s basically taeshi’s way to say you need to wait and see.

strider March 31, 2012, 7:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #213186

Well Abbey has been going through QUITE the character development here…

wr3h April 1, 2012, 6:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #213192

I hope this comic never end!!!!

jun April 1, 2012, 10:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #213211

oh gawg look at abbeys mouth in panel 3

yo April 1, 2012, 4:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #213424

In this case, Abbey is experiencing what I believe a lot of people have felt at least once in their lifetime :(

Chocothunda April 2, 2012, 2:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #216334

100th comment!!!

Michael May 12, 2012, 9:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #224327

Mmm hmm… I think Jana was on the radio on… on MAX

o_o August 2, 2012, 8:55 PM EST.

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