69. At Loose Ends, page posted 4/2/12

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Comment ID #213234

D:> ! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO I saw this coming. lol

D(r)aGon88 April 2, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #213235

…Oh god poor Abbey.

Keo April 2, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

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Zan April 2, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #213237

Yeah I kinda already figured this out… 12 pages ago

Skyler April 2, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #213238

Nooo! :(

Wow April 2, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #213239

Some things are better left unsaid. But not this. This is no way to find out. Poor Abbey.

theunwiseman April 2, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #213240

No please no… :*(

Delusional April 2, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #213241

yay first comment!…wait…she is dead…huh D:?

FMS April 2, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #213242

This is just like toonami being on adult swim last night I don’t know if this is a joke or not D: I really like the art of this page Taeshi :3

ToraPandoraPGS April 2, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #213243


Jaime April 2, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #213244

oh… ****, Abbey’s snapping… Damn…

Mayonaka April 2, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #213245

wow…7 comments in 1 second

FMS April 2, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #213246

Can’t say I didn’t see this coming but… truly, there never was a crueler April fool’s joke.

Pear April 2, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #213247

I had a feeling this was it…but I didn’t want to be right. Or did I? Cause plan B was worse than this….

Dr-Gobbles-MD April 2, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #213248

Now for a real comment. I was honestly almost expecting them to show up at a mental hospital, or a hospital in general, and his mother no longer be mentally sane, or be in some sort of coma from the head trauma. But this really did surprise me. But in a way its good, for both Abbey and his sister. They can now begin the moving on process from their past, and stop wondering about their mother, and where she is and how she is doing, and why she hasn’t found them yet. I hope Janet can tell poor little Molly that her mother didn’t just forget about them, and loved them to the very end.

Keo April 2, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #213249

…why are they making a pit stop at a graveyard?

Edit: Oh, wait. Suddenly everything makes sense. I was having trouble differentiating between the speakers in the sixth panel.

causticAntilogy April 2, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #213250

Ah, i get it, by going to see his mother, he means her grave. Does Molly know too? I wonder. And if this is just the pit stop, then who is he actually going to meet?

Anbellz April 2, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #213251

Not sure if serious about april fools….

But finding out about the death of a parent like this?? Ouch… Just ouch, something like that isnt somethin’ you just shake off.

Seraphara April 2, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #213253

In an earlier page, Janet asked Abby if he’d like to stay the night with his mom. Why would he spend the night in a snowy graveyard?
Yes, it’s semantics, but it’s justified semantics.

Curtisimo April 2, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #213254

Keo…That is what I was thinking.

Dr-Gobbles-MD April 2, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #213255

Can’t say it…
Guilt will eat me…

Welgaea April 2, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #213256

i was expecting that but that doesn’t hurt any less.

i don't know April 2, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #213257

5 seconds i was going punch but i love you too much to do that

pikachan April 2, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #213258

Hmm, if Abby’s mom is really dead, it seems rather insensitive for Janet to have been singing in the car on the way there.

Avic April 2, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #213259

She didn’t want him to know. Oh my god Janet. Wtf. Wtf wtf wtf wtf. If he’s going to find out then why lie?

Kikren April 2, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #213260

Still April Fools day here. Gotta keep the faith that maybe… she’s alive.

Nicky April 2, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #213261

And it’s not April fools day anymore…

Kikren April 2, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #213262

i don’t know if you ****ing with me cause its fools day or what all i know is
DENIAL abbey just go with it

taro April 2, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #213263

Requiescat In Pace

starfighter105 April 2, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #213264

Maybe she’s the graveyard’s keeper? lolidk

Xiro April 2, 2012, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #213265

Wow, am I the only one who didn’t see this coming? Feel bad that Molly’s gifts are going to waste ;)

Blare April 2, 2012, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #213266

aaawwwwww pooor abby ._. he dosent want it to be true but sadly it is

kagura April 2, 2012, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #213267

Well, My enthusiasm for seeing Abby’s mom is forever dead. :(

artisticScratch April 2, 2012, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #213268

Pit stop, get it? Because they put her in the ground! Well played, Janet.

Jerk Magic Inc April 2, 2012, 12:13 AM EST.

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StushiJaguar April 2, 2012, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #213271

ahmmm Ok.. maybe is…… oh shiit… No.. can’t think of anything that replaces the idea that Abbey’s mom is dead… :S

nadss April 2, 2012, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #213272

ow… sad i feel bad

Lionesst April 2, 2012, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #213273

That’s just terrible…

Though, doesn’t this mean his father might have been given the death penalty? His father would certainly deserve it, but…I can’t imagine finding out your mom is dead like this. This is way beyond depressing.

I’m expecting Abbey to have huge meltdown…I know I would.

Randommoron5 April 2, 2012, 12:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #213274

please let it be abbies dad in the ground.

King_Crimson April 2, 2012, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #213275

I was hoping I was wrong…

poor abby…

SXR123 April 2, 2012, 12:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #213276

what if her mother works there and shes not dead?its the last hope to abbye dont you think?

lucioMJ April 2, 2012, 12:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #213277

She’s never uploaded a page before midnight my time. April fooooools.

Eeyup April 2, 2012, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #213278

Denial can only get you so far, until the truth punches you in the face…

SXR123 April 2, 2012, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #213279

The case of the appearing and disappearing Daisy and Janet!

Nissie April 2, 2012, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #213280

I am glad not everyone jumped on the bandwagon of Abby’s mom being in the ground. I hope to Ammy that the gravestone says “Abraham DoucheKnuckle Sr.” instead of “Charlotte Aluras.” (Last names are made up, btw.)

Renadt April 2, 2012, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #213281

Well, I certainly didn’t expect this, it’s the kind of sad twist that is expected but at the same time… well, you can’t look at this and not feel tears on your cheek or a pang in your heart. Abbey, you poor soul, I would be in denial too if my mother was a gravedigger. Hopefully time will heal this wound.

Ace April 2, 2012, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #213282

Oh good, we were all right.

And by “Oh good” I mean “Well Abbey, what did you expect? Her being in a mental hospital would be even more heartbreaking.”

Titanium Dragon April 2, 2012, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #213283

Dang, I thought Abbey had really lost it there for a second. Although at least he may eventually have some closesure that his mom is in a better place. Sadly, if anyone were to ever make a remark about his mom he would probably rip them apart or curl up in a corner for days. Also, I’ve got a bad feeling that Molly will simply keep making presents to cope and Abbey will unleash a bunch of anger on her.

ZZ April 2, 2012, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #213284

Ooooohhhhh!!!! She dead! She’s dead and gone, dead and gone! She’s buried six feet down, she’s in the god damn ground. He’s mothers dead, his hand are stained red. Now he’s gonna cry, I’m gonna laugh so much I die. Ha ha hahaha hahaha hahahahaha.

Slenderman April 2, 2012, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #213285

Can’t be true! She is NOT dead! No no no! She must work at the semitary, or she and Janet agreed to meet there! It’s a lie!

Wow April 2, 2012, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #213286

@Slenderman: You can leave now.

Wingman April 2, 2012, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #213287

slenderman your a f-u-c-k-i-n-g dooch.

nomoe28 April 2, 2012, 12:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #213288

like thats gonna happen

nomoe28 April 2, 2012, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #213289

Does anyone else realize that when abbey smiles, it’s like he has no teeth…

Alex April 2, 2012, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #213290

Maybe his mother’s now a gravekeeper? I’m just at a loss for words…

Qsandas April 2, 2012, 12:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #213291

YES, finally someone that sees it

nomoe28 April 2, 2012, 12:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #213292

im talking about alex

nomoe28 April 2, 2012, 12:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #213293

Oh my goosshh!! D’:

Silvere April 2, 2012, 12:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #213294

i wish there were more pages aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh i cant wait this is torture

nomoe28 April 2, 2012, 12:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #213295

Not sure if real or April fool’s joke… -.-

Redneck April 2, 2012, 12:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #213296

Oh wow, I really didn’t see this coming. Now I can’t wait for the next update!! I want to know if this is real or not! Denial!!

MissListless April 2, 2012, 12:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #213297

toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrtttttttttttttttttttttttttttttuuuu uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeee

nomoe28 April 2, 2012, 12:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #213298

Then David pops out of a grave and screams “GARBAGE DAY!”

Leo April 2, 2012, 12:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #213299

Wait, seriously?!

Sonata April 2, 2012, 12:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #213300

IhateitwhenTaeshileavesushangingwithaconfusingcomm ent.
the staying the night thing- she said in a hotel, she didn’t saying anything about “with the mom”…. :\
I do find it confusing that she would be so cheerful though if his mother was truly dead…..
she seemed decently optimistic, and so did Daisy. ( granted Daisy may not have been told )

I guess Janet could have been trying to not let him anxt….. but….. if she was going to tell him anyway, she should have ( and surely would have? ) actually TOLD him, not driven him to a grave and been like “hey look.”

……… right? D :

ofcourse from THIS context it does imply that he just saw his mother’s grave….. unless Taeshi makes it an epic twist, it turns out that it really is a pit stop, and that this is his father’s grave.
I doubt that though o.o;

shdkhfs. April 2, 2012, 12:45 AM EST.

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aaaaaaaaaa April 2, 2012, 12:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #213302

worst not april fools ever

G4N April 2, 2012, 12:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #213303

Oh no… Poor Abbey. This is the worst news place they could have stopped for his psyche.

NBbowler April 2, 2012, 12:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #213304

I knew it…

Naity April 2, 2012, 12:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #213305

So, she did die……… I was hoping she was alive, but I guess not. Poor Abbey, trying to reject what happened. I wonder if she died in that incident, or if she committed suicide…. I mean, Sr. looked so sure he killed her and ran away, but one would also panic (depending on the individual) and leave/run away when the victim is unconscious, right? I kind of get the feeling that the lamp in the head is what killed her, because I don’t think she really had a reason to kill herself….. aside from realizing her husband cheated on her, but that really doesn’t seem like enough. Regardless, women from abused households do die, that much is clear….. just like this page is showing that Abbey’s mom is probably dead (I’ll stay in denial and believe that this is an agreed meeting place, for Sr’s grave or something. until the next update enforces the fact that she’s as dead …… I REALLY HATE ABBEY SR. AND I HOPE HE ENDS UP AS A HOBO IF HE’S RELEASED FROM PRISON). Poor Molly, It’ll break her heart when she finds out she’s dead. She’s totally going to keep making those gifts until she’s told her mom’s dead, isn’t she?

HOW COME THEIR SOCIAL WORKER (or whoever is in charge of Abbey and Molly’s case) NEVER TOLD THEM ABBEY’S MOM IS DEAD, OR WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HER?? Didn’t anyone in charge of their case think it would be a good idea to tell them?? Wait, is there a dead penalty for murder wherever the BBC characters are?? Because a thought just occurred to me; what if Sr. got the death penalty for killing Abbey’s mom? O.O

Still, I love this story, even with moments like this. Good job, comic artist lady, BBC is totally one of the best webcomics I’ve ever read :3

Subaru April 2, 2012, 12:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #213306

:nope: ……………………………………….. Mad Lucy

Does the state have the death penalty for murder?


That… *******…….. ._.

Sarge April 2, 2012, 12:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #213307

Well, that’s a very day for Abbey, isn’t it? D: Daisy’s do sweet, trying to comfort her lover :D

Minty Winter April 2, 2012, 12:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #213308

I hate to admit it… but I’m pretty sure I called this one.
= -.- =
Honestly, one of the best things about this is that his mother won’t be hurt by anyone anymore.

Charvale April 2, 2012, 12:56 AM EST.

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JimmyP424 April 2, 2012, 12:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #213310

Someone may be trolling. I LIKE IT!

Hoheh! April 2, 2012, 12:56 AM EST.

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Leen619 April 2, 2012, 12:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #213312

Ooooooh! That went straight to my heart. oh man the look on abby’s face just makes you feel so bad.

Wolf128 April 2, 2012, 12:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #213313

More, does the states still have the electric chair? Because I hope that’s what Abe senior got after he was arrested! It’s quick, but extremely painful, and the ******* deserved it!

Sarge April 2, 2012, 12:58 AM EST.

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Grass_ April 2, 2012, 1:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #213315

Oh my…Oh hell. Well, this is a GREAT end to an already depressing spring break >> Well, after this, all we have left to go is up, right? RIGHT?! :

Name not found April 2, 2012, 1:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #213316

Oh no… I was afraid of this… :(

DiDi April 2, 2012, 1:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #213317

I guess she didn’t survive that blow to the head. D:

nalem April 2, 2012, 1:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #213318

I was expecting this. Not very nice that it went down this way, but it was the most logical outcome.

Surprised at the extreme denial he’s going through though. Like he’s trying to forget what he already knows. Just goes to show how much trauma he has.

Ignis April 2, 2012, 1:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #213319

This one… is so sad… ;.;

PurpleLeaf April 2, 2012, 1:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #213320

Sadness is hard to describe, so I will write it in poetry form!
Furious Abbey Self denying Abbey
Said his life wasn’t too shabby
He visited his mum one day
To light his souls way
To find she was only a grave

._. And Molly poor little
Her feelings were brittle
She made a gift for each day
Since her mum passed away
To keep the fan from meeting the shittle

UltimateZ April 2, 2012, 1:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #213321


Shocky April 2, 2012, 1:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #213322

called it :nope:

Thespianut April 2, 2012, 1:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #213323

oh sh- …..

Silver the Dragon April 2, 2012, 1:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #213324

omg poor abbey :c

Nekochi-Chan April 2, 2012, 2:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #213325

Don’t even like Abbey, and that’s still pretty sad.

Eveco April 2, 2012, 2:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #213326

disappointed, very predictable huh, start new chapter already pleases

pampers April 2, 2012, 2:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #213327

I’m really, REALLY shocked. As Keo commented, I was expecting that Abbey’s mother would be in some kind of health care center, in coma or mentally insane. But this was really shocking.

Abbey’s expression in panel 7 shows exactly the denial he has tried. For him it cannot be possible that his mother is dead.

Now this open a new wave of questions. Why did Janet and Kevin act like that? Why did they hid the kids the truth? Why saying them her mother “Had to get better before she could see them again”? It would have been a lot less traumatic for them to know the trueth from the beginning.

Volgrand April 2, 2012, 2:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #213328

Oh Abbey. This character is the one I relate to the most, and for him to see this is just really really sad. As said above, I also thought his mother would be in a mental hospital, but this is just really sad. I have a feeling the next few panels are going to be really emotional…

End April 2, 2012, 2:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #213329


Tacsi April 2, 2012, 2:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #213330

wow…..uhh…. well..*ahem*…man this chapter is getting very depressing :(

Darf14 April 2, 2012, 2:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #213331

I’m thinking Abbey fell may have fallen asleep in the car and this page is just a dream. I can’t wait to see how it plays out…

Aken April 2, 2012, 2:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #213332

And then we find out that his mom now is a grave keeper…. what?

Riptor April 2, 2012, 2:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #213333

Wow…was not expecting this. Totally was thinking that maybe she was in a shelter recovering…I’m not sure if his father killed her…but something did happen…wow my heart really hurts for Abbey right now…poor kid :(

Jazzie April 2, 2012, 2:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #213334

D- Damn……. that sucks ._.

Clark April 2, 2012, 2:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #213336

You know I dont think about my dead mom that much anymore.


Hedge April 2, 2012, 3:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #213337

Ooooooh sh*t…. poor Abbey

Jake April 2, 2012, 3:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #213338

So hoping this is an April Fool’s joke… D:

Rosemarie April 2, 2012, 3:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #213339

Abbey, I know what it is like to go through a process like that. I knew how horrible it felt to have found out something that I would not expect - something I wished was not true. It is hard as far as I can say, and it will take a toll on you for a while before you can put your emotions back together. It does not mean that you cannot be happy, for life goes on. Trust me, after a while, you will start missing your mother less and less as time passes(even if you suddenly start crying a year later by remembering it) and eventually you will realize that she was there to see you care for her. For as long as that is embedded into her heart, that’s all that matters.

A.T. April 2, 2012, 3:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #213340

Oh god no

Laufente April 2, 2012, 3:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #213341

I wouldn’t be surprised if they were just meeting her there, due to her visiting someone else.
But with 8 pages left it’s doubtful.
Ah well, here’s to hoping.

Convict April 2, 2012, 3:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #213342

Maybe it’s his father’s grave? Oh, who am I kidding D:

Laufente April 2, 2012, 3:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #213343

Wouldn’t it have been a better idea to tell him outright beforehand, rather than let him get his hopes up?

Either that, or she’s now working in a cemetery.

Binky April 2, 2012, 3:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #213344

As someone who lost his mother last Sunday (having them die 2 ft in front of you while your trying to save them has never made me feel more helpless)

This comic made me feel real weepy. At work though so cant vent :((

jimbob April 2, 2012, 3:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #213345

oh…..wow….just….wow….i i can’t even begin to articulate how much this hurt me let alone hurt poor abbey….i mean….you kinda hold out hope holding your breath hoping and praying and just when you’ve convinced yourself that your gut instinct is wrong >bam< big karmic slap to the face….though it does leave me the question (as horrible as it is) is her death a recent thing? or has janet known all along and just waited to tell abbey when she felt he was old enough to handle the truth?

Luna April 2, 2012, 3:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #213346

this did not surprise me in the least, i pretty much figured she was dead, i am named for the god of death, afterall. ;)

maybe now this kid will start crying and get the hell over his past… or he’ll sink even further into denial and go insane, and lose everything he has in his new life. :/

Thanatos April 2, 2012, 3:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #213347

Called it months ago , but still is sad she is death , all i want to know is if he will break down even more or if he will finaly acept things as they are

DrackeStalenTorgen April 2, 2012, 3:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #213348

sorry for double-posting, but i can’t edit my message for some reason, the edit button has once again vanished lately…

so, wait, was this really uploaded before midnight, like i read in the comments?

if so, this likely is an april fool’s joke… it does seem odd, the inconsistency mentioned by one person, and janet singing so happily in the car, and would she really be cruel enough to tease him like that?

i’m going to assume it’s his father who is dead, and his mother is visiting the grave, or something.

…better yet, i’m going to assume EVERYTHING.

there, i covered all possibilities with one word, so no matter what, i’ll be right! 8-D

Thanatos April 2, 2012, 3:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #213349

I actually kind of expected this.
Still, I can’t help but feel bad for Abbey.

Phantom April 2, 2012, 4:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #213351

i actually saw this coming when janet was at the Christmas party.

Huntress_RVW April 2, 2012, 4:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #213352

oh dear…i wonder what’s gonna come next….

Anima April 2, 2012, 4:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #213353

A wild Daisy appeared!

p.s. Curtisimo said what I wanted to say.
spending the night at a graveyard? while it is snowing? what the heck did janet have in mind?

boh... April 2, 2012, 4:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #213354

I had a great April Fools up to this moment… and frankly I feel dirty now.

Yami-Yagari April 2, 2012, 5:13 AM EST.

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Sorry to hear that, my friend.

Volgrand April 2, 2012, 5:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #213356

I’m a little sad because i wanted molly and her brother to find their mothe in an hospital recovering, but in the end why did it had to be a sad end. And poor molly she always made presents for her mother so that one day she could meet her again and gave it to her. Why did it had to be this way?

Mia Meow April 2, 2012, 5:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #213357

I wonder. Was this an April fools prank, did Abbey somehow actually not know his mom was dead, or is this some weird misinterpretation of events and it is actually a pit stop. :?

Lake April 2, 2012, 5:33 AM EST.

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Mia Meow April 2, 2012, 5:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #213359

OH NO! ;_;

That’s so terrible, coming all of this way, and for what? to find out that she is dead?!

Your comic has always tugged on my heartstrings Taeshi, but never like this….

Doodlebug April 2, 2012, 5:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #213360

Wow. Just Wow.
This really just took a huge U-Turn and went in the exact opposite direction of what I thought.
Excellent writing Taeshi. I applaud you. :|

Sven April 2, 2012, 5:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #213361

she probably work there or something… I DONT WANT HER TO DIE!!!

umad? April 2, 2012, 5:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #213362

Two possible outcomes for Sr. in mind should Abbey’s mom is as good as six feet under:
1. He’s already dead via death penalty

2. He’s still in jail

Now if SR. is still alive, Abbey would either make him regret what he’s done and scar him the same way he scarred him, or Abbey would snap and kill him with an unfortunate consequence (in which ‘unfortunate consequence’ is usually, and I might regret saying it, BCB’s specialty proven by Mike with Lucy).

Eddy April 2, 2012, 6:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #213363

Poor Abbeyㅠㅠ ._.

jun April 2, 2012, 6:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #213364

oh… D:

JLaw April 2, 2012, 6:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #213365

That’s just sad… I mean, why would some one kill someone he loves?
Especially his own wife, then he was ready to give up his kids for some
girl her wife doesn’t even know. Then he hits her with no reason…
Don’t worry Abbey, your mom may be gone, but you have friends. You have Janet, Daisy, Molly, and your friends, they will support you. So stay strong! :)

Anonymousx101 April 2, 2012, 6:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #213366

April Fool’s? Really?

Brain Worm April 2, 2012, 6:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #213367

Mmmmm could still be a red herring! Maybe! … maybe?

Jessica U. Ingmann April 2, 2012, 6:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #213368

This is quite a…

grave situation.

Vigtyr April 2, 2012, 6:25 AM EST.

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FairyTalegurl April 2, 2012, 6:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #213370

Poor Abbey… :(

DakotaLesmercy April 2, 2012, 6:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #213371

This is one of those events in someone’s life that either results in an emotional breakdown or the development of a more callous personality… i’m betting on the first option in this case.

Jonny April 2, 2012, 6:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #213372

i did not thing this would happen poor Abby ;_;
she’s dead ._.

Yuki April 2, 2012, 6:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #213373

;_;Awwwwwwww poor abby thats so sad but i guess its for the best still hes gonna be super depressed for a long while

Kitt360 April 2, 2012, 7:01 AM EST.

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Nyan cat LAWLZ April 2, 2012, 7:05 AM EST.

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Nyan cat LAWLZ April 2, 2012, 7:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #213376

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Khajiit April 2, 2012, 7:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #213377

Ouch…I kinda knew that his mother would be dead, but I didn’t think they were driving directly to the cemetery. That’s really friggin’ rough on him…

You know, my mother was also heavily abused in a lot of her previous relationships, and even in one or two of her previous marriages. She finally stopped taking it. I’ve never even met my biological father. As of now, she has the perfect guy for her, who is more of a father to me and my siblings than any of our previous fathers. I love them both to death.

I could’ve been Abbey…

NintendoSegaSonyGuy April 2, 2012, 7:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #213378

oh my god! Abbey I’m so sorry. ._.

yuyupiece April 2, 2012, 7:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #213379


Ho well. =/

Syrus April 2, 2012, 7:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #213380

I’m kinda ****** at the super depressing twist this comic has taken in the past few chapters. I mean, it’s ok to give the readers something to think about every now and then, but really? Out of all the bad endings you choose the most depressing of them all, why? Doesnt your characters have the right to be happy even when their creator is feeling bad?
This better be some kind of cliffhanger with another twist, but for now, I’m done with the Bitter part of Bittersweet candy bowl, if I wanted angst I’d pay attention to the news.

And don’t be offended (since I know people are gonna jump at me), since I have not said that “this comic is bad” or “this sucks” or anything else. If this is your sauce, amazing, enjoy it. It’s just not my sauce anymore.

And dont use this as an excuse to feel bad about yourself as a person @Taeshi. Because, y’know, I’ve seen Taeshi Diary and I’ve read you reacted bad about these kind of comments in the past. It has NOTHING to do with you or your personality or your behaviour. I bet my pants you’re a sweetheart.

JKrisom April 2, 2012, 7:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #213381

This chapter had been planned for years. It’s almost a part of Abbey’s conception as a character.

This comic will be primarily downbeat for the next year or so, so if you are looking for gag-a-day funny animal updates you will continue to be disappointed. This is not a result of random whims and feelings, it’s the way the plot has been charted out for a long time.

SuitCase April 2, 2012, 8:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #213382

Wait a second… this isn’t the pit stop. This isn’t the pit stop at all! D:

Doomstruck April 2, 2012, 8:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #213383

Awwww poor Abby I feel sorry for him now really badly sorry for him :( ._. molly wont be impressed when she finds out

Kitkatlovespaulo April 2, 2012, 8:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #213384

ironic how the song “world around me” by escape the fate was playing as i saw this page. man, talk about a huge emotional arrow to the chest. This is going to be the start of a very long healing process for him. Good thing daisy is there for support, otherwise I doubt he’ll hanlde it in the most negative way possible :unsure:

Muro April 2, 2012, 8:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #213385

I love Daisy when she wakes up :3

2tailed_fox April 2, 2012, 8:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #213386

I kinda had this coming, if I read correctly the message this post portrayed. I feel sad and at the same time terrible for not feeling a tear coming after this. It’s been a while, after all; anything could have happened in between. On that note, anything can happen until this is absolutely confirmed. After all, there was at least one case which had proved to be misleading.
Until then, Abbey, you have my sympathy.

Harris012 April 2, 2012, 8:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #213387


I had that little feeling and I was hoping I was wrong! I KNEW IT.


Ryan April 2, 2012, 8:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #213388


Suzume April 2, 2012, 8:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #213389

Them mom raise from the dead.
IMBA zombieland with drama cats

Royal_Naga April 2, 2012, 8:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #213390

….ooooh. :c

Dalmonite April 2, 2012, 9:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #213391

Looks like this is a…


grave situation for Abbey.


…I’m a terrible person.

Ousan April 2, 2012, 9:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #213392

Taeshi.……… no, why, wow mind blown!
I did not expect this! I thought maybe that she would be in a bad neighbourhood or in a rehab centre…
God bless her soul, poor abbey, how will he explain to Molly?
How will abbey live when he thinks that what he is turnin into is a murderer?

I hope this is an April fools day joke because you got your whole loving audience here

Foreveryoung5 April 2, 2012, 9:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #213393

I don’t understand something.
Why would Abbey’s mother ask him if he wanted to stay the night if his mother was dead?

Isn’t that a little weird?

Vidgamer17 April 2, 2012, 10:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #213394

NOW THEY HAVE TO TELL MOLLY. I want to see that.

Ventus April 2, 2012, 10:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #213395

Please be just an April Fools Joke, and then next page he wakes up, or his mom is a grave keeper.

Alkaizer87 April 2, 2012, 10:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #213396

Oh god Taeshi your comments.

Ranki April 2, 2012, 10:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #213397

It’s really a twist, she just works there, under a new identity or something and she didn’t seek them out for their protection. Also works as a surprise joke on everyone (even Abbey), without being a joke.

Guest April 2, 2012, 10:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #213398

Too soon

Wolfei April 2, 2012, 10:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #213399

Thats not fair … :(

Bigjack April 2, 2012, 10:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #213400

I really can’t believe I am saying this: Poor Abbey… ._.
No wait, I can!
If was Michael, i would say: “Vá pra puta que pariu, desgraça encarnada!!!”

Mil Faces April 2, 2012, 11:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #213401

I HATE YOU……..SO MUCH!!!!…..:,( XD i don’t even know how i feel now.

Tug April 2, 2012, 11:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #213402

This has got to be one of the saddest scenes in BCB, and I’ve read this entire comic…

Xenos April 2, 2012, 11:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #213403

wait….there are 2 gravestones….whos the other one?
and also, why isnt there a chatroom here?

eagamer1 April 2, 2012, 11:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #213404

I must be a real idiot, but I don’t really get if she is dead or not :question: … I think she IS dead more than the opposite, though…
David: 8-D even I got it!
Me: :nope:

Mikk April 2, 2012, 11:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #213406

Big question, why the **** drive all the way there if she’s dead?

Not like he’ll miss anything.

Davey April 2, 2012, 11:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #213407

In some way we should have seen this coming. I mean, hasn’t Augustus been tellIng Abbey his mom is dead for some time now?

Unit April 2, 2012, 11:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #213408

Abbey is strong. He’ll be alright in the end especially with Daisy there to help him. Janet did her best and honestly its not her fault so she should be able to comfort him too. I dont know why, but I get the feeling that this whole experience will only strengthen Abbey’s relationships with people and make him more at peace with his life.

Zylo April 2, 2012, 12:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #213409

That was yesterday, Taeshi.

kool kim April 2, 2012, 12:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #213410

Ha saw dat comin! XD

kool kim April 2, 2012, 12:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #213411

Oh gosh, Abbey. ;A; You precious baby, let me give you all of my hugs. Man, I was not expecting this AT ALL. Like some have said, I was thinking more of a hospital, but gosh this surprised me. ;-;

squish April 2, 2012, 12:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #213412

Oh no…. I said that out loud when I read this page…. Wow, what a bittersweet way to kick off my day : / Poor Abbey…. that’s a terrible way to find out his mother is dead… I’m kind of disappointed in Janet for driving him all the way there just to show him a cemetery; it’s almost cruel….Aghhh :(((

Amaris April 2, 2012, 12:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #213413

i believe i just became depressed because of this…… ._.

Jooshbox April 2, 2012, 12:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #213414

Wow, I never saw this coming. Personally having outlived both my parents by Abbey’s age, I know how much it can hurt, but I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to feel abandoned by your parents for so long only to find out that they’ve passed on. Now I’m all the more impatient to find out about his father. I really hope he’s lived a rough life and realized how awful he was, even if it’s too late. He’s got to have SOME redeeming quality, right? I hope.

novascottch April 2, 2012, 12:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #213415

I’m going to be sceptical for now…and assume this isn’t true. Perhaps he’s dreaming or it’s his father whos dead.

Kitmit April 2, 2012, 12:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #213416

How unexpected *sarcasm*
really sorry for you, abbey :c

Shangy April 2, 2012, 12:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #213417

And Davey, it’s better if he can see for himself. Sometimes just hearing it without any tangible or visible evidence isn’t the kind of resolution one needs. And this way, he’s almost kind of seeing her again so he can say a real goodbye and move forward. And don’t you think he’d ask to her grave anyway after finding out she was dead? I know I would. You just have to put yourself in their place and think about how you would handle it and what you’d want to do about it.

novascottch April 2, 2012, 12:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #213418

NOOOOOOOOOOO POOR MOLLYWOBBLES!!!!!! :( Man this is so sad! Remember how she asked them to do something for her like icing her mom something?!?! Maaaaan I wanna cryyyyyyyyy

Kristy April 2, 2012, 12:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #213419

Ha! April Fools!

Oh… Shiz…

L131 April 2, 2012, 1:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #213420

oh glob….

Audrey Kyle April 2, 2012, 1:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #213421

Well, after getting over the initial “Noooooooo”-ness I’m now thinking that Charlotte can’t really be dead, if she were, Janet would be a HUGE dick, being all “HEY let’s go see your mom, I found her so you can spend the night next to her snowy grave! Lalala, don’t mind me singing in the car, it’s not like that’s inappropriate because your mom’s dead or something, haha, oh wait she is, MERRY CHRISTMAS!”

Laufente April 2, 2012, 1:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #213422

Poof! They disappeared! That’d be kinda messed up if she didn’t tell him his mother is dead.

zero enna April 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #213423

so um am just saying for all the comments I see saying this is good for them to get past it, did anybody read that it was a pit stop? well I hope it really is…

kujo April 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #213425


Poor Abbey…he had to know that this was coming, but I don’t believe he was prepared at all. He’s doing his best to put on a brave face, but…

Chocothunda April 2, 2012, 2:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #213426

Damn I was right in the worst way. I hope abbey can reach some form of closure from this. I don’t want this chapter to end on a sad note like the last one.

dimes_should_have_stores April 2, 2012, 2:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #213427

I’m personally shocked to see how many people didn’t expect this. This kind of melancholic twist was the most obvious but it brings out a question in me that I’m sure everyone else have asked already - is Abe Sr. the cause of death? Was bashing that vase in his wife’s head really enough to kill her? Did she take her own life? Or was she just unfortunate? Actually, maybe not so unfortunate… death could have been a sort of release from her husbands clutches, even if he’s imprisoned or executed.

Mr. Applejack April 2, 2012, 2:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #213428

His mother’s living conditions are less than ideal.

Shiloh April 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #213429

Okay, i had to reevaluate this scenario in my head over night because this is definitely a WTF page. If it is, in fact, that abbey’s mom is dead and apparently abbey is just learning this, what the “heck” did janet tell abbey at the party. Because he was shocked there too by something she said and apparently it wasn’t that his momma’s dead otherwise he wouldn’t be as stunned/shocked as he is here. So, two questions i’d like explained, what did janet tell abbey at the party and if abbey’s mom is dead why did janet become a b**** and not tell him before they arrived. I mean that’s pretty F-N big information, “hey i found your mom, oh by the way she’s dead.” yeah i’d file that under S*** i’d like to know before i plan a trip to “see” her.

also please tell me this is not some inception thing where he had a dream within an dream so he had a fake wake up to this scene. Don’t get me wrong i’m not saying it’s necessarily a bad thing, it’s just that cliched dream within a dream plot i getting overused ALOT and it just puts a bug up my a** when good writers resort to that plot now to throw a shocking element into a story.

strider April 2, 2012, 3:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #213430

i want to cry but i’m at work so i can’t ;-; poor abbey~

Socks April 2, 2012, 3:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #213431

Wow, I wasn’t expecting that at all. Poor Abbey… <=(

Brydog23 April 2, 2012, 3:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #213432

That sucks…

Balthazar April 2, 2012, 4:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #213433

Is it wrong to think that his mom just works at the cemetery?

chickencow April 2, 2012, 4:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #213435

Possibly an April Fools joke? No, probably isn’t.
Damn this is depressing….
Thoguh, wait:
She could just work there. Or maybe his dad is dead.
Or both.

Blossom April 2, 2012, 4:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #213437

I saw this coming….Poor Abby and Molly.

Aoriki April 2, 2012, 5:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #213438

I hate to sound cruel…but I knew that this would happen. It’s just, the way Janet’s face looked when she told him in the beginning, I knew that his mother had passed. This is sad, but I think it’s good that a story like this is written. Not everyone has a happy ending, and sometimes, they’re bittersweet. Like the title of the comic.

Kera April 2, 2012, 5:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #213439

Remember when I predicted when Charlotte was dead, then I thought that she may be alive when Janet first offered to take Abbey to her?

Looks like I was right the first time. ._.

TheX400096 April 2, 2012, 5:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #213440

Ok I’ve got to say that is just demented

Vampiric April 2, 2012, 5:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #213442


CaraBurningAngelCat April 2, 2012, 5:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #213443

Think people are jumping to conclusions a little quick, Abbey knew there was a situation regarding his mother, so he was in the know (or acted as if he knew the details at least) so I don’t believe he is going in blind

Maybe the grave is his father, or theres a grave for the unborn child that was lost thanks to the beating, But his mother wanted to meet them by their graves or something? It seems weird Abby would act like this otherwise…

But colour me interested, it must be a recent death or something if its something to do with the family

Jennytablina April 2, 2012, 5:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #213444

Taeshi! HOW COULD YOU BE SO CRUEL!!! its so sad that they stopped here too… i hope it really IS a pit stop!

GoldenCappuccinoFlame April 2, 2012, 5:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #213445

Having just had a death in the (nuclear) family, it’s really a comic that hits close to home. Granted, there are some differences, you certainly can’t blame him for how he feels at this point, and just the idea behind it all. Because of the frozen ground, said family member won’t be buried until a little later this spring, but this certainly seems to help sum up that feeling of foreboding.

Really well done.

Seb April 2, 2012, 6:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #213446

Worst April Fools EVER.
I…I don’t even know if you’re kidding or not…

JesseJamesAndCompany April 2, 2012, 6:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #213447


meleeman April 2, 2012, 6:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #213448

I figured this or mental hospital

JustSomeCritic April 2, 2012, 6:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #213449

Abbey’s face is so creepy! T^T

Pinkycute April 2, 2012, 6:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #213450

This is sad…atleast it just a pit stop which means this isn’t whare his mother is …

Megadude April 2, 2012, 6:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #213451

Oh my god. Teashi this is really depressing. I feel for Abbey. :’(

Kenshin April 2, 2012, 7:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #213452

Most of us saw that one comin’…

Oh well, all that’s left is for Abbey to come to terms with it and then BAM character development.

nAar April 2, 2012, 7:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #213453

Ahh! Why wouldn’t Janice tell him beforehand!? That’s just…with Abbey I think you need warning for something like this.

Snorlax April 2, 2012, 7:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #213454

I expected this. Poor Abbey :(

Wolfy237 April 2, 2012, 7:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #213455


Martin April 2, 2012, 7:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #213456

He may go crazy and join her!

I hope not! D,=

Turbo April 2, 2012, 7:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #213457

damn…i didn’t see this comin at all

DarkfoxProjectX April 2, 2012, 7:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #213458

It’s just a pit stop! Just a pit stop! Just.. a… sdgsgdsgdfg ;_;

Yumikarp April 2, 2012, 8:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #213460

mother of god.. could it actually be? something that’s drawn well for once? That is an awesome car in the first pannel, you haven’t done anything wrong with it. Keep this rate of improvement up and maybe your art will be as good as this.. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/26/ Blacksad_1_action.jpg

hominem April 2, 2012, 9:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #213461

I seriously think this is actually a dream abbey had while sleeping on the car. Maybe Janet didn’t told him what happened, and she’s actually preparing a surprise.

Mayonaka April 2, 2012, 9:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #213462

She’s not dead, no parent would say “Hey, I’m going to take you to see your real mom today” then take them to a graveyard. Plus she said she would take him and they would spend the night so it’s probably the front of some mental asylum.

Marik April 2, 2012, 9:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #213463

I’m really hoping this is an actual April fools joke…>.

RiverSong April 2, 2012, 9:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #213464

……. ouch.

Marucat! April 2, 2012, 9:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #213465

*jaw drops* Are you sure this… happened? :unsure:

PURPLZ April 2, 2012, 9:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #213468

Janet shoulda, coulda, woulda… wait… :question: my point is, she should have told him she was dead… :(

discochicken April 2, 2012, 10:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #213469

*Gasp* No….Not possible!
This is just unfair. Hasn’t Abee been through enough!? Why put him through more!? :(
Me no gusta.

SafelyHidden April 2, 2012, 10:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #213470


Moose April 2, 2012, 10:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #213471

awwwwwww nooooooo D :

Kassi G April 2, 2012, 11:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #213472

I came here because i had a terrible day, i was like “Dont worrys…Bs.Candybowl will make you feel better! Im very sure Abbey will found his mother!!”…..


Im…. Totally…. Depressed now. XDDDDDDD….. D’X

Desghostler April 2, 2012, 11:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #213474

I wasn’t expecting that actually, poor Abbey. oo hopefully he’ll deal with it alright. also, Daisy looks really cute yawning in the second panel.

rishi-chan April 2, 2012, 11:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #213475

well now that Suitcase has made it clear that this is not a joke……
seriously? WHAT THE HELL?!
DUDE. wdehwqiewiye W.T.F!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
unless, as some said, this may be the front of an asylum,

and she may not have /WARNED HIM/?

there’s no way that is realistic.
I thought Janet had more brains than that? D :

shdkhfs. April 2, 2012, 11:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #213476

So… What about Molly’s gift?

Zany April 2, 2012, 11:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #213477

knew it…… ._.

Vega April 3, 2012, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #213478

*never ending laughter* hahaha, finally, some comedy

JSossamon April 3, 2012, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #213480

Poor Abby. Its probably for the best. I have to say I really like the way this comic grows, its very real. :D
While I will miss the fun days of past I welcome whats to come.

Dreamer April 3, 2012, 1:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #213482

It’s a cemetery right? Not just a church with a graveyard or something?

KiwiKoala April 3, 2012, 2:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #213483

Called it weeks ago. Go check the history, first one to say it as well.

Synyen April 3, 2012, 2:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #213484

Maybe she just buries the dead!


Denial April 3, 2012, 2:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #213485


Michael S. April 3, 2012, 2:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #213486

Called it =P

Kobrag April 3, 2012, 3:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #213487

About… to cry…

Blah April 3, 2012, 3:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #213488

… Um I kinda expected this from the beinging, it was plainly shown at least to me…

I think I even saw a post or two before about others saying they figured she was dead, unless she’s cleaned up and runs the place but I still honestly expect her to be dead and for him and his sister to have to deal with the said fact.

Ya it may not be nice but it’s real life, real life can and will be mean, unfair, unjust, and down right nasty if not nightmarish.

There are good parts too life as well but when you were as troubled as Abby’s mother was a bottle of pills and or the sharp end of a razor could very well be your best friend and escape.

Let’s face it, it’s death and it happens and a lot of people probably wouldn’t consider it fair but F**K fair because we all know life isn’t fair and we all have to cope in what ever way we can and those who can’t generally end up dead. (I’ve seen it before with friends and family I know my post will probably offend some but it’s true. I’m not saying life is fully unfair and not fun there’s a lot of good in life but life is life and lets face it s**t happens.)

DChan April 3, 2012, 3:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #213489

Moment of silence please……………………………………………………………………….sorry abby

lov/hate April 3, 2012, 4:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #213490

Oh God, she’s dead! I can’t stop crying! ._.

VerySadGirl April 3, 2012, 4:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #213491

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” - so… Taeshi’s ideal is Winston Churchill? :x

Adri April 3, 2012, 6:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #213493

Not shocked at all by this. I’ve felt like his mother died from the start of this chapter a long while ago. Though I’ve always felt like they knew and just didn’t want to tell Molly and break her little heart. I never thought that even Abby didn’t know.

Unknown April 3, 2012, 7:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #213494


Luza-missen April 3, 2012, 10:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #213495

Seems kind of harsh he was brought all that way to be shown a grave with like, no prep. I know there are denial staged but it really looks like he has no clue. :(

Or maybe no, maybe it just suddenly hit him. I personally think this is a surprise factor for readers though, even those who claimed they seen it coming, they have a day or two to sit on it an think, but as somebody who reads page by page one after the other, they don’t stop to sit and think on a page and just read right ahead without figuring out possibilities.

Jax April 3, 2012, 10:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #213496

Oh dear….

… why????? ;_;

Marta April 3, 2012, 12:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #213502

I normally LOVE this comic, but this is a TERRIBLE way to break the news. “Oh hey, instead of just waiting till he gets home and telling him, I’m going to get his hopes up, drive him to the cemetery and let him put figure it out.

dildobaggins April 3, 2012, 4:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #213503

Because this comic tends to cause frequent suspense and twist things around to surprise people, I’m not going to jump to the conclusion that she is dead. I would sooner believe that her house is only reachable by walking through the graveyard.

Moogle April 3, 2012, 5:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #213505

I was so hoping it was an April Fools joke…. Poor Abbey!

Knuc April 3, 2012, 5:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #213508

wow I didn’t abbey’s mother was a gravekeeper! That’s so cool!

Hygiei April 3, 2012, 6:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #213509

._. I hate when I had reason in something, I really hoped she were alived, but whatever, I thought, Taeshi, you have the last word. I’m sad, for Abbey and little Molly, but this is the life… and the hazzards need to be confronted, and Abbey needs to know that he has no fault for what happened, we all have bad moments, and bad sides, but what afford, is the good moments, and the good memories. That will never be forget, the good moments, the good friends, and the family. For show the real life (ignoring that it has cats and dogs, without humans LoL) I love this comic and Taeshi you’re the best, because you make me love this long (and I hope never ending) story.

WhiteWolf April 3, 2012, 6:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #213510

:( Oh, poor Abbey..

Michelle April 3, 2012, 6:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #213511

Holy crap. Abbey’s just in denial. I’m amazed. I’d already be broken inside out if this happened to me.

Noble trooper, hope you feel better.

Anonymous One April 3, 2012, 7:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #213512

Oh my………….

shoop-a-doop April 3, 2012, 7:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #213513

Dun dun duuuuuun.

SteelWings April 3, 2012, 8:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #213514

Ooooohhhh….. What happened? I can’t wait for the conclusion! I bet Abbey’s father killed her! What a ****ing ***! Seriously. I’m only 12, and even I know that a blow to the head with a lamp after all those years of abuse can kill the **** out of someone! But, seriously, where’s Lucy?!?!?!?! I feel SO BAD for Lucy and I seriously want to KILL Mike!

MikeHater443 April 3, 2012, 8:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #213515

Ohhhhh BAM! God Abbey Thats got to hurt. Taeshi great page

Al3BEY April 3, 2012, 9:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #213517

Wow. Tough.
I can sort of tell what’s going down in Abbey’s head. When my cousin and my Grandfather died, realizing their deaths came in a strict pattern:
1. Shock. It takes a while to register what you’ve just discovered.
2. Shock is quickly followed by denial. You look around, begging someone to come out and say “Just joshin’ ya man!”
3. Cold realization. You still don’t want to believe it, but it’s right there in front of you.
4. If you’re the right type of person, anger. Someone puts their hand on your shoulder, they say it’s ok, but you know it’s not. It’s definitely not ok.
5. Grief/Depression/Remorse. You think about all the lost opportunities. My grandfather survived service in the Navy during World War 2, two types of cancers, and falling off a boat into a harbor when he was in his 80’s. I never knew any of this until after his death. I didn’t even know his middle name.
My suspicions? Abbey is still on phase 2 (denial) and is going to skip straight to anger and totally flip out. When his anger subsides, he’s going to feel the guilt kick in of not confronting his father sooner, and acting like his father as well.

Dat Interpretive Reader April 3, 2012, 10:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #213519

I didn’t check this in like, forever, and then I got on and read the past ten pages about. When I got to Monday’s page, my first thought was: Where- What- Why aren’t there more pages?! ABBEY. I NEED TO KNOW HOW YOU REACT.

RandomGuy123 April 3, 2012, 10:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #213616

Ok, I expected this.

Time to go to the shrink Abbey :D

Rusco Istar April 4, 2012, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #213625

On a side note, that snow looks extra fluffy and perfect for playing in.

Blah April 4, 2012, 5:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #213632

Saw it coming…:/

Mwah ha ha April 4, 2012, 5:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #213646

I totally knew she would turn out to be dead.

The Law of Minimal Plot Complications alone determined it.

Any other outcome would have left her around to complicate the plots of further storylines. So, out she goes.

Isn’t it kind of cruel to go “I am going to take you to see your mother” when you know damned well that she is dead?

Fruvous April 4, 2012, 9:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #213679

@Ace: Gah! Dude, not funny!!! DX

Luigifan April 5, 2012, 1:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #213806

SURPRISE! Your mom’s dead! …. oh…. ._.

Echo April 7, 2012, 4:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #214378

Guys, you should probably listen to this song while reading the rest of the pages.
Adds up the angst

Sycrin April 14, 2012, 4:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #216867

Wh-What? A-Abbey…. Th-Thats SO Cruel Taeshi….

Hashi May 19, 2012, 10:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #219265

What? I mean, I was expecting something bad to be revealed but a bit of me was hoping she was like in some small town or something. D;

Tati June 17, 2012, 12:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #222622

I KNEW IT!!! it was a thought in my head that became reality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mad hatter July 14, 2012, 4:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #226306

._.I have to stop reading for the night this reminded me to much of my sorrow.

chad August 27, 2012, 6:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #227719

awww… poor Abbey… ;_;

Czarina September 7, 2012, 10:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #229079

Hah, I knew it! Take that, you Optimists! Your cause is doomed!

Finnish guy September 23, 2012, 12:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #232974

awwww…..I’m nearly crying….is that bad?

Song November 18, 2012, 10:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #244398

Oh no the tears are coming back

4hStar April 30, 2013, 2:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #271841

Cuz I can’t think of like a thousand less traumatic ways to break it to him. How about you jump out of a cake with a “Your Mom is Dead” sign?

Yes January 6, 2014, 6:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #289299

I could read this chapter 50 times over and it will still hit me like a sack of bricks. Every.

Jair October 30, 2014, 4:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #291408

Called it!

And people go on about the December chapter.
This one wins the angst award! Schadenfreude Gold!

SotiCoto December 14, 2014, 9:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #295050

This was kind of a morbid way to tell Abbey about his mom. Couldn’t Janet have told him about what happened before they left on the trip instead of giving Abbey false hope?

Browneyes March 5, 2015, 3:38 PM EST.

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