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Comment ID #224041

Poor Michael, the date he had fancied for weeks is already over, for once he has all the right to be gloomy. Maybe he is wondering if this is really enough to keep up with a relationship?
Also yes, they had been wondering if he’d show up for lessons this year, over at Hogwarts! 8-D

Cavara July 30, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #224042

Happiness just doesn’t seem to last long with you, does it Mike?

Woohoo! Number two!

Darkewulf July 30, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #224043

What is his face?

jun July 30, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #224044

Poor depressed Mike, now he won’t see his girlfriend for another 20 chapters. If he’s lucky. Seriously though, I really liked this chapter. thumbs up.

Dracain July 30, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #224045

Heh, My lack of comp convenience got me again.

Hoheh-Iyah-Hohee July 30, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #224046

Well that’s depressing. Hope Lucy is alright through all this.

Frodomann1 July 30, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #224047

course now he’ll be alone and he probably won’t talk to lucy

MicheyMich July 30, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #224048

you just can’t help but feel bad for him though right? I mean, even though some people hate mike, you can’t help but feel a little bad for him here.

SXR123 July 30, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #224049

well thats kind of a sad ending…
at least I hope he makes up with Lucy…

MrMan July 30, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #224050

I bet he’s thinking about what he’s gonna do with Lucy now… they have to chat eventually…

Tom-the-Foxey July 30, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #224051

And he already misses her… and no more guard dog, that makes me sad…


The Real Lee July 30, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #224052

Being in a LDR also I can relate how it gets lonely. :c

Raven July 30, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #224053

knew it mike’s smile disappear as soon as sandy did. welcome drama i can’t live with you and i can’t live without you apparently. chapter 70 had paulo and lucy, chapter 71 had mike and sandy, i’m hoping the next one has abbey and daisy i miss them. also, i hope mike is smart enough to talk to lucy when he is alone with her. sam and jordan might kill him if they found out what happened and he’ll never hear the end off it if the rest of the group find out.

supertails19 July 30, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #224054

And back to sad for mike

Sahchan July 30, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #224055

Mike sure has a lot of thinking to do one his way home.

At the least, he finally get to see her in person and hopefully doesn’t take Sandy for granted.

Nimbus26 July 30, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #224056

Let the depression and hate resume! :smirk:

Anon-Anon July 30, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #224057

Returning the stick up his *** in 3… 2… 1…

Aaaaaaaaaand it’s there!!

Pokemaster July 30, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #224058

Aww - looks like someone’s missing his boo already. Been there for almost seven years, Mike, I completely understand how a long-distance relationship goes! ;A;

Fantastic development of their relationship here, and it’s nice to see a glimpse of Good Ol’ Michael again. I sincerely hope he sticks around and talks things over with Lucy. It’s not gonna be a quick, easy fix, but this appears to be a start!

Ryuko July 30, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #224059

yay return of stick up his *** mike

taro July 30, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #224060

Maybe he’s thinking about facing Lucy again. He has to since he promised Sandy.

Cyph July 30, 2012, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #224061

Oh well, you’ll see her again in a few…years…maybe

abowden July 30, 2012, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #224062

Now it only be another ten years before he sees her again, and now he has to face Lucy again. This ought to be interesting.

starfighter105 July 30, 2012, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #224063

It’s depressing watching his happiness fade in the last few panels…

Xenos July 30, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #224064

This should result in some interesting situations…

Also, as to the contest, what kind of details do you want?

Keilp July 30, 2012, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #224065

It’s not much of a contest. I really just want a photo and to know how well it would pass for Mike or Lucy.

SuitCase July 30, 2012, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #224066

I feel bad for Sandy because she kissed Mike. And I hate Sandy!

MikeHater443 July 30, 2012, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #224067

Good work mike. You’ve just stumbled into something I’ve been in for over 4 years. Good luck.

And sorry, my girlfriend has an all BLACK cat, not white. Close but no cigar.

follarch July 30, 2012, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #224068

Come on Mike! Cheer up!

Firefly July 30, 2012, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #224069

1. Haley strikes again. I like her wit.
2. Panel 6, Mike is thinking about Sandy.
3. Panel 7, Mike is thinking about Lucy.
4. BCB is a compounding force of awesome.

LevelUp July 30, 2012, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #224070

i know how he feels having to see your special one leave after enjoying time with them hurts everytime , specialy if you dont kno w how long itll be till you see her again

DrackeStalenTorgen July 30, 2012, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #224071

heh… 5 more pages of most likely mike angst or lucy hate…

Pshyzo July 30, 2012, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #224072

Poor Mike… I remember when I had my first relationship and it turned into one of long distance and rage because I couldn’t see the person I had loved, only to see them again and grow more upset when they left… Perhaps that is one of the reasons I still defend Michael. I know how it feels to be in his situation, and sometimes it’s hard not to release rage or change altogether on people, though it’s still not an excuse to do so. Live long, stay strong, and clutch that scarf tight Mike. Even if you find yourself down in the dumps again, never give up hope, and remember to always smile because you know Sandy will be there, as well as your friends. No matter what…

Boo July 30, 2012, 12:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #224073

IDK… seems like Mike is living in the clouds. He’s so concerned with Sandy that he’s been ripping his day-to-day social life to pieces. Paulo’s like WTF is going on? Nobody else knows anything but Augustus. Lucy has been ripped to shreds… and I bet Sandy knows a bit and is worried as well. You know when the question arises that he’s not going to give everyone a strait answer.

It’s probably going to be like when he turned Lucy down, and SHE was the one who spilled the beans. Only this time… she’s probably not going to say anything at all. I can just see him making a complete fool of himself and not making good on Sandy’s promise. No matter what he says at this point, there’s not going to be much problem solving unless he gets a BIG attitude makeover.

I can already see the next few years of BCB facedesking and the shipping wars boiling over among its fans. Oh Taeshi… fix Mike. Our second protagonist has become the most hated character in the series! OH THE IMBALANCE! IT BURNS!

Chinatsu July 30, 2012, 12:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #224074

I have to say that this is probably my favorite art youve done so far :) keep up the great work!

V July 30, 2012, 12:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #224075

Hey suitcase how do I get you the photo?

Bleep bloop July 30, 2012, 1:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #224077

Bawwwww Mike

KiwiKoala July 30, 2012, 1:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #224079

omg mike quit your bitching and be glad y0u even saw her Mad Lucy

the fry pwnr July 30, 2012, 1:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #224080

Taeshi. Hogwarts. Just yes.

Wolftail July 30, 2012, 1:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #224081

Taeshi, you should make a short Harry Potter chapter. I bet almost everyone will :love: it!!! Please try do do this. I would be so :D. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss ssssssssssssssssssssssssss :nope: DO THIS FOR HARRY POTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR !!!! ;) 8-D 8-D ;) #^_^# :love: 8-)

Sophia123 July 30, 2012, 1:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #224082

I am really wondering if he will talk to lucy like he said he would
I mean he said he’d do it for her
And it would be really crappy if he lied to his beloved girlfriend who he hasnt seen in a long time :(

Shoop-a-doop July 30, 2012, 1:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #224083

I hope that things get a little better t’ween Luce and Mike….

Pokemaster July 30, 2012, 1:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #224084

The chapter started at dawn, now it’s (almost) ended in a snowstorm. Started happy, warming setting, and (almost) ended on a sad, cold note. It’s like Mike and Sandy’s relationship within Mike’s mind: he sees it as Sandy leaving again, not her seeing him again, he’s very pessimistic in that regard. But we, the readers, saw it outside of his mind, we didn’t have the pessimism that Mike has to conjure the (metaphorical) snowstorm of loss.
Did anyone else notice this or am I reading too much into it?

Neospector July 30, 2012, 2:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #224085

I knew a Harry Potter joke would come up again. I’m not really much of a Mike fan, but I know how having the thing you want most so close yet so far can drive you nuts and agitated (doesn’t excuse him from the night with Lucy by a long shot though). As always, it’s a pleasure to hear from Haley, she’s like a young Lucy…..oh wait… maybe that’s why Mike’s attraction to her is gone, too much like his sister…. But at any rate, I’ve had my mind hooked to your chapters lately and I’m interested in how this one will end…. ever get the feeling a thunderstorm will form together just because it’s necessary to continue on?

Seikyuu July 30, 2012, 2:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #224086

Needs more angst, things are getting way to calm and sensible, it isn’t right.

Balthazar July 30, 2012, 2:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #224087

The heart’s heaviness of long distance relationships. I’m starting to know that feeling :

Rusco Istar July 30, 2012, 2:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #224088

Could we get a chapter of Haley? I love her. Also, I think Mikes realizing he didn’t handle the situation with Lucy well. His look is one of vague remorse.

Eeyup July 30, 2012, 3:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #224089

Why doesn’t Sandy also go to Hogwarts, then they could be together! XD

Also, epic snow water colours.

Kuro July 30, 2012, 3:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #224090

He is just sad he didn’t get any.

Fluffy July 30, 2012, 3:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #224091

I was in a LDR for 4 years, so I can understand exactly how he feels.
Like myself, let’s hope Sandy moves to be closer to him. :)

Hope he makes up with Lucy though (being my preferred pairing and all).

Hydraclone July 30, 2012, 4:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #224093

He’s probably thinkin of what Sandy said about Lucy. That’s my guess.

CallMeTom July 30, 2012, 5:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #224094

@CallMeTom: So hey Mike, turns out Sandy didn’t really mean it that way when she said ‘make her treat you right’.
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah woopsie

Calico July 30, 2012, 5:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #224095

If the comments are on the topic of what Mike is thinking, I think he’s thinkin’ how dissatisfying that visit must of been. They talked for a few minutes. That has to be obscenely difficult to deal with. Mike, you are a stronger man than I.
I mean, after waiting for so long to see her he only gets a small taste, not even one dissatisfying day, only a few minutes. Poor guy.

The Guy in the Background July 30, 2012, 5:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #224096

That was definitely a short visit. I’m sure Mike’ll keep to his word, so the next few days might be very interesting indeed.

StushiJaguar July 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #224097

Wait….. what part of the world isn’t experiencing a heat wave?

Huh? July 30, 2012, 9:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #224098

Good ol’ Harry Potter reference. Anyway, even if Mike wants the moment to last longer he’ll have to just treasure the moment in his memories. Now, the next thing Mike has to do is fix what is broken. Sandy knows he will do the right thing.

Starkeyblade July 30, 2012, 10:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #224099


Time in BCB flows at his own pace, so that it is now still winter there.

Seasons change along meridians and have their mirror at the equator, therefore I guess now it’s actually winter in Sidney, where Taeshi lives; anyway it looks like seasons in BCB follow a cycle similar to what you find in USA and Europe.

Cavara July 30, 2012, 11:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #224100


booorp July 30, 2012, 11:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #224101

I have a white cat but she is a total sweetie. Which is the nice way of saying she’s a coward. Nothing like Lucy.

waaat July 30, 2012, 12:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #224102

BCB doesn’t take place in 2012, so it makes sense that they’re in a snowstorm while I’m in a drought, haha. Watch out, the past! Things get awfully warm.

The thing that struck me the most was how his blush faded. Like he went from being extremely happy to realizing this was probably the last time he’s going to see her for a while. We all make a joke about it - see you after the next 71 chapters, then? - but for Mike, that’s actually his situation. He doesn’t know how long it will be before he can see her, and until then, he has to go back to what he probably considers a really bad high school experience. Although I don’t agree with what Mike has been doing, I figure he has a reason. His best girl friend was really mean to him. It wasn’t such a big deal until he admitted that he liked her, and then she turned him down and got even more abusive. So she pretty much walked all over his heart with cleats, only to admit later that she does like him back. Then everyone got all angry with him just because he didn’t feel the same way anymore - how is that fair? She had obviously not returned his feelings at the time, so it made sense to get over her. To him, it’s mean that she keeps playing the “victim” of the situation. He can’t like her - she’ll abuse him and she won’t like him back - but he can’t /not/ like her, or he’s a jerk. Of course he’s angry. She /hurt/ him, and now she expects him to come running back like in a romance movie.

Also, I appreciate that Mike’s mom is supportive and happy for him… pretty much the opposite of what Sandy’s mom is. It’s a great contrast. I wish Mike had more time with Sandy, but it’s for selfish reasons. I really liked where her character was going, and I wanted to see more, haha. That kiss was perfect.

So yeah. Also, I have two Siamese cats… only good for Final Fantasy cat. Come on, you guys, change your fur color already.

Excellent backgrounds. They changed the mood perfectly. Straight from light pinks and happy pastels right into somber grays. Also, that blush… I can’t get over that…

Lucky July 30, 2012, 1:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #224103

To be honest, I think the reason he looks so gloomy is ‘cause of the scarf. I have a good feeling the scarf has something more to do with Lucy.

Survivor July 30, 2012, 1:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #224104

Here’s hoping he apologizes to Lucy after he has seen the error of his ways.
Or something like that.
I just wanna see a happy Lucy again.

wr3h July 30, 2012, 3:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #224105

They’re moment has come and gone, but it was quite a memorable one :)

Glad that the visit itself turned out well for both Sandy and Mike :3.

Mike’s sadness in the last few panels is understandable; chances are, he won’t be seeing Sandy again for a good long while. I also think he’s a bit worried about how to reconcile with Lucy. Repairing a broken bridge is incredibly difficult, but it is doable.

Chocothunda July 30, 2012, 4:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #224107

Did anyone else realize that Mike is actually thinking about Lucy in panel 7? Because, y’know, the scarf is the same colour as his old one, which wsas the same colour as Lucy’s eyes.

I’m hoping that he intends to make amends with her a bit more thoroughly now.

Ninja_Kraken July 30, 2012, 6:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #224108

Nice Car.

Shishkebab July 30, 2012, 7:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #224109

Mike misses Sandy already and he hasn’t even been away from her for five minutes! XD

I feel bad for Mike.. I just hope that he can fix his relationship with Lucy and go back to being his normal, happy self.

HimbeCat379 July 30, 2012, 9:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #224113

THERE IS NO PROOF THAT THE BLUE SCARF IS ABOUT LUCY. In Lucy’s dream, there is no confirmation if this is where you got the idea.
Yes it might be, but it could also be about Sandy’s bow.
I don’t know which it is, but I doubt Lucy is the main reason he’s sad right now. T__T||

sribbleinc July 30, 2012, 10:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #224114

She and I love BCB.

Airisa July 30, 2012, 10:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #224115

It has bright green eyes! Brightest I’ve ever seen actually, I met it a few days ago. I must knit it a blue scarf now! :unsure:

Airisa July 30, 2012, 10:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #224116

I’m in an LDR, Mike, I know how you feel. Haven’t seen ‘im for 4 years. ;_; Also, I have a friend who also reads BCB, and he is EXACTLY like Mike, so I thought it would be fun to make him a blue scarf as an inside joke XD. We love BCB Taeshi!

Kenshin July 30, 2012, 10:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #224117

Just Beautiful…
O wait, that’s the tittle…

Bolverk July 30, 2012, 10:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #224123

I’m sorry, but he really needs to suck it up. :c he should just be happy he finnaalllyyy got to meet up with her in person to reassure things. Really really hoping Karma comes in and bites him in the butt for being mopy, and a huge jerk. There is only so much sympathy you can give a character befor it gets annoying. XD asdfghsad

Anona July 31, 2012, 12:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #224124

Not to be cruel or anything, but part of me wants to bet this was all a dream. Then again, that would suck a**…

Sarge July 31, 2012, 1:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #224125

Makes me so sad their time together was so short ._.

Effie July 31, 2012, 1:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #224126

So Mikey was a Hufflepuff, judging by the color of his scarf? ;)

thedragon133 July 31, 2012, 2:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #224127

he’s still a total jerk face,when do we get to see lucy tell him to go to…you know what i’m going to say. Furious Abbey Mad Lucy

EEan July 31, 2012, 2:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #224128

His scarf was yellow and red-ish, so he’s kind of gryffindor in my opinion. If it had been yellow and black on the other hand…

Neospector July 31, 2012, 2:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #224129

Well well Michael you have had your date, now don’t think that just because it wasn’t the big deal you will be forgiven for everything right? I still hope Lucy carves your eyes out with a screwdriver next time you meet her. In friendship. Good luck!

Cavara July 31, 2012, 2:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #224132

Yes. Why doesn’t Mike go to Hogwarts??? 8-D

And now Sandy disappears for another 60 chapters. Poor Mike ;)

Bro July 31, 2012, 5:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #224133

Can’t wait for the next page!

Subaru July 31, 2012, 7:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #224134

7th frame is just adorable, even if it is a moment of sullen introspection.

Psylight July 31, 2012, 8:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #224135

The letter he gave her is him breaking up with her…..

No…. probably not no….

Tanuki Takumi July 31, 2012, 1:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #224136

hey taishi i was banned from bcb chat by space mouse for no reason. spacemouse was picking on me because i was speaking my words. i think its unfair he banned me because he hated me. please let me join back my name is nomoe28. space is an ***. he was literly syberbullying me.

nomoe July 31, 2012, 4:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #224139

I’m probably one of the few people who just doesn’t feel sorry for Mike, even here. I like Sandy now that she has a bit more of a story and personality, but I sure as hell don’t like Mike. I worry for Sandy, in fact. Mike might start abusing her or something.

Candy Bar July 31, 2012, 6:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #224140

@Candy Bar
That is one of the stupidest things I have read in a while. So he is gonna treat the girl he loves badly because the girl that abused him for years got what she deserved when he told her of? Next time, think before you type something out.

Donny July 31, 2012, 9:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #224141

@ Donny

They were just sharing their thoughts. You can disagree with them, sure, but telling them that they ‘need to think before they type’? Really? That isn’t the way to tell someone you disagree with what they said at all. :/

HimbeCat379 July 31, 2012, 10:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #224245

Can someone explain to me the Hogwarts joke? I’ve read Harry Potter but I don’t get it o.o

Swallow August 1, 2012, 5:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #224249

Kinda is actually. The said something that wasn’t smart and was merely a jump to a conclusion, I basically said “Yeah, may want to think before you jump next time”

Seems reasonable to me.

Donny August 1, 2012, 7:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #236597

You know what I noticed reading this chapter again? Mike didn’t have nearly as great of reaction kissing Sandy as he did when Lucy kissed him in the waaay earlier chapters. He was in lalaland for like a whole day. I wonder if that was intentional?

Lumi January 14, 2013, 9:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #239101

That was a hilarious joke! lol She’s funny.

Bell_the_gaomon February 19, 2013, 4:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #249584

That car is just beautiful.

minichoco June 15, 2013, 10:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #254029

I didn’t bother posting this on the last one, but, Scarf… Symbolism…. What?!

Barosepha July 18, 2013, 5:35 AM EST.

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