AX, July 5–8

73. Ten Seconds to Midnight, page posted 12/7/12

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Ten Seconds to Midnight — Page 3
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Comment ID #233821

****, he’s tall. Why isn’t he the basketball player? Also, I’m assuming that this chapter is one that features all the characters. Unless, of course, it turns out to be a David chapter as Taeshi hath prophesied
Also, it seems that Sam already knows about Lucy’s problems, seeing as he said “I agree” and all. Seems like they’re going to stage a family intervention. I assume Dr. Phil will be there as well?
One more thing, if Lucy and Mike both show up, bad things are gonna happen. This also applies to Paulo showing up along with Mike, seeing as he’s kind of guessed at this point.
Either way, Mikes going to die if he goes, and the haters shall rejoice.

NIkita December 7, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #233823


jkbkj December 7, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #233824

Wow, you guys update like clockwork everytime, on the dot!
Also, WHOO! Sam is back!

Frodomann1 December 7, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #233825

Sammy is a lot taller than I remember. XP

AnayuWolf December 7, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #233826

Haven’t seen him for a long time.

I wonder how he’s going to react upon learning of his sister’s predicament?

Nimbus26 December 7, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #233827

Where is all of this going

lov/hate/hurt December 7, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #233828


Actually, I bet he just got back from burying mike alive. XD

Frodomann1 December 7, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #233829

I wonder what color is their father’s eyes.

Sense December 7, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #233830

Now that I’ve gotten my MikexLucy love for the month, bring on the David. We know they’re worried about Lucy, but I want some old fashioned David antics back in my life.

Zorak December 7, 2012, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #233831

OH ****
Sam’s here, Mikes dead

Order_66 December 7, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #233832

I love this family, and where is lucys father,mikes father,& paulos mother?

Sahchan December 7, 2012, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #233833

@Sense I always though he had one green eye and one copper eye.
…A David chapter? My Justin senses are tingling….

poopie123 December 7, 2012, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #233834

hmm a David chapter? wasn’t exactly expecting that, i kind of hope it’s more serious than most of his other chapters though, because after all that flashbacking i would like to see some story progression too.

On another note, wow Sam is tall. I can’t help but wonder if we’ll ever see their father, or if they have one for that matter.

Mayamayagirl December 7, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #233835

Just noticed that all of the males in Lucy’s family have heterochromia.

Keith December 7, 2012, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #233836


bjk December 7, 2012, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #233837

Is it an angsty David chapter? Should not be…

Monas December 7, 2012, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #233838

Resolutions? What comic have you been reading? The only resolution in the entire comic was when Lucy and Mike beat up Alejandro.
If either of them tries to resolve something, the other or Paulo will screw it up.
@ Sahchan
I don’t think Paulo’s mother is present, to say the least. Might have divorced or died. Should probably be cleared up in the future though.

I probably should have thought about that…

Nikita December 7, 2012, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #233839

Huh. I kinda thought Sam was in college or something, or even already with a career.

Clearly he’s referring to New Year’s Resolutions

shaggy dog December 7, 2012, 12:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #233840

huh… he lost weight

Bleh December 7, 2012, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #233841

True, a lost of weight

HybridOtho December 7, 2012, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #233842

[Insert expression of shock at new height acquirement]

kdebones December 7, 2012, 12:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #233843


Oh yeah, i think a ask roseville high answered that. looked like divorced?

but what of mike and lucys dads?

Sahchan December 7, 2012, 12:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #233844

If i were to guess, I’d say they’re either on a lot of business trips or in the military. I can’t imagine Taeshi’s going to answer that any time soon though. They’re not dead though or the characters would likely act very differently. Probably a little more mature to be honest.

Nikita December 7, 2012, 12:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #233845

Been a while since we last saw him.

Oh well, time for David antics!

And by that of course we mean a depressing New Year’s party while Lucy dies outside in the snow.

Titanium Dragon December 7, 2012, 1:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #233846

Look at these bros all chill and stuff, Lucy seems to be the black sheep of the family causing drama and stuff…

Its not April Fool’s so I can’t decide if I should believe Taeshi, guess I’ll just wait til monday so we can find out, why do you troll your readers so?

foreveryoung5 December 7, 2012, 1:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #233848

Is it me…
Or does it feel like the climax is about to happen?

wr3h December 7, 2012, 1:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #233851

Why is everyone surprised at Sam’s tallness? He is meant to be tall and he probably got it from his father, who we never get to see(btw he is alive but too busy to be shown). Lucy’s dad might make an appearance just to cheer up his little girl. Genetics is also the reason why Sam has a golden eye and why Jordan has a green eye to go with the beautiful blue eyes. It totally has nothing to do with Paulo having golden eyes or Mike having green eyes.

@Wr3h: I think Nikita is right about the family intervention it is going to happen whether Lucy wants it or not.

Sam better not go near a shovel or Mike might be in trouble again. Actually he’ll be in trouble anyway because the moment Lucy’s mom tells Mike’s mom about what happened. Ooh bye-bye phone hello being grounded.

supertails19 December 7, 2012, 1:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #233852

sam <3 mai husbando

shmidny December 7, 2012, 1:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #233853

Nice, I suspected Lucy was going to be involved in this chapter.
Hmm, let’s see, we have Augustus, Abbey, and Lucy becoming involved in this chapter already. If Mike and Paulo get tossed into the mix as well, this could result in a very interesting cocktail.
It’s a little funny how Lucy’s brothers are attuned to her anguish, but it seems to go right over her mother’s head. She’s more worried about her unamused and seven-foot tall eldest son being out late, over her younger and depressed daughter.
I’d scold them for not encouraging their sister, but I don’t know if they’ve tried and it can be difficult to offer someone help going through a type of depression as personal as the one Lucy is. Everything sounds like an attack or mockery when you’re that depressed, when in reality people might just be trying to offer help or sympathize.
As a side, I like how the brothers have differently colored eyes. To me, it gives off the feeling that more than one entity or mentality inhabits the body, giving the individual a creative and complex dimension I like.

Blank On Purpose December 7, 2012, 1:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #233854

It’s like a Disney movie, there has to be a broken home. Little mermaid no mom, Cinderella, no dad only dysfunctional step mom, Beauty and the beast no mom, Aladdin no parents at all Jasmin no mom, Pocahontas no mom only crazy tree spirit, Dumbo no dad, snow white no mom no dad only an evil step mother…again. The list goes on its pretty funny but there are some exceptions. Mulan both parents and Aurora from sleeping beauty both parents and three fairy god mothers take that Cinderella.

Fluffy December 7, 2012, 1:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #233855

@Fluffy: It’s not just Disney cartoons. Die Hard, Star Wars, Negima!, Nausicaa, Harry Potter, Mistborn, Halo, The Wheel of Time, Legend of Zelda, X-Men, etc. You could go on for days. It’s an easy way to get the audience to feel for the protagonist.

Coyote December 7, 2012, 2:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #233856

@Blank On Purpose: I wouldn’t be surprised if we get to see how everybody is spending their holidays with their families. I am looking forward to that or even a David chapter will be enjoyed by all or at least most of the fanbase. Also, they have tried and here we will hopefully see some progress in the “make Lucy happy” department. I like the eyes but Sam’s glasses quickly got my attention most that the design looks familiar.

Mike and Lucy create angst and David just washes it away with randomness and comedy. 8-D

@Sahchan and @Nikita: Lucy’s dad works(something high-end so her mom doesn’t need to), Mike’s dad(? that one is a mystery to me too but most likely working), and Paulo’s mom is divorced and and single somewhere in Maraschino unless new evidence points otherwise(a surprise visit would be appreciated though).

supertails19 December 7, 2012, 2:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #233857

i think they’re all going to the play they were practicing all this time :D

Johnneh December 7, 2012, 2:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #233858

Sam is here. Heads will roll.

Ditto December 7, 2012, 2:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #233859

Sam will tear mike a new ******* this chapter.

Peanut Braddle December 7, 2012, 2:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #233860

Wow, Lucy’s mum looks really old. I think I’ll bet against the crowd this time, I reckon Sam won’t do anything at all.

StushiJaguar December 7, 2012, 3:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #233861

wow…sam’s kinda hot….

Luna December 7, 2012, 3:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #233862

So both of Lucy’s brothers have heterochromia? And she’s deaf in one ear there’s a pun that could be made there I’m sure. On topic: David chapter, yay
Incidentally the wikipedia page for heterochromia features a white cat

Nite December 7, 2012, 4:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #233863


psychofoxpickle December 7, 2012, 5:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #233864

Sam just silently shows up without anyone hearing him.

Anon-Anon December 7, 2012, 5:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #233865

Sam knows?
Mike better thread REALLY carefully now, because he’s most likely the one Sam would first suspect to be involved.
And if Sam and Jordan even talk the slightest about it with each other, then Paulo is also in trouble, though to a less degree.
And since Paulo (and Sue and maybe some others) suspect Mike to have some sort of involvement in Lucy’s absence from the Christmas party, then Mike’s also having it coming for him there (except for Daisy and her obvious ladyboner for him)

wot December 7, 2012, 6:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #233866

Wait, a /David/ chapter?
Either way, I’m happy, but why must you toy with us this way? ;___;

On the other hand, yep, I knew it. I was pretty interested in him from the start. Geeks are the best. rur

Pirari December 7, 2012, 7:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #233867

Aha.. Sam is actually really attractive.

ChalupaFairy December 7, 2012, 7:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #233868

And now we know how Lucy would generally look like as an adult.

burd December 7, 2012, 8:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #233869

My guess is that all the main characters are going to be featured, and then they all end up at a party or something. :L
I’m pretty sure Taeshi was kidding about the David chapter, guys.

Zel December 7, 2012, 8:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #233870

8-D … also, moar Samuel!!! :)

Zero December 7, 2012, 8:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #233871

More likely Lucy’s foreveralone new year’s eve.
I’m not sure I can take it. ._.

Cavara December 7, 2012, 8:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #233872

I used to think heterochromia was abused in webcomics but I haven’t seen it in so long it seems interesting again.

Huh? December 7, 2012, 8:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #233874

is it me or did Sam get more hot?

Katie December 7, 2012, 9:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #233875

I hope Taeshi is merely jesting about the whole david chapter thing…


Zandramus December 7, 2012, 10:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #233876

I love Sam’s shaggy hair so much ;n;
Ermahgahd Jordan. I lub Lucy’s brothers so much

gurgle December 7, 2012, 10:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #233877

Sweet, Lucy, Sam, and Jordan’s(s’) Mother is not in a flashback or in imagination. An actual moment where she is in the flesh.

At the start of the chapter I didn’t know what would it be about until I was told it would be about David. He seemed to have less problems than the others. Whats this going to be? An Adventure? Or is it a character development…. We’ll find out soon enough.

Starkeyblade December 7, 2012, 11:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #233879

Part of me kind of hopes Lucy and her mom end up bonding <3

Iris December 7, 2012, 1:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #233880

Cavara you took the words rite out of my brain.

Blue fox December 7, 2012, 1:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #233881

man i read everything up to this point non stop now im sad i gota wait lol i feel lucys pain in the entirety of this story reminds me of myself that one person doesnt love me they way i do them

Chris December 7, 2012, 1:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #233882

Yesss! Big brothers to the rescue. I love that we are getting to see more of Lucy’s mom although I would love to meet her Dad.

Fates December 7, 2012, 2:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #233883

Where’s Lucy’s dad man.
Where’s that Daddy love?

wr3h December 7, 2012, 3:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #233884

Oh **** Sam knows. Quick must hide Mike! My prediction keeps being completely wrong, I wonder why *looks at Taeshi* I wonder why. I say for Monday be prepared for ANGST! good because I still need my fix of angst!
PREDICTION(which will probably far off :/): Is that Sam is going to go see Lucy and shortly figure out who did it or confirm what he knows. And talk with Lucy try to comfort her. Than plan to go to Mike so he can finally fill the hole he dug(look in ask BCB). Confront Mike, only OUT OF NO WHERE comes Lucy to save Mike… and confusion!

Someone December 7, 2012, 3:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #233885

To add on what I said(I type slow SO WHAT!)
To get to the point I think Lucy will end up saving Mike from Sam’s wraith.

I don’t think Paulo will be in for an *** kicking Lucy did call him. Also since Sam(or anyone) can probably hear Lucy crying how sorry she is… maybe even says Mike’s name.. I don’t think she will notice Sam at first. Then possibly regret saying Mikes name.

@ Everyone:
Ok When Sam knows for certain it is Mike who did this. I want to hear yours guy predication on what he will do.

Mine: Take Mike outside hold him up by his neck glare at him and say “Your Dead Meat” Then set him down and walk away, leaving Mike to fear what is going to happen. From there we will have to wait *smirk*

Someone December 7, 2012, 3:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #233886

Totally just realized that both brothers have two-toned eyes. :love:

Clio-sensei December 7, 2012, 3:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #233887

Both brothers have tow toned eyes, except different sides
Jordan has blue on his left and green on his right while Sam has green on his left and blue on his right : 3

momo December 7, 2012, 4:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #233888

What change, I didn’t see a change to archive… Maybe I just missed it.
A David Chapter? I didn’t want to tell you this but I skipped the first David chapter…

Oh and I noticed is on the front page: busy.png Its so sweet :)

Someone December 7, 2012, 5:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #233892

aww, that chapter is so—

“The next page will reveal this is actually a David chapter”

…wait, what?

squeee December 7, 2012, 7:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #233893

Man, I have missed David, though~

Akiriuu December 7, 2012, 8:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #233894

finally caught up :love:

lazydayArtist December 7, 2012, 9:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #233895

I’ve also wondered if they have a dad. Or if some of Lucy’s Lucy ness steams from the lack of a father or something her father did.

I never expected a David comic
Maybe we’ll see flower girl

Rioo December 7, 2012, 9:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #233896

the two brothers are both cool :love:

catdream December 7, 2012, 9:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #233897

So the males in lucys family are half blind and females are half deaf? And licys mom looks way older now plus too mich lipstick :p

Profatgamer December 7, 2012, 10:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #233898


Wafhfdgbh December 7, 2012, 11:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #233899

Finally some puppy love! I was wondering when that was going to happen…

Pat Ball December 8, 2012, 1:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #233900

Just something to point out: in this chapter, the faces seem a bit squiggly. Everyone looks… off.
Otherwise, eyes with multiple colors is an interesting trait. I recently met two examples of this; one, just something I noticed out and about, was a jogger had a green eye and a blue eye. Other example; my girlfriends friend has eyes that are multicolor, not like this, but the individual eyes can flux from green to brown. It’s off putting.
Curtisimo - what were we talking about?

Curtisimo December 8, 2012, 2:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #233901

need to clear up holiday angst?
why not david?

That Chick December 8, 2012, 9:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #233902

I really hope Sam doesn’t get mad or anything like that at Mike. I mean, while beating Mike up for what he’s done would be entertaining, it would probably just make things worse.

SaphiraN December 8, 2012, 11:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #233903

An interesting start to this chapter, from 3 different perspectives…

*cooks up popcorn*

This is gonna be interesting…

Chocothunda December 8, 2012, 2:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #233905

@SaphiraN: Of course he will be mad at Mike! Mike hurt his sister who he made clear he didn’t want hurt. However, being mad at him doesn’t mean he is going to go beat him up. He may threaten him to never go near his sister again if he happens to encounter him but, he is more likely to try to comfort Lucy or to find someone who she will actually talk to about it.

Moogle December 8, 2012, 2:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #233906

I like the effect of black and white for Augustus and colour for everyone else. Man, that guy has it rough.

Interested to see where this chapter goes~

ravengal December 8, 2012, 4:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #233907

Soo…. How often are these posted? Can’t wait to see what happens ;)

Potato December 8, 2012, 5:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #233908

SAM=Smexy piece of cat :love:

Dyralia99 December 8, 2012, 5:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #233912

WHERE ARE ALL THESE CATS HAT’S DURING THIS SNOW STORM!? lol Good page though, looking forward to the next.

PS: Sam is obviously a badass to be able to go out in the snow in jeans and a hoodie, walk in the house and is all like “It’s snowing outside?…Didn’t notice.”

Marik December 9, 2012, 5:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #233913

The name of this Chapter reminds me of the Doomsday Clock

Revan December 9, 2012, 9:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #233916

Sam looks really tall.

Draven December 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #233921

I Love how the brothers have duel opposite eyes. Very Nice

JustSomeCritic December 9, 2012, 10:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #238826

I forgot about sam.

tywyll February 13, 2013, 6:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #255819

I like Sam :)

Sigh August 5, 2013, 1:19 PM EST.

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