Curtain Call — Page 14
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Comment ID #240835

Well so much for the apology :(
Emotionless as usual… Lucy turn around NOW! I want Mike to see your face! and I want to see it.
And Mike did you forget you I hate Lucy and rage at Lucy at home?
Ok Mike she needed your help and you crushed her. Now you need help and she helps you… Where is Karma
when you need it?
Define Taeshi/ Veronica Vera:
Author of Bittersweet Candy Bowl and Not Enough Rings, also the God of Cliffhangers.
And SUCK IT Nikita! English Please :/

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 13, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240836

Well, that was underwhelming. I mean really. If I was Mike, the first thing that I would ask about would be as to what Paulo is doing. Especially because Mike still thinks Paulo’s a scumbag, despite the fact that they are becoming better friends.
Either way, you can tell from Mike’s face that he’s not sorry for what he did. You’d think he’d might be at this point but it looks to me as if he doesn’t care, which does make sense for him. Anyone can see that even this conversation cannot end well.

Tu reinado no durará. Tu vas hacer destronado mas pronto.

Nikita March 13, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240837

I… actually have nothing to say. Nothing. What do I comment on here?
Okay, I guess I have two things:
2. After the Tannenberg victory, Ludendorff made an ill-advised attack into Russian Poland, where the more numerous, better-led Russian troops threw the German armies back to Breslau.

Comrade March 13, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240838

Hooray! First.

Anonymous March 13, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240839

what would you do for a klondike bar?

obviously Mike would try talking with Lucy for one, and it seems that Lucy made out with Paulo for hers. that’s the only explanation for why everyone is doing crazy stuff.

sen March 13, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240840

Why cant she just talk to him :/ this is killing me.

XxsnowxX March 13, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #240841

This is going to get really interesting. They are actually talking to each other. Finally some communication. Also, what’s wrong Mike it looks like you have something on your mind ;).

supertails19 March 13, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #240842

Yeah Mike! Tell her that you were wrong for yelling at her and blowing up in her face and that………………… no? Just act like nothing happened? Ok, I guess that works too? D:

Frodomann1 March 13, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #240843

;_; Taeshi this is cruel! How you gonna leave us hangin like that?

Sammy March 13, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #240844

And noone argue on this page ;) haha im the friendship hippie i guess and i intend to stick around :D

XxsnowxX March 13, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #240845

Oh crap D:

Midstrike March 13, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #240846

It’s so strange not seeing her fluffy tail. When I first saw this page I thought, “How can you hide all that in that little robe? :0 ”

Also, Mike seems to have lost that concern he showed back towards the end of that chapter where he got to see Sandy at her show. I had hoped this would continue on from that with out the interruption of Lucy’s pets…

Melly March 13, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #240847

I think Mike’s head is too big in the first panel. It makes him look short. He’s only like 3.5 heads tall. Compared to Lucy and the background he seems scaled fine, it’s just the proportions of his body throw the whole effect out of whack.

Neveko March 13, 2013, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #240848

No apologeis just another cliff hanger and typical mike

Also you can just feel the awkwardness in the air and the tentions so thick you cut it with a nife

lov/hate/ March 13, 2013, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #240849

Really? Next page due…Friday?

Maybe (i’ve been re-reading) Lucy has been thinking about what Zach said to her, about how she is going to move on from Mike once he leaves her for good?


I think Mike does feel bad. He isn’t an ***. He just, is. Uhhh :unsure:

/le sigh

I wonder where Jasmine is.
Also: I won’t be shocked if some near-future panel shows Paulo completely breaking down into tears, and if this happens, I will hate the world. THE WORLD I SAY Furious Abbey I can’t really explain why I think this will happen, buuuut I just do ok.

silveryogurt March 13, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #240850

well it’s …. progress I guess. At least they are speaking to each other, it’s minimal but it’s something.

Also before people freak out, it isn’t that easy to apologize especially after what happened in december. Mike probably still hasn’t worked out the mechanics of how he’s going to do it. Judging by the look he had just now it probably crossed his mind, just he probably decided now’s not the best time. That’s my speculation, Mike is an overthinker after all.

strider March 13, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #240851

You can tell Mike was a bit conflicted on how he should approach his request. As for Lucy, I like how she cut Mike off, it’s showing she just wants to get the play over with quick. Then again this is my quick assessment from examining the page.

This is the first time they talked in a while so lets hope it goes well. D:

Blaze33405 March 13, 2013, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #240852

@TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone: Basically Nikita said you won’t be laughing for long.

I agree with that statement :D.

@TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone: Looks like I was off with my translation… that’s what I get for rushing :/. Anyways don’t be scared about my comment there is nothing to worry about… unless your name is Mike.

supertails19 March 13, 2013, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #240853

Lucy doing a really good job hiding that huge tail under that cloak ;P

That aside, can’t be too comfortable where this might go. I can’t see how Mike can possibly expect any co-operation from Lucy after all that went down. Additionally, I can only hope Lucy doesn’t do anything stupid. Just way too awkward for these to be talking without anything but an apology for each other. And imo, its still too soon for an apology since neither really has a good grasp on what they’ve done to the other.

Drama shall be starting soon, and what better way to have it begin on a Friday, with a long weekend to follow. :smirk:

Swear, I think Teashi enjoys messing with us a little too much :P

Fenfir March 13, 2013, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #240854

Now I am scared what do you mean? WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

“@TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone: Basically Nikita said you won’t be laughing for long.

I agree with that statement :D.”-supertails19

I got first, I just wanted to be first once, you can have your throne back on Friday :/
“Your reign will not last. You are going to do soon dethroned”-Nikita
“Shh” I listened to 2 seconds of it.

Don’t click on the link, it makes a sound and idk I closed after 2 seconds

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 13, 2013, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #240855

@ Someone
Either way though, congratz. Also, you only think it makes just a sound because you only listened to two seconds of it. ಠ_ಠ

Nikita March 13, 2013, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #240856

After all the times Mike interrupted Lucy in “December” only to bitch at her and wish her dead, it’s a wonder she even said THAT much.

I have a feeling that Mike’s gonna get what’s coming to him very soon. You reap what you sow, dude.

Oreo Clarity March 13, 2013, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #240857

If I was allowed to edit my last post, this is what it would say ^^

Also: I won’t be shocked if some near-future panel shows Paulo completely breaking down into tears, and if this happens, I will hate the world. THE WORLD I SAY Furious Abbey I can’t really explain why I think this will happen, buuuut I just do ok.
Despite how smug and, honestly, how creepy/weird he looked on the last page :o
It is definitely time for these kids to grow up, and be honest with themselves.
I wonder… What would happen to Mike if Sandy were to just one day be all “Oh, hey… I’m really sorry, Michael. But.. You know, I just live so far away…” blah blah blah breakup LOL would he be the one coming crawling back to Lucy, or would he like… Be angry at the world and hate her even more..? Except he doesn’t hate her?
I dunno. I can’t think haha.
I kinda feel for him, though. I had a friend *just* like Lucy, but I only knew her for two years. She was over my house literally every day and totally consumed my time and energy, and made it really hard for me and my boyfriend because she was always really abusive to him, she left scars on his arms from scratching him ;n;
So yeah. I would be pretty mad if I was Mike. I mean, that’s actually probably why I think she’s such a betch :D
(Although I do still want her and Paulo to be together, because Paulo deserves to be happy…)
And now this whole entire post has become one huge reminiscent block of text that nobody cares about LOL sorry ^^;

silveryogurt March 13, 2013, 12:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #240858

-eye twitch-

Sanchan March 13, 2013, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #240859

Too many damn fluff pages. Get on with it! -,-

Stevum March 13, 2013, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #240860

Honestly Mike COME ON! I mean I know it’s difficult to apologize after all that but is it too much to ask for you to even acknowledge that it HAPPENED…?! >:c Jeeze, I really hope Lucy decides to stick with Paulo after all this… From all the **** that he’s gladly done his best to help her through, Paulo deserves to be with Lucy; he’d obviously treat her right PAULODONTDOAWKWARD BJ

Thatoneguy March 13, 2013, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #240862

“Also, what’s wrong Mike it looks like you have something on your mind”-supertails19
He doesn’t look angry does he? Why you think that is? I really would like to know what you think. :)

Mike why the big “NEED” she isn’t responsible for you… or is she?

Now that I think about it… I think the roles are going to slowly reverse to Mike needing Lucy. But I am probably just being silly :/

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 13, 2013, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #240863

Oh man, I think that the cast looks younger in this chapter! It’s cute! B’)

Box March 13, 2013, 12:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #240864

Neveko: oh wow I see what you mean, I remember redrawing mike multiple times wondering what was off about him, since he is meant to be a relatively short guy. But yeah, thank you for the critique! I really gotta be mindful about scale thank you

Taeshi March 13, 2013, 12:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #240865

And by the way when I wrote “PAULODONTDOAWKWARD BJ” I really REALLY didn’t realize what I had posted until after I did D:
I meant to put BJ as like 8-) 8-) 8-)

Thatoneguy March 13, 2013, 12:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #240866

@silveryogurt: I read it I agree with some of that long post. Particularly this part: “It is definitely time for these kids to grow up, and be honest with themselves.” -silveryogurt. I think it is necessary for Mike and Lucy to finally mature and act like civilized teenagers. But first we will see a massive level of drama that will satisfy the ravenous appetites of Rachel-like fans “They’re just DRIPPING with dramaaa!!” - :P. After their big moment onstage Mike and Lucy can each go on with their lives(i’d prefer if they at least became friends, but I will stick to hoping they have some sort of resolution for now :)).

@TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone: “Also, what’s wrong Mike it looks like you have something on your mind ;).” -supertails. This goes along with the Mike feeling guilty theory… which you seem to dislike… I’ll have to keep my mouth shut for now :x.

Sorry but I have to go to sleep early tonight… have a lot of stuff to do so good night 8-).

supertails19 March 13, 2013, 12:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #240867

I have a feeling Mr. Mikie will flip out on her the next time they’re shown. Probably because she cut him off. I would be in for a huge surprise if he just let it go, but knowing him who looooves to drag things on as of late, he’ll probably do so. I dunno, I’m usually wrong in my predictions. Anyhoo, I’m happy that Lucy’s taking the upper hand and making Mike need her in such a tiny way, yet she’s doing the right thing by not being completely despondent and irritating Mike right before their scene. She’s being nice, being compliant. Doing what he wants because she doesn’t want to get in his way and bother him any more. That’s what she sent in the text to Sandy, something along the lines of her not bothering Mike, so by being totally compliant to his desires, she’s fulfilling what she promised. That’s a huge achievement for her, and I hope I don’t have to eat my words on this. D:

LightTribe March 13, 2013, 12:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #240868

So Mike doesn’t make things awkward by asking questions and being nosy, and people STILL think he is doing something wrong.
I bet if he asked why Paulo had been there, people would be getting onto him for being insensitive or something. Typical.

Donny March 13, 2013, 12:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #240869

Always glad to provide a constructive comment, Taeshi. :3

Neveko March 13, 2013, 12:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #240870

Mike looks worried about Lucy in the first two panels. I bet he hides it in the last few panels so if Lucy had turned around and seen his face he wouldn’t have to explain. I imagine he does feel guilty for what he said in December, and isn’t pushing her about what happened with Paulo because its obvious whatever Paulo did hurt her pretty badly.

Rioo March 13, 2013, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #240871

“This goes along with the Mike feeling guilty theory… which you seem to dislike…”-supertails19
WHAT! I want Mike to feel guilty! That is what I have been hoping for all along! Why do you think I don’t want Mike to feel bad and apology? Why? ;_;

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 13, 2013, 12:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #240872

Recurring theme: Mike flattening ears and disdainful glance sideways.
Seems to me like he’s really pushing himself to confront Lucy here.

Bluecaptain March 13, 2013, 12:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #240873

Well at least he’s not completely alienating her and screwing up Sue’s play while he’s at it.

Kuro March 13, 2013, 1:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #240874

Whoops sorry about the site crashing guys, it really gets hammered around update time :-[

Taeshi March 13, 2013, 1:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #240875

So, Paulo just ran from the room looking kinda freaked out, having to take a moment to quickly compose himself before evening saying a word to Mike.

Now we see Lucy who almost seems to be sheltering herself in that cloak. when Paulo first came into the room she just looked apathetic to the whole play situation, but now she seems very downcast, hidden away.

I think it’s pretty plain to see that something of great significance occurred between Paulo and Lucy (and imo, it doesn’t look like it was something that positive), but everyone is just talking about Mike : /

Alpharius March 13, 2013, 1:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #240876

dear lord

Yxela007 March 13, 2013, 1:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #240877

How tender from you Mike :/ But well, I suppose that’s the way you approach the girl you hate? I can’t stop feeling the angst and the awkwardness of this situation D: Sue, please come over and get them to scene ASAP, but give Mike a couple minutes to see the state in which Lucy is 8-D If he does, he would probably wonder what’s up with her but I get the feeling that after the play, Lucy will vanish again from everyone’s (but Paulo’s?) sight.

KarmaKitty March 13, 2013, 1:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #240878

@taeshi good luck! you deserve the win :)


Bleh March 13, 2013, 1:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #240879

People really seem to give this comic, the creator, and the characters too little credit. The characters don’t always say what us readers want to hear, because that wouldn’t make for a very interesting story, would it?, They are also teenagers, and they act as such.

I feel Taeshi does an amazing job of making these anthro cats seem… human? So many people who read this comic seem to want un-human emotions from these characters, but I just love them the way they are.

Anyways, Mike isn’t going to start blubbering and apologizing, because this isn’t the time or place. He’s not going to ask about Paulo, because he knows it’s none of his business, now that they are on bad terms.

Blue March 13, 2013, 2:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #240880

I really hope these two don’t ruin the play for Sue. That’s just being a terrible friend, even if they’re in a “I’m the only important one here” mood.

Hopefully Lucy followed Augustus’s advice in December. If she didn’t I can only think that she invited Sandy to the play with Mike’s phone, and she plans to somehow embarrass him.

asdf March 13, 2013, 3:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #240881

I guess she made out with Paulo to destroy the nerve endings in her lips from sheer terror, before having to kiss Mike.

StushiJaguar March 13, 2013, 3:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #240882

I couldn’t agree more, and while I want them to confront one another about everything that has been going on, I also understand why they might be reluctant to do so.

And on another note that is really the thing that initially grabbed me and continues to hold my interest in BCB, the characters just seem so three-dimensional and alive. Even from the first page it felt like each had such rich history with one another and each chapter was just a brief vignette into their lives but with so much still inbetween. In a sense they just seemed ‘real’ in a way few characters ever achieve, and that is why BCB will be getting my votes in the comicmix tourney.

Fortunately for myself BCB and Unsounded are in separate brackets, otherwise I would have to undergo some serious soul searching.

Alfador March 13, 2013, 4:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #240883


on the second part of your comment, what are you on about? we saw back in just beautiful what lucy sent to sandy on mike’s cellphone. If she had sent some invitation to sandy for the play mike would’ve seen it.

strider March 13, 2013, 4:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #240884

One really long word for this page: ugghhhhhhh…
Kids get over your f***ing selves, god damn. How many chapters has there been where this kind of stalemate crap has been going on?
Being emotional is being human. So I take it being stupid is qualifications for being human. Lucy, Mike, Paulo, everyone…who gives a damn, just move along alright?
So what if Mike doesn’t love you Lucy? Big deal. Go write a book about it, maybe I’ll buy it. Stop getting hurt so easily over stuff. It doesn’t win much sympathy points, it just feeds the trolls that laugh at sad people.
So what if Lucy won’t talk to you Mike? You stiff her just as much as she stiffs you anyways, and you have Sandy. Break it the f**k off.
So what if you want to bang Lucy, Paulo? Then bang her and get it done or go yank on yourself or whatever. Stop being a pansy and deal with it.
There’s more to life than your petty feelings of love and pride, so swallow it down and move the hell along. Bunch of kids in high school and they act like royalty where the whole word revolves around each of their actions. Finish school and get a job. It’s what the rest of us do.

Blank On Purpose March 13, 2013, 4:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #240885

she seems….unhappy….is something going to happen to our dear lucy?

Anima March 13, 2013, 4:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #240886

just as you thought Mike would stop being an a**hole … :/ poor Lucy doesnt really give a **** about life huh? Mad Lucy

sunny-lucy March 13, 2013, 4:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #240887

@blank on purpose,

Holy crap O.O and I thought I could be brutal. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had the whole “get over it” thoughts every now and then while observing and commenting on this comic but dang. Come on man, their teens, raging hormones, unstable temperaments, and all that. You can expect adult like actions all you want, but it ain’t going to happen.

strider March 13, 2013, 5:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #240888

This is about to go south, I know it…

Anon-Anon March 13, 2013, 5:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #240889

“Lucy, I’m sorry”. Come on its not that hard.

Katie March 13, 2013, 5:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #240890

No Blank has a point there. A lot of the pages lately are wordless or nearly and to be honest I am kid of sick of it too. Remember back when there was one or two panels without words instead of the other way around. I love BCB but I think Taeshi is making us wait as long as we can before get to the good stuff.

It’s called guilt is normal to feel that when did something mean.
Concern that is also normal to feel when you since something wrong.
Mike I know somewhere buried in that “All Heil Perfect Angel Sandy, Mike” is the Mike who loves and cares about Lucy :) It’s ok to be nice to other girls, especially ones who love you with all their hearts. Let him back out we miss him.

HIS EYES IN PANEL 5 ARE DRIVING ME NUTS! ;_; They look crossed eye! ._.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 13, 2013, 5:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #240891


Depends on how you look at it I guess. I thought Blank was doing a breaking the 4th wall rant. You know like talking to the actual characters, not making an actual commentary to Taeshi. That’s what I was commenting on.

Also on taeshi’s new style of writing, I don’t think of it like that. I tend to think that kind of writing, when done well, can be quite beneficial. It’s a slow build, you can feel the tension literally dripping off the page, like watching an EOD tech work on a IED. Either there’s going to be big dramatic boom that will leave people stunned and/or in a very bad spot or a victorious moment of epicness. Taeshi really hasn’t crossed the line where she’s entering the state of prolonging just to torture the readers or extend a chapter for no reason. She could polish it a bit i’ll admit, but it’s not that bad, she’s pretty good at hitting the exploding point at just the right time.

strider March 13, 2013, 6:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #240892

bookworm+not really good student+be interested in school activities+bad luck+Miss. Vera’s grey cat= :unsure: ,
imperfect characteristic+a little moody+meet :unsure: +Miss. Vera’s white cat= Mad Lucy ,
:unsure: + Mad Lucy + :/ + ;_; ‘s idea= This Chapter .

Henry Wang March 13, 2013, 6:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #240893

Also since I ran out of time for editing, @someone you also have to remember we are dealing with a two wildly different styles of writing. Earlier Taeshi was righting for comedy, that’s a faster style with emphasis on the punchlines. Now she’s writing for drama, drama builds at it’s own rate and emphasizes the climax. From my perspective, Taeshi is doing fine writing, or more I should say drawing, drama. Here’s the thing, the reason I harp on body language and facial expressions is because that’s where a lot of the context is right now. She doesn’t have to write much dialogue because the characters expressions and body language speak a thousand more volumes than them vocalizing them does. Put another way, that’s also kind of where a lot of drama lies in the characters themselves. If they just said what was going on it wouldn’t have that big of a hit as if we are seeing the turmoil going on through their expressions.

At least that’s my perspective of her current direction. Basically she’s letting the drawings tell the story more than the dialogue.

strider March 13, 2013, 6:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #240894

@Taeshi if you win the comicmix tournament you should post one of the comics that can be only viewed as a full paid member
you know as a gift to the fans 8-D

CoolBad March 13, 2013, 6:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #240895

Just checked the brackets, personally, thank god you didn’t end up in Kubert or Washington division. I love your comic but if pitted against Twokinds or Dominic Deegan, yeah, sorry, but i’m going to be on their side.

(although I still can’t believe Dominic Deegan is actually getting beat by a comic called manly men doing manly things or something like that, it just sounds cheesy, so wtf)

strider March 13, 2013, 7:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #240896

is she emotionless because of -> ;) and trying to be happy for him even if she cant make him happy?

profatgamer March 13, 2013, 8:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #240897

Turn around Lucy. Let him see what you’ve become because of his being a jerk.

AnayuWolf March 13, 2013, 8:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #240898


Huh? March 13, 2013, 9:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #240899

CoolBad: Hahahahahah you realise that big comics like Homestuck are in the running, it would be absolutely delusional to assume there was even a speck of a chance. I’m just entertained and happy to still be around! There’s no victory on the horizon, and that’s just fine because at the end of the day money is being donated to a cool cause and people get to discover new comics :D

YOU’RE NOT GETTIN NO FREE BCI COMICS FROM ME i see through your ways……….

got my eye

on you

Taeshi March 13, 2013, 9:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #240900

panel one: lucy is short. her feet dont even touch the ground. wow.

melancholia March 13, 2013, 9:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #240902

@strider: Go read Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, it’s a lot funnier than you’d think, and personally I think Dominic Deegan has basically been sliding lately. And I love BCB, but if it runs up against Order of the Stick or Lackadaisy I’ll have to go against it.

Comrade March 13, 2013, 10:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #240903

Oh my gosh, something about the way mike is drawn in most of these panels is just gorgeous. Maybe it’s his eyes…? I don’t know, but either way awesome job on this page Taeshi :’)

Lizzie March 13, 2013, 10:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #240904

I did look at it shortly after I wrote what I said. Still same opinion, from what I read of it, it’s a mediocre at best attempt at gamer humor. There are a ton of those type of comics around (off the top of my head, Penny Arcade, VGcats, CaptainSnes, CTRL ALT DEL, and I guess Sorethumbs kind of falls in that same category). I’d take a mediocre comic with an original concept over a comic with an overdone concept.

If you like it that’s all good, I just thought dominic deegan was more popular than that. I can understand Megatokyo getting bumped, now that’s a comic that’s in a downward spiral. But Dominic Deegan is making it’s final sprint to the finish right now and is being pretty epic. If it was against something in the same category like if it was going against twokinds or comics with the whole fantasy setting then I‘d be less shocked.

Sorry for the rant, I’m just a bit astounded it’s losing to that.

strider March 13, 2013, 10:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #240905

I voted for BCB this game and if you remind us again I will for the next game too.
If against how it currently looks BCB is up against Dead Winter afterwards I’ll have to vote for dead winter though. Or one game later for Erfworld. Both seem to be losing right now though.
With xkcd, OOTS and all that out there I’ll probably vote for those too then, sorry.

Bloomy March 13, 2013, 11:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240906

Even in Voume II with isn’t all that much about comedy, still have quite a bit more writing. It’s Since “Just Beautiful”, well after it actually, there are a lot more panels without any text as compared to the really the rest of BCB has more panels with some text compared to not. Now I am hoping it’s just setting the mood and building the tension for the Mike vs Lucy interaction and such.

She is the shortest other than Molly and Justin. And she could have her knees bent. She does only go up to Mike’s nose.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 13, 2013, 11:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #240907

Well it seems that they’re starting to make up, but barely with the talking and cooperation. Mike should feel a sense of guilt. After all thats happened in a short amount of time. I’m hoping that this will set things in motion and we can see a good friendship between the two.

As to discuss with other peoples’ comments, I say that indeed both Mike and Lucy are going to have to mature as teenagers. They must learn from their mistakes in the past and move on.

As for the contest, all I can say is good luck, Taeshi.

Keyblade Dragon March 13, 2013, 11:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #240908


Well, there was also something else that changed around about that time that I didn’t mention. Chapter 70 (one chapter before just beautiful) Taeshi also switched the art style. I don’t know veronica or anything like that so I can’t assume what she’s actually up to. However from my perspective she could have been getting more into the groove of the new style while preparing to utilize it for a purpose. Just saying, the characters expressions got a lot more detailed after the change. When you make transitions you don’t want to drop it in all at once. You have to gradually change to prevent system shock, so she could have been setting up to try and put more emphasis on character expression over dialogue.

Of course, like I said, I don’t know Taeshi. This is just my opinion of the changes in art, panel use, and writing style.

strider March 13, 2013, 11:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #240909

I swear shes cutting :(

sonicWhip March 13, 2013, 11:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #240910

Why do you guys keep going “I like your comic but if you go against ____ i’ll vote for it sorry” and making up these bizarre hypothetical situations that probably won’t happen, I don’t give a **** what you wanna vote for. Vote what you want, what you truly want to win, but it’s kind of dickish saying stuff like that. I’m not gonna go on someone else’s comic and be all “oh hey you’re okay but man this other comic? Way better. But you’re okay. Just not this comic.” That kind of comparison **** is really unneeded and unnecessarily rude, especially with how varied a lot of the comics are.

It’s not constructive, it’s kind of dickish and you guys are being jerks. Keep that stuff to yourselves.

Taeshi March 13, 2013, 11:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #240911

Whoa, Taeshi, I didn’t mean to insult you. Just being straight up with you. It wasn’t meant to be rude, I do respect your work. I was just being straight up that I was going to support your comic in comicmix as far as I can. I was also just saying I was glad that I didn’t have the dilemma of choosing between two of my top ranked comics. It was actually kind of meant to be a compliment that I actually didn’t want to have to choose. If it came off as rude or insulting I apologize.

Beyond that I was just being honest, any less than that would be disrespectful to you.

strider March 13, 2013, 12:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #240912

enjoying twokinds is disrespectful to everyone

SuitCase March 13, 2013, 12:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #240913

To each there own, I like it. So sue me (not literally). It doesn’t mean I like this comic any less. If it came down to it’d be a tough call, like a centimeter’s margin in difference, that’s what i’m trying to say.

strider March 13, 2013, 12:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #240914

Checked the poll out and I find it really… weird that Octopus Pie and Nedroid are losing and, on the flip side, that the Oatmeal has made it this far. So I don’t think this poll is really gonna mean much in the end, haha. That’s just plain silly and I’m not sure it’s even close to reflective of the size of the readerbases or how good the comics are. (Though in BCB’s case the success is very well-deserved, so don’t take that the wrong way.)

As for the page, all I have to say is that Mike’s eyes suddenly look super green (in a good way). They’re mesmerizing :O
And for some reason I find Lucy’s passiveness kind of cute here. She reminds me of myself a bit.

Ket March 13, 2013, 12:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #240915

People really do that? If it makes you feel better I am voting BCB all the way! Because it is the BEST :) :) :) Triple Chirpys and a hug for you

Really? I am mean man really? Enjoying a comic is disrespectful? Then I am disrespectful! I do enjoy Twokinds, but BCB is way better trust me :/ Your not much better than those Taeshi is referring to.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 13, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #240916

Is Mike and Lucy going to make out now? yup they try and just before the kiss they get stopped by Sue who makes them go on stage.

mikedawn March 13, 2013, 2:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #240917

Lucyyyy! You’re breaking my heart, Lucy. ;_;

Come here, so I can give you a hug.

And no, I don’t have ulterior motives. You’ve always been my favourite character! :)

ravengal March 13, 2013, 3:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #240918

I’m really, really worried now. The duck happened ?????

Gasz March 13, 2013, 3:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #240919

I agree something really big happened between Paulo and Lucy. Before she just looked like she was tired and felt like crap. Now she literally looks like she’s hiding. I wonder if Paulo really did mis-hear here and she didn’t try to stop him because of how bad she’s feeling.
Remember when she had confessed her love to Mike and he was in love with Sandy and how she went to his house and kept asking Paulo to sleep with her and he didn’t? He kind of just ate his own words and did whatever he did in a point of weakness for her causing her to shatter even more.
I really hope Paulo didn’t do anything more serious than kiss her. I REALLY REALLY hope.

Rioo March 13, 2013, 3:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #240920

Just hug her.
Cry like a bitch and hug her.
Apologize dammit.

wr3h March 13, 2013, 4:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #240921

The more this chapter goes on the more nervous I get!

And I’m loving it!!!

P.S. Mike you really can be so emotionally immature sometimes. I REALLY don’t see how Daisy, Amaya and Sara can be so infatuated with him!!!!

DeathofInk March 13, 2013, 4:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #240922

These two :(.

Mike still can’t get that apology out…not yet, at least. The situation between the two of them is as tenuous as ever.

Mayhaps this play and this rehearsal will help patch things up between the two?

Chocothunda March 13, 2013, 4:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #240923

BCB is the second-best comic I’ve ever read, and the only way it’ll face off against my favorite is if they meet in the finals, which is unlikely. So I’ll be voting for it as far as it goes.
@strider: Yes, I admit that the concept of MGDMT is a bit overdone, but so’s the concept of Dominic Deegan. Medieval-y time period, one guy is the “True Savior of the World,” and all that. Plus he makes it so Dominic can never ever ever be wrong about anything, and anybody who disagrees with Dom is automatically a Bad Guy. Also characters are about to die and DEUS EX MACHINA they live again! I don’t care for that.
Now what really is surprising me is this Ava’s Demon comic. It’s good, but I don’t think it’s the best comic, and I suspect someone’s buying it votes. I don’t mind, though. All I want is for Sandra and Woo & Scandinavia and the World to not win.

Comrade March 13, 2013, 4:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #240924

I think that while Lucy and Mike are rehearsing Lucy will have a pained expression whenever Mike looks at her, and Paulo will notice this and haymaker Mike in the face.

The Pornographer March 13, 2013, 6:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #240925


TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 13, 2013, 6:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #240926

(He was joking about twokinds guys)

Taeshi March 13, 2013, 6:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #240927

Have you been reading his update notes. He’s said that this is the end, characters are going to die and stay dead. As for Dominic always being right, he’s not, he’s gotten it wrong quite a few times (like on luna’s sister), missed a small thing that could have made a big difference, or even gets taken out of the equation all together. If he does have a high success rate it’s because he’s an oracle, he can see the future, plus he has a wealth of knowledge from years and years of studying to back up his predictions. Anyhow, I wasn’t talking about the setting, the unique concept is the hero Mookie chose to use. It’s a refreshing change from all the musclebound meathead heroes who use their brawn over their brains.

Sorry about talking about another comic on your comic, I just wanted to clarify something to comrade.

strider March 13, 2013, 7:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #240928

Either Paulo and Lucy did somethin or he shot her down again. I think the second one is more plausible because of what I can see of Lucy,s face it is depressed. Paulo also looked like he just got raped last comic and I think that he is either freaking put or is shocked by what Lucy tried to do.

Devin March 13, 2013, 7:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #240929

@ Taeshi
Well, it appears as though Bittersweet Candy Bowl is mathematically guaranteed a victory in the next two ComicMix ‘matches’. Bcb is leading 72% to 28% in this round. In the other match, it appears as if it will be going up against something called Modest Medusa. If you do the math, Bcb has approximately 266 voters whereas Medusa has 176 giving us a 90 vote lead on them. Also, considering the fact that more people from this comic will vote the farther in the tournament this thing goes, there is almost no way Bittersweet Candy Bowl can lose.
Until Homestuck that is…

Nikita March 13, 2013, 7:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #240930

Forget what I said, Paulo did something to Lucy and she was not ready. Mike go kick his *** cause he did something. Many he raped Lucy, theory, and I think the Mike X Lucy ship got some support and the Paulo X Lucy ship took a big blow.

Devin March 13, 2013, 7:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #240931

BCB and Twokinds are both great comics in their respective fields, Twokinds has action and sex, BCB has story and drama both great but personally I like BCB better by a very small margin and that was the fact that BCB comes out 3 times a week and Twokinds once or twice close call, sorry but I did not vote.

Devin March 13, 2013, 7:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #240932

Hey guys, long time no see, what’s going on in the comments… Oh shi- Ok, I’m outta here for another couple of weeks.

Commander_Zero March 13, 2013, 8:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #240934

mike looks sooooooo short in panel 1

Pyre_of_Onyx March 13, 2013, 9:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #240936

I expect one of three things to be shown to us:

Option one: They rehearse the scene well, but get into an argument onstage.

Option two: They argue backstage, but manage to perform the scene well in the play.

Option three: We don’t see them rehearse the scene. If that happens, all bets are off.

Chronos March 13, 2013, 9:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #240937

@Devin I don’t see how the PauloxLucy ship took a big blow. We don’t even know what just happened between them. All these assumptions that don’t even have good standing. :/

How did you come to the conclusion that Paulo raped Lucy anyway? “OMG HE WAS SMIRKING AND LUCY’S ALL HUDDLED UP IT WAS RAPE OR SOMETHING.” No. Do you really think so lowly of Paulo? The guy who supported Lucy in her depression, passed up his chances to comfort her, and so on? Give the guy some credit.

Wat March 13, 2013, 10:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #240938

@Devin You’re an *** if you think thats what happened between Lucy and Paulo in there. :nope:, I mean honestly, I can respect someones opinion but when they throw out absurd accusations and ******** like that regardless of the persons personality, I just say (Pardon my language) “**** off…” :/
Have you even read the comic? Paulo has done more than enough to help Lucy in the past to show that he would never just take advantage of her when she needs to vent… He’s done far more than Mike has to show that he understands where she’s coming from.

Love the comic btw :D

Thatoneguy March 13, 2013, 10:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #240939

What are people saying about somebody gettin raped?

The Pornographer March 13, 2013, 11:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #240940

I am willing to bet that either Lucy is going to show her face and be crying/depressed, or she’s going to be smiling, which would give me mixed feelings since I personally think Lucy should end up with Mike. XD And I seriously hope the two make up and become friends again here, because it seems like that’s the most probable outcome of the next few comics, and because IT’S ABOUT DANG TIME THEY DID, and I am waiting for the chance to say “IT’S ABOUT DANG TIME! NOW KISS!” XD

I'll Eat Yourself March 13, 2013, 11:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #240941

@Devin: Uhh, I’m pretty sure Paulo wouldn’t risk his life like that D:. Besides, Paulo didn’t take advantage of Lucy when she WANTED it back in Another Shoulder… why would he do something that low and scummy right now? Here’s a link, follow it 8-). Paulo stopped himself then and he probably stopped himself now. Still not sure whether he kissed her or not but he did not go as far as doing what you mentioned… I mean come on we should all know Paulo is better than that Mad Lucy.

@TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone: “Well so much for the apology
Emotionless as usual… Lucy turn around NOW! I want Mike to see your face! and I want to see it.
And Mike did you forget you I hate Lucy and rage at Lucy at home?
Ok Mike she needed your help and you crushed her. Now you need help and she helps you… Where is Karma
when you need it?” -TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone < that didn’t really seem like you wanted Mike to apologize. All I can say to that is: an apology will be coming soon… very soon. Somewhere in this chapter or the next one, idk :|.

@Everyone: According to Nikita’s logic we should at least be able to get BCB in the top 8 for the tournament… this pleases me greatly. Let’s keep voting until BCB receives it’s rightful spot as number one :).

supertails19 March 13, 2013, 11:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #240942

@ Supertails
We wont be getting number 1, seeing as Homestuck is in there but all the other comics we are going up against don’t seem to have much support at all, so we can easily get second.
Actually, scratch that, we will get second, and nothing will stop us ‘till then.
I mean, the other comics that we’re likely to go up against are Cucumber Quest with 199 votes and Boxer Hockey with 133 votes. Both of these are up against our 285 votes. I plug that into my calculator and it makes a smiley face.
Unfortunately, Homestuck has 381 votes. That’s 96 more than we have, which sucks.

Nikita March 14, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #240943

@Nikita: Yes, but you have to consider that the people who voted for the opponents of those comics might vote for them against us. Doubtful, but possible; and I am fearing that reckoning with Homestuck. I was really hoping for a Final Four of Order of the Stick, Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, Bittersweet Candy Bowl, and Lackadaisy, too. Only two of those really seem to have a chance here.

Comrade March 14, 2013, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #240944

I’m actually thinking Mike looks guilty here. It’s like he’s starting to slowly realize “hey… I might have done something really wrong.. I must have…why would she be acting like this otherwise?”

And Lucy is hiding and cutting him off so they can get the scene over with and he will go away. but my two cents xD

RoseVee March 14, 2013, 12:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #240945

“This goes along with the Mike feeling guilty theory… which you seem to dislike…”-supertails19
“WHAT! I want Mike to feel guilty! That is what I have been hoping for all along! Why do you think I don’t want Mike to feel bad and apology? Why? ;_;”-TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone

You finally got to me 1st comment but avoided this one.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 14, 2013, 1:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #240946

Hey, all. Vero linked to the Comicmix thing because it’s a bit of fun, but please don’t take it too far. It is a silly little contest with no impact on anything, and all you should be doing is voting (and watching the results!) for the personal pleasure of it.

We stopped listing BCB on Topwebcomics despite all the lovely support we got from people who loved to vote there, and it was all because we don’t want to get tied up in the hypercompetitive mudslinging that tends to emerge from such things.

If you love BCB , tell a friend about it! But don’t get too concerned with how we’re doing in that poll compared to anything else. It’s not important.

SuitCase March 14, 2013, 5:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #240947

Keep it professional, Mike! Stay strong!

thedragon133 March 14, 2013, 7:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #240948

Though Panel 5 Mikes eyes drive me nuts.

…there I said it.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 14, 2013, 9:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #240949

Her head looks like yashi’s in the last panel. Silly dinosaur. :P

Demetrois March 14, 2013, 9:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #240950

Mike is ADORABLEEEEEEEEEEEE in panel 2!! good work!!!!! :D

Iti March 14, 2013, 1:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #240951

Wait, they haven’t been rehearsing together?

Also, Mike is being pretty professional, though not that friendly.

The Real Lee March 14, 2013, 2:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #240952


0u0 March 14, 2013, 4:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #240954

I really just want Mike to say he’s sorry.
like really.

shaaa March 14, 2013, 7:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #240955


Paulo March 14, 2013, 7:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #240957

Mike suck up your pride and big Lucy even if she pushes you away hug her let her know you care even if you don’t love her, and I think you do, you two can put aside you differences and try to be friends again. Paulo will probably get his *** kicked at some point and everything will be all right. Lucy you can still try to change Mike’s opinion of you, I know I am still after my middle school crush after 7 years and we are on OK friend terms, you two can still try to be friends, I am terrible at relationships so I am not the best to tell you how to deal with your Mike problems, and you may be able to get Mike to like you again, sorry for the long comment but I need to get some ideas out of my head and in this comment.

Devin March 14, 2013, 8:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #240958

WELL SORRY I HATE PAULO HE REMINDES ME OFF AN ******* I KNEW AND SORRY FOR MY IDEA I KNOW IT WAS WILD AND I AM SORRY FOR THAT, CAN I NOT HAVE AN OPINION THAT IS TRUELY MY OWN? PAULO MAY HAVE BEEN BETTER THAN THAT EARLIER BUT HE MAY HAVE CHANGED AFTER SLEEPING WITH TWO GIRLS. The fact that Paulo was a womanizing sleazebag to begin with gave me wild ideas sorry about that. The fact that I don’t like Paulo is my reason for not trusting him. Many he did not rape her, highly unlikely that he did, but he may have still banged her up a bit. Sorry for my ideas they sound stupid now that I think about them. Maybe he and Lucy did something and the reason I say the Paulo X Lucy boat took a hot is because of they did do it and Lucy was not ready it may have damaged their relationship.

Devin March 14, 2013, 8:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #240959


Thunderhawk March 14, 2013, 8:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #240960

Well we’re all still tense from the GOD-AWFUL WAIT!
What happened in there?? we must know!!! D:
Damn you Taeshi!! You evil GENIUS!!!

Thatoneguy March 14, 2013, 9:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #240961

ahhhh been a while since ive delved into this comic..nice to see that the fans are still playing with their voodoo dolls of mike, lucy, and paulo. good job taeshi. evil genius is right.

tara March 14, 2013, 9:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #240962

i love how your comic is going taeshi! your a big part of inspiration in my life. all i need now is for mike x lucy to be canon

Aydin March 14, 2013, 9:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #240963


Rylan March 14, 2013, 10:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #240964

Everybody here who is waiting till 12:00 just to see the next strip owes me one dollar.
(I’ll be loaded by morning 8-) )

Thatoneguy March 14, 2013, 10:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #240966

@wr3h: The hugs can happen later, and very soon we can start with the healing :). But first let’s see some drama 8-D.

@DeathofInk: Who is Sara? Are you talking about Sue or maybe Stacy? :question:

Daisy, Amaya, Sue, Stacy and so many others still like Mike because they still see him as the “nice guy” he used to be and to be honest still is while he is around them. However, once they find out about his actions in December, then all bets are off. There is no telling how they would react, they could instantly hate him or assume it is just one big lie. Or they could forgive him if Mike asks for forgiveness :x.

@Chocothunda: Well, yeah that is the plan Sue came up with. Sue set up this play with the hope of putting Mike and Lucy on friendlier terms. I hope her plan works, but don’t ask me how it is going to work since i’m still working on that Mad Lucy :unsure:.

@I’ll Eat Yourself: Why would Lucy smile at Mike? … I like the idea but I would not understand her reasoning for it. Unless she is finally glad this will all be over soon. Wait that makes even less sense. I’m so confused right now. Lucy smiling in front of Mike would be like Lucy saying “let’s make out” to Paulo. My head hurts just thinking about it :nope:.

@Thatoneguy: HA good luck with that plan. I’d rather use that dollar to buy votes for BCB XD. I mean support my favorite comic… shoosh(btw shoosh is not a comic… just the adorable sound Daisy made instead of saying shut up).

supertails19 March 14, 2013, 11:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #241473

Is he going to be an *** around her for the rest of the story?

I can just see it now, Lucy’s 5 years older with Paulo and a kid and Mike STILL talks to her with contempt.

Follarch March 22, 2013, 12:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #297015

Well this is awkward :(

metallo April 11, 2015, 6:32 AM EST.

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