74. Curtain Call, page posted 3/22/13

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Curtain Call — Page 18
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Author commentary

Veronica: There were different ways this was gonna go, like Lucy was either going to continue being a dumb mopey-face and Sue was meant to know what was going on, or sue was not gonna know what was going on but was gonna be supportive. EITHER WAY NONE OF THAT HAPPENED

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Reader comments

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Comment ID #241422

First comment, finally. I’ll never have to try this again.
So Mike and Lucy actually seem to be getting along pretty well here! I’m happy for them. Mike looks to have forgiven Lucy due to Just Beautiful, and Sue’s lightened up. The play’s going swimmingly, and the PauloxLucy ship has bailed some of the water. If I didn’t know your style, Taeshi, I could almost think that nothing was going to go wrong.
As a sign of happiness of winning first, I will point out that the final German offensive on the Western Front, in 1918 with the desperate hope of capturing Paris, began 95 years ago today, March 21. It’s March 21 here in America anyway.
And best of luck in the tournament, Tae. I can’t believe BCB went this far either. There’s actually a good chance of it capturing second, maybe even first. (Although… I checked the tournament listing, and for me they haven’t updated yet for the quarterfinals… I hope you did win…)
Anyway, this has been my longest comment yet, ‘cause I got first. Now I won’t need to try anymore. I close by saying: Thank you for your comic, Taeshi, and please keep ‘em coming!

Comrade March 22, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #241423

Jesus Christ, she’s smiling! I mean, she’s actually smiling! No es possible! This breaks all logical expectations! This is earth shattering! Has the world gone mad?
In all seriousness though, I think this has something to do with Paulo or Mike. One second, she was extremely depressed when suddenly, both Mike and Paulo entered the room in rapid succession and now she appears happy. In the second panel, Mike has a huge (and kind of creepy) smile on his face and Lucy is actually showing some, albeit, a little bit, of emotion on her’s. Paulo also looked very happy when he left, after he got out of rape-victim mode, that is. Maybe Paulo told Lucy he loved her, showing her that she is loved and Mike apologized for being a jerk and said they should be friends again, which filled that gap as well. I know I’m being way too optimistic for this comic but this seems like a logical way to solve everything in the shortest amount of time possible without it being completely illogical.
@ Comrade
Good job getting first, just don’t get used to it.

Nikita March 22, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #241424

Lucy is smiling :)
Thank Taeshi I love you!

One small step for Lucy! One giant *** leap for MikexLucy shippers!

*drill Sargent voice* Taeshi gave us this awesome page so go now and support her you maggots!

Time to be the Devil’s advocate:
a)Notice her eyes?
b)Notice she is happy when Mike leaves? Check Panel 2-4

Ditto shame on you comrade

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 22, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #241425

That’s taking a turn for the better… but knowing the comic, this probably won’t last very long. :/

Anon March 22, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #241426

Now that’s what everyone wants to see (or at least me anyways), a smile on Lucy’s face.

I wonder if whatever happened between her and Paulo had anything to do with it? |D

Teanna Wolf March 22, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #241427

YES! A page with everyone smiling on it :love:. How long since we had one of these? Uhh, is it bad that I want to hug Sue for creating a play that actually put Mike and Lucy in the same room AND they got along? I mean Sue made this nearly impossible situation happen. I want to at least say: “Thank you Sue you did a great job with the play.”

supertails19 March 22, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #241428

Just don’t break Mikes leg. :)
Nice to finally see a smile from Lucy!! And a deceptively true one too! Who knows, maybe she really does feel like Sue is a good friend. And she wasn’t completely droning when she ‘made out’ with Paulo. That or she really has a knack for this acting thing.
Lovely page to enter the weekend with though.

Fenfir March 22, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #241429

A smile, sweet baby JESUS, a smiiiiile!

Vizzums March 22, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #241430

Bah, there goes my Lucy x Eternal Sadness ship.

Ace March 22, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #241431

I smell sniff sniff…. self-confidence?

LevitaOmnia March 22, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #241432

lucy is happy YAY. 8-D

Felix March 22, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #241433

This gives me such smiles for some reason.

Melinda March 22, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #241434

Does that smile have anything to do with Paulo? Hmm…..

xom March 22, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #241435

o.o Either Lucy is broken beyond repair, or she’s fixed!

Something smells fishy in the BCB world. :nope:

Purple Haze March 22, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #241436

Little does everyone know that everyone is actually on the ceiling for this and upside down. Everyone is actually frowning.

Whimsicott March 22, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #241437

God DAMN it is nice to see her smile for the first time in AGES :D

Order_66 March 22, 2013, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #241438

Ermaherd happy lucy

Nope March 22, 2013, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #241439

And suddenly… Everyone is happy. Ah, well, maybe this will turn out alright after all.

BAHAHAHA~!! Sorry, couldn’t keep a straight face. Don’t get me wrong though, I am happy for the non-angsty interlude. I’d love to see it go on but… Well… Let’s be honest: This can’t possibly last. Or maybe I’m wrong.

Anyway, wonderful work as always Taeshi, please please please keep it up!

Zero March 22, 2013, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #241440

Yay! She’s smiling!

Circle of life March 22, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #241441

Happy Lucy is cute

Stephano March 22, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #241442

My heart did a happy little dance when I saw Lucy smiling. I mean, I’m not her biggest fan, honestly… but it’s seriously nice to see her happy again!
I really hope that they sorted it out, like Mike apologizing for that day and Lucy doing the same for her past behavior :P But then again, Lucy could be faking it. After all, what’s BCB without the angst? :D

Flara March 22, 2013, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #241443

Lucy certinly bounced back quick.

foolishprototype001 March 22, 2013, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #241444

I’d be happy if I just made out with Paulo too. What a catch!

Sylvia March 22, 2013, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #241445

Lucy is such a cutie when she’s sporting a smile!

Todd March 22, 2013, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #241446

Everytime lucy smiles a sick orphan is healed.

Droopy likes your face March 22, 2013, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #241447

@Nikita Stop.

no March 22, 2013, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #241448

Sweet baby Jebus!!!! Lucy is happy!!!! Her eyes are alive and alight with that optimistic spirit never seen in Lucy!!! Amazing!!!!!! I love this page. Either whatever happened with Paulo had an effect on her after a while or Mike apologized and things will slowly move back to normal. Waiiiittt… BUT THAT MEANS EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED SINCE DECEMBER MEANT NOTHING!!! Damn… All that character development down the drain. Well let’s see what Taeshi does. Maybe Mike and Lucy will be friends again but not like before! And we still dont understand what happened with Paulo, which is still a huge can of worms because with her all smiles now maybe something can actually happen with those two!

SEGAMAN March 22, 2013, 12:11 AM EST.

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@ No
Your name
@ Someone
I doubt she’s happy because Mike left. To our knowledge, she still loves Mike and doesn’t feel a particularly large amount of ill will towards him. Therefore, I don’t think she’d be happy just because he left. I think she’s just happy because Mike patched everything up, with some pressure from Sandy and some time to reflect upon his actions, of course. Mike doesn’t seem like a bad guy, he just seems like someone who can get out of control at times and I think he realized this and tried to fix what he did.
Also, I don’t know what “Ditto shame on you comrade” means.

Nikita March 22, 2013, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #241450

Lucy engaged Yandere Mode? Well, her smile is still pretty even if her eyes look empty and shineless :( Good to see a more relaxed Sue ;) Now ladies and gentleman prepare to see Mike’s Leonardo DiCaprio-like perfomance.
@Taeshi: From my point of view, I would have thought that Lucy took off her mopey-face for Sue because she has been nice and supportive to her in the past, even if they aren’t the best friends of the world and we also know that Sue is the most drama-free character fo all, which is ironic considering she’s the head (?) of the Drama/Theatre Club.

KarmaKitty March 22, 2013, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #241451

and uhhhh did you guys just vote bcb into the comicmix quarter finals

Yep and I will keep voting and voting and voting……. ;)

Pepe Le Pew March 22, 2013, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #241452

Somebody call a psychiatrist for her this is friggin weird

I’m dying to know just what the hell happened in that dressing room.

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

Comment ID #241453

Jeez people, all of you are saying “ohhh, she’s happy cuz paulo n’ mike awww”

I believe her smile is just a facade. Sue would probably be worried if Lucy looked like a mess before the play.

Day~Day March 22, 2013, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #241454

Lucy’s smile is SO refreshing! Either she’s faking for Sue, or Paulo and/or Mike gave her a boost. Please let it be the latter, I love happy Lucy. Also, the little character animations are ADORABLE, you guys did a great job! :D I preordered my books in January~

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

Comment ID #241455

Is this a… What is this alias expression I see before my eyes? Could this be the fabled Lucy smile?? My god! I think it is! Quick! Somebody! Picture! We’ll be fricken rich!

Ok seriously I’m really glad to see Lucy smile. Sounds like maybe Paulo got through to her? Because I doubt mike apologized. :p so until proven otherwise, kudos, Paulo! A round of ale on me!

Edit: @day~day way to be a downer :p you’re probably right, but who knows? It could be legit.

Legion March 22, 2013, 12:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #241456

@Droopy likes your face
Tonight Taeshi has healed 4 sick orphans! Her smiles are just that awesome! :) :) :) :)

You are smiling while Lucy is around? What have you done with the real Mike! Nah I am just kidding, good to have you back! :)

I am going squeal like 2 year old girl if Lucy and Mike are friends again!

I was agreeing with you about comrade :/
No BUT she might be happy that she didn’t make him made or miserable. I will beat this dead horse one more time: Taeshi said Lucy believes everything Mike said in December.

Do hate to be a downer but, does anyone notice her eyes compared to Sue’s and Mikes? There is no shine!


TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 22, 2013, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #241457

*looks at second panel* OMG Lucy is a Cyclops! :O ….oh wait never mind, but on a serious note its has been a long time since we seen Lucy smile

Darf14 March 22, 2013, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #241458

Lucy may be smiling, but how genuine is it really? The eyes don’t lie.

Perhaps, whatever scene Mike and Lucy were working on was kind of a break through for them. Or maybe they are just putting on their grown up faces for the sake of the play (and Sue).

Purin March 22, 2013, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #241459

THERE’S that beautiful smile we all know and love :love:

Hunnikitty March 22, 2013, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #241460

Things are going well, not expected…cuzz things in BCB never go well somethings up

lov/hate/hurt March 22, 2013, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #241461

Wow! It seems soo weird that Lucy is finally smiling!!

Bittersweet_PauloxLucy March 22, 2013, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #241462

Clearly the moral of the story here is that the only way to get rid of a deep depression is by making out with a total man-*****. It goes to show that happiness truly can be obtained by giving in to lust rather than listening to your heart. I’m so proud of you, Lucy.

Random Internet Loser March 22, 2013, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #241463

@TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone: I think Lucy is happy because she doesn’t feel so alone right now and that it might be temporary… take a closer look at her eyes. She is happier but not completely… yet ;).

I think it has something to do with Lucy being visited by Sue, Mike, and Paulo. Also, it could just be because Lucy got to spend some time with Mike… just spending quality time with an old friend :).

supertails19 March 22, 2013, 12:29 AM EST.

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yeahlogical March 22, 2013, 12:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #241465

There’s something wrong, clearly, because she’s smiling. Something’s up. Clearly.

Yxela007 March 22, 2013, 12:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #241466

I don’t trust that smile for a second. She didn’t smile with Paulo, she didn’t smile with Mike. She smiled at Sue, while giving her a compliment of her script. I smell a façade being put up.

Yumikarp March 22, 2013, 12:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #241467

This page, seeing them all smiling and complimenting each other and being nice, makes me happy.

Puppo March 22, 2013, 12:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #241468

…I’m…I’m so happy to see that smile on Lucy….

Seikyuu March 22, 2013, 12:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #241469

COME ON GUYS VOTE FOR BCB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It just needs like twenty more votes!

WECANDOTHIS March 22, 2013, 12:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #241470

@Yumikarp: Sadly, I think I have to agree with you since Lucy was not smiling before Sue entered the room. Also, I think the main reason Lucy is doing this play is to not disappoint her friend. If Lucy disappoints Sue then that is just another friend she could lose. I guess Lucy is trying her best to make sure that she keeps some friends when Mike decides to leave the table. Hmm, I think Mike’s plan is going to back fire and he might be the only one to leave the table… I am having mixed feelings about this :unsure:.

Also, Let’s help Daisy get to Paulo… or at least to her man hiding behind the 700 mark :smirk:.

supertails19 March 22, 2013, 12:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #241471

A page with smiles? what new flavour of maddness is this?
UP is down, black is white, I cannot handle it. *spazes out and falls over*

In all seriousness though keep it up. I look forward to seeing what happens next. =3

SteelWings March 22, 2013, 12:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #241472

Wow, that’s a really nice smile. :)

But the eyes people! Keep paying attention to her blank eyes! That smile is just a facade. :(

Follarch March 22, 2013, 12:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #241474

this might be a trap…
on the brightside
everyone looks so cute! :D

vivitv24 March 22, 2013, 12:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #241475

So Lucy went a total 180 from the drama that was expected… probably because Paulo is her new partner in crime. I expected the happenstance to be different to throw us off, but yet out of all the futures I imagined I did not foresee this particular one happening. =____= Brava Taeshi…. brava.

David March 22, 2013, 1:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #241476

Ehh I don’t think it’s a sincere smile. I think it’s put on for…play. (See what I did there? I’m sorry.) Anyways if she was truly happy her eyes wouldn’t be so dull. Such a dull blue, compared to the sparkle in everyone else’s eyes. As much as I wish for Lucy to be happier, this isn’t how I expected it to go. I have a feeling her happiness is attributed to the fact that she and Mike were able to interact without a whole storm going down, but her old self will be back. I hope she and Mike get over their problems and actually work it out, like real people would. Real adults. They think they’re ready for such adult matters yet they act like children. Of course they’re teenaged cat people, but nonetheless there is a time and place for everything.

I just have this nagging feeling that Lucy’s putting on a show so she doesn’t bother anyone else, the way she feels like she bothered Mike. I think she’s going to suppress her feelings and just show them when she’s alone. Poor thing, trying to be the best person and keep others happy. Mike told her she was the reason he was upset, so she’s trying to change herself to make sure she doesn’t upset anyone else. I think. Good for her, anyways.

And we never figured out what her mother was talking about! It’s eating at me so much I want to know so I can tell if Lucy will stay the same or change.

LightTribe March 22, 2013, 1:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #241477

why lucy seems… happy?

HybridOtho March 22, 2013, 1:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #241478

Sue seems like he most real friend that one could have.

synthyK March 22, 2013, 1:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #241479

Eeeee, she’s smiling!!!!!!! Like I’m totally the first to say this.
Did Michael do this? :o


Comment ID #241480

i think lucy is happy cause she was 1. making out with paulo and 2. seems to be friends with michael again

nightarix March 22, 2013, 1:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #241481

I missed her smile… so much, it’s so beautiful….
anyways, I’m guessing things went well with paulo, but the reason why she seemed so dark before might be because of mike specially.
I don’t know Im just happy to see her smile <3 8-D :D :love:

Sam March 22, 2013, 1:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #241482

Wow. Lucy smiling just made this comic 10x better. Finally not making us depressed as hell every single page. Cheers!

Nonameghost March 22, 2013, 1:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #241483

O.O Ain’t seen THAT inna while! Happy Lucy is beautiful. <3

Jessica U. Ingmann March 22, 2013, 1:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #241484

See I’ve been slowly being convinced that I’m insane because you all keep mentioning Lucy’s eyes. I mean, they are just eyes, how expressive can they get? How do you get adjectives like “souless” and “dead” out of that? Nobody’s questioning the assessment either, so what the heck is wrong with me that I just see another pair of eyes on a neutral expression?

Then it hit me. It’s a small detail in the art, but it’s there. Each character, when drawn in color, has a white spot somewhere inside the iris or pupil. I have never noticed it because it registered as simply a reflection of light, or part of the art form. This little white spot is curiously absent from Lucy’s eyes, but is present in everyone elses (except Agustus’ as far as I can tell). Also when the pupil is tiny, (like Daisy’s in the 5th panel of the previous comic,) the white speck is not shown. However, this was not allways the case; going back several chapters, we do indeed see that little speck in the eyes of Lucy, same as everyone else.

So I wanted to know when that speck stopped being in Lucy’s eyes. Knowing roughly when the comments about the eyes started making me question my sanity, I flipped through December. Begining of chapter: Lucy’s eyes have the white speck. Mike’s Room: her eyes still have it. During Mike’s “Reveal”: Eyes still have the speck.

Mike’s “Reveal” Ends: AT NO POINT from that comic onward do we see the white spot in her eyes, (or at least, I can’t find a panel where she does.) Even now, when she’s “Happy”, it is still missing.

So what does this mean? Well, for one, it means I can finally stop wondering if i’m crazy.

A lot of commentors seem to believe it indicates depression, or lack of emotion, or just generally that Lucy is “unwell” after what Mike’s outburst “did to her”.

Me? I think that since it is a consistent change in the way Lucy has been drawn, the change means something to Taeshi and is therefore significant. However, even though there’s a white speck missing from her eyes, at first glance I still don’t see anything more than a pair of eyes on a neutral expression (and now on a not-so-neutral expression).

I will be watching to see if and when the speck comes back, but will still privately (publicly now, I suppose) disagree with assessments that her eyes look souless, blank, flat, or whatever other extreme adjectives people decide to use.

Have a nice day.

RandomPhrases March 22, 2013, 1:46 AM EST.

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Sanchan March 22, 2013, 1:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #241486

Lucy can finally smile again after Paulo gave her the D. Beautiful

Hicks March 22, 2013, 2:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #241487

This reaffirms my suspicions that Lucy has probably undergone a drastic change of character in her time away from school. No longer brash or violent, she has perhaps become thoughtful and introspective to a fault.

With this, however, I believe will come a pragmatic approach towards life, as seen with her most recent encounter with Augustus. I forsee her being just as frank with her friends as she has always been, but in less of an aggressive way and more of a distant judgement.

…in other words, she’s turning into McCain.

Orion March 22, 2013, 2:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #241488

There is a severe lack of drama today.
Don’t be a bitch come monday.. Mad Lucy

****** March 22, 2013, 2:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #241489

This is like the first genuine smile I’ve seen Lucy have in like FOREVER

Joakim March 22, 2013, 2:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #241490

It’s really nice to see Lucy smiling for a change, with Mike around her. I want to see where will this story go, it’s fun to see the characters and the artist develop C:

Silvyx March 22, 2013, 2:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #241491

Paulo acting strange.
Mike smiling in the same room as Lucy.
Lucy smiling in general.
Whatever’s going on, I don’t like it.

asdf March 22, 2013, 2:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #241492

Oh my god you guys so much blind speculation. Happy because of Mike leaving? Fake smile? Putting on mask? Talking to Mike about ONLY the lines to the play makes her smile? Can’t she just be exited because the play is good and performing is actually a fun thing to do no matter who you do it with? Why does everything have to have a sub plot and a sub-sub-plot?

Ventus March 22, 2013, 2:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #241493

As Tiny Tina (Borderlands 2) once said: BEST. DAY. EVA!

On a side note: Don’t say break a leg Sue! Does no one remember what turtle is capable of? He heard you Sue and now he’s coming To trip EVERYONE! muahahahahaha!!!! (Dear lord someone shut me up)

Ember March 22, 2013, 2:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #241494

Well, that was… anticlimatic :x

It’s a nice way for things to turn out, those two putting their differences aside for their friend and her play seems quite the grown-up thing to do.
And it caught me completely off guard ;) Well done!

thedragon133 March 22, 2013, 2:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #241495

Loved every BIT of this arc! :love:
A spark of hope just lit itself back up with this one, seeing Lucy smile so willingly and genuinely to Sue, it shows how she’s starting to open up more to the others as she starts to accept the fact that they’re her friends.
And, amazingly, Mike and Lucy seem to have done pretty well in there, maybe this could be showing that Lucy’s moved on and started to get better, I sure hope so…! :D

Wonder how Paulo’s gonna go about his Drama Bomb, btw.

Oh and I also wanted to say that, even with how happy I am for Lucy, those eyes of hers worry me… It’s not that I think they look dead or anything (Don’t worry @RandomPhrases, I ain’t goin start no fights today :P), but I just can’t figure out what to think about them! And I can’t help but be concerned about it! D: I mean it could be as Phrases stated that you wanted to try a new way of drawing Lucy, but I’m not sure…
IT KILLS ME NOT TO KNOOOOOW!!! You always find SOME way to torture us don’t you you sadistic mastermind… Or do we bring it upon ourselves? Our love for this comic will be our DOWNFALL!

Nevertheless, love the comic, love the art style, and I regret that I can’t buy all your books! Keep up the great work, and be sure to take your time! :D

Thatoneguy March 22, 2013, 2:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #241496

Okay, I see a smile. Okay. And it looks like she and Mike are not at each other’s throats yet. But, I wonder if she means it, the smile, I mean. The shineless eyes are still there, so I’m still concerned :( . I wonder if she ever did have her talk with Agustus, some how I get the feeling he may have given her tips on how to get on with her life without really being happy. Or something like that : /. Kinda like what he’s doing.

Subaru March 22, 2013, 2:32 AM EST.

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wr3h March 22, 2013, 2:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #241498

Holy anthros! Lucy actually smiled! It’s the first time in a loooong time we’ve seen her do that! :love: That smile is so pretty, Lucy~

ravengal March 22, 2013, 2:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #241499

…….I am a happy cat,today.
I saw one the rarest smiles in the internet, the elusive and beautiful Lucy smile.
My Friday just got a LOT better.
I needed it seriously!
Thank you Ms. Hero !

El Legendario March 22, 2013, 2:43 AM EST.

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congrats, you’re pathetic just like everyone else who gets excited over having no life.

seriously, wasn’t there a RULE against competing for the first post and going on about your place in the comments? if these were my rules, i’d kill a loved one of whoever violated them.

anyway… lucy is smiling, that must mean she gave her virginity away like the little **** that she is and will be pregnant in a future chapter and the drama will revolve around abortion.

the new book is ready, huh…? i WOULD buy it, but due to recent events in hell… i mean life… i don’t exactly have the means to buy a copy anytime soon… but hopefully i can get one in the future.

as you can guess, i’m not in the best of moods.

Thanatos March 22, 2013, 3:12 AM EST.

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as @El Legendario said, seeing lucy’s elusive smile is good for the health i hope this friday is as good as im glad to seeing her smile

Knight-A March 22, 2013, 3:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #241502

If you’re wondering just what the hell we’re talking about when we’re mentioning Lucy’s eyes, look at this page. http://cdn2.bittersweetcandybowl.com/comics/68/ 34.png

That’s when her eyes first changed after Mike did his “I HATE YOU!” episode and completely shattered Lucy’s soul. From that point on, she stopped having normal eyes with pupils, and instead has flat, glazed over eyes, which if you’re clever enough, will notice is a strong plot indicator. I’ll say it with nice big letters now.


There. Glad I got that cleared out. :)

Follarch March 22, 2013, 3:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #241503

Why do I get the feeling that there are a lot of disappointed or just flat out mind blown readers after this page.

Anyhow, it seems Mike and Lucy at least maintained their professional distance. That said the ball’s in Mike’s court now, Lucy’s given him what he wants. So now Mike needs to do his half and stay out of her business.

Also, so the baby was chris.

strider March 22, 2013, 3:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #241504

her smile made me very happy n_n
i just love Lucy :love:
her a paulo should be doing good/better now right? :) ;)

Madi_mew101 March 22, 2013, 4:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #241505

Lucy smiling?! I thought I’d never see that wonderfull side to her again!

Of course I seriously doubt it means she’s better (no way is it ever THAT easy).

There are times where I find myself torn with the situation with Mike, on one hand its understandable for him to be so hostile to Lucy after all the years she’s been mean and abusive to him, yet on the other hand it still seemed a bit much for him to say such harsh things to her and speak on the behalf of the rest of their group of friends by stating they would all choose him over her in terms of friends.

Its a very good way of showing how relationships with people (of any kind) can be just as confusing as Life.

Death of Ink March 22, 2013, 5:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #241506

It seems that, in BCB, girls are smarter than boys.

Henry Wang March 22, 2013, 5:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #241507

There won’t be something good later, if Lucy smiles ‘happily’, but something ‘interesting’ instead.

Henry Wang March 22, 2013, 5:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #241508

As already noted, Lucy’s eyes are still hollow; her manner is fake. This is a direct reaction from December:

“Pushing everyone else away because you think they’re only nice to you for your looks. Well, maybe you were right… No one could love you for who you are.”

Lucy is acting pleasant and sociable because of that, but it’s just an act. She’s still dangerously depressed and broken on the inside. This is somewhat of an improvement since she’s actually functional now instead of just moping constantly, but she is nowhere near better.

If she can keep the act up then maybe it will begin to permanently change her character for the better, but for now, how her relationship with Paulo develops will be the real litmus test for her condition. [I suspect a repeat of “Another Shoulder” is likely, but she may be making an actual “Can’t have choice A, so take choice B” decision and will actually make a real effort even if it doesn’t last, we’ll have to wait and see]

Pyre March 22, 2013, 5:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #241509

@Taeshi: If this comic bases on your own experience, you must had a COLOURFUL high school life.

Henry Wang March 22, 2013, 5:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #241510

Lucy and Paulo ‘s characteristics are similar in many ways.
—and I do not think Paulo&Lucy relationship can last long because of this.
Actually that relationship has never been built. (I am not sure, only guess)

Henry Wang March 22, 2013, 5:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #241511

She is smiling from all that Paulo. 8-)

Fluffy March 22, 2013, 5:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #241512

I am seriously still wondering what went on betweenp Lucy and Paulo. There’s no way all they did was make out. Not with the way Paulo hightailed it out of there all nervous-like!

Also, I wonder if we’re going to see Lucy’s eyes gradually get their shine back over time, or if there’s just going to be one big shining moment where they come back.

KG March 22, 2013, 5:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #241513

Taeshi you are the best!!!
I like this nice and happy Lucy (and OMG Sue’s first reaction on Lucy’s words XD )
I wonder… maybe Mike and Lucy had a talk? Maybe they’re okey now? I really want them to become friends again :(

JustinBoober March 22, 2013, 6:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #241514

She smiles yet her eyes still seem empty…

Kitmitten March 22, 2013, 6:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #241515

This comic is really great. I read the series over night and it just keeps getting better and better. :D

DekuMarth March 22, 2013, 6:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #241516

Holy crap Mike and Lucy in the same room and they are smiling. This is huge. I mean I don’t know what to type. Wait to go Taeshi, you have me at a loss for words. My only theory is that Mike and Lucy talked it out. My only idea I got nothing else.

Devin March 22, 2013, 6:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #241517

Whaaaaaat?! I’m so happy that Lucy is finally smiling again.

Kindle Kat March 22, 2013, 6:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #241518

Ah! Lucy was mopey before and after, uh, being in the same room as Paulo, but happy after being around Mike. Interesting… :O

It still seems like there is a massive chunk of the story line we’re missing due to the cutaways (By design, I’m sure), which makes me feel like something huge happened in both scenes. And the Chapter is half over!

I’m not sure if being depressed means your eyes don’t reflect some light, but you probably have something here. She might be wearing a mask, if you know what I mean.

On a different note, Good News Everyone! Bittersweet Candy Bowl is ahead of Girls With Slingshots by 40 votes. Sweet.

Bluecaptain March 22, 2013, 6:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #241520

I know this tactic…when your self worth dips so low that you erase your own thoughts and feelings and just be what everyone wants. I think everyone excited to see Lucy “happy” is kidding themselves.

ArashiiNekkyou March 22, 2013, 7:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #241521

New idea. Sandy sneaks into the play without telling anyone but her driver. After the play Lucy asks Mike if they can talk somewhere quiet and the go around to the back of the school. Sandy sees them and follows. Mike and Lucy sit on some steps and talk about gossip or something. Lucy asks Mike how he feels about her and he says something along the lines of your me best friend, to I don’t know. Sandy gets suspicious. Mike tells Lucy that unless he and Sandy break up then he can not be with her. He then tells her that until then, if it ever happens, she should see someone who loves her. Sandy hears this gets upset and goes to wait on Mike at his house. Lucy says she understands, she and Mike hug and they go home. When he gets home Sandy questions mike about his talk with Lucy he tells her the truth and, not believing him breaks up with him. After that Mike is a little depressed for about a week until Lucy notices what’s going on and asks Mike out to see a movie. After that they have a strong and steady relationship ship for the rest of the year.

Devin March 22, 2013, 7:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #241522

-23 year old man..- … Oh God.. Ses smiling! - Squeals! -

Bob Brofist March 22, 2013, 7:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #241523

I don’t care if Lucy is faking ot or being real, this is a refreshing page that brightens my day

Nobody42 March 22, 2013, 7:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #241524

Could this be the end of all the drama??
On another note finally able to vote for BCB in comicmix, whoo.

ComicGuy March 22, 2013, 7:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #241525

“Break a leg.”



Dr.Z March 22, 2013, 7:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #241526

Fuf, i think i got cancer from that last frame.

Drok March 22, 2013, 7:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #241527

HOLY mother she smiled sweetly

Hiyoko March 22, 2013, 8:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #241528

Oh god smiling Lucy ;~;
I hope it’s genuine.

Ket March 22, 2013, 8:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #241529


Huh? March 22, 2013, 8:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #241530

Sudden Happyness :/

OH gosh why didn’t thought of it earlier?!
Lucy’s mopey attitude all the time was because she had sex frustration! :O

Anonymus March 22, 2013, 9:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #241531

Ah that genuine smile from Lucy, it’s so nice to see it again. I know it probably won’t last too long, but it was nice to see it after so long. :)

Mayamayagirl March 22, 2013, 9:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #241532

Aaaaaaaawwwwwwwww!!!!!! ;w; oh gosh I never thought of seeing smiley Lucy again but after all the time it’s really really adorable look at that face aw

Lizzie March 22, 2013, 9:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #241533

that time*

Lizzie March 22, 2013, 9:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #241534


Rylan March 22, 2013, 10:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #241535


Unfortunately, happy as that sounds, that’s a copout ending. Everybody’s happy, there’s no real drama to work through, and it would involve way too much Deus ex Machina. As a coherent slice-of-life story, it’s good. Fairly realistic, even. But as a dramatic story (which, let’s be honest, is what we come here for) it falls flat.

We don’t want easy resolutions, we want suffering! We don’t want peaceful interactions, we want spite and hatred and conflict! We want the characters to EARN their happy ending, or die trying (figuratively speaking)!

Readers of a dramatic story are the unholy combination of a sadist who wants to see others toil through pain and heartbreak, and a self-punishing masochist who cries when others get a splinter.

The Weirdo March 22, 2013, 10:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #241536

Love that smile Lucy has. I hope her and Paulo become a true couple and that her and Mike are able to clear the air and still be friends.

Thompson De' Medici March 22, 2013, 10:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #241537

@Thanatos I have a perfectly good life. I just don’t have much to do at 9:00 in the evening. And now that I’ve got first once, I’ll never have to try it again.
So please, no death threats. I’m no stranger to them and yours, well, it just doesn’t measure up. Why are YOU so upset about it anyways?

Comrade March 22, 2013, 10:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #241538

Lucy’s happy? Smiling? Giving compliments?

Alright Taeshi what are you planning?
You’re gonna make them seem all happy and everything is great then boom disaster or more teen drama.

Ryan March 22, 2013, 10:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #241539

OMG Half of one of my “I want that to happen” is now here! LUCY IS HAPPY!
Or seems to be happy…. MMMMMH

Gasz March 22, 2013, 10:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #241540

Although it’s some relief to see a smile…it doesn’t always hint at happiness. It’s only pain hidden under a smile ;3

Sojobo March 22, 2013, 10:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #241541

I’m so glad bcb is getting so far into the tournament! I voted for it every round. All the other comics I read were voted out and this is the only one that made it all the way up to quarter finals…you deserve it though! I love the watercolors and the story!!

captainAndie March 22, 2013, 11:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #241542

WHY on earth is everyone thinking that Lucy is happy and that Mike has forgiven her? They are rehearsing for a play. And Lucy’s eyes are the pits of hell.

Laufente March 22, 2013, 12:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #241544

@Laufente: Because Lucy is smiling for the first time in so long. Just let us enjoy this moment while it lasts. We all know it is not going to last forever ( :( ), but i’m going to enjoy it while it is still here. If you can’t enjoy a page where everyone is smiling(even if it might be a trap), then what can you enjoy?

^This goes for anyone being negative today and that includes myself :/.

Quick question: Anyone else curious to how this play can possibly end well? I have a few ideas, but each seem crazier and crazier. :question:

supertails19 March 22, 2013, 12:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #241545

I’m glad to see Lucy is smiling, and for once she is giving a complement to Sue about the play. I’m guessing that what has been going on for the past several pages may (or may not) have made Lucy feel a little better and such. As for Mike, I think he’s finally comming around, maybe.

Make sure not to literally break a leg, Lucy. XD

Keyblade Dragon March 22, 2013, 1:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #241546

Lucy smiling is the best thing :love:

Jack March 22, 2013, 2:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #241547

why is lucy so kind but still has those eyes??

edit: @Comrade:
Thanatos is just unrecoverable. don’t even bother.

boh... March 22, 2013, 2:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #241548

Why does everyone think Mike and Lucy will be friends again when he apologizes? Is that part of the package? It’s like there’s three choices:

1) Don’t apologize.
2) Apologize.
3) Apologize and be friends again.

And everyone disregards the second option.

Sorry in advance if you don’t feel this way.

Gate March 22, 2013, 3:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #241550

Just read the last 3 pages. Maby lucys finnaly comming around. Maby aguastus talked some sense into her……lucy your a mystery thats y all the guys want ya

JustSomeCritic March 22, 2013, 3:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #241551

All I keep seeing is “Lucy is Smiling” Comments. That’s not good folks, it’s bad.
don’t get your hopes up. Taeshi is about to kick us in the throat with feels.
Lucy has one hell of a Pokerface.

Peanut Braddle March 22, 2013, 3:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #241552

Sue’s one of my favorite characters in BCB, and as lovely as this page looks, it just gives me the feeling that something is going to go awfully astray.
I’m sure it’ll come back. That or I’m gonna miss it.

Foxy Silver March 22, 2013, 3:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #241553

Praise every thing that exists

:D like for reals


N-master March 22, 2013, 4:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #241554

Praise every thing that exists

:D like for reals


N-master March 22, 2013, 4:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #241555

I really enjoy her smiling though I’m not sure if she’s faking it or not but whatever just nice to see her smile again :D

Midstrike March 22, 2013, 4:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #241556

Why the hell is she so happy

Jacob March 22, 2013, 4:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #241557

Wow, this chapter just keeps getting weirder and weirder.
Lucy is on ice. Paulo is sweating. Mike doesn’t know what’s going on. Daisy doesn’t know what’s going on. Jasmine is ticked. Chris is playing the role of a baby.
Now Lucy is smiling and Mike is smiling within close proximity of her?
Wow, I can’t tell if I am relieved, impressed, creeped out, or plain terrified.
Something’s wrong here, I can just feel the drama waiting to come crashing through, like a sudden storm that breaks over the calm of a valley.
Paulo must’ve given her one hell of a boost or Lucy must be up to something, because after entrenching herself in gloom and doom just to come out smiling like a rainbow is just…wrong?
Sue’s “WTF?” face on panel 6 is pretty much my reaction to this page.

Blank On Purpose March 22, 2013, 4:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #241558

Why the heck did Lucy stop brooding? Besides all the obvious reasons, she never stops brooding!

Dmrahn March 22, 2013, 4:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #241559

I bet, no joke, that Lucy is going to break a leg.

Javalavadingdong March 22, 2013, 4:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #241560

Lucy still seemed sad after Paulo left, now we see her smiling around Mike? I’m nervous for PauloxLucy…

Kazel March 22, 2013, 5:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #241561

@Comrade & @boh… i think thanatos just made it his job to be an ***, just go read his other comments.
on a side note the blind optimist in me is hoping things turn out well but the knowing pessimist in me keeps thinking some kind of drama may happen. eh hope for the best prepare for the worst.

i don't know March 22, 2013, 5:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #241562

and for those that read my last comment (though i doubt it) i don’t support or hate any of the current shipping going on nor any of the characters; all the optimism in me wants is an ending where our main cast end up good friends again.

i don't know March 22, 2013, 5:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #241563

My thoughts on this page run like several others…

This is fake. Her smile I mean… she’s just trying to be nice, which is noble… … I think she might be trying to set up so that she leaves a good impression on people’s minds though. First Paulo, now Sue… … I think maybe Lucy’s acting and just trying to be nice to people so that they’ll remember her well after she kills herself… … Or maybe I’m just so used to things going downhill that the thought that Lucy’s actually starting to recover just seems implausible to me.

Allsmiles March 22, 2013, 5:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #241564

Even though Lucy’s broken inside, it’s nice to see that she’s making an effort to stay happy for her friends. But soon people are going to notice that this behaviour isn’t natural for her. C’mon - Lucy being nice? That’s a once-in-a-blue-moon thing, at best. It’s clear that she’s trying to clear her records according to what Mike told her - that she’s been a bad friend and no one likes her - so she’s honestly trying to be personable. But it’s just not her, and not what her companions had accepted her to be. Eventually, the others will realize this, and start asking questions. Who knows - it’s just my speculation, but I don’t think Taeshi would let this go by without some kind of drama.

PocketGodPygmy March 22, 2013, 6:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #241565

Maybe I am being very pessimistic guys but… I truly think that what actually happened here is that Lucy just went along whit the hole “let’s rehearsal” from mike and tried to look normal, notice she still looks a bit serious until Mike left, then when Sue came she acted happy so as not to worry Sue.

I still think that Lucy is probably moving out of town and maybe the “Let’s make out” whit Paulo was something she wanted to do before she left and also a way to stop him from telling her she loved her because she can’t say yes since she is moving out. I also think that she acted happy now so as not to worry Sue, you could say this was the last they would see her so she wanted her to remember her in a good way.

Now… this is just me and my wild guesses… I have been having this idea of her moving out since last chapter and still haven’t forgotten about it… On the other hand I am happy I finally saw her smile!!!

Vainilla March 22, 2013, 7:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #241567

Looking at the comments, its amazing the difference a smile can cause, now so full of joy and optimism. And to those on the more pessimistic side, while I agree that things haven’t fully been resolved or fixed, I would say she’s trying. Trying to be a better (and hopefully, happier) person can be a long road, especially for someone who has had to go through as much as Lucy has. And like all roads the first step is the most important, and often the most difficult as well.

So, call me a disillusioned optimist, but I could think of few better first steps than smiling for the sake of a friend.

Alfador March 22, 2013, 7:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #241568


Also, love the banner. I wanna keep Daisy away from 800, though. Mr. ;) looks hilariously suspicious.

Wat March 22, 2013, 7:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #241569

She’s smiling but there is still no light in her eyes. not yet anyway… We’ll see if she comes around.

Jax March 22, 2013, 7:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #241570

It’s one thing to smile because you’re happy or because something good happened to you.
It’s another thing to smile like you just rediscovered humanity’s innocence.
She was as cold as a rock a few pages back, but after she “made out” with Paulo, all of the sudden she’s shooting beams of light out of her mouth.
Also, Lucy is not one to “pretend” anything for anyone, it’s what makes her so confrontational and it’s why people avoid her. If she’s angry, she is ANGRY and everyone will know and conform to her, or get the snot beat out of them (Mike knows this well). Her suddenly being happy and “towing” the line for others is highly unusual; she’s a fighter, not a diplomat or a peacemaker, in fact smooth talkers just make her sick. Something is extremely amiss her.
It’s nice to see Lucy smile, yeah whatever, but this isn’t the Lucy I’ve been following since page one. This is someone else and I don’t know who it is, so it kind of creeps me out a bit.
Oh and edit: I like how Sue looks after Mike when he leaves the room. Heh heh, some things never change.

Blank On Purpose March 22, 2013, 8:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #241571

They still have no idea the **** Mike said to Lucy. Will they ever find out? Or will it just be something that’ll be buried for the rest of the story, never to be brought to justice.

Follarch March 22, 2013, 10:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #241572

Awwwww. <3 Ever since Lucy got her heart broken she’s started thinking about others so much more than herself. I like the way the characters are off-center in each panel. You must have taken photography classes!

Jupi March 22, 2013, 10:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #241573

she smiles but there is no light in her eyes……something is wrong very wrong…….there is a great disturbance *all animals in the world stop, babies cry, volcano’s spew ice, the sky turns purple, someone actually cares enough to pay attention to kanye west*………….something big is gonna go down soon very soon

soup March 22, 2013, 10:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #241574

@Jupi: Lucy does think of others, she just hasn’t really shown it very much before except when she got mad at Jessica for upsetting Paulo and when she seemed kinda unhappy that Daisy always got looked past by the guys when talking to Jessica at a different point in time.

To me it seems like she is pretending to be happy and is trying her best to give everyone around her what THEY want so that they won’t leave. Who abandons someone that always says what they want to hear and who gives them what they want? No one, because that person is a doormat and easy for manipulators to use as they like while everyone else finds their company pleasant.

Luckily though, some of the group are more observant than Mike and Paulo. If Lucy’s facade slips for a few moments, Sue will notice, and even if it doesn’t slip, Abbey could potentially notice it because his sister Molly would act cheerful to hide her sadness/loneliness.

And over a period of time, it will become even more obvious to the others that she isn’t acting like herself and that she is acting like a doormat, the complete opposite of her tough aggressive personality that they are used to seeing.

Moogle March 22, 2013, 11:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #241575

I am so glad that monday is not april 1st…
this is a perfect set-up for another GARBAGE DAY 8-D

Elephanthobo March 22, 2013, 11:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #241576

When Lucy smiles, it reminds you of how rarely that happens. It’s kind of cool that Lucy has such a subtle element to her characterization. We’re used to seeing her looking serious, or yelling, or bawling, and that all happens in the regular course of telling the story. But then she goes and beams at us, and for a second there, she’s a whole other person.

MykelTDT March 22, 2013, 11:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #241577

Lol just kidding. I’m wondering exactly what happened that made Lucy smile like that. Did she and Paulo really do something that she has never done before? Something that she realized was all she needed to cheer herself up? What happened? We may never know… because it’s always possible you could die in a plane crash on your way to the US or something before reaching that point and thus leave the story unfinished. XD
Just kidding again, I hope you eventually get enough funds to make the trip, and I hope you make it safely and happily. Because IT’S FRIKKIN’ ‘MURICA, and I LIVE THERE, and I GREW UP THERE, and I’M A FRIKKIN’ PATRIOT WHEN I WANT TO BE GOSH DANGIT. XD

I'll Eat Yourself March 23, 2013, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #241578

Everything before was Lucy’s plan, the answer is clear. If Sue did not came, Lucy may play another trick on Mike later.
Be careful! Lucy. If Jasmine and Paulo find out the truth, maybe you will really ‘break a leg’.

Henry Wang March 23, 2013, 12:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #241579

well i really have a great day today, but in the night had a awful an awful nighttime :c

Knight-A March 23, 2013, 12:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #241580

I like this chapter… The buildup kinda feels like just before an awesome drop in a dubstep song!

Anthony_frost March 23, 2013, 1:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #241581

When Lucy smile, I smile too ^u^

Yu March 23, 2013, 5:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #241582

I think the smile is genuine. dunno but lucy doesnt act for anyone. It why she comes off as so confrontational. Mad Lucy Why would she pretend for sue? She doesnt hide her emotions well.

Thats just me though ;)

Lisa March 23, 2013, 7:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #241583

@Taeshi: If the USA is really perfect? Australia is not so bad, and it is more difficult for foreigners to find a job in the USA these years. (Detroit is facing a terrible Economic Crisis, it is a good time to invest in real estate.)

Henry Wang March 23, 2013, 7:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #241584

Lucy finally show her cheerfull face

stickpage2ND March 23, 2013, 8:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #241586

@I don’t know,

Yeah, Thanatos is a weird case. He’s an ***, but unfortunately he, on very rare occasions, actually puts in legit input. I just ignore him unless I’m a bit riled up.

@henry wang,

The US isn’t the only place feeling some pain right now. The UK (not sure if Australia still counts itself as part of the UK) is in a recession right now too. Don’t know what the UK is doing for their issue, but the big issue with the US is big wigs fighting over how much of the new budget they get a cut of. Basically one side wants the other side to grease their palms with constituent (including corporation) incentives and vice versa.

strider March 23, 2013, 10:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #241587

.-. mike looks scary in the second panel like he was happy to leave :C
no mike. don’t be happy.
Mad Lucy

Toxic March 23, 2013, 2:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #241600

Heh, it’s good to see the both of them smiling, actually. Lucy especially so XD

Chocothunda March 23, 2013, 4:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #241601

I left this comic for a few months due to homework and stuffs, glad to see it is just as amazing and as cute as ever.

(also stayed up all night re-reading the whole thing, is that bad?)

Aries March 23, 2013, 5:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #241606

When Lucy feels sad I feel like she’s just using Paulo, it’s like she doesnt return his feelings when shes sad she uses him so she feels like there someone there and so she doesnt feel numb about the whole Mike thing, I dont know, I just feel like shes kind of using Paulo even though he has deep feelings for her….

craftingtheworld March 23, 2013, 8:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #241607

@strider: I’m only a middle school student, but I can still feel the affect of Economic Crisis. China produce 48% of steel in the world, and most of steel factories are in the red ( Not always bad news, manufacturing companies can buy cheaper steel to make their products, normal steel only ¥4400 per ton.) . My mother works in Sinopec, a nation-owned Oil&Gas company, to reduce the influence of Economic Crisis, this giant company does not reduce the staff, but cut down workers’ salaries.

Henry Wang March 23, 2013, 8:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #241609

Break an arm too while you’re at it.

The Pornographer March 23, 2013, 10:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #241610

You people in the comments bicker over the most trivial things.

The Pornographer March 23, 2013, 10:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #241611

Her eyes still seem far too hollow for that smile to mean anything. Notice how her eyes don’t have their usual sparkle in them… Poor Lucy.

SaphiraN March 24, 2013, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #241612

I wonder if the lack of the eye-sparkle might have a deeper meaning than “Lucy is depressed/traumatized/broken”…

What if it really represents something being lost; like the loss of innocence, or being irrevocably dissillusioned of some ideal, value, or hope? The only other character I can think of with eyes like that is Augustus, and given what we know of him, he likely lost his innocence a long time ago.

It would still suck, but it leaves the avenue open for character growth that doesn’t require the regaining of that spark. The spark might really be gone for good, and yet, we might still get a happy ending for Lucy.

In the end, I find the lack of a spark in Lucy’s eyes to be insufficient proof of her deceit. Her comment and her smile could indeed be genuine.

RandomPhrases March 24, 2013, 1:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #241613

@henry wang,

To be honest, I’d take the Sinopec strategy over what most corporations here do. They basically just completely cut the bottom links from the chain. You earn minimum wage, you’re butt is gone when overhead (taxes, advertisement fees, rent of the property, etc) gets to the point it’s jeopardizing the upper tier paychecks. It doesn’t help that they then turn around after the “balance” and try to automate which ends up costing more than just hiring one or two minimum wage worker/s.

strider March 24, 2013, 1:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #241616

@RandomPhrases: You could be right but right now we have no proof to signify that Lucy is being genuine right now. Lucy went from “Let’s make out” to doing what Mike wanted to smiling and giving compliments. It’s abnormal for Lucy since it involves her being nice and complaint.

Maybe Lucy is really making an effort to become a good friend(seems highly likely considering what Mike said back in December), maybe Lucy is actually hiding how she is truly feeling and putting on an act(so many bad implications to this D: ), or maybe Lucy is being genuine(if that is true then I have nothing else to say except: Yay?).

Lucy could just be trying to prepare for when Mike eventually leaves the table(or be a good friend so she could leave on a good note :( ). Lucy gave Paulo what he wanted, Was nice and helped Mike out with rehearsing for his part, and complimented Sue on her play. If Lucy isn’t treated like a friend in return for be so abnormally nice, then she needs to find herself some new friends… just saying.

Lucy may have started a little late, but she is putting effort into becoming a good friend… she better not get treated badly again. Lucy has already been through enough heartbreak… does she really need to put up with friends that can’t even notice when something is wrong? Friends that unknowingly keep adding to the pain?

On to my point: If the others leave the table with Mike then screw them. Lucy deserves better than that because at least she is trying to become a better person.

Edit: The loss of shine in both Augustus’ eyes and Lucy’s eyes always signified a loss of hope to me. Augustus never really had much hope for anything and Lucy’s hope was effectively shattered back in December.

Sorry I think I started rambling again :x.

supertails19 March 24, 2013, 2:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #241620

I though about making a comment about Lucy’s eyes, but it seems everyone else and their grandmother covered that subject, though I did see a rant or two about the expressiveness of eyes.
First, I would like to point out to those who said such things that the eyes are the window to the soul, as said to me many a time by a very wise woman.
Second, in many different a media I have seen, a lack of reflective lights can signify that though a person appears happy, they really are extremely depressed.
Third, the eyes are why some people can’t play card games and win easily. My brother and I, when we were younger, were playing Go Fish once. I got a card that would have won me the game. I kept a poker face, but he saw my eyes “light up,” which are his words, not mine.
To wrap this all up, Never doubt the power of looking through the window to the soul.
(I think this is the longest comment I’ve ever put on here. Though I haven’t put many.)

Hinochi March 24, 2013, 4:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #241621

How many pages has it been since Lucy actually smiled!? XD
It’s like a miracle! But i’m wondering why she wouldn’t shed light towards Mike and Paulo. Or if that smile is even real. :unsure:
I hope everything works out ‘cause it’s really confusing D:

Tavbro March 24, 2013, 6:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #241622

I see what she’s doing
She wants to give everyone what they want and stop being selfish
Even if it means lying and making out with whatever guy

I think
I don’t know sob

Milkfruit March 24, 2013, 10:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #241625

@Ask Roseville High

So freak-in cute<3

Sanchan March 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #241631

oh **** you’re right

boh... March 24, 2013, 1:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #241633

Looks like Bittersweet is in the Semi-Finals 8-)

Pepe Le Pew March 24, 2013, 2:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #241634

Lucy has been putting in a effort to be more friendly towards Mike for awhile(but she has been a bit mean, but no one changes like a light switch).
I think now(since she believes Mike) she is putting in that big and last effort so she isn’t abandoned. This shows me not a sign of change but a desperation! If this keeps going on, it is going to get far worse and we going to see just how far Lucy will go not be abandoned! And honestly that scares me.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 24, 2013, 4:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #241636

oh no, my mikexlucyness is being destroyed D:

Aydin March 24, 2013, 7:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #241637

Next update in 1 hour and 2 minutes

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone March 24, 2013, 10:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #241638

@TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone: I wouldn’t call it desperate, more like Lucy is thinking ahead and being smart about all of this. By being nice to everyone around her(and being friendly), Lucy will make it easier for them to choose her if/when Mike decides to leave the table. Mike will also have less of a reason to leave since his hate might start to go down. Oh and if for some reason the others do leave with Mike then they are more likely to come visit her.

If Mike and the others leave the table does that mean they cannot come and visit Lucy whenever they feel like it? I’m pretty sure Paulo would see Lucy sitting alone by herself and go over to cheer her up. Daisy seems like the type that would cheer up a sad friend and Abbey will follow her… do you see where i’m going with this? At least Mike will have Sandy.

This is just assuming that Mike does leave and the others follow him… which is seeming less likely with each page 8-).

supertails19 March 24, 2013, 11:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #241747

Maybe Lucy’s smiling because when Mike leaves the table in “January” she knows Paulo wont leave her. :question:

Ashley March 26, 2013, 7:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #241775

That smile gives me the chills…

RandomAnon March 27, 2013, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #241874

You know, something occurred to me.

Lucy is actually being nice to everyone. :x
For Paulo : gave him what he wanted and just stopped all his awkwardness 8-)
For Mike: practiced the script with him even though they’re kinda in an awkward state (without even resisting/fighting!) :unsure:
For Sue: complimented her on her script, and I’m pretty sure the play is one of her biggest concerns/accomplishments at the moment :)

Soooo, yeah.
Indirectly nice, but yeah. 8-D

JustSaying March 28, 2013, 4:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #242620

I love the way Lucy’s face looks in panel 2 with just eh one big blue eye showing. I don’t know why. I just love it. :love:

Rajnagaran April 7, 2013, 10:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #258019

I am so giddy right now. Is Lucy finally going to get to be happy? I’ve waited so long!

A Concerned Reader August 29, 2013, 4:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #299309

I think Sue is the most supporting of Lucy

Trustworthy_Liar May 24, 2015, 2:33 PM EST.

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