78. Safe Boundaries, page posted 8/8/13

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Comment ID #256117

Poor Paulo, all jelly of the good grades, stop makin’ Daisy worry.

Dracain August 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #256118

Angry Orange Cat.

HongKat August 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #256119

That is so mean Paulo!
This page looks amazing! Great job!

Kay-felis August 8, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #256120

:question: what is this grayness around Daisy

SirDavid2 August 8, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #256121

Kind of feel bad for Paulo.

Anon-Anon August 8, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #256122

Battle of what? OF WHAT?! *Paulo voice* “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?”

Mcturtle August 8, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #256123

Someone’s a little depressed, huh. (and I’m not talking about Daisy)

Joltarn August 8, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #256124

It seems like Paulo is reverting to his old ******* self. I hope this isn’t the case. I had preferred “new Paulo”.

Be3N2 August 8, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #256125

There goes Daisy. All she needs is to step towards Paulo and Abbey will initiate Protective Jealousy Mode.

Gate-Senpai August 8, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #256126

Yay!~ Nice page!~ >w

Apple-chan August 8, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #256127

I assumed Daisy would just brush a comment like that off as Paulo being Paulo, but rather she gave credence to it. Could this mean she possibly has feelings for him?! Ooh, the drama!!! 8-)x ;_;

SIGxMUNDx808 August 8, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #256128

Smartass Paulo, Bitter Paulo. Both are surprisingly entertaining to listen to. :)
Well, Daisy seems bothered by Paulo’s attitude. For some reason. I honestly can’t figure why. I mean, sure, he’s being kind of wierd. And he does seem at least somewhat upset. And they ARE friends, so…
…nevermind, I think I figured it out.
*starts self-speculating over what’s to come off of given information*

Oceanus92 August 8, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #256129


Apple-chan August 8, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #256130

Obviously Paulo isn’t one for studying or school. I wonder why Daisy is so concerned about something. Lucy? Augustus? Something else? I’m still agitated from the “No Lucy” thing and I really want to see the rest of this chapter. Well, at least I’ll wait until then….

Keyblade Dragon August 8, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #256131

Paulo won’t you be embarrassed when you guys are old enough for university and everyone in your group BUT you are in university but you are stuck in High School? :question: You need to lighten up about them WANTING to learn! Mad Lucy

Shira Hoult August 8, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #256132

Hhaha got paulo good hahaha FAIL OVER 9000

Bbrad August 8, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #256133

That sounds like something lucy would say…

I have no idea August 8, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #256134

Hey I resent that. I may be a nerd but I sure as hell am smarter than you Paulo Furious Abbey
Anyway this page is very well draw and anyone else see how annoyed/****** off Sue is. Seriously that is one of the scariest glares I have ever seen. D:

RPG Nerd August 8, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #256135

Paulo’s right, all that test talking is annoying. When something bad happens you best not dwell on it! :P

B-Dawg August 8, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #256136



Lena August 8, 2013, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #256137

I think someone is falling back to his old (bad) habits…

Ethan Qix August 8, 2013, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #256138

8-)x ;_; SHIP IT SHIP IT! Does anyone agree? Paulo and Daisy sitting in a tree K-i-s-s-i-n-g!

Shira Hoult August 8, 2013, 1:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #256139

Where’s Lucy?

kami August 8, 2013, 1:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #256140

Can someone talk to Paulo? Not you, Daisy. Spend time with Abbey.

Meow August 8, 2013, 1:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #256141

I don’t see this being a DaisyxPaulo thing. They’re close—she knows him pretty well and can tell when he’s upset. This is probably just genuine concern.

Although Abbey… lol

Hunnikitty August 8, 2013, 1:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #256142

Oh hey, Maybe Daisy realizes she should’ve helped Paulo more instead of pandering to pissy spoiled baby Abbey.
Or the fact that Lucy’s gone forever.

Naah can’t be the last part.

With the amount of care shown in the previous chapters for Lucy, she’s taken the invisible bus out of the story and ain’t comin’ back.

They’re treating her more like a distant acquaintance than a friend they miss.
With friends like these

Limb August 8, 2013, 1:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #256143

Well she WAS suppose to help him study

Amber August 8, 2013, 1:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #256144

Ah! Paulo made me laugh! Poor Daisy. :(

Discord5 August 8, 2013, 1:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #256145

@Amber I agree, people seem to be missing the point. Daisy agreed to help HIM study, not invite a bunch of people over and then leave him and study with her boyfriend instead. Of course Paulo feels bad, i’d feel like crap if my friends all did well in mid-terms but i didn’t…

Still, Paulo should tone down the jerkyness a bit, though then he wouldn’t be Paulo :P

Me August 8, 2013, 1:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #256146

hmmm… :x
something is wrong with paulo
I’ll find out!

It is a job for the detective! 8-)

Nice-Hero August 8, 2013, 1:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #256147

Oh Paulo, Paulo, Paulo.. You never stop suprising the fandom with your mood swings. (pfft- XD)

Also, am I seriously the only one who can’t help it but be annoyed by the fact that NO ONE is waving back to Daisy? DO NOT IGNORE THE RAGA BBY

Furball August 8, 2013, 1:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #256148


Yxela007 August 8, 2013, 1:38 PM EST.

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Astrid555.1 August 8, 2013, 1:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #256150

Haha Paulo’s face made me chuckle. Why is Mike so short now? What’s with Daisy?

asdf August 8, 2013, 1:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #256151

Aurgh, I think my BCI ran out.>.> Whoops. I’ll make sure to scratch up the 32(?) for it later. (This is Yaschiri by the way).

Otherwise I appreciate that Abbey is still looking pleased despite Paulo’s sour attitude. And I feel bad for Paulo, as @Amber and @Me pointed out. Plus just all the bad vibes about Lucy and his insecurities and such. It’s just no good.

Also, Daisy’s “Something is wrong with Paulo” sense is tingling. :/

Spinda August 8, 2013, 2:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #256152

Are we finally gunna see Daisy break from the ‘shining beacon of happy’? Honestly, she’s trying so hard to stay her normal cheerful self while also trying to get everyone else to not go into depression. The weight of that’s got to be wearing on her by now.

Venorik August 8, 2013, 2:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #256153

So now Daisy is going to try to cheer Paulo up or something which will put strain on her and Abbey’s relationship que more drama etc. Well that’s my guess anyways.

Chrisd765 August 8, 2013, 2:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #256154

Mike and Daisy look adooorable!!

Solaris August 8, 2013, 2:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #256156

Can people visit Lucy now that tests are over and its been a while…

I WANNA SEE MORE LUCY!!! Mad Lucy ._. ;_;

Bopbop August 8, 2013, 2:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #256157


Now seriously, there is still a lot of fallout here. Mike still has to actually tell the others what happened, what he said and WHY (possibly mentioning Sandy and likely receiving annoyed and intelligent comments from Sue, likely including why you shouldn’t let the person with the biased view against someone completely change your view on that person). Then there would be everyone else’s reactions to it as well.

Plus, there is the new jealousy from Abbey that needs addressed too, which may be what this chapter is about because of the mention of boundaries.

Moogle August 8, 2013, 2:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #256158

how come mike got smaller :question:

tony August 8, 2013, 2:57 PM EST.

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I'll Eat Yourself August 8, 2013, 2:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #256160

Daisy will start worrying about Paulo’s grades
So she’ll approach him and try to help him
Which’ll make Abbey get JEALOUS
And that’ll lead to a FIGHT between PAULO and ABBEY

Of course, i could be wrong and/or completely crazy :P

Sambo August 8, 2013, 3:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #256161

“Dumb nerds”? XD Silly Paulo with his oxymorons.

Lord Lemmy August 8, 2013, 3:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #256162

As usual, Paulo is being a Jerk and nobody should feel bad for him.

Teashi August 8, 2013, 4:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #256163

Dumb nerds

eagle August 8, 2013, 4:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #256165

I don’t believe the words “dumb” and “nerd” can be placed immediately next to each other, Paulo. XD

RylanWearingABowtie August 8, 2013, 5:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #256166


Probably just p***** that he (supposedly) failed the midterms, give him a break.

Great name by the way. :/

Thatonegu August 8, 2013, 5:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #256168

yooooo uh I just wanted to say that I think the mobile version is messed up? When I went to check the updates it just showed the first to pages from the last chapter u_u

TrappedCats August 8, 2013, 5:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #256169

Inferiority complex, goooo!

Trubeque August 8, 2013, 6:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #256170


Fluffy August 8, 2013, 6:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #256171

Hah! It’s almost like he’s channeling a bit of smart-aleck-Lucy at the end there. XD

I think everyone’s focusing more on their normal everyday lives (except Paulo) because that’s all they can really do to cope now. Obviously it’s been some time since Lucy left, mid-terms have come and gone… and we have no indication even NOW that anyone really knows why she left. Heck, we don’t even know if Mike told them about his trip to the hospital!

Lucy’s departure HAS impacted everyone, but they can’t put their own lives completely on hold. If they’ve been waiting for answers, my guess is that they haven’t gotten any. Why keep waiting, or try to act on something no one knows anything about? It’s frustrating as all get-out, but it’s better to do whatever you can from day to day until an opportunity arises.

Good luck to everyone here - you’ve finished a few tests, but there are always more to come!

Ryuko August 8, 2013, 6:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #256172

I’m with Paulo although for different reasons because really grades don’t matter all that much in school. Letters on paper, they don’t define your worth as a human being. Although it seems that this is not what Paulo was thinking

Huala the Koala August 8, 2013, 6:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #256173

He’s turning into the new Lucy~

Auroura August 8, 2013, 6:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #256174

Lucy Lucy Lucy - I wish people would shut up about her and just follow the story as it is =__= Also why do so many people still want Mike to get bashed? Wasn’t his fault alone - Also life goes on. :unsure:
What she did was sad but super egoistical on top of her being abusive to pretty much everyone, so I can see why they aren’t all just dwelling on it. As I said life goes on :x
Btw, great comic, Taeshi - I have been reading for years and still enjoying it xD

Whatever August 8, 2013, 7:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #256175

Hmm. I don`t know if I like what`s coming next.

Seeing the title “Safe boundaries” and with Abbey already upset about that picture with PauloxDaisy, I`m only guessing that Daisy is going to investigate why Paulo went off in a rage, and Abbey going jealous again. Furious Abbey

Woo Drama XD

Woo August 8, 2013, 7:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #256176

Paulo I swear to god you make me want to beat the **** out you.
With a bat made of marble.
That’s how much you **** me off you little shitant.

Canny August 8, 2013, 8:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #256177

I have a feeling Ol Canny over here had a Paulo in their life :P

Rawrz August 8, 2013, 8:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #256178

No, it’s just condescending crap like that really ****** me off.

Canny August 8, 2013, 8:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #256179

I sense trouble in Paradise about to commence…. D: (I hope I’m just reading way too much into this…)

Subaru August 8, 2013, 8:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #256180

It’s really funny that people are taking Daisy being concerned about Paulo as her being romantically interested in him, when it has been pointed out countless times that they are just really close friends who care about each other.

People do that for any pair of people in this comic, though… It’s really ridiculous, imo. Can nobody just be platonic?? How are y’all even seeing these dynamics that really are not there at all?? Y’all must be trying too hard. :/

Naoki August 8, 2013, 8:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #256181

Paulo is taking everything pretty hard.

Just-A-Lurker August 8, 2013, 9:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #256183

still waiting to learn about what happened to lucy :/

Teed August 8, 2013, 9:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #256184

Mike’s still short. what is he, 5”1?

InternetFlamer August 8, 2013, 9:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #256185


Captain kelo August 8, 2013, 9:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #256186

Is there going to be a twist where Paulo gets the highest score on his exam?! XD (Probably not… ;-;)

JKRibbon August 8, 2013, 10:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #256187

Is their school magic or something?

Seriously, in panel 1 the lockers are huge while the tiles are small, then in panels 2-4 the lockers are relatively normal, then they’re huge again in 5, and then the tiles grow 50 sizes in panel 7.

No wonder everyone is always so confused and angry, if the world I lived in was constantly shifting I’d be a little cranky too.

AnotherCommenter August 8, 2013, 10:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #256188

You just can’t see the closest tiles from a distance they blend together.

Tacsi August 8, 2013, 10:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #256189

Paulo’s expression in 6th Panel tells the story. It’s not that he wants to get bad grades, he just can’t move on. He had a moment where he was honest with himself and his world shattered.

The unfortunate thing is, they may physically be there for him, they can’t or won’t be there for him emotionally. Daisy is one of the few who can see he needs help, just because they have a brother / sister relationship

Silas August 8, 2013, 10:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #256190

And you’re a whiny immature brat Paulo, go figure.

He’s lucky to have a friend like Daisy, anyone else would of cut off ties with him by this point.

DeathofInk August 8, 2013, 11:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #256191

Paulo’s destined to be a hobo.

starfighter105 August 8, 2013, 11:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #256192

Nerd is the new Cool, Paulo.

NoName XD August 9, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #256193

“Dumb nerds”? Double negative, Paulo :/

Jacob August 9, 2013, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #256194

Well, they are very human animals… XD
I’ll admit, you do a good job at this.

13thprotector August 9, 2013, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #256195

Weeeelllll……… geek is the new cool. Though nerds will always be the smart ones~

Huh? August 9, 2013, 12:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #256196

I’m with you Paulo, listening to people prattle on and on about the questions on the test was always annoying. Far more interesting things in life to talk about than that. Besides, it’s always just a sneaky way to show off how good you are at a subject without straight-up announcing it. And written tests aren’t really any measure of your worth by real-world standards. Real-world tests are whether you can actually apply your knowledge rather than regurgitate facts, and there is never a multiple choice option.

powys August 9, 2013, 12:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #256197

Paulo’s busy filling in the tsundere gap that Lucy left. Those dumb nerd bakas.

ket August 9, 2013, 12:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #256198

Does anyone else notice how much Paulo’s expressions and attitude resembles Lucy’s on this page?

Could he be failing purposely so he can stay back a grade with her?

Will he end up at the hospital next :(

Silveryogurt August 9, 2013, 1:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #256199


Fact of the matter is your knowledge is just a bunch of random facts and as you move forward in university most everything you memorize will become application based so ya….

Sethorien August 9, 2013, 1:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #256200

Paulo is really confused and having a really bad time… really no good at all… poor guy. :(

Vainilla August 9, 2013, 1:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #256201

Hm. I wonder if Paulo is starting to think his self-destructive attitude towards school isn’t as “cool” as he once thought it was…

daft_inquisitor August 9, 2013, 4:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #256202

@Jacob: That’s…. that’s not what that means.

daft_inquisitor August 9, 2013, 4:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #256203

And this obnoxious attitude is why I never liked Paulo.

Dee August 9, 2013, 7:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #256204

Mike is just the epitome of indifference here

V August 9, 2013, 8:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #256205

I’m hoping that in the next few chapters or so, Lucy will be back. I really liked Lucy. :(

Angelkins August 9, 2013, 8:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #256206


The angles obviously shift from the first panel to the others and on the seventh panel they’re completely outside, and previous pages have consistently shown big tiles outside.

If you’re gonna be snarky and obnoxious at least be correct about it.

Taeshi August 9, 2013, 10:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #256207

We’ve just seen three chapters of characters upset that she is gone.
And in all fairness (I know she improved, I know she could be nice occasionally) she was pretty moody on a regular basis and never really let any of them except Mike get close to her.
They aren’t acting horrible at all, they’re probably just trying to get on as best as they can right now.

Sprang August 9, 2013, 11:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #256208

@naoki - I completely agree - platonic friendships get overlooked a lot

Sprang August 9, 2013, 11:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #256265

@Taeshi There was nothing on this page or the previous one that indicated they were actually going outside.

Looking at panel 5 again, I guess those were supposed to be trees, although it probably would’ve been easier to distinguish them from everything else if the sky wasn’t the same color as the lockers.

AnotherCommenter August 9, 2013, 3:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #256332

Paulo seems to be picking up on lucy’s attitude… Im not sure if im looking at this wrong… Did any one else think that too?..

NothinMuch August 11, 2013, 11:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #263347

Honestly I’m not surprised he can’t focus, I mean his emotions have been all over the place

Tealjoy October 27, 2013, 3:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #286530

Paulo is a loser for school, banging and he doesnt have a dick!

andrey September 10, 2014, 4:37 PM EST.

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