Happy Hour — Page 14
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Veronica: Rachel’s friends are like “these freaken kids”

and i mean aren’t we all thinking the same thing

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Comment ID #263870

And then they kissed.

Kindle_kat October 31, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #263871

Everything is going far too well… Something is going to happen… D:

AngryBunny October 31, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #263872

What happened to daisy wanting cat dicks?

HungryLlama October 31, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #263873

What wonderful situations this will make.

Bunshin October 31, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #263874

wait for it

Sanchan October 31, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #263875

Yes taeshi, I think the same thing right now e-e

eagle October 31, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #263876

I can ship it

BrusselSprouts October 31, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #263877

Wow you guys are quick to comment! And i love how we all invite things are about to go down ;-)

Nahuoth October 31, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #263878


JAMES FRANCO October 31, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #263879

They are all going to get sad and start talking about Lucy or maybe they start revealing secrets about themselves. There will be fights, crying, maybe a little accidental kiss, who knows while these people are drunk haha.

Evelynn October 31, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #263880


augustusxjazzplz October 31, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #263881

I sense something bad is going to happen, like REALLY bad.

But on the bright, I’m glad to see those two bonding! :D

SIGxMUNDx808 October 31, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #263882

wait for it… some s*** is gonna go down. Just guessing here.

Adrian October 31, 2013, 1:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #263883


This is gonna be a complete train wreck!

Gate-senpai October 31, 2013, 1:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #263884

This is only the beginning! Paulo and Mike getting along together is good to see but is really odd O_O 8-D

Kidhate October 31, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #263885

abbey doesn’t have any bubbles around him so i assume he’s still not drunk? I HOPE NOT

Landy October 31, 2013, 1:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #263886

Err…. Hope Abbey can still keep calm.
Mike is the one who may get times more crazy than usual (, for the “denominator” of his “crazy rate” in this “formula” is lower than others (Maybe this is the only “positive” effect of drinking…) ).
Not surprisingly, Rachel is a little worried now.

HongKat October 31, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #263887

Something’s gonna happen, I can feel it. D:

Bowtie October 31, 2013, 1:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #263888

I wonder if David and Amaya have really drank much at all, they do not have the drunk bubbles like Mike and the others.

KermitTheRed October 31, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #263889

Drinking leading to positive effects… I like it! :D

Hawz October 31, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #263890

…wow…it’s funny and ridiculous at the same time :/

Jayden October 31, 2013, 1:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #263891


kiss kiss kiss kiss

cheesepop October 31, 2013, 1:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #263892

Are David, Amaya and Abbey the only one not drunk off their asses?

Nondell October 31, 2013, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #263893

Aww Mike and Paulo are bonding. Sometimes I think they worry about their egos too much. They may have different personalities but we all know they have the potential to be good friends, if only they weren’t trying to keep up appearances.

Ellie October 31, 2013, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #263894

Uh oh… memories requiring brain bleach for them in 3…2…1…

Heh, and I think I prefer drunk Mike… apparently he’s one of those happy drunks… but after this I’m sure he’ll be all sullen and all again… not believing what he said or how they got him to try it out =P

Glassman October 31, 2013, 1:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #263895

Oh, no. Something’s gonna slip out that wasn’t intended to be said out loud… :unsure:

Here we go… D:

Naoki October 31, 2013, 1:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #263896

I wish Lucy was there. It would of made everything so much awesome. she would kick them in the *** Mad Lucy

robyn October 31, 2013, 1:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #263897

I want a crying drunk confession from Mike about what he said to Lucy.

And then a drunken brawl with Paulo.

It would be epic. And ironic because provided everyone remembered they would all turn in Mike in the same way he thought he could ostrasize Lucy.

OR, Going on the opposite spectrum.

A drunken confession from Mike where he says he wishes he could be honest like Paulo. And how he wishes he could have told Lucy how much he does love her instead of lying and saying how much he hated her.

Lickit&Stickit October 31, 2013, 1:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #263898

I bet Mike is gonna spill the beans about Lucy in his drunken state. He might not want to be sitting next to Paulo when he does skip up.

Wheatly October 31, 2013, 1:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #263899

Mike and Paulo are going to honest really soon and it’s not going to be good

Who_know_one October 31, 2013, 1:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #263900

Abbey is gonna join the fun soon I can tell 8-)

Kora The FoxDragon October 31, 2013, 1:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #263901

Anyone up for some Truth or Dare: Drunken style? 8-D

Tia October 31, 2013, 1:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #263902

When I hear Mike saying that he wished that he could be honest like Paulo, I feel like he’s going to spill the beans about Lucy :unsure:. Just so he can be honest like Paulo 8-)

Jonas97face October 31, 2013, 1:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #263903

Ahahaaaa I bet they’re gonna kiss! XD that’d be hilarious! And then Mike’s gonna say something about Lucy and the mood’ll sober up. And he’ll be in sh*t :P up to his neck

Sambo October 31, 2013, 1:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #263904

Later, Mike and Paulo kiss and/or they start talking about Lucy and Mike says something like “Yeah, she might not be in the hospital if I hadn’t said I hated her and that you guys would all leave her over me, Blahahaha I’m drunk”

TheCreatrix October 31, 2013, 1:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #263905

Aww Paulo and Mike bro moment :D

wr3h October 31, 2013, 1:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #263906

Oh my god, this is precious. There’s no way it’ll stay this friendly, but on the off chance it does, aww.

Jessebelle October 31, 2013, 1:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #263907

O_________O did Daisy ghost over there next to mike in the last panel??? And well at least things are looking up maybe they’ll all just talk and get their feelings out in the open.

Sammy October 31, 2013, 1:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #263908

Kiss! Bring us the ship we have all been waiting for!

Vitali October 31, 2013, 1:45 PM EST.

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Mightyena October 31, 2013, 1:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #263910

@Kindle_kat I could see that happening and is it just me or does it look like that’s what Sue is thinking in the last panel.

Now why do I see this suddenly going dark and one or other of them is going to start on about what the did or didn’t say, bumming everyone out and leading to some sort of argument.

Chrisd765 October 31, 2013, 1:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #263911

Abbey smiles !

That one drink had quite an effect on Mike haha

Tiido October 31, 2013, 1:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #263912

…53, 54, 55… Oh? Don’t mind me. Just counting how many filler chapters there are going to be until the snowy cat comes back, seeing as @Taeshi said for every comment complaining about bringing the snow cat back she’ll add another filler chapter.

Also, I banned the L word from my vocabulary on this site because I want her back just as much as you want her. Which is why I implore you to stop mentioning her name, too.

But why bother? You’re not gonna listen to me. I’m just text on your computer screen. Betting we won’t see her until the middle of 2014.

Gate-senpai October 31, 2013, 1:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #263913

Now why do wanna so many ruin poor Rachels birthday party with Mike spilling the beans at the most fun moment? We don’t even have everybody drunk yet to forget it all the next day :D
Its so nice though to see them get along so well :)

EvilKitty3 October 31, 2013, 2:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #263914

Bah, good radiance. When Taeshi puts her mind to it, BCB is crazy funny like it is now. I don’t see how anyone can enjoy the 2deep4u ******** that some of you people like.

Eli October 31, 2013, 2:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #263915

Gah, my words betray me. I mean I want her back, but not now. Not yet.

Gate-senpai October 31, 2013, 2:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #263916

Ahhh Mike and Paulo actually being nice to eachother, it’s good to see :) However, knowing you Taeshi, something is bound to happen sooner or later lol I’m excited to find out what :D

Brian October 31, 2013, 2:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #263917

Rachel is clearly starting to wonder if this was such a good idea.

P.S. This is why I never go to parties.

DeathofInk October 31, 2013, 2:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #263918


I don’t want her back, I just want her friends to realize why she did whatever she did.

All fingers point to Mike as the breaking point.

I believe that picking on the emotionally unstable (possible clinically depressed person) is cruel, and being someone who fends for the underdog, I think there ought to be some justice served. This isn’t always the way of the world, which means the author might not make it happen.

More than his friend’s outrage at his actions, I want their perfect image of Mike as the nice ‘perfect’ guy shattered.

The reason why he was able to get away with no one suspecting him other than Paulo was because of that image. This image gives him power and allows him to say whatever he wants without ever having to be held responsible. And that is wrong. For him to grow as a person, that image in his head NEEDS to crash.

Lickit&Stickit October 31, 2013, 2:28 PM EST.

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MaronaPossessed October 31, 2013, 2:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #263920

Oh God, Did David get his hand on the Beer?……

*Insert Offensive joke involving bombs and David here*

Bobby pants face October 31, 2013, 2:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #263921

Oh snap! :D

SeasonPrecure October 31, 2013, 2:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #263922

this is sweet, in a weird kinda way. I love this chapter though! :D

anoukk October 31, 2013, 2:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #263923

@lickitandstickit - i Understand that what Mike said was wrong, but he didn’t do it to “Pick on her”. She has acted abusive to him for years - as readers, we see inside Lucy’s mind and her reasons, but Mike can’t - for a long time he genuinely thought she used him as nothing more than a babysitter, punched him, strangled him, kicked him and teased him and then demanded he return her affections when she suddenly confessed her love.

He did go too far but Mike isn’t a bully - his awful speech was in the heat of the moment after his feelings had built up for a LONG time.
Lucy was beginning to grow slowly kinder but the dude put up with her for 10 years, and he was genuinely afraid of losing his relationship with somebody who treats him right.

Lucy is hardly and underdog - she has a vast array of supportive friends, she was just always to self-absorbed and wrapped up in her tough girl act to notice them. I really like Lucy, but she isn’t exactly the nicest person to have as your best friend at times.

Pumpkinweenie October 31, 2013, 2:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #263924

I sure can’t wait for whatever terrible things are going to happen to everyone so taeshi doesn’t feel bad about drawing underage drinking

that is sure going to be a fun surprise

yitz October 31, 2013, 2:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #263925

Okay, so Taeshi writes this awesome comic with great characters and everyone just complains about the mopey, selfish, abusive ribbon girl - she’ll come back when the plot needs her, just enjoy the other characters a bit!

Rick Ghastly October 31, 2013, 2:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #263926

But I thought Paulo and Sue already had some inkling that ‘her’ disappearance was his fault. I also thought that we as a consensus agree that because they don’t see ‘her’ as they see ‘her’ and because ‘she’ has been with him for a majority of his school life that they didn’t know how he felt and as such don’t get to say whether what Mike did was right or wrong. What I do know as a fact is that Mike didn’t love ‘her’. He had lust for ‘her’ at one point but that was it.

Gate-senpai October 31, 2013, 2:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #263927

*sees new page*

“Oh god, the pauloxmike shippers must be having a field day…”

*checks comments*


MobileCrusader October 31, 2013, 2:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #263928

U kno how it asks you when u put a comment what’s the characters name? ….it gave me Lucy :( …..well anyways I like how its going so far, even DAISY and MIKE are drunk. Holy crap I can’t wait to see their hangovers xD and I noticed that the drunk ppl are blushing. Oh btw, HAPPY HALLOWEEN TAESHI!!!….and everyone else of course, bye! :)

kitty777 October 31, 2013, 2:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #263929

rachels friend look like they are no fun its a party and all they are doing is drinkingnot anything else. i think they are there for the booze and not to have fun.

DinR October 31, 2013, 3:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #263930

Hooray for Mike and Paulo being happy drunk!

NBbowler October 31, 2013, 3:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #263931

Oh, with so many pages yet to come… I’m really looking forward…

Lyucs October 31, 2013, 3:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #263932

I just noticed that Mike’s the only one there without pants. O_O

Gate-senpai October 31, 2013, 3:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #263933

“i wish i could be straight n’ honest like you, paulo!”
“i wish i could be straight n’ honest”
“i wish i could be straight”
pfffft /immaturity

thea October 31, 2013, 3:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #263934

Mike just wants to be straight. :P

BubbleBerry October 31, 2013, 3:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #263935

Something sensitive is going to pop out during this drunken stupor and I’m tense with anticipation.

Wat October 31, 2013, 3:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #263936

Mikes a boy, Lucy’s a girl. Boys usually tease-flirt with girls like pulling hair gently or a punch, etc. However girls just blush and go along all flirtsy-like. In this case its kinda the opposite. Lucy’s the one who acts like a boy, while Mike just lets her do it. That’s what I kinda see. But there’s more to it than just that.Lucy isn’t really self-centered, she’s just scared to…love. she doesn’t want to lose her
friends but she tries to hide the affection to make herself seem cool. When I was younger I was similar to her in a way. This is how I see it. I have

kitty777 October 31, 2013, 3:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #263937

More to say but I’ll just end here

kitty777 October 31, 2013, 3:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #263938

Their hangovers are going to be amazing.

SpiritWolf15x October 31, 2013, 3:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #263939

No Taeshi!

Don’t do it!

Not the kiss! D:

Triniking October 31, 2013, 3:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #263940

Amaya and David. The unsung heroes of not being drunk 8-D :x

Seoq October 31, 2013, 3:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #263941

Omf I’m gonna lose it because of this one page >w<
Favorite page so far! ^w^

Pyro October 31, 2013, 3:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #263942

So far, the worst thing that has happened was Sue puking on the carpet. Not too bad.

Blank On Purpose October 31, 2013, 3:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #263943

Things are now getting interesting… I can’t wait to see what happens next 8-)

Lyurix October 31, 2013, 3:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #263944

mikeXpaulo? D:

Othoniel October 31, 2013, 3:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #263945

Oh my god, their faces are so close. Paulo, you know now you have to kiss Mike. It is your destiny.

PinkBananApocalypse October 31, 2013, 3:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #263946

God dang it! I don’t no why, but I get so emotional over this kind of stuff. Why isn’t Abbey doing something to turn this around? Why isn’t anyone doing anything even remotely responsible? What’s so special about alcohol anyway; why do people drink it (especially underage kids)? I mean, there are so many risks involved in drinking. I don’t see them as having a good time. What I see is them at the beginning of the end as the path back to responsibility becomes ever harder to reach.

@yitz: I sure hope you’re right. I hope they get what they deserve for all this nonsense.

Bizkit October 31, 2013, 3:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #263947

Rachel. what have you done?!?!?

Anon October 31, 2013, 3:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #263948

Oh man daisy’s face

Housey October 31, 2013, 3:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #263949

Maybe since Mike said he wishes he was honest, he would accidentally spill the details on what really happened with Lucy, why she got depressed because of what he said and then maybe they’ll all start freaking out and yelling at him.

Bon-Clay October 31, 2013, 4:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #263950

Jeeze the people freaking out about the drinking need to sit down relax and have a drink

Monello October 31, 2013, 4:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #263951

I think something bad is going to happen, I don’t Paulo has forgiven Mike just yet, and this topic will arise between the two drunken buffoons and the ensuing argument will ruin the party for the rest of the people.

Jake October 31, 2013, 4:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #263952

a storm is coming…and it smells horrible…

KaijinZero October 31, 2013, 4:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #263953

I now officially believe that the comic can survive without Lucy. :)

Hawz October 31, 2013, 4:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #263954

Mike are you referring to your secret about Lucy

if so this isnt gonna end well… but when does it ever lol

stealthy toast October 31, 2013, 4:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #263956

reminds me of my first drunken adventures :unsure:

fragfire October 31, 2013, 4:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #263957

lol, one of the many reasons to not drink too much at parties is that if your friends get drunk you are the one who will have fun the most. in fact during the party you laugh for what they do, and after the party you are the only one who didn’t forget what happened and can still laugh about it.

boh... October 31, 2013, 4:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #263958

yes nearly there just tell them about what you did to lucy and get killed in a drunk rage

come on dead mike 8-D 8-D 8-D 8-D 8-D 8-D 8-D 8-D 8-D 8-D 8-D 8-D 8-D

n-master October 31, 2013, 4:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #263959


Mcturtle October 31, 2013, 5:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #263962


Batrang October 31, 2013, 5:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #263963

They better freaking kiss.

Pokelova October 31, 2013, 5:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #263965

Everyone’s like, KISS! I’m like, SEX! 8-D

Solaris October 31, 2013, 5:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #263966




Cassidy October 31, 2013, 6:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #263967

Will it be canon?
Meh, it’s been the running joke, of course it will.
*totally bluffing*

DavCube October 31, 2013, 6:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #263968

waiting for Paulo and Mike to kiss.

Owonyc October 31, 2013, 6:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #263969

In b4 non-alcoholic drinks

Sly October 31, 2013, 6:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #263970

Now kiss!

Patrick October 31, 2013, 6:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #263971

The bromance begins…

Chronos October 31, 2013, 6:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #263972

I was excited and expected mike and paulo to kiss. Face it, @Taeshi. A good chunk of the readers are excited furries that have fully sympathised with everything that happened in this book and now want to see Paulo & Mike make out.

Redding October 31, 2013, 6:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #263973

“I wish I could be straight and honest like you, Paulo!” Paulo: “*Turns out is totally not straight*”

Redding October 31, 2013, 6:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #263974

At least Abbey is *trying* to have a good time and join in. The disquiet and nervousness is quite clear, however…

Still, it’s nice to see a proper drunken bromance going on there, which will be delicious contrast to the undoubtedly messy end to this little shindig. Schadenfreude you say? Oh, alright, but just a small slice…oh, gimme a plateful, with cream.

Zephyr October 31, 2013, 6:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #263975

Straight and honest enough to spill the beans about what you did to Lucy, by any chance? Heh, the older kids are looking at them funny.

Zone October 31, 2013, 7:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #263976

“Hey, you know what…? I loves ya, man…”
I’m just waiting for them to say that. XD

I'll Eat Yourself October 31, 2013, 7:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #263977

Looks like Amaya, David and Abbey are still sober.
Kinda suprised about David ;)

Sambo October 31, 2013, 7:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #263978

Woah there @Bizkit you might need to slow down. Alcohol is a good thing. :)
@Monello Oh so much yes.

Also you can be rolling on the floor drunk and not forget the nights events. If it did happen, these days you’ve got your camera phones to fill in the blanks. XD

Anialator October 31, 2013, 7:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #263979

And then Mike and Paulo wake up together after a pretty sloppy make out kiss.

This ship of those two guys is about to sail full steam ahead at this rate.

tsdr October 31, 2013, 7:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #263980

You know what would be interesting? Drunk David. If Mike and Paulo get to have a drunk bromance, would David be able to show a different side of himself too? He could be anything! We have no idea if the playful cheery side of David is his true self. But will we ever know for sure? Nope. Because somewhere after volume one David was demoted to extra. At least he didn’t get shoved into a rocket ship like she-who-must-not-be-named. :nope:

Solvek October 31, 2013, 8:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #263981

I predict a kiss coming on

A wet, sloppy make out

ChalupaFairy October 31, 2013, 8:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #263982


I imagine that drunk David is THE most logical and calm person in the entire series.

Deiser October 31, 2013, 8:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #263984

This is gonna end very badly. Everyone but Abbey is drunk, Mike and Paulo are getting along, Daisy is horny, Mike has a few secrets and is very drunk, Pualo will kill anybody who had any part in Lucy’s supposed suicide attempt, everyone is underage, nobody(that we know of) brought condoms, McCain is not here and neither is Lucy to knock sense into people, and nobody brought Pringles.
Basically all you need for a F-99 storm on the badshit/drama/angst scale.
F-99 = possible pregnancy, death, in jail, rape, beaten near to death, deep secrets being reviled, loss of virginity, no Pringles, drunken party.

RPG Nerd October 31, 2013, 8:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #263985

Oh geez, are they gonna make out? hahahahaha

Lolly October 31, 2013, 9:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #263986

Abbey’s thoughts:
“Might as well enjoy everyone being drunk”

GooltheFool October 31, 2013, 9:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #263987

@goolthefool it’s probably closer to keeping daisy from doing something she’ll regret, other then getting drunk.

nightarix October 31, 2013, 9:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #263989

i think his face seems more like “this isn’t so bad…”

Fergilicious October 31, 2013, 9:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #263990

and then mike drunkenly tells everyone the horrible things he said to lucy. and thats when things go to hell

matt October 31, 2013, 10:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #263991

Ye gods, here we go again. Okay seriously, can anyone explain how what mike did was so wrong that he deserves proverbial neutering. I mean i get he was harsh, but the fact is that, save for the parasite line and one other i can’t quote by memory, he wasn’t totally out of line. You do realize that karmatic punishment would be counter productive when his outburst could be seen as karmatic punishment for Lucy right? The fact is lucy was a, pardon my language here, bitch. She had psychological issues, but in the end she was outright abusive of Mike. Then she 180’s and everybody forgives her for her past bitchiness.

This is why i personally hate the Tsundere archetype, everyone tries it and the behaviour never matches the cause. But nooooo, once a reader finds out that “ohhhh, she’s just a poor fractured little soul” suddenly that absolves them of all the hell they put another character through. But you flip the roles and have a male tsundere (don’t even know if they have a word for that since all tsundere’s i’ve seen are female), nope that doesn’t work. Burn him because he’s a dick, no absolution no forgiveness.

Sorry for that rant but this issue has been a thorn in my *** since december. There’s a difference between a tomboy and a bitch.

buchanen_neket October 31, 2013, 10:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #263992

They’ve nailed one part of a good party, that’s being drunk. Now we’ll just need sex and a fight to make it a real party.

Hicks October 31, 2013, 10:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #263994

You are misunderstanding what depression is. She is not trying to do it on purpose. Depression makes people sad and even angry, but not just for a moment in time like someone normal.

People with psychological issues don’t always realize their actions towards others. They tend to internalize and believe that no one is there to help them and that everyone intends to use and abuse them. They also do not believe anyone could like them for who they are due to their own insecurities.

Thus, they keep people at arms length in whatever way possible. For Lucy, she used her attitude and fists, but Mike still got through enough to make her open up to him. And when he turned on her, the internalizations got worse because she realized that the one person she let in turned on her. Which is why she went off the deep end and did whatever she did.

:) Just remember, Mike didn’t have to be her friend. He willingly made that choice for years. And Mike accepted her problem and friendship for a long time in whatever form it came in. Until one day when he met a gal and decided that his friend was awful and continued that thought even though she was making an effort to change. That’s why people are frustrated with him.

As for why everyone 180ed on the issue, Mike is sane of mind. He should do better. So far as I’m concerned, who you were yesterday doesn’t mean **** if you aren’t acting right today. Everyone is a new person today than they were yesterday. And their current actions speak more than their past. ;)

Lickit&stickit October 31, 2013, 11:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #263995

Sorry if that was long guys. Depression is a heavily misunderstood condition. People tend to believe that they want to feel the way they do and that it’s the depressed person’s fault for not being able to come out of it. This attitude does not solve anything and makes the feelings of guilt worse.

Lickit&stickit October 31, 2013, 11:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #263996


Did mike really have a choice, seems to me he was more guilt tripped into associating with her. Further from what i saw in the flashbacks she more latched on and didn’t let go. Basically she came to him, he didn’t come to her. He put up with her attacking him because that’s how he had been raised. This point was hammered in more firmly when he met his other friends that basically went ape **** if he even slightly showed doubts of being with Lucy. Just look at how they reacted when Lucy told them he turned her down. They practically mauled him and i’m sure that’s not the only time, there were probably others that were off camera.

Further, psychological scarring doesn’t make a person abusive. Case in point i’ll use myself, I was kidnapped when i was a newborn, when i was returned to my family at age 7 i was abused by my stepdad till i was 13 (his favorites: standing me against a wall while he slugged my gut and kicking me if i didn’t immediately get up. Then there was making me hold onto an exposed spark plug connection on a lawnmower while he tried to start it). I started drinking like a fish at 14, i’ve gone through several girlfriends including one who dumped me while i was in the middle of deployment. Currently i’m unemployed, my wife just dumped divorce papers on me because “she fell out of love with me”, i have a mountain of debt and i’ll probably be dead before 60 with my diet combined with alcohol and tobacco. By all rights i should be a head case and while i do have momentary flashes of anger i can control them and don’t attack others in that state. This is with NO help from therapy (in fact when i was put in therapy every time we went my step dad would beat the crap out of me afterwards for inconveniencing him). So no i’m not buying that her beating the crap out of one of her friends is a natural response to psychological scarring in other words cause =/= behaviour.

Hell my sister should be a poster child for head case, but she isn’t either. She went through similar abuse from our stepdad and she has her own mountain of issues. Yet she’s perservered and controls herself. My other sister was assaulted as a kid and she’s a proud strong woman today with no real issues. They too are all without help from therapy.

buchanen_neket October 31, 2013, 11:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #263997

Well good on your sisters and you for pulling through all of that. But how old are all of you? How old is Lucy? People mature at different rates differently. With over billions of people on this planet you will travel through a diverse ocean of people. Different people react to the same situation differently. That’s just how life works.
Lucy is not your sisters, she’s, well, Lucy; she’s a fictional character created for this comic. And, well, this is a comic about anthropomorphic cats, that, apparently, can cause such an uproar in people at times. The comment section is quite an interesting read at times.

Pumpkin October 31, 2013, 11:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #263999

I’m nearing my 30’s the one who was abused with me is in her mid 30’s and the one who was assaulted is approaching her 40’s. When we went through all that though we were younger than Lucy. I do agree that people adapt differently, me and my sisters adapted by perservering because our mother didn’t want to believe what we were saying at the time of these events. At least not till the proof was put right in front of her. However Lucy or any tsundere’s actions aren’t equal to the cause of those actions. It’s why i have a bug up my *** about the archetype, the archetype never justifies the behaviour and makes the behaviour too extreme to compensate for the overly sappy emotional manipulation that inevitably occurs (not saying that’s happened here….yet —”). Because of this people get the wrong idea about depression, mental scarring, and just abuse victims. Further because Tsundere’s are commonly females it stereotypes any strong female with the whole “oh she’s just putting up a strong front, she’s not really strong, she’s really just a fragile little flower on the inside” idea. Thus creating the idea that there’s no such thing as a strong female, that if she appears strong she must be pretending to cover her weak emotional center. This idea was prevalent in 90’s films and i thought it abolished until Japanese manga and anime repopularized it. It’s disrespectful to those who make it through abuse and it’s down right sexist.

buchanen_neket October 31, 2013, 11:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #264000

“I Wish i could be straight”
There was just a blank after that… NOW KISS!

Red-Fezz November 1, 2013, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #264001

I do see your point, but I don’t see Lucy as a Tsundere (I still have no clue how to pronounce that). A Tsundere is a cold, normally female character, that softens up over time, right? Or did I get that wrong? Well, anyway, placing people in archetypes doesn’t seem all that respectable to the person, even if they’re fictional. Taeshi made her characters a little more than just some Japanese labels. Lucy and the gang are all fictional, so no one in the comments can really say what they’ll do next or even what their deeper emotions are, except for Taeshi herself.
I’m much younger than you, of course I don’t feel to comfortable giving my age, (even with the anonymity of the internet) let’s just say I am not at the legal drinking age in the US; I don’t have to much experience or knowledge with the ideas portrayed on women (and even men) throughout the decades, but I can see why you are irked by that. I don’t blame you, I would be annoyed by that as well.
I still applaud you and your sisters for living through that and becoming stronger due to it. I hope I was not a bother to you, and I’m sorry if I wasted your time. And If my comment was not coherent, I apologize, but where I am right now it is past midnight.

Pumpkin November 1, 2013, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #264002

And then lucy opened the door

The norse operator November 1, 2013, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #264004

@Pumpkin It’s pronounced like “tsoon-dareday” (if you go by the actual japanese pronouciation via my sister’s education, which means say it with an accent) and it’s a character who comes off mean and says things like “I’ll carry your books for you, but it’s not because I like you, idiot” and the like.

LeyTheFlea November 1, 2013, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #264005

Best i can remember or at least the way i’ve always pronounced it is Soon-dairy. That’s not the phonetic but it’s the best way for me to show how i pronounce it. Anyhow, ummmm, kind of sort of. That is A version of tsundere, Naru from Love Hina would be that version in that she assaults Keitaro because she’s protecting the other girls from percieved perversion (it’s usually a misunderstanding) and as the story progresses she kind of mellows out a bit. But Naru is kind of a rarity, most common Tsundere’s are usually cold females until something happens that makes them reveal their “tragic” backstory of why they became cold and bitter. These are your Asuna from NGE types. They are also, like i said, the most common tsundere for one reason or another (laziness to give a deeper connection to the issues causing the behaviour, at least that’s been my experience).

Yes Taeshi has, for the most part, been fleshing out her characters beyond troping. But they can still fall into tropes and lucy so far has matched a tsundere. To the point back in “december” some people thought the chapter was Taeshi bashing the tsundere archetype.

Anywho, no worries, you’re not a bother and thanks for the compliment. My tribe has a belief that an elder should share their experiences with the younger men and women of the tribe to give them a leg up on life. Granted i highly doubt any of you are from my tribe and i’m sure a couple of you are at my age or maybe older. But i still apply that idea even in the anonymity of the internet that the elder teaches and the younger learns. Maybe someone will learn from my experience, maybe they won’t, but i still put it out there when debating a case.

buchanen_neket November 1, 2013, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #264006

lol see again, alcohal makes u more honest. Those guys secretly respect eachother. Taeshi your work as always is awsome

@ Whoever that guy on the last page who corrected my grammer, just to reiteriate i’m dislexic and 26, lol and i read romantic comedy cat comics. Expect more mispellings from me people i kinda can’t help it

JustSomeCritic November 1, 2013, 12:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #264007

Is it time for another reminder that Paulo x Mike is still a thing? XD

asdf November 1, 2013, 12:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #264008

@ El Oh El i’m talking to u buster :P

JustSomeCritic November 1, 2013, 12:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #264009

Drunken Mike is the best Mike! :D

Jessica U. Ingmann November 1, 2013, 1:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #264010

Isn’t Mike our Ridiculous photogenic guy tho? HE CAN DO NO WRONG ;-;

Beta November 1, 2013, 1:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #264011


Trubeque November 1, 2013, 1:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #264014

I think MikexPaulo shippers will enjoy this :D surely a good chapter,and Daisy’s still adorable even if she’s drunk! :P

dawny999 November 1, 2013, 1:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #264016

You really nailed how drunk people act :D Everyone gets along and it’s a fun time. More people need to drink and lighten up once in awhile :3

OneLonelyPickle November 1, 2013, 1:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #264017

While @buchanen_neket had a very crazy personal story, I would like to point out that often depressed and mentally disturbed people do sometimes have angry tendencies which is why they ask patients at a counseling center whether or not they are getting violent thoughts with their condition. They may or may not act on them depending on the person, but that’s why they ask those questions.

So no, not everyone is going to react to it the same way. You can’t use only your experience to generalize and say all people with mental scarring will react the way you did. Long-term Abuse victims are often described resilient and find strength in those going through it with them. Maybe this prevented you from becoming a so called “head case” but from your entire bit about the violent thoughts does not really disprove my point.

What I didn’t like about your post was the negative attitude to anyone needing therapy. Not everyone who gets scarred will need help getting over it as you say, but those who ask for help are not “weak” for not being able to cope like you did. That may not have been what you meant, but that’s how it read.

This sort of attitude to therapy is why many people who are depressed choose not to seek help because they are feared as being labeled as head-cases. But they’d be better off seeking help than spiraling out of control in their heads. Part of the affliction definitely involves coming to terms with the fact that you do have depression and it may be anything from frequent scarring to abandonment issues to brain chemical imbalance which makes you develop the condition.

This sort of attitude is common and almost automatic in a lot of people I’ve talked to. I personally think we would have less people going crazy from their afflictions if we could all just stop shaming therapy.

*Source- my best friend is clinically depressed from a chemical imbalance and it is in no shape or form his fault for not being able to “get over it.”

Just be sensitive. It seems you have a lot of strong opinions on a variety of topics, but it seems you believe your experiences speak for an entire medical condition that you don’t feel like you have from your post. :)

Lickit&stickit November 1, 2013, 4:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #264018

Oh gosh @taeshi, I am so sorry. I don’t want to become one of those super-long commenters but it seems like today I did. Welp, I’m done for now.

Peace out for now! The next time any of you see your depressed friend, give them a giant hug and be supportive. Because they need constant reassurance that you’ll be there and not shame them for their condition. :D

Lickit&stickit November 1, 2013, 4:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #264019

The camping trip led up to this moment. :smirk:

Alicia November 1, 2013, 5:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #264020

Them being drunk and happy is like a oh so needed fresh breeze into the storyline considering how dark and dramatic the comic has been for the past month(s).

Udyr November 1, 2013, 5:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #264021

D’aaawwwwwwww. Paulo and Mike being cute happy buddies. I’m smiling like a idiot right now. This comic needed some happy. #^_^#

Lizzie November 1, 2013, 7:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #264022

I like Mike when he’s drunk XD

Unknown November 1, 2013, 8:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #264023

Rachel: *gently nudged Paulo’s head forewards* Oops!~

Huh? November 1, 2013, 8:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #264024

Income placebo reveal

Nuki November 1, 2013, 10:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #264025

….This is going to go bad cause now Mike is gonna tell what he did.

hunter@xmail.com November 1, 2013, 10:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #264026

Something might be going down but I’ll can see is that there will be major hangovers.

Keyblade Dragon November 1, 2013, 11:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #264027

I don’t know why but I am loving this page. It’s hilarious.

but I sense something bad is going to happen…

SXR123 November 1, 2013, 11:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #264028

I love reading the comments for this comic. You all have very interesting insights and stories. I think that all this stuff between Mike, Paulo, and Lucy is going to implode sometime soon and i hope that Lucy is okay and she just “moved” like Taeshi said lol :D

Caitlin November 1, 2013, 11:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #264062

For some reason, I see this scene ten years later when everyone’s old enough and have jobs and stuff. Abbey is, of course, the designated driver. XD

Ud the Imp November 1, 2013, 1:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #264106

One word, yaoi 8-) oh yeah…

Seiri November 1, 2013, 3:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #264257

Sooo… Mike finally admits to being gay. Too bad Paulo’s to drunk to ever remember it. xD

Mike: “I wish I could be STRAIGHT ‘n honest like you.”

JasperCat November 4, 2013, 12:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #264356

Mike just said he wants to be straight… TOTALLY GAAAAAAAY!!!

The Nameless One November 4, 2013, 6:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #265076

They are actually great. I love those two.

Timni November 10, 2013, 1:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #268905

“reads author comment/description”

lol, It doesn’t take much of an age difference to make someone think like that… ;)

being a senior in high school it seems to become more of a thing with height and social level… I can’t decode it… :question:
…unless your me…I’m 17 so I’m 1-2 years behind everyone I:

DATMORON December 1, 2013, 1:39 AM EST.

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