80. Happy Hour, page posted 12/23/13

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Veronica: Spring is here

And with that comes the end of an arc that began many pages ago...

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Comment ID #271083

Ooh, can’t wait for tomorrow.

Pokelova December 23, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #271084

Something unusual you say? Well, this should be interesting…
On another note, this “little” winter arc of yours has been going on for 401 pages, which is like a quarter of the whole comic.
It’s about time!

Nikita December 23, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #271085

Winter to Spring! :D

Random December 23, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #271086


ShadowFromNorth December 23, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

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Nicole December 23, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #271088

Oh…it’s a tree…

I was expecting a colossal plot twist. But I guess spring is ok.

freaquentflyer December 23, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #271089

Yess! The end of the December Arc is come. The Dark Lord of Angst shall fall, for Spring has COME!

Lordofrye December 23, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #271090

OMG, Spring is here :D. Looking really forward for the next upload. I won’t be able to see though until on Wednesday since I will be celebrating Christmas :D (ugh can’t wait, can’t wait D:).

Jonas97face December 23, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #271091

…a tree way 2 mess us up x.x

2shy December 23, 2013, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #271092

SYMBOLISM! Even better, POSITIVE symbolism! (Here’s hoping it’s not just a red herring or hope spot)

Person December 23, 2013, 1:04 PM EST.

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Gea December 23, 2013, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #271094

How exciting. I can’t wait to see what will happen next.

taNi December 23, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #271095

Lucy’s gone and Spring is here. (I knew that last page would be something like this OUO )

JayLime December 23, 2013, 1:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #271096

ASDFGHJKL I NEED MORE THIS IS LIKE A DRUG! I truly need to know what will happen…

Solaris December 23, 2013, 1:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #271097

12 chapters, 3 parties, one heartbreak, one reunion, one play, one major drama storm of conlicts, difficulties, and regrets shoved into one winter, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Keyblade Dragon December 23, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #271098

WOOOO!!!!! TREEE!! I love trees! Best ending ever XD
lol jk cant wait to see what happens

dubstep_kitteh1 December 23, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #271099

Unless my eyes deceive me, and they rarely do, that’s not just any ‘ol tree…that’s THE tree…


I know right?

kaminari683 December 23, 2013, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #271100

I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. Nicely done! Def looking forward to finding out what the next chapter has in store.

vivilynx December 23, 2013, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #271101

A nut will fall from the tree. Taeshi got lazy this episode….

anonymous-chan December 23, 2013, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #271102

I’m glad this arc happened though -
I never liked how Lucy treated Mike like crap, and I disliked how their friends took her side constantly, despite Mike being in a committed relationship.
Mike has released all his anger, went too far, and is now suffering consequences.
Hopefully with everything that has happened the whole cast can mature and develop further and I’m looking forward to it :D

pinkleton December 23, 2013, 1:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #271103

wow, Spring comes fast to the Bittersweet City :O
(or Taeshi just wanted to make a little fast forward ^^ TAESHI AND SUITCASE YOU ARE THE BEST!)

Tails December 23, 2013, 1:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #271104

Now the question is, what will this change of season bring? More or less drama?

Sambo December 23, 2013, 1:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #271105

Everyone is moving on from Lucy :(

Kimmy December 23, 2013, 1:13 PM EST.

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MoonlightAroraa December 23, 2013, 1:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #271108

Ooohhh. I like unusual things. Especially from BCB!

GLaDOS December 23, 2013, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #271109

Taeshi, my mind, she is blown. :0 That was like… stunt-writing. You jumped a row of literary buses. XD
But now I have to wonder… I thought all this anger and sadness and angst was the beginning of a new direction, but now, was it just a phase? Are we going to see a return to form, or something completely new? When the characters thaw along with the weather, who are they going to be? And beside that, with the clique shifting, who are they going to be with?
This is going to be fun. 0w0

MykelTDT December 23, 2013, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #271110

Many moons ago… There began a glorious third arc.

Excellent work as always, Taeshi-chan. I look forward to what you have for us tomorrow and the fourth arc! :D

Happy holidays ^_^

Legion December 23, 2013, 1:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #271111

“Everyone is moving on from Lucy”
I like Lucy, but in all honestly none of them except for Mike and probably Paulo and Sue were that close to her - she never let them be. I understand Lucy had issues but she kept them out. She even went out of her way to make them feel like she didn’t need them.
They care about her, but they don’t know where she is, what exactly happened, or if and when she’s coming back - you can’t expect all of them to put their lives on hold waiting for somebody who may never come back.
don’t get me wrong, I hope she does - but they all have more in their lives than just lucy.

gherkinweiner December 23, 2013, 1:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #271112

oh no… oh nononononono
I know how these things work. please taeshi don’t make pauloxrachel an official couple with the timeshift! please!!!!!!!!!

boh... December 23, 2013, 1:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #271113

Actually, I’m missing augustus ;)
Lucy’s disappeared, yea, but atleast we know she’s here.
Gussie isnt even mentioned anywhere, much to the delight of minor characters group..

KK December 23, 2013, 1:30 PM EST.

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JJ December 23, 2013, 1:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #271115

Time passes as does nature itself…do we even notice? Well, let’s hope that the warmth of Spring will bring solace to those who need it. :)

Jayden December 23, 2013, 1:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #271116

I wonder how Lucy is…Spring brings Hope and life so I wonder how everyone is doing, especially Paulo, Jess was one thing to move on from but Lucy has been a crush he had since middle school so hmm….and Mike…oh Mike..

Tealjoy December 23, 2013, 1:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #271117

Finally, we where I. Wenter how long, anyway I was I thinking maybe have a chapter about bavid, could use some comedy relief

lov/hate/hurt December 23, 2013, 1:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #271118

I guess you´re a Mike-fan? :P

Tails December 23, 2013, 1:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #271119

Sprint, my favorite season x3 can’t wait for the next arc! X3 happy holidays to everyone!

eagle December 23, 2013, 1:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #271120

I kind of feel cheated that we aren’t seeing hangovers.

Wonder how much time will have passed couple weeks, a month, more?
How will people be after such time, will bridges have been mended or burned.

Chrisd765 December 23, 2013, 2:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #271121

Life changes, cats change, but live still goes on its course, huh? :(

Well, on to the next arc! In other news, that’s a nicely colored tree trunk :)

Subaru December 23, 2013, 2:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #271122

Ah man, I really hope Lucy comes back. Mike treated her the wrong way during that history project, even if she was mean at some times. Spring brings hope, right? :question:

Luna December 23, 2013, 2:58 PM EST.

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Emoji December 23, 2013, 3:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #271124

And the days turn to months. Curious to see how everyone has adapted over the time.

starfighter105 December 23, 2013, 3:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #271125

what was this arc called, anyways? the Rock Bottom Arc since like everyone’s went to **** pretty much? o_o

Muffie Winchester December 23, 2013, 3:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #271126

Wait… This arc that started in December…


Gabba December 23, 2013, 3:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #271127

I love this comic, but what a let down for today’s piece. :( No plot, or good discussion to be had today from tree roots. Oh well, we still get spoiled with 5 pages a week, so one like this now and again isn’t that terrible. :)

Lickit&stickit December 23, 2013, 3:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #271128

@ evreyone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ69CDpPNyc A very nice Bittersweet music video of Lucy made two mouths ago check it out. Lucy were are you? You vanished like the melting snow. Only leaving hurt harts and questions to be answered. All we can do is wait for the snowy Lucy to return and blanket us with her clod but loving ways.

Blue fox December 23, 2013, 4:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #271129

♫This is the start of something new.♫

Gate-senpai December 23, 2013, 4:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #271130

:( Please Please Please let Lucy come back eventually! She was my favorite character! :D She’s so awesome, and I can’t wait for the next page. :question: I can’t wait a whole day! It’s so good! 8-D

Rose December 23, 2013, 4:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #271131

12 Chapters to go 1 month.
Then suddenly, 4 panels later.
Ohey its spring now. Feels like a time skip from a manga, lol.
Sa’ll good though, no complaints at all. It is nice to see some new progression with the story.

Fenfir December 23, 2013, 4:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #271132

It sure has been a while
- XD

yashy December 23, 2013, 4:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #271133

plot twist: the tree is actually Lucy in disguise.

Xanopt1con December 23, 2013, 4:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #271135

Ooh, a symbolic page. It’s time to unleash the meta!

I saw clues before, but this makes it final. Spring has come to the candy bowl.

December was a winter chapter, and began a winter arc. The first snows began to fall. Water and minds hardened into ice. Some went back to their roots. Paulo to his eighth grade womanizing self, and Mike back to neglecting everything but Sandy. In fact, everyone shriveled to the safety of old, except for one. Lucy tried to bloom and grow, sprouting through old, hard dirt, frozen in its ways. A cold, sharp frost stopped that in its tracks. With no others to stop her in her fall, she burned in cold fire and crumpled to dust. Nobody knows where her new seed has landed, or if it has yet sprouted. Winter came, and it pruned away the weak. Connections died, loves were lost, and minds cracked under the strain of freezing ice.

But spring is coming. In an ancient cycle of birth (and a birthday), connections were reborn. Stems began to grow again, and touch each other. Hidden truths were revealed after being lost for so long. Now they lay in the open, like ugly boulders on a glacial plain. They were calved from minds furiously backpedaling like melting glaciers. Minds became liquid again, so that they could change. And thoughts began to flow, through the newly living pathways of the mind, and also through the eyes. A liquid always takes the shape of its container: these containers are sorely lacking, and so they leak (in tears). The thaw has begun.

Now who knows what spring shall bring (excluding Taeshi and Souppy)? Certainly new beginnings, new relationships, and new growth. A search to find the lost companion? Said lost companion finding herself, or maybe new friends (or old ones).

End Meta.

For the next page, I predict Lucy sitting under a tree. It would certainly be unusual. For this new spring arc, I predict: more Sandy, Sandy meeting Lucy and talking to her, Mike useing Sandy as an intermediate between him and Lucy, etc. I also wonder: what exactly happened to Zachary? He made a promise. That’s the kind of promise one keeps, no matter what. I say we can depend on his appearance. Also he currently holds the title of character most like me. I want more of me in this comic. Of course, I could be totally wrong. But prediction was fun anyway.

Lordofrye December 23, 2013, 5:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #271136

@Xanopt1con Lmao XD

Caitlynn Moss December 23, 2013, 5:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #271137


Beautiful!! <3

(This is Yaschiri btw, too lazy to log in).

I’m anxcious for the next chapter. And it blows my mind that this whole arc took TWO years! :D We love you guys so much. ;A;

Spinda December 23, 2013, 5:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #271138

@ lov/hate/hurt
Comedy? David?

Soooooo, you mean a chapter where everyone kicks David so hard in the nuts that his vital organs come spewing out of the top of his empty skull in a very fine paste. Right? And then he dies of simultaneous organ failure, total blood loss, and the universe realizing that higher-order animals have to have a functioning brain in order to work. Right? Cause that would be brilliant. It’d have me in stitches. Laughing.

I’m glad we agree.

Lordofrye December 23, 2013, 5:37 PM EST.

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Masket December 23, 2013, 5:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #271140

Ho ho ho!
Xmas eve! 8-D

Mr-Hero-Bio December 23, 2013, 6:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #271141

You know, Daisy reminds me of myself in some ways. :P
Its kind of funny to see some of her reactions and actions, to then just see myself doing something like what she has. Although I am more like Abbey when it comes to drinking, I am pretty clueless at times because of how I am with other people and other peoples reactions to things. There are times when I am just blind to the fact of what is really happening! 8-D
But aside from my connection with Daisy, This comic is wonderful! I absolutely love that it is so close to everyday people and who they are. :D
It makes it that much easier to make a connection to the comic and read it all!

Ash_Hat December 23, 2013, 6:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #271142

holy for a second there i thought “end” meant the end of the story

juice December 23, 2013, 6:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #271143

Spring is here and the arc of December ends in the middle of actual December

Vega December 23, 2013, 6:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #271144

what stuff did you smoke and where can i get that? xD

Tails December 23, 2013, 6:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #271145

dat was fast

Othoniel December 23, 2013, 7:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #271146

@ Yaschiri/Spinda

Thank you! That’s very kind.
I would suggest reading my second post, which comes right after yours.


It’s called Thanatoast. You roast a piece until it turns black. Then you crush it into a powder and snort it. Can be found anywhere angst is sold.

Lol. I just feel like raging today. Its fun, especially cause I’m not hurting anyone! I wrote a big, awesome meta-shpiel. Then I balanced it out with violence. Simple, fun and effective.

Plus I really really HATE David.

Lordofrye December 23, 2013, 7:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #271147

Oh, spring season… No matter how much pain we can be suffering, you are always beautiful.

Chabli December 23, 2013, 7:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #271148

Wow i´m glad that i get my dose of Angst for free and here :D
btw it was more philosophical than meta :P

Tails December 23, 2013, 7:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #271150

Thank god no one’s making wood jokes!

Hawz December 23, 2013, 10:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #271151

A sign of hope in BCB?! I dunno

Pyro December 23, 2013, 10:45 PM EST.

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illeatyourself December 23, 2013, 11:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #271153

I just had a thought, and this thought could possibly cause everyone else here to get a bit depressed.
What the heck happened to Augustus? He kind of disappeared after a cliffhanger in his story.

illeatyourself December 23, 2013, 11:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #271155

I like this, it’s very calming. The question is, is it the calm after the storm and beginning of the reconstruction or is it just the eye of the hurricane. Also, as someone else mentioned, it’s probably been a week and that means we get to find out exactly what happened to Lucy. Finally, an end to the of the third and beginning to something new.

Given-up December 23, 2013, 11:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #271156

c’mon, don’t be stiff *ba dum tss*

Justadude December 23, 2013, 11:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #271157

Good old bookends.

Well, time for things to get better for a while as the trap door swings open. Just mind the sudden stop at the end.

Titanium Dragon December 24, 2013, 2:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #271158

If something unusual is supposed to come then maybe the next page will be a glimpse of Lucy (probably not. Probably something very Christmasy). But if that would happen then the comment section would go KA-BOOM! XD

@Lordofrye do you share Thanatoast’s? Maybe I use some to be philosophical.

@buchay where are you :(? You haven’t commented anything yet :(.

Jonas97face December 24, 2013, 4:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #271159

Hey, maybe Taishi will give us a Christmas present this year. The second best part is the anticipation. I wonder who is going to get the first gift? Plus, she skipped over a lot of things by skipping the winter. What about Tessa’s Christmas party? I want to see more of her, kinda. Maybe we will get the lost parts of winter later on, in flashbacks.

@ illeatyourself

Don’t get so excited until I’m proved right or wrong. I predicted what I want to happen, if it’s plausible.

@ Tails

In fact, it’s really just poetic and symbolic. I just used “meta” because I didn’t think of the proper words in time.

@ Jonas97face

The philosophy comes from me. No need to do drugs, just bring it up from inside. The drugs was about my second comment. The one with blood and vital organs. I was channeling pure rage. Thanatoast is good for that.

Lordofrye December 24, 2013, 4:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #271161

@Lordofrye haha I know. I was just joking :P

I’m starting like Sue alot. I can’t explain though. I hope something more about her will be revealed some day and I hope she will be in the next chapter :D.

Jonas97face December 24, 2013, 4:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #271162

I like Sue too. She isn’t quite a main character yet, but she is getting there. We need a Sue chapter to really understand her. At that point, she will become a main character for me. I like Sue because she’s the other half of me. Half Sue, half Zachary. With a little Augustus thrown in to taste.

Lordofrye December 24, 2013, 5:44 AM EST.

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HongKat December 24, 2013, 6:16 AM EST.

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If I am to compare myself to characters I would compare my self with Mike with some Abbey anger in my self (only when I’m really angry) and some Lucy loneliness. I can also compare my self alot to Sue and tiny tiny tiny tiny bit of Amaya (only when I’m hanging around people that I don’t know). The only thing I can compere between me and Zachary is giving advice to people who need it.

Well that’s all folks :D

Jonas97face December 24, 2013, 9:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #271165

That tree has become a bigger character than David nowadays, it is the most frequent background… Or it could be another tree… In which case disregard everything I said

Misanthrope December 24, 2013, 11:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #271166

Is Lucy considered unusual at this point? I wish it was. But it’s not. Definitely. Probably.
If it was then I’d have hope that this was a totally Lucy centric chapter. I want to see where she went and what she’s going through right now. :<

Missy December 24, 2013, 11:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #271167

“In fact, it’s really just poetic and symbolic. I just used “meta” because I didn’t think of the proper words in time.”

ahh ok, makes sense :P

Tails December 24, 2013, 11:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #271175

There’s a moral to this chapter, everyone. Specifically, never invite these people anywhere ever. They will take whatever experience you were going for and (albeit unintentionally) drown it in their personal brand of drama and hijinks. Expect pain and suffering in moderate quantities.

Oceanus92 December 24, 2013, 1:10 PM EST.

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Chiba December 25, 2013, 1:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #271306

Rachel is much more mature than I thought she was (however I still wish that she will figure out that bullying Tess after she grew up and became a better person make her no better then a bully herself). As for the issue with Mike: in his defense Lucy was abusive towards like half the time him and his friends seemed to overlook that for the most part, so him blowing up at her and cutting her from his life isn’t uncalled for. However, what he said to her was really hurtful, but the fact the Lucy tried to kill herself because of that shows that she is unstable (and I did not call that happening). So the way I see things, both Mike and Lucy need therapy or something like that: Mike for his anger issues and Lucy for the abuse and attempted suicide.

Guest December 25, 2013, 9:40 PM EST.

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Batman. December 27, 2013, 2:46 AM EST.

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Yes, give me some spring to help me forget the cold winter outside..!

+bird+ December 27, 2013, 10:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #271446

Feels. :c

Zephyr December 30, 2013, 2:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #271448

Suddenly: spring!

Glarble December 30, 2013, 7:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #271629

Can’t believe mike got off so easy he’s been a complete jerk recently and all he has to do is feel sad for himself and everyone lets off! WHAT!!!!

Random bystander January 2, 2014, 2:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #271660

I will be honest I am looking forward to Lucy coming back. I wait for the day when the *bow* and *scarf* will finally overlap in this story. No matter how bittersweet the bowl is the candy is infinite till you reach the bottom.

Woozimune January 2, 2014, 7:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #273494

PLEASE let Zachary be with Lucy, helping her. he promised. and maybe she turned down the other guy who wanted her to be a singer because she knew that if she went to anyone with her voice it would be Zachary. and I feel like he’s the right person to support her. >.

momomelon January 21, 2014, 6:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #279197

This wasn’t happy.

This wasn’t happy at all!

crossedeyefreak April 13, 2014, 4:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #297478

Ok ok ok ik I should have said this in the earlier page but I kinda like Rachel I mean ya she is kinda of a whory little bitch but sometimes u can see how nice and wise she is and not am not kidding she is actually mature :)

sisy April 20, 2015, 12:45 AM EST.

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