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Veronica: who didn't see that coming

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Comment ID #278594

Wow. Matt is…GAY…?

The rest is cute tho xD

Nicole April 4, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

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HongKat April 4, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

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TheLazyCharmander April 4, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278597

Those reactions ^_^

gardnaeden April 4, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278598

Ha brilliant

TheGentleman April 4, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278599

Twist ending!

Keyblade Dragon April 4, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278600

I knew he was gay XD

Jonas97face April 4, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278601

These two are such a cute couple. I hope this develops into a real relationship

Scaught April 4, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #278602

Wait is Lucy’s little brother gay as well?

Just a Fan April 4, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #278603

Well, that make’s two homosexual characters in this story now.

Keyblade Dragon April 4, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #278604

wait, does that imply that Lucy’s brother…or is Matt meowing up the wrong tree to

seoq April 4, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

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A guy April 4, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #278606

matt x jordan

June-pay Eeyorey April 4, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #278607

@Just a Fan Probably not, but then again I’m not Taeshi.

And Jordan is a little older than Lucy according to askbcb.Tumblr.com.

Keyblade Dragon April 4, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.

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Shani96 April 4, 2014, 1:06 PM EST.

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HelTH April 4, 2014, 1:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #278610

@Just a fan In one of the member comics, they talk about a girl he likes, so no, he’s not gay

TheLazyCharmander April 4, 2014, 1:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #278611

XD Whoa!~ So THAT’S it~

Neko-chan April 4, 2014, 1:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #278612

Could be bi, though

Justanotheranon April 4, 2014, 1:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #278613

Matt x Paulo. My new ship. MAKE IT HAPPEN. ;)

Emi April 4, 2014, 1:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #278614

MattxJordan… I’m alright with this. :)

modulusshift April 4, 2014, 1:10 PM EST.

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Gabba April 4, 2014, 1:10 PM EST.

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I thought it was too obvious-

But…looking back at it…he DID remind me of a friend of mine from high school-

Yaschiri April 4, 2014, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #278617

Oh, guess I was wrong about the reason of why David yelled. Hmm, wonder if Matt knows that Jordan is probably straight? … He is straight, right? Or could he be bi?

Weird chapter conclusion, yet I did love that we are able to see how characters developt in their good and bad sides.

Anyway, I don’t have a lot to say, so… I will wait patiently next chapter and be back to lurking.

Teh Lvy! April 4, 2014, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #278618

Knew it!

JPRD April 4, 2014, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #278619

Funny as that is, I have to wonder at Paulo’s expression in the last panel.

Gay people are just like everyone else. They just happen to be attracted to their own sex instead, is all.

MGlBlaze April 4, 2014, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #278620

Whoa. And here I thought all the “Matt is gay” comments from before were totally off.
@MGIBlaze: you’re right, homosexual individuals are just normal people. Paulo seems to be a bit homophobic, I’ve seen evidence of it in previous pages but I can’t remember specific examples. I know he’s called Mike and/or Abbey a fruitcake before when something they did or said came across the wrong way.

some guy April 4, 2014, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #278621

If Paulo turns out to be a homophobe on top of everything else, he will cross my border from being an immature jerk with a very deeply hidden good part, to an unlikable *******.

Nicole April 4, 2014, 1:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #278622

This is cute and looks like a few people were right when they guessed that Matt was gay. Looks like he has a crush on Jordan so it’ll be interesting if we ever see anything come of that or not depending if Jordan is also gay or even bi.

However I was expecting to find out exactly what had happened between Daisy and Abbey. Are they still broken up? Did they end up back together? I guess we’ll eventually find out the answer.

K April 4, 2014, 1:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #278623

it looks like Paulo wasnt expecting that one…

~~ April 4, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #278624

Does thar mean Jordan is gay as well?

Someone April 4, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #278625

so everybody was right. i’m pleasantly surprised

they are so cute

Landy April 4, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #278626

Also I’ve noticed Taeshi drawing clothes more and more and I have to say I like it :)

Nicole April 4, 2014, 1:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #278627

Also, yay, Paulo told the truth. :3 And everything worked out for the best.
On a side note, anyone else surprised how well the comic carried on without Lucy? How often does a series survive with one of its founding protagonists gone? Just goes to show what a great cast we have here. There are no main characters anymore, just good ones. :D

MigBird April 4, 2014, 1:15 PM EST.

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Lena April 4, 2014, 1:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #278629

Jordan has to be either bi or straight. It was revealed in askbcb that he had a crush on Mike’s sister.

Pinki April 4, 2014, 1:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #278630

XD That is so cute. I knew he was gay when he was pretty much hitting on Paulo at the party. Jordan might be another unwilling recipient of his affections. XD Their expressions are priceless!

I’m glad that Rachel isn’t upset or even surprised about the letter being written by Daisy instead of Paulo. XD It must’ve seemed so OOC for him!

@Nicole - I doubt he’s a homophobe. They had a gay friend before, remember? Though he ended up getting trapped and they shrugged it off, so…I dunno. I still doubt he’s gay, even if he keeps making “do not want you” comments about the possibility of Mike being gay.

Zone April 4, 2014, 1:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #278631

I agree with migbird, but i cant wait for lucy back!!! Mad Lucy………… ;_;

Just a Fan April 4, 2014, 1:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #278632

Actually I think when there was little stars around him in the party chapter we all knew which way he was swinging..

Gabba April 4, 2014, 1:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #278633

I knew it~ Matt/Jordan forever~

Tsumi April 4, 2014, 1:22 PM EST.

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Kibondo April 4, 2014, 1:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #278635

neato ouo

Insanitybreach April 4, 2014, 1:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #278636

And paul was honest to Rachel and told her about Daisys involvement in the Letter thing, that was really sweet of him :3
Rachel really has bigger feelings for Paulo, hopefully he sees it now (if the shock of matt being gay hasn´t erased everything that happend in this chapter from his mind :D)

Tails April 4, 2014, 1:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #278637

Called it, called it, I freaking called it!!!

Sanitarium April 4, 2014, 1:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #278638

I don’t think Jordan know that Matt is gay, i think he think that Matt is just very friendly with him.

A guy April 4, 2014, 1:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #278639

Forget Rachel and Paulo, I want Matt and Jordan. Matt confirmed for actual cutie

Todd April 4, 2014, 1:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #278640

Haha, thought so… I wonder if Jordan knows :P
So no look into the Abbey/Daisy situation yet… If I had to guess, they’re not getting back together yet but Abbey’s at least considering it. Not something I’m looking forward to given Daisy’s seemingly relentless immaturity, but we’ll see what happens.

TBlackfeet April 4, 2014, 1:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #278641

Guess that explains the creepy smile he puts on.

13linding April 4, 2014, 1:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #278642

I knew that as soon as Rachel said “I admit I tried barking up that tree once” that Matt was gay, haha.

Lolly April 4, 2014, 1:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #278643

Oh my. The look on Paulo’s face was simply PERFECT.

Astarion April 4, 2014, 1:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #278644

*shock* :P

Matt is so adorable.

Zott April 4, 2014, 1:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #278645

oh god poor jordan

boh... April 4, 2014, 2:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278646

Daww… Matt’s so shy, and happy. :love:

This is officially my new favorite scene. This made my week.

Hawz April 4, 2014, 2:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278647

It’s a good thing Lucy’s OLDER brother is man enough for Matt.

Blank On Purpose April 4, 2014, 2:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #278648

@Boh: Jordan’s lucky. Matt’s so sweet.

Zott April 4, 2014, 2:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #278649

Woohoo! A gay character who isn’t an offensive stereotype! Although I do admit that Carson is funny. (that is the other gay cat’s name, right?)

Anonymous April 4, 2014, 2:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #278650

Oh man. I did NOT see that coming

Osiris April 4, 2014, 2:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #278651

Paulo’s expression… XD

Saphire April 4, 2014, 2:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #278652

Unless we’re counting Jessica (and Abbey), Carson WAS the other gay cat’s name. Until you fed him into a woodchipper, that is.


Come to think of it, why are all the gay characters cats?

Jerk April 4, 2014, 2:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #278653

great, a gay guy is within 1,000 feet of paulo, time for a nuclear meltdown because the ******* can’t comprehend or accept the fact that different sexual preferences actually exist. :/

Thanatos April 4, 2014, 2:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #278654

LOL ! Paulo’s face in the last panel is priceless !

Tiido April 4, 2014, 2:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #278655

I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

person April 4, 2014, 2:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #278656

@Thanatos what are you talking about? Paulo was just having jealous fits about Matt and Rachel a bit ago and finding out that it was wrong to the extent that the guy he was jealous of was gay probably threw him off

~~ April 4, 2014, 2:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #278657

Truth Story

Mr-Hero-Bio April 4, 2014, 2:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #278658

Hehe, that’s cute.

ABwingz April 4, 2014, 2:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #278659

@Thanatos Paulo’s not homophobic. Just has priceless reaction faces to realizing things.

Justanotheranon April 4, 2014, 2:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #278660

This. This is probably the cutest thing I have ever seen, and that list is pretty freaking long!

Matt, you are now one of my favourite characters. I don’t know much about you, you haven’t appeared often, but gee, that last expression just won me over completely… (Being a sucker for romance clearly doesn’t help here, yay #^_^#).

Strawberryblossom April 4, 2014, 2:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #278661

Guys, I’m pretty sure Paulo’s face isn’t homophobia, it’s probably more like…
“This dude I have been jealous of was gay the whole time. Are you serious? Oh, come on. I’m an idiot.”
He’s not freaked out or horrified, check the eyes? He’s mad. Ish.
Anyway, I was wondering what was gonna happen. I thought they were just close friends, but that definitely explains it. All of it.

FreeFallingUp April 4, 2014, 2:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #278662

Hey, does anybody else notice that the art during this chapter makes the characters look like kids? Panel two on this page, the panel where Daisy’s walking by herself with Chocoshock towards the beginning of the chapter. They look so small and chibi like.
(Oh my god that sounds adorable)
And somebody mentioned Rachel looks really short, MAN, she DOES.

FreeFallingUp April 4, 2014, 2:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #278663

so cute! look at his smile its SOOO CUTE

ah high-school… discovering yourself #^_^#

what? April 4, 2014, 3:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #278664

OMG he’s GAY

SABRINA April 4, 2014, 3:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #278665

Oh, he’s gay! I never knew! It wasn’t that obvious. It surprised me. I was wondering why she didn’t have a massive crush on him…

Me April 4, 2014, 3:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #278666

Hahaha that was a cute little story. :)

It just me or is this page a bit blurred? I opened it on my computer and phone and something just seems off.

taNi April 4, 2014, 3:18 PM EST.

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iceberganalogy101 April 4, 2014, 3:21 PM EST.

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MimiChan April 4, 2014, 3:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #278670

Ha! I knew he was fruitylicious!
Let the fan art ensue!

UltimateZ April 4, 2014, 3:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #278671

Haha, took you a bit, Paulo! XD

Chocothunda April 4, 2014, 3:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #278672

mmmmyes very pleased XD

Wat April 4, 2014, 3:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #278673

Looks like Rachel has gotten her feelings hurt though now that Paulo has said the truth about the rose not being his. The panel turned down to her lap to hide her face.

Good. Rachel needs to stay realistic. Even though Paulo is jealous it seems like he just wants to be the only guy banging her. That doesn’t mean he loves her and she needs to realize this.

If Paulo hadn’t fessed up she’d had the wrong idea. I think she needs to break off the benefits to protect her own feelings for awhile.

Nightshade April 4, 2014, 3:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #278674

That look on Paulo’s face in the last panel, priceless :D

Random bystander April 4, 2014, 3:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #278675

Holy ****

LoopdeLoops April 4, 2014, 3:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #278676

Matt is gay? 8-D

Piggy April 4, 2014, 3:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #278677

I ship it.

yaoilover69 April 4, 2014, 4:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #278678

To be breif, I wouldn’t have seen it coming if someone hadn’t posted the party pictures 2 pages ago. Those gave the suggestion a lot of backing. If not for that I would have Paulo’s face in terms of “what?!”

Michael April 4, 2014, 4:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #278679

Omg!! Matt is gay!!! WHHHHHAAAAAATTTTT??????

rockstarlove April 4, 2014, 4:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #278680

Ah So he plays for the Yankees. Understandable.

BloomKitryn April 4, 2014, 4:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #278681

Poor Rachel…

Justanotheranon April 4, 2014, 4:28 PM EST.

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SplatterCandy April 4, 2014, 4:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #278683

That’s right paulo once you hear something you can’t un hear it.

Blue fox April 4, 2014, 4:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #278684

Hahahaha ohhh my

I’m glad Paulo told her it was Daisy I was worried about that

Knuc April 4, 2014, 4:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #278685

Are we done covering Paulo? I’m tired of seeing him.

ddawwwwwwww April 4, 2014, 4:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #278686

In a comic Lucy’s bro was dating a girl. But he might be bi. Anyway, MattxLucysBro SHIP IT!!

Crazy Crud April 4, 2014, 4:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #278687

That last panel. LAWL

Sixcolors April 4, 2014, 4:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #278688

I could hear the overly-dramatic choirs of doom in Paulo’s mind

Trubeque April 4, 2014, 5:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278689

Okay I was reading the comments and I do not understand why people think that Jordan is gay/bi. Just because Matt may like Jordan, doesn’t mean Jordan feels the same way. Plus did all of you forget that Jordan has a crush on Mike’s sister? :\

Anyways, i like this page, and i’m looking forward to the next chapter. (:

Marissa April 4, 2014, 5:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #278691

Matt x Jordan no drama otp

The Spoon April 4, 2014, 5:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #278692

Oh my god, he’s gay 8-D

Kuruchan April 4, 2014, 5:27 PM EST.

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Dingus April 4, 2014, 5:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #278694

I could totally see that coming XD

SOGx-ray April 4, 2014, 5:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #278696

And then paulo realized he was jealous of a gay guy. I can see matt asking Rachel hay what’s up with that somali? And Rachel being like owww HELL NO! HE’S MINE!

Blue fox April 4, 2014, 6:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #278697

Do… What the other comment section said was true after all…

GLaDOS April 4, 2014, 6:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #278699

I ship it. :love:

JellyBean April 4, 2014, 6:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #278700

Ohohohohohoh I just can’t help but squeal with this page. Everything is so adorable and agh, look at Matt, that not hetero cat. ;) Also Rachel is still so darn cute! :P

ButterscottchFairyTale April 4, 2014, 6:40 PM EST.

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Fefex April 4, 2014, 6:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #278702

That was unexpected. To me at least

ComanderNyan April 4, 2014, 7:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #278703

Sorry, but I suspected. :P

TarriPup April 4, 2014, 7:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #278704

DAMMIT PAULO. You better be accepting . That face you’re making begs to differ.

Christine April 4, 2014, 7:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #278706

I’m guessing Paulo isn’t homophobic, he’s just shocked because he was so invested in seeing Matt as someone who was interested in Rachel, then to find out he was so completely wrong is just shocking to him.

Olivia April 4, 2014, 7:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #278707

I called it, I called it, I called it!!

I’m so glad to finally see some good ‘ol fashioned gay cats in this little comic of yours. That makes four LGBT characters, two of which are bisexual and now two who are openly homosexual (though I suppose Carson is a stereotypical, “joke” character, I’ll count him). A good day!

And now we must hope for more screentime for Matt because oh no now I know I love him.

Quarter April 4, 2014, 7:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #278708

Eheheh, so that is the case!

Huh? April 4, 2014, 7:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #278709

I really wanted in the end to see David crushing on Matt tough.. :c

why not April 4, 2014, 7:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #278710

(Not surprised. Though the look on Paulo’s face is priceless… and Rachel is a real catch. Judging by how easy she takes things, how calm and drama-free she is… It’s good to find someone who can laugh good-heartedly at the world and not take offense.)

Allsmiles April 4, 2014, 8:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #278711

(. _ .)….

Wuffle April 4, 2014, 8:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #278712

[quietly starts shipping Matt and Jordan]

Also wow honestly I love Daisy with all of my heart and soul but lets be real here, Rachel is literally the most chill character ever. She just kind of rolls with the punches and is so cool about everything rather than freaking out over dumb misunderstandings.

Rachel, you are truly best girl.

Anbellz April 4, 2014, 8:11 PM EST.

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CoolBad April 4, 2014, 8:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #278714

Paulo’s face…priceless XD

Bluesky April 4, 2014, 8:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #278715

so is matt…. actually a girl!?

shiraru April 4, 2014, 8:24 PM EST.

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that made me laugh xD

Michael April 4, 2014, 8:27 PM EST.

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It was pretty obvious that it was one of those “holy crap, this is a surprise beyond my expectations” moments. Stop trying to make everything anti-Paulo for once and enjoy the humor for what it is. The way you harp about it, it sounds like you don’t even enjoy the comic.

Deiser April 4, 2014, 8:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #278718

Didn’t see that coming :3

TDM April 4, 2014, 8:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #278719

I KNEW IT! XD …. So Jordan likes older guys. I wonder if Lucy knows? :love: :love: :love:

Ferking April 4, 2014, 9:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #278720

………….. and I can’t believe I actually thought of this but ruled it out XD ! AW~! Matt, you’re so cute, having a crush on Jordan :D . I’m waaaaaay too giddy with this than I should be, but I don’t care.

I SHIP IT! -ugly sobbing-

Subaru April 4, 2014, 9:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #278721

I don’t know what everyone seems to have against this chapter. After all the heavy drama in some of the previous chapters, I think it’s refreshing to have a few light-hearted, comic relief chapters to break the tension a bit. Sure, I’d like to hear about Mike and Lucy again soon, but I’ll go along for the ride if it doesn’t happen just yet. Plus, Mike and Lucy aren’t the only characters in the series; others have more than the right to have their own personal misadventures and to see them to an end.

Now, I agree it may not have been the most amazing chapter; the format was a little too reliant on beginning each page with plot, and ending each with comedy, and that isn’t what we’re used to while reading BCB. That doesn’t mean that it’s bad; I found that it worked pretty well in some pages. What it means is, it’s not something we expect.
Again, it’s not a perfect chapter, it’s not a stroke of genius, but it IS an enjoyable step in the story, if you ask me.

Paash April 4, 2014, 9:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #278722

Wow I did not see that one coming at all…

Tealjoy April 4, 2014, 9:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #278723

I’m not sure what that face is. I could read a lot into that. Some people say it’s homophobia, but the expression is more surprised than disgusted. It’s more of an “inception”and “everything you think you know is wrong” kinda face. I think Paulo is just confused because he never realized. His only real experiences with gay people have been stereotypes, internet/highschool culture, and Carson (I’m going to say that Jessica does not really count because her sexuality has never been an issue for Paulo). Given those examples, he has been taught that homosexuals are erratic, flamboyant and easily spotted. The idea that Matt was gay probably never crossed his mind because he didn’t fit Paulo’s conception of a homosexual. Now that he knows, he will hopefully realize that there is absolutely no difference between ****- and hetero- sexuals, other than sexual preference. That will be a very good thing.

Another Good thing is that Rachel is invested in Paulo. Otherwise, there might be a little competition between Rachel and Matt. Both of them have a lil’ crush on that boy Jordan. Lucy’s not the only one. I wonder if khao manees are considered super handsome, because Lucy’s family is getting no end of attention.

Lordofrye April 4, 2014, 10:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #278724

Guys, stop bringing up homophobia. Paulo is just stewing in “WTF” after realizing he was being stupidly judgmental the whole time. >_> cooool it.
Although I am glad to see very accepting people here :3
…but how come just because Matt smiles, everybody assumes he likes Jordan? It’s only polite to help somebody out.
(Btw idk what comic everybody else is talking about but I’m just gonna say Jordan shows no romantic attraction to either Rachel or Matt. They’re friends. (Are ships this easy to make o.o? I’ve never really shipped before.))

FreeFallingUp April 4, 2014, 10:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #278725

Going back and looking through this chapter, you realize how many times you see Matt and Jordan being together, so in retrospect it’s not surprising… Hell, I ship it. Especially after the last few panels here.
This is much nicer than the Carson character from earlier…

TheFrenchiestFry April 4, 2014, 10:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #278727

What? what about that little exchange matt and rachel had a few pages back? y’know this one? http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c81/p31.html
were just joking or they seriously trying to keep that from paulo?

Felix April 4, 2014, 11:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #278728

So the comments were right after all.
How about that. Cool.

WellAlright April 4, 2014, 11:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #278729

What the heck though, Rachel became so cool to me. B)

Also, thank you for representing different sexualities! Even if Paulo still has a lot of growing up to do hehe.

Ket April 4, 2014, 11:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #278731

Saw it comin. Miles away.

ShadowC001 April 4, 2014, 11:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #278732

I dun get it ene

Tiny April 4, 2014, 11:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #278733

… Does Paulo hate gay people? I mean, his face is so… angry at the end while he stares. I mean, it could be something else like “I was so stressed out about this, and he was gay?! I’m so stupid!” but it just doesn’t have that look to it. He’d probably be more shocked than angry, and then be like “Damn it.”

Bro Kane April 5, 2014, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #278734

Being gay is A-OKAY! 8-D

Sambo April 5, 2014, 12:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #278735

I’m not gonna lie @Sambo that was actually my favorite chapter as I was reading through those old ones for a long time XD Carson was weird.

FreeFallingUp April 5, 2014, 1:13 AM EST.

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Timni April 5, 2014, 1:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #278737

I’m just going to be blunt and just calmly speak my mind. I’ve been a reader for over a year now and I’ve been wondering…WHEN is Lucy ever going to come back? Or is it just that I’m failing to accept the fact that she’s never coming back? I mean, this is kinda getting to the point where it’s frustrating and I’m not even sure if I want to read anymore because I can’t stand the fact that so much was left completely unexplained and it just seems unfair to the readers to dispose of such a popular character…It really seems to me that at this point, Lucy may have even been permanently cut from the story….but then…why even have Lucy figurines for sale if there’s no Lucy any more? Why not sell the other figures of the other characters instead? It’s kinda disappointing. I really like all the other characters, but Lucy was certainly my favorite and it’s really disappointing that one of the main characters has been completely hacked out of the story without any real, nor satisfying explanation for it. Her attempt at committing suicide, moving and going to another school (Not that we got to even see any of this!) She was RIPPED from the story at that time with not a single one of the other characters being able to find out why just seems absurd and very unlikely… I mean, if it’s to build suspense or whatever, I have to say…..that’s an awfully long time to ‘build her return up’ and I’m sure some others may even feel that they’re losing interest for that very reason….and I’m DEFINITELY sure many other Lucy fans are getting frustrated at this point too. Not a good tactic to hold interest.. It’s been a really long time… I’d really like to know if Lucy is ever going to come back, otherwise I don’t think I’m going to read anymore…I like the other characters, just….no where near as much. So….yeah….Please bring Lucy back soon?

LucyFan April 5, 2014, 1:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #278738

So how many people called it again?

lov/hate/hurt April 5, 2014, 1:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #278739

Hahaha! took me a while to get the comic but now i understand! hahah!

SaMMy! April 5, 2014, 1:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #278740

stofen :////

eeeee April 5, 2014, 2:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #278741

Well….totally unexpected.

Mcturtle April 5, 2014, 2:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #278742


shh no tears, only dreams April 5, 2014, 3:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #278743

So that’s why he reminds Paulo of Mike. Now I get it.

Alaystus April 5, 2014, 3:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #278744

oof, way to out your friend to a homophobe, rachel.

eggtimer April 5, 2014, 4:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #278745

oh my…. I promised myself I wouldn’t do it, I must not….. I must…resist…the urge to…… oh **** it…..SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! shipping MattxJordan SOOOO hard!!! …too bad he likes Mike’s sister :C

….now let’s just all hope Paulo doesn’t do anything homophobically stupid.

FlyingPotato April 5, 2014, 5:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #278748

This chapter has confused me on so many levels…

Maith1 April 5, 2014, 5:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #278752

**** yes, yaoi fanservice lol XD

Kaz April 5, 2014, 6:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #278753

@Jerk: David is officially bisexual. Is that good enough for you?

daft inquisitor April 5, 2014, 6:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #278754

oh my GOD YES! YESSS!!

Owonyc April 5, 2014, 6:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #278755

…. still totally am that guy. *Sigh*

Davey April 5, 2014, 7:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #278757

Paulo IS actually a homophobe. I recall Taeshi mentioning it somewhere. Ah well, maybe he’ll learn to get over it eventually.

As for me… daww. I’m surprised Matt actually IS gay, but I think it’s cute~

ravengal April 5, 2014, 8:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #278758


Hah, good luck using common sense and reason.

You’d just be labeled a traitor by all the other readers that blindly worship the comic and even compliments the severe mistakes (the childish proportions that’s bodged in with “normal sized” backgrounds and outline technique of this chapter is a GREAT example of that).

Prepare to be drowned in comments like: #Taeshi is a artist, you are not so she know what she’s doing#

The fanbase really ruined everything with their blind worshiping and money throwing, instead of only giving credit where credit IS actually due.

Dalgo April 5, 2014, 8:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #278760


You guys DO realize it’s possible for a gay guy to have a platonic relationship with male friends, right?

Just saying. Not everything is a romance manga. Matt and Jordan COULD be just friends, even if Matt’s gay. Hell, my best friend in high school was gay for three years. He never once came on to me. Why? I wasn’t his type. Simple as that.

Belial April 5, 2014, 9:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #278761

Well that came from left field. And here I thought the “Matt was gay” comments were so off.

freaquentflyer April 5, 2014, 10:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #278762


Well we were told that taeshi was having a rough time without souppy. This reflected in her art along with a decision for a “new style” He’s there now.

Most likely she’s go alter it again since a lot of the readers have been saying the style deteriorated rather than got better.

I still like the story, even though the art has degraded compared to earlier chapters. I’d say the nicest looking was the digital up until a few chapters past December.

EDIT: Also I am amazed that everyone is focused on Oreo (Matt) being gay. Paulo has decided here that he doesn’t want more than to keep his “only guy banging Rachel” rights. Rachel is now obviously struggling with this.

Nightshade April 5, 2014, 11:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #278763

Ohgodwhy, and it’s Jordan too. ;~;

Asdf April 5, 2014, 11:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #278764

…….I ship it.

Strixley April 5, 2014, 11:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #278765

Wow. Don’t mind the people hatin’ on your mojo Taeshi. They have all these complaints yet… here they are, readin’ the update. Hmmmm…

Strixley April 5, 2014, 11:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #278766

Awww how cute, Matt likes Jordan!! They look so cute <3 xD What a ship xD

By the way Rachel looks so small in first panel. I knew she was small but I never noticed just how small until this chapter.

Vanilla April 5, 2014, 12:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #278767

You know, I think Paulo might later get involved with Matt’s pursuit of Lucy’s brother. Not because he has anything against gays (I hope) but because that’s still Lucy’s little brother he’s making a move on.

Keith April 5, 2014, 12:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #278768


Gasz April 5, 2014, 12:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #278769


Nikary April 5, 2014, 12:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #278770

homophobia would be pretty ic for paulo. -_-

Zaywex April 5, 2014, 12:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #278771

Artistically, the art’s alright. It certainly isn’t my favorite style that Taeshi has used. I’m almost a little worried to see Lucy rendered in it just because I’m afraid it’ll look odd. But what do know about animation? Very little. What do I know about what I like? Also very little.

Chapter wise, we’ve hit on a daisy and abbey chapter, and focused on a Paulo chapter. Not sure what the next chapter could be, but most of the non-protagonists have had some development in the post- Lucy departure era. So in theory, there’d be nothing improper about reintroducing Lucy after focusing on the other characters. Or at least a mention

Not saying I EXPECT one. Just think it could be done.

Justanotheranon April 5, 2014, 1:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #278772

To be fair, it was mentioned a couple of times in commentaries that Carson was put in explicitly BECAUSE someone said this comic needed a gay character.

From the fact that Carson appeared to be a parody of a stereotypical gay man, one can assume he was intended as a humorous response to that.

On the other hand Jessica’s bisexuality (or possibly homosexuality - she did sleep with Paulo but it was explicitly to get back at Tess and she didn’t seem to have particularly enjoyed it. I don’t think this has been confirmed either way?) wasn’t paraded or made a fuss of. Just like the case here, with Matt, it was revealed naturally and relevantly.

Jaebird April 5, 2014, 2:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #278773

I KNEW IT! HAH! Well that’s good to know for Paulo. Matt is a lesbian in disguise! :D

Dasaki April 5, 2014, 3:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #278774

OH MY GOD this is officially my FAVORITE strip EVER 8-D

olive ^^ April 5, 2014, 3:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #278775

I ship it.

olive ^^ April 5, 2014, 3:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #278776

Jordan x Matt

Anon April 5, 2014, 3:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #278777

But on the otherhand I think this is the best emding so far, I honestly never figured that Matt was a fa- homosexual american. Might make things interesting in the future.

The Duke April 5, 2014, 4:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278778

Fan art of Jordan X Matt. Make it happen.

Fluffy April 5, 2014, 4:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #278779

Why do characters named Matt in stories i read always end up being gay…

Pyro Kitten April 5, 2014, 6:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #278781


Ud the Imp April 5, 2014, 8:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #278782

@ Dalgo and @Lucyfan
I know. I miss Lucy too. She’d have to be my favorite character here. But I think Taeshi’s point in taking Lucy away is to flesh out the other characters and make the comic not a one-trick pony. If there is such a focus on one character, the story is kinda weak. So now she is trying to bring importance to Daisy and Sue and Abbey, etc. Removing Lucy isn’t just a single arc, it is a really major strengthener of this story.

Also, literary criticism is all very well and good, but don’t expect it to change anything. Taeshi may have this all planned out in advance, and may just be writing from a script in her head. If you actually help her, that’s exellent. But if not, then it is nothing to be angry about. I can’t say that Taeshi is omniscient, or knows best. But the story will go her way, for better or for worse.

Lordofrye April 5, 2014, 11:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #278783


Just goes to show how fruitless jealousy is. Even if ya like someone, there’s no point hating somebody you think your crush might like more than you, cause you never know what their relationship is.
Especially if they’re anthropomorphic cartoon animals who happen to be opposite species but also adopted/step-siblings.

Also, I’m really not liking Paulo’s reaction in that last panel. I was expecting more of an “Oh!” moment, but he looks almost disgusted. Couple that with his uncalled-for behavior towards Abbey this chapter, and he is fast becoming a least likeable character for me.

peculi April 5, 2014, 11:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #278784

Jordan’s gay?! 8-D

Feather Quill Inkpot April 6, 2014, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #278787

If you ask me personally, I really don’t care if Matt [of Jordan if it’s implied] is gay. Sexual orientation is simply one out of many other traits a person can posses at a time in life.

At the end of the day, he IS still a person.

A.T. April 6, 2014, 6:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #278788

Who could the next chapter be about? Mike :unsure:, Daisy ;_; and Abbey Furious Abbey, Paulo 8-) or some other minor character/s (Sue :/)?

Probably one of these characters. Or do you believe Lucy Mad Lucy is coming back? Well I for one don’t think so. I expect her to return after the next chapter or the chapter after the next that is after the next chapter 8-D

Ugggghhhhhh. Can’t wait D:

Jonas97face April 6, 2014, 6:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #278789

You’re talking about a character who though it is both OK to remind someone of their horrible past AND use that to guilttrip said person to be with someone who’s absolutely toxic to be in a relationship with.
You really think he’s capable of being tolerant to anything that doesn’t fit his narrow world view?


When serious issues are brushed aside under the guise of “I’m an artist” then it IS a problem.
Ditching outlines, so it looks like one colored blob and incredibly skewed proportions sprinkled with “my littlest pet shop” head-to-body ratio isn’t progress whatsoever.
More like running backwards while blindfolded.

Ronan April 6, 2014, 7:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #278790

The penny has dropped for Paulo! XD
Can’t wait for next chapter! :P

DylanC April 6, 2014, 7:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #278791

Mega bloody plot twist.

RIP Friedhelm April 6, 2014, 7:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #278792

@ Jonas97face I’ve been making the same face that paulo is making on the last panel since Lucy left. I’m really hoping the next chapter is about Lucy. Let us super Lucy fans hope for the return of the queen. All hail the queen! Mad Lucy

Blue fox April 6, 2014, 8:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #278793

I understand you here, Paulo. Do not worry, it’s okay to be a homophobe (=\= jerk).

Jane Lon April 6, 2014, 9:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #278794

most kids who don’t have a lot of exposure to homosexuals wind up homophobic at first

guys in particular, something to do with being worried about gays coming on to them (phrasing, i know) or something. speaking from personal experience, i was homophobic in my teens.

as a mature adult, having been around the block a couple times and seen how diverse and interesting the world outside your hometown can be, i can look back on that with a different perspective

it’s okay to be uncomfortable with something you aren’t familiar with. doesn’t make hating/bashing/etc okay though.

edit: for that matter, i think a lot of people going around demonizing the characters seem to conveniently forget that these young people are just that: young. most of them have flaws and issues they need to work through, and contrary to popular belief, not everyone comes out of adolescence with the wisdom or maturity everyone seems to expect of them. so of course paulo’s a jerk, daisy’s timid and prone to indecision, david’s… david, etc. they haven’t “grown up” yet. there is a chance they might not ever “grow up”. that’s what makes them believable characters. if all of them were perfect and didn’t make mistakes they wouldn’t be worth reading about.

anonymous April 6, 2014, 10:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #278795

If they never made any mistakes there would be nothing for commenters to point out. 8-D
But sometimes people demonize characters a little bit (or a lot D:). The world isn’t split into good and bad. It is what we choose to act on.

I can get mad at the decisions of the characters but I never hate them. Just the decisions. I know that the characters are always able to redeem themselves.

You got that right buddy ;)

Jonas97face April 6, 2014, 11:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #278796

Maybe the characters should be drawn younger to better remind readers that they are flawed children

SuitCase April 6, 2014, 11:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #278797

For the first time in BCB history, that I can remember, the fans were right about something! =0

Also Paulo’s face… that just funny XD

>=3 April 6, 2014, 11:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #278798

Exactly! But it seems that some people just want them to be always perfect persons from the start until the end. :(

@Bluefox and @Jonas97face
Yeah it would be realy nice if she comes back sooner than later, but don´t forget that it were in the in-comic time only some months since she has gone away (about 3?).

Tails April 6, 2014, 11:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #278799

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay so cuuuuuutttteeeeeeeee!!

Butterbread April 6, 2014, 12:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278800

@SuitCase. But clearly nobody here has ever made a mistake when in high school ever.

Justanotheranon April 6, 2014, 12:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #278801

I went to the MoCCA and I saw you there. That’s the only reason I know about this comic. :3

Someone April 6, 2014, 2:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #278802

I want to say that in a way, Paulo is actually helping Rachel. Maybe someone said this already, I dunno. But yea, because Rachel is acting more like a committed person.
I remember back when she all loose n stuff, and she is still a bit loose, but thanks to Paulo, she’s being mature in a good way.
So yea that’s good. *disappears*

Pyro April 6, 2014, 4:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #278803

So enjoying sex with no strings attached is absolutely bad?
Because that’s what you’re strongly insinuating.

Jeld April 6, 2014, 6:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #278804

That reaction! Priceless! XD Love this webcomic

Tony April 6, 2014, 6:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #278805

So why isn’t it retconned back to Elementary school then?
Because they all look like Elementary school students now.
So in the end, instead of trying to hint at them being young, inconsistencies are being created that throws a wrench into the way the characters are conveyed and ends up ruining the legitimacy of the story and storyline.

Pift April 6, 2014, 6:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #278806

Make a cute story arc for Jordan and Matt~~~~~~ (I mean if you want to, that is)

Insigma April 6, 2014, 10:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #278807

Pift, what do you mean? Are you taking my wacky ironic detachment and treating it as a serious comment on purpose or was I simply being too unclear by saying the word “children”?

If it helps address your concern, there is no retconning required as the characters are of consistent age and any shift in proportions is simply a shift in their mode of representation, not a choice to turn them into literal preteens.

I am sorry if you do not like the choice to move to what I would prefer to describe as “more cartoony proportions”, or if you think it is executed poorly. I see the drawbacks, and how a lack of consistency might bother a reader. It is something that you have to accept with this comic, because despite it being a major project Vero and I pour ourselves into, it is definitely an ongoing experiment.

SuitCase April 7, 2014, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #278808


Savannah Reed April 7, 2014, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #278809

panel 10 = cutest jordan pic ever <3

bluuuee April 7, 2014, 1:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #278810

Well this has been really exciting. Can’t wait for the next page upload :D

Jonas97face April 7, 2014, 4:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #278811

[Disdadin against Paulo intensifies]

iceball3 April 7, 2014, 6:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #278812


To be fair, I -like- the changes in the comic, it gets a bit boring if I’m watching the same art over and over, and traditionally lacks the passion to tell the story by means of the artist as they aren’t expressing all too well. My only complaints were at the start when it was too round and everyone looks way too small for the age the comic is suppose to have. Now the whole cast looks much better, and the new coloring is much more expressive. I enjoy.

and yah, ignore the paulo/daisy bashers. You can agree with the characters actions/ideas or disagree, but the people saying these harsh cruel and very malicious things are worse than -anything- paulo has done. Paulo has never been actively malicious. Irony

Michael April 7, 2014, 9:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #278813

the Lucy stare strikes again! XD

mikedawn April 7, 2014, 9:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #278814

This page is brilliant.

anon April 7, 2014, 10:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #278815

My brain just had a melt… Meh, I saw this coming.

Monas April 7, 2014, 10:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #278816

He’s gay?! Huh, Matt sure knows how to surprise a girl.. Hey wait, I thought Jordan was straight!

Michelle April 7, 2014, 11:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #278841


Silka April 7, 2014, 1:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #278849

“”Paulo has never been actively malicious””

You must’ve purposely avoided all his interactions with Abbey then.
Because pretty much all Paulo does in those situations is textbook example of intentional hostile behavior against somebody else.

Hoves April 7, 2014, 2:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #278873

@Taeshi — THIS. THIS IS WHY THIS IS MY FAVORITE COMIC. You just aren’t afraid to do these things, and that’s why I LOVE IT.
//applauding ;c;

Calm Yer ****, Asshat April 7, 2014, 4:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #278905

so wait matt is…oooh that explains it, that I didn’t see coming what a plot twist lol

Scoob April 7, 2014, 9:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #278956

Yup, I figured Oreo was gay (yes, I know his name is Matt… he’s Oreo forever to me though). And lol, Paulo’s face.

Silas April 9, 2014, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #279172

i saw that coming from a mile away

Mahealani0 April 12, 2014, 12:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #279199

Why is Paulo upset in the last panel? :question:

NoThanks April 13, 2014, 8:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #279204

Being friend of a gay dont make you gay…
But they see too friendly too be, you know, just friends D:
+jordan avoiding paulo like he is hiding something. If you know what i mean :-* ;) ;)

Holy is 12:00am in my country xD

hotguyxD April 14, 2014, 2:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #279339

OMG This is the best plot twist ever

wei April 16, 2014, 3:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #280167

Paulo face: priceless. LOLOLOLOLOLOL ROFLOL XD
The Hotel Mario: “You know what they say, all Matthews are gay.” 8D

Mr. E April 28, 2014, 9:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #280631

What I really hope is that this won’t turn into a joke like last time a gay male character was introduced into the comic.
Matt seems really sweet and I really hope it’d turn out well for him and Jordan who I hope is either gay or bi (according to that crush he had on mike’s sister)

It’s also really great that now we have 2 queer characters that are introduced calmly without a fuss, like “hey, look, we’re not straight and that doesn’t change a thing in our personality” (unlike Carson who was terribly stereotypical)

Also these comments going all “Whaaaat?? nahhh, Jordan can’t be gay too!!!” +10 ya’ll for promoting heteronormativity :/

Catswing May 6, 2014, 7:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #281058

Oh my god. That is hilarious. XD

NutCase May 14, 2014, 1:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #282868

:love: sceeeeee ……… Mattxlucy’sbrother(forgot his name) would make and excellent fan fic

Varden-kun June 20, 2014, 9:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #284627


TemplarArchon_Hunter July 29, 2014, 4:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #292128


xXx420BlazeItxXx January 7, 2015, 7:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #295198

Oh dear, is Paulo homophobic? That’s no good… :( OR maybe somebody is self conscious about their sexuality?? ;) PauloXMatt ⚓ (not a ship, but close)

Negative Nancy March 7, 2015, 5:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #298549

Omg, I totally shipped it a few pages ago, but when I looked for the tag, it wasn’t in the Candybooru, so I assumed it wasn’t anything! Ah, my ships! I feel so happy to know my intuition is still really accurate! >u

Vate Matavic May 4, 2015, 10:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #299292

Somehow my reaction and Paulo reaction is the same

It's just me May 23, 2015, 8:43 AM EST.

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