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Comment ID #280521


Stacy looks embarrassed out of her mind.

Johnnaman May 5, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #280522

Oh no, Mike, no. Don’t go overboard and be addicted like that. You need some sleep. What would Lucy say if you stay up all night and you get sleep deprivation? You’re gonna have some problems in the morning.

Keyblade Dragon May 5, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #280523

I wonder if Lucy will be in there

Sylvia May 5, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #280524

Oh this is not going to lead anywhere good. I have visions of MMORPG addiction.

MGlBlaze May 5, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #280525

MMOs are a hell of a drug. ;)

Triniking May 5, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #280526

Is Stacy banging her head against her desk?
ohhhh jeez Mike now you’re going into another server. I wonder what awaits you..

Gabba May 5, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #280527

Why do I get a bad feeling about this?
Also, this page looks fantastic.

TBlackfeet May 5, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #280528

Oooooookay i’m sure that Lucy will be in this server…

A guy May 5, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #280529


TheLazyCharmander May 5, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #280530

Huh….here speaks an ignorant about online games, anyone can tell me what means by “joining a server?” :P

Knux-the-Killer May 5, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #280531

So Mike is going to aim to go from a lvl 1 character to end game in one night?

Chrisd765 May 5, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #280532

Careful Mike, next thing you know, it’ll be time to go to school and you’ll be exhausted and unable to do anything! I would know, I’ve been there.

Dracain May 5, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #280533

I have that feeling that the others left for another server just to get away from Mike, and now that Mike has seen this new server with only three others, i think that Stacy and the gang will be on that server.

Blizzard Blitz May 5, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #280534

I get the feeling Lucy or her character will show up in this next server.
If she even has this game of course.
Plus, if she does have the game, it might not even be a serious server, so Mike could easily assume things if someone mentioned her name.
Loving this chapter so far though!
I also have the feeling Mike won’t make it to bed for the night.

Otoribashi May 5, 2014, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #280535

Ohh, I hope we’re gonna see Lucy soon. How about in that server? 8-)

Ellie May 5, 2014, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #280536

Mikes addicted to it now. He’s caught in the vortex of a role playing game.

HelTH May 5, 2014, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #280537

This is an interesting MMO, one where characters can yawn in-game and where servers can only handle 16 people. Less powerful than RuneScape Classic, it’s: Mike’s Quest! Embarrass your friends! Switch your gender! Off-screen questing! You’ll never want to stop! You will never stop. Do not resist.

Shiloh May 5, 2014, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #280538

I have a weird feeling Lucy will be some user high-level bad ***

Verndari May 5, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #280539

Stacy is so embarrased of the boy she was so nervous to meet on the bus. It’s too perfect

seoq May 5, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #280540

Damn Stacy is gamed out XD

Blaze May 5, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #280541

Mike is just too cute.

DokiDoki May 5, 2014, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #280542

The quest never ends.

STOTANS May 5, 2014, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #280543

Mike’s addicted to MMOs now.

starfighter105 May 5, 2014, 1:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #280544

@Knux they just mean he’s going onto another server, which is what most people connect to on an online game to play, though I’d like to note that this RPG can’t be called an MMO due to lacking the first M(massive). also i think some chatroom style multiplayer games have servers that small…

nightarix May 5, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #280545

I think you wanted to say:
Love this 8-D

Selef May 5, 2014, 1:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #280546

Looks like Mike is beginning to get addicted to the game. Which isn’t good especially if he ends up staying up late on a school night. He’s going to be dead tired in the morning. But I wonder what’s going to happen in the next three pages?

K May 5, 2014, 1:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #280547

@Knux-the-Killer You’re so dumb that you don’t deserve to know.

Sly May 5, 2014, 1:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #280548

To better handle performance, MMO’s are hosted on multiple servers. The more people on a single server, the slower and glitchier the game goes, thus many MMO’s have many servers. Players on one server can’t interact with players on a different server and when a player logs in, they can usually choose which server to log in to.

That was terribly rude.

some guy May 5, 2014, 1:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #280549

This seems very interesting, I didn’t know that Mike would really get into that kind of game, people are going to say he plays the game too much, but little did they know… Mike is going to save the world. (Of warcraft)

Alli May 5, 2014, 1:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #280550

Mike, what are you doing?



Sono May 5, 2014, 1:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #280551

I suspect Mike is about to gain some weight…

ThatOneGuy May 5, 2014, 1:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #280552

@Selef I love you. :-*

TheLazyCharmander May 5, 2014, 1:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #280553

Yup, I can see Lucy being in the next game Mike logs into, just his luck!
I doubt the others are in a new, mike-less game. They’re more experienced and know that sleep is important! lolz!
How will Mike survive? Only 3 pages to go?

5Cats May 5, 2014, 1:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #280554

Haha, Mike is a GAMER!
It’s hilarious, because it’s so unexpected. He’s a gamer that just needed to be awaken.
Damn, I remember in my “guilds” or “clans” as some call them, when my buddies would be tired and log-off and I’d still be playing. I used to be able to play up until 7 am non-stop, but because of developments in my life I’ve cut it down to at least 12 am. It makes me sad, because I FREAKIN’ LOVE VIDEO GAMES, but it has to be done.
Damn though, Mike can make some CUTE AS HELL plant lady/sylvari/people. Yes, I am a GW2 addict and I love Asurans; I guess the plant people are okay.

Blank On Purpose May 5, 2014, 1:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #280555

Mike, don’t. There might be creeps out there who’ll assume you’re a girl and try to cyber. D:
(Or they might mock you for being a “Gamer Girl” but one of those reasons is probably why Sue chose a male avatar. D: )

Chan-Chan Lee May 5, 2014, 1:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #280556

Stracy is so ashamed that it exhausted her.

Uh no, game addiction. I don’t think Mike is that responsible, as he proved his maturity in the last chapter. So I guess he’ll finish his night his heard on his copybook ( Or maybe in the coach, but I’m scared that he might miss the bus stop D: ) The best thing to do is to set the alarm clock at a certain hour ( Well, for me, it does work ), because, as everybody know, these kind of game time consuming. But, yet, he will learn, one day. Life is a “Try and Error”

Miralcl May 5, 2014, 1:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #280557

Mike has always been a gamer though. If you read the early chapters

Sean May 5, 2014, 1:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #280558

Damn, if you would lookup “being totally done” you propably would find a picture of stacy right next to the phrase :D

which marturity?
He barely did anything in the last chapter :o (besides keeping paulos rose :D)

Tails May 5, 2014, 2:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #280559

we wont see Lucy for another few chapters..

Eko May 5, 2014, 2:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #280560

No, Mike! Don’t go to Moon Guard!

TheFrenchiestFry May 5, 2014, 2:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #280561

I find it ironic that people’s first thought is the possible akwardity/ problems arising from not getting enough sleep rather than te fact Mikes character is a flower maid and the awkwardity of encountering people who might go to his school or something and think he’s a girl. Somehow that’s probably offensive to somebody here so I preemptively apologize.

Misanthrope May 5, 2014, 2:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #280562

I bet he meets naked players instead who start to hit on his flower mage…. It would be awesome if Lucy was there but as far I know then she never stays up that long, especially for a pc game

EvilKitty3 May 5, 2014, 2:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #280563

This would be acceptable if IT WASN’T ON A SCHOOL NIGHT!

Gate-senpai May 5, 2014, 2:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #280564

Mike has become addicted to MMORPGs! D:

SplatterCandy May 5, 2014, 2:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #280565

Yes Mike…One of us,one of us,ONE OF US

DrDominiguez May 5, 2014, 2:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #280566

I’m finding it really hard to see characters expressions with the art style. I’m colourblind and the lack of darker lines makes everything look really blurry to me :(
Other than that I’m excited to see where this leads

George May 5, 2014, 2:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #280567

God I’m seriously loving the lighting here.

Especially in the first panel and there’s the cutlery and the dish and ughskldghklsdhgs

I genuinely believe Taeshi’s style is really coming together lately

Lirrah May 5, 2014, 2:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #280568

And so the addiction begins.

Tuxedo Knux May 5, 2014, 2:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #280569

+18 server

Othoniel May 5, 2014, 2:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #280570

I’m gonna guess that it’ll probably not be Licy, but instead PAULO that he’ll meet. Seems pretty logical if you ask me. Now the next question is, will Paulo be a boy or GIRL character? XD

Twiggy May 5, 2014, 2:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #280571

and so mike became the most hardcore gamer of the group, and his flower mage became a poisoned-rose thorns dark empress.

boh... May 5, 2014, 2:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #280572

DARN YOU UNINTENTIONAL CLIFFHANGERS. Veronic’s even aware of this now xD.
and yes twiggy, we need paulo playing a girl character! either way this is set up beautifully, I think you’d have to work hard to screw this up.

Michael May 5, 2014, 2:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #280573

Mike: But, sleep is for the weeeeaaaak….hey, I can bother people in another server! Yay me!

Mike, stahp. Stahp it. This is bad. Mike, you need sleep. MIKE! GET OFF THE DAMN COMPUTER! …

Never mind. I didn’t sleep much last night, either. XD

Zone May 5, 2014, 3:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #280574

I’m waiting for him to meet Paulo in-game, and then Paulo starts hitting on him without realizing it’s Mike.

thedrpalmer May 5, 2014, 3:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #280575

… should I be embarassed that I type exactly how Mike does? -_-;
Hmm, three pages left, unless Taeshi decides to cover the gap next week somehow. I think I see where this is going, but I’ve been surprised before…
Not sure if Stacy’s exhausted or mortified or both, but I AM sure that li’l flower babby Mikie is adorable. XD

MigBird May 5, 2014, 3:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #280576

Why are all of these kids playing MMOs in the dark? I though this was a webcomic, not hollywood tropes, lol. Also I hope Mike ends up on an ERP server and is traumatized forever, it’d serve him right!

Adekii May 5, 2014, 3:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #280577

First off, the new art style’s finally starting to really come together.

Second, I won’t be the first to make the prediction that it’s Lucy (or Lucy related), but neither will I be surprised if it turns out to be a red herring, or just something different but also surprising, like if Paulo played it (for laughs) or Sandy (for drama).

Lt. America May 5, 2014, 3:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #280578

I think shes mortifeid, and no, I type like mike to.

@adekii Another good idea, walking into an ero server! all the awkward ideas.

Michael May 5, 2014, 3:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #280579

Veronica don’t do this to me
if Lucy’s in that server I’m gonna be permadepressed

Skylar May 5, 2014, 3:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #280580

Now that I get a better look, his character is Lucy when she was at the play. Wow.

Stev May 5, 2014, 3:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #280581

I knew Mike was going to get hooked :(

I think this is gonna backfire badly. I think he will forget his homework or whatever he and Stacy were doing. It can happen :(

Jonas97face May 5, 2014, 3:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #280585

mike, wer r u goin
mike, stahp

Partizani May 5, 2014, 5:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #280587

Ahhh! Mike’s sexy paw-hands in panel one!

gardnaeden May 5, 2014, 5:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #280588


Kami May 5, 2014, 5:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #280589

Oh Mike. :V
I’m really liking the art, Taeshi. You just keep getting better at watercolors. uwu

Cynthia May 5, 2014, 6:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #280590

Nooo, Mike. You’ll get de-flowered D:

gardnaeden May 5, 2014, 6:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #280591

@gardnaeden, that pun of yours is simply majestic :love:

Sambo May 5, 2014, 6:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #280592

I’m seeing some ppl say that Lucy’s gonna be there.
Omfg, if this chapter is suppose to be a transition to a major chapter that will be difficult for the characters, ten outta ten.
I can also see a way that the Lucy the magical cat could slip in this chapter.
But if it’s just Mike getting addicted, then I guess that’s alright.

Pyro May 5, 2014, 6:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #280593

3 players in the next server he’s trying to join? I’m guessing the other three only “had to sleep”. He’ll find them there.

Herada May 5, 2014, 6:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #280594

Okay, to everyone saying Lucy will be on this game, just… Stop. I know Lucy’s been a gamer enough to beat Mike many times before she left, but there’s no guarantee that she’ll be on there just because it’s a game. Just stop getting everyone’s hopes up and crush them later, and wait for the next page please. :nope:

Dudeler May 5, 2014, 6:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #280595

NO mike u idiot, this is how u annoy the **** out of people!!!

June-pay Eeyorey May 5, 2014, 7:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #280596

Maybe Lucy are on the server :D EEEEEEE!!!!! Lucy come back plzz!!

Jane May 5, 2014, 7:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #280597

something sinister is afoot.

GooltheFool May 5, 2014, 7:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #280598

Oh Mike, they’re gonna eat you alive in that server

SOGx-ray May 5, 2014, 7:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #280599

Whoot! All-nighter!

Slight_Enigma May 5, 2014, 7:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #280600

Man Mike’s avatar is so precious! I wish World of Warcraft had a race of adorable flower kitties.

Chuckles May 5, 2014, 8:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #280601

I feel like Lucy’s reintroduction to the story is too important to be relegated to this strip. I think this is going to be about Mike getting addicted to this MMO and possibly loosing touch with reality. Maybe it’ll affect his relationship with Sandy too.

G-Esque May 5, 2014, 8:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #280602

One can only hope something that hilarious would happen @G-Esque.

HelTH May 5, 2014, 9:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #280603

And Mike falls in love online and has a complex with his current girlfriend! Oh god, Internet relationship…

Eveylnn May 5, 2014, 9:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #280604

Yay moar gaming ^-^

SirSynx May 5, 2014, 10:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #280606

Oh no Mike! Don’t give in you precious nerd~!

Prism May 5, 2014, 10:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #280607

Ohoho. Join a random server, why don’t you? How bad could t be? I’m just waiting for everyone to start hitting on Mike. And then, what if he just accepts it rather than try to explain that he’s actually a guy… Oh God, this is gonna be great.

Alaystus May 5, 2014, 10:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #280608

No, Mike! Have self-control! D:

Jupi May 5, 2014, 10:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #280609

This is gonna get real ugly fast LOL :unsure:

H.F. May 5, 2014, 11:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #280610

I bet he’s going to run into Lucy and not even know it :/

Emma May 6, 2014, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #280611

who wants to bet he ends up inadvertently playing in a server with lucy

isabelle May 6, 2014, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #280612

Am I the only one who thinks mikes avatar looks like Lucy??? Like an incredibly cute version of Lucy…

flora May 6, 2014, 12:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #280613

The wait is so perilous! ;_;

Karissa May 6, 2014, 12:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #280614


TarriPup May 6, 2014, 1:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #280616

Imma laugh if Lucys avatar looks like Mike… XD

Lolly May 6, 2014, 2:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #280618

If something weird happens in that server; I will laugh my head off. 8-) Mike be all crazy now. XD

DylanC May 6, 2014, 3:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #280619


Ded May 6, 2014, 4:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #280620

The next page debuts in 17552 hours!

Waffles May 6, 2014, 5:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #280621

@Sly It was really necessary calling me that? Excuuuuuuuuse me princess for my dumbness.

Knux-the-Killer May 6, 2014, 5:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #280622

Imagine he finds Paulo /and/ Lucy in the server.

Oh hawt dayum.

hidden lol May 6, 2014, 5:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #280623

gawd mike you ate at your computer and its the middle of the night and next thing you know your fat and unpopular and sleep deprived and wont have a job and youll be homeless and be begging for food

Koch May 6, 2014, 5:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #280624

That it is.

HongKat May 6, 2014, 6:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #280625

@Koch being a gamer neither turns you fat nor unpopular. Reason is that you where fat/unpopular to begin with and therefore resorted to gaming. In the latter case you are more likely to make new friends and hence find new popularity.
In the first case you are likely to stay fat whatever you do unless you start working out.
beign fat or unpopular is also not a requirement to start gaming, like mike demonstrates.

Zarylo May 6, 2014, 6:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #280630

Sorry, I meant that Mike would get fat since he’s eating in the middle of the night. Food is energy but if you don’t use that energy… well you know what happens.

Koch May 6, 2014, 7:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #280638

tried MMOs before… they’re full of ******** and they are not fun in the least. :/

seriously, out of thousands/millions of people, you find MAYBE one or two decent people playing… and they will most likely betray you at some point.

Thanatos May 6, 2014, 8:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #280639

The face of Mike’s character in panel 3 is almost invisible.
Lack of contrast and outline, or ghost.

And why does it look like their ears are permanently pointed backwards now?

First they started to look like Junior High students again, and now this?

Zephyr May 6, 2014, 8:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #280640

The only thing that I don’t like about this is the wait of a new page ;_; but I still love it!! :love:

rockstarlove May 6, 2014, 8:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #280641

My stupid predictions:

Mike gets player killed by Lucy. (Like no dialogue. Just *kerslashity* )

Mike gets hit on by Paulo’s character. (Ahhh! :D )

Mike gets Diabeetus. (Ahhh! D: )

Mike has an elaborate, carb-induced RPG dream.

Mike stays up all night and plays rpgs with zero repercussions. :P

gardnaeden May 6, 2014, 9:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #280643

Wait, he joined another server? ON AN MMO?!?!


Flame and Star May 6, 2014, 1:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #280644





Theseus May 6, 2014, 1:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #280646

Well, Stacy has officially committed suicide. Good job Mikey, good job! Keep on ruining people’s social lives you twit.

Kanashe May 6, 2014, 3:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #280647

why’s everyone saying he’s gonna meet lucy

if anything he’s going to stumble into an erp server

anon May 6, 2014, 4:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #280648

Because Lucy plays games bro
meaning he could see her there.

Tiny May 6, 2014, 4:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #280649

and so Mike has primed his addiction to MMO’s.

Let’s just hope he never starts stealing money for his friends for just another 30 days

freaquentflyer May 6, 2014, 5:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #280650

Posted image

On a side note, I can’t stop looking at panel 3
Posted image

Sono May 6, 2014, 8:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #280652

Omg omg omg omg omg! I’m so excited. I really hope everyone is right and it will be Lucy playing the game.

This is my guess, which will probably end up being wrong:
Mike will meet a female character (who is Lucy in real life) in this new server and the two will become good friends. As the two become closer friends Mike will start playing the game on a daily basis so they can spend more time together.

Eventually Mike will notice he’s developing a crush on this girl and will freak out because of Sandy. Some drama with Sandy will happen and Mike will meet his new online friend in real life and he’ll find out it’s Lucy. There will be more drama (because Lucy will have no idea it was Mike since he plays a female character). The end.

P'awcrest May 6, 2014, 9:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #280653

Why is everyone saying Lucy will return? I mean seriously, dont you think it has to be at LEAST a volumes worth before she does?

That Weirdo May 6, 2014, 10:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #280655

Oh dear lord in heaven, why do i have a very bad feeling about where this is going? cute female character (played by a noob) about to wander into an anonymous server, that always ends well. Oh well, some lessons are rougher (and more scarring) than others i guess.

oka_nieba May 6, 2014, 11:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #280656


me May 7, 2014, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #280657

…Mike is being unusually cute in this chapter.

A.T. May 7, 2014, 3:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #280658

Wait, it’s a school night right?
Shouldn’t Mike go nite nite now?

Angel May 7, 2014, 8:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #280663

I think Lucy will not be in the next page… too much of a coincidence.

I think that @G-Esque is right, it will be more about Mike getting addicted to MMO and the consequences of that addiction.
Or maybe, the next page will be in school and Mike will simply look tired and everything will be brushed of…

So it’s either :
- Mike is going to get addicted , bad things will happen.
- Mike will go to school tired and, funny things will happen with him and Stacy.
- Mike will go to a server and find Lucy , DRAMA.

Those are the possibilities i think…It’s just my opinion.

A guy May 7, 2014, 10:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #280664

*sees jeff*
Yep, I didn’t need to sleep today. By the way, you’ve met with a terrible fate haven’t you?

Michael May 7, 2014, 11:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #280665

Playing with your friends vs playing with strangers, this cannot end well.

Guys keep in mind that even if Lucy was somehow there, that unlike Mike she is less likely to reveal her real identity especially if she knows Mike’s

Kila May 7, 2014, 11:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #280779

So in games, Mike has a child-like sense of wonder and discovery. … Ah, such a noob.

BladeMaster May 8, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #283839

NEVER join an empty server. It’s ****ing boring

Unknown July 13, 2014, 11:11 AM EST.

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