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Comment ID #279096

First :D

Dat Guy April 11, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

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gardnaeden April 11, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

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Sticks April 11, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #279099

Called it! :D

TheLazyCharmander April 11, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #279100

….stacyxmike action anyone?
So much blush and sweat thingys going on jeez slow down you two.
But really I wonder where this is going…

Gabba April 11, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #279101

Awh… this is adorable, I cant wait to see how this chapter unfolds

Benjamin April 11, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #279102

Yes, that’s Mike.

HongKat April 11, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #279103

Oh god I can see where this is going…

Wheatly April 11, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #279104

lol! would be over the moon if Stacy doesn’t even have affections for him and mikes goes all “you don’t?!!! why don’t you?!” bat crazy. I would die laughing!

Eko April 11, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #279105

Uh oh o.o

Shani96 April 11, 2014, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #279106

The awkwardness is delicious.

Zott April 11, 2014, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #279107

Hmmm…curioser and curioser…i am interested in how this will develope. I get the feeling this is going to be more a backstory chapter for sue, but there are 13 pages still to come so who knows?

Just a Fan April 11, 2014, 1:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #279108

Awww. This is so cute. Adorable. :)

I guess people should be now happy since Taeshi has now said that Lucy is inevitably returning.

Hey. Mike. I also like to walk home. And also to the school. Hell, I just generally like walking. 8-D

Jonas97face April 11, 2014, 1:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #279109

Not you too Stacy D:

QuietlyThundering April 11, 2014, 1:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #279110

i ship it

yesgood April 11, 2014, 1:11 PM EST.

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Nicole April 11, 2014, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #279112

Awwwwwww nervous study nerds are cute!

Blue fox April 11, 2014, 1:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #279113

It’s really hard to find an empty space in a school bus, isn’t it ? :P Stracy will probably pull out of this awkward, yet sweet situation by talking about school, and stuff, I guess ? ( Well, it’s what I usually do :P )

Miralcl April 11, 2014, 1:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #279114

Amusingly awkward.

starfighter105 April 11, 2014, 1:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #279115

I think Mike just has a bow fetish.

Ventus April 11, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #279116

wow stacy is drawn so well! (mike too, but he has less colors, so it’s less evident)

boh... April 11, 2014, 1:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #279117

Stacy, i meant stacy! I swear!! Wh…what are you doing fans? no… Please, im sorry, it was just a typo, i didnt mean t-AAAAAAAAGH.

Just a Fan April 11, 2014, 1:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #279118

I’m quite curious where this arc will go.

Damonashu April 11, 2014, 1:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #279120

I like that the seats in the bus and the background is faded or a dull color to make the Mike and Stacy stand out.

June-pay Eeyorey April 11, 2014, 1:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #279121

Stacy’s mom has got it going on…

MobileCrusader April 11, 2014, 1:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #279122

There have been some interesting study pairings for Mike.

Keyblade Dragon April 11, 2014, 1:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #279123

wow, we havn´t had that much awkwardness for a long time o.o xD

Tails April 11, 2014, 1:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #279124

I have a good feeling about this chapter.
I mean, let’s be honest here. Stacy has barely appeared anywhere. Like. Ever. She’s just mentioned in some panels here and there. She never has any lines, never does anything. In that “new beginnings” chapter you see her talking to Mike, but it feels rather forced, as if they were desperately trying to make her a thing that matters, but also failing, for you see no significant trace of her until now.
This is a nice chance to make her become a thing for real. Now that we can focus more on the secondary characters, she at least has a slim chance to shine and we can all stop pretending she was there the whole time. Maybe in Taeshi’s head she was, but not on the reader’s. I’ve always wondered who the hell that strange cat was in the “about” page, I didn’t see her anywhere else.
It’s time to stop faking.
Let’s make Stacy happen.

Somewhat April 11, 2014, 1:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #279125

Amg! This is just adorable! #^_^# And I just the style! :D I’m an artist too, but I still need practice.. :P

ZiZi_Fox April 11, 2014, 1:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #279126

“Anything that breathes let’s ship dat!”
Wow guys. Keep nailing, you’re amusing.

Knux-the-Killer April 11, 2014, 1:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #279127

I get the feeling Taeshi is a dirty liar… But MikexLucy is Suitcase’s favorite, it has to happen!

modulusshift April 11, 2014, 1:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #279128

ok who cares about mike x sandy anymore MIKE X STACY ALL THE WAY

Dragobir April 11, 2014, 2:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #279129

@ventus. Damn, it does look he’s staring at the bow, doesn’t it? Good point.

Justanotheranon April 11, 2014, 2:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #279130

Stacy: I’m a little leery of you and your problems…

Huh? April 11, 2014, 2:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #279131

Oh no please don’t add another corner to the Love Dodecahedron

$adiq April 11, 2014, 2:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #279132

Oh, a guy and a girl are interacting? Must be romantic tension.

Zott April 11, 2014, 2:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #279133

O no! Stacy, not you too!

I wonder if Stacy knows that Mike is already taken…

:unsure: - :love:

__noname__ April 11, 2014, 2:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #279134

@ Somewhat

Stacy has actually been in the background of the comic pretty often and really early on. It’s obvious she’s another girl with affections for Mike but obviously gets shoved out of the picture because of the circle of friends they had going. I’m pretty sure you can see him talking to her during Pillow Talk as well but that might have been another girl

Another Anon April 11, 2014, 2:45 PM EST.

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Maybe she’s the one that thinks of mike in the shower ^_^

fheer21 April 11, 2014, 2:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #279136

“Two (or more) characters are acting nervously in each others proximity.

The logic (oxymoron) of shippers summarized.

Lister April 11, 2014, 3:02 PM EST.

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please no crushing

Phillip April 11, 2014, 3:02 PM EST.

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:unsure: - :D
I have no idea what I’m trying to prove

BladeMaster April 11, 2014, 3:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #279139

lol, you kids better do your freakin’ homework.

Blank On Purpose April 11, 2014, 3:24 PM EST.

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BladeMaster April 11, 2014, 3:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #279141

@Eko and then wherever our beloved Lucy is, she perks up and is like, “Oh ****, drama without me? And I have a feeling Mike got an appropriate ***-whoopin’ for being sucha jerk-face to me. Hmph”

iceberganalogy101 April 11, 2014, 3:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #279143

Aw, it wasn’t Amaya.
…. Who is this girl IID

FreeFallingUp April 11, 2014, 4:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #279144

It’s rather cute because Stacy had a crush on Mike since forever.

Waldo April 11, 2014, 4:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #279145

NO. *whaps Mike’s face with a newspaper* BAD MIKIE. SANDY. LUCY.NO.

TheScarletTailedFox April 11, 2014, 5:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #279146

They’re already so cute. I prefer them over Mike and Sandy any day.

Eliza April 11, 2014, 5:23 PM EST.

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alpaca April 11, 2014, 5:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #279148

Stacy X Bus Driver OTP

gardnaeden April 11, 2014, 6:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #279149

Great, now fans are hating Sandy. What is this world coming to? :nope:

Flamessnake April 11, 2014, 6:21 PM EST.

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Warning: incoming storm up head.

Pyro April 11, 2014, 6:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #279152

Son of a BITCH! I was hoping mike wasn’t going to be in this one.

lov/hate/hurt April 11, 2014, 6:29 PM EST.

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Son of a BITCH! Man I was hoping mike wasn’t going to be in this one.

lov/hate/hurt April 11, 2014, 6:31 PM EST.

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Anon-Anon April 11, 2014, 6:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #279158

So wait, that was Katie, Stacy’s alleged “best friend” that called her a loser a page ago? Great friend..

So guys I know we’re just itching for some stuff to go down between these two but I highly doubt it. Stacy’s 15.

ScotchNovel April 11, 2014, 7:57 PM EST.

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Mike, I hope fate will be kind enough to at least let you see the drama storm coming first. I hope he doesn’t become another Danny (if yall get the reference).

Gate-senpai April 11, 2014, 8:11 PM EST.

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Mcturtle April 11, 2014, 8:49 PM EST.

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why am i suddenly reminded of those doujinshi that involve “special” relationships between a brother and sister…

…where are you going with this, veronica? :/

Thanatos April 11, 2014, 9:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #279163

Silly shippers.
We all know Mike would rather go after Stacy’s mom.

Nibble April 11, 2014, 9:07 PM EST.

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I love everyone’s eagerness to ship lol

Also, Thanatos, they aren’t related? o_O

Hunnikitty April 11, 2014, 9:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #279165

Stacy : The new Lucy @ Sandy?

Burit April 11, 2014, 10:55 PM EST.

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Wow… People are NOT writing novels in the comments for once.

Maith1 April 11, 2014, 11:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #279167

HE LOOKED AT HER BOW. That is all.

Gglo April 11, 2014, 11:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #279168

Stacy isn’t a new or unknown character. She’s been in the comic nearly since the beginning. Since the black-and-white lined-paper days. Also it was established she was in love with Mike ages ago when she sent him an anonymous love letter. This is not news.

NtG April 11, 2014, 11:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #279169

She still Likes Mike. is this gonna be another one of those “I Like you but i’m already seeing someone” story arcs?

Felix April 11, 2014, 11:55 PM EST.

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@Somewhat I think it’s interesting people have that opinion of Stacy; I remember her from old comics and she’s genuinely always been one of my favourite side characters (her and Amaya). And yeah like many girls I seem to recall she has a little thing for Mike.

It’ll be nice when more of Lucy’s story is shown, but I’ve been happily surprised by how well the comic holds up without my favourite character around. Like I had my doubts initially but then it was addressed while still having other neat plots going on so I think it worked ^^

Ket April 12, 2014, 12:08 AM EST.

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Mike X Everyone
Mike’s a ****.
Jesus Mike get your mind out of the gutter.

Asdf April 12, 2014, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #279173

Nice to see Stacy show up.
Mike, try not to add her to your relationship cluster-f**k.

Tuxedo Knux April 12, 2014, 12:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #279174

I’m excited for Lucy to come back. I connect with her as a character and so I kinda miss having that someone I really relate to.

Also, I need more Paulo x Lucy. So cute. :love:

kimmie April 12, 2014, 1:00 AM EST.

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And then Mike discovered that Stacy tried to invite him to the 8th grade dance with poetry. But really, this chapter is really peaking my interest.

Vanvoltra April 12, 2014, 1:40 AM EST.

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;) I bond so well with Augustus… We both hate society and just want to be happy, despite what people think about us. Hm… Stacy would be good for Augustus… He needs a smart girl in his life that can distract him from daisy.

Damian April 12, 2014, 3:23 AM EST.

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omg, terrible cliffhanger D:

Subaru April 12, 2014, 3:41 AM EST.

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I forget who Stacy is. :\

I'll Eat Yourself April 12, 2014, 4:41 AM EST.

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Careful, you’re gonna end up cutting yourself on that edge of yours.

Lortnoc April 12, 2014, 5:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #279181

Many are relating to characters. Hmm. I would mostly relate my self to Sue. I try to stay out of drama (except in 8th grade :unsure: ). However I can also relate myself to Mike since I’ve made a lot of mistakes and hurt a lot of people. Those people may have forgotten it, but I haven’t ._.. I also can relate a little bit to Lucy with her temper. I can get a little hostile to people irl. Not to strangers though, like here in the comment section. But yeah… I relate myself mostly to Sue since I try to stay out of drama, I do my homework pretty well and I’m doing great in school.

Edit: I also can relate myself with Amaya with her quietness. Sometimes I can go through a whole schoolday without saying a single word. :x

Jonas97face April 12, 2014, 5:27 AM EST.

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I think Stacy and Mike are the sweetest : D They are both polite and smart.

RIP Friedhelm April 12, 2014, 6:42 AM EST.

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Stacy’s outfit is super cute.

Rabbot April 12, 2014, 11:28 AM EST.

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@ MobileCrusader awwwwww yea I hope we get to see stacys mom! Since mike usually walks home and is going with stacy on the bus that would be a good bet. I hope stacy mentions something to mike about how much a bitch of a friend katie is and mike tells her she should loss that bitch of a friend. Or maybe since they do some studying together they will get that love tension working together thing and it will be really super cute and awkward. The name of the chapter Local Area would suggest the cute awkwardness of close studying I think. Or mean the opposite and stacy lives like really really far away so it is going to be a looooong bus ride of close quarter cute awkwardness. I’m very much already really loving this chapter.

Blue fox April 12, 2014, 12:47 PM EST.

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Oh yeah… Now I remember that now. I completely forgot everything about Stacy except that she’s just some random background character that has hardly been talked about in ages.

HelTH April 12, 2014, 1:18 PM EST.

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Over 9000 awkward

7 April 12, 2014, 2:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #279188

Oh yeah that makes sense, maybe we really will see some of the surrounding places around Roseville (Stacy propably lives in a little town next to Roseville or in a outer district of the city )

Tails April 12, 2014, 3:13 PM EST.

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Where are Lucy?!

nobody specific April 12, 2014, 3:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #279190

I want look Lucy again ;_;

Jane April 12, 2014, 3:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #279191

Awkward silence? And someone totally called that it was gonna be Mike!

HunterKiotori April 12, 2014, 6:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #279193

When is this less than …um…let’s just say interesting new art style going to go back to the digital art style? I’m sorry to say, I enjoy the comic….but this new ….style is a major eye-sore…literally. I’m not saying this to be mean either but the characters and the lines look really blobby so it’s hard to make stuff out now =( I really don’t think it works well for the comic at all. The digital art was amazing, definitely awesome and is what brought me to this comic in the first place…but this is…not……just not a good look for it….Please go back to digital style! The digital style was the best!!

Jsocks April 13, 2014, 6:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #279194

@Jsocks While I love this art style, I do agree that digital was the best

TheLazyCharmander April 13, 2014, 11:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #279195

D’aww, theys bein’ awkwards.

GooltheFool April 13, 2014, 1:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #279196

I just remembered this, even though is not related with :unsure: x :love: but with 8-) x :love:


Ciffy April 13, 2014, 1:50 PM EST.

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Stacy’s Mom, has got it going on. Ba da dum, Stacy’s mom has got it going on.

And furthermore, Mike is such a massive cheater to his girlfriend. At the end of the day it’s disrespectful to do one-on-one activities with girls in situations that can be romantically compromising (homes/movies/dinners/hiking etc). Or with girls you KNOW like you. (Cough: Daisy, Lucy, and possibly Stacy)

Especially when your girl is miles away and will never know. If he wanted to study he should do so in a public setting if he wants to be a respectful guy to Sandy. That way it is obvious that his intentions are strictly for school and the girl is aware of this fact. The fact that Mike is always happy to blur those lines with date activities then be frustrated/abusive to the girls that end up liking him shows what a ego-centric ****er he is.

I take it they are studying at her place right? Studying? Is that what we call it these days? Sure Mike. *******. Mad Lucy

Lickit&Stickit April 13, 2014, 6:34 PM EST.

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I’m so excited for this chapter! Plleeaaaseee let Stacy be a huge nerd with Mike!!

Lolly April 14, 2014, 1:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #279205

Way to dampen things down here :/

When you say outer district of the town, do you mean the other side of the town? I guess that would make sense since she is taking the bus. :D

Jonas97face April 14, 2014, 4:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #279207

Here’s the thing, Mike always have LUCY as his study partner… I’m sensing that Mike will have one of those reminiscence feeling with a new partner (who may remind him/do comparisons of Lucy)

Petrotasia April 14, 2014, 9:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #279208

Uhm yeah, i think that is what i meant^^

Tails April 14, 2014, 10:53 AM EST.

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@Jonas97face @tails: I think Tails more means how sometimes there are suburbs to bigger cities, which aren’t actually part of the city themselves. It’s not “the other side of town”, it’s “out of town”, but still close enough to be in the school district.

daft_inquisitor April 16, 2014, 7:57 AM EST.

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“(also you should very much be 18+ for the comic lol)”

So now it’s wrong? I learn swearing words around age 13 in my days

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