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Veronica: god mike don’t you know anything

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Comment ID #280008

Ok… I do not like this kind of games… So confusing…

HongKat April 25, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #280009


Nicole April 25, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #280010

God, Mike. get with the program! :P

gardnaeden April 25, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #280011


Jkjkjk April 25, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #280012

How creative… And cute. x3

Michael H. April 25, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #280013

wow mike ur such a n00b

Dragobir April 25, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #280014

This is my new favorite page <3

Tickled April 25, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #280015

im gonna enjoy seeing abbey “in character”

ChimeraDitto April 25, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #280016

Whoo, World of CatCraft!

Chibidrow April 25, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #280017


TheLazyCharmander April 25, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #280018

Haha lol.

Woah Stacy. Your kinda strict XD
So others play with Stacy. Nice. And people that we know. :D

You really just want to be first don’t you? :/

Jonas97face April 25, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #280019

Stacy’s awesome

MissShellGiraffe April 25, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #280020

Oh Mike, you still have a lot to learn, young padawan^^

Tails April 25, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #280021

I would like to play that game hueheu

Spitbug April 25, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #280022

I’m looking forward to BCB the MMO drama.

Inb4 Lucy and/or Sandy plays this game.

Spradic Zoom April 25, 2014, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #280023

I’m looking forward to BCB the MMO drama.

Inb4 Lucy and/or Sandy plays this game.

Edit: sorry repeat.

Spradic Zoom April 25, 2014, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #280024

Oh, wait wait wait! It IS WoW! Yes! I want on this server.

Alaystus April 25, 2014, 1:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #280025

Was not expecting Sue to play that type of game.

KermitTheRed April 25, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #280026

Yeah Mike, geez!

Otoribashi April 25, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #280027

This chapter keeps getting better and better. 8-D

Benjamin April 25, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #280028

This is a serious server Mike, it does not need your random hellos to destroy the seriousness.

Moogle April 25, 2014, 1:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #280029

I’m calling it now: Lucy plays the game too

Roler42 April 25, 2014, 1:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #280030

So much of Lucy returning “in two pages” huh :smirk: I wouldn’t have thought that cats like Abbey play this too, would be interesting if Lucy plays this game after all as well since she does have a pc but I don’t think he would recognize her. Its just odd Mike sounds like a noob since he is a big gamer himself :P Its really nice of Stacy to let him try out the game though…. aren’t they supposed to study? This game session gotta have a good reason to be included in the story :/

EvilKitty3 April 25, 2014, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #280031

For those still on that Lucy craze, maybe she does play this game but THIS IS SEWIOUS and she’ll be in character. Nobody will ever know :O

TBlackfeet April 25, 2014, 1:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #280032

One does not simply say hello on a RP server.

Keyblade Dragon April 25, 2014, 1:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #280033

So what I was saying a few pages back could be true, but they wouldn’t know because in character! (I said she may be playing with Lucy)

~~ April 25, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #280034

Basic MMO rules, Mike. Don’t tell others who you are, even if you know them irl

Sono April 25, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #280035

It would be cool if Lucy did play the game. If this is what Taeshi had in mind about reuniting Mike and Lucy then that would be an interesting twist.

Keyblade Dragon April 25, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #280036

Panel 8 Mike, the sheer joy on this face, it’s beautiful. :D
I think I’m in with the crowd who’s expecting an orc with a pink bow to show up any minute now…
I sympathise with Stacy though; I’m the type whose character won’t shut up when it comes to roleplaying. At least I make a convincing bard in my current group. :I

MigBird April 25, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #280037

yes I am thoroughly enjoying this right now.

Gabba April 25, 2014, 1:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #280038

So if they’re all in character, Amaya doesn’t chat.

kdebones April 25, 2014, 1:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #280039

I know these worlds that she refers to. Those are the worst.

Shiloh April 25, 2014, 1:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #280040

So I see this study session is going where all the other study sessions go when Mike is involved. Off the rails.

Ravako April 25, 2014, 1:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #280041

Huh…I’m a bit confused right now as I’m not familiar with online videogames. Anyone can explain to me?
I mean, it’s some sort of rpg using characters created by the user and then interact with others somehow?

Knux-the-Killer April 25, 2014, 1:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #280042

Roleplay server!
Roleplaying is serious business Mike, watch yourself!

Insanitybreach April 25, 2014, 1:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #280043

even in character you kinda have to say hello at some point…right? I do not play online games icly usually

Kila April 25, 2014, 1:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #280044

If you’re new to online gaming, the first rule is to never disclose your real identity.

Otter guy April 25, 2014, 1:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #280045

yey, wow rp! you can break character when you use /P or /g most of the time though, but when using the /s or /y chat you should be in character all the time.
i myself rp an infected mossflayer troll, i’m neutral to most races except for elves… and gnomes.

lokrohk April 25, 2014, 1:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #280046

Wait a minute… Night Elves and Taurins? A popular game in 2007? The main hub screen? Holy ****… It’s World of Warcraft

Rocky April 25, 2014, 1:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #280047

@Knux-the-Killer, yes, that sounds about right. It looks like an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game), which means you’d create an avatar to represent yourself, and go adventuring in the same space as lots of other people (connected by the internet). It’s like a classic rpg in that you level up, get items, and so on, but you’re doing it with a bunch of other real people.

I love this arc, it’s really fresh. I’m guessing Amaya’s on the right, Sue on the left and Abbey in the middle?

Mike and Stacy best buds 5ever

Ket April 25, 2014, 1:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #280048

Want to bet there’s a *really* weird but inventive race in the game called “human”?

Chronos April 25, 2014, 1:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #280049

Lucy won’t play ‘cause she broke her computer a wile ago ( she probably bought a new one ). Sue playing these kind of game, pretty surprising. But there a meant to work. Jeez, teenagers get easily distracted.

Miralcl April 25, 2014, 1:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #280050

Abbeys on it? Somebody tell Paulo! And Daisy too I suppose. Though if its a new character how did it spontaneously encounter a party containing Severwl other players, who dissent attack on sight? Also what FTP games allow multiple accounts?

Misanthrope April 25, 2014, 2:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #280051

And that was the story of why Stacy failed her history test!

Huh? April 25, 2014, 2:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #280052

I need to make Fanart of Abbey, Amaya and Stacy cosplaying

Lolly April 25, 2014, 2:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #280053

World of Warcats?

Canek April 25, 2014, 2:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #280054

ahahaaa i can relate to much to stacy right now. i get really nervous and jittery whenever somebody else (especially family) snoops in on or sees my online stuff…AND THEN THEY START ASKING QUESTIONS

on another note i like the little break from drama and shenanigans this chapter is taking. or at least i THINK so

Landy April 25, 2014, 2:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #280055

Mike equipped his +1 scarf, so I’m assuming time’s elapsed after the previous page.


gardnaeden April 25, 2014, 2:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #280056

Love Mikes expressions on this one. Especially Panel 8. He looks like a little kid on Christmas Morning. I think we’ve found his hidden passion.

Silver April 25, 2014, 2:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #280057


SmokeSkid April 25, 2014, 2:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #280058

I usually read Taeshi’s authors notes, but where exactly did it say that Lucy would be returning in two more pages?

Damonashu April 25, 2014, 2:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #280059

“So…do you make up stories with the NPCS?”
“Some kids at school…”

How the heck does that answer the question? Some kids at school what? Is she simply saying some kids at school play the game, or is she saying that some of the kids make up stories with the NPCs? (Otherwise, why would she be answering a question about NPCs with a mention of player characters?) If so she should have said “Some kids at school DO…”, otherwise it doesn’t make much sense as a response.

Also for some reason the speech tail seems to be coming from Mike, and I almost believed he was the one that was carrying on the conversation with “some kids at school…” but then he’s saying a surprised, “What?!” which doesn’t make sense if he said the prior sentence…

….man, just…make your script a little clearer.

Macca April 25, 2014, 2:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #280060

Suitcase said this a few pages ago, though I would think by now people would know not to take him seriously when he gives OBVIOUS SPOILERSSS

TBlackfeet April 25, 2014, 2:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #280061

Aw, I guess it’s not FFXIV after all. The map two or so pages ago looked like it a lot, but there aren’t any horned playable characters like that in XIV, only cat people. Oh well.

Loving this arc and Stacy, though.

N April 25, 2014, 3:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #280062

@Macca She is saying she makes up stories with some kids at school. They’re on a roleplaying server. It’s actually very clear if you take the last panel into account, but the point is that she doesn’t play alone and her party is from Roseville High.

MigBird April 25, 2014, 3:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #280063

Why does everyone think Lucy might appear?
Yeah, it’d be cool if she did, but really, think about it.
Her room was totally empty the last time we saw it, she seemed so emotionless, too, so how could she be playing MMORGs?? It just seems unrealistic at this point.

Ughh, but then again I’m still really confused. I don’t know. This comic is too much. I’m not strong enough for this. I just want Lucy back. ;_;

JustSomeone April 25, 2014, 3:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #280064

Hell Yeah Amaya!

Tcj333 April 25, 2014, 3:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #280065

The latter faces at the end. So much smiling Mike. 8-D

Puerto April 25, 2014, 3:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #280066

Hmmm… why don’t I believe Stacy….

mikedawn April 25, 2014, 3:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #280067

Yea, Mike. This is SERIOUS. Keep up with the times. XD

TheScarletTailedFox April 25, 2014, 3:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #280068

It will be awesome to see them playing the game together and seeing what happens next. The fact that some of Mike’s friends are also playing the game, and currently online right now, will be interesting.

As for Lucy playing this game too and possibly showing up this chapter I’m not so sure about that. We have no idea what her current condition is so chances of her showing up within the game seems kind of slim to me. But you never know. If she does end up showing it would be a big shock.

K April 25, 2014, 3:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #280069

Wow, Stacy kind of have a nice rack! Go for it Mike! (naw, JK)

I bet all my money that in the instant that everyone sees Mike coming up to the server, they all will awkwardly log out. And then Mike will fall in another depression about how his friends don’t appreciate him

Deslio April 25, 2014, 4:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #280070

:x nerd :/ nerd Furious Abbey nerd :love: nerd :unsure: nerd. im not surprised sue and Amaya play online games. abbey seems like he would act like Stacy if any one found out. mike looks so happy because he thought he was going to be all like HAY SUE, AMAYA , ABBEY its me mike from school. and stacy shot him down. no mike that’s not how you play. mike was in a play though so he can act so he should be fine now that he knows not to break character. that important reading stuff can wait. There’s questing to do! im curios to see what there characters look like.

Blue fox April 25, 2014, 4:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #280071

Lol panel 9. It looks like as if Stacy shrunk. Both she and her clothes

One looks like a Night Elf, one looks like a purple Tauren and then there is one who looks like he’s half goat half dog or something (goat face but has a dog tail). The last one looks like a cat.

I’m guessing that Abbey is the Night Elf (big ears, get it). He might as well be the Tauren but I’m gonna stick with the Night Elf (if those players that are currently shown are supposed to be Amaya, Sue and Abbey).

Edit: Mike will probably complete few missions and find them fun. He’ll probably get hooked on the game

Jonas97face April 25, 2014, 4:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #280072

what if they mes lucy in the game lol

shotashifter April 25, 2014, 4:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #280073

ok roleplay fangirl appear…
I mean I am a dungeon master in some D&D games of mine… But inside a videogame things can be a little bit less ankward maybe? D:

Othoniel April 25, 2014, 4:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #280074

It took me a while to figure out what was supposed to be happening in Panel 4 with the word balloon placement and directions. Made me think I was reading the page in the wrong order for a bit there with the next few panels.

Lainy April 25, 2014, 4:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #280075

Calling it, Amaya speaks only in emoticons. :D
Oh gosh, if Sandy wasn’t so busy/obsessed with Mike, I’d bet she’d be on here… But more scarily/plausibly, Lucy might. What if Mike’s character gets in a romance with Lucy’s without either knowing? Serious server and such. :) oh man, there’s so many possible plot points here. I can’t tell how serious Taeshi wants to be about it, though…

modulusshift April 25, 2014, 5:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #280076

I think the wording on this is sort of confusing. Mike asks about if she makes up stories with the NPCs, and then Stacy says ‘some kids at school.’ I’m interpreting this as “I make up stories about people at school using the NPCs as placeholders for them” Which I think anyone can relate to that with games. But then she goes on to say that they’re in an RP server so…are Sue Amaya and co actually playing the game or what? It’s written very poorly..

Another Anon April 25, 2014, 5:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #280078

@Blue fox
Honestly i was rather surprised that Sue plays it too :o

Tails April 25, 2014, 5:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #280079

I agree that I wish Lucy would be back. She’s my favorite character.
It would be pretty cool if she actually played this game. I can only hope.

P'awcrest April 25, 2014, 6:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #280080

She probably only makes nods or smiley faces. Or just some few dots ……………

Maybe a question mark ?


Wow that is actually makes a lot of sense that Mike would get into romantic thingy with Lucy’s character (if she was playing). But then again I doubt he would do that since he would be being unfaithful towards Sandy (not really, but trying to say it from Mikes point of view). That’s just to bad ._.

MikeXLucy FTW :love:

Edit: Also. I doubt that Lucy will be showing up since it would be a major event and there are only a few pages left. Sorry people :(

Jonas97face April 25, 2014, 6:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #280081

I really love the colors in this chapter

Knuc April 25, 2014, 6:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #280082

‘This is a serious server where we remain in CHARACTER’
Amaya: ……

BladeMaster April 25, 2014, 6:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #280083

Is Stacy bipolar or what??? XD

Gate-senpai April 25, 2014, 6:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #280084

@Rocky *Warcats

BladeMaster April 25, 2014, 6:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #280085

“Remain in character.” I have never had strict rules like that when I’m playing Smite.

Waffles April 25, 2014, 6:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #280086


Mcturtle April 25, 2014, 7:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #280087

I bet Amaya is a assaian. As silent as her voice.

Blue fox April 25, 2014, 7:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #280088

And then Mike decided to give Stacy the middle finger as he high-jacked her computer to play video games instead of studying.

Nightshade April 25, 2014, 7:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #280089

@Blue fox
omg yeah :D

Tails April 25, 2014, 7:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #280090

ugh they’re just so CUTE i ship them so much and want them to be a thing

Bleh April 25, 2014, 8:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #280091

Something’s really off with the dialog on this page. Very clunky and makes it feel like there’s a page that should have come between Wednesday’s page and today’s page. It just sounds wrong, and I wish I could refine my criticism to actually be more helpful and not just sound nitpicky.

gardnaeden April 25, 2014, 8:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #280092

Videos games are serious business, no joke. Jeez Mike, get with the program :P

Lokiallen April 25, 2014, 8:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #280093

hahahahahaa She sounds just like my Brother xD 8-D

Zero_Hnd April 25, 2014, 8:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #280095

who is this girl i want lucy… everybody loves lucy

tortured fangirl April 25, 2014, 8:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #280096

@tortured fangirl
Calm down.

Calm Yer ****, Asshat April 25, 2014, 8:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #280097

Stacy is my new fav character :D

RIP Friedhelm April 25, 2014, 9:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #280098

Dialogue seems wonderfully natural to me! But it probably only makes sense to Australians.

Nobody has guessed the game Veronica drew from. It’s not a perfect recreation, for what it’s worth. But it was around in 2008.

SuitCase April 25, 2014, 9:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #280100


…You know nothing, Mike. ~Famous adapted proverb

TarriPup April 25, 2014, 9:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #280101

(It physically hurt to type.)

Trubeque April 25, 2014, 9:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #280102

@gardnaeden: I don’t think it read clunky. The major only thing I would change is the order of the panels between #4 through #7. I would change the dialogue in panel 4 though, specifically the line “Some kids at school” feels a bit out of place….

But of course other than that, I like the direction of this chapter so far. Can’t wait for the next page.

H.F. April 25, 2014, 9:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #280103

Thanks for making my eyes bleed and fall out of my sockets.

thedrpalmer April 25, 2014, 9:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #280104

@suitcase Is it LOTRO? That’s what first came to mind when I saw page 6.

Ramzin April 25, 2014, 10:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #280105

This is the best page in all of BCB. For all time. The absolute best. I want to play this game now lol

KitsuneHonor April 25, 2014, 10:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #280106

Seeing the Toons, the only thing I can think of (minus WoW) is Guild Wars.

Termania April 25, 2014, 11:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #280107

Am i the only one who still cries when the “who’s that” picture shows lucy? ;_;

Just a fan April 25, 2014, 11:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #280108

And so it begins.

STOTANS April 25, 2014, 11:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #280109

It seems natural to me as well, save the random scream but that kinda reaction comes with the territory of drama. The kind of slow embarrassment around someone being supportive and excited is pretty natural and a very interesting thing to see in the comic.

Congrats on the faces to, other than the one on panel 5(invisible mouth, though I don’t know if thats intention or not) the rest looks excellent and expressive, good work.

Michael April 26, 2014, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #280110

Loving that Stacy and them are MMO RPers, as one myself I have had many an awkward situation where people I know IRL see me playing and are trying to figure out what I’m doing. Than proceed to call me a nerd. XD

Isqi April 26, 2014, 12:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #280111

This kinda sounds dumb but where is lucy? I kinda didn’t read it for a while to let the pages build up so I have something to read. But she was my favorite and I’m confused ._.

AirWrecka April 26, 2014, 1:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #280113

Oh God…
It’s too real.
It’s crossing over into my life now. XD

WellAlright April 26, 2014, 2:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #280114

OMG I have never heard of anyone doing this! Though I guess it’s because I don’t play mmo’s or the like. :c It sounds like that would be super fun to do. I would love to try it sometime. xD

ButterscottchFairyTale April 26, 2014, 2:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #280115

@AirWrecka: *After the chapter December, Lucy became depressed.
*After the play, it has been implied that Lucy tried to kill herself due to her being in the hospital.
*She was to be released in a week.
*Her father was stated as going to collect her so it can be assumed that Lucy was moving in with her father.
*Lucy has not been seen by anyone since, so it can be assumed that she is still there and has likely started school there.

Moogle April 26, 2014, 5:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #280116

You’re assuming Lucy’s parents are divorced.
They’re not.
He’s just not working a ordinary clock-punching daytime job.

Monty April 26, 2014, 6:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #280117

DUDE, Sue’s an MMO gamer?

Why Taeshi? Why must you continue to add more reasons why Sue is best character?

ScotchNovel April 26, 2014, 8:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #280118

Oh boy oh boy.
MMO hipsters.

SnottyNova April 26, 2014, 8:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #280119

@Termania You got it!

SuitCase April 26, 2014, 10:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #280120

Amaya is the silent protagonist.

gardnaeden April 26, 2014, 10:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #280122

This reminds me of my school in New Zealand, seriously, the most unexpected people turn out to be gamers!

Partizani April 26, 2014, 12:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #280123

I get it. Everyone in Mikes group of friends (the local area) plays the same mmorpg. what a bunch of nerd.

June-pay Eeyorey April 26, 2014, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #280124

@ Suitcase

It may sound natural to you and some others but when a lot of people are saying they’re confused, something went wrong (even if part of it is due to bad readership, there’s still something causing them to think things are unclear). The transition between panel 3 and 4 I think is the confusing part. I think some simple changes could convey better what exactly is going on, such as if she means she has a party consisting of kids from school, her answer might have made more sense if it were “Ah, no, I play with some kids from school..” instead of what we got which was “do you pretend the NPCs are people?” “some kids from school.” I mean really, what is that supposed to mean? I took it as “I pretend the NPCs are kids from school” but then she goes onto talk about being in an RP server. The resulting confusion for us readers I think is pretty understandable. I hate to nitpick too but these are easy to fix things that provide a lot more clarity instead of just saying “well we understand it just fine” It doesn’t matter if you do (of course you do, you guys wrote the thing), your readers need to.

Another Anon April 26, 2014, 2:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #280125

The line reads pretty clearly as embarrassed mumbling to me! It’s even visually distinct as smaller than Mike’s speech.

I’ve always felt like I should stand my ground with choices like this. Even when I write straight prose I’m prone to emulate actual speech patterns which my proofreaders unhelpfully criticise as ungrammatical. And I’m not alone. Most contemporary (prose) fiction makes good use of ellipses in speech, disjointed sentences and ungrammatical sentence construction in order to subtly convey a tone.

I think most readers are used to more Declarative! Clear! Enunciations Of What Is Wrong Right Now! and that’s a pity. I think the more you read this kind of thing the more you pick up on how it works, though, and so if BCB can contribute to the canon of works that flout language conventions so as to appear more realistic, I am all for weathering the criticism from those who don’t get it just yet.

SuitCase April 26, 2014, 2:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #280126

in a language which has about 3billion speakers, only austrilians would get it? :question:
am i the only one who thinks BCB has gone down lately?
Please, if you need a break, just say so. i would rather wait two or three months of not comics if it meant that the next post would be as good it used to be in the good ol’ days. wheter in pencil, monochrome, or black and white blobs when it felt like you enjoyed drawing it. now, it feels like this is an actual ‘chore’ to do, and that suitcase is just picking up the slack.
i dont know why i feel like that bcb is less than it was…the new art style? lucy gone? less realistic proportions? endless excuses tweeted by suitcase?
i miss the times when you would comment here, and enage us. i miss your author’s commentary being longer. i miss not having to go to worry about my comments being deleted for being too harsh or something like that. when the worst that would happen in the comment scene are ppl running for first.
i know this will be delted, but it was worth a try to try and talk to you tashei.

Waldo April 26, 2014, 3:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #280127

Oh. My. God. Stacey, where have you been all my life? That last panel and that line makes you my baby. I cannot, for the life of me, find a gamer girl where I am and Stacey is like my female counterpart.
Most people treats video games like they’re a joke, unimportant, or a shame, but Stacey…”This is a serious server where we remain in character”.
My God, that is probably the hottest thing I’ve ever heard a girl say. Stacey, we should definitely get online later mess up some bad guys and grab their loot 8-)

Blank On Purpose April 26, 2014, 3:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #280128

Waldo, it’s so hard to respond to comments like that which are vaguely negative without specifying anything at all. Do I spend a half-hour writing a wall of text guessing at your problems and end up looking defensive? Do I ignore it and let misguided BCB fans pile onto you? I think you need to think harder about how anyone can respond to comments in a way that’s constructive.

If you feel strongly about this chapter or BCB or the art or whatever, I’d suggest that you join the chat room. See the link for it? It’s much easier for a back-and-forth discussion to occur there than here.

SuitCase April 26, 2014, 4:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #280129

thanks @SuitCase. it really helped. it anyone confused head on down to the chatroom. you dont have to provide an email, and as long as you keep civil conversations make a whole lot more sense to you
Find Waldo ova here :-*

Waldo April 26, 2014, 6:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #280130

Mike, mike…you’re not good at this RP stuff, are ya? XD

Chocothunda April 26, 2014, 9:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #280131

Going over to someone’s house to study, but end up playing video games. Been there.

steelCOYOTE April 26, 2014, 9:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #280132


Feels like there isn’t any Arch at all right now, feels more like we are bouncing from character to character in hope of finding an new leading character. Lucy held the crew together, feels like they are drifting apart day by day, longer she is gone. It is frustrating for an reader to see this happen, even if it isn’t suppose to seem this way. People want to know what happen to Lucy, they want to understand the solution the characters picked to help her overcome the depression she is in.

For me, it is kinda personal due to me being partially deaf, 100% deaf in my left ear. She was one of the characters I could relate too more than the rest, without her in the picture, I feel more detached because of her absence from the arch. Even if she isn’t coming back for a while, we could at least see how she is doing once and while, maybe even have a mini-arch with her dealing with her current depression, basically displaying her struggles she has to overcome to become healthy again.

Also can someone link me to the chatroom?

Mark April 27, 2014, 12:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #280133

Tails April 27, 2014, 12:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #280134

Well, personally, I’m glad Lucy is gone and is never coming back.

SuitCase April 27, 2014, 12:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #280135

@suitcase Never coming back… Now I am sad.

Mark April 27, 2014, 1:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #280136

I would much rather see lucy come back. Not because shes any mroe important(I -am- glad she left for a while, main cast being unreachable is always good for tension), but because shes herself. Lucy was and always has been part of the comic, an interesting character, and someone worth listening to. I think it would be very unwise to remove someone so important to us, someone every reader has invested thermselves into caring about, and someone who has effected so many lives.

and I partly agree with mark on this. Lucy was a way for everyone to come together, she was a -part- of what made this group so wonderful, no different then mike, paulo, daisy, abbey, rachael, or anyone. Yes breaking up that group to allow more storytelling and development is perfectly ok, but doing it on a permanent basis is very unwise, and would take away from the story.
Lucy leaving has done all it can, and without the connection between the ‘paulo’ side and ‘mike’ side that has been growing very recently, which by the way -is- lucy, I just don’t think this comic can keep the quality it has been. sorry suitcase, but if if decided you and taishi do remove lucy forever, I can’t imagine it going well. We’ve invested too much into caring her, and shes has too much of an imprint on the people around her to just forget.

And as a writer, I agree with your comments on grammar. The point of language is to tell a story first, anyone writing cares more about the telling of a story then the rules of how one tells said story. do writers respect it? absolutely, but many times I’ve broken rules to better tell stories.
That being said…yah there does seem to be a line missing between panel 3 and 4, I can’t put my finger on it but Mike seems to be able to guess a piece of information we don’t know, maybe its just me though.

As my final note. If what waldo is suggesting is true and break needs to be taken, please let me say this. I care about the quality of a story first, if you need to take a break, I can accept it. Look at NAV comic whos on a 2 month haietis to draw reality pages. If it becomes like 2kinds where it just turns to inconsistency, then I have issued, but we’ve gone from twice a week, to three times a week, to a while of every single day with little drop in quality. It has been an amazing ride. If a break is needed, yah I admit it will be somewhat annoying, but I would much rather see you happy then see some comic finish ASAP. so if you need some time to think and just do another fun project, please do.
Let it also be said, I -liked- the magical girl story. Sure it has a lot of cliche’s to work out, but the respect and care for the people in the story showed. It speaks a lot of the talent of someone who truly cares about the story being told. so please, don’t push yourself, keep focus on the things you care about, and worry about the people who care about you, not a bunch of fans like myself.

Michael April 27, 2014, 1:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #280137

I’ll spoil the fun and state that all this stuff about Lucy returning\never returning has been a joke.

As for all of the above, not sure what to say. It’s not really my place to comment on your opinions.

So how about those Guild Wars?

SuitCase April 27, 2014, 1:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #280138

Hey. Somebody else like me. I’m 75% deaf on my left ear. It annoys people when they try to talk to me and I’m always like ”what? Did you say something?” XD

I agree with you about Lucy. She’s really influenced me.

But I’m liking that how they ( @SuitCase and @Taeshi ) are displaying all the other characters. Now if I were them I would display Sue :/ before bringing Lucy back :P (lol, I’m a major Sue fan as you can tell).

Jonas97face April 27, 2014, 6:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #280140


“I’ll spoil the fun and state that all this stuff about Lucy returning\never returning has been a joke.”

And what did you expect get out of that?
Because humor and amusement is the last thing you’d get.

If I remember correctly, it is that kind of ‘humor’ that started many of the shitstorms on the now-closed forum.

So if that is your sense of humor, then keep it to yourself.

Marquet April 27, 2014, 8:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #280143

It is a comic about cartoon cats

SuitCase April 27, 2014, 9:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #280144

@ SuitCase your so cruel. ;_; . Did Lucy have to go back to her home planet? ;_;

Blue fox April 27, 2014, 10:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #280145

I´m very amused right now :D
SuitCase i really like your type of humor :P

Tails April 27, 2014, 11:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #280146

I don’t. He can call out cartoon cats all he wants it doesn’t make us stop caring about who Lucy is and the effect she has on the people around her. And Marquet is right, when he teased these emotions from others, expect not so funny reactions. I just can’t understand what he expected this “this person you invested your time and emotions into may never come again” to be funny.

Sorry if I offend, but it’s not funny, its just apathy. I Like lucy and care for her the same way I do everyone else, teasing me like shes dead…is just hurtful. not to mention removing her entirely would be bad storytelling(if I had to explain why….I’d have another essay post).

Michael April 27, 2014, 11:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #280147

like seriously, is lucy coming back? or at least, are we going to hear what happened to her? she is a protagonist after all. kill her off and let us grieve, and leave your back alone. but, if she’s still alive, tell us about! lets no wat goin on! :)

Waldo April 27, 2014, 3:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #280148

How to make a fool out of yourself and alienate people at the same time:

Act like SuitCase.

How NOT to make a fool out of yourself and alienate people at the same time:

Showing fair amount of compassion even in situations and/or regarding things you don’t care about.

Ballin' April 27, 2014, 3:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #280149

i hate to admit it, but your right on this…

Waldo April 27, 2014, 3:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #280150

Woah guys. Calm down there

Calm down D:

Jonas97face April 27, 2014, 3:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #280151

Wow you guys should really calm down, it´s like you are a bit too attatched to it.

First off all, it would be even worse storytelling to suddendly and magically bring her back after such a short time (i mean in-comic time, where it just were about 3 -4 months since it happened) just for pleasing the fans.
Losing someone /being left by someone who was important for you and don´t knowing if you will ever see this person again is part of life and right now the comic shows very good that life goes on with or without Lucy around and that you sometimes have to let this person go and move on for now, even if it hurts.

Tails April 27, 2014, 4:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #280152

I think he stopped talking. Besides, I doubt anyone involved in the story process will say for sure.Thats ignoring backlash gotten and the very worrysome possibility that lucy wont come back.

Oh don’t get me wrong, I don’t want lucy just ‘back’ as if its nothing, that would be foolish, Taishi has done excellently so far, im sure there is a plan. I also agree, her leaving has excellent potential for stories of how people deal with it. I’m just of the mind that closure needs to be made, and there are too many things not said if Lucy never came back at all. At this point we should start hearing from her or getting hints of whats going on somewhat.

does Lucy have to become a part of the main story…..in principle no(though in reality I don’t think anyone can deny defy the cast is getting split down a line without her, particular regarding the groups center around paulo and those around mike. Daisy doesn’t have the confidence to keep this group on her own, just as lucy didn’t have the stability on her own.

Michael April 27, 2014, 5:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #280153

This has been around for a while, and may be of interest.

I’m sorry if I alienated anyone. I think my posts here have been okay? If not, it was a miscommunication and I regret that.

SuitCase April 27, 2014, 6:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #280154

You know a comic or form of entertainment has gained great popularity when people, such as in the comments above, get twisted into a pretzel over it.

If you didn’t care that much about it, you wouldn’t be arguing that much about it.

Blank On Purpose April 27, 2014, 8:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #280158

RPG time, Taeshi you are the best! 8-D

NightNate April 27, 2014, 9:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #280159

Wow. Literaly world of warcraft. Hinted lucy is on the way. Makes sense she is a gamrr after all. I just restored my nes the other day myself

JustSomeCritic April 27, 2014, 10:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #280160

and then Mike finds Lucy online but they don’t know that its the other and they fall in love again

seoq April 27, 2014, 11:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #280161

and hope is restored!

Waldo April 28, 2014, 1:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #280162

So…anyone have a guess on what game this is?

Michael April 28, 2014, 1:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #280163

I already stated and Suitcase agreed that it is Guild Wards. :)

Termania April 28, 2014, 1:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #280164

Mike may as well shout ‘LEEEEEEEROY JENKINS’ at this point. XD

DylanC April 28, 2014, 3:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #280165


What genuinely concerns me is that this is FAR from the first time this has happened.

Excuse my harsh accusations here, but it is like you never learn from your mistakes, or that you are quick to forgetting them again.

And that is truly scary behavior.

Lantis April 28, 2014, 6:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #280166

omfg mikes face in that second to last panel. cute :2

shmid April 28, 2014, 9:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #280191


Calling it miscommunication is a understatement.

Treating others like how you want to be treated only works around individuals who you share your general mindset with.

When you’re no longer among such people, **** will inevitably hit a fan.

The result: a mess that can only be addressed to the person who made a gross misjudgement when they started it all.

Doesn’t help that others previously had expressed their stance, and yet you did something that conflicted with that.

That’s why it isn’t just “miscommunication”.

Kent April 28, 2014, 1:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #280274

Stacey’s bubble that says “some kids at school” looks like it’s coming from Mike. Or rather, I’m assuming it’s Stacey’s given his reaction. It’s been tripping me up since his page came around and it still has to this day.

RC April 30, 2014, 1:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #284632

Love RPG’s HATE WoW But i can’t stay in carecter for my then a hour without saying i will stab somone to death

TemplarArchon_Hunter July 29, 2014, 5:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #291795

Smoke Weed Everyday

xXx420BlazeItxXx December 26, 2014, 1:10 AM EST.

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