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Veronica: there’s the vague mia cameo for people who WON’T STOP ASKING ABOUT IT ON TUMBLR

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Comment ID #295767

Paulo seems to be battling his inner demons XD

Also, first for once! :D The “no comments” Amaya is so cute

Coco March 20, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295768

Brick! Choose Brick!

Shade March 20, 2015, 1:02 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295769

Nothing’s really happening on this page either. Hmm.

Indiana Jackson March 20, 2015, 1:02 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295770

@Coco I have a feeling there might be a huge hubbub over your wording there…. *Grabs popcorn*

Anon For A Reason March 20, 2015, 1:02 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295771

I like how obviously not-gay Paulo is looking at a movie about obviously not Paulo giving all his love to obviously not Mike.

gardnaeden March 20, 2015, 1:02 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295772

ahahahah the poster ppl both look like paulo x matt lovebabies

loor March 20, 2015, 1:02 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295773

@Coco

Amaya? Where?

Termania March 20, 2015, 1:02 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295774

Gotta say, if there’s a world that accepts gay love in the media, especially in movies as the main plot point, you’d wish reality right now would be this accepting. Oh well, that may not be for a long time coming if humanity doesn’t crush down on itself first. :(

Dudeler March 20, 2015, 1:04 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295775

I don’t get the reference. It does seem timely though, since it is supposed to be 2007 in the comic, right?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1546762/

Indiana Jackson March 20, 2015, 1:05 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295776

HA GAAAAAAAAY!

Maith1 March 20, 2015, 1:05 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295777

Anybody else notice this? Second panel, the trailer poster to the far left, I think that’s Yashi.

The_Mylestone March 20, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295778

The sequel to ‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry’ looks pretty good there.

Shiloh March 20, 2015, 1:10 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295780

“Brick” made me laugh! I love the watercolors in this chapter. Everything looks so vibrant. :)

Browneyes March 20, 2015, 1:17 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295781

“Brick”… I kind of a title for a weird arthouse film. You know, that kind of film you had to watch in primary school to “expand your culture” and they weren’t cool because they were in black and white and pretentious and boring and you were watching them with eyebrows held high and the teacher was all like ” It’s so meaningful and symbolism” and all that kind of stuff. You know what I’m talking about.

Miralcl March 20, 2015, 1:19 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295783

he wants it in the pooper :D

ur mum March 20, 2015, 1:37 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295784

Come on, Paulo. I bet “All My Love” will be a CLASSIC :D

Subaru March 20, 2015, 1:38 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295785

Mia cameo? Huh?

Triniking March 20, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295786

Paulo, cutie, accept that you’re curious about the world of people who think “HA! GAY” jokes are on their way out. You’re on your own! You can watch whatever you want.

Hazel March 20, 2015, 1:41 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295787

@Indiana Jackson, nah this isn’t related to that movie since that movie is a very under-distributed indie film or something. this is just a random name for a fake cat movie

ggggg March 20, 2015, 1:42 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295789

A guy who knows he’s straight wouldn’t get so flustered like this, so it seems he’s got some bromance feelings flying around in there and he’s threatened by it.

scotch March 20, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295790

@ggggg
Sounds fair. It was a fluke that I found that movie at all. What if Taeshi actually is into it though :O?

@scotch
That’s totally how people work.

Indiana Jackson March 20, 2015, 1:54 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295791

OF COURSE

HappyThyExceed March 20, 2015, 2:01 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295792

six am day after christmas

SuitCase March 20, 2015, 2:08 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295793

@SuitCase
lol, is that the movie on the right?

Indiana Jackson March 20, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295794

Brick! From the people who brought you Cinderblock, Decorative Lattice, and Mr. Snufflepuppy’s Fun-Time Silly-Willy Adventure!

Steve March 20, 2015, 2:21 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295795

Oh man screw this lovey dovey movie I’m here to see tHE BRICK

Somewhat March 20, 2015, 2:24 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295796

@IndianaJackson
those are the lyrics for a song called brick.

soos March 20, 2015, 2:28 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295797

@soos
._. I’m so ignorant.

Indiana Jackson March 20, 2015, 2:30 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295798

In comes another character, and more awkwardness…

Shade March 20, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295799

@scortch
so anytime a man is uncomfortable around gay motiffs or images(even of their own actions) it means they are secretly gay or homphobic? Not really, lot’s of people just don’t like dealing with it because they are uncomfortable, but not against it.

Anyway I’m still on the train of very hesitant on what this is all about

michael March 20, 2015, 2:39 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295800

Brick? I bet thats about Pink Floyd! Now that I think about it all my love could be a led zeppelin movie…

June-pay Eeyorey March 20, 2015, 2:40 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295801

Poor Paulo getting mocked by a cinema

Zero March 20, 2015, 2:53 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295802

@Michael
You know, it’s actually kind of funny that people say that when it seems to be accepted that a lot of people are uncomfortable with public displays of affection in general.
@June-pay_Eeyorey
♫ references yay. Makes perfect sense with SuitCase’s comment.

Indiana Jackson March 20, 2015, 2:54 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295803

I want to watch the movie “Brick” so BAD 8-D

Brick March 20, 2015, 2:58 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295804

@gardnaeden

Looks more like Jazz and Paulo

Brick March 20, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295805

Brick? :D
If the character name you had in mind was Brick Pollit, from A Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, - then you guys have surely deserved two big thumbs up for this! Even if I’m not correct about it, making me come to that conclusion deserves some recognition.

potemkin March 20, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295806

@Brick Minus the hair

Brick March 20, 2015, 3:01 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295807

Paulo walks by two girls and the only thing that he notices is the movie poster? Apparently he’s completely switched teams

Scaught March 20, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295808

Hot Homosexual Hanky-Panky between an Orange and a Grey cat.

Paulo. The movie is speaking to you.

daft_inquisitor March 20, 2015, 3:08 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295809

now that i have found someone i’m feeling more alone than i ever have before

Woha March 20, 2015, 3:38 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295810

The brick: based on the true story of a tetris piece.

Ntk2 March 20, 2015, 3:50 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295811

@Ntk2
Lego*

Indiana Jackson March 20, 2015, 3:51 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295812

Brick is actually a real movie. And a danged good one lol

Hoodie March 20, 2015, 4:02 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295813

Jasmine

e March 20, 2015, 4:10 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295814

You can’t out-run the gay!

ABwingz March 20, 2015, 4:39 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295815

Heh. Mia actually made it into BCB. :D

modulusshift March 20, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295816

Notice the colors of the cats on that poster?
Black and White = Matt
Yellow/Orange and White = Paulo

Coincidence? I think not!

Shyraphel March 20, 2015, 5:02 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295817

is that a reference about some real film? I dunno



and why the heck is that girl purple

boh... March 20, 2015, 5:39 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295818

@boh…
I’d say “care bears” but I believe she’s a dog.

I can’t help but wonder why there’s only been 1 rabbit character in the entire comic. (Unless I’ve just been missing them).

Indiana Jackson March 20, 2015, 5:43 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295819

WE’RE LOSING SUBTLETY, REPEAT, LOSING SUBTLETY!

Anon-o-mis March 20, 2015, 6:10 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295820

By the way… I don’t see Mia… Am I blind?

Shade March 20, 2015, 6:15 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295821

@Shade
The black cat on the Brick poster I guess? Unless she’s supposed to be the green puke o_o

Indiana Jackson March 20, 2015, 7:15 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295822

Hah, “Brick” joke.

Deiser March 20, 2015, 7:23 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295823

@Indiana Jackson, I figured it was a dog… I feel so mistaken…

Shade March 20, 2015, 7:26 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295824

Brick movie?

No contest here; not choosing to watch it could mean a lifetime of regret.

Doc Vince March 20, 2015, 7:43 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295825

Mia? Mia who? Fey?

GULAG March 20, 2015, 7:46 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295826

@GULAG
Taeshi’s cat. People are pestering them about making a bcb character out of her I guess.
…Silly thing to pester about.

Indiana Jackson March 20, 2015, 8:20 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295828

@indiana
That…is totally true and makes me feel better about what this chapter could be about. all in my possibly vain hope it doesn’t go in the sexuality direction.

michael March 20, 2015, 8:41 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295829

I wanna see the one that says brick

Heart-ina-Blender March 20, 2015, 8:49 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295830

And then he runs into Matt, he gets himself into some awkward situation, then ALL his friends are going to catch him in the act! MWA HAHAHAHAHA!! *grabs pop corn*

The_Mylestone March 20, 2015, 8:53 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295831

@The_Mylestone, look out! That popcorn is marinated in Paulo’s blood!!!

Lucas March 20, 2015, 9:15 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295832

I don’t know why people are surprised that Pualo may be bi. Usually the most homophobic people are those who are uncertain of their own sexuality, and Pualo was definitely homophobic in certain parts prior to this little discovery arc.

RPGNerd March 20, 2015, 10:11 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295833

@RPGNerd
Have you ever actually met anyone like that? I’ve heard stories of people pretending to be straight out of fear like their life depended on it, but I’ve never once heard of someone being uncomfortable around this type of thing BECAUSE they’re actually gay and don’t know it or whatever.

I mean, dang. Where is this stereotype even coming from: OTHER works of fiction?

Indiana Jackson March 20, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295834

if this chapter doesn’t culminate in paulo learning that he is bisexual, this will all have been a huge waste of time and a completely pointless chapter.

we need a bi-paulo.

he knows that he wants the “D”, we know that he wants the “D”, he just needs to take the “D” in his hands and never let go!

“D” in this case is “david”. 8-D

a hint for the people i managed to throw off, there… just look at the keys that make david’s emoticon… what’s it look like?

Thanatos March 20, 2015, 10:36 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295835

Though I do expected a gay movie appearance in the last page, is he going to watch “All my love” ? XD

HappyThyExceed March 21, 2015, 12:36 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295836

Though I’m expecting chibi Amaya’s appearance!

HappyThyExceed March 21, 2015, 12:39 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295837

@HappyThyExceed
Like he’s looking at the movie poster right now thinking:
“I’m going to do this. I’m going to OWN this smut. It ain’t go no power over me!”

Am I the only one that thinks the cat on the left looks a bit feminine though? Like maybe it isn’t even supposed to be a guy. I kind of agree with Brick.
What if it isn’t even that kind of movie?

Indiana Jackson March 21, 2015, 1:05 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295838

yes

mimiomi March 21, 2015, 1:27 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295839

You know you wanna watch it, Paulo

7 March 21, 2015, 1:45 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295840

I’m glad a few other people also thought the grey-white cat looked a ton like Jazzie….. honestly that’s what it looks like to me too, but idk if Taeshi realized when she did the cat’s design x:

and agreed on the ‘Brick’ poster; I think this is what she was referring to when she mentioned Mia. If you look at the eyes and compare them to Mia’s on her diary site, they look the same. P:

I was super confused at first, trying to figure out which dark bystander she could mean. XD; I’m kinda sad you can see her wittle ears, but ohwell :P

hmmm.... March 21, 2015, 1:57 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295841

On another note, does anyone-else feel super awkward about the black tips of Paulo’s ‘hair’ in contrast to all these soft colors? ;_______;

I can’t help but wonder if a duller grey might not look so ‘edgey’ ;;”
It kindof looks unnatural. :

hmmm.... March 21, 2015, 2:58 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295842

Mia’s cameo must be extraordinarily subtle, because I can’t even find it in this super simple page >_>;

Sidnoea March 21, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295843

I love how right next to that movie he is looking at, there is one that just says “Brick”.

Catman March 21, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295844

(vO-O) I really wanna see BRICK now

the ghost March 21, 2015, 7:43 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295845

Going to pretend the cameo is about this.
http://youtu.be/gjoxWyHw3Es

Venshayde March 21, 2015, 8:31 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295848

idk why theres some people so adamant about denying paulo might be something else other than straight up heterosexual. lol.

if he ends up hooking up with anyone, tho, i dont think itd be matt. more like crushing on lucy’s brother, ofc. they do look alike after all. and hes probably gonna be at the beach house, too. ;)

while i dont think thisll change much of the story’s course, this is all been a very intriguing chapter, even though its been building up so excruciatingly slow. ah, the drama. :D

axjpls March 21, 2015, 9:24 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295849

Paulo gets caught giving BJs in the back row at the theater?

Tired of Lucy March 21, 2015, 10:26 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295850

It’s funny how much the cats look like AU Paulo and Jasmine. The left one has the same markings as Jazz. But this is Paulo’s gay day soo

RC March 21, 2015, 10:51 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295851

Paulo needs a mentor

Kitsu March 21, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295852

@axjpls
It would ruin a LOT of things. That’s the simplest way to put it really.

Indiana Jackson March 21, 2015, 1:25 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295853

So… Paulo is going to see a movie starring gay Actor-Mike and gay Actor-Paulo? WHY IS THIS MOVIE NOT A SHORT SPECIAL?!

Negative Nancy March 21, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295855

@Negative_Nancy
Two words: fan fiction.
xD

Indiana Jackson March 21, 2015, 1:55 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295856

@Indiana Jackson
Such as?

Everyone is gay hooray March 21, 2015, 1:59 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295857

@Everyone_is_gay_hooray
I don’t know mate, I don’t read fanfics. ew.

Indiana Jackson March 21, 2015, 2:02 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295858

Just as an afterthought, it’s really good that Daisy didn’t give him a recommendation. If she did, he’d be locked into either seeing that or reporting whatever he saw instead to her the next time they talk. This way he really is free to see whatever, though Amaya may report it again.

Also @Indiana Jackson please speak for yourself. Even as someone who figured out she was bi pretty early, during puberty itself, I was always super uncomfortable when my friend would pretend to be into girls and into me for the humor of it all. Not “lol bein gay is funny” but “lol ur uncomfortable as heck this is great” Like, continual blushing type of uncomfortable, and I really really disliked it.

Hazel March 21, 2015, 4:06 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295859

@Hazel
First of all, I don’t believe I WAS speaking for anyone else. This is assuming you are trying to answer the question I asked RPGNerd anyway.
That aside, that kind of teasing makes nearly everybody uncomfortable. Seriously, it has to do with feeling vulnerable. It doesn’t matter if it’s two guys, girls, or a guy and a girl.
It’s not the same thing as what people are trying to suggest is happening here, by far.

If I am uncomfortable around racist people because of what they say and how they act, does that make me a racist?
If the answer is no, then what is up with these double standards? Shenanigans!

Indiana Jackson March 21, 2015, 4:46 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295860

Yup, I know were this is going. “Suddenly gay” and likely gay for Matt. Any supposed subtlety doesn’t even exist. I will not be returning to this comic. RIP pre current chapter Paulo.

I eave with the following:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Aromatase_excess_syndrome

@Indiana Jackson

You are wasting your keystrokes.

Mark March 21, 2015, 5:19 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295861

@Mark
BotD mang, BotD. “Writer’s integrity” and stuff. Never lose hope. Believe in the heart of the cards. Trust the force, Mark.

On that note, borrow the power of the warfstache? I’m not sure I should make that reference
D: I am sorry.

Indiana March 21, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295862

To me it doesn’t look so much like Mike as it looks like Matt.

Sarisaine March 21, 2015, 6:43 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295863

@Indiana, I trust in the Power of Grayskull!

Lucas March 21, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295864

Oh, can’t wait for next page.

Starcandy March 22, 2015, 2:22 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295865

So is Paulo banking on Amaya being there to score him a free movie ticket?

It’s a bit risky as it is if he is contemplating seeing BrokeCat Mountain because we already know Amaya can’t keep a secret. (She spread the word about Paulo’s date with Jazzy at the movies in Back and Forth). Maybe he is thinking of going through with it so he can prove to himself that he can see the movie without feeling his sexuality is being threatened.

Purin March 22, 2015, 3:03 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295866

I’m offically addicted to this. I’ve been reading since 6:00 pm until 3:30am.

Elder McCheese March 22, 2015, 3:29 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295867

I love this comic and am really interested to see where it’s going!

Zerro March 22, 2015, 4:48 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295868

You want to stop thinking about being gay???
Well here, have a conversation with a gay character, a touchy feely interaction with David, and a movie poster with gay protagonists

Uhhh March 22, 2015, 7:54 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295869

this chapter has been really painful to read so far. i cant deal with paulos blatant homophobia.

Terry March 22, 2015, 1:57 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295870

@Terry

The fact is, the usual cliche in fiction is that the the homophobe is truly homosexual. (which makes not one lick of sense, especially given Paulo’s entire character development. Not including this one chapter) The way it looks, given the sheer amount of PauloxMatt imagery, and Paulo’s constant blushing near Matt, I’d be lying if I said the cliche wasn’t seemingly in full force here. The comic wants to convince me that Paulo is really, definitely stifling romantic/sexual thoughts towards Matt, and that just doesn’t wash.

If this arc was just about Paulo becoming more tolerant, I would not be as upset with this chapter as I am. :/

Mark March 22, 2015, 2:42 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295871

@Mark
It bothers me how there’s only about three or four of us who have paid attention to his development at all. I didn’t like Paulo at first, and I guess that made me keep an eye on him. Now I’m more aware of his development than any other character’s even though I would have, and likely have, avoided anyone like him.
I agree, and still hope the chapter doesn’t go in that direction. It’s hard to understand how other readers find it so hard to think of anything that this would conflict with. The fact that we were never given any real reason for the Rachel situation is bad enough.

Indiana March 22, 2015, 3:41 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295872

i can’t believe how utterly homophobic all of you are

baxter March 22, 2015, 3:50 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295873

@baxter
That comment is depressing.
Stop it. Just stop the logic fallacies already.

Indiana March 22, 2015, 3:56 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295874

I’m trying reeeeaaaally hard to trust Taeshi here because she’s not made any big writing blunders thus far, but… Paulo is far too old, and this is far too sudden, to be what it looks like, so either there’s some major misdirection going on or some really questionable characterization decisions.

It’s got nothing to do with gay, straight or bi. I’m bi myself but this is just enormously out of character so far. You don’t hit 16 and suddenly find an attraction to a gender you weren’t previously attracted to, he would’ve been noticing guys from the second he hit puberty if he was bi.

Shinkada March 22, 2015, 4:19 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295875

@Shinkada

“You don’t hit 16 and suddenly find an attraction to a gender you weren’t previously attracted to, he would’ve been noticing guys from the second he hit puberty if he was bi.”

That’s exactly what I’m talking about. It goes solidly against his entire character development. There’s no way to justify Paulo: an already defined, insecure heterosexual homophobe, suddenly discovering a homosexual interest. It makes no sense.

Mark March 22, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295876

@mark/shnkada
Couldn’t have said it better myself. We just have seen nothing about Paulo that would suggest this and adding it in when it isn’t part of the character would be a -very- bad idea. Heck, it makes it worse seeing how much a thematic shift it is. Even if this were truely it would have nothing to do with anything in the actual story so far. I trust Taishi enough to think that isn’t whats going to happen but it does worry me.

@”Were being homophobic”comments
I want you to look up Kanji from persona 4(thank extra credits for showing this fantastic example of sexuality done right). this is a character who is centered around his sexuality, and not in termns of his personality. Kanji’s entire internal conflict is started because he is gay. He rebels against the world and it’s perceptions and predispositions on him, but then is afraid of admitting he’s gay because of those predispositions. The rebellion and connection is brilliant and a joy to see. Now imagine if that kind of conflict is thrust upon Paulo even when it has nothing do with with him.

No on cares if Paulo is gay, no one. We care that it’s possible an entire chapter is spend about a theme or idea that, up until now, has never had any bearing on the plot, still would have no bearing on the central themes, and does nothing for either Paulo, or the narrative, development. This is what people like me worry about in, what until now, has been flawless writing.

No more “they are being homophobic” please, it’s just ignorance.

Edit: I found the link. This is how sexuality can be done right. It has connecitons to the story, effects the narrative, has meaning to the character itself, and so fourth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUqivXMlpcQ

michael March 22, 2015, 9:53 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295877

Here’s the thing!!! You can go for so long without knowing you liked the opposite gender!! Because we’re socialized to think in heteronormative ways!!!! WOW isn’t that shocking?! A lot of teens go through this sudden realization cause they didn’t know it was an issues before!!! Crushes happen and its entirely possible he’s never had a crush on a guy before- ergo he never realized he was bi!!! Golly gee what a shocker!! People can be unaware of their sexuality until they develop and actual interest because we’re trained to think boys like girls and girls like boys!!! *EXAGERATED GASPING*

(-____- ) March 22, 2015, 10:01 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295878

@(-____- ), here’s another thing! Since we can see Paulo’s thoughts, we can tell what he’s attracted to! For example, we know he fantasizes about Lucy and other “hot” girls. However, he never gets “excited” in the same way when it comes to any guy, and has never even CONSIDERED such things as a “turn on”. The only reason he’s dwelling on it now is because it was brought up. He literally thought nothing of it until Mike pointed out the fact it appeared homosexual. I may not be an expert on such topics, but it seems kinda weird. I feel as though I know Paulo even better than he does himself. While you have a point, I don’t feel it applies- or should apply- to Paulo.

Lucas March 22, 2015, 11:19 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295879

@michael
Actually I took a test on it, I resulted in homophobic. Not that that matters considering I would be so if I disagree with ANYTHING anyway.
Of course that just bugs me all the more since apparently nothing I(or we) say, regardless of its validity, matters to these people.
*cough* bigots

@(-___-)
Nobody goes from “this is appalling” straight to flaming homosexual.
Don’t even try that.

Indiana March 22, 2015, 11:22 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295880

SEXUALITY_DOES_NOT_COMPUTE…

Qwerty March 22, 2015, 11:23 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295881

Oh, @Indiana, can you tell me what the name of the test was? I kinda want to see if I’m homophobic…

Shade March 22, 2015, 11:26 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295882

I don’t see why liking another person would be such a huge problem. If he’s gay, he’s gay. whatever he likes, the other is just a person, regardless of gender. I don’t mind if he likes either girls or guys.. or both for that matter.

Of course you can find out that you like the opposite gender than what you thought at first. Even people do in their 30s. 16 is still young, and it’s normal to start wondering about yourself that way. Big deal.

Love the comic Taeshi, keep up the good work!

Berries March 22, 2015, 11:34 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295883

@Shade
Here you go I guess :P http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/ assault/etc/quiz.html
It’s just a buzzword people shout at others to feel like they’re right no matter what anyway. (At least most of the time)
@Berries
In Paulo’s case it is a gigantic conflict with everything prior. He doesn’t even have any kind of reaction to what’s gone down like “women be bad, must look for love elsewhere,” so it isn’t even a choice or conclusion out of traumatic experience.

Indiana March 22, 2015, 11:41 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295884

I have to wonder how many people objecting to the idea of a bi Paulo are queer themselves. My guess would be none or very little.

Everyone is gay hooray March 23, 2015, 12:40 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295885

@Everyone_is_gay_hooray
Argumentum ad hominem?
Correlation proves causation?

Seriously, this is on levels of depressing.

Indiana March 23, 2015, 12:49 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295886

@Indiana
I’m just saying, actual queer people are generally much more educated on the subject than non-queer people. You can’t just go around saying “this isn’t how it works, it doesn’t make sense!” when you have little to no experience on the matter.

Everyone is gay hooray March 23, 2015, 2:39 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295887

Ha lol, not a first time the only good movie has been a chic flick playing,

probably the one of the first times someone in a questioning mood and situation looked at going to one though.

Keristrasza March 23, 2015, 4:25 AM EDT.

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@everyone_is
Actually, yes you can. Experience and understanding are not a causation relationship in humans. It’s actually a wonderful and unique thing about us we call empathy, the ability to understand and put ourselves in situations without having to experience them. It’s why the choice in mass effects has such an immense effect despite the situation being nothing compared to actually experiencing it.

Though I think at this point the diehard “Paulo should not be gay/bi” like me have made it pretty clear we worry more about it either totally derailing plot(gay) or pointless and against the plot and narrative themes(bi). So I kind of agree, I think the homophobia jump some people seem to be making it way off.

michael March 23, 2015, 5:00 AM EDT.

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“Brick” sounds so interesting tho.

AALYOOOOOOSHAAAA!!! March 23, 2015, 5:12 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295890

@michael
Empathy =/= experience though.

Everyone is gay hooray March 23, 2015, 5:29 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295891

Im still hoping for a little Mike x Paulo

Grayfox March 23, 2015, 5:53 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295892

haha

Eso0x March 23, 2015, 6:54 AM EDT.

Comment ID #295893

@Indiana, I just now took it, and got “non-homophobe”. It really doesn’t seem like a reliable test, and it even denounces itself as an accurate test. But anyway, that is definitely a test I’ll share with certain friends.

Also, @Everyone is gay hooray, I very much doubt homosexuals know any better than most. I’ve heard countless stories of how homosexuality is not a choice, only to later hear those “I’ve recently decided I’m gay” statements. So, yeah, I’d say many just use their own personal experience as their source of knowledge.

Shade March 23, 2015, 7:28 AM EDT.

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Please, don’t make him gay.

PleaseDon't March 23, 2015, 1:59 PM EDT.

Comment ID #295953

Ive been had.

Clark March 23, 2015, 7:50 PM EDT.

Comment ID #296071

@Everyone I’m disputing it, I’m bi and gender queer. ‘sup.

I’m not saying ‘please don’t make Paulo gay.’ I’m saying ‘please don’t make Paulo do this thing which would be enormously out of character which would need some actual signs and foreshadowing to be remotely feasible.’ I’m not opposed to the core idea of Paulo being gay but it just has no congruence with what we’ve seen of him so far. This chapter would make perfect sense if Paulo was 12-13. But we’ve seen him through the majority of his puberty and most importantly we’ve see him through his actual sexual exploration.

We’ve also seen that he’s seen porn. That’s the absolute bottom line, really, because there is no way that a gay or bi male would see the giant exaggerated ‘bodies’ of porn stars and not notice an attraction right then and there.

That being said it’s totally plausible that Paulo is just being a moron, is totally straight, and is just getting himself all worked up because his psychological reaction to kissing Abbey’s forehead wasn’t a deep, instinctual ‘EUGH GROSS EW’ like he thought it should have been, and this is more about realizing that gender is less important than he thought than any sexual awakening.

Shinkada March 26, 2015, 3:14 AM EDT.

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