I wasn’t really sure I was ready to do this arc, but I figure there’s no real good time to insert a death story line in a romance comedy. Thank you all for your kind words.

Cancer has taken a number of people who were close to me. I kind of feel like it’s a disease that affects pretty much everyone in some capacity. I guess this was my little way of saying that we’re all in this together somehow.

  • Jason

    I can’t feel sad for Miss Jessy. She’s out of pain, and she got to spend her final hours with someone she clearly loved, and who brought her music for the last time. The last page was so inspirational that it really makes me feel like she died with a reason to smile.

    Of course, I feel sad for Lance. Death is one of the few things which words can do very, very little to help heal.

  • Jordan

    It’s the sad moments that make the comedy that much sweeter. We didn’t know her long, but her interactions with Lance were wonderful, and even though she went out so happy, I still teared up. This storyline was easily a highlight, and kudos on handling it so well.

  • Kyle Wright


  • JohnDoe

    I’m really glad you decided to put in this story arc in YP. Yes, it’s sad and serious (even if Lance tries to crack Miss Jessy up – and succeeds) but there’s no point in avoiding a topic that nigh everyone has been or will be touched by.

  • Jenova

    DANGIT, Jamie!
    Shut up and take all my emotions!

  • Aenya Hiri Silverleaf

    I always liked “passed away” as a term. It’s so much more gentle than just “she died” for instance. It implies a gentle journey into another adventure, rather than being mercilessly ripped out of this world. It’s good that you made this arc. Not everyone can pull off something like that and make it bittersweet, rather than annoying and out of place. It was perfect and helped define Lance as a character more. Good job Jamie, but I still am glaring at you for making me tear up multiple times!

  • Sherri Alexander

    Long-time lurker, just wanted to de-lurk for a moment to tell you that I’ve also really appreciated this recent arc. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February, and am one of the lucky ones to just get away with surgery and minimal followup treatment *knock on wood*. So this hits home, but in a good way; it makes me love your characters even more than I already did, as a web developer who made the jump a few years back to leave the corporate world and go freelance. *grin* Thanks for doing what you do — and keep on doing it! :)

  • purplelibraryguy

    What everyone else said. Good stuff, Mr. Noguchi. I guess that’s what the kids call “keepin’ it real.”

  • DeadpanSnarker

    Right in the feels, man. Even if it’s four panels, you really know how to work them emotions. Actually had to get a tissue.

  • Andrew Reimisch

    While death is one of the constants of Life, it is good to get the emotions out every once and a while.
    With the passing of my mother in 2009, there are days where I will tear up at the mere thought of her, where others are reminders that I can never forget her. Even now, I am fighting some tears. Part of which is regretful pain, and other is just plain regret.

    So I will say this, please don’t wait to make up with your relatives. If you wait too long, you will never get another chance. Like me.

  • BigBadWolf28

    Also following the de-lurking to say, we really are all in this together one way or the other.

  • Penny Sautereau-Fife

    *just hugs you, knowing what she’ll be putting people through when the time comes*

  • SmilingAhab

    Yeah, the only worse thing than metastatic cancer is the fact that since the human genome is essentially like 2 billion lines of code, one missing parenthesis can mean a tumour the size of a watermelon on your liver. It’s as varied and omnipresent as viruses and bacteria. Which unfortunately means there is no cure for cancer, and never will be. Clean living’s about as close as we can get.

  • Kira Foster

    Gaaah, so beautiful and sweet.