Rule #1 of the Book of Happy:
"Never Tell Mom."
Red: "The Rules Laid Before You Are Not To Be Broken, Especially This First One."
Blue: "Rules, huh? Who died and put you in charge?"
Yellow: "Come on, Mister, it's an easy one to follow!"
Purple: "What happens if you break it?"
Black: "I don't think I want to find out, Sister..."
Cass: "My name is Cass. And I am part of The System-- I am part of your Son."
Mom: "I'm just trying to understand."
"The choice is yours, you can stay with your Father, here, or you can come to Wyoming with Me."
"I'm going to administer some medication to make the Voices go away."
Zisco: "They're not just voices!"
Truth: "Keep Quiet And Do As You're Told."
Amanda: "I just thought maybe you were...you know...gay?"
Z: "No, of course not!"
Mateo: "I just wanted to apologize for bullying you all those years, you know it was just fun and games, right? I hope you can forgive me?"
*2013, Fort Collins*
T: "I Just Want To Talk, Robin, Let Me In!"
Z: "Truth, we need to leave..."
Mom: "Do you think that maybe if you hadn't picked up that comic, you wouldn't exist?"
Rule #5 of the Book of Happy:
"Never Tell Juan."
Red: "The Rules Laid Before You Are Not To Be Broken, You Are To Follow Them To The Letter."
Blue: "Jeezus, why are we still listening to you?"
Yellow: "Come on, Mister, just listen..."
Purple: "Basically We can't tell anyone anything?"
Black: "I think He means well, Sister..."
*2021, Fort Collins*
Roman: "I just want to tell you--I've been gone for a long time, and I am stuck here, inside this body."
Juan: "I'm listening, trying to understand."
Blue: "You don't belong here, you're an abomination."
Purple: "How can you be so cruel?"
Cass: "He cut my f*cking hair! It's so short!"
Jay: "I know, baby..."
Therapist: "Can you tell me one reason why you want to live?"
Therapist: "What's another one?"
Z: "My girlfriend."
Therapist: "Keep going..."
Grandpa: "Everything happens for a reason, you have to be strong no matter what."
Mother with Son and Daughter original piece by Vickie Wade: https://www.etsy.com/listing/589597974/mother-son-and-daughter-art-printgirl?epik=dj0yJnU9ZjF3eHpZQWhYMmJsUER2T1JMcE1NUjVPdGhzemFSWlgmcD0wJm49TUhLLUtLakRrdFVYakdiQUs5OVg0USZ0PUFBQUFBR05lWUc4
Last two comic panels taken from Hack/Slash: Issue #17, "Cassie And Vlad Meet The Reanimator, Part 3, of 3."
Script – Tim Seeley
Story – Tim Seekey and Barry Keating
Art – Emily Stone
Colors – Mark Englert
Letterer – Crank!
Design – Sean K. Dove
Editor – Mike O’Sullivan