Web Comic Ctrl Alt Del Discussion

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01:01:55 AM Apr 2nd 2015
Idk if it's up here, but there should be a segment for Anthromorphic Personification to describe the Console Wars strips.
09:57:28 PM Nov 26th 2012
edited by TSBasilisk
New additions to consider following the completion of the main storyline:

  • Bad Future: In an alternate timeline Zeke conquers the world
  • Creator Backlash: Tim eventually grew to dislike the convoluted and overly-defined nature of the main storyline as it restricted him. Eventually he decided to end Ctrl+Alt+Del v1.0 by killing Ethan and reverting the comic to its original focus on gamer and pop culture.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ethan deactivates the time machine to save both timelines, knowing he will be killed when the vortex closes.
  • Karma Houdini
    • Karmic Twist Ending: Ethan's years of escaping consequences for his actions end when a time machine he created is used to show him a Bad Future resulting from his creation of Zeke. When the same time machine overloads, Ethan is forced to commit a Heroic Sacrifice.
05:31:39 AM Jan 25th 2013
edited by Larkmarn
Also an update to Cerebus Syndrome... and honestly a lot of things should be updated. The whole "got a reboot" thing deserves a mention. I'm going to make a post in Ask The Tropers to see if we can get a mod.
08:10:36 AM Jan 31st 2013
edited by Larkmarn
More tropes

Also updates to
  • Art Evolution: A slow one, but after stagnating for quite some time, the comic has gotten much more dynamic, moving away from its infamous Cut-and-Paste Comic status.
  • Cut-and-Paste Comic: To a fairly infamous degree, especially during a con demonstration of how he works his comics, it's shown that he keeps a file full of different eyes and mouths to copy and paste from, along with differently shaded body parts. Eventually Buckley has moved away from it, with much more dynamic angles and poses.
  • Two Gamers on a Couch: Lampshaded in the very first comic, even. They eventually get armchairs, but whatever. Following the revamp, now four players on the couch.
09:13:12 AM Jan 31st 2013
Wait, where's Lucas's kid shown?
10:15:46 AM Jan 31st 2013
02:54:20 AM Nov 24th 2012
Ctrl+Alt+Del WAS a Two Gamers on a Couch webcomic...

It ended.

Can anybody who can edit this article change that, please?
12:58:41 PM Nov 26th 2012
It's not over, just rebooting.
07:52:18 AM Nov 27th 2012
We should still note that the comic "ended". Just as we do when other works decide to reboot.
11:26:25 PM Dec 13th 2012
The comic seems to be switching to the 4 gamers, so it could still be considered a variation of this type of comic. (The previous cast consisted of 3, and that couch hasn't been shown for a long time now.)
03:41:58 AM Nov 15th 2014
The reboot has now happened, retooling Ethan and Lucas as gaming-themed superheroes.
07:34:34 PM Jul 15th 2012
Can we fix/get rid of the link to the animated series? It doesn't actually point to anything useful.
01:28:22 PM Dec 28th 2011
Could we please remove the "quote" from Ryan Sohmer regarding the loss of "huge" amounts of money. I can't find any evidence on the internet that he ever actually said that and, while I know this isn't wikipedia, it doesn't seem appropriate to quote him on something that we can't give a citation for beyond hearsay.
11:22:35 AM Dec 21st 2011
Needs no entry, but is locked: cluster f bomb http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20080903
11:36:22 AM Jul 2nd 2011
the page mentions "see Jumping the Shark below" but that was apparently edited out. The page is locked. Even if I didn't already dislike this comic, the tropes page whitewashing is a pretty clear indicator that the Troper Hive Mind has many unflattering things to say about it.
05:58:52 PM May 23rd 2011
Can we do something about Scott's designation as a Brother Chuck on the page, seeing as he's appeared fairly recently?
02:21:39 PM Jul 31st 2011
In addition, the chef was seen only two/three months ago. Considering the amount of strips in a month, that probably doesn't count as Brother Chuck. They should both probably be moved to 'Demoted to Extra'
10:22:58 PM Sep 3rd 2011
Given the current storyline, I think Scott and Ted have gotten some serious re-promotion. The page still doesn't reflect this.
10:22:06 PM Nov 10th 2011
We should also add in Call-Back with the latest one as of this posting.
09:54:55 AM May 6th 2011
Ladies and gentlemen, we may have just seen perhaps the simplest way to qualify for No OSHA Compliance.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Ethan and Lucas discover that a building's fire escape - lacking a ladder - has no way to actually escape the building
09:32:05 PM Apr 30th 2011
09:38:55 AM Apr 15th 2011
New one, as of this morning.

  • Retcon: The original strip for April 15th, 2011 had a "jab at a racial stereotype" and was rewritten.
10:53:24 AM Apr 15th 2011
Not really a retcon, though. A retcon is a new strip retroactively changing the story established by a previous strip, not redoing a strip because it was racist.
03:22:53 PM Apr 15th 2011
Could we put it under Unfortunate Implications?
11:53:26 AM Jul 2nd 2011
Except they are not implying it at all
03:47:57 PM Mar 23rd 2011
edited by Dent42
Requesting Brother Chuck be removed Long Bus Trip be updated with the following line.

  • Long Bus Trip: Scott and Chef Brian went without appearing for several years, but they've both made appearances recently.

01:17:50 PM Mar 21st 2011
Several broken links exist due to the website switching from one URL format to another. Here are the paragraphs and examples with fixed links:
Ctrl+Alt+Del is a Two Gamers on a Couch webcomic, following the adventures of two guys, a girl, and a robot who alternate between sitting around playing video games and getting up to wacky hijinks.

10:27:36 PM Mar 17th 2011
It would appear Scott is back in the strip (Long Bus Trip and Brother Chuck) as of http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20110318
03:37:11 AM Feb 27th 2011
Art Evolution: This can be seen as more than just a gradual process. It can be seen rather vividly here: http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20021031
09:53:15 AM Feb 11th 2011
There is the Breaking the Fourth Wall moment in this strp
05:50:40 AM Jan 21st 2011
Guys. All links are broken. Buckley switched from http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/?d=####### to http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/#######. Please attract mods' attention so they would unlock the page for 10 minutes. Fixing broken links is more important than preventing potential flamewar.
06:57:47 AM Feb 27th 2011
It also added the "news updates" that are relevant to those particular topics/around that particular time.

Useful for some of the more obscure comics :)
02:11:16 AM Jan 16th 2011
Regarding the use of the quote "Ryan Sohmer: "We produced Ctrl+Alt+Del season one. Never again. Lost HUGE amounts of money."".... I'm sorry to go all wikipedia on somebody's ass but that quote REALLY needs a citation. I was personally curious to see where that quote comes from and so far I've only been able to find dubious references to it on encyclopediadramatica.
04:19:10 PM Oct 26th 2010
Should there be a sub-section for the tropes unqiue to the "Analog & D-Pad" comics, or should they be featured with the main comic tropes?

For example, Ethan essentially becomes more Mary Sue-ish, since he becomes a video game based Batman-expy with the ability to "Respawn" whenever he dies, only with a toned down version of his personality from the main comic. He's also stated to be a "gaming greatness", and saves the day in both stories Buckley actually published.

For clarification of the other characters, Scott becomes Alfred, Lilah hates video games & is essentially Lois Lane, and Zeke doesn't even appear. Lucas on the other hand, serves the exact same role as he does in the main comic, being the more competent of the two but playing second fiddle to Ethan.
08:46:34 AM Oct 9th 2010
edited by M3
Under Genius Ditz, I would argue a counterpoint to that regarding zeke. Zeke's buildup was planned out (granted with red crayon on a chinese diner menu ((if I remember correctly)) but I digress), but Ethan claimed twice that he's not responsible at all for the soul of the robot or the fact that it was able to operate at all. To qualify for genius ditz, wouldn't the "soul" of zeke explicitly define Ethan to be a master of robotics?
09:23:57 PM Oct 7th 2010
Under Anti-Sue, the bit about Ethan being no more likely to be right than other religious figures who attack him over Winter-een-mas, the Dude, Not Funny! pothole needs to be removed because that's not an example of that trope.
12:57:36 PM Sep 15th 2010
Everyone agrees Ctrl+Alt+Del: The Animated Series is So Bad, It's Horrible, I think it should be posted here. If you want evidence for its badness, watch Ctrl+Alt+Del: Annotated, as the original has no redeeming value whatsoever.

  • So Bad, It's Horrible Ctrl+Alt+Del: The Animated Series is regarded by many as one of the worst animated adaptations of all time, and easily the worst of the 2000's - and that's saying something for being adapted from a webcomic that is already so unpopular that even its fans can no longer defend it. Noted for its horrid dialogue, voice acting so bad it makes Resident Evil sound like the English Dub of Wolf's Rain, shoddy animation, and a plot that continues the widely despised saga of Tim Buckley's "war" against Jack Thompson, even though the last time he did it, he probably got a lot of people to support the guy than hate him, seeing as how Buckley made a strip about Thompson getting raped as a child. The series itself was so unpopular, it almost put the creators, Blind Ferret Entertainment, out of business, and they have since then gone on record as saying they'll never produce another season. It's so hated, there's an internet series dedicated solely to mocking it.
    • Ho boy, the animation. Seeing as the characters in the comic are always drawn in 3/4 profile, and animation is supposed to convey some sort of depth, it's some of the most painfully awkward animation that anyone has ever made. The characters move like epilepsy patients due to the fact that they have no profiles for their front or back, only 3/4. The spinal movement is also terrible, it's like the characters have metal rods shoved up their asses. The anatomical problems of CAD look about 1000 times worse in animated form.
    • A couple of Youtubers did the math. The end credits and the opening theme both last one minute, and the Ident for the production company at the beginning lasts about half a minute. Most of the episodes last about five minutes; therefore, half of the running time of each episode is spent on Stock Footage. Whoever paid for these episodes was soundly ripped-off.
      • Fortunately, the few souls unfortunate enough to have purchased CAD: The Animated Series immediately put it on the internet filled with text annotations mocking the series. The short length of the show made it even easier to do, as your average CAD Animated episode was only 5 minutes, making it easy to get on Youtube.
    • What really pissed people off was that Tim Buckley wanted people to pay a lot of money for this garbage, and he wanted a Network TV deal from this show. Seeing as how your average Newgrounds vid has better quality than CAD: The Animated Series, everyone went after Tim Buckley for this.
01:04:35 PM Sep 15th 2010
Even if we all agree, it's policy that So Bad, It's Horrible just doesn't go on works pages.
01:01:22 AM Sep 24th 2010
I watched some of it on Youtube. The voices for Ethan and Lucas aren't that bad, although the animation is definitely atrocious (but probably not worse than some stuff you'd see on, say, [adult_swim]).
07:31:28 AM Sep 25th 2010
I watched some of it on YouTube a while back, too. My overall reaction was just "meh." I wouldn't pay money for it, but I wouldn't call it So Bad, It's Horrible.
09:29:10 PM Sep 7th 2010
edited by IanJames
The new page has a pretty good case of Artistic License - Gun Safety. Can this be added by someone who can?
09:45:53 PM Sep 7th 2010
Put the entry here. A mod will move it over, given the givens.
10:50:19 PM Sep 7th 2010
Reckless Gun Usage: See if you can count the things Ethan does wrong in this strip. Played totally straight: the logical result follows.
12:02:13 PM Sep 4th 2010
Since the page is locked, can we remove that ugly and intrusive boldfont warning from the bottom of the description?
09:45:17 PM Sep 7th 2010
Yup. Good call.
06:00:13 AM Aug 30th 2010
Huh. What happened to the rest of the discussion?

Anyway, thought this should be added as a trope:

  • Character Development: An interesting case of the readers deciding this. In the Ethan McManus: Space Archaeologist comics, Buckley ends each with a reader poll to decide Ethan's next course of action, with the choices generally divided between rash and prudent. In the first set of these strips, the readers consistently chose very rash decisions, with the first set ending with Ethan chopped up into chunky salsa before being resurrected as a clone. In later editions, however, the readers have had Ethan pick the more prudent choice more often, so it looks like the character has learned from past mistakes.
06:10:42 AM Sep 1st 2010
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