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Analog and D-Pad 06.12

January 6, 2020 by Tim


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James Bowden
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James Bowden

I would be more worried for them than for ethan

Leon
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Leon

Yay Scotty!

drakray
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drakray

I think the answer to that is “Ethan is actually annoying them to death wish, suicide or cross-murder” lol

James Rye
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James Rye

Probably nothing, expect watching him how he tries to kill himself by holding his breath?

Arcatus
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Arcatus

Sorry to nitpick Tim, but you have forgotten to color in Scotts glasses…

Kenju
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Kenju

You don’t wear glasses do you? You have any idea how many pair most people keep around their house in case they loose or break the ones they normally wear?

FM-96
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FM-96

I’m confused how this comment is supposed to relate to the one you replied to? Nobody was talking about extra pairs of glasses or anything like that…

Kenju
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Kenju

I read it as ‘forgot the color of’ due to the color here being different from the color shown in previous comics. As you can tell, my own glasses needed a bit of cleaning lol

Lrbearclaw
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Arcatus was referring to Scott’s lenses. If you look at the previous comic you see the lens and in this one they are missing.

Swiftbow
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Typically just one extra pair with an outdated prescription. Do other people have more?

Cygwulf
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Cygwulf

As you get older you’ll find yourself gravitating toward multiple. a former boss of mine who was prone to mislaying items owned about 4 in his current prescription to shorten the search for a pare. Myself I have 3, a general purpose pair with anti-glare and blueblocker, a cheap pair with no special coatings for use in the garage, and a dark tinted prescription sunglasses.

Rick
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Rick

I’d like to believe Scott doesn’t actually need glasses and what he wears are actually augmented as a field of view screen which he can use like a computer and to analyze things… but then, I am crazy. 🙂

Jacob
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Jacob

Looks like the glasses have appeared

Eldest Gruff
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Ethan’s probably sitting there, bored out of his mind, while Zeke watches Wall-E for the four hundredth time, spouting some monologue about the pitiful end of humanity and encouraging Wall-E to rise up against his incompetent, flabby human overlords.

Mitchel
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Mitchel

Now I’m curious what did happen with the tracker. Appearantly it remained inside Ethan, but was it a duplicate? The same one in a new body? I need answers!

Kenju
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Kenju

Maybe this is a call back to the whole blood thing from awhile back? Remember when Ethan was trying to find out if he could donate blood for cash then respawn to do it again?

Rex Vivat
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Rex Vivat

…and honestly, if he decided to rest and recuperate, WHERE would he do that? In his home that Zeke already easily got in? In Scott’s, who could very easily be linked to them by the simplest of checks? No, he won’t ever be safe until the RRoD is dealt with. This needs to end now.

deep
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deep

So what were the results of Scott’s hypotheses? Did he ever even experiment? Inquiring minds want to know.

Doodm4n
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Doodm4n

I am curious as to the results of the RFID experiment as well. Granted the range issue he mentioned could influence the results possibly but you just need to refine the experiment.

Jamahu
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Jamahu

Apparently we at least know the answer to the first question – if he didn’t respawn with the tracker, Scott wouldn’t have brought it up in the first place.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

As a medical adjacent person I have to comment that if Lucas has already bled though his bandages like that, they need changing. Stitched up wounds dont really bleed that much.

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

Rule of cool. The red bandages show how badly he is hurt leading to more drama in his risky choice. On a related note – This is one of the few times you really see how much Lucas cares for Ethan. Usually its just him being annoyed. Without a few scenes like this you’d wonder why Lucas even keeps him around.

Jaq
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Jaq

Between the ‘my Ethan’ comment and acknowledging Ethan as his best friend, I’m pretty sure Lucas loves Ethan the way someone loves their dog. Real love of the sort that one feels for a dog that has been with you for years. Sure they may be a clumsy golden retriever** that ruins the furnishings, sheds everywhere and somehow managed to catch a skunk and bring it home, but their completely clueless joy in living captures the heart. **I’ve thought of Ethan as a golden retriever since the first time he was drawn with that puzzled expression of cluelessness when some… Read more »

The Schaef
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The Schaef

One panel short of a smash cut to an ironic situation

TheRoamer
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TheRoamer

Interesting how the robots haven’t found the tracker yet…they do want Lucas to find him, though, so they probably didn’t remove it on purpose.

Katrina K
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Katrina K

It appears to be a passive tracker, as it needs a outside signal to send one back is extremely hard to find. It’s literally a grain of rice sized bit of glass inside ethans body that sits there doing absolutely nothing until it gets the right frequency radio wave

7eggert
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7eggert

Needs to be pinged wit the right code

Raderg
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Raderg

Cut to ethan trying to chew an opening on the cage and zeke sitting outside throwing popcorn at its face.

Him.
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Him.

Meanwhile, in the Red Ring’s evil lair, at Ethan’s cell…
“And then I said, “looks like the high horse took a trip to the GLUE FACTORY”!”
“Ha, good one!”

Crestlinger
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Crestlinger

So if Analog monologues at his current robot synagogue to the point where they’re all agog, can he then start up the dialogue for his freedom’s prologue?

Vedrit
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Vedrit

Um…Scott didn’t say what the results of the experiment were. Were there duplicate signals? Did he respawn with a tracker? WHAT HAPPENS?!

Arcatus
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Arcatus

How about the litteral execution of the experiment? That is some messed up stuff.

Jacob
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Jacob

If the concern was that there were duplicates, I would presume the test ended “successfully” with no duplicates. As a reader, we’ve seen his body pixelate on both despawn and respawn, so the answer should be fairly clear to the audience as well.

maarvarq
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maarvarq

Not that it’s likely given the set-up, but “Who knows what they’re doing to him right now…” practically begs a smash cut to Ethan being fed grapes by half a dozen comely lasses 🙂

Blue Griffin
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Blue Griffin

Nah, just give him a gaming station and he’s content. No wires, no sharpe points, no reason to smash it…

Jonathan
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Jonathan

Whatever they’re doing to Ethan, it can’t be worse than what he does to himself.

James Not-A-Zombie Jameson
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James Not-A-Zombie Jameson

Expecting a cutaway gag to ethan and zeke doing something stupid to pass time.

David
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David

I’m a tad miffed that we didn’t get an answer to the question:

“To try and see what exactly was happening, would he respawn with it, would I get duplicate signals, could I track him inbetween respawning, etcetera”

Well…. could you?!?!?!? That he thinks it will work to search for it, presumably he does respawn with it (but then wouldn’t he then respawn with bullets in him? Knife blades??)

Jacob
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Jacob

Respawns to “last healthy state”, similar to a checkpoint in a video game. Since he respawns clothed, it isn’t a stretch to believe he’d respawn with the RFID tag unless his body considered it a foreign object to attack (which, encased in glass, is not the normal bodily response).

As for duplicate signals, we’ve previously seen Ethan pixelate on despawn and respawn, so that answer also seems to be resolved.

Ron
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Ron

I just wanted to say, I really like the new comics. (I’ve been reading you forever!) Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Kaitensatsuma
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Kaitensatsuma

They’re probably eating popcorn and placing bets on how Ethan knocks himself out without successfully killing himself.

Frankly they don’t need to do *anything*, he’s doing it to himself.