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Analog and D-Pad 06.14

January 10, 2020 by Tim


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Nono
Nono
1 year ago

Ah, a magic button that lets him control something far more powerful than himself.

There’s no possible way this could backfire on him!

Dr Gero
Dr Gero
1 year ago
Reply to  Nono

Yeah, about that…

Cheez
Cheez
1 year ago
Reply to  Dr Gero

Name checks out

Reiss Myskiw
Reiss Myskiw
1 year ago
Reply to  Nono

Oh it’s a button! I thought it was voice command at first. That would have been smarter, Ethan could tell him how shutdown buttons can be taken.

mandoschMUh
mandoschMUh
1 year ago
Reply to  Reiss Myskiw

Same here πŸ˜€ I’d really have liked the voice command thingy.

foducool
foducool
1 year ago

the weebmaster

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 year ago
Reply to  foducool

…He’s even spouting Japanese as the trigger words….

And the Anime T-Shirt under the Bath Robe he’s passing off as a Kimono….

rSky
rSky
1 year ago
Reply to  Kaitensatsuma

Not only that, he’s using uncommon words that would only appear in anime or historical pieces, gouman is much more common than futodoki

ArdentSlacker
ArdentSlacker
1 year ago
Reply to  Kaitensatsuma

I looked it up. The word means “rude” or “insolent”

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  foducool

You know, I could see Tim coming up with that name, too. Nice play on ‘webmaster,’ especially for a slavemaster to have.

James Rye
James Rye
1 year ago

Yeah, this just screams “evil tool will overthrow master and resume its rightful position as evil master with the destination to extinct humankind and replace with androids” all over it.

SuperSyrias
SuperSyrias
1 year ago
Reply to  James Rye

i think its more likely that ethan will save the evil tool and that leads to the redemption for said evil tool.
i think fans want their favorite xbot back on ethans side,

John
John
1 year ago

Oh guess I was wrong, we did get to see him in this comic, thought we could cut back to Lucas. I want to know what that weeb shirt is πŸ™‚

Doc
Doc
1 year ago

Weeb master he may be, but he did make a sentient ninja robot. He knows what he likes, and he has the skill to make it happen.

His sole weakness: tsunderes.

kruug
kruug
1 year ago
Reply to  Doc

Did he make the sentient robot, or is he just controlling an existing sentient robot?

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  kruug

Dude, you might be onto something. That serum that gave them their powers…

Lucas got energy arrows.

Ethan got respawning.

… what did the Mecha Thunder Warriors arcade cabinet get?

Oh wait. Exploding powers. That’s right.

Rrr
Rrr
1 year ago

Love how Tim is able to keep it ‘correct’ over a period of 6 years.
The “Master” showed up twice more in the past… and albeit in a silhouette, the curly hair, slightly heavy set figure can be made out since the first appearance.
2019: https://cad-comic.com/comic/breakfast-p6/
2014: https://cad-comic.com/comic/analog-and-d-pad-01-27/

Awesome work Tim !

*Also yes I went back and wanted to check it … gomen-nasai senpai πŸ˜‰

Doodm4n
Doodm4n
1 year ago
Reply to  Rrr

Thanks for saving me from doing the deep dive to see if we had seen this guy before. Not all Heroes wear capes. Or bathrobes.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  Doodm4n

The moment when you realize that Weebmaster isn’t wearing a kimono and zori, but a bathrobe, tube socks, and flip-flops.

Skyblade
Skyblade
1 year ago
Reply to  Rrr

The reboot’s been going on that long?
Wow, I feel old now.

Pegasii
Pegasii
1 year ago
Reply to  Rrr

I was hoping for this! I knew I had seen him before but could not remember where… thx!!!!

Lix
Lix
1 year ago

Maybe he’s just an evil penguin in a perfect human disguise?!

Pal87
Pal87
1 year ago

Hey, cool. A person of Colour in a webcomic!

Annnnnnd… They’re evil. :'(

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

Not this horseshit whining again. πŸ™„

Erik B
Erik B
1 year ago

Hi, no thanks nintendo.

I’d like to adress your comment as well. Pal87 was bringing up what he viewed as an issue. The correct reply is not to be a dick, but to bring your own insights to the matter, and see if you and him can meet halfway and see if there is common ground.

Good luck in tempering your brash responses in the future.

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
1 year ago
Reply to  Erik B

Pal87 is a “woke warrior” idiot and so are you. πŸ‘

leduk
leduk
1 year ago

well it comes to maga vs sjw… sjw is still always the better choice

Benji
Benji
1 year ago
Reply to  Erik B

This doesn’t look like “meeting half-way” with nintendo.

This looks like you actually understand that not everything has to be an even compromise and forcing every interaction into that mold just means still giving the most unreasonable and entitled people half more than the nothing they deserve.

GarlynSav
GarlynSav
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

Stop the woke scolding. It’s ridiculous. β€œFinally a white hetero male in a commercial….and he’s the idiot again” Get over yourself.

Pirate
Pirate
1 year ago
Reply to  GarlynSav

@Pal87 I had a similar reaction. :*(

Expressing disappointment isn’t “whining”. And disagreeing or disliking someone’s reaction doesn’t make what they’re expressing any less valid.

sean
sean
1 year ago
Reply to  Pirate

Wait so because the character isn’t a good guy you’re upset because he’s black? So should no villians be POC just so they don’t hurt your feelings? Complaining is more and more common in this age, wah no POC, wah they added them but not like how i wanted, wah why don’t people bend to my crying and make me happy.

Life isn’t your mother, it doesn’t drop everything and come running because you get your feeling hurt. Best you learn to deal with it now and get over it.

Erik B
Erik B
1 year ago
Reply to  GarlynSav

It will only be ridiculous when people feel it is no longer warranted. Just telling people to “get over yourself” is not a helpful reaction to making people feel like the world is getting better. It makes people feel like you are part of the problem.

Zaldrak
Zaldrak
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

*bzzzzt*

= SJW DETECTED =

= COMMENCING ELIMINATION =

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
1 year ago
Reply to  Zaldrak

Futodok!

Nah. It’s cool. Continue.

leduk
leduk
1 year ago
Reply to  Zaldrak

*bzzzzt*

= MAGA DETECTED =
= DO NOT GIVE A SHIT =

ReyMonoArdilla
ReyMonoArdilla
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

Gordito from Doctor McNinja wasn’t evil. He was, as Doc put it. “the effing badass kid”. The Bombadier from the Specialists isn’t evil. He’s the only person in the Army who could fly the nuclear-powered jetpack without crashing. Isabel from Paranatural isn’t evil. She’s a hyper-competent ghost hunter.

Michael
Michael
1 year ago
Reply to  ReyMonoArdilla

Tiger from Spinnerette is Lawful Good to a fault and that fault is not giving Dr. Universe the benefit of doubt most of the time. Dr. Brightman’s worst crime in Star Power is falling for the romantic advances and musical talent of an egotistical sociopath and that ends the moment she witnesses him murder his own (illegally created) clones for not singing well enough. Best of all is Unsounded, where the heroic Captain Toma and Lieutenant Elka first encounter the main protagonists in the middle of a gruesome ritual room and assume the worst. Toma in particular has earned his… Read more »

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
1 year ago
Reply to  ReyMonoArdilla

Yeah, but the point isn’t to actually have POC that are good guys. The point is to just whine and whine and whine about everything. Every good guy could be a POC and every bad guy could be white and they’d still find some reason to whine about it. These people are complete wastes of oxygen.

GamerLEN
GamerLEN
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

Pretty sure Captain Prime, the main superhero of their city, is a black woman… isn’t she? Oh, and Elijah, that super-speed spraypainter.

Kerran32
Kerran32
1 year ago
Reply to  GamerLEN

Indeed they are, but don’t worry, snowflakes always dissipate eventually πŸ™‚

GamerLEN
GamerLEN
1 year ago
Reply to  GamerLEN
Rolan7
Rolan7
1 year ago
Reply to  GamerLEN

Captain Prime’s an excellent point!
…Elijah’s a “villain” (technically) and a black graffiti artist. I really like the character and his motivation, but it’s not a counterexample…

GamerLEN
GamerLEN
1 year ago
Reply to  Rolan7

Yeah, Elijah is a graffiti artist, but on the other hand thats not necessarily a negative stereotype. I mean, I live near Cincinnati and there’s some buildings that are huge explosions of color and art. Yeah he’s doing it illegally, but its not like he’s tagging gang signs or something. Its a protest against violence in video games (and guns themselves, remember he was tagging gun stores too as Ethan found out after confronting him) as he came to grips with his brother’s death at the hands of a school shooter who was obsessed with Fortnite. What happened after Analog… Read more »

FacepalmGuy
FacepalmGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

Hey, cool. A social justice warrior on a comment board!

Annnnnnd… They’re myopic and clueless. :'(

Briggs
Briggs
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

Man, even a passive comment on this stuff, simply expressing personal disappointment, really gets people riled up. I wonder if they even know, honestly, why it upsets them.

Michael
Michael
1 year ago
Reply to  Briggs

We don’t need to wonder, because it’s plainly obvious how wrong it is.

Benji
Benji
1 year ago
Reply to  Briggs

Oh that’s easy. It’s annoying because it’s some fool telegraphing they want to attack a content creator we obviously enjoy over some dumb fallacious reason.

Doubly so because even this very sub-comic has plenty of older positive representations and somehow they’re acting like this new, non-stereotypical but mildly negative one is the only one.

Do you honestly even know why people defending an artist from unprovoked and baseless attacks upsets you?

deekeetr
deekeetr
1 year ago
Reply to  Briggs

The most powerful hero and other secondary characters are black.
It’s the incessant whining and the need of being pampered up and making them the center of attention for “non-causes” that really whines people up.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

Shhhh…this isn’t the forum for that.

These panty waists got their underwear in a bunch when a female character had gone through something heartbreaking before the reboot.

Heywood
Heywood
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

This is a thoughtful response that addresses the context of this specific setting. But, it seems to me that there’s some merit in the observation that webcomics have a relative scarcity of non-white characters.

It certainly sends a message when the readership of this comic gets so bent out of shape for expressing disappointment that Ethan & Lucas only seem to have negative interactions with nonwhite people.

We don’t have to assign blame to our favorite content creators to acknowledge the patterns among characters that we meet.

deekeetr
deekeetr
1 year ago
Reply to  Heywood

You just can’t help bringing all the attention to you by over virtue signalling what was a perfectly adequate response from Tim can you?
Dam you people (SJW) are unbearable.

Tonkin
Tonkin
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

And Tim’s Obi-Wan moment brought to you by…

Sayer
Sayer
1 year ago
Reply to  Tonkin

For real. I’m a “POC” (ugh) and I still wanted to slap that dude. Mindless, knee-jerk responses ostensibly in the service of equality do at least as much harm to the discourse as the people it’s supposedly leveled against.

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

“Okay, we don’t need to downvote this guy into oblivion…”

If you don’t want stupid comments to get downvoted, remove the downvote button. Otherwise it’ll be used as intended.

leduk
leduk
1 year ago

and that’s why you’re downvoted rn

Mattikus
Mattikus
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

I think the problem is that the frequency of on panel cast members skews toward white (men too ever since the break up, but that’s a different conversation). Having an off panel paragon that is POC doesn’t really address that representation gap. Elijah doesn’t help either, at least not yet. We haven’t seen him for a while and his time was primarily oppositional to Analog and D-pad while he broke laws. If there were a regular occuring on-panel-presence of nontoken nonoppositional characters that are POC, then one as a villain (whatever moral complexity you ascribe) is less problematic. The issue… Read more »

Sayer
Sayer
1 year ago
Reply to  Mattikus

They do not “need” to be represented in any way beyond what the creator desires. Webcomics are unique in that they’re a wide open genre with fairly low entry requirements for creators. This comic skews the way it does because it’s written by a cisgender white male, and that’s fine. There are plenty of other comics written by whatever flavor of human being’s point of view you’d like to see. This the rare medium where “finally a POC in a webcomic” can be met reasonably with the rejoinder: “then read different webcomics” If you want to read a comic with… Read more »

leduk
leduk
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

well I think I can understand what he felt when he posted that (even if I disagree) but hey, thanks tim for your great reaction

Dodgy
Dodgy
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

Oh hi!
Fuck off please!
Ktnxbi

Erik B
Erik B
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

Hi Pal87, I’d like to address this. Starting with the statement that I am all for a broad, inclusive cast in our various forms of culture and media. I believe that it is important to showcase in tv, movies, books, graphic novels etc, that our world has a wide diversity. It is important that we have people of various races, sexualitys, genders, and religions depicted in pop-culture. This is how we improve progress within the culture, and attempt to stamp out bigotry and hatred. However, Tim has previously introduced non-white characters who have been not evil. Captain Prime comes to… Read more »

leduk
leduk
1 year ago
Reply to  Erik B

“For my part, I did not look at this guy and think β€œOh hey, the villain is a black guy!” ”
tbh, I thought “oh hey the vilain is fat”.

Ben Green
Ben Green
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

I think you need to go back and read the archive, then come back and apologise.

Max M.
Max M.
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

X to doubt. Captain Prime isn’t white and Elijah’s black. Conversely, Demolition Duke, the Troll, and all the petty criminals I can recall from this comic are white. Heck, even Scott doesn’t look completely Caucasian. If you’re talking webcomics in general, I feel like there are plenty of examples of people of color in good or neutral roles. Fewer than there *should* be? Quite possibly. But I’m recalling Gordito from Doctor McNinja, Dale from Questionable Content, numerous cast members in the Walkyverse, the *incredibly* diverse cast of Oglaf, and so on. I unfortunately don’t read too many webcomics so my… Read more »

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
1 year ago
Reply to  Max M.

Elijah’s also a villain. Probably the lamest villain ever, as his thing is having incredibly bad opinions about video games and graffiti, but a villain nonetheless. And I’m sure Pal and the other SJWs complained about that too. Hell, they complained about a one-off where a POC was a game publisher employee for crying out loud. These people do nothing but look for more reasons to complain. As Anita Sarkeesian, queen of these fools, once said: you have to constantly look for reasons to be offended.

leduk
leduk
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

why 53 downvote? it’s just the truth, whining or not.

Richard II Weatherfield
Richard II Weatherfield
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

So are you suggesting that minorities shouldn’t be portrayed as evil in media? You do realize that evil people who happen to be black/hispanic/whaever else exist, right?

BakaGrappler
BakaGrappler
1 year ago

Oh God. He even has a Neck Beard. Nice of you to show us the magic “Cripple the killer android button,” Weebmaster. Good to know that no mater how brilliant the inventor, he’s an idiot to the corruption of power.

Jacob
Jacob
1 year ago
Reply to  BakaGrappler

On one hand, it is probably voice printed… but on the other, as often as my Google Home chimes in, he’s screwed.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  Jacob

ETHAN: “Hey Google. Open isolation chamber and deactivate remote control.”

ZEKE: “You idiot. You really think that would-”

VOICE: 𝙾𝙺. π™Ύπš™πšŽπš—πš’πš—πš πš’πšœπš˜πš•πšŠπšπš’πš˜πš— πšŒπš‘πšŠπš–πš‹πšŽπš› πšŠπš—πš πšπšŽπšŠπšŒπšπš’πšŸπšŠπšπš’πš—πš πš›πšŽπš–πš˜πšπšŽ πšŒπš˜πš—πšπš›πš˜πš•.

ZEKE: “… you brilliant, brilliant meatbag.”

Dagroth
Dagroth
1 year ago
Reply to  Jacob

I got the impression he is pressing a button on the device, with him holding it the way he does (if it was voice activated, he wouldn’t need to take it out, though it could be to better show the readers what is happening). Though yeah, it reminded me of a scene from “The Incredibles”, where the (constantly improved with every defeat) killer robot figured out the remote is able to stop him, and destroyed it. Also if it is voice activated… Zeke’s reflexes are presumably better than the average human’s, and so the Weebmaster’s as well (with what he… Read more »

Uniqum
Uniqum
1 year ago

That’s the “Master”?
Pffff!
Give me back Demolition-Duke! :p
(Sorry, no offense meant to you, Tim. You are doing great – even with introducing such a sleazebag. I am already looking forward to his soon upcoming demise.)

TheRoamer
TheRoamer
1 year ago

Lord of the Neckbeards

Admiral Casual
Admiral Casual
1 year ago

Aha! I knew it!! It was him all along!!!

Okay, fuck it, I have no idea who this guy is.

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
1 year ago
Reply to  Admiral Casual

Yeah I’m with you. I’ve been reading a long time and I’m clueless.

Brian
Brian
1 year ago
Reply to  Admiral Casual

Oh thank God I’m not the only one lol

Vandril
Vandril
1 year ago
Reply to  Admiral Casual

That’s because the most we’ve seen of him was a silhouette. This is his first actual appearance.

Twilight Faze
1 year ago

Y’know…I don’t know why, but I thought it was somehow the return of the Troll specifically going anti-tech to mess with Ethan and Lucas. Part of me hopes this will end with Zeke returning as one of the good guys (in his own snarky pro-AI ways), but the other part of me hopes that freeing Zeke will result in a spin-off series of him. If anything, I’m hoping for the end of the Red Ring of Death he’s sporting. Sorry (but not sorry), Zeke’s always been my favorite character in every iteration and he needs more page time. So far,… Read more »

Leon
Leon
1 year ago

Hmm, is it maybe Elijah’s brother? Maybe he was kidnapped, not killed?

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  Leon

Must be. I mean, what are the chances there’d be two unrelated black people in a metropolis?

Leon
Leon
1 year ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

This is a comic, where everything is miraculously connected

White Rice
White Rice
1 year ago
Reply to  Leon

He was kidnapped in a school shooting? While that would be an interesting way to link characters, it would have required Elijah to have a very different motive/backstory (and it’s pretty unlikely, unless someone pulls out some resurrection powers, that a child killed at school would suddenly be alive again, nobody would notice their body missing, and that they’d just pop up again a while later as a villain) Pretty sure he’s just some jerk who has that whole β€œI’m the smartest one here because I took half a semester of Japanese at the JC” thing going on (with robotics… Read more »

Leon
Leon
1 year ago
Reply to  White Rice

Maybe ask yourself: what was the underlying reason? Were they taking special kids, and using a shooting as a cover up?

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 year ago

Love how this is being done to make the Weebmaster (until we have a real name) more contemptible and Zeke more of a sympathetic character. I especially like that Zeke KNOWS that giving his input will get punishment, but does it anyway.

Between this, and last page, it makes me wonder about Zeke’s real feelings towards A&D. Sure, he hates them, but maybe in a xenocidal “all fleshy meat-things are bad” sort of way. Zeke and Ethan, at least, are peers. Weeb is just a slavemaster.

Craig
Craig
1 year ago

What voice should I be reading The Master in? Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus or Aziz Ansari as Daryl from Bob’s Burgers?

Mattikus
Mattikus
1 year ago
Reply to  Craig

Let’s go with Ansari for most speech and Fishburne for weeb.

Jacob
Jacob
1 year ago

Enjoying the frienemy vibe between Zeke and Ethan

MarthKoopa
MarthKoopa
1 year ago

It would be hilarious if this guy’s weapons were King Blades, basically mini lightsabers, if he ever fights. If he’s the biggest weeb he has to be an idol fanatic

Johnnymac
Johnnymac
1 year ago

Nah, I got it! He’s Wade from Kim Possible all grown up and bitter. πŸ˜€

Greg
Greg
1 year ago

Am I the only one who thinks the emblem on the shirt under his robe resembles the Skyrim logo?

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg

Not really. It’s not one emblem. The grey bits seem to be a secondary kimono (or part of the red one, not up to date on traditional japanese garments), and under that is just a standard shirt with an anime girl on it.

(I will concede that with the vague v-shape it can sort of resemble the lines from the skyrim logo it if you squint a lot (and disregard the fact that Skyrim’s logo wings also converge back). But at that point literally everything that has a shape can resemble it.

Jetroid
1 year ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

I think Greg was seeing the face of the anime girl as the skyrim logo.

Benji
Benji
1 year ago
Reply to  Jetroid

Huh, yeah, it’s like the faces/vase picture.

If you focus only on the shape of the flesh tone parts under the hair, you can kinda see the dragon and wings shape.

Tonkin
Tonkin
1 year ago

Nooooo! I was hoping it was Emily, irony is ded…

Him.
Him.
1 year ago

The Weebster, master of Weebs

Kevin
Kevin
1 year ago

I see them somehow disabling the control words, and Zeke killing him for them before going rogue

Logan
Logan
1 year ago

“The Master”?

That ain’t Sho’nuff! He ain’t no Master! I see no Glow!

CTown
CTown
1 year ago

That’s Latarian Milton

Kerran32
Kerran32
1 year ago

Laurence Fishburne in CAD?!

Solokov
Solokov
1 year ago

WHAT A WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEB!

HONK
HONK
1 year ago

Is it weird that I ship Ethan and Zeke now

Logan
Logan
1 year ago
Reply to  HONK

Yes! All ‘shipping’ is weird and cringy (specially when forcing orientations that characters are not). Let characters *be* as they are, and leave “shipping” to mail carriers.