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Analog and D-Pad 06.25

February 5, 2020 by Tim


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Mousio
Mousio
1 year ago

Eh, I keep thinking of what to say about this part but nothing comes to mind. Oh well…

Also, First. Yay 😊

KillerDragon989
KillerDragon989
1 year ago

Second! Lol

DrakeStarkiller
DrakeStarkiller
1 year ago

Whered the spear come from….
I just cant imagine theyd have weapons lieing around

Scherge
Scherge
1 year ago

It’s Zeke’s. He threw it three strips ago: https://cad-comic.com/comic/analog-and-d-pad-06-22/
It was stuck in the wall, waiting for Ethan to pull it out.

RobertCantBeBotheredWithAFancyName
RobertCantBeBotheredWithAFancyName
1 year ago

Go back three strips…

nvcleemp
nvcleemp
1 year ago

The spear was thrown by Zeke. See first panel of page 22.

Stu|
Stu|
1 year ago

I just love how Zeke has an air of Deadpool about him

Skorpeyon
Skorpeyon
1 year ago
Reply to  Stu|

I thought the same thing on the last comic and completely forgot to post about it.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

As a long time lurker i already know how this is going to end ‘eventually’, but i just wanted to take this moment and commend you this excellent and enticing prologue. I for one am glad you decide to do this!

Rhapsody The Blue
Rhapsody The Blue
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I really hate the robot, but in that good way you’re supposed to hate a bad guy. 👍🏻 You just want his ass kicked in the end. #LoveHumanity! Solidarity, my fellow meat sacks!

James Rye
James Rye
1 year ago

Nice, that last panel looks really cool!

TheCK
TheCK
1 year ago

And now I remember why I didn’t get into reading comics – the idea that you build suspense in a still strip that is meant to be read quickly in short order, is lost to me. I feel like it’s taking 3 weeks to see an ending we know was coming 10 miles away. I’ll bet if we can get another EMP off – the guy in the chair can take control. Followed Tim for over a decade here and still love the comic but humor is definitely the better genre for this type of delivery and layout. If you… Read more »

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
1 year ago
Reply to  TheCK

Only read once a month then? Don’t blame the author for your lack of control.

Zanquis
Zanquis
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

To be fair, in the interactive stories we have demonstrated NOT being able to fully predict the events. How many times did we reach the good ending? And how often did we setup our heroes down the wrong path?

Trapsin
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

I’ve been reading the comic for almost 15 years, I think. I like the one-offs but I definitely prefer your stories… all of them. They are what keep me coming back ever other day to find out what’s happened.

With the comments it’s fun to come in and read everyone’s theories and join in the discussion from time to time.

Jacob
Jacob
1 year ago
Reply to  TheCK

I appreciate having something to look forward to, in this era of instant gratification binge-fest entertainment. Even Disney seemed to realize this as they released the Mandalorian weekly rather than Netflix-style all at once.

I could still consume it on my own time, on my schedule. I could wait for a story to be over and tear through it, or enjoy it piece by piece as it was delivered, deliciously anticipating the next installment.

Rhapsody The Blue
Rhapsody The Blue
1 year ago
Reply to  TheCK

I usually read the webcomics I like all on Fridays, usually at lunch at work, but I’m home under the weather today. You could wait a month like a comic book release? Personally, I’m quite enjoying this reboot of the characters.

Chylok
Chylok
1 year ago
Reply to  TheCK

For feck sake TheCK, where was the spolier alert warning? 🙂

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  TheCK

I find it interesting that you’ve been reading for over a decade and yet Scott is ‘the guy in the chair.’

Erik Marques Schroeder
Erik Marques Schroeder
1 year ago
Reply to  TheCK

You don’t know what is waiting. While also reading this I have been keeping watch for Goblins, Two Kinds and many others. I love all these long stories, but damn how hard it is when the author forgets to post for a couple months. Tim’s stories are cool as hell and do have an schedule so never feels like we are waiting too much. A moment of silence for the webcomics that simply died like Fanboys or Grim Tales.

Sayer
Sayer
1 year ago

Zeke’s getting dangerously close to “boring invincible villain”.

Luc
Luc
1 year ago
Reply to  Sayer

I kinda thought this at the “jk extra shielding” part. I know why villains have to be written as more powerful, because there has to be some risk and stress in the storytelling. I just don’t like it haha.
Maybe that’s why I love me some One Punch Man =P

ImperatorRuscal
ImperatorRuscal
1 year ago
Reply to  Luc

I’d be more disappointed if he didn’t have extra EM hardening after the last time around. Only a fool refuses to learn from past failures, and Zeke is most certainly not a fool.

Luc
Luc
1 year ago

The other side of that argument is Scott is no fool either. He’d find a way to up the EMP effect.
I guess it could also be argued that he did increase the effect, and that’s why he was able to do something to Zeke (that we don’t necessarily know yet).

Erugan
Erugan
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

https://cad-comic.com/comic/analog-and-d-pad-06-17/ On the linked page it is said that they are a new handheld design but with reduced range. Emps are like most explosives in that they are stronger the closer you are to the source of the pulse (or explosion) As such, a reduced range would also correlate to a reduced strength. At that point comparing the magnitude of the effects would require comparing emp strength at the point of origin of both emp devices, and Zekes distance from the point of origin each time. Zeke wasn’t completely destroyed last time eather, simply had enough damage to necessitate a… Read more »

Erugan
Erugan
1 year ago
Reply to  Erugan

A potential way to increase the strength of the emp with out increasing the range would be to use multiple from different sides (if the go off at the same time the overlapping electromagnetic pulses would be stronger).

Another alternative: sticky bomb version, have it stuck to zekes body for closer proximity (extra points if you can aim for where the sensitive components are located)

Ashi
Ashi
1 year ago
Reply to  Erugan

Lucas mains Tracer confirmed!!!

Banjo
Banjo
1 year ago
Reply to  Erugan

I’m not sure that Zeke falls under the “boring invincible villain” trope yet. He might be smug about it, but he DID just get a hole through his arm. He’s probably done fighting with that arm today. This is the first physically challenging (superior?) opponent our duo has had to face in a conventional brawl, and their lack of combat experience has a lot to do with why he almost seems to be making sport of the two of them. As it is, they fought him to a draw once, beat him once with him escaping, and then lost once… Read more »

Michiel
Michiel
1 year ago
Reply to  Luc

Funnily enough, One Punch Man is one of few anime that actually got me emotionally invested and worried about the outcome of a fight. That certainly never happened with Dragonball. (I’d tell you which fight I mean, but you’ve already guessed it. It was *that* good.)

Maxime Pearson
Maxime Pearson
1 year ago
Reply to  Michiel

Blacksperm?

Rhapsody The Blue
Rhapsody The Blue
1 year ago
Reply to  Sayer

On the other hand, a tough villain is preferred to one with some silly weakness or they make a dumb mistake. There’s always the danger of falling into Jason Voorhees territory, but we’re nowhere near that yet, IMO.

LuckyFalkor
LuckyFalkor
1 year ago

interesting no one pointed out; how the heck did Zeke, not hear Ethan reefing on and yanking out a spear from the wall.
even a normal human, let alone a robot, could probably hear that and in Zeke’s case probably at least counter a little bit.

still despite that, excellent page and comic overall.

stromboul
stromboul
1 year ago
Reply to  LuckyFalkor

I mean, we have seen Ethan practice with a lot of different weapons over the course of the previous issues. We know he is potent with them. How long do you think it takes for someone to withdraw a spear from a wall, twirl it around and stab it at someone who is 1 meter away?

Maybe the time it takes for Zeke to look up, lift his arm up to block the incoming strike?

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  LuckyFalkor

Just because he’s a robot, doesn’t mean that he’s amazingly proficient at handling dozens of tasks in the background when he’s got something big taking up most of his computing power.

I mean, he is a Microsoft product, after all.

I’m surprised no one just sent him a spam email yet

Anon200
Anon200
1 year ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Don’t let the internet know he knows when super Broly is

Doodm4n
Doodm4n
1 year ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Little surprised he has not had to be restarted yet, or the Incoming Updates slowdown has occured…

MercuryGreen
MercuryGreen
1 year ago

Missed opportunity:

“PLAYER TWO HAS ENTERED THE FAME”

MercuryGreen
MercuryGreen
1 year ago
Reply to  MercuryGreen

“Entered the GAME” dang it!

Michael Bulmer
Michael Bulmer
1 year ago
Reply to  MercuryGreen

Nah he did that a few issues ago, he doesn’t want to be typecast.

Leon
Leon
1 year ago

A wild Ethan appears

CombatMagi
CombatMagi
1 year ago

100% honest I’m super surprised that Lucas actually found Ethan with how the dummy signal was set up… I’m going to say 75% chance that it isn’t Ethan and part of the trap. Either that or part of notZeke’s plan to gain his freedom.

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  CombatMagi

The strengthened signal was supposed to lure Lucas to Ethan, it wasn’t required to be at a different location. The open door to Unconscious-Ethan’s cage was just a bonus trap from Zeke after Than offered to disable the kill switch, and either unfortunately or “unfortunately”, it backfired.

Tonkin
Tonkin
1 year ago

Speaking of a few strips ago, just realized that the fact they could trace Ethan’s dna sample back to him either A.) proves that there arent a bunch of dead Ethans strewn across time and space, or B.) the reason it took so long for them to find Ethan is that they had to search through a bunch of dead Ethans strewn across time and space

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 year ago

So, Tim.

*steeples fingers*

Let’s talk animated Netflix series.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 year ago

Also. Makes perfect sense that he gets stabbed through the arm. XBox Series X is coming out in less than a year; the Zeke model of XBoxes get their new upgrades in the arm.

Halosty
Halosty
1 year ago

Either Ethan is very strong or Zeke is made out of plastic. Actually… he is an X-Bot, right?
Alternatively: Extremely sharp spear, but it doesn’t look like it.

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  Halosty

Ethan is strong as a slightly-trained Nerd. Zeke has some combat shielding and is strong enough for a good punch. The spear is sharp enough to pierce Ethan’s cage.

Him.
Him.
1 year ago
Reply to  7eggert

Lucas is probably 3/5th ripped because he’s clearly dedicated to training, Ethan is “nerd who hits the gym regularly”
Which is to say, Ethan can hold his own in a fight, Lucas can probably actually punch a hole in a door (which isn’t as hard as you’d expect)

Rolando
Rolando
1 year ago

May I offer an opinion on characters’ looks? Just talking artistic design, something I have zero experience in. I feel all of them have evolved since 1.0. Better drawn, and with a style and expression that matches their current personality. (Starcaster is of a fine quality too. I’m really curious about your plans for that plot, in a “good uncertainty” way.) All evolved fine, except Ethan. He just doesn’t look right. The nose, some expressions. When he looks serious. I thought it was me unable to accept him not being as constantly goofy as in 1.0. But back then, you… Read more »

Rolan7
Rolan7
1 year ago

I can’t blame Ethan for aiming for Zeke’s head, considering Zeke is almost certainly murdering Lucas. I’ve reluctantly accepted that he meant his offer to help Zeke, and that he knows Zeke is more than a mere machine. That means he was willing to kill a person for Lucas. Again, not surprising, but I think it’s worth noting. (I may be annoyed at a scene in a TV show I just saw where a heart-of-gold rogue tried to shoot someone with a shotgun in cold blood, and it was treated as no big deal because the gun wasn’t loaded. He… Read more »

MightyThor34
MightyThor34
1 year ago
Reply to  Rolan7

Well, he believes he is real, but he also believes he is still a machine, and therefore repairs are a lot easier. Plus, he was trying to murder his friend so you know if he can’t be repaired…

ReyMonoArdilla
ReyMonoArdilla
1 year ago

You’ve got to cast defensively, Lucas, or you’re just going to fail your concentration checks.

Him.
Him.
1 year ago

So…the part about the superfluous signals was a bust then, huh. I guess Scott got lucky on the first try?

Less a plot hole and more a “well then, that’s surprisingly convenient”

rhedak
rhedak
1 year ago

So I used to this this comic many years ago until I stopped after the end of the first series. Now I came back a few months ago to check if it still exists and was positively surprised. I caught up a month ago and am now checking back every update day (at least while the stories are going on, when the shorts are going on I am less interested). Just wanted to say great job keeping this going for so many years. I like the reboot as much as I did the first part although I was skeptical about… Read more »

TheRoamer
TheRoamer
1 year ago

I’d like to give Tim a round of applause for his use of Shrodinger’s Gun. That spear was perfect for it.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  TheRoamer

It’s actually a Chekhov’s Gun. You could potentially argue that the Ethan-like shape in the box was a Schrödinger’s Gun, but not really the spear.