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Analog and D-Pad 06.31

February 19, 2020 by Tim


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Pal87
Pal87
1 year ago

First again! Woooo!

P.S. downvotes are life!

Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

It is why I upvoted instead.

Argon
Argon
1 year ago
Reply to  Tumbleweed

It’s a trap!

wkz
wkz
1 year ago
Reply to  Pal87

You know, there was a website out there ages ago who solved the problem of “First” posts… by the author himself locking out the first post by himself posting after every update, often in a witty way.

Just a suggestion

Heldarion
Heldarion
1 year ago
Reply to  wkz

Some idiot is going to reply with “second” then.

Jacob
Jacob
1 year ago
Reply to  Heldarion

Nature has provided… KillerDragon989

Sayer
Sayer
1 year ago
Reply to  wkz

That seems like extra work every day for no reason. Just scroll past the “First!” post, and read the ones you want. No one will die.

Finn Mac Cool
Finn Mac Cool
1 year ago
Reply to  wkz

If “firsts” are really annoying (and I find them sad, mostly, it’s been 20 years, get over it) then the best solution is to ban the IP address of everyone who posts it.

KillerDragon989
KillerDragon989
1 year ago

Second
Lol

leduk
leduk
1 year ago

I love your poulidor style

Schedar
Schedar
1 year ago

Leaving him “locked in” while still awake/aware sounds like torture and reprogramming away his free will is no better than what the “Master” did. Hopefully they can come up with a better plan quickly

Michael
Michael
1 year ago
Reply to  Schedar

With all the threats of violence (and making good on it) he’s been making at every opportunity, Zeke will probably understand their efforts of self-preservation, but hate them no less for it. It’ll probably help that they want to remove the explosive for mutual benefit.

Him.
Him.
1 year ago
Reply to  Schedar

Clearly no one has read Schlock Mercenary around there…
Poor Tagii, though she got better.

Javada
Javada
1 year ago
Reply to  Schedar

Ethan’s suggestion to simply add a few lines of code is something more akin to teaching a child a lesson. If A than B. If you want a cookie, then you need to say please. If you want your allowance, then you need to do your chores. Scott may still be thinking of X1 as a computer that can be erased and reprogrammed at will with little to no consequence. Scott ALSO didn’t say he blocked the audio receptors, so they might accidental their way into an uneasy alliance with him IF they show themselves to be better than most… Read more »

Christopher
Christopher
1 year ago
Reply to  Javada

I really want to see this. Tim, can you please make this (or something similar) happen? It was my birthday yesterday if that helps. Maybe even a one-off where Ethan is dreaming so it doesn’t derail your planned story outline.

Edit: wait, the post I replied to disappeared. For reference, I’m talking about where someone mentioned Ethan playing coop video games with Xbot.

Del Cox
Del Cox
1 year ago
Reply to  Christopher

Were you not around for the original run of Ctrl Alt Del? That was Zeke’s (X1) original purpose.

Del Cox
Del Cox
1 year ago
Reply to  Schedar

Blind, deaf, and numb? Yeah, that’s the exact fear that’s pushed nearly every culture in the world to desire an afterlife. Right now they’ve got a murderbot; if they don’t act fast, they’ll have an *insane* murderbot.

Rikunda
Rikunda
1 year ago

Wait… So right now he is in hell?! He is fully aware of what is going on to him, but cannot move. He is trapped inside his body…

James Rye
James Rye
1 year ago
Reply to  Rikunda

That’s going to help his murderboner for humanity to cease. Not.

Bensel
Bensel
1 year ago
Reply to  Rikunda

he has enough games to play

Doodm4n
Doodm4n
1 year ago
Reply to  Rikunda

Taken my sight, taken my speech, taken my hearing, taken my arms, taken my legs, left me with a life in hell….

Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  Doodm4n

Reminds me of EarthBound.

● So, Zeke…
● Now, I can only communicate directly with your mind.
● Your mind is all you have left…
● In the end, I will take your mind,
● though you probably don’t want to allow that, do you?
● So… you can’t answer? You can’t even move?
● Are you sad, are you lonely?
● If you lose your mind, you also lose any feelings of sadness…
● Do you accept this?
● I will take your mind, Zeke, know that I will possess it…

Freddie
Freddie
1 year ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

As the cow said, mmmmmmmMUUUUUUUU

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  Doodm4n

I recommend the movie
Johnny got his gun

Mike
Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Doodm4n

I have no mouth but I must scream?

DrakeStarkiller
DrakeStarkiller
1 year ago

You were messing with it in your head LOL classic Ethan

Pawel
Pawel
1 year ago

Loved that line! 😀

Trapsin
1 year ago

Loved Ethan’s guilty expression in the next panel

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
1 year ago

Wait, if he couldn’t shut him down does that mean X1 isn’t even unconscious? Just paralyzed and trapped in utter darkness for an indefinite amount of time?

Oof.

Good luck trying to befriend him after putting him through THAT.

Pawel
Pawel
1 year ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

I think he hears everything, so Ethan will befriend him in that form.

Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  Pawel

While Ethan 1.0 could only have the attention span to read when concussed, I can sort of see Ethan 2.0 showing up before opening every day, pulling up a chair, and reading aloud to him, in the hopes that he hears.

Christopher
Christopher
1 year ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

That might cause the rage to build haha. “This meat bag thinks I can be entertained like a child??”

Zach
Zach
1 year ago

The jump between last comic and this one feels very sudden and abrupt, like, I feel like I missed a page. Had to go back and check and nope, this is the next page XD It’s an otherwise fine page, but I just thought i’d mention that, as usually the transitions are pretty clean.

Luc
Luc
1 year ago
Reply to  Zach

I’m happy this jump happened. I feel like this is the type of story that could drag on (as they sometimes do in the past). One more page between this and the last one would have just been, well… pointless? Haha. Unless Tim figured he had another perfect joke in his back pocket, but maybe that will be saved for another transition page.

Tonkin
Tonkin
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

Although a “struggling to not be noticed while dragging a person sized murder bot into a game store” frame would be a nice look.

Tonkin
Tonkin
1 year ago
Reply to  Tonkin

You could even add it later with scott asking “how did u guys get him back here anyway?” kinda of thing

Jacob
Jacob
1 year ago
Reply to  Tonkin

Maybe that is an idea for a Patreon insert?

bakemanjones
bakemanjones
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

It really is jarring. The space limitations on the page made Obvious Option no. 1 (simple establishing shot of a building) difficult, so you went with Obvious Option no. 2(just a text box saying “the next day”)? Even just looking at this I can think of some different ways to try and establish the scene; why not have Lucas sitting outside, bandaging his wounds, with some sunlight leaking in to show the time change, and hearing their conversation from outside before the camera moves into the storage room to create a slightly more slow atmosphere after the tense confrontation in… Read more »

Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

There’s just *one thing* that I’m wondering, with the sudden change. Ethan knows that there’s a strong chance the Master is nearby. He’s met him face to face. He’s practically wearing pajamas. True, in being knocked out by Zeke, he wouldn’t know how much time had passed, and it’s totally possible Darth Bathrobe fled to a location offsite. But as Lucas’ arrival and the trap was unplanned, happening only due to a botched assassination and the discovery of a tracking device, there’s a chance this is actually at or near his main base. Then again, the fact that Ethan and… Read more »

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
1 year ago

I hope Scott’s already installed a LOT of anti-robot security in the store, since the address of the “safest place to keep a paralized murder-bot” is definitely well-known to the man who makes murder-bots.
That said, keeping Ethan and said murder-bot within the same building is a security hazard, if I ever saw one.

Jetroid
1 year ago

Is there any reason not to turn on the vision and voice module?

As Rikunda says, it would be horrible to be trapped without any external input or any way to influence the world. You’d feel dead, or something.

I don’t think you want to do that to him.

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
1 year ago
Reply to  Jetroid

From a purely pragmatical, less humanitarian perspective (which I don’t necessarily advocate for) – Scott knows that this is an immensely sophisticated algorithm capable of learning and adjusting itself. The less data you feed it, the lower the risk.

Hunter
Hunter
1 year ago

Lol I suppose Ethan could just respawn himself if he burned his eyes looking at the welding taking place. Trust a professional, don’t fuck with safety. Always wear your PPE.

Pajuka
Pajuka
1 year ago
Reply to  Hunter

Scott might have issues as well, dispite wearing the proper gloves and mask – that torch is pointed right at his fingers, the welding arc should be right in his hand / fingers.

That’s gotta smart, and Scott doesn’t have respawn powers.

Hunter
Hunter
1 year ago
Reply to  Pajuka

Lol I’ll forgive that… Drawing the exact position of hands in comic form is tricky

Reso
Reso
1 year ago
Reply to  Pajuka

I came here to comment on the welding process! TIG welding represent!

Hunter
Hunter
1 year ago
Reply to  Reso

W00T!

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  Pajuka

It’s the lens glare faking that effect. It’s totally at least 0,5 cm away from his leather gloves.

Fungo4
Fungo4
1 year ago

Sounds like a job for Fluttershy.

Daniel85
Daniel85
1 year ago

Scott is a genius, why wouldn’t he think that detaching his limbs from the torso is the safest approach here?

Halosty
Halosty
1 year ago
Reply to  Daniel85

Because everyone thinks differently. Also, he may not be able to do that without breaking it- some things are made to not be able to be taken apart cleanly.

Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  Daniel85

Because that’s something you do to machinery, not necessarily to thinking, feeling people. Restraints are one thing; mutilation is another. Even if it can be reattached, body horror is body horror.

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  Daniel85

a) Because his CPU is distributed.
b) Because it might trigger the explosives when they are no longer attached to the torso
c) Because he watched “Saturn 3”

Leon
Leon
1 year ago

Now, I dont want you to think about what you were thinking about doing………ever again

Ashi
Ashi
1 year ago
Reply to  Leon

Ethan not thinking? Easy!!

Tonkin
Tonkin
1 year ago

Bravo Tim, bravo, exactly like all of us are assuming about Ethan at any given time

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Well, this seems like a terrible idea that’s going to blow up in their face. Possibly literally – we haven’t heard anything about Scott turning off the kill-switch…

Christopher
Christopher
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve

Maybe Scott will give the bot a tinfoil hat to block radio signals to ensure remote detonation isn’t possible.

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  Christopher

It needs the signal to not detonate.

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  7eggert

Or to not kill the neural network without exploding

Javada
Javada
1 year ago

Oh, yeah, THIS isn’t going to backfire AT ALL!

Volguus
Volguus
1 year ago

i can only imagine this must be like Bill Pullman’s character in “The Serpent and The Rainbow”. He gets dosed with a mixture of tetrodotoxin and is dropped into a deathlike state, completely aware but unable to move. Right before passing out he cries “Don’t let them bury me! I’m not dead!”

Migs
Migs
1 year ago

Ethan’s probably gonna turn him on and converse. Hopefully the weab doesn’t manage to regain control somehow

Man of the West
Man of the West
1 year ago

Zeke dies without a code sent by his master every 24 hours. Scott has one heck of an allnighter lined up.

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
1 year ago

Its already the next morning. He only has about 12 hours left.

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
1 year ago

If Zeke can stand on his tiptoes he can totally get his arms out of those restraints. They should be much higher.

aaron Smith
aaron Smith
1 year ago

i think limiting his limbs motor strength to something even weaker than most adult humans would work along with a shutdown code and limited range