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Bad Blood, p1

September 26, 2022 by Tim


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James Kite
James Kite
2 months ago

Yay, story is back.

(Yes, I’m really enjoying this arc)

Last edited 2 months ago by James Kite
Nono
Nono
2 months ago

The real question is… what sandwich is Lucas having?

Logan
Logan
2 months ago
Reply to  Nono

Guilt Sandwich, hopefully followed up with some Humble Pie for desert.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
2 months ago
Reply to  Nono

PB&J.

Which, of course, stands for Painful Bombing and Jeopardy.

Joel
Joel
2 months ago
Reply to  Nono

Definitely a sh!t sandwich.

Smiffwilm
Smiffwilm
2 months ago
Reply to  Nono

Definitely not a Jill sandwich.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
2 months ago
Reply to  Nono

Cannot believe no one’s said Idiot Sandwich yet.

Probably because it’s on a plate and not attached to a set of earbuds.

Muppet
Muppet
2 months ago
Reply to  Nono

Must be a 4090 sandwich

Marsh
Marsh
2 months ago

I hope they they find Zeke and they’re still okay with Ethan.

EMMachine
EMMachine
2 months ago
Reply to  Marsh

At least Ethan can try to talk with Zeke. If the yellow eyes are a emotion of fear, Zeke was showing this emotion when he had seen Ethan in Deposited, p15 after breaking his neck.

Steve
Steve
2 months ago

I thought Scott unilaterally kept it active? Lucas was for it before he was against it, sure. But Scott lied to him.

TechBender
TechBender
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Then who was phone?

Petr
Petr
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Hello Tim. I plan to voice some of your comics in the near future and ask your permission to do so.

Cragfast
Cragfast
2 months ago
Reply to  Petr

I’ve started uploading my dramatic Starcaster readings to YouTube, if you wanna check them out. 😉

If you need any extra voices, or sound effects for Analog & D-Pad I’d be very happy to help out.

Petr
Petr
2 months ago
Reply to  Cragfast

Thank you for the offer, but I plan to voice it in a language other than English, so we won’t be able to collaborate. but I wouldn’t mind the sound effects.What is the name of your channel?

The Legacy
The Legacy
2 months ago
Reply to  Petr

I’m not sure the best way to reach him, but Patreon private message may be your best bet. I don’t think you have to pay in order to use it.

Petr
Petr
2 months ago
Reply to  The Legacy

Thanks for the reminder.

The Legacy
The Legacy
2 months ago
Reply to  Cragfast

I hope you have permission from Tim. *Especially* since that is behind the paywall unless you are reading directly from this website.

Steve
Steve
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Not off the hook, but Lucas was lied to by Scott *almost* as much as Ethan. Lucas also really came around and felt bad about the original position, which means he made a mistake and attempted to correct it.

What always confused me is that if Zeke picked up on the Master lying, why didn’t he pick up on *Scott* lying? Scott’s the guy who outwitted the lying guy through tricks of his own.

Steve
Steve
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Scott claimed to disable the failsafe, but actually only transferred the permissions and set it up as a perimeter instead of a timer.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve

My personal (assumed) explanation for that is he spent a lot of time with the Master, and thus had a lot more opportunity to pick up on his vocal habits. It seems unlikely that Zeke has any direct system to automatically detect lies (I can’t imagine the Master would install such a function on purpose). He just has sensors that can detect speech frequency, heart rate and all that, and he’s smart enough to analyze data to compare and recognize patterns from that. With the Master he’s had enough opportunity to listen to how he speaks normally and when lying… Read more »

nealithi
nealithi
2 months ago

Guys. Ethan is D-Pad right? I keep forgetting.
But I love how smoothly he makes a very Batman exit there.

Pajuka
Pajuka
2 months ago
Reply to  nealithi

Ethan is Analog, Lucas is D-pad. You can remember by how Lucas can spawn D-Pad arrows as a weapon.

Marcus
Marcus
2 months ago
Reply to  Pajuka

no..no… its been so long, you must be misremembering too.

Marcus
Marcus
2 months ago

OMG WE ARE BACK BABY!!! honestly, i was hoping this was gonna happen, but really wanted to see ethan and not so slimer solve murder mysteries.

Critic
Critic
2 months ago

And we a back to my least liked segment…. sigh. Hopefully this is a short arc like the last one.

Richard Weatherfield
Richard Weatherfield
2 months ago
Reply to  Critic

No one’s forcing you to read this, bro.

Robert L.
Robert L.
2 months ago
Reply to  Critic

You’re nuts. I’ve been sitting on pins and needles for this all summer.

Tieskevo
Tieskevo
2 months ago
Reply to  Critic

@Critic, have an upvote. I disagree with you, but you’re allowed to dislike this. And people suck for downvoting

Esc
Esc
2 months ago
Reply to  Tieskevo

You’re allowed to have an opinion but that “criticism” is wholly unnecessary and adds nothing to the conversation about this comic in particular. Even if this was the place for debating about which comic forms were better there’s absolutely nothing there, no thoughts besides “i don’t like this” It’s empty and pointless and not relevant to the comic at hand (which is what these “under the comic” comment sections are for) People are well within their rights to downvote it. There’s no great travesty here of silencing opinion or discussion. I wouldn’t even know how to have a productive discussion… Read more »

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
2 months ago
Reply to  Tieskevo

Nobody sucks for downvoting. A voting system isn’t being mean; it’s a way to give people an outlet for responding without being confrontational. and you *need* feedback. That’s what communication is.

It you don’t want feedback on your opinions, the typical way to do so is to keep the opinion to yourself.

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Tieskevo

a down vote is no different to posting a criticism, they both express negative opinion.

so you criticizing one, while defending the other is a touch hypocritical and simply comes down to your personal preference of how people should disagree.

Robert L
Robert L
2 months ago
Reply to  James

A down arrow is significantly less confrontational than exaggerated sighs and passive aggressive statements of what he’s going to do instead.

leduk
leduk
2 months ago
Reply to  Tieskevo

they do but it’s the internet hivemind

Jack0r
Jack0r
2 months ago
Reply to  Tieskevo

Downvoting is not mean. It just means, “I disagree with that opinion”. And yes, I disagree with that opinion 😉

Critic can have his opinion and that’s totally ok. I also got mine. And that’s why he’s allowed to post his, and I am allowed to downvote it.

It doesn’t devalue his stance. It just means, I have a different opinion.

PhobosRising
PhobosRising
2 months ago
Reply to  Critic

Honestly, I get parody feelings for the starcaster arc. But, you also need to learn to be patient, and check back in for sections you enjoy. Complaints don’t inspire an artist.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
2 months ago
Reply to  Critic

This reminds me, I’ve got go go over to r/xkcd and comment about how the science-y strips are so boring and I wish he’d just do like stick figure romance poetry.

Timmeh
Timmeh
2 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

huehuehue

Casi
Casi
2 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

make sure to hop over to Dumbing of Age and complain about college age shenanigans, and ask when we’re getting back to the talking cars and alien invasions

Steve
Steve
2 months ago
Reply to  Critic

Your least liked segment is one of my favorites — as well as most readers’, as I believe Tim held a vote years back for what readers wantes more of, and Analog & D-Pad absolutely crushed it if I recall.

Personally, I don’t much care for Console Wars or Players/The Campaign, but I don’t feel any need to point it out whenever they come up (I only mention this as an example, with no intent to disparage).

playing it safe
playing it safe
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I’ve taken enough enjoyment out of your content that I’ve followed it closely for the last 18 or so years. If there’s a particular panel I don’t like…I’ve only wasted what, 30 seconds of my day?

I don’t understand why people come here to complain…just don’t read it then?

Erik B
Erik B
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim

For the record, I enjoy all your stories. A&D, Starcaster (obviously, since you see me in patreon about it), Players, Campaign, even Console Wars which I’m admittedly not very knowledgeable about, owning only an XBOX 360 and a Switch and not keeping up with news ever.

But what I really REALLY miss? Chef Brian. I miss that dude so much.

Tim Tucker
Tim Tucker
2 months ago

So… based on the title for the arc, whose blood is going to be spilled?

EMMachine
EMMachine
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim Tucker

English isn’t my first language, but isn’t “bad blood” used in disputes, when friendships get damaged or even destroyed like we have at the moment with Ethan, Lucas and Scott.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
2 months ago
Reply to  EMMachine

Oh sure, but at times there’s been a double hidden meaning that isn’t immediately apparent on the first page.

For example, the series “Mindstate” (January 2021) began with Ethan dressing as a mail carrier to get into the right mindstate (his words) but the sequence ends with Zeke accepting the Winter-een-mas crown and changing his eye color (and hence his own mindstate) from red to purple.

Casra
Casra
2 months ago

IS it just me, but morose Ethan is the most sensible and least prone to over excited… ethanantics?

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
2 months ago
Reply to  Casra

Not to psychoanalyze, but that’s ADHD for ya. If he’s in a good mood, good place, and everything looks cool and interesting, he’ll jump from thing to thing without thinking through first or holding himself back. Everything gives dopamine; he’s chasing the biggest high. In a poor mood, he’ll hyperfocus on the one thing he *needs*, because literally nothing else will give it other than focusing on that one thing. Ethan’s not a dummy in CAD 2.0; he just doesn’t think through things at times, and his excitement tends to be his downfall. Which, honestly, is one of the reasons… Read more »

SuperExoticShrub
SuperExoticShrub
2 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

I think the main bone of contention with Scott isn’t his skepticism or wariness. It’s his dishonesty and underhandedness in how he handled it.

Vanishing is for Losers
Member
Vanishing is for Losers
2 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

I have ADHD, I can agree. There are other things that I’m pretty sure fit too besides what you mention, but if you want THAT list it might take a bit.

chargersfan
chargersfan
2 months ago

Just a guess, based on the title. I think Zeke is about to find Lucas.

Mr_Meng
Mr_Meng
2 months ago
Reply to  chargersfan

Or Scott. Which, depending on how badly damaged Zeke’s thinking processes still are, could force Ethan into having to choose between the life of one of his friends or the incredibly dangerous ‘puppy’ he seems heck bent on saving no matter what.

Pyre
Pyre
2 months ago

I’m presuming it’s been only a few days or a couple weeks since the incident. As such, Ethan is justifiably still in a bad place.

If it’s been a few months, then Lucas needs to start breaking out of his role in the story.

SuperExoticShrub
SuperExoticShrub
2 months ago
Reply to  Pyre

I’m leaning towards it being no more than a few days. It just feels like longer to us because of the gap.

ShonaSoF
ShonaSoF
2 months ago

I do appreciate that they’re both being sensible about their approach to each other right now. None of the contrived duo break up you’d see in so many other stories. They both want to come out of this as friends and neither is jumping directly to accusations and arguing.

SuperExoticShrub
SuperExoticShrub
2 months ago
Reply to  ShonaSoF

Hell, Ethan even manages to cut himself off when he started to lash out.

Verdiekus
Verdiekus
2 months ago

Yay!!!