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Downtime, p1

January 26, 2024 by Tim


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Gonfrask
Gonfrask
4 months ago

The fact that guy is still in the store speak of him being a very supportive customer.

Jedi
Jedi
4 months ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

Probably a regular there, therefore used to Ethan … being Ethan …

scottsmom
scottsmom
4 months ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

I go to a store because it has what I need for a reasonable price. I couldn’t give any less of a damn about the owner being off their rocker if I tried.

Austin Mills
Austin Mills
4 months ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

He’s been on screen before. During Ethan’s ill-conceived bet with Lucas over Monster Hunter. He’s almost definitely seen his antics before.

william
william
4 months ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

i have a rick and mortar game store near me. trust me when i say this is pretty tame for the weird stuff we see.

wkz
wkz
4 months ago
Reply to  william

You’re juuuuuuuust that little bit of typo away from saying you have a “rick and morty” game store…

Gray
Gray
4 months ago

This is the obsessive nerd in me, but what game is the guy buying or selling? I recognize everything else shown in the store.

Amarant
Amarant
4 months ago
Reply to  Gray

Breath of the wild maybe? The boxart is kinda hard to make out, but I think I can make out “of the” written in red, and the vast scenery seems to match with Zelda. Could be tears of the kingdom too come to think of it!

Eodyne
Eodyne
4 months ago
Reply to  Amarant

The green border suggests XBox to me though

Nono
Nono
4 months ago
Reply to  Eodyne

I don’t think it’s actually BotW, but BotW did get a Xbox One port.

Zaratuir
Zaratuir
4 months ago
Reply to  Nono

No it didn’t. There was a photoshopped box art for an ideas wiki page about it, but it never happened and likely never will. Nintendo is obsessively protective of their IPs and is notorious for not playing nice with others.

Nekopanzer
Nekopanzer
4 months ago
Reply to  Gray

I zoomed in on the Hi-Res version from Patreon. Looks like the title is “Call of the Mountain”. I don’t think it’s a real game.

Hawk
Hawk
4 months ago
Reply to  Nekopanzer

Could be the Horizon VR game? But you’d think the case would be blue then…

Greg
Greg
4 months ago
Reply to  Gray

Looks a bit like State of Decay

Tim
Tim
4 months ago

I noticed something odd :
The title of the strip doesn’t match the title of the webpage ^^ Is it some kind of secret title ?

Critic
Critic
4 months ago

Oh hell we are going into another arc of this. I though at least we would get a breather of some of the better stuff.

Ugg. I only check in occasionally now cause Analog and D-Pad are not my jam. I think it was a major mistake to have hitched your cart to the superhero hype train as it looks like it has gone off the rails and is now crashing and burning.

Kevin
Kevin
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Tim, your work is incredible. I have been a fan for over a decade and have looked forward to reading your clips.
Keep up the amazing work and never let the morons (not naming any names Critic) get you down.

Steve
Steve
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I suppose I’m lucky in that I am the opposite of the Critic — I come here *mainly* for Analog & D-Pad and Starcaster Chronicles. That being said, even though *I* didn’t like the Starcaster interruption of one-offs with the latest issue… I get why you did it. And I respectfully ponder if some of the longer Analog & D-Pad arcs (say… over 10 pages) might benefit from that schedule too. I mean… it’s felt like a little bit of a long arc for me, and I really *enjoy* your super-verse, and always look forward to those stories probably most… Read more »

chargersfan
chargersfan
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Well said. Perhaps if I could offer a constructive suggestion – Tim, if you’re going to intersperse some one-offs in the middle of a long story, do it in a predictable way, such as One-Off Fridays. That way people like Critic here can know what date the site is worth checking, and you can please more of the people, more of the time.

Jon
Jon
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I am actually thrilled to be starting another arc of Analog & D-Pad. We can’t have them not get to a resolution after the end of the last arc. I kind of miss the old way before the reboot into the current different settings, but I also understand that drawing and writing the same thing for years can get a bit… tiresome. Keep doing what you are doing Tim. It is working. If the person is going to complain, they were going to complain about anything and everything.

Bain
Bain
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Big fan of CAD. Not much of a commenter tho. Like the story, like the humor. Thanks for the work you put in

Jaysburn
Jaysburn
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Haters gonna hate, don’t listen to them. You’re doing awesome work Tim, Analog & D-pad is phenomenal. Keep it up 🙂

Brenda
Brenda
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Me, I love the Analog + D-Pad stuff. AND the Starcaster stuff. And the D&D game 🙂 Keep on keeping on, people love what you do.

Jen
Jen
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Been reading for almost a decade and I can’t even remember when I last made a comment if ever.

I’m a fan of this series so thanks! Ethan’s goofynes makes me smile! Ignore the haters!

SkullsGrav
SkullsGrav
4 months ago
Reply to  Critic

I thought the Troll went to jail? what are you doing here “Critic?”

The Legacy
The Legacy
4 months ago
Reply to  SkullsGrav

😅

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
4 months ago
Reply to  SkullsGrav

There is internet in the jail too

Zamugustar
Zamugustar
4 months ago

I have been wondering how Ethan’s power works, does it restore him to how he was the moment before his death or does it return him to how he was the moment of the accident. If it is the former then that would be a terrible curse for when he eventually dies of old age. Coming back only to die again seconds later…

Eodyne
Eodyne
4 months ago
Reply to  Zamugustar

It restores him to his “last healthy state.” So how that works on old age (is there a sliding scale of healthy?) is sorta a unknown.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
4 months ago

Not to be confused with the human panphobia of assuming everything is an alien-pretending-to-be-something-else-to-ambush-you stage.

Kevin
Kevin
4 months ago

Whats even funnier to me is that Lucas has a perfectly logical reason for Ethans potential post-superpower like hes ordering a bagel and coffee at the local cafe.

Esc
Esc
4 months ago

I’m consistently surprised how well this comic is handling “Ethan grapples with his inevitable mortality” (which we ALL will grapple with) and mixing it with humor.

It’s a dark subject! We’re all going to die and I personally don’t quite care knowing that. But the humor keeps it going.

It could be really easy to let Ethan wallow in a pit of actual depressive despair but the light tone lets us know that this isn’t forever.

P2Mc28
P2Mc28
4 months ago

It’s panels like this, with Lucas just being normal Lucas in full view, that I realize I forget how fit he is in this iteration. Makes sense, can’t really be a super hero without making sure you get that workout in, but my mental picture always goes to slightly tubby 1.0 Lucas, heh.