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Endings… and beginnings

November 25, 2012 by Tim


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Ben
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Ben

Thanks for the beutiful story say googby to ethan for me please

Phoenix
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Phoenix

Re-reading the whole comics after years…. I admit, I actually got tears in my eyes when I saw these last two comics for the first time years ago. I’ve read a lot of webcomics over the years, and lot of them had bad things happen to the characters, but this one was the only one with that effect, mainly Ethan’s last thoughts.

Kinda lost interest in the rest of the comic after this part the first time, it just wasn’t the same.

Brandon Kenneth Sharlow
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Brandon Kenneth Sharlow

im sad. i just spent the past 5 days reading this and now its over 🙁

Adam Atkinson
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Adam Atkinson

I have to say Tim, I loved your writing more than I can even convey, but I’ve struggled to keep reading the comic.
It’s great, but this type of comic you had built with its roller coaster ups and downs, was absolutely fantastic.

Your fans miss it, and I’m sorry you didn’t want it to go this route, because I think it was right where it needed to be.

Justin
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Justin

The end if the Ethan and Lucas Saga was a bitter sweet one. I read the comic strip daily through high school and college. I still check in a few days a week to keep up with the comic but some of the magic is gone. I loved reading through the archives and seeing the art style evolve over the years!

Joe
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Joe

I’ve gone through pretty much all the archives, and while I enjoy the other comics you draw, none of them are anywhere near as good to me as the Ethan story. I even looked at some of the newer comics and wondered if some of the guys depicted are supposed to be Ethan, but I realize now they are not. I may still come back to CAD for some of the other comics, I’m not sure yet, but for now when I open CAD and realize that Ethan is no longer a part of it…. Well it’s just too sad.… Read more »

Hamstermer
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Hamstermer

I guess you are right.
A&D is a different story. It is about the same people to whom different things happened. Though it is still Ethan and Lucas, it isn’t quite Ethan and Lucas.
The magic is still there, but in a different form.

Mike
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Mike

It must just be that time of year. I myself reread the entirety of the archives and have come to much the same conclusion of the rest of you.

The Ethan story was a fantastic tale and the ending has a tremendous emotional punch. The whole thing is just heart wrenching. I know that the characters are kind of revived in the analogue and D-Pad story, but it isn’t the same.

I feel that there is still much to be explored between Lucas, Lilith, and Zeek.

Hamstermer
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Hamstermer

…Lilith?
You mean Lilah right?

Gabriel
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Gabriel

After about 4 years later, I came back to see Ethan story again. I just can’t fill the hole that the end of this arc brought upon me, and coming back to recent strips just isn’t the same. For me, the games and geek strips in-between were a brief intermission to the main and grand story that was the unexpected life and adventures of the most crazy, yet charming gamer and his friends & love partner. A life that mixed up the simple things in a gamer life with the situations that only a comic (and a guy like Ethan)… Read more »

Vashta
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Vashta

ok if this is how it ends why wasnt there a conclusion with the penguin?

Stanley
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Stanley

Oh wow this got me right in the feels… This was incredible. I can’t believe it’s over :'(

Stanley
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Stanley

Wait so did Lilah and Lucas get together after Ethan disappeared?

MSM007
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MSM007

No, Lucas got back with Kate, presumably got married and had a kid they named after Ethan.

Blackmist5874
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Blackmist5874

I’ve spent the last few weeks reading and re reading the entire story. I’m really sad now I might cry, wait I have tears already????? Goodbye Ethan I’ll miss you

Thomas
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Thomas

I like to think that analog and d-pad is an alternative universe that came about when the machine was shut down by Ethan

Gavin
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Gavin

Damn. I didn’t think a Web comic could hit me in the gut like that. Thank you Tim, for a comic that I’ll enjoy coming back and reading.

Dave
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Dave

Sad, so very sad. Loved seeing Ethan, Lilah, Lucas, and Zeke comics. They were my favorites. Wish this wasn’t the end. 🙁

Jimothy
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Jimothy

Cool… *sniff*… c-cool story, bro…
*bawling intensifies*

Daemonslayer
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Daemonslayer

see myself being the thin, nerdy, awkward gamer who doesn’t really have many friends and had crazy ideas, I really connected with Ethan…. the similarities I saw in some of his problems and my own were great…. but now he’s gone? sadness..

Chris
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Chris

Ugh again, finished reading this story arc sobbing.

Phillip
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Phillip

I have lost track of the amount of times I have started at the beginning and read until this point. I will fully admit that this time and every time these last 2 strips have always and will always bring tears to my eyes.

Kendraam
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Kendraam

For some reason I’ve forgotten I stopped reading CAD in Dec 2011 and today I recently saw a random CAD comic on twitter and decided to go back and read the nearly 7 seven years worth of comics I’ve missed.

Loved that you manged to bring a conclusion to Ethan’s story and while endings are always hard, the bittersweet ending was done brilliantly. Thank you so much for creating this, such a joy for the the geek in us all.

Nick
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Nick

If only the “Gaming Gods” gave Ethan a second chance…
*Sob*

Will
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Will

What you don’t know is that a month after this Ethan appeared in the basement because he fell into the portal as it was closing found Lilah and lived happily ever after with her loving her dearly, this is canon now.

Will
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Will

This comic has been great though good job, perhaps from now on end things with people growing old and living happy lives though?

Chris Kutcher
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Chris Kutcher

I had to re-read all the old comics before i started the A&D story line. these comic strips were always a bright part of my day in high school and gave me something to look forward to while i was deployed to iraq in 2010. I still wish that this comic strip didnt have to end but i understand, i just wis hthat ethan got to say goodbye.

CaptainLombax
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CaptainLombax

This was such an epic webcomic. I’m truly disappointed that it had to end.

Tag Howard
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Tag Howard

I know you tried to end the story here, but I would absolutley love to see Ethan and everyone come back, perhaps in a different universe where events transpired slightly differently. It would be far from the strangest thing that has occured in these comics.

Rob
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Rob

It’s been 6 years since this version of the characters wrapped up. I come back and read it every now and then, couple times a year at least. And it’s always made me happy, even at the saddest of times. My own wife suffered a miscarriage due to what is probably the same condition Lilah had, and as it turns out, this helped me get through it. Crazy to me that a web comic did that. Thank you, Tim.

Nick
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Nick

I discovered this comic after viewing the original meme from the site. I was confused why I didn’t see Ethan and friends anymore. Now I am stuck the same pages over and over. What if he made this comic the jokes one, and rebooted the originals into a new line, like how Starcaster and Analog have their own filter. That is something to see.

Chris
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Chris

I had to come back and reread the end again. I always loved the original. Your new stories are great, but they don’t have that same touch that Ethan, Lucas, Lilah, and Zeke brought to it. It was sad then, and it’s sad now to see its end. Now I think I need my cake spoon and some ice cream lol.

Nick
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Nick

First panel: they see the machine smoldering, but it’s pretty obvious they are looking at something else. What are they looking at? Ethan, perhaps? I do truly love the old comics, the new ones are funny too, but don’t have the same flair. It is sad to see them go. Thankfully, AnD fill that hole somewhat, but we need to see more of it. Hey, a suggestion, Tim? When doing Starcaster or AnD, if there is a crowdsource choice, predraw the one for each path, then release it as one big chunk. Also, while doing off-ones, start drawing AnD or… Read more »

Nick
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Nick

Also, I have no idea how much time it takes to draw that quality. But try it anyway.

Nick
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Nick

This comment was an attempt to fix my sh***y last one. This webcomic really connected to how I felt about games Ethan-style, but how I saw everything else, Lucas-ish-style. Man, didn’t even know this comic before I saw the meme (which I hate by the way), wasn’t even around when it started, yet I feel like I have been reading for years. Crazy what a webcomic can do.

Nick
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Nick

The one posted In June 27th, for everyone else.

Nick
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Nick

*on

Nick
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Nick

Ethan, may you Rest In Peace, knowing Lilah is safe *starts playing taps*. Thank you for the ride. All the laughter, the sadness, everything. Tim, don’t listen to what the bad webcomic wiki says. They are a bunch of a-holes. You create art. What they say is irrelevant. Keep doing what you are doing.

Malcolm McDougal
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Malcolm McDougal

as a weird gamer with few friends and few people that understand him…. i was really able to put myself in Ethans shoes…. this story was amazing, I’ve re-read it a few times now and i know I will in the future… thank you for creating this and sharing the story with us, I’m only sorry it had to end… may the gods of gaming bless you with many frags

Ana
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Ana

I can’t even believe this!! I need closure. I thought Ethan would live forever. It’s taken me almost 10 years to finish. I just assumed the story would still be going strong. We need a support group for this

Kevin
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Kevin

I started reading CAD when it first came out, but fell off during a deployment in 2009. I retired in 2017, and my current job allows for some down time, so I binged from the beginning to the end. I didn’t realize this was the end of Ethan, Lucas, Zeke, and Lilah. But, now that I finished with the most current, and circled back to this strip….well, now I’m just sad. Brilliantly done….just, sad.

Daemon
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Daemon

I re-read this every few months…. and every time I almost get tears at this ending

Ang3lus033
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Ang3lus033

Tim, just know that even 6 years after the end of your classic comic “Ethan and Lucas” (and Lilah and Zeke), some people are still discovering it… and are still sad it came to an end.