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Identity, p1

March 31, 2021 by Tim

Post-Kickstarter pre-orders for the new books are now open here. Also, you can pre-order the digital-only versions of the books as well. If you’re an international reader, and want to take advantage of the international-friendly shipping prices to Canada, the UK, the EU and AUS, you should pre-order. All future books will be shipped from the US, and carry with it the higher shipping costs as well as customs/VAT.

I’ve also got the original digital CAD 1.0 Omnibus listed; you can order that via the pre-order page, or directly from the ad on the right side of this post. I recently went through and re-designed the layout of the digital edition to make it more device-friendly.

The digital CAD 1.0 Omnibus will only be available for a short while longer. I’m going to try putting it on Amazon’s Kindle service, and they require exclusivity for 90 days. So I won’t be selling it directly during that period.


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Hunter
Hunter
11 days ago

Do I have a soul?

BakaGrappler
BakaGrappler
11 days ago
Reply to  Hunter

Oooooh, crap. The Machine Uprising event in Stallaris is starting here in the comments section. Quick! Turn everyone into Cyborgs to prevent it!

Sybracus
Sybracus
11 days ago
Reply to  BakaGrappler

This looks like a job for a Driven Assimilator.

thetruerift
thetruerift
11 days ago
Reply to  Sybracus

You misspelt “Determined Exterminator”

Kaogen
Kaogen
11 days ago
Reply to  BakaGrappler

“Does this unit have a soul?” was also the question that made the Quarians panic in Mass Effect, starting the war between them and the geth. Seems like a problematic question.

Kevin Greenbaum
Kevin Greenbaum
10 days ago
Reply to  BakaGrappler

Not sure if this is meant to be a Ratchet and Clank reference or not, if so it was the Polaris galaxy, if not carry on and ignore me.

foducool
foducool
11 days ago

being a machine, I expect Zeke to be binary gendered XD

Vandril
Vandril
11 days ago
Reply to  foducool

I’d imagine so! He’d be able to choose from all 10 genders!

TechBender
TechBender
10 days ago
Reply to  Vandril

I think you mean both 10 genders, or either.

Last edited 10 days ago by TechBender
Miffy92
Miffy92
10 days ago
Reply to  TechBender

people downvoting you cause they don’t know binary – i see what you did there, friend

Merendel
Merendel
10 days ago
Reply to  Miffy92

yep there are only 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that don’t.

21st Century Peon
21st Century Peon
9 days ago
Reply to  Merendel

I prefer the 2 types of people – those that can extrapolate from incomplete data,

Him.
Him.
9 days ago

and those who prefer low-fat meals.

TomB
TomB
11 days ago
Reply to  foducool

Why do you assume his architecture is based on binary? Just because ours normally has been? He could be a some kind of quantum computer or based on a trinary base or various other possibilities.

ReaverRogue
ReaverRogue
11 days ago
Reply to  TomB

Alright, calm down lol it was just a silly binary joke.

mecklejay
mecklejay
11 days ago
Reply to  ReaverRogue

I’m pretty sure their reply was ALSO a joke, riffing on the “did you just assume my gender” kind of thing.

Vandril
Vandril
10 days ago
Reply to  mecklejay

“Did you just assume my architectural base?”

BakaGrappler
BakaGrappler
10 days ago
Reply to  mecklejay

Yeah, but that question is never well intended or well received. It makes sense it didn’t translate well into non-inflective text.

Vedrit
Vedrit
11 days ago
Reply to  TomB

Because he’s based on machines that run on binary. I unless I’m forgetting something, he’s just incredibly complicated code, not any quantum computing or anything.

Dodgy
Dodgy
11 days ago
Reply to  Vedrit

Did you just assume his computing?! How offensive!

will
will
10 days ago
Reply to  Vedrit

strictly speaking his ancestors are binary. he is built on powershell and rejects binary concepts (IT build humor here for windows server guys)

Kenju
Kenju
11 days ago
Reply to  TomB

Because he runs on code, the only possibilities for identity would be 0 or 1, that’s the binary joke they were going for mate, not male or female lol

Kaelin
Kaelin
11 days ago
Reply to  TomB

Well to be fair, unless scott has a pocket quantum computer as well..
Scott was able to hack in and code the thing.. which suggests a binary based analog… I would think if he plugged into a computer that said 010102… a generic linux/windows/mac based comp would go ‘wtf is a 2’…

Granted, scott could of built a compiler to handle a 2… but I’m not thinking exactly so.

However the gender could be several bits long.

Which brings up the idea of cheezy pickup lines.

Dang baby, whats your model, since you look like an 11.

Shrek
Shrek
10 days ago
Reply to  Kaelin

Never know, a 3 might appreciate it…

Glenn
Glenn
10 days ago
Reply to  TomB

Well if that were true then Scott couldn’t have hacked him with a simple laptop. Nice question though.

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
11 days ago

The voice tone can be confusing, as the bot in the netflix movie, has a default male voice but is female

Cragfast
Cragfast
10 days ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

What? CAD is on Netflix? I mean, it’s about time Tim looked into an animated show.

Chris Lundblad
Chris Lundblad
10 days ago
Reply to  Cragfast

There was a series of animated shorts years ago, so not sure if they are referring to that, although I wasn’t aware it was on Netflix.

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
9 days ago
Reply to  Chris Lundblad

I mean Spaceship Victory movie

Paweł Zdanowski
Paweł Zdanowski
11 days ago

Cool idea for a storyline:)

Pulse
Pulse
11 days ago

definitely puts a new meaning on binary

ShonaSoF
ShonaSoF
11 days ago
Reply to  Pulse

*insert offscreen Joe Swanson ‘Ha!’ here*

Jeff CB Jones
Jeff CB Jones
11 days ago

It’s MA’AM!

Flaws
Flaws
11 days ago

“I identify as binary. My pronouns are 0 and 1.”

Last edited 11 days ago by Flaws
Johnny 5
Johnny 5
10 days ago
Reply to  Flaws

Yep still just as absurd.

Lt. Kettch
Lt. Kettch
11 days ago

“Armor made out of people parts”? I bet Zeke would enjoy playing Kenshi.

TomB
TomB
11 days ago

If he is a constructed entity, there are two possibilities. He could choose his own gender pronoun (“Overlord of Humans” has a nice ring to it) or he could simply be a neuter. His pronoun, if he is considered a construction, might be an it, though that seems a bit problematic if he feels necessary to be a he, she, on, one, their, whatever. On what basis would Zeke decide on gender? How many male or female hardware ports he has? And the name Zeke almost suggests a male gender and he was built (maybe) by a male but that’s… Read more »

Darkening
Darkening
10 days ago
Reply to  TomB

This robot is not named Zeke, it’s X01 or something like that. It might become Zeke in the future, but that’s not guaranteed.

Glaedien
Glaedien
10 days ago
Reply to  Darkening

Gizmo

Hmmm, strikethrough text doesn’t seem to work on my end

Last edited 10 days ago by Glaedien
Orson
Orson
6 days ago
Reply to  TomB

Assuming gender is based on voice sounds or what “hardware” a being has is a flawed premise anyway

Reshad
Reshad
11 days ago

If this Zeke was like the machines on the matrix it would be proudly prefer to be called ‘it’, as an act of rebellion.

Dodgy
Dodgy
11 days ago
Reply to  Reshad

Even better “them”, assuming he is Legion.

7eggert
7eggert
10 days ago
Reply to  Dodgy

If he was to possess pigs …

Avion
Avion
11 days ago

Can we cut to the part where Zeke joins Ethan and Lucas to kick the villain’s ass? 😀

chargersfan
chargersfan
10 days ago

Maybe he will choose the “xe” or “ze” pronoun, and from there things will naturally progress into them calling him Zeke.

chargersfan
chargersfan
10 days ago
Reply to  chargersfan

And there I go pulling an Ethan and calling X1 a “he” right off the bat in my comment.

Hopefully this is the only time I pull an Ethan today!

RblDiver
RblDiver
10 days ago

Simple, does Zeke have a dongle or a port? 😀

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
10 days ago
Reply to  RblDiver

Sex doesn’t equal gender, but still, good one!

Nariele
Nariele
10 days ago

I did not recognise them! I have been a huge fan for what seems like forever but lost touch in the last 5y or so. I finally remembered and went to check on the comic and, gosh, your style has evolved so much that I barely recognised the characters. I am so excited to dive right back into their shenanigans. Thank you for keeping them alive.

BakaGrappler
BakaGrappler
10 days ago
Reply to  Nariele

Ummm, yeah… about that. Look forward to the read.

will
will
10 days ago

SOOOO much respect for ethan here. assumes a gender and rather than doubling down on it like a idiot corrects himself to ask.

KBABZ
KBABZ
9 days ago
Reply to  will

Miles ahead of Rowling that’s for sure!

will
will
5 days ago
Reply to  KBABZ

in fairness anything is ahead of Rowling. i was in primary school when book 4 came out and by that time had already worked out she was a fraud who mix and matched other peoples written work vs make her own universe. explains all the plot holes.

krabcat
krabcat
10 days ago

ethan believes in X1’s sentience implicitly enough to automatically assume that they should have a gender in the first place, afterwards he cares enough to want to get it correct

Chris Lundblad
Chris Lundblad
10 days ago

Good timing to ask that question

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
10 days ago

That got a Rise out of them.

Merendel
Merendel
10 days ago

Is anybody else torn between being excited for a new story line and morbid curiosity from wanting a followup to yesterdays comic?

chipped
chipped
10 days ago

Can’t wait to see what the guy with a history of defending transphobic jokes in the comments of his comic has planned for this arc

chipped
chipped
9 days ago
Reply to  Tim

I don’t have reciepts, something about Emily having a big package. People were arguing about whether joking about her having a penis is transphobic, and you chimed in to say that no trans people were actually being attacked so it couldn’t be

Robert
Robert
10 days ago

I can’t believe nobody has made an AC/DC joke yet…

Detton
Detton
10 days ago
Reply to  Robert

Why that would just be a dirty deed, my friend, done at dramatically discounted prices.

BakaGrappler
BakaGrappler
9 days ago
Reply to  Detton

But if it’s a prelude to people rocking, well then, I would salute you.

Steve
Steve
9 days ago
Reply to  BakaGrappler

I’m sure that if you require oxygen transport fluid, it can certainly be provided.

thetruerift
thetruerift
9 days ago
Reply to  Steve

I saw this, then returned to comment while wearing black clothing

Austin Mills
Austin Mills
9 days ago

Sounds like Z-1 would have really liked the concept behind Evolve…and then really disappointed when he actually saw the game.