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Identity, p20

May 14, 2021 by Tim


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EMMachine
EMMachine
5 months ago

So we have Zeekay aka “Zeke” in the end.

And a new Eyecolor with Blue Eyes, nice.
It will be interesting if it now stays blue or if next step is green.

So basicly red -> magenta -> blue -> green

foducool
foducool
5 months ago
Reply to  EMMachine

goddamn RGB everywhere >_<

7eggert
7eggert
5 months ago
Reply to  foducool

And I lost the remoter that works for my 19″ case.

Betonhaus
Betonhaus
5 months ago
Reply to  foducool

I wonder if an emotional conflict will be represented by an animated gif where he cycles through all the colors?

Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy
5 months ago
Reply to  Betonhaus

I hope so, that would be so cool!

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
5 months ago
Reply to  EMMachine

(five years from now)

“Z.K.? Yes… that was what they used to call me. Z.K. the Blue. That was my name.”

“Zeke….”

” *I* am Z.K. the White. And I come back to you now – at the turn of the tide.”

Esc
Esc
5 months ago
Reply to  EMMachine

I think we’ll get a teal or blue/green in between this and the final green eyes.

Though we’re going to get a quick reversion to red when he learns about the bomb still being active. I think something’s gotta give and it’s Scott leaving the group.

Atros
Atros
5 months ago
Reply to  Esc

That, or Zeke doing something that saves Ethan/Lucas. Scott would change his mind and apologize for that, he already lost his entire world once.

Muppet
Muppet
5 months ago
Reply to  EMMachine

Pretty sure the blue color was planned all along, with the purple as intermediate step. Same for the name; and while cleverly found, it felt rather anti-climactic, almost cringy even… going from hardcore world domination to almost human-sympathizer. Z’s fury made him so interesting, and now that’s gone. 🙁

Rudfud
Rudfud
5 months ago
Reply to  Muppet

I imagine he’ll go back to that once he finds out they have an active bomb inside of him.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
5 months ago

Happiness is blue, and Zeke has friends. Today is a good day.

Arcatus
Arcatus
5 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

It is, indeed.
It’s a good day to deactivate the killswitch. That ball is going to drop, and it is hoisted higher, and higher…

The tension is unbearable.

Scrysis
Scrysis
5 months ago
Reply to  Arcatus

Thinking the same thing. Please, deactivate that switch! Don’t break my heart, Tim! I don’t want to see the angry fall out of Zeke finding out about it, not after so much development.

Pulse
Pulse
5 months ago
Reply to  Arcatus

dont think they can deactivate, but extending the range to the store interior rather than just the back room is reasonable and likely a simple matter.

7eggert
7eggert
5 months ago
Reply to  Pulse

If the GPS was like our GPS, the neighbor buildings would be included.

ocramot
ocramot
5 months ago
Reply to  Arcatus

I have a very bad feelings about the switch. The controller is in Scott’s hands, but he’s not participating in Zeke’s evolution as Ethan and Lucas are.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
5 months ago
Reply to  ocramot

Which makes Lucas the only one that can do something to stop it, as he’s the only on currently who both knows of the perimeter and also of Zeke’s personhood.

Then again, it may happen naturally between Scott and Zeke to begin with. Zeke seems to respect Scott in ways that he doesn’t for any other human, and it’s clear that his words on last Friday’s page affected him greatly. If Ethan was the first he convinced of his person-hood, and Lucas the second, he probably hopes for Scott to be the third.

JozMk.II
JozMk.II
5 months ago

Twenty panels, all to give him the same name as before.

Frank Altpeter
Frank Altpeter
5 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I love it. This one and the page from yesterday are so incredibly deep, I really like the way Zeke is thinking, and I really hope there will be a non-lethal solution for the still-in-place killswitch boom thingie.

JozMk.II
JozMk.II
5 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I get the impression from your response that that felt like a slap to the face. Guess I should think more before posting at midnight when I’m dog-tired. I think it’s fine that you felt driven to use Zeke’s name-choosing as a vehicle to drive his character development. It’s certainly interesting seeing him, Ethan, and Lucas standing in the same room and talking as civilized individuals, even colleagues with mutual respect. It’s quite a departure and development from them fighting in deadly combat as arch-enemies with burning hate from Zeke like in previous Analog and D-Pad story arcs. And I… Read more »

Sike-O
Sike-O
5 months ago
Reply to  JozMk.II

Ethan, Lucas, Scott, Lilah, they all have the same name and similar personality traits as in CAD 1.0, but their envoirnments and history are different, as are their relationships with each other. why would you think Zeke will return to his same CAD 1.0 past self just because his name didn’t change?

Cragfast
Cragfast
5 months ago
Reply to  JozMk.II

And we’re still waiting for the correct pronouns. 🙃

BakaGrappler
BakaGrappler
5 months ago
Reply to  Cragfast

Zeke already chose. They.

Locke
Locke
5 months ago

At this point it almost feels like the “You sneaky, lying, backstabbing meatbags never deactivated the bomb!?” bit is all but guaranteed to happen soon. Personally I’m hoping for a deviation from the blame everyone trope.

Jamie
Jamie
5 months ago
Reply to  Locke

Lol big time, seeing Zeke have a personal vendetta with Scott could be a fun dynamic.

Fils
Fils
5 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

I ‘member Scott actually being a villain in the og strip.

ocramot
ocramot
5 months ago
Reply to  Fils

He was not a villain, he was just a shady character minding is own business without letting anyone interfere. He was a private “grumpy” person more or less like in this universe (except here we know why)

Doodm4n
Doodm4n
5 months ago
Reply to  Fils

His penguin was the villain.

Fils
Fils
5 months ago
Reply to  Doodm4n

So… he was a henchman?

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
5 months ago
Reply to  Fils

More or less.

Leon
Leon
5 months ago
Reply to  Locke

What if Scott has a change of heart, and deactivates the bomb himself?

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
5 months ago
Reply to  Leon

Scott’s a pretty low-key, calm individual. Very few things get him emotionally riled up, and they’re all kind of centered around two things: having innocent people being put needlessly in danger, and his relationship with his deceased fiancee and unwillingness to move on.

So I don’t think that’ll happen any time soon. The last thing he wants at this point is to be personally responsible. To Ethan and Lucas, “innocent people being murdered and it being all your fault” is a vague hypothetical, while survivor’s guilt makes that everyday life for Scott.

Atros
Atros
5 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Agreed. He won’t come to that conclusion smoothly over time by being with Zeke. He’d have to need Zeke to save Lucas/Ethan, the only remaining ties he has to life.

MercuryGreen
5 months ago
Reply to  Locke

Hoping more for a “HA! I figured you couldn’t actually remove it! That’s why I did it myself!”

Del Cox
Del Cox
5 months ago

Panel 1, Zeke balloon 2, “no longer plan to murder”.
The brain loves to autofill missing words on carriage returns.

Cragfast
Cragfast
5 months ago
Reply to  Del Cox

There’s so many other words, we can skip the odd one here and there.

Twilight Faze
5 months ago

D’awwwwww he likes being called Zeke. Our bot is growing up :3

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
5 months ago

Thought it was going to be a few more pages before somebody did that. 😋

Tim
Tim
5 months ago

Glory to our benevolent robot overlords

Erika
Erika
5 months ago

Did ZK ever settle on “they” for a pronoun? It definitely sounded like that was what the humans were leaning toward, but I can’t remember if we heard any final thoughts on the subject.

Ethan calls them “king”, which is a traditionally masculine title with neutral alternatives (monarch, ruler, etc). Of course, that could just be Ethan slipping up and forgetting that pronoun choices also apply to gendered nouns- I still do that all the time myself.

Anon A Mouse
Anon A Mouse
5 months ago
Reply to  Erika

I believe Zeke declared themselves “King” before the discussion occurred so It would probably be best to fall back on that. Could always just declare it gender neutral too, like they did with Lord Dominator.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
5 months ago
Reply to  Anon A Mouse

I might be wrong, but I feel like the idea of ‘gender’ was less important to Zeke than a name. After all, that’s what was eventually fixated on – ZK expressed some level of dissatisfaction with ‘he’ ‘she’ ‘it’ and ‘they.’ I guess we’ll just need to watch and see what Ethan and Lucas do, and whether Zeke corrects them, ignores them, or just ‘allows’ their anthropomorphizing, in the same way that ‘Zeke’ was allowed as a nickname. I don’t think that the usage of “king” was a solid confirmation of maleness, in any case; it’s more of a title,… Read more »

Dagroth
Dagroth
5 months ago
Reply to  Erika

Maybe Zeke is using masculine-sounding voice (was that ever clarified?) and hence Ethan sort of (subconsciously perhaps) assumed they are male? Or kind of just because, as I think people tend to assume their own gender, or at least I think I tend to, when talking about unknown people or fictional characters.

Last edited 5 months ago by Dagroth
Zodiac
Zodiac
5 months ago
Reply to  Dagroth

Zeke also wore pants but no shirt and was made by a big Weeb to be a ninja, pretty sure the intent was for Zeke to be a male as apposed to a Kunoichi (female ninja).

Keegan Wilson
Keegan Wilson
5 months ago
Reply to  Erika

“Waaaaaah, this free content isn’t good enough for me”

Enclave
Enclave
5 months ago

Really well done Tim.

Damion
Damion
5 months ago

Character depth and development. I love it. Calling it now though, Zeke found, traced, AND deactivated his own kill switch ages ago. He knows who did it, who knew about it or didn’t, and what he’s going to do to the guilty party(ies). He’s wacky, not stupid.

Jamie
Jamie
5 months ago
Reply to  Damion

I’d really enjoy that story line, but I still expect it to be a surprise to Zk

Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy
5 months ago
Reply to  Damion

I have been thinking the same thing. As ZK becomes less murderous the response might be another trolling rather than a fit of rage. You know, rig up a fake explosion to set off whenever ready, just to inflict guilt rather than physical pain… And ZK might not be upset about the meatbags leaving the kill switch active. After all, it is the logical thing to do, and almost certainly what ZK would have done if the positions were reversed.

AngerFork
AngerFork
5 months ago
Reply to  Damion

This is more or less what I’m expecting as well. Not sure if he fully deactivated it, but his frank discussion behind the Z.K. name as well as him still staying in Automata during the nights makes me think he at least knows about it.

Fully expecting at least some sort of discussion or hint towards Scott about it to end this particular comic series.

Matt G.
Matt G.
5 months ago

Can I say how irrationally happy I am that we found a logical way to name them Zeke? 🙂

Last edited 5 months ago by Matt G.
Rolan7
Rolan7
5 months ago
Reply to  Matt G.

I’m happy about the solution too, but I’m still going to call them ZK. Less characters 😛

Gabriel Stanford-Brown
5 months ago

Sooo… if green is next, then in the grand scheme of colour progression, is Yellow like God-Mode??

Gamhuin
Gamhuin
5 months ago

Welcome back Zeke. We’ve missed you. 🙂

SpinelesS
SpinelesS
5 months ago

I could swear the name Zeke has been mentioned before… Maybe I’m remembering some other robot…

Leon
Leon
5 months ago
Reply to  SpinelesS

Was there a ‘Zeke’ in Fallout?

Frank Altpeter
Frank Altpeter
5 months ago
Reply to  Leon

The robot from Cassiopeia Quinn is also called Zeke, perhaps that’s where you remember the name.

A different Tim
A different Tim
5 months ago
Reply to  SpinelesS

He was Zeke in the old timeline, but not yet in A&D. https://cad-comic.com/comic/not-natural/

Rolan7
Rolan7
5 months ago

I’m sure they were doing a bit, but bless you for looking that up!

The Legacy
The Legacy
5 months ago

I’ve always thought “Zeke” was pronounced “Zee-Kh”. Is it pronounced “Zee-Kee”?

Rolan7
Rolan7
5 months ago
Reply to  The Legacy

Nah, you pronounced “Zeke” correctly. I’m going to use Zee-Kay but apparently ZK doesn’t mind it being “shortened” to Zeke.

The Legacy
The Legacy
5 months ago
Reply to  Rolan7

Thanks!

Sion V
Sion V
5 months ago

Thank you Ethan, for a moment I thought I would have to forget Zeke inplace of ZeeKay.

“Oh yeah, it’s all coming together.”

Vandril
Vandril
5 months ago

So… When he learns about the bomb, is he going to take it relatively well but end up a bit jaded, turning his eyes a green to match? 😛

Rolan7
Rolan7
5 months ago
Reply to  Vandril

I see what you did there.

Zeke
Zeke
5 months ago

As a person who’s name is Zeke, you have made me feel immense joy that a character I find so hilarious is named after me. Thank you. This… kind of makes up for never finding my name on a coke bottle

Horab
Horab
5 months ago

I grew up reading these comics, always loved Zeke the most. This chapter got me tearing up man.

Kevin Greenbaum
Kevin Greenbaum
5 months ago

Gonna go bright red again when he learns he can still explode at any given time.

Mike
Mike
5 months ago

I have to know… is this the original inspiration for the name of “Zeke” in the first CAD Comic, or is it just a happy accident that the name choice of “Zeke” maps very well as a nickname for this “Zero Knowledge” thing?

Cragfast
Cragfast
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike

They are unrelated.

Teidar
Teidar
5 months ago

It’s been so long I legit forgot his name was already Zeke

Dennis Asp
5 months ago

Wow… I often forget that I joined this comic some 12 years ago by now

Gamebecile
Gamebecile
5 months ago

Yaaaaaaaaasssss quuueeeeeennnn! Zeke is finally Zeke again!

Ray
Ray
5 months ago

For the others who might want it, the source of the original Zeke’s name, Ezekiel, spray-painted on his ass
https://cad-comic.com/comic/lint-life/

Wesley Riot
Wesley Riot
5 months ago

all hail Lord Zed

Zak
Zak
4 months ago

This has definitely been my favourite arc. Thank you so much for making it, Tim.