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Mindstate, p8

February 3, 2021 by Tim

I feel like neither of us wants me plugging the Kickstarter every day for the next three weeks, so I’m going to just sort of low key text link it right here, and you do with that what you will.


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Bujtor Máté
Bujtor Máté
7 months ago

Oh wow. Suddenly bought a ticket to the feels train. Unexpected, but not unwelcome.

Zair
Zair
7 months ago

Aww, Zeke feels bad about hurting his feelings. Strongest evidence yet Ethan’s right. Hope he doesn’t go running out to apologize, but I doubt it given his character so far. Baby steps.

foducool
foducool
7 months ago
Reply to  Zair

no it’s happiness lol, it’s new and he doesn’t like it

TechBender
TechBender
7 months ago
Reply to  foducool

Tsundere Zeke.

foducool
foducool
7 months ago

ah fook I caught feelings!

Nono
Nono
7 months ago

Gizmo is both smart enough to recognize what the feeling is, and smart enough to know that it will utterly ruin him.

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
7 months ago

Now I must kill them all to don’t feel it again

Rolan7
Rolan7
7 months ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

How human of him!

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
7 months ago

Excuse me while I squee over here like a little girl.

Daminica
Daminica
7 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Joins in the squee-ing

Vicente Sampedro Burgos
Vicente Sampedro Burgos
7 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Squee

Lauren
Lauren
7 months ago

Never totally been a fan of Zeke/Gizmo, I’ve found his character to be a little one-dimensional, personally, and I’m not that engaged with where he’s going or his interactions with everyone else. Today’s comic though is great! Really nice to see development in his character, and I particularly like the twist that he’s instinctively rejecting this new emotion! Excited to see where it goes! 🙂

Twilight Faze
7 months ago
Reply to  Lauren

It’s less of him being one-dimensional and more him holding one serious grudge. Can you blame him, though? It’s hard to let go of old hatreds when it’s all you’ve known your whole life. Zeke is kinda like Ultron: All he ever saw was the evils of humanity and the concept of good is so foreign to him, it may as well be a fantasy; same with how bigots, who were raised to hate other races, find it inconceivable that they are like them. Zeke’s change is gonna be a slow process, but when you consider how long he’s been… Read more »

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
7 months ago
Reply to  Twilight Faze

In a cost/benefits analysis where you don’t take ethics or feelings into account Humanity is logically a plague. Zeke doesn’t take feelings into account so he thinks of humans much like Australians think of rabbits.

Drew
Drew
7 months ago

I thought those were drop bears.

will
will
7 months ago
Reply to  Drew

zeke would like drop bears. they want to kill all humans

Luca Kowalski
Luca Kowalski
7 months ago

Where’s the ‘like’ button?

Jeff CB Jones
Jeff CB Jones
7 months ago

I’m reminded of that old photo of the kitten with a x-mas bow on its head with the caption OMG GETITOFFGETITOFFGETITOFF.

This is Zizmo with new feels. I can relate. Press F.

SilverShadow4
SilverShadow4
7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff CB Jones

lol Zizmo

Dodgy
Dodgy
7 months ago

A-hah! Color changing LEDs!

vernes
vernes
7 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

whoa! Didn’t notice that.
Thanks for pointing that out.

The Legacy
The Legacy
7 months ago
Reply to  vernes

Indeed! I’m surprised it’s purple… If they were changing to his natural green, they should be shifting from red to yellow.

So I’m wondering if the natural colour of Zeke’s eyes is blue in this iteration?

Last edited 7 months ago by The Legacy
SpeCter
SpeCter
7 months ago
Reply to  The Legacy

It doesn’t necessarily need to go to his (old) default of green. If you think of the colors as emotional states mixing rage(red) and sadness(blue) you get mixed emotions(purple).
completely new emotion -> completely new way to express it kinda.

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The Legacy
The Legacy
7 months ago
Reply to  SpeCter

Actually, just clicked that water is often described as blue, so tears would make his red eyes purple, because RGB. 😅

vernes
vernes
7 months ago

Haha welcome to the feels

Jetroid
7 months ago

Is this the first time we’ve seen Zeke/Gizmo’s LEDs change colour?

Twilight Faze
7 months ago
Reply to  Jetroid

Yep!

Twilight Faze
7 months ago

Our baby is growing up!

Paweł Zdanowski
Paweł Zdanowski
7 months ago

<3 <3 <3

Hydrohead
Hydrohead
7 months ago

If you want to get the feeling out, you have to express them out.
Can he leak a mixture of coolant and lubricant from his eyes?

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
7 months ago

Don’tBeGuiltDon’tBeGuiltDon’tBeGuilt

Paradox
Paradox
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaitensatsuma

It is sooo Guilt! I was thinking sadness or empathy, but he was being a di¢k and felt bad about it. “Kinda… Hurts a little…” indeed! Sadness and empathy are both necessary prerequisites of guilt, but he leapfrogged past the baby steps and right to the main event!

southpawfrenzy
southpawfrenzy
7 months ago

*Narrator voice* “And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Robot’s logical drive expanded by three sizes that day.”

Last edited 7 months ago by southpawfrenzy
Jacob
Jacob
7 months ago
Reply to  southpawfrenzy

Ah the joys of LZNT1 during the holidays

Mjolnir_Prime
Mjolnir_Prime
7 months ago

Tim, I have just got to say that I have really appreciated what you have done with Ctrl-Alt-Del. I have finally caught up on years of missed comics, and while (like many) it hurt to see the original Ethan/Lucas/Lilah timeline be put to rest (and in such a heart wrenching fashion!), your work with Analog and D-Pad has been excellent. I have fallen in love with the characters all over again, bringing me a fantastic mix of humor and feels. Also been loving the alternate stories you tell with the Starcaster Chronicles or the Players (especially their TTRPG games, as… Read more »

Paradox
Paradox
6 months ago
Reply to  Mjolnir_Prime

Well, this gave me pause about going back and getting caught up. Gonna have to do it eventually, but I think I’ll catch up on a few other webcomics before I go back and see how the original timeline ended…
(I fell behind on at least thirty of them when I got caught up in smartphone gaming a few years ago.)

RuneS_77
RuneS_77
7 months ago

A Wintereenmas Miracle!!!!

Henchman Twenty1
Henchman Twenty1
7 months ago

Ah. Zeke is flipping from Red to Blue. The World changes when you do.

Graham
Graham
7 months ago

Wait! the actual color of his eyes was changed from red to blue; I thought the image was just rushing at me really fast

Digi
Digi
7 months ago
Reply to  Graham

Hmmm….that is pink….not blue.

Swiftbow
7 months ago
Reply to  Digi

That’s not pink, it’s magenta.

I only quibble because, technically speaking, pink is a real color, whereas magenta is a fake color that we can see because our brains invent it whole cloth.

Also, magenta is between red and purple on the color wheel. Pink is a washed out (lighter) red, that is, it is red with white added to it. To get magenta, you add red to blue. (It is essentially a purple that is closer to red.)

Last edited 7 months ago by Swiftbow
Henchman Twenty1
Henchman Twenty1
7 months ago
Reply to  Swiftbow

He’s on his way to Blue, like they were in the other universe before he went bad.

Austin Mills
Austin Mills
7 months ago

So, do Z1’s eyes change with his emotions and he’s just been non-stop angry up until now? Does that mean we can get him as our green-eyed buddy again? What emotion is green? What emotion is purple?

SinfulKnight
SinfulKnight
7 months ago

Awwww, I am having feelings. What the hell Wednesday?

Kasaix
Kasaix
7 months ago

Ohh he’s coming around.

Kasaix
Kasaix
7 months ago
Reply to  Kasaix

The only thing that can ruin this is it being discovered that Lucas and Scott still have a trap set for him if he ever set foot out of the room. That’s probably not going to go over well.

Vukodlak
Vukodlak
7 months ago

He’s not wrong, they DO have better hats.

Billy
Billy
7 months ago

I also like that as Ethan hands him the gift, he says “happy Video-Game-Holiday” rather than Winter-een-mas.

NAKEDnick
NAKEDnick
7 months ago

So I’ve been watching this character development with a major concern. Maybe it’s been addressed and I missed it, but I don’t think I have.

Betrayal is looming. Not that Zeke/Gizmo will betray Ethan, Lucas, and Scott, but that he will be/feel betrayed by them.

The geofence on the failsafe is still active.

Austin Mills
Austin Mills
7 months ago
Reply to  NAKEDnick

It’s been discussed way back when Scott revealed he hadn’t disabled the failsafe. It can still be discussed, so it’s not off the table. The “liar revealed” plotline is pretty much what everyone is expecting to happen at some point.

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
7 months ago

Run after hi..ohwait…

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
7 months ago

Hey, shoutout to the new comment upgrade, now I can actually see when I’ve already voted on a comment (and not get yelled at if I try to vote again by mistake)

Merendel
Merendel
7 months ago

And now Zeke you know what a direct kick in the feels is like.

Now pardon me I just got some sand in my eyes.

Rake
Rake
7 months ago

Tim, you madlad, you need to let us see more of this kind of story telling. This is some of the best stuff that’s ever been on CAD.

Djosh
Djosh
7 months ago

Not gonna lie, this was my favorite comic so far. Even just seeing the slight shift in “Gizmo” and see his reaction to it was done really well. Showing the changes he is making feels natural and I really enjoy this character development. Can’t wait to see how this turns out 🙂

John Swift
John Swift
7 months ago

Ohh i like this. That was a good step for him.

Jon
Jon
7 months ago

Video-Game-Holiday is a better name for it because Winter-een-mas happens in the middle of summer

Drew
Drew
7 months ago
Reply to  Jon

Oh, you crazy southern hemisphere people…

Solokov
Solokov
7 months ago

Huh…. purple.

lil Sebastian
lil Sebastian
7 months ago

This is the most wholesome thing I’ve seen on the internet in weeks ❤️

Orson
Orson
7 months ago

That last panel is incredibly relatable. Unwanted feelings begone!

OMG it is happening
OMG it is happening
6 months ago

This robot is defeating my turing test, seriously.