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Re-Reboot

April 1, 2022 by Tim

About ten years ago, I made the very difficult decision to hit the reset button on my life’s work. While I loved my job, I couldn’t help but think that, given a decade of experience and a clean slate, I could do a lot of exciting things with these characters.

Fast forward to this morning at breakfast, and I realized I now have two decades of experience under my belt. Imagine the sort of things I could explore with a fresh slate now.

So I’m very excited to announce Ctrl+Alt+Del 3.0! The next chapter for these characters!

With this reboot, I will once again start fresh, throwing out all existing storylines for a new perspective to approach these characters from. In 3.0, we will see our main character, Ethan, a video-game-playing ghost hunter, tackling supernatural mysteries alongside his sarcastic and spectral sidekick, Lucas!

“A ghost hunter whose best friend is a ghost?! That’s crazy!” I hear you saying.

It is! And it will add quite the twist on this friendship you thought you knew! As they attempt to unravel the mysteries of the unknown, as well as solve the cold case of Lucas’ murder, they will encounter a wide variety of characters, some familiar, some brand new.

I’m really excited to take this journey with you guys, and I hope you’re looking forward to the fresh start as much as I am!


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Vincent Price
Vincent Price
4 months ago

Almost, you almost had me.

Havoc
Havoc
4 months ago
Reply to  Vincent Price

jupp, same here for a Moment

Trojianmaru
Trojianmaru
4 months ago
Reply to  Vincent Price

Phew! Thanks, you absolutely saved my ass, I forgot what day it is

Dodgy
Dodgy
4 months ago
Reply to  Trojianmaru

Thank god!!! I didn’t realize the day and was SO pissed about this. Actually came to the comments to rant… nice one Tim!

Droopy
Droopy
4 months ago
Reply to  Vincent Price

April man, it’s not worth it, all this high blood pressure has gotta be causing heart disease.

Kini
Kini
4 months ago
Reply to  Vincent Price

It was very convincing because yesterday’s comic would have made a great finale.

VanillaCokeMule
VanillaCokeMule
4 months ago
Reply to  Vincent Price

Yup, same. I read through the entire blogpost and then remembered the date once again.

Spartacus
Spartacus
4 months ago

You <chose a four letter word of your choice>. You actually had me for about 0.68 seconds. Noooo! Not after that cliff-hanger!

Ryan
Ryan
4 months ago
Reply to  Spartacus

That’s an eternity for an android.

Chris
Chris
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

Another Star Trek fan

Thoke
Thoke
4 months ago
Reply to  Chris

As long there are 4 lights its ok

Tim
Tim
4 months ago

At the start I was like, ok hes doing very well, maybe more art tricks and such, I can wait a week for that.

At the breakfast part I was like, well thats short term, he probably means a bit in the past.

At the starting fresh I was like, wait a second, what day is it

Perhaps if the image had really advanced art tricks it would have gotten me fully

Treiden
Treiden
4 months ago

Not gonna lie, even though I know it’s not real, this concept actually sounds really interesting to me.

Put it in as one of the different comics you do on here? Just no cancelling the current one!

Last edited 4 months ago by Treiden
Andon
Andon
4 months ago
Reply to  Treiden

Yeah, not going to lie, ghost hunter with ghost sidekick that’s solving said ghost’s murder? That sounds fun.

Just leave out the “throwing away everything else” bits

The Legacy
The Legacy
4 months ago
Reply to  Treiden

Totally! 😁

Duddy
Duddy
4 months ago
Reply to  Treiden

I’ll read any of his work so I was totally down for it. But still incredibly sad that Ethan never consoled with Zeke

Mousio
Mousio
4 months ago
Reply to  Treiden

My thoughts exactly! (After initial shock and subsequent eye-roll, that isπŸ˜…).
Would be fun to see Lucas having to deal with this Ethan’s crazy antics unable to physically stop him. Not to mention all the other characters roles in this new world.

Nameless Minion
Nameless Minion
4 months ago

I’m looking forward to CAD 4.0 in 10 years time, where the entire cast become hamsters, except for Zeke, who becomes a sentient computer mouse.

jere
jere
4 months ago

Oh man now i really wanna see that!

Marcus
Marcus
4 months ago

oh my god… i can see it now…. damn you minion!

Dom
Dom
4 months ago

“Click me baby, click me.” – Warcraft III reference.

Freddie
Freddie
4 months ago

Ah, the tradition continues …

Freddie
Freddie
4 months ago

Just reminded me of how much I liked Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) AKA My Partner The Ghost

Phil
Phil
4 months ago
Reply to  Freddie

Original or Reeves and Mortimer reboot?

Freddie
Freddie
4 months ago
Reply to  Phil

I only saw the original – didn’t even know of the reboot.
Thanks – must take a look.

blindcoder
blindcoder
4 months ago

The Blackwell Ctrl-Alt-Del! GENIUS!

Alexander Neu
Alexander Neu
4 months ago

You do know that this is the kind of April Fools joke that becomes a real Spin-Off comic pretty soon, right?

Stef
Stef
4 months ago

haha, nice, took me a second to realize what day it is

toughluck
toughluck
4 months ago

And once everyone assumes that it’s April Fools, Tim’s back on Monday with the first episode of Ethan the ghost-hunter.

The Legacy
The Legacy
4 months ago
Reply to  toughluck

To be honest, if he did it for a one-off series… I’d be down. 😁

Helldemon
Helldemon
4 months ago
Reply to  The Legacy

I’m just happy he finally admitted it wasn’t some long planned thing he did to end the series because I remember a post he replied to back on the forums that was talking about the length of that last arc. It ended up being like half of what he said it would be.

Marcus
Marcus
4 months ago
Reply to  toughluck

it would be a great way for him to collect his thoughts on where he was going and how he was gonna re-unite zeke and the team. could imagine ripping through a couple of weeks worth of work in the style above fairly quickly to give time to the “real work”

ir8munk33
ir8munk33
4 months ago

Oh man you completely got me

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

Very nice trick there 🀣 I just wanted to write: Yay new books incoming via Kickstarter – as I remebered the date.

Giraldi
Giraldi
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of kickstarter material available, since the most recent one only covered the first few years of CAD 2.0

ocramot
ocramot
4 months ago

Heh, for a second I forgot what day it is.

Last edited 4 months ago by ocramot
foducool
foducool
4 months ago

again?!
*checks date*
ah god dammit I hate this day

Andhaka
Andhaka
4 months ago

Do you realize that now you’ll have to produce that story soone or later, yes? πŸ˜€

I think you should consider making it an extra perk for your Patreon or something. πŸ˜‰

Cheers

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
4 months ago

Looking the calendar… yeah…

Paul
Paul
4 months ago

NGL, even though this is an April Fool, I’d still enjoy reading it.

Adam Lane
Adam Lane
4 months ago

My heart sank, and then I noticed the date. First fool of the day, bravo!

Andre
Andre
4 months ago

Almost got me until the ghosthunter thing hahaha

Cmd1095
Cmd1095
4 months ago

Had me there for a moment, though tbh ghost hunter Ethan and ghost Lucas sounds like a riot

JozMkII
JozMkII
4 months ago

XD

Aston Whiteman
Aston Whiteman
4 months ago

Hope it’s true and not a 1st April joke. The comic continues to evolve since Leah…yeah.

Kasaix
Kasaix
4 months ago

I can’t wait for the pre-re-boot, showing Ethan and Lucas meeting during the game wars, where people fight and die on the battlefield of gaming. Two enemies, who find a sense of kinship on the battlefield, and begin the first Co-Op Uprising.

Jon
Jon
4 months ago

I hate April 1st. No one enjoys creators pranking their audience. I am among a lot of people who were looking forward to seeing the next page in the storyline but instead we have to wait till Monday so Tim can get his chuckles. Seriously, I hope that whatever you do today in going out to eat or watching your favorite show on TV, that they prank you by ruining your food or putting on a weird joke episode; perhaps even better: someone you car about in your family – your son, wife, whatever – experiences it as I think… Read more »

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
4 months ago
Reply to  Jon

OK. OK, *this guy* wins April Fools. Seriously, you had me going there. Literally no one – NO ONE – is that spoiled and entitled to whine and cry and complain because the joke comic that he gets completely free three times a week is a little TOO meta.

I mean, wow. Almost lost my faith in humanity for a sec.

Brian Sapinski
Brian Sapinski
4 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Don’t get too complacent, Gruff. Unfortunately, those kind of people ARE out there in this world. Obviously, we hope Jon is not one of them, but…

In all seriousness, this can be a fun “camping” side story one day for a one shot around Halloween or something. Wonder how you end it, though.

toughluck
toughluck
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian Sapinski

Knowing Ethan? He destroys Lucas the ghost by accident.

Marcus
Marcus
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian Sapinski

something something, crossed beams….

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian Sapinski

You know how it’d end. Voice: <CHOOSE. CHOOSE THE FORM OF THE DESTRUCTOR> Lucas: “Oh, I get it. Real cute! Whatever we think of – if we think of Phil Spencer, then Phil Spencer will come and destroy us. So empty your heads, don’t think of anything. We’ve only got one shot at this.” Voice: <THE CHOICE IS MADE> Lucas: Woah! Hold on! Voice: <THE TRAVELLER HAS COME> Lucas: Nobody chose anything! Scott – did you choose anything? Scott: No. Lucas: Did you? Zeke: Negative. Lucas: I didn’t think of anything! *all three slowly turn to look at Ethan.* Ethan:… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Eldest Gruff
CR8ON
CR8ON
4 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

I’m just gonna leave this here…

https://cad-comic.com/comic/dammit-ray/

Reso
Reso
4 months ago
Reply to  CR8ON

Also, HOLY. SHIT.

https://cad-comic.com/comic/laying-the-groundwork/

It was zeke all along.

Richard Weatherfield
Richard Weatherfield
4 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

That would be AWESOME!!!!

toughluck
toughluck
4 months ago
Reply to  Jon

Do you need big flaming letters saying “THE END” to know that the story arc has completed? It seemed obvious that the last strip was the last in that story arc and Tim is going to switch to another story now. That’s why I thought that a reboot was actually plausible. In its current state, the “Analog and D-Pad” story is complete. Sure, Tim could bolt on a few stories, but it would take a couple of story arcs and world building to move on. It’s impossible to simply publish the next issue where Ethan meets Zeke in the street,… Read more »

Jesse
Jesse
4 months ago
Reply to  toughluck

So the issue is definitely over, but I think saying the story is done is ridiculous. There’s a lot of development to be done with Lilah and Ethan, there are multiple villains that still exist, and while Zeke will certainly re-enter the storyline, it’s likely that Scott will continue to be at odds and probably turns into a villain. There’s no way Analog and D-Pad are over, it’s just that issue that is finished.

Marcus
Marcus
4 months ago
Reply to  toughluck

“it seemed obvious” well.. you know there are two types of people… those who can extrapolate a conclusion from incomplete data…
but you could do a lot from where it is. and either way, joke or not, reboot or slight shift, whatever comes up next im happy with. tim does good work.

Dan
Dan
4 months ago
Reply to  Jon

Assuming this isn’t also an April Fools joke. Takes some real blinders to come into a comment thread full of people going “haha good one…” and go “no one enjoys…”

Cryptic6
Cryptic6
4 months ago

I know it’s April fool’s day, but I kinda want to see this be a thing here.

Pulse
Pulse
4 months ago

i await the panel where it pans back to the 1.0 guys playing the game version of the comic while making quips about if they had powers.

David K.
David K.
4 months ago
Reply to  Pulse

That has to be the final CAD comic. It would be perfect.

Scott
Scott
4 months ago
Reply to  David K.

As long as it includes the watermelon, I agree

MalumLibrum958
MalumLibrum958
4 months ago

This is either an April Fools joke or an actual plan. Either way, I’m on board

Arcdar
Arcdar
4 months ago

Perfect Aprils 1st πŸ˜€

scottsmom
scottsmom
4 months ago

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if *everyone* turned out to be unironically overwhelmingly positive towards the idea, so Tim would have to face either scrapping 2.0 for real or the wrath of the fanbase?

Logan
Logan
4 months ago
Reply to  scottsmom

Read the comments. We’re pretty much all on board with the concept! Just not at the expense of the current story. But as a side thing, sure.

Marcus
Marcus
4 months ago
Reply to  Logan

oh no.. the story can quite easily end there. group of game themed super heros torn apart by their conflicting views on “rehabilitation” and A.I.

Rolando
Rolando
4 months ago

It was actually working on me, but the whole “ghost” thing felt like too much and then I remembered the date. In my defense, I’ve never lived anywhere with this tradition. So, I sometimes need a few moments to realise.

Also, Tim would not tell us so much in advance right? πŸ˜‰

Acher4
Acher4
4 months ago

lol

but also.
Why does it sounds quite fun.
I’d like some side-comic like sillies, with the adventures of Ghostbuster Ethan and his friend-ghost Lucas.

21st Century Peon
21st Century Peon
4 months ago

April-fooIery aside, I do so very want to see CAD get the “Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)” treatment.

Last edited 4 months ago by 21st Century Peon
lolazo
lolazo
4 months ago

god damn it! its april fools! i fell for it like a dumbass!

The Legacy
The Legacy
4 months ago

You didn’t get me, because I immediately knew what day it was. But two things crossed my mind: 1) Your joke could *totally* be used as a One-Shot series. Maybe a Halloween thing. 😁 2) On a serious note, I find the current iteration really good. How are you feeling about it? I don’t get the feeling that you want to reboot anytime soon. Honestly, I think more artists should do that because way too many good Comics have jumped the shark because their artist ran out of ideas. *Cough* Sohmer & Lar *Cough* But as of right now your… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by The Legacy
Drakin
Drakin
4 months ago

I trust Nothing on April Fools day.

NOTHING!

Itsamesparta
Itsamesparta
4 months ago

I know it’s not real but that story actually doesn’t sound awful.

Hinkeypinkey
Hinkeypinkey
4 months ago

You son of a…. of right, good one

Screwhead
Screwhead
4 months ago

Oh wow, it took until finally reading that through that I remembered what day it was.. You really had me going!

Dan
Dan
4 months ago

On the one hand…don’t you dare

On the other…this sounds cool

Mick Molloy
Mick Molloy
4 months ago

LOL! You had me going for a min!

Ambaryerno
Ambaryerno
4 months ago

*Checks Calender.*

Uh huh.

James Rye
James Rye
4 months ago

This actually sounds really interesting. Please make an extra story arc for this, like a one-shot with like 12-20 pages for a single small story only featuring those two for example or “Daily life of Ghost hunter Ethan and Ghost Lucas”.

Egg
Egg
4 months ago

Dammit, I forgot what day it is.

Billdozer
Billdozer
4 months ago

As much as I know this is April Fool’s, holy shit do I want this story told!

Casra
Casra
4 months ago

This is one of the better jokes today. Bravo!

SBlack
SBlack
4 months ago

Might actually be fun as a mini-series or something like that

THRASHER
THRASHER
4 months ago
Reply to  SBlack

Halloween?

Lucas
Lucas
4 months ago

The moment of relief when you realize today’s date. And the renewed agony when you’re asking yourself if that’s not actually a huge coincidence, and will have to wait until Monday to tell for sure.

lechuckGL
lechuckGL
4 months ago

HAHAHAHAHA….good try.

Critic
Critic
4 months ago

Is it sad I would rate that idea as an improvement over the current CAD?

Scott
Scott
4 months ago
Reply to  Critic

Yes, yes it is. You must really hate the “Ethan and Lucas as super-heroes” idea.