Posted by inferiorego (20576 posts) - - Show Bio

Welcome back to the Web Comic Spotlight where we take a look at a piece of the comic book world that keeps us entertained on a daily basis. Last week, we featured a great web comics called Garfield Minus Garfield. This week we take a look at a comic that is incredibly topical about something most of us love, the world of video games. Check out Ctrl + Alt + Del.

Ctrl + Alt + Del is a web comic by Tim Buckley that explores the lives of a couple of gamers: Lucas and Ethan. Both Lucas and Ethan are room mates and gamers, and they live next door to Lilah, who is a gamer as well. The main comics focuses on current things happening in the gaming and nerd culture, and many times, like the strip above, it gives a different perspective to event that most people on the net are pretty angry about.

There are also some other strips on the site that deal with other aspects of the gaming world, such as buying skins for your character in a video game, only to realize that no one but you notices the difference.

The site covers a lot, and you can even go back to the beginning of the strip and relive the old times, like when Star Wars Galaxies ruled the MMO world or when random arrows would just shoot people in the chest.

The strip has been around since 2002, and aside from being incredibly funny, it's very topical and fresh. It takes idea much of the mainstream wouldn't understand, but nerds love, and puts them into a lovable format for nerdom to gobble up.

Not only is it funny, but it has a good sense of humor about the culture it caters to. On top of that, it's split into storylines, so each comic strip isn't a one shot. Usually a few of these together make a coherent story, but even on their own, they're incredibly funny.

There's also a section called "Sillies." Don't let these bare-bone strips fool you. They're very well done and good for a quick laugh. They consist of three panel and they're all black and white with no shading. It's a section of the site that's just as good as the original.

The site also has a store where you can pick up collections of the comic, shirts, plush toys, and a lot more. In addition, there's also an app for your phone to check out all the awesomeness. Thus far, this is probably my favorite web comic because it's funny but it isn't a one trick pony, and it's updated pretty regular. In fact, it's been 10 years of updating. That's dedication.

Make sure to check out the website, and you can check out artist Tim Buckley on twitter, and you can download the app for your phone. I'll leave you with one more awesome comic.

Do you have or know a webcomic you think should be featured? E-mail us at comicvinespotlight@gmail.com

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring is a comedian, writer, and host of the internet show no one watches, Barely Watchable. Follow him on Twitter: @inferiorego

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#1 Posted by safetake (1 posts) - - Show Bio

cad is terrible

#2 Posted by BritishMonkey (309 posts) - - Show Bio

it's very very tempting to go off on how much of a terrible person tim buckley is and how bad his comics are, but i won't

i know there's going to be a storm of negative comments about this though

#3 Posted by Hot_Karl (288 posts) - - Show Bio

B^U

I'm sorry, I had to.

#4 Posted by JonesDeini (3616 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad you guys are highlighting more indy work!

#5 Posted by sparty-dbq (709 posts) - - Show Bio

That strip jumped the shark years ago with the whole "miscarriage" storyline.

#6 Posted by EuanDewar (21 posts) - - Show Bio

Hahahah it's funny because it's terrible.

#7 Posted by The Impersonator (4304 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmmm. Where are those d@mn keys? =P

#8 Posted by Deadcool (6809 posts) - - Show Bio

I love this webcomic.

#9 Posted by KingSolomon (152 posts) - - Show Bio

I actually really enjoy this web, i like it because sure its usually funny but every now and agian they hit a real topic and thats something I can get behind. Next you guys should do one on Penny Arcade or Least I could Do.

#10 Posted by RedOwl_1 (1664 posts) - - Show Bio

@BritishMonkey said:

it's very very tempting to go off on how much of a terrible person tim buckley is and how bad his comics are, but i won't

i know there's going to be a storm of negative comments about this though

Can you explain me why is he so bad?

#11 Posted by BritishMonkey (309 posts) - - Show Bio

@RedOwl_1:

well from what i've heard and what i've seen been proven is he set up a charity once and used that charity money to buy an expensive drawing tablet, if you say something bad about his comics on his forums you're banned, he can't take criticism at all, he's stolen or infringed other artists work but to be fair he did apologise later on, and he's sent indecent pictures of himself to a minor

#12 Posted by dvorak (187 posts) - - Show Bio

CAD is pretty much the worst web comic on the net, and that's saying something. So good work on spotlighting it.

#13 Posted by pikahyper (10341 posts) - - Show Bio

I used to love CAD, I tapered off web comics around the end of the miscarriage arc.

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#14 Posted by Danial79 (2206 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd never even heard of this site, but based off the comments (however factual), I'm not sure I want to :/

#15 Edited by randalmeister (84 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not terribly familiar with "CAD". It seems very similar to Penny Arcade or PvP. I'll probably give it a look. As far as the quality of the comic, I'm not sure "terrible" is fair but to each their own. @BritishMonkey Did Tim Buckley do something horrific? He's obviously raised your ire.

#16 Posted by Cafeterialoca (1501 posts) - - Show Bio

B^U

#17 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (8748 posts) - - Show Bio

seems like another great pick this week!

#18 Posted by The_Hero_Without_a_Name (8 posts) - - Show Bio

CAD...yeah how about no.

#19 Posted by inferiorego (20576 posts) - - Show Bio

Im spolighting a web comic, not a creator's personal life. If you would like to see a web comic you like, email the address above.

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#20 Posted by YoungFrey (17 posts) - - Show Bio

I never could understand why people hate so hard on CAD. I figure that having PA and PVP hate it gives it a big handicap either way.

#21 Posted by WolfMonkey (302 posts) - - Show Bio

been reading it for years. it has its ups and downs, and i used to think of it as super great. but now it's just ok. wintereenmas has lost it's steam since now everyone in that world has accepted it. occasionally it has good storylines, but otherwise it's just ok. still read it every time it comes out though

#22 Posted by Mokey (188 posts) - - Show Bio

@KingSolomon:

Oh god, no. If there's one webcomic worse than CAD it's LICD.

#23 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh this is great! :) And thanks for the warning to stay away from the Old Republic game with that shot! Heh.

#24 Posted by ApatheticAvenger (1634 posts) - - Show Bio

Hate CAD.

#25 Posted by feebadger (1335 posts) - - Show Bio

I've got to agree with the majority on this one; CAD is an incredibly average web comic and has only lasted as long as it has due to Tim Buckley constantly courting controversy. Still, to each their own.

#26 Posted by Kenshiro28 (49 posts) - - Show Bio

@BritishMonkey said:

@RedOwl_1:

well from what i've heard and what i've seen been proven is he set up a charity once and used that charity money to buy an expensive drawing tablet, if you say something bad about his comics on his forums you're banned, he can't take criticism at all, he's stolen or infringed other artists work but to be fair he did apologise later on, and he's sent indecent pictures of himself to a minor

Sums it up pretty well.

Also, y'know...it's...really not funny.

Mind you, that last bit is an opinion but it's REALLY worth noting you gotta step lightly when it comes to web comics. A nice chunk of them are popular because we liked them in high school as opposed to actually being any good and a nice chunk of them didn't really improve or age very well over the years and then you have your vocal minorities ready to tear into ANYTHING for whatever reason (like the Goblins vs Gunnerkrigg Court thing. Good lord)

#27 Posted by KingSolomon (152 posts) - - Show Bio

@Mokey: This is pretty weird, i mean im not saying that CAD is the "MOST"S AWSOMENESS THING EVA" but i really think the hate for this web is weird. Also Least I Can DO, is hilarious and one of the few webs that update daily. Plus the qaulity of art went way up with they're most recent artist. If ya dont like that how about Gutters? That actually has to do with comics and some of that stuff can be really freaken hilarious. There is also Looking For Group, they are all done by the same guy but all have complete different vibes....

#28 Posted by Funrush (1369 posts) - - Show Bio

The Old Republic one made me laugh.

#29 Posted by ReVamp (22859 posts) - - Show Bio

Where Decoy at?

#30 Edited by Fauwf (1 posts) - - Show Bio

If you're going to post a terrible webcomic then you might as well include Tim's magnum opus

Not shown: the male character barely giving a shit and the girl later apologizing for being a mopey bitch after her miscarriage

#31 Posted by Mirth (1 posts) - - Show Bio

CAD just isn't very good.

#32 Posted by Herx (365 posts) - - Show Bio

wow, lots of negativity down here... well to be fair my reading of CAD is far and inbetween, so a long time could pass without me reading it. my overall rating of it is "meh"... and i pretty much forgot the misscariage story untill reading the comments here (thankls for reminding me guys/gals >:( )As for the controversy on Buckly, well i never graced his forums, so really i knew nada about it.

#33 Posted by stafax (10 posts) - - Show Bio

CAD was funny for like the first 2 years, then he started filling his comics with boring walls of text and somehow his art started getting worse instead of better. I emailed him years ago letting him know that I liked his older stuff better and focusing on relationship on the comic was not funny, he replied to me that same day telling me to stop emailing him and he called me a towel head as well. Note, I have an Arab name and it shows up when I send an email to someone.

#34 Posted by Jolt92 (170 posts) - - Show Bio

Turtle miscarriage.

#35 Posted by slowbeef (1 posts) - - Show Bio

As a reminder of just how stupid and lazy CAD actually is, recently, the creator decided to have a story arc involving "The Great Games Bowl" but it was too much work to draw it all out, so he released a 48-page PDF which he didn't even proofread.

In his first draft, two characters were named "A and B", but his search and replace failed so there's still a sentence where "A and B" looked over their shoulders for something. If you're going to release a short story, at least read it over once before posting.

#36 Posted by Power_13 (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Aside from anything else, Lilah doesn't "live next door" to Ethan and Lucas and hasn't for years; they all live together and she's been married (ie: been surrogate mother to) Ethan for at least two years.

I am the CAD fan. :(

#37 Posted by KidSupreme (824 posts) - - Show Bio

its funny in its own way

#38 Posted by Gordo789 (201 posts) - - Show Bio

@Fauwf said:

If you're going to post a terrible webcomic then you might as well include Tim's magnum opus

Not shown: the male character barely giving a shit and the girl later apologizing for being a mopey bitch after her miscarriage

+1

#39 Posted by MrMiracle77 (1659 posts) - - Show Bio

I was a regular reader of CAD up until a few years ago.  I just found myself asking why I read it in the first place.  The whole format of the charming-but-dumb character who constantly has to have completely normal matters explained to him by his surprisingly tolerant friends is unbelievably overdone in webcomics.