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The W - Print - Ctrl+Al+Del Getting a Reboot (Spoilers)
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Do webcomics go in "Print"? I dunno. Anyway, Tim Buckley of Ctrl+Alt+Del has announced that as of now, he is rebooting his strip. In the process he finished things off by ending this "era" by killing off a main character.

Buckley's reasoning is sound in wanting to do a reboot of Ctrl+Alt+Del, especially with how updating three days a week wasn't conducive to longer story-arcs. It also seemed like he couldn't decide between joke comics or serious comics, and this will give him a chance to do so.

That said, personally, I'm not a fan of how it ended. We get no resolution to several (all) characters, which is very disappointing. Having the character sacrifice himself seems abrupt. Actually, the whole ending seems abrupt and out of left field. The motivation of the character sacrificing themselves makes sense as it has been shown several times in the comic that he'd do anything for his loved ones, so there's that. There's something else that rubs me the wrong way with this, but I can't quite figure it out; maybe I don't like the idea of the someone not knowing where her spouse is, and not knowing what happened to him (although perhaps that's the point of the strip). Actually, there's something; what happens to all the characters after his sacrifice?

As an aside, from a time travel perspective the story makes sense; the removal of the character from time itself would mean that the future that we saw would not exist. So in that case, then perhaps Random Girl #57 is the true hero of the last ten years of the strip, preventing a dystopian future.

In the end, I think how the strip ended is reflective of the strip as a whole; polarizing. I'm probably one of the few who is on the fence about it.



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I'd been spending the last couple months thinking about stopping reading CAD, as the long arcs weren't doing anything for me, but the one-offs were unremarkable too.

The reboot is a chance to stop, but his plan to not release comics until the full arc is complete means that I don't have to make that decision until the next time my RSS gives me the big update.



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I stopped reading CAD several years ago when I realized I didn't like any of the characters. CAD got a bad rap before being a Penny Arcade copy, but that didn't matter to me. Looking at the last comic, I see that I clearly have no idea what's going on anymore. It turned into some sort of futuristic sci-fi story? The comic I got tired of was a supposed humor comic in which the main character was a Mary Sue who did childish things that always caused trouble, yet somehow was beloved by everyone. I stopped reading "Least I Could Do" a year later for the same reason.
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I stopped reading CAD quite some time ago. A full reboot, especially if he's going to publish whole storylines at once, would make me give it another chance. /shrug

I'm interested enough to see what he'll do going forward.

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Not that I necessarily expect you to listen, but a podcast that I used to listen to returned after a 14 month hiatus to talk about the situation. http://ww.libsyn.com/webcomics-weekly-1-reboots
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I listened to most of it the other day. I have a really, really hard time taking Kurtz seriously sometimes. He says all these negative things about Buckley, and regardless if they are true or not, he can be just as bad.

Reboots, relaunches. Both have happened with comics for ages. If Kurtz wants webcomic equality, he should hold both to the same standards.



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