Ctrl+Alt+Del (CAD) is a video game-related webcomic written by Tim Buckley, known online as Absath. The name refers to computing's most common three-finger salute, which on Microsoft Windows systems is control-alt-delete. CAD's tagline is "Tragically leet", a nod to The Tragically Hip. The strip features a pair of gamers, Ethan and Lucas, as the main characters, as well as a Linux user, Scott, and a female gamer, Lilah, also Ethan's girlfriend. Most of the humor in the comic concerns video games, but some is also bred of violence, with more still coming from the strip's randomness. As the comic has progressed, the comic has focussed a lot more on long story-arcs instead of smaller, one comic gags (although, comics like this still appear regularly, but generally arn't related to the main characters), which serve to add a sense of continuity and introduce new plot elements.
There are several in-jokes, the most notable concerning arrows. There are several strips in which Ethan is killed (or at least gravely injured) by arrows shot from out of frame, . An explanation was finally given in the first collection book (Insert Coin: CAD Volume 1). It's a gag joke taken from a cult classic comedy called The Kentucky Fried Movie. Ironically, the February 28, 2003 strip turned the tables, with Ethan shooting an arrow at and killing Absath, who was present in the comic to discuss the fact that he had drawn 100 Ctrl+Alt+Del strips.
Ctrl+Alt+Del also features a post-New Year's holiday dubbed Winter-een-mas . Absath has detailed the holiday: the season lasts all of January, much like the Christmas season, but the actual holiday itself is January 25 to January 31. It was created as a holiday for all things concerning gamers or gaming. Little is told about its traditions, however there are several spirits which represent the different genres of gaming (such as fighting or real-time strategy) who fly around the world on Winter-een-mas Eve in a giant ethereal gamepad . Every year at Winter-een-mas, Ethan dons a crown and proclaims himself king. His behavior typically incites anger in his companions.[deviantart] => [twitvid] => [webcomic_rss] => http://www.cad-comic.com/rss/rss.xml [googleplus_id] => [googleplus_followers] => 0 [webcomictweets_rank] => 12 )