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*CADbortion (also known as *"Ctrl+Alt+Del" miscarriage) refers to a series of parodies based on an overly dramatic cartoon strip from the popular webcomic Ctrl+Alt Del[1] in which the female lead suffers a miscarriage, which became a widespread subject of mockery among the readers.


The Series

On October 23rd, 2002, Tim Buckley began publishing a webcomic series called “Ctrl+Alt+Del,” depicting the lives and adventures of two gamer roomates, Ethan and Lucas, as well as Ethan’s girlfriend Lilah and their robot Zeke built from an XBox console.

Despite its well-known status in the world of webcomics, the series began to acquire a significant hatedom due to widely perceived shortcomings like predictable tropes and his reliance on a single standard facial expression, as well as his controversial remarks and behaviors. Extremely negative pages for the comic were written on Encyclopedia Dramatica[23] and the Bad Webcomics Wiki,[17] while the TV Tropes page[24] has been locked due to the large number of edit wars that took place over its contents.

The Miscarriage Strip

On July 2nd, 2008, Buckley posted a strip titled Loss,[2] in which the female lead Lilah suffers a miscarriage. A significant change in tone from the usually comedic comic, the poorly-executed drama comic did not sit well with the anti-fans.


Many notable webcomic began parodying the comic and its final panel in paticular, including HijiNKS Ensue[3], Cynide and Happiness[4], Bigger then Cheeses[5], EEGRA hilarity comics[6][7], Fanboys[8], and Slackerz[9], along with other Internet persona such as Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw of Zero Punctuation[10], and Shmorky from Something Awful’s Flash Tub[11].

On 4chan, /v/ board became overrun with parodies to such an extent that moderators began banning people who opened new “CAD” threads. Something Awful users were particularly unkind to the comic, creating mock threads[12][13](one of which is over 350 pages long.), two entire (now closed) wikis and an interactive graph of the comic.[14] Someone even went to the extent of making a random CAD comic generator[15], subtly mocking that even disjointed, mismatched panels of the comic are still funnier than the originals.

El Santo[16](the webcomic overlook), The Bad Webcomic Wiki[17] and others have also mentioned the infamous comic in negative reviews of the webcomic as well. On July 25th, 2009, YouTuber KennylovesArin uploaded a musical tribute based on the comic accompanied by friends Skraggy and Arin (popular animator known as “Egoraptor”), with lyrical references to the miscarriage strip.

Alternative/Minimalist Interpretations

A new trend arose on /v/, which involved taking the Loss strip and representing it in different ways. Usually, these would attempt to be minimalistic, portraying the characters as lines, dots, or even just having four empty panels. Like how anything with green and purple can be recognized as Daily Dose, any similar-looking four pane comic can be recognized as Loss, and thus it became a way to determine if one has been on /v/ for too long.

External References

[1]Ctrl+Alt+Del – CAD-Comic posted on 10/23/2002

[2]Ctrl+Alt+Del – Loss / posted on 7/02/2008

[3]HijiNKS Ensue – Cmd-Opt-Z
posted on 04/01/2009

[4]Explosm – Cyanide and Happiness posted on 6/12/2008

[5]Bigger Than Cheese – Miscarry On Abroad

[6]EEGRAGamer Comic posted on 05/06/2008

[7]EEGRAHilarity Comic posted on 22/12/2008

[8]F@nb0y$ – Seriously posted on 10/12/2008

[9]Encyclopedia Dramatica – Slackerz CADbortion (original removed, but a copy available)

[10]The Escapist – Webcomics posted on 02/07/08

[11]Something Awful – Flash Tub: Gameing Guyz 3 posted on 23/06/2008

[12]SA forums – CAD joke thread posted on 11/01/2011

[13]SA forums – additional buckley bashing thread (may recuire archive upgrade)

[14]SA forums – EvelynPoor’s CAD stats interactive graph.

[15]Something Awful – CAD Random Generator for Download

[16]The Webcomic Overlook – Ctrl+Alt+Del posted on 02/08/2008

[17]The Bad Webcomic Wiki – Ctrl+Alt+Del

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