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Ctrl+Alt+Del is a gaming webcomic and written by Tim Buckley. The name of the comic refers to the Microsoft Windows command Control-Alt-Delete. The comic's focus has gradually shifted away from single strip gags towards longer story arcs and longer continuity. Buckley makes a living from Ctrl+Alt+Del, placing him in a small group of web comic artists devoted to their comics full-time.[1][2] Beginning June 2008, a number of smaller, humour themed daily strips entitled "CAD Sillies" began running on the news feeds, although they were soon given their own section on the site.


The plot revolves around Ethan, an over-the-top video game fanatic, and his sarcastic roommate Lucas, who acts as Ethan's unheeded voice of reason. Together with Ethan's girlfriend, now wife, Lilah, the three engage in turmoil which the comic storyline conveys through independent gaming-related puns by utilizing well-known game titles, consoles and pop culture references.

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  • Ctrl+Alt+Del Volume One: Insert Coin
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del Volume Two: Press Start
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del Volume Three: Critical System Failure

These books feature comics found online, along with commentary and bonus material exclusive to the book. On October 14th, Blind Ferret Entertainment announced [3] that it would be re-publishing the Ctrl+Alt+Del collections for sale in stores.


In 2004 Ctrl+Alt+Del was nominated for the Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards Outstanding Gaming Comic award.[4] In 2005 it once again received this nomination,[5] as well as a nomination for Outstanding Comic.[6]

However, the webcomic often finds itself the target of criticism. Video game journalist Ben Croshaw of Zero Punctuation has criticized Ctrl+Alt+Del on a few occasions. Croshaw briefly displayed a CAD comic in his review of Mass Effect, comparing the game's abundance of dialogue to that of some webcomics.[7] Later, Croshaw presented a critical analysis of Ctrl+Alt+Del on his personal website Fully Ramblomatic, where he said he feels that the strip has slow comic pacing, excessive use of dialogue, and a static art style.[8] A following Zero Punctuation episode about video game webcomics, while addressing what he feels are inappropriately abrupt shifts in comic genre and tone, makes reference to a Ctrl+Alt+Del storyline in which Lilah miscarries.[9]

In an interview with Joystiq on August 29, 2008, when asked about Ctrl+Alt+Del's miscarriage storyline, Jerry Holkins of Penny Arcade stated "...I think [it] was the first horseman of the Apocalypse." while Mike Krahulik stated "I think he's an art criminal."[10]


  1. Web Comic Creators Take Charge - 10/2/2007 2:24:00 PM - Publishers Weekly
  2. Will Strip For Games: Gaming Comics Online from
  3. Blind Ferret to Publish Ctrl+Alt+Del
  7. Zero Punctuation on Mass Effect Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw
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