Posted on July 25, 2009.

What is the "CAD-Rule?". According to Urban Dictionary, it is:

The theory that, if one removes the second and third panel of a Ctrl+Alt+Del comic, it becomes much funnier.

There is a lot of talk about the fact that Tim Buckley doesn't know where to stop explaining a joke. This in turn - probably courtesy of some goons - gave rise to the rule described above. This site generates CAD Comics based on this rule. Are they funnier? I'm hesitant to make a sweeping generalisation, but there is ample evidence to support this viewpoint.

A random comic is below. Either refresh, or click here for another. To do this to a particular strip, use the address:, where CADURL is the url of the comic in question's image. I've also started a Tumblr that archives each version of this comic with the rule applied as it is posted.

This is by no means perfect. Some speech bubbles are cut off, some are included from discarded panels. Some comics don't even follow the four-panel layout, and so don't really work. Lastly, CAD and all related media remains the property of Tim Buckley; I've merely made this tool as a bit of fun.