A fantastic piece that finally elevated webcomics beyond the "two guys on a couch talking about games" genre.
By tackling real world problems, it made Ethan into a full fledged person rather than simply an author mouthpiece. You can see the panic on his face turn to despair as he sees the hurt in the one he loves most in this world.
The idea of one of these sophomoric characters growing and having a child was unthinkable before CAD did it, and the tragedy of a miscarriage cemented the idea while also serving as a meta-commentary on the unchanging nature of the genre-- these characters aren't allowed to change in this way, the status quo must remain. And though the status quo of the young men talking about gaming was maintained, the damage done to Ethan's heart and his relationship with Lila would remain and permeate the comic for the rest of its run. The comic was still two guys on a couch, the simple gag a day setup that the average mid-20's gamer should relate to, but now there was no longer that carefree sparkle in Ethan's eyes, he was a changed man going through the motions. Gaming was no longer the focus of his life, but a distraction from the thoughts that this shouldn't be, that he should have become a man with a family to love and provide for, not a loser spending his life on a couch and browsing gaming forums.
Truly a piece that changed webcomics forever and symbolized that these comics could aspire to be something more, that the status quo should not be God and that these characters should be something more than simple jokes and opinions about the video game industry.