Is this Loss? is a popular question in the internet, referring to the strip of the webcomic series Ctrl+Alt+Del, titled Loss, depicting a woman suffering a miscarriage.
The comic marked the transition of the webcomic into something more serious, which was frowned upon by its fans, resulting in the innumerable parodies and reinterpretations of Loss.
Since not all of these parodies could be instantly recognized, “is this Loss?” became a widely encountered question online.
The original Loss comic was posted on June 2nd, 2008 by Ctrl+Alt+Del, where the female lead character, Lilah suffers a miscarriage.
This was the first comic of many, that would see a tonal change in the webcomic series, inciting the rage of fans and haters alike.
Parodies of the comic strip would emerge all over the internet, with other comic series, such as Cyanide and Happiness and Fanboys, as well as influential online personas, such as Shmorky.
“Is this Loss?” would become a widely encountered question and a running joke on sites like YouTube, 9GAG, Reddit and 4chan.
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