Robot Fixes the Engine

February 25, 2020

In this comic, Robot heads out into space to fix the rocket engine, but is hindered by a freeloading bug and pastries.

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    Robot Fixes the Engine

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: ROBOT is floating alone in space. Stars flicker. He’s tethered to the ship, which is off panel.

    ROBOT

    Space is such a lonely place…

    Panel 2: Somewhere inside the ship, FRANCIS is holding a space helmet, which is full of plants.

    FRANCIS

    I’d be out there with you if you hadn’t used my helmet as a terrarium.

    Panel 3: ROBOT, still floating in space. FRANCIS can be heard over the ship communicator.

    ROBOT

    …and so very complainy.

    FRANCIS

    Just fix the engine.

    Panel 4: ROBOT is pulling technical looking stuff out of an open hatch on the top of the ship. FRANCIS can be heard over the ship communicator.

    ROBOT

    Try it now.

    FRANCIS

    Nothing.

    Panel 5: ROBOT is now head first into the hatch, still pulling stuff out of the ship. FRANCIS can be heard over the SHIP COMMUNICATOR.

    ROBOT

    How about now?

    FRANCIS

    Nope.

    Panel 6: ROBOT floats down into the engine room. It’s huge, and complex.

    ROBOT

    Whoa! The engine is bigger than I thought!

    Panel 7: ROBOT taps on a gauge on the wall. A MYSTERIOUS FIGURE addresses him off panel.

    MYSTERIOUS FIGURE

    Cuppa cake?

    ROBOT

    No thanks.

    Panel 8: The MYSTERIOUS FIGURE is a giant BUG! ROBOT confronts the BUG.

    ROBOT

    Ack! A bug!! Get out! Get out!

    BUG

    But, yum! Yum!

    Panel 9: ROBOT forcibly removes the BUG from the engine room. The BUG floats off into space, yelling about yummy cup cakes.

    ROBOT

    And! Stay!! Out!!!

    BUG

    Creamy cheese icing!

    Panel 10: Meanwhile, somewhere inside the ship, FRANCIS discovers a cable unplugged from a wall receptacle.

    FRANCIS

    Oh! The engine was just unplugged!

    Panel 11: FRANCIS, having solved the engine problem, is visibly proud. ROBOT, having just exerted way too much effort for no discernible purpose, couldn’t care less.

    FRANCIS

    I fixed the engine!

    ROBOT

    Great. Have a cupcake.

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