Journal – The Layoff
Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid
Panel 1: Our HOUSE, seen from the front lawn.
LIZ (from inside the house)
So, your manager is driving two hours from Toronto to have a meeting with you at the Belleville Library?
Panel 2: RYAN and LIZ. RYAN is putting on his jacket.
Yes. Trenton would have been closer. I should tell him that for next time.
Panel 3: Close up on NARRATOR.
This is March 24th, 2016. After 16 years with the company, today I’m getting laid off.
Panel 4: Close up on LIZ and RYAN.
Isn’t that unusual?
Well, I work from home so we’ve never spoken outside of Skype. Maybe he was just in the area.
Panel 5: Close up on NARRATOR, pointing at a fist full of PAPER.
Nope! But, he brought presents! A separation agreement, a dour look, and a small severance.
Panel 6: Close up on LIZ and RYAN. RYAN is kissing LIZ on the cheek.
Anyway, I’m going to be late. Bye!
Panel 7: Close up on NARRATOR, leaning on parking meter.
In 20 minutes I’ll learn two things. One – Belleville parking meters only take change which I never carry. And two – they don’t just take away your job…
Panel 8: Panel frames RYAN and MANAGER. MANAGER is holding PAPER. They are shaking hands.
‘You don’t have the skills to do the work.’
Panel 9: Close up on NARRATOR.
…they burn you.