Journal – The Layoff

July 14, 2016

In this journal comic, I remember the experience of being let go from my job.

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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.

RYAN

Yes. Trenton would have been closer. I should tell him that for next time.

Panel 3: Close up on NARRATOR.

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.

LIZ

Isn’t that unusual?

RYAN

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.

NARRATOR (sarcastic)

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.

RYAN

Anyway, I’m going to be late. Bye!

Panel 7: Close up on NARRATOR, leaning on parking meter.

NARRATOR

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.

MANAGER

‘You don’t have the skills to do the work.’

Panel 9: Close up on NARRATOR.

NARRATOR (peeved)

…they burn you.

Crows and the Zika Virus

July 1, 2016

In this comic, the crows express their concerns about the Zika Virus.

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Crows and the Zika Virus

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: CROWS sitting on a RAIL FENCE.

CROW 1

Cough. Cough.

CROW 2

What’s with the cough? Are you sick?

Panel 2: Close up on a MOSQUITO, flying into the BEAK of CROW 1.

CROW 1 (voice over)

Well, I didn’t want to worry you, but I ate a mosquito earlier, and now I’m pretty sure I have Zika and I’m going to die.

MOSQUITO

?

Panel 3: Close up on CROWS

CROW 2 (not believing this)

I see. Who told you that?

Panel 4: CROW 1 looking at a BROWSER WINDOW with the header ‘Sketchy Web Doctor’.

CROW 1

I Googled it.

Panel 5: Silhouette of the CROWS sitting on a RAIL FENCE.

CROW 2

You do realize the Zika Virus is primarily a concern only to pregnant women and Olympians - and here’s an important point - not at all by birds?

Panel 6: Close up on CROW 1.

CROW 1 (really worried)

Oh really? Then why do I feel so lousy?

Panel 7: Close up on CROW 2.

CROW 2 (this is stupid)

I don’t know, maybe because mosquitos are gross, and when you eat gross things you feel sick.

Panel 8: Silhouette of CROWS sitting on a RAIL FENCE, staring at each other. CROW 1 is considering that maybe CROW 2 is right.

Panel 9: CROWS eating a ROADKILL LUNCH.

CROW 1

Ohmygawd! I’m cured!

CROW 2 (sarcastic)

It’s a miracle.