Tough Crowd

November 30, 2020
In this comic, Death shares a joke with a recently departed comedian.
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Tough Crowd

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: OUTSIDE, NIGHT. A poster on a brick wall advertises Open Mic Nite at THE COMEDY PLACE.

GHOST (voice over)

…and then the first crow says “So, what happened to all his hats?”! Ha,ha!

Panel 2: DEATH and a GHOST exit through the back door of THE COMEDY PLACE into the ALLEY.

GHOST

Get it? He said “What happened to all his hats?”.

DEATH (Unconvinced the joke was funny)

I got it.

Panel 3: DEATH and GHOST walk the ALLEY.

GHOST

But you’re not laughing. I guess being Death doesn’t require much of a sense of humour.

DEATH

What? I have a great sense of humour. Here, I know a joke -

Panel 4

DEATH

Knock, knock.

Panel 5

GHOST

Who’s there?

Panel 6

DEATH

Nobody. You’re dead.

Panel 7

DEATH

Hee, hee, hee, hee!

Panel 8

DEATH

Get it? Because you’re dead.

GHOST (Annoyed)

I got it.

I Hope This Scans

November 28, 2020
Tough Crowd WIP

I’m very happy with how this is turning out. Between the ink experiments, and the larger paper size, scanning could be a challenge. I guess we’ll see!

Thirds 4

November 25, 2020
In this comic, the crows have second thoughts about breakfast.
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Thirds #4

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: Morning, street curb. 2 CROWS pick food from GARBAGE BAGS.

CROW 1

This is the worst cotton candy I’ve ever had!

CROW 2

That’s a bag of dryer lint.

Panel 2: Beat. CROW 1 considers this new information, while CROW 2 continues picking DRYER LINT from the GARBAGE BAG.

Panel 3

CROW 1

In that case it’s pretty good.

CROW 2

Hints of oak and licorice, with a shiny polyester finish.

Experimenting with Paper and Ink

November 20, 2020
Ink Experiments

I’ve been trying some different paper recently, and was reminded that one of the goals of this comic was to experiment. It’s a flexible goal. What does experiment mean? Mostly it was to place curiosity over visual consistency. To not be anchored by past choices.

I’ve been soft on that goal since I started, and this past year with moving the comic to traditional media, I mostly just wanted to make more comics. I wanted to get comfortable with ink and paper, so I stuck to what little I already knew. Although I did experiment a bit with water-colour, before ditching colour entirely, speech bubble shape, panel layout (but not aggressively, not impressively), and even character design.

The recent paper thing has made me interested in creating textures and shapes with tools other than a brush. I suppose it’s an extension of illustrating in black and white. It’s certainly an extension of feeling that it all looks so ordinary. So uniform.

I gotta go make a mess now. Ta.

Thirds 3

November 11, 2020
In this comic Roland and Micha have different insights into their general behaviour.

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Thirds #3

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: Outside, patio. ROLAND relaxes in along chair. MICHA reads a food magazine.

ROLAND

Do you ever look around the room and think “I’m surrounded by really good people - I must be the jerk”?

MICHA

No. For me it’s a given.