Popcorn

May 30, 2021
Detail of comic in progress.

Here is a bit of detail from page 2 of Pity Party. And, yeah, I also just noticed the sign on the door isn’t centred. And, yeah, it’s making me angry, too. That’s what paper and glue is for.

Pity Party – Page 1

May 24, 2021

Page 1 of 7. New pages will be uploaded as they are finished. All completed pages can be read together here.

Pity Party - Page 1. The mysterious and ghostly Black Dog nearly consumes the cartoonist, but he is saved by his cartoon characters at the last moment. Page 1 of 7.
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Pity Party - Page 1

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1 (title panel): Pity Party by Ryan

Panel 2: The CARTOONIST sits on his STOOL, with his back to his DRAWING TABLE. He looks sad. A large smoke-like creature, which looks vaguely like a BLACK DOG, hovers over him, and whispers in his ear.

BLACK DOG

Your art stinks.

Panel 3: The BLACK DOG coils closer around the CARTOONIST.

BLACK DOG

Failure.

Panel 4:

The BLACK DOG entombs the CARTOONIST. All that is left are his GLASSES, and his DEAD EYES.

Panel 5: Suddenly, ROBOT and FRANCIS THE SHEEP appear. FRANCIS holds a comical device: it appears to be part space gun, and part rotating fan. She blows the BLACK DOG out an OPEN WINDOW. ROBOT shouts to an unseen group.

ROBOT

WAIT! Hold it! Stop!

Panel 6: ROBOT demands answers. Only small, harmless remnants of the BLACK DOG remain.

ROBOT

What is going on here?!

Panel 7: The CARTOONIST, still sitting at his drawing table, is now surrounded by his creations: FRANCIS THE SHEEP, THE CROWS, DEATH, and ROBOT. DEATH is holding family-sized BOWL OF POPCORN.

FRANCIS THE SHEEP

It’s a pity party!

CROW 1

We’re all invited!

DEATH

I brought popcorn!

CROW 2

Yum!

Rough Water

May 15, 2021
In this comic, a woman’s grief is expressed through a recurring dream.
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Rough Water

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: Outside, daytime. A SMALL COTTAGE is nestled among TREES, on the shore of a CALM LAKE.

ROSE (voiceover)

I have this recurring dream. I am at the cottage. We are all there. I stand on the veranda and look out at the lake.

Panel 2: ROSE, an OLDER WOMAN with LARGE GLASSES, and a COMFY SWEATER gazes out at the LAKE.

ROSE (voiceover)

It is so calm.

Panel 3: ROSE turns to hear A MAN speak. The MAN is in shadow, and we can’t see him, but ROSE knows him well.

ROSE (voiceover)

I turn to you.

MAN

I thought you were in school today,

ROSE (voiceover)

you say.

MAN

There’s a storm coming.

Panel 4: The EYES of the MAN fill the panel.

MAN (voiceover)

You shouldn’t be HERE.

Panel 5: TREES, and WATER and FISH. The STORM has arrived.

ROSE (voiceover)

The storm hurls itself across the lake with locomotive confidence. It bends trees, and upends fish.

Panel 6: Inside the COTTAGE LIVING ROOM, the STORM rages outside. ROSE stares into a GIGANTIC HOLE in the LIVING ROOM FLOOR.

ROSE (voiceover)

When I look back, all of you are gone. A huge hole fills the living room. “Who’s in there?” I call into it. “No one,” it replies.

Panel 7: ROSE’S BEDROOM, late at night. ROSE awakes from the dream. She sits in the dark, in her BED, holding a PICTURE OF THE MAN from her dream.

ROSE (voiceover)

And then I wake up.