Belief & Philosophy

This collection of comics contains stories about philosophy, and belief in unusual ideas. Determinism, existentialism, we love all the isms, and a little magical thinking thrown in for flavour.

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.

Magical Thinking

September 30, 2020
In this comic, the crows discover that squirrels are real, whether you believe in them or not.
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Magical Facts

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: Voices come from a tree, in an old churchyard. It’s the CROWS.

CROW 2

Hey, is that the squirrel that’s got it in for you? It looks angry.

CROW 1

I don’t believe in squirrels, so it can’t hurt me.

Panel 2: CROWS are conversing on a tree branch. CROW 2 is only half listening, more interested in the SQUIRREL farther up the tree, and off panel.

CROW 2

It’s carrying a lot of acorns for such a tiny animal.

CROW 1

In fact, I don’t believe in anything inconvenient, difficult to understand, or harmful to me.

Panel 3: CROW 2 continues to watch the SQUIRREL with some interest.

CROW 2

Oh, wait, his friends have come to help him. That’s nice.

CROW 1

Global pandemic, climate change, facts, squirrels. None of it exists.

Panel 4: CROW 1, who was also only half listening to CROW 2, finally clues in.

CROW 2

Oh! You should probably move.

CROW 1

What? Why?

Panel 5: But it’s too late. The unseen SQUIRRELS bombard CROW 1 with acorns, knocking him out of the tree.

CROW 1

Ow! Ow! Hey! Ow! Stop! Ow! Oh! Hey! Er! Oof! Hey! Ow! Stup- Ow!

Panel 6: CROW 2, unharmed by the previous onslaught, calls down to CROW 1, lying in great discomfort on the ground below.

CROW 2

Good thing squirrels don’t exist, or you’d be in a lot of pain right now!

CROW 1

Stupid squirrels! Stop suppressing my beliefs!

The Secret to Great Adventure

August 30, 2020

In this comic, Robot and Francis discover the secret to great adventure.

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The Secret to Great Adventure

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: ROBOT is pulling MUTANT SPACE PIRANHAS off his head. Nondescript debris floats nearby.

ROBOT

A friend once told me the best adventures come unexpectedly. Spontaneity, she said, is the secret to great adventure. She was eaten by a Three Legged Gullfinch on Bleacher 9. Tragic, but not unexpected.

Panel 2: FRANCIS describes their current predicament.

FRANCIS

I bet your friend never survived a school of Mutant Space Piranhas who ate her space ship, only to get hopelessly stranded on the Screaming Rock Heads of Jibber Jabber, moments from crashing into the centre of the hottest star in the galaxy.

Panel 3: ROBOT and FRANCIS sit atop one of many Screaming Rock Heads of Jibber Jabber, all careening through space toward the hottest star in the galaxy. There are a couple MUTANT  SPACE PIRANHAS still floating about, and lots of SHIP DEBRIS.

Panel 4: ROBOT and FRANCIS, heading toward the HOTTEST STAR IN THE GALAXY.

ROBOT

Her loss. Speaking of impending death, do you think it’s last minute enough to implement my heroic plan to get us out of this harrowing ordeal?

FRANCIS

Planned escape! That’s the real secret to great adventure!

The Meaning of Life

May 21, 2020

In this comic, Robot and Francis the Sheep go to a strange planet in search of the meaning of life. Kind of.

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The Meaning of Life

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: ROBOT and FRANCIS search an alien landscape for something unknown. They seem quite determined.

Panel 2: Beautiful wild flowers surround them. It’s a very nice planet.

Panel 3: Their search ends in a stunning valley. Towering before them is the goddess CHAKKA OF AKONG. She is surrounded by swirling magic.

Panel 4

FRANCIS

Great Goddess Chakka of Akong, your wisdom knows no bounds! We are humbled to be in your presence!

ROBOT

We seek guidance!

Panel 5

CHAKKA OF AKONG

My knowledge is as deep and as wide as the Universe is infinite. What do you desire? The meaning of life? The secrets of the universe?

Panel 6

ROBOT

Nah, something much more important. We need directions to Galaxy Joe’s House of Noodles!

Panel 7: CHAKKA OF AKONG isn’t impressed with this request. Not even a little bit.

CHAKKA OF AKONG

Are you asking me, an immortal, all-knowing, higher being, for restaurant directions?!

Panel 8

FRANCIS

To be fair, they have the best noodles, and our map app couldn’t get a cyberweb connection out here.

ROBOT

Hold on Francis! I got a signal! Galaxy Joe’s - first left past the Gummy Nebula. Let’s ride!

Panel 9: CHAKKA OF AKONG is completely baffled by this entire chain of events.

CHAKKA OF AKONG

What is happening right now?!

Panel 10: ROBOT and FRANCIS blast off into space, once again on the trail of, apparently, lunch.

Panel 11: GALAXY JOE’S, home of the gigantic noodle bowl.

FRANCIS

What did she mean when she said she’d erase us from this plane of existence?

ROBOT

I don’t know, but it’ll be reflected in her Goddess review. 1 star. Short tempered. Would not idolize.

I Am Death

December 22, 2019

In this comic, Death gets some new clothes, and meets an old man who is a critic right to his last breath.

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I Am Death

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: An OLD MAN, and DEATH stand together to the side of a old farm house, somewhere in the country.

OLD MAN

You’re him, aren’t you?

DEATH

I am death.

Panel 2: The OLD MAN and DEATH stand together, in conversation.

OLD MAN

Where’s the robe? Where’s the scythe?

DEATH

Oh, uh…I’m trying something new.

Panel 3

OLD MAN

Well, it sucks.

DEATH

That’s harsh.

Panel 4: The mailbox sits quietly nearby, flag up, ready to be emptied.

OLD MAN

Did I hurt your little feelings? Is wee Death going to cry? Boo hoo!

Death

The kid in the shop said I looked cool.

Panel 5: The stone chimney of the old house stands patiently, awaiting the smoke from a warm winter fire.

OLD MAN

He lied! HA HA HA HA HA

DEATH

I’m beginning to understand why your wife poisoned your tea.

Panel 6: The ghost of the OLD MAN and DEATH look casually on, over the corpse of the now dead OLD MAN.

OLD MAN

You enjoyed that, didn’t you?

DEATH

Not as much as this next bit.

Panel 7: The world slips away slowly from the ghost of the OLD MAN and DEATH.

OLD MAN

Why? What’s the next bit?

DEATH

It’s nothing.

Panel 8: Nothing.