Cartoonist

This collection of comics contains stories that include the cartoonist. The cartoonist doesn’t insert himself into his comics very often, he finds the entire thing quite gauche. So enjoy the few that there are.

Pity Party – Page 3

July 8, 2021

Page 3 of 7. New comics pages will be uploaded as they are finished. All completed pages can be read together here.

Pity Party - Page 3. The cartoonist and his characters investigate his Ideas Room. Page 3 of 7.
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Pity Party - Page 3

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: DEATH looks over shelves full of ideas related to his stories. He munches popcorn.

DEATH

Oh! Look at all the peculiar ways people die.

Panel 2: The CROWS look over shelves of ideas related to their stories.

CROW 1

Look at all the peculiar ways people live!

CROW 2

Judgement for days!

Panel 3: FRANCIS finds an entire room devoted to exploring the multiverse.

FRANCIS

There’s an entire wing of stupid space adventures!

Panel 4: The CARTOONIST and ROBOT investigate other shelves full of ideas. The IDEAS are represented by all manner of things - from BOOKS, to JARS to STRANGE UNKNOWABLE MACHINES. The CARTOONIST looks at a JAR that eerily looks back at him.

CARTOONIST

No one should see any of these. None of them are any good.

ROBOT (accidentally drops a fragile idea)

That’s not…Oh! Er, maybe not that one…

Panel 5: ROBOT and the CARTOONIST look at a huge PAINTING hanging on a wall. Only the bottom part of the painting can be seen, showing the shoes of a female person and a male person.

ROBOT

Who are these two?

CARTOONIST

They’re in a story I’m writing now. I don’t know if I can finish it…do you smell smoke?

Panel 6: FRANCIS runs down a corridor toward CROW 1. SMOKE fills the room. FRANCIS is in a panic.

FRANCIS

HEY! Did you start that fire?!

CROW 1 (definitely started the fire)

The squirrel ideas must be destroyed.

Panel 7: FRANCIS frantically puts out the fire with a FIRE EXTINGUISHER. DEATH and CROW 2 wander in, wearing SOMBREROS and drinking MARGARITAS. DEATH still has his POPCORN BOWL, but now CROW 2 is lounging in it.

FRANCIS

Where have you two been?!

DEATH (obviously been drinking)

We found a great idea for a Mexican cantina on level 12!

CROW 2 (very obviously been drinking)

$2 margaritaaas!

Pity Party – Page 2

June 17, 2021

Page 2 of 7. New comics pages will be uploaded as they are finished. All completed pages can be read together here.

Pity Party - Page 2. The cartoonist is forced into his Ideas Room by his cast of characters. It's a cavernous room, full of everything you can imagine. Page 2 of 7.
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Pity Party - Page 2

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: The CROWS are munching on POPCORN from the BOWL DEATH brought to the party.

CROW 1

When a cartoonist runs out of ideas, they always insert themselves into a story.

CROW 2

Classic hack move.

Panel 2: ROBOT pokes CARTOONIST in the belly, confronting him on the observation the CROWS just made. He doesn’t buy it.

ROBOT

Is this true? Are you out of ideas?

CARTOONIST

I’ve had some trouble lately…

Panel 3: DEATH, munching on his POPCORN snack, points at a door. It’s labeled IDEAS ROOM.

DEATH

What’s in this room then?

Panel 4: ROBOT pushes CARTOONIST toward the IDEAS ROOM.

CARTOONIST

I have a bad feeling about this!

ROBOT

C’mon! Let’s go see!

Panel 5: The IDEAS ROOM is a huge multileveled place, packed full of stuff. The walls are lined with shelves and artwork. The shelves contain all manner of things - from the normal. like books and jars, to the strange, like oversized fruit, and gigantic bugs. There are plants and trees growing everywhere, as well as a

large aquarium, a swimming pool, and a restaurant. Anything goes in here.

Panel 6

CARTOONIST

Nothing good ever happens here…

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!

Journal – The Job Hunt

August 1, 2016

In this journal comic, I remember the difficult experience of looking for a job after the lay off.

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Journal - The Job Hunt

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: Black

NARRATOR (voice over)

Places where I have looked for work

Panel 2: A typical desk with computer, monitor and accessories. A cup of coffee steams. The monitor shows a browser window with a header that reads ‘Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!’

NARRATOR (voice over)

Online job boards

Panel 3: Giant LinkedIn logo.

NARRATOR (voice over)

Networking sites

Panel 4: Black currant bushes.

NARRATOR (voice over)

In the black currant bushes behind the house

Panel 5: An open kitchen cupboard showing the plumbing under the sink. A new faucet graces the counter above. A few tools, scattered.

NARRATOR (voice over)

Under the kitchen sink while installing a new faucet

Panel 6: My head, worried, spinning out of control.

NARRATOR (voice over)

In the heart of what-if-I-never-work-again irrational despair

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.