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A Panel about a Cat and a Printer

March 26, 2021
A cat sleeping on a home printer.
Close up of a cat sleeping on a home printer.

Here’s a favourite panel from a comic I drew in 2018 about a cat who loved the home printer. Sometimes I make comics about things that are not sarcastic death, judgemental crows, or a robot and sheep galavanting around the cosmos.

Read it here: https://survivalanxiety.com/comic/hazel-loves-the-printer/

This comic was created in Clip Studio Paint. Look at those ridiculously straight lines on the printer.

Comic Panel of Yesteryear

March 25, 2021
A dog listens to a girl explain her incredible invention.
A girl and her incredible invention.

This is a panel from a very old comic. I was trying to write a picture book at the time. Someone, somewhere on the net, described creating comics to help flesh out characters, or something, so I thought I’d give it a try. The story ended up being very different from this, and the character, too. But if you are visually inclined, I do recommend using comics as a way to learn who your characters are. If for no other reason it’s fun. 🙂

This was before I dove screaming into hand lettering. That is a font by Blambot, but I’m too lazy to look it up for you. The comic was drawn in whatever Clip Studio Paint was back then.

Read the whole comic here: https://survivalanxiety.com/comic/communication-breakdown/.

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.

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.

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.

Support System

November 2, 2020
In this comic, Robot and Francis learn about the not-so-unusual customs of a strange alien society.
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    Support System

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: SPACE. A dirty smoke trail careens toward a cube shaped ALIEN PLANET. CRASH!

    Panel 2: ROBOT and FRANCIS stand near their ship. FRANCIS is wiping her hands on a RAG. They are surrounded by nondescript BOXES, stacked high into the sky.

    FRANCIS

    The phlang-o-tron is on the fritz. I fixed it, but it needs be replaced.

    ROBOT

    Good work! Let’s get out of here - these boxes are giving me the heebie-jeebies!

    BOX

    I earn a root beer float for good work!

    Panel 3: ROBOT and FRANCIS freak out at the unexpected voice.

    FRANCIS

    Who said that?!

    ROBOT

    Gah! All these boxes have people trapped in them!

    Panel 4: The PERSON IN THE BOX explains.

    PERSON IN THE BOX

    We’re not trapped! We just work and live in these tiny boxes until we die, or until we are no longer valuable to the system.

    Panel 5: ROBOT and FRANCIS examine the stack of BOXES, while considering the argument by the PERSON IN THE BOX. ROBOT leans on the box they are talking to.

    FRANCIS

    That doesn’t sound like you’re NOT trapped.

    ROBOT

    Also, it looks like you all are just supporting the guy on top.

    Panel 6: Sitting atop the tall stack of boxes is an OBESE CAT-LIKE CREATURE in a TOP HAT. It’s far too large to be sitting on such a narrow tower of boxes.

    PERSON IN THE BOX

    No, we’re all equal! I mean, he gets paid more, and has a nicer view, and controls the root beer float box, but…hey, is my box moving? HEY!

    Panel 7: ROBOT stumbles, as the BOX he’s leaning on slides out of from under him.

    ROBOT

    Uh oh.

    Panel 8: STACKS OF BOXES topple to the ground. ROBOT and FRANCIS run for their lives!

    FRANCIS

    RUN!

    Panel 9: ROBOT and FRANCIS fly away from the planet in their SPACE SHIP, as the PLANET falls into ruin.

    Panel 10: ROBOT and FRANCIS, safe aboard their SHIP, enjoy ROOT BEER FLOATS.

    FRANCIS

    Lucky for us the root beer float box fell right into the ship as we were running for our lives!

    ROBOT

    Good work!

Thirds 2

October 23, 2020
In this comic, the crows discuss how to manage living in the world today.

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    Thirds #2

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1

    CROW 1

    The world is on fire.

    CROW 2

    Have you thought of a way to save it?

    Panel 2: CROW 1 is standing on a big bag of marshmallows, holding a marshmallow roasting stick.

    CROW 1

    Not exactly.

Fractions and Whatnot

October 15, 2020
Thirds 1

Some comic ideas just work better short. So, I’m start a series tentatively titled Thirds, so I can play with these shorter ideas, and draw more comics more often. Here’s number 1! Read the full comic here.

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Thirds 1

October 15, 2020
In this comic, Death explains to a ghost that the cause of his death was a completely different bad choice than the bad choice he thought killed him.

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    Thirds 1

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1 - DEATH is leading a GHOST to the great beyond. Behind them, a ladder leans against a garage roof. A bottle balances on the peak.

    GHOST

    I guess I should’ve worn a mask, huh?

    Panel 2

    DEATH

    Well, yeah, but more immediately maybe you shouldn’t have been drinking on the roof of your garage during allergy season.

    Panel 3

    GHOST

    So, maybe?

    DEATH

    Sure. Whatever, man.

Now for Something Completely Different

October 13, 2020
Something New

I don’t usually draw people, but when I do, I stress about it for way too long. If I drew people more, it wouldn’t be such a big deal, but I don’t, so it is. I have a couple characters I want to flesh out, to add a human element to Survival Anxiety. Let’s see where this all goes, shall we?