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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!

Yearly Problems

January 31, 2021
In this comic, the crows discuss how hoomans blame the year for all their problems.
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Yearly Problems

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: Daytime in a nondescript back alley. CROW 1 stands on the edge of a DUMPSTER, while CROW 2 looks up from deep inside the large garbage bin. They are looking for lunch, and not having much luck.

CROW 1

I don’t think it’s fair that the hoomans blame the year for all their problems.

CROW 2

Wut?

Panel 2: CROW 1, now chewing on what appears to be discarded electrical wire.

CROW 1

Imagine you’re the year, going about your yearly business - changing seasons, renewing magazines, making babies, I don’t know…when suddenly, some hoomans elect a bad leader, start a pandemic, get a lousy haircut, and then blame YOU for all of it!

Panel 3: CROW 2 is head down in the DUMPSTER,

CROW 2

Well, it’s like my Mama used to say - “Blaming celestial mechanics for your problems is far easier than finding lunch in a hardware store dumpster.”

Panel 4: CROW 1 is now chewing on MATCHES. CROW 2 is entertained as the MATCHES light up, and drop into the DUMPSTER.

CROW 1

Too true. Oh, don’t try these stick things. They are not great. 2 stars. Do not recommend.

CROW 2

Oh! They light up. That’s fun.

Panel 5: The DUMPSTER catches FIRE, and the CROWS fly away in a big hurry.

CROW 1

ACK! Not fun! It wasn’t me! The year did it! Ha ha!

CROW 2

It’s the revenge of the stoopid year! Oh, why weren’t we nicer?! Ha ha!

Panel 6: The CROWS fly off into the distance, leaving a large PLUME OF SMOKE, and a raging DUMPSTER FIRE behind them.

CROW 1

Maybe if hoomans don’t like years so much, they should just stop revolving around the sun.

CROW 2

That WOULD make all their problems go away. But don’t give them any ideas.

Caw Caw Comics Comics

January 24, 2021
Yearly Problems WIP

I’ve been writing longer stories lately. It’s my goal for this year. The upside is learning a new skill. The down side is they take me longer to produce. So in the interest of also keeping with my goal from last year, which was a one page comic each month, I’m taking a break to revisit the crows.

They’re always up to something!

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 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.

More Like a Magical Beating, Amirite?

September 30, 2020
Magical Thinking

Squirrels exist, whether you want them to or not! Mistakes were made. What can you do? Platinum Carbon ink fades a bit under an eraser. Maybe it’s the bristol. I think I prefer Deleter Black 4 for brush and dip pens, but might keep the Platinum for tech pens, etc. Very happy with the bizarro layout. Read the full comic.

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!

He Had it Coming

September 26, 2020
Magical thinking WIP

This is my favourite panel from the comic I’m working on currently. I don’t endorse violence, but let’s be honest, he had it coming. Trying Platinum Carbon ink on this one. So far so good.

It Must Be Tuesday

June 25, 2020

Crows have opinions of little importance on our apparently imminent self-destruction. Read the full comic.