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These Times

April 29, 2020

In this comic, the crows discuss these strange times we are living in.

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    These Times

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: CROWS sit on branches in separate trees, spanning above a park path.

    CROW 1

    These are uncertain times.

    CROW 2

    Unprecedented and unusual times.

    Panel 2: CROWS face each other from the roof peaks of two houses.

    CROW 1

    Difficult times.

    CROW 2

    Dark times.

    Panel 3: CROWS distance themselves while sitting on discarded shopping carts.

    CROW 1

    Anxious and alarming times.

    Panel 4: CROWS are separated while sitting on two traffic lights.

    CROW 2

    Troubled times. Tough times.

    CROW 1

    Trying times. Testing times.

    Panel 5: CROWS are in a basketball court.

    CROW 1

    Strange times.

    CROW 2

    Stressful times.

    Panel 6: CROWS are on either end of a playground slide.

    CROW 1

    Extraordinary times.

    CROW 2

    Challenging times.

    Panel 7: CROWS come together for lunch.

    CROW 1

    We are living in interesting times.

    CROW 2

    I need a time out.

These Times WIP

April 21, 2020
These Times WIP

Comic work in progress.

Crows and Climate Change

March 20, 2020

In this comic, the crows have a snowy exchange regarding climate change.

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    Crows and Climate Change

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: A gentle snow falls on a scenic country side. CROWS talk off panel.

    CROW 1

    You know that feeling you get when squirrels hide copious amounts of acorns in your tail feathers because you’re frozen to the ground and they’re still sore about that time you got them arrested in the park?

    CROW 2

    That’s strangely specific.

    Panel 2

    CROW 1

    Squirrels, not strangely, are jerks.

    CROW 2

    Pass me an acorn, I’m feeling peckish.

    Panel 3: Snow is getting deeper.

    CROW 1

    It’s snowing more than usual this year.

    CROW 2

    That’s climate change for you.

    Panel 4: Snow continues to fall. CROWS talk off panel.

    CROW 1

    Bah! Climate change isn’t real.

    CROW 2

    Not true.

    Panel 5: Snow is getting deeper.

    CROW 1

    Okay, maybe it’s real, but it’s natural.

    CROW 2

    Closer.

    Panel 6: Snow is piled high on the roof of a nearby house. It continues to fall. CROWS talk off panel.

    CROW 1

    Okay, humans have made it much worse, but there’s still nothing to worry about.

    CROW 2

    Almost there.

    Panel 7: Snow is falling relentlessly. CROWS are now complete buried in snow.

    CROW 1

    We’re all going to die.

    CROW 2

    You made it!

    Panel 8: Panel is completely white with snow. CROWS can not be seen, only heard, from beneath the snow.

    CROW 1

    We’re already dead, and all this snow is a construct of our dying brains easing us into the eternal void.

    CROW 2

    That would explain all the squirrels.

Sketch 276

March 19, 2020
Crow on a rock

Chew, chew.

Sketch 274

March 15, 2020
Crows neck deep in snow

Line test for a comic I’m working on. Trying Deleter Black 4 ink and liking it.

Crows and Climate Change Pencils

March 2, 2020
Crows and Climate Change - Pencils

Comic rough on lousy paper. Onward to the good paper!

The Great Cawcaw

December 1, 2019

In this comic, the crows play everyone’s favourite psychic lunch game!

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    The Great Cawcaw

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: Suburban roof tops, a couple of trees. Two CROWS fly in the far distance.

    Panel 2: It’s garbage day. CROW 1, wearing a silly fez cap, stands atop a large bag of trash. CROW 2 is on the ground beside a second large bag of trash.

    CROW 1

    I will predict the contents of these containers using only the power of my mind!

    CROW 2

    Oh! I love this trick!

    Panel 3: CROW 1 leans across the black bag.

    CROW 1

    Bananas, creamed corn, possibly…toast.

    CROW 2

    Pass.

    Panel 4: The CROWS have moved to another selection of garbage. CROW 1 is situated atop a beat up garbage can. CROW 2 remains on the ground.

    CROW 1

    Spinach. Way too many chia seeds. Tofu cookie experiment.

    CROW 2

    Meh.

    Panel 5: The tallest stack of bags ever.

    CROW 1

    Diapers.

    CROW 2

    A digestif, perhaps.

    Panel 6: The CROWS stand on an old suitcase.

    CROW 1

    Psycho killer.

    CROW 2

    Qu’est-ce que c’est?

    Panel 7: The CROWS finally land on a suitable pile of trash. It includes many kitchen implements, bones, some of it is still smoking.

    CROW 1

    Burnt chicken, tears, and the failure of all things culinary.

    CROW 2

    Lunch is served!

Crows and Natural Selection

February 18, 2019

In this comic, the crows discuss how natural selection has effected their lives.

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    Crows and Natural Selection

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: Two CROWS are perched on a tree branch.

    CROW 1

    How long have we not had thumbs?

    CROW 2

    Since a little after the Therapods, I guess.

    Panel 2: The CROWS take flight, leaving the tree.

    CROW 1

    Natural Selection is such a buzzkill.

    Panel 3: The CROWS fly silently at a distance, Trees reach into the sky beneath them.

    Panel 4: The CROWS continue their flight.

    CROW 1

    We could have been 5 stories tall!

    Panel 5: As the CROWS fly, suburban rooftops come into view amongst the trees.

    CROW 1

    Fierce predators, devouring cave men!

    Panel 6: The CROWS land on the peak of a roof.

    CROW 1

    Abolishing bourgeois property through common ownership of production!

    Panel 7: Close up of CROWS.

    CROW 2

    Hold on. That last one was Communism, not Evolution.

    Panel 8: The CROWS remain perched on the roof peak.

    CROW 1

    Is there nothing dinosaurs couldn’t do?

    CROW 2

    Surviving meteor impacts seemed to be a weak point.