Crows

This collection of comics contains stories about the characters known only as The Crows. The Crows are opinionated little avian jerks who never pass up an opportunity to cast feathery judgement on humans and our many, many, many faults. You’ll find them most days caw-cawing over not-so-fresh roadkill, stealing candy from children, and avoiding squirrels.

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.

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!

It Must Be Tuesday

June 25, 2020

In this comic, the crows have opinions of little importance on our apparently imminent self-destruction.

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It Must be Tuesday

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: CROW 1 and CROW 2 sit atop a light pole. Below, people demonstrate with signs and chanting.

Crow 1

The hoomans are fighting again.

Crow 2

Oh, good. I like the colourful signs.

Panel 2

Crow 2

What is it this time? Inequality? Climate change?

Panel 3: The CROWS fly out of the city, and into the country.

Crow 2

Religion? Unemployment? Police brutality?

Government corruption? Systemic racism?

Poverty? Political polarization?

Panel 4

Crow 2

Education? Healthcare? Discrimination?

Panel 5

Crow 1

Yes. They’re very ambitious.

Crow 2

I hope they find time to fit in a nap before burning their society to the ground.

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.

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.