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Timely

March 31, 2021
In this comic, a soul negotiates with Death for more time to be alive.
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    Timely

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: Early morning, outside on a city street corner. DEATH checks his WATCH. A SOUL looks at their former body.

    SOUL

    Oh, man! This is too soon! I need more time, Death! Give me more time!

    Panel 2: DEATH consults his BOOK for answers.

    DEATH

    Well, let’s see...this week is no good...and you are already dead...

    SOUL

    That matters?

    Panel 3: DEATH and the SOUL walk away from the body. DEATH continues to consult his BOOK.

    DEATH

    I can tack on 5 years at the start of your life. You’d get a new birthday! That would be fun!

    SOUL

    I want more time now, not then!

    Panel 4: DEATH and the SOUL look intently at the BOOK.

    DEATH

    How about when you’re 2 we send you to a parallel universe for a bit? 20 years there is a day here - so when you come back you could still be the man-baby you are today.

    Panel 5: The SOUL realizes DEATH is pulling his leg.

    SOUL

    You can’t give me more time, can you?

    DEATH

    Not even a little. This is a library book - I need to return it after I’m done with you.

    Panel 6: DEATH guides the SOUL into the beyond...

    SOUL

    You’re a really bad Grim Reaper.

    DEATH

    Oh, I don’t know - I feel I give the role the seriousness it deserves.

Even Timelier Pencils

March 24, 2021
Death and a new soul looking over the body.

I rethought the first panel – I like this much better. If I still like it tomorrow, I can start inking things.

Tonight’s brainstorm fuelled by the Bill & Ted Face the Music soundtrack. Thanks Bill & Ted!

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.

I Hope This Scans

November 28, 2020
Tough Crowd WIP

I’m very happy with how this is turning out. Between the ink experiments, and the larger paper size, scanning could be a challenge. I guess we’ll see!

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.

Death Takes a Break

July 30, 2020
Death Takes a Break

Death gets the importance of mental health. Take a break now and again. Feed the pigeons. Rest. Work can wait.

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Death Takes a Break

July 30, 2020

In this comic, Death takes a short break from work, only to find his work doesn’t take a break from him.

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    Death Takes a Break

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: Mid-day, Hemlock Park. DEATH sits on a park bench, enjoying a bag of popcorn. There are PIGEONS. It’s very relaxing.

    Panel 2: PIGEONS have moved to his shoulders, and lap, and all around him, as he shares his pop corn with them. DEATH is quite happy.

    Panel 3: Finally DEATH runs out of pop corn. He shares the last kernel with his bird friends.

    Panel 4: DEATH stands up, and tosses the empty pop corn bag into the nearby trash can.

    DEATH Okie-dokie! All done! Let’s move out!

    Panel 5: DEATH turns around to see MANY GHOSTS have been waiting patiently, and a bit confusedly, just off panel. They’ve been waiting for DEATH to finish his break.

    DEATH Oh!

    Panel 6

    DEATH Were there this many of you here before my break? You know what? It doesn’t matter. Let’s just go.

    Panel 7

    RANDOM GHOST Dude - you take really long breaks.

    DEATH Yeah, well, if you think 15 minutes was long, eternity is going to blow your mind.

Comics? Don’t Mind if I Do

July 24, 2020
Death Takes a Break WIP

I think I need a vacation. I got to use my new Rapidographs a bit on this comic, so that was fun. Was promptly reminded that ink drying times vary. Been dragging my heals, but it’s almost finished.