Death

This collection of comics contains stories about the character Death, also known as the Grim Reaper. Death has one job, to get the souls of the recently departed from here, to there, wherever there is (your mileage may vary).

Seen wearing robes, and carrying a scythe since the Middle Ages, Death recently traded all that in for a comfy hoodie, and a nice pair of jeans. Death is respectful, sardonic, loves popcorn and living life. If only the same could be said for the souls he helps.

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 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

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.

Death and Agatha McMurray

April 11, 2020

In this comic, Agatha McMurray complains about her miserable life, while Death finds joy in the little things.

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Death and Agatha McMurray

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: An open apartment window. The breeze moves a curtain, gently.

Panel 2: AGATHA, in comfy clothes, carries a large bowl of popcorn.

AGATHA

Munch, munch, munch.

Panel 3: AGATHA clicks a button on the remote control.

AGATHA

Munch, munch, munch.

Panel 4: AGATHA sits on her couch, in front of the tv eating her popcorn. She chokes on her snack, and dies.

AGATHA

Munch, munch, munch, munch. Choke.

Panel 5: The moment AGATHA dies, DEATH arrives. She berates him for making her wait. DEATH checks his watch, but doesn’t respond.

AGATHA

Finally! What took you so long?!

Panel 6: DEATH escorts the fuming AGATHA away.

AGATHA

This life was stupid! A lousy education, a boring job. I was miserable all of the time! All I wanted to do was make art. But I had no confidence! I took no chances! Nothing!

Panel 7: AGATHA, still ranting.

AGATHA

I want to lodge a formal complaint! Who’s in charge here, anyway? Do you have a manager? My next life better be an improvement over this one, or there’ll be hell to pay!

Panel 8: AGATHA and DEATH are gone. The apartment is empty.

Panel 9: The popcorn sits quietly on the arm of the couch.

Panel 9: Suddenly, DEATH pops back into frame. He grabs a hand full of popcorn. He apparently kind of loves popcorn.

DEATH

Mmm…

Panel 10: DEATH exits, leaving a trail of popcorn behind.

DEATH

Munch, munch, munch.

I Am Death

December 22, 2019

In this comic, Death gets some new clothes, and meets an old man who is a critic right to his last breath.

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I Am Death

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: An OLD MAN, and DEATH stand together to the side of a old farm house, somewhere in the country.

OLD MAN

You’re him, aren’t you?

DEATH

I am death.

Panel 2: The OLD MAN and DEATH stand together, in conversation.

OLD MAN

Where’s the robe? Where’s the scythe?

DEATH

Oh, uh…I’m trying something new.

Panel 3

OLD MAN

Well, it sucks.

DEATH

That’s harsh.

Panel 4: The mailbox sits quietly nearby, flag up, ready to be emptied.

OLD MAN

Did I hurt your little feelings? Is wee Death going to cry? Boo hoo!

Death

The kid in the shop said I looked cool.

Panel 5: The stone chimney of the old house stands patiently, awaiting the smoke from a warm winter fire.

OLD MAN

He lied! HA HA HA HA HA

DEATH

I’m beginning to understand why your wife poisoned your tea.

Panel 6: The ghost of the OLD MAN and DEATH look casually on, over the corpse of the now dead OLD MAN.

OLD MAN

You enjoyed that, didn’t you?

DEATH

Not as much as this next bit.

Panel 7: The world slips away slowly from the ghost of the OLD MAN and DEATH.

OLD MAN

Why? What’s the next bit?

DEATH

It’s nothing.

Panel 8: Nothing.