Mental Health

This collection of comics contains stories about mental health. Depression, grief, and sadness, seem inevitable, and so should finding time for joy and happiness.

Stress Distress

December 30, 2020
In this comic, Robot helps Francis the Sheep de-stress from their current predicament.
In this comic, Robot helps Francis the Sheep de-stress from their current predicament.
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Stress Distress

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: EXT., DAY, SNOW PLANET. ROBOT and FRANCIS, terrified, hide behind a boulder. Vicious ZOMBIE SNOW BEASTS look everywhere for them.

FRANCIS

I’m fairly certain this excursion is taking years off my life.

ROBOT

Really? Which years, do you think?

FRANCIS

Beg pardon?

Panel 2

ROBOT

I read this very scientific study that said stress, while already universally disliked for being an all-round jerk, can also travel through time and space to affect any part of your life.

Panel 3

ROBOT

For example, your stress from these Zombie Snow Beasts is transmitting through time and space as we speak. It might travel backwards, and be the reason you felt sad and alone for two weeks in the farmyard paddock as a young lamb.

Panel 4: A diagram shows how the stress from the ZOMBIE SNOW BEASTS could potentially affect FRANCIS throughout her entire life, traveling back in time to make her sad in the paddock, or possibly traveling forward and killing her with a heart attack tomorrow. Several unrelated moments in FRANCIS’s life are also labelled on her time line: birthday, electric fence (yikes), hay bail concussion, meets Robot, angry crow incident, and space piranhas.

Panel 5

ROBOT

Or it might travel forward and kill you with a heart attack tomorrow. This is why stress doesn’t get invited to any fun parties.

Panel 6

FRANCIS

This universe is really stupid. I want my years back!

ROBOT

Not to worry, I’ve got just the thing.

Panel 7: Robot pulls out two very large blaster gun things. CATHARSIS! RAY™ appears above them, as the ZOMBIE SNOW BEASTS are now aware of them.

Panel 8: ROBOT and FRANCIS blast all of the ZOMBIE SNOW BEASTS with the CATHARSIS! RAY™ blaster gun thingies.

Panel 9: More blasting.

Panel 10

FRANCIS

I feel ten years younger!!

ROBOT

That’s probably radiation. These things are not safe at all.

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.

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.

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.

Hazel Loves the Printer

December 22, 2018

In this comic, Hazel the cat loves many things, but nothing as much as the printer.

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Hazel Loves the Printer

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: HAZEL the cat sits on the CABINET, and rests her head lovingly on the PRINTER.

NARRATOR

Hazel loves the printer.

Panel 2: HAZEL is doe eyed and silly while receiving a wonderful head pat. She looks toward a CLICK-WHIR sound effect made by the PRINTER off panel.

NARRATOR

More than head pats.

Panel 3: HAZEL runs away from her full food bowls, as CLIK-WHIR is heard off panel again.

NARRATOR

More than meal time.

Panel 4: OUTSIDE, a couple of HAZEL’S CAT FRIENDS completely ignore her as she tries to hand them a copy of her latest ART ZINE. HAZEL looks off panel toward another CLICK-WHIR.

NARRATOR

More than the indifference from friends toward her latest indie art zine.

Panel 5: HAZEL approaches the CABINET and the PRINTER. ZINE pages litter the floor.

NARRATOR

More than words.

Panel 6: HAZEL is fast asleep on the PRINTER. Both seem quite content.