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Sketch 272

March 10, 2020
Robot and skull

I’m trying some dry brush lines and really liking the result.

Robot Fixes the Engine

February 25, 2020

In this comic, Robot heads out into space to fix the rocket engine, but is hindered by a freeloading bug and pastries.

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    Robot Fixes the Engine

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: ROBOT is floating alone in space. Stars flicker. He’s tethered to the ship, which is off panel.

    ROBOT

    Space is such a lonely place…

    Panel 2: Somewhere inside the ship, FRANCIS is holding a space helmet, which is full of plants.

    FRANCIS

    I’d be out there with you if you hadn’t used my helmet as a terrarium.

    Panel 3: ROBOT, still floating in space. FRANCIS can be heard over the ship communicator.

    ROBOT

    …and so very complainy.

    FRANCIS

    Just fix the engine.

    Panel 4: ROBOT is pulling technical looking stuff out of an open hatch on the top of the ship. FRANCIS can be heard over the ship communicator.

    ROBOT

    Try it now.

    FRANCIS

    Nothing.

    Panel 5: ROBOT is now head first into the hatch, still pulling stuff out of the ship. FRANCIS can be heard over the SHIP COMMUNICATOR.

    ROBOT

    How about now?

    FRANCIS

    Nope.

    Panel 6: ROBOT floats down into the engine room. It’s huge, and complex.

    ROBOT

    Whoa! The engine is bigger than I thought!

    Panel 7: ROBOT taps on a gauge on the wall. A MYSTERIOUS FIGURE addresses him off panel.

    MYSTERIOUS FIGURE

    Cuppa cake?

    ROBOT

    No thanks.

    Panel 8: The MYSTERIOUS FIGURE is a giant BUG! ROBOT confronts the BUG.

    ROBOT

    Ack! A bug!! Get out! Get out!

    BUG

    But, yum! Yum!

    Panel 9: ROBOT forcibly removes the BUG from the engine room. The BUG floats off into space, yelling about yummy cup cakes.

    ROBOT

    And! Stay!! Out!!!

    BUG

    Creamy cheese icing!

    Panel 10: Meanwhile, somewhere inside the ship, FRANCIS discovers a cable unplugged from a wall receptacle.

    FRANCIS

    Oh! The engine was just unplugged!

    Panel 11: FRANCIS, having solved the engine problem, is visibly proud. ROBOT, having just exerted way too much effort for no discernible purpose, couldn’t care less.

    FRANCIS

    I fixed the engine!

    ROBOT

    Great. Have a cupcake.

Robot Blames the Universe

July 24, 2019

In this comic, Robot shares his unusual philosophy of the universe with Francis the Sheep, while they run for their lives.

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    Robot Blames the Universe

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: ROBOT and FRANCIS run for their lives across an alien landscape. It’s mostly giant mushrooms, and rocks. ORB SHAPED ROBOTS are in hot pursuit, shooting deadly laser beams at them. ROBOT is holding an original iPod for a reason not yet revealed.

    ROBOT

    This isn’t my fault.

    Panel 2: FRANCIS slides down a giant mushroom.

    FRANCIS

    Really?! You just got caught stealing their sacred idol!

    Panel 3: ROBOT runs away from the giant mushrooms, toward a rocky outcrop.

    ROBOT

    Well, yeah! It’s a thousand songs in your pocket!

    Panel 4: ORB SHAPED ROBOTS are relentlessly in pursuit.

    Panel 5: ROBOT and FRANCIS run into a huge cavern.

    ROBOT

    Everything we do is the result of events that occurred long before we arrived.

    Panel 6: ROBOT and FRANCIS hide behind a large rock in the cavern. The cavern is a dead end. FRANCIS returns fire with her laser pistol. ROBOT picked a lousy time to examine strange glowing rocks.

    ROBOT

    Events that stretch back to the start of the Universe. Outcomes are unchangeable!

    Panel 7: FRANCIS’ gun jams. Things are looking bleak. ROBOT has succeeded in creating some kind of ramshackle device using the iPod, and some of those glowing rocks.

    ROBOT

    At least, that’s what the dumb universe would have you believe. Hold on to your woolies!

    Panel 8: ROBOT and FRANCIS have teleported to the top of the cliff. Their space ship is close by, and ready to go.

    DEVICE

    Teleport complete!

    FRANCIS

    UGH! Your daring escapes should come with dire warnings.

    Panel 9: ROBOT and FRANCIS speed away from the planet in their space ship, miraculously surviving this adventure.

    ROBOT

    So the universe could take all the credit for my selfless heroism?! Never!

Robot and the Echo Chamber

December 20, 2016

In this comic, Robot and Francis the Sheep get sucked into an echo chamber, and find it’s not at all to their liking.

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    Robot and the Echo Chamber

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: ROBOT and FRANCIS in their SPACE SHIP, observing something off panel.

    ROBOT

    It appears to be some kind of sentient bubble.

    Panel 2: Pull out to see their small SHIP next to a giant BUBBLE.

    ROBOT

    Whatever we do, let’s not get sucked into it.

    Panel 3: Same as panel 2, except they get sucked into it. Sound effect: SHOOP!

    ROBOT

    Aw, crap.

    Panel 4: ROBOT and FRANCIS are inside the BUBBLE. They are confronted by very happy looking CLONES of ROBOT. There is a POP! sound effect as more CLONES appear seemingly out of nowhere.

    ROBOT

    Ack! Who are you?

    CLONE 1

    We’re your tribe! Welcome to your echo chamber!

    Panel 5: Close up of CLONE 1. More POP! noises in the background.

    CLONE 1

    You’ll love it here! We’re all the same, and completely impervious to view point diversity.

    Panel 6: Pull out to frame ROBOT, FRANCIS, and CLONE 1 in the panel. Another POP! noise.

    ROBOT

    But I like counter arguments. They prove how smart I am.

    Panel 7: The panel expands to see a bunch of the CLONES, all wearing the same UGLY VESTS. FRANCIS looks terrified, ROBOT has had enough. They are leaving.

    CLONE 1

    Being uninformed leaves us more time for our vests!

    ROBOT

    Aaand…I’m out!

    Panel 8: Mirror of panel 3, except their SPACE SHIP is rocketing out of the giant BUBBLE. Sound effect: SPLOOT!

    Panel 9: ROBOT and FRANCIS in their SHIP.

    ROBOT (exhausted)

    Being willfully stupid is just dumb.

Robot Solves the Water Crisis

August 31, 2016

In this comic, Robot and Francis the Sheep solve the global water crisis in an unconventional way.

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    Robot Solves the Water Crisis

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: ROBOT is showing his INVENTION to FRANCIS.

    ROBOT

    Good news, Francis! I solved the water crisis!

    Panel 2: Close up of ROBOT and his INVENTION. Sound effect: CLICK!

    ROBOT (sincerely)

    This device will open a tiny fissure in space-time, allowing the abundant fresh water from pre-history to flow into the now! Watch this!

    Panel 3: A gigantic pre-historic WHALE-like creature appears out of nowhere, with a moist POP! sound. ROBOT and FRANCIS are startled.

    Panel 4: Close crop on the eye of the WHALE. ROBOT and FRANCIS lean in off panel.

    ROBOT (angry)

    Oh, great! Another special interest blocking scientific progress!

    Panel 5: ROBOT and FRANCIS walking away from the WHALE. ROBOT tosses his INVENTION away.

    ROBOT

    Seriously, Francis - if I knew it would be hard I never would’ve bothered.

Communication Breakdown

April 23, 2016

In this comic, Willa and her dog Marnie build a machine to communicate with aliens, but it doesn’t go as expected.

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    Communication Breakdown

    Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

    Panel 1: BARN and paddock. WILLA and MARNIE are visible in the hay mow.

    WILLA

    Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored.

    Panel 2: Close up on WILLA and MARNIE.

    WILLA

    Bored. Bored. Bored. Aha!

    Panel 3: Panel expands to allow for infographic of WILLA’s science speak. MARNIE listens intently.

    WILLA

    Blah blah <math> blah blah <more math> blah blah <incomprehensible science> blah blah

    Panel 4: WILLA shows off her newest INVENTION to MARNIE.

    TEXT BOX

    Much, much later…

    WILLA

    And so! This machine will allow us to see and talk with alien races on the other side of the known universe! Cool, right?!

    Panel 5: Close up on WILLA’s finger, pressing the ON SWITCH on the INVENTION.

    WILLA

    Power on!

    Panel 6: Close up on WILLA and MARNIE. WILLA is speaking into the machine.

    WILLA

    Hello alien life! This is Willa and Marnie the dog from Earth! Hello? Hello?

    Panel 7: ROBOT’s KITCHEN, across the universe. WILLA’s INVENTION has broadcast their image through ROBOT’s REFRIGERATOR. ROBOT is freaked out. WILLA and MARNIE don’t see anything.

    TEXT BOX

    Waaay on the other side of the known universe…

    WILLA

    Nuts! I don’t see anything! Maybe my math is off, or maybe…oh! Look at the time! We’ve got to go!

    Panel 8: Close up of ROBOT and the REFRIGERATOR. WILLA and MARNIE have disappeared again. ROBOT looks worried, but relieved.

    WILLA

    Hurry, Marnie! Shut it down! We can not be late! Oh!

    Panel 9: MARNIE’s LIVING ROOM. WILLA is watching a loud TV program. MARNIE is asleep on the floor.

    TEXT BOX

    Fin.