Society

This collection of comics contains stories about society, how it works, and the behaviour of the people living in it.

Yearly Problems

January 31, 2021
In this comic, the crows discuss how hoomans blame the year for all their problems.
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Yearly Problems

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: Daytime in a nondescript back alley. CROW 1 stands on the edge of a DUMPSTER, while CROW 2 looks up from deep inside the large garbage bin. They are looking for lunch, and not having much luck.

CROW 1

I don’t think it’s fair that the hoomans blame the year for all their problems.

CROW 2

Wut?

Panel 2: CROW 1, now chewing on what appears to be discarded electrical wire.

CROW 1

Imagine you’re the year, going about your yearly business - changing seasons, renewing magazines, making babies, I don’t know…when suddenly, some hoomans elect a bad leader, start a pandemic, get a lousy haircut, and then blame YOU for all of it!

Panel 3: CROW 2 is head down in the DUMPSTER,

CROW 2

Well, it’s like my Mama used to say - “Blaming celestial mechanics for your problems is far easier than finding lunch in a hardware store dumpster.”

Panel 4: CROW 1 is now chewing on MATCHES. CROW 2 is entertained as the MATCHES light up, and drop into the DUMPSTER.

CROW 1

Too true. Oh, don’t try these stick things. They are not great. 2 stars. Do not recommend.

CROW 2

Oh! They light up. That’s fun.

Panel 5: The DUMPSTER catches FIRE, and the CROWS fly away in a big hurry.

CROW 1

ACK! Not fun! It wasn’t me! The year did it! Ha ha!

CROW 2

It’s the revenge of the stoopid year! Oh, why weren’t we nicer?! Ha ha!

Panel 6: The CROWS fly off into the distance, leaving a large PLUME OF SMOKE, and a raging DUMPSTER FIRE behind them.

CROW 1

Maybe if hoomans don’t like years so much, they should just stop revolving around the sun.

CROW 2

That WOULD make all their problems go away. But don’t give them any ideas.

Support System

November 2, 2020
In this comic, Robot and Francis learn about the not-so-unusual customs of a strange alien society.
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Support System

Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid

Panel 1: SPACE. A dirty smoke trail careens toward a cube shaped ALIEN PLANET. CRASH!

Panel 2: ROBOT and FRANCIS stand near their ship. FRANCIS is wiping her hands on a RAG. They are surrounded by nondescript BOXES, stacked high into the sky.

FRANCIS

The phlang-o-tron is on the fritz. I fixed it, but it needs be replaced.

ROBOT

Good work! Let’s get out of here - these boxes are giving me the heebie-jeebies!

BOX

I earn a root beer float for good work!

Panel 3: ROBOT and FRANCIS freak out at the unexpected voice.

FRANCIS

Who said that?!

ROBOT

Gah! All these boxes have people trapped in them!

Panel 4: The PERSON IN THE BOX explains.

PERSON IN THE BOX

We’re not trapped! We just work and live in these tiny boxes until we die, or until we are no longer valuable to the system.

Panel 5: ROBOT and FRANCIS examine the stack of BOXES, while considering the argument by the PERSON IN THE BOX. ROBOT leans on the box they are talking to.

FRANCIS

That doesn’t sound like you’re NOT trapped.

ROBOT

Also, it looks like you all are just supporting the guy on top.

Panel 6: Sitting atop the tall stack of boxes is an OBESE CAT-LIKE CREATURE in a TOP HAT. It’s far too large to be sitting on such a narrow tower of boxes.

PERSON IN THE BOX

No, we’re all equal! I mean, he gets paid more, and has a nicer view, and controls the root beer float box, but…hey, is my box moving? HEY!

Panel 7: ROBOT stumbles, as the BOX he’s leaning on slides out of from under him.

ROBOT

Uh oh.

Panel 8: STACKS OF BOXES topple to the ground. ROBOT and FRANCIS run for their lives!

FRANCIS

RUN!

Panel 9: ROBOT and FRANCIS fly away from the planet in their SPACE SHIP, as the PLANET falls into ruin.

Panel 10: ROBOT and FRANCIS, safe aboard their SHIP, enjoy ROOT BEER FLOATS.

FRANCIS

Lucky for us the root beer float box fell right into the ship as we were running for our lives!

ROBOT

Good work!

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.

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.