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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.