Comics Tagged : self care

Daily Affirmations

Daily Affirmations

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Title
Daily Affirmations
Date
August 7, 2022
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Kevin’s House – Day

Kevin’s parrot smiles into his mirror.

Bird
Who’s a pretty bird? Who’s a pwitty widdle birdy? You are!
Panel 2 : Int. Kevin’s House – Continuous

The bird realizes Kevin is watching from the doorway behind him. Kevin snickers.

Panel 3 : Int. Kevin’s House – Continuous

The bird snaps.

Bird
What? Shut up! Like you don’t do it too!
Panel 4 : Int. Kevin’s House – Continuous

The bird continues.

Bird
Get outta here, pencilneck!

Kevin’s smirk fades.

Panel 5 : Int. Kevin’s House – Later

Kevin stands in front of his bathroom mirror. Frowning and tearing up, he points to himself.

Kevin
Don’t let him call you a pencilneck! Who’s a big, strong man? You are!

Quite The Journey

Quite The Journey

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Title
Quite The Journey
Date
July 3, 2022
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Panel 1 : Int. Car – Day

A driver’s POV looking out the window. A road sign flies by reading “ROAD MAY FLOOD, 500 FT”

Panel 2 : Int. Car – Continuous

Another sign flies by: “ROAD MAY NOT FLOOD, 400 FT”

Panel 3 : Int. Car – Continuous

A third sign: “GET OFF ROAD’S DAMN BACK, 300 FT”

Panel 4 : Int. Car – Continuous

The driver (Kevin) looks out the window with concern.

Panel 5 : Int. Car – Continuous

A fourth sign: “SORRY. ROAD JUST WENT THRU BAD BREAKUP, 200 FT”

Panel 6 : Int. Car – Continuous

A fifth sign: “ROAD NEEDS TIME TO WORK ON ROAD, 100 FT”

Panel 7 : Int. Car – Continuous

A sixth, different sign: “ROAD WORK AHEAD, NEXT 10 MI”

Panel 8 : Int. Car – Continuous

In the driver’s seat, Kevin smiles. Glad that worked out.

No “Off” Switch

No “Off” Switch

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Title
No “Off” Switch
Date
June 12, 2022
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Panel 1 : Ext. Beach – Day

Kevin sits on a beach chair on a sunny shore. Wearing an open Hawaiian shirt, he clasps his hands behind his head and smiles. His bird perches on his elbow.

Kevin
Isn’t this great? A week away from social media! No F.O.M.O. No stress…
Panel 2 : Ext. Beach – Continuous

Kevin and his bird sit in silence, soaking up the sun and surf.

Panel 3 : Ext. Beach – Continous

Another moment of quiet.

Panel 4 : Ext. Beach – Continous

Kevin’s bird turns to him.

Bird
You’re thinking of ways to turn this into content, aren’t you?
Kevin
Yes. I’m very broken.

The Procrastination Game

The Procrastination Game

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Title
The Procrastination Game
Date
May 8, 2022
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Living Room – Day

Kevin sits on his couch, controller in hand, playing a video game. His bird sits next to him.

Kevin
Ugh. This game sucks.
Bird
Then why not play a game you like?
Panel 2 : Int. Living Room – Continuous

Kevin replies.

Kevin
Because if I play a game I like, I’ll get absorbed and won’t do the other things I have to do today.
Panel 3 : Int. Living Room – Continous

The bird ponders.

Bird
So why not do those other things first, then play a game you like?
Kevin
Because playing games is how I procrastinate.
Panel 4 : Int. Living Room – Continous

The bird looks concerned.

Bird
Wow, you’re all messed up, huh?
Kevin
My therapist calls me his “goldmine.”

The Sensible Detective

The Sensible Detective

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Title
The Sensible Detective
Date
April 17, 2022
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Notes

Fun fact: this is actually a redraw of a comic I first drew over 10 years ago. The original was part of an earlier version of my comics website called Funny Comics For Cool People. I produced about a dozen comics for it, but never actually launched the site. I always liked this idea, though. So I thought I’d take another swing at it.

Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Police Station – Day

A grizzled cop sips from a mug. Scowling.

Caption
Tuesdays at 8! He’s a homicide cop with no major vices…
Cop
Got drunk once. Didn’t enjoy it.
Panel 2 : Ext. Park – Continuous

The cop and wife give piggybacks to each of their two kids. Everyone smiles except the cop.

Caption
…no personal trauma…
Cop
All loved ones alive and well.
Panel 3 : Ext. Street – Night

The cop kneels at a crime scene near a corpse, covered in a bloody sheet. The cop looks at his watch.

Caption
…And healthy professional boundaries. He’s The Sensible Detective.
Cop
5p.m.- Quittin’ time.
Panel 4 : Int. Living Room – Continuous

Kevin sits on the couch with his bird, watching this commercial. They both furrow their brows.

Kevin
Well that’s no fun.
Bird
I prefer my protagonists damaged.

The Breakthrough

The Breakthrough

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Title
The Breakthrough
Date
February 20, 2022
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Panel 1 : Ext. Gotham City Rooftop – Night

Batman holds up a thug by his collar on a Gotham rooftop.

Thug
What are you?
Panel 2 : Ext. Gotham City Rooftop – Continuous

Batman growls.

Batman
I’m the victim of childhood trauma processing his emotions in an unhealthy way!
Panel 4 : Int. Therapist’s Office – Later

Batman, in full costume, lays scowling on the couch of his therapist. Sitting nearby, the therapist writes in his notepad with a patient smile.

Therapist
Excellent, Bruce! We’re making real progress here.

The Secret of My Success

The Secret of My Success

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Title
The Secret of My Success
Date
October 10, 2021
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Ext. New York City – Day

Close up on Captain America, during that famous scene in the big battle of the first Avengers movie.

Captain America
Kevin, you haven’t taken any time off from work in over a year. How are you not burnt out?
Panel 2 : Ext. New York City – Continuous

Kevin, walking away, looks back over his shoulder with a smile.

Kevin
That my secret, Cap…
Panel 3 : Int. New York City – Continuous

Closer on Kevin. Still with the cocky smile.

Kevin
…I’m always burnt out!
Panel 4 : Int. New York City – Continuous

Reverse on Kevin as he faces away from Captain America. His smile is gone. Replaced by the hundred-yard stare, heavy eyelids, and sagging mouth of someone at his wits’ end. Cap stands confused behind him.

Blue’s Clues Blues

Blue’s Clues Blues

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Title
Blue’s Clues Blues
Date
September 19, 2021
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Panel 1 : Kevin’s Int. Living Room – Day

Kevin’s POV: Steve from Blues Clues speaks in a clip from that recent video.

Steve
And then you at you! And look at all you’ve accomplished!
Panel 2 : Int. Kevin’s Living Room – Continuous

Up angle on Kevin, who is watching the clip on his phone, derpy look on his face. The bird watches over his shoulder.

Steve (OS)
And it’s just… it’s just so amazing, right?
Panel 3 : Int. Kevin’s Living Room – Continuous

Wide angle of Kevin’s shitty bachelor apartment. Laundry on the floor. Dirty plates and trash strewn about. Unopened mail. Framed Quentin Tarantino movie posters on the wall. And that one torch lamp every dude had in the early 00s. Kevin sits slumped on the couch, in his boxers and socks, watching the video on his phone.

Bird
He’s not talking to you.
Kevin
I figured.

As Good As It Gets

As Good As It Gets

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Title
As Good As It Gets
Date
June 27, 2021
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Home – Day

Kevin sits at his desk, working on his laptop. Behind him, his bird stands on its cage.

Bird
What if this is as good as it gets?
(For you, I mean.)
Panel 2 : Int. Home – Continuous

Kevin rasies an eyebrow as the bird continues.

Bird
What if you’re never as happy, healthy, or successful as you are right now?
Panel 3 : Int. Home – Continuous

Kevin looks visibly annoyed as the bird really drives it home.

Bird
What if it’s just one long, slow slide into irrelevance from here on out?
Panel 4 : Int. Home – Moments Later

The bird is in its cage. A black shroud covering it.

Bird
(from under the shroud)
Not the self-reflective type I see.

Define “Strong”

Define “Strong”

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Title
Define “Strong”
Date
March 28, 2021
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Notes

This is one of my favorite comics I’ve made to date.

Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Outdoor Arena – Day

Two strongmen stretch before an event.

Announcer (OS)
Welcome back to the World’s Strongest Man Competition…
Panel 2 : Int. Outdoor Arena – Continuous

The two strongmen stand nose-to-nose, frowning at each other.

Announcer (OS)
This next event is one our most daunting – even for our toughest competitors. Let’s see what they’ve got…
Panel 3 : Int. Outdoor Arena – Continuous

The two strongmen embrace tenderly.

Strongman 1
I’m having a really hard time lately.
Strongman 2
I’m sorry to hear that. Please tell me more.
Panel 4 : Int. Outdoor Arena – Continuous

Two announcers watching fight back tears.

Announcer
(quietly)
I should call my dad.

How I Feel Every Valentine’s Day

How I Feel Every Valentine’s Day

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Title
How I Feel Every Valentine’s Day
Date
February 14, 2021
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Home – Day

Sarah sits on a stool. On a nearby table, Instagram walks up.

Instagram
Why so sad?
Sarah
I’m alone on Valentine’s Day. Again.
Panel 2 : Int. Home – Continuous

Instagram makes an offer.

Instagram
Wanna see pics of your friends in happy relationships?
Panel 3 : Int. Home – Continuous

Sarah stares blankly at Instagram.

Panel 4 : Int. Home – Continuous

Instagram starts walking away, beckoning Sarah to follow.

Instagram
Yeah, y’do. C’mon!

Sarah sighs.

Weekend ToDo List

Weekend ToDo List

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Title
Weekend ToDo List
Date
January 15, 2020
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Bedroom – Day

Egg lies in bed, wrapped snug in the comforter. Toast walks up bedside, holding up a sheet of paper.

Toast
OK! Here’s my list of everything we need to get done this weekend.
Panel 2 : Int. Bedroom – Continuous

Egg isn’t moved.

Egg
Is “Stay In Bed & Watch Netflix” on your list?
Panel 3 : Int. Bedroom – Continuous

Toast looks quizzically at the list.

Toast
No… That’s not–
Egg (interrupting)
–Weird. It’s on mine.
Panel 4 : Int. Bedroom – Later

Both Egg & Toast are curled up in bed, watching Netflix together. Toast sips a cup of coffee.

Egg
Isn’t my list better?
Toast
Shut up.