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Thanks to all who have supported the comic over the years; after its completion, Empty Words is became available as the lovingly-chunky Empty Words: Complete Edition, which is now sold out.

If you're looking for more of my comics, check out the grant-winning, award-nominated SNOW—I think you'll like it.


Audrey's occupation as a nurse's aide in the local senior's care centre starts to feed her insecurities when one day a well-loved patient passes away. She comes across Greg, a local writer who is outlining a new project and sorely lacking the inspiration he needs. They form an unlikely bond as Audrey agrees to be the subject of Greg's next article in exchange for his confidence. When Greg's ailing grandfather undergoes a tragedy at the care centre, however, it becomes increasingly difficult for he and Audrey to keep their personal and professional lives separate.

about the author

Benjamin Rivers designs games, writes and illustrates graphic novels, gives talks and lectures, and teaches at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. See more of his critically-acclaimed games and comics here.


praise for empty words

“This comic deals with a difficult subject, and artist/writer Benjamin Rivers is admirably equipped to handle it.” —Joe Zabel, the Webcomics Examiner
“Deciding to put a loved one into a nursing home is a difficult decision to make... Rivers shows his readers the impact of that decision.”Exclaim! Magazine