Hi! I'm Rachael Smith, and I'm a comic creator based in the UK. I have published graphic novels such as 'Wired Up Wrong', 'The Rabbit', and 'Artificial Flowers'. My background is in illustration and storytelling.

When the pandemic started, I felt very frightened and useless. I had real trouble getting out of bed or finding the point of doing anything. It wasn't until my friend Heather spoke to me and reminded me that if I'm good at anything, it's making people feel less alone through my comics. Since then, I've felt re-energized to get back to my drawing board. I've been making a comic at least once a day since the UK lockdown began about my life during these strange, strange times. They mostly feature me, my cat Rufus, and my housemate Iain, as well as two imaginary dogs Barky (the black dog, who represents my depression and pessimism) and Friendly (the white dog, who represents my common sense and optimism)

More info: twitter.com | Facebook | Instagram | rachaelsmith.org

Some comics are funny, some are heart-wrenching, some are bitter-sweet, and some are philosophical. Every tenth comic I try to make into a full-page, full-color piece; something really special. Sometimes it's hard to do the comics if I have reverted to feeling frightened and useless, but I always feel better after I post one, especially if people tell me that it helped them. I'm proud of the body of work that I'm amassing!

Obviously, I don't know how long they will go on as I don't know when these strange strange times will end, but when all this is done with (or thereabouts) I plan to release them as a book. You can read a few of the Quarantine Comix here, and also follow along at the hashtag #QuarantineComix on Twitter and Instagram, or on my social media channels below. I also sell the originals and prints of full-page pieces on my online shop.

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My 79 Relatable Comics About Quarantine

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harpling
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it bad that I kind of miss the excuse to give in to all my agoraphobic tendencies?

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Quarantine Comix: 40 Relatable And Devastatingly Honest Comics About Lockdown By Rachael Smith

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Emi A.
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's what I'm doing ALL THE TIME. Just surviving..

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Quarantine Comix: 40 Relatable And Devastatingly Honest Comics About Lockdown By Rachael Smith

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is me. Except I've read most of the books around me and now I get them off hoopla.

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Quarantine Comix: 40 Relatable And Devastatingly Honest Comics About Lockdown By Rachael Smith

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Daria Z
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank god I can work from home! Would go mad without it.

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Quarantine Comix: 40 Relatable And Devastatingly Honest Comics About Lockdown By Rachael Smith

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Anne Flitton
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

HA my fam is a fam of 7 but most of us are teens and don't want to leave the house

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Quarantine Comix: 40 Relatable And Devastatingly Honest Comics About Lockdown By Rachael Smith

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Lily Winterhart
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To much time on the net can cause depression as we wait for someone to come on and notice we are on and when they do not come on we make up things in our minds, like do they hate me? ect ect. And at this time we must tell ourselves that we all might be feeling the same way and that right now that is ok and go watch a movie.

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Quarantine Comix: 40 Relatable And Devastatingly Honest Comics About Lockdown By Rachael Smith

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togcrewsc
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

my friends when i geek out on them...

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