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 was feeling very frightened and useless. I had real trouble getting out of bed or finding the point in 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-energised 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). Some comics are funny, some are heart-wrenching, some are bitter-sweet, some are philosophical. Every tenth comic I try to make into a full page, full colour 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 really 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 the full page pieces on my online shop.