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.

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

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Paul K. Johnson
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6 months ago

Cat: "Or without you."

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Mollie Sue Coons
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6 months ago

Amen that is the way life should be:)

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

I haven't worn jeans in..a while. My PJ's are on rotation.

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Lulu the ©ʟɪᴄᴇɴsᴇᴅ ᴘᴏᴛᴛᴇʀʜᴇᴀᴅ®
6 months ago

Aawww,I feel the exact same! I HATE that now,all people talk about is COVID-19

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RyryKat .happy
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6 months ago

Why do you have a live camera of me

Dizzyaudiohh
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6 months ago

So me.. ive found that it's easier to "diet" and restrict my shitty food intake when I'm working. I keep telling myself I'll do better the next day BUT I get so bored and food sounds so appealing :)

Rose
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6 months ago

Me - I'm going to be SOOOOO productive and do awesome projects I've always wanted to tackle! Also me - eh. A 100th day of lying around, watching YouTube and eating snacks won't do any harm

Jaishna Marwaha
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6 months ago

aRe YoU sTaLkInG mE???

Amadeus Monroe
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6 months ago

lmao. I am actually doing the total opposite of what the memes everywhere claim people are doing. I have no commute, so I am walking more than ever. I walk at lunch, I walk after work, I bike.. Ive never exercised so much in my life!!! (with my mask on and far away from everyone of course)

Chris DiFonso
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6 months ago

That's pretty much everyone

Dorothy Finley
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6 months ago

Food and tv is just more satisfying than exercise

Kailyn Lam
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6 months ago

The first part is what I thought, but then I became the gurl in the second part

Tehreem Mirza
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6 months ago

Meeeeee

MagicalUnicorn
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6 months ago

oh yep, just replace wine with beer :D

Iskileto1
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6 months ago

That's me!

Mollie Sue Coons
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6 months ago

#relatbleXD

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Emi A.
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6 months ago

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

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Daria Z
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6 months ago

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

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

Quarantine should be bra free. Mandatory.

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togcrewsc
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6 months ago

that's happened to me too

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

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

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

I'm using the Cheshire cat as this cats voice.

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Anne Flitton
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6 months ago

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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Mollie Sue Coons
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6 months ago

Cats....

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Ziya (Wenny) Liu
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6 months ago

Welp

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Jan Feline
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6 months ago

I love this! So cat!

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Hannah Stalzer
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6 months ago

That’s what I think sometimes

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Ziya (Wenny) Liu
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6 months ago

nooo why yu leave my new fren

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J Rob
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6 months ago

Young and Dumb.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

Me, but with raw cookie dough or cheese.

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togcrewsc
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6 months ago

my friends when i geek out on them...

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Lily Winterhart
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6 months ago

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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Jessica Cole
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6 months ago

Same! Nothing to say.

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umutgklp
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6 months ago

A bra can change everything.

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umutgklp
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6 months ago

wow, this one is trippy... shrooms?

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

It is weird to think in nature all they do is eat, try to mate, sleep, sun bathe or die.

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Jessica
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6 months ago

There's a reason liquor stores have remained open as an essential business

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Quinn Enestvedt
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6 months ago

lol

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togcrewsc
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6 months ago

relatable

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✨Russian Around✨
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6 months ago

cute!

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Julie Hanford
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6 months ago

ugh thats me

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LottieH
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6 months ago

I feel this.

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Mollie Sue Coons
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6 months ago

Once a day??? Well I never!!!

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Dynein
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6 months ago

I think this is something that many people don't really get about depression/anxiety/other "irrational" thought processes... they are extremes of otherwise perfectly reasonable thought processes. You can't throw them out altogether, because sometimes the pessimistic interpretation is the correct one! So every time such a thought hits, you're like "but what if that IS the right way to think about this?!".

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mewmew34
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6 months ago

People die every day, though, even without a pandemic. I get that the black dog thing is meant to be all the negative feelings and pessimism, but black dog thing is still pretty wrong here. If we had to stop enjoying ourselves due to people dying somewhere, nobody could ever enjoy themselves again anywhere. Stay safe, do what you can to protect yourself and those around you, and do your best to find ways to enjoy life despite everything going on.

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*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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6 months ago

Yay!

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*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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6 months ago

bro, I don't like thinking about that. It makes me cry because it feels like it was so long ago and then melancholia really hits :(

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Jane Moore
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6 months ago

I asked my hsband to look at this and all he said was "Yes, ah Yeess"

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Berry Budgie
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6 months ago

Blob with eyes at least?👀

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Quinn Enestvedt
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6 months ago

lmao love this

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Amelia Sober
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6 months ago

point me in THAT direction!

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Ziya (Wenny) Liu
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6 months ago

Why is doggo spying on yu

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

That's me but with trees. We walk in the refuge often and I'm like look at this perfect tree! No this one is even more perfect..

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Peachikeen
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6 months ago

I remember a similar situation with Canadian geese.

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✨Russian Around✨
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6 months ago

at least you have a boyfriend, I don't even have my crush's number!😥

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✨Russian Around✨
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6 months ago

lol SAME

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Berry Budgie
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6 months ago

Awww😊

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Zoey Hicks
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6 months ago

that's mean

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✨Russian Around✨
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6 months ago

awwww cute little lambs

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

Swim away little fishes!

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✨Russian Around✨
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6 months ago

hehe

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✨Russian Around✨
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6 months ago

awwe❤

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Cra-Z cat lady
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6 months ago

I read Reuse instead of Realise.

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Amelia Sober
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6 months ago

oof i hate it when that happens!

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Amelia Sober
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6 months ago

i love how friendlys tail is all puffy.

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