Rachael Smith on Comics, mental health, and surviving Quarantine

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Rachael Smith joins Eva to talk about mental health, comics, and the response to her incredibly relatable and personal memoir, Quarantine Comix. We covered the beginnings of her career, her artistic inspirations, and what it felt like to be cooped up for a year in her flat.

Guest Bio

Rachael Smith is a comic artist and writer. She’s created many critically acclaimed graphic novels including Wired Up Wrong, Stand in Your Power, Artificial Flowers and The Rabbit, which was nominated for Best Book in the 2015 British Comic Awards, following her nomination for Emerging Talent. Rachael’s worked on Titan’s Doctor Who comic series and is currently working on Isabella & Blodwen as well as continuing making her #QuarantineComix series inspired by the lockdown. Quarantine Comix is the winner of Comicon.com’s Best Digital/Webcomic of 2020 and Pipedream Comics’ Winner of Best Indie/Small Press Comic of 2020, among other awards.

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The Panel Garden is an interview show, where we explore the minds and the creative processes of the comics creators and occasional other creative types you love. We cover the whole spectrum of comics creativity, from writers and pencilers to editors and inkers. We also feature hot new talent for you to sink your teeth into. Not literally though. That would be weird.


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