Rachael Smith storms The New Yorker

Comic creator Rachael Smith has joined the ranks of The New Yorker cartoonists, with the publication of her cartoon, “My Cat has this Habit”, published online yesterday, about her feline companion, Rufus.

You can read the whole strip here on The New Yorker web site.

My Cat has this Habit by Rachael Smith

Getting published by The New Yorker is no mean feat. Hundreds of cartoonists compete for a few slots, and the sale of the original art published has been known to outstrip the original payment by publisher Condé Naste for its use. (In today’s digital age, limited edition prints signed by the creator are also apparently sought after).

Known to many for its publication of what are known as “The Addams Family” cartoons by Charles Addams, current New Yorker cartoonists include Liana Finck, Tom Gauld, veteran cover artist Edward Koren, Anders Nilsen, Noah Van Sciver, and more.

Rachael Smith - self portrait

Rachael Smith is an award-winning comic artist and writer who’s created numerous graphic novels including Wired Up Wrong, Artificial Flowers, and The Rabbit, which was nominated for Best Book in the 2015 British Comic Awards, following her nomination for Emerging Talent the previous year

Her recent graphic novel, Quarantine Comix: A Memoir of Life in Lockdown, was written and drawn every day during the 2020 lockdown and shared online, helping people who were socially isolated to feel connected. She is currently drawing her new book, Isabella & Blodwen, to be published by Cast Iron Books.

A Kickstarter for this launches soon – sign up here for notifications.

This story for young adults follows sixteen year-old Isabella who has been granted early admission to the prestigious University of Oxford.

Academically gifted, but severely lacking in social skills, she finds navigating the hallowed halls a trial she can’t study her way out of. Mixing with older students, and struggling to find her place, she sets her heart on the coveted summer internship with her hero, Professor MacLeod.

While wondering how to get the letter of recommendation she needs to be considered, she accidentally drops an exhibit from a museum she’s visiting in her bag… and Blodwen, the Witch from the Bottle enters her life!

Aimed at a young adult audience, and exploring themes of friendship, growing up, and finding your place in the world, Isabella & Blodwen is a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt alone and that the world is against them.

Previously self- published, Stand in Your Power, which follows on from where Wired Up Wrong left off, is being re-released by Icon Books in November, with a new cover.

This moving collection, previously shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print award, takes on the universal yet highly personal topics of loneliness, friendship, depression, love, figuring out who you are and moving on, among many others.

Read “My Cat Has This Habit” by Rachael Smith here on The New Yorker site

Rachael Smith is online at www.rachaelsmith.org | Etsy | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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