Monday, June 05, 2017

New comic from Rachael Smith

Over the last few years, Rachael Smith has swiftly become one of the bright new stars of modern British comics with graphic novels such as House Party and The Rabbit, and her humour strips for Titan's Doctor Who comics. Anything new from her is always welcome in my opinion so I immediately ordered her latest comic and wasn't disappointed.

Hourly Comic Day 2017 is an A6 size mini-comic comprising of just 20 pages. Compared to Rachael's graphic novels it's a quick read, but still manages to contain more charm and wit than most mainstream comics. Basically, on 1st February every year, artists from all over the world take up the challenge of Hourly Comic Book Day where they draw a comic or illustration for every hour they're awake. This comic features Rachael's contributions.

I've never really been enamoured with autobiographical comics but, like Rachael's other book, Wired Up Wrong, the artist has an ability to make such stories interesting. As with anyone, the situations in Hourly Comic Day of Rachael and her boyfriend Adam Cadwell may seem domestic and ordinary but they can help us to relate and get to know people better, and that can't be a bad thing. 

And there's even a page where Rachael gives her recipe for Chilli Con Carne, so it's educational too!

Considering this entire comic was done in one day it doesn't look rushed and Rachael's style is still on top form. Treat yourself to a copy by ordering it from the artist's online store here:


Phil Boyce said...

Rachael is definitely an artist who has caught my eye, especially her personal work on Wired Up Wrong but I never got around to buying anything, which is shameful of me! Now that I've got a new-found appreciation and enthusiasm for the UK scene I'll definitely be purchasing some of her fantastic-looking work at long last.

Lew Stringer said...

Rachael's an artist well worth supporting. Her work is very readable and such a tonic from all the usual stuff seen in most comics.

Robert Carnegie said...

There's a sense in which "Dennis the Menace" is domestic and ordinary - British and American both.

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