Preview: ‘Glass Half Empty’ – Rachael Smith’s Next Autobiographical Graphic Novel Coming In 2023

Exploring her relationships with both her father and alcohol, Glass Half Empty could prove to be Rachael Smith’s most powerful and personal yet.

Rachael Smith, the author of autobiography brilliance with Wired Up Wrong, its follow-up Stand In Your Power, and her pitch-perfect pandemic comics collected as Quarantine Comix, has a new book coming out in January 2023 from Icon Books – Glass Half Empty.

In Glass Half Empty Smith will explore two very problematic relationships in her life – that with her late father and that with alcohol.

“At age ten, Rachael Smith was going to group meetings to help her handle her dad’s alcoholism. After his death, trying to manage her grief, she found herself with her own problematic relationship with alcohol.

From the award-winning author of Quarantine Comix, Wired Up Wrong and Stand in Your Power, this is another extremely honest and relatable auto-bio comic shining a light on the realities of mental health with humour, warmth and insight. Rufus the cat (recent star of a New Yorker cartoon) and Barky, the giant black dog inside her head, are returning characters fans of Rachael Smith will be heartened to be reunited with.”

Smith’s a huge talent with a magnificent voice, a natural storyteller whose work really does have it all, that amazing talent that lets Smith break your heart in an instant whilst almost simultaneously managing to put a smile on your face.

And then there’s the unflinching honesty of what she does, the way Smith shies away from nothing as she completely opens herself up to you with a bravery that’s just spellbinding and should be applauded.

2021 saw Smith and Icon Books partner up, first with the publication of her magnificent pandemic diaries in Quarantine Comix and then the new print editions of Wired Up Wrong and Stand In Your Power.

Their new collaboration, publishing in January 2023, Glass Half Empty, is Smith going back to her childhood, back to the things that may have shaped her – another warm, funny, brave, and absolutely relatable set of autobiog stories that shaped her life as an adult.

Just from the few preview pages seen here, it’s quite obvious that this is that same sort of perfect comics work that we’ve seen from Smith over the years – a comic artist coming into her own, who’s found their voice, and continues to be determined to explore her own life in comics, full of the heartbreak and humour that we’ve come to expect.

Glass Half Empty by Racheal Smith – published by Icon Books on 5th January 2023

Exploring her relationships with both her father and alcohol, Glass Half Empty could prove to be Rachael Smith’s most powerfulCOMICONRead More

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