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The COVID-19 diaries


Hello again after a long absence! I have been feeling out of sorts, as I imagine you all are, and I thought it might be useful to record this collective experience that we are having. I set myself some constraints — no pencilling, ink straight to paper and no more than ten panels so that I can also post this on instagram. I’m trying not to overthink this. For any international readers, we are still waiting for COVID-19 to fully hit New Zealand but there is reason to believe there is community transmission, so the government is taking firm measures. I am just waiting for school to be cancelled…

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Loveday Kempthorne permalink
    23/03/2020 12:51 pm

    Go Sarah! Xox

  2. Anna Krsinich permalink
    23/03/2020 12:59 pm

    Thanks Sarah! Take care x Anna

  3. Brent Putze permalink
    23/03/2020 1:19 pm

    Thank you Sarah.That was a helpful read. Maybe because I found solace in a shared experience. You’re wondering was similar to mine . I went to an op shop and a similar local bookshop to ease my mind also. I also went to art supply shop to stock up a little but in a bit of a flustered head space I misplaced a couple things. A pen and some pencils are laying around somewhere in the CBD but I’m not going back in to town.

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      23/03/2020 1:24 pm

      That is funny, Brent – I also lost my pencil case in my flustered state! But I had bought some new pens so I drew my comic with that. I am feeling a little sad about my lost Lamy fountain pen though… I may have to venture back into the city

  4. Barbara Grace permalink
    23/03/2020 1:23 pm

    Lovely to have you back! xx

  5. John Butt permalink
    23/03/2020 1:30 pm

    Thanks 😀

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  6. 23/03/2020 1:39 pm

    I wrote a comment but I couldn’t figure out how to load it. So you will just have to hear that I loved it. I have been locked out of Square Edge and so I decided I would work from home but I have left my water colours there so I guess I’ll just vacuum the floor.


  7. Sarah permalink
    23/03/2020 1:41 pm

    Welcome back Sarah!! We’ve missed you!! Also feeling very out of sorts. Keep drawing & posting (please!) 🙂 Kia kaha, arohanui xx

  8. 23/03/2020 2:30 pm

    Auē, kei te tino hari au. Kua whakahoki koe! Tumeke. Arohanui!

  9. Phil Stewart permalink
    23/03/2020 3:52 pm

    Yay! Welcome back.

  10. Drew permalink
    23/03/2020 5:22 pm

    I touch my face as I read your post – my pupils are dilated but that might be from the adrenalin, although I like to think it’s because you’re doing comics again! Keep it up!

  11. needing dunedin permalink
    23/03/2020 5:23 pm

    I touch my face as I read your post – my pupils are dilated but that might be from the adrenalin, although I like to think it’s because you’re doing comics again! Keep it up!

  12. Evan Stewart Eisenberg permalink
    23/03/2020 11:14 pm

    Love it

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  13. Susan Elliot permalink
    24/03/2020 1:27 am

    Good to see you back darlin’- this is exciting! –

  14. Mary-Ann permalink
    06/04/2020 3:21 pm

    Am so pleased that you are back. Great news (even if we weren’t in lockdown mode). I missed Let me Be Frank and was delighted to see your posts pop up in my emails again.

  15. Vera L permalink
    20/04/2020 10:03 am

    I had no idea that OP shops are even open! I miss thrifting so much. Love your art, this is such a creative way to blog.

  16. Vera L permalink
    20/04/2020 10:03 am

    P.s.: I have a blog as well, feel free to check it out 🙂

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