Live Through This

Notes on Fear

How to handle situations that scare you. (Words by Emily, drawings and lettering by Esme.)


  • CBM July 7th, 2014 11:16 PM

    I really needed to hear/see this. Thanks guys :3

  • clairedh July 8th, 2014 12:18 AM

    Perfect! I wish I could buy this as like an A5 sized comic so I could carry it with me at all times and read it pre-”scary” thing…

  • graceface July 8th, 2014 1:28 AM

    I love the line, “You cannot live life hiding from rejection and failure. It’s possible, but it’s also not a life.” Simply perfect <3

  • cestlaviee July 8th, 2014 2:23 AM

    this is life survival kit material

  • Camillekit July 8th, 2014 2:29 AM

    I really needed this right now. Thank you.

  • VagabondZombie July 8th, 2014 6:20 AM

    This really made me evaluate myself and my fears a lot. I’ve always been scared, but uncontrollably scared for some reason. I really needed this. Thank you! <3

  • flocha July 8th, 2014 6:56 AM

    This is so so useful to me right now. Summer has just started and I’m being confronted with so many things which are making me scared so thank uuuuu rookie

  • RatioRae July 8th, 2014 8:50 AM

    Thank you guys so much, this article really helped with some issues going on right now. :)

  • Maradoll Mynx July 8th, 2014 10:22 AM

    This is so beautiful!! I think I need to read this at the beginning of each and every day :)

    Also, thanks so much for posting the lyric to the Prince intro!! After all these years of wondering what it said, I finally know…and how totally inspirational that monologue is!!!

    P.S. Did you know Prince wrote and composed and played the guitar on “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan?!?! I just found this out too! Also, Steve Wonder plays the harmonica part!

  • herdinthehalls July 8th, 2014 11:15 AM

    This is a really good list! I always love these Emily and Esme collaborations. I have a list of questions to ask myself when I’m full of fear, a lot like this. One of the items that helped me a lot was “Am I mixing up a high-consequence fear with a low-consequence fear?”

  • Chloe22 July 8th, 2014 11:24 AM

    I love the way you combine life lessons with artsy little comics…without it being as stupid as I just made it sound!

  • amelia3 July 8th, 2014 12:14 PM

    Just the pep talk I need before college! :)

  • takebackyourpower July 8th, 2014 12:44 PM

    LOVE this comic esp the lettering.
    Just one thing to add – taking a deep, slow breath will actually cause the heart to race more. In times of anxiety – it is best to take fast, hard breaths (think panting) which causes more air to get to your body.
    Don’t know who started the calm, deep breath movement – but they cannot be more wrong. Try it for yourself and see….

  • daisypunk July 8th, 2014 1:25 PM

    I loved the drawings! Really needed someone to remind me that it’s ok to be afraid. Thanks Rookie!

  • AidaA July 8th, 2014 4:12 PM

    This is perfect. I need to print it out and stick it above my wall because fear and anxiety are such large parts of my life, like it got to the point where I was afraid to open emails or texts. Thanks so much

  • KitKat July 8th, 2014 4:52 PM

    This is fantasic! Great illustrations and beautiful, useful advice. Love it , love it, love it:) So, is this just hand drawn and scanned?

  • lutimes2 July 8th, 2014 5:12 PM

    i really really loved this

  • Janis July 8th, 2014 11:37 PM

    I love this!!!!!!! Really cleared up somethings in my head. Thank you Emily & Esme!

  • aslks July 9th, 2014 2:20 AM

    yo rookie girls. i love reading this kind of cutest, smart, self-help comics. they always cheer me up and help me go ahead on life even if i’m a 23y dude struggling through college. i hope its not creepy to be an old rookie.

  • ScarlettRed July 9th, 2014 3:03 AM

    This is the best. :D x

  • angieangie July 9th, 2014 12:05 PM

    Thank you :)

  • captainPAO July 9th, 2014 1:19 PM

    soooo good!
    cut it corduroy, girls! (is like sayingthat you are the best in a spanish way… huh)

    thanks for that kind of humor in talking about serious stuff

    un beso

  • Anya N. July 9th, 2014 7:52 PM

    I AM ALWAYS SO AMAZED BY THESE COLLABORATIONS BY EMILY AND ESME because the advice is SO GOOD and the illustrations are SO GOOD and i’m just like “howwwwwwwwwww do you a.) write so much stuff neatly by hand and b.) make such amazing illustrations like those things never go together for me

  • Alexandra T. July 14th, 2014 1:53 PM

    love this! ps esme your drawings r my fave <3

  • dragonfly July 19th, 2014 10:42 PM

    I love this, thank you you two!! :) I’ve just started trying to face my fear of failing (or rather not meeting my expectations), so this is really helpful