Self-Portraits of the Apocalypse

Journey through the first hundred days of shelter-in-place through clever illustrations, relatable stories, and relevant social commentary. 

Self-Portraits of the Apocalypse: Shelter-in-Place, Written and Illustrated by Sarah Soward

Where to Purchase

Self-Portraits of the Apocalypse is out of print as of January 1, 2024.

Thank you everyone for supporting this project and giving to much incredible feedback that it helped you read it as much as it helped me to make it!


Amazon (out of print)

Apple Books (out of print)

Better World Books (out of print)

Kobo (out of print)


Amazon (out of print/sold out)


Alibri (sold out)

Amazon (out of print/sold out)

Barnes & Noble (sold out)

Better World Books (sold out)

Bookshop (sold out)

IndieBound Books (sold out)

Powell's (sold out)


You can also ask your favorite bookstore or library to procure the book for you! It's distributed through IngramSpark. 

Self-Portraits of the Apocalypse: Shelter-in-Place 2020 started out as a digital drawing journal on my blog to help keep my head above water when coronavirus lockdown began. It turned into a 100 day pandemic adventure. While my world burned, I wrote and made digital art cartoons about coping mechanisms, protective face masks, COVID (of course), Black Lives Matter, literal near-drowning, isolation, mental health, and my apocalypse wardrobe.

The best part is that it helped more than just me.

"Sarah Soward's Self-Portraits of the Apocalypse is an amazing depiction of a young woman's journey through the management of depression during the pandemic. There's a creativity and playfulness about her choices to cope. Her skills as an illustrator brought me into her world in a way that made me want to put my arms around her beautiful heart. I found myself cheering for her abilities to cope, inspired by her courage to take on each day and so grateful for her transparency. Sarah put words to what so many endure in addition to these unpredictable times. This is a must read for hope and a special soul's determination to endure."

—Mary Twomey Odgers, Author of Six Funerals and a Wedding 
(Review is of the printed edition.)

Book Details


File Size: 12617 KB (varies by seller)
ISBN: 978-0-9859642-0-7 
Publication Date: October 19, 2020
Print Length: 302 pages (approximate)
Language: English


Item Weight: 1.66 pounds
Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN: 978-09859642-3-8
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.62 x 11 inches
Published: October 20, 2020 
Language: English


Item Weight: 2.5 pounds
Paperback: 262 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9859642-2-1 | 978-0-9859642-6-9
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.81 x 11.02 inches
Published: October 20, 2020 
Language: English