Claire Augustus is a 24-year-old[1] graduate student[2] in library sciences[3] interning at the Williston Library of Smif College.


Claire's character is somewhat unusual in that Jeph had been sketching her out for some time prior to introducing her in the comic.[4] Claire is in a relationship with Marten Reed as of Strip 2807, and later moves in with him after realizing that she already spends most of her time at his place.



She is Clinton's sister[5] — not that she's particularly fond of the fact.[6] They are NOT twins.[7] They seem to be close and supportive underneath the squabbling and teasing. Their parents are divorced.[8]

Claire lived with her mother at 221 Elm, before moving in with Marten.[9]


Claire has an undergraduate degree, and her graduate studies are supervised by Dr. Amelia Borogrove.[10]



Claire during her internship training in 2204

Claire is an intern at Smif College's library, along with Emily and Gabby.

Claire really wants to be a librarian and she likes books, too.Number 2208: She Almost Burst Into Song


She tends to be a bit high-strung about her internship,[3] and jumped to the conclusion that the inept way Marten showed them around the library was "some kind of weird hazing ritual."[11] This may have been representative of a general tendency to jump to conclusions.[12]

Claire makes a conscious effort not to judge others' actions. However, she can react strongly to infidelity due to the past emotional trauma her father's actions caused and possibly due to jealousy.

She is good at taking things in stride in other circumstances, though, for example meeting Marten's family and even Pintsize.[13]

Claire has a spontaneous sense of humour and enjoys making puns based on things other people are saying and doing. She generally gets a poor response to her attempts. This clearly frustrates her as she often puts considerable effort into them. The only major character to laugh at her puns has been Emily Azuma and there is in-strip evidence that she didn't even understand the terminological reference Claire used to make the pun.[14]

Sex and drugs and rock & roll

Claire's character is the first known transgender character to appear in QC.[15] Jeph revealed that he was nervous about revealing this fact, as he has wanted to include a trans character for years, but wanted to execute it properly.[16]

Claire is attracted to men.[17][18][19] However, she has no prior romantic experience. She told Emily that she's never been kissed before.[20] She later told Marten that going out to dinner with him is her first date.[21] As of Strip 2892 she is no longer a virgin.

The only recreational drug we have seen her use is alcohol, and she seems unused to it.[22] However, she seems to have developed a taste for scotch, being able to place the subtle flavors accurately.[23] She has used marijuana but only once, having received a panic attack as a result[24].

She is on hormone-replacement medication and occasionally uses Ativan.[25]

Her musical tastes are eclectic but include the indie band Low[26] and the Smiths. She vehemently dislikes at least one techno piece.[27]


Claire and Marten are in a romantic relationship.[28]

She has been stressing out about her comprehensive exams.[29] Claire talked to Clinton about it, but has been hiding it from Marten.[30] Pintsize helped Marten and Claire talk about her stress.[31]



Claire discovering her taste for scotch.

  • Claire has luxuriant but unruly[32][33] hair.
  • Claire owns a car,[34] and is one of the few main characters whose car has been seen in the comic. From the badge on the hatchback door, it is apparently a Mazda model. Its license plate number is 7YA-GH3.[35]
  • There is a funny strip just about Claire trying on dresses for Henry Reed's wedding.[36] The second montage is about preparation for going to the bar.[37]
  • Claire has a good taste for scotch.[38]

Memorable quotes

  • There's plenty of AI fish in the digital sea![39]


Claire and Hannelore share a love of organization[40] and might become friends. Marten is aware of her gender history (as is Emily, though their friends are not), and is her supervisor at the library. It will be interesting to see Jacques explore (or have his characters explore) this relationship. Recently, Marten and Claire have kissed and told Hannelore and Tai about their relationship. Tai has then told everyone she knew in strip 2824.

Marigold lives at an apartment whose street address is 14 Elm Grove Lane whilst Claire and her mother live at "221 Elm". It is possible that this is the same street although this has yet to be confirmed.

A fan (Josh Bryant, aka "Su1c1deK1ng") noted on Twitter that Claire may be an unintentional copy of a character in Calvin and Hobbes.[41]

Claire's Gallery


  1. 2272
  2. 2205
  3. 3.0 3.1 2207
  5. 2244
  6. 2278
  7. 2277
  8. 2371
  9. 2805
  10. 2946
  11. 2204
  12. 2370
  13. 2459
  14. Number 2368: Chariots Of Fire
  15. 2324
  16. 2323
  17. 2301
  18. 2367
  19. 2380
  20. 2571
  21. 2829
  22. 2384
  23. 2400
  25. 2432
  26. 2362
  28. Number 2894: Eat That Foot.
  29. 3773: Hmmmmmm
  30. 3791: It's Going Great
  31. ­3810: Rive In Egypt3815: Babality
  32. 2360
  33. 2435
  34. 2377
  35. 2378
  36. 2397
  37. Number 2791: Another Dressing
  38. Number 2400: Kwiscotch Haderach
  39. 3691: Everyone Loves Crab Girlfriend
  40. 2208