“Is there anything that conveys the intensity of human experience with as much fidelity and emotional complexity as flop sweat?”

Sammy Harkham was born in Los Angeles on May 21st 1980. When he was 14 he moved with his family to Sydney Australia. It was while in Australia, he discovered the work of Jamie Hewlett, Dan Clowes, Kim Deitch, Renee French, Chris Ware, Julie Doucet and Jim Woodring. Inspired, Harkham started making his own comics and a zine, Kramers Ergot which has evolved into one of the most highly influential comics anthologies being published today. After high school he went to CalArts, studying experimental animation and filmmaking, but dropped out to focus on comics. His comic strip Poor Sailor, originally published in Kramers Ergot 4, was subsequently included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading of 2004 and has been published in French, Korean, and Italian. Kramers Ergot has been favorably reviewed and placed on numerous best of the year list's including the LA Weekly, Time, The New York Times, Dazed And Confused, The Comics Journal, and Publisher's Weekly. In 2006, after contributing to the third volume of the Drawn & Quarterly Showcase, he started the ongoing solo comic series, Crickets. Two issues of which were published by Drawn & Quarterly. Most recently, he edited The Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #15, published by Bongo Comics. Harkham lives in Los Angeles.


Crickets no.2, 2008Bart Simpsons Treehouse of Horror no.15, 2009Kramers Ergot 6, 2006Kramers Ergot 7, 2008Crickets no.1, 2006D&Q Showcase: Book 3, 2005Kramers Ergot 3, 2002Kramers Ergot 4, 2003Kramers Ergot 5, 2005Poor Sailor, 2005Kramers Ergot 2, 2001Kramers Ergot 1, 2000
Selected Interviews
Newsmaker: Sammy Harkham
by Tom Spurgeon
The Beat: Sammy Harkham
by Sean McGahey
Inkstuds radio interview
by Robyn McConnell