Sammy Harkham

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Sammy Harkham
Born (1980-05-21) May 21, 1980 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California
Area(s)Cartoonist, Editor, Publisher
Notable works
Kramers Ergot

Sammy Harkham (born May 21, 1980)[1] is an American cartoonist and editor, best known for editing the Kramers Ergot alternative comics anthology.

When he was 14, he moved with his family to Sydney, Australia, where 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 attended CalArts, studying experimental animation and filmmaking, but dropped out to focus on comics. His comic strip "Poor Sailor," originally published in Kramers Ergot No. 4, was subsequently included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading in 2004. His current work can be found in the comic Crickets, which was published by Drawn and Quarterly for its first two issues but is now self-published.

He is the co-owner of the Family Bookstore in Los Angeles, and the co-founder of Cinefamily (now known as Fairfax Cinema).

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  1. ^ Harkham biography, Drawn & Quarterly website. Accessed May 23, 2012.
  2. ^ Staff writer (April 19, 2013). "Announcing the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winners". LA Times. Retrieved April 21, 2013.

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