Sophia Zarders is an illustrator, comic artist, and educator from Long Beach, California. Their illustrations have been published in The Nation, Socialist Review, Shameless Magazine, and other independent publications. They graduated California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Illustration in 2016. They currently work as a freelance artist and an art instructor for adults with disabilities.
Sophia's poster and flyer designs are often commissioned for national and local activist organizations, including Forward Together's "Trans Day of Resilience" project in 2017. They've worked closely with the Long Beach chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) to bring protest arts to the streets. Activist art is a big component of Sophia's portfolio and they're always looking for new ways to create empowering work to the masses.
Sophia's comics gained an online following on social media, most notably the ongoing webcomic Jesus Freak. Their comic Our Lady of Cacophony has been published in the iconic punk fanzine, Razorcake. Sophia regurarly sells their comics and zines at local zine fests, including LA Zine Fest, Long Beach Zine Fest, and OC Zine Fest.