Sophia Zarders (she/her & they/them) is an illustrator, comic artist, and pop culture queen based in Long Beach, California.
Sophia's editorial work has been published by magazines around the globe, including The Nation, Zora, and the Socialist Review. Their monthly comic "Our Lady of Cacophony" is featured in the legendary punk magazine, Razorcake. Their work was recently selected for Notes From the Bathroom Line, a Harper Collins book about women and trans comedians. Numerous grassroots organizations and non profits have commissioned Sophia for empowering posters and public art, including the Arts Council of Long Beach, the LA County Office of Education, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Forward Together. Their billboard design commissioned by SaveArtSpace was recently erected in two locations in West Los Angeles.
Sophia has self-published many comics and "zines", which are sold at LA Zine Fest, Comic Arts LA, and other local zine festivals.
Their drawings and paintings have been exhibited in galleries around the world, most notably Somos Gallery in Berlin and Haight Street Art Center in San Francisco.
Sophia's work often explores race, gender, and pop culture. They're influenced by religious iconography, art history, cult films, social activism and divas.