Sarah Winifred Searle headshot

About SWS

I’m a writer, illustrator, and cartoonist from spooky New England, currently based in sunny Boorloo* (Perth, Australia).

Clients include: First Second (Macmillan), Penguin, HarperCollins, Dark Horse, IDW, BOOM! Studios, Iron Circus Comics, Oni Press, Harvard University, the Boston Public Library, the Onion/A.V. Club, Kazoo magazine.

Honors include: winner of three silver Comic Arts Awards of Australia, Outstanding Story Ignatz Award nominee, Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize shortlist, contributor to Eisner-winning anthologies and NYT bestselling books.


Email me at and subscribe to my monthly-ish newsletter. Socials and more are on my links page.

You can find my press kit with current bios, head shots, and book covers here. View my CV here.

I am represented by Jennifer Linnan of Linnan Literary Management, LLC.

Selected Press

The Greatest Thing is a love letter to gay teens and queer zines, Women Write About Comics

ALA Over the Rainbow top 10 books for 2022, American Library Association

The Greatest Thing review, Kirkus Reviews

Patience & Esther review, Publishers Weekly

Sincerely, Harriet starred review, Kirkus Reviews

Sincerely, Harriet review, Publishers Weekly

Summer is misery for an isolated teen in this Sincerely Harriet exclusive, the A.V. Club

Sincerely, Harriet cartoonist Sarah Winifred Searle talks old buildings & intersectionality, Paste Magazine

Cover reveal & interview: Sarah Winifred Searle’s Sincerely, Harriet, Women Write About Comics

The 2018 Cartoonist Studio Prize shortlists, Slate

You’re gonna love Sarah Winifred Searle’s bisexual graphic novel, Autostraddle

Sarah W. Searle announces her new coming-of-age graphic novel, the A.V. Club

Comic artist explains how to draw a steamy scene, Huffington Post (adult content)

Preview a villainous comic with Vertoscope, Entertainment Weekly

Upcoming Appearances

Perth Festival Writers Weekend
25-26 February, Fremantle Arts Centre
Graphic Novelists
It’s Complicated: Writing for Kids

Perth Comic Arts Festival
Academy day: 29 July, State Library of WA
Festival day: 30 July, WA Museum Boola Bardip

More 2023 appearances pending, I will add them here as they are finalized.

If you’d like to have me at an event, I’d love to hear from you! I live in Western Australia and am available for travel. See general author visit information here.


Commission information here.

*I live and work on unceded Whadjuk Noongar country. I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land, and I pay my respects to them and their Elders past and present.