Sammy Harkham was born in Los Angeles on May 21st 1980. 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.
He is the editor of Kramers Ergot, a zine he started in high school which has evolved into one of the most highly influential comics anthologies being published today. 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, published initially by Drawn & Quarterly and is currently self published. Everything Together, his first collection of comics, won The Los Angeles Book Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year.
His freelance work as an editor, art director, cartoonist, and illustrator has had him employed with Absolut Vodka, HBO, Paper Magazine, Vice, New York Times, Katy Perry Productions, 20th Century Fox, and Super Deluxe among others.