Portrait of Sam Wallman

Sam Wallman

Sam Wallman is a comics-journalist, cartoonist and organiser based in Melbourne, Australia. His drawings have been published in places like the GuardianNew York Times, ABC and SBS.

In 2016 he visited the United States to draw everyday people's responses to the presidential election for Australian, Italian and American media outlets.

He was previously Art Editor for Overland journal, and is currently a contributing editor to the publication. He has edited and published some books, including Fluid Prejudice, an anthology of comics and cartoons focussing on marginalised Australian histories, and If We All Spat at Once They'd Drown: Drawings About Class.

Sam is a committed unionist, having worked as an organiser for the National Union of Workers, and a delegate on the shop floor prior to that. He has drawn cartoons for dozens of trade unions and worker organisations around the world, and currently works out of a studio in the Melbourne Trades Hall, the oldest union building in the world.

Three of his pieces of long-form comics-journalism have been nominated for Walkley journalism awards, including 'Winding Up the Window: The end of the Australian auto industry' and 'A Guard's Story: At work in our detention centres', which won the 2014 Human Rights Award in the media category.

Sam has presented work at Melbourne Writers Festival, Sydney Opera House, Dark Mofo, Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria and Italy's Internazionale Journalism Festival.

Illustration: Sam Wallman