sam wallman is a comics-journalist, cartoonist and organiser based in melbourne, australia.


his drawings have been published in places like the guardian, the new york times, the 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 hall 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 the melbourne writers festival, the sydney opera house, dark mofo, the tasmania museum and art gallery, the national gallery of victoria and italy's internazionale journalism festival.

he has produced animated work for the victorian AIDS council, the australian council of trade unions, mental health organisations and la trobe university's department of gender, sexuality and diversity. he has drawn for progressive think-tanks like the lowy institute and the center for economic and policy research in the US.

he is currently developing large-scale murals and banners for the trade union movement, alongside his first book-length comic, to be published in 2020 by Scribe Publications.

he is always trying to imagine what the contemporary symbol for the top hat might be.

photo by elywn murray thanku elwyn

photo by elywn murray thanku elwyn