Sasha Matthews speaking to NYC Women’s March audience
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Cartoonist, Activist, 9th Grader
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Sasha Matthews with Pyramid Gang makeup
Sasha Matthews is a cartoonist, activist, and 9th grader. She is known for her “Everyday Superheroes” ACLU fundraiser, her work on Microsoft’s “3D Holiday” campaign, and as a guest on NBC’s “Little Big Shots.” Her commentary has been published by The Nation, Boing Boing, Hyperallergic, and The Mary Sue. Scholastic revised the participation terms for its national Art and Writing Awards in response to her advocacy. When she was in 2nd grade, HBO animated her brief history of the universe. Sasha’s mix of cartooning and activism has been recognized by Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Crain’s “20 Under 20,” the New York City Council, US Senator Kamala Harris, and former First Lady Michelle Obama. She has been a speaker at the NYC Women’s March, ACLU’s Membership Conference, the United Nations Girl Up Summit, and the Clara Lemlich Awards at the Museum of the City of New York. Four of her self-published comics are available from local bookstores and online.

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Conversation with Senator Kamala Harris
Sasha Matthews in conversation with Senator Kamala Harris. Playlist of eight videos.
Put yourself out there, the people have the power!
An eight-part series (the first four clips are up now, more coming soon) in which U.S. Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris sits down in conversation with cartoonist/activist/9th-grader Sasha Matthews. Topics range from their shared interest in superheroes, to their respective ‘origin stories,’ to ways we can all make the world a better place. Produced by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.
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Kamala Harris reading Superheroes are Everywhere to Sasha Matthews
Kamala Harris reading Superheroes are Everywhere to Sasha Matthews
Sasha’s Work with ACLU
Sasha Matthews Everyday Superheroes book launch with R Sikoryak at Book Culture
Everyday Superheroes book launch
Sasha became an advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union in early 2017. Her first project was a yearlong fundraiser she called “Everyday Superheroes” which collected over $11,000. Her comic explaining ACLU’s class action “Ms. L v. ICE” was published by The Nation. She has spoken at ACLU’s Membership Conference, NYC’s Women’s March, and on a panel alongisde ACLU President Susan Herman at the United Nation’s Girl’s Up Summit.
The Case of Ms. L v. ICE
Four-page comic published by The Nation about “Ms. L v. ICE,” ACLU’s class action lawsuit to end the Trump administration’s mirgant family separaction policy. Here’s a list of immigration attorneys and law professors who helped me make this comic accurate -- I’m really glad to have a chance to thank them:
Andrea Freeman -- Constitutional Law Professor, University of Hawaii Law School
Joanne Gottesman -- Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic at Rutgers Law School
Everybody has the power to make the world a better place
Everyday Superheroes started off as a fundraiser for ACLU. The idea was to draw real people doing what they love in life, but in the form of a superhero. In the end Sasha collected exactly $11,635.83 for ACLU. Read more on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. The comic book version collects 48 of Sasha’s favorites, including:
ACLU iconACLU Twitter icon
American Civil Liberties Union
“We’re honored Sasha uses her talent to help support our work.”
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US Senator, California
“This girl proves you don’t need powers to be a superhero.”
Sasha Matthews: Everyday SuperheroPaul Southworth: Everyday SuperheroSami Ali: Everyday SuperheroCoe Family: Everyday SuperheroesChacho: Everyday SuperheroJay Rohrlich: Everyday SuperheroOrsola De Marco: Everyday SuperheroSuma Villanueva: Everyday SuperheroLarry Garber: Everyday SuperheroRose Wallace: Everyday SuperheroOlivia Kahn-FitzGerald and Xtra Chezz: Everyday SuperheroesDavid Auten: Everyday SuperheroCris Taylor: Everyday SuperheroApril Frederick and Ghisallo and Paloma: Everyday SuperheroesDavid Goldstein: Everyday SuperheroBobby Kasthuri: Everyday SuperheroMary Carmichael: Everyday SuperheroBryan Sheppard: Everyday SuperheroKatherine Snelson: Everyday SuperheroDavid Murphy and Lita: Everyday SuperheroesBill Plevan: Everyday SuperheroSteve Marmel and Lovey and Lambeau: Everyday SuperheroesGail Campbell: Everyday SuperheroSteve and Cynthia Harmon: Everyday Superheroes
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Everyday Superheroes comic book coverThe Life of Steve Harvey comic book coverPompeii: Lost and Found comic book coverSitting Bull: A Life Story comic book cover
Recognition for Everyday Superheroes
Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
Huffington Post
“ACLU told HuffPost that Sasha is proof that anyone can help fight for others’ rights. ‘We love this project because it shows that everyone has a role to play in fighting for our rights, not just lawyers who work at the ACLU.’”
The Voter Project Podcast
West Side Rag
DNAinfo
Ashton Kutcher’s A Plus
West Side Rag
“Sasha described the thinking behind her project: ‘I think a lot of people feel a little bit powerless. The point is to make people feel empowered. Everyone has something that makes them special, even if it seems ordinary.’”
Little Big Shots & Steve Harvey
Highlight from Little Big Shots
Out of the blue!
Sasha was invited to be the first artist/author guest on NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” the #1 show on Sunday with an audience of 10-12 million. She decided to research and write a new biographical comic about the show’s host, Steve Harvey, telling a fun story about overcoming adversity to find your true life calling.
Sasha Matthews backstage on the set of Little Big Shots
Backstage on the set of Little Big Shots
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Everyday Superheroes comic book coverThe Life of Steve Harvey comic book coverPompeii: Lost and Found comic book coverSitting Bull: A Life Story comic book cover
Activism & Political Cartooning
Published work
Sasha’s editorial cartoons and writing—on subjects ranging from social justice, to creative rights, to gun policy—have been published by Hyperallergic, Boing Boing, The Mary Sue, and Danish newspaper Politken. Scholastic announced they would amend their Art & Writing Awards (see: Hyperallergic, AM New York) after reading Sasha’s essay on Boing Boing.
AM New York: Sasha Matthews defends creative rights
Sasha Matthews cartoon: An NRA dream come true (armed teacher and children)
Trump: I am a STABLE genius (with migrant children locked in a stable). Melainia: I really don't care, do you?
Hyperallergic
Following the news, the outspoken cartoonist and activist Sasha Matthews shared her comic with Hyperallergic.
The Mary Sue
Sasha Matthews, The Mary Sue’s favorite cartoonist, is an eighth-grader who uses her artwork to make a social impact. Now Sasha is wielding her pen to highlight the crisis of family separation at the border that has come about because of the Trump administration’s inhumane actions.
The Mary Sue
The strange saga of how Sasha rose to the defense of Marvel Comics, and wound up winning the support of a conservative media pundit.
Hyperallergic
The Mary Sue
Boing Boing
Hyperallergic
AM New York
Public speaking
Sasha was a speaker at the 2018 ACLU Conference held in Washington, DC and a panelist at the 2018 Nasty Women Unite Fest held in NYC. At the 2018 NYC Women’s March, Sasha shared the stage with New York State governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. At the Girl Up Summit (a United Nations campaign) she sat for a panel discussion with ACLU president Susan Herman. Sasha introduced 2018 and 2017 honorees at the Clara Lemlich Awards held at the Museum of the City of New York.
ACLU Conference, Washington, DC
Sasha Matthews at the Nasty Women Unite Fest
Nasty Women Unite Fest, NYC
Sasha Matthews speaking at NYC Women’s March podium
NYC Women’s March
Sasha Matthews speaking to NYC Women’s March audience
NYC Women’s March
Girl Up Summit panel discussion with ACLU president Susan Herman and Sasha Matthews
Girl Up with ACLU president Susan Herman
Sasha Matthews speaking at the 2018 Clara Lemlich Awards at the Museum of the City of New York
2018 Clara Lemlich Awards
2017 Clara Lemlich Awards honoree Ingrid Frank with husband George Richardson and Sasha Matthews
2017 Lemlich honoree Ingrid Frank and husband George Richardson
2017 Clara Lemlich Awards
Early environmental activism
“Saving My Tomorrow” is an HBO series about kids and environmentalism, produced with the American Museum of Natural History. Sasha was taking an after-school program at the museum, which is how she wound up meeting HBO. Here’s Sasha’s brief history of everything, as animated by HBO:
Microsoft 3D Holiday
Microsoft’s 2017/2018 holiday commercial
Using art to make the world a better place
Microsoft modeled their 2017/18 holiday campaign on Sasha. Here’s how they described it:

Microsoft’s new spot, 3D Holiday, is an animated story about the power of creativity, kindness and inclusion. The spot tells the story of a young girl who goes on an imaginary 3D adventure through space where she and “Gabe the Yeti” encounter various characters who need a little love and support—which they and their friends readily provide—culminating in a holiday celebration for all. A magical transition then takes us from the stars to a live action scene where we see the hero of our story, Sasha, on her Surface Book imagining the whole story.

The spot encourages everyone to use their creativity to create a better, more inclusive world and gives a nod to the holiday season as a time for compassion and coming together.

Read more about it on Adweek...

Microsoft 3D Holiday animated characters: 2D Sasha, 3D Sasha (alongside flesh-and-bones Sasha)
2D Sasha, 3D Sasha, flesh-and-bones Sasha
Sasha Matthews on the Microsoft 3D Holiday set with director Roman Coppola
On the set with director Roman Coppola
Awards & Recognition
Receiving New York City Council Citation
Citation from the New York City Council
Sasha received a citation from the New York City Council in recognition of her Everyday Superheroes ACLU fundraiser.
Sasha Matthews receiving a New York City Council Citation from councilmen Mark Levine and Bill Perkins
Crain’s 20 Under 20
Crain’s Magazine included Sasha in their “20 Under 20” roundup for 2017. It was especially fun to visit their offices for an official photoshoot.
Crain’s 20 Under 20 cover (including Sasha Matthews)
Sasha Matthews having fun during the Crain’s 20 Under 20 photoshoot
Having fun during the photoshoot
Cartooning Workshop
A stellar fun day!
Sasha was invited to run a cartooning workshop at PS/MS 200Q, a public school in Queens, New York City. She spent an afternoon making presentations, taking questions, and coaching other students to express their own comic ideas.
Sasha Matthews cartooning workshop: school principal holding Sasha’s Pompeii comic
Sasha Matthews cartooning workshop: helping a student
Sasha Matthews cartooning workshop: classroom with hand raised
Sasha Matthews cartooning workshop: helping a student
Sasha Matthews cartooning workshop: kids reading and pointing at a panel from Sasha’s Sitting Bull comic
Sasha Matthews cartooning workshop: student reading Sasha’s Steve Harvey comic
The Origin Story
Early interview with Tech Times
Sitting Bull: A Life Story
Sasha’s first self-published comic “Sitting Bull: A Life Story” started off as an extra credit project in her New York City 5th grade public school classroom. She first set up shop in her building lobby, and then introduced herself to the owner of a local bookstore, Book Culture.
Sasha Matthews selling her Sitting Bull comic at her first comic book stand
Pompeii: Lost and Found
Having completed Sitting Bull, Sasha now felt she had to prove she could do it again. She browsed her favorite history book, and came across the story of Pompeii. Sasha’s second self-published comic, “Pompeii: Lost and Found,” was introduced at an event at Book Culture in New York City. She co-presented alongside George O’Connor, author of the “Olympians” series.
Sasha Matthews Pompeii book launch with George O’Connor at Book Culture
Collect ’em all!
Sasha’s comics are shipped directly from our friendly neighborhood bookstore. See here for details...
Everyday Superheroes comic book coverThe Life of Steve Harvey comic book coverPompeii: Lost and Found comic book coverSitting Bull: A Life Story comic book cover
Reaction to Sasha’s early work
Tech Times
Women Write About Comics
“Matthews captures all the important details, balancing word and image with a skill well beyond her years. Her vivid colours choices, expressive faces, use of texture, action panels, dialogue, and concise narration all combine to create a story that is inspirational in both its subject matter and its composition.”
Book Culture
DNAinfo
(Archived audio here.)
Massimo Osanna, Head of Archaeology at Pompeii
“In a short story you concentrated the history of an ancient Roman city with some of its most common habits (the baths, the games at the amphitheater, the daily life at the cafes, the golden objects), the tragedy of the eruption and the rediscovering of the city in modern times. I was very surprised by your ability in presenting the story through flash backs to the past and connections to real time.”
Mark Frauenfelder, Editor Boing Boing
“Incredible! I’ve seen sample childhood comic book art from great artists (like R. Crumb) and she is better at age 10 than they were.”
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