POW! It's Rumble Comics!By Sasha Harmon Matthews
About the Author:
I self-published my first comic, Sitting Bull, when I was in 5th grade at a public school in New York City. When I have free time and I'm not working on a comic, I like to read or draw. My favorite comics, which inspired both of my comics so far, are X-Men and Calvin and Hobbes. I hope when other kids read my comics, they will be inspired to find what they're interested in and become great at it.
Press & Praise:
"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."
– Mark Fraunfelder, Editor Boing Boing
"I was very, very impressed with [Sasha's] comic, both the art and the writing. Heck, I liked the whole thing. I fully expect to see many more great things from [her] in the future."
– George O'Connor, Author "Olympians" Series
"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.
But above all what I consider most surprising is the contribution that you give to spread this knowledge through a kind of communication enable to reach even the most young people. Thank you so much and my warmest congratulations. I look forward to meeting you in Pompeii at the first good occasion to discover and breathe the real atmosphere of the site."
– Massimo Osanna, Head of Archaeology for Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia
"A splendid job researching and illustrating your story. Your drawings are delightful."
– SD Nelson, Author, Illustrator, Member Standing Rock Sioux
» Women Write About Comics: Eleven Year Old Sasha Matthews Could Teach You A Thing Or Two About Making Comics — "Matthews' translation of this historical figure's legacy into a comic book format is impressive, not only in its artistry, but in the information it provides in such a pithy, yet powerful way. 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. Her work gives credence to the notion of "less is more" and "show don't tell" when it comes to storytelling, yet it is clear that her work and research behind the scenes is quite thorough." Read more...
» Tech Times: Portrait Of A Comics Artist As A Young Girl: An Interview With Sasha Matthews — "Matthews is definitive when I ask her what she does: 'I'm a self-publisher,' she proclaims, adjusting her horn-rimmed glasses. She tucks a chin-length lock of hair behind her ear and tilts her head toward her right shoulder." Read more...
Watch Tech Times interview with Sasha:
» Book Culture: Interview with Sasha Matthews, author of "Sitting Bull: A Life Story" — "Last Friday, I had the chance to meet with writer Sasha Matthews at our 112th store for an exclusive interview on her debut comic book Sitting Bull: A Life Story. Sasha Matthews is ten years old, attends fifth grade at a public school on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, and loves reading and writing comic books. We talked for over a half-hour about how she came to write Sitting Bull, what it is about comic books that inspires her, her influences, and most of all, what she finds surprising and challenging about the comic-book writing process." Read more...
» West Side Rag: Local 10-Year-Old Publishes Book, Now For Sale At Book Culture — "There are tons of published authors on the Upper West Side, but most have already completed middle school. Ten-year-old Sasha Matthews is starting early, though - she's just 10 years old, and she's already got a book for sale." Read more...
» The Spirit: Fifth-Grader Draws From History — "Book Culture on Columbus Avenue has teapots and jam in its window, along with some children's books with cheerful covers. What catches a passer-by's eye, though, is the drawing of a wide-eyed Native American, his mouth turned downward." Read more...
» DNAinfo Podcast: Starting a Comic Book Empire at Age 10 — "Sasha Harmon Matthews, 10, had a very exciting spring. On a whim, her dad, Scott Matthews, emailed the comic book she designed for extra credit at school, 'Sitting Bull: A Life Story,' to the popular site Boing Boing. To their astonishment, the site decided to publish it in its entirety." Read more..
Listen to DNAinfo's interview with Sasha:
» One Word Long: Motivation and Starting Early — "I recommend taking a look at it, not necessarily because it's by a ten year old girl... The reason I like the comic is because Sasha has a really great handle on economic storytelling. She covers a lot of ground, an entire life story, with a sense of research and complete ideas in it." Read more...
» Bleeding Cool: Is Sasha Matthews The First Ten Year Old Proper Comic Book Publisher? — "Meticulously researched with actual books, Sasha Matthews' comics are now being sold in local book and comic stores." Read more...
» Duggal: Sasha Harmon Matthews - Not Your Average 10 Year Old — "Sasha Harmon Matthews isn't your average 10-year-old. Despite her age, she's already captivating New York's reading world with her graphic novel 'Sitting Bull: A Life Story.'" Read more...
» Fumettologica (Italian): Avere 10 anni, una casa editrice e 3 fumetti pubblicati — "Molti bambini coltivano il sogno di realizzare i propri fumetti, alcuni hanno la tenacia di farlo davvero, ma quasi nessuno se l'è visto pubblicare, men che meno commercializzare in libreria." Read more...
If you have any questions, ask my dad: his email is and his web site is turnstyle.com
Sasha Harmon Matthews
Putting the finishing touches on Pompeii
Event with George O'Connor
Front page of a local newspaper
Selling Sitting Bull in my lobby
Sitting Bull in the window of Book Culture
A batch of Pompeii hot off the press