Zach Hazard Vaupen (sometimes known as Emo Sludge) b. 1987 is an artist based in New York, working on comics, illustrations, and fine art prints. He particularly enjoys doing work that experiments with digital and physical processes as well as both 2D and 3D workflows—while generally maintaining a narrative based approach, and prefers working with themes that relate to social issues, technology, politics, psychology-- and more broadly: horror and sci-fi.
He’s been fortunate to work on many great indie table top RPGs including: Mothership, Liminal Horror, Fallen, ECOPUNK 2044, Crapland, and more!
Since graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2010, his comics have been published by numerous institutions both in the U.S. and abroad, while also exhibiting art both locally and internationally.
He lives in Queens with his wife and his cat (Fanchette).
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Clients include: Tuesday Knight Games, Orbital Intelligence, The Fullbright Company, Retrofit Comics, Politico Europe, The Baffler, VICE, BOOM! Studios, Protean Magazine
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- What The Heck Is A “Combed Clap Of Thunder” ? (Mar 2018):
- Interview on Inkstuds (Jan 2018): http://
- Page 45 on Combed Clap of Thunder (Nov 2017): https://www.page45.com/store/Combed-Clap-Of-Thunder.html
- Broken Frontier Staff Pick (Nov 2017): http://www.brokenfrontier.com/best-wishes-paul-chadwick-melanie-gillman-coyotes/
- The Brooklyn Paper on ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ Group Show (Feb 2015): https://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/38/7/24-she-blinded-me-with-science-2015-02-13-bk_38_7.html
- The Tiny Report on Pearlescent Gray (July 2014): https://thetinyreport.com/2014/07/04/pearlescent-gray-pt-1-by-zach-hazard-vaupen/
- CBR on Insect Bath #1 (Feb 2014): https://www.cbr.com/insect-bath-1/
- The Comics Journal, This Week In Comics (Nov 2013): https://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-111313-two-from-cab/
- Letter to Meathaus (May 2010): http://meathaus.com/2010/05/06/letter-to-meathaus-zach-hazard/
- Are You A Serious Comic Book Reader? (Nov 2008): http://comicsforserious.blogspot.com/2008/11/looking-out-for-little-guy-wigger.html
- Dark Skies Group Show - Pony Club Gallery - Portland, OR - Nov 2017
- Black Rabbit Barbershop/Bushwick Open Studios Solo Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY - Sept 2017
- She Blinded Me With Science Group Show - Gowanus Print Lab - Brooklyn, NY - Feb 2015
- The Tortured Page Group Show - Current Gallery - Baltimore, MD - Mar 2013
- Freak Scene Group Show - Synchronicity - Los Angeles, CA - Summer 2012