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, and psychology.

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 comics and prints both in the States and abroad. 

He lives in Queens with his wife and his cat (Fanchette).


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Clients include: Politico Europe, The Baffler, VICE, BOOM! Studios, Protean Magazine, The Fullbright Company

Selected Press

Selected Exhibitions

  • 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
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