Sarula Bao is a Chinese-American illustrator and graphic novelist based in Brooklyn. She graduated from RISD in 2016 and published a graphic novel, Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution in 2017. In addition to being a tech at the risoLAB she also currently works as an instructor at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and Exploring the Arts, as well as a graphic novel project manager/visual consultant. Her work explores Chinese culture and queerness through a 2nd generation American experience.
She has been featured in the Makers Series by the W.O.W Project, Eater SF, It’s Nice That, Our Place, Colossal, Childish Books, Beyond Chinatown, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Jadaliyya and worked with clients such as Anthropology News, Buzzfeed News, AirBNB, Slate Magazine, Document Journal, Chronicle Books, Guernica Magazine, Narratively, Lenny Letter, The New York Times, Splice, Our Place, Think Chinatown and Good Good Eatz.
'Fresh Gear' - Cover for The New Yorker Magazine, March 27th, 2023