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· It’s Nice That

· Broken Frontier

· The Rise of Riso


Powerful line work sits side-by-side with a strong stance on social issues in the work of Cat Sims, making her one to watch on the UK’s illustration scene.

As a freelance illustrator for over ten years‚ Cat’s selected clients include: Jacobin, Tribune, V&A, Barbican, Advertising Age, Sisters Uncut and STRIKE! Magazine.

Cat’s work has been exhibited at Somerset House, Peckham Pelican, South London Comic and Zine Fair, and her latest comic XENOS won Broken Frontier’s ‘Comic of the Festival’ at ELCAF, 2018.


Cat is represented by Illustration Ltd.

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BLACK MATTER


BLACK MATTER is a story concerning the metamorphosis of a lonely young woman over the course of an evening, as she travels through her gloomy neighbourhood.

In the work, Cat Sims invokes a classic Zombie narrative, yet one that she employs in the service of psychogeography. She withholds the cause of her protagonist's infection and eventual transformation, instead, the work offers a series of deadly clues which point to a plurality of 
external causes; the built environment and the vast inequalities in wealth - drawn in her cityscapes, the pulsating  presence of social media/dating apps, and strange and mysterious designer drugs. 
Many of the panels were sketched on Sims' walks around her own borough of SW8. Over a two-year period she documented the vast transformation of this area. These original sketches were then reworked to compose BLACK MATTER, themselves transformed, they now exist somewhere between social record and horror fiction.



Black Matter © Cat Sims 2017

Black Matter on sale at Schikkimikki Zine Distro and Library, Neukölln, Berlin.
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JACOBIN, Issue 31





© Cat Sims 2018

Cover art and glossary illustration for issue 31 of Jacobin, ‘Breaking Bank’. jacobinmag.com/issue/breaking-bank


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TRIBUNE, Issue 3




© Cat Sims 2019

Three editorial illustrations for Dawn Foster’s article on the scandal of child poverty in Britain. 


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DOPE Magazine



© Cat Sims 2018

Full page comic strip to accompany an article on 'Bang Up and Smash' - an overview of womens' prisons in the UK, and a political analysis of their physical and ideological construction - for the first edition of DOPE magazine.

Very little has been written about women’s prisons, especially in the UK, and most discourse is either patronising and gendered or detached and academic. ‘Bang Up and Smash’ aims to break with this, and put an anarchist critique at the heart of the discussion around prison. Jail and the prison society is pervasive in our culture, yet these institutions (and those that feed them) remain shrouded in mystery for many people.



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XENOS: At the Edge of Life




© Cat Sims 2018
Printed in Berlin by Drucken 3000

Sims’ newest comic about environmental collapse — triggered through the human transformation of the natural world — Xenos: At The Edge of Life debuted at this year’s ELCAF. The book comprises a series of disaster scenarios divided into five sections, some set in the near future, others in the near past, which might nevertheless be a possible future. The work presents ideas surrounding waste, industrialised farming, viral mutation and infection in exploding visuals in visceral and intricate fluorescent yellow and black graphics.  - STACK X ELCAF’s ‘10 Comics Everyone Should Read ‘
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