Sunmi is a cartoonist and illustrator based in what is known as Baltimore, Maryland, on the occupied land of the Piscataway people. Their work explores themes of emotional distance and fantastical femininity, within a framework of queer and Korean diasporic identity, history, and mythology. Their debut YA graphic novel “Firebird,” which follows these threads, will be published with HarperCollins in 2023.

For freelance work and commission inquiries, or to purchase art that isn't listed on their online stores, please contact them at

For book projects, please contact their agent Susan Graham from Einstein Literary Management at

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Strange Horizons | Artist Interview: Sunmi
CIty Lit | Baltimore AAPI Writer's Spotlight: Sunmi
Solrad | Fantastical Femininity - Sam Nakahira Interviews Sunmi
AAWW | Folds and Staples: When DIY Publishing Makes A Community  
All images (c) Sunmi 2021