Sacha Mardou was born in Macclesfield in 1975 and grew up in Manchester, England. She began making comics after graduation from the University of Wales where she got a BA in English Literature. Her mini-comics include Manhole, Anaïs in Paris and editing the all-girl anthology, Whores of Mensa.
She married the cartoonist Ted May in 2006 and has lived in St Louis, Missouri ever since. They have a small daughter and a portly cat.
Her influences include 1960s cinema, writers like Francoise Sagan and Sylvia Plath, the animated series Daria and music from the 90s. If you like that stuff too, you might like her comics. Maybe.
Sky in Stereo is her first graphic novel.
The Village Voice's
15 Most Outstanding
Comics of 2015
...and shortlisted for the
Studio Prize 2016
Sky in Stereo (Revival House Press, $18) begins with fourteen-year-old Iris going to Jehovah's Witness meetings and then follows the teen as Jean-Paul Sartre novels, jobs, boys, and drugs replace the Bible in her life.
Although artist/writer Mardou uses simple cartoon contours, Iris's meandering acid trip convinces as a consciousness-altering journey: "This is Heaven.... I must be good inside. Righteous, even. Otherwise this is not the sky I'd see, right?" That anxious doubt is confirmed when the final doors that are opened are not ones of perception but of a police car, leaving readers truly curious about what will happen in the next installment.