Sophie Campbell is an American graphic novel author, formerly known as Ross Campbell. A transgender woman, she publicly changed her name to Sophia/Sophie in March 2015. Struggles with sexuality, body type and gender have been recurring themes in her work work prior to the transition. Campbell's main characters are generally adolescent or young adult women, who are outsiders because of their race, body types, sexual orientation or abilities, while the stories are often interwoven with fantasy elements.
She was born as Ross Campbell in Rochester, New York. She studied sequential art at the Savannah College of Art and Design and remained in Savannah, Georgia, after completing her studies. She began her career in indie comics with Oni Press. Campbell's first work was 'Too Much Hopeless Savages!' (2003) in cooperation with Christine Norrie. It was a mini-series spin-off of Jen van Meter's 'Hopeless Savages' series, about a couple of old skool punks and their children. With Antony Johnston, she subsequently made the graphic novel was 'Spooked' (2004), a gothic horror/psychodrama about a successful indie painter who gets her inspiration from the ghosts in her head. In 2006, Campbell published the first installment of 'Wet Moon', a graphic novel series about an insecure gothic teenager. Also published by Oni Press, 'Wet Moon' established Campbell as a graphic novelist with a strong sense for character development.
Campbell has since created new graphic novels like 'The Abandoned' (Topyopop, 2006) and 'Water Baby' (Minx, 2008), as well as the self-published comic book project 'Mountain Girl' (2006-2008). 'Shadoweyes' (2010) and 'Shadoweyes in Love' (2011) with Slave Labor Graphics form a new fantasy graphic novel series about young-adults in a fictional town. Besides her indie work, Campbell revived Rob Liefeld's superhero 'Glory' with Joe Keatinge' for Image Comics in 2012, drawn a couple of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle' mini-series for IDW (2012-2014), and has furthermore been a contributing artist to horror comic books like 'House of Mystery' (Vertigo, 2008) and 'Hack/Slash' (Image, 2008-2009). Since 2015, Campbell is a regular artist for the IDW comic book series 'Jem and the Holograms'. Together with writer Kelly Thompson, she transformed the 1980s TV cartoon property into a LGBT-friendly comic book series.
On 6 March 2015, Campbell announced on her social media channels: "deep breath okay here goes. time to stop hiding, now's the time. i'm transgender and have been transitioning for the past year." Although the artist thanked her family and fans for their support, the change of her Wikipedia-entry from Ross to Sophie Campbell went back and forth because of differing opinions between contributors and moderators. Her publisher IDW was supportive enough to reprint older editions of Campbell's work with her new name on it.