Ellen Sharp was born and raised in the southeastern United States but left that area as soon as she could. Since then she's lived in a lot of places, including Austin, Iowa City, and Seattle in the states, as well as in South Korea and Nicaragua. The early/mid-90s wave of alternative comics first made her interested in comics; and influences like Renee French's 'Grit Bath' and Julie Doucet's 'Dirty Plotte' made her realize that making comics was definitely something she wanted to do.
Much of Ellen's work is inspired by the bizarre folklore she's encountered abroad, and has featured women who give birth to rats, men who sleep with centipedes, princesses who marry pigs, and monkey witches who puke out their souls.
Currently Sharp lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she's just completed a collection of Nicaraguan folklore and started an adaptation of the Popul Vuh, the human sacrifice-obsessed holy book of the ancient Mayans. Her work can be found in the literary journal Fence (stories like 'Centipede Girl'), on the site of USS Catastrophe (see her Korean folk tale, 'Nails') as well as on her old website, Lubricity Comics.