Sabba Khan is a born and bred East Londoner. Originally trained as an architect at Central Saint Martins and The University of Westminster, Sabba frames her minimal architectural comics through the lived experience of her working class, second generation immigrant upbringing.

Sabba’s debut graphic novel ‘The Roles We Play’ has won the Jhalak Prize ’22, and Broken Frontier’s Break Out Talent ’22. Nominations include the Ignatz prize, Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize, British Book Design Awards and AOI’s World Illustrations Awards, as well as being nominated for best books of 2021 in the Guardian. Collaborators for Khan’s comics work include The British Council, SOAS, NHS, London Borough of Newham, JCWI and The British Library. The Roles We Play is available in the US under the title ‘What is Home, Mum?’.  

Sabba Khan is co-director of Khan Bonshek, an architectural practice set up by her and her partner in Stratford, London, where both are completing the final stages of their self-build home. She is also an Associate Lecturer at Chelsea School of Art. 

Sabba is a member of A-N Artists, The Association of Illustrators and The Society of Authors. 


+ Jhalak Prize Winner

+ Chapter Reading on Youtube for Jhalak Prize

+ Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize Longlist

+ World Illustration Awards Longlist

+ Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

+ Publisher’s Weekly Chapter Excerpt

+ Its Nice That Feature

+ The Guardian’s top Graphic Novels of 2021

+ My first fan art from incredible artist Baljinder Kaur

+ Ignatz Nomination for Outstanding Graphic Novel US Edition 2022


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