Born in England, Sue Coe studied at the Royal College of Art in London. She came to the United States in 1972 and began work as an illustrator for the op-ed page of The New York Times. Since then she has contributed her drawings to The Nation, Entertainment Weekly, The Progressive, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Artforum, among other publications, as well as authoring four books.
Sue Coe uses her work to bring awareness to factory farming, capitalism, and social injustice. Having grown up across from a slaughterhouse, Coe developed a passion to stop cruelty to animals and she often sells prints to benefit animal rights organizations.