Ashanti Fortson is a cartoonist, illustrator, editor, and professor with a deep love for kind stories and fantastical settings.
Their work explores transience and reflection through a tenderhearted lens, and a good comic essay will always brighten their day.
They're the spider-saving sort.

Their debut graphic novel, Cress & Petra, will be published by HarperCollins in 2023.

• DC Comics, Wonder Women of History“Judith Heumann” written by Marieke Nijkamp and lettered by Janice Chiang (2020)
• Bitch Magazine, Issue #87: Fantasy“Capturing Comfort in the Time of Instagram” (2020)
Valor: Cups | Fairylogue Press – “A Castle of Thorns” (2020)
Wayward Kindred | TO Comix – Assistant Editor (2020)
ZEAL – “Through Whose Eyes” (2019)
• POMEmag – “Before Our Time Is Up” (2018)
• Heartwood: Non-binary Tales of Sylvan Fantasy | Power & Magic Press – “Morel Support” (2018)
Valor: Wands | Fairylogue Press – “Spell It Out” (2018)
• ZEAL – "This Feeling of Comfort" (2018)
The Sun and the Wayward Wind | Dandelion Wine Collective – "Heritage" (2018)
• The Nib – "I'm Not A Robot" (2017)
Tabula Idem: A Queer Tarot Comic Anthology | Fortuna Media – "Homeward" (2017)
Dirty Diamonds #7: Imagination – "A Normal Life" (2015)

Spacetime Heals All Wounds: A review of Ashanti Fortson’s smallness
SPX Preview: ‘smallness’ Tells a Big Story About Being Human
Wow! Webcomics! Review: Galanthus by Ashanti Fortson
You Should be Reading: Ashanti Fortson's GALANTHUS
Eight Comics To Help Cure Your STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Hangover
ComicsAlliance Weekender

Clients include Abrams Books, The New York Times, Medium, Bitch Media, and more.  
For freelance inquiries, you can reach them at
Please direct publishing inquiries to Susan Graham (

They can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.
All works are © Ashanti Fortson.