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.

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, Medium, and My Kid Is Gay. Currently available for freelance illustration work; please contact them at Please direct publishing inquiries to Susan Graham (

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