Ashanti Fortson is an award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, color designer, 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. Their work has been published by Bitch Magazine, DC Comics, Abrams Books, The New York Times, Longreads, and more. They’re currently working on their debut graphic novel, CRESS & PETRA, out from HarperCollins in 2023, and they teach comics and illustration on the side. They're the spider-saving sort.