Ashanti Fortson is an award-winning cartoonist, an illustrator, a comics editor, and an educator with a deep interest in difficult emotions, quiet moments, and the rifts and connections between human beings. Their work explores transience and reflection through a tenderhearted lens, and their love for color is a thread that runs through everything they make. A good comic essay will always brighten their day. Ashanti lives in Baltimore with their spouse, their cat Miss Cheese, and at least three pet rats at all times. They're the spider-saving sort.