Ashanti Fortson

is creating comics and illustrations

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About

Hi! I’m Ashanti. I’m a queer disabled Afro-Mexican cartoonist, illustrator, editor, and professor. My work primarily explores questions of connection – with the self, with others, and with the world – particularly in the context of fantasy and sci-fi. I also love comic essays. Much of my work is available to view for free on my website or available for free/pay-what-you-want here.

I’m currently working on my debut graphic novel, Cress & Petra, out from HarperCollins in 2023. It follows the friendship between a nonbinary, undiagnosed autistic teenager and a curious android trying to define herself, as they both navigate the complexities of what it means to be a person. It pulls significantly from my own experiences as an autistic person, as a queer person, and as a person of color.

The reason I’m starting up my Patreon page again is because, frankly, supporting myself as a freelancer is hard! My teaching income is stable as long as I’m teaching, but it’s small. There are lots of comic projects that I would love to start or return to (looking at you, Galanthus), but having bills to pay means having to take on other work. My hope is that any support I receive here on Patreon can help me focus on the work I really want to make, and in return I can share a lot of behind-the-scenes content with my patrons. :) 

That content would be from:
 Cress & Petra
 Galanthus (when I can get back to making it)
✦ My assortment of future graphic novel pitches
✦ Personal work – autobio comics, essay comics, zines, illustrations, etc.
✦ Other freelance comics/illustration projects

If you want to support my work but can’t do so as a monthly patron, please check out my Ko-fi page! 

Thank you so much. <3

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$84.76 of $100 per month
This is how much I pay monthly for groceries! Thanks for helping me eat lots of vegetables. If this goal is reached, I’ll start making monthly phone wallpapers for the $3 and $5 tiers.
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7
Writings
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Videos

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