Ally Shwed is a cartoonist, writer, and editor, originally from New Jersey. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art & Design and has worked with The Boston Globe, Topic, Jezebel, First Second Books, BOOM! Studios, and Lion Forge Comics. She regularly contributes to the comics journalism website The Nib, and together with artist Gerardo Alba, she runs Little Red Bird Press, a visual arts studio specializing in comics and printmaking.
She recently concluded a visiting professorship at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Querétaro, México, where she spearheaded a program in sequential art studies. In fall of 2017, Ally was selected as a Creator-in-Residence at the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, during which she published Little Red Bird’s comic anthology Blocked: Stories from the World of Online Dating. In 2018, she was selected as a Denver Independent Comics & Art Expo Fellow and was asked to be a featured contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Comic Book Studies.
Her current projects include a graphic novel adaptation of Fault Lines in the Constitution for First Second (Fall 2020) and a comic anthology celebrating the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (Little Red Bird Press, Spring 2020).
She currently splits her time between Querétaro and New Jersey, and when she's not creating editorial cartoons, she enjoys drawing cats.