Ally Shwed is a cartoonist, writer, and editor from New Jersey. She received her MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art & Design and has worked with The Boston Globe, The Nib, First Second Books, and Lion Forge Comics. Together with artist Gerardo Alba, she runs Little Red Bird Press, a visual arts studio specializing in comics and printmaking.
In 2017, Ally concluded a visiting professorship at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Querétaro, México, where she spearheaded a program in sequential art studies. Later that year, she 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 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 (First Second, September 2020) and Votes for Women, a comic anthology celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment (Little Red Bird, August 2020).
She currently lives in Belmar, New Jersey, and when she's not creating editorial cartoons, she enjoys drawing cats.