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 recent projects include a graphic novel adaptation of Fault Lines in the Constitution (First Second Books) and Votes for Women (Little Red Bird Press), a comic anthology about the 19th Amendment, which was nominated for the 2021 Ringo Award for Best Anthology. She is currently finishing work on another graphic novel for First Second that examines democracy as a form of government.
She lives in Belmar, New Jersey, and when she's not creating editorial cartoons, she enjoys drawing cats.
Why the People (First Second, 2022)
Fault Lines in the Constitution (First Second, 2020)
Votes for Women (Little Red Bird Press, 2020)
Puerto Rico Strong (Lion Forge, 2018)
Sweaty Palms, Volume 2 (2018)
Dirty Diamonds #9: Being (2018)
Secrets of the Goat People #4 (Bleating Heart Press, 2018)
Awesome Possum #4 (2017)
Draw the Line (2017)
Comics for Choice (2017)