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Noelle Stevenson (born December 31, 1991) is an American cartoonist. She is known for the fantasy comic Nimona and the comics series Lumberjanes, and has won an Eisner Award for both of them.

Noelle Stevenson
Noelle Stevenson.jpg
Noelle Stevenson in 2015
Born (1991-12-31) December 31, 1991 (age 26)
Residence Los Angeles, California[1]
Alma mater Maryland Institute College of Art
Occupation Cartoonist
Known for Nimona, Lumberjanes
Home town Columbia, South Carolina[2]
Website http://gingerhaze.com/

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EducationEdit

Stevenson attended the Maryland Institute College of Art.[3] During her junior year, she created her soon-to-be popular character Nimona as part of an assignment in one of her classes. In summer 2012, Stevenson began creating a webcomic around the character, and soon signed with a literary agent who found the webcomic online.[4] Nimona's adventurous story would later double as Stevenson's senior thesis in 2012.[5]

CareerEdit

While attending MICA, Stevenson gained fame as a fan artist, under the name "gingerhaze", for her "hipster Lord of the Rings" characters.[6] She also created cover art for Rainbow Rowell's novel Fangirl. In the summer of 2012, Stevenson interned at BOOM! Studios, a comic publishing house in Los Angeles. After her graduation from MICA in 2013, Stevenson returned to BOOM! to help develop, and eventually write, Lumberjanes.[7] Lumberjanes was recognized as Best New Series and Best Publication for Teens in the 2015 Eisner Awards.[8]

Besides Lumberjanes, Stevenson also gained fame as the creator of Nimona, a web comic about a shape-shifting supervillain sidekick. In 2012, Soon after posting the first few installments of Nimona online, Stevenson signed with a literary agent, who helped Stevenson sign with HarperCollins to publish Nimona as a graphic novel.[9] For her work on Nimona, Stevenson won Slate Magazine's 2012 Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year,[10] and the 2016 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: Reprint.[11] Stevenson was also named a 2015 National Book Award Finalist for the graphic novel version of Nimona.[12]

In addition to her comic and graphic novel work, Stevenson did freelance illustration for Random House, St. Martin's Press, and Label Magazine. She has also worked with Ryan North on his Kickstarter-funded book To Be or Not to Be, a choose-your-own-adventure-book based on Shakespeare's Hamlet.[13]

Since 2015, she worked as a writer for Marvel Comics on the comics Thor Annual[14][15] and Runaways.[16] She is also part of the writing team of Disney's animated TV series Wander Over Yonder, beginning with Season 2 in 2015.[17]

In April 2017, she appeared on two episodes of Critical Role, a web series where voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons.[18]

Since December 2017, Stevenson is executive producer of DreamWorks Animation's rebooted She-Ra animated television series on Netflix, scheduled for 2018.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

As of 2017, Stevenson is in a relationship with fellow cartoonist Molly Ostertag.[20]

BibliographyEdit

Graphic NovelsEdit

  • Nimona (w/a, HarperCollins, 2015)

BOOM! StudiosEdit

  • "The Sweater Bandit" (w/a, in Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #1, January 2013, collected in Volume 1: Mathemagical Edition, tpb, 160 pages, 2013)
  • "Desert Treasure" (w/a, in Adventure Time 2013 Summer Special, July 2013)
  • Lumberjanes #1–17 (April 2014–August 2015)
    • Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holly (collects #1–4, w, with Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen, tpb, 128 pages, 2015)
    • Volume 2: Friendship to the Max (collects #5–8, w, with Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen, tpb, 112 pages, 2015)
    • Volume 3: A Terrible Plan (collects #9–12, w, with Shannon Watters and Carolyn Nowak, tpb, 112 pages, 2016)
  • Sleepy Hollow 4 #1–4 (4-issue limited series, backup stories, November 2014–January 2015)
    • Sleepy Hollow: Volume 1 (tpb, 112 pages, 2015) collects:
      • "Movie Night" (w/a, in #1, 2014)
      • "At the Fair" (w/a, in #2, 4, 2014)
      • "Shopping" (w/a, in #3, 2015)

Marvel ComicsEdit

  • Runaways vol. 4 #1–4 (4-issue limited series, August–November 2015)
    • Battleworld (tpb, 120 pages, 2015) collects:
      • "Doomed Youth" (w, with Sanford Greene, in #1–4, 2015)
  • "Thor" (w, with Marguerite Sauvage, in Thor Annual #1, April 2015, collected in Volume 2: Who Holds the Hammer?, hc, 136 pages, 2015)

DC ComicsEdit

  • "Wonder World" (a, with James Tynion IV, in Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #23–24, February 2015, collected in Volume 2, tpb, 144 pages, 2015)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organization Award title,
Category
Work Result Refs
2012 Center for Cartoon Studies / Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize,
Best Web Comic of the Year
Nimona Won [21]
2015 SFWA Nebula Award,
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
Nimona Nominated [22]
2015 San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Award,
Best New Series
Lumberjanes Won
(with Shannon Waters, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen)
[23]
2015 San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Award,
Best Publication for Teens
Lumberjanes Won
(with Shannon Waters, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen)
[24]
2015 San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Award,
Best Digital/Webcomic
Nimona Nominated [25]
2015 National Book Foundation National Book Award,
Young People's Literature
Nimona Finalist [26]
2016 Harvey Awards Executive Committee Harvey Award,
Best Original Graphic Publication for Young Readers
Lumberjanes Won
(with Shannon Waters and Grace Ellis)
[27]
2016 GLAAD GLAAD Media Award,
Outstanding Comic Book
Lumberjanes Won
(with Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh)
[28]
2016 San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Award,
Best Graphic Album: Reprint
Nimona Won [29]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-ca-hc-noelle-stevenson-20150708-story.html
  2. ^ http://coladaily.com/2015/05/05/columbia-native-noelle-stevenson-shares-experience-of-swift-rise-in-comics-field/
  3. ^ "She Changed Comics: Modern Age and Manga | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund". cbldf.org. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  4. ^ Cavna, Michael; Cavna, Michael (2015-10-15). "From idea born at MICA, Noelle Stevenson is the youngest 2015 National Book Award finalist". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  5. ^ "She Changed Comics: Modern Age and Manga | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund". cbldf.org. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  6. ^ "Hipster Lord of the Rings, where the Nazgul ride fixies!". Io9.com. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  7. ^ Art, Maryland Institute College of. "Noelle Stevenson | MICA". www.mica.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  8. ^ Wheeler, Andrew (2015-07-11). "2015 Eisner Award Winners: Was This The Best Ever Year for the Eisners? (Hint: We Won An Award)". ComicsAlliance. 
  9. ^ Cavna, Michael; Cavna, Michael (2015-10-15). "From idea born at MICA, Noelle Stevenson is the youngest 2015 National Book Award finalist". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  10. ^ "Announcing the Winners of the Cartoonist Studio Prize". Slate. 2013-03-01. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  11. ^ Cavna, Michael; Cavna, Michael (2015-10-15). "From idea born at MICA, Noelle Stevenson is the youngest 2015 National Book Award finalist". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  12. ^ Cavna, Michael; Cavna, Michael (2015-10-15). "From idea born at MICA, Noelle Stevenson is the youngest 2015 National Book Award finalist". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  13. ^ Art, Maryland Institute College of. "Noelle Stevenson | MICA". www.mica.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  14. ^ "Noelle Stevenson Makes Hers Marvel with Thor Annual". Marvel.com. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  15. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (2014-11-11). "CM Punk and Noelle Stevenson to Write Thor Comics in 2015". IGN.com. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  16. ^ Maggs, Sam (2015-02-27). "SOMEONE HOLD ME: Lumberjanes' Noelle Stevenson Is Reviving Runaways for Marvel". TheMarySue.com. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  17. ^ Kahn, Juliet (2014-09-03). "An Interview With The Creators of 'Lumberjanes'". Archived from the original on 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  18. ^ "Critical Role Episode 92". Geek and Sundry. 2017-04-03. 
  19. ^ https://www.thewrap.com/she-ra-reboot-boss-baby-trolls-netflix-dreamworks/
  20. ^ "Noelle Stevenson on Twitter". Twitter. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  21. ^ "Announcing the Winners of the Cartoonist Studio Prize". Slate. 2013-03-01. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  22. ^ "Noelle Stevenson - The Nebula Awards". The Nebula Awards. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  23. ^ "2010-Present". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2012-12-02. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  24. ^ "2010-Present". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2012-12-02. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  25. ^ "2015 Eisner Award Nominations Announced". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  26. ^ "Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson, 2015 National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Literature". www.nationalbook.org. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  27. ^ "2016 Harvey Award Winners Announced". Comicbook.com. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  28. ^ ":ist of Award Recipients: 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles The Beverly Hilton, April 2, 2016". GLAAD. 2016-04-03. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  29. ^ "2010-Present". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2012-12-02. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 

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