Noelle Stevenson is an American cartoonist and animation producer. She is known for the fantasy comic Nimona and the comics series Lumberjanes, and has won an Eisner Award for both of them. She is also the creator, showrunner and executive producer of the animated television series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
EducationStevenson attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. 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. Nimona's adventurous story would later double as Stevenson's senior thesis in 2012.
Comics and cartoonsWhile attending MICA, Stevenson gained fame as a fan artist, under the name "gingerhaze", for her "hipster Lord of the Rings" characters. 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. Lumberjanes was recognized as Best New Series and Best Publication for Teens in the 2015 Eisner Awards.
Besides Lumberjanes, Stevenson also gained fame as the creator of Nimona, a webcomic about a supervillain's shape-shifting 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. For her work on Nimona, Stevenson won Slate Magazine's 2012 Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year, and the 2016 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: Reprint. Stevenson was also named a 2015 National Book Award Finalist for the graphic novel version of Nimona.
Since 2015, she worked as a writer for Marvel Comics on the comics Thor Annual and Runaways.
AnimationStevenson is part of the writing team of Disney's animated TV series Wander Over Yonder, beginning with Season 2 in 2015.
Since December 2017, Stevenson is executive producer of DreamWorks Animation Television's rebooted She-Ra and the Princesses of Power animated television series on Netflix, the first season of which was released on 13 November 2018.
Other workStevenson did freelance illustration for Random House, St. Martin's Press, and Label Magazine. She 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.
Her autobiographical collection of drawings and journals, The Fire Never Goes Out, was published in March 2020. The New Yorker