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Noelle Stevenson (born December 31, 1991) is an American comic-book writer and artist, as well as cartoon writer, who came to prominence as the creator of Nimona and co-creator of Lumberjanes.

Stevenson currently works at Dreamworks Animation as an executive producer. Before Nimona and Lumberjanes, she came to prominence on Tumblr for her "Broship of the Rings" drawings and comics, reimagining The Lord of the Rings characters as modern day people on a road trip. She is also publishing an upcoming autobiographical comics collection, titled The Fire Never Goes Out.

She is married to Molly Ostertag, artist of Strong Female Protagonist and author of The Witch Boy series.


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Tropes present in her works:

  • Author Appeal:
    • Magitek and Schizo Tech show up frequently in her universes. Nimona is sent in an ambiguously medieval world, but has things like flatscreen TVs, electrical power, and laser weapons, as well as some recent experimentation to derive fuel from magic. In She-Ra, most of the princess kingdoms are powered by runestone magic, but there's some basic tech achievements and more advanced technology derived from excavated First Ones relics, and the Horde being almost fully industrialized.
    • Rivals from shared backgrounds who grow up to view the world differently and fight on opposite sides of wars. Bonus points if their interactions involves Belligerent Sexual Tension and Foe Romantic Subtext. Examples include Ballister and Goldenloin in Nimona, Jubilee and Sanna in Runaways, and Adora and Catra in She-Ra.
    • Big muscular women, notably Sanna in Runaways, Rosie in Lumberjanes, Huntara, Scorpia, and Adora in She-Ra form, and sometimes Nimona herself.
    • Shapeshifters, such as Nimona in her titular book and Double Trouble in She-Ra. Noelle is also fond of mentioning that she feels Zam Wesell of Star Wars was underused.
    • And of course, lots of LGBT+ themes and subtext.
      Noelle Stevenson: Assume my characters are gay until proven otherwise.
  • Big Name Fan: She is one for The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Killing Eve and Dark (2017), among others.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Noelle sometimes appears in crowd shots in Nimona, along with other recurring bystanders and a lot of Lord of the Rings cameos.
    • Noelle and Molly cameo in the She-Ra episode "Princess Prom". She also voices Spinerella in her appearances in Season 1 and 4.
  • Write What You Know: Stevenson grew up in a fundamentalist religious environment before moving into gay circles and coming out as lesbian. Several of her works like She-Ra and Runaways prominently feature kids being raised to enforce oppressive societies who discover they were lied to about the state of the outside world and that they were fighting for the villains.

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