Noelle Stevenson (born December 31, 1991 in Columbia, South Carolina) 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, though they're most well-known for creating She-Ra and the Princesses of Power for Dreamworks Animation.
Before Nimona and Lumberjanes, they came to prominence on Tumblr for their "Broship of the Rings" drawings and comics, reimagining The Lord of the Rings characters as modern day people on a road trip. In 2020, Stevenson published a collection of their autobiographical comics, titled The Fire Never Goes Out.
Noelle is non-binary, and is open to any pronouns.note On November 14, 2020, Noelle revealed that they'd undergone a breast reduction surgery in 2017, and that after two years further reflection, decided to undergo 'top' surgery to fully remove their breasts in mid-2020. On March 31, 2021, the Trans Day of Visibility, Noelle revealed they were transmasc and bigender.
- Lumberjanes: writer, artist
- Runaways (2015): writer
- Wander over Yonder: story writer, episode writer
- Tangled: The Series: story writer (1 episode)
- Critical Role: Tova (2 episodes, 1 one-shot)
- DuckTales (2017): story writer (2 episodes), script writer (1 episode)
- Big Hero 6: The Series: episode writer (1 episode)
- She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: creator, showrunner, story writer, episode writer, voice of Spinnerella
- The Fire Never Goes Out
Tropes present in their works:
- Author Appeal:
- Magitek and Schizo Tech show up frequently in their 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 (admittedly, this mix of magic and technology has always been an element of He-Man and She-Ra's worlds).
- 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 they feel 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.
- Creator Cameo:
- Noelle sometimes appears in crowd shots in Nimona, along with other recurring bystanders and a lot of Lord of the Rings cameos. Nimona's undercut hairstyle is also based on one that Noelle had for several years.
- Noelle and Molly cameo in the She-Ra episode "Princess Prom". Noelle also voices Princess Spinerella and drew her wife Netossa's doodles.
- Teasing Creator: They're prone to claiming absurd jokes about She-Ra lore, such as claiming Catra's last name is "Meowmeow". They also admitted to having written a fanfic for their own series on Archive of Our Own; it's theorized to be Don't Go.
- Write What You Know: Stevenson grew up in a fundamentalist religious environment before moving into gay circles and coming out as lesbian. Several of their 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. Special mention goes to She-Ra, where the Greater-Scope Villain styles himself as a benevolent-but-actually-tyrannical god of light.