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Noelle Stevenson Believes Comics Has a Place for You (Yes, You)

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In an interview with the LA Times, Noelle Stevenson opens up about her career in comics and how she felt comics might not have been the most welcoming place to be when she began. But she’s made her mark on the industry, and is trying to let people know that there is a place for everyone in comics.

To Stevenson, comics then felt like something that just wasn’t made for her. She said:

I kind of understood inherently — and I wasn’t really conflicted about this — that comics were not for me or by people who looked like me. That was just something that I accepted about the world.

She turned to the internet and got her start creating fan art on Tumblr. Her first webcomic, Nimona, was what gained her a lot of attention. Now, with Lumberjanes and Runaways, she’s carved out her own space in comics. But she’s still determined to help other people carve out their own spaces, too. She explained:

We can make this industry and this environment and comic book shops and comic book conventions and comic books themselves, we can make them a thing that is accessible to everybody. So that nobody feels unwelcome and nobody feels like this isn’t their place.

Check out the LA Times article for more about Stevenson and her inspirations as well as her thoughts on why Lumberjanes is so important. Hint: It’s because it’s awesome.

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