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date: 20 May 2019

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As the author and artist of Nimona (2015) and one of the original authors of Lumberjanes (ongoing), Noelle Stevenson has used her graphic novels to demonstrate the fluidity of identity construction for a young-adult audience. Specifically writing for young women and the LGBTQ communities, Stevenson uses her work to create characters and situations that present empowering moments for an audience that is often underrepresented in mainstream comics. Further, these moments are always grounded in the celebration of community. Additionally, by identifying and then deconstructing some of the traditional genre devices employed by young adult authors, Stevenson highlights how these genres often encourage reading practices based on the acceptance of social norms. In response, Stevenson’s work engages in a form of disruption aimed at challenging normative reading practices, be they literary or social, opening up safe spaces for her readers’ own efforts at coming to terms with their identities.

Keywords: comic book, community, genre, identity, queer, young adult

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