As Noelle Stevenson Leaves Lumberjanes, She Shares Her First Sketches

Yesterday, as she was in the middle of moving house, Noelle Stevenson talked about her decision to leave her comic book Lumberjanes. She tweeted,

Got some bittersweet news for y'all: Lumberjanes #17 is my last issue as a lead writer on Lumberjanes, at least for the time being. But the GOOD news is that I'm leaving you in more than capable hands!! Kat Leyh of SUPERCAKES renown will be taking my place! I'm a huge fan of Kat's work, and I know you will be too. Check out her work if you haven't already! And of course Shannon Waters will continue to work her magic on writing duties and make sure this series stays true to form!! I'm still going to be attached to Lumberjanes in a consulting capacity, but they already have it well in hand! I am so excited to see where this series goes next!! You should be too! Kat and Shannon will be cowriting from here on out. I'm very proud of the last arc. I just saw the art for #16 and and  have knocked it out of the park yet again! I hope you'll pick up Lumberjanes #16-17 to complete the Abigail arc. It's very close to my heart.

She also took the opportunity to share some of her earliest sketches of the characters that have proved so popular over the last two years.

"my very first sketch of the Lumberjanes girls"
"my very first sketch of the Lumberjanes girls"

 

"my very first sketch of Jen ( +PJs)"
"my very first sketch of Jen ( +PJs)"
"my very first sketch of Rosie"
"my very first sketch of Rosie"
"already posted this on Tumblr, but here's the first sketch for Abigail too for good measure."
"already posted this on Tumblr, but here's the first sketch for Abigail too for good measure."

And if you needed a reminder of just why the comic has been so powerful, and that I can attest to with my own two daughters, comic store worker Jules writes,

I immediately grabbed the first couple issues for this dad, and told him about the really fun-filled, interesting story it told, and how not only were the characters girls, but the creative team was women too.

He bought the first issue for her, and came back the next week to purchase all the others. "She loved it so much! She's been asking me to come get the rest of them since she finished that one, and she had me read it too," he told me. After that, I was able to show him a few other great series we had, but he said Lumberjanes was the gateway comic for her. Because of it, he was able to share comic books with his daughter, and give her a story that she loved.

Lumberjanes? It's the new Preacher. But, you know, for kids. Now to see where else it will go…

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