How Noelle Stevenson Conquered the Comic Book World

Before she even graduated from art school, Noelle Stevenson was already making waves in the comics community. One night back in 2012 she and a friend starting sketching Marvel’s male superhero Hawkeye in the same ludicrously sexual poses that were usually reserved for his female counterparts. Stevenson posted her sketches online and, much to her surprise, the inside joke between friends blossomed into the massively successful Hawkeye Initiative. Soon artists all across the web were participating as Stevenson sent an early shot across the bow of the notoriously sexist comic-book world that predated and, in a way, predicted Gamergate and a thousand Black Widow think pieces.

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