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From Noelle Stevenson, the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of Nimona, comes a captivating, honest illustrated memoir that finds her turning an important corner in her creative journey—and inviting readers along for the ride. In a collection of essays and personal mini-comics that span eight years of her young adult life, author-illustrator Noelle Stevenson cha From Noelle Stevenson, the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of Nimona, comes a captivating, honest illustrated memoir that finds her turning an important corner in her creative journey—and inviting readers along for the ride. In a collection of essays and personal mini-comics that span eight years of her young adult life, author-illustrator Noelle Stevenson charts the highs and lows of being a creative human in the world. Whether it’s hearing the wrong name called at her art school graduation ceremony or becoming a National Book Award finalist for her debut graphic novel, Nimona, Noelle captures the little and big moments that make up a real life, with a wit, wisdom, and vulnerability that are all her own.


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From Noelle Stevenson, the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of Nimona, comes a captivating, honest illustrated memoir that finds her turning an important corner in her creative journey—and inviting readers along for the ride. In a collection of essays and personal mini-comics that span eight years of her young adult life, author-illustrator Noelle Stevenson cha From Noelle Stevenson, the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of Nimona, comes a captivating, honest illustrated memoir that finds her turning an important corner in her creative journey—and inviting readers along for the ride. In a collection of essays and personal mini-comics that span eight years of her young adult life, author-illustrator Noelle Stevenson charts the highs and lows of being a creative human in the world. Whether it’s hearing the wrong name called at her art school graduation ceremony or becoming a National Book Award finalist for her debut graphic novel, Nimona, Noelle captures the little and big moments that make up a real life, with a wit, wisdom, and vulnerability that are all her own.

30 review for The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Abbott

    I’m a simple woman. Noelle Stevenson makes something, and I love it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    *4.5/5 Gorgeous collection. My only issue with this was that, since I've been following Noelle for years and years online, I have seen most of this work before. But it was wonderful to see the breadth of her work and see the shifts in her style that have happened over the last decade or so. I also loved being able to revisit some of her early work!! The classic Noelle stuff was so nostalgic and lovely. *4.5/5 Gorgeous collection. My only issue with this was that, since I've been following Noelle for years and years online, I have seen most of this work before. But it was wonderful to see the breadth of her work and see the shifts in her style that have happened over the last decade or so. I also loved being able to revisit some of her early work!! The classic Noelle stuff was so nostalgic and lovely.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Madeline O'Rourke

    It's no fun giving memoirs low ratings, and I want to stress that my rating isn't at all concerned with Stevenson's actual life and what was presented in The Fire Never Goes Out. I think this memoir —compilation, really— would be very valuable to Stevenson herself. It compiles doodles and year-end reflections from 2009 through 2019. I'd hazard that it's interesting and emotional for Stevenson to look back on. For me, as the reader, it was fine. It was a quick read, maybe a little boring. The Fire It's no fun giving memoirs low ratings, and I want to stress that my rating isn't at all concerned with Stevenson's actual life and what was presented in The Fire Never Goes Out. I think this memoir —compilation, really— would be very valuable to Stevenson herself. It compiles doodles and year-end reflections from 2009 through 2019. I'd hazard that it's interesting and emotional for Stevenson to look back on. For me, as the reader, it was fine. It was a quick read, maybe a little boring. The Fire Never Goes Out presents like it's telling you something deep in the way of Stevenson's emotions. But really, it's all quite surface level and because the year-end reflections aren't coupled with reflection from now, the reader really isn't getting as much out of the content as it seems. The doodles are fun, though! By no means my favourite memoir, but I suppose it is quite a hopeful read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    A memoir by the author of Nimona, which I liked quite a bit. I guess I also have maybe read some of her work on Lumberjanes, but I knew and still know nothng of her web impact, which was/is all over the place, beginning with fanfiction comics about Lord of the Rings. She loves superheroes and D & D. And family, though coming out eventually as gay, she had to leave the church, as she didn't feel welcome there. I am not sure exactly why I so readily rated this four stars, as it is not really much A memoir by the author of Nimona, which I liked quite a bit. I guess I also have maybe read some of her work on Lumberjanes, but I knew and still know nothng of her web impact, which was/is all over the place, beginning with fanfiction comics about Lord of the Rings. She loves superheroes and D & D. And family, though coming out eventually as gay, she had to leave the church, as she didn't feel welcome there. I am not sure exactly why I so readily rated this four stars, as it is not really much of a memoir. It alludes to things happening she doesn't describe and to feelings she doesn't quite name. The book spans eight years of her life that speak to rocketing fame and recognition--everyone that has seen her once knows her terrific, smiling face forever—and struggle, which includes mental health struggles, identity struggles. Much of it comes from a blog she kept over the years. What is clear? Well, she realized she was a lesbian, over time, fell in love with a woman and over all that time tried hard to figure out what she, as a lesbian, should look like: Short hair, long hair, what to wear, and so on. Who am I and what self do I project to myself and others? Coming of age issues that of course continue well into her/our twenties (she's 29 when this book comes out). But this is a memoir that largely keeps its secrets, the story of a very gregarious but simultaneously private person who has lived a lot of her life in the public eye. So it can't really be seen as a memoir. Not really. But it gives enough of a story to keep us intrigued and like her, support her. So I rated this 4 stars right off the bat, but am inclined on the writing to give it 2 or 3 stars cuz of all the still-kept secrets. Yet somehow the effervescent part of her personality still comes through the unnamed anguish, and the drawing is identifiably adorable Noelle Stevenson; maybe that's it, she's adorably intimate and inviting and private. 3.5 overall.? Maybe she'll write a true memoir at some point, and if she does, I'll read it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    "To everyone harboring their own fire and to everyone lost in the dark. May you see the sun again." -- the author's opening dedication A graphic novel-memoir that is both overly detailed (if you count all of the career achievements the author lists within - kudos to her, but it got a little tedious) and yet still seems superficial at times, The Fire Never Goes Out details the college and early employment years of 2011 through 2019 for acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson. It takes some fearlessn "To everyone harboring their own fire and to everyone lost in the dark. May you see the sun again." -- the author's opening dedication A graphic novel-memoir that is both overly detailed (if you count all of the career achievements the author lists within - kudos to her, but it got a little tedious) and yet still seems superficial at times, The Fire Never Goes Out details the college and early employment years of 2011 through 2019 for acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson. It takes some fearlessness to put your mental health issues out there for all to read, but during an important moment late in the book she completely glosses over something with "I won't get into exactly what happened - maybe another time" (page 179). This was a little frustrating, as we're along for the ride with her now, but of course she can wield any and all discretion when recounting her deeply personal experiences. It would appear this book resonated with A LOT of readers on GR, but it generated only mild interest for me. However, the final included photograph from 2019 was absolutely charming, completely personifying happiness found at last.

  6. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    representation: (all own voices) bipolar disorder, lesbian and non-binary rep, sapphic relationship. [trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers] ★★★ this was... good? this is essentially a collection of art done by noelle throughout the last decade with end of year wrap ups that she posted on tumblr each year put after each section. i wouldn't really call this a memoir? it's more of a collection of drawings with some more personal than others, but i really wa representation: (all own voices) bipolar disorder, lesbian and non-binary rep, sapphic relationship. [trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers] ★★★ this was... good? this is essentially a collection of art done by noelle throughout the last decade with end of year wrap ups that she posted on tumblr each year put after each section. i wouldn't really call this a memoir? it's more of a collection of drawings with some more personal than others, but i really wanted it to have more depth. i wanted to know more about her life and not just her achievements, if that makes sense. trigger warnings: self-harm, mention of suicide, mentions of weight loss, panic attacks, depressive episodes, homophobia within religion, talk of body weight/body image struggles, nudity, mention of orlando pulse shooting, death of a grandparent, struggles with mental health.

  7. 5 out of 5

    sophia ☾

    2.5 stars i always feel terrible giving memoirs less than stellar reviews, because it’s the person’s life, and putting a rating on what they decide to be vulnerable about and put forward seems really weird and bad. but … this book really fell flat for me, and i honestly think it was all in the presentation. i was expecting a much more in-depth story here on what stevenson has struggled with and her experiences over the years, and almost all of it felt kind of surface-level. there were a lot of pie 2.5 stars i always feel terrible giving memoirs less than stellar reviews, because it’s the person’s life, and putting a rating on what they decide to be vulnerable about and put forward seems really weird and bad. but … this book really fell flat for me, and i honestly think it was all in the presentation. i was expecting a much more in-depth story here on what stevenson has struggled with and her experiences over the years, and almost all of it felt kind of surface-level. there were a lot of pieces i found i could relate to, and yet they were immediately whisked away and i wasn’t able to understand further. the ending, while the most emotionally resonating part, still felt like it was holding something back from me, and i felt disconnected. (there was even a written line that said: “I won’t get into exactly what happened-maybe another time.” reading that made me feel really annoyed.) i know as the reader i’m not owed any part of a person’s life or their vulnerability, but i also then don’t completely understand the purpose of this book. i’m familiar with stevenson’s work especially from tumblr and twitter some other random places, but have never been an avid follower. i was looking forward to this read in a lot of ways, primarily as a queer person myself who struggles with mental illness and also had a religious background, i thought it would be extremely relatable to me. but it seems like most of what is in here is just a collection of things from her blog from over the years, and i think unless i had been following her blog already and was just enjoying this wrap-up for what it is, the pieces given felt like only a glimpse, and i just had a very hard time connecting or understanding. i also didn’t really like how cheating was portrayed (or rather, glossed over) in this. i understand why, in some ways, and i also understand and can empathize with the concept especially being a queer person falling for someone who’s in a relationship with someone else, but the fact that the entire section didn’t address once what actually was happening outside of the author’s emotional bubble made reading it really hard to understand, actually. it again felt like the narration was holding something vital back from me as i read. overall i did enjoy some parts, can see and relate to a lot of stevenson’s experiences, and i consistently enjoyed her artwork, but the cohesion and connection to the narrative itself fell flat for me. cw: self harm, disordered eating

  8. 4 out of 5

    Juan

    Unfortunately I thought this just took too long to get going. Roughly the first half of this book reads like just a list of accomplishments and events interspersed with tiny comics, all with no real introspection. And while it becomes clear in the second half why the first half is written that way and the second half does have some really good discussion of queerness and mental health, it still doesn't make the first half very engaging to read. Unfortunately I thought this just took too long to get going. Roughly the first half of this book reads like just a list of accomplishments and events interspersed with tiny comics, all with no real introspection. And while it becomes clear in the second half why the first half is written that way and the second half does have some really good discussion of queerness and mental health, it still doesn't make the first half very engaging to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    I was so much in love with the work of the author. And now I am in love with this memoir in sequential art. Before even starting with the proper content, I was bawling my eyes out reading the 'prologue' (or forward whatever that is) it is just sad but liberating to read something so relatable. The author talks about her formative years and who she is as of now. She talks about the rough times, times she had to leave behind some of the social norms and culture which she (surprise) did not miss; tim I was so much in love with the work of the author. And now I am in love with this memoir in sequential art. Before even starting with the proper content, I was bawling my eyes out reading the 'prologue' (or forward whatever that is) it is just sad but liberating to read something so relatable. The author talks about her formative years and who she is as of now. She talks about the rough times, times she had to leave behind some of the social norms and culture which she (surprise) did not miss; times she had when she had some of the most major changes in her life; times when she felt the most lonely and times when she felt the most successful and memorable. This memoir brings up the issues of body image and discuss body positivity through her art journey, mental health and all the reality we live with everyday. A successful artist doesn't mean it's glamorous and sparkly and shiny and bubbly and always active at work. She describes how a day in her life usually goes by. It's her art journey that fascinated me the most! And yass, the Nimona thing! How Nimona made her dream, come to a resolution and changed everything. (I still love BOOM! Studios productions. Thank you for existing. I am blessed with ARCs from them!). The most realistic and relatable parts are where she talks and illustrates about her thoughts, fears and apprehension when she is alone. The struggle is real when it comes to art and artists (let's get real. The struggle is real for everyone. But yes, the struggle to find one's own identity is the real one.) And people think those who made it big in their line of work is easy. I had a great time reading this memoir. So relatable and gave me lots to learn from. And once again: love is love is love. Stop discriminating the LGBTQ+ community. ***The pictures and the art are so cute!!! It's a happy ending so far 💪 "Every cell in my body has died and grown again."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Francis

    Perfect.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A powerful introduction by the author sets high expectations for an amazing graphic memoir, but then the book quickly degenerates to sketchbook doodling and noodling. It wasn't until page 48 that I found out this was a collection of blog entries. (No, I don't read cover copy, reviews, or promotional material for books by authors I like and know I will read regardless.) The diary-like quality gave some of the material a real sense of immediacy and power, but the year-in-review entries mostly felt A powerful introduction by the author sets high expectations for an amazing graphic memoir, but then the book quickly degenerates to sketchbook doodling and noodling. It wasn't until page 48 that I found out this was a collection of blog entries. (No, I don't read cover copy, reviews, or promotional material for books by authors I like and know I will read regardless.) The diary-like quality gave some of the material a real sense of immediacy and power, but the year-in-review entries mostly felt like Christmas card family letter material. The collection picked up toward the end with some almost poetic bits and pieces and allusions to mental health issues, but I was just left yearning for the true graphic memoir outlined in the intro.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    If you love Nimona ("I'm a shark!") or Lumberjanes, this is a must-read, but it's also for people who love graphic memoir (graphic as in visual, not... graphic... you know what I mean.) It's about Noelle's creative and personal journey. (Apparently she's now the showrunner for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a show I did not know existed.) This is from HarperTeen but I feel the audience is broader. If you love Nimona ("I'm a shark!") or Lumberjanes, this is a must-read, but it's also for people who love graphic memoir (graphic as in visual, not... graphic... you know what I mean.) It's about Noelle's creative and personal journey. (Apparently she's now the showrunner for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a show I did not know existed.) This is from HarperTeen but I feel the audience is broader.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maia

    I've been following Noelle Stevenson on tumblr since 2011, the fanart days, and I always looked forward to his year-end reviews. I think I had read over half of this book previously online! But I really enjoyed reading these comics again, in chronological order, and with new narration to give them more context. As a memoir it's fairly loose, but many of the pieces hit very vulnerable emotional notes. I've been following Noelle Stevenson on tumblr since 2011, the fanart days, and I always looked forward to his year-end reviews. I think I had read over half of this book previously online! But I really enjoyed reading these comics again, in chronological order, and with new narration to give them more context. As a memoir it's fairly loose, but many of the pieces hit very vulnerable emotional notes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    I don’t know if Noelle reads Goodread comments at all but if you do: thank you so much for this book. I have been following you and your work since 2011 — reading the early parts of this book really took me back to when I was in high school and nerding out over your lord of the rings posts. I’ve had the outsider’s perspective of your artistic and professional journey through social media and your comics and shows and it was something special to get to read some of what your life was like and and I don’t know if Noelle reads Goodread comments at all but if you do: thank you so much for this book. I have been following you and your work since 2011 — reading the early parts of this book really took me back to when I was in high school and nerding out over your lord of the rings posts. I’ve had the outsider’s perspective of your artistic and professional journey through social media and your comics and shows and it was something special to get to read some of what your life was like and and i was surprised but touched to see that I have shared so many of your struggles. Your art and writing have always reached me in a unique and powerful way. I have cried real tears over Nimona, Lumberjanes, She-Ra, your personal artwork, and now this. As a lesbian with severe mental illness that is also finally seeking help and looking toward the future with hope and love, thank you for writing this. Your words and art went straight to my heart and I hope that’s something you can be proud of.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura AP

    this book both called me out on my bullshit and offered me a nice and comprehending hug

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    2.5 stars. This is an illustrated memoir that doesn't quite deliver what it promises. It's a collection of eight year-in-review blog posts, that explores her rise to fame, mental health issues, coming out, and falling in love. Plus, lots of random doodles and sketches. You know those annual letters that some people mail each Christmas that summarizes the family news? This read like that, only illustrated. The author keeps you at a distance. She doesn't really let you in. And while I understand tha 2.5 stars. This is an illustrated memoir that doesn't quite deliver what it promises. It's a collection of eight year-in-review blog posts, that explores her rise to fame, mental health issues, coming out, and falling in love. Plus, lots of random doodles and sketches. You know those annual letters that some people mail each Christmas that summarizes the family news? This read like that, only illustrated. The author keeps you at a distance. She doesn't really let you in. And while I understand that, why then write a memoir? Fans of her work must have already read these comics/year in review posts on her blog, so was this a way to collect them in book format? I wanted more. I'm happy for the author - her success, her projects, her love life, and I appreciate that this might be an important read for young people, so for that I'll round up.

  17. 4 out of 5

    dylan

    I'm not really sure how to rate this. I enjoyed reading it and it honestly inspired me, but it felt very scattered and a bit all over the place. i also felt the ending was kind of abrupt. honestly, the way it was organized felt like looking at an archive of the authors tumblr I'm glad I read this, I'm glad I bought it, I will be keeping it, but I don't think I'd recommend it? cw: self harm, unhealthy weight loss, discussion of mental illness I'm not really sure how to rate this. I enjoyed reading it and it honestly inspired me, but it felt very scattered and a bit all over the place. i also felt the ending was kind of abrupt. honestly, the way it was organized felt like looking at an archive of the authors tumblr I'm glad I read this, I'm glad I bought it, I will be keeping it, but I don't think I'd recommend it? cw: self harm, unhealthy weight loss, discussion of mental illness

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caro

    actual rating: 4.5/5 the molly and noelle pictures made my heart go BOOM BOOM

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Lanz

    A lovely memoir by the brilliant author of Nimona (which remains one of my favourite graphic novels!) I’d known close to nothing about Noelle Steveson before reading this memoir. I had no clue what to expect from this, either, but The fire Never Goes Out ended up being really insightful as to her life before becoming a well known comic artist. This was a journey through the years of ups and downs. I really appreciated that Noelle touched upon mental illness through her narrative, along with the lo A lovely memoir by the brilliant author of Nimona (which remains one of my favourite graphic novels!) I’d known close to nothing about Noelle Steveson before reading this memoir. I had no clue what to expect from this, either, but The fire Never Goes Out ended up being really insightful as to her life before becoming a well known comic artist. This was a journey through the years of ups and downs. I really appreciated that Noelle touched upon mental illness through her narrative, along with the love and struggles that come with being young and thrust into the working world. It was great to see some real photographs interspersed between her drawings as well; many of them made me smile :) The original art accompanying the writing was wonderful as to be expected. I found it really great to get a glimpse into Noelle’s life during the earlier years of her career. Overall, I found this a nicely put together memoir that gave me a great understanding of Noelle’s life!

  20. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    I am a huge fan of Noelle’s art style and sense of humor, so I was intrigued to see what this memoir would be like. It was a bit too fragmental for my liking, and it really just seemed like annual tumblr posts with some doodles, but I enjoyed it overall. The themes (self love, mental health, sexuality, etc.) were important and well conveyed. 4/5 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ✫erin✫

    this was beautiful and is criminally underrated. although some parts weren't as incredible as others I REALLY loved this. this was beautiful and is criminally underrated. although some parts weren't as incredible as others I REALLY loved this.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Kania

    oof, right in the heart. Sending strength vibes to Noelle.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brigid

    Usually when I love a book, I want to share it with everyone I know. This one? I want to share with just one person. The story begins when ours began. And so many moments come at me like echoes. I can remember where we were when that was happening. What we were thinking about, in some other place, on some other coast, sometimes across an ocean. This is a graphic memoir, though it's hard to see it as a memoir, when really Noelle Stevenson's story is just beginning. The book is made up of images and Usually when I love a book, I want to share it with everyone I know. This one? I want to share with just one person. The story begins when ours began. And so many moments come at me like echoes. I can remember where we were when that was happening. What we were thinking about, in some other place, on some other coast, sometimes across an ocean. This is a graphic memoir, though it's hard to see it as a memoir, when really Noelle Stevenson's story is just beginning. The book is made up of images and text, sometimes sparse that they left me with a thousand unanswered questions. I think that's part of the power of it. By filling the pages with pictures and open space, and only a quick burst of language here and there, she's left so much of her story untold, and it's easy to fill in the gaps in the way that feels most true to me. On the surface, she's led a charmed life, with incredible success and opportunity and exposure; but by omitting the details, and dwelling deeper in spaces of confusion and self-doubt, she's written the story of her uncharmed life. A few trigger warnings to call out. There are moments of deep loneliness, self-hatred, and self-harm here. But the overall tone of the book is one of discovery, hope and light. For those who are familiar with Noelle Stevenson's body of work, you may find it difficult to separate the artist from familiar characters from her projects. There were times when I couldn't not see her as Cath from Fangirl, and times when I was sure she was out Lumberjaning in the woods. This is a book that I don't want to say too much about. Maybe it feels too close to me, or maybe the act of discovery is so rich that I don't want to take it away. So my recommendation? Find it, peek behind the dust jacket, and read the first page. The gorgeous language and the sometimes-silly, sometimes-stunning illustrations will probably tell you more than I could hope to say.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura I.

    This is a beautiful and powerful “memoir in pictures.” At first it seemed like just a reprinting of the “year in review” posts from her tumblr, plus some other drawings here or there, but by the end it grew into something really emotional, vulnerable, and meaningful. It’s probably best for someone who knows and loves Noelle’s work, and/or who is aware of her career trajectory (which is stunningly impressive), and you’ll have to push past the first half a bit, which can read like just a list of a This is a beautiful and powerful “memoir in pictures.” At first it seemed like just a reprinting of the “year in review” posts from her tumblr, plus some other drawings here or there, but by the end it grew into something really emotional, vulnerable, and meaningful. It’s probably best for someone who knows and loves Noelle’s work, and/or who is aware of her career trajectory (which is stunningly impressive), and you’ll have to push past the first half a bit, which can read like just a list of accomplishments, but ultimately I really recommend this book. Teens, especially ones interesting in artistic or otherwise creative careers and mental health, will enjoy this, but it also doesn’t read explicitly “teen” in any way (despite being published by HarperTeen), and it’s also great for adults. PS. Watch She-Ra

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    I have liked Noelle Stevenson’s work for years, but I had not realized that she was as prolific as she has been. As a memoir, this book gave me sort of an aerial view of her life, and her mental health, body, and sexual orientation struggles, and her professional successes. I can’t say that I always got a good sense of what was happening in each year she had documented, but I did like all the wonderful artwork.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Puc

    Goddamn, this is absolutely stunning. Full review coming soon, but for now: thank you for this, Noelle.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A beautiful and kind memoir. Stevenson’s self-journey through sexuality, mental health and career development were tastefully explored and accompanied by the sweetest illustrations and photographs. I hope everyone keeps their creative fire alive. 5/5

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ren (A Bookish Balance)

    2.5/5 stars The Fire Never Goes Out gives us a glimpse into Noelle Stevenson’s life from 2011-2019. The chapters are divided up by year and the book is told in a format of random introspective comics followed by a yearly wrap up. I did not like this memoir. After I finished reading it I felt the need to look up what a memoir was because this felt extremely different from any other memoir I had consumed in the past (and I’ve read graphic memoirs before). The Fire Never Goes Out just really lacks co 2.5/5 stars The Fire Never Goes Out gives us a glimpse into Noelle Stevenson’s life from 2011-2019. The chapters are divided up by year and the book is told in a format of random introspective comics followed by a yearly wrap up. I did not like this memoir. After I finished reading it I felt the need to look up what a memoir was because this felt extremely different from any other memoir I had consumed in the past (and I’ve read graphic memoirs before). The Fire Never Goes Out just really lacks cohesion, which, by definition isn’t actually necessary to memoirs. I felt like I would have enjoyed this a lot more had I followed Noelle throughout her career because I felt like I was missing something. We would get a stream of pretty depressing comics followed up with a cheerful, “it’s been a really good year” wrap up that made the story feel inconsistent. While I do think this was intentional because of what is described in the last chapter, it did not make for a good story. Also, while I 100% respect Noelle’s privacy and decision not to share personal details of her life, this is a memoir, and skimping on most of the details just made this story feel extremely incomplete. I read Edward Snowden’s memoir last year, and I loved it, and he managed to tell a story, without getting too deep into his personal life so I do think it’s possible to tell a good memoir without getting too personal, but unfortunately this wasn’t it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alexa Blart, Library Cop

    I've loved Noelle Stevenson since 2012, when I discovered her Avengers comics. It's been really fun watching her career explode for the past eight years—I loved Nimona and Lumberjanes, and I'm a big fan of She-Ra. Needless to say I was super excited for this memoir. I was not at all prepared for how hard this was going to hit me. On one level, because a lot of comics I recognize from Tumblr and Twitter are included as a part of it—funny ones like Broship of the Ring and that Peeta and Katniss one I've loved Noelle Stevenson since 2012, when I discovered her Avengers comics. It's been really fun watching her career explode for the past eight years—I loved Nimona and Lumberjanes, and I'm a big fan of She-Ra. Needless to say I was super excited for this memoir. I was not at all prepared for how hard this was going to hit me. On one level, because a lot of comics I recognize from Tumblr and Twitter are included as a part of it—funny ones like Broship of the Ring and that Peeta and Katniss one that cracks me up every damn time, plus serious ones like Noelle's Pulse nightclub shooting reaction—and it was nice to see them again. But on another level because, it turns out, Noelle and I are a lot alike. And I related so so so so so hard to so much of what she had to say, and so much of what she experienced, it was like getting punched in the gut repeatedly and Liking It. Also: the final photograph in this book is of a wedding. I won't go any further into detail than that, spoiler-wise, but I had tears running down my face practically from the minute I turned the page. Happy tears, though. What a beautiful note to end on. I hope with all my might I get that someday. Thank you, Noelle, for sharing all this. I'm incredibly grateful.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I adore Noelle Stevenson and still fondly remember stumbling across Broship of the Rings on Tumblr ages ago. I was an instant fan, so I felt this book was a must-buy. I don’t regret buying it because I want to support a favorite artist, but this felt a bit rehashed and lacking in cohesion. I felt like I’d read/seen most of the cartoons, I’d read all the years in review, and I was hoping for a steadier narrative arc throughout the book rather than the scattered pieces I got. Still, I’m a huge fan I adore Noelle Stevenson and still fondly remember stumbling across Broship of the Rings on Tumblr ages ago. I was an instant fan, so I felt this book was a must-buy. I don’t regret buying it because I want to support a favorite artist, but this felt a bit rehashed and lacking in cohesion. I felt like I’d read/seen most of the cartoons, I’d read all the years in review, and I was hoping for a steadier narrative arc throughout the book rather than the scattered pieces I got. Still, I’m a huge fan, and I look forward to more work in the future!

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