Noelle Stevenson has had a whirlwind career, and like so many other young artists these days, it started online. In 2012, while still a student in art school, she started Nimona, a goofy webcomic about medieval knights, mad science, and a hero-villain duo whose picture book rivalry was complicated by the introduction of a shape-changing teenager with a taste for havoc.

Three years later, Nimona was a complete story, a dark, tragic fantasy published by HarperCollins that had a vocal and enthusiastic online fandom. Stevenson had graduated from college, interned at the comics company Boom! Studios Comics, co-created the ongoing Lumberjanes comic series, then moved into television writing, most notably on Craig McCracken’s animated series Wander Over Yonder.

Given that rapid progression, it’s no surprise to see Stevenson suddenly surfacing as the showrunner of her own series, Netflix’s reboot of the fantasy cartoon She-Ra: Princess of Power. The original series, which launched in 1985 as a companion to the Mattel-backed He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, features a princess named Adora who transforms into the heroine She-Ra to fight the evil Horde.

Stevenson’s modern update, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, just launched on Netflix, and it changes the dynamic of the original considerably. For one thing, much of the first season focuses on setup and relationship-building, particularly the connection between Adora and the feline humanoid Catra. The two young women grew up together as child soldiers in a military compound called the Fright Zone, which is ruled by Lord Hordak.

When Adora learns that her people are ruthless conquerors who’ve lied to her about the magical princesses who oppose them, she defects to the Rebellion, and with the help of a magical sword, she becomes the superpowered guardian She-Ra. I recently spoke with Stevenson about her new She-Ra show, its origins and designs (including the vocal positive and negative opinions about it), and her thoughts on some of the 1980s characters that haven’t turned up in the reboot yet — but still might.

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