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The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  3,631 ratings  ·  648 reviews
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
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by HarperTeen
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

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.
Rachel Abbott
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wlw-reads
I’m a simple woman. Noelle Stevenson makes something, and I love it.
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
Dave Schaafsma
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
"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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020

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
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Ivy Moore
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, comics
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. ...more
s.n. ☾
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
Rod Brown
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been following Noelle Stevenson on tumblr since 2011, the fanart days, and I always looked forward to her 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. ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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.
Laura AP
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this book both called me out on my bullshit and offered me a nice and comprehending hug
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
actual rating: 4.5/5

the molly and noelle pictures made my heart go BOOM BOOM
Lauren Lanz
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, adult
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
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Mar 07, 2020 added it
Shelves: comics
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
Kathryn Kania
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfic, queer, comics
oof, right in the heart. Sending strength vibes to Noelle.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Samantha Puc
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Goddamn, this is absolutely stunning. Full review coming soon, but for now: thank you for this, Noelle.
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2020-read, auth-f
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.
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
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
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Samantha W.
Ugh, yes. Noelle, please be my best friend.
040420: i don’t think this was bad but it just read like a bunch of blog posts to me so like. i didn’t really enjoy it or get much out of it i guess
astri ☆
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not crying ahah... im not *sobs on the floor* ...more
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Noelle Stevenson is a comic artist and freelance illustrator residing in Los Angeles, California. She published the young adult graphic novel NIMONA in 2015, which is also serialized online . She has been nominated for a Harvey Award, and was awarded the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Webcomic in 2012. She is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and has done published work f ...more

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