Continuing on from our post about Gene Luen Yang's appointment as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, The Beat just announced it's Comics Industry Person of the Year for 2015, and it's … a shark!
No, wait. Sorry, it's Noelle Stevenson!
Stevenson truly had a breakout year, with critical accolades (a National Book Award nomination for Nimona) and commercial successes (including movie options for both Nimona and The Lumberjanes, which she produces with co-writer Grace Ellis, illustrator Brooke Allen, colourist Maarta Laiho, and letterer Aubrey Aiese). Following up on Raina Telgemeier's recognition for 2014, this is the second year in a row that The Beat (and the creators surveyed) have named a woman cartoonist working in the young adult sub-field – a sharp contrast with the continuing debacle that is Angoulême.