HI, I'M IVY NOELLE.
I work in publishing and am a writer of comics, an arts and culture critic, a librarian, and a gigantic nerd.
I did my undergraduate studies in fine arts and art history at Parsons, the New School for Design and Goddard College, graduating in 2014. During my time in the art world, I worked as a critic and photographer for publications such as RIPP Magazine and exhibited photographic work in galleries across the country. In 2013, I made the decision to leave the New York art world and focus my studies instead on information and archival theory,encouraged by what was then a part-time job at a public library. That part-time job quickly progressed into a career of creating engaging programs for teens and adults that redefine what people expect from their library. In 2015, I was selected to participate in the American Library Association's class of Emerging Leaders, alongside a diverse group of other librarians that are doing interesting and innovative work in their fields. I have written freelance articles on pop culture and librarianship for outlets like American Libraries Magazine and NovelList, and have spoken on the topic at venues like New York Comic Con, Rutgers, and UCLA.
I have been reading comics for my entire life. I formerly worked as a critic on the staff of Women Write About Comics, and have been used as a source for numerous articles on the industry. I currently serve as a co-administrator for The Valkyries, an online group for women who work in comics, and now oversee its sister organization, Valkyries Valhalla, which caters to booksellers and librarians with a comics focus. In 2014, I was honored to take part in a committee put together by TheMarySue.com to write a new anti-harassment policy for New York Comic Con. I also create comics with my creative partner, Christina "Steenz" Stewart. Our first original graphic novel, Archival Quality, will be published by Oni Press in 2018. We've also collaborated on webcomics and work for titles such as Princeless.
In late 2016, I was able to synthesize all of my "professional geek" work into an awesome new job at Quirk Books, where I spread the good word about fun, weird, geeky books. It's pretty perfect.
When I'm not working, I'm playing tabletop RPGs and video games, collecting monster toys, traveling, and hanging out with my boyfriend and our tiny weird chihuahua.
BFA, Photography, Parsons the New School for Design, 2009 - 2012
BA, Fine Arts & Art History, Goddard College. 2014.
MSLS, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Expected 2017.
My full CV is available upon request.