cartoonist, illustrator, Tarot reader, witch

About

Noel Arthur Heimpel is a lifelong artist, writer, and witch living in Seattle. They were born and raised in Maryland, and graduated from Towson University in 2013 with a BS in Painting/Drawing/Printmaking. They are the creator of Ignition Zero, an ongoing urban fantasy webcomic with over 300 pages done entirely in traditional media. Noel is also currently working on the illustrations for the Numinous Tarot, an inclusive and mystical deck which will be Kickstarting in 2017. Vested interests include: obsessing over flowers, making herbal remedies, eating strange things, cooking strange things, the internet, and reading memoirs. Their name is pronounced like "knoll" and not like the Christmas song. Noel is a queer, nonbinary trans person and uses the pronouns they/them.

Storytelling is Noel's foremost passion, and their most heartfelt mission is to create stories which contain a huge variety of people, especially those with underrepresented identities--specifically, stories which are not about those identities. There is a distinct need for stories in which everyone gets to be a full person with experiences outside of being queer or confronting other "identity narratives," and this is the niche Noel strives to fill with their work.

(last updated bio: March 4, 2016.)