cartoonist, illustrator, Tarot reader, witch

About

b. 1986, HK.

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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 The Numinous Tarot, an inclusive, intersectional Tarot deck, and Ignition Zero, a completed urban fantasy webcomic with over 350 pages, both done entirely in watercolor and ink. Noel has been a witch since 2001 and has been reading Tarot since 2003. Their name is pronounced like "knoll" and not like the Christmas song. Noel is agender, pan/demisexual, and grey-aromantic. Their pronouns are they/them.

Storytelling is Noel's foremost passion, and their most heartfelt mission is to create speculative fiction full of queer characters who are happy and secure in their identities. Healing from trauma or tragedy is a common theme of Noel’s work, most commonly dealing with loss or abuse, though never connected to being queer. Optimism and joy are central to these stories, whatever darker elements they may contain. Noel is also particularly committed to creating good representation for people on the asexual & aromantic spectrums.

Noel’s Tarot and Oracle card decks are, similarly, made to be tools in which marginalized people can see themselves, increasing the deck’s ability to assist with self discovery and healing.

(last updated bio: September 17, 2018.)