‘Nimona’ Creator ND Stevenson On Drawing Her Body Type: “Very Empowering”

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‘Nimona’ started streaming on Netflix last June 30, and in an interview, ND Stevenson opened up about his body representation feelings on his comics-turned-movie creation.

Based on Stevenson’s comics he first created during his teenage years, ‘Nimona’ follows the story of a shape-shifting girl who becomes the sidekick for a reluctant supervillain named Ballister Blackheart, a knight framed for a crime he didn’t commit. 

In an interview with PRIDE, Stevenson revealed his thoughts about body image and representation through ‘Nimona.’

“I really didn’t know the gender journey that I was going to go on. I had no idea when I was first making the comic,” he tells PRIDE. “But I’ve always had this sense of being more than my body, or just that my body is almost a part of the conversation, but not even the main part of that conversation. And so being able to be all these different things was also something. I just really wanted that. And then to be sure of myself, and then also just to be able to change as often as I feel like I’m changing within myself.”

This is why drawing Nimona’s body type was “very empowering,” according to him. Nimona’s image is not your typical, hypersexualized female heroine. Instead, she’s powerful, agile, and even shape-shifting.

“I found it very healing to draw her body type in the pages of the comic because I was just like a very hourglass teenager and I was really uncomfortable with that,” Stevenson said. “And so it felt very empowering to just get to show her in this way where she’s absolutely not constrained by her body. And she chose to look like this.”

Disney originally got the rights for ‘Nimona’ in 2015 and production began under Blue Sky Studios. However, when Disney shut the studio down in 2021, the show was canceled. A year after it was halted, Annapurna Pictures picked it up, and Stevenson announced that it will be shown on Netflix — a great move because Netflix didn’t shy away from showing the queer aspects of the story.

“I don’t think that any of us expected how timely this movie was going to be,” Stevenson said as LGBTQ+-targeted bigotry and discrimination have become rampant in recent days. “The world has changed so much, even just in the last year — and certainly in the last 10 years since I first started working on the comic… there’s never been a better time for it.”

 

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