Maria Stoian is an illustrator and a comic book artist. She was born in Romania and currently lives in Scotland where she teaches at the Edinburgh College of Art. She cares about feminism, the state of the world, and making things look nice. Stoian publishes in the New Yorker and comic book anthologies such as Drawing Power and We Shall Fight Until We Win, as well as regularly contributes non-fiction comics for The Nib, an online publication focused on political caricature, graphic journalism and strip-essays about current social issues. Furthermore, she enjoys making fanzines and is currently probably somewhere checking the global news.
Stoian published her graphic novel “Take It as a Compliment” in 2015 and was awarded the Independent Publisher’s Outstanding Book of the Year Independent Spirit Award in 2016. “Take It as a Compliment” was awarded the British Book Design Award and SICBA Award.
“Take It as a Compliment” is an award-winning graphic novel - collection of stories which use illustration and text to talk about sexual violence and harassment, sexual assault in close relationships and child abuse.