Nowhere Girl

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Nowhere Girl
Author(s) Justine Shaw
Current status / schedule On hiatus
Launch date October 2001
Nowhere Girl, Chapter Two, Page 13

Nowhere Girl is an adult fiction webcomic by Justine Shaw,[1] about a "college student who feels like an outsider in her own life, finding her place in the world and coming to terms with her sexuality".[2] It is named after a song written by British futurist band B-Movie in 1982. The comic was originally planned to be in five parts, but only two of them have been completed thus far;[citation needed] plans to complete the comic have been shelved by the author, according to her website.[citation needed]

The Village Voice has described the webcomic as "a graphic novel that appeals to the clove-smoking, Nick Drake-loving art student in all of us."[3] In 2003, Nowhere Girl received a nomination for an Eisner award in the "best new series" category, making it the first nomination of a Web comic. Shaw was nominated for "talent deserving of wider recognition".[4] Also in 2003, Nowhere Girl was nominated for several categories in the Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards, eventually winning "Outstanding Comic", "Outstanding Website Design", "Outstanding Dramatic Comic" and "Outstanding Reality Comic";[5] "Outstanding Long Form Comic" was the only category in which the comic was nominated and did not win.[citation needed]

Inspirations include Love and Rockets by the Hernandez brothers, and John Hughes films, especially The Breakfast Club[citation needed]. Additional influences include pop music singer Morrissey and music groups The Smiths (which was fronted by Morrisey) and Elastica. Although the comic is not autobiographical, issue two draws some material from the author's time spent working for an Internet start-up in Silicon Valley during the boom years, circa 1997-1999.[citation needed]

Shaw has also contributed artwork to the Star Wars Origins website, which documents possible inspirations George Lucas drew from to create the Star Wars films.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Brownstein, Charles (January 2002). "Tape This to Your Cubicle Wall". The Comics Journal, No. 240. p. 56
  2. ^ "The author's webpage". Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Koerner, Brendan I (December 31, 2002). "Workin' it". The Village Voice. p. 20. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ Price, Matthew (April 18, 2003). "DC leads in nominations; Norman artist in race for award". The Daily Oklahoman, p. 21D.
  5. ^ "The 2003 Cartoonists' Choice Awards". Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 

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