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Rebecca Sugar is the creator of Steven Universe. She is an artist, composer, and director who is known mostly for her work with Adventure Time, another Cartoon Network original series, as well as her award-winning animated short "Singles" and her graphic novel Pug Davis, as well as assisting with characters and backgrounds for Ian Jones-Quartey and Jim Gisriel's web series nockFORCE prior to her career.[1]

In 2012, Cartoon Network greenlit Steven Universe, making her the first solo female cartoon creator in the network's twenty-one-year history. Rebecca was one of the main storyboard artists on Adventure Time, before leaving production during the fifth season to work on Steven Universe, although she worked on Adventure Time again in 2015 for the Stakes miniseries, writing at least one song ("Everything Stays") and voicing Marceline's mother.[2]

She also did a few storyboards on the Sony Pictures Animation film Hotel Transylvania.[3]

Career

Rebecca was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and attended the Visual Arts Center at Einstein High School and Montgomery Blair High School simultaneously. Later, she would attend the School of Visual Arts in New York.[4] One of her early works, a comic strip called "Don't Cry for Me, I'm Already Dead"[5] about brothers who bond over references to The Simpsons, was a viral success.[6] The strip was originally published on Sugar's now-defunct website, SugarBoukas.com, itself a reference to one of her early animated shorts.[7]

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Sugar speaking at 2016 San Diego Comic Con.

She was eventually hired as a storyboard revisionist during season one of Adventure Time, and later promoted to storyboard artist in the second season.

Rebecca would eventually leave Adventure Time in early 2013 to launch her new cartoon, Steven Universe. Her final episode she worked on for Adventure Time, titled "Simon and Marcy", was difficult because she was working on that episode alongside with launching her new show.[8]

She has achieved numerous awards in her career in television, such as earning nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards and Annie Awards while working for Adventure Time, and being featured in Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30 in Entertainment" list in 2012, noting that she was responsible for some of the best episodes of Adventure Time.[9]

She returned to Adventure Time in 2015 for the Stakes miniseries, voicing Marceline's mother and writing the song "Everything Stays".

Episodes Written and Storyboarded

Steven Crewniverse

Rebecca Sugar and the Steven Crewniverse.

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Art

Trivia

  • Rebecca Sugar's birthstone is a ruby.
  • Rebecca Sugar said if she were a Gem, she would be a Ruby.
  • Rebecca Sugar plays the ukelele, which she often uses for song demos.
    • She also has a banjolele which she played at New York Comic Con.
    • She also plays the Omnichord/QChord, a chorded synthesizer, similar to the one Marceline plays in "I Remember You".
  • Rebecca Sugar is Cartoon Network's first female animated cartoon creator.
  • Rebecca Sugar illustrated the cover of Estelle's music album True Romance.
  • She wrote the song "Everything Stays" for the Adventure Time miniseries Stakes which premiered around Halloween 2015.[10] This marks Rebecca's first contribution to Adventure Time since leaving it to work on her show.
    • She also voices Marceline's mother in the miniseries.
  • She is a member of WIA (Women in Animation).[11]
  • Rebecca Sugar has a cat named Lion.
  • During SDCC 2016, when asked why she included so many LGBT themes in the show, Rebecca Sugar came out, citing her experiences as a bisexual woman and her desire for LGBT youth to grow up where these themes are normalized.
  • During NYCC 2016, she mentioned that "Mr. Greg" was her favorite episode, because she had always dreamed about working on a musical.[12]
    • She also revealed that she does have plans for the ending of the series.[13]
  • When Rebecca was born, her parents had considered naming her "Nora", which she later used as Steven's girl name in the episode "Lion 4: Alternate Ending".[14]
  • During SDCC 2017, Rebecca stated that out of all the Off Colors, she relates to Rhodonite the most.
  • Rebecca sings the closing credits song for the Cartoon Network show OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes.
  • In the Ultimate Crossover Fundraiser, she sang “We’ll Meet Again” while playing the ukelele, she states that Mabel, Dipper and Grunkle Stan’s gem would be “Cherry Tugtupite”, “Larimar” and “Pyrite”, she sang with Ian JQ "It’s Only Magic” and then she sang “Everything Stays”.

External Links

References

  1. https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/636312476930314244
  2. Rebecca Sugar Filmography
  3. http://rebeccasugar.tumblr.com/post/36567783012
  4. http://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/rebecca-sugar-is-cartoon-networks-first-solo-woman-show-creator-71157.html
  5. https://dawolfey.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/dont-cry-for-me-im-already-dead-by-rebecca-sugar/
  6. https://unicornbooty.com/watch-the-weird-heartbreaking-pre-steven-universe-works-of-rebecca-sugar/
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHqgv7hFVPo
  8. http://www.indiewire.com/article/television/adventure-time-writer-rebecca-sugar-on-steven-universe
  9. http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mfl45edfge/rebecca-sugar/
  10. https://instagram.com/p/4-ChaHhw-D/
  11. http://stevencrewniverse.tumblr.com/post/78905222172
  12. http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/nycc-steven-universe-gem-harvest
  13. http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/nycc-steven-universe-gem-harvest
  14. Rebecca Sugar gives us an inside look at the #StevenUniverse Spring Break arc. Maybe her nickname should be Nora from now on 😄 #CNSide - @cartoonnetwork on Twitter
ve Steven Universe Crew
Voice Actors Lamar AbramsChris Jai AlexDee Bradley BakerKimberly BrooksZach CallisonMichaela DietzSusan EganEstelleKate FlanneryReagan Gomez-PrestonJoel HodgsonIan Jones-QuarteyErica LuttrellDeedee Magno-HallMary Elizabeth McGlynnBilly MerrittKate MicucciMatthew MoyToks OlagundoyeJennifer PazBrian PosehnShelby RabaraGrace RolekTom ScharplingAtticus ShafferZachary SteelCharlyne Yi
Guest Voices Uzo AdubaRita Rani AhujaEric BauzaEric Bell Jr.Ashly BurchJackie BuscarinoMason CookEugene CorderoGodfrey DanchimahColton DunnKathleen FisherBraden FitzgeraldCrispin FreemanBrian GeorgeLisa HanniganMartha HigaredaAlexia KhadimeAndrew KishinoMike KrolNancy LinariPatti LuPoneNatasha LyonneAimee MannAJ MichalkaNicki MinajEnuka OkumaOlivia OlsonChristine PediDella SabaAmy SedarisSinbadCristina VeeDave WillisJon WursterJinkx Monsoon
Show Staff Lamar AbramsLiz ArtinianKi-Yong BaeJane BakJeff BallSam BosmaMatt BralyMatt BurnettRicky CometaAmber CraggKevin DartNick DeMayoEfrain FariasHilary FloridoTiffany FordColin HowardDanny HynesYong Seop JeongHellen JoJoe JohnstonIan Jones-QuarteySue Hong KimJasmin LaiDongsoo LeeByung Ki LeeJae Bok LeeSeon-Jae LeeCurtis LelashBen LevinJeff LiuElle MichalkaKatie MitroffRaven MoliseeKat MorrisMary NashKent OsborneJin-Hee ParkHye Sung ParkJennifer Pelphrey • Madeline QueripelEdwin RhodesAleth RomanillosRobert SorcherStemageRebecca SugarSteven SugarAivi & SurasshuPaul VillecoEmily WalusAngie WangLuke WeberAmanda WintersteinHeeman YangYoung-Wha YoonSeong Wook YunLauren Zuke
Guest Animators Takafumi Hori
Comic Staff Frans BoukasQueenie ChanKali CiesemierWhitney CogarJillian CrabMatt CummingsRebekka DunlapColeman EngleKaty FarinaJosceline FentonAndrea FernandezMike FiorentinoMelanie GillmanGrace KraftWhitney LeopardRaven MoliseeMissy PenaTalya PerperJeremy SoreseAyme SotuyoRebecca SugarBridget UnderwoodShannon WattersHelen Yoon

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