steven universe

I wanted to do a little advert heads-up that NEXT WEEK is going to be a very special FULL WEEK of *new* Steven Universe episodes!! ohmygoodness.

Monday - March 9 - Rose’s Scabbard
Tuesday - March 10 - The Message
Wednesday - March 11 - Political Power
Thursday - March 12 - The Return & Jail Break  <— special two-parter!
Friday - March 13 - Full Disclosure

Also of note, these are all going to air at a special time too, 5 PM EST/PST; so keep that in mind when you tune in! :D

[Image theme based on Hilary Florido’s awesome highschool AU type promo art, found (here). ]

[link to the tvguide.com listings with times / episode titles found (here). ]

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Today’s women’s history month profile is Rebecca Sugar, animator and artist. Rebecca is already a history-maker in the industry, being the first woman to be a creator and showrunner for Cartoon Network. She’s created her own show and has been a crew member on multiple others.

Rebecca was born in 1987 and grew up in Maryland, and went on to attend the School of Visual Arts (also known as SVA) in New York City. The school is one of the more well-known universities for animation on the east coast.  Her first major industry job was as a storyboard revisionist on the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time as a storyboard revisionist, and was later promoted to storyboard artist

She gained a lot of fame as a crew member not only for her more serious episodes, but for her musical contributions to the series. She wrote such memorable songs as “Daddy Why Did You Eat my Fries,” “I Remember You,” and “I’m Just Your Problem.” Her work on the episode “It Came From the Nightosphere” gained a Primetime Emmy nomination. Sugar became a more well-known crew member from the popular show.   

In 2013, a set of shorts went online from Cartoon Network. This set of shorts included the likes of Clarence, Lakewood Plaza Turbo, and Sugar’s own pilot Steven Universe. The short was already slated to be produced into a full series for the network along with Clarence. The story revolves around a young boy named Steven, who lives with a group of magical feminine humanoids called the Crystal Gems. Being half gem on his mother’s side, they work together to save the world from trouble. Sugar left Adventure Time after the episode “Simon and Marcy” to devote time to the series.

She became the first woman to create a show for the channel. Steven Universe premiered in November 2013 with a revamped art style and the same voice cast. The show starred singer Estelle as Garnet, Sophia the First’s Zach Callison as Steven, Broadway actress Deedee Magno Hall as Pearl, and Barney the Dinosaur’s Michela Dietz as Amethyst. Lakewood Plaza Turbo creator Ian Jones-Quartey and Rebecca’s brother Steven Sugar (whom much of Steven is said to be based) are both crew members on the show.

Rebecca designed the cover for Estelle’s album, True Romance, which came out in February 2015. Forbes included her in their 30 under 30 list, saying that she wrote “some of the best” Adventure Time episodes. She did some work on the Genndy Tartakovsky film Hotel Transylvania as a storyboard artist. 

Rebecca’s just begun her career, and she’s already accomplished much. Steven Universe has gained a large fanbase, and is already slated for two seasons. The show has had its own panels at several major conventions.

You can follow rebeccasugar on tumblr.
You can also follow her on twitter.

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Headcanon height difference for Lapis and Peridot. Lapis is shown to be just taller than Steven, and although we’ve yet to see Peridot on-screen with any other Gems, I feel she’s probably just a bit taller than Pearl.

Also, don’t swing your feet when you sit in someone’s lap, you’ll end up kicking them in the shins.

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Steven Universe Voice Cast

I’ve been wanting to follow up on my post about the POC in the voice cast of Steven Universe for a while. Both to update it with new actors but also to show it in the full context. Both to represent new POC who’ve been cast and to acknowledge that like much of animation, SU also has POC characters voiced by white actors. Basically, I want to give their casting its due while also make sure not to place it above criticism.