Steven Universe: Art & Origins is the first book to take fans behind the scenes of the groundbreaking and boundlessly creative Cartoon Network animated series Steven Universe. The eponymous Steven is a boy who - alongside his mentors, the Crystal Gems (Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl) - must learn to use his inherited powers to protect his home, Beach City, from the forces of evil. Bursting with concept art, production samples, early sketches, storyboards and exclusive commentary, this lavishly illustrated companion book offers a meticulous oral and visual history of the show, as well as an all-access tour of the creative team's process. Beginning with creator Rebecca Sugar's early influences and work, then delving into the making of the series, Steven Universe: Art & Origins reveals how Sugar, the writers, the animators and the voice actors work in tandem to bring this adventure-packed television series to life.
About the Author
Chris McDonnell has designed books on Ralph Bakshi, Bill Plympton, the Joker, Wonder Woman, and many more. He is a contributor to the Cartoon Brew animation blog. He creates animation for television programs that have included Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (Adult Swim), Portlandia (IFC), Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC), and Yo Gabba Gabba! (Nickelodeon). McDonnell is also the author and designer of Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo. He lives in Philadelphia.
'Steven Universe: Art and Origins offers fans... insight into the universe of Steven and the Crystal Gems on an unprecedented scale.' - James Whitbrook, Gizmodo
'Steven Universe: Art & Origins will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the beloved animated series.' - Buzzfeed
'It’s a testament to how much hard work and creativity and teamwork went into making this show we know and love and are thankful for. It’s an important thing to learn about and acknowledge the people who make the things we love, and this book gives Steven Universe fans an opportunity to do just that.' - Autostraddle
'…infused with love for one’s family and inclusiveness and is bolstered by a bevy of musical gems thanks to creator Rebecca Sugar.' - Michael Burgin, Paste Magazine