Rebecca Sugar

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Rebecca Sugar
File:Rebecca Sugar Speaking at New York Comic Con 2014 - Peter Dzubay.jpeg
Sugar at the 2014 New York Comic Con.
Born Rebecca Rea Sugar
(1987-07-09) July 9, 1987 (age 31)
Nationality American
Alma mater School of Visual Arts
Known for Animation, comics, songwriting
Notable work Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Pug Davis

Rebecca Rea Sugar is an American animator, composer and director. She is best known for creating the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, which has made her the first woman to independently create a series for the network.[1] Sugar was formerly a writer and storyboard artist on the animated television series Adventure Time. Her work on Adventure Time and Steven Universe has earned her three Primetime Emmy Award nominations.[2]

Early life

Sugar was raised in the Sligo Park Hills area of Silver Spring, Maryland. She simultaneously attended Montgomery Blair High School and the Visual Arts Center at Albert Einstein High School, both in Maryland.[3] She went on to attend the School of Visual Arts in New York.[4]


Sugar first joined the crew of Adventure Time as a storyboard revisionist during the show's first season.[5] She was promoted to a storyboard artist during production of the second season, beginning with the episode "It Came from the Nightosphere".[6]

Production for Steven Universe began while Sugar was still working on Adventure Time. She continued working on Adventure Time until the show's fifth season, whereupon she left in order to focus on Steven Universe. Her last episode for Adventure Time was "Simon & Marcy"; following that episode, working on both series simultaneously "became impossible to do". She had also previously encountered difficulty in the production of the Adventure Time episode "Bad Little Boy".[7] Sugar did, however, return to the Adventure Time crew temporarily to write the song "Everything Stays" for the seventh season miniseries "Stakes".[8]

Sugar designed the album cover of True Romance for Estelle, the voice of Garnet on Steven Universe.


Rebecca Sugar's work on Adventure Time gained Primetime Emmy Award for Short-format Animation nominations for the episode "It Came from the Nightosphere" in 2011 and for the episode "Simon & Marcy" in 2013, as well as a 2012 Annie Award nomination for Best Storyboarding in a Television Production.[9][10][11] In 2012, Forbes magazine included her on its "30 Under 30 in Entertainment" list, noting that she was responsible for "many of the best episodes" of Adventure Time.[1]

For her work on Steven Universe, Sugar was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Short-format Animation for the episode "Lion 3: Straight to Video".[12]

Personal life

On February 13, 2016, Ian Jones-Quartey confirmed on Twitter that they've been in a romantic relationship for the past 8 years.[13] He added that they met when Sugar was at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her father Rob Sugar has stated that she and her brother Steven were raised with what he refers to as "Jewish sensibilities". Both siblings share the lighting of Hanukkah candles with their parents via Skype.[14]



Year Title Role
2012 Hotel Transylvania Storyboard artist[15]


Year Title Role
2009–2012, 2015 Adventure Time Writer, storyboard artist, songwriter, storyboard revisionist, voice of Marceline's mother
2012–present Steven Universe Creator, executive producer, writer, storyboard artist, songwriter


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Rebecca Sugar – 30 Under 30: Hollywood". Forbes. December 17, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Cartoon Network Announce New Show By Rebecca Sugar". Web Stoopid. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Cavna, Michael (November 1, 2013). "'Steven Universe' creator Rebecca Sugar is a Cartoon Network trailblazer". The Washington Post.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Amidi, Amid (October 5, 2012). "Rebecca Sugar Is Cartoon Network's First Solo Woman Show Creator". CartoonBrew. Retrieved June 11, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Ward, Pendleton (2011). "Rainy Day Daydream" [Animatic commentary track], Adventure Time Season One [DVD], Los Angeles, CA: Cartoon Network.
  6. Seibert, Fred (October 11, 2010). "Rebecca Sugar's First Board (Nightosphere)". Frederator Studios. Retrieved January 19, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Kohn, Eric (2013-11-01). "Adventure Time Writer Rebecca Sugar on Steven Universe, Being Cartoon Network's First Female Show Creator And Why Pop Art Is 'Offensive'". Indiewire. p. 1. Retrieved 2013-11-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "[Olivia Olson confirms when 'Stakes' will air]". Instagram. July 10, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Adventure Time". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved January 23, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Emmys 2013: Complete List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Beck, Jerry (December 5, 2011). "Annie Award Nominations 2011". Cartoon Brew. Cartoon Brew LLC. Retrieved January 23, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Steven Universe". Retrieved September 20, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "ian jq on Twitter: "@CreeperGuy1337 yeah! We've been together over 8 years now"". February 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Rebecca Sugar takes Hollywood by storm with hit cartoon show "Steven Universe" —". Retrieved 2016-03-01. line feed character in |title= at position 79 (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Sugar, Rebecca (November 25, 2012). "I did some storyboards for Hotel Transylvania!". Tumblr. Retrieved May 6, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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