Today Rebecca Sugar is a superstar - at least in the eyes of animation nerds like me. She's the creator of Steven Universe and before that she was a writer and storyboard artist on Adventure Time. They're both incredible cartoons well suited to her particular style. But before Rebecca Sugar commanded the helm of her own animated TV show, she created several artworks that hold up today and give an insight into her personal flair.
She first came to my attention with her graduate film, Singles. Rebecca attended Cal Arts, a prestigious animation school with ties to Disney Animation Studios. The animated short has minimal story, but its core concept of a man who exists in a room that exists within his own body is visually striking. It also shows off Rebecca's fondness for squishy movement and distressed faces that we're starting to see shades of in the later episodes of Steven Universe.
Rebecca also made the rounds on the internet with her comic, Don't Cry For Me I'm Already Dead. In just a few pages it tells a sweet story of two brothers who share a love for Simpsons quotes. Even in re-reading this again it can make me tear up. Prepare your feelings. The line work is especially impressive. Steven Universe has a very clean work, but in these two works we see a style that plays with really expressive lines, especially on the characters faces. I can't get enough of it. Thankfully, a fellow fan has preserved the entire comic here.