• Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2017
  • Price: $29.95
  • Trim Size: 10 x 9
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-2443-5
  • EAN: 9781419724435
  • Page Count: 240
  • Illustrations: 400 color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover (Paper over Board)
  • Rights: Other
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Steven Universe: Art & Origins is the first book to take fans behind the scenes of the groundbreaking and boundlessly creative Emmy Award-winning 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 written and visual history of the show, as well as an all-access tour of the creative team’s process. Steven Universe: Art & Origins reveals how creator Rebecca Sugar, the writers, the animators, and the voice actors work in tandem to bring this adventure-packed television series to life.

Also Available: Steven Universe: End of an Era (978-1-4197-4284-2) and Steven Universe: The Tale of Steven (978-1-4197-4148-7)


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.
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.
"…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
“It’s a gem of a book that will enthrall fans...”
Advocate Magazine

About the authors

Chris McDonnell is the author and designer of The Art of Invader Zim, Steven Universe: End of an Era, Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo, and BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse. He has designed books on Ralph Bakshi, Bill Plympton, the Joker, Wonder Woman, and many more. He is also 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). He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Sugar is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of the Emmy Award-winning show Steven Universe on Cartoon Network. She previously worked as a writer and storyboard artist on Cartoon Network's animated series Adventure Time. She is also the author of Steven Universe: The Tale of Steven.