Feb 18, 2015 #WomanCrushWednesday - Garnet of Steven Universe So here’s a thing about me - my very first crush was half man/half cat beefcake Lion-O from Thundercats. If you haven’t laid eyes on this 80s cartoon classic, he’s a mulleted redhead catman stomping around in bright blue boots and matching wrestling singlet because no fabric in the universe could contain his raging biceps and thighs. Not exactly my type now. I watched a ton of cartoons and dabbled in animation appreciation but never fully got on the bandwagon until I started dating my guy for life, an artist and animator. He showed me all sorts of cool things that I had never seen and I’m sure at some point last year he came home and exclaimed, ‘We have to watch Steven Universe!” because we’ve since spent many Saturday mornings watching it and eating pancakes. Steven Universe is the first show on the Cartoon Network created by a woman. Her name is Rebecca Sugar and she’s the REAL crush behind this week’s #WomanCrushWednesday. At 26, she had already left her successful position at Adventure Time to do her own thing. Enter Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems, his three female guardians who are also protecting the planet from evil. Pearl, Amethyst, and Garnet are crazy awesome babe heroes who are smart and tough. They are all my favourite but Garnet is my MOST favourite right now as I write this. She’s kind of built like Lion-O but with an afro, all big thighs and strong arms which transform into gauntlets when she’s destroying enemies. Garnet (voiced by Estelle) is the kind of character that would have made an impact on me as a kid and it is really awesome and important that Rebecca Sugar is creating television full of complex female characters that are out of this world. Big love to Steven Universe! You can check out Rebecca Sugar on Twitter and here’s a really charming interview she did for the Cartoon Network.