The Tale of Steven
In 2019, Cartoon Network aired a pivotal episode in its Emmy- and Annie-award nominated series Steven Universe: The hour-long special “Change Your Mind” revealed the highly anticipated culmination of Pink Diamond’s storyline.
A companion book to the series, The Tale of Steven tells the story of “Change Your Mind” in the same style as the New York Times bestselling The Answer.
Featuring an unusual and thought-provoking interactive format, readers will follow the story of Pink Diamond’s escape from Homeworld, Rose Quartz’s life on Earth, and the creation of Steven Universe, from multiple conflicting perspectives.
The Tale of Steven will be an irresistible keepsake for Steven Universe fans of all ages.
From the back cover:
Once upon a time,
a silly, impossible little Gem
named Pink Diamond
ran away from her Homeworld
to the planet Earth.
She transformed into Rose Quartz
and gave up her existence
to create a half-human child,
But so long as Steven has her Gem,
can they BOTH exist?
Is he her? Is she him?
Is she trapped inside his Gem?
This is so DISORIENTING!
In a story unlike any other—
made up of multiple points of view—
who gets to tell the Tale of Steven?
Praise For Steven Universe: The Tale of Steven…
— The Hollywood Reporter
“…beneath the surface Tale of Steven is a wonderfully smart commentary on bias and perspective, and how different points of view can all color and reframe the same story...”
“Challenging in all the right ways, heartstring-tugging and entertaining…”
— Animation Magazine
Abrams, 9781419741487, 48pp.
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
About the Author
Elle Michalka is an Annie-nominated art director and New York Times bestselling illustrator who has worked for shows including Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, and Midnight Gospel. She is a native Texan and CalArts alum who currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Angie Wang is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Los Angeles. She works as a prop/FX designer on Steven Universe and is one of the four co-founders of the annual comics festival Comic Arts Los Angeles.