Finalist Spotlight: Laura Fear


Laura “Miss” Fear tells us more about her competition entry.

“My name is Laura “Miss” Fear and I’m a full time college student studying graphic design at the University of Nebraska Kearney.  I grew up an only child in the middle of central Nebraska. I didn’t have any friends, family, internet, neighbors or anything else to keep me occupied except for cartoons. I grew up in front of the television in the 90’s watching cartoons on Nickelodeon.  When all the other kids in my class were saying that they wanted to grow up and work with children, animals, and hair I said that I wanted to work with cartoons.  Ever since I can remember I’ve been writing and coming up with ideas for animated series’ and children’s stories.  I started getting into art when I was about twelve years old and I have been hooked ever since.  I’m a junior in college and am placing an emphasis on illustration.  My dream has always been to create and produce an animated series for Nickelodeon.  This summer I was accepted into an online master cartooning class taught by the great Joe Murray (creator of Rocko’s Modern Life and Camp Lazlo).  In that class I got to work on creating my own pilot for an animated series.
Ever since I can remember I’ve been into death, monsters, ghouls, funerals, and pretty much anything associated with the “goth” culture.  I especially love old school classic horror such as the classic Universal Monsters.  We all know who the Wolfman, the Bride of Frankenstein, and Dracula are but have any of us seen the movies?  They are stunningly beautiful and it should be a requirement that every American see them in their lifetime!  For the past five years or so I’ve been working on a pilot for an animated series called “The Real Bride of Frankenstein.”  It follows all the classic monsters we know and love and their day to day domestic lives and their monstrous personalities.  This is a project I’m constantly working on and when I saw Popcorn Horror was doing a contest focusing around a Universal Monsters re-design I knew that I couldn’t pass this up!
I chose the Frankenstein couple not only because they’re my favorite ones to work with but because they’re the most iconic couple in horror.  Everyone recognizes the square head and the black and white beehive.  I did this piece of the Frankenstein family in total domestic bliss.  Ever since life was brought into the monster he has dreamed of achieving domestic tranquility; a comfy home in the suburbs, a caring and beautiful wife, and children to dote on.  This is the loving (although at times exhausting) home that the Frankenstein Monster has always dreamed of.  I’m not sure how long I spent on this piece, I did this intermittently between working on my other school projects and commissions. “

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