M2X – Natasha Allegri, Efrain, and Silly Filly Gallery & Interview with Natasha!

At Midwest Media Expo, we attended both the Adventure Time: Fiona and Cake & the Bee and Puppycat panels! While The Fiona and Cake panel featured only the wonderful Natasha Allegri, she had help from the awesome emcee for the event, Michael Shea. Throughout answering questions, Natasha took drawing suggestions from the crowd and drew them for the people at the panel. (These pictures were a little hard to capture, we’re sorry!)

The Bee & Puppycat panel however featured Natasha, Efrain, Zedrin and Meredith (Zedrin and Meredith are part of Silly Filly Studios!)  talking about the upcoming cartoon and their starts with working in cartoons. The panel featured mostly Q&A, and went amazingly for a 9am Sunday panel! (Kudos to the group for being so wide awake!)

Check out our interview with Natasha underneath the gallery of the event for even MORE proof of how awesome she is!
Maybe we’ll have a contest soon featuring her work?

mattmagician

Before we start, for anyone that somehow doesn’t know your work, why not introduce yourself?

Natasha

Hello! My name’s Natasha Allegri, I used to work on Adventure Time, I used to make comics about my cat, Pancake (I wanna start doing them again!) and now I’m working on Bee and Puppycat with a bunch of amazing artists.

mattmagician

You’ve said before that you’re hoping Bee and Puppycat will be ‘darker’, while still being for all ages. With production starting, is that holding up?

Natasha

Yeah! I mean, I like to think so…. there’s a scene where a guy gets eaten… while like… having a flowery speech.

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mattmagician

So, how exactly did Fiona and Cake go from something YOU did to something that P. Ward OK’d?

Natasha

It was actually Fred Seibert that pushed for it to go to series. He emailed pen, and pen was just like “okie dokie!!!”.

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mattmagician

The Fiona and Cake comics & Bee and Puppycat have some truly ‘storybook’ moments, like the tale of the flame princess and the fairy tale. How did you come up with those?

Natasha

I love fairy tales, I wrote a bunch when I was in college. i have a book of them, I was trying to put together a fairy tale comic book… but in my mind, I’d want them to look a certain way… but I’ve never been able to draw the way I want… so instead of just sitting on those stories, I’ve started letting them go into other things I’ve worked on… otherwise I’m scared I’ll just die with them and never get them out there… haha!

mattmagician

You’ve mentioned online being pretty into anime, with stuff like Sailor Moon and Princess Jellyfish under your belt. Watch anything good lately?

Natasha

I think space dandy is super funny! Anything Rumiko too… lately… hmm hmmm hmmmmm… I’ve been rewatching old stuff… I watched some kill la kill (so good) and some swimming anime (sooooo gooooooood)

mattmagician

If both Fionna & Cake | Bee & Puppycat could crossover with any other animated world, what would you like to see the most?

Natasha

I’d like to see… Bee borrowing Fionna’s sleeping bag maybe… to hide food in maybe… maybe see Puppycat and Cake make out a little bit…. is that gross? hehehh… I had a discussion with the writer (Frank Gibson) and Becky (the designer) about cats kissing… they said it would probably be lots of face smashin and lickin… which is gross maybe…. Becky painted this beautiful painting of my cat kissing Puss in Boots (The dreamworks Puss in Boots)

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mattmagician

What sort of games do you like playing? I know you’re big into Animal Crossing!

Natasha

I’m usually really late to games, i don’t start playin stuff till way late… EXCEPT ANIMAL CROSSING…. but right now I’m playin Mario Kart on the DS and kicking Efrain (The art director)’s BUTT…. I’m still getting through pokemon… I lost it in the move… i got X… Bulbasaur foreverrrrrrr

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mattmagician

Have any funny stories about working on a show? (AT, B&PC?)

Natasha

I filled my boss’ cubicle with balloons on adventure time once…

and on Puppycat… A couple days ago Efrain and I were breaking down the BG design list, and there’s a part where Bee parts some plants and walks through… and Efrain was calling the bg and saying it should be designed… and he was like “yeah, right here where she’s spread open”. and the room went completely silent… and i like… slow turned to Efrain… and i was like “Efrain………..”… and he turned bright red and busted up… and everyone was just… like “Efrain wow”…. he does that stuff a lot… i think he does it on purpose.

mattmagician

What’s the weirdest drawing request you can remember?

Natasha

Anytime someone asks me to draw myself is kinda weird, but really sweet!!
The weirdest thing i ever had to draw on was… someone once gave me a print out of a photo i took of myself eating a gigantic snickers bar i had ordered of amazon. It was really funny, it surprised me and I almost choked on my spit.

mattmagician

There are already Puppycat plushes, so If you could sell one toy from your newest show, what would you want to sell?

Natasha

WeLoveFine, the company that makes all the merch is REALLY amazing… a girl made me a Wallace plush at a panel, and i walked over to the WeLoveFine booth and asked if they’d make it into a thing… and they said yes!!!!!!!!!!!

other than that… I’d like Puppycat squirt guns… where you cock his tail to shoot out water

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mattmagician

Anything you want to say to your fans? Anything to plug?

Natasha

I wanna say thank you… I’ve been going to cons, and getting to meet everyone is so awesome… everyone is so sweet and funny and cute… it’s so fun.

mattmagician

There you have it! Make sure to let Natasha know how much you liked the interview by tweeting to her @Natazilla , and check out Bee & Puppycat when it’s available later this year!