Tara McPherson Reveals The Show That Inspired Her Dark Care Bear Collab

We caught up with the artist at this year’s Comic Con

by Hafeezah Nazim

Tara McPherson is known for her beautifully macabre illustrations, so it should come as no surprise that the NYC-based artist's latest collaboration with Care Bears and Kid Robot will totally creep you out (but, like, in an adorable way!). We caught up with McPherson at this year's Comic Con, to find out how the collaboration came to be, the show that inspired it, and what she loves most about creating characters.

"I did this show in L.A., called 'Gag Me With a Toon,' and the theme was cartoons," she says. "I just decided to pick a Care Bear. And I thought it would be really cool to do a version of that with my heart cutout and to have it be a little more twisted with this black rainbow coming through him. Ten years later, I got asked by Kid Robot to do a Care Bear, and I thought, Oh my god, I already picked my favorite one to do."

See the collab in action, below.


Produced by Tina Vaden and Ren Potts

Directed by Ren Potts

Shot by Rosalina Merrihue

Edited by Tina Vaden

Music: Nothing But Mine - Sebastian Forslund, Castle To Ruin - Martin Hall via Epidemic Sound