||Kate Isenberg joined UCLA Animation Workshop to bring to the screen her longtime comic strip character: Stewball, a bipedal equine with an existential dilemma. Mentored by Pixar story artist Sam Hood, Kate crafted her UCLA thesis film, “Dear Death,” to tell the story of Stewball’s friendship with Death and, through it, his renewed willingness to risk for the life he wants. The film won a Matt Groening Production Fellowship and has played at festivals around the world. Before coming to animation, Kate earned an English degree from Harvard, worked as a journalist, and released two albums of folk-pop songs. Through diverse media, she explores how people—whether they’re humans, bipedal equines, hammerhead shark–goats, or Death in ponytails—improvise their own hero’s journey in contemporary life.