Hypable talked with Karen Hallion about her successful Doctor Who and Disney Heroines collection, and also got an exclusive sneak peek at her latest sketch featuring the Doctor and another famous Disney princess!

Hallion boasts a large and dedicated fanbase, particularly on Facebook, and a whole array of incredible designs that feature fan favorite characters from popular shows and films like Firefly, Once Upon a Time, Harry Potter, and many, many others.

One of her most popular series is the Doctor Who and Disney Heroines collection, which shows the Doctor in his TARDIS meeting some popular Disney characters. We can just hear him now, “All of time and space; everywhere and anywhere; every star that ever was. Where do you want to start?” Who could say no to that?

Check out the gallery of images included in this series below. The designs that are officially recognized as part of this collection include Cinderella, Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, Alice, Mulan, Merida (work in progress, shown here), and Snow White. Jack Skellington was a related sketch, as was the one of Little Red Riding Hood, though neither are actually a part of the Disney collection. The Red Riding Hood sketch was a collaboration with Matthew Parsons.

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1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am originally from a small town in Massachusetts just north of Boston called Nahant. I went to Ringling School of Art and Design, and graduated with a BFA in Illustration. Up until a few years ago, I was an elementary school Art teacher and now am working full-time as an artist. I originally wanted to work for Disney as an animator, so my work tends to reflect that. I am influenced by the amazing work of Glen Keane, Audrey Kawasaki, and Alphonse Mucha. I also speak fluent Star Wars, Firefly, Buffy, Harry Potter and Steampunk. I currently live in Swampscott, MA with my husband, my sons, and our cats, Obi and Kenobi.

2. ‘Doctor Who’ and Disney, who knew they’d go so well together? How did you first come up with this concept?

Well, I started watching Doctor Who because a fellow artist thought I would enjoy it. What struck me was that his companions are not necessarily just love interests but also cohorts in his adventures. I started imagining who else might make good companions for him and thought of Cinderella; what an interesting twist to her story it would be if he appeared right at that moment.

The Disney princesses yearn for excitement and adventure, so I try to place the Doctor at the point in their story where it seems they are ready for things to change, and it just seems to work together so perfectly.

3. When you first did your Cinderella design, did you think it would be so popular? Did you ever expect you’d be doing a whole series of ‘Doctor Who’/Disney mash-ups?

No; in fact when I came up with the idea for Cinderella and wrote it down on my white board (where I keep all of my ideas), it sat there for over a month before I decided to work on it. Once I drew Cinderella, though, I knew I wanted to do Ariel and Belle, but did not plan to continue going with it after that. When I saw how much people loved them, I decided to keep going.

4. Which one was the most challenging to draw?

Rapunzel because I knew I wanted the Doctor hovering and that I wanted the tower in there. I don’t draw buildings very often so I got a little tripped up on that piece.

Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are the dynamic duo that brought us one of last’s year most unique books, Illuminae. The pair are announcing a brand new project, Andromeda Cycle, and it sounds awesome!

Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are working on a new series called the Andromeda Cycle and it sounds AMAZING! There’s outer space, misfits and so much more. It sounds like a pinch of Guardians of the Galaxy with a dash of Star Trek with a little Harry Potter vibe because let’s face it everything is better with a little Harry Potter.

Read the description and tell us what you think!

What can we expect to find in the Andromeda Cycle?

You’ll find an elite training facility in space, a ragtag bunch of misfits, a sweeping epic that spans galaxies, after-school detention, romance, aliens (some handsome), a lot of snark, a battle for the fate of the universe, and an interstellar love story two centuries in the making.

Basically, it’s a story about the golden boy of a space academy who gets stuck leading a squad of misfits and discipline cases . . . who end up with the fate of the universe in their hands. NOBODY PANIC.


You worked together on the Illuminae Files, and you’re together again for the Andromeda Cycle. How did that decision get made?

There was really never any question. We both had SO much fun working together on the Illuminae Files, and there’s nothing like the feeling of making your coauthor laugh, or tear up, or making their heart beat a little faster. It was obvious to both of us that we weren’t done having fun together yet.

We spent several months tossing ideas around — working up lists of things that always grab us, whether they’re in books, movies, TV shows, pictures, or songs. We wanted to find a playground that made both of us instantly excited. And in the end, the story itself coalesced very quickly. Luckily for us, our publisher loved the idea as much as we did. The Andromeda Cycle takes place in a verrrry big universe, and there’s a lot out there to explore!

The Illuminae Files sold into twenty-four foreign markets, and to Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Warner Bros., who are making a film. What are you hoping for with the Andromeda Cycle?

We’ve certainly got our fingers crossed that publishers love it as much as we do! It’s already sold into nine markets, and though we’d love to say more, our lips are sealed right now. . . .

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What’s changed since you first began working together?

A lot, and at the same time, nothing at all. Now we have an amazing fan base that has embraced our stories. They talk to us constantly on social media (and sometimes shout things like “HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?”) and we love interacting with them.

But some things are exactly the same as they always were. When we are done touring and staying home to draft, it’s just the two of us again. One of us will work on a new scene and send it along to be read by the other, waiting to find out if it will make them laugh, or cry, or do whatever we’re trying to make them do. There’s still a time during the process when the story is just ours, and we love that time as much as we love taking it out later to share with readers.

You toured last November for Illuminae’s launch, and now you’re coming back again and heading to new cities. What can we expect?

Touring is soooooo much fun. Our awesome readers came out with cookies and artwork and interpretive dances and stories about that time they were surprised while reading Illuminae and threw it at someone’s head. (Some of the scenes put you a little on edge.) This time, with less than six months to go until Gemina, we’ll be talking about book two as well.

We describe Illuminae as Battlestar Galactica meets Ten Things I Hate About You, and we describe Gemina as Die Hard meets Alien. And we’re going to be giving away two advance copies of Gemina at every stop on our Spring U.S. Tour! So come down, say hello, get a book signed and be among the first in the world to read the next book in The Illuminae Files.

The Andromeda Cycle is set for release in 2018!

How many times have you attempted #Ham4Ham? If you can’t get (or don’t want) tickets to that one show, don’t despair! There are 39 other theaters on Broadway.

All the Broadway theaters except the Longacre, Lyric, and Neil Simon currently have a show running in them (to say nothing of the wealth of off-Broadway options). And there are plenty of exciting new musical options for theatre-goers. Get a ticket to one of these instead; it’ll only set you back $40ish instead $400.

‘She Loves Me’ (through July 10), Studio 54

While this writer has not yet seen the show (holding tickets for mid-May!), it is by all accounts an absolutely charming romantic comedy. The star-studded cast features a host of Broadway fan favorites: Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski, and Gavin Creel. Go for the great show, then go to the stage door on 53rd street to meet the nicest guy ever, Zachary Levi. The music is by the same team who composed Fiddler on the Roof, so you’ll probably meet your new earworm at the theatre.

‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Broadway Theatre

Talk of which, there’s yet another revival of Fiddler on Broadway this season! But this one is directed by Bartlett Sher, who has made a habit of reinvigorating classical musicals like The King and I. With all the warmth one expects of the show, and a heaping helping of humor, this is the show to take your family to for a nice day out. (This writer did just that – it was Grandma’s second ever Broadway show!) Danny Burstein, who should finally earn a Tony for this, is the sassiest Tevye imaginable, getting big laughs throughout the show. Don’t wait a decade for another revival, go ahead and see this incarnation.

‘Disaster!’ (through July 3), Nederlander Theatre

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If you’re an aficionado of ‘70s disaster movies and ‘70s music, this will probably be the greatest thing ever for you. If not, it’ll still be a really good time, as the show gets progressively sillier, to the point where shark arms aren’t even the most ridiculous thing on stage. There is an absurd amount of talent on the stage – Roger Bart, Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler, Faith Prince, Kevin Chamberlin, and more. Hearing them all belt out “Hot Stuff” in the most unexpected of contexts is a definite highlight of the show, even though it’s the opening number.

‘Tuck Everlasting,’ Broadhurst Theater

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Maybe you’re a fan of Natalie Babbitt’s iconic book, or maybe you’re just intrigued by the concept of immortality. Either way, this is the musical to see — it’s charming. The show is directed by Casey Nicholaw, who usually directs showstoppers like Something Rotten and Aladdin, but here goes for a smaller intimate feel. While not a perfect adaptation – the squick factor between Jesse and Winnie is high, the villain is cartoonish, and the music is forgettable – it’s still a good way to spend two hours. The show also features one of the most impressive sets on Broadway; we won’t spoil it, but it takes your breath away when you step into the theatre.

‘School of Rock,’ Winter Garden Theatre

The best new show by miles, School of Rock is everything one could ask for in a musical. The music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is insanely catchy, the lyrics by Glenn Slater are alternatingly hilarious and heart-breaking. This writer has been playing the cast album non-stop for weeks, and has a School of Rock ringtone at the moment. Alex Brightman, filling the enormous shoes of Jack Black, gives a tour de force performance – capturing all of Dewey’s humor and heart, along with a manic energy that looks positively exhausting. Expect to laugh a lot, but don’t be surprised to find yourself crying towards the end. Most of the cast is an incredibly talented bunch of kids, acting out some storylines expanded from the movie, and playing their instruments live. School of Rock is a big hit, regularly grossing over a million dollars a week, so get a ticket while you can and thank us later.

What new musicals are you most excited about? How many have you seen?

This article is a part of Hypable’s inaugural Broadway Week in celebration of the 2016 Tony nominations.

Last year Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling promised to start issuing an annual apology about one character’s death on each Battle of Hogwarts anniversary. This morning, she apologized for killing fan favorite Remus Lupin.

Unlike her 2015 apology, this year’s also comes with a little context. Jo says that her decision to not kill Arthur Weasley — a twist she’s previously admitted she considered while writing the series — led to her killing Remus. One of the two father figures had to go, she says:

Last year Rowling kicked off this annual tradition (it feels weird to call it that) by apologizing for the death of Fred Weasley. May 2, 2016 marks 18 years since the horrific battle which finally led to Voldemort’s permanent defeat.

Lupin was one of the most beloved characters in the series thanks in part to his close relationship with Harry Potter. Remus Lives on in he and Tonks’ son Teddy, who might appear in the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer.

Which character do you think Rowling should apologize for next?

Don’t forget to say a prayer for the fallen tonight.