Here you’ll find some incredible projects created by Mercedes Shepherd!
**THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC**
Mercedes's The Coconut Candy Creature follows a world devoured by a terrible disease. Tomas and his misfit friends discover a strange plant species that can somehow treat the disease, but to disguise it, they design a costume out of it – the Coconut Candy Creature costume! Tomas dresses as the Coconut Candy Creature, impresses the judges at the audition and ends up spreading the perfect cure to the disease to nearly everyone…until the authorities realize something is up
Mercedes's The Pumpkin Pie Preacher follows Mercedes's The Coconut Candy Creature. Izzy Daley takes the lead, living in a world where the cure of the disease is seemingly everywhere! As the authorities try to control the cure, Izzy copes with normal life as it everything changes by the second.
Mercedes's Hairy Carnival is a mashup of Mercedes's Hairy Halloween and Mercedes's The Coconut Candy Creature. The Coconut Candy Creature's world falls out of the sky and lands in a vacant area in Gratta Town. Hairy and Tippy visit the fallen world and discover a giant carnival whose leader, Mr. Diddledoop, has been kidnapped. When Hairy “performs" his “hair trick,” the carnival members are amazed and beg Hairy to fill in for Mr. Diddledoop until they can get him back.
Mercedes's Quetzal is led by twin characters, Clay and Piper, who seek to follow God's calling through the wilderness. Clay and Piper grow up in a small town riddled with poverty, crime and injustice. The twins hold on to their beliefs and never let anyone change them, especially as God takes them through the wild.
Mercedes's The Last Oum (Who Ruled the World and Stuff) is the world’s darkest cartoon on racism. Meet Pim – a young Oum (grey) who is excited to have his skin painted a different colour (Jum - gold). Pim's friends see through this ritual and take Pim away. Initially disappointed, Pim goes on an adventure to learn the history of the Um World and how Oums used to ruled to world. He meets King Garth, the very last Oum Ruler who has been stranded in the wild, and he realizes that it’s true! Oums DID rule the world