“There is a constant pull between wanting to be seen, wanting to be your true self, and wanting to blend in with the crowd. For many, this becomes the main social conflict in middle school, then continues throughout one’s life. The story of Stargirl explores this struggle through the lens of Leo Borlock, a junior at fictional small-town Mica High School in Arizona. Leo longs to stand out, but fears the social consequences of being an individual in a school where conformity is the only way to survive. Enter Stargirl: she cheers for both teams, brings her pet rat to school, dances and sings “Happy Birthday” through the cafeteria, makes cards for strangers — not to be seen, but to help others be seen and loved. She certainly does not fit in. But she doesn’t care that she doesn’t. She just is—and it’s magic. Can the eccentric sophomore withstand the social pressures of high school conformity, or will her magic be snuffed out?”
Karly Jade Catto (BYU BFA Illustration ’22) is a Visual Development Artist at Waterford. She loves visual storytelling, people, and increasing joy in the world by any means. She has had the pleasure of working with DreamWorks, Hasbro, Disney, Fisher-Price, Nickelodeon, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and more.