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Thesis Mentor: Sara Varon
Media/Format: Graphic Novel

Rayn Lagtapon – Ink and Paint Assistant
Jeannie Lee – Ink Assistant
Lourdes Ubidia – Book Layout
Web Master – Marjorie Saavedra

Snozzlewinks! is about Stella, a 12-year-old girl who loves to draw her whimsical creature creations. She goes everywhere with her best friend, a talking iguana named Sam. Stella’s having the worst day ever at school. She presents her drawing assignment that she worked really hard on to class only to have the ornery Mr. Oaks tells her that her drawing of a monster turkey is not up to snuff. That’s not a good feeling for an aspiring young artist to hear. Then, to make matters worse, after school, she angers mean-girl Shelly who chases her and Sam into the nearby park. When they attempt to hide, Stella and Sam crawl into a hidden tunnel that leads to another world. Stella and Sam meet Winkle and Maria, two magical creatures called Snozzlewinks, who help them make their way in the strange new world where they find themselves. Then Stella, Sam, and their new Snozzlewink friends get captured by the dastardly villain Taggoff, who thinks that Stella’s sketchbook is a book that conjures magical creatures. Taggoff wants the book so he can create magical creatures for himself. As if things weren’t bad enough, Shelly the mean girl shows up and joins forces with Taggoff to seek her revenge on Stella and Sam! Stella has had it up to here with her drawings, her creature creations, and her sketchbook. Because of her drawings, she gets put down by her teacher, gets chased into a strange tunnel that leads to another world, and now the dastardly Taggoff is after her and her friends! Her art causes nothing but trouble and it would be better if she stopped drawing altogether! Can she gain confidence in her talents and maybe even save the day? Find out in this wild adventure!

Pilar is an animator, cartoonist, and educator who started drawing Snozzlewinks when she was 8 years old. Even at that early age, it became clear that she wanted to pursue cartooning and animation. She studied art at the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she learned to hone her passion. She furthered her animation talent at the Rhode Island School of Design and went on to get her start doing animation production art on shows such as Courage the Cowardly Dog for Cartoon Network and MTV’s Daria. After starting her small Brooklyn-based production company PilarToons, LLC and becoming a professor at the City College of New York, she decided to pursue her MFA in Visual Narrative at the School of Visual Arts. Now seemed like a good time to introduce the Snozzlewinks to the world in the form of her first graphic novel.

Facebook: /Snozzlewinksworld
Instagram: @snozzlewinksworld
Website: www.Snozzlewinks.com 



For this project I reached out to friends and family and asked them to cut out a provided image of a Snozzlewink. I then asked them to place the cutout it anywhere they liked and then send me a photo of the image. But since we are limited during the times of Covid-19 people were limited to taking a picture of their cut out Snozzlewink in and around their home. The results were a wonderful glimpse into people’s worlds as they shared with me.

Community response: Family and friends joined the Snozzlewink journey and sent me their Snozzlewink sightings.

Snozzlewnk sighted by Irma Norman: Harlem

Snozzlewnk sighted by Maya Azucena: Istanbul

Snozzlewnk sighted by Maya Azucena: Istanbul

Snozzlewink sighted by Sarah Shaw: In tomato plant!

Snozzlewink sighted by Sarah Shaw: In the woods!