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Kayla E. (she/her) is an award-winning artist, cartoonist, and designer of Mexican-American descent. She works as Creative Director at Fantagraphics and is Principal at Design Altar. She is also the co-founder and President of Nat. Brut Inc., a non-profit that produces an art and literary magazine, of which she is the Editor-in-Chief. She earned her B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, where she served as the Art Director for the Harvard Lampoon and was awarded the Albert Alcalay Prize in Visual Arts. As a public speaker, Kayla has been invited to expand on her practice at major universities and creative conferences across the country. Precious Rubbish, her experimental graphic memoir, will be published by Fantagraphics in 2024. 

 

Kayla works out of her downtown attic studio in rural North Carolina where she lives down the road with her wife, writer Laura Bullard.

Education

2013

Harvard University, BA in Visual and Environmental Studies

Awards

2021

Simon Rockower Award in Layout and Design, American Jewish Press Association

2020

American Illustration 40 Winner

2013

Whiting Literary Magazine Prize, Nat. Brut

2018

American Illustration 37 Winner

2013

Albert Alcalay Prize in Visual Arts, Harvard University

Curatorial

2018

Juror, American Illustration 36

2014

Juror, "Hecho En Dallas," Latino Cultural Center Dallas, TX

Exhibitions

Solo

2019

"DRUNK TANK," Culture Hole, Dallas, TX

2014

"Kayla: Now and Then, Now and Again," Deep Ellum Windows, Dallas, TX

2014

"Watch Kayla," The Safe Room, Dallas, TX

Group

2020

Culture Hole TV, Episode Three: Drugs

2014

Dallas Aurora, Dallas, TX

Selected Publications

2022

"Precious Rubbish," NOW #12, Fantagraphics (forthcoming)

2021

"Precious Rubbish," NOW #11, Fantagraphics

2020

"The Dreadfuls Special," Rotland Press

2020

"Marge's Little Lulu," The Comics Journal No. 305

2018

"Precious Rubbish," Rotland Press Single Shot

2018

"Death in Desoto, Texas," Booth Journal, Issue 12

2017

"Precious Rubbish," Resist, edited by Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman

2017

"Precious Rubbish," The Southeast Review 35.2

2017

"Kayla Sees the Lowcountry," Ecotone Magazine Issue 22

2017

"All of Them Witches," Black Eye No. 3, Rotland Press

2016

"Precious Rubbish," The Spectacle

2014

"Kayla's Day In," New Delta Review

Public Speaking

2023

Swan Con, USC Sumter (forthcoming)

2022

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

2022

Small Press Expo

2022

Heroes Convention

2022

ICON Conference 11: The Illustration Conference

2019

University of Chicago

2017

ArtCenter College of Design

2017

 Los Angeles County High School for the Arts 

2016

ICON Conference 9: The Illustration Conference

2016

Oberlin College

2016

 The University of Texas at Dallas 

2016

Southern Methodist University

2015

Harvard University

 

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