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.


Harvard University

B.A., Visual and Environmental Studies


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Kayla E. is doing what we all wish we could: balancing design, illustration, and editorial vision with aplomb and might. Collaborating with Kayla is a professional joyshe brings insight, research, and uncanny skill to all of her projects. I can't wait for my next collaboration with Kayla.

—Len Small, former Art Director, Nautilus,

& Co-President, ICON: The Illustration Conference