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Kayla E. is a Texas-born artist of Mexican-American descent. She currently works as the creative director at Fantagraphics and is the co-founder and former president of Nat. Brut Inc. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University, where she received the Albert Alcalay Prize in Visual Arts and served as the art director for the Harvard Lampoon. Kayla is also a public speaker and has been invited to speak about her work at universities and conferences across the country. In 2023, she was granted a Princeton Hodder Fellowship to support the completion of her first book. Kayla resides in a small town in North Carolina with her wife and two dogs. Her upcoming graphic memoir, Precious Rubbish, will be published by Fantagraphics and is available for pre-order.


Harvard University

B.A., Visual and Environmental Studies

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Early praise for Precious Rubbish by Kayla E.

“FIVE STARS STUNNING! Precious Rubbish has the biblical-level artistry and poetry of William Blake combined with the playful commercialism of Mad Magazine.”Maria Bamford


“This is the scariest book I have ever read.”Mark Newgarden

Precious Rubbish may help you come to terms with some things you’ve been privately avoiding or even things about yourself you didn’t know.” Chris Ware

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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 joy  she 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 

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