Kayla E. is a Texas-born artist and designer of Mexican-American descent. She is the creative director at Fantagraphics and is Principal at Design Altar. She is also the co-founder and former President of Nat. Brut Inc., a non-profit that produces the art and literary magazine Nat. Brut. 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 universities and creative conferences across the country. Kayla is a recipient of a Princeton Hodder Fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year. Precious Rubbish, her experimental graphic memoir, will be published by Fantagraphics in 2025.
For the past few years, she has worked out of her downtown attic studio in North Carolina, where she lives with her wife, Laura Bullard.
B.A., Visual and Environmental Studies
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
Available from Fantagraphics in 2025
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