Kayla E. is an artist based in Dallas, TX. She is the co-editor-in-chief of the online art and literary magazine Nat. Brut. You can view more of her work on her web site.
It’s rather disheartening Kayla E.’s cartooning here has not evoked one single comment.
This stylistic amalgam of “Barnaby” and “Bringing Up Father,” with cooly laconic intelligence and subtle melancholy evident in the scripting, would itself be enough to establish E. as a talent to watch.
As it turns out, “view[ing] more of her work on her web site” (http://www.kaylaework.com/ ; well worth exploring) reveals her to be exceptionally gifted on many levels and fields of creativity.
Graphic design: Nothing less than brilliant, with a sardonic, satiric bent reminiscent of Chris Ware’s work in that field).
Comics: Deft draftmanship on display in “Not All Men!”; the hideous photographed urbanscapes in the “Kayla Sees America” series inescapably reminding of the great H. L. Mencken’s 1927 essay, “The Libido for the Ugly” ( http://www.bizbag.com/mencken/menklibid.htm ). Truly, “the more things change…”
Art: Remarkably creepy, sinister work in her video installations and performance pieces. Those creative fields usually yield mountains of self-indulgent crapola; Kayla E.’s contributions are gems amid the dross.
I took a quick look at her first day and told myself to wait. I wanted it in one sitting. Her’s are the best we’ve been graced with.
Thanks so much for the kind words, Mike! Deep, insightful consideration is always tough to come by, and I really appreciate it. It’s always nice to know someone’s thinking about the work.
Masterfully done. Leaves me wanting more.
This one deserves an encore week!
These are some extremely fantastic comics. I hope Kayla gets some more recognition soon.
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