MondoCon III: 2016


Photo credit: Alison Narro

Third year of MondoCon, third year volunteering! One of my favorite events, and loving seeing the same people coming back every year (volunteers and attendees!).

Aaron Draplin did this year’s identity for the event; merch, shirts, program, beer can, everything! I even saw a baby onesie. This was his second year back, and I’m a huge fan of him and his work, especially since meeting him at Design Ranch a couple of years ago. I may have offered to be his personal assistant for the event… was I joking? A mystery.

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-4-45-38-pmOne of my only purchases from the event was the MondoCon version of the Wall-e print from Tom Whalen. Pretty thrilled with how this print looks, especially since I didn’t care for Kevin Tong’s take on the movie poster back when Mondo did their Disney show. Nothing personal to Kevin Tong; I own some of his gorgeous work as well!

I also got some shirts (including the Industry Print-designed volunteer shirt), a few enamel pins (quickly becoming my new addiction), and stickers galore. Oh, and some AWESOME bar-b-que for lunch, from Micklethwait Craft Meats.

Here’s a great photo recap from MondoCon.

See you guys out there next year.

Under the Radar: Brad Woodard


Today I volunteered at/attended the AIGA Brad Woodard talk. I’ve been following his work for years (and forgot he was involved with this great brush pack that I own). He was a very funny and humble guy, and as a result he gave a great talk. Apparently he moved to Austin a couple years back.

Also, this is the first time we had to start turning people away; Lewis Carnegie was absolutely packed!

Miyazaki Month at Alamo Drafthouse


I’ve seen many Miyazaki films thanks to some friends when I was younger, but I jumped at the chance to see many of these films in theaters when Alamo Drafthouse announced that February is going to be Miyazaki month! I’ll be seeing (again) Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke. New viewings for me will be My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (a documentary about the studio and Miyazaki).

Alamo keeps adding movies and screen times, so maybe there will be more as the month goes on! These are all wonderful movies, and I highly recommend people go see them.

Also, check out the trailer for February; really good use of music and cutting together great parts of many of Studio Ghibli films. Loved seeing it every time in theaters.

Volunteering @ AIGA: The Consult


I volunteered yesterday at a portfolio advising event hosted at St. Edwards University. I basically was an assistant advisor to Will Chau, someone I’ve looked up to in the Austin design/advertising community.

After a panel discussion, the students were split into small groups with a panelist, and we discussed big ideas and the type of work that should go into a portfolio. Will has a advertising background, so I tried to provide a more generalist point of view (which is basically my career so far).

I admired the students that were at this event. I definitely would have got to an event like this when I was in school. I also learned a few things myself.

MondoCon II: 2015


I’m recovering from this past weekend of volunteering at MondoCon 2015. I was there both Saturday and Sunday as a “lead volunteer,” since I volunteered last year. It basically meant I had a walkie talkie, and was there all day instead of in shifts. And it was bonkers, just like last year. The convention even expanded to have about half the artists across the street in a separate venue.

Highlight designers/illustrators for me were Aaron Draplin, Erica Williams, and Kevin Tong.


I didn’t get for myself this year, but I “poster buddied” for some people who couldn’t make it to the event, including nabbing a Mike Mitchell Furiosa (of Mad Max: Fury Road) print for my roommate. I did get a Mike Mitchell skully pin and a glass for myself, though. Love that little guy.


One of my favorite parts was definitely the charity art wall. I didn’t win anything, but it was great fun gathering them up from the artists as they finished them throughout the weekend (some literally right before the raffle). I believe the raffle money went to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

See you there next year!

Design Ranch 2015 – Photo Recap

This will likely remain a mostly picture post. I had a grand ol’ time at Design Ranch.

Hokey highlights included meeting the incredible Aaron Draplin, meeting up with old colleagues and former classmates, late nights under the Texas stars, meeting and befriending the lovely Equinox design team from New York City, delicious (delicious) food, and rekindling my love of traditional and hand-made work.

I heard a rumor that the next Design Ranch may be in 2016. Hopefully I can make it again at some point!




Under The Radar: Trina Bentley


Tonight was the fifth Under The Radar talk with AIGA Austin, with Trina Bentley of her own Make & Matter (also check out her great blog here). She a local designer who does fantastic, very clean package design.

She’s one of those people who’s funny without even trying, so her talk was educational, inspirational, and amusing. And she was a delight in person after the talk. If you’re local and haven’t made it to one of these Under the Radar talks, I highly recommend it!