Wizard World Comic Con in Las Vegas
“The cast of the ‘Evil Dead The Musical’ in Las Vegas took a photo with us! They were a really nice group and we don’t usually take selfies so everyone walked away happy.” ~ Magen Mitchell
Meanwhile at the FanX Comic Con in SLC…
“I had fun meeting everyone at the fallout group photo, seeing George Takei as he passed by us in the hall and seeing new/old friends.” ~ Alissa Hicks
“It was a bust. I lost money. I am filled with regret.” And later that same day… “It wasn’t the most successful show I’ve done, but I came away inspired and have a lot of ideas to make the rest of the shows I do this year even better. But most importantly I had a lot of fun and bought some awesome new toys for my collection.”~ Matt Page
”Erica Carroll was an amazing person to meet. She is very sincere and loved getting answers about what I thought of ‘Supernatural.’” ~ Austin Record
”First time going to a comic com with my family. (Jonas– Halo sword, Liam – Blue Mask, and Gram – Halo costume) Unsurprisingly, no one knew who All-mighty Glob was.” ~ Keith Beard and sons
“My kids, Kyle Peterson and Josaphine Green. We had a great time. These events get better every time. Artist Alley is where it’s at for merch. There are so many talented people! Also if you get your kids hooked on being a geek they will never have money for drugs!”~ Elizabeth Brown
Alissa Hicks, VAD Graphic Design alumnus is now up at Weber State University working on her BFA. Here’s a project she completed for one of her design classes. It’s wonderful to see what Alissa is up to!
“My solution to ‘use destruction’ and ‘make it graceful’ limitations in experimental type.” ~ Alissa Hicks
“My name is Alissa Hicks. I graduated May 2015 from Salt Lake Community College with an A.A.S. Degree in Visual Art & Design – Graphic Design Emphasis.
After graduating, I decided to continue my education toward a Bachelor’s Degree at a 4-year university, Weber State University to be exact. Because of the strong foundation in Graphic Design that I received at SLCC, I was able to apply for the Graphic Design BFA at WSU during my first semester.
I’m sure that my portfolio from the program at SLCC definitely helped me, because I was also accepted to the program on my first try. I am now ahead of my own schedule and feel that I have a good base of knowledge to continue to build upon at my new college. I’m excited for what the future holds for me and to continue my education.
Update! Finally done with my 3d design class! I learned a lot of new skills and here are a couple of projects that I did in this class. A hanging sculpture inspired by Yinka Shonibare (his work is amazing) and a sculptural, mid-century modern-esque table. ”
“Hi, my name is Alissa Hicks. I recently graduated in May 2015 from SLCC with an Associate’s of Applied Science degree in Visual Art & Design/Graphic Design Emphasis. Now, I will be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, as well as minors in Business Administration/Marketing Emphasis and Japanese at Weber State University.
I have always wanted to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree and I really look forward to obtaining more education in Graphic Design, because I truly enjoy every aspect of this profession. For a while, I was not sure where I wanted to complete my education, but after comparing many Graphic Design programs at 4-year colleges, I decided on Weber State University. They offer a wide variety of traditional and digital art classes for their design program, as well as, printing classes.
I started my graphic design education in a print-heavy environment in high school, which has caused me to be drawn to printing and WSU offered exactly what I had been looking for. The process of transferring to WSU has been really great for me. As a transfer student, I was eligible to apply for some scholarships through WSU and I actually received two President’s Transfer Scholarships that, along with another outside scholarship, completely covers my tuition for the year.
Along with all of this, I was also able to find a part-time job, through the school, to work as a Graphic Designer for The Signpost (WSU’s school newspaper). I’m really excited about all of the opportunities that have been, and continue to be, presented to me since graduating from Salt Lake Community College.”
Every contestant SLCC Visual Art & Design sent to Kentucky is coming home with a medal!
From left to right:
Isaac Nelson and Brett Amann: Gold in 3D Visualization & Animation
Kim Jeppson: Gold in Screen Printing Technology
Chad Erekson: Animation Specialization Rep and SkillsUSA Advisor
Andrew Wernick: Gold in Web Design,
Alissa Hicks: Silver in Advertising Design,
Betsy Hijazi: Gold in Web Design
From Chad Erekson:
“The accomplishment is all theirs, but their advisors and instructors did a good job helping them prepare. What a great friendly group. They aren’t just skilled competitors, but happy people and a pleasure to be around. Proud to have witnessed their accomplishments here. Thanks for letting me tag along. Also, thanks to Mark Kranendonk and John Kunkel. Their preparations and work made for a smooth operation.”