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Breckenridge Brewery Hulk's Mash Launch Party

7:30 PM
Friday, May 1st

Join RMCAD's very own Trevor Plaza (3D Animation) and Breckenridge Brewery at 1up Colfax for the launch of this year's official Denver Comic Con beer, Hulk's Mash. The free release party will begin at 7:30 p.m. on May 1st, and will feature live music from Total Ghost, 90's Cover band Gin Doctors, Dj Caramello, and Dj n810.

The first 200 attendees to order a Hulk's Mash will receive a limited edition custom pint glass designed with art by Trevor Plaza. Join the FB event page here. Must be 21+ to attend.

This year's brew, made specially by Breckenridge Brewery as the official beer of Denver Comic Con 2015, is delightful pale ale made with mango puree and Mosaic hops. It may sound mild-mannered, but don’t be fooled. Mosaic hops produce an aromatic punch of mango, lemon, citrus, and earthy pine scents. Loads of pulverized mangos heroically balance the hoppy aroma and flavor.

As is tradition in March, Breckenridge Brewery hosted its on-line “Name the Comic Con Beer” contest. From 700 entries this year, 5 finalists were chosen. Then came a public vote. Hulk’s Mash, the clever conception of Jonathan Cooper, rose to the top and became the honored 2015 Comic Con beer name.

New to this year's process was the label artwork contest, sponsored by RMCAD. Members of the RMCAD community were invited to create label designs for Hulk’s Mash—artwork by Trevor Plaza was chosen to adorn limited-edition commemorative pint glasses. The glasses and Hulk’s Mash beer will be on sale at the conference. Select Denver pubs are signed on to carry the beer and offer glasses (while supplies last) during Denver Comic Con weekend.

To view an article by the Denver Post on the partnership, visit



Design Heroes with Ken Carbone

9:30 AM
Friday, Apr 24th

Every generation of graphic designers looks to design heroes from the past for inspiration. For Paul Rand it was A.M. Cassandra. For Milton Glaser it was Giorgio Morandi. For Jessica Hische it was Louise Fili. This cycle continues as today’s budding graphic designers shape their own careers. For the presentation, Design Heroes, Ken Carbone will reveal the four legendary designers who have influenced and inspired his work. In addition to his presentation, each student will prepare a 1 minute Pecha Kucha on their inspirational "mentor."

Carbone's presentation will take place in RMCAD's Mary Harris Auditorium Friday, April 24 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Current RMCAD Student: FREE (must show student ID at door)
AIGA Student Member: FREE
Student Non-Member/Non-RMCAD: $10
AIGA Member: $15
Non-Member: $30
At the door Student: $10
At the door Student Non-Member: $20
At the door Member: $25
At the door Non-Member: $40

For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, visit

To learn more about Ken Carbone of Carbone Smolan Agency, visit



Breckenridge Brewery Label Design Contest

Monday, Mar 16th to Wednesday, Apr 1st

This contest has ended, We're pleased to announce the winning design from Trevor Plaza of the 3d Animation department!

Breckenridge Brewery, in partnership with Denver Comic Con and RMCAD, will host a contest to name and design the label for this year's exclusive Comic Con batch brew. This year's brew has been dubbed Hulk's Mash. While the naming contest was open to the public, the label design contest is exclusively for RMCAD community members (current students, faculty, staff, and alumni). Participants must be 21+ to enter the contest.

The timeline for BB's 2015 Comic Con specialty brew is as follows:
3/16: Name is announced, RMCAD design competition begins.
4/1: Artwork submission deadline.
4/10: Glassware design sent to production.
5/1: Breckenridge Brewery will host a launch party of beer at the OneUp bar on Colfax. RMCAD design winner will sign glassware at a RMCAD booth.

Notes from the brewers:
This year's beer is a mild mannered pale ale brewed with Mosaic hops and mango purée - but don't be fooled by this character - there's some real punch beneath its cover. Mosaic hops are known to produce wonderful aromas of mango, lemon, citrus, and earthy pine. We're enhancing the pow of the aroma by adding mango purée.

The design contest is now open! Designs must:
-Be in vector form (or be easy enough to pull into vector form)
-Adhere to a maximum size of 3" tall x 8.5" wide.
-Use five colors at a maximum.
-Include a blank space where a description of the beer can be inserted.
-Include the Breckenridge Brewery logo prominently. Download the logo here.
-A tap handle template can be viewed here.
-Contest participants should keep in mind that Breckenridge Brewery does not own the rights to Marvel's Incredible Hulk. Entries should not directly use the character, but may reference his essence or characteristics.

Entries are due April 1. For questions or artwork submissions, please contact Angela Smalley at Entries can also be submitted in person to Angela in Texas 316.



IBM Design: Development and Opportunity

2:00 PM
Wednesday, Mar 18th

IBM Design
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
2-3:30 p.m.
Texas Building Room 114, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Free and open to the public.

IBM representatives will visit RMCAD on Wednesday, March 18 from 2-3:30 p.m. to discuss the developments at IBM and to recruit both interns and designers. The presentation, IBM Design: Development and Opportunity, will emphasize: Not your grandfather's or your great grandfather's IBM for that matter.

IBM will present a talk from 2-3 p.m. that includes "IBM Design, design thinking, and how they end up with marker on their hands at the end of each day. Oh, and we want you to join us! Yes, we are hiring. Come hear the story and find out how to join the movement." A reception with cookies will follow the talk from 3-3:30 p.m.

IBM is coming to Denver to recruit over the span of 3 days with events at Colleges/Universities by day and community-facing events. Their goal is to spread the word about the changes at IBM towards design thinking with AIGA Doug Powell at the helm.

Jarrod Joplin will be coming to Denver from Austin for this event along with some of his IBM colleagues to find top talent for paid internships, entry to mid-level career opportunities, and just to share some of IBM Design's stories.

This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss! Email Miranda Ziegler at with any questions.



Dazbog Coffee Meets RMCAD Students

1:30 PM
Tuesday, Mar 31st

Leonid Yuffa, Co-Founder, President, and COO of Dazbog Coffee, will be coming to RMCAD's Texas 114 Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. to speak with students about an opportunity for internship. Dazbog Coffee is seeking a Graphic Design Intern to assist with the creation and implementation of current and new promotional, in-store, and online materials—as well as branding of products and company.

Dazbog has provided the following duties and requirements for the Graphic Design Intern position:

Key Duties:
-Assist in the creation of signage, online promotion, email campaigns
-Create and implement social media campaigns; help create strong online presence
-Assist in branding strategies
-Assist in creation of marketing and packaging materials
-Aid in creative process for point of sale material at wholesale and retail level
-Create fluid messaging in retail stores

-Experience with Adobe suit preferred
-Must have excellent written and visual communication skills
-Must be open to constructive criticism and feedback
-Working knowledge and understanding of social media; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.
-Strong collaboration skills and willingness to work in a team environment

All students interested in working in a fun, caffeine-induced environment are encouraged to attend Yuffa's campus visit. For those unable to attend, please e-mail Jami Hoblick at with interest.

Learn more about Leonid Yuffa and how Dazbog Coffee's interests align with RMCAD in this video.



Lynda Barry

6:30 PM
Tuesday, Mar 31st

Lynda Barry
What It Is: Manually Shifting the Image
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to reserve your seat.

The RMCAD Community RSVP opens Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.
The general public RSVP opens Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

About the Lecture
Questions are central to Lynda Barry’s work and her primary inquiry is the profound yet deceitfully simple question, “what is an image?” In her lecture titled What It Is: Manually Shifting the Image, Barry will lead the audience through a number of complex, interwoven queries essential to creative thinking, making, and living. At the center of all of these questions is ‘an image,’ something that feels alive and is contained and transported by something that is not alive—a book, or a song, or a painting—anything we call an ‘art form.’ Barry’s lecture will skillfully wade the audience through an insightful understanding of the creative experience itself—unpacking the identity and function of ‘an image’ and ‘the arts.’ Please note, in addition to being a brilliant thinker and maker, Barry also has a delightfully impish sense of humor about her explorations: there will be swear words, party tricks, and jokes about balls.

About the Lecturer
Lynda Barry is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and teacher. She is the inimitable creator of the seminal comic strip syndicated across North American alternative weeklies for two decades, Ernie Pook’s Comeek featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy. Barry is currently Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches writing and picture making and runs the Image Lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Her bestselling and acclaimed graphic novel, What It Is, won the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Graphic Novel and the R.R. Donnelly Award for highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author. Other accolades include 2013 Lifetime Visual Arts Award, MOWA, a second William Eisner award, The American Library Association’s Alex Award, and the Washington State Governor’s Award, among many others.

Next Day Q&A Session with Lynda Barry
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rude 008
This is a private event for the RMCAD community. Pizza provided.

Workshop - Drawing Words and Speaking Pictures: This Mysterious Thing We Call Comics
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location TBD
This is a private event for current RMCAD students only.
Distinguished VASD Program guest Lynda Barry leads a lively drawing jam for anyone interested in making comics and drawing bravely. We’ll be learning fast drawing techniques that anyone can do to create instant characters, story lines, and the spook-house kind of excitement that comes about when we gather in a single room and suddenly have to start making pictures together.

To join the workshop:
Current RMCAD students are invited to submit their name, academic department, and a short (approximately 150-200 words) paragraph stating their interest in participating in this event.
Statements of interest are due Tuesday, March 24, at 4:00pm and should be sent to The VASD committee will review submissions and selected students will be notified by Wednesday, March 25, 2015.



2015 Athena Project Arts Festival

5:00 PM
Friday, Mar 20th

RMCAD is pleased to continue its partnership with the Athena Project by sponsoring the 2015 Athena Project Arts Festival, March 20 - April 5, 2015. This year's festival will span over the course of 17 days to feature two galleries, five stages, 40 performances, 200+ artists, and over 1,000 audience members—all celebrating women in the arts.

Sponsorship will be highlighted at the Truth & Perception Fashion Show and Boutique Fundraiser.
Wednesday, April 1
Doors open @ 7 p.m., show @ 8 p.m.
1435 Garrison Street, Lakewood, CO

Curated by Caroline Smith of Janie G. Couture, the show will blend performance art and fashion into a unique show benefitting the Athena Project and highlighting local professional female designers, as well as emerging designers. Proceeds from the boutique will go to the artist as well as Athena Project.

Events will take place across 5 Denver metro area Arts Districts: Downtown Denver, Santa Fe, RiNo, Aurora Cultural, and 40 West Arts. Highlights of the festival include the world premiere of Harm's Way, the organization's first full-music festival at Cervantes' Other Side, 18 play performances, an evening of world dance at the Center for Visual Arts, two galleries filled with photography, a multi-media fashion show featuring emerging designers, and our capstone Girls' Write performance at the Denver Center Conservatory Theatre.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Photo credit: Danielle Herzog



Goodwill En Vogue

5:00 PM
Thursday, Feb 26th

A video recap of this event can be found here.

RMCAD will sponsor Goodwill En Vogue, an evening of fashion and philanthropy to benefit Goodwill’s community programs. The event will be held at the Denver Union Station February 26, 2015 and attended by fashion celebrities Tim Gunn and Mondo Guerra of Project Runway.

As part of RMCAD's sponsorship, Fashion Design students will have the opportunity to style backstage for the show, and Mondo Guerra will be working with students in on-campus workshops leading up to the event. Darlene C. Ritz, head of RMCAD's Fashion Design program, will serve as one of the judges for the runway exhibition.

About the event
Proceeds from Goodwill En Vogue will fund Goodwill’s career development programs that help at-risk students, struggling adults, and individuals with disabilities experience the power of work and get on the path to success. Last year’s student fashion show winner, Kellehanna, was awarded a fashion internship with Mondo Guerra that transitioned to an apprenticeship. As she prepares herself to get into fashion school, she – and more than 17,000 other students – are getting help from Goodwill to prepare for future success through mock interviews, scholarship and college application preparation, and resume building through Goodwill’s Youth Career Development Program.

Goodwill En Vogue features:
• Fashion icon and Project Runway mentor, Tim Gunn, and Denver’s most famous fashion designer and Project Runway All-Stars winner, Mondo Guerra
• Two fashion shows featuring looks designed by students in Goodwill’s Youth Career Development Program and styles from Déjà Blue, modeled by local celebrities
• For VIP Lounge Seating ticket holders, access to the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) sponsorship pre-party with Tim Gunn from 5:30-6 p.m., and an after party with Mondo Guerra
• An opportunity to support Goodwill’s programs and help make a difference in your local community
• Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar

For more information and tickets to the event, click here.



Paul Sullivan Screening/Lecture

11:30 AM
Friday, Nov 7th

Join us on Thursday, November 6th for a showing of the feature film, The Book of Life, and Friday, November 7th for a follow-up lecture with the film's art director and RMCAD alumnus, Paul Sullivan. Students can enjoy free tickets to the film by signing up at the Student Activities Board. Please see the following dates and times for details:

The Book of Life Movie Showing
Thursday, Nov. 6th
7:15 p.m. at the front desk, we'll carpool to the theater
Tickets are free for students only! Sign up at the Student Activities Board to reserve your ticket.

Friday, Nov. 7th
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Shore Building Lobby
There will be a Book of Life costume contest with the best costume(s) winning prizes, so dress in your best!

Paul Sullivan Lecture + Q&A
Friday, Nov. 7th
12:30 p.m. in the Mary Harris Auditorium
The lecture will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A from 1:30-2:30 p.m. after the lecture. For more information, contact Mel Kern at

Working primarily in the film and video game industries, Paul Sullivan has worked on visual development for many titles. Sullivan's professional portfolio includes the following movies and games: The Book of Life 2014, Free Birds 2013, Sly Cooper Thieves in Time, Megamind, Judy Moody and the not Bummer Summer, Tomb Raider Underworld, Tomb Raider Anniversary, Afro Samurai, X -men 3, Iron Man and Afterburner Black Falcon, among others. Sullivan's lecture will provide insight about the movie and his experience working on it—including techniques and processes.



Doug Block Screening, Follow Up Q+A

Wednesday, Oct 29th to Thursday, Oct 30th

Award-winning director/producer Doug Block will be screening two of his films, 51 Birch Street and 112 Weddings, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Denver's Sie FilmCenter. Free to RMCAD students, faculty and staff, the screenings will also be followed by an on-campus Q&A session with Block the following day. Attendees must RSVP to be admitted to the screenings; to RSVP, click here.

51 Birch Street screening @ 5 p.m.
Watch trailer here
112 Weddings screening @ 7 p.m.
Watch trailer here

The next-day Q&A with Block will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in RMCAD's Center for Learning Innovations.

A bit about Doug Block:
Doug Block is a New York-based documentary filmmaker who has won increasing international recognition as a master of the autobiographical film form. With a long body of highly acclaimed work as both director and producer, his films have won countless awards, screened in dozens of leading film festivals and been shown in theaters and broadcast on television throughout the world.