Back in 2009, one of my favorite bands As Tall As Lions released what would be their last LP, called “You Can’t Take It With You.” It’s a terrific record, with artwork that always haunted me. Textless, stunning, and in my opinion perfectly captures the themes of the album. I hung the LP in a record frame in my first apartment in Austin back when my record collection was too small to boast on a shelf. Flash forward five years later and I am told that artist Ken Garduno will be attending our first convention, MondoCon. "That’s great," I think, as the pieces he has exhibited in our gallery have always been some of my favorite (his Dracula from our Universal Monsters show is a stand out for me.) A quick google search tells me something I should already know. Ken designed the artwork for that Lions record, and now I can’t stop digging. His ability to create varying textures on a single image is absolutely inspired. Its modern magical realism. I have a new favorite artist. Sometimes you need to work backwards to discover your tastes, and the discovery of Ken Garduno is a perfect example of that. He’s been knocking it out of the park for years, and i’m late to the game but that doesn’t mean you have to be.