Swamp Thing: Collecting for a World Record

@ VOL 13 ON MAR 06, 2015

John Boylan is an illustrator and graphic designer at Fresh Produce. He is a lifelong comic book enthusiast and has been a collector for most of his life. John finds great pleasure in researching, hunting and cataloging his findings. His collection and catalog of all things Swamp Thing is recognized as a valuable reference tool. Over the past year, Swamp Thing fans from around the world have reached out to John regarding his online catalog at


Boylan’s entire collection of over 800 items—books, memorabilia, toys, and more—will be on display from 1:00PM to 5:00PM at the Sioux Falls Design Center in Downtown Sioux Falls. The collection will be authenticated by legendary comic book artist and creator Phil Hester (Marvel, DC, and more), local purveyor of all things collectible John Nordstrom (Rainbow Sports Cards and Comics) and Sioux Falls business owner and comic enthusiast Andy Howes (Howes Oil, Local Zip). Boylan promises the event will be “a celebration of fandom, fanaticism, and all things Swampy.”


Designing with Data

@ VOL 13 ON MAR 06, 2015

Sara Lum grew up in South Dakota and has had the opportunity to study and work in diverse contexts in the U.S. And Europe. After receiving her Master of Architecture degree from the Rice School of Architecture in 2012, she completed a design fellowship at Emerging Terrain in Omaha, Nebraska. She is currently an instructor in the Department of Architecture at South Dakota State University where she has developed and taught multiple courses in addition to planning the annual Department of Architecture lecture series.

Sara is interested in developing research in how innovative research methods and tools, such as 3D laser scanning, contribute to creative solutions to design challenges. She recently co-founded FLAT (Future Landscapes + Architecture Terrains) which is an online platform connecting professionals, researchers, educators, and students who are invested in exploring architecture-based design and research in the upper Great Plains.


Got Milk...Donor?

@ VOL 13 ON MAR 06, 2015

Maureen Ohm is a mother who donated nearly 1,000 ounces of breast milk after her first child was stillborn. Her second child is now two months old, and Maureen intends to donate breast milk again once she has enough milk stored for her own child. She is passionate about the benefits of breast milk and is excited to spread awareness about breast milk donation. She has donated breast milk through milk banks and through informal sharing, and she will share her own story as well as stories of other mothers and babies who have donated and received this precious commodity.




Cinema Falls: A Love Story

@ VOL 13 ON MAR 06, 2015

Julie Anderson Friesen is the founder of Cinema Falls, a film organization dedicated to building community and exhibiting indie film, world cinema and documentaries in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She's a co-owner of post-production facility Dakota Video & Post with her husband of 24 years. Motivated to create something for her community based on her love of film, she launched Cinema Falls with a mission to bring film-loving “Cine-zens” together for ongoing screenings. Cinema Falls showcases work by South Dakota filmmakers as well as national, award-winning directors. She launched Cinema Falls Film Credits in 2014, bringing mobile film education events to students


Filtered Through the Red Scull Cap

@ VOL 13 ON MAR 06, 2015

Marc Wagner:

Raised on a healthy diet of cartoons and comic books, Marc Wagner’s playful drawings are deceivingly innocent. These bright colors tend to tell some dark stories. Marc’s current work addresses the subconscious mind, sometimes his own, by working quickly and watching to see what happens. He also addresses our culture’s bombardment of images, and the popular characters that have become cultural icons. Most of Marc’s images are marker & pen, but he will occasionally use his printmaking background for different imagery. 

Marc attended South Dakota State University, where he received a degree in Graphic Design. During his time at SDSU, he also pursued his interests in studio arts. Particularly, drawing and printmaking. After graduating in 2013, he moved to back to Sioux Falls with his wife and their dogs. In addition to his job at Dakota Lettering, Marc stays busy freelancing as an illustrator.


Being and Coffee

@ VOL 12 ON DEC 05, 2014

Bryan Kegley has been making a living pouring water over coffee grounds and helping others to pour water over coffee grounds. His journey in the world of coffee has been an uphill climb of coffee consumption in a lot of weird ways and for probably stranger reasons. 

"Presentation of the Day" on December 22, 2014.


By Human

@ VOL 12 ON DEC 05, 2014

Amy Gehling is a farm kid from southeast MN who received her BFA in graphic design from USD. She has a somewhat unhealthy fascination with the future of art, mentorship, and education. She is currently working as a creative director at FLUXXR, a co-founder of Women in Tech Sioux Falls, and is here to tell you about her most recent endeavor, ByHuman


Drawing Inspiration

@ VOL 12 ON DEC 05, 2014

Heidi Hogden received a BFA in painting from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a MFA in studio art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in affiliation with Tufts University. While a MFA student, she was the recipient of a Graduate and Post Graduate Teaching Fellowship, the Montague International Travel Grant to study abroad in Italy, and the President's Award in Painting. Heidi has also had the opportunity to present and show her work in four solo exhibitions and recently was awarded a grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency in Johnson, VT. Her work can be seen in the upcoming South Dakota Governor’s 6th Biennial Art Exhibition at the South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, the Dahl Arts Center, Rapids City, the Washington Pavilion of Arts And Science, Sioux Falls, the John A. Day Gallery, Vermillion and the Dacotah Prairie Museum, Aberdeen, SD. 

"Presentation of the Day" on January 8, 2015.


Support Local Music

@ VOL 12 ON DEC 05, 2014

Lee McKenna is a musician, inventor, marketer, and technologist - with a passion for independent original music. Lee is the Founder & President of Community Radio Group Broadcasting, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity supporting the local music scene. Founded in March, 2013, CRGB has launched an Internet radio station of over 7,000 song titles from hundreds of independent songwriters and bands across the upper Midwest, representing genres from folk to metal. Lee has also produced over 130 live music videos that can be seen on the CRGBlive YouTube channel. Lee is also co-founder and creative contributor of a new startup magazine called Hear Here Sioux Falls which will focus on the local music scene. The first issue is set to be published in January


Darling Vintage

@ VOL 12 ON DEC 05, 2014

Rachel Hurley Harlan was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. She grew up loving fashion and having a strong affinity for art. She met husband in 2008, and the couple traveled around the country for several years, including living in California in 2012. They moved back to Sioux Falls to be closer to their families, and to establish roots for Darling Vintage. Rachel currently resides in Sioux Falls with her husband and three spunky puppies.




@ VOL 11 ON SEP 05, 2014

Chris Coughlin is in his fourth year of teaching Spanish at New Technology High School in Sioux Falls South Dakota. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Spanish at South Dakota State and will complete his Master’s in Education at Augie in December.

As the 2013 school year started, Chris and the physics teacher decided that they wanted to try out yoga, so they attended Chris’s first yoga class one year ago at Santosha Hot Yoga. Finally finding a place for his circus-freak flexibility, Chris was immediately hooked and now calls Santosha his second home, in fact, it worries the owner Jenn when he’s there more than she is.

Chris started to use Instagram to document and share his yoga practice in January of 2014, and has compiled some of his best and worst shots to share tonight.


Mash Up Vol. 11

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 05, 2014

To help break the ice we have introduced a Mash Up to our PechaKucha Night line up. Our first Mash Up took place September 5th, four volunteers came up and entertained the audience as random silly photos played on. 


Friends of PechaKucha

Friends of PechaKucha