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About Almost Real Things

Welcome!

Almost Real Things is a space where all things that can exist, do exist. No reason necessary.

We are an Austin, Texas based magazine, event series and community promoting passion projects and creatives in all mediums. The name “Almost Real Things” (acronym: “ART”) defines those special ideas that hold promise—the ideas that consume your life as you strive to realize them.

Our print and online formats provide a free space for artists, musicians, writers, designers, performers, startups, and so on, to showcase their project or craft. We are creating a warm, welcoming community where emerging creatives are given valuable opportunities to push their projects forward, eventually leading to financially stable careers that they love.

Enough philosophizing, let’s see some Almost Real Things.

Almost Real Things Magazine cover art through Issue 20

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The Founders

Zachary Zulch

Founder / CEO & Creative Director / Event Coordinator / DJ

Zach is a Visual Designer. He graduated with a BFA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2014 and jumped straight into the world of startup branding. He was interested in the question: How can an individual/company with no track record represent themselves professionally to garner respect and authority?

Since 2014 Zach has helped many companies and creatives solve this problem through his freelance work and efforts with Almost Real Things. He also functions as ART's event coordinator and in-house DJ.

Natalie Earhart

Founder / Editor in Chief / Writer

Natalie is an artist and freelance writer. After graduating from UCSB in 2013 with a degree in Studio Art, she ventured out of her comfort zone to join a more collaborative creative community.

In Austin she found just that, and co-founded Almost Real Things, a free magazine and growing community for creators of all mediums to explore ideas, develop professional skills, connect with other artists and reach a wider audience.

The Advisory Board

Ashland Viscosi

Community Builder / Founder, Creatives Meet Business

Ashland is passionate about serving Austin’s creative community and values collaboration, connectivity, and accessibility of knowledge and information. So she founded Creatives Meet Business (CMB), an event and podcast series for creatives of all disciplines to define themselves as artists and creatives AND small business owners. The event and podcast series helps creatives, and anyone wanting to make a living as a maker, learn how to become sustainable in their artistic craft. She upped the ante in 2017 and founded CMBXP, an annual three-day conference featuring over 50 hands-on workshops across several programming tracks: Business, Marketing, Skills Development, Storytelling and one-on-one mentorship sessions. Plus, there’s nightly happy hours!

Before founding both CMB and CMBXP and dedicating her time to community building and transformative educational events, Ashland worked in film and production. At the same time, she honed her fundraising, marketing, and event production skills during her years at an arts-based non-profit. She also LOVES helping out with events around town, most notably she’s been the Sponsor Relations Coordinator with the ATX Television Festival for eight years (and counting) and moderates at the Austin Film Festival. She also really loves cheese plates and teaching about networking and event production.

Raasin Mcintosh

CEO & Creative Director, Raasin in the Sun

Raasin Mcintosh is a visionary, creative, and Track and Field Olympian, whose career spans nearly a decade specializing in community arts initiatives in cross-disciplinary collaborative work.

She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a BA in Communications. She has extensive experience in managing, producing, facilitating and coordinating, mural arts, public arts, creative placemaking, restorations, and community engagement initiatives.

In 2015 she founded Raasin in the Sun, a nonprofit organization, to pursue a lifelong passion to serve the community through the arts and environmental initiatives. Lead by a humanitarian drive to change the world for the better, her daily mantra motivates the mission: "Rise and Shine" and “Be the Light Today for a Brighter Tomorrow.”

Kris San

Filmmaker / Co-Founder, Be The Change Studios

Kris is a filmmaker and entrepreneur from Caguas, Puerto Rico.

She is a multi-skilled creator with a focus in viral storytelling and personal growth and is extremely passionate about creating processes and ecosystems that foster the development of creators and the work they create.

Art is the greatest gift we can share with the world. She wants to be a part of a world that fights for that and the people behind it.

Matt Haghighi

Founder, Finovo Digital Marketing

Matt’s experience lies at the intersection of finance, technology, and marketing with the goal of making financial services more inclusive.

Matt is the founder of Finovo, a digital marketing agency built to be more efficient—offering clients a startup approach to marketing by finding creative solutions to think big while building lean. A contrarian at heart, Matt’s approach to marketing often involves “going against the grain” in an effort to achieve a better return on investment for his clients.

As an entrepreneur, Matt uses his startup experience to advise and invest in startups that aim to improve lives through technology. When he’s not working, he can be found rooting for the Clippers (contrarian, remember?), and finding ways to give back to the community.

Austin Larson

CMO, Hometown Hero

Austin is an experienced marketer, DTC ecom specialist, and general business growth enthusiast. Driven by the desire to learn and succeed, he takes pride in providing results and helping others. As a CMO + Ecommerce Director his goals include building a 9 figure ecom online store and honing "old school" marketing methods. In addition to his primary job functions, Austin is an Arete Syndicate member.

Moby Hayat

Co-Founder, FireShow Media

For over 5 years, Moby has been a noteworthy leader in the video creation space. You may know him from his work on The FireShow Podcast or as an Emcee of Podcast Movement, but he can also be credited with contributions to coaching $760,000+ in pitch competition wins. Moby has been honored as an Austin Inno 50 on Fire Award Winner for his contributions in the Austin entrepreneurship scene. He is currently a managing member of FireShow Media. FireShow Media is helping individuals unleash their inner genius on camera to build authority and share with the world.

Ira Ralston

Artist / General Manager, Kwik Ice

I was born and raised in Oklahoma. I’m a renaissance man working with ice—a loving husband, a caring father, a natural leader, and a creative mind. My art is as diverse and ever-evolving as I am. It is a direct connection to my experiences, my train of thought, and my ability to connect to everything around me. I love talking about the ideas behind my art more than the subject matter itself.

Austin and its people serve as my church and energy scale, keeping me consistently balanced and pursuing my passions. Art, nature, camping, music, love, people, animals, creativity, balance, positivity, and light!

800+ featured contributing members so far

Issue 01: Demi Anter, James Butler, Katie Edwards, Graham Franciose, Spencer Huddleston, Wade Keusder, Tambout Naguer, Reluctant Hobo, Cathy Savage, Jason “Skippy” Shindler, Vandal, Paul Washington, Andrew Whited, Elisa Wikey, Ty Wilkins, Karen Woodward, Pardis Zand

Issue 02: Chad Allen, Demi Anter, Lauren Briere, Anissa Bryant, James Butler, Carissa Cornelius, Olivia Costanzo, Jeremy Earhart, Louis Eastman, Jon-Michael Frank, Matt Haghighi, Jenn Hassin, Patrick Hobbie, Ruthie Junto, Wade Keusder, Molly Maroney, Clark Meyer, Kellie Moore, Emily Morris, Tambout Naguer, Robert Page, Christy Pak, The Persona, Katie Ryan, Heath Speakman, Mylo Villanueva, Kate Wade

Issue 03: Tom Besson, Akki Brathwaite, Verity Conrad, Alex Doty, Austin Evers, Klaus Eyting, Hilary Fitzgerald, Becca Gordon, Matt Haghighi, Carol Hayman, Liz Hermanson, Inflatable Robot, Kelly Johnston, Gage Kelsey, Logan Lockett, Mahsa Madani, Lena Martin, Avery Orendorf, Julie Peleaz, Zuzu Perkal, Ami Plasse, Amanda Staples, Kristen Van Patten

Issue 04: Jason Ake, Chad Allen, BLVD, Akki Brathwaite, Joel Ganucheau, Marissa Gravett, Nima Jalali, Ty James, Wade Keusder, Sarah Frankie Linder, Nikki Llorca, Clark Meyer, Jason Napolitano, Jessica Pearson, Laura Penney, Zuzu Perkal, Random Direction, Steven Walker

Issue 05: Alessia Meola, Alex Doty, Andrew Parsons, Borja Cabada, Brian Stokes, Carmen Garza, Chad Allen, Dave Thomas, David Lamplugh, Emily Morris, Emree Weaver, Flip Solomon, Gage Kelsey, Gert Johan Manschot, Ghost Van Gogh, Ian Sells, IGAustinTexas, Jam Sanitchat, Javier Gonzalez, Jessica Pisani, Josette Jellison, Josh Watson, Lauren Cohen, Maria Teresa, Marque Blackman, Natalie Gomez, Travis Ratcliff, Victoria O’Dell, Wade Keusder, Yung Wall Street, Zoe Smurr

Issue 06 “Chance”Abby Fine, Akki Brathwaite, Andres Alvarez, Bianca Torres, BLUE731, Chad Allen, Chris Long, Far & Few, fuvk, Gage Kelsey, Hallie Rae Ward, Janna Sammon, Jason Napolitano, Joel Greatbatch, Katie Edwards, Kelly Gray, Kimberly Flores, Laura Penney, Lauren Cohen, LEFT&14th, Lisa Belcher, Loc Huynh, Madhu Basu, Matt Stanley, Michelle Wanhala, Miles Starkey, Polly Morwood, Stellar Roz

Issue 07 “Fail Well”: Akki Brathwaite, Amar A. Gupta, Angelica Raquel, Becca Gordon, Cable Gvyz, Chloe Lowrey, Cloudchord, Demi Anter, Eric Massey, Eugene Stetz, Growl, J Muzacz, Jared Moore, Jason Napolitano, Joel Greatbatch, Jonathan Garza, Keith Manlove, LEWYV, Lindsay Smith, Lorelei Linklater, Martin J. Lewis, Mike Madden, Nathan and Benny, Nikki Llorca, Random Direction, Steven Sluyter, Shad Haigwood, Sid Buckler, Stephanie Vu, T.J. Wendel, Tim Ochsenreither

Issue 08 “Memory: Lost & Found”: Kristikka Acacian, JP Boneyard, Adam Brunell, Antonius Bui, Dr. Cameron Camp, Steph Chen, Eya Floyd, Jon Garza, Jordan Gentry, Ari Gootnick, Elsie Greer, Rachael Harmon, Dave Hilliard, Anne Johnson, Jeanette Nevarez, Robert Olivier, Nicole Parker, Matt Peters, Chris Quaglino (Mr. Q), RNA, Brady Sanamo, Oliver Shahery, Steven Sluyter, Matt Stanley, Trent Sultemeier, Verisimilitude, Christian Wells, T.J. Wendel, Andrew Whited, Jessica Williams

Issue 09 “Dream State”: Julia Zipporah, Zander, Gizem Yilmicak, Juan Villegas, Vacuum Repair, Carl Smith, Steven Sluyter, Claire Sheehan, Cierra Rowe, Fabian Rey, Tim Ochsenreither, Christina Nguyen, MacKenzie Miller, Nicholas McCann, Tiffany Lemieux, Erika Leal, Isra Khan, Wade Keusder, Nina Ho, Christian Hernandez, Sarah Henderson, Moby Hayat, Dane Gudde, Ben Gibson, The Ghost, Paulina Fricke, Vince Fraser, Flite, Liza Fishbone, Claudia Durand, Alex Doty, Liz Deering, Shannon Boxell, Cody Blazek, Nanu Berks, Itamar Benitez, Lisa Belcher

Issue 10 “Material”: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, Ascent Aerial Productions, Balloons By Pineapple, Bern Ban, Big Medium, Blue Genie Art Bazaar, Akki Brathwaite, Edison Carter, Cherrywood Art Fair, Tom Cox, Sophia Depascuale, Justin Diosdado, Rachael Dobos, Patrick Dougherty, Jason Eatherly, Stephanie Estrin, Sam Frankel, Ryan Gallimore, Blake Hampton, James Heller, Adrienne Hodge, Kevin Kelleher, LIP, Haven Meadows, Tambout Naguer, Professional Plotter, Random Direction, Lys Santamaria, Alexis Sleeper, SprATX, Brianna Vance, Carrin Welch, Sharon Yam Sananes, Julia Zipporah Allen

Issue 11 & 12 “Juxtaposition”Ellie Alonzo, Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, Art Outside, Austin Design Week, Taylor Bailey, Nicholas Battis, Dwight Beningus, Big Medium, Tara Bogart, Maysa Bogheiri, Mike Boland, Akki Brathwaite, Rick Byrnes, Elizabeth Carrington, Tom Cox, Rachel Crockett, Day Dreamer, Marcie Dodd, Eye Dr., Selena Fara, Soledad Fernandez, Forklift Danceworks, Curtis Griffin, Blake Hampton, Nina Ho, Jordan Hourie, Imagine Art, Kristin Ingram, Isra Khan, Madden + Moon, Nelson Mak, MediaTech Ventures, Jonica Moore, Nailivic Studios, Jeanette Nevarez, Jennifer Marie Pate, Adrian Patenaude, Pecha Kucha, Pixel Pushers Union 512, Rebeccah Polk, Sam Rahman, Chad Rea, RealMusic Events, Caleb Richardson, Robo Roku, Nicci Sevier-Vuyk, Alexis Sleeper, Kristi Standley, Swayló, Tierra Firme, Kevin Tong, Matthew Trujillo, Lauren Zambito

Issue 13 “Identity”Noor Alnoman, Chelsea Amato, Aline Bigizi, Akki Brathwaite, Izzy Cheng, Noble Crawford, Lizzie DiSilvestro, Shannon Elder, Derrick Haggerty, Sharifa Hossaini, Stephanie Jimenez, Maria Teresa Johnson, Kawther, Roxolana Krywonos, Nadya Lambreva, Hannah Elizabeth Lasure, Brandy Mattas, Jeanette Nevarez, Ella Nilsson, Darien Nuckols, Tim Ochsenreither, Adrian Patenaude, Kate Poor, John R. Powell, Jaydarian Reyes, Drew Riley, Owen Schwartzbard, Sam Soper, Ashland Viscosi, Will Crochet, Kat Williams, Kay Wine

Issue 14 “VIVID”Alicia Wells, Aria Brownell, Beast Syndicate, Big Medium, Brittany Johnson, Cameron McNeil, Clint Roth, Efren Rebugio, Emmy Laursen, Gabriel Portillo, Hopscotch, Ion Art, Jamila Ralph, Jon Garza, Josh Green, Kalee Espitia, Larry Goode, Lauren Goulet, Leah Dorrian, Meena Matai, Ransom Ashley, Raw Paw, Reggie Devore, Ruffhouse Arts, Stephen Rendon, Tim Ochsenreither, Travon Conyers, Tsz Kam, Whitney Batres, Xachery Goldsman

Issue 15 “Money Makin’”Aram Amini, Tina Bartolucci, Steve Berry, Akki Brathwaite, Bronze Whale, Russell Brown, Dub Equis, Ashley Foxx, FreeVerbs, Ashlea Godwin Wood, Roman Gonzalez, Curtis Griffin, Theresa Haddow, Matt Haghighi, Moby Hayat, Anvita Jain, Catie Lewis, MannMukti, Dhvani Mehta, Anjana Menon, Jordan Muzquiz, Fabian Rey, Cambrea Roy, Neha Sakhuja, Nick Sebesta, Ian Sells, Daman Tiwana, Red Moth Art, Rosemary Valentino, Ashland Viscosi, Lisa Zinna

Issue 17 “Process-ing”: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, Blue Genie Art Bazaar, Adam Brunell, Russell Brxwn, Monica Gallagher, April Garcia, Jordan Gentry Nelson, Laura Gossen, Ryan Gossen, Tyler Herlin, Jessica Hissam, House of L, Mariah Howard, Kerry Hugins, Anne Johnson, Leslie Kell, Jae Lin, Jess Lin, Lizarazo, Big Medium, Evan Narcisse, Ami Plasse, Jenny Ramirez, Red Moth Art, Scott Rolfe, Sapira Design, Sam Soper, SprATX, Staple!, Bill Tavis, Sean Thornton, Uncommon People, Emma Van Den Akker, Dawn Winter, Dana Younger, Julia Zipporah Allen

Issue 18 “Surreal // So Real”: Rosemary Allen, Natalie Allyger, Kyle Armstrong, Art Island, Arielle Austin, Bendy Lyndi, Ryan Brocha, Adam Brunell, Bradley Brunell, Steph Chen, Mihai Cipleu, Marcella Colaveccio, Como Las Movies, Victoria Corbett, Sasha Devore, Shannon Elder, Liza Fishbone, Henry Invisible, Kwik Ice, Dave McClinton, Mesmerize, Ashley Metro, Mural Project, DeLoné Osby, Rachelle Penny, Powdered Wig Machine, JR Rapier, Red Moth Art, Robotters, Jared Rosenacker, Richard Rutner, Sleep Is Famous, Alexis Sleeper, Chris Tobar Rodriguez, Un.Inc, Marcelo Villaseñor, Juan Villegas, Vogue Vignette, Amanda Zappler, Julia Zipporah

Issue 19 “Make/Do”: Kelsey Archbold, Braxley Bands, Calliope Musicals, Delmar Clarke, Marcie Dodd, Easy Compadre!, Aimée Everett, FLORAL SEA, Giant Letter, Sarah Hall, In Bold Company: Kristina Gonzalez Sander, In House International: Michu Benaim Steiner, Lady Heartwing, Madrone Mountain Coffee, Lauren McPhail, Brandon Munley, Pratiksha Muir, David Munoz, DeLoné Osby, Daddy Otis, Julie Pelaez, Rhea Pirani, Red Moth, Kendrick Rudolph, Jayson Sol, Toni Toscano, TreeGarden, (Mer)Maggie Williamson, Wisüchee, Amanda Witucki

Issue 20 “Combo”: Daniel Wood Adams, Luis Angulo, SJ Salazar Aponte, Adrian Armstrong, Boogietraxx, Akki Brathwaite, Braxley Bands, Ryan Crawley, Creekside Studio, Dead Space Dash, Darryl Demps, April Garcia, Giant Letter, Goodluck Buddha, Saira Holland, Kerry Hugins, Phoebe Joynt, Leslie Kell, Johnna Krantz, Ley Line, Elliot Liebman, Shruti Mehta, Brandon Munley, Nolina, Red Herring, Erik Ross, Topher Sipes, Lindsay Laser Smith, Something Cool Studios, Suzy Soulshine, Matt Stanley, Hallie Rae Ward, Alyssa Young, Yasmin Youssef

Artists to Watch: Alexey Adonin, Natalie Allgyer, Adrian Armstrong, Thedocia Autumn Mae Crocker, Samara Barks, Alanna Bass, Michelle Belrose, Jesse Berger, Shannon Boxell, Aria Brownell, Mason Buchanan, Leah Bury, Robert Calloway, Cassandra Clark, Marcus Clarke, ContraCommon, Courtney Cox, Creekside Studio, Marcie Dodd, Claudia Durand, Meghan Elizabeth, Laree Evelyn, Vince Fraser, Paulina Fricke, Eris Gentle, Ryan Gianelloni, Indira Govindan, Giant Letter, Amy Guidry, Kathy Harney-Keraudren, Makenna Hatter, Carol Hayman, Savanna Heydon AKA Mongrel, Jessica Hissam AKA Doxxi, Abi Houseman Mallick, Sherrod Jackson, Josette Jellison, Lawrence Jolly, Robert Kinsey, Kool Me, Nada Krstajic, Yael Lan, Erika Leal, Daniel De Leon, Katherine Leung, Marty Lewis, Jess Lin, Mario Loprete, MAEVOLUTION, Mara Magyarosi-Laytner, Sarah Marie, Juca Maximo, Nick McCann, Mike Melinoe, Ashley Metro, Gregory Miraglia, Jessica Moritz, Ziad Nagy, Jeanette Nevarez, Gerard Niemierowko, Laura Oxendine, Katie Paglialunga, Kristine Paiz, Adrian Patenaude, Lucius Patenaude, Polina Pavlinina, Aerica Raven, Red Herring, Red Moth Art, Tim Richter, Jared Rosenacker, Cierra Rowe, Jon Schoepflin, Derek Setzer, Amanda Shirlow, Lindsay Smith, Zachary Smith, Christy Stallop, Rick Steinberg, Larry Stubbs, Alexis Swift, Wenlin Tan, Toni Toscano, Emma Van Den Akker, Juan Villegas, Linda Wandt, Casie Warnke, Wolf Garden, Amanda Witucki, Alyssa Young, Yasmin Youssef, Mary Yznaga

Artists to HearBay Station, BlackLight, BLUEOX, Bronze Whale, Deezie Brown, Castle Club, Dub Equis, Fertility House, Gutta Rich, King Air, Mista Mozes, Sarah Hall, Sammy G, Noella Grey and the Imaginary Band, Primo the Alien, Sick/Sea, Alisha Raval, Spencer Robinson and The Wolf Spiders, Stone House, Tron Weasley, Tyler Brunner, Zkosta

Booked Event Musicians and Performers: Ascent Aerial Productions, Apollo Raid, Beatchaser, Bendy Lyndi, Bern Ban, Big Jaw, BlackLight, Bliss Motel, Blvk Sheep, Brittney Jones, Bronze Whale, Cable Gvyz, Chido Machine, Chris Big Money, Cloudchord, cMac, cozymason, DJ Ella Ella, Djhilo, Dossey, Dub Equis, Easy Compadre!, Eddie Kane, Emune, Enter the Dao, Fanclub, Far & Few, Feedback Alliance, Fertility House, Flite, Flizoshi, Geranium Drive, Get Schwifty, Grympho, GUI.dance, Gutta Rich, Henry Invisible, Kelsey in Paradise, Koshimoda, LIP, Lizarazo, Love Tone, LUCA LUSH, Lucky Badger, Luke and The Lonely, Mama Duke, Many Voices, Marc Rebillet, Marfa Crush, Mariah Rocha, MARZO, Matthew Aldini, Meow Now Brass Band, Mike Melinoe, Mystica Fiora, NAMŪH, Neema V, N.O.Bandana, Peter Kuli, Prismo, Psychic Shark, Quasar, Red Moth Art, Richfellow, Riddimstix, Sam&i, Samwise, Sammy G, Savannah Dahl Lake, Scott Slyter & The Funkadelics, Sick/Sea, Space Angel Hug, Springful, Still Haze, Sweater Beats, Tambo, Taylor Thomas, The Deli, The Persona, Torre Blake, Trupica, Uncommon People, Vacuum Repair, Verisimilitude, Vision Is Timeless, Woke Bloke, Yung Wall Street, Zayle

PrintEXPO Guide 2021 with PrintAustin: Jennifer Anderson, Anémona Editores, Emily Arthur, Jamaal Barber, Big Patch (Ben Sorrell), Lisette Chavez, Josh Christensen, Bryan Clocker, Coronado Print Studio, B. Shawn Cox, Creekside Studio ATX, Aaron deGruyter, Schuyler DeMarinis, Tess Doyle, Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Olivia Fredricks, Katie Garth, Annalise Natasha Gratovich, Carol Hayman, Carlos Hernandez, John Hitchcock, Daryl Howard, Raluca Iancu, Ivester Contemporary, Liv Monique Johnson, Ann ‘Sole Sister’ Johnson, Eric A. Johnson (Big Oak Press), Raeleen Kao, Kill Joy, Tyler Joseph Krasowski, Logan Larsen, Matthew Magruder, Paloma Mayorga, Martin Mazorra, Dennis McNett, Samantha R. Mendoza, Emmett Merrill, Metztli Prints, Moonhowler Press, Johanna Mueller, Benjamin Muñoz, Meli Marie Nava, Paloma Núñez-Regueiro, Ryan O’Malley, One Straw Press, Karen Pittman, Kenna Boles Prior, reboprints, Coco Rico, Jessica Robles, Lars Roeder, Jesus De La Rosa, Vera Rose, Olivia Saldívar, Stephanie Santana, Cathy Savage, Una Scott, Screen The World, Sally Sorenson, Ariel B. Spiegelman, Terri Thoman, Wally Workman Gallery, Cassie White