Perhaps it’s easier to explain what not to expect at the first East London Comics & Arts Festival (ELCAF) hosted by NoBrow this weekend. Most importantly, it is definitely not exclusive to the comic and cartoon hangouts; if you know what is good and good for you then you’ll know that a room full of independent publishers and image-makers with original work, limited editions and small-run presses going for mere, mere moneys is worth your while.
Independent publishers and image-makers that will also be sharing insight and demonstrating their talents in collective artworks, holding discussions, drinking lucozade, chatting about risographs etc, For example Becky Barnicoat from The Guardian will be hosting a panel talking autobiographical trends in graphic novels, superlative-happy Blexbolex in conversation with com-fest stalwart Paul Gravett, and an animation cinema curated by Nexus.
Of the illustrative purveyors making camp at the Village Underground location, here’s a quick crop of the talent; some familiar, some not – aka an opportunity to get your hands on some much coveted work and discover something special. It might also be worth falsifying a comic-related presumption and have a conversation with some them. See you on Sunday.
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Robbie Simon, the jack of all trades and the master of them too
- Mattis Dovier’s weird and wonderful 8-bit dot animation for XXX’s music video
- Jessica Lehrman's photographic document of social revolution, Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street
- Zoe Kao and Huang Wun-Siang find inspiration in the uncertainty of the design process
- Documenting the world in motion: Lauren Tamaki’s illustrations of modern life
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale