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.
- Envisions collective, breaking down the boundaries of design
- Zsofia Schweger’s paintings depict her Hungarian home frozen in time
- Illustrator Nuno Maria’s fresh aesthetic and smooth shapes rework ordinary objects
- A cookbook inspired by Brad Pitt's on-screen eating habits
- Uganda’s boisterous nightlife as captured by photographer Michele Sibiloni
- Vanguards magazine explores Scotland's undiscovered creative treasure
- Sagmeister & Walsh rebrands fashion label Milly to reflect its "edgy" new personality
- Dominic Wilcox designs art exhibition for dogs (plus exclusive artist sketches)
- Jaemin Lee’s gloriously retro exhibition identities and poster designs
- James Jean’s phantasmagorical world of technicolour fever dreams
- The Refugee Nation Olympic flag was inspired by a lifejacket
- Things: the inspiring post that got us through the long hot summer nights of August