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.
- Nick White's playful work proves that art does not have to be serious
- Atelier Brenda reveals who Brenda actually is at June's Nicer Tuesdays
- Audun Alvestad creates tender paintings of the “ordinary Joe”
- Jordy Ringeling's designs reinterpret the obscure (and suggest we should stop breeding)
- “I’m a born again Cliff fan”: Photographer Robin Mellor on snapping avid Cliff Richard fans
- Emily Stein's latest series tells the story of Akemi and her 100 Kimonos
- “Unporn” is the photo stock collection for those suggestive, naughty moments
- KangHee Kim's images are as satisfying to create as they are to look at
- Photographer Jack Johnstone's dreamy images are so soft they're almost otherworldly
- Penguin unveils striking series of redesigned Jack Kerouac books
- Luke Insect designs a "BMX break up album about teenage love and endless summers"
- Sophy Hollington’s striking tarot deck combines mysticism with a glam-punk contemporary twist