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.
- Creative agency bus.group on its beautiful and playful editorial designs
- A Black Cover Design on how corporate graphic design can change employee moods
- Kelly Anna and Josie Tucker create an empowering zine to celebrate female strength
- Diyala Muir's animation Blue Hands mimics the surreal experience of grief
- Bex Day’s new series looks to raise awareness for the older transgender community
- Protests, cute culture and the UK’s fruit market: Suzy Chan on her innovative design practice
- Photographer Ryan Duffin embraces the quirks of his subjects and the outtakes of life
- KFC's latest ad reminds you it's not AFC, BFC, or even CFC
- Alexis Jamet's animations are warm, nostalgic and beautiful in their simplicity
- République's new look for Playboy is "aimed at anybody and everybody"
- Lars Högström's typographic choices are inspired by the hip-hop cassettes of the 90s and 00s