Upcoming: ELCAF…. and upcoming at ELCAF…

Published On June 16, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Conventions and events

elcaf 2013 poster

ELCAF (East London Comics and Arts Festival) happens next weekend – 20th June, and they’re looking for a few good volunteers to help set up and run the show. People often forget how dependent comic events are on a small army of volunteers, doing the little jobs that help everything run according to plan.

If you think you can help get in touch here.

It’s the second year for ELCAF and it’s already getting a reputation for showcasing the best of the burgeoning uK scene. This year we have over 70 exhibitors, most of which we’ve featured here at one point or other. See the full list here.


(Nick Edwards)

Events going on at the show include;

Our own Martin Steenton hosts a panel on character design with the creator of HildaLuke PearsonFelt Mistress‘ Louise Evans and Jonathan Edwards, Uncle Grandpa’s Nick Edwards and a surprise guest. Doug Wallace of Nobrow will be chairing a discussion on publishing between Emma Hayley from SelfMadeHero, Madalena Matoso from Portugese publisher Planeta Tangerina, Alex Spiro from Nobrow, author, illustrator and self-publisher Philippa Rice and Alex Bowler from Jonathan Cape.

Takayo Akiyama will be hosting a free ‘Make your own comic’ workshop for kids at this year’s ELCAF taking the audience through every stage of comic making from initial idea through to finished product with guests Tom SmithBecky Barnicoat and Ashley May.


(Takayo Akiyama)

Eleanor Meredith  and Claudia Boldt from The Loop are making a special ELCAF Loop, illustrator Lucille Clerc hosts a free workshop to collaboratively create your very own London street, Burgerac is launching the new Nobrow book Burgermat show at ELCAF. Artist-in-residence Andy Rementer (that’s his art on the poster above) will close the show with a talk on his work. Secret Walls is a team art contest: 90 minutes of art battle, to be judged at the end. Hoxton Radio are hosting a live show featuring interviews with artists and stallholders.


SelfMadeHero are going to be there with a host of creators including I. N. J. Culbard (The Shadow Out of Time; At The Mountains of Madness), Rob Davis (Don Quixote), Glyn Dillon (Nao of Brown), and David Hine and Mark Stafford (The Man Who Laughs). Special guest, Dutch writer and artist Typex is giving a talk about his biographical graphic novel of the great master, Rembrandt, at Waterstones Covent Garden on Thursday 20th June and appearing at ELCAF. Rembrandt has recently been published by independent UK publisher SelfMadeHero.

For tickets and booking head here.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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