ELCAF tickets go live today….

Published On March 23, 2015 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Comics Calendar, Conventions and events


Well, that’s Jillian Tamaki’s poster for ELCAF 2015. East London Comic Art Festival if you didn’t already know. Tamaki’s the star guest and artist-in-residence this year, a fine, fine choice for the festival which has expanded in this, its fourth year, from one to two days. Tamaki’s This One Summer (with cousin Mariko) won the Printz Honor and is the first graphic novel to receive the Caldicott Honor. Her latest graphic novel, the much anticipated SuperMutant Magic Academy, is released next month.

The poster also gives us a look at some of the first guests… Brecht Vandenbroucke, Michael DeForge, Daniela Olejnikova, MAX, Arnal Ballester, Henning Wagonbreth, and Ricardo Cavolo. That’s a really strong list out of the gates, a wide stylistic range, a great Euro representation and with DeForge, one of the finest in a new wave of North American artists.

In addition to the first sight of the poster, the ELCAF website is due to be up and running today and general tickets for the weekend festival will be live. The big news is possibly that ELCAF, after a few criticisms over space and queuing last year, is expanding into two venues, The Laundry and Space in Hackney.


One event confirmed is Ricardo Cavolo’s Emblema exhibition at NOW Gallery’s new Urban Village Fete on 10th May. The artist has created a series of flags hung through the space, each one highlighting some of the history of Greenwich. The artist will also be running a ‘Make your own flag workshop’ and you can listen to a DJ set based around Cavolo’s recent Nobrow book, ‘101 Artists To Listen To Before You Die’.

The full ELCAF programme should be announced in April.

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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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