Comics – More details for this year’s ELCAF announced

Published On April 24, 2018 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Conventions and events, News

We’ve already posted that this year’s ELCAF – the East London Comic Art Festival – will take place across the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of June this summer, but now Nobrow’s Angela has been in touch to fill us in on the details which were announced this week, and it looks like another cracking festival:

“As with every edition, ELCAF has the pleasure of inviting an internationally celebrated artist to create a unique identity for the year and we are extremely honoured to announce Charlotte Dumortier as this year’s artists-in- residence. Based in Antwerp, her work is characterised by bright colours and bold shapes. As well as being an illustrator, she also works as a motion graphics animator. Charlotte makes comics for zines and anthologies and her “first real comic book” is called Murphy’s Miserable Space Adventures and is published by Oogachtend.

She also makes mini comics and zines under the moniker yum yum zines with her friend Shamisa Debroey who will be joining ELCAF this year. Alongside Charlotte, ELCAF is inviting an exciting roster of international artists including Patrick Kyle, Nina Cosco, Conor Stechschulte, Tor Brandt, Sammy Stein, Aisha Franz, Akvile Magicdust, Dawid Ryski and many, many more.

In 2018 we are curating another extensive ELCAF season across London and beyond. Kicking off in May we’ll be bringing an exhibition by our European partners to the Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford. From 28 May — 1 June, The rule and the game: a sensory reading lab invites visitors to explore the relationship between word and image in children’s books. In addition, we are teaming up with our founders Nobrow to celebrate the 10th edition of the magazine that brought them to the fore. Studio Dreams: ELCAF x Nobrow 10 will highlight a number of the 70 artists featured in the magazine through a series of workshops, talks and an exhibition. It starts off on 27 May with a whole day of workshops and a panel at Hay Festival with Katie Harnett, Jim Stoten, Ben Newman and Joe Todd-Stanton, continues with an exhibition at SPACE, Hackney from 14 — 16 June that sees all 70 illustrations in one room plus 8 very special new commissions and culminates in a panel discussion at ELCAF itself.

We are again joining up with Hackney Council to do a free drop-in workshop with Sandra Dieckmann at Dalston library, this time during Dalston Children’s festival on 2 June. Our series of Masterclasses at the House of Illustration continue this year with Ben Newman and Bigu Maku. The ELCAF season will culminate in the festival itself, where on top of tons of workshops and talks, we’ll have springboard meetings for aspiring illustrators and comic artists, and, for the third year, the ELCAF Award. The ELCAF Award will recognise artists and publishers who are excelling in their fields by offering a selection of prizes that will support their work.”

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