2021 Springboard meeting slots are now LIVE!

Our 2021 ELCAF Springboard meetings are now live – book online HERE!

Sign up quick as these spots are first come first served!

These FREE one-to-one portfolio reviews provide the chance for emerging creatives to meet industry experts, discuss work and ask questions to gain insight into the professional creative industries.

See our image list to the right of the amazing experts who’ve kindly donated their time for a set number of 15 minute online slots, which will be split over the 6th & 7th July 2021.

All of the experts participating in the Springboards are contributing their time pro-bono so please only sign-up if you are committed to joining the session.

If you have any questions or cannot attend your session, please e-mail [email protected] with as much notice as possible.

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Pre-orders for the limited edition run of the 2021 ELCAF Haul (£10 plus shipping) are now CLOSED!

Each ELCAF Haul brings together work from 29 specially selected artists, illustrators and collectives. You’ll receive the following: 5 posters, 5 zines, 10 postcards, 2 workshop sheets, 2 pin badges and a set of stickers.

This is a LIMITED EDITION RUN – the pre-orders are integral to us determining the size of our one time print run and how many we should order.  The closing date to order a copy was the 1st June 2021.

See more details about the ELCAF Haul and the work included in the post below!

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The ELCAF Haul

We’re so proud to champion this incredibly talented set of artists from all over the world. Some are ELCAF staples you may recognise, and some are completely new voices that were discovered during February’s open call. The range of work within the Haul really encapsulates for us the diverse and innovative voices seen at ELCAF every year, and we hope it captures just some of that spirit of the festival that we’ve missed so very much recently.

Why are we charging for the ELCAF Haul and where is the money going?

The haul costs £10, a subsided price only made possible through our grant from Arts Council England, which is where 100% of our funding has come from this year. Subsiding printing costs with this money to create an accessible price point felt very important to us, and if the Haul breaks even, it is something we hope to be able to explore again in the future.

If we sell enough copies of the ELCAF Haul to make a profit, any additional money made will go back into the festival and the artists – whether that’s through facilitating further paid commissions in the future, or going towards funding the next in-person installment of the festival. Every penny we earn goes back into supporting future ELCAF events and creating other paid opportunities for artists.

We’re also really proud to be supporting small local businesses via the printing of the Haul, so shout out to South London’s PageMasters, Gemini etc for their help!

The creation of the ELCAF Haul has been a real labour of love from both the artists and all three of us here on the ELCAF team over the course of this year. We really hope you all love it as much as we do x

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PLEASE NOTE! Our open call is now closed. Thank you for sending in a proposal – we’ll be in touch soon!


2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the East London Comics & Arts Festival next year and we want to celebrate this! As you know, this past year brought huge changes to all of our lives, and as such, in 2020, we had to rethink the festival’s format for the safety of the community. Once again, we’ll be changing the way we work for 2021.

We’d like to use the funding we have from Arts Council England to support and commission a number of artists to produce new work. 

As such, we are creating a celebratory, 10 year anniversary, limited edition physical pack inspired by the ELCAF Haul (#elcafhaul) – containing printed zines, comics, posters and other goodies created by YOU!

Your work and proposal will be carefully reviewed by the ELCAF team and if selected, you’ll be provided with the following artist fee/budget to create something new: 

  • Stickers / Pins: £50
  • Postcard: £100
  • Poster: £300
  • Workshop: £300
  • Comic / Zine: £800

…and you will also receive a free ELCAF Haul pack!

We will collate, design and print the 10 Year ELCAF Haul in Spring ready for limited edition release in Summer 2021 –  it will be available to buy for £10 through the ELCAF website and social media channels as well as at ELCAF’s smaller events later in the year!

Your work will hopefully be seen by many in the community and further afield! We will also promote all the work of the artists from the pack on our social media channels and through our small online programme over the next few months. 

The timeline for submissions is as follows:

17 Feb – Open Call 

08 Mar – Submissions Deadline

24 Mar – We’ll be in touch!

12 Apr – Final Artwork Deadline

* Please note : Anyone successful in applying for a comic / zine – please ignore the final artwork deadline above. You will be contacted directly by the ELCAF team to discuss and agree a realistic deadline.

For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thanks so much and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Much love – The ELCAF Team

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ELCAF 2020 Zine – A Need for Change


Our very first ELCAF Zine is here – you can now download ‘A Need for Change’ here

Centered around the subjects of Wellness, Rest & Care, Proactivity & Productivity and Thought & Activism. The artists that would have been exhibitors at our festival this summer have contributed generously to make this piece of work possible – and we’re so excited to make it available to you as we come to the end of our one month free programme for ELCAF 2020!

This work has been made possible with the help of Arts Council funding, and with the contribution of existing works by all of the artists featured.

If you feel able when you download the zine for free please consider making a charitable donation below. All proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter and The Hackney Winter Night Shelter please donate here:

Much love, the ELCAF team!



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Monday 27 – Friday 31 July, 2020

This week at ELCAF we’re thinking about wellness, rest and care and how we can we look after ourselves and others during these strange times and new normals!…

Monday 27 July 

We’re really excited to release the ‘making of’ video from the ELCAF x WeTransfer 2019 Award with David Biskup! Check out the story of David’s book ‘There’s Only One Place This Road Ever Ends Up’ here or on our Instagram account today!

As part of our weekly playlist series, delve into some laid back vibes curated by Dragos for ELCAF in 2018 here

Tuesday 28 July 

David Biskup will also be taking over our Instagram Stories on Tuesday 4 – 6pm BST, so please make sure to head over to our account and DM us with any questions you have for him! 

Thursday 30 July 

On Thursday morning one of our fave illustrators and current House of Illustration artist in resident Peony Gent will be taking over our Instagram Stories from 10-12am BST to discusses her work in lockdown and how she has been working with the House of Illustration over these past few months… Again make sure to DM in any questions you have for Peony!

… and if you haven’t yet, feel free to go back and check the workshops she made for us as the start of the month here!

Friday 31 July 

On Friday our very first ELCAF Zine will be available to Download here!

‘A Need for Change’ is centered around the subjects of Wellness, Rest & Care, Proactivity & Productivity and Thought & Activism and we’re so excited to make it available to you as we come to the end of our one month free programme for ELCAF 2020!

We’d like to thank the Arts Council and all of the artists that have contributed to the Zine for making this possible!

We hope you love it as much as we do!

Also on Friday the ELCAF Team will be available during the day on our Instagram account to answer any questions you have about running a festival, how it’s been working in lockdown, this years changes and the challenges of freelance! Feel free to DM us and we’ll post answers up on our stories!


Throughout the week

Please remember as we wrap up this season of summer events that our programme, downloadable workshops and digital zine are all available completely free but, if you feel that you can, please don’t forget to donate!

All proceeds will go to BlackLivesMatter and Hackney Winter Night Shelter

Thank you!

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