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Samandal Exhibition – A Collective Experiment

We are thrilled to have Samandal, winner of the ELCAF Audience Award 2018, exhibit a collection of their works in London. Samandal are a Beirut-based publisher who have brought together works of Lebanese artists and small press in ‘Topia’ an impressive anthology of comics that will be on display at the exhibition. Find out more details about the exhibition and private view here.

The private view will be held on Tuesday 21 May, 5 – 7pm at Cass Art Islington Gallery Space. Join us for a drink.



Buy Your ELCAF 2019 Tickets

The programme is up and running and the tickets are now on sale. We’re thrilled to have another incredible line-up of artists gathering in London to join us for a weekend of talks, workshops, books, and general festival cheer. Come one, come all! Buy your tickets here.



ELCAF Taproom Takeover at Gipsy Hill

We’re launching another round of hoppy fresh ELCAF beer for 2019 courtesy of the fine brewers at Gipsy Hill. The artwork this year has been created by Jayde Perkin, winner of the ELCAF x WeTransfer Award, and Marcus Reed, creative director of Gipsy Hill. To celebrate, we’re launching the beer early with an event at their taprooms which includes music and workshops throughout the day. Running the different workshops will be Alex Barrow at OKIDO, Luke Healy (How to Survive in the North, Nobrow Press) and Katie Harnett (Monty and the Poodles, Flying Eye Books) as well as chats with our friends over at the AOI. For more info, check out the event page here.



Volunteer call out 2019!

The festival is fast approaching and we are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team! Volunteers play a crucial role in ensuring the success of the festival and we have various opportunities for you to get involved before, during and after ELCAF. If you’re enthusiastic about comics and illustration, like working with the public and don’t mind getting stuck in to all types of tasks whether big or small, see our opportunities page for more details.



ELCAF x WeTransfer Award 2019

We are now taking submissions from exhibitors past and present to transform their ideas into a reality. The winner of the award will receive a £3,500 grant to print and publish their book for ELCAF 2020. Good luck to all, we’re looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Artwork by Jayde Perkin, winner of the ELCAF 2018 award. Her book ‘I’m Not Ready’ will be launched at the festival this June.



Jon McNaught is our ELCAF 2019 Artist in Residence

We’re delighted to announce the brilliant illustrator, comic artist and printmaker Jon McNaught as our ELCAF artist in residence for 2019.

Jon’s style is both intricate and beautiful, as translated within the visuals and identity of ELCAF 2019. His use of Hackney landmarks within the artwork has created a fitting and uniquely East London narrative for the festival this year. Having worked for the likes of Penguin Books, The New York Times and the BBC, Jon is also the Author of Kingdom, Birchfield Close, Pebble Island and Dockwood (Winner of the Angouleme ‘Prix Révélation’ award in 2012).

Jon’s ELCAF 2019 poster will be available in June as a limited edition screen-print.