A few Sundays back we went to ELCAF, as you already know. To try and spice up our stall, and inject a little fun into the day, we set up a postcard competition, giving comics fans the chance to win Posy Simmonds’Mrs Weber’s Omnibusthat’s published later this year.
We had a fantastic response with well over fifty entries, and are happy to say that this, by Andrew Segal, is definitely the best. And very, very funny.
Well done, Andy, we’ll be in touch.
Well, folks, we’re absolutely wiped. ELCAF was a lot of fun yesterday, and good to see so many people turn out. Approximately 3,000 people joined the comics carousel and picked up some great books, prints, posters and shirts. Ray Bradbury would be proud to see so many appreciators of printed matter.
Anyway, we’re so knackered we can barely stay awake, let alone find something for the blog today, so here’s a bit from our new friend Tom Gauld. He signed some books at the Gosh table and had Hannah Berry in his employ as bodyguard.
If you’ve ever had the words ‘It is now safe to turn off your computer’ branded onto your retina in orange type, or listened to the sound of a modem having a touchtone war with the telephone exchange and your ISP, then you’re probably no stranger to the work of S. J. Harris, a.k.a. Spimcoot. He was Captain Cartoon over at h2g2 from 2001–2003, which was a sort of Douglas-Adams-inspired proto-Wikipedia run by the BBC. His Paper Cuts cartoons, in that Hitchhiker’s mantra, attempted to illustrate life, the universe and everything. We think he did rather well.
S-Dot’s currently working on Eustace – which also featured on h2g2 – for us right now, but here’s a sneak peek of one of the characters. This drawing is titled ‘Mrs Perichief Concocts’. He’ll be dropping by our table at ELCAF on Sunday, so do say hello.
Posy Simmonds is probably the doyenne of UK comics. In October we’re publishing the collected strips ofPosy, her strips that ran in theGuardianin the 80s. It’s a 488-page tome, racy and radical.
Can’t wait that long? We’re going to have some sneak previews down at ELCAF this weekend. And if that satiates you, well, there’s more: we’re giving you the chance to win a signed copy of Mrs Weber’s Omnibus! Yup, just come down to our stall on Sunday to find out how. More info at the ELCAF website.
Stationery supplies for this weekend…
At Cape, we’re very excited to be exhibiting at ELCAF this Sunday and as such, are plotting ideas for our table. All we can tell you now is that there will be sweets… Surely that’s enough reason to come see us and maybe even buy a book or two?!
We’re honoured to be involved in the first ever East London Comic Arts Festival, run by the guys at Nobrow. The line-up already hosts the cream of British comics talent, publishers and distros and you can bet there’s more on the way. More info at www.elcaf.co.uk, but here’s a wee blurb to whet your appetite.
ELCAF is officially cemented in the social calendar, everyone keep the 17th of June free it is going to be a comics and arts festival like no other, trust us! With McBess as the artist in residence; live drawing relay races from Luke Pearson, Jack Teagle, Kyle Platts, and many more; a process talk by the unbelievable award winning talent that is BLEXBOLEX, chaired by the man at the crossroads himself Paul Gravett; 600 second interviews from Avoid the Future; a kids workshop organised by Anorak; Screenings by Nexus; panel discussions with Karrie Fransman, Darryl Cunningham and Simone Lia; stalls from the very best comics publishers, including Jonathan Cape, SelfMadeHero, Blank Slate, Nobrow (of course!), Knockabout, Landfill Editions, Solopsistic Pop, WAWAP, the list goes on…; AND!!! a ticketed concert featuring the Dead Pirates, the Vuvuvultures and a special guest running from 8 ’til late, there is honestly nothing to top it! We are working hard to put an official program online next week, but in the mean time spread the word, make sure you and everyone you know comes! This is the start of something beautiful, don’t miss it!
The very first East London Comics and Arts Festival launches on 17 June with a curated day of talks, screenings, live-drawing events and the best spread of creative pop-ups in London! They’re accepting applications to take part over at the website. All comics artists, illustrators, graphic novelists, zinesters, self-pubbers and other assorted creatives should get involved!