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May 2017

The Island: An Icinori Exhibition

May 19 / 10:00 am - June 25 / 7:00 pm

ELCAF and NOW Gallery present: The Island, a site-specific, interactive storytelling experience for all ages imagined and created by French illustrator duo Icinori. As visitors step into the story, they begin their journey told through a three-dimensional landscape, characters and words. Along the way they will pick up clues and will find an ending revealed by looking into the centre of the island. The installation explores the possibilities of storytelling and puts the public in the middle of the narrative, hinting at the importance of imagination and flights of fancy.

We are extremely honoured to have Icinori as this year’s ELCAF artists-in-residence. Icinori, aka Mayumi Otero & Raphael Urwiller, are a French duo whose collaborative efforts have seen them illustrate, design, print and publish works across a range of mediums.


PRIVATE VIEW: THURSDAY 18 MAY (18.00 – 21.00)

Katie Johnston (Day Job Studio) : Shapely Stories

May 31 / 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Come and throw some shapes in this collage and ink workshop with Day Job Studio Illustrator Katie Johnston. Using a single sheet of paper, create your own zine based on a playful exploration of how shapes can generate narrative, pattern and landscape. Katie Johnston is a multi-disciplinary illustrator based between London and Berlin. Her work ranges from editorial illustration to collaborative projects that challenge the traditional role of image maker. Her research centres around play, science, place and pattern.

Hackney Central Library, FREE

June 2017

Paul Layzell (Layzell Bros): Masterclass £25

June 2 / 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Aimed at illustrators and animators with an interest in storytelling, this Masterclass with Paul Layzell from Layzell Bros will run through the basics of creating an animatic, bringing your ideas to life on screen. Create your own animatic short by looking at story structure basics, camera shots and moves, drawing and editing. The day will culminate in pitching your own storyboard to the rest of the group to gain valuable feedback! Please note: participants will be required to bring a laptop/drawing tablet with Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, Premier or Toon Boom Storyboard Pro to take part in the editing section of the workshop, along with headphones.


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Nous Vous Workshop

June 3 / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Foyles X ELCAF present Nous Vous. Invent your own elephant guests and create your own rooms at The Elephant Hotel with Nous Vous. Nous Vous are a studio made up of artists and friends – Jay Cover, William Luz and Nicolas Burrows. They collaborate on a broad range of projects, from illustration & graphic design commissions to exhibitions, curatorial work, publishing and teaching. The Elephant Hotel, a book by Nicolas Burrows, is the winning entry and result of the ELCAF Award 2016, which enables artists to realise their creative vision through a grant which supports and transforms an idea into a printed publication.

11.00 – 12.00, FREE with booking

The Rise of Riso

June 8 / 9:30 am - July 10 / 9:00 pm

This exhibition explores the riso printing process and its rise in popularity as a low-cost medium for self-publishers and illustrated publications. A risograph is a stencil duplicator, a mechanised imprint using a screen that allows ink to be passed through. Similar in speed, shape and interface to a photocopier, but with the tactile print of a lithograph or screen-print, it has become a popular medium for graphic prints, small-scale zines and books. Part of the ELCAF x Foyles season, it will focus on seven international riso printing studios and small publishers including Hato Press, UK; Inuit, Italy; Peow, Sweden and Howdy Printer, US that have produced comics, sequential illustration and other graphic narratives.


PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 7 JUNE (18.30 – 20.30)

Springboard Meetings

June 10 / 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

ELCAF x Foyles will offer an afternoon of Springboard meetings, giving you the chance to book a meeting with an industry expert, show your work, ask questions and gain an insight into the professional creative industries of comics and narrative illustration. Each expert is available for an hour, divided into 15 minute slots of which you can book for free. Links to bookings will be available soon.

15.00 – 18.00, FREE with booking.

List of experts taking part are:

Olivia Ahmad, Curator at the House of Illustration

Casiana Ionita, Commissioning Editor at Penguin Press

James Wilson, Co-founder & Creative Director of Minilab Studios

Camille Pichon, Senior Designer at Nobrow

John Walters, Editor of Eye Magazine

Antoine Cosse, Professional Illustrator

Ruth Lie, Events Curator at ELCAF

Catharine Brandy, Commissioner and Design Manager at Royal Mail

Alli Albion, Blink Ink Animation

Andy Oliver, Editor in Chief at Broken Frontier

Tamayo Akiyama, Professional Illustrator

Guillaume Rater, Editorial and Production Manager at Self Made Here

David White, Publisher at Avery Hill

Lucie Campos, Head of Books and Humanities, L’Institut Francais

Darryl Clifton, Design Programme Director, Camberwell College of Arts

Sophie Dauvois, Editor, OKIDO

James Jessiman, Professional Illustrator and tutor at Kingston University

Martin Coyler, Designer and Commissioner, former design director at Reader’s Digest

Rebecca Watson, Art Director, OKIO

Isabel Duarte, Designer, Art Review

Carrie Reese, Kickstarter

Joao Fazenda, Professional Illustrator

Lou Bones, Association of Illustrators

Ziggy Hanaor, Publisher, Cicada Books

Simon Hacking, co-founder of Breakdown Press

Angie Yuanmalai, Associate Creative Director, SapientNitro – Digital Storytelling Agency




Emily Hughes: Masterclass £20

June 12 / 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Join children’s book author and illustrator Emily Hughes in a day-long Masterclass exploring layered meanings and perspectives through storytelling. Through dimensions, colour and choice symbolic elements, learn to create sequential images that use layers to create complexity within a narrative. Emily Hughes is an author and illustrator whose picture books have received international recognition. Wild was published by Flying Eye books in 2013, and her book Nana shaped like a Banana came second in the 2012 Macmillan Prize for Childrens’ Picture Books.


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Bianca Bagnarelli: Masterclass £20

June 15 / 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Join Italian-French artist, author, illustrator and cartoonist Bianca Bagnarelli in our third Masterclass of the season and gain an in depth understanding of the processes behind her work. Create a single-page comic over the course of the day and develop your composition, discovering how strongly this is tied to the story being told. Bianca Bagnarelli is the author of short graphic novel Fish by Nobrow, winning the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for best short story in 2015. She founded Delebile in 2010 – a small independent label that publishes short comic stories by italian and foreign artists


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Friday Ticket £5

June 16 / 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ticket to the main festival. Includes access to free workshops, exhibitor’s hall, non-payable talks, screenings and digital installations.

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Weekend Ticket £10

June 16 / 12:00 pm - June 18 / 7:00 pm

Ticket to the main festival across all three daysl. Includes access to free workshops, exhibitor’s hall, non-payable talks, screenings and digital installations.

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June 16 / 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come and create your own poster with illustrators from Central Vapeur as they run a screen printing and painting workshop for ELCAF. Using shapes and forms printed in colour, and adding simple black line details with a paintbrush, contribute to an ever growing gallery of real or imagined portraits. Central Vapeur is a collective of practising illustrators and publishing collectives who also promote illustration and the graphic arts in the East of France. Their 2018 festival in Strasbourg will be held in partnership with AOI.

FREE with ELCAF ticket. Suitable for all ages


June 16 / 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join artist, illustrator, lecturer and full time doodler Nick White, and re-discover the power and joy of doodling. Through a series of quick doodle games, learn how to loosen up, to embrace mistakes and to explore new ways of generating ideas, characters and stories. You’ll also get to draw a ‘porcupine in love with a balloon’ – who wouldn’t want to do that?!

FREE with ELCAF ticket. Suitable for all ages


AOI DISCUSSES: Creating your Own Success

June 16 / 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join AOI Membership Manager Lou Bones together with illustrators Frannerd, Will Edmonds from Nous Vous and Raquel Fanjul from Cachetejack. They’ll be discussing the challenges around pursuing your personal work and expanding your career through diverse routes in print, online, 3D and more. Not just pens for hire: the speakers will share practical tips  about their experiences of turning personal work into commercially viable projects.

FREE with ELCAF ticket.



June 16 / 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Illustrator and member of the multi-disciplinary Peepshow Collective Andrew Rae will discuss his inspirations and work, with particular reference to his long-form graphic novel Moonhead and the Music Machine, recently re-released by Nobrow. His simple hand rendered lines and a combination of paper, felt pens, watercolour and screens result in characters, ghouls, robots, machines and creatures which are used in a variety of contexts. Andrew is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and  has worked for a range of clients including Google and The Guardian.

FREE with ELCAF ticket


June 16 / 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Loughborough University and Haute École des Arts du Rhin (France) run a workshop aimed at activists, would-be-activists, get-off-your-ass-and-activate-activists and anyone else agitated by the phrase ‘Fake News’. With the need to reclaim the ground of reliable and accountable news sources, create your own visual narrative using illustrated leporello covers, explore what this phrase really means and combine forces to create a large semi-narrative mural.

FREE with ELCAF ticket


June 16 / 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Let your imagination run wild and start seeing things as characters together with illustrator and comic artist Akvile Magicdust. Create your own character from simple objects found at home, in the street or within a forest. Akvile Magicdust is based in Vilnius, and creates tropical and surreal dreamscapes complete with fairytale panthers and bats that can skateboard.

Recommended participant age: 5 – 16, but anyone older also welcome!

FREE with ELCAF ticket


June 16 / 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Graphic and multimedia designer Louis Rigaud discusses Oh! the magic drawing app!, a beautiful app for children created together with illustrator and designer Anouck Boisrobert, with whom he collaborates regularly. Adapted from the pair’s pop-up book Oh! mon chapeau, the app turns a few strokes of a pen into funny or poetic drawings, allowing you to create your own animated scenes and stories through imagination and play.  

FREE with ELCAF ticket.

Saturday Ticket £5

June 17 / 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ticket to the main festival. Includes access to free workshops, exhibitor’s hall, non-payable talks, screenings and digital installations.

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June 17 / 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Exploring Senses join us once again for ELCAF 2017, but this time with two exciting workshops that will take over one of our spaces throughout the day. In the first workshop (Talking Pictures), make and record your own electronic sounds, and design and illustrate interactive conductive ink artworks to trigger them with. Take part in Toy Hacking with a twist during the second workshop, with 3d pens on hand to help you put together some impressive creations.

FREE with ELCAF ticket. Suitable for all ages

Exploring Senses will be taking over the Workshop Marquee all day. Please note timings for the specific workshop sessions: 12.00 – 14.00 and 15.00 – 17.00


June 17 / 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Join illustration collective Brolly Lolly to populate a paper jungle with the wildest and most colourful birds and beasts you can imagine. You’ll be creating simple, moveable puppets to roar, pounce, screech and leap from treetop to treetop in their jungle theatre.

This activity is most suitable for those age 5 and above, but everyone is welcome!

FREE with ELCAF ticket



June 17 / 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Join french illustration, author, design and animation duo Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud in a workshop where they demonstrate how to create a pop-up book. Join in and make your own pop-up card and scene using illustrations cut from paper.

FREE with ELCAF ticket


June 17 / 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

In this first curated programme of animated shorts, the world is turned upside down, little girls jump out of the screen, and spiders throw parties in your house. Colourful and strong-minded, the characters in this assortment don’t go unnoticed, from A Town Called Panic to Shmevolution.

Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring, drawing people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises. We’re thrilled to have them return for ELCAF 2017, presenting the very best, cutting-edge animation from all over the globe.

FREE with ELCAF ticket (Cert U)


June 17 / 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

German comic designer, illustrator and animator Max Baitinger presents his new book Birgit, published by Reprodukt in April 2017. With his signature bold and simple style, enigmatic characters come to life within his refreshingly straightforward comic strips. Max will read an extract from the book and discuss the processes behind his work.

Supported by the Goethe-Institut London


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June 17 / 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Director Antoine Perez and Art Director Yann Benedi from Cartoon Network discuss The Amazing World of Gumball, an animated children’s tv series created by animator and director Ben Bocquelet. With a focus on art direction, they’ll take us through the process of creating Gumball, from storyboard to final completion.

FREE with ELCAF ticket



June 17 / 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Illustrator Anna Haifisch draws and writes about being an artist. She’ll be reading an extract from her book The Artist, published by Breakdown Press in 2016 – a hugely comedic satirical collection of work from her weekly strips on Vice.com which was recently nominated for the LA Times Book Prize. As most of the stories are taken from real life, she will also talk about the lousy 2 years after she graduated from art school in 2011.

Supported by the Goethe-Institut London



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June 17 / 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join children’s book illustrator Albertine Zullo and author Germano Zullo in a fun drawing workshop based on their 2012 book Sky High. Learn how to draw a building that is architecturally bold and with utopian functions to match! As in the book, these functions will be briefly detailed and will help provide a narrative basis for the drawing.

FREE with ELCAF ticket


June 17 / 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Marta likes drawing and making stuff. One day she takes a huge piece of paper – five times her size! – and starts painting. She uses a lot of yellow, paints a wild mane, a snout and a moustache.. and yes, it’s a lion! He steps out of the paper and comes to life. Swiss illustration duo It’s Raining Elephants will run a workshop based on the lovely story of Marta & Me.

FREE with ELCAF ticket. Suitable for children


June 17 / 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Paris-born, London-based cartoonist and illustrator Antoine Cossé will discuss his work and practice. His latest book Showtime, published by Breakdown Press, will be out this summer, with earlier books including the likes of Mutiny Bay (Breakdown Press), NWAI (Breakdown Press) and Harold (Retrofit Comics).

FREE with ELCAF ticket


June 17 / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Rob Flowers is an illustrator with a distinctively bold style defined by crayon-bright palettes, playful forms and eccentric characters. Stationed in his ‘Flowers Towers’ studio, Rob is a keen collector of kitsch ephemera and historical miscellany, counting 80s gross-out toys, 70s cartoons, folkloric costumes and early McDonald’s advertising memorabilia amongst his treasury. Join him as he talks about his collection, his favourite objects and how they inform his work.


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June 17 / 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Explore the fun and playfulness of developing a fictional character by joining students from Camberwell College of Art’s illustration course in a three dimensional workshop challenging you to build, make and decorate your own free-standing robotic character using pre-cut slotted components, drawings and collage.

FREE with ELCAF ticket. Suitable for ages 3+  


June 17 / 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Join graphic artist and illustrator Marion Bataille in a workshop that challenges you to write your name through shape and form. Build letters using paper shapes, scissors and glue and pull it all together in beautiful leporello form.

FREE with ELCAF ticket


June 17 / 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

In this second curated programme of animated shorts, we’re introduced to the world of surreal animation. Here anything can happen: meeting God in the brilliant Wednesday with Goddard; dissecting internet cats in Brenda Lien’s Call of Cuteness; or learning the alphabet in Peter Millard’s new film Six God Alphabet Peter. Filled with cheeky humour and defying expectations, this eclectic programme shows an impressive diversity of styles and techniques.

Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring, drawing people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises. We’re thrilled to have them return for ELCAF 2017, presenting the very best, cutting-edge animation from all over the globe.

FREE with ELCAF ticket, (Cert 15)


June 17 / 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Following a Masterclass during the ELCAF Season, Bianca Bagnarelli will give a talk about her work and inspirations. Bianca Bagnarelli was born in Milan, Italy. She is an artist, illustrator, graphic author and small press publisher. Bianca founded Delebile in 2010, a small independent label that publishes short comic stories by italian and foreign artists. Her first short graphic novel Fish, was published by Nobrow and she regularly contributes illustrations to the New York Times. Bianca will be in conversation with Sam Arthur, co-founder of Nobrow and Flying Eye books. 


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June 17 / 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join students and illustrators Meg Ojari and Kieran Blakey from Leeds College of Art for a workshop based on recycling and self briefing. Reuse, recycle and recreate with collage and found text and make your own unique and personal handmade book with narrative to take home.

FREE with ELCAF ticket


June 17 / 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Turn a pizza box into a vessel for your memories with Glasgow School of Art’s fun, tongue in cheek workshop. Inspired by associating memories with objects, create your own stories and panels based on your own experiences and gradually add to a massive pile of discarded pizza boxes.

FREE with ELCAF ticket


June 17 / 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Broken Frontier head up a panel looking at the landscape of the indie comics publishing scene, how it has radically altered over the last few years with the rise of the micropublisher, and what that means in terms of routes into comics for new creators/self-publishers. The panel will be chaired by Broken Frontier’s Editor-in-Chief Andy Oliver and includes:

Tillie Walden – Ignatz Award winner and Eisner Award nominee. Creator of Spinning, On a Sunbeam, I Love this Part, The End of Summer, and A City Inside.

Sanita Muižniece – Co-publisher of the influential Latvian micropublisher Kuš! Comics.

David White – Co-publisher of acclaimed micropublisher Avery Hill Publishing.

Peony Gent – Self-publisher (Static, Drift), anthology contributor (Dirty Rotten Comics) and chosen as one of ‘It’s Nice That’ Graduates of 2016 and Broken Frontier’s ‘Six Small Press Creators to Watch in 2017’.

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June 17 / 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

American cartoonist Sarah Glidden creates non-fiction comics, and will discuss how she moved from autobiographical work into comics journalism with a look at her latest book Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria and Iraq (published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2016), and a peek into her process. Sarah’s first book, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less earned her an Ignatz Award in 2008 and was featured in the Best American Comics anthology.


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Sunday Ticket £5

June 18 / 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ticket to the main festival. Includes access to free workshops, exhibitor’s hall, non-payable talks, screenings and digital installations.

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June 18 / 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Make a personalised hanging door sign using artist and illustrator Eleonora Marton’s unique combination of colour and collage (author of DIY ABC, published by Cicada Books in 2016). Collage your name on one side of the door sign and use the reverse to draw or collage things that you love, that begin with each letter of your name.

FREE with ELCAF ticket. Suitable for children and all ages.


June 18 / 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Finnish comic and fine artist, editor and publisher Tommi Musturi joins us at ELCAF to talk about both his own work and that of artist collective Kutikuti, of which he is part of. Tommi will discuss his latest book Simply Samuel which was published by Fantagraphics. Since 1995 he has released music, comic and art books under the name of Boing Being, and has taken part in over 150 exhibitions, curating over a dozen himself.


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June 18 / 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Children’s book illustrator and author Emily Hughes will discuss the processes and inspiration attached to her work and publications. Emily Hughes is an author and illustrator whose picture books have received international recognition. Wild was published by Flying Eye books in 2013, and her book Nana shaped like a Banana came second in the 2012 Macmillan Prize for Childrens’ Picture Books.



June 18 / 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Join small press publishers Tower Block Books in creating a wearable alphabet! Using paint and cardboard, transform your body into a giant letter, and create lots of different messages together – can you read us?

FREE with ELCAF ticket. Suitable for ages 6+


June 18 / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join a talk and Q&A with writer of A Castle in England (published by Nobrow), Jamie Rhodes. Jamie spent four months living at Scotney Castle, working with archivists and National Trust historians to uncover the castle’s secrets. He even spent three weeks in a tent on the castle estate, walking the ancient holloways and smuggling routes through the forest. Jamie was mentored by comics creator Karrie Fransman, and the book illustrated by five top UK comics artists, all of whom spent time at the castle with Jamie. Hear how he put the project together and the writing process, along with behind-the-scenes videos and interviews. Jamie will be joined by Becky Palmer and Isabel Greenberg, two of the artists commissioned to illustrate part of the book



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UNA £3

June 18 / 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Yorkshire based artist, academic, writer and author of Becoming Unbecoming (published by Myriad in 2015) Una will discuss her new self-published comic On Sanity: One Day In Two Lives. Una’s work aims to explore lived experience within a socio/historical context, with her graphic narratives covering everything from psychosis, disability and political activism, to violence against women and girls.


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June 18 / 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join artist and art therapist Grace Thompson (creator of Little Art Forms) and cartoonist and designer Peter Cline (owner of Otto Press) in creating artwork within your own unique sketchbook that you’ll receive at the beginning of the workshop. The sketchbook has been pre-printed with templates allowing you to adapt and interact, or just to spark off some ideas. Have a look at examples of other publications and abstract comics, and take your creation home with you to continue as an ongoing project.

Free with ELCAF Ticket. Suitable for all ages


June 18 / 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join Raphael Urwiller from Icinori as he discusses their work, inspirations and projects. Icinori are long time ELCAF regulars, and we’re delighted that they join us this year as our artists-in-residence. Icinori are Mayumi Otero and Raphael Urwiller, a duo of artists well known for creating stunningly beautiful and detailed illustrations and print, who are involved in a range of projects from self-publishing, to teaching and exhibitions.


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