Winner of the ELCAF x WeTransfer Award 2017 is Lithuanian comics artist Akvile Magicdust. Akvile’s incredibly weird and wonderful work ‘Lucy the Confused Girl’ has been running as an online comics series for the past year. Her proposal to turn it into a larger body of work, with time to develop a full length comic – printed, bound and ready for the world – was one the ELCAF jury were all incredibly excited to bring to life. We’re all waiting with baited breath to read the new adventures of Lucy, Tiger and Alien. Congratulations Akvile! We’ll be documenting her process over the coming months with the final book being released and launched at ELCAF 2018. Watch this space.
A New York Times bestseller, winner of the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent and Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize winner, Sarah’s non-fiction reportage comics sees her explore difficult themes within our current politic climate. Sarah is talking about her newest book Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2016. Sat 18 June, 5.30 – 6.30. Book here
Recently nominated for the LA Times Book Prize for her book The Artist, Anna Haifisch’s talk is titled ‘How to get Rich’, which, intentionally or not, always conjures 50 Cents famous lyrics … or die trying. The Artist (Breakdown Press) is a satirical and highly comedic collection of her weekly strips that appear on Vice. Sat 17 June, 1.45 – 2.45. Book here.
German born artist, illustrator and organiser of comics fair ‘The Millionaire’s Club’ in Leipzig Germany. Max Baitinger’s use of clean black line and considered composition has drawn great attention to his work in Germany. We’re thrilled to be introducing Max’s work to a UK audience. Max will be talking about his process and his latest book ‘Birgit’ published by Reprodukt. Sat 17 June, 12.30 – 1.30. Book here
ELCAF artists-in-residence and long-time ELCAF goers, Icinori are a design duo from France whose passion for design, image and form have seen them publish a staggering body of work. They often experiment with structure, colour and composition to create visual narratives that are strikingly beautiful and thoughtfully considered. Sun 18 June, 5.30 – 6.30pm. Book here
Una’s works are gritty explorations of hard-hitting themes that should resonate deeply with anyone who has sense of social justice. Comics critic Andy Oliver has described her publication Becoming Unbecoming as a ‘compelling and powerful exploration of gender violence, misogyny and social responsibility.’ Una will be talking about her latest comic ‘On Sanity’ for the first time with us at ELCAF 2017. Sun 18 June, 4.15 – 5.15. Book here