ELCAF 2018 Creator Spotlight: Andy Poyiadgi

Here’s another feature with some ideas for which comic creators you need to look for at the East London Comics Art Festival (ELCAF) 2018 next weekend …

Andy Poyiadgi - Self Portrait

Do you like drinking tea? (Told you.) Do you like big ideas told with gentility and thoughtfulness? Then Andy Poyiadgi may have what you are looking for. I’ve been following Andy’s work for years and he’s the guy who introduced me to Angela at Nobrow many moons ago.

I started reading his work with the short fold-out comic Tea Pot Therapy, a book that snatched moments of time and presented them to you with warmth and insight. In fact, every single thing this guy produces is worth your time and money, from the stark and heartbreaking moments of Veripathy to the meticulously coloured suburban moments of Lost Property.

You’ll see from his website that he is also a busy film maker with many credits to his name. Andy’s is always a table to drop by and chat.

If I had to choose a book from him it would probably be Veripathy, a sci-fi idea that is not what you would expect. It’s a big idea that could, in other less careful hands, be stretched out to an entire series. But Andy crafts the ideas with such beautifully economic lines and soulful honesty that it’s a brief read but one that will make you linger in your day and think about. I refuse to spoil.

Veripathy by Andy Poyiadgi

A page from Andy Poyiadgi’s one-shot comic Veripathy

Highly recommended.

Here’s what his website says about him;

“Andy’s first comic Teapot Therapy was shortlisted for the Observer Graphic Short Story Prize and was coloured with genuine English Breakfast tea. It has been exhibited at the Mall Galleries and Foyles bookstore in London and at the The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

“He has contributed to various anthologies and produced a strip for Shots magazine, taking an irreverent look at the world of advertising and film.

“His debut book, Lost Property, was published by Nobrow Press. It was nominated for Best Comic at the 2015 British Comic Awards and was voted Best One-Shot at the Broken Frontier Awards.

“Above all else, he likes a good brew.”

Art by Andy Poyiadgi

I can’t wait to see what else he has in the planning.

• Find more about Andy at www.ajpoyiadgi.com/comics or follow him on Twitter @ajpoyiadgi

• East London Comic Art Festival – happening in trendy East London at 22nd – 24th June 2018, The Round Chapel, 1d Glenarm Road, London, E5 0LY. Check out the ELCAF web site at www.elcaf.co.uk

• Find my own blog at Never Iron Anything | Listen to the Awesome Comics Podcast

Many thanks for reading!

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Antony Esmond

Antony Esmond is a comic reviewer and writer - his hips don't lie.



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