The second Crouch End Cartoon Arts Art Festival (CECAF) will take place at the Earl Haig Hall, Crouch End, London on 6th June, 2015, hosting the best and brightest cartoonists and independent publishers currently active in the UK comic scene.
As Antony Esmond noted in our report on last year’s event, it’s a small affair, but what it lacks in corporate sprawl it makes up for in friendliness. “We were greeted by friendly faces and a real old school small press vibe,” he said. “…I had real fun at this small show.”
On the day there will be over 25 exhibitors selling a variety of comics, graphic novels, prints and all sorts of visual matter, including creators David Baillie, Matt Boyce, Gareth Brookes, Francesca Cassavetti, Pete Clack, Claude TC, Craig Conlan, Martin Eden, Alfie Gallager, Happy Ghetto, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Sarah Gordon, Sally-Anne Hickman, Iella (one of the team on Shlock Magazine), Oliver Lambden, Roger Langridge, Dan Lester, Cliodhna Lyons, John Maybury (creator of the adults-only comic strip SpaceBabe 113), Simon Moreton, Douglas Noble, Gary Northfield, Paul Rainey, Zoom Rockman and Rob Wells; and independent publishers Avery Hill Publishing, Breakdown Press/Backwards Burd, web site Broken Frontier (represented by Andy Oliver and guests), Limehouse Comics, One Beat Zine and Tiny Pencil.
“The past five years have seen a huge growth in creators, publishers and consumers of comics,” says organiser and comic creator Sean Azzopardi. “Crouch End is home to some of these cartoonists, so it seems natural to bring this type of event to the hot creative hub of N8.
“Following on from the energy of this summer’s smash Crouch End Festival, CECAF will provide the opportunity for all ages to experience the varied and engaging world of the independent comic publisher.”
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.