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CECAF – What the papers say

So after months of planning CECAF15 has been and gone. I feel it was a success, there are loads that I would have liked to have done better. But it held itself together and I believe CECAF continued in it’s aim as an event, bringing comics to a new audience/ giving creators a new audience.

I failed to take any photos, but thankfully other people did.

So here are reviews and pics as they appear.

Rozi Hathaway

CECAF (Crouch End Comic Arts Festival) had it’s second outing this Saturday just gone, finely crafted from the hands of Sean Azzopardi and held in Earl Haig Hall, Crouch End. The festival coincided nicely with the Crouch End Festival and a lovely sunny day to lure in the masses, and although it was a bit quiet at times it was a great day!

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Antony Esmond/Down The Tubes

The second year of the Crouch End Comic Arts Festival took place on a sunny day in this trendy area of North London, one of a number of UK comics events taking place over the past few weeks – and the upcoming month is going to be just as busy. Because of this, each event has to make its own mark, have its own style and audience. CECAF certainly has a small press indie feel, based in a fairy light illuminated town hall. There was also drinking.

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Roger Langridge

And I’d like to thank Sean Azzopardi for another cracking CECAF on the Saturday just passed. I had a wonderful time and it was great to meet so many lovely people – some long-time comic fans, some locals who’d never even read a comic, and KIDS KIDS KIDS.

Andrew Watton-Davies recorded a number podcast interviews on the day.

Raggedy Man podcast

Some photos from Dean Simons.

CECAF – Two weeks later.

 

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(Pic Antony Esmond )

It’s taken a while to get round to posting a coda to events at the Earl Haig. Listening to what people have said, I would call this event a success. It certainly achieved some of the goals I set  out.The event was about bringing comics to a new group of people, to give the opportunity for Crouch End locals to experience this wonderful medium. there was also desire to host a convention/stalls/exhibitions that allowed exhibitors to talk to each other, relax, have a good time.

A combination of low table pricing and a bar helped with the general atmosphere, something that was also commented on quite frequently. It was also important to get people along and with this in mind, constant leafleting and friends with a message board really helped with boosting attendees.

Get a venue, promote, pull people in. They were welcomed by an amazingly friendly, approachable and talented group of people. All the exhibitors were brilliant. They really helped sell the idea of Comics to Crouch End.

The Earl Haig Hall was great Host, and Hannah, Tom and Mark were amazing over the weekend.

People have asked if there is one next year. This depends on many things. But hopefully Crouch End will have the opportunity to experience comics again.

(There have been a few reviews of the day, please check out some of the links. Articles that better describe the day than I have.)

Andy Oliver – Small Pressganged

Most importantly – and I can vouch for this having spent a little time sitting behind a couple of artist tables catching up with people – it was noticeable that the punters checking out the work on offer did not just constitute the same old faces I encounter time and time again at shows.

Zoom Rockman photos.

Antony Esmond – Down The Tubes

Admittedly 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, held in a charming old town hall style room with tables down either side and an actual real bar selling beer (Shock!)