No Guts No Glory Went To ELCAF!!
Friday 22nd June
We're defininately still reeling from the success of the weekend, when we took No Guts No Glory on the road to ELCAF - possibly the best ever comic and art fair!
We left the shop on Saturday in the hands of good friend Tom Cross, packed up some cases full of the best NGNG goodies and headed to catch the good old National Express - six and a half hours later we finally arrived in London and were met off the coach by Sam Clifford-Harding friend and photographer who took the time to join us from Cheltenham for the weekend.
Navigation not being our strongest quality we weaved our way around the tube system, ending up in the homely abode of artist Sandra Dieckmann, who was kind enough to house us for our stay in the big city. Welcoming us with open arms and her cat Little Crumb, before settling down in front of their fire pit(in central London!) with a well deserved glass of wine.
Sunday morning we set off to Shoreditch, where surprisingly, despite our geographically challenged minds, we found the Village Underground with ease! Granted, it may have been this huge McBess mural!
The Village Underground was an incredible space, and as we set up with our handmade displays it was hard not to get distracted by the amazing things appearing around us!
Our stall looked pretty awesome, packed full of amazing tees, prints, zines, cards and books from the likes of Philip Harris, Joel Millerchip and Sandra Dieckmann as well as the never before seen Snakeman Tee by Jack Teagle!
The morning gave us a chance to have a proper look around, we were so excited at the huge array of graphic novels and the chance to meet some of the artists in person!
Next door to the NGNG stall was SelfMadeHero, whose artists created a huge comic strip as the day went on...
The fair suddenly got really really busy, with a constant que of 200 people waiting to come inside and marvel at the amazing things to be found!
As well as over 40 amazing stalls, the day also saw live draws and curated talks from a number of Nobrow Artists including NGNG's Jack Teagle and Kristyna Baczynski - it was so so busy we couldn't even get into the room to take a peek ourselves!
Even Paul Gravett couldn't seem to keep his eyes away from the intriguing dip pen and ink work of Phillip Harris.
The Self Made Hero comic strip was looking good, JAKe, Rob Davis, Ian Culbard and Andre Diniz created a huge masterpiece that spanned the entire width of the venue!
It was great to see so many South West artists there on the day as well as have the oppurtunity to showcase a whole bunch of work at the NGNG stall, thanks to everyone who popped by the stall to say Hi, we had such an amazing day and have been so inspired by the variety and quality of UK illustration.
It was great to meet so many people and share the spirit of the No Guts No Glory Project! The day was rounded off nicely with music from artist in residence McBess' band "The Dead Pirates" and the mighty sounds of VuVuVultures!
A special thank you to Sam Clifford-Harding who took these snaps of the day and stopped us from getting lost, Sandra Dieckmann for homing us and lending a hand, and of course Alex Spiro and the rest of the Nobrow team for putting together such an incredible event - well done guys! Hope to see you next year!
Keep an eye on the shop for newly discovered graphic novels and art books soon to be landing at the NGNG shop!
Hayley and Nathan