RSS Feed

Comica Festival

Comica Social Club


Dark We Were & Golden Eyed:
The Birth Of American Comics Fandom In Britain

Superstar artists Brian Bolland and Bryan Talbot and comics retailers Phil Clarke and Derek “Bram” Stokes do the ‘timewarp” with Mike Lake, co-founder of Forbidden Planet and Titan Distributors, to bring to life the startling story of how American comic books fandom exploded in the Sixties, through seminal fanzines, first conventions, and new specialist comic shops Nostagia & Comics in Birmigham and Soho’s Dark They Were & Golden-Eyed. More…

Tickets: £6, concs £5, ICA members £4
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: Saturday, November 7, 2009 - from 2.30pm

Illustrations by Brian Bolland
Top: Advert for Dark They Were And Golden Eyed, 1977
Bottom: Advert for Forbidden Planet, 1979


Mailing list sign-up:

Comica Events

Latest News


Comica & Floating Cinema Bring You CanalCon on Sunday September 20th!

Enter the 2015 Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize!

Julie Birmant & Clément Oubrerie in Comica Conversation on Picasso Graphic Biography

Scott McCloud Presents The Sculptor At The British Library

See All News


"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
The Rough Guide To Graphic Novels

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

"...a very special conversation between two incredible artists."
Chris Thompson

"...a comprehensive, varied and exciting season that demonstrated the reach and diversity of the art form."
The Comics Journal

"It was fascinating and welcoming..."
Mike Leader

"I arrived to find a queue for the sold-out event stretching out of the building."
Paul Tierney

"After five years of attending Comica's Comikets, the event has finally come of age."
Francesca Cassavetti

"'s a great time to be a comics fan in London!"
Chris Thompson

"With Comica, the ICA is doing what it does best: reaching out to culture's fringe."
Kulture Flash

"...a fantastically wide selection of comics, to be touched, admired and purchased."
Toby Litt