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INCREDIBLY STRANGE COMICS



Funny peculiar or funny ha-ha? Anything is possible in this medium, where budgets can be unlimited and imagination and taste unbound. As evidence, this exhibition specially prepared for the Comica 08 Festival spotlights five extraordinary examples from American mainstream, underground and alternative productions.

These are not pastiches or fabrications but genuine published one-shot titles:
- an evangelical Christian tract set in Fascist Germany;
- an uninhibited confessional of Catholic guilt;
- a psychedelic romance in swinging Sixties London;
- a satirical road-trip by a pair of ageing homophobes; and
- a candid guide to sexual fulfilment for amputees.

The front cover of each of these comics is shown enlarged and framed, while below are prints of the first four pages of the interior story. To the left and right of each large frame are four further covers to comics related to the main comic by different themes. More…

Supported by Aurum Press.

Tickets: Free
Where: ICA concourse & bar, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 14 to November 25, 2008

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

"...chat over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types..."
Thomas Behe

"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
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Sylvia Libedinsky

"...hearing literary translators talk about their work reminded me of the immense difficulty, creativity and importance of the task."
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"...packed out..."
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"After five years of attending Comica's Comikets, the event has finally come of age."
Francesca Cassavetti

"...this was awesome."
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