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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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Reviews

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

"I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the presentation. It was so impressive!"
Helen McCarthy

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

"...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen."
Ninthart

"...some of the UK's sharpest cartoonists gathered at the ICA in London for a unique test of creativity and endurance: a 24-hour comic marathon, during which each artist was challenged to create a spontaneous 24-page story."
The New Statesman

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

"Comica features some of the most highly regarded figures currently working in the form..."
The Observer

"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows

"PHEW! I just met Matt Groening!"
Jim Medway

"....plenty of food for thought in terms of fresh reading material ideas..."
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