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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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"...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."
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"...far and away the best place to find a serious and eclectic showcase of world comics fare."
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"...chat over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types..."
Thomas Behe

"It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London."
Joel Meadows

"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
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"Comica Comiket at the ICA was buzzing with invention and ideas."
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"...a fantastically wide selection of comics, to be touched, admired and purchased."
Toby Litt

"...a very special conversation between two incredible artists."
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"Britain's leading comic event..."
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