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In 2003, at the first Comica Festival, the long wall of the Concourse Gallery was filled with the first PoCom or Potential Comic and this year the project returns. The inspirations for this collaborative, multi-pathed comic on the wall and on the web included the gallery narratives painted by Swedish artist Lars Arrhenius, the OuLiPo-inspired French group OuBaPo or the Ouvroir de Bande Dessinée Potentielle (workshop of potential comics) and Scott McCloud’s championing of the internet’s “infinite canvas.” Curators Bill Bragg from the collective magazine Le Gun and webwizard Daniel Merlin Goodbrey have compiled a mind-map of interconnecting graphic stories, branching out from Bragg’s initial “spine” sequence. The plan is for this cluster to be added to by other comics creators here and online, including exhibitors at the Comica Comiket, a fair for small presses and self-publishers on Saturday November 22nd in the Nash and Brandon Rooms, admission for the public is free. More…

Sean Azzopardi, Becky Barnicoat, Hannah Bayatti, Chris Bianchi, Bill Bragg, Astrid Chesney, Mark Ciavola, Les Coleman, Ellie Curtis, Mireille Fauchon, Neal Fox, Rachel Gannon, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Tom Jennings, Fumie Kamijo, Hiroshi Kariya, Tanya Meditsky, Catrin Morgan, Matt Newton, Walter Newton, Douglas Noble, Chloe Regan, Emma Rendel, Tobias Tak, Matilda Tristram, Argyro Tsavala, Steph Von Reiswitz and Russell Weekes.

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


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"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
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"It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London."
Joel Meadows

"...another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature."
Dominique Le Duc

"...the viewer's efforts were amply rewarded by the superb quality of nearly every comic in the exhibit."
Alison Frank

"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
David Greene

"...hearing literary translators talk about their work reminded me of the immense difficulty, creativity and importance of the task."
The Financial Times

"...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity."
Maartje Schalkx

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher