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

"5 Stars... a superb exhibition."
Time Out

"This event showcased some of the great variety of manga art styles and artists working across languages, continents and cultures in the world today."
Karl Pell

"...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

"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

"...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives."

"Imagine one of the world's greatest cities hosting a series of events starring the world's greatest cartoonists, put together by one of the world's greatest comics scholars. That's London's Comica."
The Beat

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

"The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us..."
Andrew Salmond

"...all [24 hour comic day] participants felt a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction by the end."
Jim Medway