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COMICA FESTIVAL 2004

After the hugely successful first year in 2003, the Comica Festival returned in 2004 with the theme of 'Confessions & Convictions' highlighting the trend towards autobiography and political commentary prevalent in the comics medium.

EXHIBITIONS:

A Mini-History of Off-The-Cuff, Handmade Mini-Comics
An exhibition of mini-comics from the collections of curators Les Coleman, Paul Gravett and Savage Pencil. More...
Where: BookArtBookShop, 17 Pitfield St, London, N1 6HB
When: May 27 to June 13, 2004



EVENTS:

Comic Factory: Getting Your Hands Dirty
An all-day comics factory with high-profile guests working together to produce nano-comics for mobile phones. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 13, 2004 - Noon to 8pm



CONVERSATIONS:

José Villarrubia: Digital Comics Workshop
José Villarrubia (Promethea, The Mirror of Love) will gives a computer illustration and colouring workshop. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 5, 2004


Al Davison & Ilya: First Persons Singular
Thinly disguised or brutally frank, Al Davison (Spiral Cage) and Ilya (Skidmarks) discuss autobio-comics. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 6, 2004


21st Century Escape
Escape artists Glenn Dakin, Carol Swain, Woodrow Phoenix, Chris Reynolds discuss their latest projects. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 6, 2004


José Villarrubia: Same Sex, Different Stories:
José Villarrubia (The Mirror of Love) examines representations of gays and lesbians in US comics. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 6, 2004


Fresh Faces, Inky Fingers
Sylvia Farago (Sturgeon White Moss), Simone Lia (Fluffy), Neal Fox (Le Gun) discuss the magic of print comics. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 6, 2004


Chris Ware & Seth
The smartest comic book artist in the world goes head-to-head with the most world's most retro-artist. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 8, 2004


Craig Thompson & David B: Family Secrets
Craig Thompson (Blankets) in conversation with David B. (Epileptic). More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 9, 2004 - 8.30pm


Bitterkomix & Aleksandar Zograf: Drawing Front Lines
South Africans Conrad Botes and Joe Dog, and Serbian Aleksandar Zograf in conversation with Steve Bell. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 10, 2004


Dupuy & Berberian: In Conversation With Posy Simmonds
Phillipe Dupuy and Charles Berberian (Monsieur Jean) in conversation with Posy Simmonds (Gemma Bovery). More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 11, 2004 - 7pm


Live Drawings: Comics Break Free
Sfar, Trondheim, Woodrow Phoenix and Simone Lia - the New Wave of French and British cartoonists draw live. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 12, 2004 - 2.30pm


Drawing Dreams : David B, Zograf & Andrzel Klimowski
The most powerful graphic dreams and nightmares of our times. Chaired by Benoit Peeters. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 12, 2004 - 5pm



FILMS:

The Mindscape Of Alan Moore
Film screening and panel featuring Dave Gibbons, David Lloyd, José Villarrubia, Oscar Zarate. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 7, 2004 - 8.30pm


Tintin Animations
Screening The Shooting Star (2pm), The Secret of the Unicorn (3pm) and Red Rackham's Treasure (4pm). More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 9, 2004


Halloween Shorts: The World Of Comics In Short Films
Animator Kate Anderson hosts a varied and rarely seen animations and films by comic artists. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 9, 2004


Corto Maltese
Corto Maltese in a merciless chase from Russia to Manchuria. Animated adaptation of Hugo Pratt's comics strip. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: June 12, 2004 - 6.30pm


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"...he's a natural storyteller. He can't seem to stop."
Paul Tierney

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