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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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Reviews

"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
Unified Review Theory

"...it's a great time to be a comics fan in London!"
Chris Thompson

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

"...fascinating..."
Redrawn

"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

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

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

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

"The Comica Festival's uniqueness resides in its selection of international comic artists [and] its presentation of cutting-edge themes..."
Dominique Le Duc

"I arrived to find a queue for the sold-out event stretching out of the building."
Paul Tierney