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COMICA FESTIVAL 2007

A world of comics converged on the Comica Festival in 2007: African teen romance in 1970s Ivory Coast; Laika, the first cosmonaut dog in space; Shooting War exposing Iraq's frontline in 2011; and much more.

EXHIBITIONS:

Hypnagogism: Dreaming With Aleksandar Zograf
An exhibition of the hand-made comics of dreams and war diaries by Serbian cartoonist Zograf. More...
Where: BookArtBookShop, 17 Pitfield St, London, N1 6HB
When: October 20 to November 3, 2007


Manga Shakespeare
An exhibition of artwork from the manga adaptations of The Tempest, Richard III and A Midsummer Night's Dream. More...
Where: Bodhi, Manga Café & Gallery, 214 Brick Lane, London
When: October 20 to November 3, 2007



EVENTS:

24 Hour Comic Day 2007: The Start
A 'virtual' Scott McCloud challenges artists all over the world to create a 24-page comic in 24 hours. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 20, 2007 - 3.00pm to 11.00pm


24 Hour Comics Day 2007 - The Finish
Be there for the countdown of the 2007 24 Hour Comics Day as participants unveil their finished masterpieces. More...
Where: Brandon Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 21, 2007 - noon to 3.00pm


Music: Illustrated London Noise
The ILN collective joins Comica to explore the musical world of comic book heroes, manga, and cartoon capers. More...
Where: ICA Bar, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 26, 2007 - 8pm


Theatre: Ear Cinema
An immersive theatre experience featuring a combination of film, live art, animation and sound-art. More...
Where: Theatre, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 31 to November 3, 2007


Comica Comiket 2007
Meet the self-publishing authors and buy direct from them at Comica's first small press fair. More...
Where: Brandon Room, ICA
When: November 4, 2007 - 2.00pm to 7.00pm


Theatre: Our Comic Book
Our Comic Book arrives in London with highlights from the Edinburgh Fringe performance hosted by John Hegley. More...
Where: Theatre, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 5, 2007 - 7.00pm



CONVERSATIONS:

Graphic Short Story Prize 2007
The Observer's Literary editor Robert McCrum announces the winners of the Graphic Short Story Prize. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 20, 2007 - 5.30pm


Jeffrey Lewis
The New York singer-songwriter and comic-book artist talks about his comics and performs an acoustic set. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 20, 2007 - 2pm


Lingua Comica: Asia-Europe Cultural Exchanges
Paul Gravett introduces the Lingua Comica comics lab, gathering 14 young creators from Asia and Europe. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 20, 2007 - 3.30pm to 4.30pm


Lingua Comica: Between Angoulême & Hanoi
Mixing reportage and romance Gérald Gorridge (Les Fantômes de Hanoi) shares his passion for Vietnam. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 20, 2007 - 4.30pm to 5.30pm


Lingua Comica: Indian Comics From Calcutta to Brick Lane
Sarnath Banerjee (The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers) explains his path to becoming a graphic novelist. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 20, 2007 - 5.35pm to 6.30pm


Make Mine Manga
Contributors to Best New Manga join series-editor Ilya to discuss the influence of manga. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 21, 2007 - 2.30pm to 3.30pm


Comica Collaboratories
Daniel Merlin Goodbrey (Last Sane Cowboy) guides you through experimental online comics. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 21, 2007 - 4.00pm to 5.00pm


Manhua: China Comics Now
Learn why Chinese comics are inexorably on the rise from China's Yishan Li, Hong Kong's Mr Clement and others. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 21, 2007 - 5.30pm to 6.30pm


The Global Language Of Graphic Literature
Gérald Gorridge and Séra discuss how European comics are enriched by subjects from across the world. More...
Where: Institut Français, South Kensington, London
When: October 21, 2007 - 8pm


Benoît Peeters: Manga, Mon Amour
Visionary bande dessinée writer Benoît Peeters discusses his career and interest in Japanese comics and culture. More...
Where: The French Institute, 22 Petite Salle, London
When: October 22, 2007 - 6.30 to 7.30pm


Igort: Fumetti Maestro
Italy's powerful graphic novelist, Igort (Baobab, 5 Is The Perfect Number) discusses his themes and techniques. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 23, 2007 - 7pm


London Lip: Alan Moore, Michael Moorcock & Iain Sinclair
Alan Moore and Michael Moorcock are joined by Iain Sinclair to discuss London: City of Disappearances. More...
Where: The Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London
When: October 26, 2007 - 6.30pm


Sarnath Banerjee: Imagining The City
Indian graphic novelist Sarnath Banerjee discusses how cinema can examine the role of metropolitain life. More...
Where: Royal College Of Art, London (next to Royal Albert Hall)
When: October 27, 2007 - 3.30pm to 5.00pm


Paul Gravett: Great British Comics
In an illustrated talk Paul Gravett explores the world of British comics More...
Where: Linbury Room, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich
When: October 31, 2007 - 10.30am to 11.30am


Comics That Go Bump In The Night
With Jamie Delano, Chris Blythe, David Hine, Ian Edgington & D'Israeli. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 31, 2007 - 7pm


Posy Simmonds
Posy Simmonds discusses and draws characters from her new graphic novel Tamara Drewe, with Lisa Appignanesi. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA
When: November 1, 2007 - 7pm


Graphic Novel Launch: Laika
Nick Abadzis discusses the Soviet-era secrets underpinning his new book about Sputnik 2's cosmonaut dog, Laika. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 3, 2007 - 3.00pm to 4.00pm


Graphic Novel Launch: Aya
Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie discuss their tender portrayal of teenage life set in the 70s Ivory Coast. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 3, 2007 - 4.30pm to 5.30pm


Comics Britannia Rule!: I Love Girls' Comics
Stella Duffy, Jane Purcell, Lucy Sweet and Nina Myskow relish the heydays of Girl and Bunty, with Dr Mel Gibson. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 4, 2007 - 2.30 to 3.30pm


Comics Britannia Rule!: Achtung! Commando!
The art of war comics, with British comics experts Steve Holland, David Roachand and David Kendall. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 4, 2007 - 4.00pm to 5.00pm


Comics Britannia Rule!: The 70s Revolution
Pat Mills talks with Gerry Finley-Day and Kevin O'Neill about Tammy, Whizzer & Chips, Battle, Action and 2000AD. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 4, 2007 - 5.30pm to 7.00pm


Iraq: The Graphic War, Today & In 2011
With Sean Michael Wilson, Lee O'Connor, Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 6, 2007 - 7pm



FILMS:

Princess
Director Anders Morgenthaler introduces the Danish animated film, with a Q&A afterwards hosted by Paul Gravett. More...
Where: Cinema , ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 19 to October 30, 2007


30 Days Of Night
A fantastically gory film set in Alaska where the winter sun sets for a month and vampires move in for the kill. More...
Where: Cinema, ICA, The Mall, London
When: October 31, 2007 - 8.30pm


Tekkonkinkreet
Misako Rocks! introduces an exclusive screening of anime movie based on the dazzling dystopian manga. More...
Where: Cinema 1, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 5, 2007 - 8.45pm


Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi co-directs an adaptation of her graphic novel about growing up in Iran during the 1970s and 1980s. More...
Where: Cinema 1, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 6, 2007 - 8.45pm


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"It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London."
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"Yet another fabulous evening."
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