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COMICA FESTIVAL 2008

The fifth Comica Festival was held between 14 and 26 November 2008, featuring Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie, Dave McKean, Alex Maleev, Emmanuel Guibert, Gilbert Shelton, Spain and Art Spiegelman.

EXHIBITIONS:

PoCom2
A collaborative, multi-pathed comic of interconnecting graphic stories. More...
Where: ICA concourse & bar, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 14 to November 25, 2008


Incredibly Strange Comics
Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury display comics from their latest book, Incredibly Strange Comics. More...
Where: ICA concourse & bar, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 14 to November 25, 2008



EVENTS:

V&A Symposium: Archetypes vs Stereotypes
Examining the formation and function of archetypes and stereotypes in comics and graphic novels. More...
Where: Sackler Centre, V&A Museum, South Kensington, London
When: November 14, 2008 - 10am to 5.30pm


Comica Comiket
London Underground Comics energises this small press fair, with self-publishing creators selling their comics. More...
Where: Nash & Brandon Rooms, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 22, 2008 - 1pm to 7pm



CONVERSATIONS:

Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie: Lost Girls
Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie discuss Lost Girls and the portrayal of erotic lives of storybook characters. More...
Where: V&A Museum, South Kensington, London
When: November 14, 2008 - 7pm to 8pm


Dave McKean: Imaginings
Dave McKean talks with illustrator Andrzej Klimowski about his latest creations and his next solo comics. More...
Where: Brandon Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 16, 2008 - 2pm to 3.30pm


Between The Panels 3
With Hannah Berry, Paul Duffield, Oliver East and Marcia Williams. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 16, 2008 - 4pm to 5.30pm


Turning Classics Into Comics
With Richard Appignanesi, Ian Edgington, Mustashrik, Chie Kutsuwada , Ian Culbard, Jason Cobley and others. More...
Where: Nash & Brandon Rooms, ICA
When: November 16, 2008 - 6pm to 7.30pm


Ian Rankin: Crime & Comics
Ian Rankin shares his passions for comics and for their role in improving youth literacy. More...
Where: Theatre, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 16, 2008 - 7pm to 8.30pm


Alex Maleev: Master Of Mood
Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Halo) talks with British comic book scribe David Hine about his art and comics. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 17, 2008 - 7.15pm to 8.30pm


Ted Benoit & Emmanuel Guibert: The Best Of BD
An opportunity to meet two of France's leading contemporary graphic novelists, now being translated into English. More...
Where: The French Institute, South Kensington, London
When: November 18, 2008 - 7.30 to 9pm


Graphic Novel Reading Group
Co-creator and illustrator D'Israeli, alias Matt Brooker, discusses his adaptation of War Of The Worlds. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 22, 2008 - 12.15pm to 1.15pm


Great British Comics: Past, Present & Future
With Steve Holland, David Leach, David Roach, Adam Brockbank, John and Patrice Aggs and others. More...
Where: Nash & Brandon Rooms, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 23, 2008 - 2pm to 3.30pm


Live From Kirby Plaza
A celebration of the legend and legacy of Jack Kirby, with Paul Gambaccini, Mike Lake, Chrissie Harper and others. More...
Where: Nash & Brandon Rooms, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 23, 2008 - 5.30pm to 7pm


Shelton, Spain & Spiegelman: Up From The Underground
Three of the greatest members of US underground comix: Gilbert Shelton, Spain and Art Spiegelman. More...
Where: Theatre, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 23, 2008 - 7.30 to 9pm


Art Spiegelman: Breakdowns
Art Spiegelman in conversation with Posy Simmonds, discussing Art's new book Breakdowns. More...
Where: Cinema 1, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 24, 2008 - 6.45pm to 8.15pm



FILMS:

Naruto
A special anime double-bill with the first two features adapted from author Masashi Kishimoto's manga series. More...
Where: Cinema, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 22 to November 30, 2008


20th Century Boys
Paul Gravett introduces a first look at the live-action version of Naoki Urasawa's manga series. More...
Where: Cinema 1, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 25, 2008


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Reviews

"I'll definitely be going to more Comica events."
Matthew Rees

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
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"Comica features some of the most highly regarded figures currently working in the form..."
The Observer

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

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

"With Comica, the ICA is doing what it does best: reaching out to culture's fringe."
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"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows

"...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives."
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"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
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"I was about to fall off my chair from overstimulation."
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