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COMICA FESTIVAL 2013

From October 23 to November 16, Comica 2013, the 10th London International Comics Festival, presents conversations, exhibitions, workshops, launches and our unmissable, free-entry Comiket Fair and Transitions Conference, plus many satellite events across the capital.

HEADLINE EVENTS:


Reframe: Perspectives on Europe through Comics
Comics by nine artists from Algeria, Turkey & UK explore our contemporary attitudes to Europe. More...
Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA
When: October 23 to November 22, 2013


Joe Sacco: The Great War and the Battle of the Somme
Sacco talks in depth with Pat Mills about how he achieves his acclaimed comics journalism. More...
Where: Platform Theatre, Handyside Street, London N1C 4AA
When: October 26, 2013 7.15pm for 7.30-9.30


Poles ApART: New Polish Comics & Graphic Novels
Twelve of the most important current comics creators from Poland in their first UK show. More...
Where: Windows Gallery, Central Saint Martins, N1C 4AA
When: October 31 to November 16, 2013


Comica Comiket Fall 2013
Free independent comics fair with publishers big & small plus all-day live Drawing Parade. More...
Where: Platform Theatre & Foyer Bar, Handyside St, N1C 4AA
When: November 2, 2013 11am to 7pm


Hyper-Pop Workshop
Step into the shoes of Pop artists like Roy Lichtenstein & make your own comic-book stories More...
Where: Garden Room, Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
When: November 16, 2013 10am-5.30pm


CONVERSATIONS:


Joe Sacco: The Great War and the Battle of the Somme
Sacco talks in depth with Pat Mills about how he achieves his acclaimed comics journalism. More...
Where: Platform Theatre, Handyside Street, London N1C 4AA
When: October 26, 2013 7.15pm for 7.30-9.30


From Hell To Eternity: Eddie Campbell On Alan Moore
Campbell discusses his collaborations with Alan Moore, notably on the acclaimed From Hell. More...
Where: Platform Theatre, Handyside Street, London N1C 4AA
When: October 26, 2013 4.45pm for 5-6.30pm


The Nine Lives of Dave McKean
Explore the multi-faceted, multi-media creativity of this extraordinary storyteller & image-maker. More...
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, WC2H 0EB
When: October 29, 2013 6.15 for 6.30-8.30pm


Living and Loving in London : Oscar Zarate & Ilya
How new graphic novels The Park & Room For Love reflect realities of urban relationships. More...
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, WC2H 0EB
When: October 31, 2013 6.15 for 6.30-8.30pm


What Is A Superhero?
Kieron Gillen, Si Spurrier, Will Brooker & Richard Reynolds analyse what makes a superhero. More...
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, WC2H 0EB
When: November 1, 2013 6.15 for 6.30-8.30pm


Fight The Power!: A Visual History of Protest
Think protest never achieved anything? Think again in this inspiring graphic chronicle! More...
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, WC2H 0EB
When: November 9, 2013 3.45 for 4-6pm


Comics Art: The 21st Century Medium
Cutting-edge graphic novelists in a spirited debate about how the medium is mutating. More...
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, WC2H 0EB
When: November 9, 2013 6.15 for 6.30-8.30pm


EVENTS:


Comica Festival Opening & Reframe Discussion
Opening Night of Comica Festival & Reframe Exhibition with UK, Algerian & Turkish artists in discussion. More...
Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA
When: October 23, 2013 6.30-8.30pm


Perle by Thomas Eccleshare
A poignant comic show told by one performer & his television through a bold mix of cartoon & live action. More...
Where: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, W1D 4NE
When: October 23 to November 2, 2013


Reframe Workshop with Article 19
A free two-hour workshop with Hannah Berry, Ilya, Daniel Locke & visiting Reframe creators. More...
Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA
When: October 24, 2013 2-4pm


Hic & Hoc Launch Party
Liz Lunney & Joe List celebrate Volume 2 of their Illustrated Journal of Humour with contributors. More...
Where: Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London WIF 0DR
When: October 25, 2013 7-9pm


Transitions 4 Comica Symposium
Free one-day symposium of new research & multi-disciplinary academic study of comics More...
Where: School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London WC1E 7HX
When: October 26, 2013


Graphic Short Story Prize Announcement
Judges of this year's competition announce & present the runner-up & winner. More...
Where: Foyer Bar, Platform Theatre, Handyside St, N1C 4AA
When: October 26, 2013 6.45pm


Comica Social Club
Special Festival edition of our monthly meet-up with Raffle, Chatterbox talks & lots of friends! More...
Where: Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix St, WC2H 8BU
When: October 30, 2013 6-10pm


Shunga into Manga?
Curators & experts look at parallels between Japanese erotic art & modern manga, and whether one inspired the other. More...
Where: BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum
When: November 1, 2013 6.30-7.45pm


Comica Comiket Fall 2013
Free independent comics fair with publishers big & small plus all-day live Drawing Parade. More...
Where: Platform Theatre & Foyer Bar, Handyside St, N1C 4AA
When: November 2, 2013 11am to 7pm


Poles Apart: New Polish Comics Free Workshop
A chance to learn about comics in Poland from leading creators & experts. More...
Where: Platform Theatre Foyer, Handyside Street, N1C 4AA
When: November 8, 2013 2-4pm


Anthologize: Indie Anthology Triple Mega-Launch
Celebrate with the creators publication of The Strumpet 3, Score & Script, & The Comix Reader 5. More...
Where: Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London WIF 0DR
When: November 8, 2013 7-9pm


Hyper-Pop Workshop
Step into the shoes of Pop artists like Roy Lichtenstein & make your own comic-book stories More...
Where: Garden Room, Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
When: November 16, 2013 10am-5.30pm


EXHIBITIONS:


Graphic Short Story Prize Finalists & Winners
Enjoy the four-page stories by the shortlisted finalists, runner-up & winner of this year's competition. More...
Where: Foyles Cafe, 113-119 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0EB
When: October 23 to November 2, 2013


Reframe: Perspectives on Europe through Comics
Comics by nine artists from Algeria, Turkey & UK explore our contemporary attitudes to Europe. More...
Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA
When: October 23 to November 22, 2013


Poles ApART: New Polish Comics & Graphic Novels
Twelve of the most important current comics creators from Poland in their first UK show. More...
Where: Windows Gallery, Central Saint Martins, N1C 4AA
When: October 31 to November 16, 2013


Six Characters
A collaborative Pop-Up challenge by Ahmed Jameel, Penelope Mendonça & John Miers. More...
Where: Platform Theatre Bar, Handyside Street, London N1C 4AA
When: November 2, 2013 11am-7pm




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Reviews

"With Comica, the ICA is doing what it does best: reaching out to culture's fringe."
Kulture Flash

"...a two-week celebration of the art form..."
The London Paper

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

"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

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

"...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

"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
Comic Book Resources

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

"Thank you, Paul Gravett, for another wonderful season of Comica!"
Sarah McIntyre

"Comica... continues to heap cultural credibility onto this once maligned art form."
BBC Online