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COMICA FESTIVAL 2011


“...a very special conversation between two incredible artists.”
Chris Thompson

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

“Hurrah! This year's Comiket was a brilliant success.”
Sarah McIntyre

“After five years of attending Comica's Comikets, the event has finally come of age.”
Francesca Cassavetti

“...this was awesome.”
FPI Blog

“...the viewer's efforts were amply rewarded by the superb quality of nearly every comic in the exhibit.”
Alison Frank

“...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar.”
Joel Meadows

“The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us...”
Andrew Salmond

COMICA FESTIVAL 2010


“...hearing literary translators talk about their work reminded me of the immense difficulty, creativity and importance of the task.”
The Financial Times

“...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint.”
The Guardian

“...the social buzz is what I will remember from the day.”
Ed Pinsent

“...will be talked about by those who saw it for years to come.”
Bart Beaty

“...packed out...”
Tony Venezia

“5 Stars... a superb exhibition.”
Time Out

“...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle.”
Pop Culture Hound

“The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing.”
Tim Pilcher

“...fascinating...”
Redrawn

COMICA FESTIVAL 2009


“Comica Comiket at the ICA was buzzing with invention and ideas.”
The Guardian

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

“...Comica continues to be a must-visit destination each year...”
Joel Meadows

“It was fascinating and welcoming...”
Mike Leader

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

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

“When the event was over the audience was left wanting more.”
Liban Diriye

“...a place where aspiring graphic novelists get the chance to rub shoulders with established comic book artists...”
Valerie Pezeron

“Yet another fabulous evening.”
Martin Eden

“It's fun, it's informative, it's inspirational, and it's an absolute must-do.”
Gosh! Comics

“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

“Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see.”
David Greene

“...Sacco had some interesting things to say about the comics form in general.”
Simon Hacking

“Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable...”
Comix Influx

“There's always something interesting in Comica's raft of events...”
Joel Meadows

“...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity.”
Maartje Schalkx

COMICA FESTIVAL 2008


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

“The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out.”
The Rough Guide To Graphic Novels

“Britain's leading comic event...”
The Wall Street Journal

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

“I was about to fall off my chair from overstimulation.”
Sarah McIntyre

“Guibert turned out to be a captivating speaker.”
Sarah McIntyre

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

“It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London.”
Joel Meadows

“PHEW! I just met Matt Groening!”
Jim Medway

“Comiket... was packed to bursting with enthusiastic, earnest artists hustling their work.”
Mike Leader

“A Comica event - but at the V&A?!”
Jinty

“....plenty of food for thought in terms of fresh reading material ideas...”
Euan Gillespie

“...vastly informative and entertaining.”
Kevin Fitzsimmons

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

“The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art.”
Sci Fi London

COMICA FESTIVAL 2007


“Every time I go to these events I come back inspired to do more work.”
Sylvia Libedinsky

“It was a real learning experience.”
Tom Humberstone

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

“...chat over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types...”
Thomas Behe

“...plenty to spark your interest here, even if your last comic experience involved cow pie.”
Flavorpill

“...far and away the best place to find a serious and eclectic showcase of world comics fare.”
The First Post

COMICA FESTIVAL 2006


“...another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature.”
Dominique Le Duc

“...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

“Paul Gravett Rules!”
Peggy Burns

COMICA FESTIVAL 2004


“...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen.”
Ninthart

“It was definitely worth the trip.”
Garen Ewing

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

“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

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

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

COMICA FESTIVAL 2003


“...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives.”
Flux

“British preconceptions of graphic novels are changing as exhibitions such as Comica expose the challenging work out there.”
Design Week

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

“...a fantastically wide selection of comics, to be touched, admired and purchased.”
Toby Litt

“...a comprehensive, varied and exciting season that demonstrated the reach and diversity of the art form.”
The Comics Journal

“Featuring some of the most critically-acclaimed international comic book creators...”
Tripwire

“...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature.”
BBC Collective

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

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Reviews

"It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London."
Joel Meadows

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

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

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

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

"...a very special conversation between two incredible artists."
Chris Thompson

"After five years of attending Comica's Comikets, the event has finally come of age."
Francesca Cassavetti

"Guibert turned out to be a captivating speaker."
Sarah McIntyre

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

"...vastly informative and entertaining."
Kevin Fitzsimmons