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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

DOMINIQUE LE DUC


Dominique Le Duc attended the Comica Misfit Lit event.

In its third year, COMICA has now established itself in the art world of London and its director, Paul Gravett, selected once again a hip location, the well-known Institute of Contemporary Art to feature a sold-out stellar panel of international comic creators.

Offering a unique insight into her work, American cartoonist Jessica Abel discussed Artbabe and La Perdida (a semi-autobiographical thriller set in Mexico City where she spent a number of years). Matt Madden presented 99 Ways To Tell A Story, a wild comics homage to Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style. Italian artist Igort discussed his lyrical fumetto 5 Is The Perfect Number, in which he reinvents the neo-realist mafioso tragedy. Paul Wright, British cartoonist for The Times, discussed his eccentrically English debut Smelling A Rat. Killoffer, the French Tarantino of autobiographical comics, discussed the emergence and role of the small French editorial collective L’Association and discussed his stark 676 Apparitions of Killofer, a self-loathing masterpiece with a strikingly elegant style. Illustrated in the background with a screen displaying examples of plates from their authors’ websites, the talk concluded with Junko Mizuno, Japan’s mistress of creepy cuteness and fractured fairytales.

Coinciding with the launch of Paul Gravett’s latest publication Graphic Novels: Stories To Change Your Life, a unique insight into the medium’s masterpieces, the talk was followed by the book signings in an adjacent and spacious room attended by friendly waiters serving complimentary drinks. Here, the audience enjoyed intermingling with agents, publishers and the authors as the small scale of the event prompted a more personal contact. All in all, another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature.

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Reviews

"...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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

"It was fascinating and welcoming..."
Mike Leader

"Featuring some of the most critically-acclaimed international comic book creators..."
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