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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

FRANCESCA CASSAVETTI


Artist Francesca Cassavetti was selling her comics at the 2011 Comia Comiket, Independent Comics Fair held on Saturday 12 November at the Bishopsgate Institute in Bishopsgate.

A grand day out in Bishopsgate

After five years of attending Comica’s Comikets, the event has finally come of age.

Though previously held in some wonderful locations such as the ICA and the Pump House in Battersea Park, this the first time that the combination of venue and location has worked so well to bring in the kind of footfall that I’m sure made every exhibitor’s day worthwhile. With plenty of passing trade, free entry and a magnificent continuous large-screen live drawing display kept visitors in the hall. A parade of talents, including such luminaries as Posy Simmonds, Woodrow Phoenix, Sarah Macintyre or the rockstar-like Brecht Evens, below, enthralled the punters and inspired them to purchase product.

Well done Paul and Peter and all the team!

And thanks for being such wonderful table companions, Sean, Sally Ann and Joe Decie.

Then we went to the pub.

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Reviews

"5 Stars... a superb exhibition."
Time Out

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

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
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"...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity."
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"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows

"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

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

"...fascinating..."
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"...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen."
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