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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

HELEN McCARTHY


Helen McCarthy is the British author of such anime reference books as 500 Manga Heroes and Villains, Anime!, The Anime! Movie Guide and Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation. She is also the co-author of The Erotic Anime Movie Guide and the exhaustive The Anime Encyclopedia with Jonathan Clements. Helen attended the Gravett & Stanbury lecture, Discovering Manga, on 23 October, 2008.

I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the presentation. It was so impressive! The audience was very enthusiastic, I talked to some lovely people, and all in all it seemed like an event worth repeating. It looks as if there’s a whole new arena of lecture promotion for Gravett & Stanbury to move into. London used to be a venue for really exciting public lectures - even whole lecture series - in the days before TV became so widespread, and the lecture scene seems to be reviving, so your timing is perfect.

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Reviews

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

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

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

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

"Britain's leading comic event..."
The Wall Street Journal

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

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

"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

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