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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

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

"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
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"PHEW! I just met Matt Groening!"
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"Britain's leading comic event..."
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"...it's a great time to be a comics fan in London!"
Chris Thompson

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

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

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

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

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