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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

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

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

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

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

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

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

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

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

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

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