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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

JOEL MEADOWS


Joel Meadows is the editor-in-chief of Tripwire magazine and co-author with Gary Marshall of the book Studio Space. The following Comica review appeared on his blog, Walls & Bridges.

The Raw Side Of Maus or Camden On The Mall:
I went to two more Comica events over the past four days. The first one was Comica Comiket, which was basically the London Underground event which takes place at Camden market transplanted to the ICA. So it had the usual Camden crowd selling stuff like Dave Baillie, Douglas Noble, Daniel Goodbrey and quite a few others. It was a valiant attempt but it didn’t quite work as I heard that the rest of the building didn’t know it was happening. I also went to the Art Spiegelman interview and that was more of a success. He was interviewed by Posy Simmonds, a very talented and intelligent cartoonist in her own right, and Spiegleman, who has a new book out, Breakdowns, came across as likeable and self-effacing. In the audience was Simpsons creator Matt Groening, who we have interviewed twice for Tripwire but I have never met or spoken to. So I accosted him briefly and introduced myself. I took a photo of him outside the ICA in the cold London night. Comica ends on Wednesday and it’s been another mix of talks and screenings so it’s likely there’ll be another one. It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London. So here are a few photos including the one of Groening…

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Reviews

"There's always something interesting in Comica's raft of events..."
Joel Meadows

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

"...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives."
Flux

"Thank you, Paul Gravett, for another wonderful season of Comica!"
Sarah McIntyre

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

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

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

"Comica features some of the most highly regarded figures currently working in the form..."
The Observer

"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
Unified Review Theory

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