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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

"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows

"The Comica Festival's uniqueness resides in its selection of international comic artists [and] its presentation of cutting-edge themes..."
Dominique Le Duc

"...fascinating..."
Redrawn

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

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

"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
David Greene

"...a place where aspiring graphic novelists get the chance to rub shoulders with established comic book artists..."
Valerie Pezeron

"...Sacco had some interesting things to say about the comics form in general."
Simon Hacking

"Comiket... was packed to bursting with enthusiastic, earnest artists hustling their work."
Mike Leader

"...a fantastically wide selection of comics, to be touched, admired and purchased."
Toby Litt