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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

JOEL MEADOWS


Joel Meadows is the author of Studio Space. Joel attended the Extraordinary Gentleman event, with Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill being interviewed by Christopher Frayling on June 2, 2009. The following review appeared on his blog Walls & Bridges.

MAGIC MOMENTS
On Tuesday night, I went to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century interview at the ICA, hosted by Christopher Frayling who interviewed Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. Part of Paul Gravett’s Comica series of events, cultural historian Frayling made an excellent interviewer as some talks and interviews I’ve seen with Moore have been overly fawning but he asked intelligent and balanced questions. Moore and O’Neill came across pretty well and they seem to have a good chemistry. The room was packed and we discovered certain things that I was unaware of, like the fact that Alan Moore is a big fan of the film Performance (a film that my cousin Stanley Meadows has a small but pivotal part in) and we discovered that he is doing new Bojeffries comics with Steve Parkhouse. There was a signing afterwards which was busy but the queue wasn’t as huge as it was at the Gosh signing Moore did back in April this year. There’s always something interesting in Comica’s raft of events and the series has become a valuable addition to the London comic-related calendar. I took quite a few photos at the event, so here’s a selection of the ones that worked…

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Reviews

"It was fascinating and welcoming..."
Mike Leader

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

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

"...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity."
Maartje Schalkx

"...all [24 hour comic day] participants felt a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction by the end."
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

"It's fun, it's informative, it's inspirational, and it's an absolute must-do."
Gosh! Comics

"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
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"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

"Guibert turned out to be a captivating speaker."
Sarah McIntyre