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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

PEGGY BURNS


Peggy Burns is the Associate Publisher of Drawn & Quarterly, the Canadian-based publisher of quality comics. The following article appeared on the D&Q Blog.

Paul Gravett Rules!

Paul Gravett is the Director of Comica in London at the ICA. I had the pleasure of meeting Paul a few years ago at SPX, and he is a delight—not to mention he has great taste in comics. (He wrote the introductions for both our Dupuy & Berberian books, Get a Life and Maybe Later.)

Just take a look at his 2006 Comica line-up next month. What I wouldn’t do to see Moomin Memoirs, hear Guy Delisle speak, and read the comics-themed Sunday Independent (well that’s probably the one thing I can do!) The special issue of the Independent will preview Pyongyang (Jonathan Cape is publishing Guy’s books in the UK this Fall) but the paper will serialize the UNEDITED and UNCENSORED version of Chris Ware’s Building Stories. UNCENSORED—I didn’t even know that existed!

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Reviews

"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
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"...this was awesome."
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"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
David Greene

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

"...another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature."
Dominique Le Duc

"...will be talked about by those who saw it for years to come."
Bart Beaty

"...it's a great time to be a comics fan in London!"
Chris Thompson

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

"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
The Guardian

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