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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

"...vastly informative and entertaining."
Kevin Fitzsimmons

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

"...a comprehensive, varied and exciting season that demonstrated the reach and diversity of the art form."
The Comics Journal

"Britain's leading comic event..."
The Wall Street Journal

"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
BBC Collective

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

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

"...plenty to spark your interest here, even if your last comic experience involved cow pie."
Flavorpill

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

"Featuring some of the most critically-acclaimed international comic book creators..."
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