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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

SCI FI LONDON


The following review appeared on the news blog of Sci Fi London, the annual London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Films.

The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art.

The ICA, on The Mall, just off Trafalgar Square, is holding its annual Comica event to celebrate one of the last bastions of figurative art, the comic. Often ridiculed as pulp trash, comics have become the mythology of western society, not to mention supplying the inspiration for some of the biggest box-office properties for the Hollywood studios in recent years.

Comica is a mini festival, mostly made up of talks from legends of the art form. This year’s guest speakers include legends such as Art Spiegelman (Maus) and Gilbert Shelton (Furry Freak Brothers).

For manga fans there are two anime showing: a double bill of NARUTO features, and TWENTIETH CENTURY BOYS, inspired by the T-Rex song.

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Reviews

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

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

"...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

"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
Comix Influx

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

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

"...he's a natural storyteller. He can't seem to stop."
Paul Tierney

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

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

"A Comica event - but at the V&A?!"
Jinty