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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

"5 Stars... a superb exhibition."
Time Out

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

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
Pop Culture Hound

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

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

"...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen."
Ninthart

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

"Comica Comiket at the ICA was buzzing with invention and ideas."
The Guardian

"After five years of attending Comica's Comikets, the event has finally come of age."
Francesca Cassavetti

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