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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

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

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

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

"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

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

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

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

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

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

"I arrived to find a queue for the sold-out event stretching out of the building."
Paul Tierney