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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

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

"...a two-week celebration of the art form..."
The London Paper

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

"I'll definitely be going to more Comica events."
Matthew Rees

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

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

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

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

"PHEW! I just met Matt Groening!"
Jim Medway

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