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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

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

"...chat over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types..."
Thomas Behe

"...all [24 hour comic day] participants felt a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction by the end."
Jim Medway

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

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

"...packed out..."
Tony Venezia

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

"...a place where aspiring graphic novelists get the chance to rub shoulders with established comic book artists..."
Valerie Pezeron

"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
David Greene

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