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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

THE NEW STATESMAN


The following article appeared in the New Statesman on 23 October 2006 and was written by Sam Alexandroni who attended the 24 Hour Comic event at the ICA.

On 6 October, some of the UK’s sharpest cartoonists gathered at the Institute Of Contemporary Arts (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.

Among the participants were David Simonds representing the New Statesman, Steven Appleby, the crew from Le Gun magazine, Matilda Tristram from Bad Idea magazine and four or five Japanese manga artists.

While some of the participants opted for tales of rapacious landlords, sci-fi adventure or, in the case of Steven Appleby, a story about a mind-reading evangelical murderer, our David embraced the big picture. “I’m charting the history of evolution from the Big Bang to George Bush,” he said, explaining: “It begins and ends in darkness.”

The event, which was part of a season at the ICA celebrating comic art, took place simultaneously in 58 locations across 17 countries, with participants from as far afield as Indonesia, Serbia and Brazil, who contributed by blog on www.24hourcomics.com.

Six hours in, David was bearing up well: “Just got to keep going,” he told me between brisk pen strokes. “If I get RCI - repetitive comic injury - I shall send the bill to the New Statesman.”

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Reviews

"Imagine one of the world's greatest cities hosting a series of events starring the world's greatest cartoonists, put together by one of the world's greatest comics scholars. That's London's Comica."
The Beat

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

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

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

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

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

"Hurrah! This year's Comiket was a brilliant success."
Sarah McIntyre

"I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the presentation. It was so impressive!"
Helen McCarthy

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

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