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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


On 19 September 2008 The Wall Street Journal published the following review of the Comica Festival as part of a feature on Top European Comic Festivals. This was accompanied by an article on Europe's Visionary Graphic Novelists.

Britain’s leading comic event, curated by Paul Gravett since 2003. It is aimed at an adult, non-specialist and culturally savvy public. Exhibitions, talks, events and workshops celebrate comics and their connections to other arts.

This year’s guests include Americans Art Spiegelman and Gilbert Shelton; Bulgarian Alex Maleev; Posy Simmonds from the U.K.; Ted Benoît and Emmanuel Guibert from France; Lise Myhre from Norway; and Mawil from Germany. Ian Rankin will also attend; the Scottish crime writer’s first graphic novel, Dark Entries, is expected out next summer. There will be an event with Charles Dierick, director of the new Hergé Museum opening in May in Louvain, Belgium, and an all-day conference at the V&A Museum.

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Reviews

"...the viewer's efforts were amply rewarded by the superb quality of nearly every comic in the exhibit."
Alison Frank

"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

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

"...it's a great time to be a comics fan in London!"
Chris Thompson

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

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

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

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

"Comica features some of the most highly regarded figures currently working in the form..."
The Observer

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