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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

"When the event was over the audience was left wanting more."
Liban Diriye

"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
BBC Collective

"British preconceptions of graphic novels are changing as exhibitions such as Comica expose the challenging work out there."
Design Week

"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
The Rough Guide To Graphic Novels

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

"...a fantastically wide selection of comics, to be touched, admired and purchased."
Toby Litt

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

"Thank you, Paul Gravett, for another wonderful season of Comica!"
Sarah McIntyre

"There's always something interesting in Comica's raft of events..."
Joel Meadows

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