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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

"...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives."
Flux

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

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

"...the social buzz is what I will remember from the day."
Ed Pinsent

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
Pop Culture Hound

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

"Every time I go to these events I come back inspired to do more work."
Sylvia Libedinsky

"...he's a natural storyteller. He can't seem to stop."
Paul Tierney

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

"...Comica continues to be a must-visit destination each year..."
Joel Meadows