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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

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

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

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

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

"5 Stars... a superb exhibition."
Time Out

"....plenty of food for thought in terms of fresh reading material ideas..."
Euan Gillespie

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

"Comica... continues to heap cultural credibility onto this once maligned art form."
BBC Online

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

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