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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

THOMAS BEHE


Thomas Behe is the co-creator (with Phil Elliott) of Contraband, a graphic novel set in the near future exploring the social impact of mobile-phone technology. More details can be found at the Contraband blog. The following comments appeared on the blog on November 7, 2007.

What a top night out - the ICA’s final night of Comica in London was one of the best eves I’ve had in months. Meeting the chaps who created the top webcomic (& now graphic novel collection) Shooting War - followed by a bit of Contraband promo chat over beers with some of the UK’s coolest comic types - concluded with the premiere screening of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (this is one fantastic movie). Even got in a quick chat reflecting on the Toronto Comic Film Festival with Paul Gravett - who was one of the guys heading up this year’s Comica event.

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Reviews

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

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

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

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

"...far and away the best place to find a serious and eclectic showcase of world comics fare."
The First Post

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

"It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London."
Joel Meadows

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

"...Sacco had some interesting things to say about the comics form in general."
Simon Hacking

"Comiket... was packed to bursting with enthusiastic, earnest artists hustling their work."
Mike Leader