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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

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

"The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us..."
Andrew Salmond

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

"...some of the UK's sharpest cartoonists gathered at the ICA in London for a unique test of creativity and endurance: a 24-hour comic marathon, during which each artist was challenged to create a spontaneous 24-page story."
The New Statesman

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

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

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

"Comica Comiket at the ICA was buzzing with invention and ideas."
The Guardian

"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

"A Comica event - but at the V&A?!"
Jinty