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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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"...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."
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"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
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"With Comica, the ICA is doing what it does best: reaching out to culture's fringe."
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"...far and away the best place to find a serious and eclectic showcase of world comics fare."
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"...hearing literary translators talk about their work reminded me of the immense difficulty, creativity and importance of the task."
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"Guibert turned out to be a captivating speaker."
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Andrew Salmond

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

"...another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature."
Dominique Le Duc

"...fascinating..."
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