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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

ANDREW SALMOND


Andrew Salmond is manager at one of London's landmark comics emporiums, Gosh Comics, home to a great selection of comics work and a store noted for not only selling the comics but offering some solid support of the medium too, from small press to Indy to the major publishers. Andrew's comments about Comica appeared on the FPI Blog as part of their Best of the Year feature in January 2011.

Special mention should be made, too, (as it should every year, really) for the efforts of Paul Gravett and his erstwhile partner in crime Peter Stanbury, and their tireless promotion of comics to the world at large. The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us, really, and their efforts shouldn’t be taken for granted.

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Reviews

"Imagine one of the world's greatest cities hosting a series of events starring the world's greatest cartoonists, put together by one of the world's greatest comics scholars. That's London's Comica."
The Beat

"...a place where aspiring graphic novelists get the chance to rub shoulders with established comic book artists..."
Valerie Pezeron

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

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

"When the event was over the audience was left wanting more."
Liban Diriye

"I was about to fall off my chair from overstimulation."
Sarah McIntyre

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

"Featuring some of the most critically-acclaimed international comic book creators..."
Tripwire

"...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