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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

BBC Collective


The following article was written by Nadia Shireen and appeared on the BBC Collective web site in advance of the first Comica Festival in 2003.

It’s a celebration of graphic art and literature. Honest.

In the first of an annual event, the COMICA festival at London’s ICA celebrates the art of the graphic novel. Sweaty men absent-mindedly fondling themselves at the sight of dog-eared first editions? Hopefully not.

Expect, instead, talks from Palestine and Notes From A Defeatist creator Joe Sacco (02 July), fellow Fantagraphics author Chris Ware in conversation with Alex Garland (01 July), and daughter of the legendary Robert Crumb, Sophie, talking about her work and the legacy of her father (04 July)... and tattooing someone from the audience, apparently.

A festival highlight should be a rare performance from cult artist and musician, Daniel Johnstone, who has inspired the likes of Kurt Cobain, Harmony Korine and Beck. Johnstone will also be contributing to the OuBaPo project, where artists and guests will “experiment with the comic format in an evolving, wall-sized, multi-pathed artwork”. Find out what that might mean from 27 June onwards.

With a series of lectures covering all aspects of comic book creation and appreciation, COMICA should provide a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature. Well, that’s what to tell your mates when they accuse you of going to a spoddy comics convention.

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

"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
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"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
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"...he's a natural storyteller. He can't seem to stop."
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"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
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"Hurrah! This year's Comiket was a brilliant success."
Sarah McIntyre

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

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

"With Comica, the ICA is doing what it does best: reaching out to culture's fringe."
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"When the event was over the audience was left wanting more."
Liban Diriye