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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

DOMINIQUE LE DUC


Dominique Le Duc attended the Comica Misfit Lit event.

In its third year, COMICA has now established itself in the art world of London and its director, Paul Gravett, selected once again a hip location, the well-known Institute of Contemporary Art to feature a sold-out stellar panel of international comic creators.

Offering a unique insight into her work, American cartoonist Jessica Abel discussed Artbabe and La Perdida (a semi-autobiographical thriller set in Mexico City where she spent a number of years). Matt Madden presented 99 Ways To Tell A Story, a wild comics homage to Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style. Italian artist Igort discussed his lyrical fumetto 5 Is The Perfect Number, in which he reinvents the neo-realist mafioso tragedy. Paul Wright, British cartoonist for The Times, discussed his eccentrically English debut Smelling A Rat. Killoffer, the French Tarantino of autobiographical comics, discussed the emergence and role of the small French editorial collective L’Association and discussed his stark 676 Apparitions of Killofer, a self-loathing masterpiece with a strikingly elegant style. Illustrated in the background with a screen displaying examples of plates from their authors’ websites, the talk concluded with Junko Mizuno, Japan’s mistress of creepy cuteness and fractured fairytales.

Coinciding with the launch of Paul Gravett’s latest publication Graphic Novels: Stories To Change Your Life, a unique insight into the medium’s masterpieces, the talk was followed by the book signings in an adjacent and spacious room attended by friendly waiters serving complimentary drinks. Here, the audience enjoyed intermingling with agents, publishers and the authors as the small scale of the event prompted a more personal contact. All in all, another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature.

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Reviews

"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
David Greene

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

"This event showcased some of the great variety of manga art styles and artists working across languages, continents and cultures in the world today."
Karl Pell

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

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

"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
Unified Review Theory

"...plenty to spark your interest here, even if your last comic experience involved cow pie."
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"...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives."
Flux

"...Comica continues to be a must-visit destination each year..."
Joel Meadows

"PHEW! I just met Matt Groening!"
Jim Medway