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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

"The Comica Festival's uniqueness resides in its selection of international comic artists [and] its presentation of cutting-edge themes..."
Dominique Le Duc

"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows

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

"Comica features some of the most highly regarded figures currently working in the form..."
The Observer

"...a comprehensive, varied and exciting season that demonstrated the reach and diversity of the art form."
The Comics Journal

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

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

"...hearing literary translators talk about their work reminded me of the immense difficulty, creativity and importance of the task."
The Financial Times

"I'll definitely be going to more Comica events."
Matthew Rees