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The following review of the 2007 Comica Festival by Rob Hinchcliffe appeared on the Flavorpill web-site.

Thanks to Comica, the ICA has helped support the comic industry’s effort to break out of geekdom and into the mainstream. The eclectic set of talks, discussions and performances looks beyond the “men in tights” stereotype and concentrates on the more-inspiring and inspired graphical work being produced today - from Japanese manga to Italian realism. Including the ultra-English Posy Simmonds and a Halloween special with more vampires than you can shake a stake at, you should find plenty to spark your interest here, even if your last comic experience involved cow pie.

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Reviews

"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
Comic Book Resources

"...the social buzz is what I will remember from the day."
Ed Pinsent

"5 Stars... a superb exhibition."
Time Out

"...the viewer's efforts were amply rewarded by the superb quality of nearly every comic in the exhibit."
Alison Frank

"Thank you, Paul Gravett, for another wonderful season of Comica!"
Sarah McIntyre

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

"....plenty of food for thought in terms of fresh reading material ideas..."
Euan Gillespie

"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

"...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."
The New Statesman

"I arrived to find a queue for the sold-out event stretching out of the building."
Paul Tierney