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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

"It was fascinating and welcoming..."
Mike Leader

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

"...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

"After five years of attending Comica's Comikets, the event has finally come of age."
Francesca Cassavetti

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

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

"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
The Guardian

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

"Britain's leading comic event..."
The Wall Street Journal

"...chat over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types..."
Thomas Behe