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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

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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 definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

"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

"...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen."
Ninthart

"Comica... continues to heap cultural credibility onto this once maligned art form."
BBC Online

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

"...a two-week celebration of the art form..."
The London Paper

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

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

"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
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