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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

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

"Guibert turned out to be a captivating speaker."
Sarah McIntyre

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

"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
BBC Collective

"...fascinating..."
Redrawn

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

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

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

"Comiket... was packed to bursting with enthusiastic, earnest artists hustling their work."
Mike Leader

"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