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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

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

"...it's a great time to be a comics fan in London!"
Chris Thompson

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

"The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us..."
Andrew Salmond

"British preconceptions of graphic novels are changing as exhibitions such as Comica expose the challenging work out there."
Design Week

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

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

"...will be talked about by those who saw it for years to come."
Bart Beaty

"...he's a natural storyteller. He can't seem to stop."
Paul Tierney

"...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