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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

FRANCESCA CASSAVETTI


Artist Francesca Cassavetti was selling her comics at the 2011 Comia Comiket, Independent Comics Fair held on Saturday 12 November at the Bishopsgate Institute in Bishopsgate.

A grand day out in Bishopsgate

After five years of attending Comica’s Comikets, the event has finally come of age.

Though previously held in some wonderful locations such as the ICA and the Pump House in Battersea Park, this the first time that the combination of venue and location has worked so well to bring in the kind of footfall that I’m sure made every exhibitor’s day worthwhile. With plenty of passing trade, free entry and a magnificent continuous large-screen live drawing display kept visitors in the hall. A parade of talents, including such luminaries as Posy Simmonds, Woodrow Phoenix, Sarah Macintyre or the rockstar-like Brecht Evens, below, enthralled the punters and inspired them to purchase product.

Well done Paul and Peter and all the team!

And thanks for being such wonderful table companions, Sean, Sally Ann and Joe Decie.

Then we went to the pub.

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Reviews

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

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

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

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

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

"...plenty to spark your interest here, even if your last comic experience involved cow pie."
Flavorpill

"...all [24 hour comic day] participants felt a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction by the end."
Jim Medway

"There's always something interesting in Comica's raft of events..."
Joel Meadows

"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
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"I was about to fall off my chair from overstimulation."
Sarah McIntyre