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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

"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
David Greene

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

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

"...far and away the best place to find a serious and eclectic showcase of world comics fare."
The First Post

"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

"Every time I go to these events I come back inspired to do more work."
Sylvia Libedinsky

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

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

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing