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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

"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

"...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity."
Maartje Schalkx

"...packed out..."
Tony Venezia

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

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

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

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
Pop Culture Hound

"It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London."
Joel Meadows

"Comica Comiket at the ICA was buzzing with invention and ideas."
The Guardian

"Hurrah! This year's Comiket was a brilliant success."
Sarah McIntyre