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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

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

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

"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

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

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

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

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

"Imagine one of the world's greatest cities hosting a series of events starring the world's greatest cartoonists, put together by one of the world's greatest comics scholars. That's London's Comica."
The Beat

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