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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

HELEN McCARTHY


Helen McCarthy is the British author of such anime reference books as 500 Manga Heroes and Villains, Anime!, The Anime! Movie Guide and Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation. She is also the co-author of The Erotic Anime Movie Guide and the exhaustive The Anime Encyclopedia with Jonathan Clements. Helen attended the Gravett & Stanbury lecture, Discovering Manga, on 23 October, 2008.

I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the presentation. It was so impressive! The audience was very enthusiastic, I talked to some lovely people, and all in all it seemed like an event worth repeating. It looks as if there’s a whole new arena of lecture promotion for Gravett & Stanbury to move into. London used to be a venue for really exciting public lectures - even whole lecture series - in the days before TV became so widespread, and the lecture scene seems to be reviving, so your timing is perfect.

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Reviews

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

"A Comica event - but at the V&A?!"
Jinty

"...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

"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

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

"...chat over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types..."
Thomas Behe

"...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

"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
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"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
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