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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

"Thank you, Paul Gravett, for another wonderful season of Comica!"
Sarah McIntyre

"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
The Guardian

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

"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

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

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

"...plenty to spark your interest here, even if your last comic experience involved cow pie."
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"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
BBC Collective

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

"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
Unified Review Theory