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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

"...a comprehensive, varied and exciting season that demonstrated the reach and diversity of the art form."
The Comics Journal

"...all [24 hour comic day] participants felt a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction by the end."
Jim Medway

"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
Comic Book Resources

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

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

"When the event was over the audience was left wanting more."
Liban Diriye

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

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

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

"...a very special conversation between two incredible artists."
Chris Thompson