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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

"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows

"...vastly informative and entertaining."
Kevin Fitzsimmons

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

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

"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

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

"...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives."
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"Thank you, Paul Gravett, for another wonderful season of Comica!"
Sarah McIntyre

"...hearing literary translators talk about their work reminded me of the immense difficulty, creativity and importance of the task."
The Financial Times

"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."
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