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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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"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..."
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"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

"...this was awesome."
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"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
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"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
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"...packed out..."
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"...he's a natural storyteller. He can't seem to stop."
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"...vastly informative and entertaining."
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