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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 two-week celebration of the art form..."
The London Paper

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

"PHEW! I just met Matt Groening!"
Jim Medway

"...another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature."
Dominique Le Duc

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

"The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us..."
Andrew Salmond

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

"...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives."
Flux

"...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen."
Ninthart

"I arrived to find a queue for the sold-out event stretching out of the building."
Paul Tierney