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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

"I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the presentation. It was so impressive!"
Helen McCarthy

"The Comica Festival's uniqueness resides in its selection of international comic artists [and] its presentation of cutting-edge themes..."
Dominique Le Duc

"Guibert turned out to be a captivating speaker."
Sarah McIntyre

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

"Featuring some of the most critically-acclaimed international comic book creators..."
Tripwire

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

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

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

"With Comica, the ICA is doing what it does best: reaching out to culture's fringe."
Kulture Flash