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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

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

"...some of the UK's sharpest cartoonists gathered at the ICA in London for a unique test of creativity and endurance: a 24-hour comic marathon, during which each artist was challenged to create a spontaneous 24-page story."
The New Statesman

"...this was awesome."
FPI Blog

"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
Unified Review Theory

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

"....plenty of food for thought in terms of fresh reading material ideas..."
Euan Gillespie

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

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

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
Pop Culture Hound

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