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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

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

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

"...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

"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

"...this was awesome."
FPI Blog

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

"...chat over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types..."
Thomas Behe

"...a fantastically wide selection of comics, to be touched, admired and purchased."
Toby Litt

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

"...the social buzz is what I will remember from the day."
Ed Pinsent