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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

"It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London."
Joel Meadows

"This event showcased some of the great variety of manga art styles and artists working across languages, continents and cultures in the world today."
Karl Pell

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

"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
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"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows

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

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

"I'll definitely be going to more Comica events."
Matthew Rees

"...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity."
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"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
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