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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

"Comica features some of the most highly regarded figures currently working in the form..."
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Sarah McIntyre

"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
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"...a very special conversation between two incredible artists."
Chris Thompson

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The Guardian

"It's fun, it's informative, it's inspirational, and it's an absolute must-do."
Gosh! Comics

"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
BBC Collective

"Every time I go to these events I come back inspired to do more work."
Sylvia Libedinsky

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

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