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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

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

"Comica features some of the most highly regarded figures currently working in the form..."
The Observer

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

"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
The Guardian

"Comica Comiket at the ICA was buzzing with invention and ideas."
The Guardian

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

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

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

"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
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"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
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