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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

"...far and away the best place to find a serious and eclectic showcase of world comics fare."
The First Post

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

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

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

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

"When the event was over the audience was left wanting more."
Liban Diriye

"Imagine one of the world's greatest cities hosting a series of events starring the world's greatest cartoonists, put together by one of the world's greatest comics scholars. That's London's Comica."
The Beat

"It was fascinating and welcoming..."
Mike Leader

"...Comica continues to be a must-visit destination each year..."
Joel Meadows

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