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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

JOEL MEADOWS


Joel Meadows is the editor-in-chief of Tripwire magazine and co-author with Gary Marshall of the book Studio Space. The following Comica review appeared on his blog, Walls & Bridges.

The Raw Side Of Maus or Camden On The Mall:
I went to two more Comica events over the past four days. The first one was Comica Comiket, which was basically the London Underground event which takes place at Camden market transplanted to the ICA. So it had the usual Camden crowd selling stuff like Dave Baillie, Douglas Noble, Daniel Goodbrey and quite a few others. It was a valiant attempt but it didn’t quite work as I heard that the rest of the building didn’t know it was happening. I also went to the Art Spiegelman interview and that was more of a success. He was interviewed by Posy Simmonds, a very talented and intelligent cartoonist in her own right, and Spiegleman, who has a new book out, Breakdowns, came across as likeable and self-effacing. In the audience was Simpsons creator Matt Groening, who we have interviewed twice for Tripwire but I have never met or spoken to. So I accosted him briefly and introduced myself. I took a photo of him outside the ICA in the cold London night. Comica ends on Wednesday and it’s been another mix of talks and screenings so it’s likely there’ll be another one. It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London. So here are a few photos including the one of Groening…

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"A Comica event - but at the V&A?!"
Jinty

"I was about to fall off my chair from overstimulation."
Sarah McIntyre

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

"PHEW! I just met Matt Groening!"
Jim Medway

"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
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"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

"The Comica Festival's uniqueness resides in its selection of international comic artists [and] its presentation of cutting-edge themes..."
Dominique Le Duc

"Comiket... was packed to bursting with enthusiastic, earnest artists hustling their work."
Mike Leader

"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

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