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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

JOEL MEADOWS


Joel Meadows is the author of Studio Space. Joel attended the Extraordinary Gentleman event, with Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill being interviewed by Christopher Frayling on June 2, 2009. The following review appeared on his blog Walls & Bridges.

MAGIC MOMENTS
On Tuesday night, I went to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century interview at the ICA, hosted by Christopher Frayling who interviewed Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. Part of Paul Gravett’s Comica series of events, cultural historian Frayling made an excellent interviewer as some talks and interviews I’ve seen with Moore have been overly fawning but he asked intelligent and balanced questions. Moore and O’Neill came across pretty well and they seem to have a good chemistry. The room was packed and we discovered certain things that I was unaware of, like the fact that Alan Moore is a big fan of the film Performance (a film that my cousin Stanley Meadows has a small but pivotal part in) and we discovered that he is doing new Bojeffries comics with Steve Parkhouse. There was a signing afterwards which was busy but the queue wasn’t as huge as it was at the Gosh signing Moore did back in April this year. There’s always something interesting in Comica’s raft of events and the series has become a valuable addition to the London comic-related calendar. I took quite a few photos at the event, so here’s a selection of the ones that worked…

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Reviews

"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

"...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives."
Flux

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

"...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen."
Ninthart

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

"...vastly informative and entertaining."
Kevin Fitzsimmons

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

"...Sacco had some interesting things to say about the comics form in general."
Simon Hacking

"With Comica, the ICA is doing what it does best: reaching out to culture's fringe."
Kulture Flash

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