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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

"I'll definitely be going to more Comica events."
Matthew Rees

"British preconceptions of graphic novels are changing as exhibitions such as Comica expose the challenging work out there."
Design Week

"Featuring some of the most critically-acclaimed international comic book creators..."
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"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

"...he's a natural storyteller. He can't seem to stop."
Paul Tierney

"...will be talked about by those who saw it for years to come."
Bart Beaty

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

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

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

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