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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

"5 Stars... a superb exhibition."
Time Out

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

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

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

"Britain's leading comic event..."
The Wall Street Journal

"After five years of attending Comica's Comikets, the event has finally come of age."
Francesca Cassavetti

"...a comprehensive, varied and exciting season that demonstrated the reach and diversity of the art form."
The Comics Journal

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

"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

"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
David Greene