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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

"Comica... continues to heap cultural credibility onto this once maligned art form."
BBC Online

"...chat over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types..."
Thomas Behe

"Comica features some of the most highly regarded figures currently working in the form..."
The Observer

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

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

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

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

"I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the presentation. It was so impressive!"
Helen McCarthy

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

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