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Joel Meadows, the editor-in-chief of Tripwire Magazine, attended the Comica Conversation with Lorenzo Mattotti and Dave McKean on the 12 March 2011 and posted the following review on his blog:

Last Saturday, I went to Goldsmiths College in New Cross to see Dave McKean talking to Lorenzo Mattotti. Part of Comica, this was tied in with the release of Mattotti’s new Stigmata book and the pair just spoke about the Italian master’s varied career, from his book Fires, his wonderful New Yorker covers and the forthcoming The Raven, written by Lou Reed and published by Fantagraphics. Turnout was very encouraging with a full room and it made me realize that, as well as being a genius at colour work, his line art is magnificent. It kicked off a little bit late but made for a very interesting couple of hours. Mattotti is exactly the sort of comic artist who should be getting wider exposure outside of Europe and this is the sort of talk that may start to help this. McKean, obviously familiar with Mattotti’s canon, made for a good interviewer. Comica continues to offer a mixed range of comics and comic-related events and it has now built up to be one of the cultural highlights in London’s graphic novel calendar.


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