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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

KULTURE FLASH


KultureFlash is a free, weekly newsletter covering happenings and openings in and around London. The following review appeared in the Kulture Flash blog in 2004.

Art Spiegelman has described how he despises the fact that there’s no place for the comic book as artwork. Neither word nor image, it sits in that wonderful place that’s both serious and playful, great art and wonderous pop, both high and low. Yet childhood’s escape is now slowly being infiltrated by more adult, existential questions with images that are more for the artistic eye than the youthful one. With Comica, the ICA is doing what it does best: reaching out to culture’s fringe. In collaboration with the Institut Francais—and in its second edition—this is an opportunity to see, read and hear about the latest hot things working between image and word.

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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

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

"Thank you, Paul Gravett, for another wonderful season of Comica!"
Sarah McIntyre

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

"...the social buzz is what I will remember from the day."
Ed Pinsent

"...plenty to spark your interest here, even if your last comic experience involved cow pie."
Flavorpill

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

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

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

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