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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

"It's fun, it's informative, it's inspirational, and it's an absolute must-do."
Gosh! Comics

"...a place where aspiring graphic novelists get the chance to rub shoulders with established comic book artists..."
Valerie Pezeron

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

"...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity."
Maartje Schalkx

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

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

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

"...some of the UK's sharpest cartoonists gathered at the ICA in London for a unique test of creativity and endurance: a 24-hour comic marathon, during which each artist was challenged to create a spontaneous 24-page story."
The New Statesman

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

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