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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

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

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

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

"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows

"Comica Comiket at the ICA was buzzing with invention and ideas."
The Guardian

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

"...fascinating..."
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"The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us..."
Andrew Salmond

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

"It was fascinating and welcoming..."
Mike Leader