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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 was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

"...hearing literary translators talk about their work reminded me of the immense difficulty, creativity and importance of the task."
The Financial Times

"Guibert turned out to be a captivating speaker."
Sarah McIntyre

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

"Imagine one of the world's greatest cities hosting a series of events starring the world's greatest cartoonists, put together by one of the world's greatest comics scholars. That's London's Comica."
The Beat

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

"...Comica continues to be a must-visit destination each year..."
Joel Meadows

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

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

"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
Unified Review Theory