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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

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

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

"...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen."
Ninthart

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

"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

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

"...a comprehensive, varied and exciting season that demonstrated the reach and diversity of the art form."
The Comics Journal

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

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

"...far and away the best place to find a serious and eclectic showcase of world comics fare."
The First Post