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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 a great time to be a comics fan in London!"
Chris Thompson

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

"There's always something interesting in Comica's raft of events..."
Joel Meadows

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

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

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

"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
Comic Book Resources

"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

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

"....plenty of food for thought in terms of fresh reading material ideas..."
Euan Gillespie