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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

"...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

"...this was awesome."
FPI Blog

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

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

"...another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature."
Dominique Le Duc

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

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

"I was about to fall off my chair from overstimulation."
Sarah McIntyre

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