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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

"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

"...fascinating..."
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"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
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"The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us..."
Andrew Salmond

"...far and away the best place to find a serious and eclectic showcase of world comics fare."
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"...the viewer's efforts were amply rewarded by the superb quality of nearly every comic in the exhibit."
Alison Frank

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

"A Comica event - but at the V&A?!"
Jinty

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

"Every time I go to these events I come back inspired to do more work."
Sylvia Libedinsky