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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

"...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen."
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"...chat over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types..."
Thomas Behe

"...the viewer's efforts were amply rewarded by the superb quality of nearly every comic in the exhibit."
Alison Frank

"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

"Hurrah! This year's Comiket was a brilliant success."
Sarah McIntyre

"...this was awesome."
FPI Blog

"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows

"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
The Rough Guide To Graphic Novels

"...Sacco had some interesting things to say about the comics form in general."
Simon Hacking

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