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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

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

"With Comica, the ICA is doing what it does best: reaching out to culture's fringe."
Kulture Flash

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

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

"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

"British preconceptions of graphic novels are changing as exhibitions such as Comica expose the challenging work out there."
Design Week

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
BBC Collective

"I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the presentation. It was so impressive!"
Helen McCarthy

"...all [24 hour comic day] participants felt a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction by the end."
Jim Medway