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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

"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
The Guardian

"When the event was over the audience was left wanting more."
Liban Diriye

"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

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

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

"I arrived to find a queue for the sold-out event stretching out of the building."
Paul Tierney

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

"...hearing literary translators talk about their work reminded me of the immense difficulty, creativity and importance of the task."
The Financial Times

"...fascinating..."
Redrawn

"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
David Greene