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

"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
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"...will be talked about by those who saw it for years to come."
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"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows

"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
Comix Influx

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
Pop Culture Hound

"...a very special conversation between two incredible artists."
Chris Thompson

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

"...plenty to spark your interest here, even if your last comic experience involved cow pie."
Flavorpill

"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."
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