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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

MARTIN EDEN


Martin Eden is a UK-based comics creator. Martin attended the Comica '09 conversation with James Jean and Tara McPherson at the ICA on Friday 13 November.

Just got in after the James Jean/Tara talk tonight. Yet another fabulous evening. I really liked their talks and they were very well put together. And like Adrian Tomine, I expected James to be a bit of a recluse, but he was amazingly entertaining!

What interested me most was that these two guys just do their own thing. They make no bones about not particularly wanting to draw comic issues, and yet they’ve managed to carve their own niches in the comic world. Fascinating.

I’m so glad I discovered your website with all the Events on there - I would have missed out on so many fascinating events!

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Reviews

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

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

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

"Guibert turned out to be a captivating speaker."
Sarah McIntyre

"...some of the UK's sharpest cartoonists gathered at the ICA in London for a unique test of creativity and endurance: a 24-hour comic marathon, during which each artist was challenged to create a spontaneous 24-page story."
The New Statesman

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

"...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity."
Maartje Schalkx

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

"...a comprehensive, varied and exciting season that demonstrated the reach and diversity of the art form."
The Comics Journal

"...he's a natural storyteller. He can't seem to stop."
Paul Tierney