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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

PEGGY BURNS


Peggy Burns is the Associate Publisher of Drawn & Quarterly, the Canadian-based publisher of quality comics. The following article appeared on the D&Q Blog.

Paul Gravett Rules!

Paul Gravett is the Director of Comica in London at the ICA. I had the pleasure of meeting Paul a few years ago at SPX, and he is a delight—not to mention he has great taste in comics. (He wrote the introductions for both our Dupuy & Berberian books, Get a Life and Maybe Later.)

Just take a look at his 2006 Comica line-up next month. What I wouldn’t do to see Moomin Memoirs, hear Guy Delisle speak, and read the comics-themed Sunday Independent (well that’s probably the one thing I can do!) The special issue of the Independent will preview Pyongyang (Jonathan Cape is publishing Guy’s books in the UK this Fall) but the paper will serialize the UNEDITED and UNCENSORED version of Chris Ware’s Building Stories. UNCENSORED—I didn’t even know that existed!

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Reviews

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

"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

"...far and away the best place to find a serious and eclectic showcase of world comics fare."
The First Post

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

"PHEW! I just met Matt Groening!"
Jim Medway

"Comiket... was packed to bursting with enthusiastic, earnest artists hustling their work."
Mike Leader

"5 Stars... a superb exhibition."
Time Out

"...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen."
Ninthart

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

"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
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