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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

"A Comica event - but at the V&A?!"
Jinty

"...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives."
Flux

"...fascinating..."
Redrawn

"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

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

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

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

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

"...it's a great time to be a comics fan in London!"
Chris Thompson

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