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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

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

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

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

"It was fascinating and welcoming..."
Mike Leader

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

"...Comica continues to be a must-visit destination each year..."
Joel Meadows

"...will be talked about by those who saw it for years to come."
Bart Beaty

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

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

"I was about to fall off my chair from overstimulation."
Sarah McIntyre