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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

"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

"Featuring some of the most critically-acclaimed international comic book creators..."
Tripwire

"...Sacco had some interesting things to say about the comics form in general."
Simon Hacking

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

"...the viewer's efforts were amply rewarded by the superb quality of nearly every comic in the exhibit."
Alison Frank

"I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the presentation. It was so impressive!"
Helen McCarthy

"...another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature."
Dominique Le Duc

"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
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"When the event was over the audience was left wanting more."
Liban Diriye

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