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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

"Every time I go to these events I come back inspired to do more work."
Sylvia Libedinsky

"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
The Rough Guide To Graphic Novels

"...a fantastically wide selection of comics, to be touched, admired and purchased."
Toby Litt

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

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

"...the social buzz is what I will remember from the day."
Ed Pinsent

"...all [24 hour comic day] participants felt a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction by the end."
Jim Medway

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

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

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