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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

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

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

"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
Comic Book Resources

"Comica... continues to heap cultural credibility onto this once maligned art form."
BBC Online

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

"...a place where aspiring graphic novelists get the chance to rub shoulders with established comic book artists..."
Valerie Pezeron

"...some of the UK's sharpest cartoonists gathered at the ICA in London for a unique test of creativity and endurance: a 24-hour comic marathon, during which each artist was challenged to create a spontaneous 24-page story."
The New Statesman

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

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

"There's always something interesting in Comica's raft of events..."
Joel Meadows