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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

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

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

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

"This event showcased some of the great variety of manga art styles and artists working across languages, continents and cultures in the world today."
Karl Pell

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

"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
Comix Influx

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

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

"Britain's leading comic event..."
The Wall Street Journal

"...a very special conversation between two incredible artists."
Chris Thompson