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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

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

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

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

"British preconceptions of graphic novels are changing as exhibitions such as Comica expose the challenging work out there."
Design Week

"...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity."
Maartje Schalkx

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

"It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London."
Joel Meadows

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

"...plenty to spark your interest here, even if your last comic experience involved cow pie."
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