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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

SCI FI LONDON


The following review appeared on the news blog of Sci Fi London, the annual London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Films.

The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art.

The ICA, on The Mall, just off Trafalgar Square, is holding its annual Comica event to celebrate one of the last bastions of figurative art, the comic. Often ridiculed as pulp trash, comics have become the mythology of western society, not to mention supplying the inspiration for some of the biggest box-office properties for the Hollywood studios in recent years.

Comica is a mini festival, mostly made up of talks from legends of the art form. This year’s guest speakers include legends such as Art Spiegelman (Maus) and Gilbert Shelton (Furry Freak Brothers).

For manga fans there are two anime showing: a double bill of NARUTO features, and TWENTIETH CENTURY BOYS, inspired by the T-Rex song.

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Reviews

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

"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
The Guardian

"Thank you, Paul Gravett, for another wonderful season of Comica!"
Sarah McIntyre

"Hurrah! This year's Comiket was a brilliant success."
Sarah McIntyre

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

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
Pop Culture Hound

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

"Guibert turned out to be a captivating speaker."
Sarah McIntyre

"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

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