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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

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

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

"I'll definitely be going to more Comica events."
Matthew Rees

"...Sacco had some interesting things to say about the comics form in general."
Simon Hacking

"Comica Comiket at the ICA was buzzing with invention and ideas."
The Guardian

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

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

"...another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature."
Dominique Le Duc

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

"When the event was over the audience was left wanting more."
Liban Diriye