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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

"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 long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
BBC Collective

"After five years of attending Comica's Comikets, the event has finally come of age."
Francesca Cassavetti

"...Comica continues to be a must-visit destination each year..."
Joel Meadows

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

"...a two-week celebration of the art form..."
The London Paper

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

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

"...it's a great time to be a comics fan in London!"
Chris Thompson

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden