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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

"...some of the UK's sharpest cartoonists gathered at the ICA in London for a unique test of creativity and endurance: a 24-hour comic marathon, during which each artist was challenged to create a spontaneous 24-page story."
The New Statesman

"It's fun, it's informative, it's inspirational, and it's an absolute must-do."
Gosh! Comics

"...will be talked about by those who saw it for years to come."
Bart Beaty

"There's always something interesting in Comica's raft of events..."
Joel Meadows

"Comica features some of the most highly regarded figures currently working in the form..."
The Observer

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

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

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

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

"Comiket... was packed to bursting with enthusiastic, earnest artists hustling their work."
Mike Leader