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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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"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

"...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity."
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"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
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"The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us..."
Andrew Salmond

"Comica Comiket at the ICA was buzzing with invention and ideas."
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"...Sacco had some interesting things to say about the comics form in general."
Simon Hacking

"...chat over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types..."
Thomas Behe

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

"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
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