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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

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

"...all [24 hour comic day] participants felt a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction by the end."
Jim Medway

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

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

"...packed out..."
Tony Venezia

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

"A Comica event - but at the V&A?!"
Jinty

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

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

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London