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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

"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

"....plenty of food for thought in terms of fresh reading material ideas..."
Euan Gillespie

"...far and away the best place to find a serious and eclectic showcase of world comics fare."
The First Post

"PHEW! I just met Matt Groening!"
Jim Medway

"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
The Rough Guide To Graphic Novels

"I was about to fall off my chair from overstimulation."
Sarah McIntyre

"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
The Guardian