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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

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

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

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

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

"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
Unified Review Theory

"The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us..."
Andrew Salmond

"British preconceptions of graphic novels are changing as exhibitions such as Comica expose the challenging work out there."
Design Week

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

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

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