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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

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

"I arrived to find a queue for the sold-out event stretching out of the building."
Paul Tierney

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

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

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

"...a place where aspiring graphic novelists get the chance to rub shoulders with established comic book artists..."
Valerie Pezeron

"...the social buzz is what I will remember from the day."
Ed Pinsent

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

"This event showcased some of the great variety of manga art styles and artists working across languages, continents and cultures in the world today."
Karl Pell