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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

"With Comica, the ICA is doing what it does best: reaching out to culture's fringe."
Kulture Flash

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

"...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity."
Maartje Schalkx

"...vastly informative and entertaining."
Kevin Fitzsimmons

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

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

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

"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows

"Comica Comiket at the ICA was buzzing with invention and ideas."
The Guardian

"Thank you, Paul Gravett, for another wonderful season of Comica!"
Sarah McIntyre