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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

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

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

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

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
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"When the event was over the audience was left wanting more."
Liban Diriye

"It's fun, it's informative, it's inspirational, and it's an absolute must-do."
Gosh! Comics

"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

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

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone