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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

"...a comprehensive, varied and exciting season that demonstrated the reach and diversity of the art form."
The Comics Journal

"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
BBC Collective

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

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

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

"...he's a natural storyteller. He can't seem to stop."
Paul Tierney

"...Comica continues to be a must-visit destination each year..."
Joel Meadows

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

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

"I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the presentation. It was so impressive!"
Helen McCarthy