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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

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

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

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

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

"...this was awesome."
FPI Blog

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

"...hearing literary translators talk about their work reminded me of the immense difficulty, creativity and importance of the task."
The Financial Times

"I'll definitely be going to more Comica events."
Matthew Rees

"...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives."
Flux