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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

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

"...plenty to spark your interest here, even if your last comic experience involved cow pie."
Flavorpill

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

"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
Unified Review Theory

"When the event was over the audience was left wanting more."
Liban Diriye

"I was about to fall off my chair from overstimulation."
Sarah McIntyre

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

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

"...a very special conversation between two incredible artists."
Chris Thompson

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