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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
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"...a two-week celebration of the art form..."
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