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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

"PHEW! I just met Matt Groening!"
Jim Medway

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

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

"Comiket... was packed to bursting with enthusiastic, earnest artists hustling their work."
Mike Leader

"The Comica Festival's uniqueness resides in its selection of international comic artists [and] its presentation of cutting-edge themes..."
Dominique Le Duc

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

"I arrived to find a queue for the sold-out event stretching out of the building."
Paul Tierney

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

"Featuring some of the most critically-acclaimed international comic book creators..."
Tripwire

"Hurrah! This year's Comiket was a brilliant success."
Sarah McIntyre