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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


On 19 September 2008 The Wall Street Journal published the following review of the Comica Festival as part of a feature on Top European Comic Festivals. This was accompanied by an article on Europe's Visionary Graphic Novelists.

Britain’s leading comic event, curated by Paul Gravett since 2003. It is aimed at an adult, non-specialist and culturally savvy public. Exhibitions, talks, events and workshops celebrate comics and their connections to other arts.

This year’s guests include Americans Art Spiegelman and Gilbert Shelton; Bulgarian Alex Maleev; Posy Simmonds from the U.K.; Ted Benoît and Emmanuel Guibert from France; Lise Myhre from Norway; and Mawil from Germany. Ian Rankin will also attend; the Scottish crime writer’s first graphic novel, Dark Entries, is expected out next summer. There will be an event with Charles Dierick, director of the new Hergé Museum opening in May in Louvain, Belgium, and an all-day conference at the V&A Museum.

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Reviews

"British preconceptions of graphic novels are changing as exhibitions such as Comica expose the challenging work out there."
Design Week

"...Sacco had some interesting things to say about the comics form in general."
Simon Hacking

"It's fun, it's informative, it's inspirational, and it's an absolute must-do."
Gosh! Comics

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

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
Pop Culture Hound

"...chat over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types..."
Thomas Behe

"It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London."
Joel Meadows

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

"...it's a great time to be a comics fan in London!"
Chris Thompson

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