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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

"...this was awesome."
FPI Blog

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

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

"Britain's leading comic event..."
The Wall Street Journal

"With Comica, the ICA is doing what it does best: reaching out to culture's fringe."
Kulture Flash

"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

"After five years of attending Comica's Comikets, the event has finally come of age."
Francesca Cassavetti

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

"I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the presentation. It was so impressive!"
Helen McCarthy

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