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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

"A Comica event - but at the V&A?!"
Jinty

"...a place where aspiring graphic novelists get the chance to rub shoulders with established comic book artists..."
Valerie Pezeron

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

"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

"...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen."
Ninthart

"Comica... continues to heap cultural credibility onto this once maligned art form."
BBC Online

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

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

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

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