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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

"5 Stars... a superb exhibition."
Time Out

"....plenty of food for thought in terms of fresh reading material ideas..."
Euan Gillespie

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

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

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

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

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

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

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

"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows