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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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"There's always something interesting in Comica's raft of events..."
Joel Meadows

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

"Guibert turned out to be a captivating speaker."
Sarah McIntyre

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

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

"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
David Greene

"...a two-week celebration of the art form..."
The London Paper

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

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

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