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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

"The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us..."
Andrew Salmond

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

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

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

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

"It was definitely worth the trip."
Garen Ewing

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

"Hurrah! This year's Comiket was a brilliant success."
Sarah McIntyre

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

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