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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

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

"...it's a great time to be a comics fan in London!"
Chris Thompson

"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
Unified Review Theory

"Featuring some of the most critically-acclaimed international comic book creators..."
Tripwire

"...a comprehensive, varied and exciting season that demonstrated the reach and diversity of the art form."
The Comics Journal

"Imagine one of the world's greatest cities hosting a series of events starring the world's greatest cartoonists, put together by one of the world's greatest comics scholars. That's London's Comica."
The Beat

"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
BBC Collective

"Comica features some of the most highly regarded figures currently working in the form..."
The Observer

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

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