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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

"...fascinating..."
Redrawn

"...hearing literary translators talk about their work reminded me of the immense difficulty, creativity and importance of the task."
The Financial Times

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

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

"...vastly informative and entertaining."
Kevin Fitzsimmons

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

"...the social buzz is what I will remember from the day."
Ed Pinsent

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

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

"It was fascinating and welcoming..."
Mike Leader