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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

"...some of the UK's sharpest cartoonists gathered at the ICA in London for a unique test of creativity and endurance: a 24-hour comic marathon, during which each artist was challenged to create a spontaneous 24-page story."
The New Statesman

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

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

"...he's a natural storyteller. He can't seem to stop."
Paul Tierney

"...chat over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types..."
Thomas Behe

"Every time I go to these events I come back inspired to do more work."
Sylvia Libedinsky

"...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity."
Maartje Schalkx

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

"...another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature."
Dominique Le Duc

"Thank you, Paul Gravett, for another wonderful season of Comica!"
Sarah McIntyre