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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

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

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

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

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

"...Comica continues to be a must-visit destination each year..."
Joel Meadows

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

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
Pop Culture Hound

"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
The Guardian

"...a place where aspiring graphic novelists get the chance to rub shoulders with established comic book artists..."
Valerie Pezeron

"I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the presentation. It was so impressive!"
Helen McCarthy