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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

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

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

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

"5 Stars... a superb exhibition."
Time Out

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

"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
The Rough Guide To Graphic Novels

"I'll definitely be going to more Comica events."
Matthew Rees

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

"When the event was over the audience was left wanting more."
Liban Diriye

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