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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

"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
Comic Book Resources

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

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

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

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

"With Comica, the ICA is doing what it does best: reaching out to culture's fringe."
Kulture Flash

"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
Comix Influx

"...packed out..."
Tony Venezia

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

"The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us..."
Andrew Salmond