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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

"British preconceptions of graphic novels are changing as exhibitions such as Comica expose the challenging work out there."
Design Week

"I was about to fall off my chair from overstimulation."
Sarah McIntyre

"Comica Comiket at the ICA was buzzing with invention and ideas."
The Guardian

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

"This event showcased some of the great variety of manga art styles and artists working across languages, continents and cultures in the world today."
Karl Pell

"Comiket... was packed to bursting with enthusiastic, earnest artists hustling their work."
Mike Leader

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

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

"It's fun, it's informative, it's inspirational, and it's an absolute must-do."
Gosh! Comics

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