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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

"...all [24 hour comic day] participants felt a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction by the end."
Jim Medway

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

"I arrived to find a queue for the sold-out event stretching out of the building."
Paul Tierney

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

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

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

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

"There's always something interesting in Comica's raft of events..."
Joel Meadows

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

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
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