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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

"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

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

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

"...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen."
Ninthart

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

"Comica... continues to heap cultural credibility onto this once maligned art form."
BBC Online

"...far and away the best place to find a serious and eclectic showcase of world comics fare."
The First Post

"It was fascinating and welcoming..."
Mike Leader

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

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