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

"...vastly informative and entertaining."
Kevin Fitzsimmons

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

"...some of the UK's sharpest cartoonists gathered at the ICA in London for a unique test of creativity and endurance: a 24-hour comic marathon, during which each artist was challenged to create a spontaneous 24-page story."
The New Statesman

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

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

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

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

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

"...another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature."
Dominique Le Duc