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A COMICA REVIEW BY:

THOMAS BEHE


Thomas Behe is the co-creator (with Phil Elliott) of Contraband, a graphic novel set in the near future exploring the social impact of mobile-phone technology. More details can be found at the Contraband blog. The following comments appeared on the blog on November 7, 2007.

What a top night out - the ICA’s final night of Comica in London was one of the best eves I’ve had in months. Meeting the chaps who created the top webcomic (& now graphic novel collection) Shooting War - followed by a bit of Contraband promo chat over beers with some of the UK’s coolest comic types - concluded with the premiere screening of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (this is one fantastic movie). Even got in a quick chat reflecting on the Toronto Comic Film Festival with Paul Gravett - who was one of the guys heading up this year’s Comica event.

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Reviews

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

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

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

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

"...a fantastically wide selection of comics, to be touched, admired and purchased."
Toby Litt

"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

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

"...he's a natural storyteller. He can't seem to stop."
Paul Tierney

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