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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

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

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

"...a two-week celebration of the art form..."
The London Paper

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

"...the social buzz is what I will remember from the day."
Ed Pinsent

"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

"...a place where aspiring graphic novelists get the chance to rub shoulders with established comic book artists..."
Valerie Pezeron

"...a very special conversation between two incredible artists."
Chris Thompson

"Comica features some of the most highly regarded figures currently working in the form..."
The Observer

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