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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

"...plenty to spark your interest here, even if your last comic experience involved cow pie."
Flavorpill

"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
David Greene

"...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

"The whole affair was very effective as an insight into the creative process of a genius."
Unified Review Theory

"Hurrah! This year's Comiket was a brilliant success."
Sarah McIntyre

"Britain's leading comic event..."
The Wall Street Journal

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
Pop Culture Hound

"Paul Gravett Rules!"
Peggy Burns

"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
The Rough Guide To Graphic Novels

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