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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

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

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

"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

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

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

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

"...hearing literary translators talk about their work reminded me of the immense difficulty, creativity and importance of the task."
The Financial Times

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

"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

"After five years of attending Comica's Comikets, the event has finally come of age."
Francesca Cassavetti