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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

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

"...one of the cultural highlights in London's graphic novel calendar."
Joel Meadows

"It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London."
Joel Meadows

"The Comica Festival's uniqueness resides in its selection of international comic artists [and] its presentation of cutting-edge themes..."
Dominique Le Duc

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

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

"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
Comic Book Resources

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

"...the viewer's efforts were amply rewarded by the superb quality of nearly every comic in the exhibit."
Alison Frank

"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
The Guardian