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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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"...a comprehensive, varied and exciting season that demonstrated the reach and diversity of the art form."
The Comics Journal

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

"...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives."
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"I arrived to find a queue for the sold-out event stretching out of the building."
Paul Tierney

"...a two-week celebration of the art form..."
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"Thank you, Paul Gravett, for another wonderful season of Comica!"
Sarah McIntyre

"The ongoing stream of Comica-related events throughout the year spoils us..."
Andrew Salmond

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

"...one of the most interesting and high quality celebrations of comics the country has ever seen."
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"Comiket... was packed to bursting with enthusiastic, earnest artists hustling their work."
Mike Leader