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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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"It's fun, it's informative, it's inspirational, and it's an absolute must-do."
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"The epitome of geekchic, it's most definitely worth checking out."
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"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
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"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
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"I'll definitely be going to more Comica events."
Matthew Rees

"When the event was over the audience was left wanting more."
Liban Diriye

"...a major new international festival devoted to sequential narratives."
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"British preconceptions of graphic novels are changing as exhibitions such as Comica expose the challenging work out there."
Design Week

"...plenty to spark your interest here, even if your last comic experience involved cow pie."
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"...i left the ica full of encouragement and positivity."
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