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Comica 2008 & Comiket small press event

November 11th, 2008 · post by Edd · Make a comment

Comica flierComica, London’s annual international comics festival, is happening again from the 14th – 26th November. The event, organised by Paul Gravett, has always bought together some of the finest talent both from the underground and independent comic scenes, but also more mainstream creators too. 2008 seems to be no exception with some excellent talks and presentations happening over the two weeks at both the ICA and V&A in London. For more details on the festival visit the Comica website.

This year has also seen the small press event that Comica hosts expand with the help of London Underground Comics. The Comiket event is happening on Saturday 22nd November from 1pm – 7pm in the Nash & Brandon rooms in the ICA. There’ll be a number of self-published comics and zines including stuff from people involved with Last Hours (Isy, Edd, Gavin Burrows and Marc Ellerby).

Other events that, in our humble opinion, look interesting include:

    • PoCom 2 (Potential Comics continued), which will see Neal Fox and others from Le Gun fill up the ICA’s long wall with a graphic story, and will be up for the whole of Comica.
    • Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie, talking about their magnum opus Lost Girls on Friday November 14th at the V&A. (Incidentally an interview with Alan Moore about Lost Girls, which appeared in Last Hours issue 17, can be read here.)
    • Shelton, Spain & Spiegelman, will be talking about their comic debuts in the 60s and their underground comix careers since then on Sunday 23rd November at the ICA.
    • Art Spiegelman will also be presenting his new book Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist As A Young %@*!, an autobiography which also has a facsimile reprint of Breakdowns, his rare collection of conceptual strips from the 1970s. He’ll be talking with Posy Simmonds on Monday 24th November.
    • Finally, Ted Benoit & Emmanuel Guibert, two wonderful bande dessinée authors from France. Both have started to have their works translated slowly into English. Of particular mention has to be Emmanuel Guibert’s haunting Alan’s War (La Guerre d’Alan) series about an American GI in the Second World War, which was published originally through L’Association and is now being translated by First Second. The artists are being interviewed by Ann Miller, author of Reading Bande Dessinée, and Paul Gravett. The talk is happening at The French Institute Library on Wednesday the 19th of November.

      There are a host of other events happening over the two weeks, all of which can be seen on the Comica website.

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