Paul Gravett's Statement On The Postponement Of Comiket To 2015


We reported on the cancellation of London' Comica Comiket small press comics festivel a week ahead of its intended date over the weekend. Comica organiser Paul Gravett sent the following to Bleeding Cool this morning.

We are very sorry to say we have had to postpone the Comica Scarycat Comiket for 1 November 2014.

This has never happened in all the years since 2003 when we began.

We are re-planning an event for the spring of 2015.

Our summer Comiket at the British Library was brilliant, but the response to the Comica Scarycat Comiket has been lacklustre.

There are probably sensible reasons why this is. We were overambitious to present the event at such short notice. (We had several personal setbacks that had taken a few months to get over which hindered progress.)

We also think that there are just too many events that take place in the Autumn and that people find it difficult to decide what to do.

We feel we are at fault for not planning far enough ahead.

We had never intended that our event would in anyway compete with such large events as MCM Expo, Lakes Comics Art Festival and Thought Bubble, yet it seems they do.

We had to weigh up the balance between a short-term disappointment today or another disappointment on the day.

We certainly did not wish to go ahead with an event that was anything less than a showstopper

We are looking to the Spring of 2015. A redesign of the website and a rethink about how we present this event.

The rest of our Comica Festival 2014 programme proceeds as planned – see

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