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back from caption!

This was my first-ever visit to Caption, Oxford's annual alternative comics festival, and I had a great time! Thanks a million to Jenni Scott (jinty) and Richard who put me up for the night and did so much, along with a bunch of other great people, to make this event happen. It was my first-ever time on a comics panel, which was a little daunting, because almost everyone in the room had made comics for longer than I have, but it was very friendly and so interesting to hear what everyone had to say. I'm always on a very steep learning curve when I go to these things. We had a great showing of the DFC crew: Kate Brown, Woodrow Phoenix, Nick Abadzis, John Aggs, Neill Cameron, Garen Ewing, Andrew Wildman, Adam Murphy and one of our editors, Will Fickling (did I leave out anyone?).

I forgot about my camera most of the time, so a lot of the photos are pretty random, but here are a few:

The very hospitable Richard and Jenni, at breakfast with Matt Brooker (aka D'Israeli), where I learned that comics convention people can not eat without at least four computers present at table.

Woodrow with his erupting hot chocolate with marshmallows. And Bridget and Woodrow at a nearby Brazilian restaurant. Bridget just sent me a link to an amazing comics jam called Who Killed Round Robin? that Woodrow is working on with six other comics artists. I am going away to read it!) She said it inspired a group in Mexico to do something similar.

With a bemused-looking Rian Hughes at the Brazilian place.

With my fab illustrator friend Susan Burghart, who came up to Oxford at the end of Caption to surprise me and take me out to dinner with her fiance Mike.

Susan and I remarked that the most rock-and-roll thing we could do after a comics convention was go to mass, so that is what we did, even though I am not Catholic. And we went for a lavish French dinner and then ice cream and I got a dark purple tongue.

Here's a very, very rough comic I made on the train ride back.

Edit: Other compiled Caption reports and a video here thanks to girlycomic in the caption news group.

Here's the link for the book I was reading on the train, Rumble Strip by Woodrow Phoenix.

Edit: If anyone knows Steve P (one of the guys who made the Steve Whitaker film), could you give him these links to the painting and sketch I made of him? He always transfixes me with his pink glasses and then I forget to note down his last name or his e-mail.


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Aug. 11th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
Yay! Love the comic - and with Ellie in it too :-) Really nice to see you, I had a great time with all the nutters too.
Aug. 11th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Hooray! You are one of my favourite nutters, but it's nice to discover for the second time that you are a nutter in person! ;-)
Aug. 11th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
You and Bridget have the same grin!

(I meant to ask - your special V page didn't go into the auction?)
Aug. 11th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
It is an extra-special American grin!

The V page, I didn't even think of it until the auction was happening! Maybe I should've put it in.
Aug. 11th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
Great comic, Sarah! Glad you had fun. It was really nice to meet you in "real life". Same time next year? : )

Aug. 11th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, great to meet you, too! About next year, I very much hope so! :-)
Aug. 11th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Looks like I missed a great weekend. :(

I vow right here, right now... never to miss another CAPTION!

Aug. 11th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Caption
That is a good vow! :-)
Aug. 11th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Did you ever read Sugar Buzz drawn by Woodrow Phoenix? It's great, I used to have the book but I think I gave it away.
Aug. 11th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
They were giving away copies of the Sugar Buzz collection with his new book yesterday.
Aug. 11th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
The very book, in fact, which appears in the slow train scene above. So maybe Sarah got one of the free ones!
Aug. 11th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed! I bought the latest book, 'Rumble Strip', off Woodrow, but he also threw in 'Sugar Buzz' and his children's book, 'Count Milkula'.

I still need to read the latter two, but 'Rumble Strip' is a remarkable book! There's not a single human in it, everything's portrayed through graphic drawings of freeways and information signage and arrows, really bold and unusual. I totally agree with the premise he's writing about, but I won't give it away, best to read it!

...I must add, it was kind of an eerie thing to read on an empty night train.
Aug. 11th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
You dress so nice! Even if you are a nutter, you add about 100 tons of class to the comics world. Rock on!
Aug. 11th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Ha ha... my sister dresses me! She sent me that black dress in the post about four days before the festival. She is awesome. (Thanks, Mary, I know you're reading this!) :-D
Aug. 11th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
It was cool to meet you! I was reading the comic all tiny like at work so no one could se me on the web whilst working and miss-read my thought bubble and spent 20 mins trying figure out what butt nuts were....

P.S. I like my tail, I really wish I knew how to grow one.
Aug. 11th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
"Nice butt nuts" - ha ha - hilarious stuff :-) I can't stop laughing at that.
Aug. 12th, 2008 08:06 am (UTC)
I am a Stickman! Yes, in real life too ;-)
Did I get my portfolio back? (kidding)
Seeya soon sweetie
Aug. 13th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
I popped in for the Saturday afternoon only. It was great, I felt at home - I'm a nutter too! Seeing the comics table and listening to the Deadline panel reminded me of when I self-published in my teens and student days (1979 nwards). Thanks for inspiring me.
Aug. 13th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
So glad you came, loved meeting you in person
And what a fantastic little comic! Aw.

I passed on your links to Steve P as requested - have copied you in so you should now have his email address for the future.
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Comics?.. Icecream?.. damnit, why wasn't I there?
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