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Hurrah, another good year of Caption! Thanks, everyone who came to Oxford for the comics festival, and those who worked so hard to make it happen. We got to listen to great talks by V&A Comics Artist in Residence Karen Rubins, Rainbow Orchid creator Garen Ewing and British-Libyan manga artist Asia Alfasi.

Karen Rubins and seannazz

There had been a huge number of people who'd braved the long and complicated V&A application for the comics post, so I was very curious to find out who this person was that they'd picked, and Karen turned out to be lovely and good fun, and we had a nice dinner together at a Chinese place (where I ate something called Wild Ants Climbing Trees Glass Noodles, which disappointingly turned out to be something better named Slimy Noodles with Little Quorn-like Bits Stuck to Them).

Me, Elyssa Campbell-Barr, Garen Ewing, Dave West, DFC dude Neilll Cameron, and Colin Mathieson

We had lunch the next day with Asia, who was great fun and both of us are excited to be doing a joint panel together in Cambridge in October for the Women in Comics Conference. Annoyingly, I forgot about my camera on the second day, so I didn't get any pictures of Asia... next time! I think my talk about picture book and comics cross-overs went well; I put way too much time into getting it ready, but people were really positive afterward, so I was glad I had.

I could identify with a lot of the stuff Asia was talking about; if you ever get a chance to hear her, do go along. One thing she challenged us to do, as people who draw comics (particularly manga) is not to regurgitate Japanese themes, but use the tools to tell stories based on our own experiences and from within our own cultures. Asia can't understand why people have such a hard time coming up with material that's 'original'; everyone has a different experience and can tell stories their own unique way if they tap into what they know from everyday life. It was fascinating to hear the way that Japanese manga bridged the gap for her between her Libyan upbringing and Scottish schoolmates. (She hadn't even realised manga was Japanese, just assumed it was Arabic.)

Another highlight was Ellen Lindner (ellenlindner) introducing me to Jason Little. I've just had a browse through his website and have ordered a copy of his graphic novel Shutterbug Follies, looks really good.

And the other best thing that happened was a flying visit from a girl named Emma, whose parents I recognised as architects in Paris from Twitter... thanks for coming, guys! Emma showed me her sketchbook and she is remarkably talented with her drawings... I think you're be seeing more of this girl in the publishing world! Here she is with her little brother and some of her drawings. Serious talent.

Mixing notes on particle physics and drawings (as one does)

Ben Dickson giving his all to the colouring challenge at hand

Mark Stafford brought me fruit! And a coconut! Which we had for breakfast with jinty and tortipede. Thanks for hosting us, guys!

Edit: Caption write-ups by Neill Cameron here (including a pic of Asia as a dinosaur-riding pirate), jinty's here (that's me, gesticulating oddly in the green dress), David O'Connell tozocomic's is here, Garen Ewing (rainboworchid)'s notes here, Rich Johnston here, Caption Twittering here

Edit 2: Hey, look, Garen sent me a photo from my talk:



( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 17th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
A great talk Sarah :-)
Aug. 17th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Andrew! I'm so glad you were able to come along!
Aug. 17th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
And we got our pictures together in the Caption Programme :-)
Aug. 17th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
A real pang, reading this, you describe it so well. Great pictures and yeah, wow, that Emma is one talented girl!
Aug. 17th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
Isn't she! I couldn't draw half that well at her age. Ellen and I were just talking about you, as one of the WoM team. Hope all's going well with you!
Aug. 17th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks I'm doing great. Motherhood is still kicking my butt but in a more fun way now. I can honestly say I've been sprayed with poop, something I never foresaw for myslef, but there you go. I'm drawing too but un-bloggable stuff, rough thumbnails for my work-in-progress.
Are you thinking of becoming a WoM? I think you'd be great. I'd love to see something WoM-ish from you, you're an amazing artist and storyteller.
Aug. 17th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Wow, glad to hear you're surviving motherhood! It'll be great to see your work-in-progress when it's ready to be unveiled. Not sure yet about WoM, just because of time, but it's a great publication and I'd love to do it.
Aug. 17th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Wow! Emma's really talented!
Aug. 17th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
She is! :-)
Aug. 17th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
Wow! You ate Wild Ants Climbing Trees Glass Noodles! Hum. I was curious, but not curious enough to order them....
Aug. 17th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
When I saw your dim sum buns arrive, I KNEW I'd ordered the wrong thing.
Aug. 17th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
I was gutted that this clashed with Ayacon, it would have been fab to see you all *hug*
Aug. 17th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, you were missed! Look forward to seeing you at Expo on the Saturday. xx
Aug. 17th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
That fizic paige is the best !
Aug. 17th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
When she showed me that page, I just gaped for a few seconds.
Aug. 23rd, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Wish I could have seen/heard your talk!

Emma's work looks great. I'm fairly certain that the kids of today are going to put us all out of business in a decade or so.

And: I want to be the V&A comics artist in residence! It's my new goal in life. I at least got to draw a comic book that was distributed at an event at the V&A once, so I won't feel so bad if I don't get to be "in residence" myself. It would probably work against me that I'm not a British subject...
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