This month Oxford plays host to the Caption small press comic convention.

The great thing about running this site is that just when you think you know all the conventions that are happening in the UK some smart ass (cheers to Alex Fitch of for the heads up) goes and drops another one in your lap. In this instance it’s a small press convention being held in Oxford, this August called ‘Caption’, which has been running since 1992.  Tickets are at a very reasonable £5 per day or £10 for both days.

One  feature that caught my attention when looking over the website was the idea of the CAPTION Table.  Here,  instead of having individual tables, exhibitors can simply drop of their comics to be sold at a kind of ‘communal exhibitor table’ which then frees up said exhibitors to take part in panels and workshops. At the end of the day you can then return the CAPTION table and pick up any cash that has been made and any comics weren’t sold. CAPTION then take 10% of any profits made which go towards the running the con.

I think it’s a great idea and a great way for exhibitors who can’t afford to rent a table to still have their comics on sale at a con.

Caption 2012
Oxford’s annual small-press comics convention is a unique, friendly event that brings comics creators, manga artists, comic-book readers and professionals together to mingle and discuss their work.
Guests include: Hannah Berry, Richy K. Chandler, Jade Sarson, David O’Connell, Al Davison, Hunt Emerson, Patrice Aggs, Robin Etherington, Woodrow Phoenix, Darryl Cunningham and Nicola Streeten.
Saturday 18 AugustDoors open 10 a.m. Bar open from 10 for coffee, 12 for drinks.

12:00. PANEL: Good, Clean, Knockabout Fun! Publisher Tony Bennett joins artists Hunt Emerson, Krent Able and Brick to talk about the 32 years of the controversial British comics company.13:30. WORKSHOP with Al Davison. ‘The Alchemist’s Easel: a rough guide to drawing the unconscious’

14:30. PANEL: Shedding Light on the Dark Art of Editing Comics. Woodrow Phoenix (Nelson), Corinne Pearlman (Myriad), John Anderson (Soaring Penquin) and Hannah Berry (First Fictions Judge) discuss editing and commissioning comics and graphic novels.

16:30. PANEL: Myriad Editions. Corinne Pearlman discusses the output of the company alongside Woodrow Phoenix (‘Rumble Strip’), Darryl Cunningham (‘Science Tales’), Nicola Streeten (‘Billy, Me & You’) and Gareth Brookes (‘The Black Project’).

21:00. QUIZ by Tony Hitchman, ‘Dangerous when wet!’

Doors close 23:00

Sunday 19 August

Doors open 10 a.m. Bar open from 10 for coffee, 12 for drinks.

11.00. BOOK GROUP: Comic Gosh!p Book Club (escaping from London) discuss Maus (Art Spiegelman) & My Cardboard Life (Philippa Rice). Try to (re)read one or both of these before the informal discussion in the bar, so you can join in!

12:30. PANEL: Playing in Someone Else’s Sandbox. Cartoonists discuss the benefits of working on creator owned vs. pre-existing characters, featuring Richy Chandler (‘Wallace & Grommit’ in The Sun) , David Baillie (via video! – Russian ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’), Charles Cutting (‘

The Dream Quest of Randolph Carter’) and Robin Etherington (‘The Phoenix’ / ‘Transformers’).

14.00. PANEL: The Phoenix – A Gallimaufry of Graphical Goodness. Daniel Hartwell (writer, ‘Pirates of the Pangaea’), Neill Cameron (artist, ‘Pirates of the Pangaea’), Adam Murphy (‘Corpse Talk’), Robin Etherington (writer, ‘Long Gone Don’), Patrice Aggs (‘Blimpville’)15.30. PANEL: America is not the Only Fruit. Manga influenced (and Manga Jiman shortlisted) small press creators Rebecca Burgess, Sarah Burgess,

Jade Sarson and Joe Morgan discuss looking outside Anglo-American comics for inspiration with David O’Connell.

Doors Close 17:00
18th / 19th August 2012, East Oxford Community Centre, Cowley, Oxford OX4 1DD (Near to St. Clements ‘Oxford Tube’ stop)
More info at
The website includes info on how to order the limited edition T-Shirt designed by Sarah MacIntyre, which you can pre-order and pick up at the event. Also, exclusively available at the event is the Caption 2012 programme featuring a brand new jam comic – ‘How I spent my summer holiday’ – by Hannah Berry, Richy K. Chandler, Brick and more…
Source: Caption
GS Reporter: Nuge

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