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caption 2005 - Done and Dusted

There's a brown butterfly on the windowsill. Maybe it likes the hell-o kitty. I'm watching it flutter and land, flutter and land and thinking about Caption. Putting up Andy's exhibition, crying. Drifting down to the river, crying. Disappearing into the toilets, crying. And, of course, after it was all over, taking down Andy's exhibition, crying.

Poor old Caption, wee seat-of-the-pants comics thing; had a bit of a quiet one this year, and there were certainly other reasons for this, but one of them was because their resident artist never really got her shit together.

There was a lot good about the weekend; giving the new house its first serious set of houseguests, for starters; knitting and late-night DVD watching, too much booze and showing off my balloon plant, making plans for future festivals and DIY, and long rambles through the suburbs to track down breakfast among the ruins of saturday night in the Cowley Road roadworks (bugpete took fine photos). It was really nice having people round: motodraconis christened the lawn with its first tent, and Mardou psychoanalysed us following an early-morning candy run; picking a curly-wurly makes me complicated and fiddly, apparently.

But, I could have done without hearing the voice of my dead friend across the room just as I was running late on putting up his memorial exhibition, and trying hard not to snap at the people helping me. After a bit I stopped hearing Andy, and started hearing Will instead; reasonable enough as his stall is a regular Caption feature, but this year he wasn't there, so just as nuts. He's in New York, having fun. I'm fuzzy on the details, but he told me it involved bears.

Again with the good times; piles of cardboard robots and monkeys appearing with almost no encouragement, Leonie colouring in my Knight Rider colouring book, unexpected birthday presents, whore-hugs and much catch-up with friends I don't see often enough; introducing concourse to my crazy cartoon world, duck-stuffing and monkey-dressing, scavenging among the bargains and jamming to a background conversation about cock and Peter Greenaway's The Falls.

bring me the head of kurt cobainBut it was also a weekend that crystalized something for me; I need to step back from caption, the crazy comics convention I've helped nurse through 13 implausible years, good times and bad. It's fun, but it's been my playpen for too long; it's someone else's turn now. In fact, it's been someone else's turn for a while now, but I have such trouble letting go of things.

In the meantime I am reading the weekend's spoils, piles and piles of strange comics, full of strange wisdom: did you know that you catch warts by pointing at stars when you're counting them? Or that there's a home for obsolete drawing pens?

Damn. squigglyruth's just called me to ask me if I know where her laptop cable is. Hope she finds it, she worked so hard to get this year's caption done and dusted.

Query: If you picked up a comic called Quimty, what would you expect it to contain?

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mzdt
1st Aug, 2005 16:48 (UTC)
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benchilada
1st Aug, 2005 17:29 (UTC)
There's a brown butterfly on the windowsill. Maybe it likes the hell-o kitty. I'm watching it flutter and land, flutter and land and thinking about Caption

More bug things going to you to die, eh?

Query: If you picked up a comic called Quimty, what would you expect it to contain?

Used R.Crumb jokes?
cleanskies
1st Aug, 2005 17:50 (UTC)
not a dying butterfly
I think it was sunning itself.

re. Quimty. Yes, I was afraid of that :(
surliminal
1st Aug, 2005 18:17 (UTC)
Query: If you picked up a comic called Quimty, what would you expect it to contain?

Wimmin's bits? Teen orphan gymnasts? A bit of both? I'd buy it, I should think..
cleanskies
1st Aug, 2005 20:16 (UTC)
ah,
now that's more like it ....
miss_newham
1st Aug, 2005 18:30 (UTC)
I meant to go this year and bugger, I missed it. I'm sorry.
cleanskies
1st Aug, 2005 20:18 (UTC)
oh yes,
you were --- well, they did manage to find a committee for next year. I think decadent caption (or was it post-apocalyptic caption?) so you can make it to that one ....
(no subject) - profundo_rosso - 3rd Aug, 2005 00:42 (UTC) - Expand
motodraconis
1st Aug, 2005 18:38 (UTC)
Cheers for letting me say! I rather feel I was a bit of a dozy guest though, if ya need a place to stay in return for an Oop North con just shout, I owe ya.
:-)
As for Quimty, surely it would feature merkins? (I did find a link, but thought it best not to post it, it was a bit sordid looking.)
cleanskies
1st Aug, 2005 20:20 (UTC)
merkins might feature
I thought you were a perfect house guest, in fact I couldn't fault any of you -- the house's crash space is now well warmed!
(no subject) - profundo_rosso - 3rd Aug, 2005 00:43 (UTC) - Expand
ms_slonim
1st Aug, 2005 18:58 (UTC)
Merkins?
Isn't that what aquatic wenches make when the spawn?
I'm sorry I didn't get to say goodbye properly. But hey! I said choosing the curly wurly made you far too elaborate, not fiddly! There's something in my technique though. Gavin chose a Drifter, it's the anarchist's Twix doncha know? I would have chosen minty Poppets myself but the newsagent didn't seem to stock confectionary invented after 1989.
cleanskies
1st Aug, 2005 20:22 (UTC)
no truck with fancy poppets round here
--- I thought I might have got the fortunes in a twist (oh-hoho) --- elaborate I'll settle for. I was chasing round packing stuff, and didn't say goodbye properly to anyone really ...

(and I think you may be confusing merkins with mermaid's purses)
Re: Twix - (Anonymous) - 2nd Aug, 2005 09:57 (UTC) - Expand
hahaha - cleanskies - 2nd Aug, 2005 13:10 (UTC) - Expand
Re: hahaha - (Anonymous) - 3rd Aug, 2005 14:08 (UTC) - Expand
I don't want to be Lucy - cleanskies - 3rd Aug, 2005 15:07 (UTC) - Expand
Re: I don't want to be Lucy - (Anonymous) - 4th Aug, 2005 08:37 (UTC) - Expand
Re: I don't want to be Lucy - cleanskies - 4th Aug, 2005 09:14 (UTC) - Expand
Re: I don't want to be Lucy - (Anonymous) - 5th Aug, 2005 14:09 (UTC) - Expand
noooo! not the tights! - cleanskies - 5th Aug, 2005 14:26 (UTC) - Expand
there's tea in the house, too - cleanskies - 4th Aug, 2005 09:18 (UTC) - Expand
Re: Twix - ms_slonim - 4th Aug, 2005 09:39 (UTC) - Expand
Re: Twix vs Bounty - (Anonymous) - 5th Aug, 2005 14:06 (UTC) - Expand
red bounties - cleanskies - 5th Aug, 2005 14:26 (UTC) - Expand
badasstronaut
1st Aug, 2005 19:49 (UTC)
One of a set of serious house guests.
Query: If you picked up a comic called Quimty, what would you expect it to contain?


It sounds great! And also very very disturbing.

Thanks so much for having me; it's being really nice seeing more of you and your friends during the past few weeks. I hope we do get to go and do some of these strange and intriguing festive things we discussed.

I've already been checking out MCR possibilities too.
cleanskies
1st Aug, 2005 20:29 (UTC)
ah yes
--- I suddenly realised what the problem is with All Tomorrows Parties --- it clashes with the MCR dates, I think? --- but do check out the description ( http://www.atpfestival.com/events/event_information.php?event=19 ) because they hold them ?quarterly (regularly, anyway) and we can go to the next one maybe? -- the whole chalet thing really appeals to me ...
Re: ah yes - badasstronaut - 1st Aug, 2005 21:12 (UTC) - Expand
don't think there's be a problem - cleanskies - 1st Aug, 2005 21:24 (UTC) - Expand
truecatachresis
1st Aug, 2005 19:52 (UTC)
Damn. squigglyruth's just called me to ask me if I know where her laptop cable is. Hope she finds it, she worked so hard to get this year's caption done and dusted.

Karl (Wolfson steward) has it in in his office; we'll collect when we go to pay him tomorrow.

Query: If you picked up a comic called Quimty, what would you expect it to contain?

Pornographic version of Jinty?
cleanskies
1st Aug, 2005 20:32 (UTC)
lollipop!
That was my exact thought. Glad the cable turned up. See yous tomorrow
darkpigeon
1st Aug, 2005 22:06 (UTC)
google suggests www.imakinarium.net/ comic/110304/110304Quim.jpg but I suggest a dyslexic homage to the mayor of springfield
cleanskies
2nd Aug, 2005 08:47 (UTC)
it's a small internet after all
As Quim Bou seems to be a Spanish Cartoonist and contact of the lovely Carla Berrocal who attended last year's caption.

(but their comic is not altogether what I had in mind, mind)
phlebas
2nd Aug, 2005 09:15 (UTC)
Sorry I couldn't make Caption this year - last weekend before Elly and I both disappear off to do stuff for a couple of weeks and fitting in a day in Oxford just wasn't viable.

I'd expect the uncut version of The Slave of Form 3B...
cleanskies
2nd Aug, 2005 09:26 (UTC)
missed you
--- but it looks like there'lll probably be another one. Have an exciting time!
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cleanskies
2nd Aug, 2005 15:14 (UTC)
fair enough, but --
the sort of naked women you'd like to look at or no? I'm just trying to figure out if it's a totally off-colour name ...
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Re: fair enough, but -- - cleanskies - 2nd Aug, 2005 16:52 (UTC) - Expand
asajeffrey
2nd Aug, 2005 19:05 (UTC)
Any possibility of Quimby / Quimty confusion? I keep thinking of bizarre scribbled mice...
cleanskies
3rd Aug, 2005 08:39 (UTC)
mice?
... is this a Simpsons thing?
Re: mice? - asajeffrey - 3rd Aug, 2005 14:45 (UTC) - Expand
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