August 7th, 2006


tharg, reptiles and birds on buns

Tharg has fluffy hair!
Tharg has fluffy hair!

I may have, um, exaggerated the skin colour. But not the sternness!

Funny thing when you're organising/producing something, you never feel like you can really push it on other people with a clear conscience. Well, that's the way it goes for me, anyway. But having (for the first time ever) attended Caption as a 100% punter (although I had offered to volunteer behind the bar, I faked my way out of it -- not that I was really needed anyway, thanks to the sterling efforts of EOCC barman and our New Best Friend Ulla) I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

And, good grief, Tharg was there! I mean, not that I should be surprised, what with Oxford being his adopted home town and everything, and the Megazine now running regular small press columns and even strips (deal : no money but you keep your rights) and everything. He looked a bit too much like a saturday morning TV presenter for my tastes so I redrew him as he ought to look (above) -- as you can see, he looks a lot younger than he used to and he's also dumped that very 80s white-blonde mohawk ...

The venue worked alright -- no ducks, but air conditioning and wheelchair ramps were good compensation. Also meant we were just up the road from my favourite local fleapit where a film programme was laid on -- incuding that Alan Moore film, some Al Davison shorts and the brilliantly hatstand Reptile Day. It's a maniacal short film where live actors mime to other live actors speaking against a background which swims disconcertingly back and forth between real props and furnishings (including lizard-headed reptile monsters, helicopter pasties and balsawood airships) and luxuriantly colourful drawn backgrounds with a kind of jazz/noir vibe (by your friend and mine, D'Emon D'Raughtsman D'Israeli). The plot's based on David Icke's conspiracy theories. It was all filmed in slight slow-mo. Orgone accumulator chairs feature. Oooh yeah. Hey look! You can watch it in teeny-o-vision here.

The convention craze (aside from the usual drill of Transformers, beer, and drawing on anything that didn't complain and move away) was doing your hair up manga stylee in little princess leia buns. On Sunday I succumbed to an overpowering desire to pin small birds on them.

They reckon they'll do another one next year. Themes on the table included the rather lovely suggestion of Dreams.
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