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So; here it is. The final takedown. The comics con that sprang like a 90s weed from the neglected ground between the cracking paving stones of the official comics scene is over for 2013, and, indeed, and in all probability (though I refer you back to every year since the first one, as every one is the last one, as the song goes) entirely over. Often neglected, somewhat stumblish, stubbornly alive after years of being punted round from committee to venue to zine to blog to the history books and out again, Caption has always been the Con that will not die. But here I am setting its house in order again, and for the last time. Adjusting the screens and ending the scenes. Hail and Farewell, Caption. The tide has passed.

Caption 2013 – Packing it away

...although, I hear rumours that some are planning a CAPTION resurrection in a seaside town. Ask David O'Connell (the other of the dramatis personae in the scene above) or, better, Alex Fitch, who has.... designs. After all, our original principles, as a I recall, were simple things, made to be copied, taken out into the comics scene and handed out, in the hopes that things would improve.

1. No barriers, no green rooms, no artificial separation between creators and fans.
2. No freebies; everyone pays, works, volunteers, helps or contributes in other ways.
3. Yes you can; create, get involved, draw, experiment, play, enjoy, talk, express, join in.


( 8 worms — Feed the birds )
27th Aug, 2013 08:59 (UTC)
I had managed to miss that this would be the last CAPTION. I would have made more of an effort to go this year had I known. Sorry.
27th Aug, 2013 09:20 (UTC)
It wasn't known until about a week before, when we finally managed to have about the only committee meeting we managed to have all year. That was a bit of a sign in itself, of course.
27th Aug, 2013 09:21 (UTC)
When I say 'known' I should probably have said 'agreed' - amongst the committee. We made no announcements on the day but it was spoken about and was no secret (not that I expect I was in most of the conversations because of not being around all the time).
27th Aug, 2013 19:14 (UTC)
Aw thanks ;)
27th Aug, 2013 13:08 (UTC)
Sorry to hear this might me the last Oxford Caption, I'm glad I was able to make it (unexpectedly) last year, though I had to miss it this year.
27th Aug, 2013 19:10 (UTC)
I think you had a pretty good excuse :)
30th Aug, 2013 06:51 (UTC)
Noooo! I've missed so many CAPTION, mostly out of my dread of travel in hot weather...(Have just sweated through a few humid days in Belgium, against my better judgement.!) I had no idea this might really be The Last One! Fingers crossed for yet another stay of exucution. Hope everyone had a rollicking time, anyway.
30th Aug, 2013 07:24 (UTC)
You may find it resurrecting somewhere with a sea breeze and a short fast train ride from London ;)
( 8 worms — Feed the birds )