Info about the UK's longest running comic book festival
These include: Yomi Ayeni and Jennie Gyllblad, the creator and main illustrator of Clockwork Watch, an immersive interactive story set in a steampunk universe. The narrative is played out across graphic novels, interactive theatre, online platforms, an interactive book and a feature film. Yomi and Jennie will be at Caption on the Saturday of the festival.
Hannah Eaton was a runner up in last year’s First Fictions competition in which Myriad Editions (publishers of the award winning Rumble Strip) were looking for fresh voices to join the world of graphic novels, with judges including Ian Rankin. Hannah’s proposal – Naming Monsters – has just been published by Myriad and tells a semi-autobiographical tale of the author’s adolescence juxtaposed with traditional British legends and fairy-tales, rendered in a highly detailed illustrative style. Hannah will be a guest on the Saturday of the festival.
Robert M Ball and Ben Dickson are young creators working in the science-fiction and fantasy fields, with their graphic novels released by independent publishers Great Beast Comics and Scar Comics respectively. Ball has become a favourite at small press conventions for his paintings of superheroes in a ‘Mondo’ style while Dickson has run up an impressive number of credits on various horror titles including an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft for Self Made Hero. Dickson will be a guest on the Saturday of the festival and Ball on the Sunday.
John Aggs and Robert Deas are renowned illustrators working for children’s comics and both have worked in adapting the words of literary greats for the page. Aggs collaborated with His Dark Materials author Phillip Pullman on a story for The DFC and Deas has adaptations of Macbeth and Pride and Prejudice under his belt. With their latest strips Zara’s Crown and Troy Trailblazer for Oxford based The Phoenix comic, they continue to delight and intrigue young audiences. Aggs and Deas will be guests on the Saturday of the festival.
Chris Geary and Mike Medaglia are cartoonists who have used comics in education and to illustrate more fantastical tales. Geary is the illustrator of Commitment, a graphic novel about project management skills, and a contributor to 2000AD fanzine Zarjaz. Medaglia runs, with Mark Haylock, Comics Gosh!p, a graphic novels reading group based at the famous Soho comics shop, which has also become a feature at Caption in recent years. Medaglia is also a contributor to The Comix Reader newspaper and editor of Wu Wei, an anthology that gives writers & artists a space to creatively explore spirituality through the medium of comics. Geary and Medaglia will be guests on the Sunday of the festival.
Andrew Cheverton and Barry Nugent are beloved members of the small press community. Cheverton is the writer of the acclaimed western comic West and a contributor to Zarjaz, Nugent is one of the founding members of Geek Syndicate website, one of the best resources for comics and genre entertainment, he is also the writer of the Fallen Heroes multimedia project. Cheverton and Nugent will be guests on the Sunday of the festival.
Caption, East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes St, Oxford OX4 1DD
11am – 11pm Saturday 24th August / 11am – 5pm Sunday 25th August