Info about the UK's longest running comic book festival
Here’s the line up of events for Caption this weekend – for locations of each, see map at the bottom!
Saturday 10th October
10am – doors open: please buy your ticket and get your hand stamped at Astral Gypsy
10.15am – Beano drawing class: join artist Hunt Emerson to learn how to draw characters such as Little Plum, Ratz and The Nibblers in Allsorts Community Centre
11.30am – 21st Century comics for kids: artists Laura Howell and Paul Duffield discuss their work on recent comics for kids of all ages including Toxic, The DFC and The Phoenix in The Box
12.45pm – Time Bomb Comics: Steve Tanner and Paul H Birch talk to Rees Finlay about the history of the Birmingham based comic book publisher and their forthcoming titles in Urban Coffee Company
2pm – Making dramatic comics: artist Al Davison leads a workshop on how to draw characters in a dramatic way, based on real life observation; Urban Coffee Company Function Room
3.30pm – Science Fiction and Fantasy: artist Paul Duffield and writers Leah Moore and Ian Edginton discuss how to realise fantastical worlds in comics such as 2000AD and online strips like FreakAngels; The Box
5pm – Adapting the classics: writer Ian Edginton and artist Hunt Emerson give insights into turning novels such as The Hound of the Baskervilles and Lady Chatterley’s Lover into comics; Big Comfy Bookshop
7pm – Quiz and film screening: test your knowledge on comics and film in the legendary Caption quiz, followed by “Comics Independents” (2007) documentary screening; Urban Coffee Company (food served until 8pm)
Sunday 11th October
11am – doors open; please buy your ticket and get your hand (re)stamped (if you washed it!) from Astral Gypsy
11.15am – Beano drawing class, join artist Laura Howell to learn how to draw characters such as Tricky Dicky, Billy the Cat and Minnie the Minx in Allsorts Community Centre
11.15am – Electricomics: Leah Moore, contributor to and co-creator of an innovative iPad comics app, explores the new ways of displaying and interacting with comics by Alan Moore, Garth Ennis & others on tablets; Twisted Barrel
12.15pm – Celebrating comics fandom: Jenni Scott, one of the founders of Caption, plus Rees Finlay and Olly MacNamee (Damn Dirty Comics) discuss small press comic appreciation in the Midlands; Urban Coffee Company
1.15pm – There’s no time like the present: Paul Rainey explains the process behind mixing Science-Fiction and Soap Opera in his epic graphic novel published by Escape Books; The Box
2pm – Laydeez Do Comics: Charlotte Bailey curates a special 2 hour meeting of the LDC Birmingham group which invites women and well behaved men to share their comics with an appreciative (female friendly) audience. Featuring guests Sarah Milman, Joe Krawec, Angus Medford and Al Davison, who will start the session by giving a tour of his ‘Muscle Memory’ exhibition at Urban Coffee Company / The Box
4pm – Drawing fantastical worlds: Al Davison leads a workshop on how to draw fantasy environments in graphic novels, based on his work for DC Comics and other publishers; Big Comfy Bookshop
Please note: The Caption table for people to sell and share their self-published comics will be available both days outside Astral Gypsy, and there is also a Children’s Market in the market area selling toys, clothes and gifts for kids on the Sunday.
Al Davison’s exhibition ‘Muscle Memory’, is on display at Urban Coffee Company all weekend, and rugby fans may also be able to watch certain matches during both days at Twisted Barrel bar – drop them a line via www.twistedbarrelale.co.uk to find out which!
Tickets: £3/day or £5 for both, 10% off for concessions