At the weekend I went down to Oxford to attend the annual Caption Small Press Comics Convention.
I haven't been to Caption for many years, as I'd got caught up in the world of psychiatric nursing, and I'd thought of myself as retired from all that comics stuff. Except, of course, there must have been a small part of me still holding out, as I never stopped drawing, and I continued to write and illustrate my own comics, even though no one saw them and there was no real chance of them being published. This is something I just do, because its in my blood.
So it was great to return to Caption and meet up with both new and old friends. I was totally inspired by the event. I received an incredibly warm welcome from everyone. The small press scene is very much like a family. You can be away, like I was, for years, and be welcomed back into the fold like you'd never been away. I must thank everyone for being so kind and generous.
Taken on my drunken walk back to the hotel from Caption 2008 (I got lost).
The Escape panel: Woodrow Phoenix, Ryan Hughes and Paul Gravett.
Paul Gravett, Tony Hitchman and Gavin Burrows.
Taken during one of the panels. On the left Matt Brooker and in the foreground, Andy Konky Kru.
Woodrow Phoenix, Chris Butler, Damian Cugley, Andy Konky Kru, Paul Gravett. Ryan Hughes.
Susan Burghart, Sarah McIntyre, Ryan Hughes.