Hello all! So as promised, I will be reviewing one cap from every contributor to the Hair Caption Contest to talk about content, layouts, and other things that I liked about their work. I recommend checking them all out, not because my thoughts are representative of what a "perfect" cap is but rather for the opportunity for you to notice things that might improve your own captioning work.
Starting strong with Wes Mantooth, whose series and single cap were phenomenal as always. I could go on to talk about the amazing layout, but I think I'd like to point out the little things Wes does to characterize the people in the cap. Little details like *TREMBLE* or *SQUEEL* are great little inclusions to let you know how the sissy in this case is feeling, and I also like the use of ellipses and repeated words like "But...but..." to show his nervousness. Combine that with great dominate dialogue from the femdom female Cara and you've got an excellent cap!
For a first time captioner, Ashley did a great job with quite a few things that I want to stress. First, she added a black border to the caption which really made the image pop and highlighted the black bra and dark hair of the model. It also helped show off the dialogue, which is prominent thanks to the overlay onto the image and the white coloring. I also liked the fact that Ashley chose to use a looping, "girly" text - often a subtle change like that can improve a boring block of text immensely. Finally, I love that she left a bit of a cliffhanger to the story with the implication that there are more feminine things in the room to enjoy. Overall, really enjoyable cap!
Udodelig was another new captioner who made a new series that could possibly be one of my favorite submissions. There is so much excellent stuff in these two caps - from a stylistic standpoint, the backgrounds match the images and the pink text is a nice holdover between the two. Additionally, Udodelig chose two similar images (BIG hair) that are still different enough to be contrasted. From a thematic standpoint, it's even better - I LOVE this idea of The Stylist and Curse 18 and how the duration of it affects the target. The contrast in the caps (due to a short spell and a really long spell) is enhanced because of this, but even individually they standout with strong ideas (specifically I adored the first cap's concluding paragraph and how the target repeatedly "chose" his feminine fate). All in all, wonderful stuff which I hope Udodelig continues in some fashion in the future.
Another classic Dolly cap using a wonderful image that fits her style perfectly. Stylistically, the red text vs. black background REALLY made this cap standout to me, especially when you see the lovely photo next to it. Also, Dolly did a good thing in terms of text wrapping - normally I like to (and advise most people to try) keep the text and image at the same height (if to the left or right of the image) or the same width (if below the image), but Dolly recognized that her cap was going to be too long so she formatted it so the text would fit below both the image and text. It keeps the shape of the cap nice by not making it jut out anywhere. And finally, I've got to give props to some unique ideas - really loved how he had to learn to do his own hair and makeup from scratch, plus the Facebook upload at the end really matched the image well. Great work Dolly!
C2Sanon once again submitted a wonderful set of caps (I especially liked the series and the way the father was included in the end...lovely!) but I ended up choosing this one because I think it's great but could be even better. As a personal preference, I think I would have edited the image by cutting out the white space on the side, and then moving the text to the right of the image as opposed to below - I think it would have made the image standout more and make the text more readable next to the image. That small critique aside, I think the dialogue and ideas are amazing. No one really talked about wigs in detail, so the idea of two mothers putting them on their sissy sons is awesome (plus I think this hair really does look like a wig!). But the concluding line about the one son already being feminized is such a nice turn - such a lovely surprise ending to an excellent cap!