Thought Bubble 2014: 9th-16th November!

Thought Bubble 2014 Festival Spotlights: Live Events by thoughtbubblefestival

Our series of spotlight features on the events taking place as part of 2014′s Thought Bubble rolls on, today looking at some of the live events that will take place during the festival week! The full programme of events is our most diverse ever, with over 80 ways for you to get involved and join in the comics-related fun and hijinks!

Our programme of live events is made possible in no small part thanks to the generous funding granted to us by Arts Council England and Leeds Inspired, and the help of our partners at Travelling Man, Leeds College of ArtLeeds International Film Festival, and Comics Forum!

Wednesday 22nd October

Thought Bubble Charity Anthology 2014

Comic Shops Worldwide, opening times vary, suitable for ages 12+, £3.00/$3.99 (prices may vary)

A collection of new short stories by some of the best in the business from Image Comics and Thought Bubble! A 32-page oversize comic featuring all new work from Cliff Chiang, Boo Cook, Marc Ellerby, Barry Kitson, Ales Kot, Sarah McIntyre, Emma Rios, Tim Sale, Richard Starkings, and many more!

All profits go to Barnardo’s, for more information, please visit

Monday 10th November

The Rainbow Age: LGBQT* Comic-book Club

Wharf Chambers, Leeds, LS2 7EQ, 18:30-20:30, 15+, FREE

Join us for a celebration of LGBQT* comics & creators with an informal book club evening! Bring along your favourite LGBQT* comics, or come and discover something new from our collection, kindly supplied by Travelling Man.

Meet like-minded fans and make new friends over cake and comics. After this event, Travelling Man will be donating all the books to Leeds Libraries to create a completely unique collection for the whole of Leeds to enjoy; the first of its kind in the country.

All are welcome, so come along for a relaxed atmosphere and to read some amazing, life-changing comics!

Wednesday 12th November

Dr Sketchy’s, Leeds presents The Sketch of Thrones

Belgrave Music Hall, LS2 8JP, 1900 – 2100, 18+, £6 (£4 if in costume)

Lord Sketch of the House of Dr Sketch is opening the doors to Castle Belgrave to challenge any patron of Thought Bubble 2014 to test their skill, agility, stamina and most of all sketching skills to have a chance of taking his place upon the leaded throne.

Any house is welcome to compete; Anime, Marvel, DC, Cosplay, LOTR and any other super hero, villain or invented persona (that means we welcome costumes in any style or theme). All you need to do is turn up brandishing pen, pencil, paint and paper and we shall do the rest. Any artistic ability is welcome (you don’t have to be able to draw – just have a good time!).

There will be burlesque entertainment and our in-house models for the evening will be there to provide creative inspiration: Midori Dusk; a sultry siren from where the darkness falls, and Chev Roulette; a wildling from beyond the wall.

Strictly over 18s only due to adult content. For more information, please visit

Thursday 13th November

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 1

Leeds Library Exhibition Space, 0900 – 1645, recommended for 16+ (some talks unsuitable for under 18s)

The themes of conflict and violence are common in comics, as are the debates around the depiction of them and their impact on readers’ minds. 2014’s Comics Forum, the sixth event in the annual conference series, tackles the subject of violence in comics, with two days of talks by experts from around the world!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (13th or 14th November): £10

2 days (13th and 14th November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £40 (this is a saving of £4 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

Please visit for full details and to book tickets.

Creative Network & Thought Bubble present… In Conversation Adam Hughes and Matt Forsythe

Leeds College of Art, 1800-2030, 18+, FREE (£5 deposit required)

Adam Hughes (U.S.A.) is renowned for his female characters and work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics Lucasfilm among others. He will discuss the variety of work he has completed in his career and how he went from being completely self-taught to becoming one of the most celebrated comic book artists in the world.

Matt Forsythe (U.S.A.) is the lead designer on the hugely successful Cartoon Network show Adventure Time. He is also the award winning creator of Ojingogo, Jinchalo and has worked as an illustrator for publications such as the NY Times and Wall St Journal. Matt will discuss his creative journey and provide an insight of what it is like behind the scenes at the Adventure Time studio.

Booking is essential as places are limited so please go to (£5 refundable deposit required to confirm your place but this will be refunded the day after the event once attendance has been noted.)

Pints & Pencils

Fab Cafe, Leeds, LS2 8PL, 2100-late, 18+ (please bring a valid form of photo ID), FREE

Thought Bubble, along with Travelling Man: the UK’s friendliest comic stores, are very pleased to be able to invite all attendees of this year’s festival to an informal night of drawing and drinking.

Kick back and relax before this year’s convention, and warm up your drawing hand for some fun and games, as we sketch away in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Friday 14th November

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 2

Leeds Library Exhibition Space, 0900 – 1645, recommended for 16+ (some talks unsuitable for under 18s)

The themes of conflict and violence are common in comics, as are the debates around the depiction of them and their impact on readers’ minds. 2014’s Comics Forum, the sixth event in the annual conference series, tackles the subject of violence in comics, with two days of talks by experts from around the world!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (13th or 14th November): £10

2 days (13th and 14th November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £40 (this is a saving of £4 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

Please visit for full details and to book tickets.

Thought Bubble Book Crossing 2014

Various locations across Yorkshire (please see below for details), from 1000, all ages, FREE

Thought Bubble is once again teaming up with Diamond Comics, Travelling Man, and Viz Media to give away FREE all-ages graphic novels and comics to everyone to keep in order to achieve our aim to get everyone reading more!

Libraries taking part are: Leeds, Wetherby, Moor Allerton, Chapeltown, Garforth, Bradford City, Keighley, Ilkley, Shipley, Bingley, Wyke, Wibsey, Manningham, Baildon, Burley, Clayton; Laisterdyke, Menston and Holmewood.

Just pop along to any of the libraries participating, and pick-up some great comics for free, to take home and read, or give to a friend!

Leeds International Film Festival presents Show Pieces with Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins

Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, 1800, please visit for tickets

Alan Moore, one of the greatest graphic novelists of all time, will attend LIFF28 with Show Pieces, his new film collaboration with director Mitch Jenkins. From the creator of ground-breaking works including Watchmen, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, and V For Vendetta, the three-part Show Pieces is Alan Moore’s first endeavour written specifically for the screen and made with his ongoing creative involvement.

Show Pieces was brought to life by award winning photographer turned-director Mitch Jenkins and is set within a nightmarish alternative version of the creators’ native Northampton.

Thought Bubble Pre-Convention Reception

The Gallery, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds, LS1 4BR, 1930 until late, FREE (limited capacity, so please arrive early), 18+

A chance for guests, exhibitors and attendees to relax and chat in the lovely surroundings of The Gallery in Leeds’ DoubleTree by Hilton before our huge Comic Con on Saturday!

Please note: capacity is limited for this reception, so please arrive in good time to guarantee entry.

Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th November (Thought Bubble Convention Events)


Leeds Inspired and Bub’s Lounge Present… Kodama Woods

Leeds Dock, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

In the gathering darkness of the forest, strange spirits light the way ahead…

Come and join us in the Kodama Woods, a unique space inspired by the films of Hayao Miyazaki where you can relax away from the hustle and bustle of the convention, amid a magical woodland area designed and built by artist Tom Eglington.

Perfect for all ages, the woodland is the ideal place to soak up the magical atmosphere or explore your creativity with our lamp-making workshop. Design and construct your very own Kodama lamp to add to the wood spirits that populate the trees, and witness the magic unfold over the weekend.

The Kodama Woods project was made possible by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired, an initiative of Leeds City Council that seeks fund cultural projects that create high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors alike.

For more on Leeds Inspired, and the projects they fund, please visit

Image Comics Pitch Reviews with Eric Stephenson

Venue TBC, Times vary, Free with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

This year we are delighted to announce that Image Comics will once again be reviewing pitches for new series at Thought Bubble!

Because of time constraints, the format for reviews will be as follows: Your pitch must be emailed in advance, and if you’re selected, you’ll be called back for a full review by Publisher of Image Comics Eric Stephenson.

Please submit your portfolio to by 5pm, Friday 7th November. A confirmation email will be sent before the convention specifying times/location for successful applicants.

Mondo @ Thought Bubble 2014

Mondo Booth, TB Teepee, all ages, FREE entry for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present, price of prints TBA

Mondo – champions of innovative movie poster design – are returning to Thought Bubble! Following their incredibly popular attendance at 2013’s festival, they’ll be partnering up with artist Matt Taylor, who will also be in attendance, to release an exclusive poster for Thought Bubble attendees. Please follow @mondonews on Twitter throughout the weekend for more information about this release!

Utilising the talents of world-class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen-printed posters based on all things film, television and comic properties including Star Wars, The Avengers, DC Comics, Back to the Future, and Universal Monsters. Based in Austin, TX, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space hosting regular exhibitions featuring breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints.

Thought Bubble Book Launches 2014

New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries Hall, TB Teepee, all ages, prices vary depending on publication

2013′s Thought Bubble convention saw over 90 books making their debut, and this year we’re hoping to see even more!

To see the titles launching at this year’s festival, please visit

Art Heroes @ Thought Bubble 2014

Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Art Heroes specialise running comic book workshops and making comics all age groups can enjoy, and this year they’ll be running their annual Thought Bubble Creating Characters Competition for the third time!

To celebrate their new strip, Monster Book, from the comic Endangered and Other Strange Stories, they’re asking you to create your own scary creatures. So for a chance to win a special prize, pop along to the Art Heroes table in Armouries Hall for a worksheet and return it by the end of the weekend.

For more information, please visit


Emma Reynolds’ Picture Consequences Workshops

Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Join character designer Emma Reynolds in an interactive ‘Picture Consequences’ workshop and create your own characters!

Two or more players begin by drawing the head of a character (be it animal, human, robot, alien, food… anything you like!) Everyone then folds over their paper and passes it on to the next person to draw each body part in turn. At the end the paper is unfolded and the original, unexpected and hilarious characters are formed!

An accessible game for all ages and abilities, all materials provided.

Emma Reynolds is a character designer and illustrator from Manchester based in Kilogramme Animation Studio –


Jampires Present: Comics Jamtastic!

Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Make comics with children’s book and comic creators Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell in this family-friendly area!

Find out from these co-authors how they collaborated on their JAMPIRES picture book through a Comics Jam session, and join other people in creating your own characters and setting them loose in interactive comics-inspired games. Both authors will have a range of their books on sale and available to sign, including JAMPIRES, the picture book, and a limited, self-published edition of the comic that inspired it, Jampires: the Great Doughnut Mystery.

They recommend that children under the age of 8 be accompanied by an adult.

Discover more about JAMPIRES (published by David Fickling Books), Sarah and David, comics and activities at

British Comic Awards Prize-Giving Ceremony 2014

Sat 15 Nov only, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1800 – 1900, all ages, but Thought Bubble does not control content, FREE entry with a Saturday/weekend convention pass

Wondering who’s responsible for the year’s Best Comic or Graphic Novel? Looking for a New Talent to shake up your bookshelf? Fancy seeing the best and brightest of UK comics all in one place?

The fourth annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place as part of this year’s Thought Bubble Festival, and exhibitors and attendees of the show will be welcome, alongside the nominees and judges of this year’s shortlist.

There’ll be a short ceremony – with the presentation of four awards to the winner of each category, as well as a look at the career of this year’s inductee to the BCA Hall of Fame.

For full information on the British Comic Awards, please visit

Thought Bubble + Fanomenon Mid-Con Party

Sat 15 Nov only, Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, from 2030, strictly 18+, please bring a valid form of photo ID and your party pass to gain entry

As part of our biggest Thought Bubble yet, 2014’s mid-convention party is moving to a new home at Leeds’ Town Hall! Taking advantage of the wonderful (and huge!) space in the Victoria Hall, this year’s party will be the perfect place to unwind after a busy day on the con-floor, and to celebrate the end of the convention season in style on the dance-floor!

2014’s party marks at the mid-point of the convention weekend, and as well as Team Thought Bubble (and special guest) DJs spinning tunes until the early hours, we’ve joined forces with Fanomenon to bring some spectacular visuals to the proceedings with anime and cult films projected throughout the evening, beginning with a special screening of the brilliant musical anime Daft Punk’s Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem!

This year’s DJ squad includes: Boo Cook, Al Ewing, Lee Garbett, Kieron Gillen, Antony Johnston, Jamie McKelvie, and Laura Snapes.

If you missed out on a party ticket this year then you may still be able to get one. Any unwanted tickets/returns will be available on the door at the Town Hall on the evening of the party. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, priced at £5 with cash sales only.


Don’t forget that convention tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online by visiting

TB 2014 Festival Spotlights: Exhibitions by thoughtbubblefestival

We’re continuing our look at some of the events taking place as part of 2014’s Thought Bubble, this time focusing on the exhibitions taking place during the festival! The full programme of events has over 80 separate entries of comics related fun, and we want to make sure that you experience as much of it as possible as help us celebrate our biggest Thought Bubble ever!

Friday 31st October – Wednesday 10th December

Drew Struzan – Film Posters

North Bar, 24 Upper Briggate, Leeds, opening times vary, FREE

Following many years as a starving and impoverished art student, Drew Struzan began his career designing album covers, including the infamous Welcome to My Nightmare design for Alice Cooper and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath for Black Sabbath. His movie poster career took off when he was asked to design an image for Star Wars, which immediately brought him international recognition and demand. His long standing collaborations with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg has seen him create some of the most iconic film posters of all time.

Leeds International Film Festival and North Bar are proud to present an exhibition of his work spanning his illustrious 40 year career.

Saturday 1st November – Sunday 30th November

Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition 2014

Leeds Central Library, Art Space (1st Floor), opening times vary, suitable for all ages, FREE

Pop by Leeds Central Library to view all the wonderful entries from the Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition in a digital exhibition!

Winners of the competition will be announced at the Thought Bubble comic convention on Sunday 16th November, and will have their work featured in 2015’s Thought Bubble Anthology!

Please visit for full details of this year’s Comic Art Competition, and how to get involved with 2015′s competition!

Sunday 9th November – Wednesday 10th December

Derek Danger in… Thought Bubble Rumble

Travelling Man, 32 Central Road, Leeds, opening times vary, suitable for all ages, FREE

By unpopular request, Derek Danger is back in ‘Thought Bubble Rumble’.

The brand new strip joins Dangeritis: Fistful of Danger, re-printed in a special Half-Pint edition for 2014, following on from last year’s SuperKing edition. To celebrate, Travelling Man are hosting an exhibition of Dangeritis artwork.

Track down the creators, Robert Ball and Warwick Johnson Cadwell, in the Royal Armouries Hall at this year’s Thought Bubble convention!

Monday 10th November – Wednesday 10th December

Core Mix 2

North Bar, 24 Upper Briggate, Leeds, opening times vary, FREE

He’s back. No one learned their lesson last year, so now Gramsch has returned, with more of his comic-inspired ‘art’ festooning the walls of, this time, the wonderful North Bar.

Come have a delicious beer while you take in the colours & shapes given strangely human names, and set to pondering; “isn’t that….?”


Join us tomorrow when we’ll be looking at the live events taking place at this year’s festival!

TB 2014 Festival Spotlights: Signing Tour by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

The final countdown to this year’s Thought Bubble has well and truly begun with the release of the full festival programme for 2014’s events! Taking place from 9th – 16th November at venues across Leeds and beyond, 2014’s celebration of comics comprises over 80 events for fans of all ages, and includes free art & writing based workshops for young people & adults, talks & masterclasses lead by industry professionals, a programme of sequential art related film screenings, & our massive two-day comics convention on 15th & 16th November!

The full festival programme can be found on this page, with full information on events available by clicking their titles.

Details of books making their début at this year’s Thought Bubble can be found on this page, and if you’ve got a project launching at the show then there’s details of how to get it listed on there too.

Thought Bubble is extremely grateful to Arts Council England for their generous support of the festival, which this year will allow us to record the panels and talks taking place at our convention to release after the festival as free podcasts. We’re also indebted to Leeds Inspired for awarding us a grant allowing for free Kodama Woods art workshops in the build-up to the festival, and then further decoration of last year’s Bub’s Lounge initiative. Full details of these endeavours can be found in the festival programme.

Thought Bubble 2014 promises to be a cavalcade of comics-related fun for everyone, and is now less than a month away, so don’t forget to check out all the guests and exhibitors who’ll be joining us, and make sure to get your tickets for this year’s convention (although more will be available on the door).

We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Leeds in November, and to get you in the mood, we’ll be highlighting certain types of events taking place during the festival, in order that no one misses out on anything!

First up under the spotlight is our annual Thought Bubble signing tour – a series of events at comic shops around the country where we bring some of our guests to a city near you! If you can’t make it to this year’s festival, or want to meet some great creators to get you in the mood for our convention on November 15th & 16th, then these are the events for you.

This year’s signing tour is brought to all you lucky folks in association with Travelling Man comic stores, Gosh! Comics, and Orbital Comics, and full details of each signing can be found below!


Wednesday 12th November

Travelling Man Signing Tour, Manchester

Travelling Man, 4 Dale St, Manchester, M1 1JW, 1630-1830, All Ages, FREE

Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the north of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets.

In Manchester we have the creative teams behind the super-hot Batgirl and Gotham Academy; Becky Cloonan, Babs Tarr, Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart, alongside Richard Starkings, author of the epically-cool Elephantmen.

Please visit for more information.

Thursday 13th November

Travelling Man Signing Tour, Newcastle

Travelling Man, 43 Grainger St, Newcastle, NE1 5JE, 1630-1830, All Ages, FREE

Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the north of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets.

Up in the north east at our Newcastle store we have Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, the creative team behind the brilliant and bloodied Southern Bastards, and Richard Starkings, author of the weird and wonderful Elephantmen.

An exclusive bookplate is available free with Southern Bastards Vol 1. Just ask in-store!

Please visit for more details.

Friday 14th November

Travelling Man Signing Tour, York

Travelling Man, 54 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF, 1630-1830, all ages, FREE

Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the north of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets.

In the ancient city of York we will have comics giants Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), and Tony Harris (Starman/Ex Machina) for your signing and sketching pleasure.

Please visit for more details.

Gosh! Comics Present Jeff Lemire & Scott Snyder Signing

Gosh! Comics, Berwick Street, Soho, London, 1700 – 1900, all ages, FREE

From our pals over at Gosh! Comics in the heart of Soho:

“Gosh! has doubled in size since the move from Bloomsbury to Soho a few years ago, and we’ve gotten into the habit of filling the space with brilliant people as well as lovely books. We’ve put on a staggering range of events, counting the likes of Alan Moore, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, Jaime Hernandez, Daniel Clowes and Bryan Lee O’Malley among our esteemed signing table guests.

In November, we’re teaming up with our friends at Thought Bubble for two huge events: Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Trillium) and Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman) will be in the shop, signing for the south-of-Birmingham contingent on Friday 14th November between 5-7pm.

Then, after the festival, on November 21st between 5-7pm we’ll be having Brandon Graham (Prophet) signing followed by a live recording of Comics Podcast Inkstuds hosted by Robin Mconnell from 7.30pm with very special guests! That same week why not pop in for our Wicked and Divine Launch party with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie on November 12th? Aw, go on!”

Please visit for more information.

Wednesday 19th November

Jason Aaron & Jason Latour Signing at Orbital Comics

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport St, London, WC2H 7JA, 1700 – 1900, free entry, all ages

As part of this year’s Thought Bubble Festival, those southern bastards Orbital Comics will be hosting those other southern bastards, Jasons Aaron and Latour, for a London-exclusive signing on Wednesday November 19. Hot on the heels of their work on Thor, Wolverine & The X-Men, The Winter Soldier, Men Of Wrath and the aforementioned Southern Bastards, this is sure to be another busy event with two incredibly popular creators.

Orbital Comics is London’s most colourful comic shop and gallery, located in the heart of London’s West End between Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Originally the home of The Photographers’ Gallery, Orbital has continued the proud tradition by maintaining a large comic art gallery in-store.

Stocking a range of comics and back issues from the Golden Age to the Marvel Now, they also offer a large range of independent and alternative releases, in addition to the largest small-press selection in London. You’ll find vintage toys, merchandise, posters and prints as well, making Orbital the one-stop shop you’ve been looking for! You can find them online at and follow them on twitter @orbitalcomics.


Come back tomorrow when we’ll be taking a look at some of the exhibitions taking place during this year’s festival!

Thought Bubble August Update! by thoughtbubblefestival

Thought Bubble August Update!

We’ve been working steadily away at getting various bits and bobs prepped for this year’s festival, which is set to be our biggest yet. Below is a summary of all the updates we’ve had recently (and a couple of new ones), so strap yourselves in while we break on through to the other siiiiiide…


We recently opened up this year’s Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition and 2000 AD Portfolio Competitions for entries, and we (and Tharg the Mighty) want to see your art and stories!

For full details of this year’s TBCAC (and the chance to have your story featured in 2015’s TB Anthology, please visit

For full details of this year’s 2000 AD Competition (and the chance to win a paying gig in the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic), please visit


We’ve recently updated our guests pages with even more wonderful creative folks who’ll be joining us in Leeds this November! We’re now up to 84 guests, and more are still to be announced, so keep your eyes peeled for even more announcements later in the year!

To see the guest list (so far) for this year’s convention, please visit


We’ve now sent out an email confirming all our exhibitors hall allocations for this year’s convention, so if you’re tabling with us and haven’t received an email notification, please (after first checking your spam/junk folder) send an email to martha[at]thoughtbubblefestival[dot]com

We’re currently in the process of prepping everyone’s exhibitor icons to go up on the website, so please send yours over as soon as possible, and if you’re sharing a table/s, please remember to send us one for each exhibitor who’ll be in attendance.


General public party passes for this year’s Saturday night mid-con shindig are now all sold out, and exhibitor passes are very close to all being sold, so a big thank you to everyone who’s bought one so far!

Passes for the convention can still be bought, and there’s no cap on sales, so we hope to see a lot of you in November to join in the fun! Tickets can be bought by visiting


This year’s Thought Bubble Anthology is published 22/10/14 from Image Comics and will be available in all good comic shops worldwide! Featuring 32 pages of new original content, and with all profits from its sale going to The Barnardo’s Charity, we hope you’ll add it to your pull-list and enjoy reading it as much as we did putting it all together!

More information on the anthology can be found at and a preview of the cover can be seen below.

antho cover


Our pals over at Leeds International Film Festival have started putting passes for their events on sale, including:

2014’s Anime Day, which features the English premiere of rarely screened cult anime classic Wings of Honneamise (1987), presented in a new high-definition print

A Q&A with master storyteller Alan Moore following a screening of his Show Pieces short films with film-maker Mitch Jenkins

That’s everything for now, but we’ll be back again soon with some more guest updates, and a whole host of exhibitor icons for you to peruse!

Visiting Thought Bubble, a brief guide by thoughtbubblefestival


We’re now at the stage in the Thought Bubble year where everyone who applied for table space at this year’s convention should have received a response. If you applied and haven’t received one, then please check your spam folder to make sure it hasn’t ended up there, and if it’s still not present, then please email, and we’ll look into things for you at our end.

As we said in our earlier announcement post about this year’s curation of the festival, everyone who applied and was unsuccessful has been added to a reserves list, so please make sure that you let us know if your contact address changes, as we’d hate anyone to miss out on the chance to come to the show.

As we’ve got a lot of new people coming to the show for the first time, we thought we’d pop together a little info bundle on visiting the show (and Leeds), and what to expect, based on our experience from previous years. We’d recommend listening to this while reading, but it’s not essential.


  1. Getting to Leeds itself is relatively easy, both from within the UK and internationally, as regular rail services bring you into the heart of the city. Leeds rail station is about a 15 minute walk from the convention site, or about a 5 minute taxi ride, and there’s a taxi rank that’s constantly manned just outside the main station entrance. If you’re flying into Manchester airport then there’s a direct train every half hour that will bring you into Leeds station in around 1.5 hours. If you’re flying into one of London’s airports then you can catch a direct train from London Kings Cross to Leeds that will bring you into Leeds station in around 2.5 hours;
  2. If you’re driving into Leeds then there’s detailed instructions of how to get to the convention site here, including information on parking at the Royal Armouries’ museum, which is attached to the convention square. Please be aware that Leeds has a slightly tricky one-way system, so it’s best to allow for some extra time when setting off;
  3. If you’re getting the bus into the city, then the convention site is serviced by a number of routes, full details of which can be found here.


The official hotel partner for this year’s convention is the DoubleTree by Hilton which is located in Leeds city centre, and is about a 15 minute walk from the convention site. The hotel is a 2 minute walk from the rail station, and close to central bus routes in the city. Rooms are sure to fill up quickly, so if you’re intending to stay there during the festival, please make sure to book soon!

Leeds itself is a fairly compact city to get around, and you can walk from the top part of town (the university areas on Woodhouse Lane) down to the convention centre on Clarence Dock in around 50 minutes. If you need any supplies while you’re in town, then the shopping district can be found clustered around The Headrow and Albion street, with a large shopping mall at Trinity Leeds on Boar Lane. There are also a number of convenience stores located around the convention square, but they can tend to sell out of a lot of essential items quickly on the convention weekend.

The convention – 10 important points

  1. This year’s convention takes place on the weekend of November 15th & 16th, and set up for exhibitors runs from 7.30am on Saturday 15th, with doors opening to the public at 10am and closing at 5pm. Full details can be found on our website’s terms & conditions page;
  2. The main exhibitor information pack will be emailed out to everyone who’s tabling at the show in the autumn (usually in October), so if your contact address changes at any point, please email so we can makes sure your details are up to date;
  3. Full venue information will be updated later in the year, along with final programme confirmation and event running order for the festival, but general venue information can be found here in the meantime;
  4. We’d recommend bringing a table cloth to cover your exhibition space, a full single table measures approximately 6ft x 2.5ft (183cm x 76cm), and we ask that you keep the floors around your table clear of any products or storage items, and that access to all fire exits and extinguishers are kept clear;
  5. Thought Bubble is a family friendly convention, so please ensure that all products that are visible on your table from the general walkway areas are suitable;
  6. We’d also recommend bringing a decent amount of change with you to use as a float, as the nearby cash-points can run out during the weekend, and our supply is generally taken up with handling on-the-door ticket sales;
  7. From experience, the best help you can get with people seeing the items you have for sale is verticality, have your products arranged so they stand up on the table, and are readily viewed from the aisles, which can be as easy as stacking books and leaning one against them;
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, as our red-shirted volunteers will be happy to assist you in anything you need during the weekend;
  9. A simple one, but an important one, keep hydrated and remember to make time to eat as well, low blood sugar and dehydration can make even the simplest of tasks a lot more daunting, so be sure to look after yourself during the convention;
  10. The most important aspect of any convention is to have fun – Thought Bubble is an extremely friendly show, and we aim to cater to a wide spectrum of attendees, many of whom may be attending a show like this for the first time, and the general attitude we take can be found on the graphic below:


We hope all the above helps! If you have any general questions about the show in the months leading up to November, please drop us an email to

Kodama Woods – 2014’s Thought Bubble project funded by Leeds Inspired by thoughtbubblefestival

Bub's Lounge Long PicHello everyone!

We’re incredibly excited to announce one of this year’s Thought Bubble projects, kindly funded by the wonderful Leeds Inspired.

Influenced by Hayao Miyazaki’s and Studio Ghibli’s brilliant animations such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, the Kodama Woods project will see us build a large-scale light installation, using wood and paper to form of a magical woodland. Attendees will be able to create their own sprite lanterns, which will then form a canopy under which we will hold story-telling sessions during the two-day Thought Bubble convention.  Artist Tom Eglington, who made last year’s amazing lamps in Bub’s Lounge, will be helping us with the project. He’s currently hard at work making beautiful things like this for us:



Workshops will be taking place from late September 2014 – Art therapist Alison Herbert  will be helping us run the events, and we hope to see as many of you at them as possible!

Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts, sport and heritage events throughout the year. They support culture in the city through the Leeds Inspired website, as well as grants schemes and commissions.

The Leeds Inspired what’s on website brings together the city’s annual highlights alongside independent events and  DIY happenings to create an ever changing inspirational cultural calendar. We’re immensely grateful to them for giving us the opportunity to put on these events, and hope some of you will be able to join in the fun with us!

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in any way. We would love to hear from you. Email




TBF14 Registration Announcement by thoughtbubblefestival

Hello everyone!

As the dates for this year’s Thought Bubble draw closer, we just wanted to let you all know what’s going on with this year’s festival, our plans for the convention venue, and how exhibitor registration will be working this year.

Convention  Expansion

As we’re sure you’re all aware, we were staggered by just how quickly the tables sold out last year – with all initial available exhibiting space filling in just two hours, compared to taking two months the previous year! It’s an amazing reflection of how much the comics community has grown recently in the UK, but we had no way of preparing ourselves for the speed at which the tables sold out. Obviously, this meant we had a long waiting list of exhibitors we were unable fit into the two halls down at Royal Armouries that we’d used in the past.

We never like to disappoint anyone who wants to come to the festival, and we were so grateful to Allied London for stepping up at the last minute and facilitating the use of a third hall – Allied London Hall. In order to get that site up to code before the convention, we had to do a fair amount of work to make it safe and usable, including installation of a new floor, electricity, heating, and cleaning/painting of the walls. This all cost quite a large chunk of last year’s budget and took a lot of work, and we really appreciated the patience and understanding of everyone who exhibited in there. We know the space wasn’t ideal, but we were so pleased that we were able to accommodate everyone who missed out when the tables first went on sale. However, this was only ever a temporary solution, and because of this Allied London Hall is not available to us again for this year’s convention.

So where do we go from here? For the last four months we’ve been hard at work trying to find a suitable space to hold the ever-growing festival. There’s no single venue big enough in Leeds at the current time, so there are only two options available to us – to leave Leeds and, in turn, all our amazing local partners and sponsors, or, alternatively, to build our own venue! The idea of leaving Leeds is a last resort to us, as we love this city, and everything that it’s brought to the festival. Without our partners, like Leeds City Council, Leeds and Bradford Libraries, and Leeds International Film Festival, Thought Bubble would change entirely and we just can’t have that. We love Leeds too much, so we’re going to do everything we can to stay here.

So, for 2014’s Thought Bubble, the convention will stay at Clarence Dock, and will utilise New Dock Hall and Royal Armouries Hall as with previous years, but in addition to those halls, we are going to be building a state-of-the-art hard-shell marquee in the main square as a third hall. We think that this new space will make the convention better than ever, but, as you can imagine, it is very expensive to build and install.

Table Pricing

As well as expanding the convention to serve the increased demand, it’s also of paramount importance to us that all of our exhibitors are as comfortable as possible, so the marquee needs to be very sturdy, safe and warm. Because of this, we are having to slightly increase the cost of tables this year, to help to pay for this new space.The basic costs for tables in all halls this year will be £90 for a full table for indie creators/professional artists or £55 for a half table, and £135 per table for retailers and publishers.

Thought Bubble was founded as, and always will be, a not-for-profit organisation, and as such we’ve always strived to keep our table prices as low as possible, but there’s no way we could create this extra space if the prices were the same as last year. We understand some smaller publishers and independent artists might find the extra cost prohibitive, so to keep the festival as accessible as possible we are offering more half-tables this year, and, as with previous years, we are more than happy for exhibitors to share table space.

Festival Curation

We have always prided ourselves on being as inclusive as possible, and it’s very important to us that we stay that way. With the addition of the new space we hope we can include everyone one who wants to come to the show. However. there is a possibility that we will receive more exhibitor applications than we have space in the halls. As much as we’d like to be able to include everyone who may wish to exhibit at the show, we feel that Thought Bubble has reached the stage where we are going to have to curate our show for the foreseeable future. This will involve a simple online registration form which will be going live on the website on Monday 31st March, and remain open for two weeks until 5pm on Monday 14th April. After this time, we won’t be able to accept any more applications, and we’ll contact those who applied shortly after to confirm whether we’ll be able to accommodate them this year, and take payment for the table.

Every year, we also have a number of people who book tables and are then unable to attend, and so we’ll form a reserves list of unsuccessful applicants who will be offered tables should they become available. Once the registration form goes live, we’ll be asking for your help to spread the word, so that no one misses out on applying to attend. If we are unable to fit everyone who applies to exhibit at the show in the space available, then the decision on who we can accept to the convention will be made by the organisational team as a whole, to ensure the process remains as fair as possible.

Because of this move to curation, and the nature of the festival as a forum to promote comics and those who make them, it means that where possible we need to give priority to comic books, comic book publishers and retailers, and comic book artists and writers, either independent or publisher-affiliated. If you have exhibited with us in the past and do not fit into this category, please do still fill in the online form once it goes live, as we would love you to come if we do have room in one of the halls.

Mid-Convention Party

Last year, as well as the convention, the Saturday night mid-convention party also grew beyond our expectations! This year, to make sure everyone who wants to come to the party can get in, we need to hire a bigger space and licence that venue, and for that reason there will be a small charge for tickets. We also need to be able to keep track of attendance numbers for safety purposes, and so we need to know beforehand how many people are definitely coming. The only way for us to do this is to have people buy tickets in advance, and so this year we will be unable to confer free guaranteed entry with exhibitor passes, or the first 500 pre-ordered convention tickets. We realise that this may not be ideal for some of you, but it won’t be possible to hold our party any more without raising the necessary funds to rent the venue, and pay for a licence and security.

We hope you understand the changes that we’re making this year, and that you can still come to the party as it’s one of our favourite parts of the show. Please bear in mind that numbers are always very limited for this event, and tickets are likely to sell out quickly. There may be tickets on the door, but we can’t guarantee this and we don’t want to have to turn people away at the door! Final ticket details for the party, including prices, will be released soon, as we’re still confirming venues and costs, but we’ll let you know as soon as we can, and we’ll pop another update up in advance of their going on sale.

Thank you!

Thanks so much for reading all this! We really hope you can understand the need for the changes we’ve made, and will stick with us as Thought Bubble gets bigger and better. We’ll be putting up full terms and conditions with regards to exhibiting once the form goes live on the website next week, and these will give information on table specifications, exhibitor passes, and the halls themselves (including capacities).

We’ll be sending an email out to all previous exhibitors notifying them of the information above, and posting this on our Twitter and Facebook feeds, but we’d really appreciate it if you’d help us spread the word to anyone who’s looking to attend the show this year.

Thank you again for all helping make Thought Bubble such a special event for everyone involved.


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