Filed under: About Thought Bubble, Art by Guests, Film and Sequential Art, Guests 2009, Small Press and Independent Friends of Thought Bubble, Thought Bubble 2009, What is Sequential Art? | Tags: Comics, John Allison, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Scary Go Round, Sequential Art, Small Press, UK Conventions, Webcomics
‘Sup, guess what? After another, increasingly familiar, hiatus (my bad), the Small-Press and Independent Friends of Thought Bubble (or Blog-Force) is back – just when you thought it was safe to go back in the internet. This edition focuses on one of the big guns in British webcomics: John ‘Scary Go Round‘ Allison. Operating, in a small-press context, since almost the inception of the internet*, and thus producing quality sequential output on a regular basis for longer than is generally thought healthy (but is hugely appreciated by his multitude of fans), John is one of the institutions (meant in the nicest way possible) of internet comics. If you don’t believe me – and I repsect the need for proof in the face of such high praise – then check out the gallery below, or his site.
*Ok, maybe not since the inception of the internet, but since 1998, which, in internet terms, is a long time.
John is one of the UK’s premier makers of comics on the internet. He grew up in Addingham, in West Yorkshire, and is old enough to remember when Thought Bubble was all fields. He now lives near Manchester and has been, variously, a music writer, a magazine designer, and a web designer, as well as having earned a degree from Sheffield University in “the journalism”.
John previously drew Bobbins, one of the first webcomics, from 1998-2002, which came runner-up in the category of ‘best online comic strip’ at the 2002 UK National Comic Awards. He subsequently followed this with Scary Go Round which began in 2002 and will conclude (after a staggeringly succesful run) next month, followed by his new project, Bad Machinery, in late September. Comics have been John’s full-time job since 2003, and examples of his fine wares can be found in his shop. For more information, and to keep up with John’s new project, you can check out his website or his blog. Both are AMAZING.
Well, sadly, that brings us to the end of yet another ‘Friends of Thought Bubble’, big thanks to John Allison who will also be appearing at this year’s festival. If all goes to plan there should be a couple more posts in this series on the horizon, followed by a super-secret plan the like of which would stun even Lex Luthor into humbled silence. If you think the Manhattan Project, meets Dream Patrol, meets Voltron, well, to be honest, you’d be miles off, but it’s a sweet idea in itself so who am I to judge? If you build it, they will come…
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, Film and Sequential Art, Guests 2009, News, What is Sequential Art? | Tags: Animation, Anime, Comics, Dan Abnett, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds comic workshops, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art, Short Films, Signings, Sonia Leong, Talks, YouTube
Hotter on the heels of our last post than the Flash in pursuit of Captain Cold, here’s a whole other bunch of sequential art themed goodness for you to stare in wonderment at…
First up is news of a signing at Tokyo 15, Manchester’s finest purveyors of manga and anime-themed wares. Sonia Leong, manga artist extraordinaire – who will also be appearing at this year’s Thought Bubble festival – is going to be in-store signing books and giving talks, so if you’re able to get to the rainy city in the North on September 12th then it promises to be well worth your while! For more information visit their site, or glance downwards slightly for a cheeky peek at the flyer…
As if that signing wasn’t enough, word on the street has filtered up to the lofty spires of TB towers of a signing at Travelling Man comic shop, Leeds by a legend of British comics – Dan Abnett. Having sold over 1.1 million Warhammer novels worldwide, his last novel Horus Heresy: Legion, was the 8th bestselling science fiction and fantasy title overall in the UK for 2008. As well as having written 20 novels for Warhammer, and books and audio plays for Doctor Who and Torchwood, Dan has penned numerous comic series for legendary imrpints DC and 2000 AD. To celebrate the November release of his latest work, Blood Pact, Travelling Man will be holding a signing on October 19th at 3pm, followed by a Q&A session, at their Leeds branch. Mere adjectives will not suffice, so needless to say we think this is going to be ‘the bomb’.
Finally, and more directly Thought Bubbly, never let it be said that we aren’t at the forefront of modern advances in technology, for we now have a YouTube channel! This is going to be the zenith of video repositories, where you’ll be able to find comic trailers, animations, films made by attendees of the Thought Bubble festival, and video blogs made by us! There is now no communication format known to man, carrier pigeons aside, which we don’t have our agents working tirelessly to keep updated with the newest of news, all for your delight and delectation. The upshot of this is that, hopefully, you’ll never be more than 1.8 feet from some way of getting the latest updates about this year’s festival, short of us coming round to your house and shouting through your letterbox (although we are considering this for our marketing campaign next year).
That’s it for now, we’ll be back soon, and, if the trend the last few posts have set continues, it will be with even more exciting sequential art news, all the better to build the anticipation for November’s Thought Bubble to fever pitch. Oh yeah!
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, Art by Guests, Film and Sequential Art, Guests 2009, News, What is Sequential Art?, Workshops 2009 | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds comic workshops, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art, UK Conventions
By the hammer of Thor, we have a lot of news at the moment, a sure sign that this year’s Festival is getting closer than Luke Skywalker and the insides of a tauntaun. Deep breath, here goes…
The Adi Granov masterclass (previously announced here) has had a date change, and an expansion… On October 9th Thought Bubble and Travelling Man Leeds will hold a very special night of comics fun, with an interactive art-wall shop-front where anyone can pop by and draw some doodles! Plus free comics! Also Iron Man concept artist Adi Granov will run a special Art Masterclass!
Coinciding with Leeds’ annual Light Night there will be a very special masterclass lead by Industry comics superstar Adi Granov. Adi will run an Art/Breaking into comics masterclass which will take participants through the process of how he works and talk about how to build a strong portfolio. Places are very limited for this event, so sign up soon to avoid disappointment…
email email@example.com or call 0113 2436461
Next bit of news is related to our last post, concerning the Leeds International Film Festival (our partner in quality edutainment) and their extension…
Next week the LIFF team will be announcing their venue line-up for this year’s festival, along with early details of the programme sections and the first film announcements. The festival’s team are also on the look-out for volunteers to help the various events run smoothly, writers with a love of cinema for their Fanomenon series, and are also still accepting submissions of films for the festival proper.
The best way to get all the latest updates for this year’s Film Festival is to subscribe to their newsletter via firstname.lastname@example.org
The final little bit of news is more related to our core aim: providing top notch sequential art bits and bobs to you, our loyal (and thoroughly lovely) fans. Malorie Blackman (author of most excellent prose, including Pig Heart Boy) has a peice up on the Guardian’s website counting down her Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teenagers. It’s a strong list, and one which anyone who has been looking for a way to break into the, sometimes baffling, world of sequential art could be well served in following. Totally worth checking out, and anything with such a worthwhile cause as getting more youngsters reading comics (and also affording the medium the respect it so rightly deserves in the mainstream) requires everyone’s attention.
And that’s the news. Keep checking back regularly for all the juiciest Thought Bubble and Sequential Art morsels and we’ll see you in November for both the festivals, as Wyclef Jean might have said (Mr Jean is in no way affiliated with either Thought Bubble or the LIFF).
Filed under: Film and Sequential Art, News, Trailers | Tags: Day of the Dead, Fanomenon, Films, Leeds International Film Festival, Night of the Dead, Short Films
By the power of Greyskull Thought Bubblers! Leeds International Film Festival (our partners in fighting crime and pop-culture ignorance) is returning to take over the city this November with their longest festival yet!
The newly extended festival runs from the 4th to the 22nd of November this year, and will once again showcase the very best new cinema from around the world in venues across Leeds. In the coming months they’ll be keeping everyone up to date with all the latest news and information about the programme of events, as well as a few surprises. In order to ensure you stay up-to-date with the most exciting and innovative film event in the UK you can visit their website, become a fan on Facebook and ride the bleeding edge via their Twitter…
In the meantime, here’s what they’ve announced so far. Hint: it looks frakking awesome…
2009 Passes and Major Event Tickets now on sale!
Now available to buy online – Passes for the 23rd Leeds International Film Festival and Short Film City 2009, and Major Event Tickets for the Fanomenon 10th Night of the Dead, Fanomenon 3rd Day of Dead, and the 3rd Thought Bubble Comic Book Convention! Save money and take advantage of some amazing special offers. Passes and Major Event Tickets can also be bought through Box Office on 0113 247 8389
23rd Leeds International Film Festival – Full Single Pass £70
The official Film Festival Pass provides incredible value for money, giving access to every screening throughout the packed eleven day programme, including the Official Selection, Fanomenon, Cinema Versa and Short Film City sections, and more. Pass holders will also receive exclusive invitations to special events, advance programme announcements, and a free copy of this year’s event catalogue.
23rd Leeds International Film Festival – Full Double Saver Pass £120
The Double Saver Pass enables two people to enjoy the full benefits of a Film Festival Pass but with even greater savings!
Short Film City 2009 – Full Single Pass £25
Last year’s Short Film City programme showcased 180 of the very best new and unseen short films from around the world and enthralled audiences in venues across the city. You can enjoy every screening and event in Short Film City 2009 (10th to 14th November) for just £25.
Fanomenon 10th Night of the Dead – Major Event Ticket £20 / £16 concession
The legendary Night of the Dead returns to the Hyde Park Picture House on Friday 13th November as part of this year’s Film Festival with a terrifying all-nighter guaranteed to ‘raise the stakes’ on anything we’ve done before – a must for dedicated fans of horror.
Fanomenon 3rd Day of the Dead – Major Event Ticket £25 / £20 concession
The giant Day of the Dead horror event moves from the City Varieties Theatre to the grand Victorian splendour of the Victoria Hall at Leeds Town Hall. Day of the Dead 2009 on Saturday 7th November will be a morning to midnight marathon of genre cinema, special guests, events and prizes, plus the Fanomenon Film Fair.
The LIFF continues to surpass itself year on year, and is guaranteed to satisfy even the most hardened fans of motion pictures. So, in the immortal words of Jack Nicholson’s Joker – Let’s broaden our minds…
Filed under: Film and Sequential Art, News, What is Sequential Art? | Tags: Charity, Comics, Culture Vulture, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Moleskine, Sequential Art, The Big Draw
What-up Thought Bubblers? Some very worthy comic-related news for you to mull-over here:
The Culture Vulture (bringing you the best in Yorkshire culture and beyond) have teamed up with The Big Draw to undertake a travelling Moleskine® project beyond compare! Over 75 of these iconic sketch books have been unleashed into the world, travelling far and wide and bringing together multitudes of talented people.
The project will culminate in a fabulous arty party and exhibition in October to help raise funds for the Campaign for Real Drawing (Registered Charity No: 1114811). Everyone who has taken part in the project will be invited along to meet up with their new Moleskine® buddies and there will be the chance to get your mitts on some of the extra special books featuring the etchings of various famous participants, with an extra special treat for all comic book fans…
There are a whole heap of fab sponsors involved including Travelling Man/Thought Bubble (us!), Numiko, Thompson Brand Partners, Sturban Clothing, Creative Space Management and Mojo London, as well as the support of great people at Howies and Innocent.
You can follow the journeys of the travelling Moleskines® on the Culture Vulture Flickr Group, check out the real-time adventures of the books on Twitter, and for more details of the people and artists involved browse the Roll Call to see a vast wealth of talented individuals…
Contributors would be gladly welcomed, and all that is required is a quick sketch that fits into our theme that can be printed out and added to our sketch book. The normal approach would be to physically send the book out and then have it passed around, however, the timescales are a little too tight for this. The Moleskine® pages are A6 sized, but if the sketches can be sent electronically, then they can be readjusted to the appropriate size.
If you are interested please email Sabrina Peyton at email@example.com, our deadline is September 20th!
This is a genius idea for raising the profile and funds of an extremely worthwhile charity and everyone who has an interest in sequential art and comic-related goodness should check it out… Vamanos!
Filed under: News, What is Sequential Art? | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, UK Conventions
News has just hit the inter-waves of a mini-con event happening next month at the Travelling Man comic shop in Leeds.
Travelling Man is the premier comics establishment in various cities across the country and is one of the sponsors for this year’s Thought Bubble Festival. The lovely people at Travelling Man have just announced that they will be holding the inaugural ‘We Love Comics’ mini-con on Saturday 5th September at their Leeds branch and they’ve secured some brilliant guests for it. This day of sequential-art fun will be the perfect remedy for any post-summer blues and will serve as a nice warm-up for the TB convention in November: guests appearing are…
Adi Granov (Iron Man Extremis)
Andy Diggle (Losers, Daredevil, Thunderbolts)
Liam Sharp (Special Gears of War graphic novel release signing)
Frazer Irving (Seven Soldiers, Iron Man Inevitable)
Peter Doherty (Judge Death, Shaolin Cowboy, 2000AD)
The mini-con will run from 1pm-4pm and provides an excellent opportunity to meet some of contemporary comics’ top-flight in a more intimate setting…
This year looks set to be a corker for comic related events in the UK so if you can’t make one then you’d be hard pressed to feel left out. Although we’d completely understand, heck we want to go to them all too!
Hopefully see some of you there for a thoroughly fun time… Flame on!
Filed under: Film and Sequential Art, News, What is Sequential Art? | Tags: Animation, Anime, Comics, Manga, Sequential Art, Small Press, UK Conventions, Webcomics
Howdy Thought Bubblers, another mini-post here this time on the subject of an Anime-League Club event taking place in London this November, this is one of the TB festival’s sister events so will be a nice warm up to our convention which is the week after!
Running on Saturday November 14th 2009 at the Slug & Lettuce, American Square at Tower Gateway, London, and with a capacity of 400 people, the ALCL is more of a mini-con than a club. It will run from midday until midnight and have merchandise dealers, video gaming, anime screenings, an artist’s alley, DDRing, roleplaying, card-gaming, along with a number of other events such as a masquerade, pub-quiz, parties, special guests and a whole lot more!
The ALCL runs events like these in November, February and May and they are well worth checking out… For more information on the ALCL please visit their site, and join in the anime fun!
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, Guests 2009, Programme 2009, Thought Bubble 2009, Workshops 2009 | Tags: Comics, Frank Quitely, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds comic workshops, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, masterclass
A quick update for the festival this year:
Frank Quitely, as well as appearing at the convention on November 21st, will also run an Art Masterclass on Sunday 22nd where he will take attendees through the stages of how he works. Further details of this will be announced soon.
Due to popular demand our dates have been extended, the Thought Bubble Festival will now run from the 19th – 22nd November!
There will be a special launch party at Fab Cafe on the 19th at 7pm, which will include comic-based screenings, a comics quiz, and fancy-dress - theme Heroes and Villains!
Thought Bubble is just getting bigger and better all the time, it seems to be our mutant power: Exponentially increasing awesome-osity. And super-modesty. November can’t come round quick enough!
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, Art by Guests, Guests 2009, Programme 2009, Small Press and Independent Friends of Thought Bubble, Thought Bubble 2009, What is Sequential Art? | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Lizz Lunney, Small Press, Webcomics
Right, so, after a brief hiatus, covered admirably by the ‘Best of the Web Series’ (installments of which can be found here and here), the internet phenomenon known as the Small-Press and Independent Friends of Thought Bubble (or Defenders of the Mirth) is back once again to astound and delight. This week’s friend is Lizz Lunney whose online comic sushi serves up bite-size portions of excellence to eat-in or take-away on a regular basis – a tasting menu can be found below (click on the images to enlarge) – and are a fine example of haute bandes dessinées cuisine.
Lizz is an illustrator and animator from Birmingham. Amongst other things she likes black tea, knitting and cats. Other animals she thinks are good include rabbits, elves, bears, dragons, unicorns, monkeys, dinosaurs, lions, tigers and meercats.
Lizz’s latest comic is ‘Sushi Karaoke’ which comes with free 3D glasses. Her previous work includes ‘I Love Dinosaurs and they Love Me’ 2008, ‘Tofu and Cats” 2007, ‘Party Animals’ 2007, ‘Waiting for Sushi’ 2006, and ‘Bears in your Face/The Man with Tetris on his Chin’ and ‘Cat Hearts/Peanut butter and Marshmallows’ two colourful flip comics. In May 2008 she became one of the artists for the Top Shelf 2 online comic. Other examples of her illustrative work can be found in her online sketchbook.
Lizz’s site also features examples of her brilliant animation work as well as a shop from which you can purchase all sorts of excellent gifts. This month also sees the start of the one-a-day comic sushi extravaganza, which can be found here. For more information on Lizz’s work please visit her site, her blog, or check out her MySpace page.
As with all the Friends of Thought Bubble, Lizz will be appearing at this year’s convention at Savile’s Hall, Leeds, on the 21st November.
All good things must come to an end, and Friends of Thought Bubble posts are no exception to this age-old adage, so without much further ado I’ll say fare thee well for now and hopefully will see you back here in a week or so with either another Friend of Thought Bubble in tow or a further installment of our Best of the Web series. May the force be with you, always.
Latest news hot of the (small) press: a new workshop has just been announced for later in the year and it’s one all you comic lovers will, well, love!
Thurs Oct 9th 6.30 to 10.00pm Travelling Man Leeds
This October sees an incredible masterclass lead by industry genius Adi Granov. Adi made a huge impact on the comics scene a number of years ago as one of Marvel’s young guns. Since then he has gone from strength to strength, with an exceptional run of covers for various Marvel titles, the brilliant Iron Man Extremis with Warren Ellis and mind blowing concept work for the Iron Man movies, Adi has become one of the comic book industry’s shining stars!
Numbers are very limited so sign up soon to secure a place. (firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0113 2436461)
Adi will also be appearing at this year’s Thought Bubble convention, but for a unique opportunity to see a truly great comic artist at work this workshop is not to be missed!