Filed under: About Thought Bubble, Art by Guests, Minterviews, Thought Bubble 2013, What is Sequential Art? | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Pia Guerra, Sequential Art, UK Conventions
Hope you’re enjoying the first sprunging of spring sunshine, mixed in with icy death winds, and hyper-condensed snow blizzards. Isn’t global warming wonderful?
We’ve gotten through the avalanche of bookings that arrived last month for this year’s convention, and have started popping up some wonderful exhibitor icons on the website to reflect that – you can see the ones we’ve received so far for New Dock (Octopus) Hall and Royal Armouries (Wars) Hall by clicking on the links!
We’ll be updating the pages throughout the year, and be sure to have a click around on the icons to discover some wonderful creators. We’ve also been updating the guests pages regularly over the last month, so go and have a gander to whet your appetite at some of the awesome talent that’s coming to Leeds this November!
Every year, we like to have a chat with some of the wonderful creators that we get to meet through the festival, and pop the transcripts up online. We ask the same 5 starting questions to everyone, and then figure out 5 more questions from their answers to those to form a mini-interview, a MINTERVIEW! In an ideal world thunder will crash and lightning will flash as you read that mighty word, but if it doesn’t, just use your imagination.
This week we’re speaking to the awesome Pia Guerra whose artwork in Y – The Last Man is a perennial favourite here at Thought Bubble towers, and we were extremely honoured (and grateful) to be able to auction some of her original art earlier in the year as part of our charity sketch event. You can see our chat below, and for more of Pia’s work, check out her website.
TB: Hi Pia! So, to start off, could you tell us how you got started in comics? Did you get a big break, or was it more gradual?
PG: I was always drawing my own comics and friends told me I should do it for a living. I went to some local comic cons and showed my work to other artists and editors and their feedback convinced me I could make a go of comics as a career. It was a very slow creep upwards, I worked on a lot of indy books, and this being the early 90s, just as the whole industry was about to implode many of those projects never saw the light of day or were so limited no one got to really see it. I did work illustrating role playing game manuals, cards and storyboards for television on top of crappy part time jobs to keep a roof over my head. Every year I went to San Diego Comic Con to show my work and it was there I met Heidi MacDonald who made me her pet project. I tried out for many books over about a three year period, got rejected for each but kept going until 2001 when I got a call about Y. The rest you know.
TB: Are you a tabletop gamer yourself as well as a comic fan then, or were the RPG manual & card illustrations just a job to pay the bills?
PG: I did a lot of tabletop gaming in high school and with friends after that, mostly D&D. I came across White Wolf gaming manuals while hanging out in game shops and really liked the artwork, especially Tim Bradstreet’s pieces. We never played those modules, it seemed complex and a bit too gothy for our group but I always kept an eye out for the manuals when they came in. Later, after trying out and landing some work on the books some Masquerade gamers tried to explain how the system worked but it didn’t really grab me enough to try it. A lot of it involved LARPing and I wasn’t into that. I enjoyed the work though, I approached it from the perspective of a National Geographic photographer roaming the world of Vampires and Werewolves, I was very happy with how it looked.
TB: Did your working style change much over those three years before Y? Do you markedly tailor the art style to a given project / story, or does it develop more organically?
PG: I spent most of that time just trying to get up to working speed and still making it look right. It was a few months before Y that I was finally comfortable with basic technique and that was when I started experimenting with style. Also, since I was getting a lot of rejections from Vertigo I figured I’d switch focus to superhero books, my portfolio was starting to loosen up and feel more dynamic, enough so to get me on a waiting list for the Buffy comic (which I was pretty excited about) and then Y came along and I had to pull my style back to a more cinematic realism as fitting to the script.
TB: What do you think is your proudest moment, in comics or otherwise, to date?
PG: Proudest moment in comics? Wow. Safeword is up there. That arc was fun and different and struck some nice notes. I really like how it came out. And then of course the last issue. I was wreck after that but in a “Holy shit it works!” kind of way. I never feel a hundred percent about any book I’ve done, there’s always a part of me that thinks I could have made this better if I’d done this or maybe if I did that in another way it would have popped more… the last issue could have been better in many ways but it was the strongest I’ve ever managed and I’m proud of that. I hit the marks just the way I wanted to hit and every time I hear how it messed someone up reading it I just feel “yeah, nailed it.” It’s a rare and good feeling.
TB: Would you say that that’s the hardest part of making comic for you – sending them out into the “real world” once you’ve finished working on them?
PG: Working on them. Absolutely. Sending them out, or to put it bluntly, getting them out of my hair so I can spend crazy hours on the next batch, that’s the part you live for.
TB: Do you enjoy attending conventions and other events like Thought Bubble?
PG: Working in comics is very isolating, you work in a studio for most of the year, you don’t get out much to socialize, especially if you’re on deadline. Your main form of communication is electronic, whether it’s with colleagues or readers and there are limits to what comes across. Conventions are fantastic because you just get a face full of interaction. You get to really hear what people think of the work you do and there’s a great back and forth exchange that’s immediate and engaging. There’s also the chance to give advice to new artists and see the enthusiasm that’s just bursting out of them, it makes you want to point them in all these new and, hopefully, helpful directions. Not to mention getting to hang out with other creators, many of them long time friends, who are in very much the same boat and eager to catch up and share all the stuff they’ve found in the time since you saw them last… or you’re meeting new creators who you’ve alternately adored for years or never heard of before and you want to hear everything they have to say, look at everything they have to show. It’s a very exciting time for all involved, very electric and I love it.
TB: So, do you think that that human interaction, and face-to-face criticism/appraisal of work, is an essential part of breaking into the industry for a budding artist or writer then?
PG: It is possible to get work through email and internet networking but I believe it’s a tougher slog. Editors don’t just want to see your work, they want to see YOU. It’s the direct interaction that gives them an idea of how you’ll be to work with, whether you’re good at communicating, whether you’re an easy or difficult personality, whether you’re the type who listens to feedback or gets defensive, whether you behave professionally and most important, whether you’re consistent. Artists rarely get a job after one meeting, it usually takes several follow ups with an editor to get a clear picture, and that’s why going to cons, establishing and building relationships is worth the time and effort to go.
TB: Which comics are you enjoying at the moment, any all-time favourites?
PG: I am so digging Hawkeye right now. It’s a well written, very funny book with amazing artwork from David Aja (the kind of amazing that makes you SO ANGRY BECAUSE IT’S SO GOOD! ARRR!) Also, Wolverine an the X-Men is fun and Saga which is so damn beautiful. I’ve been getting sucked into manga lately, Bakuman and Drops of God are very good. All time favourites… Uncanny X-Men #205 has mind blowing art from Barry Windsor Smith that made me want to make comics, Sean Phillip’s run on Hellblazer was very inspirational.
TB: Have you been enjoying the recent superhero title upheavals from the ‘big two’?
I’ve never been a big follower of “events” in comics. I have my titles that I read every month, creative teams I prefer and if I suddenly have to read a bunch of other books that never grabbed me before just to stay up to date, I get irked. That being said, I have been impressed with what Marvel has been doing with their big arcs. While it’s helpful to read other titles, it’s not as essential, and the tent-pole books, those mini-series that run separately and tell the bulk of the story, I really like that. The fact those books have brilliant eye popping art helps too.
DC is a bit different. I admire the effort to revamp and streamline EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE but the execution felt really rough and rushed. A lot of creative teams got shuffled about, there was inconsistency in places, a lot of changes made and then all these stories seemed interconnected in that way that I personally can’t stand. It kinda lost me.
TB: Finally, thought bubbles or caption boxes?
PG: Oh that’s a tough one. I was raised on thought bubbles and in a way I miss them, but yeah, caption boxes bring a very different feel to it, a more personal approach, like it’s closer to your ear as you read it, conspiratorial.
We’d like to say a massive thank you to Pia for taking the time to talk to us, and we hope you enjoyed reading – we’ll be bringing you some more comic chats in the coming weeks, and you can check out the archives of previous years’ Minterviews at this page.
Remember, the force will be with you. ALWAYS.
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, News, Thought Bubble 2013 | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art, Small Press, UK Conventions, Webcomics
As some of you may have heard, tables for our convention went on sale yesterday, and had completely sold out within 2 hours, which is pretty spectacular really.
We really are amazed at how quickly the available spaces were booked up. This is unprecedented, even given the demand that we normally experience – last year took around 6 weeks to sell out – and we had assumed that, while it would be quicker this year, they wouldn’t be gone in less than a day. We’d estimated that at the very least it would take about 3 weeks, which would still have been a record time!
The fact that the tables sold out in such a short time just shows how quickly (and extensively) the comics community is growing in the UK, and we think that’s something to be celebrated. Since Thought Bubble started back in 2007 we’ve seen new faces every year, both in terms of creators and readers of comics, and that’s great – it’s an exciting time to be involved with such a vibrant medium, especially one with such passionate people involved in its ongoing evolution and expansion.
We’re aware that some exhibitors who wished to attend have missed out, and if you’re among them then we’d ask that you sign up to our reserves/cancellation list, so that we know who you are, and to let us judge the numbers more accurately. We’d also like to offer our apologies to those who are disappointed about not being able to secure a space – we hate turning anyone away, and, given the massive demand for tables this year, we are actively pursuing further convention space.
Though we are not in a position to promise anything definite at the moment, things are looking positive and we are hopeful that we will be able to provide more tables to exhibitors at this year’s Thought Bubble, if it’s at all feasible. We will do our very best, and will keep everyone posted with regular updates. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to find a solution that lets us open up the convention even more, allows more exhibitors and more attendees to pass through our doors, and helps us to introduce hundreds of new readers to the medium that we love.
We really can’t begin to express how important all our exhibitors and guests are to us, and we are eternally grateful for you all supporting Thought Bubble, and we hope you’ll continue to do so in the future. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s booked a table, or signed up to the reserves list so far, and to those who have attended previous year’s Thought Bubbles.
We couldn’t do it without you.
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, News, Thought Bubble 2013 | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Small Press, UK Conventions
Following on from our previous update regarding festival dates (short version: TBF13 runs 17th – 24th November, with our convention taking place 23rd & 24th), we’re pleased to bring you preliminary information about registering for tables at this year’s convention, so if you’re hoping to exhibit with us this year, then please read on!
As with the last two years, we will be utilising the New Dock and Royal Armouries hall venues on Clarence dock, which will give us space for approximately 300 tables. In order to secure this area, and due to our ongoing contract reviews with the venues’ management, we’ve had to slightly increase table prices for both halls and the costs. We’re trying to keep the rise in overheads as low as possible, and our not-for-profit status helps with this, but we’re always reluctant to have to increase any pricing, in order to ensure that Thought Bubble remains as accessible to attendees from all backgrounds as we can possibly make it. We hope to make this year’s show bigger and better than those that have come before it in order to offset the changes, and, as always, we welcome all feedback as part of our ongoing commitment to keep Thought Bubble moving in the right direction!
Table prices for 2013′s convention are:
New Dock Hall creator table: £85
New Dock Hall creator table (half): £42.50 (while stocks last, extremely limited numbers)
New Dock Hall retailer/publisher table: £120
Royal Armouries Hall creator table: £70
Royal Armouries Hall retailer/publisher table: £100
As well as the updates to pricing structures, there are also a couple of practical alterations that we’ve implemented in order to streamline the exhibiting process:
As always, if you book an exhibitor table (of any type) this includes two complimentary passes to the show (and each table booked in addition to this confers one extra pass per table), but this year we will not be offering additional exhibitor passes for sale. In recent years, as the number of exhibitors attending Thought Bubble has increased exponentially (which we love, by the way, new faces are awesome!), it has become extremely difficult to process requests for additional passes and keep track. Because of this, we’re asking that exhibitor groups that require any additional passes (exceeding the amounts detailed above) purchase these through our online ticket sales system (which will go live later in the year), as it makes the process of tracking sales a lot easier for us, and helps minimise the confusion for people arriving to the convention on the weekend. Wristbands booked in this manner will be available for collection at the convention hall/s when you arrive on the Saturday morning, and, for more information on this, you can take a look at our booking terms and conditions.
We’re hoping to have the online table sales going live around midday on Monday 25th February (barring any pesky internet gremlins), which this year will utilise an online booking form which combines the information processing and payment stages, and means that everyone should appear on our maps and other promotional materials as they desire. We think this will make things a lot easier for everyone involved, and it brings us racing into the electronic age for all aspects of the exhibiting process!
Speaking of which – please don’t forget to send along your exhibitor icons after you’ve completed your booking, so we can advertise your attendance to everyone who’ll be at the show, and if you happen to be launching a book at Thought Bubble (or have something that’s making its Thought Bubble debut) send us the information and we’ll put it on the website. Full details of the exhibitor icon dimensions can be found in the terms and conditions, and what information to send for us for debuting books (and other items) can be found at this page on our website.
We’ll be sending out an email to all previous years’ exhibitors with all this information on too, and we’ll be promoting the table registration commencement on Twitter and Facebook as well, so if you know someone who’s interested, please point them in the right direction, so they can get all the information they need!
Hopefully, all the above makes sense, but if you have any queries whatsoever, then please, get in touch. We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supports Thought Bubble each year, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Leeds in November, for what promises to be our biggest (and hopefully best) festival ever!
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, News, Thought Bubble 2013 | Tags: Anime, arts, Comics, entertainment, illustration, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art, UK Conventions
Greetings, true bubblievers!
Spring is approaching, and the sun is valiantly fighting its way back into the sky, so, by my ancient Babylonian crop tracking device, I make it just about time to make some big ol’ TBF13 announcements! HUZZAH!
We are delighted to reveal that this year’s festival will run from 17th – 24th November, in conjunction with the 27th Leeds International Film Festival, and our humongous convention will take place on the 23rd & 24th November! We’ll have announcements coming soon regarding table registration and ticket sales for the convention, but in the meantime we have our first wave of guests confirmed, including…
- Rafael Alburquerque (American Vampire);
- Gabriel Bá (Daytripper, Casanova);
- Andy Belanger (Swamp Thing, Black Church);
- Becky Cloonan (Batman, Wolves, The Mire);
- Ming Doyle (Mara, Jennifer’s Body)
- Fábio Moon (Casanova, Daytripper);
- Sean Gordon Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus);
- Ramón Pérez (Wolverine & The X-Men);
- Emma Rios (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly);
- Annie Wu (Hawkeye, The Venture Bros)
You can see more details on the website, and we’ll have many, many more guests to announce as the festival draws closer, so keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook to find out as soon as we add new names to the list!
In further TBF13 news, and as you’ve probably spotted from the top of the blog – we’ve got an awesome new festival image! This year’s festival icon has been provided by the wonderful Alice Duke, and we should hopefully have a blog post soon about her process for creating it. We love it, and the sci-fi vibe that it’s giving to this year’s proceedings is out of this world. Literally! Hahaha– sorry. You can see the full version of her ace art below (click to embiggen).
That’s all for the time being, but there’s plenty more to see up at thoughtbubblefestival.com so be sure to have a nose around, and we’ll be back soon with more updates for our biggest festival ever!
Oh, and Minterviews will be back next week! So look out for that! YAY!
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, News, Programme 2011, Thought Bubble 2011, What is Sequential Art? | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art, UK Conventions
Howdy hey! Bit of a quiet month on the blog (sorry), but that’s because we’ve been busy. Like, super-busy. So without much further ado lets plow on into the mammoth pile of Thought Bubble 2011 happenings that’ve crept up on us like… mammoths?
First things first – Exhibitor table news!
Tables in Saviles Hall are now completely sold out. A new record for us, all the tables in that hall are now booked, however, we still have limited numbers left to book in Royal Armouries Hall for our 2 day convention. Early bird prices for these remaining tables expire on August 1st (after which time they will rise), so act fast if you don’t want to miss out and snag yourself a bargain! Full details can be found on the website.
Second item of business – Leeds Graphic Novel Awards 2011!
Last year saw the inaugural Leeds Graphic Novel Awards ceremony take place (won by Dave Shelton for his book Good Dog, Bad Dog) as part of the Leeds Book Awards. Specifically aimed at books suitable for 11-14 year olds, this winner is chosen by pupils at selected schools around Leeds, who then get to attend the awards ceremony and meet the creators. We’ve just released the nominations shortlist for this year, and if you’d like your school to take part in this or future events please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tertiary phase – Northern Sequential Art Competition 2011!
Following on from the success of last year’s first ever Northern Sequential Art Competition, we’re pleased to present 2011′s offering in association with our good friends over at Travelling Man comic stores. Winning entries will be published in our next anthology (publication date TBC in 2012), and there are other fabulous prizes to be attained.
Full details and T&Cs can be found on the website, but there’s a brief run down below.
This year’s competition is open to artists and writers in the UK, and entries must be a single, self-contained comic book page, with no fewer than 6 panels, A3 in size, portrait format and must contain the title in the top left corner.
Judges will include Matt Smith (editor of 2000 AD) and Steve Wacker (Marvel’s Spider-Man Editor). Deadline for entries is Monday 31st October.
Finally – Convention Tickets!
Tickets for 2011′s convention are selling like cakes tending towards maximum entropy, so act fast if you’d like to be one of the lucky ones (first 500 weekend pass sales) to get guaranteed entry to our funtastical after-party!
And that’s it! All the news. ALL OF IT. We’ll be announcing this year’s festival programme soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that, shouldn’t be too hard to spot as it’s going to be huge. Seriously, when we said this year’s festival was going to be our biggest yet we really weren’t kidding. Cushty.
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, Film and Sequential Art, Small Press and Independent Friends of Thought Bubble, Thought Bubble 2011, What is Sequential Art? | Tags: Comics, Kayla Hillier, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds comic workshops, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art, UK Conventions, Webcomics
Hello! We’re back!
Back after an exhaustingly good time at the MCM Expo down in the big ol’ city known as Londinium. While there we announced some new guests for TBF11, and generally had a jolly old time with Team Comics, as well as handing out some lovely new Thought Bubble flyers along the way. But we are now ensconced in the lofty spires of Thought Bubble Towers once again, and we have work to do, so let’s get this party/blog post started!
First up – tickets for this year’s convention are now up on sale, first 500 weekend passes sold confer guaranteed entry to our party on the Saturday night, and full details as to pricing and purchase options can be found on the website! We’ve changed things up a bit with the festival and convention expansion, so be sure to read all the details – makes life a lot easier for everyone.
Next up, news of a competition for all of you out there with their sights set on being the next big thing in comics. The publisher Myriad Editions has launched a competition for aspiring graphic novelists and are looking for a first-time GN in progress, with the winner working with the publisher to complete the title. The writer who comes first in the competition also stands a chance of being offered a contract and seeing their title published.
On the judging panel will be author Ian Rankin, Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell, author and cartoonist Ed Hillyer, graphic novelists Hannah Berry and Bryan Talbot, and Myriad Editions creative director Corinne Pearlman.
Full details on the Myriad Editions website.
News has also reached us of a new arts event in Leeds taking place this month! The north’s first applied arts fair, LOOP Arts Fair, will take place June 17th-19th at Marshalls Mill, Leeds.
Keynote speaker on the Friday is James Jarvis “Born in London in 1970 and raised on a diet of Richard Scarry, Hergé, Judge Dredd and Albert Camus, Jarvis studied Illustration at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1995. Since then he has gone on to establish himself as a graphic artist of international repute.In 1998 Jarvis designed the iconic toy figure ‘Martin’, unwittingly helping start the ‘designer’ toy phenomenon.” And they’ve also got open studios, talks, live art, workshops, printshops from TOY, Analogue Books, Drew Millward, Lizzie Stewart, Best Joined Up, Kibbo Kift and more! Tickets are on sale through their website.
Finally, we’re welcoming a new Friend of Thought Bubble into the fold! This week’s super friend is the awesome Kayla Hillier, a Canadian comic creator now living here in Blighty. There’s a selection of her work below (click the images to embiggen), and a description of the lady herself in her own words under that. Give them a gander, eh!
Kayla Marie Hillier has been livin’ large for a little more than a quarter of a century. She hails from a small town – nay, village – of 600 people called Stoney Point or Pointe-aux-Roches which is found in the most southern part of the Canadian province of Ontario.
She spent 18 years of her life there where she became BFFs with the internet although she was limited by her dial up connection. Shhhhh shhhhhh beep bop boo beep shhhhhhh-
She left the nest to pursue “higher education” in the Niagara region at Brock University where she achieved a degree in both Philosophy and Film and managed to write well over 100 articles for the Canadian University Press. She left Toronto about a year ago to return to Manchester, England – as the country managed to woo her with an impressive display of overcast skies.
She digs comics, so she makes some of her own. Her work includes the now completed webcomic GALAVANT which documents her travels throughout the UK over a period of 3 months – she’s also involved in Julia Scheele’s 69 Love Songs, Illustrated project.
Kayla’s one of my favourite people in comics, and I’d really recommend checking her stuff out, or come along to Thought Bubble 2011 and say hi to her in person!
That’s all for now, back soon with more TBF11 news and other shenanigans.
Filed under: Art by Guests, Film and Sequential Art, Thought Bubble 2011, What is Sequential Art? | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art
Hello! It’s only 181 days (or a year if you live on the planet Chimera) until the start of this year’s Thought Bubble, and we have some details of exciting new comic goodness for all of y’all in the meantime!
First up, we’re extremely happy to be able to bring you the first details of our first ever Thought Bubble Anthology! We’ve been working away on this for quite a while now, getting it all shiny and ready for the public’s discerning gaze, and we’re super pleased with how it’s turned out. We’re still finalising everything ahead of printing, but we can tell you that it will be distributed globally this summer by Diamond Publishing, is made possible by a generous grant from the Arts Council UK, and all proceeds from its sales will be going to Barnardos.
The anthology will showcase a wide variety of creators and styles, as well as giving you another chance to see the six winning entries from last year’s inaugural Northern Sequential Arts Competition! We’ve got a sneak peak at the cover below, featuring our wonderful festival image for this year from Becky Cloonan, and we’ll have full details on how to get hold of a copy very soon…
Next up, it’s Friends of Thought Bubble alumnus Howard Hardiman’s The Lengths, issue 1 of which hits comic shops on Wednesday 18th May, with new issues released every two months.
Drawn from extensive interviews with real sex-workers in the city, The Lengths is a quirky, uncompromising but ultimately sympathetic take on the oldest profession in the world. You thought being a male escort is a dog’s life? Think again.
The Lengths is available from all good UK comics shops, including:
…and online at: http://cutebutsad.bigcartel.com
We’ve also got news of Dick Turpin and the Crimson Plague, a new graphic novel from our friends over at Time Bomb Comics that will be launching at this year’s convention. The book is a follow up to their 2008 highwaymen vs zombies one-shot Dick Turpin and the Restless Dead, and is set one year on from the first book, with Dick Turpin up against a nest of vampire prostitutes in 18th century London. Written by Steve Tanner it features art from Graeme Howard and is lettered by Nikki Foxrobot. You can get a glimpse at the artwork below, but vampire prostitutes – what’s not to love?
Finally, we’re very pleased to see that the Comics Forum website is now up and running. We’ve worked with them for the past few years, bringing fascinating academic talks on the theory and practices behind sequential arts to Leeds as part of the Thought Bubble festival, and 2011 is no exception. This year will see three days of talks, on a variety of themes, and the call for submissions is now open. Come along and see the serious side of funny books!
Exciting, I’m sure you’ll agree! Back on Friday with a new Friend of Thought Bubble.
Filed under: Small Press and Independent Friends of Thought Bubble, Thought Bubble 2011 | Tags: Leeds comic con, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Lynn Allingham, Tuckshop
Hey gang! I trust you all had a very enjoyable Free Comic Book Day at the weekend?
Well, it’s that time again, to swivel the spotlight and shine it on one of our many many Friends. This week we’re happy to welcome into the fold Lynn Allingham aka Tuckshop, whose jewelery caught my eye at last year’s Thought Bubble con. It’s quirky, and beautifully crafted, just check out the pictures below and see what Lynn has to say about it for a taster!
Well, where do I start, I don’t like talking about myself, but here goes… I am Lynn aka- Tuckshop and I design jewellery.
I started making jewellery about 3 years ago now, quite un-knowingly my sister got me started by handing me a big bag full of Fimo and said “here, see what you can do with that”, so I did and I have never looked back. My jewellery is heavily craft based rather than bead based, this stems from having a passion for just making things ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper!
I like creating miniature objects (mainly tasty foods he he he) completely from scratch. I research and play with new mediums to create items that are not easily definable or easy to replicate. I especially like it when people can’t figure out how I have made something (anal, I know!)
My biggest influence is probably Japanese craft, I love Kawaii and decollage and am always looking for new mediums in which to create the effects I want.
I was first introduced to thought bubble in 2010 by lots of talented comic friends and was very excited to have been accepted as a stall holder. Last year I designed a new range of comic inspired jewellery especially for the show and it was very well received, This year I am even more excited about thought bubble being a 2 day show so I can make lots of bigger and better designs, yay, see you there!
I highly recommend checking out Lynn’s table at this year’s TB convention, for a full list of exhibitors who’re confirmed to appear so far please check the website. We’ll be bringing you another Friend of Thought Bubble next week!
Filed under: Art by Guests, News, Programme 2011, Thought Bubble 2011, What is Sequential Art? | Tags: Comics, Graphic Novels, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Nelson, Sequential Art, Signings, Small Press
Hey gang! Hope you all had a very happy Star Wars day, and if you don’t celebrate that particular holiday, well, laugh it up fuzzball. Something a bit different on the blog today, as we’re bringing you the first bit of news about an exciting new British comics project!
Nelson, a new collaborative graphic novel from Blank Slate Books will be launching this November at Thought Bubble’s convention, and features an awesome line-up of British comics talent. We’ll be celebrating the arrival of this major new work with signings and a panel, and will be bringing you more information throughout the year as the launch approaches.
So, who is Nelson? Well, Nel Baker’s story starts in 1968 (the year of her birth) and takes us through to the present day, with each creator presenting a snapshot of one year of her life. In the words of Rob Davis (Dr Who, Don Quixote) the anthology’s editor – “I don’t know if anyone’s tried anything like this before, I just think it’s a great way to show what separates comic artists from other artists – we don’t just draw pictures, we tell stories! I wanted us to avoid the ‘pick-and-choose’ aspect of most anthologies and get everyone writing their own chapters, working together to tell one continuous story. So whether a creator is your favourite or someone whose work you’d never normally go near, they all become an essential read.”
We’ve got a sneak peak at some of the art below, as well as some more information, simply click the images to embiggen them.
The line-up of talent involved looks simply stunning, but don’t take my word for it, have a gander at the contributors…
Rob Davis, Woodrow Phoenix, Ellen Lindner, Jamie Smart, Gary Northfield, Sarah McIntyre, Suzy Varty, Sean Longcroft, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Luke Pearson, Paul Harrison-Davies, Katie Green, Paul Peart-Smith, Glyn Dillon, Ian Culbard, John Allison, Philip Bond, Matt (D’Israeli) Brooker, Simone Lia, Daryl Cunningham, Jonathan Edwards, Ade Salmon, Kate Charlesworth, Warren Pleece, Kristyna Baczynski, James Harvey, Rian Hughes, Sean Phillips + Pete Doree, Kate Brown, Simon Gane, Oliver East, Adam Cadwell, Faz Choudhury, Jake, Jeremy Day, Dan McDaid, Roger Langridge, Will Morris, Dave Shelton, Carol Swain, Hunt Emerson, Duncan Fegredo, Philippa Rice, Garen Ewing, Tom Humberstone, Dan Berry, Kate Evans, Laura Howell, Andi Watson and Dave Taylor.
Very much a project worth getting excited about, so come to Thought Bubble 2011 and meet Nel Baker for the first time!
That’s all for now, Friends of Thought Bubble returns next week!
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Hey you guys! Whole lotta TBF11 news and the return of our series of creator profiles here for you today!
The build-up to this year’s Thought Bubble is well and truly underway now, and we’re now able to start letting a few cats out of their respective bags. Their quantum wavefronts collapse, and we are able to categorically confirm that they exist, and are looking very healthy.
First and foremost – our shiny new website is now LIVE! To get a glimpse of all things Thought Bubble 2011, simply direct your browsers to www.thoughtbubblefestival.com, where you’ll be able to find guest announcements, information on all this year’s events, and a full listing of 2011′s many, many, exhibitors.
Speaking of guests, we’ve announced this year’s first batch of attendees, and we think they set the tone for 2011′s festival. Namely, uber-awesome, just feast your ocular cavities on this bunch…
Adam Hughes (Catwoman)
Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween)
Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy)
Becky Cloonan (Demo)
Richard Starkings (Elephantmen)
Emma Vieceli (Vampire Academy)
Allison Sohn (Marvel/DC Trading Cards)
Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men)
Jamie McKelvie (Secret Avengers)
Boo Cook (Elephantmen)
Andy Diggle (Astonishing Captain America)
…with many more to be announced as the festival draws closer!
As you may know, each year, we here in the lofty Thought Bubble towers like to throw the spotlight on a selection of independent creators in a series known, unambiguously, as The Small Press and Independent Friends of Thought Bubble. And this year is no exception.
Kicking off 2011′s entries is a creator who has rapidly become one of our very favourites. Almost too rapidly. But I’m sure you’ll see why once you have a look at some of his artwork. Glance southwards and you’ll be able to view a selection of pieces from the inimitable Luke Pearson, producer of the gorgeous cover for upcoming UK anthology Paper Science 4.
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Luke Pearson is an illustrator and comic book artist who graduated with an illustration degree in 2010. His comics can be found in anthologies such as Solipsistic Pop and A Graphic Cosmogony, music newspaper The Stool Pigeon, the self-published Dull Ache as well as scattered across the Internet. His first book Hildafolk was published by Nobrow Press in 2010. You can find all his work at www.lukepearson.com
I really cannot recommend Hildafolk enough, pick it up at your local comic emporium and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Lovely stuff.
That’s about it for now, we’re expecting tickets for this year’s convention to go on sale in the next few weeks, and if you’d like to know the instant that happends then I’d suggest following us on Twitter, or joining our Facebook group. There’ll be another creator profile up same time next week, but until then – be excellent to each other!