Thought Bubble 2014: 9th-16th November!


Thought Bubble Socials – 2014 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang! We’re running some free art workshops in the coming months that we’d love you to attend!

Following on from the success of ‘Bub’s Lounge’ at 2013’s Thought Bubble Festival, we are running a series of free art workshops at the Travelling Man Lounge (107 Kirkgate LS1 6DP) with the next on Thursday 27th March.

Bub’s Lounge was created as a space where people could escape the crowds of the bustling convention halls, and take some time out to read comics, draw, or just sit and relax. These monthly workshops, run by Thought Bubble and artist Alison Herbert, will be informal sessions, open to all, for fans of comic art or those who have never picked up a comic before.

You don’t need to have any drawing experience, you can just come by and say hello, and meet some like-minded individuals. You can find out more about the project, and what inspired it on this blog post.

If you’d like some more information on the sessions, or the project that inspired them, please email martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com or call 07585 504 763.

Sessions will be running at the Travelling Man Lounge (accessible via the red doors adjacent to The Regent pub) from 5pm to 7pm on these dates:

Thursday 30th January (thanks to everyone who came along!)
Thursday 27th February (thanks to everyone who came along!)
Thursday 27th March 
Thursday 24th April

We’d love to see some of you there, and this gives us a good opportunity to meet all of you away from the hectic whirlwind that is Thought Bubble’s convention and the wider festival events, so please do pop along and join in the fun!

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2013 Festival Spotlight – Portfolio Reviews by thoughtbubblefestival

Our series of spotlight features on aspects of 2013′s Thought Bubble concludes today with a look at the portfolio reviews that will be taking place at this year’s convention on the 23rd and 24th November! The full programme of festival events is our biggest ever, and the convention programme is a big part of that – with over 40 events to enjoy, as well as the three massive exhibitor halls with almost 400 creators for you to meet!

This year’s portfolio-based events are taking place in conjunction with the lovely people at 2000 AD, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, SelfMadeHero, Titan, and Vertigo Comics. You can find out more about Thought Bubble, and this year’s programme, in our festival e-guide, and for more information on this year’s portfolio review events, please read on…

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Please note: the convention and all events taking place within are free to enter for under-12s, however, they will need to be accompanied by a ticket-holding parent or guardian.

2000 AD Comic Competition

Entries must be submitted in person at Thought Bubble’s Convention, Saturday 23rd November, at the 2000 AD table in New Dock Hall.

Want to be the next great artist to draw Judge Dredd? Then take this opportunity to have your art seen by one of the world’s best known publishers by entering the 2000 AD portfolio challenge!

This year we have the ultimate prize – the winner of the portfolio session will get the chance to illustrate a Future Shock in 2000 AD! Join the ranks of the biggest names in British comic books by getting a paid strip from Tharg the Mighty!

Budding artists should view the free sample script at thoughtbubblefestival.com, draw their own version of it, and bring their efforts to the portfolio sessions being held at the 2000 AD table at the Thought Bubble Comic Con on Saturday 23rd November.

The six best efforts chosen by Tharg himself will then go before the searing eyes of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic and its art droids!

For full information on this event, please click here.

Image Comics Portfolio Reviews with Eric Stephenson

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 holding portfolio reviews at Thought Bubble!

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

Please submit your portfolio to portfolioreviews@thoughtbubblefestival.com by 5pm, 11th November. A confirmation email will be sent before the convention specifying times/location for successful applicants.

Marvel Portfolio Critiques with Stephen Wacker and C B Cebulski

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 pleased to announce that once again Marvel Comics will be holding a talent search at Thought Bubble!

Because of time constraints, the format for reviews will be as follows: your portfolio must be emailed in advance, then, if your portfolio is selected, you’ll be called back for a full review by senior Marvel editor Stephen Wacker and Marvel talent scout C B Cebulski.

Please submit your portfolio to portfolioreviews@thoughtbubblefestival.com by 5pm, 11th November. A confirmation email will be sent before the convention specifying times/location for successful applicants.

SelfMadeHero Drop-In Portfolio Critique

SelfMadeHero Table, New Dock Hall, free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

SelfMadeHero is the UK’s finest graphic novel publisher, home to some of the world’s best creators. Their editors will be on hand throughout this year’s Thought Bubble convention to give advice on portfolios, scout for new talent, and hear your pitches!

Titan Comics Portfolio Reviews with Steve White

Sat 23 Nov 1400-1600, Sun 24 Nov 1100-1200, Holiday Inn Express Bar, Armouries Square, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages

Titan Senior Editor Steve White will be holding portfolio sessions for a limited time during Thought Bubble’s convention. Have a great comic book in you? Steve is looking for something special: breaking talent, fresh art, and innovative new creators. Titan Comics publishes daring comics both licensed and creator-owned so bring your portfolio along to get feedback from the top editor of the UK’s biggest comics factory!

Vertigo Comics Portfolio Critiques with Will Dennis

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 pleased to announce that Vertigo Comics will be holding portfolio reviews at Thought Bubble!

Because of time constraints, the format for reviews will be as follows: your portfolio must be emailed in advance, then, if your portfolio is selected, you’ll be called back for a full review by Vertigo Comics group editor Will Dennis.

Please submit your portfolio to portfolioreviews@thoughtbubblefestival.com by 5pm, 11th November. A confirmation email will be sent before the convention specifying times/location for successful applicants.

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That’s all the spotlights for this year, don’t forget that with 90 events taking place over more than a week of programming, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy, so be sure to check out our festival guide and join in the fun this November!



2013 Festival Spotlight – Live Events by thoughtbubblefestival

Our series of spotlight features on the events taking place as part of 2013′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 biggest ever, with 90 ways for you to get involved and join in the comics-related fun and hijinks!

Our programme of workshops is made possible in no small part thanks to the generous funding granted to us by Arts Council England, and the help of our partners at Travelling Man, Best Joined Up, Mondo, Comics Forum, and Leeds International Film Festival. You can find out more about Thought Bubble, and this year’s programme, in our festival e-guide, and for more information on this year’s live events, please read on…

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Festival Duration Events

Third Line @ Thought Bubble 2013

Allied London Hall, Armouries Square, convention weekend exhibition free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Best Joined Up is a gathering together of British creators – since 2005 they have toured the globe with their live illustration and painting events, creating new audiences, unique platforms and building fresh networks for Illustration, Street/Graffiti Art, Design, Animation and Sound.

Best Joined Up will be returning to Thought Bubble 2013 with a crack team of Graffiti and Street Artists, Illustrators and Doodlers.You may remember them creating the bespoke three metre high page for 2000 AD in 2011, or their live film poster making with Mondo Posters in 2012.

This year, Best Joined Up will create a series of huge-scale sequential arts pieces which will be created on site and then exhibited in our new third exhibition space – Allied London Hall – the project will be completed with live illustration over the comic con weekend.

Please visit bestjoinedup.com for more information on their upcoming projects.

Core Mix Exhibition

1-30 Nov, Cuvée Wine Bar, Granary Wharf, Leeds, opening times vary, suitable for all ages, FREE

Gramschi – half-Viking / half-nerd finally begins his realisation of a decade-long project – meaning he actually started painting. As for the works themselves; recognition will doubtless occur, but may not be instant. Bastions of escapism; solace; thrill and sheer fun. The simple and bold extrapolated to cosmic complexity. Or just pretty colours and shapes. It doesn’t matter.

This exhibition runs for the whole of November, and includes talks on the works on Sunday 3rd and Sunday 17th November at 1400. For opening times and location details, please visit cuveeleds.com

Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition Exhibition

1-30 Nov, Leeds Central Library, 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!

Winners of the competition will be announced at the Thought Bubble comic convention on Sunday 24th November at 10.10am in the Bury Theatre, and will have their work featured in 2014’s Thought Bubble Anthology!

Sunday November 17th

Barbara ‘Basha’ Baranowska: Film Poster Design Talk

Leeds Town Hall, Albert Room, 1430, all ages, FREE

Barbara ‘Basha’ Baranowska, best known for her poster for Possession, is the unsung hero of Polish poster art. Basha donned a variety of graphic personae – from the sometimes brutal cut-outs of her early Polish book jackets to voluptuous, almost psychedelic surrealism of her French film posters, and the works she produced are unforgettable. Here, the curator of an exhibition of her works running for the duration of the festival (see leedsfilm.com for more details), Daniel Bird, will give a free talk on Basha, her life, and her creations.

Thursday November 21st

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 1

Leeds Library Portal and Exhibition Space, 0900-1645, All ages, please see below for ticket prices and how to book

Comics Forum hits the small press and underground scenes this year, with two days of talks by experts from around the world! Whether you want to bone up on your comics history, delve into the politics of print culture, or see what’s going on in international comics communities, Comics Forum 2013 is the place to be!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (21st or 22nd November): £10

2 days (21st and 22nd November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £35 (this is a saving of £7 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

Please visit comicsforum.org for full details and to book tickets.

Pints and Pencils

Fab Cafe, Leeds, LS2 8PL, 1830-2200, 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 November 22nd

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 2

Leeds Library Portal and Exhibition Space, 0900-1645, All ages, please see below for ticket prices and how to book

Comics Forum hits the small press and underground scenes this year, with two days of talks by experts from around the world! Whether you want to bone up on your comics history, delve into the politics of print culture, or see what’s going on in international comics communities, Comics Forum 2013 is the place to be!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (21st or 22nd November): £10

2 days (21st and 22nd November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £35 (this is a saving of £7 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

Please visit comicsforum.org for full details and to book tickets.

Thought Bubble Book Crossing

Various locations across Leeds and Bradford (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 in order to achieve our aim to get everyone reading more!

Libraries taking part include: Baildon, Bingley, Compton Road, Eccleshill, Holt Park, Keighley, Kippax, Laisterdyke, Leeds Central, Manningham, Moor Allerton, Shipley, Park & Read, Wetherby, Wibsey, Wyke.

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!

Young People’s Comic Award

Leeds Town Hall, Sullivan Room, 1300-1500, Selected Schools, FREE

The Young People’s Comic Award is run in association with the Leeds Book Awards and Leeds Library and has taken over from the Leeds (Young People’s) Graphic Novel Awards which began in 2010.

The shortlist for this award is selected by the British Comic Awards committee, and then judged by young people, and aims to celebrate the best in comics from UK creators aimed at, and suitable for, a young audience.

Please visit britishcomicawards.com for full details. This event is fully subscribed, but if your school would like to be involved with 2014′s event, please contact Debbie Moody.

Thought Bubble Pre-Convention Reception

1871 Bar, Leeds Marriott Hotel, LS1 6ET, 2000 until late, FREE (limited capacity, so please arrive early), 18+ (please bring a valid form of photo ID)

A chance for guests, exhibitors and attendees to relax and chat in the lovely surroundings of 1871 bar before our huge Comic Con on Saturday!

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

Convention Live Events – Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November

Please note: the convention and all events taking place within are free to enter for under-12s, however, they will need to be accompanied by a ticket-holding parent or guardian.

Book Launches @ Thought Bubble 2013

Various tables, 100-1700, Allied London Hall, New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries Hall,  prices vary, all ages

2012’s Thought Bubble convention saw over 60 books making their debut, and this year there will be even more!

To see the titles launching at this year’s festival, please click here.

Doctor Geof’s Travelling Tea Museum

Centre of Royal Armouries Hall, Free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Doctor Geof’s Travelling Tea Museum is a fake museum principally to do with tea. More accurately, the museum is a display of fictional artefacts and erroneous replicas relating to the exploits of a completely-made-up tea-based military organisation.

Admittance free.

Strictly No Tea Duelling.

Mondo @ Thought Bubble 2013

Mondo Booth, Allied London Hall, 100-1700, free with Saturday/Sunday/Weekend convention pass, free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, price of prints TBA, all ages

Mondo – champions of innovative movie poster design – are returning to Thought Bubble! Following their incredibly popular retrospective exhibition at 2012’s festival, they’ll be bringing some exclusive new prints to the show, which will go on sale at their booth at a random time during the convention weekend. To find out as soon as this happens, please follow @mondonews on Twitter, and be sure to keep an eye on their updates over the course of the convention weekend!

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 a blend of breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints.

Portland Comics Heaven

Creative Bubble Exhibition Room, Armouries Square, 100-1700, free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Portland Comics Heaven is a gallery show celebrating the burgeoning comics scene of Portland, Oregon. Curated by Chris Thompson of Pop Culture Hound, with assistance from Joe Keatinge, the exhibition highlights some of the city’s well-known residents, including Matt Wagner, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Natalie Nourigat Jeff Parker, Sloane Leong, Paul Guinan, Matt Bors, Shannon Wheeler and more.

The show debuts at the Thought Bubble Festival over the convention weekend before taking up residence at the Orbital Gallery in London until the end of the year.

Please visit orbitalcomics.com for more information

British Comic Awards Prize-Giving Ceremony 2013

Sat 23 Nov Only, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1800-1900, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control content

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

The second 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 the naming of this year’s inductee into the British Comics Hall of Fame.

For full information on the British Comic Awards, please visit britishcomicawards.com

Thought Bubble 2013 Mid-Con Party

Sat 23 Nov Only, Venue TBC, 2000-late, strictly 18+, please bring a valid form of photo ID, free entry with party invite (please see below for details)

If you are one of the lucky first 500 people to buy your Thought Bubble convention weekend pass, you will receive a special invite to our Saturday night party! The perfect way to unwind after a hectic day on the con floor – we’ll have the drinks and music flowing until late, so help us celebrate another Thought Bubble in style.

Please note: you will need to make sure you have a valid party invite (or guest/press/exhibitor pass) to gain access. This will be granted in exchange for your numbered weekend ticket or receipt confirmation (or valid ID / payment card of the person who booked), if you are among the first 500 people* to purchase a weekend pass – just come to the ticket desk from 12pm onwards on the Saturday of the convention to collect your party invite.

If you missed out on being one of the lucky 500, please check the front desk of the convention in New Dock Hall at 4pm on the Saturday of the convention, as a small number of party tickets may still be available.

Venue details are being finalised, and will be announced online before the convention, and a map will be found on the invite – if you have any queries, please ask at the ticket desk when collecting your invite.

*tickets bought online before 7/10/12, or bought in person from Travelling Man, etc

Cosplay Masquerade

Sun 24 Nov Only, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1450-1700, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control content

Thought Bubble’s massive cosplay event is back! Whether you’re in costume or not, come along and experience a cavalcade of crazy characters as we decide who’s best dressed enough to impress our judges!

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, along with a judges’ choice award. Costumes must be hand-made, or altered by at least 50% to have a chance of winning the competition, but all cosplayers are welcome to attend the masquerade.

Hosted by Heroes Alliance, please visit heroesallianceuk.com

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Join us tomorrow for our last spotlight, when we’ll be looking at the portfolio reviews taking place at this year’s convention!



2013 Festival Spotlight – Workshops by thoughtbubblefestival

We’re continuing our look at some of the events taking place as part of 2013’s Thought Bubble, this time focusing on some of the creative workshops that are running during the festival week! The full programme of events has 90 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!

Our programme of workshops is made possible in no small part thanks to the generous funding granted to us by Arts Council England, and the help of our partners at Leeds Libraries, Playful Leeds, and our amazing workshopeers Art Heroes, HexjibberImproper Books, Matt Dyson, Neill Cameron, and everyone at The Phoenix. You can find out more about Thought Bubble, and this year’s programme, in our festival e-guide, and for more information on this year’s workshops, please read on…

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Monday 18th November

Cartoon Workshop with Matt Dyson

Keighley Library, 1315-1415, selected schools, 6-10 year olds, FREE

Amazing Cats & Super Dogs! Join Comic Artist Matt Dyson (creator of “Moo & Keo” and the “Today Let’s…” series) as he guides the group through the process of creating and drawing a new superhero team based around our favourite furry friends!

This workshop is full subscribed, but if your school would like to be involved for 2014’s events, please contact Debbie Moody.

Drink Squash and Draw

Leeds Central Library Exhibition Space, 1700-1900, young people and families, FREE

Join Comic Artist Matt Dyson (creator of “Moo & Keo” and the “Today Let’s…” series) for a fun and informal drop-in session, where we want to see you come up with the wildest creations you can imagine!

All materials will be provided, and assistance will be on hand for anyone who wants to hone their skills.

Tuesday November 19th

Cartoon Workshop with Matt Dyson

Eccleshill Library, 1315-1415, and Leeds Central Library Exhibition Space, 1700-1900, selected schools, 6-10 year olds, FREE

Amazing Cats & Super Dogs! Join Comic Artist Matt Dyson (creator of “Moo & Keo” and the “Today Let’s…” series) as he guides the group through the process of creating and drawing a new superhero team based around our favourite furry friends!

This workshop is full subscribed, but if your school would like to be involved for 2014’s events, please contact Debbie Moody.

Voodoo Crochet

Leeds Library Art Reading Room, 1730-1930, families and young people, FREE

Join Sarah from Wessenden Woollies, designer extraordinaire, and learn to crochet and create your very own cute voodoo doll in only 2 hours!

Each participant can take home and keep their creations. All materials provided. All are welcome, but the crochet session is recommended for 16+ individuals, however families are very welcome as there will be colouring-in sessions running at the same time to keep young children occupied.

Please e-mail martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com to book a place on this workshop.

Wednesday November 20th

Vampire Knitting

Leeds Library Art Reading Room, 1730-1930, families and young people, FREE

Join Sarah from Wessenden Woollies, designer extraordinaire, and learn to knit and create your very own cute vampire bat in only 2 hours!

Each participant can take home and keep their creations. All materials provided. All are welcome, but the knitting session is recommended for 16+ individuals, however families are very welcome as there will be colouring-in sessions running at the same time to keep young children occupied.

Please e-mail martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com to book a place on this workshop.

Thursday 21st November

Cartoon Workshop with Matt Dyson

Keighley Library, 1315-1415, selected schools, 6-10 year olds, FREE

Amazing Cats & Super Dogs! Join Comic Artist Matt Dyson (creator of “Moo & Keo” and the “Today Let’s…” series) as he guides the group through the process of creating and drawing a new superhero team based around our favourite furry friends!

This workshop is full subscribed, but if your school would like to be involved for 2014’s events, please contact Debbie Moody.

March of the Robots!

Travelling Man Lounge, 1st floor, 107 Kirkgate, Leeds, LS1 6DP, 1730-1900, 12-16, FREE but space is limited, so please sign up beforehand

Can you imagine Leeds in the near future? What would it look like if it were run by robots? What would it be called? Who would be in charge? Our super hero illustrator Kristyna Baczynski will be with you to help dream up this future vision, and create your own fantastical story of robots and their wild adventures.

This event is free and open to 12-16 year olds, however, space is limited and booking is essential, so please visit marchoftherobots.co.uk/mission4 to sign up.

Convention Workshops – Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November

Please note: the convention and all events taking place within are free to enter for under-12s, however, they will need to be accompanied by a ticket-holding parent or guardian.

Art Heroes @ Thought Bubble 2013

Art Heroes Table, The Phoenix Family Area, Royal Armouries Hall, from 1000-1700, Free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Art Heroes will be running their Thought Bubble Creating Characters Competition for the second year in a row, so pop by their table in Armouries Hall for a worksheet and return it by the end of the weekend for your chance to win a very special goodie bag!

And while you’re there make sure to take a look at Halcyon and Tenderfoot – a great comic for fans of all those superhero films and cartoons.

Please visit artheroes.co.uk for more information

Hexjibber Colouring-In Art Activities

Hexjibber Table, Royal Armouries Hall, from 1000-1700, free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Andy “Hexjibber” Sykes is back with giant colouring and quirky activities for all ages! Includes giant-sized activities taken straight from the pages of ‘The Hexjibber Colouring and Activity Book’ and the new ‘Hexjibber Anti-Revision Book’.

For more Hexjibber fun and activities, please visit hexjibber.com

How To Draw (Awesome) Robots

Playful Leeds Table, The Phoenix Family Area, Royal Armouries Hall, 1200-1300 free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Learn to draw amazing androids and magnificent Mecha! In this workshop, comics artist and giant robot afficionado Neill Cameron (Mo-Bot High, The Pirates of Pangaea, How To Make Awesome Comics) shares some of his top tips for drawing robots and the gets you started making your own robotic comics adventures. Along the way we’ll learn a little about some basic principles of figure-drawing-without-a-model – an essential skill for all comics artists! – and also quite a lot about the importance of rocket launchers.

Please visit playfulleeds.co.uk for more information

Improper Books: Knight & Dragon art table

Improper books table, New Dock Hall, from 100-1700, Free for under 12s but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Become a comic book colourist and help colour B&W versions of Knight & Dragon, by Matt Gibbs and Bevis Musson, and learn tips for creating your very own fairy tale and medieval characters!

The Phoenix @ Thought Bubble 2013

The Phoenix Family Area, Royal Armouries Hall, from 100-1700, free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Voyage through deepest darkest space in a giant cat space ship, battle pirates on the back of prehistoric monsters, or catch up with the recently exhumed for a quick interview… but hang on… this isn’t a delirious dream but a small sample of the adventures The Phoenix weekly story comic takes children on every week!

Make sure that you come and see us at this year’s Thought Bubble where you can catch up with some of your favourite Phoenix artists and learn some of their top secret comic creating tips! You can then put that knowledge to good use by entering your own creations to The Phoenix Zoo of Awesomeness. Think Alien Aardvarks, Monster Meerkats or even Ninja Narwhals! Don’t worry, if you can’t think of an amazing animal, The Phoenix boffins have brought along their patented comic-creating device ‘The Wheel of Awesomeness’ to help!

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Join us tomorrow, when we’ll be looking at some of the amazing live events that are coming up this November when 2013’s Thought Bubble rises up!



2013 Festival Spotlight – Signing Tour by thoughtbubblefestival

This year’s Thought Bubble is getting ever closer, and before the 17th November arrives, bringing with it a brand new festival to delight and entertain, we wanted to highlight some events taking place during the bubbly week to make sure you get the most out of our programme!

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 23rd & 24th, then these are the events for you.

This year’s signing tour is brought to all you lucky people in association with Travelling Man comic stores, Gosh! Comics, and Orbital Comics, and full details of each signing can be found below! For full festival programme information, please click here.

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Wednesday November 20th

Travelling Man, Newcastle

43 Grainger St, Newcastle, NE1 5JE, 1630-1830, all ages, FREE

Guests at this signing include: Kelly Sue Deconnick, Matt Fraction, Ramon Perez, and Richard Starkings.

Thursday November 21st

Travelling Man, Manchester

4 Dale St, Manchester, M1 1JW, 1630-1830, all ages, FREE

Guests at this signing include: Kelly Sue Deconnick, Matt Fraction, Ramon Perez, Fiona Staples, and Richard Starkings.

Friday November 22nd

Orbital Comics, London

Great Newport Street, London, 1600 onwards, all ages, FREE

Appearing at this signing will be: Sean Gordon Murphy

Travelling Man, York

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

Guests at this signing include: Andy Belanger, Becky Cloonan, Ramon Perez, Richard Starkings, and Cameron Stewart.

Gosh! Comics, London

Berwick Street, Soho, London, 1700-1900, all ages, FREE

Guests at this signing include: Brandon Graham, Fiona Staples, and Eric Stephenson.

Tuesday 26th November

Travelling Man, Manchester

4 Dale St, Manchester, M1 1JW, 1200-1400, all ages, FREE

Appearing at this signing will be: Jeffrey Brown

Travelling Man, York

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

Appearing at this signing will be: Jeffrey Brown

Wednesday 27th November

Gosh! Comics, London

Berwick Street, Soho, London, 1700-1900, all ages, FREE

Guests appearing at this signing include: Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba.

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Tune in tomorrow, when we’ll be taking a look at some of the creative workshops taking place during the festival week!



Thought Bubble Programme 2013 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 2013’s events! Taking place from 17th – 26th November at venues across Leeds and beyond, 2013’s celebration of comics comprises 90 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 23rd & 24th November!

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

A similar programme highlighting the screenings taking place in association with Leeds International Film Festival can be found on this page, with show times, ratings, and film blurbs listed, including showings of a new digital print of Akira, a documentary on the making of The Dark Knight Returns, and a retrospective of renowned Polish animator Walerian Borowczyk.

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 2013 is extremely grateful to Arts Council England for their generous support of the festival, which this year will allow us to open the special Bubs Lounge venue, and commission a sequential art project with the Best Joined Up collective. Full details of these endeavours can be found in the festival programme.

Thought Bubble 2013 promises to be a whole heap of comics-related fun for everyone, and is now only 38 days 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 look forward to welcoming everyone to Leeds very soon!



Thought Bubble 2013 Summer Update! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang, we hope you’re enjoying/enduring this blast of summer from the giant nuclear furnace in the sky, hopefully the heatwave will last until November and we can all wear shorts to the festival.

Shorts are fun, they’re like knee/ankle clothing windows. Yay!

We’re currently busy working to pull together all the many ingredients that are baked into a Thought Bubble cake each year, and we’ll be revealing the full (looking to be pretty darn huge) programme in the autumn, but in the meantime here’s an update on some of the things we’ve got cooking. Let’s go in alphabetical order this time, eh chums? ALPHABET… INITIATE!

Anthology: this year’s anthology will be in the same tabloid format as 2012’s issue and will feature all-new material from a number of wonderful creators both from within the UK and beyond!

You’ll be able to see the winning entries to last year’s Thought Bubble Comic Competition, and all profits from the sale of the anthology will again be going to The Barnardos Charity – a great cause that does some amazing work that’s very close to our hearts here at the festival.

More information can be found in the October solicits which are now up at Comic Book Resources.

British Comic Awards: Thought Bubble 2013 sees the sophomore British Comic Awards ceremony, and we’re delighted that such a prestigious judging panel has been assembled to pick the best of this year’s British comics. You can see the full judging line-up, as well as find out how to nominate your favourite comics of the last year, at the website.

Competitions: if you’d like to see your comic strip featured in 2014’s Thought Bubble Anthology, then you should look at entering our comic competition! We’re looking for single-page scripts from UK creators aged from 12 – 112 (or older, no ageist discrimination here), and there’s some great prizes up for grabs as well as getting your work featured in our next Anthology! Full details can be found at our website, and the deadline for entries is 07/10/13.

We’re also very pleased to be running another 2000 AD Portfolio Competition as part of this year’s festival, and you could win a paid gig with the galaxy’s greatest comic! Last year’s competition saw Will Morris emerge victorious, and his comic appeared in Prog 1836, with The Mighty Tharg’s steely approval. If you think you’re up to the challenge then check out the details on our website and get to drawing!

Hotel: this year Thought Bubble is a proud partner of the Leeds Marriott Hotel – conveniently located in the heart of the city centre! The Leeds Marriott hotel is the official and exclusive hotel partner of the Thought Bubble Festival, and is within walking distance of most event venues. We’ve secured a special festival rate for executive rooms over the convention weekend, and these are filling up fast, so head to the website for full details.

Tickets: passes for this year’s Thought Bubble convention (taking place on the 23rd and 24th November at Armouries Square) have been selling like warmed up baked goods! If you’d like to bag one of the first 500 weekend passes, and get guaranteed entry into our mid-convention party on the Saturday night, then head over to the website and get one quick-like!

Volunteers: if you’d like to help out with this year’s festival, then we’re always on the look-out for new Thought Bubblers, Bubblenauts, and Bubblifiers! We’re extremely lucky to bring together an incredibly friendly group each year, and we’d love to see some new faces in the mix, so if you think that sounds like your cup of bubble tea, then you can find more information at the website.

Website: we update the site throughout the year, including putting up guest profiles and exhibitor icons as we receive them! We’re really happy that we get such a diverse selection of creators and exhibitors each year, and we’d really recommend checking them out if you’re looking to find a new favourite, or simply see some artwork from some of the best!

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That’s all the updates we have for now, we’ll be back very soon with an exhibitor update, and then later this year we’ll be unleashing the full Thought Bubble programme into the wild, along with all the amazing screenings you can expect to see in partnership with our friends at Leeds International Film Festival.

We hope you all have a lovely time until next we meet, oh, and go see Pacific Rim, because it’s Robots hitting Aliens, and those are both Good Things.




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