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, Film and Sequential Art, News, Thought Bubble 2011 | Tags: Animation, Anime, Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art, UK Conventions
Hello Thought Bubblers!
Apologies for the unintentional blog hiatus, we’ve been working away at prepping for this year’s festival and have a whole heap of exciting things to reveal to you, just not today. But soon. Prooooomise.
There are things that we can reveal now, however, so let’s start the ball rolling with the facelift that the blog’s had.
We were super psyched when the amazing Becky Cloonan agreed to produce this year’s official festival image, and when we received the finished piece it literally blew our minds. Took us hours to get the walls of Thought Bubble towers cleared of all the grey matter, that’s how awesome it is. Becky’s great take on Snow White, we’re sure you’ll agree, is a perfect fit for the festival, and just goes to show that comics can even bring together homicidal step-mothers and their intended victims. There is literally nothing they cannot do. There’s a great step-by-step process of how the image was created up on Becky’s website, and if you glance down you can see the individual elements presented here for your viewing pleasure!
Next bit of housekeeping – Tables are available to book for this year’s expanded, two-day, two-hall convention! Early bird prices are in effect until August 1st, so take advantage and get in on the action. Full details on how to register are up on the website, if you have any queries please drop us a line via exhibitbubble[at]gmail[dot]com and we’ll get back to you sharpish!
Speaking of the website, we’re currently in the process of giving the old girl a complete overhaul, as a result of which there may be some slight downtime later in the week. This shouldn’t last for too long, and once the website’s back up it’ll be all new and shiny and ready to accommodate all your myriad browsing needs! While the website is down you will still be able to contact us via e-mail, twitter, and Facebook, and we’ll still be able to process table bookings, rest assured.
In other, non-Thought Bubble news, this week sees the start of the 12th annual Leeds Young Peoples Film Festival, and this year’s programme looks like their best yet!
Tickets are now on sale for Film Festival, an event organised by Leeds City Council and MediaFish, a group of award-winning young film enthusiasts. The annual event taking place from Monday 28th March to Friday 8th April boasts a special preview 3D screening of Rio, from the makers of ‘Ice Age’.
The We Love Anime roadshow takes place on Saturday 2nd April and comes to Leeds’ Hyde Park Picture House with a fantastic showcase of Anime films, old and new including Summer Wars, and fan-favourite Redline. The rest of the day is made up of the 1986 Miyazaki classic Laputa Castle in the Sky and the new Trigun Badlands Rumble based on the cult 90’s series. Tickets for the films start at £2.50 and passes for the whole day start at just £8.00, the first 60 people who buy full day passes will also receive a free goody bag worth over £30 that includes DVD’s, shirt’s, book’s and more.
As well as the films there will also be a manga wall where budding young artists can show off their talents, the best drawings will be awarded prizes throughout the day. There will also be a Cosplay competition for the best costume judged by Travelling Man and Thought Bubble.
It’ll be a great day, so come along and join in the fun!
And that’s it for now, next month we’ll have the new website up and running, fresh festival guests to announce, the convention programme to reveal, and some new Small Press and Independent Friends of Thought Bubble to welcome into the fold! Almost too much to handle. Almost.
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, News, Thought Bubble 2011 | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds comic workshops, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art, Small Press, UK Conventions
Hello Thought Bubblers!
Long time no see, eh? You’re looking well, good New Year’s Eve? Excellent.
Ok, so the blog is back off hiatus, and we haven’t been slacking. No, sir/ma’am. We’ve been busy getting things into position for this year’s festival, which is going to be our biggest yet. It’s our fifth birthday this year so we’re doing something a bit special. Because of this there have been a few major changes/upheavals, so if you want to get the skinny then read on! If you prefer to be surprised then that’s fine, skip this spoilerific post, but you’re missing out on some very cool beans.
We’re delighted to announce that this year’s festival will be a week long affair, running from the 14th – 20th November in conjunction with the Leeds International Film Festival. We’ll be playing host to a whole bunch of workshops, screenings, parties, academic talks, book give-aways, competitions, and various other shindigs, all leading up to our first ever two day convention on the 19th & 20th of November!
One of the comments from last year’s convention was that things were getting a bit crowded (it’s hard being popular), and apparently my idea of using a shrink ray on all attendees to increase relative hall space was “stupid”, so we decided to double the length of the convention to ease congestion. Along with this we’re expanding to incorporate a second exhibiting hall at the Royal Armouries (directly opposite Saviles Hall) to accommodate an extra 100 tables, and we’ve adapted the floor plan for Saviles Hall in order to increase the width of the aisles.
We’re hoping an expansion in terms of both size and duration will mean even more people can enjoy some bubbly goodness, while maintaining the relaxed atmosphere that we’ve been blessed with year on year. Not that we’re complaining about increased attendance, we love seeing new faces each year, so the more the merrier!
The changes that this has for exhibitors are explained in a bit more detail on our website, but basically there are two options for exhibiting now, and two price tiers. It should also be noted that table registration for this year’s convention is now open, and early bird price rates are available until 1st August, again, full details on the website.
As always we’re expecting a stellar line-up of guests, and we can announce that we will be welcoming the legendary Tim Sale (Batman the Long Halloween) to his first Thought Bubble this year, and will be welcoming back the wonderful Richard Starkings (Comicraft, Elephantmen) who was one of our favouritest guests last year.
We’ll be announcing many, many, many, more guests as the build-up to this year’s festival continues, so check back here regularly for updates, as well as interviews and showcases with some of our favourite indie creators at the moment. We’re expecting tickets for the convention to go on sale in the spring, and an announcement will be made here, on our twitter feed, and on our Facebook page when they do go on sale, along with any other big news regarding our endeavours this year, so keep an eye on ‘em!
That’s all for now, we’ll be back shortly with an exclusive reveal of this year’s festival image by [super-secret guest artist's name obscured] soon!
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, Art by Guests, Minterviews, News, Small Press and Independent Friends of Thought Bubble, Thought Bubble 2010 | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds comic workshops, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Philippa Rice, Sequential Art, Small Press, Webcomics
Greetings bubblers! There are now only five weeks until this year’s Thought Bubble Festival (18th – 21st November), and to celebrate we have a fresh minterview for you, and some Thought Bubble news as well. We spoil you, do we not?
This week we talked to Philippa “The Juzzard” Rice, whose wonderful webcomic My Cardboard Life continues to entertain us here at thought bubble towers on a regular basis. Philippa’s entry into the Friends of Thought Bubble roster can be found here, and more of her work can be seen on her blog. Let’s rap!
To start off, do you think you could give us an idea of how you first got into sequential art?
I didn’t start making comics ’til I’d graduated from my animation degree and was looking for more accessible ways to tell stories. Prior to that, I always enjoyed reading comics. The first comics I read were probably from the comics section in the Sunday Times called “The Funday Times” which I used to collect in a ring-binder.
Was the transition from animation to static storytelling an easy one?
It’s a nice transition I think. And easier than say, animation to picture books. Because even though comics are static, the story can move through time quite quickly.
I have used animation in a few comics. It’s fun to have a moving panel or two but I’m not sure if it works really. As soon as there’s something moving in there, it distracts your eyes from reading the comic in the proper order. I’d like to experiment with that more at some point though.
So, what prompted the initial choice to create characters from cardboard and other materials, as opposed to simply drawing them?
Just experimenting with different techniques really. When I first wrote about Cardboard Colin I imagined him being painted, which seems a bit strange now.
Collage might actually be more straight-forward than drawing to be honest, because I don’t have to do any pencils, I just cut the pieces out, stick them down, draw the faces and other details on and that’s it.
How long does it take to create a new character? Does the physical making of them take longer than thinking them up?
It really depends on the character. Cardboard Colin doesn’t take long, but Silvia Foil is a nightmare to cut out. She blunts my scalpel. Cardboard Carl probably takes the longest because he’s made up of three different materials. Cardboard body, Denim jeans and a fabric beard. I remake them for every panel they appear in, so if it’s a comic with six panels and Carl is in every one, it will take lots of hours.
Thinking them up doesn’t feel like it takes very long, because I write things down in my sketchbook when I think of them.
What are your favourite comics at the moment? Are there any you consider an influence on your own work?
I just finished reading My Brain is Hanging Upside Down by David Heatley. That was a goodun! I like autobio comics, they can be so touching plus they’re guaranteed to be original.
Most of my influences come from picture books or animation rather than comics. Like the way Lauren Child mixes together loads of different patterns and textures in the Charlie and Lola books. I’m a big fan of unusual materials or techniques, as in animations by Jan Svankmajer and Caroline Leaf. Also I enjoy any kind of silliness. I love those old silly symphonies cartoons, and also Spongebob Squarepants.
You’re appearing at this year’s Thought Bubble, what will you be bringing to the convention?
At the last few conventions I’ve done I’ve had a diorama on my table. A 3D model of the My Cardboard Life characters in a shoebox. At MCM Expo it was a picnic, at UK Web & Mini Comix it was a tea party. My idea for Thought Bubble is that the My Cardboard Life characters are going to be having their own mini convention inside that shoebox and they’ll have mini versions of the comics, mugs, badges and prints that I’ve got on my table, plus some other surprise items (surprises for me too since I haven’t made them yet).
Are the characters in the shoebox environment ‘life-size’ versions of their online counterparts? How big are they in ‘real-life’?
Well the actual size of the characters in the comics varies a bit from panel to panel, but they are generally the same size as the models in the dioramas. Pauline is about 7cm tall and Colin is 4.5cm. The only real difference about the models is that Colin’s got wire legs and arms instead of ink lines.
Do you enjoy attending events like Thought Bubble?
I do! It’s a novelty for me to meet real, actual people who read my comics. Plus it’s a massive inspiration boost to see everyone else’s work.
Have you noticed any changes in the UK community since you started creating comics yourself? Is it different to those in other countries from what you’ve seen?
This is a tricky question! It’s difficult for me to judge. In the past two years that I’ve been making comics, it does seem like the UK comics community is changing and growing, and that people are talking about comics more, but perhaps I just feel that way because I’m gradually getting more involved myself.
No, what am I talking about, UK comics are going through the roof! Look at all the stuff that’s going on, I’m seeing events and workshops appearing all over the place. Look at Solipsistic Pop! It’s amazing. I don’t really know about the communities in other countries, but let me tell you, UK comics are hot news, and we are going to show them!
Finally – Thought bubbles or caption boxes?
If they both asked me out on a date I’d go for the thought bubble. He’s kooky yet considerate.
Thanks to Philippa for talking to us, and you can see her talking in person on a panel as part of the Thought Bubble programme which was released recently (segue!).
This year the festival has even more wonderful (and mostly free) events taking place around our centre-piece one-day comic convention! For full details check the website and if you’re planning on attending any of our limited place events then please e-mail thoughtbubbleinfo[at]googlemail[dot]com as soon as possible to book a space and avoid any disappointment!
Related to this, our friends at Leeds Central Library’s Your Space are running a regular series of free manga meets for people under the age of 20. Full details on the flyer below.
That’s your lot for now, last few minterviews coming soon, and we’ll have some last minute Thought Bubble 2010 surprises for you as the start of the festival draws ever closer! Zounds!
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, Thought Bubble 2009 | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art, UK Conventions
Hey Bubble-fans! Last week saw the third Thought Bubble Sequential Art Festival take place, and – now the dust has settled, and sleep has been indulged in – I think we’d be pretty safe in saying it was our best yet. We’re not afraid to blow our own trumpets here at the TB Tower, no sirree!
It needs to be said though that it wouldn’t be possible without our amazing volunteers, who, if you attended, you would most likely have seen dashing about making sure everything ran like clockwork. We are incredibly lucky that every year we get even more enthusiastic, friendly, hard-working, sequential art-loving, people who are willing to help us bring you bigger and better Thought Bubbles – the TB family keeps on growing to match the festival itself; there’s a metaphor in there somewhere. On behalf of myself and Lisa, I’d like to say a massive, and heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers who helped out, both during the festival and in the run-up/aftermath, you’re all legends in your own lifetimes!
I think it’s also safe to say that this year’s batch of professional guests was our best yet, and I don’t think I’ve ever had the privilege of being around such a concentrated group of talented, and friendly, individuals. One of my favourite things about the comic industry is that it gives fans a unique opportunity to interact with the creative forces whose work they admire, and I don’t think any of our guests disappointed. For some it was their first visit to Thought Bubble, others have been appearing at them from the start, but all of them are great in their own right, and it remains a pleasure, nay a delight, to be able to bring everyone together year after year. Especially at the after-party. The atmosphere at Thought Bubble is one of friendly banter – I like to think – and this is down in large part to our wonderful guests, so I’d like to say thank you to each and every one of them for coming this year.
It must also be remembered that Thought Bubble would not be able to take place without our exhibitors – the small press/indie comic creators, retailers, and traders who spend an extremely long day bringing their amazing wares to the fans, and who are all, again, just the friendliest bunch of people you’ll ever meet. It amazes me how lucky we are that everyone who has a table at Thought Bubble, besides having loads of cool stuff to look at, is great to chat to and a joy to work with. If you attended this year’s convention I’m sure you’ll have had first-hand experience of that, and we look forward to seeing many of them again next year, it’s just sad that we have a limited number of tables otherwise I’m sure we’d bring you even more amazing people to brighten your day.
I’d also like to give a special shout-out to all the cosplayers who attend Thought Bubble, and have become the fastest growing section of Thought Bubble’s demographic. This year’s cosplay contest (hosted by the awesome Natasha Tyler aka MissyTetra) was a wonder to behold, and got us some great footage on the local news. The cosplay contingent help make each Thought Bubble convention day extra-special (and extremely colourful) and we thank you for it!
A final word of thanks has to go out as well to you, the paying public, who attend the festival. It’s because of how well received each Thought Bubble is that we keep wanting to make it bigger and better for you guys, and (although we may say otherwise at the end of the convention day when lack of sleep is becoming a factor) it never seems like a chore. We love bringing Thought Bubble to you all, and we’re extremely thankful that you all seem to enjoy it as much as we do, and continue to let us bring the goodness of sequential art into your lives.
So that brings to an end another Thought Bubble, if you’re interested in seeing what some of our guests and attendees have had to say about the festival then Forbidden Planet has handily condensed a large batch of the online musings into one handy blog post. Well worth a read. This blog will start up again in the new year with some fresh minterviews, more small-press profiles, and a whole bunch of new stuff for you to get your teeth (or more likely your grey matter) into. Until then, on behalf of everyone at Thought Bubble, I’d like to say one last thank you, we heart you all.
Filed under: Film and Sequential Art, Guests 2009, Minterviews | Tags: Charlie Adlard, Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds comic workshops, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art
What up gang? It’s now two weeks to the festival, and as promised earlier in the week we’ve got some fresh minterviews for you with some of our amazing big name guests at this year’s Thought Bubble. These can currently be found in the TB section of this year’s Leeds International Film Festival Catalogue (which you should really check out for details of over 200 amazing films currently showing across the city), but we’re happy to bring them to you, live and direct, here on the TB Blog. We really do spoil you guys, but hey – you deserve it.
First up we had a chat with Charlie Adlard, currently astounding and terrifying readers in equal measure with his illustrative work on the break-away comics hit of the last few years – The Walking Dead. So get your best zombie shuffle on and read away. All together now… Braaaaains…
Hi Charlie, thanks for taking the time to talk to us; to start, could you give a brief idea of how you first got started in the comics industry?
Well, I got in just as so many other pros have – through the London and Glasgow conventions in the late ’80′s. I just basically took my portfolio around each con until someone was foolish enough to give me work. At those two major cons back then, it was a lot easier getting work off the major companies because they were all represented there, as opposed to now when you’re lucky to get an editor from DC comics and perhaps 2000AD, so I stood a much better chance back then. My first work was through the Judge Dredd Megazine (I got my first commission at a Glasgow con after about two years of trying) and thankfully it’s never really slowed down since then.
Your illustrative style has changed markedly over the years, was that adaptation due to the demands of the titles you’ve worked on, or was it more of a natural evolution of your own talents?
Bit of both, really. When I first started to get a portfolio together for these conventions, the work in it mainly consisted of B&W illustrations – that’s where I was at style-wise back then – but I was also looking for work at a time where it was fashionable to do fully painted artwork. Consequentially, I thought I’d better try my hand at that to improve my chances of cracking the industry, and it was that work that got me my first commission with the JDM.
Personally, I don’t think I was that good at it, and I spent roughly my first professional year doing fully painted comic strips, then I was asked to do few strips in B&W for the JDM and I haven’t really looked back since.
I’ve always felt more comfortable in monochrome – I think it’s where my strengths lie – I probably reached a “competent” level with full colour but never surpassed that, and now I rarely paint. It’s a shame really because I would have loved to have gotten better at it, but alas I never found the time – I was too busy doing B&W! Occasionally I do get the chance to paint or colour on the computer, and I really enjoy it because I do it so little – it’s a break from the norm – but it’s never enough to really improve my technique. It’s in my B&W work where I can see constant improvement, and I should be happy with that, but, y’know, I want to be a master of all trades.
You’re currently best known for your artwork on zombie-apocalypse epic The Walking Dead – is it liberating working on such a title where you get to portray characters involved in moments of quiet introspection as well as horrific acts of violence?
Yes, definitely! If this was just a plain “horror” book not only would I have got bored with it but the readers would have as well. The beauty of TWD is the fact that it’s a character book first and foremost and that’s what keeps me interested. If Robert [Kirkman, series’ creator] had written just issue after issue of people in peril and zombie mayhem then I don’t think I’d be still talking about it today, six years down the line.
Of course, the other great thing about working on a title like this and what makes it so liberating is the fact that I don’t have to draw Superheroes to make a career for myself. It’s totally amazing to see TWD buck all trends, to go up against all the mainstream superhero stuff and stand alongside quite respectably. There’s not many non-superhero books can claim that – it’s a very privileged place to be in.
Comics in general seem to be shifting more and more into the mainstream, what do you feel has caused this change in public perception to sequential art?
Do you think comics are more in the mainstream? People might be more aware of them than, I suppose, 15 years ago, but it hasn’t really translated into huge sales.
I think the industry has resigned itself to being a niche, to be honest, a healthy niche, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think we’ll ever see sales in the millions again. Mind you, I think that’s the case with the whole print industry, not just comics.
Comic books are doing OK though – I think we’re in a good space at the moment. The graphic novel side has certainly taken off for the industry, particularly for certain books, TWD included. We actually sell as many trades as single issues. If most publishers could get those figures then I think the death of the single monthly issue would be inevitable and we might become more like the European template.
Having said all that, the movie and TV industry has done a lot to raise the profile of this industry and it’s only been possible in recent times to make good looking superhero movies that people won’t laugh at (there’s always been exceptions to the rule of course, Superman The Movie, The Rocketeer, and I’m certainly not saying that all the recent comic movies have been critical successes), because of the advancement in effects, and the influx of self-confessed “geeks” to direct and write the things. Thanks to them we have a healthy profile, and, in slight contrast to what I said before, it does make people more aware of the lesser known comics out there that have become films, and that does translate to better sales. However, the big mainstream ones – not a jot of difference anymore.
The increased interest in comic properties by Hollywood is certainly undeniable at this point – TWD the latest series to be commissioned for television – has this led to any noticeable operational changes within the comics industry?
I think comic companies are increasingly aware of their properties becoming movies and the rewards that that can reap. Consequentially, they may publish things that might not necessarily make them immediate money back on publication – especially if there’s movie interest beforehand, which can quite often happen.
Publishers now are able to think beyond just publishing a book, and to the possible greater awards that movies, TV, and merchandising can give them. Before publishers were just that – publishers – the concept of anything else was rare, if at all. Personally, for me and many other creators – we have also started to think “out of the box” – the advantage to doing something which you own is much more appealing when it can generate the rewards that other media can offer. So, quite often, even before pen has hit the paper, thoughts of where this particular project can go outside of comics is all too relevant!
You’ve worked on a number of different titles, from Judge Dredd to Green Lantern, do you have any particular favourite characters, either to illustrate or as a comics fan?
Yeah, you could say that, up until TWD, I was a bit of a journeyman artist – taking work from wherever I could get it – not a particularly fulfilling first 10-plus years, but I did get to tackle many different styles and characters because of that.
In all honesty, I would say that I don’t have a burning desire to do any one character and the reason for that is TWD has put me in really good place creatively and professionally. It has enabled me to do whatever I want, so doing work for the money alone isn’t a factor any more – and one could argue that doing projects for the “big 2″ would be purely for “the money”. Let’s face it; there really is no other reason. Why would I want to work on someone else’s characters when I can have total control and own my own creations? That’s so much more fulfilling than anything Marvel or DC could offer at the moment.
Having said all that, there’s no reason why I might not return to other people’s characters one day, it would be just for a bit of fun and probably not a lengthy project though (Dr Doom or Conan might be fun to do at some point) and it won’t be in the near future. I’m with TWD for the long run and I have plenty of creator owned books on the side in the pipeline as well – enough to see me well into the next couple of years.
Finally, regarding comic conventions – are they something that you enjoy attending, either as an artist or as a spectator?
It’s been years since I attended a con as a fan. I used to attend Angouleme in France on that basis, but even going there now I attend as a professional. I kind of miss it – to just go to a convention for the “fun” of it and without all the baggage that being within the industry entails. Though that really is a minor gripe – on the whole I really enjoy going to conventions, and if I didn’t, I wouldn’t go. Drawing comics is a fairly isolated business, so it is good to get out there and meet the fans. It’s great to meet up with the other pros and socialise as well. It’s not often we all get the opportunity to gather together in one area and we’re all too lazy to organise get togethers ourselves!
Many thanks to Charlie for taking the time to talk to us, we’ll have another big-name minterview up next week. If you blog it, they will come.
Two weeks to go ’til TB ’09! Shazam!
Filed under: About Thought Bubble, Film and Sequential Art, Guests 2009, News, Programme 2009, Thought Bubble 2009, 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, masterclass, Sequential Art, Signings, Small Press, UK Conventions, Webcomics
Greetings Bubblers! It is now less than six weeks until this year’s Thought Bubble Festival and we are very pleased to be able to share with you our full programme line-up for those four heady days in November.
We think you’ll be blown away by the awesome guests and exhibitors we’re honoured to have in attendance, as well as our extensive range of masterclasses and workshops…
Full details as to this year’s programme can be found on the Festival Information 2009 page (on the list to the left), while Thought Bubble’s guest list also looks amazing (although there may be some surprise announcements coming soon), and we have some brilliant small press exhibitors in attendance. Make sure to look out for our brochures, which will be hitting the streets very soon.
We’re all really psyched about this year’s festival, and we hope you feel the same way and will be able to join in the fun in November.
Until then, remember – with great power, comes great responsibility!
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…
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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).
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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…