Thought Bubble 2015: 9th-15th November!


Visiting Thought Bubble – A Brief Guide for 2015 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Thought Bubble convention, taking place on 14th and 15th November, and can be pre-purchased on our website – please make sure to keep them safe until November (as you’ll need to exchange them for a wristband to get into convention events), and keep an eye out for information on this year’s Saturday evening party tickets going up on sale later this year once we’ve locked down all the licence details!

We’ve also been busy updating the guest pages for this year’s festival, with some amazing creators for you to meet in Leeds this November (currently over 50 confirmed, and still many more to come as November approaches), and we’ll soon be putting the exhibitor icons up on the site this year for 2015’s convention, which should be our biggest yet!

Ahead of this year’s festivities, we thought we’d update our guide to visiting the city for anyone who hasn’t been to Leeds before, or for those who have but want to explore a little more!

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Travel

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

Accommodation

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

Free water taxis run on the weekend which will take you from the DoubleTree hotel to the convention site at Leeds Dock in approximately 10 minutes. More information on the water taxis can be found here.

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

The convention – 10 important points:

  1. This year’s convention takes place on the weekend of November 14th & 15th, and set up for exhibitors runs from 7.30am on Saturday 14th, with doors opening to the public at 10am and closing at 5pm;
  2. Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the convention, but this may involve some queueing, and your convention wristband will get you into all events taking place at the Leeds Dock sites – your wristband can be picked up from the ticket desks at the convention on the day (just bring along your physical ticket to exchange);
  3. Full venue information will be updated later in the year, along with final programme confirmation and event running order for the festival, but general venue information can be found here in the meantime;
  4. We’d recommend bringing some warm/waterproof clothing, as Leeds can be quite chilly in November, and there are open spaces between the three convention halls;
  5. All venues at the convention are wheelchair accessible, and baby changing facilities are available in the Royal Armouries Museum (which has free entry);
  6. We’d recommend bringing a decent amount of cash (especially change) with you, as the nearby cash-points can run out during the weekend, and our supply is generally taken up with handling on-the-door ticket sales – also, exhibitors will love you if you can pay with exact change;
  7. We currently cannot offer on-site storage at the convention, so while we don’t impose limits on the number of items people can bring to be signed, please be aware that you’ll need to be able to carry them with you all day, along with any purchases that are made at the event;
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, as our red-shirted volunteers will be happy to assist you in anything you need during the weekend;
  9. A simple one, but an important one – keep hydrated and remember to make time to eat as well, low blood sugar and dehydration can make even the simplest of tasks a lot more daunting, so be sure to look after yourself during the convention;
  10. The most important aspect of any convention is to have fun – Thought Bubble is an extremely friendly show, and we aim to cater to a wide spectrum of attendees, many of whom may be attending a show like this for the first time, and the general attitude we take can be found on the graphic below:

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We also have a general FAQ section set up on our website that answers a number of common queries about the Festival, and for ongoing updates in the build-up to 2015’s events, please follow us on Twitter and/or like our page on Facebook!



TB2015 – Exhibitor Registration by thoughtbubblefestival

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Hey gang!

Ahead of table registration for this year’s convention opening on Monday 2nd March, we wanted to put up some more information on the curation process, and how that will work for this year’s show.

2015’s convention will run on the weekend of 14th and 15th November, taking place at Leeds Dock, on Armouries Square. A map of Leeds with the venue locations on can be found by clicking here.

This year’s Thought Bubble convention will have three exhibition halls: New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries Hall, and the custom built TB Marquee (a hard-shell structure, with carpeting throughout and heating). For more information on all three halls, please click here.

We have always prided ourselves on being as inclusive a show as possible, and it’s very important to us that we stay that way. As much as we’d like to be able to include everyone who may wish to exhibit at the show, Thought Bubble has now reached the stage where the demand for exhibition space exceeds the venue space available to us, and the convention will be curated. This will involve a simple online registration form which will be going live on the website on Monday 2nd March, and remain open for two weeks until 5pm on Monday 16th March. In order that this process remains as fair as possible, after this time we won’t be able to accept any more exhibitor applications (including to the reserves list).

Following the close of the registration window, we’ll contact those who applied by Monday 30th March to confirm whether we’ll be able to accommodate them this year, and also to take payment for the table.

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

Every year, we also have a small number of people who book tables and are then unable to attend, and so we’ll form a reserves list of unsuccessful applicants who will be offered tables should they become available. As these offers are based on previously confirmed exhibitors cancelling, we are unable to advise on the date at which they will become available, but as soon as we receive a cancellation we’ll contact the next person/group on the reserves list with first refusal.

The decision on who we can accept to the convention will be made by the organisational team as a whole, to ensure the process remains as fair as possible, but due to the number of applications we receive, we’re unfortunately not able to give feedback to unsuccessful exhibitors, as we’re only a small team. However, to give an idea of what we’re looking for, we’ll need to see:

·         Examples of your work, ideally online versions (including webcomics)/e-shop listings of comics/graphic novels/prints/illustrations you’ll have for sale at the show;

·         If the above is unavailable, then a portfolio website such as DeviantArt or Tumblr will also be suitable;

·         If your work is mostly print, as opposed to online, then we’d also be able to view scanned versions of documents via dropbox links;

·         If you’re a solo creator with no online examples of your work, then please link to a bibliography/list of credits where possible;

·         If you’re a retailer with no formal online presence, then please give as full an idea as possible as to the range of merchandise/titles you’d be bringing to the convention;

·         If in doubt shout it out – tell us about what you think you can bring to Thought Bubble, even if it may seem obvious to you, if it’s not immediately apparent on the information you provide to us we may not know about it, and we don’t want anyone to miss out;

·         Finally, and perhaps most importantly, when filling out the application form, take your time – you’ve got two weeks from the form going live, and all applications received in that window are considered fully after the close of the registration period before a final decision is made, so make sure to fill it in correctly and with as much detail as possible to the answers.

Full details as to pricing and tabling terms and conditions will go live on the website along with the registration form on Monday 2nd March. Please make sure to read these carefully, as they contain very important information about attending the convention, should your application be successful.

Once the registration form goes live, we’ll be asking for your help to spread the word, so that no one misses out on applying to attend. We’ll be shouting out on our twitter (@thoughtbubbleuk) and Facebook Page (search “Thought Bubble Festival”) once the registration form goes live, and we’ll also be emailing all previous year’s exhibitors and applicants to let them know.

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who supports Thought Bubble, and we look forward to seeing many of you this November!



Thought Bubble 2015! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

Welcome to the start of the countdown to this year’s Thought Bubble Festival! Our website has undergone its annual regeneration, and has come back new and improved, and now features the first batch of updates about this November’s events!

This year’s Thought Bubble will be taking place from 9th – 15th November at venues across Leeds (and beyond!) and will see legions of comics creators and fans travel from around the world to visit Yorkshire. For the first wave of information, please read on!

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Festival Image

This year’s official festival image can be seen below, and has been illustrated by the amazing Babs Tarr! We’ve been loving Babs’ art on Batgirl recently, and she’s brought an awesome L.A. beach party vibe to this year’s image! Look out for it gracing our anthology and festival programme later in the year.

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Guests

Each year we have the immense pleasure of welcoming some amazing creative talent to Leeds for the festival, and this year we’re hoping to see even more new faces coming to the city and helping expand the minds of the comics loving public, and those who’ve never even picked up a funny-book before.

Our first wave of guests can be seen below, and we’ll be adding to this list on the website throughout the year, so be sure to check back regularly!

Initial guests confirmed to attend this year’s festivities are:

Kate Beaton;

Joan Cornellà;

Becky Cloonan;

Gemma Correll;

Farel Dalrymple;

Ray Fawkes;

Tess Fowler;

Nicholas Gurewitch;

Jeff Lemire;

Kate Leth;

Jerome Opeña;

Amy Reeder;

Rick Remender;

Emma Rios;

Scott Snyder;

Noelle Stevenson;

Kurtis Wiebe

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Exhibitors

We’ll be opening up our exhibitor registration on Monday 2nd March this year, and this application period will be open for two weeks until Monday 16th March – we’ll have another blog post coming with more details on Friday, and the registration form will go live on our website for potential exhibitors to complete on the date above. We saw some amazing talent at the convention last year, and we’re hoping that this year’s show will be our most diverse yet!

Dyslexia Typeface

On the banner above, you can see the dyslexia typeface we’ll be using on our print material for this year’s festival – provided by opendyslexic.org – we’re hoping this will make Thought Bubble’s programme more accessible and easier to read. We’re very please to be able to support the OpenDyslexic project, and we would highly recommend checking out their work, as it’s for a very good cause.

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Bubscasts

As part of last year’s Thought Bubble, we were awarded a very generous grant from Arts Council England in order to allow us to take video recordings of the panels and talks at 2014’s convention, and we hope that this will get you in the mood for this year’s festival!

We’ll be uploading lots of videos to our YouTube channel throughout the year, as 2015’s Thought Bubble approaches ever closer, so make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any! You can find Thought Bubble’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

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That’s everything for now, but we’re going to be updating the website throughout the year as we confirm guests, exhibitors, and events! To find out as soon as this happens you can subscribe to this blog, follow us on Twitter (@thoughtbubbleuk), or like us on Facebook.

We’ve got a lot of fun stuff planned for 2015, and we hope to see you soon – we’d also like to say a big thank you to everyone who supports Thought Bubble and makes organising it such an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

256 days to go!



TBTV: 37 Years of 2000 AD by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

We’ve just uploaded the next in our TBTV series of Bubscasts from 2014’s Thought Bubble convention! Footage from our panel celebrating 37 years of 2000 AD has now gone live, and can be viewed below – celebrating the past year of the galaxy’s greatest comic with some of the mighty Tharg’s best art and script droids, as well as a look ahead to what the future has in store. Guaranteed to be zarjaz!

This panel took place at 2014’s Thought Bubble convention on Saturday 15th November in the Speech Bubble panel area, with speakers Boo Cook, Simon Davis, Jon Davis-Hunt, Tom Eglington, Henry Flint, Chris WestonBen Willsher, and Alec Worley. Hosted by Stacey Whittle and Iz McAuliffe of Everything Comes Back to 2000 AD.

Filming at 2014’s festival was made possible in part by a generous grant from Arts Council England, http://www.artscouncil.org.uk

As part of last year’s Thought Bubble, we were awarded a very generous grant from Arts Council England in order to allow us to take video recordings of the panels and talks at 2014’s convention, and this is the latest video recording to go live.

After the jump, you can find the videos themselves, but for a playlist of all four videos that will autoplay consecutively, please click here. Please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content.

We’ll be uploading lots of videos to our YouTube channel throughout the year, as 2015’s Thought Bubble approaches ever closer, so make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any! You can find Thought Bubble’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who took part in this panel, and also to our amazing technical coordinator Jip and his wonderful team of volunteers, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Video production and editing courtesy of Michael Hoskin, please visit http://www.maekstar.com

 

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Part 1, Who Would You Kill Off?

 

Part 2, Tips from the Pro’s

 

Part 3, Getting Through the Door

 

Part 4, The Process



TBTV: Comics and Journalism, 2014 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hi there!

We’ve just uploaded the next in our TBTV series of Bubscasts from 2014’s Thought Bubble convention! Footage from this year’s Comics and Journalism panel, run in conjunction with Make It Then Tell Everybody, is now live on our YouTube channel!

On this panel, which took place at 2014’s Thought Bubble convention on Sunday 16th November in the Speech Bubble panel area, Zainab Akhtar, Dan Berry, Laura Snapes & Douglas Wolk discuss comics journalism, objectivity and subjectivity, negative reviews, interview techniques and how what you write may change based on where it will appear and who may read it.

Zainab Akhtar is the author of the popular blog Comics & Cola, and writes for Publishers Weekly, Comics Alliance and The Guardian. Dan Berry is a cartoonist, lecturer and host of the interview podcast Make It Then Tell Everybody. Laura Snapes is a writer and features editor for the NME. Douglas Wolk is a journalist and critic who writes about music and comics for TIME, the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

A full audio podcast of this panel can be found at the Make It Then Tell Everybody website.

As part of last year’s Thought Bubble, we were awarded a very generous grant from Arts Council England in order to allow us to take video recordings of the panels and talks at 2014’s convention, and this is the latest video recording to go live.

After the jump, you can find the videos themselves, but for a playlist of all four videos that will autoplay consecutively, please click here. Please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content.

We’ll be uploading lots of videos to our YouTube channel throughout the year, as 2015’s Thought Bubble approaches ever closer, so make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any! You can find Thought Bubble’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who took part in this panel, and also to our amazing technical coordinator Jip and his wonderful team of volunteers, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Video production and editing courtesy of Michael Hoskin, please visit http://www.maekstar.com

 

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Part 1, How are Opinions Formed?

 

Part 2, Trusting your own Opinion.

 

Part 3, Why Become a Comics Journalist?

 

Part 4, Recognising Legitimacy

 

Part 5, What Makes a Good Review?

 

Part 6, Who Critiques the Critics?



TBTV: I Is For Innovation – The Writers of Image Comics, 2014 by thoughtbubblefestival

Howdy hey!

We’ve just uploaded the next in our TBTV series of Bubscasts from 2014’s Thought Bubble convention! Footage from the first of last year’s Image Comics panels is now live, with highlights from I Is For Innovation – The Writers of Image Comics up on our YouTube channel now.

Some of Image Comics’ best and brightest writers make their home in the United Kingdom, and many more are coming to the UK each year to visit Thought Bubble! In these videos, we join them for a wide-ranging discussion about creative freedom in the new age of comics independence and their exciting new projects at Image Comics. This panel took place at 2014’s Thought Bubble convention on Saturday 15th November in the Royal Armouries’ Bury Theatre, and our panel comprised speakers Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen, Antony Johnston, Ales Kot, Scott Snyder, and Richard Starkings, and was hosted by Publisher of Image Comics, Eric Stephenson.

As part of last year’s Thought Bubble, we were awarded a very generous grant from Arts Council England in order to allow us to take video recordings of the panels and talks at 2014’s convention, and this is the latest video recording to go live.

After the jump, you can find the videos themselves, but for a playlist of all four videos that will autoplay consecutively, please click here. Please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content.

We’ll be uploading lots of videos to our YouTube channel throughout the year, as 2015’s Thought Bubble approaches ever closer, so make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any! You can find Thought Bubble’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who took part in this panel, and also to our amazing technical coordinator Jip and his wonderful team of volunteers, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Video production and editing courtesy of Michael Hoskin, please visit http://www.maekstar.com

 

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Part 1, Image Comics and Censorship

 

Part 2, Richard Starkings on Elephantmen

 

Part 3, Do you Really Need an Editor on a Creator-Owned Book?

 

Part 4, Ales Kot on Music and Writing

 

Part 5, Scott Snyder on Working with Friends on Creator-Owned Books



TBTV: Comics For Everyone! 2014 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

We’ve just uploaded the next in our TBTV series of Bubscasts from 2014’s Thought Bubble convention! Footage from this year’s Comics For Everyone! panel has just gone live on our YouTube channel, featuring special guest speakers John Allison, Hope Larson, and Adam Murphy.

Hosted by Matthew Badham, Comics For Everyone is Thought Bubble’s annual all-ages comics panel, as we believe that comics should be enjoyed by everybody, regardless of their age, and that great kids comics should be read by everyone!.

As part of last year’s Thought Bubble, we were awarded a very generous grant from Arts Council England in order to allow us to take video recordings of the panels and talks at 2014’s convention, and this is the latest video recording to go live.

After the jump, you can find the videos themselves, but for a playlist of all four videos that will autoplay consecutively, please click here. Please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content.

We’ll be uploading lots of videos to our YouTube channel throughout the year, as 2015’s Thought Bubble approaches ever closer, so make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any! You can find Thought Bubble’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who took part in this panel, and also to our amazing technical coordinator Jip and his wonderful team of volunteers, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Video production and editing courtesy of Michael Hoskin, please visit http://www.maekstar.com

 

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Part 1, Defining All Ages Comics

 

Part 2, Free Frisbees And Advertising To Kids

 

Part 3, Is It Really Important To Have All Ages Comics?

 

Part 4, Is This A Golden Age Of All Ages Comics?




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