Thought Bubble 2015: 9th-15th November!


Leeds Inspired Project – Get Into Comics by thoughtbubblefestival
22/01/2016, 4:36 pm
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2015’s Thought Bubble project started life as a question: how do we get people into comics? We don’t just mean reading; how to we make people characters in their own stories? How do we make them part of the action?

Last year we attempted to answer that question through Get Into Comics, our Leeds Inspired funded project, spearheaded by artist Tom Eglington and completed in collaboration with the amazing students at the Leeds College of Art. Following a series of workshops, activity days and a lot of very late nights for Tom, Get Into Comics resulted in 8 giant comic panels that have been inhabited by the imaginations of hundreds of people across Yorkshire and beyond. You can see some of our favourites here, but don’t forget to also check out the #GetIntoComics hashtag for all the fun!

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We couldn’t have done any of this, of course, without the wonderful people at Leeds Inspired, whose enthusiasm for Get Into Comics  was invaluable in getting the project off the ground. After the success of last year’s Kodama Woods project, also funded by Leeds Inspired, we were thrilled that our funding application was accepted and Get Into Comics could be made a reality. Thought Bubble is a non-profit organisation so funding bodies such as Leeds Inspired provide much of the support we need to be able to bring the festival to you each year.

We were also very lucky to have the help of the awesome students at the Leeds College of Art. Over the course of this project we had several workshops with the students that resulted in the creation of one of our most popular panels; a UFO abduction! Over the past few years we’ve built a great relationship with LCA and it has been fantastic having the input of so many of the rising stars of comics and illustration. Tom has written more about the work they did together, as well as the whole process of creating the comic panels, below. Tom did such a stellar job on this project and his blog is well worth a read.

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Our first outing with Get Into Comics was at Leeds Trinity shopping centre, where we encountered a large selection of people, many of whom had no history reading comics. We were swarmed with people all day which was amazing to see! Young and old alike were really excited about jumping into the comics and creating their own stories with all the props and sound effects we had created.  We had similar experiences on our other outings at The Light, Victoria Gardens (outside the art galleries) and the Children’s Library at Leeds Central Library. It was so much fun seeing everyone get really stuck in and for families and friends to create and laugh together. We felt really special to have enabled that.

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The panels also proved really popular at the Thought Bubble convention on 14th and 15th November. Tom and our wonderful Get Into Comics volunteers spent the weekend helping our convention attendees create all sorts of amazing and hilarious panels with the booths. Even our exhibitors and guests got involved!

Now the project is over we’ve been on the hunt for homes for the booths. One has already found a place at the Forget Me Not Hospice where it spent the festive season bringing cheer to children and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses. So if your organisation would enjoy having one of our panels we would love to hear from you!

We’d like to say thank you again to everyone who made this project possible: to Leeds Inspired, the Leeds College of Art, our amazing artist Tom Eglington and the dedicated volunteers who helped set up and run the booths at all our event days and the TB2015 convention, and of course to all the people who got involved and created their own stories with Get Into Comics. You guys rock!

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The artist’s perspective

Tom Eglington

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I was very lucky to have been asked to create last year’s Kodama Woods project, which was so fun and rewarding that almost immediately following TB2014 I was thinking of ways to create another art project for 2015 that could build on the interactive elements of Kodama Woods and inspire lots of people to get creative. I wanted it to be something fun and un-intimidating, that didn’t assume a base knowledge of comics or pop culture.

After several excited conversations with [Festival Manager] Martha, we began to put together the basics for Get into Comics. I suggested creating comic book scenes with a cutout foreground image against a background, allowing people to occupy the middle ground. The inspiration for this came directly from classic comic covers where complicated scenes are created using a similar composition.

I began trying out models to demonstrate the process and also to figure out both how to construct the boxes on a large scale and to see where any problems or difficulties might occur. I quickly found that certain compositions worked while others didn’t at all . One of the more successful ones was an iconic Superman-esque cover, which provided a good starting point for my first prototype.

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After our funding was granted I began refining the designs to meet our requirements. The booths would need to be mobile as we wanted to take them around Leeds for the public to engage with in the  run up to the festival. We also wanted to create a wide selection of comic scenes that would appeal to all ages, as well as both seasoned comic fans and people who were not familiar with the comic medium. Finally, after the success of our Kodama Woods lantern-making workshops at Leeds College of Art last year, we were all really keen to get their students more involved in the creation of the comic panels, so there needed to be elements of the panels and props that we could create together. Originally I had conceived of the booths as static ready-made constructions, but after we decided to tour them I approached a builder/ carpenter friend, Paul Ansell, who came up with an ingenious way of using a lightweight plastic frame that could be dismantled  whilst still being strong enough to hold up the large sheets of plywood used for the scenery. Paul saved me a lot of time and headaches by creating a prototype I could work from.

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This moved me on pretty quickly to the second planning stage; coming up with suitable scenes that would cover all the most popular comic genres.  They all had to be family friendly and easily recognisable. I decided early on that the scenes should be homages to classic comics rather than direct references, as this would allow plenty of creative leeway for us and the people using the booths., My first attempt was a homage to classic old horror comics like Tales from the Crypt and Creepy. What better way to kick things off than with a mad scientist’s laboratory?

          In creating the booth designs I began by making a thumbnail and then refining the image by sketching directly onto the plywood panels. I could then alter the image accordingly – the foreground image needed to be of a particular shape so that it would be structurally strong enough, and I found it  easier to judge how to do this on a larger scale. I added the background after the cutout had been completed, so I could alter the height of the background scene. I had previously discovered that it changes depending on your line of sight.

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With the initial booth under my belt,  we were ready for our Leeds College of Art workshops. Over two days, illustration students from the second year (organised by Gareth Wadkin) were going to come up with a design for one of the comic panels as well as create props to be used in all eight booths, along with sound effects and speech bubbles. It was a pretty tall order for two days!I was hugely impressed with the range of designs that the students came up with and their skill in creating the props and painting the booth. . What was interesting was how similar ideas recurred. The sorts of things that I had found myself trying out during the concept stage were the sorts of things a lot of the students were trying out, from adapting classic comic covers to playing with scale and perspective.

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We finally agreed on a design that two students had come up with independently. Daniel Stevenson and Sophie Wright both came up with a UFO scene that had the beam of spaceship as the cutout, which was a really great use of the format that I’d not thought of. It was too good not to use. Sophie created a third design using elements of three different pictures of the UFO concept, which a small group of students began drawing onto the plywood sheets for the finished box. We also began creating a colourful mixture of sound effects that we needed (following the fine pop art tradition of onomatopoeia) and a mixture of props for the themed boxes. I also had student ambassador, Adam Allsuch Boardman, help start on the background for a city scene. He had shown me some excellent city scenes he had illustrated, and since one of the booths involved a superhero fight scene in a city, he was perfect for the job.

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The booth that the students created proved incredibly popular with the public, as did the props they designed. I did, of course, insist that they try out their creations with the horror themed comic booth for the obligatory photo op!

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After the development and initial build process was completed it was a (relatively!) simple affair constructing the remaining boxes. It was great to see our work being enjoyed so much on our event days and at the Thought Bubble Convention.



Thought Bubble 2015 Festival Spotlights: Exhibitions by thoughtbubblefestival

We’re now less than a week away from the start of 2015’s Thought Bubble, and our selected highlights from this year’s programme continues below – helping you get the most out of the festival week!

Taking place from 9th – 15th November at venues across Leeds and beyond, 2015’s celebration of comics comprises a huge range of 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 14th & 15th November!

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

Details of books making their début at this year’s Thought Bubble can be found on this page, so have a browse and see some of the amazing titles you’ll be able to seek out at 2015’s convention!

With the convention now under 10 days away, don’t forget to check out all the guests and exhibitors who’ll be joining us, and make sure to get your tickets (although more will be available on the door).

Today, in our series of festival highlights, we’re looking at the free exhibitions taking place as part of 2015’s festival, bringing some great art to you throughout the whole of November!

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Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition Entries 2015

Tues 3 Nov – Sun 30 Nov, Leeds Central Library, Art Space (1st Floor), opening times vary, suitable for all ages, FREE

*OPEN NOW*

Pop by Leeds Central Library to view all the wonderful entries from the Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition in a brand new exhibition!

Winners of the competition will be announced at the Thought Bubble comic convention on Sun 15 Nov, and will have their work featured in 2016’s Thought Bubble Anthology, but you can preview all the stories we’ve received before the judges present their final decision!

For full details of this year’s entries and how to get involved with 2016′s competition, go to thoughtbubblefestival.com/events/comicartcompetition/

Leeds Inspired Presents… Get Into Comics

14 & 15 Nov (convention weekend), FREE, All ages

As part of Thought Bubble 2015, in partnership with Leeds Inspired, step inside your favourite stories or make your own! See photo booths like no other as you join superheroes, tackle mad scientists, or become them!

Working with artist Tom Eglington, who created last year’s Kodama Woods project, with assistance from students at Leeds College of Art, Get Into Comics is a series of interactive booths that allows you to enter into an oversized comic panel and create your own story. Classic war stories, smokey detective noir mysteries, shadowy graveyard horror and action packed superhero scenes – there’ll be something for everyone! Look out for our comic boxes across Leeds in October and at the Thought Bubble convention on 14-15 November at Leeds Dock.

Upload photos and videos to Twitter, Instagram and Vine with the #GetIntoComics and #TBF15 hashtags – the best entries will win prizes donated by Travelling Man Stores! The Get Into Comics project was made possible by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired, an initiative of Leeds City Council that funds cultural projects that create high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors alike.

For more on Leeds Inspired, and the projects they fund, please visit leedsinspired.co.uk

Contains Adult Themes by Joan Cornellà

Mon 9 Nov – Sat 12 Dec, The Gallery at Munro House, Corner of York St., 10:00-18:00 Monday to Saturday (will be open on Sun 15 Nov), FREE, Parental Advisory Warning

We are proud to be partnering up with The Gallery at Munro House to host an exhibition of works by Spanish cartoonist and illustrator Joan Cornellà.

Joan Cornellà (b. 1981) is famous for his unsettling, surreal humor and black humorous comic strips as well as artwork. He has a global following, with his works consisting of mostly wordless six panel comic strips. Enter the world of Cornellà, as he explores disturbing themes, extreme discomfort, often grotesque, all packaged neatly into brightly coloured, beautifully rendered comic strips.

This will be Cornellà’s first solo exhibition in the UK, exclusive to Thought Bubble, the Gallery and to Leeds!

Parental Advisory Warning: This exhibition contains adult themes and is not for the faint of heart! We advise that children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Travelling Man Presents… BA Hons Illustration Party

Mon 9 Nov – Fri 4 December, Travelling Man, 32 Central Road, Leeds, LS1 6DE, 10:00-18:00 Monday to Sunday (11:00 – 17:00 Sundays), FREE, All ages

The students from Leeds College of Art illustration degree programme showcase their work amongst the shelves and books of Travelling Man.

We are a diverse and energetic group of image makers with a passion for character, print, drawing, illustration and ideas!

Presented in association with travellingman.com

See you next week when the festival begins!!



THOUGHT BUBBLE 2015 FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHTS: SIGNING TOUR by thoughtbubblefestival
27/10/2015, 3:24 pm
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We’re now less than two weeks away from the start of this year’s Thought Bubble, and we’re continuing our highlights from 2015’s programme, to make sure you get the most out of the festival week!

Taking place from 9th – 15th November at venues across Leeds and beyond, 2015’s celebration of comics comprises a huge range of 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 14th & 15th November!

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

Details of books making their début at this year’s Thought Bubble can be found on this page, so have a browse and see some of the amazing titles you’ll be able to seek out at 2015’s convention!

With the convention now under 20 days away, don’t forget to check out all the guests and exhibitors who’ll be joining us, and make sure to get your tickets (although more will be available on the door).

We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Leeds in November, and to make sure you can get the most out of our programme this year, we’re running some spotlights on selected Bubbly events here on the blog!

Today we’re looking at the signing tour taking place as part of 2015’s festival, bringing some Thought Bubble guests to a comic shop near you during the festival week, and after our convention!

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Wednesday 11th November

Travelling Man Signing Tour 2015 – York

Travelling Man, 54 Goodramgate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7LF, 1630-1830, All Ages, FREE

Travelling Man, Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Finalist 2015, has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff.

Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets!

In York we have Kurtis Wiebe, writer of the incredible Rat Queens, alongside Richard Starkings, author of the epically-cool Elephantmen!

Please visit travellingman.com for more information.

Big Bang Presents Jason Latour Signing

Big Bang Comics, Sandyford Rd, Dublin, Ireland, 18:00-20:00, All Ages, FREE

Big Bang Comics is a two time Eisner Nominated Store in Dublin, Ireland and the winner of numerous retail and industry awards. The store’s been responsible for curating and running the Dublin International Comic Expo (D.I.C.E) and constantly runs innovative events, workshops and signings all year round.

Jason Latour is an American comic book artist and writer known for his work for Image, Dark Horse, Marvel and DC comics. Probably best known to the contemporary audience for writing Spider-Gwen for Marvel and Southern Bastards, his standout creator-owned series which he draws at Image with Jason Aaron.

Jason is scheduled to sign at Big Bang Comics, Dublin on 11th of November in association with Thought Bubble and Travelling Man.

Orbital Comics Presents Kate Leth Signing

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JA, 18:00-19:00, All Ages, FREE

Orbital Comics, in conjunction with The Big Bang, is proud to sponsor creator Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Power Up, Patsy Walker Hellcat) at this year’s Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds.

As a store with our own team of Valkyries (bewarethevalkyries.com), it’s a real pleasure to welcome Head Valkyrie Kate for a series of events ahead of the show. On Wednesday, November 11 from 6pm, we’ll have Kate signing for her fans, then afterwards from 7:30pm we’ll be recording a live episode of our shop podcast Orbital In Conversation with Kate Leth and host Chris Thompson.

After a run of popular guests including Chuck Palahniuk, Skottie Young, Rachael Stott & Mark Buckingham, we’re really excited to have such podcast royalty joining us!

Founded in early 2002, Orbital Comics has quickly become Central London’s favourite comic shop, stocking everything the modern comic enthusiast could possibly desire – from weekly shipments of imported comic books, tons of hard to find back-issues, small press releases, graphic novels and all the latest collected editions available. Orbital regularly hosts signings and events featuring the current legends of comics. Our gallery has shown an unparalleled series of exhibitions, which often present a chance to pick up some original artwork and a real piece of comic book history.

Check out our redesigned website for news on upcoming events and to see some of the shining lights of the medium who we’ve been honoured to host over the last few years at orbitalcomics.com

Thursday 12th November

Travelling Man Signing Tour – Newcastle

Travelling Man, 43 Grainger St, City Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JE, 1630-1830, All Ages, FREE

Travelling Man, Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Finalist 2015, has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff.

Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets! In Newcastle we have Kurtis Wiebe writer of the incredible Rat Queens, Emi Lenox artist of Plutona, Ray Fawkes writer of Gotham By Midnight, alongside Richard Starkings, author of the epically-cool Elephantmen.

Please visit travellingman.com for more information

Orbital Comics Presents Noelle Stevenson Signing

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JA, 1730 – 1900, All Ages, FREE

It’s time to earn your badges as Orbital Comics, in conjunction with Thought Bubble Festival, bring the phenomenal Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) to the UK for exclusive appearances in London and Leeds.

Like everyone else we were wowed by Noelle’s wondrous vision of how comics could be and wanted to do our part in getting her over. So, on Thursday, November 12 from 5.30pm, Noelle will be signing and greeting fans at Orbital – then from 7:30pm she’ll be hosting one of our famous Orbital Director’s Commentary nights looking at Lumberjanes Volume 2. We’ve had great success with these nights so far; welcoming Jasons Aaron & Latour, Becky Cloonan, Chip Zdarsky and many more to share stories from behind-the-scenes of their work.

To pick up tickets for this part of the event, please go to orbitalcomics.com

Friday 13th November

Travelling Man Signing Tour – Leeds

Travelling Man, 32 Central Road, Leeds, LS1 6DE, 1630-1830, All Ages, FREE

Travelling Man, Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Finalist 2015, has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff.

Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets! In Leeds we are incredibly excited to have Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of hip-hop legends Run-DMC and founder of Darryl Makes Comics. We also have Thought Bubble’s very own Tula Lotay, who has worked with DMC on his new superheroine LAK6, and is the artist for Warren Ellis’ Supreme Blue Rose.

Please visit travellingman.com for more information

Travelling Man Signing Tour – Manchester

Travelling Man, 4 Dale St, Manchester M1 1JW, 1630-1830, All Ages, FREE

Travelling Man, Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Finalist 2015, has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff.

Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets! In Manchester we have Noelle Stevenson creator of the outstanding Nimona, Kurtis Wiebe writer of Rat Queens, Emi Lenox artist of Plutona, Ray Fawkes writer of Gotham By Midnight and Matt Kindt creator of Mind MGMT.

Please visit travellingman.com for more information

Gosh! Comics Presents Rick Remender, Farel Dalrymple, and Jerome Opeña

Gosh! Comics, Berwick Street, Soho, London, 18:00-19:00, All Ages, FREE

Can’t make it to Thought Bubble and based in/near London? All is not lost! You can come meet Rick Remender, Faryl Dalrymple & Jerome Opena for a signing at Gosh! Comics on Friday the 13th November, 6-7pm!

These excellent gents will be signing any of their books, and we may even have some exclusive prints available on the night. Come down and see us at Gosh! Comics.

More details at goshlondon.com

Wednesday 18th November

Big Bang Presents Kate Leth Signing

Big Bang Comics, Sandyford Rd, Dublin, Ireland, 18:00-20:00, All Ages, Free

Big Bang Comics is a two time Eisner Nominated Store in Dublin, Ireland and the winner of numerous retail and industry awards.

The store’s been responsible for curating and running the Dublin International Comic Expo (D.I.C.E) and constantly runs innovative events, workshops and signings all year round.

Kate Leth is a Canadian comic book creator, known for works such as Adventure Time: Seeing Red, Bravest Warriors and Edward Scissorhands. Kate’s current and soon to be released projects are Hellcat for Marvel and Vampirella for Dynamite.

Kate will be signing at Big Bang Comics Dublin on November 18th in association with Orbital Comics in London and Thought Bubble.

Saturday 21st November

Big Bang Presents Sean Gordon Murphy and Tana Ford Signing

Big Bang Comics, Sandyford Rd, Dublin, Ireland, 14:00-16:00, All Ages, Free

Big Bang Comics is a two time Eisner Nominated Store in Dublin, Ireland and the winner of numerous retail and industry awards.

The store’s been responsible for curating and running the Dublin International Comic Expo (D.I.C.E) and constantly runs innovative events, workshops and signings all year round.

Sean Gordon Murphy is an American Comic Book artist and writer best known for his work on the Wake, American Vampire Survival of the Fittest, and his numerous creator owned series Punk Rock Jesus, Chrononauts with Mark Millar and Tokyo Ghost with Rick Remender.

Sean will be signing with Tana Ford in Big Bang Comics, Dublin on Saturday 21st of November in association with Thought Bubble.



THOUGHT BUBBLE 2015 FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHTS: LIVE EVENTS by thoughtbubblefestival

The final countdown to this year’s Thought Bubble has well and truly begun with the release of the full festival programme for 2015’s events!

Taking place from 9th – 15th November at venues across Leeds and beyond, 2015’s celebration of comics comprises a cavalcade of 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 14th & 15th November!

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

Details of books making their début at this year’s Thought Bubble can be found on this page, so have a browse and see some of the amazing titles you’ll be able to seek out at 2015’s convention!

With the festival now less than a month away, 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 can’t wait to welcome everyone to Leeds in November, and to get you in the mood, we’ll be highlighting certain types of events taking place during the festival, in order that no one misses out on anything!

The first events under the spotlights are this year’s free live events taking place during the festival week – some events have age limitations in place, so please make sure to check before heading along to attend.

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Monday 9th November

Travelling Man Presents BA Hons Illustration Party Launch

Travelling Man, 32 Central Road, Leeds, LS1 6DE, 18:00-19:00, FREE, All ages

The students from Leeds College of Art illustration degree programme showcase their work amongst the shelves and books of Travelling Man.

A diverse and energetic group of image makers with a passion for character, print, drawing, illustration and ideas! Join us for the launch of this amazing exhibition! It will be on display until Friday 4th December.

Presented in association with travellingman.com

Tuesday 10th November

The Rainbow Age: LGBQT* Comic Book Club

The Portal at Leeds Central Library, 17:00-19:00, 16+, FREE

Join us for a celebration of LGBTQ* comics & creators with an informal book club evening! Bring along your favourite LGBTQ* comics, or come and discover something new from our collection, kindly supplied by Travelling Man.

Meet like-minded fans and make new friends over comics. After last year’s Rainbow Age event, Travelling Man donated all the books to Leeds Libraries to create a completely unique collection for the whole of Leeds to enjoy; the first of its kind in the country.

This year, they’ll be adding to the collection with some incredible new LGBTQ* comics from 2015. All are welcome, so come along for a relaxed atmosphere and to read some amazing, life-changing comics!

Presented in association with travellingman.com

Kaylan Presents X Travelling Man: Comic Party

LS6 Bar, Hyde Park Corner, Leeds LS6 2AS, 19:00-23:00, 18+, FREE

UPDATE: Please note the venue for this event has changed, and it will now be taking place at LS6 Bar

Kalyan Presents team up with Travelling Man to stage an interactive comic illustration event held at new bar and exhibition space, The Brunswick. There will be blank comic strips waiting to be filled in, a personal illustration booth and an illustration exhibition as well as DJs providing some music.

There is an emphasis on collaboration and community at this event – people with all levels of skill are welcome and encouraged to participate. We want everyone to have a go and draw! The event will also be a great chance for aspiring artists of all backgrounds with an interest in comics to meet more established comic creators.

Presented in association with travellingman.com

Wednesday 11th November

Comics & Mental Health

Room 2 at The Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD, 18:00-19:30, 16+, FREE

Is there something about comics and graphic novels that make them particularly effective when telling stories about people with mental health difficulties? That’s one of the questions that will be discussed at this special event, presented in partnership with Arts & Minds.

Two artists will discuss their books, you will have a chance to share your thoughts and there will be an opportunity to share work and meet like-minded people. Elaine Will is a cartoonist and illustrator from the wilds of Canada. She holds a BA in Illustration from The Arts University College at Bournemouth in the UK and has recently been awarded the Xeric Award for her original mental illness drama Look Straight Ahead.

Darryl Cunningham is a Yorkshire based cartoonist, author of many books, most recently Supercrash. His book Psychiatric Tales was partly inspired by his years spent working as a health care assistant on an acute psychiatric ward, as well as his own experience with acute depression.

The event will be hosted by Tom Bailey, who helps run Arts & Minds, a Leeds network of people interested in creativity and mental health. Tom is also a freelance illustrator.

Please bring your own work if you wish to share it, and there will be a selection of books and comics related to the issue of mental health to browse, kindly donated by Travelling Man Stores.

Presented in association with travellingman.com

Thursday 12th November

Pints & Pencils

The Brunswick, 82 North St, Leeds LS2 7PN, 2000-late, 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.

Presented in association with travellingman.com

Friday 13th November

Thought Bubble Book Crossing 2015

Various libraries across Yorkshire (please see below for details), from 10:00, 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!

Just pop into one on the libraries listed below on Friday 13th November, and help us to achieve our aim to get everyone reading more!

Libraries taking part are: Baildon, Bingley, Bradford City, Burley, Clayton, Eccleshill, Holt Park, Ilkley, Laisterdyke, Leeds Central, Manningham, Menston, Moor Allerton, Keighley, 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!

Presented in association with:

diamondcomics.com

viz.com

travellingman.com

The 4th Annual British Comic Awards Ceremony

Millennium Room, The Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD, 18:00-19:00, all ages, but Thought Bubble does not control content, FREE, spaces limited

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

The British Comic Awards, in association with Page 45, will hold its 4th Annual Ceremony as part of this year’s Thought Bubble Festival and everyone is welcome to attend alongside the nominees and judges of this year’s coveted shortlist.

The ceremony will consist of the presentation of four awards to the winners of each category, as well as a look at the career of this year’s BCA Hall of Fame inductee, Dudley D Watkins, creator of Desperate Dan, Oor Wullie and The Broons. For full information on the British Comic Awards, please visit britishcomicawards.com

Thought Bubble Pre-Convention Drinks Reception

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds, LS1 4BR, 1930 until late, FREE, 18+

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

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Next week we’ll be continuing our countdown to 2015’s Thought Bubble by taking a look at the stops on this year’s signing tour!



TB 2015 Festival Spotlights: Mid-Con Party by thoughtbubblefestival

It’s one month to go until this year’s Thought Bubble Festival, which means we’ve released this year’s jam-packed programme out into the wild! The full rundown of events can be found here, and we wanted to give a special highlight to the tickets going on sale for this year’s mid-con party, so that nobody misses out on the chance to attend.

As with last year’s Saturday night mid-con party, to make sure everyone who wants to come to the event can get in, and to cover the licensing and insurance costs, there will be a small charge for tickets. We need to be able to keep track of attendance numbers for safety purposes, so we kindly ask that guests, exhibitors and members of the general public that wish to attend purchase a ticket using the process detailed below.

Party tickets will be going on sale at midday on Thursday 15th October, at this page, for the cost of £5. Entry to the party will also require either a weekend convention wristband or an exhibitor wristband/convention guest pass, so please make sure only to buy a party ticket if you have (or will have) one of these to accompany you to the event on the Saturday night.

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This year’s party will be taking place Saturday 14th November, and will be held at the historic Leeds Corn Exchange from 8pm until (very) late! The perfect way to unwind after a hectic day on the con floor – we’ll have the drinks and music flowing all evening, with the help of our crack squad of special guest DJs, so help us celebrate another Thought Bubble in style!

Please bear in mind that numbers are always very limited for this event, and tickets are likely to sell out quickly. We will have a very limited number available on the door on the evening of the event (for cash sales only), but these will be allocated on a first-come first-served policy, and we don’t want to have to turn people away at the door!

It’s also important to note that this event is strictly over-18s only, so please remember to bring photo ID with you along with your ticket and wristband/guest pass.

We’ll be highlighting some more events on the blog as the days until Thought Bubble 2015 tick away, so keep your eyes peeled to get the lowdown on some amazing fun to be had in Leeds this 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!




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