Thought Bubble 2018 runs 17th – 23rd September!

Early Thought Bubble Guest Confirmations by thoughtbubblefestival

Sadly, no Small Press/Indie Friends post this week as I’m waiting on submissions and have been busier than Peter Parker on a deadline for the Bugle when Venom’s in town. Literally. Instead please feast your eyes (and any other sensory organs) on the first list of guests currently confirmed for this year’s Thought Bubble Convention in November. Tasty, no?

Special guests and professionals appearing at the convention so far include…

Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Wormwood Gentleman Corpse)
Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead)
Paul Cornell (Captain Britain and the MI13)
Andy Diggle (The Losers, Hellblazer)
Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy)
Kieron Gillen (Phonogram)
Adi Granov (Iron Man concept art/Extremis)
Jock (The Losers, Green Arrow: Year One)
Antony Johnston (Dead Space, Wasteland)
Barry Kitson (The Order, Amazing Spider-Man)
Jamie McKelvie (Phonogram, Suburban Glamour)
Sean Phillips (Marvel Zombies, Criminal)
Wayne Reynolds (D&D, Pathfinder)
Liam Sharp (Gears of War)
Bryan Talbot (Alice in Sunderland)
Emma Vieceli (Manga Shakespeare)

Loads more guests will be announced in the continuing run-up to the convention, and if you want any more information on the creators listed above then click on their names (this will re-direct you to external sites).

Be sure to check back here soon, hopefully next week I’ll be able to get back to building up the Small-Press/Independent Friends of Thought Bubble gallery, and if you’ve missed any of the previous installments then there’s a link under the ‘pages’ heading on the left. Until then, au revoir true believers!

– Clark


Manhwa 100: Centenary of Korean Comics by thoughtbubblefestival
17/05/2009, 4:49 pm
Filed under: Film and Sequential Art, News, What is Sequential Art? | Tags:

To celebrate 100 years of Korean comics (or manhwa) the Korean Cultural Centre in London is running an exhibition of Korean sequential art through the ages. Taking place from the 21st of May to the 24th of June this promises to be a fascinating exploration of the evolution of manhwa through the ages, from the original political cartoons through to the modern incarnation involving digital media, with each era reflecting the nation’s turbulent social history. The ongoing event also involves screenings of some excellent animated films, as well as opportunities to meet celebrated Korean manhwa artist Chul-Ho Park.
For more information click on the images below, or visit the Korean Cultural Centre’s homepage.

– Clark

From the makers of American Astronaut comes STINGRAY SAM!! by thoughtbubblefestival
16/05/2009, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Film and Sequential Art, News, Trailers

Check out this new theatrical trailer for the musical space western, STINGRAY SAM. Written and directed by Cory McAbee. Music by AMERICAN ASTRONAUT. Narration by David Hyde Pierce. If you know and love the musical American Astronaut you will LOVE this, if you haven’t seen American Astronaut…….where have you been?! It is fantastic! We can’t wait for this. It should hopefully be showing at the 23rd Leeds International Film Festival this year so don’t miss out!

Bryan Talbot’s Grandville by thoughtbubblefestival
14/05/2009, 5:11 pm
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The animated trailer for Bryan Talbot’s new graphic novel Grandville
has just hit the net and it’s looking pretty damn cool.

Bryan is a comics legend with the collection of his Luther Arkwright series representing one of the first British graphic novels. Bryan subsequently worked on a number of big titles in the UK and US comics scene including Sandman, Hellblazer, Judge Dredd, and, my personal favourite, Nemesis the Warlock.

Grandville looks set to continue this run of unbridled excellence and is described as “an anthropomorphic steampunk detective-thriller” which has as its protagonist a large working class Badger. Nice. Check out the trailer below the jump and goto the official site for more information.

– Clark

Friends of Thought Bubble: the Sophomore Class by thoughtbubblefestival

This week’s Small Press and Independent Friend of Thought Bubble (or Super Friend) is the fantastic Adam Cadwell a freelance illustrator whose diary comic The Everyday – which is by turns hilarious and poignant – features consistently top-notch art, which is also apparent in his illustrations and commercial work. The gallery below (click on the thumbnails for larger versions) contains a small sample from the wealth of excellent material available for viewing on his site.

Adam Cadwell is a comic creator and freelance artist who has been working professionally as a visualiser and illustrator since early 2007. Gaining experience by working in-house at advertising agency TBWA\Manchester and then by running commercial art company DRAW, Adam now works independently as Cadwell Illustration and is based in Central Manchester.
Adam’s work has been published in Love The Way You Love (issue #6), The Pirates of Coney Island (issue #6), and Phonogram (issue #4), and can also be found in the self-published titles The Everyday and My Beloved Monsters #1 & #2 (with Chris Doherty).
For more information on Adam’s comics and professional work visit or drop by his blog.

That’s it for another edition of the Small Press and Independent Friends of Thought Bubble, I think it’s safe to assume that updates won’t be regularly on a Wednesday, due to poor time management and hypervelocity on my part, but I’ll try and keep it at least somewhere close to an approximation of a weekly posting. Excelsior!

– Clark