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News. Lots of news. And some olds. by thoughtbubblefestival

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.
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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).

– Clark


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That Malorie Blackman list is such a load of rubbish. Graphic novels for teenagers? Chronicles of Wormwood? Hellblazer? Sin City? V for Vendetta? Really? It reads more of a list of Graphic Novels for 17 year old Males more than anything.

Hey how about some titles for girls to enjoy? Or even a few more female creators? Work by the Tamaki cousins, Hope Larson, Faith Ehrin Hicks, Lasko Gross, Asino Inoue. Some titles for younger teens to enjoy? Courtney Crumrin for example. Some more modern books like Scottt Pilgrim? Where’s the manga? Such a wasted opportunity, Guardian.

Comment by Marc Ellerby

Yeah it does seem to be more a “my favourite graphic novels” than ones for teens, there’s some good choices on the list for general reading if someone’s new to comics and needs a primer-pack. Fair play to the Guardian on running something like that, maybe a little too late to be ahead of the game, but at least they’re trying, and if it gets someone who wouldn’t necessarily have picked up a comic to do so then that can only be a good thing.

For my money if you want teen-friendly comix then Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, Runaways, defo Scott Pilgrim and your other choices Marc, the Manga Shakespeare range (which has the added bonus of getting the yoot reading ol’ Bill), to name but a handful.

I, personally, liked that fact that, while the list seems to have judged its audience pretty poorly, it is a good starter list, but I’m assuming any teacher who tried to introduce that into the curriculum would be panned pretty quick. Then again, the first comic book I read was the Invisibles at the tender age of 13, most definitely hitting above my weight at that age and it meant I ended up a diehard advocate of all things sequential.
The main reason I highlighted it was as a sign of the way things seem to be moving as comics capture the current zeitgeist, and the picks she’s made are solid, if a wildly inappropriate list for young teens to pick up and read…


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