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.
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