Thought Bubble 2018 runs 17th – 23rd September!

Friends of Thought Bubble: The Return of the Blog by thoughtbubblefestival

Good ‘morrow Bubblers! Plans for this year’s festival continue apace and remain highly secretive for the time being, but as it is only 269 days away (coincidentally also the number of feet jumped by Travis Pastrana in his rally car last December, thereby setting a new world record) rest assured all will be revealed in good time.

Until that momentous, er, moment we’re pleased to present you with a fresh installment in our rapidly growing series of small-press/indie comicker profiles. This week, for your viewing delight, we’re spotlighting the wonderful work of Philippa “The Juzzard” Rice, whose webcomic ‘My Cardboard Life’ is surely the greatest outcome of the era of the Kraft process. Proof of this can be seen in the gallery below by simply lowering your gaze a few degrees. See you after the jump.

Philippa Rice is an illustrator/animator living in London. Philippa completed an animation degree in 2007, and since then her hand rendered and stop-motion films (examples of which can be seen here) have been screened at animation festivals including Animation Block Party (New York) and Animac (Catalonia).

For the last year and a half Philippa has been making people feel sentimental towards recyclable materials with her webcomic My Cardboard Life. Philippa’s internet shopping addiction and habit of looking through bins have provided plenty of cardboard and paper supplies for making five new collage comic-strips every week.

As well as online comics, Philippa, aka “The Juzzard” makes mini-comics and ‘zines such as her illustrated activity booklet series Intricate Dwellings. All of these things can be seen on Philippa’s website and blog.

We at Thought Bubble towers are big fans of Philippa’s work, and ‘My Cardboard Life’ is one of the main reasons (besides not wanting to anger Gaia) that we started a recycling programme. Love comics; love the environment, yo.

That’s your lot for the present, I hope that you enjoyed it (sorry if you didn’t, I’ll try harder, I promise) and will be back in a fortnight for some more profiling goodness!

Scotty, beam us up.

– Clark


Friends of Thought Bubble: Reborn by thoughtbubblefestival

Hola! It’s now only 285 days until this year’s Thought Bubble Festival (18th-21st November), and not only is this the degree of solar celestial longitude which marks the end of the 22nd annual East Asian solar term, but it also signifies the start of this year’s Small Press and Independent Friends of Thought Bubble (or 2010: The Year We Make Friends)!

For those of you who missed out on last year’s installments we basically use the blog (between festivals) to showcase some of the amazingly talented indie sequential art creators who we’re priveleged to meet at our convention each year. We love ’em and we think you will too – or else

Kicking off the futuristic sounding 2010 series with great style and panache is the super-talented (and crazy prolific) Julia Scheele – an illustrator extraordinaire, examples of whose work can be seen in the nifty gallery below. Peep it, yo.

Julia Scheele is one of “those” 20-something illustrators living in London. Before returning to her undying love for comics, she had taken part in various film festivals and exhibitions, and used to co-organise an art/film/music event which mainly involved getting people to dress up as cardboard robots and dance. She has produced work in and around the UK small press scene under her own name as well as with her collective We Are Words + Pictures who are currently organising workshops and events in London and beyond. Julia also runs the 69 Love Songs, Illustrated project on the internet and can often be found at ‘zine fests and conventions throughout the UK. Her comics and illustration work can be seen at her site and her blog.

I think you’ll all agree that we’d have been hard pressed (unintentional pun +5pts) to find a better example of the UK’s awesome illustrative community to kick off this year’s series, and I think it serves as an excellent taste of the awesomeness to come (spoiler alert: awesome). I’m hoping to update the blog on a fortnightly basis hereafter with more entries into this canon, but there’ll be many surprise, ninja updates (more frequent the closer we get to the festival) with bonus Thought Bubble information as we officially announce the various sweet things we’ve got planned for y’all. Seriously check out 69 Love Songs, Illustrated though – it’s proper ‘mazing.

Ok, that’s it for now, if you want to keep up-to-date on our to-ing and fro-ing in Jack Bauer-esque real-time-o-vision then come hang with us on twitter or facebook. Social networking’s so hot right now (so my sister tells me).

Catch you later Bill & Ted!

– Clark