Thought Bubble 2018 runs 17th – 23rd September!

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Hey gang!

It’s just over two months until the start of this year’s festival and we’re well on the way to bringing you the best Thought Bubble yet!

This week we received the lovely news that we will once again be getting funding for this November’s events from the Arts Council. A proper post with the details of this will be forthcoming, but in the meantime it will suffice to say that we’re over the moon! (Literally – we blew the money on a multi-stage launch vehicle and are currently in orbit over the sea of tranquility.)

To keep you full of comic-related cheer in the run up to Thought Bubble 2010 here are some details of related events that are taking place soon!

First and foremost is  the, er, first Leeds Alternative Comics Fair, which will be held at A Nation of Shopkeepers in Leeds on Saturday 18th Sept 2010, from 12-6pm.
It will be free to enter, and the bar itself is open until 3am, serving good food and a large selection of drinks. A number of excellent exhibitors will be showing off their wares, and a communal table – featuring comics from many more creators – will be present for perusal.

The Thought Bubble team will be about, in a rare example of our attending a comics event for purely social reasons. It should be a most enjoyable afternoon!


Next up is Posy Simmonds in Conversation with Paul Gravett at the National Media Museum in Bradford on Tuesday 28th September, 7.35pm.

Posy Simmonds, writer of the Guardian’s original Tamara Drewe comic strip will be interviewed by comics expert Paul Gravett on her extensive career as a cartoonist, writer and illustrator, and the ever-popular Drewe character.
(Tickets £5, £4 concessions)

This event will be followed by a screening of Tamara Drewe at 8.40pm.
(Tickets £6.50, £4.50 concessions.)


Finally, we want to see your comic art for the New NORTHERN SEQUENTIAL ART COMPETITION hosted by Travelling Man and Thought Bubble. The deadline is approaching fast so don’t miss out!

Entries need to be loaded on to flickr by the 11th October 2010.
Age groups 12 to 17 and 18+

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘November in the North of England’. Your story can be told with text and illustrations or by imagery alone. It must be a new, complete story with 6 panels or more and the page must contain the story’s title. Your page can be as wacky and creative as you wish, you can make the theme very prominent or just have a slogan on a background character’s t-shirt!

All entries will be showcased in a digital exhibition at venues in Leeds and the surrounding area for a period of two weeks prior to Thought Bubble taking place.

The panel of judges (including 2000 AD Editor Matt Smith, Imagine FX Editor Claire Howlett and Marvel Spider-Man Editor Steve Wacker) will select two runners up and a winning entry from each age group, the overall winner in each category will receive £200 of graphic novels and a private tutorial with a leading writer or artist based in the North of England.

All 6 winning entrants will see their work published in a special Thought Bubble Free Comic Book Day Anthology, and the winning story will also be published in Imagine FX.
The Free Comic Book Day Anthology will be distributed around the world in May 2011 as part of Free Comic Book Day, a worldwide initiative to promote sequential art.

To view the application form click here.


That’s it for now, fresh minterviews on the horizon though! Check back soon…

– Clark