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TB anthology and comic projects for 2011! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hello! It’s only 181 days (or a year if you live on the planet Chimera) until the start of this year’s Thought Bubble, and we have some details of exciting new comic goodness for all of y’all in the meantime!

First up, we’re extremely happy to be able to bring you the first details of our first ever Thought Bubble Anthology! We’ve been working away on this for quite a while now, getting it all shiny and ready for the public’s discerning gaze, and we’re super pleased with how it’s turned out. We’re still finalising everything ahead of printing, but we can tell you that it will be distributed globally this summer by Diamond Publishing, is made possible by a generous grant from the Arts Council UK, and all proceeds from its sales will be going to Barnardos.

The anthology will showcase a wide variety of creators and styles, as well as giving you another chance to see the six winning entries from last year’s inaugural Northern Sequential Arts Competition! We’ve got a sneak peak at the cover below, featuring our wonderful festival image for this year from Becky Cloonan, and we’ll have full details on how to get hold of a copy very soon…


Next up, it’s Friends of Thought Bubble alumnus Howard Hardiman’s The Lengths, issue 1 of which hits comic shops on Wednesday 18th May, with new issues released every two months.

Drawn from extensive interviews with real sex-workers in the city, The Lengths is a quirky, uncompromising but ultimately sympathetic take on the oldest profession in the world. You thought being a male escort is a dog’s life? Think again.

The Lengths is available from all good UK comics shops, including:

Travelling Man, Dale Street, Manchester
Gosh, Great Russel Street, London
Dave’s Comics, Sydney Street, Brighton
Orbital, Great Newport Street, London

…and online at:


We’ve also got news of Dick Turpin and the Crimson Plague, a new graphic novel from our friends over at Time Bomb Comics that will be launching at this year’s convention. The book is a follow up to their 2008 highwaymen vs zombies one-shot Dick Turpin and the Restless Dead, and is set one year on from the first book, with Dick Turpin up against a nest of vampire prostitutes in 18th century London.  Written by Steve Tanner it features art from Graeme Howard and is lettered by Nikki Foxrobot. You can get a glimpse at the artwork below, but vampire prostitutes – what’s not to love?


Finally, we’re very pleased to see that the Comics Forum website is now up and running. We’ve worked with them for the past few years, bringing fascinating academic talks on the theory and practices behind sequential arts to Leeds as part of the Thought Bubble festival, and 2011 is no exception. This year will see three days of talks, on a variety of themes, and the call for submissions is now open. Come along and see the serious side of funny books!

Exciting, I’m sure you’ll agree! Back on Friday with a new Friend of Thought Bubble.

– Clark

Friends of Thought Bubble: Lynn Allingham by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang! I trust you all had a very enjoyable Free Comic Book Day at the weekend?

Well, it’s that time again, to swivel the spotlight and shine it on one of our many many Friends. This week we’re happy to welcome into the fold Lynn Allingham aka Tuckshop, whose jewelery caught my eye at last year’s Thought Bubble con. It’s quirky, and beautifully crafted, just check out the pictures below and see what Lynn has to say about it for a taster!

Well, where do I start, I don’t like talking about myself, but here goes… I am Lynn aka- Tuckshop and I design jewellery.

I started making jewellery about 3 years ago now, quite un-knowingly my sister got me started by handing me a big bag full of Fimo and said “here, see what you can do with that”, so I did and I have never looked back. My jewellery is heavily craft based rather than bead based, this stems from having a passion for just making things ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper!

I like creating miniature objects (mainly tasty foods he he he) completely from scratch. I research and play with new mediums to create items that are not easily definable or easy to replicate. I especially like it when people can’t figure out how I have made something (anal, I know!)

My biggest influence is probably Japanese craft, I love Kawaii and decollage and am always looking for new mediums in which to create the effects I want.

I was first introduced to thought bubble in 2010 by lots of talented comic friends and was very excited to have been accepted as a stall holder. Last year I designed a new range of comic inspired jewellery especially for the show and it was very well received, This year I am even more excited about thought bubble being a 2 day show so I can make lots of bigger and better designs, yay, see you there!


I highly recommend checking out Lynn’s table at this year’s TB convention, for a full list of exhibitors who’re confirmed to appear so far please check the website. We’ll be bringing you another Friend of Thought Bubble next week!

– Clark

Nelson! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang! Hope you all had a very happy Star Wars day, and if you don’t celebrate that particular holiday, well, laugh it up fuzzball. Something a bit different on the blog today, as we’re bringing you the first bit of news about an exciting new British comics project!

Nelson, a new collaborative graphic novel from Blank Slate Books will be launching this November at Thought Bubble’s convention, and features an awesome line-up of British comics talent. We’ll be celebrating the arrival of this major new work with signings and a panel, and will be bringing you more information throughout the year as the launch approaches.

So, who is Nelson? Well, Nel Baker’s story starts in 1968 (the year of her birth) and takes us through to the present day, with each creator presenting a snapshot of one year of her life. In the words of Rob Davis (Dr Who, Don Quixote) the anthology’s editor – “I don’t know if anyone’s tried anything like this before, I just think it’s a great way to show what separates comic artists from other artists – we don’t just draw pictures, we tell stories! I wanted us to avoid the ‘pick-and-choose’ aspect of most anthologies and get everyone writing their own chapters, working together to tell one continuous story. So whether a creator is your favourite or someone whose work you’d never normally go near, they all become an essential read.”

We’ve got a sneak peak at some of the art below, as well as some more information, simply click the images to embiggen them.

The line-up of talent involved looks simply stunning, but don’t take my word for it, have a gander at the contributors…

Rob Davis, Woodrow Phoenix, Ellen Lindner, Jamie Smart, Gary Northfield, Sarah McIntyre, Suzy Varty, Sean Longcroft, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Luke Pearson, Paul Harrison-Davies, Katie Green, Paul Peart-Smith, Glyn Dillon, Ian Culbard, John Allison, Philip Bond, Matt (D’Israeli) Brooker, Simone Lia, Daryl Cunningham, Jonathan Edwards, Ade Salmon, Kate Charlesworth, Warren Pleece, Kristyna Baczynski, James Harvey, Rian Hughes, Sean Phillips + Pete Doree, Kate Brown, Simon Gane, Oliver East, Adam Cadwell, Faz Choudhury, Jake, Jeremy Day, Dan McDaid, Roger Langridge, Will Morris, Dave Shelton, Carol Swain, Hunt Emerson, Duncan Fegredo, Philippa Rice, Garen Ewing, Tom Humberstone, Dan Berry, Kate Evans, Laura Howell, Andi Watson and Dave Taylor.

Very much a project worth getting excited about, so come to Thought Bubble 2011 and meet Nel Baker for the first time!

That’s all for now, Friends of Thought Bubble returns next week!

– Clark