Thought Bubble 2018 runs 17th – 23rd September!

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


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