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TB2011 Newsplosion! by thoughtbubblefestival

Howdy hey! Bit of a quiet month on the blog (sorry), but that’s because we’ve been busy. Like, super-busy. So without much further ado lets plow on into the mammoth pile of Thought Bubble 2011 happenings that’ve crept up on us like… mammoths?


First things first – Exhibitor table news!

Tables in Saviles Hall are now completely sold out. A new record for us, all the tables in that hall are now booked, however, we still have limited numbers left to book in Royal Armouries Hall for our 2 day convention. Early bird prices for these remaining tables expire on August 1st (after which time they will rise), so act fast if you don’t want to miss out and snag yourself a bargain! Full details can be found on the website.


Second item of business – Leeds Graphic Novel Awards 2011!

Last year saw the inaugural Leeds Graphic Novel Awards ceremony take place (won by Dave Shelton for his book Good Dog, Bad Dog) as part of the Leeds Book Awards. Specifically aimed at books suitable for 11-14 year olds, this winner is chosen by pupils at selected schools around Leeds, who then get to attend the awards ceremony and meet the creators. We’ve just released the nominations shortlist for this year, and if you’d like your school to take part in this or future events please email


Tertiary phase – Northern Sequential Art Competition 2011!

Following on from the success of last year’s first ever Northern Sequential Art Competition, we’re pleased to present 2011’s offering in association with our good friends over at Travelling Man comic stores. Winning entries will be published in our next anthology (publication date TBC in 2012), and there are other fabulous prizes to be attained.

Full details and T&Cs can be found on the website, but there’s a brief run down below.

This year’s competition is open to artists and writers in the UK, and entries must be a single, self-contained comic book page, with no fewer than 6 panels, A3 in size, portrait format and must contain the title in the top left corner.

Judges will include Matt Smith (editor of 2000 AD) and Steve Wacker (Marvel’s Spider-Man Editor). Deadline for entries is Monday 31st October.


Finally – Convention Tickets!

Tickets for 2011’s convention are selling like cakes tending towards maximum entropy, so act fast if you’d like to be one of the lucky ones (first 500 weekend pass sales) to get guaranteed entry to our funtastical after-party!

Tickets are available for purchase through our website, or can be collected in person from Travelling Man comic shops, or OK Comics in Leeds.


And that’s it! All the news. ALL OF IT. We’ll be announcing this year’s festival programme soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that, shouldn’t be too hard to spot as it’s going to be huge. Seriously, when we said this year’s festival was going to be our biggest yet we really weren’t kidding. Cushty.

– Clark