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Thought Bubble 2012 Update! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hello! How are you? You look well. How about this weather, eh? Terrible, isn’t it. And the earth being taken over by brain eating slugs, how rubbish was that? Still, Olympics are coming, and that’ll be… a thing, I guess?

Ok, pleasantries over, let’s dive into the serious business of the day – Thought Bubble Festival 2012 updates!

There has been a lot happening recently, so I’ll try to sum it up as briefly as possible, we’ve all got internet homes to internet go to, after all! (It’s been a long couple of months. Sorry.)



Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Thought Bubble convention, you can get them online, at Leeds City Centre Box Office, or at Travelling Man stores in the North of England. The first 500 weekend passes ordered confer guaranteed entry to our very fun mid-con party (details coming soon!), and when all these have gone we’ll put up an announcement on all our social media gubbins (gubbi?).

Please note – pre-ordered tickets will not be posted out, just collect them at the hall on the day, and if you want to take advantage of cosplay discounts, etc, then please buy them on the door. We don’t have a cap on ticket sales, so come one, come all, and help us celebrate the best dang ol’ creative medium in the world!

Full details of how to get them can be found here.


This year’s official hotel is the Leeds Marriott, we worked with them last year, and they were a delight, so we’re super pleased to be able to base all our sleeping, eating, and drinking needs there again this year. They’ve helpfully made available a special rate for Thought Bubble attendees, but please be aware that rooms are filling up fast so please act quickly if to avoid disappointment.

Full details of how to book a room can be found here.


You’ve seen our guest list, right? We figured that you guys all love comics, so we’d better bring you the best in the biz, we don’t really have a guest of honour this year because the list is so big and varied, but we hope there’s someone for everyone on there. We’ve also got our biggest exhibitor list EVER this year, and Saviles Hall and Royal Armouries Hall are going to be chock full of awesome wares to peruse.

Full list of this year’s guests can be found here, and details of exhibitors here.

British Comic Awards

We’ll be releasing details of this year’s festival programme over the next couple of months, and we’ve got a whole bunch of secret projects to announce that we hope will make this year’s festival the best yet, and on that note – the first was revealed at the beginning of this month. The British Comic Awards are a project we’ve been working on for the last year, conceived and founded by Adam Cadwell, the BCAs seek to highlight and acknowledge the best that Brit comics have to offer, and give them the attention they deserve. The inaugural BCA awards presentation ceremony will take place at this year’s Thought Bubble on November 17th.

Full details of the awards and how to get involved can be found here.

Comics Forum

Always the most interesting aspect of Thought Bubble – the Comics Forum academic conference is taking place over two days on November 15th and 16th this year, and is focused on the subject of multi-culturalism. The call for papers is still open, but closes on July 18th, so make sure to get your proposal in before then to be in with a chance to take part.

Full details of this year’s Comics Forum can be found here.


This year’s anthology looks set to be a corker, it’s going to be bigger than last year’s, with more creators contributing, and by the looks of the pages we’re getting in – it’s going to look bloomin’ gorgeous. As with last year it’ll be published by our friends at Image Comics, and all profits from the sales will go to the Barnardos Charity.

Details of last year’s anthology can be found here.

Northern Sequential Art Competition

Related to the anthology – this year’s Northern Sequential Art Competition will be launching this month, will some fabulous prizes on offer, one of which will see the winning entrant having their work published in 2013’s anthology. We get some amazing entries every year, and we can’t wait to see what you guys come up with this time around.

Full details of previous NSACs can be found here.


PHEW! That’s not even the start of what we have planned for this year, so keep an eye on the blog as we’ll have more updates for you soon!

128 days to go! YAY!