Filed under: About Thought Bubble, News, Thought Bubble 2013 | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art, Small Press, UK Conventions, Webcomics
As some of you may have heard, tables for our convention went on sale yesterday, and had completely sold out within 2 hours, which is pretty spectacular really.
We really are amazed at how quickly the available spaces were booked up. This is unprecedented, even given the demand that we normally experience – last year took around 6 weeks to sell out – and we had assumed that, while it would be quicker this year, they wouldn’t be gone in less than a day. We’d estimated that at the very least it would take about 3 weeks, which would still have been a record time!
The fact that the tables sold out in such a short time just shows how quickly (and extensively) the comics community is growing in the UK, and we think that’s something to be celebrated. Since Thought Bubble started back in 2007 we’ve seen new faces every year, both in terms of creators and readers of comics, and that’s great – it’s an exciting time to be involved with such a vibrant medium, especially one with such passionate people involved in its ongoing evolution and expansion.
We’re aware that some exhibitors who wished to attend have missed out, and if you’re among them then we’d ask that you sign up to our reserves/cancellation list, so that we know who you are, and to let us judge the numbers more accurately. We’d also like to offer our apologies to those who are disappointed about not being able to secure a space – we hate turning anyone away, and, given the massive demand for tables this year, we are actively pursuing further convention space.
Though we are not in a position to promise anything definite at the moment, things are looking positive and we are hopeful that we will be able to provide more tables to exhibitors at this year’s Thought Bubble, if it’s at all feasible. We will do our very best, and will keep everyone posted with regular updates. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to find a solution that lets us open up the convention even more, allows more exhibitors and more attendees to pass through our doors, and helps us to introduce hundreds of new readers to the medium that we love.
We really can’t begin to express how important all our exhibitors and guests are to us, and we are eternally grateful for you all supporting Thought Bubble, and we hope you’ll continue to do so in the future. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s booked a table, or signed up to the reserves list so far, and to those who have attended previous year’s Thought Bubbles.
We couldn’t do it without you.
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