Filed under: About Thought Bubble, News, Thought Bubble 2014 | Tags: Comics, film, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art, UK Conventions, Webcomics
We hope you’re all fine and dandy, and have had a nice start to this year, but just in case you needed something to make it even better, we’ve got a whole bunch of festival updates to brighten your day! Put on those mirrorshades, because things are about to get real.
First off, we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in, and helped spread the word about, our recent charity art auction – thanks to all your efforts, we managed to raise close to £900 for The Barnardo’s Charity, which is a grand total for an amazing cause. We’d like to say a special thank you to all the artists who donated their work, and to Peter Doherty for all his help in getting the artwork together. You guys are all the best.
Now, we’ve just given the Thought Bubble website its annual makeover, and updated it with all the first wave information for this year’s festival, which is super exciting! We think this year’s festival is on track to be our best yet, and we’re hard at work making sure that everything comes together just right to make it so – we’ll have updates in the coming weeks on pre-ordering tickets for events and the registration process for exhibitors wishing to attend this year’s convention, so keep an eye out for those, but right now, we’ve got a summary of the information released on Thought Bubble 2014 so far below. Read on, Macduff!
Festival Dates 2014
This year’s Thought Bubble Festival, taking place in association with the 28th Leeds International Film Festival, will run from 9th – 16th November 2014 at venues across Leeds and beyond, with a centre-piece convention running on 15th & 16th November.
2014′s festival will include free art and writing based workshops for young people and adults, talks and masterclasses lead by industry professionals, and a programme of sequential art related film screenings.
Our special two day convention promises an incredible line up of leading artists and writers, and over 400 tables showcasing the best sequential art has to offer. The weekend will also feature portfolio viewings and competitions, as well as a huge cosplay parade.
Thought Bubble aims to be as open as possible to families, and individuals who may not be familiar to the medium, so come along and join in the fun in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere!
Featured Guests at Thought Bubble 2014
Thought Bubble prides itself on bringing a varied selection of guests through its doors each year, and 2014 is no exception! This year we are hoping to bring even more creators to Leeds, and as part of the first wave of festival guest announcements (with many more still to come in the run-up to November’s events), we are pleased to announce that we will be welcoming to our festival:
Natasha Allegri (creator of Bee & Puppycat, and writer/illustrator of the Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake comics);
Andy Belanger (creator of Black Church, and artist on IDW’s hit series Kill Shakespeare);
Emily Carroll (award-winning webcomic creator, whose work has featured in Vertigo’s The Witching Hour and Dark Horse’s Creepy);
Becky Cloonan (artist on Dark Horse’s The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and recently self-published Demeter);
Danielle Corsetto (creator of webcomic Girls With Slingshots, and the Adventure Time graphic novels Playing With Fire and Pixel Princesses);
Adam Hughes (award-winning cover artist for titles such as DC’s Wonder Woman, Fairest, Catwoman, and Power Girl);
Jeff Lemire (creator of acclaimed series Essex County, The Underwater Welder, Sweet Tooth, and Trillium);
Matteo Scalera (artist on Image’s Dead Body Road and Black Science, and Marvel’s Secret Avengers and The Incredible Hulk);
Scott Snyder (creator of Vertigo’s American Vampire and The Wake, and writer on DC’s Batman and Superman Unchained);
Allison Sohn (artist on trading and sketch cards for Star Wars, LotR, Indiana Jones, and Women of Marvel, cover artist for Dynamite Comic’s Red Sonja);
Jillian Tamaki (creator of webcomic Supermutant Magic Academy, graphic novels Gilded Lilies, Indoor Voice, and co-creator of Skim and This One Summer);
We’ll have many more guests to announce in the coming months, so keep an eye on the website as the festival draws ever closer!
2014 Festival Image
This year’s festival image has been created by the amazing Annie Wu, whose work on Hawkeye is a firm favourite here in the Thought Bubble offices, and we really love the 1920’s vibe she’s brought to the illustration – showing that even ghoulish spectres reading over your shoulder can’t diminish the joy to be found in a good comic!
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That’s all the updates we have for now – we’ll be bringing you information thick and fast over the coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye on the blog for fresh posts, or you can follow us on Twitter (@thoughtbubbleuk) or like our page on Facebook (search “thought bubble festival”).