Thought Bubble 2016: 1st-6th November!

Thought Bubble 2016 Festival Spotlights: Exhibitions by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

We’re now just 3 weeks away from the start of 2016’s tenth anniversary Thought Bubble, and we’re going to be continuing our run-up to this year’s events by cherry-picking some selected highlights from this year’s programme here on the blog – helping you get the most out of the festival week!

Taking place from 1st – 6th November at venues across Leeds (and beyond), 2016’s Thought Bubble will be a celebration of comics comprising a huge range of events for fans of all ages, and will include free art & writing based workshops for young people & adults, talks & masterclasses lead by industry professionals, a programme of sequential art related film screenings, & our massive two-day comic convention on 5th & 6th November on Leeds Dock!

The full festival programme can be found on this page, with full information on events available by clicking their titles, and a map of venues for this year’s festival can be found here.

Don’t forget to check out all the guests and exhibitors who’ll be joining us for this year’s convention, and make sure to get your convention tickets (although more will be available on the door), and tickets to our expanded mid-con party!

We’ve also updated our visitor’s guide for the festival, including travel advice for getting to/around Leeds, which can be found here.

Today, in our series of festival highlights, we’re looking at the free exhibitions taking place as part of 2016’s festival, bringing some amazing artwork to you throughout the whole of November!


Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition Entries 2016

Mon 24 Oct – Sun 6 Nov, Leeds Central Library, Room 700 (1st Floor), opening times vary, All ages, FREE

Pop by Leeds Central Library to view all the wonderful entries from the Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition in a brand new digital exhibition!

Winners of the competition will be announced at the Thought Bubble comic convention on Sun 6 Nov, and will have their work featured in 2017’s Thought Bubble Anthology, but you can preview all the stories we’ve received before the judges present their final decision!

For full details of this year’s entries and how to get involved with 2017′s competition, please click here.

Unstable Molecules by Gramsch

Tues 25 Oct to Sun 20 Nov, Nation of Shopkeepers’ Window of Opportunity (opposite Leeds Cathedral), 29 Cookridge St, Leeds LS2 3AG, All Ages, FREE

Local artist/geek Gramsch returns to the city centre’s finest drinking establishments with another exhibition of his abstracted superhero paintings.

From 25th October, and for the duration of the festival, Nation of Shopkeepers’ Window of Opportunity plays host to Gramsch’s geometric reinterpretations of otherwise memorable colour/shape combinations.

Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom presents Animate Europe

Thurs 27 Oct to Mon 16 Jan, Staircase Gallery, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD, Opening Times Vary, All Ages, FREE

What will Europe, what will the European Union look like in 50,100, 250 years? That is what the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, asked graphic novelists and comic artists from all over the world, as part of the second round of our Animate Europe International Comics Competition.

In their stories, the artists provide a lot of food for thought and debate, ranging from depictions of social or economic hardship to the role of community and cultural heritage.

A launch event for this exhibition will be taking place on Thursday 27th October from 5pm-8pm, for more information, and to sign up for the launch event, please email

The Gallery @ Munro House & TB present The Wicked + The Divine

Tues 1 Nov – Sun 30 Nov, The Gallery at Munro House, Corner of York St/Duke Street, Leeds, LS9 8AG, 08:00-18:00 Monday to Friday, 10:00-18:00 Saturdays, Closed Sundays (but will be open on Sun 6 Nov), All ages, Free

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

We are delighted to be partnering up with The Gallery at Munro House for a second time, to host an exhibition of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE by artist Jamie McKelvie and writer Kieron Gillen. The ground-breaking, multiple Eisner award nominated, contemporary fantasy comic book series has been a huge breakout hit, and has been optioned for TV. First published by Image Comics in 2014, it remains one of their most popular series over two years later. Alongside images from THE WICKED + THE DIVINE will be pieces from McKelvie and Gillen’s cult favourite Phonogram series.

A free launch event for this exhibition will be taking place on Friday 4th November from 6pm onwards, for more information, please click here.

Leeds College of Art BA Illustration @ Travelling Man

Tues 1 Nov – Wed 30 Nov, Travelling Man, 32 Central Road, Leeds, LS1 6DE, 10:00-18:00 Monday to Sunday (11:00 – 17:00 Sundays), FREE, All ages

Do art students like comics? Of course they do! Third year students from the exciting new Illustration degree at Leeds College of Art exhibit a series of prints made in response to their love for comics & pop culture.

The exhibiting artists have been drawing, painting, printing and making non stop for the last two years and are excited about this opportunity to exhibit their talents as part of the Thought Bubble festival. Prints will be editioned and available to buy.

Presented in association with

A free launch event for this exhibition will be taking place on Tuesday 1st November from 6pm – 7pm.

Prints of Eternia @ Colours May Vary

Tues 1 Nov to Sun 30 Nov, Colours May Vary, Munro House, Duke St, Leeds LS9 8AG, 10:00-18:00 Mon-Sat, 12:00-17:00 Sun, All ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note: Thought Bubble does not control event content, FREE

Prints of Eternia is a colourful and exciting project that brings together established and upcoming artists to celebrate HE-MAN, the much loved 80’s action packed cartoon series.

Artists from different backgrounds and practices were tasked with creating one piece using HE-MAN as inspiration. The results are as varied as the characters in the show!

All the work produced will be exhibited for the whole month of November at Colours May Vary, Leeds, coinciding with the Thought Bubble comic art festival.

Artists who ‘have the power’ include Jack Teagle. Peter Lloyd. Billy Mather. ZEEL, Lord Hurk, Lucy Irving, Laetitia Bocquet, Anthony Atkinson, Drew Millward, Patrick R Allan, Adam Moore, and Print Wagon.

Assembly House and 44FLOOD present Heretics

Thurs 3 Nov to Sun 6 Nov, Lady Beck Studios, Unit 22, 64-76 Mabgate, Leeds, LS9 7DZ, 1700-2100 Thurs & Fri, 1300-1600 Sat & Sun, All Ages but please note: Thought Bubble does not control event content, FREE

44FLOOD and Assembly House are partnering with Lady Beck to host an exhibition of dark art by Leeds College of Art and Plymouth College of Art contemporary crafts and fine art students and graduates, alongside original artwork from the upcoming 44FLOOD folk-horror series HERETICS by Martin Simmonds and P M Buchan.

Contributing artists include contemporary dark bohemian jewellery artist Stevie-Leigh Smith and award-winning metalsmith Luke Axworthy, plus international comic artists Martin Simmonds (Titan Comics: Death Sentence), Ben Templesmith (IDW: 30 Days of Night), Caspar Wijngaard (Image Comics: LIMBO) and John Pearson (Beast Wagon).

Martin Simmonds, John Pearson and P M Buchan will also be holding free workshops and talks for members of the public and Leeds College of Art students to discuss their careers and bridging the gap between comics and fine art.

For more information visit


We’ll be back soon with another festival spotlight, looking at some selected highlights from over 80 events taking place as part of Thought Bubble 2016!


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