Thought Bubble 2017 runs 18th – 24th September!


TBF17 Competition Results & Fringe Events by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

We’re back in the office, following last month’s Thought Bubble, and we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along to our biggest ever festival! We were so happy to be able to welcome so many comics-loving folks to Leeds city centre, and hope you enjoyed visiting us in the festival’s new home!

We’re just catching up with post-Festival admin, and we’ll be back soon with updates on 2018’s events, including festival dates, but in the meantime, we have competition results, an award shortlist, and some last Thought Bubble ’17 fringe events before we bid TB adieu for another year.

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The results for this year’s TB Comic Art Competition are now available to view on the website, and we’d like to say thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winners! You’ll be able to find this year’s winners in 2018’s issue of our charity anthology, and we’ll have details of 2018’s competition going live in the new year.

This year’s winners can be viewed by clicking here.

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The shortlist for 2017’s Young People’s Comic Award is now available online, and can be viewed by clicking here. The shortlisted books will now go before the discerning gaze of our reading groups from participating schools and public libraries, who will vote on the winners, with the final result to be announced in December.

We’d like to say a big thank you to our awards committee for this year, and all the young people who take part in the judging process, and good luck to all this year’s shortlisted authors and publishers!

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Finally, we’ve got two final Thought Bubble ’17 fringe events taking place this week, with the Lost Forest of Leeds opening its boughs to visitors on the 5th and 6th October at Leeds Town Hall, as part of Light Night celebrations.

As its strange secrets come to life around you, use a special flashlight and explorer’s map to help local artist, Jack Fallows, solve the cryptic messages of the mysterious forest before the portal closes up again!

Jack has worked with young people across Leeds to create characters and stories set against the backdrop of this hidden world.

For full details on the event, please click here.

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That’s all for now, we’d like to say another final (big) thank you to all our volunteers and panel hosts for this year’s Thought Bubble, for giving up their time and energy to help make our biggest Bubble yet so special.

We’ll be back soon with 2018 updates, but if you’d like to find out what we’re up to in the meantime (as we never really stop) then you can follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

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Thought Bubble 2017 Festival Spotlights: Zarjaz! Exhibition by thoughtbubblefestival

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We’re now just 2 weeks away from the start of 2017’s Thought Bubble, and our return to Leeds City Centre, and as the festival gets ever closer, we’re marking the 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!

 

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Taking place from 18th to 24th September at venues across Leeds (and beyond), 2017’s Thought Bubble will be a celebration of all comics has to offer – 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, free exhibitions, & our massive two-day comic convention on 23rd and 24th September in the heart of Leeds City Centre!

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. We’ve also got a digital version of this year’s festival guide up online here, with provisional convention floor plans available here, and free print copies of all of these will be available at our events for attendees.

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)!

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 the first of our series of festival highlights, we’re looking at the free Zarjaz! exhibition, open now, celebrating 40 years of the galaxy’s greatest comic – 2000 AD!

 

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Presented in association with Vice Press, and free to view at The Gallery at Munro House for the whole of September, the exhibition brings together a host of amazing artists to create some spectacular original tribute art to celebrate 40 years of 2000 AD.

Artists involved include: Charlie Adlard, David Aja, Mark Chilcott, Michael Cho, Mike Collins, Boo Cook, Rufus Dayglo, Nick Derington, Tom Eglington, Jason Edmiston, Brett Ewins, Carlos Ezquerra, Glenn Fabry, Matt Ferguson, Florey, Tom Foster, Godmachine, Matt Griffin, John Higgins, Dan Hipp, Jock, Clint Langley, Tula Lotay, Jake Lynch, John McCrea, Mick McMahon, Tom J Newell, John Pearson, Luke Preece, Raid71, Arthur Ranson, Alex Roland, Henrik Sahlstrom, Greg Staples, Chris Weston, and Kei Zama.

Ahead of this year’s Thought Bubble Comic Convention, on Friday 22nd September from 7pm onwards, Vice Press and 2000 AD will be hosting a special Thought Bubble Exhibition Event at The Gallery at Munro House, which will be followed by The 2000 AD Juve Cube – a riotous night of celebration featuring Live music, DJs and live art from super-star VIP droids featured in the accompanying exhibition.

Full information on the exhibition and Juve Cube event can be found here, including previews of the exhibition pieces, all of which are available for purchase from the gallery.

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We’ll be back tomorrow with another festival spotlight, but in the meantime, don’t forget that you can get live updates on all the current Thought Bubble action, please follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook!

 

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Visiting Thought Bubble – A Brief Guide For 2017 by thoughtbubblefestival

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With 2017’s Thought Bubble just around the corner we thought it would be a good idea to update our visitor’s guide for this year. If you’ve never joined us for a Thought Bubble before, or you’re returning for more comics fun and want to get more out of your trip to Leeds, then we hope the information below will be of help.

We’ve been busy updating the guest pages for this year’s festival, with some brilliant creators for you to meet in Leeds this month (with over 100 guests now confirmed as attending), and we’ve also been updating the exhibitor icons on the site for 2017’s convention, which will be our biggest yet, in our new home in Leeds City Centre!

A map of the city with festival venues marked on it can be found here, and the full festival guide is now available online, with details on all this year’s events, which can be found here.

Convention exhibitor information, including links to provisional floor plans, can be found below for:

comiXology Marquee

Cookridge Street Marquee

Leeds Town Hall Marquee

Victoria Hall

Free maps of all convention halls with exhibitors and guests listed on them will be available at the event, along with free print copies of this year’s festival guide.

 

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Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Thought Bubble convention, taking place on the 23rd and 24th September, and can be pre-purchased via our website or picked up in person from Travelling Man stores! We’ve got free entry for under-12s and over-65s, and discounts for those attending in costume to celebrate our expanded cosplay programme, more on which can be found here.

This year’s mid-con party, celebrating comiXology’s tenth birthday, is free-to-attend, and full information can be found in the guide, or on the website here.

Registration is now open for 2017’s Comics Forum academic conference, which takes place at Leeds Library on 21st and 22nd September. Full details of this, including how to register, can be found in the festival guide.

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Travel

  1. Getting to Leeds itself is relatively easy, both from within the UK and internationally, as regular rail services bring you into the heart of the city. Leeds rail station is about a 5 minute walk from the convention site, and there’s a taxi rank that’s constantly manned just outside the main station entrance.
  2. If you’re flying into Manchester airport then there’s a direct train every half hour that will bring you into Leeds station in around 1.5 hours.
  3. If you’re flying into one of London’s airports then you can catch a direct train from London Kings Cross to Leeds that will bring you into Leeds station in around 2.5 hours;
  4. If you’re driving into Leeds then there’s information on how to get to the convention village area available here – please be aware that Leeds has a slightly tricky one-way system, so it’s best to allow for some extra time when setting off;
  5. Parking is available at a variety of venues in Leeds City Centre – take a look here for parking options, or click here for Leeds park and ride – there is no parking provided at the convention venues, and, due to this being a city centre location, we strongly advise planning your journey and parking spot ahead of the convention dates;
  6. If you’re getting the bus into the city, then the convention area is serviced by a number of routes, full details of which can be found here.

 

Accommodation

The official hotel partner for this year’s convention is the Radisson Blu which is located in Leeds city centre, and is directly adjacent to the convention site. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the rail station, and close to central bus routes in the city.

Leeds itself is a fairly compact city to get around, and you can walk from the top part of town (the university areas on Woodhouse Lane) down to the convention area in Leeds City Centre in around 20 minutes. If you need any supplies while you’re in town, then the shopping district can be found clustered around The Headrow and Albion street, with a large shopping mall at Trinity Leeds on Boar Lane (the site of this year’s Mid-Con party), all of which are a short walk from the convention area, which also has a number of nearby bars and restaurants on the surrounding streets.

 

The convention – 10 important points:

  1. This year’s convention takes place on the weekend of September 23rd and 24th, with doors opening to the public at 10am and closing at 6pm on Saturday 23rd September and 10am until 5pm on Sunday 24th September;
  2. Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the convention, but this may involve some queueing, and your convention wristband will get you into all events taking place at the convention on the day/s for which it is valid (including panels and live events) – your wristband can be picked up from the ticket desks at the convention village on the day (just bring along your physical ticket to exchange, or the booking email if a physical ticket was not provided);
  3. Venue information for 2017’s events can be found here, and all listings in the festival programme include the individual event’s locations (including postcodes, where appropriate) and timings;
  4. We’d recommend bringing some waterproof clothing, as Leeds’ weather can be changeable in September, and there are open spaces between the convention venues;
  5. All venues at the convention are wheelchair accessible, and baby changing facilities are available in Leeds Town Hall, Leeds City Museum and the Carriageworks Theatre;
  6. We’d recommend bringing a decent amount of cash (especially change) with you, as our supply is generally taken up with handling on-the-door ticket sales, but there are a number of free-to-use cashpoints in the area, which our volunteers will be happy to point you in the direction of – on a related note, exhibitors will love you if you can pay with exact change;
  7. While we don’t impose limits on the number of items people can bring to be signed, please be aware that, for the purposes of security, we may need to check your bags on entering convention venues, so kindly ask for your cooperation in this regard;
  8. If you have any issues during your visit, don’t be afraid to ask for help, as our red-shirted volunteers will be happy to assist you in anything you need during the weekend – if you find yourself needing a quiet space during the convention at any time, then Bub’s Lounge in Leeds City Museum is free to enter for all attendees, and designed in partnership with Leeds Specialist Autism Services;
  9. A simple point, but an important one – keep hydrated and remember to make time to eat as well, low blood sugar and dehydration can make even the simplest of tasks a lot more daunting, so be sure to look after yourself during the convention;
  10. The most important aspect of any convention is to have fun – Thought Bubble is an extremely friendly show, and we aim to cater to a wide spectrum of attendees, many of whom may be attending a show like this for the first time, so we ask that:
    • attendees treat each other, including exhibitors, guests, and volunteers, with respect;
    • anyone wishing to take photographs or film at any Thought Bubble events are requested to please ask permission from the subject/s before doing so – information on our Cosplay policies can be found here.

 

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Thought Bubble Spring Round-Up by thoughtbubblefestival

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We’re currently busy at work finalising this year’s floor plans for our convention, and cracking on with prepping our jam-packed festival programme ready for launch in the summer, so in the meantime we wanted to put together a handy-dandy summary of everything Bubbly we’ve announced so far this year…

 

Convention Tickets!

This year’s convention will be taking place on the 23rd and 24th September in the heart of Leeds City Centre, and tickets for our festival’s flagship event are on sale now!

This year we have free entry for under-12s and over-65s, and complimentary tickets available for carers attending with disabled visitors to the convention.

We also have discounts available for costumed attendees wishing to pre-book tickets, and have updated our cosplay guidelines for 2017, more information on which can be found below.

For full information on convention tickets, including prices and how to book, please click here.

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Cosplay at Thought Bubble 2017!

Our cosplay programme for 2017 is going to be bigger and better than ever, and we’re delighted to be welcoming special guests The 86th Floor to the show this year!

We’ve got some great discounts available for our cosplaying attendees for this year’s convention, and we’ll have full information on this year’s masquerade coming in the summer with the festival’s full programme.

We’ve updated our cosplay guidelines over on the website, so if you’ll be coming to our events in costume this year, please give them a read before September comes around, to make sure everyone’s visit with us runs as smoothly as possible.

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Friends of Thought Bubble!

The heart of Thought Bubble, and one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of the festival’s growth over the last decade, has been our community outreach programme.

As part of our work supporting the medium of comics each year, we run free schools workshops, give away hundreds of free comics to those who might not otherwise have access to them, work with Leeds Libraries on the Young People’s Book Awards, design quiet spaces like Bub’s Lounge at our convention for people with anxiety issues and autism, run our Rainbow Age LGBTQ* reading events, and work with local groups like the Bradford Action for Refugees centre and Leeds Specialist Autism Services.

Our work within the community lets us connect with young people and adults across Yorkshire, and as we head into our second decade, we’d like to expand that programme as much as possible. In order to help with this, we’ve launched our Friends of Thought Bubble initiative, which will part-fund the work we do in the community, and let us continue and grow our educational and outreach programme.

We’ve full information on the initiative, and what it entails, on our website, and there’s a number of great perks available for becoming a Friend of Thought Bubble, and supporting comics education, as well as the option to simply donate a small amount if it’s a cause that’s close to your heart without subscribing to the full programme.

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Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition 2017!

The 8th Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition, a prize open to artists and writers worldwide, taking place as part of the 11th Thought Bubble Sequential Arts Festival – and in association with Travelling Man and Diamond Comics – is now open to entries!

Split into two age groups with a category for young people aged 12 -17 and a second category for adults aged 18 and over, the competition seeks to discover new creative talent as well as new work from established writers and artists. Winners from each category will be showcased in 2018’s Thought Bubble anthology with Image Comics, as well as some excellent comics goodies.

This year’s competition closes 5pm on Friday 28th July 2017, and we’re looking for an A3, portrait aspect page, telling a single story using a minimum of 6 panels. Pages will need a 3mm bleed, with CMYK colours at 300dpi.

For full competition guidelines, and information on how to enter, including submission forms, please click here.

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Comics Forum 2017!

This year’s Comics Forum academic conference will be taking place on the 21st and 22nd September, at Leeds Central Library, as part of Thought Bubble.

2017’s Forum will be focused on the concept of space in comics, and the call for papers is now open, with proposals of 250 words invited for talks of up to 20 minutes in length.

The deadline for submissions is the 1st of July 2017, and you will receive notification of acceptance by the 14th of July. Please click here for the full call for papers, and information on how to submit your proposal for the conference.

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Thought Bubble 2017 hotel!

We are very pleased to once again have Leeds’ Radisson Blu as 2017’s official hotel partner for Thought Bubble.

The Radisson Blu is situated in The Light – a 6 minute walk from Leeds Railway Station, at 1 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL, and is adjacent to this year’s convention site.

More information on the hotel can be found on our website.

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Thought Bubble 2016 panel videos!

If you’re as excited as we are for this year’s festival and want to get into the Bubble mood, then we’ve got some great Bubscast panel videos from 2016’s convention for your viewing pleasure!

If you missed out on these talks at last year’s convention, or just want to experience them again, we’ve got a selection of panels and Q&As up on our YouTube channel now (along with lots of archives from past Bubbles) for you to enjoy.

A special thank you to all our hosts, and panel speakers, and to Green Light Video for producing and editing the footage.

Also from last year’s convention – our recent art auction of original pieces created as part of our sketching spotlight events raised a whopping £967.99p for Barnardo’s!

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who bid and helped spread the word, and if you’d like to see some sketching spotlights from previous year’s festivals then we’ve got some video archives available on the links above.

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Guests at Thought Bubble 2017!

We’ve been updating the guest list diligently on a regular basis and currently have over 70 guest creators confirmed as attending this year’s festival!

The current roster is up online to view, and we’ll be continuing to update it as folks confirm their attendance with us, so be sure to check back regularly.

We’ll have full exhibitor lists for our (biggest ever) convention coming soon over on our website, along with floor plans and signing times for those attendees who have them, and we’ll announce on our social media (and this blog) once they’re available to view!

That’s it for now – we’ll be back soon with some more festival updates as we work towards September and our first festival in our new home in Leeds City Centre!

Don’t forget that we have a number of FAQs up on our website to help out those who haven’t visited us before, and you can find us online and posting regularly about what we’re working on at:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

So be sure to say hi, and let us know if you’ll be joining us for 2017’s Thought Bubble!



Thought Bubble Charity Art Auction 2017 by thoughtbubblefestival

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Last year, as part of Thought Bubble 2016′s convention, we ran our regular Sketching Spotlight event, where 8 brilliant artists came up on stage and discussed their approach to illustrating comics with Peter Doherty, while also drawing live for our excellent audience.

Because comic artists are a lovely bunch of human beans, they all agreed to let us auction off the sketches they produced, and donate all the proceeds to The Barnardo’s Charity.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to all those wonderful people who took part for their time and generosity, and (with your help) we hope to be able to raise a lot of money for a great cause.

You can see a preview of all the pieces below (click to embiggen), with full details of the sketches underneath, as well as a link to the individual items’ listing pages.

For archival videos of previous years’ Sketching Spotlights, please visit our YouTube channel.

The auction will take place on eBay and will run for 10 days from 11am Friday 28th April, with bidding/delivery open to fans worldwide. We’d really appreciate it if as many as you could spread the word as possible, so we can raise a whole bunch of money for a good cause, and find some new homes for some amazin artwork!

(100% of proceeds from each auction (excluding P&P) will be donated to the Barnardo’s charity all artwork is A4 in size, full information available on individual item listing pages below, live from 11am – Friday 28th April 2017, or can be viewed at  http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/thoughtbubblefestival worldwide shipping is available)

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Artwork by Mahmud Asrar, pencils and ink on paper, November 2016.

Please click here to visit item auction listing page.


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Artwork by Philip Bond, pencils and ink on paper, November 2016

Please click here to visit item auction listing page.


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Artwork by Warwick Johnson Cadwell, pencils and ink on paper, November 2016.

Auctioned as batch. Includes preliminary sketch for each piece – 4 pages A4 total.

Please click here to visit items’ auction listing page.


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Artwork by Jonathan Edwards, pencils and ink on paper, November 2016.

Please click here to visit item auction listing page.


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Artwork by Stephanie Hans, pencil and inks on paper, November 2016.

Auctioned as a pair – 2 pages A4 total.

Please click here to visit items’ auction listing page.


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Artwork by Erica Henderson, pencils and inks on paper, November 2016.

Auctioned as a pair – 2 pages A4 total.

Please click here to visit items’ auction listing page.


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Artwork by Faith Erin Hicks, pencil and ink on paper, November 2016.

Please click here to visit item auction listing page.


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Artwork by Mike Mignola, pencils and ink on paper, November 2016.

Please click here to visit item auction listing page.

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Our special thanks to go out to Peter Doherty for all his help and for hosting the Sketching Spotlights, and to Jip and all our technical volunteers for making these sessions possible, as well as the wonderful audiences who attended on the day!



Convention Tickets 2017 by thoughtbubblefestival

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Following our launch post earlier this week for our Friends of Thought Bubble initiative, we’re very pleased to announce that tickets for our convention, which this year takes place on the 23rd and 24th September, in the heart of Leeds city centre, are now on sale!

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We have full information on the costs and types of passes available on our website, and have also updated our cosplay information and guidelines for 2017, for those wishing to attend the event in costume, and join in with our expanded cosplay programme!

As with previous years, we have free entry to the event for under-12s and over-65s, and complimentary tickets available for carers attending with disabled visitors to the convention. For full information on these, including how to book, please visit our website.

Convention tickets will grant full access to the various convention halls, signing events, and our programme of panels and live-events taking place across the weekend. We’ll have full venue and scheduling information coming as part of the full festival programme later this summer.

Tickets for this year’s mid-con party will be going on sale later in the year, and we’ll provide full details for this as soon as possible, via this blog, and our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Thought Bubble remains a not-for-profit organisation, and your support of the festival through convention tickets, exhibitor tables, and now also becoming a Friend of Thought Bubble is invaluable to us. We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attends every year, and if you’re going to be joining us for the first time in 2017 we look forward to welcoming you to Leeds, and will have an updated visitor’s guide going up online soon!

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Friends of Thought Bubble by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

We’ll be coming at you later this week with a big post containing info on tickets for this year’s convention going on sale, but before that we just wanted to let you know about our new Friends of Thought Bubble programme, supporting our community outreach and educational events.

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For the past decade, we’ve been growing as an organisation, coming up from our humble roots as a one-day convention, through to a fully-fledged not-for-profit comics festival, and one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of this has been our community outreach programme.

As well as our centrepiece convention each year, and our wider programme of signings and exhibitions, we run a number of free schools workshops, our book crossing programme that gives away hundreds of free comics to those who might not otherwise have access to them, work with Leeds Libraries on the Young People’s Book Awards, design quiet spaces like Bub’s Lounge at our convention for people with anxiety issues and autism, run our Rainbow Age LGBTQ* reading events, and work with local groups like the Bradford Action for Refugees centre and Leeds Specialist Autism Services.

Our work within the community lets us connect with young people and adults across Yorkshire, and use comics as a force for good, as well as bringing the medium into schools as a learning tool. As we head into our second decade, we’d like to expand that programme as much as possible. In order to help with this, we’re launching our Friends of Thought Bubble initiative, which will part-fund the work we do in the community, and let us continue and grow our educational and outreach programme.

We’ve full information on the initiative, and what it entails, on our website, and there’s a number of great perks available for becoming a Friend of Thought Bubble, and supporting comics education, as well as the option to simply donate a small amount if it’s a cause that’s close to your heart without subscribing to the full programme.

We’d really appreciate your help spreading the word about this on social media, or to anyone you think would be interested, and we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped support Thought Bubble in the past, and let us do some amazing work in our local community!

Thanks again, and we’ll be back soon with information on booking tickets for this year’s convention!