Thought Bubble 2017 runs 18th – 24th September!


Thought Bubble Spring Round-Up by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

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:

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

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Thought Bubble 2016! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang! We hope you’ve had a good 2016 so far, and are as excited as us for this year’s Thought Bubble and our 10th Anniversary celebrations!

The countdown to 2016’s Thought Bubble Festival begins here – our website has undergone its annual overhaul, and has been reborn like a mighty phoenix, and now features the first batch of updates about this November’s events!

This year’s Thought Bubble will be taking place from 1st – 6th November at venues across Leeds (and beyond!) and will see hordes of comics creators and fans travel from around the world to visit Yorkshire. For the first wave of information, please read on!

 

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FESTIVAL IMAGE

This year’s official festival image can be seen below, and has been illustrated for us by the brilliant Emmeline Pidgen! We love nothing better than spending a quiet afternoon in Leeds’ gorgeous Hyde Park with a stack of comics, so this speaks to the festival’s very soul! You’ll be able to find this on the cover of our anthology later in the year, as well as all our web presences, and the festival programme.

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GUESTS

Each year we have the immense pleasure of welcoming some brilliant artists, writers and publishers to Yorkshire for Thought Bubble, and for our tenth birthday we’re hoping to see even more new faces coming to the city and helping expand the minds of the comics-loving public, as well as welcoming those who’ve never even picked up a graphic novel before into one the the friendliest creative communities out there!

Our first wave of guests can be seen below, and we’ll be adding to this list on the website throughout the year, so be sure to check back regularly!

Initial guests confirmed to attend this year’s festivities are:

Mahmud Asrar (All-New All-Different Avengers)

Lee Bermejo (We Are Robin)

Tess Fowler (Rat Queens)

Kim Jung Gi (Spy Games)

Lisa Hanawalt (My Dirty Dumb Eyes)

Stephanie Hans (Angela Queen of Hel)

Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City)

Mike Mignola (Hellboy)

Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)

Babs Tarr (Batgirl)

Claire Wendling (Iguana Bay)

 

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EXHIBITORS

We’ll be opening up our exhibitor registration on Friday 4th March this year – we’ll have another blog post coming with more details on Wednesday, and the registration form will go live on our website for potential exhibitors to complete on the date above. We saw some amazing talent at the convention last year, and we’re hoping that Thought Bubble 2016 will be our most diverse yet!

 

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YOUTUBE CHANNEL

As part of 2014’s Thought Bubble, we were awarded a very generous grant from Arts Council England in order to allow us to take video recordings of the panels and talks at 2014’s convention, and we hope that these will get you in the mood for this year’s festival!

We uploaded lots of videos to our YouTube channel throughout the year (joining those from previous year’s festivals), so, as 2016’s Thought Bubble (or Thought Bubble (Weapon) X as we may at some point call it) gets ever closer, you can get into the bubbly mood by revisiting some classic panels and masterclasses from our past! Make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any! You can find Thought Bubble’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

 

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We’ve got a lot of fun stuff planned for 2016, as well as big plans for Thought Bubble’s future in the pipeline as we enter our second decade, and we hope to see you soon at an event!

We’d also like to say a big thank you to everyone who supports Thought Bubble and makes organising it such an enjoyable and rewarding experience – it’s mind blowing that we’ve come so far in the ten years the festival has been running, and it’s all down to you, the creators, publishers, retailers, visiting public, and of course our amazing volunteers – we couldn’t do this without you, so thank you.



TBTV: 37 Years of 2000 AD by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

We’ve just uploaded the next in our TBTV series of Bubscasts from 2014’s Thought Bubble convention! Footage from our panel celebrating 37 years of 2000 AD has now gone live, and can be viewed below – celebrating the past year of the galaxy’s greatest comic with some of the mighty Tharg’s best art and script droids, as well as a look ahead to what the future has in store. Guaranteed to be zarjaz!

This panel took place at 2014’s Thought Bubble convention on Saturday 15th November in the Speech Bubble panel area, with speakers Boo Cook, Simon Davis, Jon Davis-Hunt, Tom Eglington, Henry Flint, Chris WestonBen Willsher, and Alec Worley. Hosted by Stacey Whittle and Iz McAuliffe of Everything Comes Back to 2000 AD.

Filming at 2014’s festival was made possible in part by a generous grant from Arts Council England, http://www.artscouncil.org.uk

As part of last year’s Thought Bubble, we were awarded a very generous grant from Arts Council England in order to allow us to take video recordings of the panels and talks at 2014’s convention, and this is the latest video recording to go live.

After the jump, you can find the videos themselves, but for a playlist of all four videos that will autoplay consecutively, please click here. Please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content.

We’ll be uploading lots of videos to our YouTube channel throughout the year, as 2015’s Thought Bubble approaches ever closer, so make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any! You can find Thought Bubble’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who took part in this panel, and also to our amazing technical coordinator Jip and his wonderful team of volunteers, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Video production and editing courtesy of Michael Hoskin, please visit http://www.maekstar.com

 

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Part 1, Who Would You Kill Off?

 

Part 2, Tips from the Pro’s

 

Part 3, Getting Through the Door

 

Part 4, The Process



TBTV: Comics and Journalism, 2014 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hi there!

We’ve just uploaded the next in our TBTV series of Bubscasts from 2014’s Thought Bubble convention! Footage from this year’s Comics and Journalism panel, run in conjunction with Make It Then Tell Everybody, is now live on our YouTube channel!

On this panel, which took place at 2014’s Thought Bubble convention on Sunday 16th November in the Speech Bubble panel area, Zainab Akhtar, Dan Berry, Laura Snapes & Douglas Wolk discuss comics journalism, objectivity and subjectivity, negative reviews, interview techniques and how what you write may change based on where it will appear and who may read it.

Zainab Akhtar is the author of the popular blog Comics & Cola, and writes for Publishers Weekly, Comics Alliance and The Guardian. Dan Berry is a cartoonist, lecturer and host of the interview podcast Make It Then Tell Everybody. Laura Snapes is a writer and features editor for the NME. Douglas Wolk is a journalist and critic who writes about music and comics for TIME, the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

A full audio podcast of this panel can be found at the Make It Then Tell Everybody website.

As part of last year’s Thought Bubble, we were awarded a very generous grant from Arts Council England in order to allow us to take video recordings of the panels and talks at 2014’s convention, and this is the latest video recording to go live.

After the jump, you can find the videos themselves, but for a playlist of all four videos that will autoplay consecutively, please click here. Please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content.

We’ll be uploading lots of videos to our YouTube channel throughout the year, as 2015’s Thought Bubble approaches ever closer, so make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any! You can find Thought Bubble’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who took part in this panel, and also to our amazing technical coordinator Jip and his wonderful team of volunteers, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Video production and editing courtesy of Michael Hoskin, please visit http://www.maekstar.com

 

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Part 1, How are Opinions Formed?

 

Part 2, Trusting your own Opinion.

 

Part 3, Why Become a Comics Journalist?

 

Part 4, Recognising Legitimacy

 

Part 5, What Makes a Good Review?

 

Part 6, Who Critiques the Critics?



TBTV: I Is For Innovation – The Writers of Image Comics, 2014 by thoughtbubblefestival

Howdy hey!

We’ve just uploaded the next in our TBTV series of Bubscasts from 2014’s Thought Bubble convention! Footage from the first of last year’s Image Comics panels is now live, with highlights from I Is For Innovation – The Writers of Image Comics up on our YouTube channel now.

Some of Image Comics’ best and brightest writers make their home in the United Kingdom, and many more are coming to the UK each year to visit Thought Bubble! In these videos, we join them for a wide-ranging discussion about creative freedom in the new age of comics independence and their exciting new projects at Image Comics. This panel took place at 2014’s Thought Bubble convention on Saturday 15th November in the Royal Armouries’ Bury Theatre, and our panel comprised speakers Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen, Antony Johnston, Ales Kot, Scott Snyder, and Richard Starkings, and was hosted by Publisher of Image Comics, Eric Stephenson.

As part of last year’s Thought Bubble, we were awarded a very generous grant from Arts Council England in order to allow us to take video recordings of the panels and talks at 2014’s convention, and this is the latest video recording to go live.

After the jump, you can find the videos themselves, but for a playlist of all four videos that will autoplay consecutively, please click here. Please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content.

We’ll be uploading lots of videos to our YouTube channel throughout the year, as 2015’s Thought Bubble approaches ever closer, so make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any! You can find Thought Bubble’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who took part in this panel, and also to our amazing technical coordinator Jip and his wonderful team of volunteers, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Video production and editing courtesy of Michael Hoskin, please visit http://www.maekstar.com

 

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Part 1, Image Comics and Censorship

 

Part 2, Richard Starkings on Elephantmen

 

Part 3, Do you Really Need an Editor on a Creator-Owned Book?

 

Part 4, Ales Kot on Music and Writing

 

Part 5, Scott Snyder on Working with Friends on Creator-Owned Books



TBTV: Comics For Everyone! 2014 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

We’ve just uploaded the next in our TBTV series of Bubscasts from 2014’s Thought Bubble convention! Footage from this year’s Comics For Everyone! panel has just gone live on our YouTube channel, featuring special guest speakers John Allison, Hope Larson, and Adam Murphy.

Hosted by Matthew Badham, Comics For Everyone is Thought Bubble’s annual all-ages comics panel, as we believe that comics should be enjoyed by everybody, regardless of their age, and that great kids comics should be read by everyone!.

As part of last year’s Thought Bubble, we were awarded a very generous grant from Arts Council England in order to allow us to take video recordings of the panels and talks at 2014’s convention, and this is the latest video recording to go live.

After the jump, you can find the videos themselves, but for a playlist of all four videos that will autoplay consecutively, please click here. Please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content.

We’ll be uploading lots of videos to our YouTube channel throughout the year, as 2015’s Thought Bubble approaches ever closer, so make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any! You can find Thought Bubble’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who took part in this panel, and also to our amazing technical coordinator Jip and his wonderful team of volunteers, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Video production and editing courtesy of Michael Hoskin, please visit http://www.maekstar.com

 

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Part 1, Defining All Ages Comics

 

Part 2, Free Frisbees And Advertising To Kids

 

Part 3, Is It Really Important To Have All Ages Comics?

 

Part 4, Is This A Golden Age Of All Ages Comics?



TBTV: Sketching Spotlight 2014, Day 2 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

Continuing our TBTV series of Bubscasts from 2014’s Thought Bubble convention, we have the second Sketching Spotlight that took place at 2014’s Thought Bubble convention on Sunday 16th November in the Royal Armouries’ Bury Theatre, and our panel comprised Natasha Allegri, Cliff Chiang, Jason Latour, and Vanesa R Del Rey.

The sketches that were created during this session were very kindly donated for auction in support of the Barnardo’s Charity, bidding on which will open next week (so keep your eyes open for another blog post when that happens).

Hosted by Peter Doherty, Thought Bubble’s Sketching Spotlights are an annual event where comics fans can see some of the finest artists currently working in the industry drawing live on stage and discussing their creative process.

As part of last year’s Thought Bubble, we were awarded a very generous grant from Arts Council England in order to allow us to take video recordings of the panels and talks at 2014’s convention, and this is the latest video recording to go live.

After the jump, you can find the videos themselves, with each member of the panel taking their turn under the Sketching Spotlight, but for a playlist of all four videos that will autoplay consecutively, please click here. Please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content, and there may be occasional strong language.

We’ll be uploading lots of videos to our YouTube channel throughout the year, as 2015’s Thought Bubble approaches ever closer, so make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any! You can find Thought Bubble’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who took part in this panel, and also to our amazing technical coordinator Jip and his wonderful team of volunteers, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Video production and editing courtesy of Michael Hoskin, please visithttp://www.maekstar.com

 

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Part 1, featuring Jason Latour under the Sketching Spotlight:

 

Part 2, featuring Vanesa R Del Rey under the Sketching Spotlight:

 

Part 3, featuring Cliff Chiang under the Sketching Spotlight:

 

Part 4, featuring Natasha Allegri under the Sketching Spotlight: