Thought Bubble 2017 runs 18th – 24th September!


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.



Thought Bubble Charity Art Auction 2015 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

Last year, at Thought Bubble 2014′s convention, we ran our regular Sketching Spotlight event, where 8 brilliant artists came up on stage and had a chat with Peter Doherty about their approach to comics while drawing live for our awesome audience. Because comic artists are all shining beacons of human spirit, 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 magnificent people 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, or for videos of the Sketching Spotlights where the pieces were drawn, please visit our YouTube channel.

The auction will take place on eBay and will run for 10 days from 10am Monday 26th January until 10am on Thursday 5th February, with bidding open to people 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 wonderful artwork!

(all artwork A4 in size, full information available on individual item listing pages, live from 10am – Monday 26th January 2015 via http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/thoughtbubblefestival worldwide shipping available)

Individual pieces up for auction include:

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MuscleCat Showdown, by Natasha Allegri, ink on paper, November 2014

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Self-portrait, by Boulet, pencil and inks on paper, November 2014

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Satyr and Monsters, by Emily Carroll, pencils on paper, November 2014

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Wonder Woman, by Cliff Chiang, pencil and inks on paper, November 2014

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Girls With Slingshots, by Danielle Corsetto, pencils and watercolours on paper, November 2014

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Earl Tubb (Southern Bastards), by Jason Latour, pencil and inks on paper, November 2014

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Vampirella, by Vanesa R Del Rey, pencil and inks on paper, November 2014

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Batgirl, by Babs Tarr, pencil and inks on paper, November 2014

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Special thanks to Peter Doherty for all his help, and Jip and all our technical volunteers for making these sessions possible.

We’ll be back soon with the first round of 2015 festival updates, but for live up-to-the-minute news, follow us on twitter (@thoughtbubbleuk), or like us on Facebook!

 

 



Thought Bubble 2014 Festival Spotlights: Live Events by thoughtbubblefestival

Our series of spotlight features on the events taking place as part of 2014′s Thought Bubble rolls on, today looking at some of the live events that will take place during the festival week! The full programme of events is our most diverse ever, with over 80 ways for you to get involved and join in the comics-related fun and hijinks!

Our programme of live events is made possible in no small part thanks to the generous funding granted to us by Arts Council England and Leeds Inspired, and the help of our partners at Travelling Man, Leeds College of Art, Leeds International Film Festival, and Comics Forum!

Wednesday 22nd October

Thought Bubble Charity Anthology 2014

Comic Shops Worldwide, opening times vary, suitable for ages 12+, £3.00/$3.99 (prices may vary)

A collection of new short stories by some of the best in the business from Image Comics and Thought Bubble! A 32-page oversize comic featuring all new work from Cliff Chiang, Boo Cook, Marc Ellerby, Barry Kitson, Ales Kot, Sarah McIntyre, Emma Rios, Tim Sale, Richard Starkings, and many more!

All profits go to Barnardo’s, for more information, please visit thoughtbubblefestival.com/anthology-2014

Monday 10th November

The Rainbow Age: LGBQT* Comic-book Club

Wharf Chambers, Leeds, LS2 7EQ, 18:30-20:30, 15+, FREE

Join us for a celebration of LGBQT* comics & creators with an informal book club evening! Bring along your favourite LGBQT* comics, or come and discover something new from our collection, kindly supplied by Travelling Man.

Meet like-minded fans and make new friends over cake and comics. After this event, Travelling Man will be donating all the books to Leeds Libraries to create a completely unique collection for the whole of Leeds to enjoy; the first of its kind in the country.

All are welcome, so come along for a relaxed atmosphere and to read some amazing, life-changing comics!

Wednesday 12th November

Dr Sketchy’s, Leeds presents The Sketch of Thrones

Belgrave Music Hall, LS2 8JP, 1900 – 2100, 18+, £6 (£4 if in costume)

Lord Sketch of the House of Dr Sketch is opening the doors to Castle Belgrave to challenge any patron of Thought Bubble 2014 to test their skill, agility, stamina and most of all sketching skills to have a chance of taking his place upon the leaded throne.

Any house is welcome to compete; Anime, Marvel, DC, Cosplay, LOTR and any other super hero, villain or invented persona (that means we welcome costumes in any style or theme). All you need to do is turn up brandishing pen, pencil, paint and paper and we shall do the rest. Any artistic ability is welcome (you don’t have to be able to draw – just have a good time!).

There will be burlesque entertainment and our in-house models for the evening will be there to provide creative inspiration: Midori Dusk; a sultry siren from where the darkness falls, and Chev Roulette; a wildling from beyond the wall.

Strictly over 18s only due to adult content. For more information, please visit on.fb.me/ZFumMj

Thursday 13th November

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 1

Leeds Library Exhibition Space, 0900 – 1645, recommended for 16+ (some talks unsuitable for under 18s)

The themes of conflict and violence are common in comics, as are the debates around the depiction of them and their impact on readers’ minds. 2014’s Comics Forum, the sixth event in the annual conference series, tackles the subject of violence in comics, with two days of talks by experts from around the world!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (13th or 14th November): £10

2 days (13th and 14th November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £40 (this is a saving of £4 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

Please visit comicsforum.org for full details and to book tickets.

Creative Network & Thought Bubble present… In Conversation Adam Hughes and Matt Forsythe

Leeds College of Art, 1800-2030, 18+, FREE (£5 deposit required)

Adam Hughes (U.S.A.) is renowned for his female characters and work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics Lucasfilm among others. He will discuss the variety of work he has completed in his career and how he went from being completely self-taught to becoming one of the most celebrated comic book artists in the world.

Matt Forsythe (U.S.A.) is the lead designer on the hugely successful Cartoon Network show Adventure Time. He is also the award winning creator of Ojingogo, Jinchalo and has worked as an illustrator for publications such as the NY Times and Wall St Journal. Matt will discuss his creative journey and provide an insight of what it is like behind the scenes at the Adventure Time studio.

Booking is essential as places are limited so please go to thoughtbubblecn.eventbrite.co.uk (£5 refundable deposit required to confirm your place but this will be refunded the day after the event once attendance has been noted.)

Pints & Pencils

Fab Cafe, Leeds, LS2 8PL, 2100-late, 18+ (please bring a valid form of photo ID), FREE

Thought Bubble, along with Travelling Man: the UK’s friendliest comic stores, are very pleased to be able to invite all attendees of this year’s festival to an informal night of drawing and drinking.

Kick back and relax before this year’s convention, and warm up your drawing hand for some fun and games, as we sketch away in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Friday 14th November

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 2

Leeds Library Exhibition Space, 0900 – 1645, recommended for 16+ (some talks unsuitable for under 18s)

The themes of conflict and violence are common in comics, as are the debates around the depiction of them and their impact on readers’ minds. 2014’s Comics Forum, the sixth event in the annual conference series, tackles the subject of violence in comics, with two days of talks by experts from around the world!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (13th or 14th November): £10

2 days (13th and 14th November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £40 (this is a saving of £4 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

Please visit comicsforum.org for full details and to book tickets.

Thought Bubble Book Crossing 2014

Various locations across Yorkshire (please see below for details), from 1000, all ages, FREE

Thought Bubble is once again teaming up with Diamond Comics, Travelling Man, and Viz Media to give away FREE all-ages graphic novels and comics to everyone to keep in order to achieve our aim to get everyone reading more!

Libraries taking part are: Leeds, Wetherby, Moor Allerton, Chapeltown, Garforth, Bradford City, Keighley, Ilkley, Shipley, Bingley, Wyke, Wibsey, Manningham, Baildon, Burley, Clayton; Laisterdyke, Menston and Holmewood.

Just pop along to any of the libraries participating, and pick-up some great comics for free, to take home and read, or give to a friend!

Leeds International Film Festival presents Show Pieces with Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins

Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, 1800, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

Alan Moore, one of the greatest graphic novelists of all time, will attend LIFF28 with Show Pieces, his new film collaboration with director Mitch Jenkins. From the creator of ground-breaking works including Watchmen, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, and V For Vendetta, the three-part Show Pieces is Alan Moore’s first endeavour written specifically for the screen and made with his ongoing creative involvement.

Show Pieces was brought to life by award winning photographer turned-director Mitch Jenkins and is set within a nightmarish alternative version of the creators’ native Northampton.

Thought Bubble Pre-Convention Reception

The Gallery, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds, LS1 4BR, 1930 until late, FREE (limited capacity, so please arrive early), 18+

A chance for guests, exhibitors and attendees to relax and chat in the lovely surroundings of The Gallery in Leeds’ DoubleTree by Hilton before our huge Comic Con on Saturday!

Please note: capacity is limited for this reception, so please arrive in good time to guarantee entry.

Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th November (Thought Bubble Convention Events)

 

Leeds Inspired and Bub’s Lounge Present… Kodama Woods

Leeds Dock, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

In the gathering darkness of the forest, strange spirits light the way ahead…

Come and join us in the Kodama Woods, a unique space inspired by the films of Hayao Miyazaki where you can relax away from the hustle and bustle of the convention, amid a magical woodland area designed and built by artist Tom Eglington.

Perfect for all ages, the woodland is the ideal place to soak up the magical atmosphere or explore your creativity with our lamp-making workshop. Design and construct your very own Kodama lamp to add to the wood spirits that populate the trees, and witness the magic unfold over the weekend.

The Kodama Woods project was made possible by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired, an initiative of Leeds City Council that seeks fund cultural projects that create high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors alike.

For more on Leeds Inspired, and the projects they fund, please visit leedsinspired.co.uk

Image Comics Pitch Reviews with Eric Stephenson

Venue TBC, Times vary, Free with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

This year we are delighted to announce that Image Comics will once again be reviewing pitches for new series at Thought Bubble!

Because of time constraints, the format for reviews will be as follows: Your pitch must be emailed in advance, and if you’re selected, you’ll be called back for a full review by Publisher of Image Comics Eric Stephenson.

Please submit your portfolio to portfolioreviews@thoughtbubblefestival.com by 5pm, Friday 7th November. A confirmation email will be sent before the convention specifying times/location for successful applicants.

Mondo @ Thought Bubble 2014

Mondo Booth, TB Teepee, all ages, FREE entry for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present, price of prints TBA

Mondo – champions of innovative movie poster design – are returning to Thought Bubble! Following their incredibly popular attendance at 2013’s festival, they’ll be partnering up with artist Matt Taylor, who will also be in attendance, to release an exclusive poster for Thought Bubble attendees. Please follow @mondonews on Twitter throughout the weekend for more information about this release!

Utilising the talents of world-class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen-printed posters based on all things film, television and comic properties including Star Wars, The Avengers, DC Comics, Back to the Future, and Universal Monsters. Based in Austin, TX, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space hosting regular exhibitions featuring breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints.

Thought Bubble Book Launches 2014

New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries Hall, TB Teepee, all ages, prices vary depending on publication

2013′s Thought Bubble convention saw over 90 books making their debut, and this year we’re hoping to see even more!

To see the titles launching at this year’s festival, please visit thoughtbubblefestival.com/debuting-books/

Art Heroes @ Thought Bubble 2014

Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Art Heroes specialise running comic book workshops and making comics all age groups can enjoy, and this year they’ll be running their annual Thought Bubble Creating Characters Competition for the third time!

To celebrate their new strip, Monster Book, from the comic Endangered and Other Strange Stories, they’re asking you to create your own scary creatures. So for a chance to win a special prize, pop along to the Art Heroes table in Armouries Hall for a worksheet and return it by the end of the weekend.

For more information, please visit artheroes.co.uk

 

Emma Reynolds’ Picture Consequences Workshops

Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Join character designer Emma Reynolds in an interactive ‘Picture Consequences’ workshop and create your own characters!

Two or more players begin by drawing the head of a character (be it animal, human, robot, alien, food… anything you like!) Everyone then folds over their paper and passes it on to the next person to draw each body part in turn. At the end the paper is unfolded and the original, unexpected and hilarious characters are formed!

An accessible game for all ages and abilities, all materials provided.

Emma Reynolds is a character designer and illustrator from Manchester based in Kilogramme Animation Studio – emmareynoldsillustration.com

 

Jampires Present: Comics Jamtastic!

Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Make comics with children’s book and comic creators Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell in this family-friendly area!

Find out from these co-authors how they collaborated on their JAMPIRES picture book through a Comics Jam session, and join other people in creating your own characters and setting them loose in interactive comics-inspired games. Both authors will have a range of their books on sale and available to sign, including JAMPIRES, the picture book, and a limited, self-published edition of the comic that inspired it, Jampires: the Great Doughnut Mystery.

They recommend that children under the age of 8 be accompanied by an adult.

Discover more about JAMPIRES (published by David Fickling Books), Sarah and David, comics and activities at jampires.com

British Comic Awards Prize-Giving Ceremony 2014

Sat 15 Nov only, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1800 – 1900, all ages, but Thought Bubble does not control content, FREE entry with a Saturday/weekend convention pass

Wondering who’s responsible for the year’s Best Comic or Graphic Novel? Looking for a New Talent to shake up your bookshelf? Fancy seeing the best and brightest of UK comics all in one place?

The fourth annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place as part of this year’s Thought Bubble Festival, and exhibitors and attendees of the show will be welcome, alongside the nominees and judges of this year’s shortlist.

There’ll be a short ceremony – with the presentation of four awards to the winner of each category, as well as a look at the career of this year’s inductee to the BCA Hall of Fame.

For full information on the British Comic Awards, please visit britishcomicawards.com

Thought Bubble + Fanomenon Mid-Con Party

Sat 15 Nov only, Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, from 2030, strictly 18+, please bring a valid form of photo ID and your party pass to gain entry

As part of our biggest Thought Bubble yet, 2014’s mid-convention party is moving to a new home at Leeds’ Town Hall! Taking advantage of the wonderful (and huge!) space in the Victoria Hall, this year’s party will be the perfect place to unwind after a busy day on the con-floor, and to celebrate the end of the convention season in style on the dance-floor!

2014’s party marks at the mid-point of the convention weekend, and as well as Team Thought Bubble (and special guest) DJs spinning tunes until the early hours, we’ve joined forces with Fanomenon to bring some spectacular visuals to the proceedings with anime and cult films projected throughout the evening, beginning with a special screening of the brilliant musical anime Daft Punk’s Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem!

This year’s DJ squad includes: Boo Cook, Al Ewing, Lee Garbett, Kieron Gillen, Antony Johnston, Jamie McKelvie, and Laura Snapes.

If you missed out on a party ticket this year then you may still be able to get one. Any unwanted tickets/returns will be available on the door at the Town Hall on the evening of the party. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, priced at £5 with cash sales only.

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Don’t forget that convention tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online by visiting thoughtbubblefestival.com/information/tickets/



Thought Bubble August Update! by thoughtbubblefestival

Thought Bubble August Update!

We’ve been working steadily away at getting various bits and bobs prepped for this year’s festival, which is set to be our biggest yet. Below is a summary of all the updates we’ve had recently (and a couple of new ones), so strap yourselves in while we break on through to the other siiiiiide…

Competitions!

We recently opened up this year’s Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition and 2000 AD Portfolio Competitions for entries, and we (and Tharg the Mighty) want to see your art and stories!

For full details of this year’s TBCAC (and the chance to have your story featured in 2015’s TB Anthology, please visit http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/events/comicartcompetition/

For full details of this year’s 2000 AD Competition (and the chance to win a paying gig in the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic), please visit http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/events/2000ad-portfolio-competition/

Guests!

We’ve recently updated our guests pages with even more wonderful creative folks who’ll be joining us in Leeds this November! We’re now up to 84 guests, and more are still to be announced, so keep your eyes peeled for even more announcements later in the year!

To see the guest list (so far) for this year’s convention, please visit http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/guests/

Exhibitors!

We’ve now sent out an email confirming all our exhibitors hall allocations for this year’s convention, so if you’re tabling with us and haven’t received an email notification, please (after first checking your spam/junk folder) send an email to martha[at]thoughtbubblefestival[dot]com

We’re currently in the process of prepping everyone’s exhibitor icons to go up on the website, so please send yours over as soon as possible, and if you’re sharing a table/s, please remember to send us one for each exhibitor who’ll be in attendance.

Tickets!

General public party passes for this year’s Saturday night mid-con shindig are now all sold out, and exhibitor passes are very close to all being sold, so a big thank you to everyone who’s bought one so far!

Passes for the convention can still be bought, and there’s no cap on sales, so we hope to see a lot of you in November to join in the fun! Tickets can be bought by visiting http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/information/tickets/

Anthology!

This year’s Thought Bubble Anthology is published 22/10/14 from Image Comics and will be available in all good comic shops worldwide! Featuring 32 pages of new original content, and with all profits from its sale going to The Barnardo’s Charity, we hope you’ll add it to your pull-list and enjoy reading it as much as we did putting it all together!

More information on the anthology can be found at http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/anthology-2014/ and a preview of the cover can be seen below.

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Screenings!

Our pals over at Leeds International Film Festival have started putting passes for their events on sale, including:

2014’s Anime Day, which features the English premiere of rarely screened cult anime classic Wings of Honneamise (1987), presented in a new high-definition print http://www.leedsfilm.com/tickets-passes/

A Q&A with master storyteller Alan Moore following a screening of his Show Pieces short films with film-maker Mitch Jenkins http://www.leedsfilm.com/news/alan-moore-attend-liff28/

That’s everything for now, but we’ll be back again soon with some more guest updates, and a whole host of exhibitor icons for you to peruse!



Thought Bubble Charity Art Auction 2014 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

We hope you’re having a nice start to 2014, which, if the events portrayed in Pacific Rim hold true, should see our first ever kaiju emerge from the sea and begin stomping around. That’ll be fun. In the meantime, we’re running our annual charity art auction again, selling off some amazing pieces of original comic art, produced at last year’s Thought Bubble convention, with all proceeds going to The Barnardo’s Charity!

Last year, at Thought Bubble 2013′s convention, we ran our regular sketching spotlight event, where 8 wonderful artists came up on stage and had a chat with Peter Doherty about their craft while drawing live for our awesome audience. Because comic artists are a uniformly shining example of human bean, 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 ladies and gents for this kindness, 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. The auction will take place on eBay and will run for 10 days from 10am Monday 27th January until 10am on Thursday 6th February, with bidding open to people 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, and find some new homes for some wonderful artwork!

Individual pieces up for auction include:

(all artwork A4 in size, full information available on individual item listing pages, live from 10am – Monday 27th January 2014 via http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/thoughtbubblefestival worldwide shipping available)

by Annie Wu, pencil and ink on paper, November 2013

(please click here to visit this item’s listing page to bid)

DeclanShalvey

by Declan Shalvey, pencil and ink on paper, November 2013

(please click here to visit this item’s listing page to bid)

FabioMoon

by Fábio Moon, pencil and watercolours on paper, November 2013

(please click here to visit this item’s listing page to bid)

FionaStaples

by Fiona Staples, pencil and ink on paper, November 2013

(please click here to visit this item’s listing page to bid)

GabrielBa

by Gabriel Bá, pencil and ink on paper, November 2013

(please click here to visit this item’s listing page to bid)

joeQ

by Joe Quinones, pencil and ink on paper, November 2013

(please click here to visit this item’s listing page to bid)

MeredithGran

by Meredith Gran, pencil and ink on paper, November 2013

(please click here to visit this item’s listing page to bid)

MingDoyle

by Ming Doyle, pencil and watercolours on paper, November 2013

(please click here to visit this item’s listing page to bid)

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There’s some amazing art up for grabs, so be sure to check back here on Monday when we’ll update all the above with direct links to each auction, and you can put in your bid!

Special thanks to Peter Doherty for all his help, and Jip and all our technical volunteers for making this possible.

We’ll be back soon with the first round of 2014 festival updates, but for live up-to-the-minute news, follow us on twitter (@thoughtbubbleuk), or like us on Facebook.



Thought Bubble Programme 2013 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

The final countdown to this year’s Thought Bubble has well and truly begun with the release of the full festival programme for 2013’s events! Taking place from 17th – 26th November at venues across Leeds and beyond, 2013’s celebration of comics comprises 90 events for fans of all ages, and includes 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 comics convention on 23rd & 24th November!

The full festival programme can be found on this page, with full information on events available by clicking their titles.

A similar programme highlighting the screenings taking place in association with Leeds International Film Festival can be found on this page, with show times, ratings, and film blurbs listed, including showings of a new digital print of Akira, a documentary on the making of The Dark Knight Returns, and a retrospective of renowned Polish animator Walerian Borowczyk.

Details of books making their début at this year’s Thought Bubble can be found on this page, and if you’ve got a project launching at the show then there’s details of how to get it listed on there too.

Thought Bubble 2013 is extremely grateful to Arts Council England for their generous support of the festival, which this year will allow us to open the special Bubs Lounge venue, and commission a sequential art project with the Best Joined Up collective. Full details of these endeavours can be found in the festival programme.

Thought Bubble 2013 promises to be a whole heap of comics-related fun for everyone, and is now only 38 days away, so don’t forget to check out all the guests and exhibitors who’ll be joining us, and make sure to get your tickets for this year’s convention (although more will be available on the door).

We look forward to welcoming everyone to Leeds very soon!



Minterviews 2013: Emma Rios by thoughtbubblefestival

Holla!

I hope you’re all eggcited for Easter, or an equivalent egg-based non-denominational holiday of your choosing! EGGS! Here at Tho Bubs Central, we’re continuing with our plans, plots, and schemes for this year’s festival, and because of that we have some fresh as the dickens updates for you!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way–in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only, and because of this we’ve updated…

The Thought Bubble 2013 guests pages! Including… Geof Darrow, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Matt Fraction, and David Aja!

The Thought Bubble 2013 New Dock Hall exhibitor pages!

The Thought Bubble 2013 Royal Armouries Hall exhibitor pages!

It’s gearing up to be our bestest festival ever, so keep your eyes out for more and more goodness coming at you, thicker and faster as the festival dates near, exponentially increasing in amazingness until it all collapses into a singularity of super cool awesome times.

If you’re exhibiting with us and are yet to send over an icon then please do, you can see all the details of what’s needed on this page, and if you missed out on a table, then you can sign up to our reserves list here.

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Now. You may have heard that each year we like to have a chat with some of the wonderful creators that we get to meet through the festival, and pop the transcripts up online. We ask the same 5 starting questions to everyone, and then figure out 5 more questions from their answers to those to form a mini-interview, a MINTERVIEW! They’re also called MINTerviews because that’s our favourite flavour ice-cream, and we always eat it when Minterviewing people. Mint ice cream is good for you because it is green. THIS IS SCIENCE.

This week we had a talk with Emma Rios, amazing artist on Dr Strange, Prophet, Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel, and more besides. Her art is lovely, as can be seen on her blog, flickr, and tumblr. You can see what we talked about below, so get readin’, pilgrim!

TB: Hi Emma! First off, how did you get started in comics? Did you get a big break, or was it more gradual?

ER: I learned how to read by reading comics, so creating them felt quite natural. I started drawing comics quite young, when I was 13 or 14 years old, and I’ve been involved in comics during all that time, but actually never thought I was going to become a professional. 

TB: So, which comics did you start off reading as you were growing up?

ER: Asterix and Obelix, Donald Duck, some old Spanish stuff I inherited like Jabato, anime adaptations like Mazinger and Gatchaman and Superheroer. I didn’t read any manga stuff until starting High School.

TB: And what’s your proudest moment been, in comics or otherwise, to date?

ER: Probably when I took my first self-published work to a professional printers when I was 21. I’d already done several photocopied ‘zines at that moment, but this felt different.

Artwork by Emma Rios

Artwork by Emma Rios

TB: Do you still produce any self-published stories, or does your work on titles for publishers like Marvel and Image mean you no longer have time to do that?

ER: Not really, just short collaborations. I definitively have to find time for that.

TB: Do you enjoy attending conventions and other events like Thought Bubble?

ER: I have a lot of fun, but they always make me feel a bit nervous. I’m not very fond of huge cons but I do like small ones, a lot.

TB: You sketched live on stage for our audience at 2012’s Thought Bubble convention, how was that as an experience?

ER: Less traumatic than I thought it would be, actually. I always freak out regarding these things because of not being an English speaking person, but it went great. I had a lot of fun, thanks to Peter Doherty and all the guys there.

Artwork by Emma Rios

Artwork by Emma Rios

TB: Which comics are you enjoying at the moment, any all-time favourites?

ER: More than anything I’m quite obssessed with anything that comes from Taiyou Matsumoto. I do like Brandon Graham’s stuff, Frederik Peeters, Angie Wang, Hwei Lin Lim, Guy Davis, Frank Quitely, Burns, Pope, Samura…

I’m enjoying Hawkeye, Daredevil, BPRD, Prophet, what Josh Tierney and the gang are doing in Spera, and Brandon´s Multiple Warheads quite a lot… I’ve also had a blast reading the Spanish edition of Prison Pit last week, the Shigeru Mizuki bio… My reading is pretty chaotic, but I enjoy that.

I´m reading Fantagraphics’ Heart of Thomas right now. And some all-time favourites are Wolfman and Colan’s Drácula, Batman: Year One and DD: Born Again by Mazzuchelli and Miller, Ditko´s Doctor Strange, Nocenti´s run on Daredevil, Otomo´s Akira, Lone Wolf and Cub, Sienkievicz and Claremont´s New mutants, Tezuka, specially Ode to Kirihito and Ayako, Moto Hagio, Shigeru Mizuki…

It´s completely impossible to do a full list, honestly.

TB: So, do you think that your varied reading habits have influenced your artistic style? Are there any creators in particular that you see as having had a strong influence on your own work?

ER: Yup, definitively. I think I have quite a lot of different influences because of that.

Bernet, Colan, Samura, Ikeda, Pope, Miller, probably Crepax, some Bilal… The first Ghost In The Shell movie had a huge impact on me, and also Yoji Shinkawa, the guy who does the concept art on the Metal Gear games.

TB: Have you got any big work plans for this year? How’s Pretty Deadly coming along?

ER: I have quite a long schedule planned so far, which is a bit frightening but great. These are exciting times for me, I couldn’t be more grateful. The only thing I can talk about though is Pretty Deadly.

I’m having a blast working on this book. Kelly Sue and me are pretty close, we are a dream team, honestly, having so much trust in each other’s work. Everything feels smooth, the collaboration is organic and perfect. About what I’m doing there – one of the reasons I decided to move to creator owned stuff was because I needed to stop a bit, and think about how to improve the quality of my drawing. I really want to do something a bit different here and moving a step forward.

The western atmosphere, being so suggestive, helps a lot. Everything seems to flow on the page. I know this feeling is not going to last long -I’m always so insecure and a maniac perfectionist – but I’m kind of OK with how my work is looking so far.

TB: Finally, as always, thought bubbles or caption boxes?

ER: I do like both, but the way you use them is a bit different, I think. I normally try to express the character´s thoughts through their acting, before writing their thoughts – I can´t help it.

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A huge thank you going out to Emma for taking the time to talk to us, Pretty Deadly is looking like it’s gonna be a whole heap of awesome, so keep an eye out for that dropping at your local comic emporium – and we’ll have the creative team behind it at this year’s festival, so come along and say howdy!

More Minterviews and updates coming sooooooon!