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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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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Thought Bubble 2017 – Festival Dates! by thoughtbubblefestival

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We hope you’re now fully recovered from last month’s Thought Bubble, and are gearing up for a nice winter break – we’d like to say another massive thank you to everyone who came out and made this year’s events such a huge success, and a special shout-out to our amazing (and ever-growing) army of red-shirt volunteers who helped make Thought Bubble 2016 possible.

Looking ahead, we’ve been hard at work this year planning for Thought Bubble’s future, as we enter our second decade (!!!) of putting on events to help promote the greatest story-telling medium in the known universe, and the creators who inhabit it.

After nine years of putting on our flagship convention at Leeds Dock, 2017 will see us heading back to the area of the city where Thought Bubble began, with the introduction of a brand-new, expanded festival village in the heart of Leeds City Centre. As well as this geographical move, next year’s Thought Bubble will also be moving in the calendar, taking place from 18th – 24th September 2017, with our convention falling on the weekend of 23rd and 24th September 2017.

While we’ve enjoyed our festivals being the de facto closer of the comics event calendar, a move to earlier in the year gives us more opportunities to work with local partners, and get the whole of Leeds involved in celebrating comics – helping Thought Bubble to grow as we look ahead to the festival’s future, and how we can bring our message to a wider audience.

The new multi-venue site in central Leeds will include a series of huge marquees that will take over popular outdoor spaces in the city including Millennium Square and Victoria Gardens in front of the art galleries. In addition, some of the city’s favourite venues will play host to events in the festival programme with Leeds Town Hall, Carriageworks Theatre and Leeds City Museum all involved, and many more to be confirmed. A map of this area of the city can be found here.

We’re very excited to also be celebrating the first anniversary of DC’s Young Animal comics imprint, by welcoming the line’s curator (and writer/co-creator of other hit comics such as Umbrella Academy and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, as well as being former frontman of My Chemical Romance) – the amazing Gerard Way – as a guest of honour to 2017’s festival, with many more guests to be announced in the new year!

We’ll be bringing further 2017 festival details, including how to get involved with our convention, our new festival image, and more information on guests who’ll be attending 2017’s events, in the new year, and if you’d like to keep up-to-date with everything that’s planned, please subscribe to the blog, follow us on Twitter, or like our page on Facebook.

Thank you again to everyone who has supported Thought Bubble these past ten years, and helped the festival grow into such an exciting fixture in the comics’ calendar – we hope you’ll all join us on this next part of our adventure!



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.



TB2015 – Exhibitor Registration by thoughtbubblefestival

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Hey gang!

Ahead of table registration for this year’s convention opening on Monday 2nd March, we wanted to put up some more information on the curation process, and how that will work for this year’s show.

2015’s convention will run on the weekend of 14th and 15th November, taking place at Leeds Dock, on Armouries Square. A map of Leeds with the venue locations on can be found by clicking here.

This year’s Thought Bubble convention will have three exhibition halls: New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries Hall, and the custom built TB Marquee (a hard-shell structure, with carpeting throughout and heating). For more information on all three halls, please click here.

We have always prided ourselves on being as inclusive a show as possible, and it’s very important to us that we stay that way. As much as we’d like to be able to include everyone who may wish to exhibit at the show, Thought Bubble has now reached the stage where the demand for exhibition space exceeds the venue space available to us, and the convention will be curated. This will involve a simple online registration form which will be going live on the website on Monday 2nd March, and remain open for two weeks until 5pm on Monday 16th March. In order that this process remains as fair as possible, after this time we won’t be able to accept any more exhibitor applications (including to the reserves list).

Following the close of the registration window, we’ll contact those who applied by Monday 30th March to confirm whether we’ll be able to accommodate them this year, and also to take payment for the table.

Because of this curation, and the nature of the festival as a forum to promote comics and those who make them, it means that where possible we need to give priority to comic book publishers and retailers, and comic book artists and writers (either independent or publisher-affiliated). If you have exhibited with us in the past and do not fit into this category, please do still fill in the online form once it goes live, as we would love you to come if we do have room in one of the halls.

Every year, we also have a small number of people who book tables and are then unable to attend, and so we’ll form a reserves list of unsuccessful applicants who will be offered tables should they become available. As these offers are based on previously confirmed exhibitors cancelling, we are unable to advise on the date at which they will become available, but as soon as we receive a cancellation we’ll contact the next person/group on the reserves list with first refusal.

The decision on who we can accept to the convention will be made by the organisational team as a whole, to ensure the process remains as fair as possible, but due to the number of applications we receive, we’re unfortunately not able to give feedback to unsuccessful exhibitors, as we’re only a small team. However, to give an idea of what we’re looking for, we’ll need to see:

·         Examples of your work, ideally online versions (including webcomics)/e-shop listings of comics/graphic novels/prints/illustrations you’ll have for sale at the show;

·         If the above is unavailable, then a portfolio website such as DeviantArt or Tumblr will also be suitable;

·         If your work is mostly print, as opposed to online, then we’d also be able to view scanned versions of documents via dropbox links;

·         If you’re a solo creator with no online examples of your work, then please link to a bibliography/list of credits where possible;

·         If you’re a retailer with no formal online presence, then please give as full an idea as possible as to the range of merchandise/titles you’d be bringing to the convention;

·         If in doubt shout it out – tell us about what you think you can bring to Thought Bubble, even if it may seem obvious to you, if it’s not immediately apparent on the information you provide to us we may not know about it, and we don’t want anyone to miss out;

·         Finally, and perhaps most importantly, when filling out the application form, take your time – you’ve got two weeks from the form going live, and all applications received in that window are considered fully after the close of the registration period before a final decision is made, so make sure to fill it in correctly and with as much detail as possible to the answers.

Full details as to pricing and tabling terms and conditions will go live on the website along with the registration form on Monday 2nd March. Please make sure to read these carefully, as they contain very important information about attending the convention, should your application be successful.

Once the registration form goes live, we’ll be asking for your help to spread the word, so that no one misses out on applying to attend. We’ll be shouting out on our twitter (@thoughtbubbleuk) and Facebook Page (search “Thought Bubble Festival”) once the registration form goes live, and we’ll also be emailing all previous year’s exhibitors and applicants to let them know.

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who supports Thought Bubble, and we look forward to seeing many of you this November!



Thought Bubble 2015! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

Welcome to the start of the countdown to this year’s Thought Bubble Festival! Our website has undergone its annual regeneration, and has come back new and improved, and now features the first batch of updates about this November’s events!

This year’s Thought Bubble will be taking place from 9th – 15th November at venues across Leeds (and beyond!) and will see legions 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 by the amazing Babs Tarr! We’ve been loving Babs’ art on Batgirl recently, and she’s brought an awesome L.A. beach party vibe to this year’s image! Look out for it gracing our anthology and festival programme later in the year.

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Guests

Each year we have the immense pleasure of welcoming some amazing creative talent to Leeds for the festival, and this year we’re hoping to see even more new faces coming to the city and helping expand the minds of the comics loving public, and those who’ve never even picked up a funny-book before.

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:

Kate Beaton;

Joan Cornellà;

Becky Cloonan;

Gemma Correll;

Farel Dalrymple;

Ray Fawkes;

Tess Fowler;

Nicholas Gurewitch;

Jeff Lemire;

Kate Leth;

Jerome Opeña;

Amy Reeder;

Rick Remender;

Emma Rios;

Scott Snyder;

Noelle Stevenson;

Kurtis Wiebe

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Exhibitors

We’ll be opening up our exhibitor registration on Monday 2nd March this year, and this application period will be open for two weeks until Monday 16th March – we’ll have another blog post coming with more details on Friday, 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 this year’s show will be our most diverse yet!

Dyslexia Typeface

On the banner above, you can see the dyslexia typeface we’ll be using on our print material for this year’s festival – provided by opendyslexic.org – we’re hoping this will make Thought Bubble’s programme more accessible and easier to read. We’re very please to be able to support the OpenDyslexic project, and we would highly recommend checking out their work, as it’s for a very good cause.

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Bubscasts

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 we hope that this will get you in the mood for this year’s festival!

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.

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That’s everything for now, but we’re going to be updating the website throughout the year as we confirm guests, exhibitors, and events! To find out as soon as this happens you can subscribe to this blog, follow us on Twitter (@thoughtbubbleuk), or like us on Facebook.

We’ve got a lot of fun stuff planned for 2015, and we hope to see you soon – 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.

256 days to go!



TBTV: Comics For Everyone! 2014 by thoughtbubblefestival

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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?