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Thought Bubble 2016 – Panel Videos by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

A little update here coming out of last year’s Festival, as we’ve got some great panel videos from 2016’s convention for your viewing pleasure. If you missed out on these talks, 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), with full details for each video below. Enjoy!

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

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CREATING WORLDS took place on Sunday 6th November – a fascinating panel talk on the reality of inventing worlds for creator owned projects, as well as inhabiting those of comics’ hottest licensed properties.

With speakers Cecil Castellucci, Becky Cloonan, Jeff Lemire, Simon Roy, and Cameron Stewart.

Hosted by Steve Morris.

 


 

COMICS IN CONVERSATION WITH MIKE MIGNOLA took place on Saturday 5th November – where Mike Mignola, the award-winning creator of Hellboy (and its spin-off titles BPRD, Lobster Johnson, Abe Sapien, and Witchfinder) and The Amazing Screw-On Head, discussed his career with journalist and PR-Coordinator for Rebellion Mike Molcher.

 


 

I IS FOR INNOVATION took place on Saturday 5th November – a wide-ranging discussion about creative freedom in the new age of comics independence and the panelists’ exciting new projects at Image Comics.

With speakers Brenden Fletcher, Kieron Gillen, Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, Declan Shalvey, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr.

Hosted by Publisher of Image Comics, Eric Stephenson.

 


 

2000 AD WRITING COMPETITION 2016 took place on Saturday 5th November – writers were invited to pitch their ideas for a brand new Future Shock to a panel of top script droids – but they have just two minutes to make their case!

With judges Al Ewing, Leah Moore, and Matt Smith.

Hosted by PR-Coordinator for Rebellion Mike Molcher.

 


 

GOSH! COMICS PRESENTS THE BEST THING I’VE READ ALL YEAR took place on Saturday 5th November – helping to discover the hidden gems and best of the year’s comics that you should be reading.

With speakers Hannah Chapman, Sarah Graley, Claire Napier, and Andy Oliver.

Hosted by Tom Oldham of Gosh! Comics / Breakdown Press.

 


 

DECOMPRESSED: THE WICKED + THE DIVINE took place on Sunday 6th November – a panel featuring Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Stephanie Hans, Kevin Wada and Dee Cunniffe talking about how they create really, really, really ridiculously good looking comics.


 

Thanks again to all our panelists, hosts, and to the audiences who attended the events – we’ll be adding to the YouTube playlist with videos from last year’s events, and updating this post, as they become available!



Thought Bubble Charity Art Auction 2016 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

Last year, as part of Thought Bubble 2015′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 amazing audience.

Because comic artists are the nicest human beans in the world, 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 huge 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 previous years’ Sketching Spotlights, please visit our YouTube channel.

The auction will take place on eBay and will run for 10 days from 10am Monday 25th April until 10am on Thursday 5th May, 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 wonderful artwork!

(all artwork A4 in size, full information available on individual item listing pages, live from 10am – Monday 25th April 2016 via http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/thoughtbubblefestival worldwide shipping available)

Individual pieces up for auction include:

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Rocket Girl / T-Rex, by Amy Reeder, pencils and ink on paper, November 2015 (sold as a pair)

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Zombie, by Ben Templesmith, watercolours and ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Batman, by Doug Braithwaite, ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Tad (Wrenchies), by Farel Dalrymple, watercolours and ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Outer Space, by Isabel Greenberg, ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Mystery Solving Teens, by Kate Beaton, pencils and ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Tara (The Wicked and the Divine), by Tula Lota, ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Marcus (Deadly Class), by Wes Craig, ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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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!

 

 

 



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 Weston, Ben 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?