Thought Bubble 2017 runs 18th – 24th September!


Thought Bubble Charity Art Auction 2017 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TB2016sketchpanel-Mahmud

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

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

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

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

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

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

Auctioned as a pair – 2 pages A4 total.

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

Auctioned as a pair – 2 pages A4 total.

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TB2016sketchpanel-FaithErinHicks

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

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

Please click here to visit item auction listing page.

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



Culture Vulture/Campaign for Drawing Moleskine by thoughtbubblefestival

What-up Thought Bubblers? Some very worthy comic-related news for you to mull-over here:

The Culture Vulture (bringing you the best in Yorkshire culture and beyond) have teamed up with The Big Draw to undertake a travelling Moleskine® project beyond compare! Over 75 of these iconic sketch books have been unleashed into the world, travelling far and wide and bringing together multitudes of talented people.

The project will culminate in a fabulous arty party and exhibition in October to help raise funds for the Campaign for Real Drawing (Registered Charity No: 1114811).  Everyone who has taken part in the project will be invited along to meet up with their new Moleskine® buddies and there will be the chance to get your mitts on some of the extra special books featuring the etchings of various famous participants, with an extra special treat for all comic book fans…

There are a whole heap of fab sponsors involved including Travelling Man/Thought Bubble (us!), Numiko, Thompson Brand Partners, Sturban Clothing, Creative Space Management and Mojo London, as well as the support of great people at Howies and Innocent.

You can follow the journeys of the travelling Moleskines® on the Culture Vulture Flickr Group, check out the real-time adventures of the books on Twitter, and for more details of the people and artists involved browse the Roll Call to see a vast wealth of talented individuals…

As part of this, frankly awesome, fundraising idea Thought Bubble Festival and Travelling Man Comic shops are putting together a Moleskine® sketch book of their own with the theme of ‘Book of Magic’.

Contributors would be gladly welcomed, and all that is required is a quick sketch that fits into our theme that can be printed out and added to our sketch book. The normal approach would be to physically send the book out and then have it passed around, however, the timescales are a little too tight for this. The Moleskine® pages are A6 sized, but if the sketches can be sent electronically, then they can be readjusted to the appropriate size.

If you are interested please email Sabrina Peyton at sabrinapeyton@hotmail.com, our deadline is September 20th!

This is a genius idea for raising the profile and funds of an extremely worthwhile charity and everyone who has an interest in sequential art and comic-related goodness should check it out… Vamanos!

– Clark