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!



Friends of Thought Bubble by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

We’ll be coming at you later this week with a big post containing info on tickets for this year’s convention going on sale, but before that we just wanted to let you know about our new Friends of Thought Bubble programme, supporting our community outreach and educational events.

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For the past decade, we’ve been growing as an organisation, coming up from our humble roots as a one-day convention, through to a fully-fledged not-for-profit comics festival, and one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of this has been our community outreach programme.

As well as our centrepiece convention each year, and our wider programme of signings and exhibitions, we run a number of free schools workshops, our book crossing programme that gives 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 use comics as a force for good, as well as bringing the medium into schools as a learning tool. 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’re launching 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.

We’d really appreciate your help spreading the word about this on social media, or to anyone you think would be interested, and we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped support Thought Bubble in the past, and let us do some amazing work in our local community!

Thanks again, and we’ll be back soon with information on booking tickets for this year’s convention!



THOUGHT BUBBLE 2016 FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHTS: LIVE EVENTS by thoughtbubblefestival

As this year’s festival starts in just under 3 weeks, we’re continuing with some selected highlights from this year’s programme here on the blog – helping you get the most out of the festival week!

Taking place from 1st – 6th November at venues across Leeds (and beyond), 2016’s Thought Bubble will be a celebration of comics comprising a huge range of events for fans of all ages, and will include 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 comic convention on 5th & 6th November on Leeds Dock!

The full festival programme can be found on this page, with full information on events available by clicking their titles, and a map of venues for this year’s festival can be found here.

Don’t forget to check out all the guests and exhibitors who’ll be joining us for this year’s convention, and make sure to get your convention tickets (although more will be available on the door), and tickets to our expanded mid-con party!

We’ve also updated our visitor’s guide for the festival, including travel advice for getting to/around Leeds, which can be found here.

Today, in our series of festival highlights, we’re looking at some of the live events taking place in the festival week across the UK as part of 2016’s festival, leading up to our massive comic con to close out the festival!

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The Rainbow Age: LGBTQ* Comic Book Club

Tues 1 Nov, The Portal at Leeds Central Library, 17:00-19:00, 16+, FREE

Join us for a celebration of LGBTQ* comics & creators with an informal book club evening!

Bring along your favourite LGBTQ* comics, or come and discover something new from our collection, kindly supplied by Travelling Man. Meet like-minded fans and make new friends over comics.

After our previous Rainbow Age events, Travelling Man donated 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. This year, they’ll be adding to the collection with some incredible new LGBTQ* comics from 2016. All are welcome, so come along for a relaxed atmosphere and to read some amazing, life-changing comics!

Presented in association with travellingman.com


Political Cartoons Collection – Talk at Leeds Central Library

Wed 2 Nov, The Portal at Leeds Central Library (2nd floor), Calverley St, Leeds LS1 3AB, 14:00-15:00, All Ages, FREE

Join Librarian and Urban Historian Antony Ramm at Leeds Central Library for an illuminating exploration of their Political Cartoons Collection, which offers a fascinating look at caricature and controversy in the politics of 19th-century Leeds focusing on three key elections – 1868, 1874 and 1880.

This talk will give you the keys to unlock the satire behind the themes, issues and personalities depicted in a Collection comprising more than 200 individual images. Antony will also take a look at the occasionally-mysterious artists and publishers behind these cartoons, asking who the intended audience was and what affect these sometimes-shocking images actually had on the election process.


Comics and Mental Health: Zine Making Workshop with Una Bauer

Weds 2 Nov, Room 2 at The Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD, 18:00-20:30, ages 11+, FREE

On Sanity, a free comics creation workshop for adults and older children hosted by Una, artist/author of Becoming/Unbecoming and Tom Bailey, freelance illustrator and well-being worker with Arts and Minds.

Join the artists to draw and write comics based on a first person perspective of mental health and recovery. There will be fun drawing activities and creative writing. There will also be a slide show and a short talk about the On Sanity project that took place in Leeds throughout July 2016, from which emerged a new comic book by Una, On Sanity:One Day In Two Lives and an anthology zine, We All Start At The Beginning.

On Sanity is a creative project about illness and recovery in mental health, devised by the Yorkshire based comics creator Una, author/artist of the novel length comic Becoming/Unbecoming (2015) Myriad Editions and On Sanity: One Day In Two Lives (2016) Self published, supported by Arts Council England.

To book a place, please email una.comics@yahoo.co.uk

In partnership with Arts and Minds Leeds.

Supported by Arts Council England.


Comics Forum Academic Conference – Day 1

Thur 3 Nov, Leeds Library Exhibition Space, 09:00 – 16:45, recommended for 16+ (some talks unsuitable for under 18s)

Genre has played an active role in shaping our understanding of comics, be it as a term to describe the medium itself, or the stories that they tell. Comics may support and adhere to the conventions, styles, and effects of a given genre, or they might redefine and challenge its definitions and boundaries through their form and content.

Comics Forum 2016, the eighth event in the annual conference series, will consider a wide range of subjects relating to comics and genre.

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (3rd or 4th November): £12

2 days (3rd and 4th November): £24

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble convention pass): £48 (this is a saving of £5 on the cost of Though Bubble convention tickets if bought separately.)

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


Creative Networks and Leeds College of Art… Mike Mignola in Conversation

Thurs 3 Nov, Leeds College of Art, Blenheim Walk, Leeds, LS2 9AQ, 1745-2000, All Ages, FREE (£5 deposit required, booking essential)

Join us for an evening where Mike Mignola will discuss his work and career with fellow illustrator Richard Starkings followed by an audience Q&A.

Mignola is perhaps best know as the award-winning creator, writer and artist of HELLBOY – now celebrating its 22nd Anniversary.

He was also visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on both Hellboy and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army films. He also co-authored (with Christopher Golden) 2 novels – BALTIMORE, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, Joe Golem and the Drowning City.

Booking is essential as places are limited, so please click here to book a ticket.

Please note: the start time of 5.45pm is for drinks prior to when the talk starts at 6.30pm in the lecture theatre.

Please note: that the £5 fee is refundable if you attend the event. The amount will be transferred back into your account the day after the event. There is an option to donate your deposit for the future support of Leeds College of Art when you reserve your place.


Pints & Pencils, with Paper Jam

Thur 3 Nov, Nation of Shopkeepers, 29 Cookridge St, Leeds LS2 3AG, 2000-late, 18+ (please bring a valid form of photo ID), FREE

Proudly presented by Travelling man and the Leeds university comic society, Pints and Pencils is the social drawing competition with plenty of prizes, laughs and drinks. Artistic ability is not required to win top prizes and drawing equipment will be provided!

Also premiering tonight is the new comics creating and writing event Paper Jam! Come on down for a preview of this new ongoing social event for Leeds’ professional and amateur comics creators – a great resource for people looking to break into the small press world.

Presented in association with travellingman.com


Comics Forum Academic Conference – Day 2

Fri 4 Nov, Leeds Library Exhibition Space, 09:00 – 16:45, recommended for 16+ (some talks unsuitable for under 18s)

Genre has played an active role in shaping our understanding of comics, be it as a term to describe the medium itself, or the stories that they tell. Comics may support and adhere to the conventions, styles, and effects of a given genre, or they might redefine and challenge its definitions and boundaries through their form and content.

Comics Forum 2016, the eighth event in the annual conference series, will consider a wide range of subjects relating to comics and genre.

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (3rd or 4th November): £12

2 days (3rd and 4th November): £24

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble convention pass): £48 (this is a saving of £5 on the cost of Though Bubble convention tickets if bought separately.)

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


Thought Bubble Book Crossing 2016

Fri 4 Nov, Various libraries across Yorkshire (please see below for details), from 10:00, All Ages, FREE

Thought Bubble is once again teaming up with Diamond Comics and Travelling Man to give away FREE all-ages graphic novels and comics to everyone! Just pop into one on the libraries listed below on Friday 4th November, and help us to achieve our aim to get everyone reading more!

Libraries taking part are: Armley; Bolling Hall; Baildon; Burley; Bingley; Clayton; City; Dewsbury Road; Eccleshill; Holme Wood; Keighley; Laisterdyke; Leeds Central; Manningham; Menston; Moor Allerton; Shipley; Silsden; Thornbury; Ilkley; Wetherby; Wibsey, Wyke and Yeadon.

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!

Presented in association with:

diamondcomics.com

travellingman.com


Thought Bubble 2016 Pre-Convention Reception

Fri 4 Nov, Radisson Blu, 1 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL, 19:00 until late, FREE, 18+, Fire Lake Grill House will be serving food from 18:00-22:00

A chance for guests, exhibitors and attendees to relax and chat in the lovely surroundings of the Radisson Blu before our huge comic convention starts on Saturday 6th November!

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THOUGHT BUBBLE 2016 FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHTS: SIGNING TOUR by thoughtbubblefestival

As this year’s festival draws ever closer, we continue with some selected highlights from this year’s programme here on the blog – helping you get the most out of the festival week!

Taking place from 1st – 6th November at venues across Leeds (and beyond), 2016’s Thought Bubble will be a celebration of comics comprising a huge range of events for fans of all ages, and will include 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 comic convention on 5th & 6th November on Leeds Dock!

The full festival programme can be found on this page, with full information on events available by clicking their titles, and a map of venues for this year’s festival can be found here.

Don’t forget to check out all the guests and exhibitors who’ll be joining us for this year’s convention, and make sure to get your convention tickets (although more will be available on the door), and tickets to our expanded mid-con party!

We’ve also updated our visitor’s guide for the festival, including travel advice for getting to/around Leeds, which can be found here.

Today, in our series of festival highlights, we’re looking at the free signing tour events taking place across the UK as part of 2016’s festival, bringing some amazing artwork to you throughout the whole of November!

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Travelling Man Signing Tour 2016: Manchester, with Mike Mignola 

Sat 29 Oct, 4 Dale St, Manchester M1 1JW, 14:00-16:00, All Ages, FREE

From our friends over at Travelling Man Manchester – “Now in its 25th year, Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, each year we host amazing events with some of the greatest names in comics. This year is no exception!

In Manchester we have the huge honour of hosting a signing with comics legend Mike Mignola! It would be an understatement to say that we are incredibly excited about this event and it provides a rare opportunity to meet the creator of Hellboy. Without a doubt, this one is going to be huge!”

Please visit travellingman.com for more information.


Travelling Man Signing Tour 2016: Newcastle with Brenden Fletcher, Ryan North, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr

Thur 3 Nov, 43 Grainger St, City Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JE, 16:30-18:30, All Ages, FREE

From our friends over at Travelling Man Newcastle – “Now in its 25th year, Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, each year we host amazing events with some of the greatest names in comics. This year is no exception!

Our Newcastle store will play host to Ryan North, creator of the massively successful Romeo and writer on Marvel’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl; and Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher, the creative team behind the hugely exciting forthcoming Image title Motor Crush!”

Please visit travellingman.com for more information.


Gosh! Comics Signing Tour 2016 with Jeff Lemire

Thur 3 Nov, 1 Berwick St, London, W1f 0DR, 18:00-19:00, All Ages, FREE

Jeff Lemire returns to London to sign copies of Sweet Tooth, Black Hammer and more, exclusively at Gosh Comics in Soho ahead of his appearance at Thought Bubble’s convention.

Please visit goshlondon.com for more information.


Travelling Man Signing Tour 2016: York with Mahmud Asrar, Paul Azaceta, Jeff Lemire, and Dean Ormston.

Fri 4 Nov, 74 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF, 16:30-18:30, All Ages, FREE

From our friends at Travelling Man York – “Now in its 25th year, Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, each year we host amazing events with some of the greatest names in comics. This year is no exception!

Our incredible new, bigger and improved York branch will provide the host venue for our signing with the colossal lineup of Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Mahmud Asrar and Paul Azaceta. With so much amazing artistic talent in one place, this is an event not to be missed!”

Please visit travellingman.com for more information.


Travelling Man Signing Tour 2016: Leeds with John Wagner

Fri 4 Nov, 32 Central Road, Leeds LS1 6DE, 16:30-18:30, All Ages, FREE

“Now in its 25th year, Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, each year we host amazing events with some of the greatest names in comics. This year is no exception!

Our Leeds branch will be hosting a signing with John Wagner, creator of Strontium Dog, Robo Hunter and of course the iconic, legendary, Judge Dredd! This is without doubt one of the most exciting signings we have ever had the pleasure to hold!”

Please visit travellingman.com for more information.


Gosh! Comics Signing Tour 2016 with Faith Erin Hicks

Mon 7 Nov, Gosh! Comics, Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DR, 18.00 – 19.00, All Ages, Free

The creator behind Nameless City, Friends with Boys and Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong comes to London for an exclusive signing at Gosh! Comics, following her appearance at Thought Bubble’s convention.

Please visit goshlondon.com for more information.

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We’ll be back again soon with some more spotlights for events from this year’s jam-packed festival programme!

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Thought Bubble 2016 Festival Spotlights: Exhibitions by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

We’re now just 3 weeks away from the start of 2016’s tenth anniversary Thought Bubble, and we’re going to be continuing our run-up to this year’s events by cherry-picking some selected highlights from this year’s programme here on the blog – helping you get the most out of the festival week!

Taking place from 1st – 6th November at venues across Leeds (and beyond), 2016’s Thought Bubble will be a celebration of comics comprising a huge range of events for fans of all ages, and will include 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 comic convention on 5th & 6th November on Leeds Dock!

The full festival programme can be found on this page, with full information on events available by clicking their titles, and a map of venues for this year’s festival can be found here.

Don’t forget to check out all the guests and exhibitors who’ll be joining us for this year’s convention, and make sure to get your convention tickets (although more will be available on the door), and tickets to our expanded mid-con party!

We’ve also updated our visitor’s guide for the festival, including travel advice for getting to/around Leeds, which can be found here.

Today, in our series of festival highlights, we’re looking at the free exhibitions taking place as part of 2016’s festival, bringing some amazing artwork to you throughout the whole of November!

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Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition Entries 2016

Mon 24 Oct – Sun 6 Nov, Leeds Central Library, Room 700 (1st Floor), opening times vary, All ages, FREE

Pop by Leeds Central Library to view all the wonderful entries from the Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition in a brand new digital exhibition!

Winners of the competition will be announced at the Thought Bubble comic convention on Sun 6 Nov, and will have their work featured in 2017’s Thought Bubble Anthology, but you can preview all the stories we’ve received before the judges present their final decision!

For full details of this year’s entries and how to get involved with 2017′s competition, please click here.


Unstable Molecules by Gramsch

Tues 25 Oct to Sun 20 Nov, Nation of Shopkeepers’ Window of Opportunity (opposite Leeds Cathedral), 29 Cookridge St, Leeds LS2 3AG, All Ages, FREE

Local artist/geek Gramsch returns to the city centre’s finest drinking establishments with another exhibition of his abstracted superhero paintings.

From 25th October, and for the duration of the festival, Nation of Shopkeepers’ Window of Opportunity plays host to Gramsch’s geometric reinterpretations of otherwise memorable colour/shape combinations.


Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom presents Animate Europe

Thurs 27 Oct to Mon 16 Jan, Staircase Gallery, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD, Opening Times Vary, All Ages, FREE

What will Europe, what will the European Union look like in 50,100, 250 years? That is what the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, asked graphic novelists and comic artists from all over the world, as part of the second round of our Animate Europe International Comics Competition.

In their stories, the artists provide a lot of food for thought and debate, ranging from depictions of social or economic hardship to the role of community and cultural heritage.

A launch event for this exhibition will be taking place on Thursday 27th October from 5pm-8pm, for more information, and to sign up for the launch event, please email arts@leeds.gov.uk


The Gallery @ Munro House & TB present The Wicked + The Divine

Tues 1 Nov – Sun 30 Nov, The Gallery at Munro House, Corner of York St/Duke Street, Leeds, LS9 8AG, 08:00-18:00 Monday to Friday, 10:00-18:00 Saturdays, Closed Sundays (but will be open on Sun 6 Nov), All ages, Free

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

We are delighted to be partnering up with The Gallery at Munro House for a second time, to host an exhibition of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE by artist Jamie McKelvie and writer Kieron Gillen. The ground-breaking, multiple Eisner award nominated, contemporary fantasy comic book series has been a huge breakout hit, and has been optioned for TV. First published by Image Comics in 2014, it remains one of their most popular series over two years later. Alongside images from THE WICKED + THE DIVINE will be pieces from McKelvie and Gillen’s cult favourite Phonogram series.

A free launch event for this exhibition will be taking place on Friday 4th November from 6pm onwards, for more information, please click here.


Leeds College of Art BA Illustration @ Travelling Man

Tues 1 Nov – Wed 30 Nov, Travelling Man, 32 Central Road, Leeds, LS1 6DE, 10:00-18:00 Monday to Sunday (11:00 – 17:00 Sundays), FREE, All ages

Do art students like comics? Of course they do! Third year students from the exciting new Illustration degree at Leeds College of Art exhibit a series of prints made in response to their love for comics & pop culture.

The exhibiting artists have been drawing, painting, printing and making non stop for the last two years and are excited about this opportunity to exhibit their talents as part of the Thought Bubble festival. Prints will be editioned and available to buy.

Presented in association with travellingman.com

A free launch event for this exhibition will be taking place on Tuesday 1st November from 6pm – 7pm.


Prints of Eternia @ Colours May Vary

Tues 1 Nov to Sun 30 Nov, Colours May Vary, Munro House, Duke St, Leeds LS9 8AG, 10:00-18:00 Mon-Sat, 12:00-17:00 Sun, All ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note: Thought Bubble does not control event content, FREE

Prints of Eternia is a colourful and exciting project that brings together established and upcoming artists to celebrate HE-MAN, the much loved 80’s action packed cartoon series.

Artists from different backgrounds and practices were tasked with creating one piece using HE-MAN as inspiration. The results are as varied as the characters in the show!

All the work produced will be exhibited for the whole month of November at Colours May Vary, Leeds, coinciding with the Thought Bubble comic art festival.

Artists who ‘have the power’ include Jack Teagle. Peter Lloyd. Billy Mather. ZEEL, Lord Hurk, Lucy Irving, Laetitia Bocquet, Anthony Atkinson, Drew Millward, Patrick R Allan, Adam Moore, and Print Wagon.


Assembly House and 44FLOOD present Heretics

Thurs 3 Nov to Sun 6 Nov, Lady Beck Studios, Unit 22, 64-76 Mabgate, Leeds, LS9 7DZ, 1700-2100 Thurs & Fri, 1300-1600 Sat & Sun, All Ages but please note: Thought Bubble does not control event content, FREE

44FLOOD and Assembly House are partnering with Lady Beck to host an exhibition of dark art by Leeds College of Art and Plymouth College of Art contemporary crafts and fine art students and graduates, alongside original artwork from the upcoming 44FLOOD folk-horror series HERETICS by Martin Simmonds and P M Buchan.

Contributing artists include contemporary dark bohemian jewellery artist Stevie-Leigh Smith and award-winning metalsmith Luke Axworthy, plus international comic artists Martin Simmonds (Titan Comics: Death Sentence), Ben Templesmith (IDW: 30 Days of Night), Caspar Wijngaard (Image Comics: LIMBO) and John Pearson (Beast Wagon).

Martin Simmonds, John Pearson and P M Buchan will also be holding free workshops and talks for members of the public and Leeds College of Art students to discuss their careers and bridging the gap between comics and fine art.

For more information visit hereticscomic.com

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We’ll be back soon with another festival spotlight, looking at some selected highlights from over 80 events taking place as part of Thought Bubble 2016!

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THOUGHT BUBBLE 2015 FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHTS: LIVE EVENTS by thoughtbubblefestival

The final countdown to this year’s Thought Bubble has well and truly begun with the release of the full festival programme for 2015’s events!

Taking place from 9th – 15th November at venues across Leeds and beyond, 2015’s celebration of comics comprises a cavalcade of 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 14th & 15th November!

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

Details of books making their début at this year’s Thought Bubble can be found on this page, so have a browse and see some of the amazing titles you’ll be able to seek out at 2015’s convention!

With the festival now less than a month away, 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 can’t wait to welcome everyone to Leeds in November, and to get you in the mood, we’ll be highlighting certain types of events taking place during the festival, in order that no one misses out on anything!

The first events under the spotlights are this year’s free live events taking place during the festival week – some events have age limitations in place, so please make sure to check before heading along to attend.

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Monday 9th November

Travelling Man Presents BA Hons Illustration Party Launch

Travelling Man, 32 Central Road, Leeds, LS1 6DE, 18:00-19:00, FREE, All ages

The students from Leeds College of Art illustration degree programme showcase their work amongst the shelves and books of Travelling Man.

A diverse and energetic group of image makers with a passion for character, print, drawing, illustration and ideas! Join us for the launch of this amazing exhibition! It will be on display until Friday 4th December.

Presented in association with travellingman.com

Tuesday 10th November

The Rainbow Age: LGBQT* Comic Book Club

The Portal at Leeds Central Library, 17:00-19:00, 16+, FREE

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

Meet like-minded fans and make new friends over comics. After last year’s Rainbow Age event, Travelling Man donated 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.

This year, they’ll be adding to the collection with some incredible new LGBTQ* comics from 2015. All are welcome, so come along for a relaxed atmosphere and to read some amazing, life-changing comics!

Presented in association with travellingman.com

Kaylan Presents X Travelling Man: Comic Party

LS6 Bar, Hyde Park Corner, Leeds LS6 2AS, 19:00-23:00, 18+, FREE

UPDATE: Please note the venue for this event has changed, and it will now be taking place at LS6 Bar

Kalyan Presents team up with Travelling Man to stage an interactive comic illustration event held at new bar and exhibition space, The Brunswick. There will be blank comic strips waiting to be filled in, a personal illustration booth and an illustration exhibition as well as DJs providing some music.

There is an emphasis on collaboration and community at this event – people with all levels of skill are welcome and encouraged to participate. We want everyone to have a go and draw! The event will also be a great chance for aspiring artists of all backgrounds with an interest in comics to meet more established comic creators.

Presented in association with travellingman.com

Wednesday 11th November

Comics & Mental Health

Room 2 at The Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD, 18:00-19:30, 16+, FREE

Is there something about comics and graphic novels that make them particularly effective when telling stories about people with mental health difficulties? That’s one of the questions that will be discussed at this special event, presented in partnership with Arts & Minds.

Two artists will discuss their books, you will have a chance to share your thoughts and there will be an opportunity to share work and meet like-minded people. Elaine Will is a cartoonist and illustrator from the wilds of Canada. She holds a BA in Illustration from The Arts University College at Bournemouth in the UK and has recently been awarded the Xeric Award for her original mental illness drama Look Straight Ahead.

Darryl Cunningham is a Yorkshire based cartoonist, author of many books, most recently Supercrash. His book Psychiatric Tales was partly inspired by his years spent working as a health care assistant on an acute psychiatric ward, as well as his own experience with acute depression.

The event will be hosted by Tom Bailey, who helps run Arts & Minds, a Leeds network of people interested in creativity and mental health. Tom is also a freelance illustrator.

Please bring your own work if you wish to share it, and there will be a selection of books and comics related to the issue of mental health to browse, kindly donated by Travelling Man Stores.

Presented in association with travellingman.com

Thursday 12th November

Pints & Pencils

The Brunswick, 82 North St, Leeds LS2 7PN, 2000-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.

Presented in association with travellingman.com

Friday 13th November

Thought Bubble Book Crossing 2015

Various libraries across Yorkshire (please see below for details), from 10:00, 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!

Just pop into one on the libraries listed below on Friday 13th November, and help us to achieve our aim to get everyone reading more!

Libraries taking part are: Baildon, Bingley, Bradford City, Burley, Clayton, Eccleshill, Holt Park, Ilkley, Laisterdyke, Leeds Central, Manningham, Menston, Moor Allerton, Keighley, Wetherby, Wibsey, Wyke 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!

Presented in association with:

diamondcomics.com

viz.com

travellingman.com

The 4th Annual British Comic Awards Ceremony

Millennium Room, The Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD, 18:00-19:00, all ages, but Thought Bubble does not control content, FREE, spaces limited

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 British Comic Awards, in association with Page 45, will hold its 4th Annual Ceremony as part of this year’s Thought Bubble Festival and everyone is welcome to attend alongside the nominees and judges of this year’s coveted shortlist.

The ceremony will consist of the presentation of four awards to the winners of each category, as well as a look at the career of this year’s BCA Hall of Fame inductee, Dudley D Watkins, creator of Desperate Dan, Oor Wullie and The Broons. For full information on the British Comic Awards, please visit britishcomicawards.com

Thought Bubble Pre-Convention Drinks Reception

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds, LS1 4BR, 1930 until late, FREE, 18+

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

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Next week we’ll be continuing our countdown to 2015’s Thought Bubble by taking a look at the stops on this year’s signing tour!