Thought Bubble 2017 runs 18th – 24th September!


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!

 

 

 



TB2016 – Exhibitor Registration by thoughtbubblefestival

Hello hello!

Ahead of table registration for this year’s tenth anniversary Thought Bubble convention opening on Friday 4th March, we wanted to put up some more information on the curation process, and how that will work for this year’s show.

2016’s convention will run on the weekend of 5th and 6th November, taking place at Leeds Dock, on Armouries Square. A map of Leeds with the festival 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.

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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 is curated.

This will involve a simple online registration form which will be going live on the website on Friday 4th March, and remain open for two weeks until 8pm on Friday 18th 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 Friday 25th 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 (or similar);
  •  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 Friday 4th 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”), and we’ll also be emailing all previous year’s exhibitors and applicants to let them know that registration is open.

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 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 2015 Festival Spotlights: Exhibitions by thoughtbubblefestival

We’re now less than a week away from the start of 2015’s Thought Bubble, and our selected highlights from this year’s programme continues below – helping you get the most out of the festival week!

Taking place from 9th – 15th November at venues across Leeds and beyond, 2015’s celebration of comics comprises a huge range 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 convention now under 10 days away, don’t forget to check out all the guests and exhibitors who’ll be joining us, and make sure to get your tickets (although more will be available on the door).

Today, in our series of festival highlights, we’re looking at the free exhibitions taking place as part of 2015’s festival, bringing some great art to you throughout the whole of November!

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Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition Entries 2015

Tues 3 Nov – Sun 30 Nov, Leeds Central Library, Art Space (1st Floor), opening times vary, suitable for all ages, FREE

*OPEN NOW*

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

Winners of the competition will be announced at the Thought Bubble comic convention on Sun 15 Nov, and will have their work featured in 2016’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 2016′s competition, go to thoughtbubblefestival.com/events/comicartcompetition/

Leeds Inspired Presents… Get Into Comics

14 & 15 Nov (convention weekend), FREE, All ages

As part of Thought Bubble 2015, in partnership with Leeds Inspired, step inside your favourite stories or make your own! See photo booths like no other as you join superheroes, tackle mad scientists, or become them!

Working with artist Tom Eglington, who created last year’s Kodama Woods project, with assistance from students at Leeds College of Art, Get Into Comics is a series of interactive booths that allows you to enter into an oversized comic panel and create your own story. Classic war stories, smokey detective noir mysteries, shadowy graveyard horror and action packed superhero scenes – there’ll be something for everyone! Look out for our comic boxes across Leeds in October and at the Thought Bubble convention on 14-15 November at Leeds Dock.

Upload photos and videos to Twitter, Instagram and Vine with the #GetIntoComics and #TBF15 hashtags – the best entries will win prizes donated by Travelling Man Stores! The Get Into Comics project was made possible by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired, an initiative of Leeds City Council that funds 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

Contains Adult Themes by Joan Cornellà

Mon 9 Nov – Sat 12 Dec, The Gallery at Munro House, Corner of York St., 10:00-18:00 Monday to Saturday (will be open on Sun 15 Nov), FREE, Parental Advisory Warning

We are proud to be partnering up with The Gallery at Munro House to host an exhibition of works by Spanish cartoonist and illustrator Joan Cornellà.

Joan Cornellà (b. 1981) is famous for his unsettling, surreal humor and black humorous comic strips as well as artwork. He has a global following, with his works consisting of mostly wordless six panel comic strips. Enter the world of Cornellà, as he explores disturbing themes, extreme discomfort, often grotesque, all packaged neatly into brightly coloured, beautifully rendered comic strips.

This will be Cornellà’s first solo exhibition in the UK, exclusive to Thought Bubble, the Gallery and to Leeds!

Parental Advisory Warning: This exhibition contains adult themes and is not for the faint of heart! We advise that children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Travelling Man Presents… BA Hons Illustration Party

Mon 9 Nov – Fri 4 December, Travelling Man, 32 Central Road, Leeds, LS1 6DE, 10:00-18:00 Monday to Sunday (11:00 – 17:00 Sundays), FREE, All ages

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

We are a diverse and energetic group of image makers with a passion for character, print, drawing, illustration and ideas!

Presented in association with travellingman.com

See you next week when the festival begins!!



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:

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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!



TB 2015 Festival Spotlights: Mid-Con Party by thoughtbubblefestival

It’s one month to go until this year’s Thought Bubble Festival, which means we’ve released this year’s jam-packed programme out into the wild! The full rundown of events can be found here, and we wanted to give a special highlight to the tickets going on sale for this year’s mid-con party, so that nobody misses out on the chance to attend.

As with last year’s Saturday night mid-con party, to make sure everyone who wants to come to the event can get in, and to cover the licensing and insurance costs, there will be a small charge for tickets. We need to be able to keep track of attendance numbers for safety purposes, so we kindly ask that guests, exhibitors and members of the general public that wish to attend purchase a ticket using the process detailed below.

Party tickets will be going on sale at midday on Thursday 15th October, at this page, for the cost of £5. Entry to the party will also require either a weekend convention wristband or an exhibitor wristband/convention guest pass, so please make sure only to buy a party ticket if you have (or will have) one of these to accompany you to the event on the Saturday night.

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This year’s party will be taking place Saturday 14th November, and will be held at the historic Leeds Corn Exchange from 8pm until (very) late! The perfect way to unwind after a hectic day on the con floor – we’ll have the drinks and music flowing all evening, with the help of our crack squad of special guest DJs, so help us celebrate another Thought Bubble in style!

Please bear in mind that numbers are always very limited for this event, and tickets are likely to sell out quickly. We will have a very limited number available on the door on the evening of the event (for cash sales only), but these will be allocated on a first-come first-served policy, and we don’t want to have to turn people away at the door!

It’s also important to note that this event is strictly over-18s only, so please remember to bring photo ID with you along with your ticket and wristband/guest pass.

We’ll be highlighting some more events on the blog as the days until Thought Bubble 2015 tick away, so keep your eyes peeled to get the lowdown on some amazing fun to be had in Leeds this November!



Visiting Thought Bubble – A Brief Guide for 2015 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Thought Bubble convention, taking place on 14th and 15th November, and can be pre-purchased on our website – please make sure to keep them safe until November (as you’ll need to exchange them for a wristband to get into convention events), and keep an eye out for information on this year’s Saturday evening party tickets going up on sale later this year once we’ve locked down all the licence details!

We’ve also been busy updating the guest pages for this year’s festival, with some amazing creators for you to meet in Leeds this November (currently over 50 confirmed, and still many more to come as November approaches), and we’ll soon be putting the exhibitor icons up on the site this year for 2015’s convention, which should be our biggest yet!

Ahead of this year’s festivities, we thought we’d update our guide to visiting the city for anyone who hasn’t been to Leeds before, or for those who have but want to explore a little more!

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Travel

  1. Getting to Leeds itself is relatively easy, both from within the UK and internationally, as regular rail services bring you into the heart of the city. Leeds rail station is about a 15 minute walk from the convention site, or about a 5 minute taxi ride, and there’s a taxi rank that’s constantly manned just outside the main station entrance.
  2. If you’re flying into Manchester airport then there’s a direct train every half hour that will bring you into Leeds station in around 1.5 hours.
  3. If you’re flying into one of London’s airports then you can catch a direct train from London Kings Cross to Leeds that will bring you into Leeds station in around 2.5 hours;
  4. If you’re driving into Leeds then there’s detailed instructions of how to get to the convention site here, including information on parking at the Royal Armouries’ museum, which is attached to the convention square. Please be aware that Leeds has a slightly tricky one-way system, so it’s best to allow for some extra time when setting off;
  5. If you’re getting the bus into the city, then the convention site is serviced by a number of routes, full details of which can be found here.

Accommodation

The official hotel partner for this year’s convention is the DoubleTree by Hilton which is located in Leeds city centre, and is about a 15 minute walk from the convention site. The hotel is a 2 minute walk from the rail station, and close to central bus routes in the city. Rooms are sure to fill up quickly, so if you’re intending to stay there during the festival, please make sure to book soon!

Free water taxis run on the weekend which will take you from the DoubleTree hotel to the convention site at Leeds Dock in approximately 10 minutes. More information on the water taxis can be found here.

Leeds itself is a fairly compact city to get around, and you can walk from the top part of town (the university areas on Woodhouse Lane) down to the convention centre on Leeds Dock in around 50 minutes. If you need any supplies while you’re in town, then the shopping district can be found clustered around The Headrow and Albion street, with a large shopping mall at Trinity Leeds on Boar Lane. There are also a number of convenience stores located around the convention square, but they can tend to sell out of a lot of essential items quickly on the convention weekend.

The convention – 10 important points:

  1. This year’s convention takes place on the weekend of November 14th & 15th, and set up for exhibitors runs from 7.30am on Saturday 14th, with doors opening to the public at 10am and closing at 5pm;
  2. Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the convention, but this may involve some queueing, and your convention wristband will get you into all events taking place at the Leeds Dock sites – your wristband can be picked up from the ticket desks at the convention on the day (just bring along your physical ticket to exchange);
  3. Full venue information will be updated later in the year, along with final programme confirmation and event running order for the festival, but general venue information can be found here in the meantime;
  4. We’d recommend bringing some warm/waterproof clothing, as Leeds can be quite chilly in November, and there are open spaces between the three convention halls;
  5. All venues at the convention are wheelchair accessible, and baby changing facilities are available in the Royal Armouries Museum (which has free entry);
  6. We’d recommend bringing a decent amount of cash (especially change) with you, as the nearby cash-points can run out during the weekend, and our supply is generally taken up with handling on-the-door ticket sales – also, exhibitors will love you if you can pay with exact change;
  7. We currently cannot offer on-site storage at the convention, so while we don’t impose limits on the number of items people can bring to be signed, please be aware that you’ll need to be able to carry them with you all day, along with any purchases that are made at the event;
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, as our red-shirted volunteers will be happy to assist you in anything you need during the weekend;
  9. A simple one, but an important one – keep hydrated and remember to make time to eat as well, low blood sugar and dehydration can make even the simplest of tasks a lot more daunting, so be sure to look after yourself during the convention;
  10. The most important aspect of any convention is to have fun – Thought Bubble is an extremely friendly show, and we aim to cater to a wide spectrum of attendees, many of whom may be attending a show like this for the first time, and the general attitude we take can be found on the graphic below:

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We also have a general FAQ section set up on our website that answers a number of common queries about the Festival, and for ongoing updates in the build-up to 2015’s events, please follow us on Twitter and/or like our page on Facebook!