Thought Bubble 2018 runs 17th – 23rd September!


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!

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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.

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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! 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: 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!



TBTV: Sketching Spotlight 2014, Day 1 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

We hope you had a lovely break over December, and that you’ve warped into the new year full of vim and vigor with your sights set on world domination! We’re currently plotting to make this year’s Thought Bubble our best yet, and we’ll have our first wave of updates coming for you soon (spoilers: 2015 is going to have a big ol’ bubble), but first we’ve got some cool stuff from 2014’s festival for anyone who couldn’t make it, or who could and would like to experience the  fun all over again!

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. Thanks to this, we’ve got hours of great footage that we’re currently working to get up online as a series of Bubscasts, and today sees a fresh batch of videos taking their place in the public eye, as we present the first of our Sketching Spotlights from 2014’s convention weekend.

Hosted by Peter Doherty, Thought Bubble’s Sketching Spotlights are an annual event where comics fans can see some of the finest artists currently working in the industry drawing live on stage and discussing their creative process.

This sketching spotlight took place at 2014’s Thought Bubble convention on Saturday 15th November in the Royal Armouries’ Bury Theatre, and our panel comprised Boulet, Emily Carroll, Danielle Corsetto, and Babs Tarr. The sketches that were created during this session were very kindly donated for auction in support of the Barnardo’s Charity, and we’ll have another blog post going live later this month regarding the auction itself, so be sure to subscribe here to find out as soon as that happens!

After the jump, you can find the videos themselves, with each member of the panel taking their turn under the Sketching Spotlight, but for a playlist of all four videos that will autoplay consecutively, please click here. Please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content, and there may be occasional strong language.

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, featuring Danielle Corsetto under the Sketching Spotlight:

 

Part 2, featuring Emily Carroll under the Sketching Spotlight:

 

Part 3, featuring Babs Tarr under the Sketching Spotlight:

 

Part 4, featuring Boulet under the Sketching Spotlight:



Thought Bubble 2014 Festival Spotlights: Live Events by thoughtbubblefestival

Our series of spotlight features on the events taking place as part of 2014′s Thought Bubble rolls on, today looking at some of the live events that will take place during the festival week! The full programme of events is our most diverse ever, with over 80 ways for you to get involved and join in the comics-related fun and hijinks!

Our programme of live events is made possible in no small part thanks to the generous funding granted to us by Arts Council England and Leeds Inspired, and the help of our partners at Travelling Man, Leeds College of ArtLeeds International Film Festival, and Comics Forum!

Wednesday 22nd October

Thought Bubble Charity Anthology 2014

Comic Shops Worldwide, opening times vary, suitable for ages 12+, £3.00/$3.99 (prices may vary)

A collection of new short stories by some of the best in the business from Image Comics and Thought Bubble! A 32-page oversize comic featuring all new work from Cliff Chiang, Boo Cook, Marc Ellerby, Barry Kitson, Ales Kot, Sarah McIntyre, Emma Rios, Tim Sale, Richard Starkings, and many more!

All profits go to Barnardo’s, for more information, please visit thoughtbubblefestival.com/anthology-2014

Monday 10th November

The Rainbow Age: LGBQT* Comic-book Club

Wharf Chambers, Leeds, LS2 7EQ, 18:30-20:30, 15+, FREE

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

Meet like-minded fans and make new friends over cake and comics. After this event, Travelling Man will be donating 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.

All are welcome, so come along for a relaxed atmosphere and to read some amazing, life-changing comics!

Wednesday 12th November

Dr Sketchy’s, Leeds presents The Sketch of Thrones

Belgrave Music Hall, LS2 8JP, 1900 – 2100, 18+, £6 (£4 if in costume)

Lord Sketch of the House of Dr Sketch is opening the doors to Castle Belgrave to challenge any patron of Thought Bubble 2014 to test their skill, agility, stamina and most of all sketching skills to have a chance of taking his place upon the leaded throne.

Any house is welcome to compete; Anime, Marvel, DC, Cosplay, LOTR and any other super hero, villain or invented persona (that means we welcome costumes in any style or theme). All you need to do is turn up brandishing pen, pencil, paint and paper and we shall do the rest. Any artistic ability is welcome (you don’t have to be able to draw – just have a good time!).

There will be burlesque entertainment and our in-house models for the evening will be there to provide creative inspiration: Midori Dusk; a sultry siren from where the darkness falls, and Chev Roulette; a wildling from beyond the wall.

Strictly over 18s only due to adult content. For more information, please visit on.fb.me/ZFumMj

Thursday 13th November

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 1

Leeds Library Exhibition Space, 0900 – 1645, recommended for 16+ (some talks unsuitable for under 18s)

The themes of conflict and violence are common in comics, as are the debates around the depiction of them and their impact on readers’ minds. 2014’s Comics Forum, the sixth event in the annual conference series, tackles the subject of violence in comics, with two days of talks by experts from around the world!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (13th or 14th November): £10

2 days (13th and 14th November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £40 (this is a saving of £4 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

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

Creative Network & Thought Bubble present… In Conversation Adam Hughes and Matt Forsythe

Leeds College of Art, 1800-2030, 18+, FREE (£5 deposit required)

Adam Hughes (U.S.A.) is renowned for his female characters and work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics Lucasfilm among others. He will discuss the variety of work he has completed in his career and how he went from being completely self-taught to becoming one of the most celebrated comic book artists in the world.

Matt Forsythe (U.S.A.) is the lead designer on the hugely successful Cartoon Network show Adventure Time. He is also the award winning creator of Ojingogo, Jinchalo and has worked as an illustrator for publications such as the NY Times and Wall St Journal. Matt will discuss his creative journey and provide an insight of what it is like behind the scenes at the Adventure Time studio.

Booking is essential as places are limited so please go to thoughtbubblecn.eventbrite.co.uk (£5 refundable deposit required to confirm your place but this will be refunded the day after the event once attendance has been noted.)

Pints & Pencils

Fab Cafe, Leeds, LS2 8PL, 2100-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.

Friday 14th November

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 2

Leeds Library Exhibition Space, 0900 – 1645, recommended for 16+ (some talks unsuitable for under 18s)

The themes of conflict and violence are common in comics, as are the debates around the depiction of them and their impact on readers’ minds. 2014’s Comics Forum, the sixth event in the annual conference series, tackles the subject of violence in comics, with two days of talks by experts from around the world!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (13th or 14th November): £10

2 days (13th and 14th November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £40 (this is a saving of £4 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

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

Thought Bubble Book Crossing 2014

Various locations across Yorkshire (please see below for details), from 1000, 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 to keep in order to achieve our aim to get everyone reading more!

Libraries taking part are: Leeds, Wetherby, Moor Allerton, Chapeltown, Garforth, Bradford City, Keighley, Ilkley, Shipley, Bingley, Wyke, Wibsey, Manningham, Baildon, Burley, Clayton; Laisterdyke, Menston and Holmewood.

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!

Leeds International Film Festival presents Show Pieces with Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins

Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, 1800, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

Alan Moore, one of the greatest graphic novelists of all time, will attend LIFF28 with Show Pieces, his new film collaboration with director Mitch Jenkins. From the creator of ground-breaking works including Watchmen, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, and V For Vendetta, the three-part Show Pieces is Alan Moore’s first endeavour written specifically for the screen and made with his ongoing creative involvement.

Show Pieces was brought to life by award winning photographer turned-director Mitch Jenkins and is set within a nightmarish alternative version of the creators’ native Northampton.

Thought Bubble Pre-Convention Reception

The Gallery, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds, LS1 4BR, 1930 until late, FREE (limited capacity, so please arrive early), 18+

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

Please note: capacity is limited for this reception, so please arrive in good time to guarantee entry.

Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th November (Thought Bubble Convention Events)

 

Leeds Inspired and Bub’s Lounge Present… Kodama Woods

Leeds Dock, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

In the gathering darkness of the forest, strange spirits light the way ahead…

Come and join us in the Kodama Woods, a unique space inspired by the films of Hayao Miyazaki where you can relax away from the hustle and bustle of the convention, amid a magical woodland area designed and built by artist Tom Eglington.

Perfect for all ages, the woodland is the ideal place to soak up the magical atmosphere or explore your creativity with our lamp-making workshop. Design and construct your very own Kodama lamp to add to the wood spirits that populate the trees, and witness the magic unfold over the weekend.

The Kodama Woods project was made possible by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired, an initiative of Leeds City Council that seeks fund 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

Image Comics Pitch Reviews with Eric Stephenson

Venue TBC, Times vary, Free with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

This year we are delighted to announce that Image Comics will once again be reviewing pitches for new series at Thought Bubble!

Because of time constraints, the format for reviews will be as follows: Your pitch must be emailed in advance, and if you’re selected, you’ll be called back for a full review by Publisher of Image Comics Eric Stephenson.

Please submit your portfolio to portfolioreviews@thoughtbubblefestival.com by 5pm, Friday 7th November. A confirmation email will be sent before the convention specifying times/location for successful applicants.

Mondo @ Thought Bubble 2014

Mondo Booth, TB Teepee, all ages, FREE entry for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present, price of prints TBA

Mondo – champions of innovative movie poster design – are returning to Thought Bubble! Following their incredibly popular attendance at 2013’s festival, they’ll be partnering up with artist Matt Taylor, who will also be in attendance, to release an exclusive poster for Thought Bubble attendees. Please follow @mondonews on Twitter throughout the weekend for more information about this release!

Utilising the talents of world-class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen-printed posters based on all things film, television and comic properties including Star Wars, The Avengers, DC Comics, Back to the Future, and Universal Monsters. Based in Austin, TX, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space hosting regular exhibitions featuring breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints.

Thought Bubble Book Launches 2014

New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries Hall, TB Teepee, all ages, prices vary depending on publication

2013′s Thought Bubble convention saw over 90 books making their debut, and this year we’re hoping to see even more!

To see the titles launching at this year’s festival, please visit thoughtbubblefestival.com/debuting-books/

Art Heroes @ Thought Bubble 2014

Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Art Heroes specialise running comic book workshops and making comics all age groups can enjoy, and this year they’ll be running their annual Thought Bubble Creating Characters Competition for the third time!

To celebrate their new strip, Monster Book, from the comic Endangered and Other Strange Stories, they’re asking you to create your own scary creatures. So for a chance to win a special prize, pop along to the Art Heroes table in Armouries Hall for a worksheet and return it by the end of the weekend.

For more information, please visit artheroes.co.uk

 

Emma Reynolds’ Picture Consequences Workshops

Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Join character designer Emma Reynolds in an interactive ‘Picture Consequences’ workshop and create your own characters!

Two or more players begin by drawing the head of a character (be it animal, human, robot, alien, food… anything you like!) Everyone then folds over their paper and passes it on to the next person to draw each body part in turn. At the end the paper is unfolded and the original, unexpected and hilarious characters are formed!

An accessible game for all ages and abilities, all materials provided.

Emma Reynolds is a character designer and illustrator from Manchester based in Kilogramme Animation Studio – emmareynoldsillustration.com

 

Jampires Present: Comics Jamtastic!

Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Make comics with children’s book and comic creators Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell in this family-friendly area!

Find out from these co-authors how they collaborated on their JAMPIRES picture book through a Comics Jam session, and join other people in creating your own characters and setting them loose in interactive comics-inspired games. Both authors will have a range of their books on sale and available to sign, including JAMPIRES, the picture book, and a limited, self-published edition of the comic that inspired it, Jampires: the Great Doughnut Mystery.

They recommend that children under the age of 8 be accompanied by an adult.

Discover more about JAMPIRES (published by David Fickling Books), Sarah and David, comics and activities at jampires.com

British Comic Awards Prize-Giving Ceremony 2014

Sat 15 Nov only, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1800 – 1900, all ages, but Thought Bubble does not control content, FREE entry with a Saturday/weekend convention pass

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 fourth annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place as part of this year’s Thought Bubble Festival, and exhibitors and attendees of the show will be welcome, alongside the nominees and judges of this year’s shortlist.

There’ll be a short ceremony – with the presentation of four awards to the winner of each category, as well as a look at the career of this year’s inductee to the BCA Hall of Fame.

For full information on the British Comic Awards, please visit britishcomicawards.com

Thought Bubble + Fanomenon Mid-Con Party

Sat 15 Nov only, Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, from 2030, strictly 18+, please bring a valid form of photo ID and your party pass to gain entry

As part of our biggest Thought Bubble yet, 2014’s mid-convention party is moving to a new home at Leeds’ Town Hall! Taking advantage of the wonderful (and huge!) space in the Victoria Hall, this year’s party will be the perfect place to unwind after a busy day on the con-floor, and to celebrate the end of the convention season in style on the dance-floor!

2014’s party marks at the mid-point of the convention weekend, and as well as Team Thought Bubble (and special guest) DJs spinning tunes until the early hours, we’ve joined forces with Fanomenon to bring some spectacular visuals to the proceedings with anime and cult films projected throughout the evening, beginning with a special screening of the brilliant musical anime Daft Punk’s Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem!

This year’s DJ squad includes: Boo Cook, Al Ewing, Lee Garbett, Kieron Gillen, Antony Johnston, Jamie McKelvie, and Laura Snapes.

If you missed out on a party ticket this year then you may still be able to get one. Any unwanted tickets/returns will be available on the door at the Town Hall on the evening of the party. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, priced at £5 with cash sales only.

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Don’t forget that convention tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online by visiting thoughtbubblefestival.com/information/tickets/



Kodama Woods – 2014’s Thought Bubble project funded by Leeds Inspired by thoughtbubblefestival

Bub's Lounge Long PicHello everyone!

We’re incredibly excited to announce one of this year’s Thought Bubble projects, kindly funded by the wonderful Leeds Inspired.

Influenced by Hayao Miyazaki’s and Studio Ghibli’s brilliant animations such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, the Kodama Woods project will see us build a large-scale light installation, using wood and paper to form of a magical woodland. Attendees will be able to create their own sprite lanterns, which will then form a canopy under which we will hold story-telling sessions during the two-day Thought Bubble convention.  Artist Tom Eglington, who made last year’s amazing lamps in Bub’s Lounge, will be helping us with the project. He’s currently hard at work making beautiful things like this for us:

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Workshops will be taking place from late September 2014 – Art therapist Alison Herbert  will be helping us run the events, and we hope to see as many of you at them as possible!

Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts, sport and heritage events throughout the year. They support culture in the city through the Leeds Inspired website, as well as grants schemes and commissions.

The Leeds Inspired what’s on website brings together the city’s annual highlights alongside independent events and  DIY happenings to create an ever changing inspirational cultural calendar. We’re immensely grateful to them for giving us the opportunity to put on these events, and hope some of you will be able to join in the fun with us!

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in any way. We would love to hear from you. Email martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com.

Cheerio!

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