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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/

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Thought Bubble August Update! by thoughtbubblefestival

Thought Bubble August Update!

We’ve been working steadily away at getting various bits and bobs prepped for this year’s festival, which is set to be our biggest yet. Below is a summary of all the updates we’ve had recently (and a couple of new ones), so strap yourselves in while we break on through to the other siiiiiide…

Competitions!

We recently opened up this year’s Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition and 2000 AD Portfolio Competitions for entries, and we (and Tharg the Mighty) want to see your art and stories!

For full details of this year’s TBCAC (and the chance to have your story featured in 2015’s TB Anthology, please visit http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/events/comicartcompetition/

For full details of this year’s 2000 AD Competition (and the chance to win a paying gig in the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic), please visit http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/events/2000ad-portfolio-competition/

Guests!

We’ve recently updated our guests pages with even more wonderful creative folks who’ll be joining us in Leeds this November! We’re now up to 84 guests, and more are still to be announced, so keep your eyes peeled for even more announcements later in the year!

To see the guest list (so far) for this year’s convention, please visit http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/guests/

Exhibitors!

We’ve now sent out an email confirming all our exhibitors hall allocations for this year’s convention, so if you’re tabling with us and haven’t received an email notification, please (after first checking your spam/junk folder) send an email to martha[at]thoughtbubblefestival[dot]com

We’re currently in the process of prepping everyone’s exhibitor icons to go up on the website, so please send yours over as soon as possible, and if you’re sharing a table/s, please remember to send us one for each exhibitor who’ll be in attendance.

Tickets!

General public party passes for this year’s Saturday night mid-con shindig are now all sold out, and exhibitor passes are very close to all being sold, so a big thank you to everyone who’s bought one so far!

Passes for the convention can still be bought, and there’s no cap on sales, so we hope to see a lot of you in November to join in the fun! Tickets can be bought by visiting http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/information/tickets/

Anthology!

This year’s Thought Bubble Anthology is published 22/10/14 from Image Comics and will be available in all good comic shops worldwide! Featuring 32 pages of new original content, and with all profits from its sale going to The Barnardo’s Charity, we hope you’ll add it to your pull-list and enjoy reading it as much as we did putting it all together!

More information on the anthology can be found at http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/anthology-2014/ and a preview of the cover can be seen below.

antho cover

Screenings!

Our pals over at Leeds International Film Festival have started putting passes for their events on sale, including:

2014’s Anime Day, which features the English premiere of rarely screened cult anime classic Wings of Honneamise (1987), presented in a new high-definition print http://www.leedsfilm.com/tickets-passes/

A Q&A with master storyteller Alan Moore following a screening of his Show Pieces short films with film-maker Mitch Jenkins http://www.leedsfilm.com/news/alan-moore-attend-liff28/

That’s everything for now, but we’ll be back again soon with some more guest updates, and a whole host of exhibitor icons for you to peruse!



Thought Bubble Festival 2014: 9th – 16th November by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

We hope you’re all fine and dandy, and have had a nice start to this year, but just in case you needed something to make it even better, we’ve got a whole bunch of festival updates to brighten your day! Put on those mirrorshades, because things are about to get real.

First off, we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in, and helped spread the word about, our recent charity art auction – thanks to all your efforts, we managed to raise close to £900 for The Barnardo’s Charity, which is a grand total for an amazing cause. We’d like to say a special thank you to all the artists who donated their work, and to Peter Doherty for all his help in getting the artwork together. You guys are all the best.

Now, we’ve just given the Thought Bubble website its annual makeover, and updated it with all the first wave information for this year’s festival, which is super exciting! We think this year’s festival is on track to be our best yet, and we’re hard at work making sure that everything comes together just right to make it so – we’ll have updates in the coming weeks on pre-ordering tickets for events and the registration process for exhibitors wishing to attend this year’s convention, so keep an eye out for those, but right now, we’ve got a summary of the information released on Thought Bubble 2014 so far below. Read on, Macduff!

Festival Dates 2014

This year’s Thought Bubble Festival, taking place in association with the 28th Leeds International Film Festival, will run from 9th – 16th November 2014 at venues across Leeds and beyond, with a centre-piece convention running on 15th & 16th November.

2014′s festival will include free art and writing based workshops for young people and adults, talks and masterclasses lead by industry professionals, and a programme of sequential art related film screenings.

Our special two day convention promises an incredible line up of leading artists and writers, and over 400 tables showcasing the best sequential art has to offer. The weekend will also feature portfolio viewings and competitions, as well as a huge cosplay parade.

Thought Bubble aims to be as open as possible to families, and individuals who may not be familiar to the medium, so come along and join in the fun in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere!

Featured Guests at Thought Bubble 2014

Thought Bubble prides itself on bringing a varied selection of guests through its doors each year, and 2014 is no exception! This year we are hoping to bring even more creators to Leeds, and as part of the first wave of festival guest announcements (with many more still to come in the run-up to November’s events), we are pleased to announce that we will be welcoming to our festival:

Natasha Allegri (creator of Bee & Puppycat, and writer/illustrator of the Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake comics);

Andy Belanger (creator of Black Church, and artist on IDW’s hit series Kill Shakespeare);

Emily Carroll (award-winning webcomic creator, whose work has featured in Vertigo’s The Witching Hour and Dark Horse’s Creepy);

Becky Cloonan (artist on Dark Horse’s The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and recently self-published Demeter);

Danielle Corsetto (creator of webcomic Girls With Slingshots, and the Adventure Time graphic novels Playing With Fire and Pixel Princesses);

Adam Hughes (award-winning cover artist for titles such as DC’s Wonder Woman, Fairest, Catwoman, and Power Girl);

Jeff Lemire (creator of acclaimed series Essex County, The Underwater Welder, Sweet Tooth, and Trillium);

Matteo Scalera (artist on Image’s Dead Body Road and Black Science, and Marvel’s Secret Avengers and The Incredible Hulk);

Scott Snyder (creator of Vertigo’s American Vampire and The Wake, and writer on DC’s Batman and Superman Unchained);

Allison Sohn (artist on trading and sketch cards for Star Wars, LotR, Indiana Jones, and Women of Marvel, cover artist for Dynamite Comic’s Red Sonja);

Jillian Tamaki (creator of webcomic Supermutant Magic Academy, graphic novels Gilded Lilies, Indoor Voice, and co-creator of Skim and This One Summer);

We’ll have many more guests to announce in the coming months, so keep an eye on the website as the festival draws ever closer!

2014 Festival Image

This year’s festival image has been created by the amazing Annie Wu, whose work on Hawkeye is a firm favourite here in the Thought Bubble offices, and we really love the 1920’s vibe she’s brought to the illustration – showing that even ghoulish spectres reading over your shoulder can’t diminish the joy to be found in a good comic!

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That’s all the updates we have for now – we’ll be bringing you information thick and fast over the coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye on the blog for fresh posts, or you can follow us on Twitter (@thoughtbubbleuk) or like our page on Facebook (search “thought bubble festival”).

EXCITEMENT!



2013 Festival Spotlight – Live Events by thoughtbubblefestival

Our series of spotlight features on the events taking place as part of 2013′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 biggest ever, with 90 ways for you to get involved and join in the comics-related fun and hijinks!

Our programme of workshops is made possible in no small part thanks to the generous funding granted to us by Arts Council England, and the help of our partners at Travelling Man, Best Joined Up, Mondo, Comics Forum, and Leeds International Film Festival. You can find out more about Thought Bubble, and this year’s programme, in our festival e-guide, and for more information on this year’s live events, please read on…

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Festival Duration Events

Third Line @ Thought Bubble 2013

Allied London Hall, Armouries Square, convention weekend exhibition free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Best Joined Up is a gathering together of British creators – since 2005 they have toured the globe with their live illustration and painting events, creating new audiences, unique platforms and building fresh networks for Illustration, Street/Graffiti Art, Design, Animation and Sound.

Best Joined Up will be returning to Thought Bubble 2013 with a crack team of Graffiti and Street Artists, Illustrators and Doodlers.You may remember them creating the bespoke three metre high page for 2000 AD in 2011, or their live film poster making with Mondo Posters in 2012.

This year, Best Joined Up will create a series of huge-scale sequential arts pieces which will be created on site and then exhibited in our new third exhibition space – Allied London Hall – the project will be completed with live illustration over the comic con weekend.

Please visit bestjoinedup.com for more information on their upcoming projects.

Core Mix Exhibition

1-30 Nov, Cuvée Wine Bar, Granary Wharf, Leeds, opening times vary, suitable for all ages, FREE

Gramschi – half-Viking / half-nerd finally begins his realisation of a decade-long project – meaning he actually started painting. As for the works themselves; recognition will doubtless occur, but may not be instant. Bastions of escapism; solace; thrill and sheer fun. The simple and bold extrapolated to cosmic complexity. Or just pretty colours and shapes. It doesn’t matter.

This exhibition runs for the whole of November, and includes talks on the works on Sunday 3rd and Sunday 17th November at 1400. For opening times and location details, please visit cuveeleds.com

Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition Exhibition

1-30 Nov, Leeds Central Library, opening times vary, suitable for all ages, FREE

Pop by Leeds Central Library to view all the wonderful entries from the Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition!

Winners of the competition will be announced at the Thought Bubble comic convention on Sunday 24th November at 10.10am in the Bury Theatre, and will have their work featured in 2014’s Thought Bubble Anthology!

Sunday November 17th

Barbara ‘Basha’ Baranowska: Film Poster Design Talk

Leeds Town Hall, Albert Room, 1430, all ages, FREE

Barbara ‘Basha’ Baranowska, best known for her poster for Possession, is the unsung hero of Polish poster art. Basha donned a variety of graphic personae – from the sometimes brutal cut-outs of her early Polish book jackets to voluptuous, almost psychedelic surrealism of her French film posters, and the works she produced are unforgettable. Here, the curator of an exhibition of her works running for the duration of the festival (see leedsfilm.com for more details), Daniel Bird, will give a free talk on Basha, her life, and her creations.

Thursday November 21st

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 1

Leeds Library Portal and Exhibition Space, 0900-1645, All ages, please see below for ticket prices and how to book

Comics Forum hits the small press and underground scenes this year, with two days of talks by experts from around the world! Whether you want to bone up on your comics history, delve into the politics of print culture, or see what’s going on in international comics communities, Comics Forum 2013 is the place to be!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (21st or 22nd November): £10

2 days (21st and 22nd November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £35 (this is a saving of £7 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

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

Pints and Pencils

Fab Cafe, Leeds, LS2 8PL, 1830-2200, 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 November 22nd

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 2

Leeds Library Portal and Exhibition Space, 0900-1645, All ages, please see below for ticket prices and how to book

Comics Forum hits the small press and underground scenes this year, with two days of talks by experts from around the world! Whether you want to bone up on your comics history, delve into the politics of print culture, or see what’s going on in international comics communities, Comics Forum 2013 is the place to be!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (21st or 22nd November): £10

2 days (21st and 22nd November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £35 (this is a saving of £7 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

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

Thought Bubble Book Crossing

Various locations across Leeds and Bradford (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 in order to achieve our aim to get everyone reading more!

Libraries taking part include: Baildon, Bingley, Compton Road, Eccleshill, Holt Park, Keighley, Kippax, Laisterdyke, Leeds Central, Manningham, Moor Allerton, Shipley, Park & Read, 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!

Young People’s Comic Award

Leeds Town Hall, Sullivan Room, 1300-1500, Selected Schools, FREE

The Young People’s Comic Award is run in association with the Leeds Book Awards and Leeds Library and has taken over from the Leeds (Young People’s) Graphic Novel Awards which began in 2010.

The shortlist for this award is selected by the British Comic Awards committee, and then judged by young people, and aims to celebrate the best in comics from UK creators aimed at, and suitable for, a young audience.

Please visit britishcomicawards.com for full details. This event is fully subscribed, but if your school would like to be involved with 2014′s event, please contact Debbie Moody.

Thought Bubble Pre-Convention Reception

1871 Bar, Leeds Marriott Hotel, LS1 6ET, 2000 until late, FREE (limited capacity, so please arrive early), 18+ (please bring a valid form of photo ID)

A chance for guests, exhibitors and attendees to relax and chat in the lovely surroundings of 1871 bar before our huge Comic Con on Saturday!

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

Convention Live Events – Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November

Please note: the convention and all events taking place within are free to enter for under-12s, however, they will need to be accompanied by a ticket-holding parent or guardian.

Book Launches @ Thought Bubble 2013

Various tables, 100-1700, Allied London Hall, New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries Hall,  prices vary, all ages

2012’s Thought Bubble convention saw over 60 books making their debut, and this year there will be even more!

To see the titles launching at this year’s festival, please click here.

Doctor Geof’s Travelling Tea Museum

Centre of Royal Armouries Hall, Free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Doctor Geof’s Travelling Tea Museum is a fake museum principally to do with tea. More accurately, the museum is a display of fictional artefacts and erroneous replicas relating to the exploits of a completely-made-up tea-based military organisation.

Admittance free.

Strictly No Tea Duelling.

Mondo @ Thought Bubble 2013

Mondo Booth, Allied London Hall, 100-1700, free with Saturday/Sunday/Weekend convention pass, free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, price of prints TBA, all ages

Mondo – champions of innovative movie poster design – are returning to Thought Bubble! Following their incredibly popular retrospective exhibition at 2012’s festival, they’ll be bringing some exclusive new prints to the show, which will go on sale at their booth at a random time during the convention weekend. To find out as soon as this happens, please follow @mondonews on Twitter, and be sure to keep an eye on their updates over the course of the convention weekend!

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 a blend of breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints.

Portland Comics Heaven

Creative Bubble Exhibition Room, Armouries Square, 100-1700, free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Portland Comics Heaven is a gallery show celebrating the burgeoning comics scene of Portland, Oregon. Curated by Chris Thompson of Pop Culture Hound, with assistance from Joe Keatinge, the exhibition highlights some of the city’s well-known residents, including Matt Wagner, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Natalie Nourigat Jeff Parker, Sloane Leong, Paul Guinan, Matt Bors, Shannon Wheeler and more.

The show debuts at the Thought Bubble Festival over the convention weekend before taking up residence at the Orbital Gallery in London until the end of the year.

Please visit orbitalcomics.com for more information

British Comic Awards Prize-Giving Ceremony 2013

Sat 23 Nov Only, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1800-1900, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control content

Wondering who’s responsible for the year’s Best Comic? Looking for a New Talent to shake up your bookshelf? Fancy seeing the best and brightest of UK comics all in one place?

The second 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 the naming of this year’s inductee into the British Comics Hall of Fame.

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

Thought Bubble 2013 Mid-Con Party

Sat 23 Nov Only, Venue TBC, 2000-late, strictly 18+, please bring a valid form of photo ID, free entry with party invite (please see below for details)

If you are one of the lucky first 500 people to buy your Thought Bubble convention weekend pass, you will receive a special invite to our Saturday night party! The perfect way to unwind after a hectic day on the con floor – we’ll have the drinks and music flowing until late, so help us celebrate another Thought Bubble in style.

Please note: you will need to make sure you have a valid party invite (or guest/press/exhibitor pass) to gain access. This will be granted in exchange for your numbered weekend ticket or receipt confirmation (or valid ID / payment card of the person who booked), if you are among the first 500 people* to purchase a weekend pass – just come to the ticket desk from 12pm onwards on the Saturday of the convention to collect your party invite.

If you missed out on being one of the lucky 500, please check the front desk of the convention in New Dock Hall at 4pm on the Saturday of the convention, as a small number of party tickets may still be available.

Venue details are being finalised, and will be announced online before the convention, and a map will be found on the invite – if you have any queries, please ask at the ticket desk when collecting your invite.

*tickets bought online before 7/10/12, or bought in person from Travelling Man, etc

Cosplay Masquerade

Sun 24 Nov Only, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1450-1700, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control content

Thought Bubble’s massive cosplay event is back! Whether you’re in costume or not, come along and experience a cavalcade of crazy characters as we decide who’s best dressed enough to impress our judges!

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, along with a judges’ choice award. Costumes must be hand-made, or altered by at least 50% to have a chance of winning the competition, but all cosplayers are welcome to attend the masquerade.

Hosted by Heroes Alliance, please visit heroesallianceuk.com

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Join us tomorrow for our last spotlight, when we’ll be looking at the portfolio reviews taking place at this year’s convention!



Thought Bubble Programme 2013 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

The final countdown to this year’s Thought Bubble has well and truly begun with the release of the full festival programme for 2013’s events! Taking place from 17th – 26th November at venues across Leeds and beyond, 2013’s celebration of comics comprises 90 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 23rd & 24th November!

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

A similar programme highlighting the screenings taking place in association with Leeds International Film Festival can be found on this page, with show times, ratings, and film blurbs listed, including showings of a new digital print of Akira, a documentary on the making of The Dark Knight Returns, and a retrospective of renowned Polish animator Walerian Borowczyk.

Details of books making their début at this year’s Thought Bubble can be found on this page, and if you’ve got a project launching at the show then there’s details of how to get it listed on there too.

Thought Bubble 2013 is extremely grateful to Arts Council England for their generous support of the festival, which this year will allow us to open the special Bubs Lounge venue, and commission a sequential art project with the Best Joined Up collective. Full details of these endeavours can be found in the festival programme.

Thought Bubble 2013 promises to be a whole heap of comics-related fun for everyone, and is now only 38 days away, so 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 look forward to welcoming everyone to Leeds very soon!



Thought Bubble 2013 Summer Update! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang, we hope you’re enjoying/enduring this blast of summer from the giant nuclear furnace in the sky, hopefully the heatwave will last until November and we can all wear shorts to the festival.

Shorts are fun, they’re like knee/ankle clothing windows. Yay!

We’re currently busy working to pull together all the many ingredients that are baked into a Thought Bubble cake each year, and we’ll be revealing the full (looking to be pretty darn huge) programme in the autumn, but in the meantime here’s an update on some of the things we’ve got cooking. Let’s go in alphabetical order this time, eh chums? ALPHABET… INITIATE!

Anthology: this year’s anthology will be in the same tabloid format as 2012’s issue and will feature all-new material from a number of wonderful creators both from within the UK and beyond!

You’ll be able to see the winning entries to last year’s Thought Bubble Comic Competition, and all profits from the sale of the anthology will again be going to The Barnardos Charity – a great cause that does some amazing work that’s very close to our hearts here at the festival.

More information can be found in the October solicits which are now up at Comic Book Resources.

British Comic Awards: Thought Bubble 2013 sees the sophomore British Comic Awards ceremony, and we’re delighted that such a prestigious judging panel has been assembled to pick the best of this year’s British comics. You can see the full judging line-up, as well as find out how to nominate your favourite comics of the last year, at the website.

Competitions: if you’d like to see your comic strip featured in 2014’s Thought Bubble Anthology, then you should look at entering our comic competition! We’re looking for single-page scripts from UK creators aged from 12 – 112 (or older, no ageist discrimination here), and there’s some great prizes up for grabs as well as getting your work featured in our next Anthology! Full details can be found at our website, and the deadline for entries is 07/10/13.

We’re also very pleased to be running another 2000 AD Portfolio Competition as part of this year’s festival, and you could win a paid gig with the galaxy’s greatest comic! Last year’s competition saw Will Morris emerge victorious, and his comic appeared in Prog 1836, with The Mighty Tharg’s steely approval. If you think you’re up to the challenge then check out the details on our website and get to drawing!

Hotel: this year Thought Bubble is a proud partner of the Leeds Marriott Hotel – conveniently located in the heart of the city centre! The Leeds Marriott hotel is the official and exclusive hotel partner of the Thought Bubble Festival, and is within walking distance of most event venues. We’ve secured a special festival rate for executive rooms over the convention weekend, and these are filling up fast, so head to the website for full details.

Tickets: passes for this year’s Thought Bubble convention (taking place on the 23rd and 24th November at Armouries Square) have been selling like warmed up baked goods! If you’d like to bag one of the first 500 weekend passes, and get guaranteed entry into our mid-convention party on the Saturday night, then head over to the website and get one quick-like!

Volunteers: if you’d like to help out with this year’s festival, then we’re always on the look-out for new Thought Bubblers, Bubblenauts, and Bubblifiers! We’re extremely lucky to bring together an incredibly friendly group each year, and we’d love to see some new faces in the mix, so if you think that sounds like your cup of bubble tea, then you can find more information at the website.

Website: we update the site throughout the year, including putting up guest profiles and exhibitor icons as we receive them! We’re really happy that we get such a diverse selection of creators and exhibitors each year, and we’d really recommend checking them out if you’re looking to find a new favourite, or simply see some artwork from some of the best!

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That’s all the updates we have for now, we’ll be back very soon with an exhibitor update, and then later this year we’ll be unleashing the full Thought Bubble programme into the wild, along with all the amazing screenings you can expect to see in partnership with our friends at Leeds International Film Festival.

We hope you all have a lovely time until next we meet, oh, and go see Pacific Rim, because it’s Robots hitting Aliens, and those are both Good Things.



Thought Bubble 2013 – Official Festival Announcement by thoughtbubblefestival

Greetings, true bubblievers!

Spring is approaching, and the sun is valiantly fighting its way back into the sky, so, by my ancient Babylonian crop tracking device, I make it just about time to make some big ol’ TBF13 announcements! HUZZAH!

We are delighted to reveal that this year’s festival will run from 17th – 24th November, in conjunction with the 27th Leeds International Film Festival, and our humongous convention will take place on the 23rd & 24th November! We’ll have announcements coming soon regarding table registration and ticket sales for the convention, but in the meantime we have our first wave of guests confirmed, including…

Rafael Alburquerque (American Vampire);
Gabriel Bá (Daytripper, Casanova);
Andy Belanger (Swamp Thing, Black Church);
Becky Cloonan (Batman, Wolves, The Mire);
Ming Doyle (Mara, Jennifer’s Body)
Fábio Moon (Casanova, Daytripper);
Sean Gordon Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus);
Ramón Pérez (Wolverine & The X-Men);
Emma Rios (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly);
Annie Wu (Hawkeye, The Venture Bros)

You can see more details on the website, and we’ll have many, many more guests to announce as the festival draws closer, so keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook to find out as soon as we add new names to the list!

In further TBF13 news, and as you’ve probably spotted from the top of the blog – we’ve got an awesome new festival image! This year’s festival icon has been provided by the wonderful Alice Duke, and we should hopefully have a blog post soon about her process for creating it. We love it, and the sci-fi vibe that it’s giving to this year’s proceedings is out of this world. Literally! Hahaha– sorry. You can see the full version of her ace art below (click to embiggen).

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That’s all for the time being, but there’s plenty more to see up at thoughtbubblefestival.com so be sure to have a nose around, and we’ll be back soon with more updates for our biggest festival ever!

Oh, and Minterviews will be back next week! So look out for that! YAY!