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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.
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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A little update here coming out of last year’s Festival, as we’ve got some great panel videos from 2016’s convention for your viewing pleasure. If you missed out on these talks, or just want to experience them again, we’ve got a selection of panels and Q&As up on our YouTube channel now (along with lots of archives from past Bubbles), with full details for each video below. Enjoy!
A special thank you to all our hosts, and panel speakers, and to Green Light Video for producing and editing the footage.
CREATING WORLDS took place on Sunday 6th November – a fascinating panel talk on the reality of inventing worlds for creator owned projects, as well as inhabiting those of comics’ hottest licensed properties.
With speakers Cecil Castellucci, Becky Cloonan, Jeff Lemire, Simon Roy, and Cameron Stewart.
Hosted by Steve Morris.
COMICS IN CONVERSATION WITH MIKE MIGNOLA took place on Saturday 5th November – where Mike Mignola, the award-winning creator of Hellboy (and its spin-off titles BPRD, Lobster Johnson, Abe Sapien, and Witchfinder) and The Amazing Screw-On Head, discussed his career with journalist and PR-Coordinator for Rebellion Mike Molcher.
I IS FOR INNOVATION took place on Saturday 5th November – a wide-ranging discussion about creative freedom in the new age of comics independence and the panelists’ exciting new projects at Image Comics.
With speakers Brenden Fletcher, Kieron Gillen, Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, Declan Shalvey, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr.
Hosted by Publisher of Image Comics, Eric Stephenson.
2000 AD WRITING COMPETITION 2016 took place on Saturday 5th November – writers were invited to pitch their ideas for a brand new Future Shock to a panel of top script droids – but they have just two minutes to make their case!
With judges Al Ewing, Leah Moore, and Matt Smith.
Hosted by PR-Coordinator for Rebellion Mike Molcher.
GOSH! COMICS PRESENTS THE BEST THING I’VE READ ALL YEAR took place on Saturday 5th November – helping to discover the hidden gems and best of the year’s comics that you should be reading.
With speakers Hannah Chapman, Sarah Graley, Claire Napier, and Andy Oliver.
Hosted by Tom Oldham of Gosh! Comics / Breakdown Press.
DECOMPRESSED: THE WICKED + THE DIVINE took place on Sunday 6th November – a panel featuring Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Stephanie Hans, Kevin Wada and Dee Cunniffe talking about how they create really, really, really ridiculously good looking comics.
Thanks again to all our panelists, hosts, and to the audiences who attended the events – we’ll be adding to the YouTube playlist with videos from last year’s events, and updating this post, as they become available!
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We hope you’ve had a nice festive break, and an enjoyable start to the new year – we’ve been cracking on with planning for this year’s Thought Bubble events, and we’ve got our first wave of updates below, including important information for people wanting to apply to exhibit at this year’s convention.
Our website has undergone its yearly regeneration, and you can probably spot part of our brand new festival image at the top of this very blog! 2017’s image has been created for us by the brilliant Jen Bartel, and is helping us spring into action after a short winter break. You’ll be able to see the image below popping up on all our online media, and later this year once our posters and billboards start appearing all over the country!
We’ll be updating the website throughout the year as we confirm details for this year’s events, so be sure to check it regularly – and any time we have important information about the festival we’ll pop it up on here and our Twitter and Facebook accounts too, so however you like to get your bubbly news there’s an option for you.
As mentioned last month, this year’s Thought Bubble is moving to Leeds city centre, and in the calendar to September, in order to give us more space to work with for our events, and a wider range of partners to help the festival grow.
We’re excited for this new incarnation of our convention, which will be taking place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September, and we’ll be opening exhibitor table applications for the event on Monday 16th January. Exhibitor applications for the convention will be open for 2 weeks, until midnight (GMT) on Sunday 29th January, and we’ll be aiming to let people know if their application has been successful by mid-February.
We’ll have another blog post coming on Monday with full information on how to apply, and the curation process, if you’ve never attended Thought Bubble as an exhibitor before, as well as providing more information on the new convention village we’ll have in place this year. Don’t forget that this is a curated process, not first-come first-served, so there’s no need to rush your application when the system goes live.
Finally, following on from our exciting announcement that 2017’s first festival guest of honour will be Gerard Way, we’re delighted to present our next wave of guests for this year’s Thought Bubble! We’ll be updating our guest list throughout the year, but early confirmations include:
Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead, Astronauts In Trouble)
Cecil Castellucci (Shade the Changing Girl, Soupy Leaves Home)
Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Rogue One)
Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer, Superman: American Alien)
James Stokoe (Orc Stain, Godzilla: The Half-Century War)
Marley Zarcone (Shade The Changing Girl, Effigy)
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We hope you’re now fully recovered from last month’s Thought Bubble, and are gearing up for a nice winter break – we’d like to say another massive thank you to everyone who came out and made this year’s events such a huge success, and a special shout-out to our amazing (and ever-growing) army of red-shirt volunteers who helped make Thought Bubble 2016 possible.
Looking ahead, we’ve been hard at work this year planning for Thought Bubble’s future, as we enter our second decade (!!!) of putting on events to help promote the greatest story-telling medium in the known universe, and the creators who inhabit it.
After nine years of putting on our flagship convention at Leeds Dock, 2017 will see us heading back to the area of the city where Thought Bubble began, with the introduction of a brand-new, expanded festival village in the heart of Leeds City Centre. As well as this geographical move, next year’s Thought Bubble will also be moving in the calendar, taking place from 18th – 24th September 2017, with our convention falling on the weekend of 23rd and 24th September 2017.
While we’ve enjoyed our festivals being the de facto closer of the comics event calendar, a move to earlier in the year gives us more opportunities to work with local partners, and get the whole of Leeds involved in celebrating comics – helping Thought Bubble to grow as we look ahead to the festival’s future, and how we can bring our message to a wider audience.
The new multi-venue site in central Leeds will include a series of huge marquees that will take over popular outdoor spaces in the city including Millennium Square and Victoria Gardens in front of the art galleries. In addition, some of the city’s favourite venues will play host to events in the festival programme with Leeds Town Hall, Carriageworks Theatre and Leeds City Museum all involved, and many more to be confirmed. A map of this area of the city can be found here.
We’re very excited to also be celebrating the first anniversary of DC’s Young Animal comics imprint, by welcoming the line’s curator (and writer/co-creator of other hit comics such as Umbrella Academy and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, as well as being former frontman of My Chemical Romance) – the amazing Gerard Way – as a guest of honour to 2017’s festival, with many more guests to be announced in the new year!
We’ll be bringing further 2017 festival details, including how to get involved with our convention, our new festival image, and more information on guests who’ll be attending 2017’s events, in the new year, and if you’d like to keep up-to-date with everything that’s planned, please subscribe to the blog, follow us on Twitter, or like our page on Facebook.
Thank you again to everyone who has supported Thought Bubble these past ten years, and helped the festival grow into such an exciting fixture in the comics’ calendar – we hope you’ll all join us on this next part of our adventure!
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We hope you’ve had a good start to the summer (for our northern hemisphere bubblers), and are ready for some big festival updates coming your way over the next few weeks, including academic talks, competitions, convention exhibitors, and (even more) guests, but first…
Tickets for this year’s Thought Bubble convention will be on sale here from 10am Friday 24th June! Taking place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November, at venues on Leeds Dock, the convention tickets include access to three exhibition halls and multiple panel and screening events, and you can find prices and more information below.
This year, we’ve partnered up with the lovely folks at SEE Tickets to handle the sales for us, which will give us improved ticket tracking and make things a lot easier at the convention when gaining access to the venues for customers. We’ve had to implement a small booking fee to cover this, so we’ve brought the prices down from previous years to offset this, and 2016’s tickets, when bought online, will cost:
£26 (+£2.60 booking fee) for a weekend convention pass;
£16 (+£1.60 booking fee) for a single day convention pass.
Tickets for the convention can also be bought on the day from the venue, including those for discounted cosplay entry and Breeze Card discounted entry (only available on the day), but may involve a bit of queuing on the door. Tickets bought on the day will cost:
£29 for a standard weekend convention pass;
£18 for a standard single day convention pass;
£27 for a cosplay / breeze card discounted weekend convention pass;
£16 for a cosplay / breeze card discounted single day convention pass.
As always, under-12s can enter the convention for free (when accompanied by a ticket holding parent or guardian,) and disabled carers enter for free (more information on this can be found on the ticket booking page.)
Thought Bubble remains a not-for-profit organisation, and your support of the festival through convention tickets and exhibitor tables remains invaluable to us, so we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attends every year, and if you’re going to be joining us for the first time in 2016 we look forward to welcoming you to Leeds, and will have an updated visitor’s guide going up online soon!
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Last year, as part of Thought Bubble 2015′s convention, we ran our regular Sketching Spotlight event, where 8 brilliant artists came up on stage and had a chat with Peter Doherty about their approach to comics while drawing live for our amazing audience.
Because comic artists are the nicest human beans in the world, they all agreed to let us auction off the sketches they produced, and donate all the proceeds to The Barnardo’s Charity. We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those magnificent people for their time and generosity, and (with your help) we hope to be able to raise a lot of money for a great cause.
You can see a preview of all the pieces below (click to embiggen), with full details of the sketches underneath, as well as a link to the individual items’ listing pages, or for videos of previous years’ Sketching Spotlights, please visit our YouTube channel.
The auction will take place on eBay and will run for 10 days from 10am Monday 25th April until 10am on Thursday 5th May, with bidding/delivery open to fans worldwide. We’d really appreciate it if as many as you could spread the word as possible, so we can raise a whole bunch of money for a good cause, and find some new homes for some wonderful artwork!
(all artwork A4 in size, full information available on individual item listing pages, live from 10am – Monday 25th April 2016 via http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/thoughtbubblefestival worldwide shipping available)
Individual pieces up for auction include:
Rocket Girl / T-Rex, by Amy Reeder, pencils and ink on paper, November 2015 (sold as a pair)
Zombie, by Ben Templesmith, watercolours and ink on paper, November 2015
Batman, by Doug Braithwaite, ink on paper, November 2015
Tad (Wrenchies), by Farel Dalrymple, watercolours and ink on paper, November 2015
Outer Space, by Isabel Greenberg, ink on paper, November 2015
Mystery Solving Teens, by Kate Beaton, pencils and ink on paper, November 2015
Tara (The Wicked and the Divine), by Tula Lota, ink on paper, November 2015
Marcus (Deadly Class), by Wes Craig, ink on paper, November 2015
Our special thanks to go out to Peter Doherty for all his help and for hosting the Sketching Spotlights, and to Jip and all our technical volunteers for making these sessions possible, as well as the wonderful audiences who attended on the day!
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Ahead of table registration for this year’s tenth anniversary Thought Bubble convention opening on Friday 4th March, we wanted to put up some more information on the curation process, and how that will work for this year’s show.
2016’s convention will run on the weekend of 5th and 6th November, taking place at Leeds Dock, on Armouries Square. A map of Leeds with the festival venue locations on can be found by clicking here.
This year’s Thought Bubble convention will have three exhibition halls: New Dock Hall,Royal Armouries Hall, and the custom-built TB Marquee (a hard-shell structure, with carpeting throughout and heating). For more information on all three halls, please click here.
We have always prided ourselves on being as inclusive a show as possible, and it’s very important to us that we stay that way. As much as we’d like to be able to include everyone who may wish to exhibit at the show, Thought Bubble has now reached the stage where the demand for exhibition space exceeds the venue space available to us, and the convention is curated.
This will involve a simple online registration form which will be going live on the website on Friday 4th March, and remain open for two weeks until 8pm on Friday 18th March. In order that this process remains as fair as possible, after this time we won’t be able to accept any more exhibitor applications (including to the reserves list).
Following the close of the registration window, we’ll contact those who applied by Friday 25th March to confirm whether we’ll be able to accommodate them this year, and also to take payment for the table.
Because of this curation, and the nature of the festival as a forum to promote comics and those who make them, it means that where possible we need to give priority to comic book publishers and retailers, and comic book artists and writers (either independent or publisher-affiliated). If you have exhibited with us in the past and do not fit into this category, please do still fill in the online form once it goes live, as we would love you to come if we do have room in one of the halls.
Every year, we also have a small number of people who book tables and are then unable to attend, and so we’ll form a reserves list of unsuccessful applicants who will be offered tables should they become available. As these offers are based on previously confirmed exhibitors cancelling, we are unable to advise on the date at which they will become available, but as soon as we receive a cancellation we’ll contact the next person/group on the reserves list with first refusal.
The decision on who we can accept to the convention will be made by the organisational team as a whole, to ensure the process remains as fair as possible, but due to the number of applications we receive, we’re unfortunately not able to give feedback to unsuccessful exhibitors, as we’re only a small team. However, to give an idea of what we’re looking for, we’ll need to see:
- Examples of your work, ideally online versions (including webcomics)/e-shop listings of comics/graphic novels/prints/illustrations you’ll have for sale at the show;
- If the above is unavailable, then a portfolio website such as DeviantArt or Tumblr will also be suitable;
- If your work is mostly print, as opposed to online, then we’d also be able to view scanned versions of documents via dropbox links (or similar);
- If you’re a solo creator with no online examples of your work, then please link to a bibliography/list of credits where possible;
- If you’re a retailer with no formal online presence, then please give as full an idea as possible as to the range of merchandise/titles you’d be bringing to the convention;
- If in doubt shout it out – tell us about what you think you can bring to Thought Bubble, even if it may seem obvious to you, if it’s not immediately apparent on the information you provide to us we may not know about it, and we don’t want anyone to miss out;
- Finally, and perhaps most importantly, when filling out the application form, take your time – you’ve got two weeks from the form going live, and all applications received in that window are considered fully after the close of the registration period before a final decision is made, so make sure to fill it in correctly and with as much detail as possible to the answers.
Full details as to pricing and tabling terms and conditions will go live on the website along with the registration form on Friday 4th March. Please make sure to read these carefully, as they contain very important information about attending the convention, should your application be successful.
Once the registration form goes live, we’ll be asking for your help to spread the word, so that no one misses out on applying to attend. We’ll be shouting out on our twitter (@thoughtbubbleuk) and Facebook Page (search “Thought Bubble Festival”), and we’ll also be emailing all previous year’s exhibitors and applicants to let them know that registration is open.
We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who supports Thought Bubble, and we look forward to seeing many of you this November!