Thought Bubble 2018 runs 17th – 23rd September!


Thought Bubble 2017 – January Update! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

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!

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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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Thought Bubble 2017 – Festival Dates! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

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!



TBF16 Convention Tickets! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

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.

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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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Thought Bubble Charity Art Auction 2016 by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

Last year, as part of Thought Bubble 2015′s convention, we ran our regular Sketching Spotlight event, where 8 brilliant artists came up on stage and had a chat with Peter Doherty about their approach to comics while drawing live for our amazing audience.

Because comic artists are the nicest human beans in the world, they all agreed to let us auction off the sketches they produced, and donate all the proceeds to The Barnardo’s Charity. We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those magnificent people for their time and generosity, and (with your help) we hope to be able to raise a lot of money for a great cause.

You can see a preview of all the pieces below (click to embiggen), with full details of the sketches underneath, as well as a link to the individual items’ listing pages, or for videos of previous years’ Sketching Spotlights, please visit our YouTube channel.

The auction will take place on eBay and will run for 10 days from 10am Monday 25th April until 10am on Thursday 5th May, with bidding/delivery open to fans worldwide. We’d really appreciate it if as many as you could spread the word as possible, so we can raise a whole bunch of money for a good cause, and find some new homes for some wonderful artwork!

(all artwork A4 in size, full information available on individual item listing pages, live from 10am – Monday 25th April 2016 via http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/thoughtbubblefestival worldwide shipping available)

Individual pieces up for auction include:

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Rocket Girl / T-Rex, by Amy Reeder, pencils and ink on paper, November 2015 (sold as a pair)

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Zombie, by Ben Templesmith, watercolours and ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Batman, by Doug Braithwaite, ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Tad (Wrenchies), by Farel Dalrymple, watercolours and ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Outer Space, by Isabel Greenberg, ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Mystery Solving Teens, by Kate Beaton, pencils and ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Tara (The Wicked and the Divine), by Tula Lota, ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Marcus (Deadly Class), by Wes Craig, ink on paper, November 2015

(please click here to visit individual item listing)

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Our special thanks to go out to Peter Doherty for all his help and for hosting the Sketching Spotlights, and to Jip and all our technical volunteers for making these sessions possible, as well as the wonderful audiences who attended on the day!

 

 

 



TB2016 – Exhibitor Registration by thoughtbubblefestival

Hello hello!

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

2016’s convention will run on the weekend of 5th and 6th November, taking place at Leeds Dock, on Armouries Square. A map of Leeds with the festival venue locations on can be found by clicking here.

This year’s Thought Bubble convention will have three exhibition halls: New Dock Hall,Royal Armouries Hall, and the custom-built TB Marquee (a hard-shell structure, with carpeting throughout and heating). For more information on all three halls, please click here.

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We have always prided ourselves on being as inclusive a show as possible, and it’s very important to us that we stay that way. As much as we’d like to be able to include everyone who may wish to exhibit at the show, Thought Bubble has now reached the stage where the demand for exhibition space exceeds the venue space available to us, and the convention is curated.

This will involve a simple online registration form which will be going live on the website on Friday 4th March, and remain open for two weeks until 8pm on Friday 18th March. In order that this process remains as fair as possible, after this time we won’t be able to accept any more exhibitor applications (including to the reserves list).

Following the close of the registration window, we’ll contact those who applied by Friday 25th March to confirm whether we’ll be able to accommodate them this year, and also to take payment for the table.

Because of this curation, and the nature of the festival as a forum to promote comics and those who make them, it means that where possible we need to give priority to comic book publishers and retailers, and comic book artists and writers (either independent or publisher-affiliated). If you have exhibited with us in the past and do not fit into this category, please do still fill in the online form once it goes live, as we would love you to come if we do have room in one of the halls.

Every year, we also have a small number of people who book tables and are then unable to attend, and so we’ll form a reserves list of unsuccessful applicants who will be offered tables should they become available. As these offers are based on previously confirmed exhibitors cancelling, we are unable to advise on the date at which they will become available, but as soon as we receive a cancellation we’ll contact the next person/group on the reserves list with first refusal.

The decision on who we can accept to the convention will be made by the organisational team as a whole, to ensure the process remains as fair as possible, but due to the number of applications we receive, we’re unfortunately not able to give feedback to unsuccessful exhibitors, as we’re only a small team. However, to give an idea of what we’re looking for, we’ll need to see:

  •  Examples of your work, ideally online versions (including webcomics)/e-shop listings of comics/graphic novels/prints/illustrations you’ll have for sale at the show;
  •  If the above is unavailable, then a portfolio website such as DeviantArt or Tumblr will also be suitable;
  •  If your work is mostly print, as opposed to online, then we’d also be able to view scanned versions of documents via dropbox links (or similar);
  •  If you’re a solo creator with no online examples of your work, then please link to a bibliography/list of credits where possible;
  •  If you’re a retailer with no formal online presence, then please give as full an idea as possible as to the range of merchandise/titles you’d be bringing to the convention;
  •  If in doubt shout it out – tell us about what you think you can bring to Thought Bubble, even if it may seem obvious to you, if it’s not immediately apparent on the information you provide to us we may not know about it, and we don’t want anyone to miss out;
  • Finally, and perhaps most importantly, when filling out the application form, take your time – you’ve got two weeks from the form going live, and all applications received in that window are considered fully after the close of the registration period before a final decision is made, so make sure to fill it in correctly and with as much detail as possible to the answers.

Full details as to pricing and tabling terms and conditions will go live on the website along with the registration form on Friday 4th March. Please make sure to read these carefully, as they contain very important information about attending the convention, should your application be successful.

Once the registration form goes live, we’ll be asking for your help to spread the word, so that no one misses out on applying to attend. We’ll be shouting out on our twitter (@thoughtbubbleuk) and Facebook Page (search “Thought Bubble Festival”), and we’ll also be emailing all previous year’s exhibitors and applicants to let them know that registration is open.

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who supports Thought Bubble, and we look forward to seeing many of you this November!



Thought Bubble 2016! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang! We hope you’ve had a good 2016 so far, and are as excited as us for this year’s Thought Bubble and our 10th Anniversary celebrations!

The countdown to 2016’s Thought Bubble Festival begins here – our website has undergone its annual overhaul, and has been reborn like a mighty phoenix, and now features the first batch of updates about this November’s events!

This year’s Thought Bubble will be taking place from 1st – 6th November at venues across Leeds (and beyond!) and will see hordes of comics creators and fans travel from around the world to visit Yorkshire. For the first wave of information, please read on!

 

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FESTIVAL IMAGE

This year’s official festival image can be seen below, and has been illustrated for us by the brilliant Emmeline Pidgen! We love nothing better than spending a quiet afternoon in Leeds’ gorgeous Hyde Park with a stack of comics, so this speaks to the festival’s very soul! You’ll be able to find this on the cover of our anthology later in the year, as well as all our web presences, and the festival programme.

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GUESTS

Each year we have the immense pleasure of welcoming some brilliant artists, writers and publishers to Yorkshire for Thought Bubble, and for our tenth birthday we’re hoping to see even more new faces coming to the city and helping expand the minds of the comics-loving public, as well as welcoming those who’ve never even picked up a graphic novel before into one the the friendliest creative communities out there!

Our first wave of guests can be seen below, and we’ll be adding to this list on the website throughout the year, so be sure to check back regularly!

Initial guests confirmed to attend this year’s festivities are:

Mahmud Asrar (All-New All-Different Avengers)

Lee Bermejo (We Are Robin)

Tess Fowler (Rat Queens)

Kim Jung Gi (Spy Games)

Lisa Hanawalt (My Dirty Dumb Eyes)

Stephanie Hans (Angela Queen of Hel)

Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City)

Mike Mignola (Hellboy)

Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)

Babs Tarr (Batgirl)

Claire Wendling (Iguana Bay)

 

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EXHIBITORS

We’ll be opening up our exhibitor registration on Friday 4th March this year – we’ll have another blog post coming with more details on Wednesday, and the registration form will go live on our website for potential exhibitors to complete on the date above. We saw some amazing talent at the convention last year, and we’re hoping that Thought Bubble 2016 will be our most diverse yet!

 

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YOUTUBE CHANNEL

As part of 2014’s Thought Bubble, we were awarded a very generous grant from Arts Council England in order to allow us to take video recordings of the panels and talks at 2014’s convention, and we hope that these will get you in the mood for this year’s festival!

We uploaded lots of videos to our YouTube channel throughout the year (joining those from previous year’s festivals), so, as 2016’s Thought Bubble (or Thought Bubble (Weapon) X as we may at some point call it) gets ever closer, you can get into the bubbly mood by revisiting some classic panels and masterclasses from our past! Make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any! You can find Thought Bubble’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

 

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We’ve got a lot of fun stuff planned for 2016, as well as big plans for Thought Bubble’s future in the pipeline as we enter our second decade, and we hope to see you soon at an event!

We’d also like to say a big thank you to everyone who supports Thought Bubble and makes organising it such an enjoyable and rewarding experience – it’s mind blowing that we’ve come so far in the ten years the festival has been running, and it’s all down to you, the creators, publishers, retailers, visiting public, and of course our amazing volunteers – we couldn’t do this without you, so thank you.



Thought Bubble 2015 Festival Spotlights: Exhibitions by thoughtbubblefestival

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

Taking place from 9th – 15th November at venues across Leeds and beyond, 2015’s celebration of comics comprises a huge range of events for fans of all ages, and includes free art & writing based workshops for young people & adults, talks & masterclasses lead by industry professionals, a programme of sequential art related film screenings, & our massive two-day comics convention on 14th & 15th November!

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

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

With the convention now under 10 days away, don’t forget to check out all the guests and exhibitors who’ll be joining us, and make sure to get your tickets (although more will be available on the door).

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

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Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition Entries 2015

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

*OPEN NOW*

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

Winners of the competition will be announced at the Thought Bubble comic convention on Sun 15 Nov, and will have their work featured in 2016’s Thought Bubble Anthology, but you can preview all the stories we’ve received before the judges present their final decision!

For full details of this year’s entries and how to get involved with 2016′s competition, go to thoughtbubblefestival.com/events/comicartcompetition/

Leeds Inspired Presents… Get Into Comics

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

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

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

Upload photos and videos to Twitter, Instagram and Vine with the #GetIntoComics and #TBF15 hashtags – the best entries will win prizes donated by Travelling Man Stores! The Get Into Comics project was made possible by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired, an initiative of Leeds City Council that funds cultural projects that create high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors alike.

For more on Leeds Inspired, and the projects they fund, please visit leedsinspired.co.uk

Contains Adult Themes by Joan Cornellà

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

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

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

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

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

Travelling Man Presents… BA Hons Illustration Party

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

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

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

Presented in association with travellingman.com

See you next week when the festival begins!!