Thought Bubble 2018 runs 17th – 23rd September!

Events! Videos! Exclamation marks! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hotter on the heels of our last post than the Flash in pursuit of Captain Cold, here’s a whole other bunch of sequential art themed goodness for you to stare in wonderment at…

First up is news of a signing at Tokyo 15, Manchester’s finest purveyors of manga and anime-themed wares. Sonia Leong, manga artist extraordinaire – who will also be appearing at this year’s Thought Bubble festival – is going to be in-store signing books and giving talks, so if you’re able to get to the rainy city in the North on September 12th then it promises to be well worth your while! For more information visit their site, or glance downwards slightly for a cheeky peek at the flyer…

Sonia Leong SigningAs if that signing wasn’t enough, word on the street has filtered up to the lofty spires of TB towers of a signing at Travelling Man comic shop, Leeds by a legend of British comics – Dan Abnett.  Having sold over 1.1 million Warhammer novels worldwide, his last novel Horus Heresy: Legion, was the 8th bestselling science fiction and fantasy title overall in the UK for 2008. As well as having written 20 novels for Warhammer, and books and audio plays for Doctor Who and Torchwood, Dan has penned numerous comic series for legendary imrpints DC and 2000 AD. To celebrate the November release of his latest work, Blood Pact, Travelling Man will be holding a signing on October 19th at 3pm, followed by a Q&A session, at their Leeds branch. Mere adjectives will not suffice, so needless to say we think this is going to be ‘the bomb’.

Finally, and more directly Thought Bubbly, never let it be said that we aren’t at the forefront of modern advances in technology, for we now have a YouTube channel! This is going to be the zenith of video repositories, where you’ll be able to find comic trailers, animations, films made by attendees of the Thought Bubble festival, and video blogs made by us! There is now no communication format known to man, carrier pigeons aside, which we don’t have our agents working tirelessly to keep updated with the newest of news, all for your delight and delectation. The upshot of this is that, hopefully, you’ll never be more than 1.8 feet from some way of getting the latest updates about this year’s festival, short of us coming round to your house and shouting through your letterbox (although we are considering this for our marketing campaign next year).

That’s it for now, we’ll be back soon, and, if the trend the last few posts have set continues, it will be with even more exciting sequential art news, all the better to build the anticipation for November’s Thought Bubble to fever pitch. Oh yeah!

– Clark


23rd Leeds International Film Festival by thoughtbubblefestival

By the power of Greyskull Thought Bubblers! Leeds International Film Festival (our partners in fighting crime and pop-culture ignorance) is returning to take over the city this November with their longest festival yet!

The newly extended festival runs from the 4th to the 22nd of November this year, and will once again showcase the very best new cinema from around the world in venues across Leeds. In the coming months they’ll be keeping everyone up to date with all the latest news and information about the programme of events, as well as a few surprises. In order to ensure you stay up-to-date with the most exciting and innovative film event in the UK you can visit their website, become a fan on Facebook and ride the bleeding edge via their Twitter

In the meantime, here’s what they’ve announced so far. Hint: it looks frakking awesome…

2009 Passes and Major Event Tickets now on sale!
Now available to buy online – Passes for the 23rd Leeds International Film Festival and Short Film City 2009, and Major Event Tickets for the Fanomenon 10th Night of the Dead, Fanomenon 3rd Day of Dead, and the 3rd Thought Bubble Comic Book Convention! Save money and take advantage of some amazing special offers. Passes and Major Event Tickets can also be bought through Box Office on 0113 247 8389

23rd Leeds International Film Festival – Full Single Pass £70
The official Film Festival Pass provides incredible value for money, giving access to every screening throughout the packed eleven day programme, including the Official Selection, Fanomenon, Cinema Versa and Short Film City sections, and more. Pass holders will also receive exclusive invitations to special events, advance programme announcements, and a free copy of this year’s event catalogue. 

23rd Leeds International Film Festival – Full Double Saver Pass £120
The Double Saver Pass enables two people to enjoy the full benefits of a Film Festival Pass but with even greater savings!

Short Film City 2009 – Full Single Pass £25
Last year’s Short Film City programme showcased 180 of the very best new and unseen short films from around the world and enthralled audiences in venues across the city. You can enjoy every screening and event in Short Film City 2009 (10th to 14th November) for just £25.

Fanomenon 10th Night of the Dead – Major Event Ticket £20 / £16 concession
The legendary Night of the Dead returns to the Hyde Park Picture House on Friday 13th November as part of this year’s Film Festival with a terrifying all-nighter guaranteed to ‘raise the stakes’ on anything we’ve done before – a must for dedicated fans of horror.

Fanomenon 3rd Day of the Dead – Major Event Ticket £25 / £20 concession
The giant Day of the Dead horror event moves from the City Varieties Theatre to the grand Victorian splendour of the Victoria Hall at Leeds Town Hall. Day of the Dead 2009 on Saturday 7th November will be a morning to midnight marathon of genre cinema, special guests, events and prizes, plus the Fanomenon Film Fair.

The LIFF continues to surpass itself year on year, and is guaranteed to satisfy even the most hardened fans of motion pictures. So, in the immortal words of Jack  Nicholson’s Joker – Let’s broaden our minds…

– Clark