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THOUGHT BUBBLE 2016 FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHTS: SIGNING TOUR by thoughtbubblefestival

As this year’s festival draws ever closer, we continue with some selected highlights from this year’s programme here on the blog – helping you get the most out of the festival week!

Taking place from 1st – 6th November at venues across Leeds (and beyond), 2016’s Thought Bubble will be a celebration of comics comprising a huge range of events for fans of all ages, and will include free art & writing based workshops for young people & adults, talks & masterclasses lead by industry professionals, a programme of sequential art related film screenings, & our massive two-day comic convention on 5th & 6th November on Leeds Dock!

The full festival programme can be found on this page, with full information on events available by clicking their titles, and a map of venues for this year’s festival can be found here.

Don’t forget to check out all the guests and exhibitors who’ll be joining us for this year’s convention, and make sure to get your convention tickets (although more will be available on the door), and tickets to our expanded mid-con party!

We’ve also updated our visitor’s guide for the festival, including travel advice for getting to/around Leeds, which can be found here.

Today, in our series of festival highlights, we’re looking at the free signing tour events taking place across the UK as part of 2016’s festival, bringing some amazing artwork to you throughout the whole of November!

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Travelling Man Signing Tour 2016: Manchester, with Mike Mignola 

Sat 29 Oct, 4 Dale St, Manchester M1 1JW, 14:00-16:00, All Ages, FREE

From our friends over at Travelling Man Manchester – “Now in its 25th year, Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, each year we host amazing events with some of the greatest names in comics. This year is no exception!

In Manchester we have the huge honour of hosting a signing with comics legend Mike Mignola! It would be an understatement to say that we are incredibly excited about this event and it provides a rare opportunity to meet the creator of Hellboy. Without a doubt, this one is going to be huge!”

Please visit travellingman.com for more information.


Travelling Man Signing Tour 2016: Newcastle with Brenden Fletcher, Ryan North, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr

Thur 3 Nov, 43 Grainger St, City Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JE, 16:30-18:30, All Ages, FREE

From our friends over at Travelling Man Newcastle – “Now in its 25th year, Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, each year we host amazing events with some of the greatest names in comics. This year is no exception!

Our Newcastle store will play host to Ryan North, creator of the massively successful Romeo and writer on Marvel’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl; and Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher, the creative team behind the hugely exciting forthcoming Image title Motor Crush!”

Please visit travellingman.com for more information.


Gosh! Comics Signing Tour 2016 with Jeff Lemire

Thur 3 Nov, 1 Berwick St, London, W1f 0DR, 18:00-19:00, All Ages, FREE

Jeff Lemire returns to London to sign copies of Sweet Tooth, Black Hammer and more, exclusively at Gosh Comics in Soho ahead of his appearance at Thought Bubble’s convention.

Please visit goshlondon.com for more information.


Travelling Man Signing Tour 2016: York with Mahmud Asrar, Paul Azaceta, Jeff Lemire, and Dean Ormston.

Fri 4 Nov, 74 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF, 16:30-18:30, All Ages, FREE

From our friends at Travelling Man York – “Now in its 25th year, Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, each year we host amazing events with some of the greatest names in comics. This year is no exception!

Our incredible new, bigger and improved York branch will provide the host venue for our signing with the colossal lineup of Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Mahmud Asrar and Paul Azaceta. With so much amazing artistic talent in one place, this is an event not to be missed!”

Please visit travellingman.com for more information.


Travelling Man Signing Tour 2016: Leeds with John Wagner

Fri 4 Nov, 32 Central Road, Leeds LS1 6DE, 16:30-18:30, All Ages, FREE

“Now in its 25th year, Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, each year we host amazing events with some of the greatest names in comics. This year is no exception!

Our Leeds branch will be hosting a signing with John Wagner, creator of Strontium Dog, Robo Hunter and of course the iconic, legendary, Judge Dredd! This is without doubt one of the most exciting signings we have ever had the pleasure to hold!”

Please visit travellingman.com for more information.


Gosh! Comics Signing Tour 2016 with Faith Erin Hicks

Mon 7 Nov, Gosh! Comics, Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DR, 18.00 – 19.00, All Ages, Free

The creator behind Nameless City, Friends with Boys and Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong comes to London for an exclusive signing at Gosh! Comics, following her appearance at Thought Bubble’s convention.

Please visit goshlondon.com for more information.

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We’ll be back again soon with some more spotlights for events from this year’s jam-packed festival programme!

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TB 2014 Festival Spotlights: Signing Tour 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 2014’s events! Taking place from 9th – 16th November at venues across Leeds and beyond, 2014’s celebration of comics comprises over 80 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 15th & 16th 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, 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 is extremely grateful to Arts Council England for their generous support of the festival, which this year will allow us to record the panels and talks taking place at our convention to release after the festival as free podcasts. We’re also indebted to Leeds Inspired for awarding us a grant allowing for free Kodama Woods art workshops in the build-up to the festival, and then further decoration of last year’s Bub’s Lounge initiative. Full details of these endeavours can be found in the festival programme.

Thought Bubble 2014 promises to be a cavalcade of comics-related fun for everyone, and is now less than a month 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 can’t wait to welcome everyone to Leeds in November, and to get you in the mood, we’ll be highlighting certain types of events taking place during the festival, in order that no one misses out on anything!

First up under the spotlight is our annual Thought Bubble signing tour – a series of events at comic shops around the country where we bring some of our guests to a city near you! If you can’t make it to this year’s festival, or want to meet some great creators to get you in the mood for our convention on November 15th & 16th, then these are the events for you.

This year’s signing tour is brought to all you lucky folks in association with Travelling Man comic stores, Gosh! Comics, and Orbital Comics, and full details of each signing can be found below!

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Wednesday 12th November

Travelling Man Signing Tour, Manchester

Travelling Man, 4 Dale St, Manchester, M1 1JW, 1630-1830, All Ages, FREE

Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the north of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets.

In Manchester we have the creative teams behind the super-hot Batgirl and Gotham Academy; Becky Cloonan, Babs Tarr, Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart, alongside Richard Starkings, author of the epically-cool Elephantmen.

Please visit travellingman.com for more information.

Thursday 13th November

Travelling Man Signing Tour, Newcastle

Travelling Man, 43 Grainger St, Newcastle, NE1 5JE, 1630-1830, All Ages, FREE

Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the north of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets.

Up in the north east at our Newcastle store we have Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, the creative team behind the brilliant and bloodied Southern Bastards, and Richard Starkings, author of the weird and wonderful Elephantmen.

An exclusive bookplate is available free with Southern Bastards Vol 1. Just ask in-store!

Please visit travellingman.com for more details.

Friday 14th November

Travelling Man Signing Tour, York

Travelling Man, 54 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF, 1630-1830, all ages, FREE

Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the north of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets.

In the ancient city of York we will have comics giants Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), and Tony Harris (Starman/Ex Machina) for your signing and sketching pleasure.

Please visit travellingman.com for more details.

Gosh! Comics Present Jeff Lemire & Scott Snyder Signing

Gosh! Comics, Berwick Street, Soho, London, 1700 – 1900, all ages, FREE

From our pals over at Gosh! Comics in the heart of Soho:

“Gosh! has doubled in size since the move from Bloomsbury to Soho a few years ago, and we’ve gotten into the habit of filling the space with brilliant people as well as lovely books. We’ve put on a staggering range of events, counting the likes of Alan Moore, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, Jaime Hernandez, Daniel Clowes and Bryan Lee O’Malley among our esteemed signing table guests.

In November, we’re teaming up with our friends at Thought Bubble for two huge events: Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Trillium) and Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman) will be in the shop, signing for the south-of-Birmingham contingent on Friday 14th November between 5-7pm.

Then, after the festival, on November 21st between 5-7pm we’ll be having Brandon Graham (Prophet) signing followed by a live recording of Comics Podcast Inkstuds hosted by Robin Mconnell from 7.30pm with very special guests! That same week why not pop in for our Wicked and Divine Launch party with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie on November 12th? Aw, go on!”

Please visit goshlondon.com for more information.

Wednesday 19th November

Jason Aaron & Jason Latour Signing at Orbital Comics

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport St, London, WC2H 7JA, 1700 – 1900, free entry, all ages

As part of this year’s Thought Bubble Festival, those southern bastards Orbital Comics will be hosting those other southern bastards, Jasons Aaron and Latour, for a London-exclusive signing on Wednesday November 19. Hot on the heels of their work on Thor, Wolverine & The X-Men, The Winter Soldier, Men Of Wrath and the aforementioned Southern Bastards, this is sure to be another busy event with two incredibly popular creators.

Orbital Comics is London’s most colourful comic shop and gallery, located in the heart of London’s West End between Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Originally the home of The Photographers’ Gallery, Orbital has continued the proud tradition by maintaining a large comic art gallery in-store.

Stocking a range of comics and back issues from the Golden Age to the Marvel Now, they also offer a large range of independent and alternative releases, in addition to the largest small-press selection in London. You’ll find vintage toys, merchandise, posters and prints as well, making Orbital the one-stop shop you’ve been looking for! You can find them online at orbitalcomics.com and follow them on twitter @orbitalcomics.

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Come back tomorrow when we’ll be taking a look at some of the exhibitions taking place during this year’s festival!



Nelson! by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang! Hope you all had a very happy Star Wars day, and if you don’t celebrate that particular holiday, well, laugh it up fuzzball. Something a bit different on the blog today, as we’re bringing you the first bit of news about an exciting new British comics project!

Nelson, a new collaborative graphic novel from Blank Slate Books will be launching this November at Thought Bubble’s convention, and features an awesome line-up of British comics talent. We’ll be celebrating the arrival of this major new work with signings and a panel, and will be bringing you more information throughout the year as the launch approaches.

So, who is Nelson? Well, Nel Baker’s story starts in 1968 (the year of her birth) and takes us through to the present day, with each creator presenting a snapshot of one year of her life. In the words of Rob Davis (Dr Who, Don Quixote) the anthology’s editor – “I don’t know if anyone’s tried anything like this before, I just think it’s a great way to show what separates comic artists from other artists – we don’t just draw pictures, we tell stories! I wanted us to avoid the ‘pick-and-choose’ aspect of most anthologies and get everyone writing their own chapters, working together to tell one continuous story. So whether a creator is your favourite or someone whose work you’d never normally go near, they all become an essential read.”

We’ve got a sneak peak at some of the art below, as well as some more information, simply click the images to embiggen them.

The line-up of talent involved looks simply stunning, but don’t take my word for it, have a gander at the contributors…

Rob Davis, Woodrow Phoenix, Ellen Lindner, Jamie Smart, Gary Northfield, Sarah McIntyre, Suzy Varty, Sean Longcroft, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Luke Pearson, Paul Harrison-Davies, Katie Green, Paul Peart-Smith, Glyn Dillon, Ian Culbard, John Allison, Philip Bond, Matt (D’Israeli) Brooker, Simone Lia, Daryl Cunningham, Jonathan Edwards, Ade Salmon, Kate Charlesworth, Warren Pleece, Kristyna Baczynski, James Harvey, Rian Hughes, Sean Phillips + Pete Doree, Kate Brown, Simon Gane, Oliver East, Adam Cadwell, Faz Choudhury, Jake, Jeremy Day, Dan McDaid, Roger Langridge, Will Morris, Dave Shelton, Carol Swain, Hunt Emerson, Duncan Fegredo, Philippa Rice, Garen Ewing, Tom Humberstone, Dan Berry, Kate Evans, Laura Howell, Andi Watson and Dave Taylor.

Very much a project worth getting excited about, so come to Thought Bubble 2011 and meet Nel Baker for the first time!

That’s all for now, Friends of Thought Bubble returns next week!

– Clark



Bits and Blogs by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

It’s just over two months until the start of this year’s festival and we’re well on the way to bringing you the best Thought Bubble yet!

This week we received the lovely news that we will once again be getting funding for this November’s events from the Arts Council. A proper post with the details of this will be forthcoming, but in the meantime it will suffice to say that we’re over the moon! (Literally – we blew the money on a multi-stage launch vehicle and are currently in orbit over the sea of tranquility.)

To keep you full of comic-related cheer in the run up to Thought Bubble 2010 here are some details of related events that are taking place soon!

First and foremost is  the, er, first Leeds Alternative Comics Fair, which will be held at A Nation of Shopkeepers in Leeds on Saturday 18th Sept 2010, from 12-6pm.
It will be free to enter, and the bar itself is open until 3am, serving good food and a large selection of drinks. A number of excellent exhibitors will be showing off their wares, and a communal table – featuring comics from many more creators – will be present for perusal.

The Thought Bubble team will be about, in a rare example of our attending a comics event for purely social reasons. It should be a most enjoyable afternoon!

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Next up is Posy Simmonds in Conversation with Paul Gravett at the National Media Museum in Bradford on Tuesday 28th September, 7.35pm.

Posy Simmonds, writer of the Guardian’s original Tamara Drewe comic strip will be interviewed by comics expert Paul Gravett on her extensive career as a cartoonist, writer and illustrator, and the ever-popular Drewe character.
(Tickets £5, £4 concessions)

This event will be followed by a screening of Tamara Drewe at 8.40pm.
(Tickets £6.50, £4.50 concessions.)

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Finally, we want to see your comic art for the New NORTHERN SEQUENTIAL ART COMPETITION hosted by Travelling Man and Thought Bubble. The deadline is approaching fast so don’t miss out!

Entries need to be loaded on to flickr by the 11th October 2010.
Age groups 12 to 17 and 18+

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘November in the North of England’. Your story can be told with text and illustrations or by imagery alone. It must be a new, complete story with 6 panels or more and the page must contain the story’s title. Your page can be as wacky and creative as you wish, you can make the theme very prominent or just have a slogan on a background character’s t-shirt!

All entries will be showcased in a digital exhibition at venues in Leeds and the surrounding area for a period of two weeks prior to Thought Bubble taking place.

The panel of judges (including 2000 AD Editor Matt Smith, Imagine FX Editor Claire Howlett and Marvel Spider-Man Editor Steve Wacker) will select two runners up and a winning entry from each age group, the overall winner in each category will receive £200 of graphic novels and a private tutorial with a leading writer or artist based in the North of England.

All 6 winning entrants will see their work published in a special Thought Bubble Free Comic Book Day Anthology, and the winning story will also be published in Imagine FX.
The Free Comic Book Day Anthology will be distributed around the world in May 2011 as part of Free Comic Book Day, a worldwide initiative to promote sequential art.

To view the application form click here.

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That’s it for now, fresh minterviews on the horizon though! Check back soon…

– Clark



The Times, They Are A’Changing by thoughtbubblefestival

Who’s ready for a paradigm shift?! Well you’d better be, because boy howdy do we have one for you here at Thought Bubble towers.

First up you’ll probably notice that the blog (this thing you’re looking at), the website, the facebook, and the twitter have all had a stylistic overhaul courtesy of the amazing Eleanor Davis who has designed this year’s logo. The website also contains updated information about Thought Bubble 2010 and our expanded contact options.

Next, we have some up-coming events to announce to y’all…

First up is Emma Vieceli’s workshop which takes place as part of the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival on Tuesday 6th April at Travelling Man Leeds (details here). This year’s LYPFF looks set to be their best yet and has loads of amazing events throughout for youngsters of all ages. Well worth checking out!

Next is the Doctor Who roleplaying game day, also taking place as part of the LYPFF at Travelling Man Leeds on Wednesday April 7th (details here). Hosted by Steve Lyons and with all the information you need to create a suitably heroic chrononaut it’ll be heaps of fun. Allons y!


Following closely on the heels of those superb events is Travelling Man Leeds’ Walking Dead Zombie Day on Saturday April 17th, featuring a signing by illustrator extraordinaire Charlie Adlard! Not to be missed, more info on the poster below…

Finally, for the time being, we’ve started making the videos of Thought Bubble ’09’s workshops available via our YouTube channel, so far we have Andy Diggle and Jock’s talk on comic creation, as well as the brilliant Frank Quitely masterclass wherein he converses with fellow illustrator – the similarly amazingly talented – Peter Doherty about his art! Just part of the service we provide to you, the fans, ’cause we loves ya.

That’s it for the time being, enjoy those sequential art based wonders and friends of Thought Bubble will be back sooner than you can say “series profiling various UK-based small press creators”. Try it, I dare you.

By the power of Greyskull!

– Clark



Thought Bubble ’09 Full Festival Programme Announced! by thoughtbubblefestival

Greetings Bubblers! It is now less than six weeks until this year’s Thought Bubble Festival and we are very pleased to be able to share with you our full programme line-up for those four heady days in November.

We think you’ll be blown away by the awesome guests and exhibitors we’re honoured to have in attendance, as well as our extensive range of masterclasses and workshops…

Full details as to this year’s programme can be found on the Festival Information 2009 page (on the list to the left), while Thought Bubble’s guest list also looks amazing (although there may be some surprise announcements coming soon), and we have some brilliant small press exhibitors in attendance. Make sure to look out for our brochures, which will be hitting the streets very soon.

We’re all really psyched about this year’s festival, and we hope you feel the same way and will be able to join in the fun in November.

Until then, remember – with great power, comes great responsibility!

– Clark



More Anime League London Info by thoughtbubblefestival

Hiya TB fans (that’s thought bubble, not tuberculosis – mycobacteria fans will have to look elsewhere), I have some more information here for the Anime League’s London event which is taking place in November – a mere week before Thought Bubble’s main festival. I don’t believe you would begrudge me a ‘Whoop’ at this point. Whoop! Details are as follows…

Taking place on November 14th in The Slug and Lettuce, America Square, London, and running at between 200 and 400 people, ALCL is London’s fastest-growing anime convention. It’s just £5 for all day from midday to midnight, 18 or older only.

They have dealers, video gaming, anime screening, an Artist Alley, DDRing, roleplaying, card-gaming, along with many events such as a masquerade, pub-quiz, parties, special guests (Roppongi Street, and MasakoX of DBZ/Naruto Abridged are announced, with more to come) and much, much more!

You can read all about ALCL on the official website, forums, and facebook.

ALCL will take place every 3-4 months (three times a year). Their intention is to enable London to have a proper anime club again, following the sad demise of LAC last year.

The league is always on the look-out for new volunteers, and, lets be honest,who doesn’t want to be able to say they’re a member of a league – sign up to help a brother/sister out!

In Thought Bubble blog news – the, soon to be, legendary series of interviews with the Friends of Thought Bubble will be starting this weekend. It’ll be like Frost/Nixon, in space, on bonfire night. Guaranteed.

Oh, and there’s only 55 Days until this year’s TB festival – about the life-cycle of your average silkworm of the species Bombyx mori. Fact.

– Clark