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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!



1000 Words 2012 – Round-up by thoughtbubblefestival

Over the last couple of weeks, the extremely lovely Matt Sheret has been popping up videos from the ‘1000 Words’ strand of talks that he curated (along with web-presence-phobic Thought Bubbler Mikey B) at this year’s Thought Bubble convention. After the jump there’s a summary of the event, and links to all the talks collected in one handy block, but first – a few thank you’s…

If any of you went to last year’s We Are Words + Pictures strand of talks on independent comic creation at Thought Bubble’s convention, then that was organised by Matt too, and  this was coming off the back of his working as Thought Bubble 2011’s Writer in Residence, so to say that we owe Matt a debt of gratitude is a bit of an understatement. We’d highly recommend checking out his Paper Science anthology, and, if we can convince him and Mikey to put on 2000 Words: A Space Odyssey next year, then we’re sure we’ll be thanking him again in December 2013. Cheers Matt, you’re a Good Egg.

Another big thank you has to go to Anne Hollowday, whose films on Thought Bubble and the British Comic Awards had already put us eternally into the red on the karmic balance sheet, but her filming of the 1000 Words talks has cemented the Wookiee life-debt we now owe. Thanks Anne, may your lenses ever be clear.

Massive thank you’s as well to all the speakers, including Kate Brown, Andy Belanger, Kristyna Baczynski and Laura Snapes for delivering some excellent talks on the day, all those whose presentations are presented below, and our lovely technical crew. And a big final thank you to all those who came along and made up the audience, we hope you’ll be back for more next year!

That’s enough preamble, on with the shows!

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1000 Words was a series of short talks about comics & culture by those who make them curated by Matt Sheret and Mike Bennet, full information on the talks can be found by clicking here.

1000 Words 2012 video presentations:

Emma Vieceli – 50 Shades of Niche
a talk about the distinction between mainstream and niche, and about one very popular novel…

Anne Hollowday – Don’t Over Manage the Scene
a few lessons from the world of documentary filmmaking and tells us how it links to comics writing with the Marvel Method…

Si Spurrier – Day of the Dingle
some delicious brainfarts on the topic of Collaborating With Creative Humans, as filtered through a true story from Spurrier’s brief and traumatic career in TV.

Antony Johnston – And His Massive Ego
setting us straight about the terrific and powerful ego of artists and writers everywhere… or does he?

Hannah Donovan – Digital Craft
a talk about music, personal expression, and the pixels we pin to our bedroom walls.

Kieron Gillen – Decimation [2012’s Keynote Talk]
As a writer, Kieron’s been dancing with comics for a decade now. He’s trying to decide if he’s learned anything. If he has, he’ll tell you about it. If not, this video will be extremely quiet…



1000 Words: Kieron Gillen by Matt Sheret
06/12/2012, 11:22 am
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Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been posting footage from many of the speakers at 1000 Words, the day of talks that ran at this year’s festival.

Our final video comes from Kieron Gillen. As a writer, Kieron’s been dancing with comics for a decade now. He’s trying to decide if he’s learned anything. If he has, he’ll tell you about it. If not, this video will be extremely quiet…

DECIMATION by Kieron Gillen from Matthew Sheret on Vimeo.

That wraps it up for our videos from 1000 Words. Huge thanks to everyone who spoke, and to Kate Brown, Andy Belanger, Kristyna Baczynski and Laura Snapes for delivering some great talks on the day.



1000 Words: Antony Johnston by Matt Sheret
04/12/2012, 10:11 am
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Over the next few days we’ll be posting footage from many of the speakers at 1000 Words, the day of talks that ran at this year’s festival.

Today it’s the turn of Antony Johnston, who sets us straight about the terrific and powerful ego of artists and writers everywhere… or does he?

Antony Johnston’s Massive Ego from Matthew Sheret on Vimeo.



1000 Words: Si Spurrier by Matt Sheret
03/12/2012, 10:51 am
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Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be posting footage from many of the speakers at 1000 Words, the day of talks that ran at this year’s festival.

Today it’s the turn of Si Spurrier, bringing some delicious brainfarts on the topic of Collaborating With Creative Humans, as filtered through a true story from Spurrier’s brief and traumatic career in TV.

Day of the Dingle by Si Spurrier from Matthew Sheret on Vimeo.



1000 Words: Emma Vieceli by Matt Sheret
28/11/2012, 12:36 pm
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Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be posting footage from many of the speakers at 1000 Words, the day of talks that ran at this year’s festival.

First up, it’s Emma Vieceli, taking about the distinction between mainstream and niche, and about one very popular novel…

50 Shades of Niche by Emma Vieceli from Matthew Sheret on Vimeo.



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