Thought Bubble 2017 runs 18th – 24th September!


Friends of Thought Bubble by thoughtbubblefestival

Hey gang!

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.

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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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THOUGHT BUBBLE 2016 FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHTS: LIVE EVENTS by thoughtbubblefestival

As this year’s festival starts in just under 3 weeks, we’re continuing 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 some of the live events taking place in the festival week across the UK as part of 2016’s festival, leading up to our massive comic con to close out the festival!

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The Rainbow Age: LGBTQ* Comic Book Club

Tues 1 Nov, The Portal at Leeds Central Library, 17:00-19:00, 16+, FREE

Join us for a celebration of LGBTQ* comics & creators with an informal book club evening!

Bring along your favourite LGBTQ* comics, or come and discover something new from our collection, kindly supplied by Travelling Man. Meet like-minded fans and make new friends over comics.

After our previous Rainbow Age events, Travelling Man donated all the books to Leeds Libraries to create a completely unique collection for the whole of Leeds to enjoy; the first of its kind in the country. This year, they’ll be adding to the collection with some incredible new LGBTQ* comics from 2016. All are welcome, so come along for a relaxed atmosphere and to read some amazing, life-changing comics!

Presented in association with travellingman.com


Political Cartoons Collection – Talk at Leeds Central Library

Wed 2 Nov, The Portal at Leeds Central Library (2nd floor), Calverley St, Leeds LS1 3AB, 14:00-15:00, All Ages, FREE

Join Librarian and Urban Historian Antony Ramm at Leeds Central Library for an illuminating exploration of their Political Cartoons Collection, which offers a fascinating look at caricature and controversy in the politics of 19th-century Leeds focusing on three key elections – 1868, 1874 and 1880.

This talk will give you the keys to unlock the satire behind the themes, issues and personalities depicted in a Collection comprising more than 200 individual images. Antony will also take a look at the occasionally-mysterious artists and publishers behind these cartoons, asking who the intended audience was and what affect these sometimes-shocking images actually had on the election process.


Comics and Mental Health: Zine Making Workshop with Una Bauer

Weds 2 Nov, Room 2 at The Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD, 18:00-20:30, ages 11+, FREE

On Sanity, a free comics creation workshop for adults and older children hosted by Una, artist/author of Becoming/Unbecoming and Tom Bailey, freelance illustrator and well-being worker with Arts and Minds.

Join the artists to draw and write comics based on a first person perspective of mental health and recovery. There will be fun drawing activities and creative writing. There will also be a slide show and a short talk about the On Sanity project that took place in Leeds throughout July 2016, from which emerged a new comic book by Una, On Sanity:One Day In Two Lives and an anthology zine, We All Start At The Beginning.

On Sanity is a creative project about illness and recovery in mental health, devised by the Yorkshire based comics creator Una, author/artist of the novel length comic Becoming/Unbecoming (2015) Myriad Editions and On Sanity: One Day In Two Lives (2016) Self published, supported by Arts Council England.

To book a place, please email una.comics@yahoo.co.uk

In partnership with Arts and Minds Leeds.

Supported by Arts Council England.


Comics Forum Academic Conference – Day 1

Thur 3 Nov, Leeds Library Exhibition Space, 09:00 – 16:45, recommended for 16+ (some talks unsuitable for under 18s)

Genre has played an active role in shaping our understanding of comics, be it as a term to describe the medium itself, or the stories that they tell. Comics may support and adhere to the conventions, styles, and effects of a given genre, or they might redefine and challenge its definitions and boundaries through their form and content.

Comics Forum 2016, the eighth event in the annual conference series, will consider a wide range of subjects relating to comics and genre.

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (3rd or 4th November): £12

2 days (3rd and 4th November): £24

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble convention pass): £48 (this is a saving of £5 on the cost of Though Bubble convention tickets if bought separately.)

Please visit comicsforum.org for full details, and to book tickets click here.


Creative Networks and Leeds College of Art… Mike Mignola in Conversation

Thurs 3 Nov, Leeds College of Art, Blenheim Walk, Leeds, LS2 9AQ, 1745-2000, All Ages, FREE (£5 deposit required, booking essential)

Join us for an evening where Mike Mignola will discuss his work and career with fellow illustrator Richard Starkings followed by an audience Q&A.

Mignola is perhaps best know as the award-winning creator, writer and artist of HELLBOY – now celebrating its 22nd Anniversary.

He was also visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on both Hellboy and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army films. He also co-authored (with Christopher Golden) 2 novels – BALTIMORE, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, Joe Golem and the Drowning City.

Booking is essential as places are limited, so please click here to book a ticket.

Please note: the start time of 5.45pm is for drinks prior to when the talk starts at 6.30pm in the lecture theatre.

Please note: that the £5 fee is refundable if you attend the event. The amount will be transferred back into your account the day after the event. There is an option to donate your deposit for the future support of Leeds College of Art when you reserve your place.


Pints & Pencils, with Paper Jam

Thur 3 Nov, Nation of Shopkeepers, 29 Cookridge St, Leeds LS2 3AG, 2000-late, 18+ (please bring a valid form of photo ID), FREE

Proudly presented by Travelling man and the Leeds university comic society, Pints and Pencils is the social drawing competition with plenty of prizes, laughs and drinks. Artistic ability is not required to win top prizes and drawing equipment will be provided!

Also premiering tonight is the new comics creating and writing event Paper Jam! Come on down for a preview of this new ongoing social event for Leeds’ professional and amateur comics creators – a great resource for people looking to break into the small press world.

Presented in association with travellingman.com


Comics Forum Academic Conference – Day 2

Fri 4 Nov, Leeds Library Exhibition Space, 09:00 – 16:45, recommended for 16+ (some talks unsuitable for under 18s)

Genre has played an active role in shaping our understanding of comics, be it as a term to describe the medium itself, or the stories that they tell. Comics may support and adhere to the conventions, styles, and effects of a given genre, or they might redefine and challenge its definitions and boundaries through their form and content.

Comics Forum 2016, the eighth event in the annual conference series, will consider a wide range of subjects relating to comics and genre.

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (3rd or 4th November): £12

2 days (3rd and 4th November): £24

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble convention pass): £48 (this is a saving of £5 on the cost of Though Bubble convention tickets if bought separately.)

Please visit comicsforum.org for full details, and to book tickets click here.


Thought Bubble Book Crossing 2016

Fri 4 Nov, Various libraries across Yorkshire (please see below for details), from 10:00, All Ages, FREE

Thought Bubble is once again teaming up with Diamond Comics and Travelling Man to give away FREE all-ages graphic novels and comics to everyone! Just pop into one on the libraries listed below on Friday 4th November, and help us to achieve our aim to get everyone reading more!

Libraries taking part are: Armley; Bolling Hall; Baildon; Burley; Bingley; Clayton; City; Dewsbury Road; Eccleshill; Holme Wood; Keighley; Laisterdyke; Leeds Central; Manningham; Menston; Moor Allerton; Shipley; Silsden; Thornbury; Ilkley; Wetherby; Wibsey, Wyke and Yeadon.

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!

Presented in association with:

diamondcomics.com

travellingman.com


Thought Bubble 2016 Pre-Convention Reception

Fri 4 Nov, Radisson Blu, 1 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL, 19:00 until late, FREE, 18+, Fire Lake Grill House will be serving food from 18:00-22:00

A chance for guests, exhibitors and attendees to relax and chat in the lovely surroundings of the Radisson Blu before our huge comic convention starts on Saturday 6th November!

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