Bub­bling over with comic in­spi­ra­tion

Pause for thought Comic art-driven con­ven­tion Thought Bub­ble is now in its ninth year. We see how it’s grown in size and am­bi­tion

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Thought Bub­ble was es­tab­lished in 2007 as a one-day UK event – a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing comics, graphic nov­els and an­i­ma­tion. Its hum­ble begin­nings are long be­hind it, be­cause the con­ven­tion is now a week­long trib­ute to the medium.

“We try to make each Thought Bub­ble big­ger and bet­ter than the last, and we’re con­stantly striv­ing to bring comics to a wider au­di­ence,” says as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Clark Burscough. He says that ev­ery year the event at­tracts more amaz­ing cre­ators that even the team weren’t aware of. “It’s re­ward­ing see­ing so many new faces, and we get to meet peo­ple from all over the world,” he re­veals. “It’s a great way of keep­ing abreast of the de­vel­op­ments within the medium.”

This year Clark’s par­tic­u­larly ex­cited to welcome Joan Cor­nellà to the fes­ti­val, whose dark, hu­mourous car­toons you may have seen shared on Face­book; and Mon­treal-based pub­lisher Drawn and Quar­terly. “We’re also re­ally ex­cited to be wel­com­ing Rick Re­mender to Thought Bub­ble this year. His Deadly Class and Black Science se­ries are two of the best monthly comics on the stands at the mo­ment, and are well worth pick­ing up the col­lec­tions if you haven’t read them al­ready,” says Clark.

As well as many ma­jor comic cre­ators to meet and greet, and some tal­ented in­die folks, Thought Bub­ble is home to the Bri­tish Comic Awards, founded by Adam Cad­well. “We’re al­ways think­ing of new ways to keep the Thought Bub­ble vibe go­ing all year round,” Clark says. And if you can’t make the UK’s big­gest comic event, you can still pick up a lit­tle of their bub­bly vibe: “Ev­ery year we pub­lish a char­ity an­thol­ogy, which is dis­trib­uted world­wide thanks to Im­age Comics.” This year’s an­thol­ogy will be on sale 4 Novem­ber in all good comic shops.

Thought Bub­ble is on from 9 to 15 Novem­ber in Leeds, Eng­land, and you can find out more about the con­ven­tion and buy tick­ets at www.thought­bub­ble­fes­ti­val.com.

An­drew Wild­man is per­haps best known for his work on Trans­form­ers. His self-penned se­ries, HORI­ZON, will be on show at Thought Bub­ble. Fiona Stephen­son’s pin-up art ap­peared on the first is­sue of

Ver­tigo’s Bod­ies. De­clan Shalvey is a guest at this year’s Thought Bub­ble. This im­age is taken from his IN­JEC­TION se­ries, writ­ten by War­ren El­lis.

Clark says he wants peo­ple to be able to come to the show and dis­cover their new favourite cre­ator or comic.

The Wicked + The Di­vine cre­ators Kate Brown and Kieron Gillen will both be at Thought Bub­ble.

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