Deep T hought

Thought Bub­ble, the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of sequential art, re­turns for its ninth year with a host of tal­ent

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When it launched in 2007 the or­gan­is­ers be­hind Thought Bub­ble had mod­est am­bi­tions: to pro­mote comics, graphic nov­els and an­i­ma­tion as an im­por­tant na­tional and in­ter­na­tional cul­tural art- form. Since then Thought Bub­ble has gone from strength to strength to the point that it now takes place across a full week with a jam­packed pro­gramme of events at a va­ri­ety of venues across Leeds. It all cul­mi­nates in a full- blown two day con­ven­tion in the heart of the city.

The big­gest names in comics have at­tended pre­vi­ous Thought Bub­bles, and this year is no dif­fer­ent, with top guests in­clud­ing Rick Re­mender, Mark Buck­ing­ham, Andy Dig­gle, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Olly Moss, Jock, Monty Nero, Scott Sny­der, Becky Cloo­nan, Ben Tem­ple­smith and bril­liant in­ter­net sur­re­al­ist Joan Cor­nellà.

There’ll be the usual mix of pan­els, screen­ings, work­shops and live events tak­ing place across the week ( keep an eye on the web­site for the full sched­ule). The win­ners of the Bri­tish Comic Awards will also be an­nounced at this year’s con­ven­tion, recog­nis­ing the best writ­ers and il­lus­tra­tors from the last 12 months of comics, while this year’s Comic Fo­rum will take an in- depth look at pol­i­tics in comics and graphic nov­els.

As­pir­ing comic cre­ators have the chance to get their work pub­lished in a spe­cial Thought Bub­ble An­thol­ogy from Im­age Comics, and dis­played at Leeds Cen­tral Li­brary dur­ing the fes­ti­val. Alas, if you’re read­ing this then you’ve al­ready missed the boat as en­tries closed on 9 Oc­to­ber. You haven’t missed the chance to ap­pear in the pages of 2000 AD, how­ever, as the house that Dredd built is hold­ing writ­ing and art com­pe­ti­tions which could win you paid work. Wannabe word­smiths are be­ing in­vited to pitch ideas for a brand new Fu­ture Shock story in just two min­utes, while artists must draw their ver­sion of a set Terror Tale script. Ex­act times and dates are TBC, but it’ll be first come first served, so don’t daw­dle Earth­lets.

Phono­gram by Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen.

Date 9- 15 Novem­ber

lo­ca­tion Venues around


You know the day will be bet­ter if you come dressed like this!

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