Deep T hought
Thought Bubble, the annual celebration of sequential art, returns for its ninth year with a host of talent
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.
Date 9- 15 November
location Venues around
You know the day will be better if you come dressed like this!