2012 Festival Programme

Here you can see our festival programme from 2012, along with Tran Nguyen’s festival image for that year – Little Red Riding Hood (and a basket of comics for her grandma).


2012′s festival included 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 comics convention!

Please click on the event titles for more information.


Festival Duration Events

Northern Sequential Art Competition Entries / Exhibitions / Various Opening Times

Leeds Central Library Exhibition Space, Opening times vary, runs from 1st – 30th November, All Ages, Free

Pop by Leeds Central Library to view all the wonderful entries from the Northern Sequential Art Competition! For full information on the competition itself, please visit this page.

Winners of the competition will be announced at the Thought Bubble comic convention on Sunday 18th November at 10.30am in the Bury Theatre, & will have their work featured in 2013’s Thought Bubble Anthology!

Please visit this page for full venue details.

This event is part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

Thought Bubble & Image Comics Charity Anthology 2012

Comic Shops Worldwide, £2.85p / $3.99c (prices may vary), published Wednesday 7th November, 12+

A collection of new short stories by some of the best in the business from Image Comics & Thought Bubble!

A 32-page oversize comic featuring all new work from Warren Ellis, Richard Starkings, Gail Simone, Ivan Brandon, Skottie Young, Dave Johnson, Sean Phillips, Fiona Staples, Tony Harris, Boo Cook, Emma Vieceli & Leigh Gallagher.

For full details, please click here.

All profits go to the charity Barnardo’s.

Thought Bubble Artist In Residence 2012 / Workshops / 9am – 5pm

Portal Room, Leeds Central Library, 9am – 5pm, runs from 13th – 16th November, All Ages, Free

With the support of the Arts Council, Thought Bubble’s artist residencies are designed to highlight the work of specific artists & writers whilst extending creative opportunities to individuals & groups living in our region. Each residency also strives to include people who might not have had the opportunity to get involved with the arts before & our activities promote confidence, learning, creativity & new skills.

This year, the festival welcomes Tom Humberstone – an award-winning professional illustrator, storyboard artist & designer based in London. Tom’s residency will focus on a special project that will see him working with asylum seekers and refugees living in Bradford and Leeds. The residency will use sequential art as a creative platform where the participants will be encouraged to tell their own stories through drawings, illustration & writing. Tom will work closely with adults & young people through a series of weekly sessions taking place in October and November. The work will be published in the Thought Bubble anthology as well as being collated and published as a free comic book. Regular residency updates will be published online via a blog and the Thought Bubble website.

In addition to publishing his own comics, Tom edits and publishes the critically acclaimed UK comic anthology Solipsistic Pop, which he founded in 2009. His comics have appeared in Nelson (Blank Slate), Solipsistic Pop (Solipsistic Pop Books), Paper Science (We Are Words + Pictures), The Independent, and on Cartoon Movement. He has also self-published his own titles: Art School Scum, How To Date A Girl In Ten Days, Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Crohns Disease, My Fellow Americans, & One Hundred Days.

He is currently working on Ellipsis – a series comprised of six standalone but interweaving short stories – for Solipsistic Pop Books.

Mondo So Far – Curated by Olly Moss / Exhibitions / 12pm – 7pm

White Cloth Gallery, 26 Aire Street Leeds LS1 4HT, 12pm – 7pm, free entry, runs 17th November – 2nd December, all ages

This exhibition, curated by Olly Moss, will be the first ever showing of Mondo poster artwork in the UK & a unique opportunity for fans of pop culture, graphic art or simply beautiful images to see this artwork first-hand.

The exhibition will be shown in the recently opened White Cloth Gallery. Devoted to film & photography, it is the first gallery of its kind in the North of England. Full details can be found on this page.

Please see below (Friday 16th November events) for details of the charity launch night event for the exhibition.


Sunday 11th November

Fanomenon Anime Day 2012 / Screenings / 12pm onwards

Leeds Town Hall, from 12pm, £15 or £12.50p (concession) all-day pass / £7 or £5.50p (concession) for single film passes / Free entry with LIFF26 Pass, 18+

The hugely popular Fanomenon Anime Day returns to Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) this year on Sunday 11th November, presented in partnership with Scotland Loves Animation on the first of day the Thought Bubble Festival 2012.

Starting at 12 noon in the superb setting of the Victoria Hall at Leeds Town Hall, the Anime Day will present 10 hours of fantastic new animated entertainment, including:

Asura (UK Premiere) Bold new Toei anime based on George Akiyama’s manga about the transformation of a boy beast. A masterful blend of digital animation and handcrafted artwork spiked with startling action sequences & flashes of fearsome beauty.

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 1 – The Egg King (English Premiere) Debuting with a prototype graphic novella in 1988, Kentaro Miura’s hyper-violent, yet philosophically charged, high-fantasy manga continues to expand in scope & complexity to this day. Adapted as a TV anime series in the 1990s, the Golden Age Arc is revisited and revived in this first installment of a new feature-length anime trilogy created by studio 4oC.

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 2 – The Battle for Doldrey (English Premiere) The Beserk anime is set in a foreboding, medieval European-inspired world, where a hundred year war rages on. Lone mercenary Guts travels the land, eventually falling in with Griffith – leader of the mercenary group The Band of the Hawk.

Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning (English Premiere) The first feature film based on the popular Japanese superhero TV anime series Tiger & Bunny! In an alternate New York, the hugely popular ‘Hero TV’ broadcasts the daring feats of the city’s most famous superheroes, rating their achievements until an annual King of Heroes is crowned.

Wolf Children Ame and Yuke The latest original anime feature film from Mamoru Hosada, the director of past LIFF hit Summer Wars! Wolf Children is a thrilling & moving adventure about a brother & sister born half-human & half-wolf who are forced to choose between their animal & human sides.

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com

King of Comics / Screenings / 5pm – 6.30pm

Leeds Town Hall, Albert Room, 5pm – 6.30pm, £5 / £4 (concession), 15+

A hugely entertaining documentary profile of Ralf Koenig, Germany’s most succesful cartoonist. Wittily playing with queer cliches & providing a razor sharp critique of modern society’s conflicted relationships with gay culture, he also reaches a wide heterosexual audience. King of Comics is directed with complementary wit & panache by Rosa von Prauheim.

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com

The Ballad of Halo Jones / Live Events / 7.30pm

The Library Scream Pub, Leeds, 7.30pm, £10

Scytheplays and Lass O’Gowrie Productions are incredibly excited to announce that their much-lauded adaptation of writer Alan Moore and artist Ian Gibson’s comic book series, The Ballad of Halo Jones, is to be re-staged as part of Thought Bubble!

Halo Jones was originally published in 2000AD Magazine, most famous as the home of Judge Dredd, from 1984 to 1986 for three adventures, of which Scytheplays’ production, written by Ross Kelly (The Year of the Sex Olympics) and Ian Winterton (Baby Jesus Freak, Sherica), adapts the first two.

Halo Jones was conceived by Gibson and Moore as an antidote to the violent and testosterone-fuelled adventures common in 2000AD; Halo is an everywoman whose adventure is simply to get through life day-to-day in the hellish far-future environment of ‘the Hoop’, the lawless and directionless slum and dumping ground for the unemployed of 51st century society in which she lives, while always dreaming of a way out.

For more information, please visit Scythe Plays

Better Things: The Life & Decisions of Jeffrey Catherine Jones / Screenings / 9pm

Leeds Town Hall, Albert Room, 9pm – 10.30pm, £5 / £4 (concession), 15+

Jeffrey Catherine Jones is one of the most revered comic book & fantasy artists of all time and a complex character with an unusual life, an ideal subject for an insightful and captivating documentary. Tracing the early history as part of The Studio with fellow artists Bernie Wrightson, Barry Windsor-Smith & Michael William Kaluta, through to gender transition in later life, Maria Paz Cabardo assembles a collage of artwork and archive footage alongside interviews with collaborators, as well as some touchingly intimate conversations with the artist herself shortly before she died.

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com


Monday 12th November

Alois Nebel / Screenings / 6.30pm

Vue Cinema, The Light, Leeds, 6.30pm – 8pm, £7 / £5.50 (concession)

A stark and beautiful rotoscope animation from the Czech Republic, based on the comic-book trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš & Jaromír 99, which builds on the recent trend in animation to relate nuanced stories of political sophistication & psychological depth.

Alois Nebel works as a train dispatcher at a small railway station in the Sudetenland. He is a loner who finds the loneliness of the station tranquil – except when the fog rolls in. Then he hallucinates, seeing ghosts & shadows from the dark past of this region where after WWII harsh revenge was exacted on the German population.

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com

Wrinkles / Screenings / 6.30pm

Leeds Town Hall, Albert Room, 6.30pm – 8pm, £5 / £4 (concession), 15+

Wrinkles is a wonderfully comic, irreverent and moving animated tale of friendship, resistance & survival in a retirement home, based on the acclaimed comic Arrugas by Spanish artist Paco Roca.

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com

British Animation Panorama: Animate Wildly / Screenings / 6.30pm

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 6.30pm – 8pm, £7 / £5.50 (concession), 15+

A vivid mash-up of films ranging from one minute long attention grabbers to more considered & delightful narratives, the programme gives us a chance to show off the talents of some of the brilliant animators already working in the industry alongside exciting new works from recent graduates.

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com

Dr Sketchy’s Leeds presents Heroes vs Villains* / Live Events / 7pm – 9.30pm

Travelling Man Lounge, 1st floor, 107 Kirkgate, Leeds, LS1 6DP, 7pm – 9.30pm, £5 entry, 18+

Prepare for some iconic super-villainous & herotastic antics with an evening of classic Dr Sketchy’s anti-art-school life-drawing action! Bring art equipment & sketch pads & prepare for a battle of good vs evil.

Burlesque & heaps of posing with the lovely burly girls:

Miss Jupiter AKA Daisy Cutter

Join Miss Jupiter as she cries, drinks wine & mourns the demise of herself.

Poison Ivy AKA Ivy Wilde

The tale of Dr. Pamela Lillian Isleys’ transformation into Gotham’s eco super-villain right before your very eyes! Find out how this sweet, shy wallflower becomes one of Gotham’s most notorious villains…

Please note: spaces are limited, so please e-mail martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com & book a place quickly to avoid disappointment!

The Ballad of Halo Jones / Live Events / 7.30pm

The Library Scream Pub, Leeds, 7.30pm, £10

Scytheplays and Lass O’Gowrie Productions are incredibly excited to announce that their much-lauded adaptation of writer Alan Moore and artist Ian Gibson’s comic book series, The Ballad of Halo Jones, is to be re-staged as part of Thought Bubble!

Halo Jones was originally published in 2000AD Magazine, most famous as the home of Judge Dredd, from 1984 to 1986 for three adventures, of which Scytheplays’ production, written by Ross Kelly (The Year of the Sex Olympics) and Ian Winterton (Baby Jesus Freak, Sherica), adapts the first two.

Halo Jones was conceived by Gibson and Moore as an antidote to the violent and testosterone-fuelled adventures common in 2000AD; Halo is an everywoman whose adventure is simply to get through life day-to-day in the hellish far-future environment of ‘the Hoop’, the lawless and directionless slum and dumping ground for the unemployed of 51st century society in which she lives, while always dreaming of a way out.

For more information, please visit Scythe Plays

Electric Man + Judge Minty / Screenings / 7.30pm

HIFI, 2 Central Road, Leeds, 7.30pm, £5 / £4 (concession), 18+, English Premiere

Comic shop caper Electric Man is a twisty comedy thriller inspired in equal parts by Clerks & The Maltese Falcon. Jazz & Wold run Deadhead Comics and owe their landlord £5000 – the shop is doomed until Issue No 1 of Electric Man appears. Worth £100,000 – the comic is being sought by a number of people who’ll stop at nothing to get it for themselves!

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Judge William Minty has spent his entire adult life policing the violent streets of Mega-City One – & now he’s slowing down. When a lapse of judgement almost ends his life, he knows that it’s time to quit. He can choose to teach in the Academy, or he can leave the city & walk alone out into the anarchy of the Cursed Earth, taking law to the lawless.

Judge Minty is a NOT FOR PROFIT fan film, shown with the kind permission of 2000 AD and Rebellion
Judge Dredd® is a registered trademark, © Rebellion A/S®, All rights reserved.
Judge Dredd is the Creation of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com

World Animation Award 2012, part 1 / Screenings / 8.30pm

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 8.30pm, £7 / £5.50 (concessions), 15+

Day one of the World Animation Award competition, screening some of the best new films from the international film festival circuit. With 30 selected films over three days, it is an experience that always delights & provokes in equal measure. With exciting new films from China, India, and New Zealand the competition this year is going to be as hard to call as always, so come along & judge for yourself!

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com


Tuesday 13th November

Cartoon Workshop with Matt Dyson / Workshops / 9.30am – 12.15pm

Bradford Central Library, 9.30am – 12.15pm, selected schools, 6-10 year olds, Free

Join Matt Dyson for a comic journey through creating our own fairytale, with you as the hero/heroine!

Working together we will create a short comic strip with you as the main character in a land of fun and fairytales.

King of Comics / Screenings / 5pm

Leeds Town Hall, Albert Room, 5pm – 6.30pm, £5 / £4 (concessions), 15+

A hugely entertaining documentary profile of Ralf Koenig, Germany’s most succesful cartoonist. Wittily playing with queer cliches & providing a razor sharp critique of modern society’s conflicted relationships with gay culture, he also reaches a wide heterosexual audience. King of comics is directed with complementary wit & panache by Rosa von Prauheim.

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com

Zombie Knit Family Fun* / Workshops / 5pm – 7pm

Leeds Central Library Art Library Reading Room, 5-7pm, Families & young people, Free

Join Sarah from Wessenden Woollies, designer extraordinaire, & learn to knit & create your very own cute zombie in only 2 hours! Each participant can take home & keep their creations. All materials provided.

All are welcome, but the knitting session is recommended for 16+ individuals, however families are very welcome as there will be colouring-in sessions running at the same time to keep young children occupied.

Please note: spaces at this workshop are now fully booked!

This event is part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

Better Things: The Life & Decisions of Jeffrey Catherine Jones / Screenings / 6.45pm

Leeds Town Hall, Albert Room, 6.45pm – 8.15pm, £5 / £4 (concessions), 15+

Jeffrey Catherine Jones is one of the most revered comic book & fantasy artists of all time and a complex character with an unusual life, an ideal subject for an insightful and captivating documentary. Tracing the early history as part of The Studio with fellow artists Bernie Wrightson, Barry Windsor-Smith & Michael William Kaluta, through to gender transition in later life, Maria Paz Cabardo assembles a collage of artwork & archive alongside interviews with collaborators, as well as some touchingly intimate conversations with the artist herself shortly before she died.

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com

Crazy & Thief + Cory McAbee / Live Events / 7.30pm

HIFI, 2 Central Road, Leeds, 7.30pm, £5 / £4 (concessions), 18+

Crazy & Thief are two young children whose fantasy world exists within the streets of real New York. Where adults see only advertising hoardings, refuse and everyday people, our two young heroes see magical starcharts, time machines, a cyclops & a giant. We join the two adventurers as they embark on a quest to find a magical star.

Director Cory McAbee will be presenting the film & also performing live on stage.

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com

Percival Toot & The WonderTrumpet / Live Events / 7.30pm

Fab Cafe Leeds, 46 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 8PL, 7.30pm, Free

Poets, storytellers, musicians and puppeteers will entertain you and enthrall you, building up to the performance of the story of the ‘Tea-Smith’ Percival Toot. Beware the WonderTrumpet!

For more information on the event, and the people involved, please visit bewilderbeastillustrations.co.uk

World Animation Award 2012, part 2 / Screenings / 8.30pm

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 8.30pm, £7 / £5.50 (concessions), 15+

Day two of the World Animation Award competition, screening some of the best new films from the international film festival circuit. With 30 selected films over three days, it is an experience that always delights & provokes in equal measure. With exciting new films from China, India, and New Zealand the competition this year is going to be as hard to call as always, so come along & judge for yourself!

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com


Wednesday 14th November

Dr Simpo’s Superhero Laboratory / Workshops / 9am – 12.30pm

Bradford Central Library, 9am – 12.30pm, selected schools, 9-11 year olds, Free

Come & join the Doctor in his ideas laboratory & learn how to go about creating your very own superhero! Fact-files, backgrounds, & history – all presented in the Doctor Simpo way.

You can even stay & use your superhero as part of the Hexjibber Motion comic workshop!

Hexjibber Motion Comic Workshop / Workshops / 9am – 12.30pm

Bradford Central Library, 9am – 12.30pm, selected schools, 9-11 year olds, Free

Make your very own motion comic with Hexjibber & FriiSpray, the virtual graffiti wall! Come along & draw four comic panels using FriiSpray & have your ideas animated into a motion comic!

Thought Bubble Signing Tour presented by Travelling Man Manchester / Signings / 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Travelling Man, 4 Dale St, Manchester, M1 1JW, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, All Ages, Free

Thought Bubble, along with Travelling Man – the UK’s friendliest comic stores, are very pleased to be able to bring a number of guests appearing at this year’s festival to a city near you!

Guests appearing at Travelling Man Manchester will be: Ian Boothby (Bongo’s Simpsons & Futurama Comics), Pia Guerra (Y the Last Man), & Fiona Staples (Saga).

Please visit travellingman.com for more details.

Monster Cthulhu Crochet Family Fun* / Workshops / 5pm – 7pm

Leeds Central Library Art Library Reading Room, 5-7pm, Families & young People, Free

Join Sarah from Wessenden Woollies, designer extraordinaire, & learn to crochet & create your very own Cthulhu monster in only 2 hours! Each participant can take home & keep their creations. All materials provided.

All are welcome, but the knitting session is recommended for 16+ individuals, however families are very welcome as there will be colouring-in sessions running at the same time to keep young children occupied.

Please note: spaces are limited, so please e-mail martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com & book a place quickly to avoid disappointment!

This event is part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

Alois Nebel / Screenings / 8.30pm

Vue Cinema, The Light, Leeds, 8.30pm – 10pm, £7 / £5.50 (concessions)

A stark and beautiful rotoscope animation from the Czech Republic, based on the comic-book trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš & Jaromír 99, which builds on the recent trend in animation to relate nuanced stories of political sophistication & psychological depth.

Alois Nebel works as a train dispatcher at a small railway station in the Sudetenland. He is a loner who finds the loneliness of the station tranquil – except when the fog rolls in. Then he hallucinates, seeing ghosts & shadows from the dark past of this region where after WWII harsh revenge was exacted on the German population.

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com

World Animation Award 2012, part 3 / Screenings / 8.30pm

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 8.30pm, £7 / £5.50 (concessions), 15+

Day three of the World Animation Award competition, screening some of the best new films from the international film festival circuit. With 30 selected films over three days, it is an experience that always delights & provokes in equal measure. With exciting new films from China, India, & New Zealand the competition this year is going to be as hard to call as always, so come along & judge for yourself!

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com


Thursday 15th November

Comics Forum 2012 Day One* / Conferences / 9am – 4.45pm

Leeds Central Library, Exhibition Space, from 9am – 4.45pm, limited entry (please see below for full details)

Comics Forum 2012 kicks off with a range of great talks on multiculturalism in comics by top speakers from around the world! Themes to be discussed include: negotiation, monstrosity, integration, functions of comics, challenging assumptions, reconfiguration, conflict & representation.

Tickets cost £10 (one day), £20 (two days) or £30 (four days (includes weekend Thought Bubble convention pass, saving £10)).

Please visit comicsforum.org for full details & to book tickets.

Cartoon Workshop with Matt Dyson / Workshops / 9.30am – 10.30am

Bradford Central Library, 9.30am – 10.30pm, selected schools, 6-10 year olds, Free

Join Matt Dyson for a comic journey through creating our own fairytale, with you as the hero/heroine!

Working together we will create a short comic strip with you as the main character in a land of fun and fairytales.

Thought Bubble Signing Tour presented by Travelling Man Newcastle / Signings / 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Travelling Man, 43 Grainger St, Newcastle, NE1 5JE, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, All Ages, Free

Thought Bubble, along with Travelling Man – the UK’s friendliest comic stores, are very pleased to be able to bring a number of guests appearing at this year’s festival to a city near you!

Guests appearing at Travelling Man Newcastle will be: Ian Boothby (Bongo’s Simpsons & Futurama Comics), Pia Guerra (Y the Last Man), Fiona Staples (Saga), Doug Braithwaite (Justice), & David Hine (The Bulletproof Coffin).

Please visit travellingman.com for more details.

Gosh! Comics presents – Jason Aaron / Signings / 5pm – 7pm

Gosh! Comics, Berwick Street, Soho, London, 5pm – 7pm, All Ages, Free

From those lovely folks at Gosh! Comics:

“Gosh! has doubled in size since we moved from Bloomsbury to Soho last year, & we’ve developed a new tendency to fill the space with people as well as books. We’ve put on more events than we can sanely handle, counting the likes of Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neill, Eddie Campbell, Dave McKean & Craig Thompson among our esteemed signing table guests.

In November, we’re sharing an event with our friends in the North: Jason Aaron, author of Scalped, Wolverine & The X-Men, Ghost Rider, Punisher Max, & Wolverine will be signing for the south-of-Birmingham catchment area on the 15th, before he heads to Leeds. As the line snakes down the stairs you’ll have the perfect vantage point to check out our new gallery featuring original pages from Marvel Universe Vs. Wolverine by Laurence Campbell, Fatale by Sean Phillips, & Hilda & The Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson.

Since you’re around anyway, why not pop in for our Alison Bechdel & Krent Able events that same week? Aw, go on.”

For more information, please visit goshlondon.com

Comics vs Games* / Live Events / 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Travelling Man Lounge, 1st floor, 107 Kirkgate, Leeds, LS1 6DP, from 5.30pm – 7.30pm, free entry, but space is limited, so please sign up beforehand, 18+

Following on from the hugely successful comics vs games project that ran as part of May’s Toronto International Film Festival Nexus, led by Miguel Sternberg from the Hand Eye Society, we’re pleased to welcome Andy Belanger – designer on the Black Church game & creator of the Black Church comic – to give a talk & demonstration of the five games created.

This will be followed by an informal play session & an exclusive chance to try the games out for yourself!

Please note: spaces are limited, so please e-mail martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com and book a place quickly to avoid disappointment!

Drink & Draw* / Live Events / 8pm

Travelling Man Lounge, 1st floor, 107 Kirkgate, Leeds, LS1 6DP, from 8pm ‘til late, £5 entry, strictly 18+

Join special guests Andy Belanger (Kill Shakespeare, Black Church) & Becky Cloonan (The Mire, Conan) for an informal evening of drinking & drawing.

Please note: tickets are very limited, so please e-mail martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com & book a place quickly to avoid disappointment!


Friday 16th November

Thought Bubble Book Crossing / Free Give-aways / 10am onwards

Various locations across Leeds and Bradford (please see below for details), from 10am, all ages, free

Thought Bubble is once again teaming up with Diamond Comics, Travelling Man, & 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, Bradford Central, Burley, Chapeltown, Compton Road, Eccleshill, Holt Park, Ilkley, Keighley, Laisterdyke, Shipley, Leeds Central, Manningham, Menston, Wetherby, Wibsey, & Wyke.

This event is part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

Comics Forum 2012 Day Two* / Conferences / 10am – 5pm

Leeds Central Library, Exhibition Space, from 10am – 5pm, limited entry (please see below for full details)

Day 2 of Comics Forum 2012 features more fantastic talks from international academics on panels covering the themes of: justice, identity, 9/11, depiction, progress, nationality, situating experimentation & body image.

To top it all off, today’s keynote event is Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead) in conversation with Dr Hugo Frey (University of Chichester).

Tickets cost £10 (one day), £20 (two day) or £30 (four days (includes two days Thought Bubble convention pass, saving £10)).

Please visit comicsforum.org for full details & to book tickets.

Young Peoples Comic Award / Live Events / 1pm – 3pm

Leeds Town Hall, Sullivan Room, 1pm – 3pm, Selected Schools, free

The Young People’s Comic Award is run in association with the Leeds Book Awards & Leeds Library & has taken over from the Leeds (Young People’s) Graphic Novel Awards which began in 2010. This new award is judged by young people & aims to celebrate the best in comics from UK creators aimed at, & suitable for, a young audience.

Please visit britishcomicawards.com for full details.

This event is part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

Thought Bubble Signing Tour presented by Travelling Man York / Signings / 4.30pm – 6pm

Travelling Man, 54 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF, 4.30pm – 6pm, All Ages, Free

Thought Bubble, along with Travelling Man – the UK’s friendliest comic stores, are very pleased to be able to bring a number of guests appearing at this year’s festival to a city near you!

Guests appearing at Travelling Man York will be: Jason Aaron (Scalped), Andy Belanger (Black Church), and Becky Cloonan (The Mire).

Please visit travellingman.com for more details.

Morgan Spurlock’s Comic Con / Screenings / 6.30pm

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 6.30pm – 8pm, £7 / £5.50 (concessions), 15+

A wonderful documentary exploring the amazing cultural phenomenon that is Comic-Con, by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca. Directed by Morgan Spurlock, it’s a colourful celebration of one of the world’s largest entertainment events, that features dozens of appearances by legends & famous comic fans including Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen, & Eli Roth.

For more information, please visit leedsfilm.com

Mondo So Far – Curated by Olly Moss – Charity Launch / Live Events / 7pm

White Cloth Gallery, 26 Aire Street Leeds LS1 4HT, 7pm until late, £10 (fifty percent of ticket price to charity), 18+

Due to demand we will be having an exclusive launch event for the Mondo So Far exhibition. Tickets will cost £10, with fifty percent of this price going to the Barnardo’s charity, and we strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets for this event in advance. Tickets will go on sale at 4pm on Friday 26th October via the White Cloth Gallery Website.

Whilst tickets are available on the door for most launch nights, we do anticipate that this event will sell out. Once tickets are sold out we will be operating a ‘one-out, one-in’ policy on the door, and we want to try and avoid any disappointment for those wishing to participate.

Also included in the ticket price will be drinks, and live drawing installations from BestJoinedUp who will be creating giant-sized versions of famous movie posters on the night which will be auctioned for charity. For full details of the launch event, and to buy tickets, please click here!

This exhibition, curated by Olly Moss, will be the first ever showing of Mondo poster artwork in the UK & a unique opportunity for fans of pop culture, graphic art or simply beautiful images to see this artwork first-hand.

The exhibition will be shown in the recently opened White Cloth Gallery. Devoted to film & photography, it is the first gallery of its kind in the North of England. Full details of the exhibition’s run can be found on this page.

Thought Bubble Pre-Convention Reception / Live Events / 8pm

1871 Bar, Leeds Marriott Hotel, LS1 6ET, 8pm until late, free, but limited capacity so please arrive early, 18+

A chance for guests, exhibitors & attendees to relax & chat before our huge Comic Con on Saturday in the lovely surroundings of the newly refurbished 1871 bar!

Please note: capacity is limited for this reception, so please arrive in good time to guarantee entry.


Thought Bubble Convention / Live Events / 10am – 5pm

10:00 – 17:00, New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries, Alea Cinema Room, All Ages, for tickets click here.

Join us for our spectacular two day comic book convention at New Dock Hall and Royal Armouries Hall, two of Leeds’ largest exhibition spaces!

Over the two days we’ll be welcoming some of the biggest names in the comic book industry from around the world to Leeds for signings and sketches, and audiences can browse 100′s of exhibitor and retailer tables.

The convention will also feature a dizzying array of workshops, masterclasses & panel discussions which will take place in venues within & surrounding the two exhibition halls. Special events will include the British Comic Awards, and our annual cosplay competition, where hundreds of participants attend the convention as their favourite comic book, anime & manga heroes. For full details, please scroll down this page!

Entry to the event costs just £20 for a two day pass, £12 for a day pass, £8 for cosplayers and under 12′s get in for free (when accompanied by a ticket holding parent/guardian)! For tickets, please click here.

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th November – Convention Duration Events

2000 AD vs Best Joined Up / Live Events / 10am – 5pm

New Dock Hall Foyer, from 10am – 5pm, free, all ages

Continuing their creative endeavours, Best Joined Up are collaborating with 2000 AD this year to make live art at the Thought Bubble Convention.

The artistic team will be working together to produce a huge 9-panel comic installation in the foyer of New Dock Hall, Leeds. Come along and watch as the panels are created live, & then brought together to form a giant comic page installation!

Book Launches / Live Events / 10am – 5pm

Various tables, New Dock & Royal Armouries Hall, from 10am – 5pm, all ages (depending on book content), prices vary

A number of amazing books are making their debut at this year’s Thought Bubble Convention, so if you’d like to get your hands on them then track them down fast!

Tables with books launching are marked on the convention map or, for a full list, please visit this page.

Comic Book Heroes Competition / Workshops / 10am – 5pm

Daniel Clifford’s table, Royal Armouries Hall, from 10am – 5pm, free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Join the Art Heroes at their table throughout the Thought Bubble weekend to create your own comic book hero & enter a competition to win brilliant comic book goodies & have your character featured on the Art Heroes website!

This event is part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

Dr Geof’s Travelling Tea Museum / Exhibitions / 10am – 5pm

Centre of Royal Armouries Hall, from 10am – 5pm, 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 & erroneous replicas relating to the exploits of a completely-made-up tea-based military organisation. Admittance free.

Strictly No Tea Duelling.

This event is part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

Hexjibber Colouring-In Art / Exhibitions / 10am – 5pm

Hexjibber Table, Royal Armouries Hall, from 10am – 5pm, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Andy “Hexjibber” Sykes is back with giant colouring & quirky activities for all ages! Includes giant-sized activities taken straight from the pages of ‘The Hexjibber Colouring & Activity Book’ & the new ‘Hexjibber Anti-Revision Book’.

Free drop-in activity all day Sat & Sun in Royal Armouries Hall!

This event is part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

The Phoenix at Thought Bubble 2012 / Live Events / 10am – 5pm

The Phoenix Family Area, Royal Armouries Hall, from 10am – 5pm, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages, families

Voyage through deepest darkest space, ride on the back of prehistoric monsters, journey to the depths of the world’s deepest oceans, creep around the sewers of Victorian London… clamber around a giant saucer of soup? No, this isn’t a delirious dream but a whistle-stop tour of places that The Phoenix, the weekly story comic, takes children every week!

Make sure that you join the fun this year at Thought Bubble by catching this perky fiery bird at the following all-ages events:

The Fabulous Phoenix Feather Hunt!

The Phoenix has been flying around Thought Bubble roosting at the home of its many brilliant artists & writers. Pick up a list of this perky bird’s favorite Thought Bubble roosting spots from The Phoenix comic stand & join in the hunt!

If you can pick up a coloured Phoenix feather from every nest, then you can win yourself the chance of nabbing an EXCLUSIVE Phoenix t-shirt!

The Zoo of Awesomeness

Traversing the known limits of biology & logic, exploring the infinite possibilities of comic creation & drawing the most corkingly good animals anywhere … The Phoenix is offering you the chance to create your own awesome animal to be featured in a super special edition of the weekly story comic!

Pop along to The Phoenix stand to offer your own creation for The Phoenix Zoo of Awesomeness. Think Alien Aardvarks, Mecha Meerkats or even Ninja Narwhals! The brilliant Neill Cameron & Gary Northfield will then select the best animal, to be featured in The Phoenix & it may even appear in a future episode of Gary’s Garden!

Don’t worry, if you can’t think of an amazing animal, The Phoenix boffins have brought along their brand new patented comic-creating device ‘The Wheel of Awesomeness’ to help!

It’s On!

The very best of The Phoenix artists & writers will be battling it out over the course of Saturday (from 11am – 3pm) to create the craziest comic creature!

Featuring…

Neill “the prehistoric powerhouse” Cameron

Demon of dinosaurs, paragon of pirates and brilliant buccaneer, Neill “the prehistoric powerhouse” Cameron is coming to Thought Bubble 2012 to offer his competitors more buckle than they can swash! Along with Daniel Hartwell, Neill is behind the stunning Pirates of Pangaea, and not only that but he is a very close personal friend to the one and only Professor Panels from How To Make Awesome Comics! With a wealth of comic creating talent behind Neill, people often ask “Why are his comics so good” there is only one answer … they just arrgghh.

Adam “The Exhumer” Murphy

Adam will be looking to bring his particular brand of ghoulish glee with him as he vies to win Top Banana for Thought Bubble 2012. This examiner of the expired, interrogator of the interred and creator of the brilliant Corpse Talk, Adam will be ready to bring the wrath of the undead with him and to use his drawing dexterity to make his competitors stark grave- ing mad!

Gary “Shrubbery Supremo” Northfield

Gary comes to Thought Bubble 2012 to ‘till it like it is’. The creator behind the fabulous Gary’s Garden, Gary will be bringing his own brand of angry insect art to the competition … but beware Gary will be treating his ‘anenomes’ like his Garden … Weed ‘em and reap!

Alex “The Merciless” Matthews

His ancient heroes may be Useleus but he certainly isn’t … Alex “The Merciless” Matthews will be looking to bring the strength of Hercules, the wrath of Zeus and the might of the Minotaur to Thought Bubble 2012. Along with Will Dawbarn, Alex is behind the stunning adventures of Useleus, the hapless hero of Ancient Greece … but don’t let this fool you, for like an ancient Greek sea monster, if you are against Alex, you better get Kraken!

Rob “The Astro-Assassin” Deas

Expect great things as Rob puts his bid in to win the Top Banana award. Rob is behind the excellent alien archaeologist, Troy Trailblazer. Packed with sci-fi thrills, starbound spills and strange alien beasties Rob is no stranger to comics danger. Fellow competitors be on your guard, if the astro-assassin beats you, you’d better be ready to Apollo – gise!

Dave “The Detective” Shelton

Don’t be fooled; Dave wants to be named Top Banana at Thought Bubble 2012 and he means business! As the creator of the amazing crime capers of Good Dog Bad Dog, Dave’s canine creations could have his opponents wondering if he is guilty of War mongreling!

Matt “The Story Stallion” Baxter

The Phoenix editorial team will have their paws and trotter crossed for Matt as he enters the comic creation ring for Thought Bubble 2012. Documentor of the thrills and spills of Phoenix HQ life, Matt threatens to bring a level of comic creation that could be unrivalled. But just in case he doesn’t Chops has taught him the necessary moves to win. Prepare yourselves for high flying porky kung fu when Matt pulls out … the pork chop!

Come along to The Phoenix stand to shout your support & to find out who will be crowned The Phoenix’s Top Banana of Thought Bubble 2012!

These events are part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

SelfMadeHero Drop-In Portfolio Critique / Portfolio Reviews / 10am – 5pm

SelfMadeHero Table, New Dock Hall, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

SelfMadeHero are the UK’s best up & coming publishing house whose graphic novels have received praise from the likes of The Guardian & The Independent.

Their editors & a select crop of creators will be on hand throughout this year’s Thought Bubble convention to give advice on portfolios, scout for new talent & hear your pitches!

Marvel Portfolio Critiques with editor Steve Wacker* / Portfolio Reviews / 11am – 5pm

Alea Downstairs Area, from 11am – 5pm, appointments must be made in advance, free but a convention pass must be purchased, 18+

This year we are pleased to announce that once again Marvel Comics will be holding a talent search at Thought Bubble!

Because of time constraints, the format for reviews will be as follows: your portfolio must be emailed in advance, then, if your portfolio is selected, you’ll be called back for a full review by senior Marvel editor Stephen Wacker.

Please submit your portfolio to tbportfolioreview@gmail.com by 11th November 2012

Image Comics portfolio reviews with Eric Stephenson* / Portfolio Reviews / 2pm – 5pm

Alea Downstairs Area, from 2pm – 5pm, appointments must be made in advance, free but a convention pass must be purchased, 18+

This year we are delighted to announce that Image Comics will be holding portfolio reviews at Thought Bubble!

Because of time constraints, the format for reviews will be as follows: your portfolio must be emailed in advance, if your portfolio is selected, you’ll be called back for a full review by Publisher of Image Comics Eric Stephenson.

Please submit your portfolio to martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com by 11th November 2012

Titan Comics portfolio reviews with Steve White / Portfolio Reviews / 2pm – 3.30pm

Alea Downstairs Area, from 2pm – 3.30pm, free but a convention pass must be purchased, 18+

Looking for an insight into how you can develop your artwork? Hoping for some useful critiques on your style? Well, Titan Comics is pleased to announce a portfolio review at Thought Bubble, hosted by Senior editor, Steve White.

Please form an orderly queue!


Saturday 17th November Only – Convention Events

2000 AD Portfolio Competition Reviews* / Portfolio Reviews / 10am – 5pm

2000 AD Table, New Dock Hall, from 10am – 5pm, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

It’s Dragons’ Den meets the Nerve Centre as Tharg the Mighty’s minions slide top talent unearthed from these portfolio sessions beneath the searing gaze of his top-name art-droids!

Budding artists should view the free sample script here, draw their own version of it as per the guidelines, & bring their efforts to this session being held at the 2000 AD table in New Dock Hall. The six best efforts chosen by Tharg himself will then go before the searing eyes of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic in a special judging panel in Bury Theatre the next day!

(please see Sunday’s listings below for judging panel details)

Dr Simpo’s Drop-In Comic Character Creation / Workshops / 10am – 5pm

Dr Simpo’s table, Royal Armouries Hall, from 10am – 5pm, free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Join Dr Simpo in learning the tricks of the trade for creating your very own wacky superhero! Plus, once you have created your character, explore the Doctor’s wacky wardrobe to find what they might wear & even try the costume on yourself!

This event is part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

Gosh! Comics presents – The Best Thing I’ve Read All Year / Panels / 10.40am – 11.30am

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 10.40am – 11.30am free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Antony Johnston, Kate Brown, Kieron Gillen, Al Ewing, Fiona Staples – Join our panel to discover the hidden gems & best of the year’s comics that you should be reading, then head into the convention hall to track them down!

Hosted by Tom Oldham.

1000 Words Conference / Live Events / 11am – 3.45pm

Alea Cinema Room, 11am – 3.45pm, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, 18+ entry only, photo ID may be required, please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Curated by TB 2011’s writer in residence Matthew Sheret.

A collection of very short talks about comics & culture, by people who love both. Nine speakers will be talking about the things that inspire them, whether that’s games, music, or moving pictures, with each talk lasting fifteen scintillating minutes. Following them will be a keynote talk by one of comics current stars, who will have thirty minutes to tell the world how their industry & their interests collide.

Speakers include:

11am – 12pm: Three short talks about film and television by Emma Vieceli (artist; Vampire Academy: Frostbite ), Anne Hollowday (producer; Lonelyleap Films) & Si Spurrier (writer; X-Men Legacy, A Serpent Uncoiled)

12.30pm – 1.30pm: Three short talks about music by Laura Snapes (Associate editor; Pitchfork.com), Kristyna Baczynski (artist; Nelson) & Hannah Donovan (designer; This Is My Jam, musician)

2pm – 3pm: Three short talks about videogames by Andy Belanger (artist; Black Church), Kate Brown (artist; Fish + Chocolate) & Antony Johnston (writer; Dead Space, The Coldest City)

3.15pm – 3.45pm: Kieron Gillen (writer; Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, Phonogram) talks about how comics & culture collide, & how it helps drive his own work.

You can join in throughout the day; feel free to come for the whole thing or dip in & out between each session.

Image Comics presents – Independence in the UK! / Panels / 11.40am – 12.30pm

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 11.40am – 12.30pm, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Jordie Bellaire, Richard Starkings, Giannis Milonogiannis, Charlie Adlard, and Ian Churchill – Some of Image Comics’ best and brightest stars make their home in the United Kingdom. Join them for a wide-ranging discussion with Image Publisher Eric Stephenson about creative freedom in the new age of comics independence and their exciting new projects at Image Comics.

Hosted by Image Comics Executive Director Eric Stephenson.

2000 AD 35th Anniversary Roundtable / Panels / 12.40pm – 1.30pm

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 12.40pm – 1.30pm, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Rob Williams, Simon Fraser, Simon Davis, Leigh Gallagher, Robbie Morrison – the galaxy’s greatest comic turns 35 this year & to celebrate we’ve got some of the mighty Tharg’s best art & script droids together. Guaranteed to be zarjaz!

Hosted by Stacey Whittle & Iz McAuliffe.

Story Cubes: Creative Story-Telling with Simpsons Comics writer Ian Boothby / Workshops / 1pm – 2.30pm

New Dock Hall Foyer, 1pm – 2.30pm, free, families & young people

Join Simpsons writer Ian Boothby for this special Story Cubes session.

Story Cubes are dice which contain images instead of numbers. They are thrown at random & the images are used as the basis for new fun stories. Ian will be using these as a starting point for participants to create crazy stories with some of their favourite TV characters.

This event is part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

Comics 2.0 – Digital Comics Discussion / Panels / 1.40pm – 2.30pm

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1.40pm – 2.30pm free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Simon Fraser, Becky & Frank, Kate Beaton, Scott C, Paul Duffield – comics are increasingly being produced & distributed through digital means in the modern day, but what does this mean for the medium? Come along & let our panel of distinguished creators show you how comics are evolving.

Hosted by Alex Fitch.

Sketching Spotlight / Live Events / 2.40pm – 4pm

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 2.40pm – 4pm free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Yanick Paquette, Paolo Rivera, Emma Rios, and Jock – come along to our sketching spotlight to see some of the finest artists currently working in the industry drawing live on stage & taking you through their creative process. Feel free to drop-in & out of the session at your leisure.

All sketches produced will be auctioned off for charity.

Hosted by Peter Doherty.

Comics and Society – Presented by Mark Zaid / Live Events / 4pm – 5pm

Alea Cinema Room, 4pm – 5pm, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, 18+ entry only, photo ID may be required, please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Come enjoy a unique powerpoint presentation delivered by Mark S. Zaid, a Washington D.C. National Security attorney, featuring an educational & humorous interactive visual arts presentation tracing the historical creation & development of comic books and their characters, and particularly how comics addressed social issues of the day (including such topics as war, sex, civil rights, women’s liberation, politics, censorship, violence, & terrorism).

Zaid, who has lectured across the United States, is an advisor to the Overstreet Comic Book Price & Grading Guides and a co-founder of the Comic Book Collecting Association. He is also the owner of EsquireComics, which specializes in rare & esoteric comic books from 1930-1963.

Writers Roundtable / Panels / 4.10pm – 5pm

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 4.10pm – 5pm free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Jason Aaron, Andy Diggle, Ivan Brandon, Mark Waid, Nick Spencer – this year we’ve brought some of the best writers in comics to Leeds, so why not come along for what’s sure to be a fascinating panel talk on the reality of writing for some of comics’ most enduring characters, as well as inventing worlds for creator owned properties.

Hosted by Tom Oldham.

British Comic Awards – Prize Giving Ceremony / Live Events / 6pm – 7pm

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 6pm – 7pm, 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 & brightest of UK comics all in one place?

The First British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place as part of this year’s Thought Bubble Festival, & exhibitors & attendees of the show will be welcome, alongside the nominees & 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 this page.

Thought Bubble Mid-Convention Party / Live Events / 8pm onwards

Anthony’s Piazza, Leeds Corn Exchange, 8pm until late, strictly 18+ (please bring a valid form of photo ID)

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 at Anthony’s Piazza in the historic Leeds Corn Exchange! The perfect way to unwind after a hectic day on the con floor! We’ll have the drinks & 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.

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.

*tickets bought online before 9/10/12, or bought in person from Travelling Man, etc


Sunday 18th November Only – Convention Events

Dr Simpo’s Exquisite Corpse / Workshops / 10am – 4pm

Dr Simpo’s table, Royal Armouries Hall, from 10am – 4pm, free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Come along with 3 or more friends & create a character for all to see. However, you won’t be able to see the previous body part as you draw your own section…either a head, a body or the legs!

Join Dr Simpo & get stuck in & win a free prize for taking part!

This event is part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

Judge Minty / Screenings / 10.20am – 10.50am

Alea Cinema Room, 10.20am – 10.50am, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, 18+ entry only, photo ID may be required

Judge William Minty has spent his entire adult life policing the violent streets of Mega-City One – & now he’s slowing down. When a lapse of judgement almost ends his life, he knows that it’s time to quit. He can choose to teach in the Academy, or he can leave the city & walk alone out into the anarchy of the Cursed Earth, taking law to the lawless.

Judge Minty is a NOT FOR PROFIT fan film, shown with the kind permission of 2000 AD and Rebellion
Judge Dredd® is a registered trademark, © Rebellion A/S®, All rights reserved.
Judge Dredd is the Creation of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.

Northern Sequential Arts Competition Prize-Giving Ceremony / Live Events / 10.20am – 10.50am

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 10.20am – 10.50am, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

This year saw the third NSAC take place as part of Thought Bubble 2012 in association with Travelling Man Comic Shops. Entry was open to creators from the UK, who were asked to produce a single page A3 story told in six panels or more. We’ll be announcing the winners live on stage – they’ll get to see their work published in 2013’s Thought Bubble Anthology!

Women In Comics / Panels / 11am – 11.50am

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 11am – 11.50am, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Alison Bechdel, Kate Beaton, Simone Lia, Hannah Berry, Fiona Stephenson – Thought Bubble’s annual panel talk on the increasing presence of female writers & artists in comics. This promises to be an engaging discussion on the female perspective in comics & how they’re helping shape the contemporary story-telling process.

Hosted by Dr Mel Gibson.

Aces Weekly Rountable / Panels / 11.10am – 12pm

Alea Cinema Room, 11:10am – 12pm, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, 18+ entry only, photo ID may be required, please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

A talk on Aces Weekly – the exclusively digital comic art magazine for computer & tablet, featuring top talents in sequential art from around the globe & published by David Lloyd – the man who brought you V For Vendetta.

How it happened & why – why it is that in so many ways it is better for it to be on screen than in print, despite making no essential uses in storytelling of technical trickery. Aces Weekly gives creators a direct connection with their readers, avoids the limitations of retail & distribution that have restricted the reach of many great comics stories published in print & gives creators freedom to tell almost any story they want to tell, with complete ownership guaranteed & an equal share of all income generated.

Come & hear more!

2000 AD Portfolio Review Judging Session / Live Events / 12pm – 12.50pm

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 12pm – 12.50pm, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content.

Many have tried to make it into the hallowed pages of the Galaxy’s Greatest comic, most have failed. But the winner of this year’s 2000 AD portfolio challenge will be joining the likes of Dave Gibbons, Jock, Mick McMahon, Brian Bolland & Mark Buckingham!

This year we have the ultimate prize – the winner of the portfolio session will get the chance to illustrate a Future Shock in 2000 AD! Join the ranks of the biggest names in British comic books by getting a paid strip from Tharg the Mighty!

Come along & see which of the portfolio review entries wins this amazing prize!

(For details of how to enter, please see Saturday’s convention events, or click here)

Unseen Shadows: Year One / Panels / 12.10pm – 1pm

Alea Cinema Room, 12.10pm – 1pm, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, 18+ entry only, photo ID may be required, please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

The first year in an evolutionary experiment in co-creation & collaborative character development.

In 2011 the first comic anthology Tales of the Fallen, featuring characters from the bestselling novel “Fallen Heroes” was released at Thought Bubble & now the Unseen Shadows team are back. The multiple creative teams involved in the Unseen Shadows project talk about creation & contribution in a shared universe of prose, audio & comics. There will also be a look forward to the future of the project.

This is the story of how the Unseen Shadows took on a life of their own.

Sketching Spotlight / Live Events / 1pm – 3pm

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1pm – 3pm, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Becky Cloonan, Pia Guerra, David Petersen, Scott C, Andy Belanger, Fiona Staples – come along to our sketching spotlight to see some of the finest artists currently working in the industry drawing live on stage & taking you through their creative process. All sketches produced will be auctioned off for charity.

Hosted by Peter Doherty.

Story Cubes: Creative Story-Telling with Simpsons Comics writer Ian Boothby / Workshops / 1pm – 2.30pm

New Dock Hall Foyer, 1pm – 2.30pm, free, families & young people

Join Simpsons writer Ian Boothby for this special Story Cubes session.

Story Cubes are dice which contain images instead of numbers. They are thrown at random & the images are used as the basis for new fun stories. Ian will be using these as a starting point for participants to create crazy stories with some of their favourite TV characters.

This event is part of our Space Robot line-up, partly funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired.

Clockwork Watch / Live Events / 1.20pm – 2pm

Alea Cinema Room, 1.10pm – 2pm, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, 18+ entry only, photo ID may be required, please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Join creators Yomi Ayeni, Jennie Gyllblad & Corey Brotherson as they take you into the incredible Steampunk world of Clockwork Watch – how they took the story worldwide on just a small budget, what it was like to host two live events, how its audience co-created the mythology, what it means to bring a transmedia perspective to the independent comic book industry & more.

Clockwork Watch isn’t just a story being told by its creators – you’re a big part of this revolutionary experience. Find out why at this panel & how you can join in on the fun.

VS Comics Launch / Live Events / 2.10pm – 3pm

Alea Cinema Room, 2.10pm – 3pm, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, 18+ entry only, photo ID may be required, please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

James Moran & Mike Garley introduce their new monthly, creator-owned, all-genre initiative VS comics! They’ll be previewing some of the stories, along with contributors Ned Hartley, Patrick Walsh, Martin Simmonds, Nich Angell, & Adam Christopher.

The panel also features previews from stories by other VS creators, Q&As & details on how new & established creators can join the VS team, for us to feed off like sexy vampires*.

*Caution: Panel may** include sexy vampires!

** But probably won’t.

Cosplay Masquerade / Live Events / 3pm – 5.30pm

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 3pm – 5.30pm, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Thought Bubble’s massive cosplay event is back! Whether you’re in costume or not come along & 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.

Registration is from 12pm – 2pm at the Cosplay table in New Dock Hall foyer.

From Stands to Screen – Comics in Film / Panels / 3.10 – 4pm

Alea Cinema Room, 3.10pm – 4pm, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, 18+ entry only, photo ID may be required, please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Robin Furth, Jock, Nick Spencer, Phil Noto – A panel talk on the transition of comics to the big & small screen with the creators who have worked on transferring stories from paper to celluloid. An engaging discussion on the ongoing evolution of the on-screen revolution & an inside scoop on this year’s hot comics film properties.

Hosted by John Mosby.

Dandy: The Rise & Fall of a National Institution / Live Events / 4.10pm – 5pm

Alea Cinema Room, 4.10pm – 5pm, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, 18+ entry only, photo ID may be required, please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

As you may well know the longest running weekly comic book in the whole of the world is coming to a rather abrupt end in the year of its 75th Birthday, so why not come & celebrate such beloved characters as Desperate Dan, Baby Face Finlayson, Jonah & in later years Beryl the Peril, Hyde & Shriek, Cuddles & Dimples & of course Bananaman.

Learn about their creators, their stalwart artists & writers & much, much more…with your enigmatic host Doctor Simpo.

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