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2013 Festival Programme

Here you can see our festival programme from 2013, along with Alice Duke’s amazing science fiction inspired festival image from that year.


2013′s festival ran from 17th – 26th November, and 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 below for more information.


Festival Duration Events

Arts Council Funding @ Thought Bubble 2013

Since 2008, Thought Bubble has benefited greatly from Arts Council funding – it has helped us bring the sequential arts universe to wider audiences.

In the past, funding has specifically supported new projects such as the Northern Sequential Arts Competition and our annual Artist Residencies, as well as workshops, masterclasses and special guest appearances.

This year, with new support from the Arts Council, we present two new projects for audiences to experience and enjoy: Third Line with the Best Joined Up collective; and our new relaxation zone at the festival – Bubs Lounge. For full details of these projects, please see below, and for more information on Arts Council and the projects they support, please visit artscouncil.org.uk

2000 AD Comic Competition // Live Events // Deadline – 23/11/2013
 
Entries must be submitted in person at Thought Bubble’s Convention, Saturday 23rd November, at the 2000 AD table in New Dock Hall.

Want to be the next great artist to draw Judge Dredd? Then take this opportunity to have your art seen by one of the world’s best known publishers by entering the 2000 AD portfolio challenge!

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!

Budding artists should view the free sample script at thoughtbubblefestival.com, draw their own version of it, and bring their efforts to the portfolio sessions being held at the 2000 AD table at the Thought Bubble Comic Con on Saturday 23rd November.

The six best efforts chosen by Tharg himself will then go before the searing eyes of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic and its art droids!

For more information, please click here.

Core Mix // Exhibitions // Opening Times Vary

Cuvée Wine Bar, Granary Wharf, Leeds, opening times vary, suitable for all ages, FREE

Gramschi – half-Viking / half-nerd finally begins his realisation of a decade-long project – meaning he actually started painting. As for the works themselves; recognition will doubtless occur, but may not be instant. Bastions of escapism; solace; thrill and sheer fun. The simple and bold extrapolated to cosmic complexity. Or just pretty colours and shapes. It doesn’t matter.

This exhibition runs for the whole of November, and includes talks on the works on Sunday 3rd and Sunday 17th November at 14:00.

For opening times and location details, please visit cuveeleds.com

Third Line @ Thought Bubble 2013 // Exhibitions // Open 23rd & 24th November

Allied London Hall, Armouries Square, convention weekend exhibition free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Best Joined Up is a gathering together of British creators – since 2005 they have toured the globe with their live illustration and painting events, creating new audiences, unique platforms and building fresh networks for Illustration, Street/Graffiti Art, Design, Animation and Sound.

Best Joined Up will be returning to Thought Bubble 2013 with a crack team of Graffiti and Street Artists, Illustrators and Doodlers.You may remember them creating the bespoke three metre high page for 2000 AD in 2011, or their live film poster making with Mondo Posters in 2012.

This year, Best Joined Up will create a series of huge-scale sequential arts pieces which will be created on site and then exhibited in our new third exhibition space – Allied London Hall – the project will be completed with live illustration over the comic con weekend.

Please visit bestjoinedup.com for more information on their upcoming projects, and for more information on the Third Line exhibition, please click here.

Thought Bubble & Image Comics Charity Anthology // Festival Exclusives // On Sale 6/11/2013

Comic Shops Worldwide, £2.85p/$3.99 (prices may vary), Published Wednesday 6th November, suitable for ages 12+

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

A 32-page oversize comic featuring all new work from Cameron Stewart, Brandon Graham, Ming Doyle, Jeffrey Brown, Mark Buckingham, Richard Starkings, Boo Cook, Carlos Ezquerra, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Ramon Perez, and many more!

For full details, please click here.

All profits go to the charity Barnardo’s.

Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition Entries // Exhibitions // Opening Times Vary

Leeds Central Library, opening times vary, suitable for all ages, FREE

Pop by Leeds Central Library to view all the wonderful entries from the Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition!

Winners of the competition will be announced at the Thought Bubble comic convention on Sunday 24th November at 10:10 in the Bury Theatre, and will have their work featured in 2014’s Thought Bubble Anthology!

Please click here for full details of this year’s Comic Art Competition, and how to get involved with 2014′s!

Sunday 17th November

Fanomenon – Anime Day 2013 // Screenings // Times Vary (please click for full details)

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, from 11:00, film ratings vary, please visit leedsfilm.com for more details and for tickets and prices

The hugely popular Fanomenon Anime Day returns to Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) this year on Sunday 17h November on the first of day the Thought Bubble Festival 2013.

Starting at 11am in the superb setting of the Victoria Hall at Leeds Town Hall, the Anime Day will present 10 hours of fantastic new animated entertainment! For full listings, please see below, and for further information, please visit leedsfilm.com

2013′s Anime Day runs in partnership with Scotland Loves Animation.

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 1100 (100 mins), 12, please visit leedsfilm.com for more details and for tickets and prices

A special mini double bill of brand new anime, both films English Premieres. From Makoto Shinkai, the acclaimed director of Journey to Agartha, Garden of Words is a love story about a high school art student who skips school one day in favour of sketching in a rainy garden, only to meet a woman who will change his life forever. In HAL, the debut of exciting new anime talent Ryoutarou Makihara, android Q01 is dispatched to help a woman cope with the loss of her lover who the robot has been remodelled to resemble.

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 1300 (99 mins), 12, please visit leedsfilm.com for more details and for tickets and prices

The English Premiere of the new anime feature from Yasuhiro Yoshiura, the director of Time of Eve, screening in Leeds just after its Japanese release. Patema has lived her whole life underground, following a catastrophic attempt to harness alternative power sources, when her community were driven to settle in a dark, cramped network of tunnels. She roams them by torchlight, dreaming of adventures on the surface. But she gets more adventure than she expects when she sneaks into a forbidden area that takes her above ground, and Patema’s world is turned upside-down, literally.

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 1500 (90 mins), 12, please visit leedsfilm.com for more details and for tickets and prices

The time travelling Steins;Gate phenomenon has spawned a manga and anime tv series, and now the first hit movie, receiving its English Premiere in Leeds. Kurisu is reunited with her boyfriend Okabe in Tokyo after a year in America, but their time together is cut short when Okabe begins to have images of other timelines, and disappears when he finds the ultimate Steins;Gate. Kurisu must decide whether to follow Okabe’s words to not go back in time to get him back, or to try to find him and risk disaster for the world.

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 1700 (96 mins), 15, please visit leedsfilm.com for more details and for tickets and prices

The latest eagerly-awaited feature film in Hideaki Anno’s Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy. Fourteen years after the third impact, Shinji awakens to a world he does not recognize and his body has not aged a single day. Earth lies in ruins and those he once fought valiantly to protect have cruelly turned against him. Nerv is nothing but a distant memory. Trapped in a harrowing cycle of death and rebirth, Shinji continues to courageously battle the angels – even as the world spirals down towards what could be a tragic end.

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 1930 (124 mins), 15, please visit leedsfilm.com for more details and for tickets and prices

A special 25th anniversary presentation in the unique setting of Leeds Town Hall for one of the greatest anime feature films ever made, screening in a new digital print. Neo-Tokyo, 2019, and the city is being rebuilt after World War III. Kaneda and Tetsuo, two high school drop-outs, are members of a joy-riding motorcycle gang. They stumble upon a secret government project to develop telekinetic humans, apparently for use as weapons. Tetsuo learns of the existence of his ‘peer’ Akira, the project’s most powerful subject, and sets out to challenge him.

Antboy // Screenings // 11:30

Hyde Park Picture House, Brudenell Road, Leeds, 1130 (77 min), PG, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

A delightful spoof-adventure based on the popular Danish children’s books by Kenneth Bøgh Andersen, Antboy has enough action, comedy, and charm to entertain superhero fans of all ages. A shy twelve-year-old becomes a superhero after being bitten by a very special ant and develops unimaginable superpowers. With help from his friend, comic book nerd Wilhelm, Pelle creates a secret identity as the superhero Antboy, and becomes a local crimefighter. When a supervillain, The Flea, enters the scene, Antboy must step up to the challenge.

Walerian Borowczyk: Animated Shorts // Screenings // 14:00

Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1400 (100 min), 12a, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

Polish filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk is one of the most influential animators of the twentieth century inspiring filmmakers like Jan Svankmajer, David Lynch and Terry Gilliam. Here we present a selection of nine of his greatest short films including Grandma’s Encyclopaedia, which animates cut outs from Victorian encyclopedias. Renaissance features a scene of wrecked, handmade objects gradually reconstructing themselves into a still life composition before exploding once more. The Game of the Angels evokes de Chirico and Magritte to describe the concentration universe of death camps and the Gulag.

Barbara ‘Basha’ Baranowska: Film Poster Design Talk // Live Events // 14:30

Leeds Town Hall, Albert Room, 1430, all ages, FREE

Barbara ‘Basha’ Baranowska, best known for her poster for Possession, is the unsung hero of Polish poster art. Basha donned a variety of graphic personae – from the sometimes brutal cut-outs of her early Polish book jackets to voluptuous, almost psychedelic surrealism of her French film posters, and the works she produced are unforgettable. Here, the curator of an exhibition of her works running for the duration of the festival (see leedsfilm.com for more details), Daniel Bird, will give a free talk on Basha, her life, and her creations.

Obscure Pleasures: Walerian Borowczyk // Screenings // 16:00

Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1600 (75 min), 12a, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

A brand new documentary on the Polish painter, sculptor and filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk. In hospital in 2001, Borowczyk made a list of the objects from all his films which he used to bring order to the chaos, symbolically putting his own life in order. Using the list as a starting point, Obscure Pleasures offers a portrait of Borowczyk that encompasses all facets of his artistic personality, including his post-impressionist paintings, socialist realist drawings, film posters, groundbreaking animations, revolutionary short films not to mention the taboo busting films from the 1970s onwards.

Monday 18th November

Cartoon Workshop with Matt Dyson // Workshops // 13:15

Keighley Library, 1315-1415, selected schools, 6-10 year olds, FREE

Amazing Cats & Super Dogs! Join Comic Artist Matt Dyson (creator of “Moo & Keo” and the “Today Let’s…” series) as he guides the group through the process of creating and drawing a new superhero team based around our favourite furry friends!

After School Midnighters // Screenings // 14:00

Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1400 (95 min), all ages, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

Providing more fun in 95 minutes than a year’s worth of average Hollywood family film releases, this brilliantly inventive and hilarious Japanese animated joy is bursting with enough pleasures to delight all ages – the gangster rabbits alone deserve their own movie. Mako, Miko, and Mutsuko are three mischievous girls exploring the mysterious St. Claire Elementary at night. They stumble upon a disused lab tamely haunted by the hapless duo of science models Kunstrijk and Goth. Their zany encounter unleashes the school’s bizarre secrets at the indescribable midnight party.

Drink Squash And Draw // Workshops // 17:00

Leeds Central Library Exhibition Space, 1700-1900, young people and families, FREE

Join Comic Artist Matt Dyson (creator of “Moo & Keo” and the “Today Let’s…” series) for a fun and informal drop-in session, where we want to see you come up with the wildest creations you can imagine!

All materials will be provided, and assistance will be on hand for anyone who wants to hone their skills.

The Dark Knight Returns // Screenings // 18:00

Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1800 (156 min), 15, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

Jay Oliva’s widely acclaimed and faithful animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s hugely influential graphic novel was released originally in two parts on video. Now you can see both parts as one full-length feature film in an exclusive cinema presentation as part of Fanomenon 2013. It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Don’t miss the brand new documentary about Frank Miller’s masterpiece, also showing as part of this year’s festival.

World Animation Award 2013, Part 1 // Screenings // 18:00

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 1800 (100 min), 12, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

Every year the World Animation Competition invites the best new animated films to Leeds and this year’s competition is definitely one you won’t want to miss. The most vivid and brilliant visions, the wildest imaginary worlds, true stories of amazing journeys, folklore, space, humour and just plain weird ideas… it is an experience that always delights and provokes in equal measure.

Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury // Screenings // 20:30

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 2030 (98 min), 12+, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

A breathtaking adult animated epic from Brazil that won the top award at the world’s leading animation festival in Annecy. Set during radical episodes of Brazil’s history, from the Portuguese colonisation in 1500 through to slavery and dictatorship, and in a sci-fi imagining of a future Rio in 2096 where water is scarce, the film is about the love between an immortal warrior and Janaína, the woman he has been in love with for 600 years.

Masterpiece: Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns // Screenings // 21:00

Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 2100 (79 min), 15, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

Malcolm McDowell narrates one of the best documentaries ever made about the art of graphic novels. Masterpiece is a detailed and fascinating account of the history and production of the hugely influential Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Frank Miller himself appears in the documentary along with many of the team involved in the creation of the classic work that ushered in the modern take of the dark and brooding protector of Gotham. The acclaimed animated version of the graphic novel is also showing in full at this year’s festival.

Tuesday 19th November

Cartoon Workshop with Matt Dyson // Workshops // 13:15

Eccleshill Library, 1315-1415, selected schools, 6-10 year olds, FREE

Amazing Cats & Super Dogs! Join Comic Artist Matt Dyson (creator of “Moo & Keo” and the “Today Let’s…” series) as he guides the group through the process of creating and drawing a new superhero team based around our favourite furry friends!

Cartoon Workshop with Matt Dyson // Workshops // 17:00

Leeds Central Library Exhibition Space, 1700-1900, 6-10 year olds, FREE

Amazing Cats & Super Dogs! Join Comic Artist Matt Dyson (creator of “Moo & Keo” and the “Today Let’s…” series) as he guides the group through the process of creating and drawing a new superhero team based around our favourite furry friends!

This event is a free drop-in session, so feel free to come along after school and join in the fun!

Voodoo Crochet // Workshops // 17:30

Leeds Library Art Reading Room, 1730-1930, families and young people, FREE

Join Sarah from Wessenden Woollies, designer extraordinaire, and learn to crochet and create your very own cute voodoo doll in only 2 hours!

Each participant can take home and keep their creations. All materials provided. All are welcome, but the crochet 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 e-mail martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com to book a place on this workshop

We Are The Best! // Screenings // 18:00

Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1800 (102 min), 15, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

Provocative Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson (Show Me Love, Together) returns with this raucous and ebullient tale of three preteen outcasts who form an all-girl punk band. Based on a graphic novel by Moodysson’s wife Coco and set in early 1980s Stockholm, We are the Best! is a paean to DIY culture and the need for revolt. Neglected or taken for granted at home and school, the three girls react by making themselves unignorable, and when they’re mocked for looking different, they demand centre stage.

World Animation Award 2013, Part 2 // Screenings // 18:30

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 1830 (100 min), 12, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

Every year the World Animation Competition invites the best new animated films to Leeds and this year’s competition is definitely one you won’t want to miss. The most vivid and brilliant visions, the wildest imaginary worlds, true stories of amazing journeys, folklore, space, humour and just plain weird ideas… it is an experience that always delights and provokes in equal measure.

Resurrection of a Bastard // Screenings // 20:30

Hyde Park Picture House, Brudenell Road, Leeds, 2030 (89 min), 18, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

Based on a graphic novel written by the director, Resurrection of a Bastard tells the story of Ronnie, a Dutch gangster who has had a change of heart following an incident that he is recovering from. Once a vicious and heartless thug (whose violent actions are shown in flashbacks, including the most creative, nasty use of a vacuum cleaner ever seen) the new Ronnie is thoughtful, considerate and, apparently, slightly psychic. He is destined to cross paths with Eduardo, an asylum seeker who is struggling to fit in with the Dutch way of life and whose fates are mysteriously intertwined.

Santa Sangre // Screenings // 20:30

Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 2030 (123 min), 18, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

Ageing enfant terrible and master cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky returned to the fray after a decade long hiatus to present his incendiary, hallucinatory parable Santa Sangre, every bit as madcap and compelling as his early hits El Topo and Holy Mountain. Santa Sangre is a temple torn down by bulldozers over the protestations of its leader Concha, the wife of an unfaithful circus performer and the mother of Fenix (Jodorowsky’s son Axel). The Church is built on a gruesome crime scene, the first of many trials for the young Fenix which lead to his incarceration in a mental asylum.

World Animation Award 2013, Part 3 // Screenings // 20:30

Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall, 2030 (100 min), 12, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

Every year the World Animation Competition invites the best new animated films to Leeds and this year’s competition is definitely one you won’t want to miss. The most vivid and brilliant visions, the wildest imaginary worlds, true stories of amazing journeys, folklore, space, humour and just plain weird ideas… it is an experience that always delights and provokes in equal measure.

Wednesday 20th November

HK: Forbidden Hero // Screenings // 16:00

Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1600 (90 min), 18, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

A new hero has arisen in Japan, wearing fishnet stockings, a mankini, and a mask of knickers, who slays the bad guys with a mind-blowing variety of wild, deviant martial arts moves, and invincible crotch attack techniques. When conventional justice fails, make way for Hentai Kamen, the masked pervert. Based on a wildly popular Shonen Jump manga series and originally planned to be a direct-to-DVD release in Japan, this hilarious crowd pleaser became a surprise hit in cinemas in Japan and won the audience award at the New York Asian Film Festival.

Travelling Man, Newcastle – Thought Bubble Signing Tour // Signings // 16:30

Travelling Man, 43 Grainger St, Newcastle, NE1 5JE, 1630-1830, 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 at this signing include: Kelly Sue Deconnick, Matt Fraction, and Richard Starkings.

Please visit travellingman.com for more details.

Vampire Knitting // Workshops // 17:30

Leeds Library Art Reading Room, 1730-1930, families and young people, FREE

Join Sarah from Wessenden Woollies, designer extraordinaire, and learn to knit and create your very own cute vampire bat in only 2 hours!

Each participant can take home and 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 e-mail martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com to book a place on this workshop

Masterpiece: Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns // Screenings // 18:00

Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1800 (79 min), 15, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

Malcolm McDowell narrates one of the best documentaries ever made about the art of graphic novels. Masterpiece is a detailed and fascinating account of the history and production of the hugely influential Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Frank Miller himself appears in the documentary along with many of the team involved in the creation of the classic work that ushered in the modern take of the dark and brooding protector of Gotham. The acclaimed animated version of the graphic novel is also showing in full at this year’s festival.

The Dark Knight Returns // Screenings // 20:00

Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 2000 (156 min), 15, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

Jay Oliva’s widely acclaimed and faithful animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s hugely influential graphic novel was released originally in two parts on video. Now you can see both parts as one full-length feature film in an exclusive cinema presentation as part of Fanomenon 2013. It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Don’t miss the brand new documentary about Frank Miller’s masterpiece, also showing as part of this year’s festival.

Thursday 21st November

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 1 // Live Events // 09:00

Leeds Library Portal and Exhibition Space, 0900-1645, All ages, please see below for ticket prices and how to book

Comics Forum hits the small press and underground scenes this year, with two days of talks by experts from around the world! Whether you want to bone up on your comics history, delve into the politics of print culture, or see what’s going on in international comics communities, Comics Forum 2013 is the place to be!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (21st or 22nd November): £10

2 days (21st and 22nd November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £35 (this is a saving of £7 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

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

Cartoon Workshop with Matt Dyson // Workshops // 13:15

Keighley Library, 1315-1415, selected schools, 6-10 year olds, FREE

Amazing Cats & Super Dogs! Join Comic Artist Matt Dyson (creator of “Moo & Keo” and the “Today Let’s…” series) as he guides the group through the process of creating and drawing a new superhero team based around our favourite furry friends!

British Short Film Competition 2013, Part 1 // Screenings // 14:00

Hyde Park Picture House, Brudenell Road, Leeds, 1400 (100 min), 15, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

This year’s crop of British films have been as varied and magnificent as ever including The Phone Call, featuring a shy call centre worker who has an encounter which will change her life forever, Sea View, a subtle piece about a teenage girl trying to navigate her way through a brief encounter with an older man and the charming and melancholic The Parachutist about a German soldier from WWII who parachutes into 2013 and must find his way home. Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Little Favour, a slick action thriller and the competition is rounded off with the darkly comic Pussy Cat, a film about sex, marriage and cats.

British Short Film Competition 2013, Part 2 // Screenings // 16:00

Hyde Park Picture House, Brudenell Road, Leeds, 1600 (100 min), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets and prices

This year’s crop of British films have been as varied and magnificent as ever including The Phone Call, featuring a shy call centre worker who has an encounter which will change her life forever, Sea View, a subtle piece about a teenage girl trying to navigate her way through a brief encounter with an older man and the charming and melancholic The Parachutist about a German soldier from WWII who parachutes into 2013 and must find his way home. Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Little Favour, a slick action thriller and the competition is rounded off with the darkly comic Pussy Cat, a film about sex, marriage and cats.

Travelling Man, Manchester – Thought Bubble Signing Tour // Signings // 16:30

Travelling Man, 4 Dale St, Manchester, M1 1JW, 1630-1830, 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 at this signing include: Kelly Sue Deconnick, Matt Fraction, Ramon Perez, Fiona Staples, and Richard Starkings.

Please visit travellingman.com for more details.

March of the Robots // Workshops // 17:30

Travelling Man Lounge, 1st floor, 107 Kirkgate, Leeds, LS1 6DP, 1730-1900, 12-16, FREE, but space is limited, so please sign up beforehand

Can you imagine Leeds in the near future? What would it look like if it were run by robots? What would it be called? Who would be in charge? Our super hero illustrator Kristyna Baczynski will be with you to help dream up this future vision, and create your own fantastical story of robots and their wild adventures

This event is free and open to 12-16 year olds, however, space is limited and booking is essential, so please visit marchoftherobots.co.uk to sign up

Pints & Pencils // Live Events // 18:30

Fab Cafe, Leeds, LS2 8PL, 1830-2200, 18+ (please bring a valid form of ID), FREE

Thought Bubble, along with Travelling Man – the UK’s friendliest comic stores, are very pleased to be able to invite all attendees of this year’s festival to an informal night of drawing and drinking.

Kick back and relax before this year’s convention, and warm up your drawing hand for some fun and games, as we sketch away in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

We Are The Best! // Screenings // 20:30

Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 2030 (102 min), 15, please visit leedsfilm.com for prices and tickets

Provocative Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson (Show Me Love, Together) returns with this raucous and ebullient tale of three preteen outcasts who form an all-girl punk band. Based on a graphic novel by Moodysson’s wife Coco and set in early 1980s Stockholm, We are the Best! is a paean to DIY culture and the need for revolt. Neglected or taken for granted at home and school, the three girls react by making themselves unignorable, and when they’re mocked for looking different, they demand centre stage.

Friday 22nd November

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 2 // Live Events // 09:00

Comics Forum hits the small press and underground scenes this year, with two days of talks by experts from around the world! Whether you want to bone up on your comics history, delve into the politics of print culture, or see what’s going on in international comics communities, Comics Forum 2013 is the place to be!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (21st or 22nd November): £10

2 days (21st and 22nd November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £35 (this is a saving of £7 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

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

Thought Bubble Book Crossing // Live Events // Opening Times Vary (please click for full details)

Various locations across Leeds and Bradford (please see below for details), from 1000, all ages, FREE

Thought Bubble is once again teaming up with Diamond Comics, Travelling Man, and 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, Compton Road, Eccleshill, Holt Park, Keighley, Kippax, Laisterdyke, Leeds Central, Manningham, Moor Allerton, Shipley, Park & Read, Wetherby, Wibsey, Wyke.

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!

Young People’s Comic Award 2013 – Prize-Giving Ceremony // Live Events // 13:00

Leeds Town Hall, Sullivan Room, 1300-1500, Selected Schools, FREE

The Young People’s Comic Award is run in association with the Leeds Book Awards and Leeds Library and has taken over from the Leeds (Young People’s) Graphic Novel Awards which began in 2010.

The shortlist for this award is selected by the British Comic Awards committee, and then judged by young people, and aims to celebrate the best in comics from UK creators aimed at, and suitable for, a young audience.

Please visit britishcomicawards.com for full details.

Orbital Comics, London – Thought Bubble Signing Tour // Signings // 16:00

Orbital Comics, Great Newport Street, London, 1600 onwards, all ages, FREE

Sean Murphy, artist on Joe The Barbarian, Punk Rock Jesus and The Wake, comes to Orbital for a London exclusive signing ahead of the excellent Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival in Leeds. The signing starts at 4pm, so don’t miss out!

Please visit orbitalcomics.com for more details.

Travelling Man, York – Thought Bubble Signing Tour // Signings // 16:30

Travelling Man, 54 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF, 1630-1800, 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 at this signing include: Andy Belanger, Becky Cloonan, Ramon Perez, Richard Starkings, and Cameron Stewart.

Please visit travellingman.com for more details.

Gosh! Comics, London – Thought Bubble Signing Tour // Signings // 17:00

Gosh! Comics, Berwick Street, Soho, London, 1700 – 1900, All Ages, Free

We’ve got two signings with Gosh! Comics as part of this year’s festival, including this one bringing Image Comics’ Brandon Graham, Fiona Staples, and Eric Stephenson to London for a special event! Here’s what the lovely Gosh! folks had to say on the matter:

“Gosh! has doubled in size since we moved from Bloomsbury to Soho a few years ago, and we’ve gotten into the habit of filling the space with brilliant people as well as lovely books. We’ve put on a staggering range of events, counting the likes of Alan Moore, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, Jaime Hernandez, Daniel Clowes and Bryan Lee O’Malley among our esteemed signing table guests. In November, we’re sharing two events with our friends at Thought Bubble: Brandon Graham (Prophet), Fiona Staples (Saga) and Eric Stephenson (Nowhere Men) will be signing for the south-of-Birmingham contingent on Friday the 22nd to Leeds. Then, after the festival, on November 27th between 5-7pm we’ll be having Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (Daytripper, Umbrella Academy) signing in the the shop! Since you’re around anyway, why not pop in for our Jeffrey Brown talk and Breakdown Press events that same week? Aw, go on…”

Please visit goshlondon.com for more details

Thought Bubble Pre-Convention Reception // Live Events // 20:00

1871 Bar, Leeds Marriott Hotel, LS1 6ET, 2000 until late, FREE (limited capacity, so please arrive early), 18+

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

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

Thought Bubble Convention // Live Events // 10:00 – 17:00

Armouries Square, Free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Our special two day convention includes an incredible line up of leading artists and writers, and over 400 tables showcasing the best sequential art has to offer spread across three exhibition halls. The weekend will also feature portfolio viewings and competitions, as well as a huge cosplay parade. This promises to be one of the best events of its kind in the UK, so come along and join in the fun!

Full events listing can be found below, for tickets please click here, and for venues please click here.

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November – Convention Duration Events

Art Heroes @ Thought Bubble 2013 // Workshops // All Day

Art Heroes Table, The Phoenix Family Area, Royal Armouries Hall, from 1000-1700, Free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Art Heroes will be running their Thought Bubble Creating Characters Competition for the second year in a row, so pop by their table in Armouries Hall for a worksheet and return it by the end of the weekend for your chance to win a very special goodie bag!

And while you’re there make sure to take a look at Halcyon and Tenderfoot – a great comic for fans of all those superhero films and cartoons.

Please visit artheroes.co.uk for more information

Book Launches @ Thought Bubble 2013 // Live Events // All Day

Various tables, Allied London Hall, New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries Hall, from 1000-1700, prices vary, all ages

2012′s Thought Bubble convention saw over 60 books making their debut, and this year there will be even more!

To see the titles launching at this year’s festival, please click here.

Bub’s Lounge // Special Venues // All Day

 Armouries Square, from 1000-1700, Free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Graphic novel overload? Superhero fatigue? With Thought Bubble getting bigger every year, we’ve created Bub’s Lounge – a quiet, calm area to escape the crowds and take some time away from the bustling convention halls.

Bub’s Lounge is a space where you can do absolutely nothing if you want to – just kick back in a comfy chair and soak up the atmosphere – or if you want to do something there’ll be areas where you can get involved, maybe pick up some pens and do some drawing yourself, or watch one of our special guests get creative.

Bub’s Lounge will be cucumber-like in its coolness; stop by and relax a while…

Doctor Geof’s Travelling Tea Museum // Exhibitions // All Day

Centre of Royal Armouries Hall, from 1000-1700, 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 and erroneous replicas relating to the exploits of a completely-made-up tea-based military organisation. Admittance free.

Strictly No Tea Duelling.

Please visit islandofdoctorgeof.co.uk for more information.

Firelight Isle Launch // Live Events // All Day

Paul Duffield’s table, New Dock Hall, from 1000-1700, Free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Launching this weekend, a brand new webcomic from Paul Duffield, the artist behind Freakangels. Three years in the making, The Firelight Isle is a tale of coming of age, self-identity and cultural discovery, set in a fantastical civilisation gripped by a mysterious religion. Sen and Anlil are childhood friends, about to be parted as they undergo the trials of adulthood, and take their first steps on a journey with an uncertain ending!

An exclusive printed teaser of The Firelight Isle is available, and Paul Duffield will be sketching and signing at his table in New Dock Hall.

The first episode of the webcomic goes live at firelightisle.com

Hexjibber Colouring-In Art Activities // Workshops // All Day

Hexjibber Table, Royal Armouries Hall, from 1000-1700, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

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

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

For more Hexjibber fun and activities, please visit hexjibber.com

How To Draw (Awesome) Robots // Workshops // Midday

Playful Leeds Table, The Phoenix Family Area, Royal Armouries Hall, 1200-1300 free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Learn to draw amazing androids and magnificent Mecha! In this workshop, comics artist and giant robot afficionado Neill Cameron (Mo-Bot High, The Pirates of Pangaea, How To Make Awesome Comics) shares some of his top tips for drawing robots and the gets you started making your own robotic comics adventures. Along the way we’ll learn a little about some basic principles of figure-drawing-without-a-model – an essential skill for all comics artists! – and also quite a lot about the importance of rocket launchers.

Please visit playfulleeds.co.uk for more information

Image Comics Portfolio Reviews with Eric Stephenson // Live Events // All Day

Venue TBC, Times vary, Free with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

This year we are delighted to announce that Image Comics will once again 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 portfolioreviews@thoughtbubblefestival.com by 5pm, 11th November. A confirmation email will be sent before the convention specifying times/location for successful applicants.

Improper Books: Knight & Dragon Art Table // Workshops // All Day

New Dock Hall, Improper Books table, All day, Free for under 12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Become a comic book colourist and help colour B&W versions of Knight & Dragon, by Matt Gibbs and Bevis Musson, and learn tips for creating your very own fairy tale and medieval characters!

Marvel Portfolio Critiques with Stephen Wacker and C B Cebulski // Live Events // All Day

Venue TBC, Times vary, Free with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

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 and Marvel talent scout C B Cebulski.

Please submit your portfolio to portfolioreviews@thoughtbubblefestival.com by 5pm, 11th November. A confirmation email will be sent before the convention specifying times/location for successful applicants.

Mondo @ Thought Bubble 2013 // Live Events // All Day

Mondo Booth, Allied London Hall, from 1000-1700 free with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, price of prints TBA, all ages

Mondo – champions of innovative movie poster design – are returning to Thought Bubble! Following their incredibly popular retrospective exhibition at 2012′s festival, they’ll be bringing some exclusive new prints to the show, which will go on sale at their booth at a random time during the convention weekend. To find out as soon as this happens, please follow @mondonews on Twitter, and be sure to keep an eye on their updates over the course of the convention weekend!

Utilising the talents of world-class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen-printed posters based on all things film, television and comic properties including Star Wars, The Avengers, DC Comics, Back to the Future, and Universal Monsters. Based in Austin, TX, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space hosting regular exhibitions featuring a blend of breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints.

Mondo contributors attending this year’s show include: Becky & Frank, Drew Millward, Jock, Kevin Tong, Mike Mitchell, and Olly Moss.

The Phoenix @ Thought Bubble 2013 // Workshops // All Day

The Phoenix Family Area, Royal Armouries Hall, from 1000-1700 free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Voyage through deepest darkest space in a giant cat space ship, battle pirates on the back of prehistoric monsters, or catch up with the recently exhumed for a quick interview… but hang on… this isn’t a delirious dream but a small sample of the adventures The Phoenix weekly story comic takes children on every week!

Make sure that you come and see us at this year’s Thought Bubble where you can catch up with some of your favourite Phoenix artists and learn some of their top secret comic creating tips! You can then put that knowledge to good use by entering your own creations to The Phoenix Zoo of Awesomeness. Think Alien Aardvarks, Monster Meerkats or even Ninja Narwhals! Don’t worry, if you can’t think of an amazing animal, The Phoenix boffins have brought along their patented comic-creating device ‘The Wheel of Awesomeness’ to help!

Portland Comics Heaven // Exhibitions // All Day

Creative Bubble Exhibition Room, Armouries Square, 1000-1700, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

Portland Comics Heaven is a gallery show celebrating the burgeoning comics scene of Portland, Oregon. Curated by Chris Thompson of Pop Culture Hound, with assistance from Joe Keatinge, the exhibition highlights some of the city’s well-known residents, including Matt Wagner, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Natalie Nourigat Jeff Parker, Sloane Leong, Paul Guinan, Matt Bors, Shannon Wheeler and more.

The show debuts at the Thought Bubble Festival over the convention weekend before taking up residence at the Orbital Gallery in London until the end of the year.

Please visit orbitalcomics.com for more information

SelfMadeHero Drop-In Portfolio Critique // Live Events // All Day

SelfMadeHero Table, New Dock Hall, 1000-1700, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

SelfMadeHero is the UK’s finest graphic novel publisher, home to some of the world’s best creators. Their editors will be on hand throughout this year’s Thought Bubble convention to give advice on portfolios, scout for new talent, and hear your pitches!

Titan Comics Portfolio Reviews with Steve White // Live events // Times Vary

Holiday Inn Express Bar, 1400-1600 Saturday 23rd November, 1100-1200 Sunday 24th November, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages

Titan Senior Editor Steve White will be holding portfolio sessions for a limited time during Thought Bubble’s convention. Have a great comic book in you? Steve is looking for something special: breaking talent, fresh art, and innovative new creators. Titan Comics publishes daring comics both licensed and creator-owned so bring your portfolio along to get feedback from the top editor of the UK’s biggest comics factory!

Vertigo Comics Portfolio Critiques with Will Dennis // Live Events // All Day

Venue TBC, Times vary, Free with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, Free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, all ages

This year we are pleased to announce that Vertigo 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, then, if your portfolio is selected, you’ll be called back for a full review by Vertigo Comics group editor Will Dennis.

Please submit your portfolio to portfolioreviews@thoughtbubblefestival.com by 5pm, 11th November. A confirmation email will be sent before the convention specifying times/location for successful applicants.

Saturday November 23rd Only – Convention Events – Bury Theatre

Gosh! Comics Presents: The Best Thing I’ve Read All Year // Panels // 10:50

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1050-1140, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Join our panel to discover the hidden gems and best of the year’s comics that you should be reading, then head into the convention hall to track them down!

Moderated by Gosh! Comics / Breakdown Press’ Tom Oldham, and featuring Becky Cloonan, David Hine, Ales Kot, Emma Rios, and Christian Ward.

Comics 2.0 // Panels // 11:50

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1150-1240, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Comics are increasingly being produced and distributed through digital means in the modern day, but what does this mean for the medium? Come along and let our panel of distinguished creators show you how comics are evolving.

Moderated by Pop Culture Hound’s Chris Thompson, and featuring Jordie Bellaire, Nathan Fox, Nicholas Gurewitch, Sean Gordon Murphy, and Cameron Stewart.

Sketching Spotlight // Live Events // 12:50

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1250-1440, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Come along to our sketching spotlight to see some of the finest artists currently working in the industry drawing live on stage and taking you through their creative process. Feel free to drop-in and out of the session at your leisure. All sketches produced will be auctioned off for charity.

Moderated by Peter Doherty, and featuring Meredith Gran, Declan Shalvey, Joe Quinones, and Annie Wu.

Vertigo Comics: Defy // Panels // 14:50

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1450-1540 free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Vertigo is coming to Leeds and ready to blow your mind with the next wave of trend-setting comics! From horror to mythic fiction to sci-fi and beyond, join us and see what amazing new ideas are coming your way from the imprint that’s on a mission to defy all your expectations!

Moderated by Vertigo Comics Group Editor Will Dennis, and featuring a host of special guests!

Image Comics Presents: Independence In The UK! // Panels // 15:50

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1550-1640 free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Some of Image Comics’ best and brightest stars make their home in the United Kingdom, and many more are coming to the UK for this year’s Thought Bubble! Join them for a wide-ranging discussion about creative freedom in the new age of comics independence and their exciting new projects at Image Comics.

Moderated by Publisher of Image Comics Eric Stephenson, and featuring Ming Doyle, Brandon Graham, Antony Johnston, Ales Kot, Fiona Staples, and Richard Starkings.

Marvel: Your Universe – Q&A // Panels // 16:50

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1650-1740, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Come and ask your favorite Marvel creators and editors any questions about anything you ever wanted to know about Marvel!

Moderated by Marvel Comics Editor Stephen Wacker and Marvel Comics Talent Scout CB Cebulski, and featuring David Aja, Paul Cornell, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen, Ramon Perez, and Si Spurrier.

British Comic Awards Prize-Giving Ceremony 2013 // Live Events // 18:00

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1800-1900, 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 and brightest of UK comics all in one place?

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

 

Saturday November 23rd Only – Convention Events – Speech Bubble Panel Area

Blank Slate Publishing // Panels // 10:40

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1040-1130, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Catch Blank Slate’s Woodrow Phoenix (Nelson, Rumble Strip) in conversation with some of the creators that make up the publisher’s New British Comics initiative. Featuring Lizz Lunney (Take Away!), Jim Medway (Playing Out), Joe Decie (The Listening Agent, The Accidental Salad) and Donya Todd (Death and the Girls), this is sure to be a conversation that touches on a breadth of subjects from their work to the status of the growing comics scene in the UK and beyond.

Silence! Live! // Live Events // 11:40

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1140-1230, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Gary Lactus and The Beast Must Die of the mindlessones.com website present a spectacular live recording of their podcast, SILENCE! Expect songs, limited insight, laughs, tears, anger, disappointment, loss of dignity, helmets and special dancing.

With special guest appearances from AL EWING, BRANDON GRAHAM & KIERON GILLEN – expect probing!

Please visit mindlessones.com for more information.

36 Years of 2000 AD! // Panels // 12:40

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1240-1330, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Come along and celebrate the past year of the galaxy’s greatest comic with some of the mighty Tharg’s best art and script droids, as well as a look ahead to what the future has in store. Guaranteed to be zarjaz!

Moderated by  Stacey Whittle and Iz McCauliffe, and featuring Simon Davis, Al Ewing, Henry Flint, Si Spurrier, Rob Williams, and Ben Willsher.

Make It Then Tell Everybody – Jeffrey Brown // Live Events // 13:40

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1340-1430, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Jeffrey Brown, award winning author of A Matter Of Life, Incredible Change-Bots, and Vader and Son talks to Dan Berry for Make It Then Tell Everybody, a weekly interview podcast that explores the ins and outs of creating comics and the challenges of developing an audience.

Decompressed: The Young Avengers After-Party // Live Events // 14:45

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1445-1535, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

YOUNG AVENGERS’ season ends over the new year with a special couple of issues, created by a host of guest-stars. And they’re all at Thought Bubble, except Emma Vieceli. So we’ve decided to get them in a room to talk craft, comics, magic, love and everything that made 2013 the best 2013 since 2013 BC (The early Middle Egyptian kingdom was amaaaaaazing.)

Present will be Becky Cloonan, Ming Doyle, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Joe Quinones, Christian Ward, Matt Wilson, Annie Wu, and a cardboard cut-out of Emma Vieceli.

Be there or be not there. Those are two options.

How they work: Oscar Zarate, Frederik Peeters and Ilya // Panels // 15:45

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1545-1635, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero presents three creators in conversation about their working methods. Oscar Zarate, Frederik Peeters and Ilya discuss how they see a graphic novel project through from concept to completion. Revealing three different approaches to graphic novel creation, this is a must-see for artists, writers and anyone interested in the creative process.

Oscar Zarate is the author of The Park and is widely known for his collaborations with Alan Moore, Alexei Sayle and others. Frederik Peeters is the creator of the award-winning science fiction series Aama, which makes its English language debut at Thought Bubble 2013. Ilya is widely known for his work for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and others; his latest graphic novel, Room For Love, is published by SelfMadeHero.


Thought Bubble 2013 Mid-Con Party // Live Events // 20:00

Leeds Corn Exchange, 2000-late, strictly 18+, please bring a valid form of photo ID, free entry with party invite (please see below for details)

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 the historic Leeds Corn Exchange! The perfect way to unwind after a hectic day on the con floor – we’ll have the drinks and 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 to collect your party invite.

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.

Venue details are being finalised, and will be announced online before the convention – if you have any queries, please ask at the ticket desk when collecting your invite.

*tickets bought online before 7/10/13, or bought in person from Travelling Man, etc while stocks last

Sunday November 24th Only – Convention Events – Bury Theatre

Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition 2013 Prize-Giving Ceremony // Live Events // 10:10

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1010-1040, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

This year saw the fourth Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition take place in association with Travelling Man Comic Shops. Entry was open to creators from the UK, who were asked to produce a single page A4 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 2014’s Thought Bubble Anthology!

2000 AD Portfolio Competition Judging Panel // Live Events // 10:50

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1050-1140, 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 competition will be joining the likes of Dave Gibbons, Jock, Mick McMahon, Brian Bolland and 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 and see which of the portfolio review entries wins this amazing prize as Tharg’s art droids provide live critique on the best of the comics submitted!

Writers’ Roundtable // Panels // 11:50

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1150-1240, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

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.

Moderated by Gosh! Comics / Breakdown Press’ Tom Oldham, and featuring Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction, Robin Furth, Brandon Graham, and Kieron Gillen.

Sketching Spotlight // Live Events // 12:50

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1250-1440, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Come along to our sketching spotlight to see some of the finest artists currently working in the industry drawing live on stage and taking you through their creative process. Feel free to drop-in and out of the session at your leisure. All sketches produced will be auctioned off for charity.

Moderated by Peter Doherty, and featuring Gabriel Ba, Ming Doyle, Fabio Moon, and Fiona Staples. 

Cosplay Masquerade // Live Events // 14:50

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1450-1700, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control content

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

Hosted by Heroes Alliance, for more information please visit heroesallianceuk.com 

 

Sunday November 24th Only – Convention Events – Speech Bubble Panel Area

Comics For Everyone! // Panels // 10:40

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1040-1130, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

We here at Thought Bubble believe that comics should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their age, and that great kids comics should be read by everyone! So if you’re a young comic fan, or one who never grew up, and want to hear about some great stories to read, please come along and get the low-down from some of the best creators out there!

Moderated by Matt Badham, and featuring Neill Cameron, Nathan Fox, Meredith Gran, Roger Langridge, and Maris Wicks.

Laydeez Do Comics Presents: Diversity In Comics // Panels // 11:40

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1140-1230, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Comics increasingly serve to hold a mirror to society, and reflect the community they’re created in, be that global or local, which leads to the question, how accurately do comics portray the diversity of contemporary culture? This promises to be an engaging discussion on diversity in comics and how the modern story-telling process is evolving.

Moderated by Louise Crosby of Leeds’ Laydeez Do Comics, and featuring Gary Erskine, Howard Hardiman, Gillian Hatcher, Mariah Heuhner, Barry Nugent, and Fiona Stephenson.

Great Beast, A Year In Review // Panels // 12:40

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1240-1330, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Join the founders of Great Beast, and some of the talented creators they’ve worked with over the last year, to celebrate the UK’s best independent comics!

2013 has been a busy one for the Beast, and 2014 looks set to be even busier, so come along to this panel discussion to find out what it takes to bring such a hotbed of talent together, and what the future has in store!

5 Ways That Comics Can Help You At Work And Study // Panels // 13:40

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1340-1430, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Neil Gibson’s first graphic novel, Twisted Dark, has been the number 1 downloaded comic on Kindle for most of 2013, but it almost didn’t happen. If it wasn’t for a chance encounter at a Vancouver comic store involving a Wolverine plushie, Neil would probably still be working as a management consultant.

Comic books helped Neil, and he’s here to reveal how they can help you too! In this varied panel, Neil will show you how comics can make you smarter, help you communicate better and how they can help your business make more money. Not only that – we all know that comics can be awesome fun. This talk is not to be missed and all attendees of the panel will receive free comics (yay!).

7STRING vs Afterlife Inc. in ‘The Heavenly Chord’ // Panels // 14:40

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1440-1530, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

DC vs. Marvel. Avengers vs. X-Men. Big name crossovers are a staple of the comics industry, but can small press titles also deliver the spectacle and excitement we’ve come to expect from these events?

To celebrate the release of THE HEAVENLY CHORD, an indie comics crossover between the worlds of Afterlife Inc. and 7STRING, join creators Jon Lock and Nich Angell as they discuss the story behind their latest collaboration and the reality of delivering blockbuster storytelling on a small press scale.

Dreams of a Low Carbon Future – James McKay // Panels // 15:50

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1540-1630, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Meet scientists and engineers from the University of Leeds who are launching ‘Dreams of a Low Carbon Future’, a graphic novel created in collaboration with comic artists, writers and schoolchildren.

We explore the important issues facing our society today – such as what could happen if we don’t adapt to climate change, and what could utopia actually look like if we somehow get everything right.

Moderated by Paul Gravett.

From Stands to Screen // Panels // 16:40

Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1640-1730, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Our annual 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 and the titles that have inspired it.

Moderated by John Mosby, and featuring CB Cebulski, Will Dennis, Justin Ishmael, Hope Larson, and Mike Molcher.

Tuesday 26th November

Travelling Man, Manchester – Thought Bubble Signing Tour // Signings // 12:00

Travelling Man, 4 Dale St, Manchester, M1 1JW, 1200-1400, 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!

Jeffrey Brown, author of Vader and Son, and many more wonderful books, will be appearing at this signing.

Please visit travellingman.com for more details

Travelling Man, York – Thought Bubble Signing Tour // Signings // 16:30

Travelling Man, 54 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF, 1630-1830, 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!

Jeffrey Brown, author of Vader and Son, and many more wonderful books, will be appearing at this signing.

Please visit travellingman.com for more details

Wednesday 27th November

Gosh! Comics, London – Thought Bubble Signing Tour // Signings // 17:00

Gosh! Comics, Berwick Street, Soho, London, 1700 – 1900, all ages, FREE

We’ve got two signings with Gosh! Comics as part of this year’s festival, including this one bringing the brilliant Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba to London for a special event! Here’s what the lovely Gosh! folks had to say on the matter:

“Gosh! has doubled in size since we moved from Bloomsbury to Soho a few years ago, and we’ve gotten into the habit of filling the space with brilliant people as well as lovely books. We’ve put on a staggering range of events, counting the likes of Alan Moore, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, Jaime Hernandez, Daniel Clowes and Bryan Lee O’Malley among our esteemed signing table guests. In November, we’re sharing two events with our friends at Thought Bubble: Brandon Graham (Prophet), Fiona Staples (Saga) and Eric Stephenson (Nowhere Men) will be signing for the south-of-Birmingham contingent on Friday the 22nd to Leeds. Then, after the festival, on November 27th between 5-7pm we’ll be having Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (Daytripper, Umbrella Academy) signing in the the shop! Since you’re around anyway, why not pop in for our Jeffrey Brown talk and Breakdown Press events that same week? Aw, go on…”

Please visit goshlondon.com for more details.

 

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