Hello, and welcome to the official website for Thought Bubble – an annual festival that celebrates sequential art in all its forms, and takes place every November in partnership with Leeds International Film Festival.
2014’s festival will take place 9th – 16th November, and will have a huge programme of events in venues across Yorkshire and beyond! We’re hoping to make this year’s festival our best Thought Bubble ever!
For more information on what’s going on with Thought Bubble at the moment, please take a look around the website, and for information on previous year’s festivals, please visit the archives.
This year’s festival image (below) is by the excellent Annie Wu – and brings a great 1920’s vibe to the festival! Even ghostly apparitions reading over your shoulder can’t bring a good comics fan down!
(Please click the image to view at higher resolution)
We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to 2013’s festival, and made it such a pleasure to put on, and special thanks to our wonderful volunteers, without whom Thought Bubble wouldn’t be possible.
If you’d like to help out in any way with this year’s festival, we’d love to hear from you. Please visit the volunteering page for more information.
Roll on November!
Hello, and welcome to the official website for Thought Bubble – an annual festival that celebrates sequential art in all its forms, and takes place every November in partnership with Leeds International Film Festival. This year’s festival will take place 11th – 18th November 2012, with a huge center-piece comics convention on 17th – 18th!
We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make last year’s festival such a success, and we hope you’ll all join us again this year for what promises to be our best Thought Bubble ever!
Over the coming months we’ll be updating the website with more guests, event information, and details of how you can get involved with the festival fun, so be sure to check back regularly, or sign up to our RSS feed.
Thanks for visiting, and we hope to see you in November!
For 2011’s festival logo we wanted something a bit special, so we went to illustrator extraordinaire Becky Cloonan, who hit it out of the park. Becky provided us with a variety of rough sketches focusing on literary characters with a tweaked comics theme, but as soon as we saw her take on Snow White we knew that was the one for us. Below is Becky’s step-by-step process of how she went about creating the finished piece.
(All information below can be found at Becky’s Blog.)
I’ve spent the last few weeks working on an illustration for this year’s Thought Bubble festival in Leeds, England. While I was working out all the details, I remembered a few people asking me if I wouldn’t mind showing my process a bit, so I tried to take some snapshots of the picture at various stages of completion.
I’ll walk you guys through it.
After doing a few thumbnails and narrowing the ideas down, I did some pencils. At this stage they were still pretty rough, but tight enough to work over. I knew I would be inking the figures, and painting over the background in photoshop so I didn’t bother tightening the trees up much.
Then I did some color tests- this step is usually pretty important for me, because it will lay the foundation for the rest of my color work. The colors for this came easily, which was a bit of a surprise. Usually I struggle with colors, but these were pretty straightforward.
Then I went ahead and threw some ink on Snow White and the Wicked Witch, like usual- with a brush and some ink. Pretty straightforward.
After that I worked on painting the background. I call it painting, I guess even though I work in Photoshop I end up approaching it as though I was working on canvas. I start with an underpainting of the basic colors I want to use, selecting from my roughs when it suits me. Then I build it up and move objects into the foreground and background when appropriate.
Now I lay on the figures! They were relatively simple to color, I only used one or two shades to lighten and darken the flat colors. My main objective was to get Snow White to stand out- Originally my idea was to have her be completely black and white, but it just didn’t feel finished. So I added red, since I had the idea to add some to the background, and it really grounded the center of the image, and made her pop out without making her look completely removed from her environment.
Also notice on the witch, I colored the linework so the only black you see in the picture is on Snow White. This way the witch and the comics fall into the background a bit.
I wasn’t sure about the sapling on the left that I had drawn in my original sketch, but I decided that area was pretty empty and needed a little somethin somethin to pull it together more. I also added the tree behind the witch to fill the space and add another vertical. These were all pieces of my original idea that I had deemed excessive, but thought to bring them back in the end. I guess you should always just go with your gut! I tend to over-think things, and second-guess myself if I work on something for a while, not really a good habit I guess. Anyway this is the final version!
And here is a close-up:
We are very pleased to announce that Thought Bubble will be celebrating its 5th birthday this November! This year’s festival will be our biggest to-date, as we bring an expanded line-up of events to Leeds, including academic talks, film screenings, free workshops and masterclasses, book give-aways, competitions, and an expanded two-day centre piece convention!
Not only will this year’s convention play host to 300 exhibitor tables spread across two halls, and feature a full programme of talks and panels in luxurious cinema-style theatres, we will also have our biggest guest list yet with massive talent from all over the world including Tim Sale, Adam Hughes, Esad Ribic and lots, lots more TBA soon! Tickets are now on sale and we’re constantly updating the line-up of attending guests and exhibitors, so make sure to check back regularly!
2011’s convention after party (held at Alea Casino) will play host to Charlie Adlard and Phil Winslade’s band Mine Power Cosmic, plus special guest DJs to help attendees unwind after a busy day on the convention floor and keep the good times going until the early hours. There’s guaranteed entry for the first 500 people who buy weekend passes, so act fast to avoid any disappointment!
This year sees our biggest ever convention taking place across two halls and two days (19th – 20th November). Last year was our busiest yet in terms of both attendees and exhibitors and we felt it was time to make a few changes to reflect this increased attendance.
We’ve increased the aisle width in Saviles Hall, and designed the Royal Armouries Hall floor plan to ensure that there’s as much room for wandering and browsing as possible, and as well as this we’ve implemented a new wristband entry system that should allow people to get into/travel between the convention spaces as quickly and easily as possible.
We’re extremely glad to see more and more people coming to each Thought Bubble, and we’re dedicated to ensuring that each year’s convention is better than the last. Hopefully this year will be our best yet!
See you in November!
We’re extremely happy to be able to bring you the first details of our first ever Thought Bubble Anthology. We’ve been working away on this for quite a while now, getting it all shiny and ready for the public’s discerning gaze, and we’re super pleased with how it’s turned out. We’re still finalising everything ahead of printing, but we can tell you that it will be distributed globally this summer by Diamond Publishing, is made possible by a generous grant from the Arts Council UK, and that all proceeds from its sales will be going to Barnardos.
The anthology will showcase a wide variety of creators and styles, as well as giving you another chance to see the six winning entries from last year’s inaugural Northern Sequential Arts Competition!
We’ve got a sneak peak at the cover below, featuring our wonderful festival image for this year from Becky Cloonan, and we’ll have full details on how to get hold of a copy very soon.