Convention Programme 2017

2017’s convention takes place from 10am-6pm on 23rd September and 10am-5pm on 24th September – to purchase tickets now, please click here – full convention programming can be found below.


For a map of Leeds, showcasing main convention venues, please click here.


This year’s festival is made possible with kind support from comiXology, Leeds BID, Arts Council England, Leeds City Council, Travelling Man, Leeds Art University, Radisson Blu, Hotels In Leeds, Leeds City Museums, Leeds Central Library, Bradford Libraries, Breeze Reads, Child Friendly Leeds, The Gallery at Munro House, Leeds Trinity, Comicraft, 2000 AD, Diamond Comics, Awesome Merchandise, The Illustrated Mind, and Gosh! Comics.

We’d also like to say a huge thank you to our team of volunteers, without whom Thought Bubble would not be possible. You guys rock!


Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September

Thought Bubble Convention 2017 // Live Event // Times Vary

10:00-18:00 Saturday 23rd, 10:00-17:00 Sunday 24th, Free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, free for over-65s on presentation of a valid form of photo ID, all ages

For a map of the convention site and associated venues, please click here.

Our special two day convention includes an incredible line-up of leading artists and writers, and 450 tables showcasing the best sequential art has to offer spread across four exhibition spaces!

The weekend will also feature portfolio viewings and competitions, as well as a huge cosplay masquerade and competition.

This promises to be one of the best events of its kind in the UK, so come along and join in the fun!

Full convention events listing can be found below, and to pre-book tickets please click here

This year’s guest line-up (so far) can be viewed here, with information on exhibitors in the convention venues available here.

 

Convention Duration Events

Entry to all convention events (excluding the mid-con party) is included in the price of a convention pass, under 12s enter for free with an accompanying ticket holding parent/guardian, over-65s enter for free on presentation of a valid form of photo ID, and discounts are available for cosplayers and Breeze Card holders.

Cosplay at Thought Bubble 2017 // Live Event // Times Vary

As the festival and convention grows, so too does our cosplay programme, making it bigger and better than ever! We’ll have reduced price convention entry for all attending in cosplay, with tickets available for pre-booking from our website, by clicking here.

There’s even a changing room and cloakroom in our panel venue on Millennium Square at the Carriageworks Theatre and Heroes Alliance return for another year to host a cosplay masquerade in Leeds City Museum with some excellent prizes up for grabs!

Details on this year’s cosplay masquerade and competition can be found in the programme below, and for more information on cosplaying at Thought Bubble, including rules on props and acceptable attire, please click here.

Comics Central // Live Event // Times Vary

Sat 23 Sept & Sun 24 Sept, comiXology Marquee, Cookridge Street Marquee, Town Hall Marquee, Victoria Hall and across the festival village, Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-17:00, All ages, Free

This summer we were delighted to be awarded funding from Arts Council England to give hundreds of young people the chance to participate in free workshops in some of Leeds’ most iconic venues! From Leeds City Museum, Leeds Town Hall, Hyde Park Picture House and Leeds Corn Exchange children created comic book-inspired artworks which have been blown up in scale and used to dress the entire festival site!

We also invited six international creators to make a single panel of comic book artwork that will be exhibited alongside the workshop creations! These artists are: Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, James Stokoe, Ricardo Bessa, Katie Skelly, Rachael Smith, and Abby Bulmer. Each artist has been selected especially to inspire young participants with various comics techniques and they can all be found at the Thought Bubble Convention – which is free to attend for under 12s – so budding comic artists can come along and meet the creators that inspired them!

comiXology Reading Room // Live Event // Times Vary

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Sept, Millennium Square, LS1 1UR, Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-17:00, All Ages, Free

Take a load off and read some excellent comics for FREE at the comiXology Reading Room! With a great selection of comics, graphic novels, manga & BD from our over 100,000 strong library of digital comics – the reading room offers weary Thought Bubble attendees a place to get off their feet and experience digital comics in all their glory. Comfy chairs, lots of digital tablets, free comics – it’s everything you ever wanted – all located next to the comiXology Marquee on Millennium Square during the show!

Thought Bubble Book Launches 2017 // Live Event // Times Vary

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Sept, comiXology Marquee, Cookridge Street Marquee, Town Hall Marquee, Victoria Hall, Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 10:00-18:00, All Ages, prices vary depending on publication

2016′s Thought Bubble convention saw over 100 books making their debut, and this year we’re hoping to see even more!
For info on titles making their debut at this year’s Thought Bubble Comic Con, please click here.

Surgeon X // Live Event // Times Vary

Sat 23 Sept, Cohen Room, Leeds Town Hall, LS1 3AD, 10:00-18:00 Sat, Over 12s, Free

Step into the storyworld of Surgeon X comic, set in 2036 in the midst of an antibiotic apocalypse. This is a world where surgeon Rosa Scott and her microbiologist twin sister Martha are battling to save lives. In this space, art and science collide to help you explore a vision of the future we hope will never come to pass.

We’ll take you on a journey through one of the scenes in the comic, with the help of real life microbiologist Dr Adam Roberts from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. You’ll get to find out more about the characters in the comic and also how microbiologists are working to solve the problem of antibiotic resistance.

This event was made possible by a grant from the Microbiology Society. Surgeon X was written by Sara Kenney, artwork by the brilliant John Watkiss and edited by Karen Berger. For more information visit: http://www.surgeonx.co.uk.

Community Comics Power // Exhibition // Times Vary

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Sept, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH, 11:00-17:00 Sat, 11:00-14:30 Sun, All Ages, Free.

Community Comics Power UK are a small organisation who work with people who traditionally haven’t “got a voice”. They facilitate workshops where they teach groups how to use comic strips to tell their stories, often for the first time.This process is very cathartic and it enables the participant to become the star of their own story and to therefore become more visible. Attendees may have never shared their story before and there’s a lot of respect felt during this process.

This is an exhibition of the work created in these workshops, and is intended to promote discussion, debate and social change.

Team Ketchup Present... Drop-in and Draw

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Sept, Tables 38-42, comiXology Marquee, 10:00-18:00 Sat, 10:00-17:00 Sun, All Ages, Free for under 12s but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, Over 65s free with a valid form of photo ID

Team Ketchup started out as a reading group for the British Comic Awards Young People’s Choice, and are based at and supported by Skipton Library. The team were so inspired by Sarah McIntyre at their first trip to the awards in Leeds that they were determined to self-publish an anthology and exhibit at Thought Bubble themselves the following year. They put in successful funding bids, and in 2014 Volume 1 of Pink Fluffy Ketchup Covered Flower Ponies was ready to go, with 15 contributing kids, volunteer editor Jody Lawson, and some pretty exhausted parents!

The team have gone from strength to strength, running workshops for hundreds of people in Skipton, sometimes with professional creators like Neill Cameron and Dan White, or run by the 32 Ketchups themselves!

Now in their 4th appearance at Thought Bubble, and with community awards trophies and 7 issues under their belt, Team Ketchup are proud to present the Drop in and Draw at Thought Bubble 2017.

Whatever your style, be it stick men or expert artist, come along and Drop in and Draw at the family area in the comiXology Marquee throughout the weekend. Everyone welcome, young and old!

Bub's Lounge // Live Event // Times Vary

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Sept, Thoresby & Denny Rooms, Lower Ground Floor, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH, 11:00-17:00 Sat, 11:00-17:00 Sun, All Ages, Free.

Graphic novel overload? Superhero fatigue? With Thought Bubble getting bigger every year, we 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 beanbag and soak up the atmosphere or maybe pick up some pens and do some drawing yourself. Stop by and relax a while.

As ever, we’ve teamed up with Specialist Autism Services to make the space really exceptional. They will also be exhibiting under the name ‘Aut Bubble’ in Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum.

The amazing folk at Sensory Leeds are providing us with Thought Bubble’s first ever sensory zone to make Bub’s Lounge extra special this year. Thanks so much to them for bringing along this incredible multi-sensory experience.

Doctor Simpo's Joke Shop // Live Event // Times Vary

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Sept, Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, LS1 3AA, 10:00-18:00 Sat, 10:00-17:00 Sun, All Ages, Free.

Come along and enter the slightly strange and eye popping bonkers world of the creative mind of an unsung hero of underground kids comix; Doctor Simpo. Pick-up a copy of his new joke shop inspired adventure story along with a goody bag of classic joke items.

He has hunted far and wide to locate joke shop items of yesteryear, so if you yourself or a loved one remember the 60s, 70s and 80s boom of the classic seaside joke and trick shop then it is most definitely worth a trip down memory lane and come experience a vintage seaside joke shop curio right slap bang in the centre of Leeds.

Toybox // Live Event // Times Vary

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Sept, Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, LS1 3AA, 10:00-18:00 Sat, 10:00-17:00 Sun, All Ages, Free.

Visit the Toybox, a magical toy collecting shipping container, to share memories of your beloved toys and take part in playful toy themed activities. Throughout the weekend there’ll be the chance to bring your toys to life with stop motion animation, immortalise them in our Photo Booth and re-imagine them on paper with help from our in house illustrator! Visit the glowing Toy Memory Cabinet, re-live your childhood with retro toys and pop in for a free film screening on Friday!

Toybox has been supported by a R&D grant from Leeds 2023 Capital of Culture Bid and funding from Leeds Inspired. It is Playful Anywhere’s second refurbished shipping container joining Playbox01.

www.playfulanywhere.com

Thought Bubble Young People's Comic Awards // Live Event // Times Vary

Sat 23 & Sun 24, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, 11:00-17:00 Sat, 11:00-14:30 Sun, All Ages, Free

The Thought Bubble Young People’s Comic Awards were set up to find the year’s best new comics and graphic novels aimed at a young audience. After a month of open submissions, the entries were sent to our panel of judges who chose their favourites. These will be sent on to schools across Leeds, who will choose the final winner, the announcement taking place in December 2017.

Thank you so much to this year’s judges – Woodrow Phoenix, Nadia Shireen, Tom Oldham, Abby Bulmer and David Monteith.

The shortlist will be available for visitors to read over the Thought Bubble convention weekend.

For more information on the awards, please click here.

Travelling Man Comics and Games Library At Leeds City Museum // Live Event // Times Vary

Sat 23 & Sun 24, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, 11:00-17:00 Sat, 11:00-14:30 Sun, All Ages, Free

Throughout the Thought Bubble comic con weekend, come to Leeds City Museum to read some of the amazing comics on offer from Travelling Man Comics, and play some of their incredible board games too!

 

 

Saturday 23rd September Only – Convention Events

Forward Always by Matthew the Horse // Exhibition // 1000

Sat 23 Sept, Leeds Art University, Vernon Street, LS2 8PH, 10:00-16:00, All Ages, Free

Forwards Always is a collection of new work by illustrator, poet and graphic artist Matthew the Horse, showcasing Matthew’s recently published collection of nonsense poetry. The book is a toy, a script, a game and a puzzle – activated through performance and play!

Alongside the book, he will also be exhibiting a series of large scale, printed fabric banners which champion Matthew’s advocacy for nature, storytelling and optimism!

Young Creatives at Leeds Art University // Live Event // 1000

Sat 23 Sept, Leeds Art University, Vernon Street, LS2 8PH, 10:00-16:00, Ages 7-18, Free

Leeds Art University’s Young Creatives programme for children will be running free 30 minute taster sessions for young people between 7 to 18 years old, giving a taste of illustration and printmaking in an art school environment.

To book a place, please click here.

Monster Mask Making at Leeds Art University // Workshop // 1000

Sat 23 Sept, Leeds Art University, Vernon Street, LS2 8PH, 10:00-16:00, All Ages, Free

Join some friendly students from the Leeds Art University Illustration degree to make your own magical monster mask. Come along to this free drop-in event to create monster masks that will scare even your bravest friends!

Materials will be provided. Suitable for children of all ages.

Portfolio Reviews with Shelly Bond // Live Event // Times Vary

Sat 23 Sept, Venue TBC, 11:00-13:00, All Ages, Free with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, Over 65s free with a valid form of photo ID

This year we are delighted to announce that Former Executive of DC/Vertigo Shelly Bond will be reviewing portfolios at Thought Bubble!

Because of time constraints, the format for reviews will be as follows: your portfolio must be emailed in advance, and if you’re selected, you’ll be called back for a full review.

Please submit your portfolio to portfolioreviews@thoughtbubblefestival.com by 5pm, Friday 8th September. If you’re selected for a full review then a time slot and venue location will be emailed to you prior to the convention.

Bookmark-making with Lighthouse School // Workshop // 1130

Sat 23 Sept, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH, 11:30-12:30, All Ages, Free

Lighthouse school is a specialist school for pupils on the Autistic spectrum, the pupils are all talented and as part of their enterprise sessions have been making products for sale at thought bubble, all monies raised will go to Lighthouse school PTA and the Lighthouse futures trust which help fund our school.

Join the pupils from Lighthouse to make and colour anime and geeky bookmarks, then come and browse the Lighthouse stall.

Fairy Tales and Comics with Metaphrog // Live Event // 1230

Sat 23 Sept, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, 12:30-13:30, All Ages, Free

Join award-winning duo Metaphrog on a journey to the lands of fairy tales and comics! John and Sandra will reveal some top tips for creating great characters and stories, and show how they turned classic fairy tales The Red Shoes and The Little Mermaid into graphic novels. Participants will even get a chance to make their own characters!

Comic Jam with Team Ketchup // Live Event // 1330

Sat 23 Sept, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH, 13:30-14:30, All Ages, Free

Ready to have a go at collaborative storytelling? Team Ketchup’s biggest comic jam was with 300 people. Join the team in a comic jam and see where the story goes, you can never predict the ending! Just grab a pencil and paper and they’ll show you how.

I am a Hero with Team Muhafiz // Live Event // 1430

Sat 23 Sept, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, 14:30-15:30, All Ages, Free

Team Muhafiz is a Pakistani comic series that brings together 10 multi-ethnic, interfaith adolescent heroes at a local ‘youth centre’. Together, they combat villains that embody present-day, local-level injustices, radicalism, and key social, economic and development challenges.

I Am a Hero is an interactive class-based session workshop where participants create their own heroes with positive sets of values, identify grass-root challenges in their communities and develop ways to tackle these challenges with the help of their very own created heroes. Elements from selected stories are then integrated into comic books and are also adopted into theatre performances. Participants are also encouraged to identify real-life unsung heroes from their communities or from the neighboring localities.

How to Draw Wookiees and Droids with JAKe // Live Event // 1530

Sat 23 Sept, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH, 15:30-16:15, All Ages, Free

Fresh from sold-out appearances at Bath, Oxford, Cambridge, Newcastle, and Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm artist and author JAKe ( How To Speak Wookiee, How To Speak Droid) shows you how to draw your favourite characters from the Star Wars universe including Droids, Wookiees, Bounty Hunters and more. JAKe shows you simple techniques so you can draw Star Wars at home.

All ages welcome.

Myths, Maps and Monsters with Joe Todd-Stanton // Live Event // 1615

Sat 23 Sept, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH, 16:15-17:00, All Ages, Free

Travel back in time through myths from around the world to meet magical beasts, powerful gods and brave adventurers – then create some of your very own, in this hands-on workshop with author/ illustrator Joe Todd-Stanton. Suitable for children aged 5+.

Joe Todd-Stanton is the creator of the Brownstone’s Mythical Collection series for Flying Eye Books: Arthur and the Golden Rope is available now and his brand new book Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx will be out in October.

 

Saturday 23rd September Only – Panels – Carriageworks Auditorium

Gosh! Comics Presents... The Best Thing I've Read All Year // Panel // 1100

Sat 23 Sept, Carriageworks Main Auditorium, 11:00-11:50, 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!

With speakers: Hannah Chapman, Kelly Kanayama, Andy Oliver, Jamie S Rich, Katie Skelly, Spike Trotman, and Marley Zarcone.

Hosted by: Tom Oldham of Gosh! Comics / Breakdown Press.

Travelling Man Presents... The Rainbow Age // Panel // 1200

Sat 23 Sept, Carriageworks Main Auditorium, 12:00-12:50, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, All Ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

LGBTQIA* comics have never been more vibrant than they are today, as the comics community demands more material that speaks to them and represents the genuine diversity in which we all live.

Join us for a lively discussion, as we delve into the importance of representation on the page and within the industry, the art and business of comics, and the complexities of LGBTQIA* identity.

With speakers Ricardo Bessa, Sarah Graley, CJ Reay, Malin Rydén, Hamish Steele, and Daniela Viçoso.

Hosted by Jack Fallows.

Comics in Conversation: Brian k Vaughan // Live Event // 1300

Sat 23 Sept, Carriageworks Main Auditorium, 13:00-13:50, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, All Ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

This year we are absolutely delighted to be welcoming the Eisner award-winning writer of Saga, Paper Girls, Y The Last Man, Ex Machina (and many, many more brilliant comics series) to Thought Bubble, and are very pleased to present this special Comics in Conversation event, where Brian K. Vaughan will be discussing his career with journalist and PR-Coordinator for Rebellion Mike Molcher.

Black Crown - The Ruling Class // Panel // 1400

Sat 23 Sept, Carriageworks Main Auditorium, 14:00-14:50, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, All Ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Join curator/editor Shelly Bond and a coterie of miscreants as they spill secrets about IDW Publishing’s new curation operation.  Meet David Barnett and Martin Simmonds, the creative team behind the new ongoing series PUNKS NOT DEAD, as well as the warped denizens of the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY, led by proprietor Rob Davis, CUD bandmates/ co-writers Will Potter and Carl Puttnam and Jamie Coe. Plus: Special surprise guests including house letterer Aditya Bidikar!

Sketching Spotlight // Live Event // 1500

Sat 23 Sept, Carriageworks Main Auditorium, 15:00-16:30, 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 in this informal panel event.

All sketches produced will be auctioned off for the Barnardo’s charity after the festival.

Featuring guest artists: Charlie Adlard, Sara Pichelli, James Stokoe, and Gabriel H. Walta.

Hosted by Peter Doherty.

Young Animal x Thought Bubble // Panel // 1700

Sat 23 Sept, Carriageworks Main Auditorium, 17:00-18:00, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, All Ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

We’re delighted to be welcoming the creative masterminds behind DC’s Young Animal to Leeds on this, the imprint’s first birthday, and want to invite you to this very special panel! Find out what’s in store for the future, and help celebrate this first anniversary in style at this informal panel discussion between the comics’ creators, editor, and Young Animal’s curator Gerard Way.

With Speakers: Cecil Castellucci, Nick Derington, Tommy Lee Edwards, Jody Houser, Jon Rivera, Gerard Way, and Marley Zarcone.

Hosted by Vertigo Group Editor, Jamie S. Rich.

 

Saturday 23rd September Only – Panels – Carriageworks Studio Theatre

2000 AD Writing Competition 2017 // Live Event // 1130

Sat 23 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 11:30-12:20, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, All Ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

So you want to write for 2000 AD? Bravo, Earthlet – but dare you put your idea to the test in the Theatre of Thrills?

Future Shocks have not only been a staple of 2000 AD since 1977 but have forged some of its greatest writing talents, including Alan Moore and Grant Morrison!

Writers are being invited to pitch their ideas for a brand new Future Shock to a panel of our top script droids on the Saturday at Thought Bubble – but they have just two minutes to make their case! Can you condense your idea, plot, and characters for a self-contained, four-page short story with a twist ending down into just 120 seconds? And in front of an audience? And convince some of our best writers that it’s a winner? Only the bold shall be victorious!

The clock is ticking! Can you make your pitch and write your way into a job with 2000 AD? Get writing and make sure you’re first in line to appear – it’s first come, first served! Only our panel can decide whether your idea is worthy of the Mighty Tharg’s attention – the prize is getting paid to have your winning script turned into a Future Shock in the pages of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic!

For more information, please click here.

Please note: pitches will only be accepted for the Future Shocks story series.

So What's Your Other Job? // Panel // 1230

Sat 23 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 12:30-13:20, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, All Ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

How do you make money being a graphic novelist?  Short of the six-figure advance, family trust fund, supportive partner, Arts Council grant or giving up drink, let’s hear it up for all the other jobs that make up our income… and maybe what we can do to change the scene so that we can start to make money creating graphic novels.

Five cartoonists, with a range of experiences between them, talk about their day jobs, how they began to make money out of their cartooning, and what they think needs to happen in the future.

Darryl Cunningham, Ottilie Hainsworth, Paula Knight, Nicola Streeten and Una talk to Myriad Editions graphic novel commissioning editor Corinne Pearlman.

SILENCE! to Astonish // Live Event // 1330

Sat 23 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 13:30-14:20, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, All Ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

SILENCE! to Astonish returns for its 50th hit year as legendary podcast hosts Gary Lactus and The Beast Must Die (SILENCE!) with Al Kennedy (House to Astonish) inflict an hour of daft questions, false beards, half-baked impressions, gobsmacking party games and cruel and unusual singing on a panel of glittering superstars including James Stokoe (Orc Stain) and Marley Zarcone (Shade the Changing Girl).

Comics in Conversation: Katie Skelly // Live Event // 1430

Sat 23 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 14:30-15:20, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, All Ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

We are very pleased to be welcoming the wonderful artist Katie Skelly, creator of Nurse Nurse, Operation Margarine, Agent 8, and her new title My Pretty Vampire, to 2017’s Thought Bubble, and invite you all to join us as she discusses her work with comics editor of Women Write About Comics, Claire Napier.

40 Years of 2000 AD // Panel // 1530

Sat 23 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 15:30-16:20, 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, as we wish the British comics institution a happy 40th Birthday. Guaranteed to be zarjaz!

With speakers Emma Beeby, INJ Culbard, Simon Davis, Tom Eglington, John Wagner.

Hosted by Iz McAuliffe and Stacey Whittle.

Creating comics from Historical Stories with Hamish Steele and Luke Healy // Panel // 1630

Sat 23 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 16:30-17:20, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, All Ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Join author/ illustrators Hamish Steele and Luke Healy as they discuss adapting tales from the past for comic fiction, whether retelling the Egyptian Myths in all their anarchic glory or the trials of true-life Arctic expeditions.

Hamish Steele is the creator of Pantheon and web-comic Deadendia  he also works as an Animation Director. Luke Healy’s book How to Survive in the North is out now. Both are published by Nobrow.

 


comiXology 10th Birthday Party at Trinity Kitchen // Live Event // 1900

Sat 23rd Sept, Trinity Kitchen, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion St, Leeds LS1 5ER, from 19:00-01:00, strictly 18+, FREE, please bring a valid form of photo ID to gain entry

Thanks to our amazing pals at ComiXology, and to celebrate their 10th anniversary, this year’s mid-con party will be free entry! Taking place at the awesome Trinity Kitchen, it’s the perfect way to unwind after a hectic day on the con floor. There’ll be a wide range of gourmet and street food vendors to choose from, and we’ll have the drinks and music flowing until late, so help us celebrate another Thought Bubble in style, with special guest DJs spinning tunes until the early hours (and some surprises too!).

Space is strictly limited and you’ll need your weekend wristband, exhibitor wristband, or guest pass to gain entry. We expect it will be busy, so come early. Entry will be on a first-come-first-served basis and there may be queues..

It’s also important to note that this event is strictly over 18s only, so please remember to bring photo ID with you along with your wristband/pass.


 

 

Sunday 24th September Only – Convention Events

Creating Facial Expressions with Al Davison // Workshop // 1130

Sun 24 Sept, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH, 11:30-12:30, All Ages, Free

Al Davison: A.K.A. The Astral Gypsy, will be showing you how to create convincing facial expressions and providing tips on drawing and storytelling for comics.

I Am a Hero with Team Muhafiz // Live Event // 1230

Sun 24 Sept, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH, 12:30-13:30, All Ages, Free

Team Muhafiz is a Pakistani comic series that brings together 10 multi-ethnic, interfaith adolescent heroes at a local ‘youth centre’. Together, they combat villains that embody present-day, local-level injustices, radicalism, and key social, economic and development challenges.

I Am a Hero is an interactive class-based session workshop where participants create their own heroes with positive sets of values, identify grass-root challenges in their communities and develop ways to tackle these challenges with the help of their very own created heroes. Elements from selected stories are then integrated into comic books and are also adopted into theatre performances. Participants are also encouraged to identify real-life unsung heroes from their communities or from the neighboring localities.

Portfolio Reviews with Shelly Bond // Live Event // Times Vary

Sun 24 Sept, Venue TBC, 13:00-15:00, Free with Sunday/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 Former Executive of DC/Vertigo Shelly Bond will be reviewing portfolios at Thought Bubble!

Because of time constraints, the format for reviews will be as follows: your pitch must be emailed in advance, and if you’re selected, you’ll be called back for a full review.

Please submit your portfolio to portfolioreviews@thoughtbubblefestival.com by 5pm, Friday 8th September. If you’re selected for a full review then a time slot and venue location will be emailed to you prior to the convention.

Comic Jam with Team Ketchup // Live Event // 1330

Sun 24 Sept, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH, 13:30-14:30, All ages, Free

Ready to have a go at collaborative storytelling? Team Ketchup’s biggest comic jam was with 300 people. Join the team in a comic jam and see where the story goes, you can never predict the ending! Just grab a pencil and paper and they’ll show you how.

Cosplay Masquerade and Competition // Live Event // 1445

Sun 24 Sept, Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH, 14:45-16:45, All ages but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content, Free

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 for Best in Show (Adult), Best Under 16, Best Beginner/First Cosplay, Best Group, Best Tailoring/Sewn Costume (Adult), Best Armour/Non Sewing Based (Adult)

Costumes must be handmade, or altered by at least 50% to have a chance of winning the competition, but all cosplayers are welcome to attend the masquerade.

For full information on the competition and masquerade, including how to pre-register to take part, please click here.

 

Sunday 24th September Only – Panels – Victoria Hall Stage

Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition Prize-Giving Ceremony // Live Event // 1030

Sun 24 Sept, Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall Stage, 10:30-10:50, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, All ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

This year saw the eighth 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 A3 story, with work accepted in two categories – 12-17 year olds and over-18s.

We’ll be announcing the winners live on stage – and they’ll get to see their work published in 2018’s Thought Bubble Anthology from Image Comics!

For more information on this year’s competition, please click here.

Strip Panel Naked // Panel // 1100

Sun 24 Sept, Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall Stage, 11:00-11:50, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, All ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Ever wanted to analyse how the creative team behind a comic layer meaning and story into the visuals of the page? Strip Panel Naked is a weekly YouTube show that takes a deep-dive into exactly that. Think Every Frame a Painting but for comics. Join us for a live edition of the show, where we’ll talk to creators about how they went about the writing, art, colours and lettering across a few pages of their work, and how those choices end up affecting the reader.

With Speakers: Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire, Aditya Bidikar, Christian Ward.

Hosted by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Creating Worlds // Panel // 1200

Sun 24 Sept, Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall Stage, 12:00-12:50, 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 creators in comics to Leeds, so please join us for what’s sure to be a fascinating panel talk on the reality of inventing worlds for creator owned projects, as well as inhabiting those of comics’ hottest licensed properties.

With speakers Sara Kenney, Ariela Kristantina, Jamie S Rich, Alison Sampson, Si Spurrier, James Stokoe, and Brian K Vaughan.

Hosted by Steve Morris of CBR and Comics MNT.

Kickstarter and Comics: A Crash Course // Live Event // 1300

Sun 24 Sept, Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall Stage, 13.00 – 13.50, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, All ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Spike Trotman, founder of Iron Circus Comics, has successfully run and funded 13-for-13 Kickstarters to the tune of over $750,000 and is an official Kickstarter Thought Leader. She’s set the standards for KS’ed comics best practices, and after 9 years of experiments, mistakes, triumphs and regrets, she has a LOT of advice to share!

Drop in for an hour of Kickstarter post-mortems, practical help, warnings, and gossip.

Sketching Spotlight // Live Event // 1400

Sun 24 Sept, Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall Stage, 14:00-15:30, 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 in this informal panel event.

All sketches produced will be auctioned off for the Barnardo’s charity after the festival.

Featuring guest artists: Nick Derington, Joëlle Jones, Sean Phillips, Marley Zarcone

Hosted by Peter Doherty.

Comics in Conversation: Gerard Way // Live Event // 1600

Sun 24 Sept, Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall Stage, 16:00-16:50, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, All ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

For our return to Leeds City Centre, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Gerard Way, writer of Umbrella Academy, True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and curator of DC’s smash-hit Young Animal line of comics, for his Thought Bubble debut. To celebrate this, we’d like to invite you to take part in this special Comics in Conversation event, where he’ll be discussing his work with podcaster and journalist Alex Fitch.

 

Sunday 24th September Only – Panels – Carriageworks Studio Theatre

SelfMadeHero: A Decade of Comics // Panel // 1030

Sun 24 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 10:30-11:20, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, All ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

2017 marks graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero’s 10th anniversary. A list that began with the Manga Shakespeare series has, over the last decade, developed into a collection of books that are a testament to the richness and diversity of today’s graphic novel landscape.

Artist I.N.J. Culbard and writers John Reppion, Ian Edginton and Leah Moore join SelfMadeHero’s Sam Humphrey to discuss the evolution of a list that now encompasses everything from fiction to film criticism, sci-fi to biography. They will explore the relationship between creator and publisher, and they’ll consider how the two can work together to ensure the graphic novel remains an increasingly vital and visible part of our culture.

From Stands to Screen // Panel // 1130

Sun 24 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 11:30-12:20, 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 screens, with the creators who have worked on transferring stories from paper to celluloid, or vice versa!

An engaging discussion on the ongoing evolution of comics on-screen, and the titles (and creators) that have inspired this revolution.

With speakers Andy Diggle, Duncan Fegredo, Tommy Lee Edwards, and Antony Johnston.

Hosted by Chris Hewitt, News Editor at Empire Magazine.

2000 AD Portfolio Competition Judging // Live Event // 1230

Sun 24 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 12:30-13:20, 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!

Comics for EVERYONE! // Panel // 1330

Sun 24 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 13:30-14:20, 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!

With speakers Cecil Castellucci, John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs of Metaphrog, Gary Northfield, Joe Todd-Stanton, and Caspar Wijngaard.

Hosted by Dan White of Mindless Ones, and creator of Cindy and Biscuit.

Thesis to Print: Exploring the journey of creating the graphic novel How To Survive In The North // Panel // 1430

Sun 24 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 14:30-15:20, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, All ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

A presentation featuring original work, demo of process and workflow, followed by Q & A.

Luke Healy was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Luke has MFA in Cartooning from The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. His comics work has been published in anthologies and has received several awards. His book How to Survive in the North was named one of the best books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly. He once walked from Mexico to Canada! www.lukewhealy.com

About The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS): Fiercely dedicated students from throughout the world earn degrees studying comics with esteemed professionals in a small, vibrant Vermont village. CCS offers Master of Fine Arts degree, One- and Two-Year Certificates, Low Residency 2nd Year Option, new Applied Cartooning track, and Summer Workshops. www.cartoonstudies.org

The New Age of Comics Criticism // Panel // 1530

Sun 24 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 15:30-16:20, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, All ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

As outlets for quality comics journalism seem to be decreasing every year, many comics critics are turning to crowd-sourced and self-published avenues to discuss the medium. In this panel, some of the best comic critics in the UK chat about the ever-shifting landscape of comics criticism, balancing commercial concerns with creative freedom and making the transition from critic to creator.

With speakers Kieran Shiach (The Guardian), Claire Napier (Women Write About Comics), Kelly Kanayama (Nerdist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (PanelxPanel) and Steve Morris (The MNT).

The Legend of Willy the Kid; The Best of Baxendale // Live Event // 1630

Sun 24 Sept, Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor), 16:30-17:00, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, All ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

A talk by Doctor Simpo, who writes:

“A decade ago, I wrote my thesis, which focused on the grotesque within children’s humour comics. A certain Leo Baxendale was kind enough to answer a few questions for me, and following his sad passing a few months ago, I’d like to invite you to come along and celebrate some of his lesser known later works.

There will also be the chance to find out some more information about a new degree course in comic books to be offered as an officially accredited programme of study at the Leeds Art University.

THIS IS EXCITING, SO DON’T MISS OUT!”