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2011 Festival Programme

Here you can see our festival programme from 2011, along with Becky Cloonan’s brilliant festival image for that year – Snow White and her evil stepmother (and comics).


Festival Duration Events

Fanomenon at Leeds International Film Festival

Running throughout the festival at various locations. Check www.leedsfilm.com for more information.

Fanomenon celebrates the best horror, sci-fi, action, and anime films from around the world, and is home to horror marathons Night of the Dead XI and Day of the Dead 5. For LIFF25, Fanomenon will hold UK premieres of the much-anticipated Juan of the Dead, and Monster Brawl, as well as introducing new strands including Alien Encounters at Leeds Town Hall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Aliens, and Planet Japan which celebrates a country which produces some of the most mind-blowing and varied fantasy films on the planet.

Thought Bubble Writer and Artist Residencies

Tuesday 15th Nov to Fri 18th Nov, 09.30 – 17:00 each day, Leeds Central Library, Art Study Area, All Ages, Free

Our 5th Thought Bubble Festival marks the first year that we will take on a writer and artist in residence.

Matthew Sheret is a writer, who currently tells stories with data for music service Last.fm. In 2008 Matthew co-founded We Are Words + Pictures, a team who promote the work of comic book writers and illustrators in the UK. WAW + P have more than forty creators taking part in live events, anthologies, bespoke workshops and publications, and host a show on London Fields Radio. Matt edits and publishes the comics anthology Paper Science. Find out what he’s up to at www.matthewsheret.com

Kristyna Baczynski is an illustrator, designer and comic book artist with a Yorkshire accent and Ukrainian blood. Self publishing and freelancing since 2008 from her studio in Leeds, her work has been internationally published and she is the 2011 Though Bubble Artist in Residence. She is happiest when she is drawing. Work and witticisms can be found on her blog.

During the Thought Bubble residencies week both Matt and Kristyna will be commissioned to work together to produce a story for the next Thought Bubble Anthology. They will also take over the Thought Bubble blog and post live updates on their work in progress, the Thought Bubble events and work from members of the public who stop by to see how they work and join them for some drawing fun.

Matt will also host the We Are Words + Pictures Independent Publishing Forum on Saturday 19th Nov at Alea Casino as part of the Thought Bubble Comic Con. Please note: You will need a comic con ticket to attend this.

Kristyna will also exhibit original art and prints in a show at Travelling Man from the 14th to 20th Nov.

Art and Print Exhibiton – Kristyna Baczynski

14th to 20th November, Travelling Man Leeds, All Ages, FREE

An exhibition and installation by Thought Bubble’s Artist in Residence, Kristyna Baczynski.

Selecting works from her eclectic portfolio, Baczynski will amass a cavalcade of creatures and curios to showcase her craft across multiple platforms, including: posters, comics, screenprints and books, as well as a bespoke installation.

Work and witticisms can be found on her blog.


Monday 14th November

Screening – Colourful

Monday 14th November, 6pm, Vue, £6.50 / £5.00 concessions

Winner of Japan’s top animation prize, Colorful is a tender story about rebirth based on a 1998 novel by Eto Mori. After reaching a purgatory-like state after death, a dejected soul is placed in the body of a boy who has just committed suicide and the film becomes an emotional recollection of love, loss and regret.

Screening – Mars

14:00/20:30, Vue, £6.50 / £5.00 concessions

An inventive explosion of different styles, Mars is a rotoscope-sci-fi-slacker-romantic comedy with a raft of hipster cameos and a stylistic nod to comic book art. It’s also great fun from beginning to end. Mark Duplass (Humpday, The Puffy Chair) plays Charlie Brownsville, a kind of slacker-celebrity astronaut sent out on the first manned mission to the red planet, alongside beautiful scientist Dr Casey Cook to investigate reports of alien life. Scene stealing cameos include Giant Sand singer Howe Gelb, comic book artist/musician James Kochalka and in an inspired piece of casting, novelist/country singer Kinky Friedman as US President.

Screening – Waltz With Bashir

14:00/20:30, Vue, £6.50 / £5.00 concessions

Spearheading the recent trend of intelligent, political animation, Waltz with Bashir cleverly manipulates its unique style to interrogate the process of memory through traumatic experiences. One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. They conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember that period of his life and decides to interview old comrades to rediscover the truth. As he delves deeper, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images…

Screening – Persepolis

18:30, Vue, £6.50 / £5.00 concessions

Based on the graphic novels of Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis is the poignant and hilarious biographical story of Marji: from a rebellious, heavy metal loving tomboy experiencing the turmoil of adolescence during the tyrannical Iranian revolution to a teenage exile in Vienna, Austria, where she discovers the benefits of freedom can also cause deep conflict. Returning to Iran as an alienated adult, Marji must now decide where her heart and her home must lay in this complex, insightful, honest and touching story, making Persepolis one of the most sublime animated feature films you’re likely to experience.


Tuesday 15th November

Dr Simpo’s Superhero Laboratory

09:45 – 12:00, Bradford Central Library, 9 to 11 years. Selected schools.

Dr Simpos Superhero Design Laboratory. Come and join the Doctor in his ideas laboratory and learn how to go about creating your very own superhero! Factfiles, backgrounds, history and all in the Doctor Simpo way. You can even stay and use your superhero as part of the Hexjibber Motion comic!

The Hexjibber Motion Comic Workshop

09:45 – 12:00, Bradford Central Library, 9 to 11 years. Selected schools.

Hexjibber Motion Comic Workshop. Make your very own motion comic with Hexjibber and FriiSpray, the virtual graffiti wall! Come along and draw 4 comic panels using FriiSpray and have your ideas animated into a motion comic! The results will be instantly uploaded to Thought Bubble’s Youtube channel for the world to see.

Animate! Filmmaking Workshop with Leeds Young Film

13:00 – 16:00, Film Academy, Leeds Town Hall, 8 to 14 years. FREE

This year we’re teaming up with Leeds Young People’s Film Festival to run a very special animation masterclass. In this session young people will get the chance to let their imagination run wild as Leeds Young Film run their Animate! workshop, this time with a special comic book theme. Create your own characters then see your animated adventure brought to life by adding sound effects and music. The final products will be screened at Leeds Young People’s Film Festival, Easter 2012.

To book a place, please email Martin Grund.

Screening – Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below

18:00, Vue £6.50 / £5.00 concessions

The eagerly-awaited new anime adventure from Makoto Shinkai, director of the much admired 5 Centimetres Per Second. Shinkai’s most ambitious film yet is grand in scope, spanning different worlds with beautiful and lavish visuals.

Screening – Milocrorze: A Love Story & The Tatami Galaxy

20:30, Hyde Park Picture House

A special Planet Japan double-bill of twisted romantic hilarity. Milocrorze is a delirious send-up of masculine romantic angst featuring a gyrating celebrity love therapist, a smitten oneeyed ronin, and a man-child subjected to the whims of a mysterious beauty. Artist and designer Yoshimasa Ishibashi’s visually rich debut balances ridiculous humour with arresting images to create an irreverent, modern pop-punk fantasy. Plus an exclusive show of the first episode of cult anime TV series The Tatami Galaxy, a frenzied campus comedy about a student stuck in a Groundhog Day time-loop.


Wednesday 16th November

Comics Forum 2011 – Sculpture & Comic Art

10:00 – 16:45, Leeds Art Gallery, Henry Moore Room, 16+ £10.

The Henry Moore Institute will explore how formal and thematic concerns migrate between sculpture and comic art. Papers will focus on: historical interrelationships between the two mediums; the influence of comic figuration on, and the direct appropriation of comic characters in sculptural practice; the role of narrative and space in both; comic artists’ moves into three-dimensions; issues of the monument, collectible figurines and multiples. Conference speakers include art historians, curators, and artists.

The draft running order for the day’s talks can be found here.

This conference will run as part of The Henry Moore Institute and Comics Forum. For tickets email comicsforum@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.comicsforum.org

Cute & Silly fun – Simple Cartooning with Matt Dyson

10:00 – 11:30, Bradford Central Library Children’s Library, 9 to 11 Years. For selected schools.

Do you draw silly cartoons in the margins of your school books when the day gets boring? Do you love to doodle? Come join in and turn those characters into a fun and silly comic strips for all to enjoy!

Travelling Man Comics Swap

18:00 – 19:00, Travelling Man Leeds, all ages. FREE.

Have you got any old comics, graphic novels or RPGs you don’t want anymore? Then why not bring them to the Travelling Man Leeds Comics Swap and trade with others!

Screening – Detroit Metal City

18:15, Leeds Town Hall

An audience favourite in LIFF 2008, DMC returns this year for our Planet Japan celebration. The world’s first death metal romantic musical comedy, DMC brings a hit Japanese manga to hilarious life. Witness songs about cheese tarts and sex on the River Styx and guest cameos from Gene Simmons and the Power Rangers.

Screening – Waltz With Bashir

18:30, Vue, £6.50 / £5.00 concessions

Spearheading the recent trend of intelligent, political animation, Waltz with Bashir cleverly manipulates its unique style to interrogate the process of memory through traumatic experiences. One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. They conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember that period of his life and decides to interview old comrades to rediscover the truth. As he delves deeper, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images…

Screening – Persepolis

20:30, Vue, £6.50 / £5.00 concessions

Based on the graphic novels of Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis is the poignant and hilarious biographical story of Marji: from a rebellious, heavy metal loving tomboy experiencing the turmoil of adolescence during the tyrannical Iranian revolution to a teenage exile in Vienna, Austria, where she discovers the benefits of freedom can also cause deep conflict. Returning to Iran as an alienated adult, Marji must now decide where her heart and her home must lay in this complex, insightful, honest and touching story, making Persepolis one of the most sublime animated feature films you’re likely to experience.


Thursday 17th November

Comics Forum 2011 – Graphic Medicine: Visualising the Stigma of Illness

10:00 – 16:45, Leeds Art Gallery, Henry Moore Room, 16+ £10

This one-day interdisciplinary conference aims to explore medical narrative in graphic novels and comics with an emphasis on the stigma of illness, disease or disability, both physical and mental. A subgenre of graphic narrative with medical relevance is emerging as a field of interest to both scholars, creators of comics, and members of the healthcare professions, as a source of both illness narratives and documents of the patient and carer experience.

The draft running order for the day’s talks can be found here.

This conference will run as part of Comics Forum 2011. For tickets email comicsforum@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.comicsforum.org

Fab Cafe Comic Fancy Dress Party

19:30 – 2:00, Fab Cafe Leeds, 18+ FREE

Come along to Fab Cafe for our annual Thought Bubble launch party! Featuring prizes, games and lots of dancing. Welcome in this year’s festival in style by coming in fancy dress as your favourite comic book character!


Friday 18th November

Comics Forum 2011 – Materiality and Virtuality: A Conference on Comics

10:00 – 16:45, Leeds Art Gallery, Henry Moore Room, 16+ £10

A one-day event that looks at how comics’ physical bodies affect the stories they tell. Talks about translations of manga, the move from printed comics to digital ones, and even a building that’s also a comic are on the programme for this packed day, featuring some of the world’s top scholars! Keynotes include: Posy Simmonds (Gemma Bovery, Tamara Drewe), Tom Humberstone (Solipsistic Pop), Matthew Sheret (Paper Science) and Tim Dant (University of Lancaster).

The draft running order for the day’s talks can be found here.

This conference will run as part of Comics Forum 2011. For tickets email comicsforum@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.comicsforum.org

The Thought Bubble Book crossing

10:00, Leeds Central Library, Bradford Central Library and various locations across Leeds and Bradford. All welcome. 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.

Bradford libraries taking part in the book crossing include Baildon; Bingley; Eccleshill; Ilkley; Keighley; LDK; Shipley; Central; Manningham; Wibsey; Wyke; Menston (2.30pm start); and Burley(2.30pm start.)

Leeds Libraries taking part in the book crossing include Chapeltown, Central, Moor Allerton, Compton Road, Headingley, Armley and Wetherby.

Marvel Comic Portfolio Reviews with Steve Wacker

10:00 – 17:00, Leeds Central Library, All Ages. FREE

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 slightly different: your portfolio must be emailed in advance. If your portfolio is selected, you’ll be called back for a full review by senior Marvel editor Stephen Wacker. Please send your art to tbportfolioreview@gmail.com

Please note: If you are offered a full review, Steve Wacker is only present for Friday and Saturday and not Sunday so bookings will be scheduled for Friday with your convention ticket.

The Young Peoples Graphic Novel Awards

13:00 – 15:00 Leeds Central LibraryExhibtion Space. For selected schools.

Last year Thought Bubble and Leeds Central Library held the first Leeds Graphic Novel Awards. 8 young people’s graphic novels were short listed last year and 8 Schools were picked to hold young readers groups and chose their favourite. An award ceremony was held during the Thought Bubble Festival where the writer/artist was presented with the award for best young people’s graphic novel, the award went to Good Dog Dad Dog by Dave Shelton, published by Random House and David Flickling Books.

This year we are expanding the awards to include 12 schools around the Leeds and Bradford area. Eight young reader’s graphic novels will be shortlisted and sent to readers groups at each school. The young readers will then vote on their favourites. All artists and writers will be invited to attend the awards ceremony where the prize for favourite young reader book will be given. Creators of the book will also have the opportunity to go in to the schools to run workshops.

Screening – In the Forest of the Fireflies Light

16:45, Victoria Hall, All Ages, FREE

This late addition to the LIFF25 programme is a free presentation of a beautiful new short-length anime from Japan that has mesmerised audiences in Tokyo since its recent release. A young girl called Hotaru is lost and alone in an enchanted forest. She meets a spirit boy called Gin who helps her to get home. Fascinated by the appearance of Gin and his mysterious nature, Hotaru is drawn back to the forest again and again for more encounters with him. But Gin is one touch away from disappearing from Hotaru’s life forever. In the Forest of the Fireflies Light won the Jury Award at the Scotland Loves Anime Festival in October.

Screening – Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods

18:00, Leeds Town Hall, Albert Room, 18+ £5/£4

Talking With Gods offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the enigmatic character of Grant Morrisson, from the man himself, as well as his collaborators, and contemporaries.

Tickets available from Leeds Film Festival website now!

Screening – Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts

20:00, Leeds Town Hall, Albert Room, 18+ £5/£4

Captured Ghosts features the most extensive interview Warren Ellis has ever given, and spans his life, from his first memory watching the moon landing as a child, to his recent cross-media success with the film adaptations of his work, and beyond.

Tickets available from Leeds Film Festival website now!

The Thought Bubble Pre Convention Reception

20:00 – till late Marriott Hotel Bar.

A chance for guests, exhibitors & attendees to relax & chat before our big Comic Con on Saturday. Please note: capacity is limited for this reception and names will be listed on a first come, first serve basis. To be added to the guest list please email exhibitbubble@gmail.com


Thought Bubble Comic Convention

10:00 – 17:00, Saviles Hall, Royal Armouries Hall, Satellite Venues, All Ages, for tickets click here.

Join us for our spectacular two day comic book convention at Saviles Hall and Royal Armouries Hall, two of Leeds’ largest exhibition spaces. Over the two days we’ll be welcoming some of the biggest names in the comic book industry from around the world to Leeds for signings and sketches, and audiences can browse 100′s of exhibitor and retailer tables.

The convention will also feature a dizzying array of workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions which will take place in venues surrounding the two exhibition halls. Special events will include the Leeds Graphic Novel Awards; and our annual cosplay competition, where hundreds of participants attend the convention as their favourite comic book, anime and managa heroes.

Entry to the event costs just £18 for a two day pass, £10 for a day pass, £7 for cosplayers and under 12′s get in for free!

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th – Convention – Saviles Hall; All Day Workshops & Events

Book Launch – The Lunch Date

Saviles Hall, Kristyna Baczynski’s Table, All Ages.

A compendium of Kristyna Baczynski’s ongoing project ‘The Lunch Date’ will premiere exclusively at Thought Bubble 2011. The book is a stream-of-conciousness diary in glorious RGBK (red, green, blue and black), created entirely during Baczynski’s week-day lunch breaks with three pens and one sketchbook.

Book Launch – Dick Turpin and the Crimson Plague

Saviles Hall, Time Bomb Comics Table, All ages.

This is a rip-roaring Highwaymen vs Vampires published by Time Bomb Comics. Get your copy signed by the creative team of writer Steve Tanner, artist Graeme Howard and letterer Nikki Foxrobot.

Book Launch – Tales of the Fallen

Saviles Hall, Unseen Shadows Table, Mature Readers.

They are murderers, martyrs and mercenaries in the no-man’s-land between adventure and crusade. Soldiers of fate and fierce honour, bound together in mystery, darkness and blood.

Tales of the Fallen is a collection of stories from some of today’s brightest and best Indie talent, and is now available to pre-order. The stories are based around the bestselling novel Fallen Heroes by Barry Nugent.

Step into the Unseen Shadows and see the future of an evolving Transmedia universe at www.unseenshadows.com

Book Launch – Nelson

Blank Slate Table, All Ages.

Blank Slate celebrates the launch of Nelson with a weekend-worth of book signings. With all profits going to Shelter, the homelessness charity; Duncan Fegredo, Sean Phillips, Sarah McIntyre, RodgerLangridge, and many more will be signing copies of Nelson for readers.

Be sure to check www.blankslatebooks.co.uk in the run up to the festival for a full signing schedule.

Book Launch – Metaphrog Louis Red Letter Day

Metaphrog Table, All Ages.

Metaphrog are delighted to announce the launch of the multiple Eisner Award nominated comic Louis – Red Letter Day at Thought Bubble 2011! The Long out of print graphic novel has been entirely redrawn and repainted for a lavish new edition. Designed to frighten and amuse children of all ages, this scary-cute story will make you laugh and cry!

Join Metaphrog for some special Louis colouring-in fun at their table and be the first to pick up their new book. Metaphrog’s book Louis Night Salad from 2010 is one of the eight short listed books for the Young People Graphic Novel Awards this year too, so keep an eye out to see who wins!

Book Launch – Broadcast: The TV Doodles of Henry Flint

Markosia Table, All Ages.

The mind of Henry Flint is a galaxy of beautiful atrocities – a nightmare factory where the bestial becomes benign, the mundane magical. Henry Flint is at once a full-service doodling savant and a one-man alien zoo, and this never-before-seen collection of his personal work is an attempt to chart a single, crooked leg of the artistic journey he takes daily. Welcome to the best of the bestiary.

Book Launch – The Indifference Engine: A Holographic Novel

Markosia Table, All Ages.

Responding to a strangely specific job advertisement, a distinctly ordinary twenty-something suburban slacker named Alan Blake finds himself in the middle of an inter-dimensional task force staffed entirely by superhuman alternate versions of himself. Struggling to find his place in this vast continuum of near-immortal doppelgangers, he uncovers a conspiracy that strikes at the very heart of the organization – a conspiracy that only he can stop.

2000 AD vs Best Joined Up Live Art Installation

Saviles Hall Foyer, All Ages.

Continuing their creative endeavours Best Joined Up are collaborating with 2000 AD this year to make live art at the Thought Bubble Convention. The artistic team will be re-working their favourite characters from the 2000 AD archive and starring them in a huge 9 panel installation in the foyer of Savilles Hall, Leeds.

Drop in Manga Art Workshop

Al Davison’s Table, All Ages.

Want to learn how to draw manga/comics, or need some advice from a professional on your work or portfolio? Then head to Al Davison’s table for some useful tips! Al has recently drawn The Unwritten, and is currently drawing Blood-Light for Renegade, he’s been in the business for nearly 30 years and will be offering helpful advice to any new budding artists.

Al will also be drawing manga and fantasy portraits as well as character sketches, so please be patient if he is in the middle of a portrait when you see him.

Cat Ear Making Workshop with The Elmete Enterprise Club

Elmete Enterprise Club table, All Ages (but aimed at a younger audience).

Run as part of Leeds’ Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre. The pupils of the Elemte Enterprise Club will not only be here to sell & promote the amazing array of latex masks they make, but will also be on hand to show you how to make your own Manga cat ears (take them home for a small fee!)  Stop by & have a go, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create something really amazing!
Sarah McIntyre’s Crazy Pirate fun Drop in Art Workshop

Families and Young People.

YO HO HO! Do you remember seeing lots of tentacled and googly-eyed aliens running around last year’s Thought Bubble? This year, the writer-illustrator team behind ‘You Can’t Eat a Princess!’ return with PIRATES. In ‘You Can’t Scare a Princess’, King Cupcake, has been lashed to the ship’s mast, but our heroine on skates, Princess Spaghetti, doesn’t let that cramp her style. Join Sarah and Gillian in making very silly pictures and comics. Fun for the whole family.

Gillian Rogerson www.gillianrogerson.net is based locally and in July, launched her book ‘Children’s History of Leeds’ with Hometown World. She has written several picture books and last year was her first year ever to appear at a comics festival. Scholastic UK launches ‘You Can’t Scare a Princess!’ this September.

Sarah McIntyre is the writer and illustrator of ‘Vern and Lettuce’, a comic about a sheep and a rabbit who live in Pickle Rye, a neighbourhood very much like her own in south London. She has illustrated several picture books and posts loads of drawings and comics on her blog. Visit her website for free sheets to design your own monsters, aliens, throw a Princess & Aliens party, and even make your own board game.

SelfMadeHero Drop In Art Critique

SelfMadeHero Table, All Ages.

SelfMadeHero are the UK’s best up and coming publishing house whose graphic novels have received praise from the likes of The Guardian and The Independent. Their editors and a select crop of creators will be on hand throughout this year’s Thought Bubble convention to give advice on portfolios, scout for new talent, and hear your pitches.


Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th – Convention – Royal Armouries Hall; All Day Workshops & Events

Doctor Geof’s Travelling Tea Museum

Centre of hall, 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.

Hexjibber Colouring in Art Installation

Hexjibber table, All Ages.

Hexjibber is back with even more crazy illustrations to colour in! Stop by the Hexjibber colouring-in area to scribble your favourite colours on these wonderful wacky pages.

Dr Simpo’s Underground Comix Drop in Art Workshop and Portfolio Review

Dr Simpo’s Table, All Ages.

The Dr is back to show you how to be a underground comics legend! Renowned for his animation and TV work Dr Simpo has built a large following for his strange inventive art creations and comics. In this workshop he will show you how it’s done by offering tips on how best to self-publish, manage printing costs, and avoid pitfalls.


Saturday 19th – Convention – Workshops & Events

2000 AD Portfolio Critique With Editor Matt Smith

All Day, Saviles Hall Saviles Hall at the 2000 AD table, All welcome.

It’s Dragons’ Den meets the Nerve Centre as Tharg the Mighty’s minions slide top talent unearthed from the weekend’s portfolio sessions beneath the searing gaze of his top-name art-droids. Budding artists should view the free sample script*, draw their own version of it, and bring their efforts to these portfolio sessions being held at the 2000 AD stall. The six best efforts chosen by Tharg himself will then go before the searing eyes of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic on Sunday!

*Sample script available to view here.

Marvel Portfolio critque With Editor Steve Wacker

All Day, Alea Casino Bottom Bar, 18+

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

Because of time constraints, the format for reviews will be slightly different: your portfolio must be emailed in advance. If your portfolio is selected, you’ll be called back for a full review by senior Marvel editor Stephen Wacker. Please send your art to tbportfolioreview@gmail.com

Story Telling Workshop for Young People

10:00 – 12:00 Saviles Hall, Aimed at younger audience.

Want to tell a tale but don’t know where to begin? Join acclaimed animation creator and novelist Curtis Jobling (Wereworld) and see firsthand the tips and shortcuts for generating stories and riffing ideas. Pick his brains, just be sure to put them back when done. This session will be followed by Wereworld signings.

Blank Slate presents Nelson

11:00 – 11:45, Bury Theater, All Ages. FREE

Comics scholar Dan Berry hosts a panel discussion with Nelson editors Woodrow Phoenix, Rob Davis and special guests. With over 50 of the UK’s best and brightest creators involved in the creation of the graphic novel for the charity Shelter, this is sure to be a fantastic insight into the current British comics landscape.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Self-Publishing

11:00 – 11:50, Alea Cinema Room, 18+

Part of the WAW+P Independent Publishing Forum hosted by the Thought Bubble Writer in Residence Matt Sheret.

A panel talk and Q&A with the shining stars of the UK indie comics scene. Come along and get the low-down on publishing your own comics from those who know best – some of the UK’s finest indie comic creators with guests Steve Tanner, Katie Green, Dr Geoff Banyard, Hugh ‘Shug’ Raine, and Hexjibber.

From Stands to Screen

12:00 – 12:45, Bury Theater, All ages.

A panel talk on the transition of comics to the big and small screen with the creators whose work has been transferred from paper to celluloid. An engaging discussion on the ongoing evolution of the on-screen revolution and get the inside scoop on this year’s hot comics film properties with guests Robin Furth, Andy Diggle, Jock, and Tim Sale.

Paper/Science

12:10 – 13:00, Alea Cinema Room, 18+

Part of the WAW+P Independent Publishing Forum hosted by the Thought Bubble Writer in Residence Matt Sheret.

A panel talk on the process of printing comics or displaying them online for all to see. Once you’ve had your idea, what’s the next step? Analogue or digital? Paper or Photoshop? Which printers give the best results? Come along to find out from guests Joe List, Philippa Rice, Tom Humberstone, Morten Thomsen, and Kristyna Baczynski.

Tim Sale Legends Panel

13:00 – 14:00, Bury Theater, All ages.

Alex Fitch will take an incisive look into how comics extraordinaire Tim Sale works. He will look at his remarkable body of work, the changing nature of the comics industry, and how it differs from concept work for screen. A must-see for any fan of comic art.

Reading Between The Lines

13:20 – 14:10, Alea Cinema Room, 18+

Part of the WAW+P Independent Publishing Forum hosted by the Thought Bubble Writer in Residence Matt Sheret.

Nic Wilkinson and Jim Campbell take us through the art of lettering – getting your dialogue onto the page in the best way possible! An often overlooked aspect of comic making; this exploration will include a talk on the theory behind the practice, and a Q&A session.

Cinebook French Masterclass

14:00 – 15:00, Royal Armouries Hall, Cinebook Table, All welcome but aimed at Young people and Families.

Ever wanted to learn French? Well now you can with the help of Lucky Luke and other amazing characters pulled straight from the pages of some of France’s best loved comic books, all brought to you by one of our favourite French publishers – Cinebook!

Bryan Talbot In Conversation with Stephen Holland

14:15 – 15:00, Bury Theater, All ages.

An engaging conversation with Bryan Talbot discussing his work, future plans and the wider world of graphic novels with Page 45′s Stephen L. Holland. Bryan Talbot is the creator of ALICE IN SUNDERLAND, THE TALE OF ONE BAD RAT, and both LUTHER ARKWRIGHT and GRANDVILLE books.

Comic Economics

Part of the WAW+P Independent Publishing Forum hosted by the Thought Bubble Writer in Residence Matt Sheret.

14:30 – 15:20, Alea Cinema Room, 18+

A discussion on marketing and funding indie comics – including how to generate the capital to turn your ideas into realities, and the best way to market them once you have. Coming up with a brilliant story is the first step; let our speakers help you finish the journey. Featuring contributions from Howard Hardiman, Emma Vieceli, Ellen Lindner, and John Allison.

Nicola Streeten Signing

15:00-17:00 Myriad Editions / Nye Wright table, All Ages. FREE

Myriad Editions author Nicola Streeten will sign and sketch copies of her newly-published graphic novel, Billy, Me & You, a memoir first serialised in her family magazine, Liquorice. She is co-director of Laydeez do Comics, the first UK women-led graphic novel forum, with a focus on the autobiographical and everyday. And cake.

Cosplay Masquerade with Heroes Alliance

15:15 – 17:45, Bury Theater, All ages.

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 decided who’s best dressed enough to impressed 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 wining the competition but all cosplayers are welcome to attend the masquerade.

Registration is between 12:00 – 14:00 at the Cosplay table in Saviles Hall foyer.

Nobrow Talk

15:40 – 16:30, Alea Cinema Room 18+

Nobrow, the force behind the most innovative publications currently being produced will hold a special presentation on the past present and future of this creative tour de force. What inspired them to set up a publishing house to help new aspiring artists get their work seen and how to go about becoming the next Nobrow star.

SelfMadeHero Talk – How to pitch to Indie Publishers

16:40 – 17:30, Alea Cinema Room, 18+

The UK’s largest independent publisher reprinting European graphic novels and original stories by UK artists will be on hand to give a talk on how to pitch your ideas/art to independent publishers. Plus, if you miss anything, you can pop along to their table in Saviles Hall where they will be happy to hand out more tips on a one to one level.

SelfMadeHero will host a launch event on Saturday evening – invitations are available from the SelfMadeHero table in Savilles Hall.

Mid-Convention Party

19:30 – 04:00, Alea Casino, 18+

If you are lucky enough to be one of the first 500 convention weekend ticket holders to buy your ticket in advance you Get the chance to party with our guests at our special mid convention party.

You will also have the chance to see hot new band Executive Legs (on at 20:00) Charlie Adlard and Phil Winslade’s band Mine Power Cosmic (on at 21:00) and after that listen to some fine tunes in to the night with our guest DJs Kieron Gillen, Jamie Mckelive, Antony Johston, Becky Cloonan, Boo Cook, and Jock.


Sunday 20th – Convention – Workshops & Events

Jack & Daniel’s Comic Book Workshops Present – Quick Comics For Young People

11.00 – 13:00, Saviles Hall Foyer 8 to 16 years.

Join us for a wild ride through comic book creation! Design your own character, draw your own comic strip, and lots more! Jack and Daniel will be your guides through the crazy world of comic creation, taking you through fun games and awesome activities without even stopping for air. Parents may leave children unsupervised for the duration of the workshop.

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Northern Sequential Art Competition Winners Announced

Sun 20th, 11:15- 11:45, Royal Armouries, Bury Theater, All ages, FREE.

Join us to view all entries from this years Northern Sequential Art Competition. Winners will be announced and presented with prizes; and their work will feature in our next Thought Bubble Anthology Comic, alongside top professionals, published by Image.

SelfMadeHero’s Hellraisers’ Finest Drinking Stories

12:00 – 12:45, Bury Theater 18+

Former stand up and best selling author, Robert Sellers, will regale us with the Hellraisers’ finest drinking stories while comic artist JAKe illustrates large portraits of Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton and Oliver Reed live on stage at lightning speed. Lucky audience members will be given the portraits at the end. Drinkers welcome. But, before you take your seat, it’s your round!

Unseen Shadows Panel

12:00 – 12:45, Alea Cinema Room, 18+

Meet The Team That Expanded The Universe. Learn how the self-published cult hit novel Fallen Heroes became the epicentre of one of the biggest transmedia experiments in the UK indie arts world comprising comics, prose, audio, live action and inclduing trailblazing talent from all creative fields.

The Best Thing I’ve Read All Year

13:00 – 13:45, Bury Theater, All ages.

Esteemed creators get together to discuss their favourite comics (and possibly other things) of the year. Informal, and lively, panel talk with Kieron Gillen, Antony Johnston, and others, guaranteed to give you an insight into some of this year’s most popular comics, and help you uncover those hidden gems!

Alan Moore talk with host Gary Spencer Millidge

13:00 – 13:45, Alea Cinema Room 18+

A talk on Alan Moore with a number of his collaborators, includes audio/visual presentations and poetry readings. A wonderful chance to find out about one of the world’s most respected comic creators from those who know the man, and his work, best.

Women in Comics

14:00 – 14:45, Bury Theater, All ages.

Thought Bubble’s annual panel talk on the increasing presence of female writers & artists in comics. Mel Gibson to host, Mary Talbot, Robin Furth, Kate Brown, Nicola Streeton. An engaging discussion on the female perspective in comics, and how they’re helping shape the contemporary story-telling process.

Elephantmen Panel

14:00 – 14:45, Alea Cinema Room 18+

Discusion on the growing popularity of the Elephantmen comic which has now been optioned as a Hollywood movie. Alex Fitch chats with its stars Richard Starkings & Boo Cook.

2000 AD Nerve Centre Portfolio Session

15:00 – 15:45, Bury Theater, All ages.

It’s Dragons’ Den meets the Nerve Centre as Tharg the Mighty’s minions slide top talent unearthed from the weekend’s portfolio sessions beneath the searing gaze of his top-name art-droids. Budding artists should view the free sample script*, draw their own version of it, and bring their efforts to the portfolio sessions being held at the 2000 AD stall on Saturday. The six best efforts chosen by Tharg himself will then go before the searing eyes of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic at this special public review!

*Sample script available to view here.

Comics 2.0 – The Future of Comics

15:00 – 15:45, Alea Cinema Room 18+

Comics as a medium are changing on a near daily basis – what does the future hold? Discussion with Leah Moore, John Reppion, Paul Duffield, Kate Brown, and Emma Vieceli on the increasing prevalence of digital processes in modern comics, the new and upcoming technologies, and how comics as an industry is changing.

Badman Silence Screening

16:00 – 16:05, Alea Cinema Room 18+

What if the smartest, toughest costumed bad ass in the world was totally evil? Meet Nemesis. Richard Payne has married print and screen with an ultra violent animation of the comic’s panels. This mash-up for DJ Deceit’s dubstep monster ‘Badman Silence’ garnered the attention of the Nemesis creators themselves. Mark Millar said of it, ‘I was blown away.’

Scriptwriting Panel/Q&A

16:00 – 16:45, Bury Theater, All ages.

It’s not just about the pictures – how to write comic scripts, input from various big name writers, half panel discussion, half Q&A from the public. An enlightening talk on the process and technique behind writing for comics with guests Andy Diggle, Tony Harris, and Jeff Lemire. Essential viewing for anyone looking for hints and tips on how to take that next step in terms of writing.

 

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