2011′s Thought Bubble saw the second annual Leeds Graphic Novel Awards take place in association with Leeds Book Awards.
The shortlist of books nominated for the award was selected by readers at various local area high schools, whose book groups read and discussed the following six books:
Welcome to the Isla de Monstera, home of the world’s only tap-dancing, banana-loving, rust-fighting, coconut-talking, crime-busting organisation… MONKEY NUTS! In their very first adventure, Sid, Rivet and Chief Tuft are forced to do battle against a horde of random oddballs and weirdos. When a mysterious signal begins to drive the local loonies into a crazy rage, the Monkey Nuts team have no choice but to grab their masks and get heroic!
Louis Night Salad
Louis, the little hero from numerous previous Metaphrog titles, returns in a new stand-alone story perfect for young readers and the young at heart. Desperately searching a cure for his sick friend and automated pet FC, Louis embarks on a dreamy journey that is both real and fantastic: glass trees, impossible cliffs, cities beneath the desert, and a library which holds all knowledge in the world await him in the pages of Night Salad.
Vern and Lettuce
Welcome to Pickle Rye, home of best friends Lettuce the rabbit and Vern the sheep. Join them for baking, birthdays, bunny-sitting and a quest for fame in the big city! Vern and Lettuce reach for the stars, but danger is lurking just beneath their feet…
The Amulet of Samarkand Graphic Novel
Nathaniel, a young magician’s apprentice, has revenge on his mind. Desperate to defy his master and take on more challenging spells, he secretly summons the 5000-year-old djinni, Bartimaeus. But Bartimaeus’s task is not an easy one – he must steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, Bartimaeus and Nathaniel are caught up in a terrifying flood of intrigue, rebellion and murder.
Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!
Eleven-year-old Billy Batson has been given an amazing gift: The magic word Shazam!, which transforms him into Captain Marvel and gives him incredible super-powers. But now there’s a new kid at school: Billy’s greatest foe, 14-year-old Theo Adam, who has his own alter ego as Black Adam — if only he could remember his own secret word. Theo is determined to get the secret of Billy’s magic word any way he can.
Mouse Guard: Legends of The Guard Vol.1
Inside the June Alley Inn, located in the western mouse city of Barkstone, mice gather to tell tales, each trying to outdo the other. A competition, of sorts, begins. The rules: Every story must contain one truth, one lie and have never been told in that tavern before. With the winner getting his bar tab cleared, fantastic stories are spun throughout the evening. Legends of the Guard is a new Mouse Guard anthology series featuring the work of artists and storytellers handpicked by series creator David Petersen.
Dave Shelton, winner of 2010’s competition, announced 2011’s winner:
Vern and Lettuce by Sarah McIntyre