Festival Programme 2014

This year’s festival runs from 9th – 16th November, with kind support from Arts Council England, Leeds Inspired, Leeds College of Art, Leeds Central Library, Comicraft, Allied London, Leeds Dock, Image Comics, 2000 AD, Diamond Comics, DoubleTree by Hilton, the Paris Comics Expo, The Illustrated Mind, Awesome Merchandise, Leeds International Film Festival, Gosh! Comics, Orbital Comics, and Travelling Man. Thank you to our many volunteers and sponsors for making this year’s event possible.

2014′s convention takes place on the 15th & 16th November from 10am – 5pm at venues on Leeds Dock, tickets for which can be purchased by clicking here.

A map of venues for this year’s festival can be found by clicking here.

Screenings this year are provided in conjunction with the 28th Leeds International Film Festival, for more information on LIFF and their full programme of events, please click here.

Full listings of this year’s Thought Bubble Festival events can be found below – click on the boxes to expand for full information.


Festival Duration Events

Arts Council Funding @ Thought Bubble 2014

Since 2008, Thought Bubble has benefited greatly from Arts Council funding. It has helped us bring the sequential arts universe to wider audiences. In the past, funding has specifically supported new projects such as the Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition, Bubs Lounge, and our annual Artist Residencies, as well as workshops, masterclasses and special guest appearances.

This year, with new support from the Arts Council, we will be able to record all talks and panels taking place at the convention, and will be putting these online for anyone to access for free after the festival closes. By doing this, we hope to be able to help even more people learn about our favourite storytelling medium, even if they’re unable to travel to Leeds to experience Thought Bubble first-hand.

2000 AD Comic Competition 2014 // Live Event // Deadline – 15/11/14

Competition Entries must be submitted in person at Thought Bubble’s Convention, Sat 15 Nov, at the 2000 AD table in the TB Teepee. A convention pass will be needed to gain entry

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

This year we have the ultimate prize – the winner of the portfolio session will get the chance to illustrate a Future Shock in 2000 AD! Join the ranks of the biggest names in British comic books by getting a paid strip from Tharg the Mighty! Budding artists should view the free sample script here, draw their own version of it, and bring their efforts to the portfolio sessions being held at the 2000 AD table at the Thought Bubble Comic Con on Saturday 15th November.

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

Core Mix 2 // Exhibition // 10/11/14 – 10/12/14 // Opening Times Vary

Mon 10 Nov – Weds 10 Dec, North Bar, 24 Upper Briggate, Leeds, opening times vary, FREE

He’s back. No one learned their lesson last year, so now Gramsch has returned, with more of his comic-inspired ‘art’ festooning the walls of, this time, the wonderful North Bar.

Come have a delicious beer while you take in the colours & shapes given strangely human names, and set to pondering; “isn’t that….?”

Derek Danger in… Thought Bubble Rumble // Exhibition // 9/11/14 – 10/12/14 // Opening Times Vary

Sun 9 Nov – Weds 10 Dec, Travelling Man, 32 Central Road, Leeds, opening times vary, suitable for all ages, FREE

By unpopular request, Derek Danger is back in ‘Thought Bubble Rumble’.

The brand new strip joins Dangeritis: Fistful of Danger, re-printed in a special Half-Pint edition for 2014, following on from last year’s SuperKing edition. To celebrate, Travelling Man are hosting an exhibition of Dangeritis artwork.

Track down the creators, Robert Ball and Warwick Johnson Cadwell, in the Royal Armouries Hall at this year’s Thought Bubble convention!

Drew Struzan – Film Posters // Exhibition // 31/10/14 – 10/12/14 // Opening Times Vary

Fri 31 Oct – Weds 10 Dec, North Bar, 24 Upper Briggate, Leeds, opening times vary, FREE

Following many years as a starving and impoverished art student, Drew Struzan began his career designing album covers, including the infamous Welcome to My Nightmare design for Alice Cooper and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath for Black Sabbath. His movie poster career took off when he was asked to design an image for Star Wars, which immediately brought him international recognition and demand.His long standing collaborations with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg has seen him create some of the most iconic film posters of all time.

Leeds International Film Festival and North Bar are proud to present an exhibition of his work spanning his illustrious 40 year career.

Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition Entries 2014 // Exhibition // 1/11/14 – 30/11/14 // Opening Times Vary

Sat 1 Nov – Sun 30 Nov, Leeds Central Library, Art Space (1st Floor), opening times vary, suitable for all ages, FREE

Pop by Leeds Central Library to view all the wonderful entries from the Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition in a digital exhibition! Winners of the competition will be announced at the Thought Bubble comic convention on Sun 16 Nov, and will have their work featured in 2015’s Thought Bubble Anthology!

Please click here for full details of this year’s Comic Art Competition, and how to get involved with 2015′s competition!

Thought Bubble Charity Anthology 2014 // Festival Exclusives // On Sale 22/10/14

Weds 22 Oct, Comic Shops Worldwide, opening times vary, suitable for ages 12+, £2.90p/$3.99 (prices may vary)

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

A 32-page oversize comic featuring all new work from Cliff Chiang, Boo Cook, Marc Ellerby, Barry Kitson, Ales Kot, Sarah McIntyre, Emma Rios, Tim Sale, Richard Starkings, and many more! All profits go to Barnardo’s, for more information, please click here.

 

 

Sunday 9th November

Fanomenon Anime Day 2014 // Screenings // Times Vary (Please click for full details) // Begins 1100

Sun 9 Nov, Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, from 1100, Ages vary, please visit leedsfilm.com for more details and for tickets and prices

The hugely popular Fanomenon Anime Day returns to Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) this year on Sun 9 Nov on the first of day the Thought Bubble Festival 2014.

Starting at 11am in the superb setting of the Victoria Hall at Leeds Town Hall, the Anime Day will present 10 hours of fantastic new animated entertainment!

For full listings, please see below, and for further information, please visit leedsfilm.com

(93 min) Based on the comic book by the creator of Ghost in the Shell and from the director of the original Appleseed anime movie comes the intense post-apocalyptic prequel. Left to survive in a post-World War society, two mercenary soldiers – Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos – are sent on a mission on the outskirts of their war-torn city. During the operation, they run into Iris and Olson, two citizens from the utopian city of Olympus, who might have a way to save the world but the ruthless Talos and the scheming warlord Two Horns have their own plans.

(85 min) The first new Dragonball Z feature film in seventeen years, screening as part of the Fanomenon Anime Day 2014. Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it’s too late. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can stop Beerus’s from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!

(68 min) The acclaimed anthology Short Peace, conceived by the creator of Akira, Katsuhiro Ôtomo, features four dystopian shorts from some of Japan’s most exciting creative talent. Ôtomo’s contribution, Combustible, is a tragic story about a firefighter set in the Edo period. In the Oscar-nominated Possessions from Shuhei Morita, a traveller seeks shelter in a magical Shinto shrine. A girl’s prayers summons a great bear to defeat an oni (demon) in Hiroaki Ando’s Gambo, and in Hajime Katoki’s A Farewell to Arms, a small crew of soldiers sets out to destroy a robot-tank.

(102 min) Directed by Mizuho Nishikubo, a longtime collaborator of Mamoru Oshii , Giovanni’s Island – like the anime classic Grave of the Fireflies – examines the struggles of the Japanese in the immediate aftermath of their defeat in World War II, from the perspective of a child. A testament to the emotional resilience of children, and the preciousness of those lost but not forgotten, Giovanni’s Island echoes the work of the master Miyazaki in refusing to paint a picture of extreme moral contrasts. There are no heroes or villains here, just ordinary people managing as best they can in desperate circumstances.

(83 min) A special presentation of Mamoru Oshii’s classic cyberpunk anime Ghost in the Shell, screening in a new digital cinema print on the giant screen at Leeds Town Hall as part of this year’s Fanomenon Anime Day. It’s the year 2029 and Major Motoko Kusanagi is a cyborg officer in the Section 9 security force. She’s on the trail of a computer criminal known as the Puppet Master, a data manipulator skilled enough to hack into the minds of his victims. As Kusanagi digs deeper into the case, she realises that the identity of the assailant lies at the heart of a vast political conspiracy.

(89 min) Screening on a new digital print, Isao Takahata’s early Studio Ghibli masterpiece is a visually stunning and emotionally powerful film that meditates on the devastating consequences of war. A young brother and sister are forced to fight for survival in the devastated Japanese countryside during World War II after their mother is killed in an air raid, and with their father serving in the navy. Food and shelter are scarce, and even their own relatives are too concerned with their own survival. All they have is each other.

Cartoonists – Footsoldiers of Democracy // Screenings // 1400

Sun 9 Nov, VUE Cinema, The Light, Leeds, 1400 (106 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

Stéphanie Valloatto’s feature film debut showcases the humorous and often subversive work of political cartoonists led by French caricaturist Plantu. The documentary takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the world through interviews with 12 prominent cartoonists from countries as varied as France, Israel, China, Russia and the US, interspersed with examples of their drawings and animations. Whether it’s Plantu receiving calls from a dismayed Sarkozy, or the experiences of Russian cartoonist Zlatkovsky whose work is banned from publication; censorship is forever looming over their freedom of speech.

Propaganda Toons // Screenings // 1700

Sun 9 Nov, Hyde Park Picture House, Brudenell Road, Leeds, 1700 (81 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

War hasn’t just left its mark on live action cinema, animation has often been drafted into the fight too. During WWII countless animated films were produced to help with the war effort, from training films for the army to more overt propaganda. We’ve selected some of the best and most inventive to screen for you at this year’s LIFF; highlights include an early Japanese anime featuring anthropomorphic animals bombing Pearl Harbor, Private Snafu (created by Frank Capra and Dr. Seuss), and a rare public screening of Der Fuehrer’s Face, the infamous Walt Disney short featuring Donald Duck as a Nazi!

Seth’s Dominion // Screenings // 1900

Sun 9 Nov, The Albert Room, Leeds Town Hall, 1900 (42 min), FREE, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

A deft portrait of Canadian cartoonist Seth, one of the world’s great storytellers in the form best known for comic books such as Palookaville. In his personal projects he transforms his poignant inner life into observant and witty graphic stories. He is also incredibly prolific, producing semi-autobiographical comics and award-winning commercial work. Director Luc Chamberland sheds light on his articulate subject, mixing insightful biography with vivid animation in an artful fusion of filmmaking techniques that perfectly captures Seth’s manifold creative universe.

 

 

Monday 10th November

Cartoonists – Footsoldiers of Democracy // Screenings // 1600

Mon 10 Nov, VUE Cinema, The Light, Leeds, 1600 (106 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

Stéphanie Valloatto’s feature film debut showcases the humorous and often subversive work of political cartoonists led by French caricaturist Plantu. The documentary takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the world through interviews with 12 prominent cartoonists from countries as varied as France, Israel, China, Russia and the US, interspersed with examples of their drawings and animations. Whether it’s Plantu receiving calls from a dismayed Sarkozy, or the experiences of Russian cartoonist Zlatkovsky whose work is banned from publication; censorship is forever looming over their freedom of speech.

The Satellite Girl & Milk Cow + Wolf Daddy // Screenings // 1700

Mon 10 Nov, Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1700 (91 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

The debut feature from idiosyncratic Korean animator Hyung-yun Chang, whose fantastical shape-shifting storytelling is delightful to experience. Il-ho is a satellite girl in orbit that gazes down to Earth as she circles the globe, curious about human emotions. Singer-songwriter Kyung-chun turns into a milk cow when he suffers heartbreak and soon finds himself on the run from the Incinerator, an evil machine that devours creatures with lonely hearts. Coming to his aid is Merlin the Wizard, a roll of toilet paper, and before long Il-ho falls to earth and is transformed into a girl. Screening with Hyung-yun Chang’s short Wolf Daddy (2005).

The Rainbow Age: LGBQT* Comic-book Club // Live Events // 1830

Mon 10 Nov, Wharf Chambers, Leeds, LS2 7EQ, 18:30-20:30, 15+, FREE

Join us for a celebration of LGBQT* comics & creators with an informal book club evening! Bring along your favourite LGBQT* comics, or come and discover something new from our collection, kindly supplied by Travelling Man.

Meet like-minded fans and make new friends over cake and comics. After this event, Travelling Man will be donating all the books to Leeds Libraries to create a completely unique collection for the whole of Leeds to enjoy; the first of its kind in the country.

All are welcome, so come along for a relaxed atmosphere and to read some amazing, life-changing comics!

Cat Soup: Masaaki Yuasa Shorts // Screenings // 1900

Mon 10 Nov, Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1900 (90 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

A recent guest animator for Adventure Time, Masaaki Yuasa is one of the most original, creative and playful minds in Japanese animation. Once you see an animated film by Masaaki Yuasa, you may never forget it, and scenes from this special selection of his work may enter your dreams. The selection includes cult anime short Cat Soup, for which Yuasa was animation director, about a young feline who goes on a psychedelic journey with his sister in order to save her soul. Yuasa’s pro-wrestling short Kick- Heart is included alongside one episode each from his own series The Tatami Galaxy and the great Space Dandy.

 

 

Tuesday 11th November

Silly Fun Papercraft Characters with Matt Dyson // Workshops // 1000

Tues 11 Nov, City Library Bradford, 1000 – 1100, Selected Schools, FREE

School groups join Matt Dyson for hour long sessions making papercraft models to cut out and keep, using characters created together.

Silly Fun Papercraft Characters with Matt Dyson // Workshops // 1315

Tues 11 Nov, Laisterdyke Library, 1315 – 1415, Selected Schools, FREE

School groups join Matt Dyson for hour long sessions making papercraft models to cut out and keep, using characters created together.

Cat Soup: Masaaki Yuasa Shorts // Screenings // 1500

Tues 11 Nov, Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1500 (90 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

A recent guest animator for Adventure Time, Masaaki Yuasa is one of the most original, creative and playful minds in Japanese animation. Once you see an animated film by Masaaki Yuasa, you may never forget it, and scenes from this special selection of his work may enter your dreams. The selection includes cult anime short Cat Soup, for which Yuasa was animation director, about a young feline who goes on a psychedelic journey with his sister in order to save her soul. Yuasa’s pro-wrestling short Kick- Heart is included alongside one episode each from his own series The Tatami Galaxy and the great Space Dandy.

World Animation Award Part 1 // Screenings // 1700

Tues 11 Nov, Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1700 (90 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

One of the festival’s favourite events, the World Animation Award is always packed with small wonders. We stop at nothing to bring you a truly global selection of the best animated short films of the moment. Thoughtful stop-motion shorts and anarchic graduation films are screened side by side, representing new animation in all its forms. It is an experience that always delights and provokes in equal measure!

The winning film selected by our jury is announced at the end of the week, but you are also invited to come to all three parts of the competition and vote for your favourite to win the audience award!

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster // Screenings // 1700

Tues 11 Nov, The Albert Room, Leeds Town Hall, 1700 (97 min), £6 (£5 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

You may not know the name Drew Struzan, but you will certainly know some of his work. Probably the greatest film poster artist of all time his images have adorned the walls of film fans the world over for nearly forty years. His iconic images have been used to promote Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, The Goonies, The Thing, many of the Muppet movies, Harry Potter, The Shawshank Redemption, Blade Runner and many many more.

Directors such as George Lucas, Frank Darabont and Guillermo del Toro are huge fans and the film looks back on the amazing career of a remarkable man.

Alien Amigurumi Crochet Workshop // Workshops // 1730

Tues 11 Nov, Leeds Library Art Reading Room, 1730 – 1930, Families and young people, FREE, but places are limited, so please book in advance (details below)

What has 3 arms, 2 heads and 4 antennae? We don’t know either but come to a beginners’ crochet workshop and find out! Join Sarah from Alder Sign Designs and she will teach you how to crochet and make your own unique alien amigurumi.

Please e-mail martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com to book a place on this workshop

Tokyo Tribe // Screenings // 1800

Tues 11 Nov, VUE Cinema, The Light, Leeds, 1800 (116 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

Japanese enfant-terrible filmmaker Sion Sono, director of former LIFF selections Suicide Club and Love Exposure, outdoes his earlier excesses with Tokyo Tribe, an epic hip-hop gangster musical based on the manga by Santa Inoue. In a futuristic, alternate-world Tokyo, the city is made up of ghetto slums and nightclub playgrounds where gangs of wayward youth rule the streets. The city is carved up into ‘hoods, and the crossing of territorial lines quickly leads to riots and rumbles. On the turf ruled by the savage yakuza Big Buppa, the simmering tension is about to boil over into all-out war.

The Boy and the World // Screenings // 1915

Tues 11 Nov, Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1915 (80 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

The Boy and the World is a dazzling, hand drawn animation and a kaleidoscopic parable of the globalised economies of the modern world. The tale unfolds through the eyes of a young child from a poor rural area whose father leaves to find work in the big city. The boy goes off in search of his father and encounters a strange industrialised and commercial world, animated in a riot of dreamlike colour, at once seductive and threatening from the bright lights and billboards of a corporate facade to the devastation and decay of landfills and urban wastelands.

Rurouni Kenshi 2: Kyoto Inferno // Screenings // 2030

Tues 11 Nov, VUE Cinema, The Light, Leeds, 2030 (134 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

In the second in the trilogy of live-action adaptations of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s celebrated manga, Takeru Sato returns as the handsome, taciturn hero, while his nemesis this time is played by Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale, Death Note). A grand epic set at a time of great change for Japan, the Rurouni Kenshi arc is an imaginative revisiting of history, the backdrop for a complex and emotionally resonant drama with outbursts of superior-grade samurai swordplay. Following the furious conflicts in Tokyo, fearsome but violence-averse warrior assassin Himura Kenshin is sure he can now live a quiet life…

 

 

Wednesday 12th November

Silly Fun Papercraft Characters with Matt Dyson // Workshops // 1000

Weds 12 Nov, Holt Park Library, 1000 – 1100, Selected Schools, FREE

School groups join Matt Dyson for hour long sessions making papercraft models to cut out and keep, using characters created together.

Silly Fun Papercraft Characters with Matt Dyson // Workshops // 1330

Weds 12 Nov, Seacroft Library, 1330 – 1430, Selected Schools, FREE

School groups join Matt Dyson for hour long sessions making papercraft models to cut out and keep, using characters created together.

Fantasia // Screenings // 1330

Weds 12 Nov, Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, 1330 (125 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

Experience the sounds and sights of Fantasia, Disney’s glorious and groundbreaking celebration of classical music, in the orchestral concert venue of Leeds Town Hall. Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra provided the music for eight segments by the composers Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Ponchielli, Bach, Dukas and Schubert. Disney’s animators created a remarkable range of interpretations for the music and some of the segments are classics in themselves, including Night on Bald Mountain, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and The Nutcracker Suite.

Giovanni’s Island // Screenings // 1615

Weds 12 Nov, Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, 1615 (102 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

Directed by Mizuho Nishikubo, a longtime collaborator of Mamoru Oshii , Giovanni’s Island – like the anime classic Grave of the Fireflies – examines the struggles of the Japanese in the immediate aftermath of their defeat in World War II, from the perspective of a child. A testament to the emotional resilience of children, and the preciousness of those lost but not forgotten, Giovanni’s Island echoes the work of the master Miyazaki in refusing to paint a picture of extreme moral contrasts. There are no heroes or villains here, just ordinary people managing as best they can in desperate circumstances.

Travelling Man Signing Tour, Manchester // Live Events // 1630

Weds 12 Nov, Travelling Man, 4 Dale St, Manchester, M1 1JW, 1630-1830, All Ages, FREE

Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the north of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets.

In Manchester we have the creative teams behind the super-hot Batgirl and Gotham Academy; Becky Cloonan, Babs Tarr, Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart, alongside Richard Starkings, author of the epically-cool Elephantmen.

Please visit travellingman.com for more information.

World Animation Award Part 2 // Screenings // 1900

Weds 12 Nov, Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1900 (90 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

One of the festival’s favourite events, the World Animation Award is always packed with small wonders. We stop at nothing to bring you a truly global selection of the best animated short films of the moment. Thoughtful stop-motion shorts and anarchic graduation films are screened side by side, representing new animation in all its forms. It is an experience that always delights and provokes in equal measure! The winning film selected by our jury is announced at the end of the week, but you are also invited to come to all three parts of the competition and vote for your favourite to win the audience award!

Dr Sketchy’s, Leeds presents The Sketch of Thrones // Workshops // 1900

Weds 12 Nov, Belgrave Music Hall, LS2 8JP, 1900 – 2100, 18+, £6 (£4 if in costume)

Lord Sketch of the House of Dr Sketch is opening the doors to Castle Belgrave to challenge any patron of Thought Bubble 2014 to test their skill, agility, stamina and most of all sketching skills to have a chance of taking his place upon the leaded throne. Any house is welcome to compete; Anime, Marvel, DC, Cosplay, LOTR and any other super hero, villain or invented persona (that means we welcome costumes in any style or theme).

All you need to do is turn up brandishing pen, pencil, paint and paper and we shall do the rest. Any artistic ability is welcome (you don’t have to be able to draw – just have a good time!). Strictly over 18s only due to adult content. There will be burlesque entertainment and our in-house models for the evening will be there to provide creative inspiration: Midori Dusk; a sultry siren from where the darkness falls, and Chev Roulette; a wildling from beyond the wall.

For more information, please visit on.fb.me/ZFumMj

 

 

Thursday 13th November

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 1 // Live Events // 0900

Thur 13 Nov, Leeds Library Exhibition Space, 0900 – 1645, recommended for 16+ (some talks unsuitable for under 18s)

The themes of conflict and violence are common in comics, as are the debates around the depiction of them and their impact on readers’ minds. 2014’s Comics Forum, the sixth event in the annual conference series, tackles the subject of violence in comics, with two days of talks by experts from around the world!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (13th or 14th November): £10

2 days (13th and 14th November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £40 (this is a saving of £4 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

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

Silly Fun Papercraft Characters with Matt Dyson // Workshops // 1000

Thur 13 Nov, Clayton Library, 1000 – 1100, Selected Schools, FREE

School groups join Matt Dyson for hour long sessions making papercraft models to cut out and keep, using characters created together.

Tokyo Tribe // Screenings // 1300

Thur 13 Nov, VUE Cinema, The Light, Leeds, 1300 (116 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

Japanese enfant-terrible filmmaker Sion Sono, director of former LIFF selections Suicide Club and Love Exposure, outdoes his earlier excesses with Tokyo Tribe, an epic hip-hop gangster musical based on the manga by Santa Inoue. In a futuristic, alternate-world Tokyo, the city is made up of ghetto slums and nightclub playgrounds where gangs of wayward youth rule the streets. The city is carved up into ‘hoods, and the crossing of territorial lines quickly leads to riots and rumbles. On the turf ruled by the savage yakuza Big Buppa, the simmering tension is about to boil over into all-out war.

Rurouni Kenshi 2: Kyoto Inferno // Screenings // 1530

Thur 13 Nov, VUE Cinema, The Light, Leeds, 1530 (134 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

In the second in the trilogy of live-action adaptations of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s celebrated manga, Takeru Sato returns as the handsome, taciturn hero, while his nemesis this time is played by Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale, Death Note). A grand epic set at a time of great change for Japan, the Rurouni Kenshi arc is an imaginative revisiting of history, the backdrop for a complex and emotionally resonant drama with outbursts of superior-grade samurai swordplay. Following the furious conflicts in Tokyo, fearsome but violence-averse warrior assassin Himura Kenshin is sure he can now live a quiet life…

Travelling Man Signing Tour, Newcastle // Live Events // 1630

Thur 13 Nov, Travelling Man, 43 Grainger St, Newcastle, NE1 5JE, 1630-1830, All Ages, FREE

Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the north of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets.

Up in the north east at our Newcastle store we have Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, the creative team behind the brilliant and bloodied Southern Bastards, and Richard Starkings, author of the weird and wonderful Elephantmen. An exclusive bookplate is available free with Southern Bastards Vol 1. Just ask in-store!

Please visit travellingman.com for more details.

Creative Network & Thought Bubble present… In Conversation Adam Hughes and Matt Forsythe // Live Events // 1800

Thur 13 Nov, Leeds College of Art, 1800-2030, 18+, FREE (£5 deposit required)

Adam Hughes (U.S.A.) is renowned for his female characters and work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics Lucasfilm among others. He will discuss the variety of work he has completed in his career and how he went from being completely self-taught to becoming one of the most celebrated comic book artists in the world.

Matt Forsythe (U.S.A.) is the lead designer on the hugely successful Cartoon Network show Adventure Time. He is also the award winning creator of Ojingogo, Jinchalo and has worked as an illustrator for publications such as the NY Times and Wall St Journal. Matt will discuss his creative journey and provide an insight of what it is like behind the scenes at the Adventure Time studio.

Booking is essential as places are limited so please click here to reserve your attendance (£5 refundable deposit required to confirm your place but this will be refunded the day after the event once attendance has been noted.)

World Animation Award Part 3 // Screenings // 1900

Thur 13 Nov, Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1900 (90 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

One of the festival’s favourite events, the World Animation Award is always packed with small wonders. We stop at nothing to bring you a truly global selection of the best animated short films of the moment. Thoughtful stop-motion shorts and anarchic graduation films are screened side by side, representing new animation in all its forms. It is an experience that always delights and provokes in equal measure! The winning film selected by our jury is announced at the end of the week, but you are also invited to come to all three parts of the competition and vote for your favourite to win the audience award!

Seth’s Dominion // Screenings // 2000

Thur 13 Nov, The Reliance, 76-78 North Street Leeds, 2000 (42 min), FREE, please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

A deft portrait of Canadian cartoonist Seth, one of the world’s great storytellers in the form best known for comic books such as Palookaville. In his personal projects he transforms his poignant inner life into observant and witty graphic stories. He is also incredibly prolific, producing semi-autobiographical comics and award-winning commercial work. Director Luc Chamberland sheds light on his articulate subject, mixing insightful biography with vivid animation in an artful fusion of filmmaking techniques that perfectly captures Seth’s manifold creative universe.

Pints & Pencils // Live Events // 2100

Thur 13 Nov, Fab Cafe, Leeds, LS2 8PL, 2100-late, 18+ (please bring a valid form of photo ID), FREE

Thought Bubble, along with Travelling Man: the UK’s friendliest comic stores, are very pleased to be able to invite all attendees of this year’s festival to an informal night of drawing and drinking. Kick back and relax before this year’s convention, and warm up your drawing hand for some fun and games, as we sketch away in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

 

 

Friday 14th November

Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 2 // Live Events // 0900

Fri 14 Nov, Leeds Library Exhibition Space, 0900 – 1645, recommended for 16+ (some talks unsuitable for under 18s)

The themes of conflict and violence are common in comics, as are the debates around the depiction of them and their impact on readers’ minds. 2014’s Comics Forum, the sixth event in the annual conference series, tackles the subject of violence in comics, with two days of talks by experts from around the world!

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (13th or 14th November): £10

2 days (13th and 14th November): £20

4 days (2 day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble pass): £40 (this is a saving of £4 on the cost of the tickets if bought separately)

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

Thought Bubble Book Crossing 2014 // Live Events // 1000

Fri 14 Nov, Various locations across Yorkshire (please see below for details), from 1000, all ages, FREE

Thought Bubble is once again teaming up with Diamond Comics, Travelling Man, and Viz Media to give away FREE all-ages graphic novels and comics to everyone to keep in order to achieve our aim to get everyone reading more!

Libraries taking part are: Leeds Central, Wetherby, Moor Allerton, Chapeltown, and Garforth.

Just pop along to any of the libraries participating, and pick-up some great comics for free, to take home and read, or give to a friend!

Image Comics Retailer Event // Live Events // 1300

Fri 14 Nov, DoubleTree by Hilton, from 1300, invite only, FREE

Image Comics are proud to present a retailer only event introducing retailers to the creators behind Image Comics current and future smash hit releases.

Image Comics knows and appreciates retailers are the front line of Comic Book publishing and at Thought Bubble 2014 Image are excited to present Kieron Gillen, Becky Cloonan, Eric Stephenson and more at a retailer only event where you’ll be able to engage with the creators behind the books, explore future marketing opportunities and relay your thoughts on improving sales in your store with Image Comics.

This is an invite only event. Presented by John Hendrick of Big Bang Comics in Dublin.

Young People’s Comic Award 2014 // Live Events // 1330

Fri 14 Nov, Leeds Civic Hall Banqueting Hall, 1330 – 1500, selected schools, FREE

The Young People’s Comic Award celebrates and promotes the very best in British comics aimed at, and suitable for, a young audience. It is a category of the British Comic Awards, run in association with Leeds Library and is voted for by hundreds of young people from reading groups across the country.

This is a special ceremony attended by the young judges, the nominees and special guest speakers.

Please visit britishcomicawards.com for full details.

Grave of the Fireflies // Screenings // 1330

Fri 14 Nov, Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, 1330 (89 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

Screening on a new digital print, Isao Takahata’s early Studio Ghibli masterpiece is a visually stunning and emotionally powerful film that meditates on the devastating consequences of war. A young brother and sister are forced to fight for survival in the devastated Japanese countryside during World War II after their mother is killed in an air raid, and with their father serving in the navy. Food and shelter are scarce, and even their own relatives are too concerned with their own survival. All they have is each other.

The Boy and the World // Screenings // 1500

Fri 14 Nov, Everyman Cinema, Albion Street, Leeds, 1500 (80 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

The Boy and the World is a dazzling, hand drawn animation and a kaleidoscopic parable of the globalised economies of the modern world. The tale unfolds through the eyes of a young child from a poor rural area whose father leaves to find work in the big city. The boy goes off in search of his father and encounters a strange industrialised and commercial world, animated in a riot of dreamlike colour, at once seductive and threatening from the bright lights and billboards of a corporate facade to the devastation and decay of landfills and urban wastelands.

Kingdom of Dreams and Madness // Screenings // 1530

Fri 14 Nov, Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, 1530 (118 min), £8 (£6 concession), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is an unprecedented behind-the-scenes documentary about Studio Ghibli, full of fascinating insights into the inner workings of the celebrated Japanese animation studio founded by filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki. My Neighbour Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, and Spirited Away are just some of the studio’s animated masterpieces, and this engrossing documentary shows Miyazaki and Takahata creating their latest acclaimed films, The Wind Rises and The Tale of Princess Kaguya respectively.

Travelling Man Signing Tour, York // Live Events // 1630

Fri 14 Nov, Travelling Man, 54 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF, 1630-1830, all ages, FREE

Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the north of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, our signings this year are as good as it gets.

In the ancient city of York we will have comics giants Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), and Tony Harris (Starman/Ex Machina) for your signing and sketching pleasure.

Please visit travellingman.com for more details.

Leeds International Film Festival presents Show Pieces with Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins // Live Events // 1800

Fri 14 Nov, Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, 1800 (72 min), please visit leedsfilm.com for tickets

Alan Moore, one of the greatest graphic novelists of all time, will attend LIFF28 with Show Pieces, his new film collaboration with director Mitch Jenkins. From the creator of ground-breaking works including Watchmen, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, and V For Vendetta, the three-part Show Pieces is Alan Moore’s first endeavour written specifically for the screen and made with his ongoing creative involvement.

Show Pieces was brought to life by award winning photographer turned-director Mitch Jenkins and is set within a nightmarish alternative version of the creators’ native Northampton.

Gosh! Comics Present Jeff Lemire & Scott Snyder // Live Events // 1700

Fri 14 Nov, Gosh! Comics, Berwick Street, Soho, London, 1700 – 1900, All Ages, Free

From our pals over at Gosh! Comics in the heart of Soho:

“Gosh! has doubled in size since the move from Bloomsbury to Soho a few years ago, and we’ve gotten into the habit of filling the space with brilliant people as well as lovely books. We’ve put on a staggering range of events, counting the likes of Alan Moore, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, Jaime Hernandez, Daniel Clowes and Bryan Lee O’Malley among our esteemed signing table guests. In November, we’re teaming up with our friends at Thought Bubble for two huge events: Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Trillium) and Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman) will be in the shop, signing for the south-of-Birmingham contingent on Friday 14th November between 5-7pm. Then, after the festival, on November 21st between 5-7pm we’ll be having Brandon Graham (Prophet) signing followed by a live recording of Comics Podcast Inkstuds hosted by Robin Mconnell from 7.30pm with very special guests! That same week why not pop in for our Wicked and Divine Launch party with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie on November 12th? Aw, go on!”

Please visit goshlondon.com for more information.

Thought Bubble Pre-Convention Reception // Live Events // 1930

Fri 14 Nov, The Gallery, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds, LS1 4BR, 1930 until late, FREE (limited capacity, so please arrive early), 18+

A chance for guests, exhibitors and attendees to relax and chat in the lovely surroundings of The Gallery in Leeds’ DoubleTree by Hilton before our huge Comic Con on Saturday!

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

 

 

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th November

Thought Bubble Convention 2014 // Live Events // 1000 – 1700

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

Our special two day convention includes an incredible line up of leading artists and writers, and over 400 tables showcasing the best sequential art has to offer spread across three exhibition halls (one of which is being specially built for the event!).

The weekend will also feature portfolio viewings and competitions, as well as a huge cosplay parade. This promises to be one of the best events of its kind in the UK, so come along and join in the fun!

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

 

 

Convention Duration Events

Leeds Inspired and Bub’s Lounge Present… Kodama Woods // Live Events // 1000 – 1700

Sat 15 & Sun 16 Nov, Leeds Dock, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

In the gathering darkness of the forest, strange spirits light the way ahead…

Come and join us in the Kodama Woods, a unique space inspired by the films of Hayao Miyazaki where you can relax away from the hustle and bustle of the convention, amid a magical woodland area designed and built by artist Tom Eglington. Perfect for all ages, the woodland is the ideal place to soak up the magical atmosphere or explore your creativity with our lamp-making workshop. Design and construct your very own Kodama lamp to add to the wood spirits that populate the trees, and witness the magic unfold over the weekend.

The Kodama Woods project was made possible by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired, an initiative of Leeds City Council that seeks fund cultural projects that create high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors alike.

For more on Leeds Inspired, and the projects they fund, please visit leedsinspired.co.uk

Image Comics Pitch Reviews with Eric Stephenson // Live Events // Set Times

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

This year we are delighted to announce that Image Comics will once again be reviewing pitches for new series 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 by Publisher of Image Comics Eric Stephenson.

Please submit your portfolio to portfolioreviews@thoughtbubblefestival.com by 5pm, Friday 7th November. A confirmation email will be sent before the convention specifying times/location for successful applicants.

Thought Bubble exclusive Image Comics variant signings // Live Events / Timings Vary

Sat 15 & Sun 16 Nov, Locations Below, TB Teepee, all ages, FREE entry for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present, price of variants below

Drifter #1 variant by Jason Latour – Saturday 15th November, Travelling Man Stand, 1500 – 1550, £5 per copy

To celebrate the release of Image Comics’ Drifter, we have an exclusive variant for Thought Bubble by Jason Latour. Stop by the Travelling Man stand to get your copy signed by Jason, and series writer Brandon and designer Muller, along with other first issue variants by Esad Ribic and Cliff Chiang, who will also be in attendance signing copies.

Wytches #2 variant by Jeff Lemire – Saturday 15th November, Image Comics stand, 1330 – 1430, Sunday 16th November, Image Comics stand, 1500 – 1600, £5 per copy

We’re thrilled to announce an exclusive Thought Bubble variant of Scott Snyder and Jock’s new ongoing series Wytches by artist Jeff Lemire. Stop by the Image Comics stand to get your copy signed by Jeff and Scott on Saturday, or Jeff, Scott and Jock on Sunday.

Mondo @ Thought Bubble 2014 // Live Events // 1000-1700

Sat 15 & Sun 16 Nov, Mondo Booth, TB Teepee, all ages, FREE entry for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present, price of prints TBA

Mondo – champions of innovative movie poster design – are returning to Thought Bubble! Following their incredibly popular attendance at 2013′s festival, they’ll be partnering up with artist Matt Taylor, who will also be in attendance, to release an exclusive poster for Thought Bubble attendees. Please follow @mondonews on Twitter throughout the weekend for more information about this release!

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

Thought Bubble Book Launches 2014 // Live Events // 1000 – 1700

Sat 15 & Sun 16 Nov, New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries Hall, TB Teepee, all ages, prices vary depending on publication

2013′s Thought Bubble convention saw over 90 books making their debut, and this year we’re hoping to see even more!

To see the titles launching at this year’s festival, please visit thoughtbubblefestival.com/debuting-books/

Art Heroes @ Thought Bubble 2014 // Workshops // 1000 – 1700

Sat 15 & Sun 16 Nov, Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Art Heroes specialise running comic book workshops and making comics all age groups can enjoy, and this year they’ll be running their annual Thought Bubble Creating Characters Competition for the third time! To celebrate their new strip, Monster Book, from the comic Endangered and Other Strange Stories, they’re asking you to create your own scary creatures. So for a chance to win a special prize, pop along to the Art Heroes table in Armouries Hall for a worksheet and return it by the end of the weekend.

For more information, please visit artheroes.co.uk

Emma Reynolds’ Picture Consequences // Workshops // 1000 – 1700

Sat 15 & Sun 16 Nov, Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Join character designer Emma Reynolds in an interactive ‘Picture Consequences’ workshop and create your own characters! Two or more players begin by drawing the head of a character (be it animal, human, robot, alien, food… anything you like!) Everyone then folds over their paper and passes it on to the next person to draw each body part in turn. At the end the paper is unfolded and the original, unexpected and hilarious characters are formed! An accessible game for all ages and abilities, all materials provided.

Emma Reynolds is a character designer and illustrator from Manchester based in Kilogramme Animation Studio – emmareynoldsillustration.com

Jampires Present: Comics Jamtastic! // Workshops // 1000 – 1700

Sat 15 & Sun 16 Nov, Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Make comics with children’s book and comic creators Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell in this family-friendly area! Find out from these co-authors how they collaborated on their JAMPIRES picture book through a Comics Jam session, and join other people in creating your own characters and setting them loose in interactive comics-inspired games.

Both authors will have a range of their books on sale and available to sign, including JAMPIRES, the picture book, and a limited, self-published edition of the comic that inspired it, Jampires: the Great Doughnut Mystery. They recommend that children under the age of 8 be accompanied by an adult.

Discover more about JAMPIRES (published by David Fickling Books), Sarah and David, comics and activities at jampires.com

Dr Geof’s Tea Museum // Exhibitions // 1000 – 1700

Sat 15 & Sun 16 Nov, Royal Armouries Hall, all ages, FREE for under 12s but an accompanying ticket holding adult must be present

Doctor Geof’s Fantastical Travelling Tea Museum has lifted from its recent moorings under the Cutty Sark and landed at Thought Bubble 2014. This entirely fictitious collection of memorabilia showcases the history of Tea you never knew existed, and features some specially commissioned items straight from the unconventional brain of Doctor Geof.

Visit islandofdoctorgeof.co.uk for more information.

 

 

Saturday 15th November Only – Convention Events – Bury Theatre

Gosh! Comics presents: The Best Thing I’ve Read All Year // Panels // 1050

Sat 15th November, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1050 – 1140, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

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

With speakers Jordie Bellaire, Kieron Gillen, Declan Shalvey, and Christian Ward. Hosted by Tom Oldham of Gosh! Comics & Breakdown Press.

Bee & Puppycat! // Panels // 1150

Sat 15th November, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1150 – 1240, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Join the team behind hit web-cartoon (and recently announced ongoing comic series) Bee and Puppycat, as they get together to discuss this internet phenomenon, and what to expect from the series following its phenomenally successful KickStarter campaign!

With speakers Natasha Allegri, Becky Driestadt, and Madeleine Flores. Hosted by Frank Gibson.

Sketching Spotlight // Live Events // 1250

Sat 15th November, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1250 – 1420, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

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

Featuring Boulet, Emily Carroll, Danielle Corsetto, and Babs Tarr. Hosted by Peter Doherty.

I is for Inspiration: The Artists of Image Comics // Panels // 1430

Sat 15th November, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1430 – 1520, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

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

With speakers Charlie Adlard, Jamie McKelvie, Sean Phillips, Emma Rios, and Matteo Scalera. Hosted by Publisher of Image Comics, Eric Stephenson.

I is for Innovation: The Writers of Image Comics // Panels // 1530

Sat 15th November, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1530 – 1620, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

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

With speakers Kieron Gillen, Brandon Graham, Antony Johnston, Ales Kot, Scott Snyder, and Richard Starkings Hosted by Publisher of Image Comics, Eric Stephenson.

British Comic Awards Prize-Giving Ceremony 2014 // Live Events // 1800

Sat 15 Nov, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1800 – 1900, all ages, but Thought Bubble does not control content, FREE entry with a Saturday/weekend convention pass

Wondering who’s responsible for the year’s Best Comic or Graphic Novel? Looking for a New Talent to shake up your bookshelf? Fancy seeing the best and brightest of UK comics all in one place?

The fourth annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place as part of this year’s Thought Bubble Festival, and exhibitors and attendees of the show will be welcome, alongside the nominees and judges of this year’s shortlist. There’ll be a short ceremony – with the presentation of four awards to the winner of each category, as well as a look at the career of this year’s inductee to the BCA Hall of Fame.

For full information on the British Comic Awards, please visit britishcomicawards.com

 

 

Saturday 15th November Only – Convention Events – Speech Bubble Panel Area

Leeds College of Art Presents: Art School Drop-Outs // Panels // 1100

Sat 15th November, Speech Bubble Panel Area, Leeds Dock, 1100-1150, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Art school drop outs aims to be a lively panel discussion around the education of the comic book artist.

How does mainstream education support such ambitions? What are the benefits of a university education? We’ll be talking with professional, established aritists about good and bad experiences of education and how both can inform creative development. What paths did comic book artists take to end up making comic books? Is it a personal voyage or are there recognisable trends/ choices/ decisions? What, in their opinion were the useful things about their formal education? Collaboration? Networking? Formal skills? Structure? The comics community seems to be really supportive and inclusive, is this a reaction to formal education? Is there an underground/ fringe body of knowledge/ learning for those interesting in comics? How do they access this knowledge?

With speakers Kristyna Baczynski, Dan Berry, Isabel Greenberg, and Jack Teagle. Hosted by Matt Hodson – Senior Lecturer on BA(Hons) Illustration at Leeds College of Art and Professional Illustrator.

Inkstuds Live! // Panels // 1200

Sat 15th November, Speech Bubble Panel Area, Leeds Dock, 1200-1250, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Inkstuds, the Canadian internet radio show, hosted by Robin McConnell, explores the underbelly of the comic world, interviewing some of today’s top creators. Now, to celebrate the hitting 500th episode milestone, he’s teaming up with cartoonist Brandon Graham to take the show on the road and talk to creators from all around the world. Next stop… Leeds!

With guests Emma Rios, Scott Snyder, and Dave Taylor. Hosted by Brandon Graham and Robin McConnell, as part of the inkstuds.org 500 roadtrip.

37 Years of 2000 AD // Panels // 1300

Sat 15th November, Speech Bubble Panel Area, Leeds Dock, 1300-1350, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

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

With speakers Boo Cook, Simon Davis, Ian Edginton, Chris Weston, and Ben Willsher. Hosted by Stacey Whittle and Iz McAuliffe.

SILENCE! LIVE! // Live Events // 1400

Sat 15th November, Speech Bubble Panel Area, Leeds Dock, 1400-1450, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Gary Lactus and The Beast Must Die of the mindlessones.com website present a spectacular live recording of their podcast, SILENCE!

Expect songs, limited insight, laughs, tears, anger, disappointment, loss of dignity, helmets and special dancing.

Diversity In Comics // Panels // 1600

Sat 15th November, Speech Bubble Panel Area, Leeds Dock, 1600-1650, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

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

With speakers Howard Hardiman, Barry Nugent, Nicola Streeten, and Donya Todd Hosted by Louise Crosby of Leeds’ Laydeez Do Comics.

 

 

Saturday 15th November Only – Convention Events – Royal Armouries, Newsroom

Decompressed Live: Three // Panels // 1200

Sat 15th November, Royal Armouries Newsroom (4th Floor), 1200 – 1250, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Once more, it returns. Except not about The Wicked + The Divine, so that’s a deceptive first sentence.

Eternal host and moderately known comic and general word-user Kieron Gillen talks to the University of Nottingham’s Professor Stephen Hodkinson about their creation of the graphic novel THREE and all things Spartan. How to draw the line between accuracy and a story’s requirements? How much research is too much research? What does Spartan Broth actually taste like? How many times did Kieron spell the Professor’s name wrong?

All this, and more. In fact, probably much more.

Electricomics: Bright Sparks // Panels // 1330

Sat 15th November, Royal Armouries Newsroom (4th Floor), 1330 – 1420, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

The Electricomics team shed light on the genesis and aims of their ambitious project, which aims to bring a new and completely self-contained Ecosystem to the world of digital comics.

Mitch Jenkins will talk about ‘The Show’, the dark film project from he and Alan Moore that spawned Electricomics, and bring a message from the man behind the curtain himself. We’ll get a rundown on Digital Comics thus far from Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, and then Pete Hogan, Leah Moore and John Reppion will unburden themselves on storytelling with digital in mind.

With speakers Mitch Jenkins (Director – Orphans of the Storm), Daniel Merlin Goodbrey (Senior lecturer in Interaction Design at The University of Hertfordshire), Leah Moore (Editor/Writer), John Reppion (Writer), and Pete Hogan (Writer).

Future Shock! The Story of 2000 AD + Q&A // Screenings // 1500

Sat 15th November, Royal Armouries Newsroom (4th Floor), 1500 – 1700, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, please note: Thought Bubble does not control film content, this screening is recommended for ages 15+

A long-awaited documentary that tells the story of 2000AD, the unsung cult hero of the comics industry. This film celebrates and pays respect to the comic and explore its importance and influence on contemporary pop culture.

Featuring interviews with legendary fan-favourites and unsung behind the scenes heroes, plus dynamic visual sequences that pay tribute to the groundbreaking artwork published in the comic throughout the years, FUTURE SHOCK! is the exhaustive final word on the current chapter of 2000AD’s history.

“One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen about the medium of comic books” Nerdist

“Wonderfully exhaustive…essential viewing” Twitch

“A vastly entertaining and wildly informative documentary” Austin Chronicle

“A fantastic documentary” IGN

Following the screening there will be a Q&A session with the film-makers. For more information on Future Shock! please visit futureshock2000ad.com

 

 

Thought Bubble + Fanomenon Mid-Con Party // Live Events // 2030

Sat 15 Nov, Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, from 2030, strictly 18+, please bring a valid form of photo ID and your party pass to gain entry

As part of our biggest Thought Bubble yet, 2014′s mid-convention party is moving to a new home at Leeds’ Town Hall! Taking advantage of the wonderful (and huge!) space in the Victoria Hall, this year’s party will be the perfect place to unwind after a busy day on the con-floor, and to celebrate the end of the convention season in style on the dance-floor!

2014′s party marks at the mid-point of the convention weekend, and as well as Team Thought Bubble (and special guest) DJs spinning tunes until the early hours, we’ve joined forces with Fanomenon to bring some spectacular visuals to the proceedings with anime and cult films projected throughout the evening, beginning with a special screening of the brilliant musical anime Daft Punk’s Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem!

This year’s DJ team includes: Boo Cook, Al Ewing, Lee Garbett, Kieron Gillen, Antony Johnston, Jamie McKelvie, and Laura Snapes.

If you missed out on a party ticket this year then you may still be able to get one. Any unwanted tickets/returns will be available on the door at the Town Hall on the evening of the party. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, priced at £5 with cash sales only.

 

 

Sunday 16th November Only – Convention Events – Bury Theatre

Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition 2014 Prize-Giving Ceremony // Live Events // 1010

Sun 16 Nov, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1010-1040, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

This year saw the fifth 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 told in six panels or more.

We’ll be announcing the winners live on stage – and they’ll get to see their work published in 2015’s Thought Bubble Anthology from Image Comics!

2000 AD Portfolio Competition Judging // Panels // 1050

Sun 16th November, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1050 – 1140, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Many have tried to make it into the hallowed pages of the Galaxy’s Greatest comic, most have failed, but the winner of this year’s 2000 AD portfolio competition will be joining the likes of Dave Gibbons, Jock, Mick McMahon, Brian Bolland and Mark Buckingham!

This year we have the ultimate prize – the winner of the portfolio session will get the chance to illustrate a Future Shock in 2000 AD! Join the ranks of the biggest names in British comic books by getting a paid strip from Tharg the Mighty!

Come along and see which of the portfolio review entries wins this amazing prize as Tharg’s art droids provide live critique on the best of the comics submitted! With speakers Simon Davis, Peter Doherty, John McCrea, Dave Taylor, and Chris Weston. Hosted by Michael Molcher and Pye Parr.

Writers’ Roundtable // Panels // 1150

Sun 16th November, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1150 – 1240, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

This year we’ve brought some of the best writers in comics to Leeds, so why not come along for what’s sure to be a fascinating panel talk on the reality of writing for some of comics’ most enduring characters, as well as inventing worlds for creator owned properties.

With speakers Jason Aaron, Mike Carey, Jason Latour, Jeff Lemire and Emma Vieceli. Hosted by Michael Molcher.

Sketching Spotlight // Live Events // 1250

Sun 16th November, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1250 – 1420, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

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

Featuring Natasha Allegri, Cliff Chiang, Eric Powell, and Adam Hughes. Hosted by Peter Doherty.

Cosplay Masquerade 2014 // Live Events // 1430

Sun 16 Nov, Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, 1430-1700, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control content

Thought Bubble’s massive cosplay event is back! Whether you’re in costume or not, come along and experience a cavalcade of crazy characters as we decide who’s best dressed enough to impress our judges! Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, along with a judges’ choice award.

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

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

 

 

Sunday 16th November Only – Convention Events – Speech Bubble Panel Area

Comics For EVERYONE! // Panels //1100

Sun 16th November, Speech Bubble Panel Area, Leeds Dock, 1100 – 1150, 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 Natasha Allegri, John Allison, Hope Larson, and Adam Murphy. Hosted by journalist Matt Badham.

Inkstuds Live! // Panels // 1200

Sun 16th November, Speech Bubble Panel Area, Leeds Dock, 1200-1250, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Inkstuds, the Canadian internet radio show, hosted by Robin McConnell, explores the underbelly of the comic world, interviewing some of today’s top creators. Now, to celebrate the hitting 500th episode milestone, he’s teaming up with cartoonist Brandon Graham to take the show on the road and talk to creators from all around the world. Next stop… Leeds!

With guests Boulet, Emily Carroll, and Becky Cloonan. Hosted by Brandon Graham and Robin McConnell, as part of the inkstuds.org 500 roadtrip.

From Stands to Screen // Panels // 1300

Sun 16th November, Speech Bubble Panel Area, Leeds Dock, 1300 – 1350, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Our annual talk on the transition of comics to the big & small screen with the creators who have worked on transferring stories from paper to celluloid. An engaging discussion on the ongoing evolution of the on-screen revolution and the titles that have inspired it.

With speakers Duncan Fegredo, Jock, Ales Kot, and Emma Vieceli. Hosted by journalist John Mosby

Spotlight on Gotham // Panels // 1400

Sun 16th November, Speech Bubble Panel Area, Leeds Dock, 1400 – 1450, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

This year marks the 75th birthday of the Batman – Gotham’s stalwart savious, the world’s greatest detective, and to celebrate this milestone, as well as the publication of two new titles set in and around the caped crusader’s home-city, we’re shining a spotlight on Gotham, and the creators that currently inhabit it!

With speakers Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Scott Snyder, and Babs Tarr. Hosted by Zainab Akhtar of comicsandcola.com

SelfMadeHero: New British Graphic Novellists // Panels // 1500

Sun 16th November, Speech Bubble Panel Area, Leeds Dock, 1500 – 1550, free entry with Sunday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

SelfMadeHero, the UK’s leading independent publisher of graphic novels, brings together three of the UK’s finest comics artists: Rob Davis, creator of the Eisner-nominated adaptation of Don Quixote, will discuss his brand new original graphic novel, The Motherless Oven; I. N. J. Culbard will throw light on The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, his masterful reimagining of Lovecraft’s classic novella, which launches at Thought Bubble; and Jörg Tittel & John Aggs, the writer and artist behind one of 2014′s most anticipated graphic novels, Ricky Rouse Has A Gun, will talk about their unique action comedy set in a knockoff Disney theme park in China.

Comics And Journalism // Panels // 1600

Sun 16th November, Speech Bubble Panel Area, Leeds Dock, 1600-1650, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content

Zainab Akhtar, Dan Berry, Laura Snapes & Douglas Wolk discuss comics journalism, objectivity and subjectivity, negative reviews, interview techniques and how what you write may change based on where it will appear and who may read it.

Zainab Akhtar is the author of the popular blog Comics & Cola, and writes for Publishers Weekly, Comics Alliance and The Guardian. Dan Berry is a cartoonist, lecturer and host of the interview podcast Make It Then Tell Everybody. Laura Snapes is a writer and features editor for the NME. Douglas Wolk is a journalist and critic who writes about music and comics for TIME, the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

 

 

Wednesday 19th November – Thought Bubble Fringe Events

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour Signing at Orbital Comics // Live Events // 1700

Weds 19 Nov, Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport St, London, WC2H 7JA, 1700 – 1900, FREE, all ages

As part of this year’s Thought Bubble Festival, those southern bastards Orbital Comics will be hosting those other southern bastards, Jasons Aaron and Latour, for a London-exclusive signing on Wednesday November 19. Hot on the heels of their work on Thor, Wolverine & The X-Men, The Winter Soldier, Men Of Wrath and the aforementioned Southern Bastards, this is sure to be another busy event with two incredibly popular creators.

Orbital Comics is London’s most colourful comic shop and gallery, located in the heart of London’s West End between Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Originally the home of The Photographers’ Gallery, Orbital has continued the proud tradition by maintaining a large comic art gallery in-store. Stocking a range of comics and back issues from the Golden Age to the Marvel Now, they also offer a large range of independent and alternative releases, in addition to the largest small-press selection in London. You’ll find vintage toys, merchandise, posters and prints as well, making Orbital the one-stop shop you’ve been looking for!

You can find them online at orbitalcomics.com and follow them on twitter @orbitalcomics.