Countdown to Thought Bubble Comic Con 2011 – Day 1

So it’s less than a week to go for one of the biggest events in the UK comic calendar – the Thought Bubble festival, due to take place at this weekend (19th – 20th November).  This year is doubly important for the organisers for not only is it Thought Bubble’s fifth anniversary but for the first time the comic event will run over two days.

This will be my third (hmm or is it fourth) time attending the convention and I can’t wait. This is a great event with a fantastic vibe and more panels, special guests, launches and indie titles than you can shake a stick at.

Followers of this site will know that as we approach a big con we like to highlight some of the stuff  taking place in the hopes of giving you a heads up on something you may have missed. Now before we get into all of that for those of you attending Thought Bubble for the first time here’s a little blurb explaining just what the event is.

The Thought Bubble Festival is the UK’s largest event of its kind – an annual celebration of sequential art in all its forms, including everything from superhero comics to independent and small-press artists and writers.

Thought Bubble formed in 2007 as a non-profit-making organisation dedicated to promoting comics, graphic novels, and animation as an important national and international cultural art-form. Now in its 5th year, the festival has been extended over seven days with a jam-packed programme of events at a variety of venues across the city. Our aim is to cater to both long-time comic book fans and those who have never picked up a graphic novel before! The fifth Thought Bubble will take place from the 14th – 20th November 2011 at venues around Leeds and Bradford, with a centre-piece two day convention on 19th – 20th November at Saviles and Royal Armouries Halls – Leeds’ largest conference venues.

Previous year’s conventions have welcomed some of the biggest names in popular culture to Leeds including talented artists such as John Romita Jr (Kick Ass), Frank Quitely (Batman & Robin), Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Ben Templesmith (Thirty Days of Night), Adi Granov (Iron Man), Andy Diggle (The Losers), Mark Millar (Nemesis),  Tony Harris (Ex Machina)Becky Cloonan (Demo), and many, many more. The convention represents a unique opportunity to meet the creators behind the books currently fuelling the contemporary comic-to-film revolution.

This year’s festival programme will include free art and writing based workshops for young people and adults, a two day academic conference, talks and masterclasses lead by industry professionals, and a programme of sequential art related film screenings. Our special two day convention includes an incredible line-up of leading artists and writers, and over 300 tables showcasing the best sequential art has to offer. 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, as we’re celebrating our 5th birthday in style!

Tomorrow I will be talking about some of the guests that will be attending the con but today I wanted to pick out a couple of things that worth checking out.

Thought Bubble Comic Anthology

Not content with just running a kick ass convention Thought Bubble are also launching a special anthology comic to celebrate their fifth anniversary.

The comic is priced  at $2.99 ( around £2.20 ) and  features new work by Mike CareyDuncan FegredoCharlie AdlardAndy DiggleD’IsraeliAntony JohnstonRobin FurthBecky Cloonan and film director Stuart Gordon.

Issue #1 will also feature all the winning entries from 2010′s Northern Sequential Art Competition with all the profits going to the charity Barnardos.

Head here for more info on the anthology.

 

Thought Bubble – The Online Guide

What to know what’s going on at the conventions well The guys at Thought Bubble have provided this handy online guide for you to check out…

Comic Pimps of the Day

If you’ve seen my countdowns before you will know this is where I throw out some links, tweets etc for stuff happening at Thought Bubble. If you want to be included then drop me an email at [email protected]

So let’s get the pimping started

First up we have some info from Howard Hardiman regarding what he’s got coming out at Thought Bubble…over to you Howard.
Basically, there’s a new Badger book, Badger’s Diary, issue 4 of The Lengths, with more dog-headed whore raunchy melancholic madness and the launch of The Peckham Invalids, the story I’ve written and Julia Scheele and Sarah Gordon have done the art and colours for. Obviously, all of these things are amazing and everyone will need all of them.
Next up we have Mr Cy Dethan, comic writer extraordinaire and the goodies he will be bringing with him to launch/sell at Thought Bubble.
Markosia is launching the print editions of both “The Indifference Engine” and “Broadcast: The TV Doodles of Henry Flint”at the convention. Nic and I’ll be running special offers on my books, with bundle deals on “Cancertown”, “The Indifference Engine” and “Slaughterman’s Creed”.Also, Rob Carey, artist of “The Indifference Engine” (and “Band of Butchers”, of course) will be sketching at the table.
That’s it for now folks…see you tomorrow for day 2! Tickets are still available to buy online for Thought Bubble at http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/information/tickets/ and can also be bought in person on both days!
GS Reporter: Nuge

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