Countdown to Thought Bubble 2010 – Day One

Of course my original plan was to start this countdown yesterday on November 1st so if you could please suspend disbelief and tell yourself today is Monday that would be great… thank you.

Hopefully anyone who’s a regular visitor to the website will know this will be my third  comic convention countdown that I’ve done this year and I hope a few of you have found them useful. As before I will be trying to point out some of the stuff to check out when your moving around the con floor. It’s also my aim to try and build up some excitement for the show…not that it really needs it.

Three seems to be the order of the day as this will be the third Thought Bubble I’ve attended and if the last two are anything to go by then I expect to enjoy it even more as they’ve gone from strength to strength.

I really love this convention but the weird thing is I have never been able to put my finger  on why (and most people I’ve spoken to have said as much). It just seems to have a great vibe that is unique to his con. It also allows me to throw a suit on for the traditional casino after party (more on that in a future countdown).

The Thought Bubble takes place on Saturday 20th November and for those who have no idea what I’m taking about here is the official blurb.

The Thought Bubble Festival is the UK’s largest four day annual event which celebrates sequential art in all its forms, including everything from superheroes to independent small press. We are a non profit making organisation dedicated to promoting comics and graphic novels as an important cultural art form. Taking place 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! Thought Bubble will take place 18th – 21st November 2009 with a centre-piece one day convention on Saturday 20th.
Thought Bubble will include art and writing based workshops for young people and adults, panels and talks lead by industry professionals and a programme of sequential art related film screenings. The special one day convention includes an incredible line up of leading artists and writers, and over 200 tables selling comics and merchandise. The day will also feature portfolio viewings and competitions. This promises to be one of the best events of its kind in the UK, where you’ll be able to meet some of your favourite comic book creators and browse the huge selection of memorabilia on sale – brought to you by the biggest and best exhibitors and dealers from across the country.

If you’ve never been to Thought Bubble before then I would highly recommend you get of your ass and book your tickets today. If you’ve been before then try and drag a fellow comic fan along whose never been before to check it out.

Anyway onto today’s things to look out for.

Grandville Mon Amour

Set three weeks after the finale of Grandville, Grandville Mon Amour pits Detective Inspector Archie LeBrock of Scotland Yard against an old adversary and ruthless urban guerrilla, Edward ‘Mad Dog’ Mastock, – a psychotic serial killer whose shocking escape from his execution by guillotine at the Tower of London begins this fast-paced, Hitchcockian steampunk thriller. LeBrock, still racked by remorse for his failure to prevent the death of ‘the Divine Sarah’ and working outside the law after resigning his post following a blazing row with his superior officer, embarks on a quest to redeem himself by tracking down Mastock and bringing to an end his horrific murder spree. Aided by his adjunct and old friend, Detective Roderick Ratzi, he follows the trail of carnage to Paris. Otherwise known as Grandville, it’s the largest city in a world dominated by France, a city used to violence following the years of terrorist bombings by the extreme fanatic wing of the British resistance during the occupation, the notorious Angry Brigade, of which Mastock was the sadistic leading light. With his customary tenacity, LeBrock stalks his prey through a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, an underclass of humans and automaton robots where advanced steam technology powers everything from hansom cabs to iron flying machines. It’s a trail that leads to the demimonde of Parisian prostitution and an atrocity perpetrated twenty-three years ago. With a range of new and fascinating characters and a mix of Holmesian deduction, knowing humour and edge of the seat action, Grandville Mon Amour continues the vein of high-octane adventure begun in the first volume. Can even LeBrock escape the past or do heroes have feet of clay? Follow the badger!

I picked up Grandville at MCM Expo last year from Mr Talbot (resisting the urge to call him Sir Talbot)  and loved every  page. I’m not that big on anthropomorphic comics but after the first page I completely forgot about why I was hung up about this in the first place. Granville had a brilliant plot with a great hero, engrossing story and every page was adorned with sumptuous art. When I saw that the sequel was being released at Thought Bubble this was a no brainer for me to go on the list as it will be the first stop I’ll be making when I hit the con floor on Saturday.

For those who are around on the Sunday Bryan is giving a talk on Granville at Leeds Art Gallery.

Check out the trailer for  below

Ok Comics

OK Comics is the independent Comic Book Shop in Leeds, and the winner of BEST INDEPENDENT RETAILER and BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE in the 2010 Retail Therapy Awards.

Located in the heart of the city’s retail district we stock a full range of comics (old and new), comic magazines and graphic novels.

Every type of comic and graphic novel can be found at OK Comics, from classic indie books (Maus, Persepolis, Fun Home) to the latest superhero action adventure comics (Spider-Man, Batman), with everything in between.


I stopped by these guys table as they had some great bargains going on, were extremely friendly and knew their stuff. I ended up spending ages talking to the guys (much like what I do when I see the Gosh guys) on the stall about, not only, what I wanted but just comics chat in general. I never felt like they were giving me the hard sell and were just interested to shoot the breeze about comics. In the end though I did pick up a couple of trades and the Five Fists of Science…job done.


Hope for the Future

Hope For The Future is an ongoing comic book series, centred around three students, Hannah, Lee and Greg as they try to go about their normal lives, whilst beset at every turn by strange events, bizarre coincidences and the creeping suspicion that they are being stalked by some octopoid international conspiracy based around the magical underworld. Currently up to the twelfth issue, the series takes in our heroes’ attempts to avert the impending apocalypse, defeat the forces of chaos, and find cheap booze on a student budget.

I remember reviewing this Hope for the Future after I was sent a trade collecting some of stories and spending most of the time laughing out loud. A lot of people have compared this to ‘Spaced with a dash of buffy’ but in a comic format and I’d say that was a good description. I’ve never met any of the creators before so I plan to stop buy and say hi and see what they have to offer.


The Rainbow Orchid

Set in the 1920s, it is a tale of the search for a mythical flower last mentioned by the ancient Greek philosopher and botanist, Theophrastus.

But why does the orchid also feature on a stone slab that may tell of a forgotten Vedic legend? Who was the mysterious stranger who brought one to a remote village in the Hindu Kush, populated by those who are said to be descended from Alexander the Great? And why does Urkaz Grope want the legendary Trembling Sword of Tybalt Stone at all costs?

The Rainbow Orchid is traditional adventure at its best. Strong and simple storytelling with an involving plot and attractive and cinematic artwork, it enjoys a varied international readership of all ages and both sexes.

If you love a more European style of art and if like me you love Herge’s Adventures of Tintin as a kid and pulp adventure then stop by Garen Ewing’s table and pick up vol. 1 and 2 of  The Rainbow Orchid.

Comic Pimps of the Day

Before I go my last section I’m calling pimps of the day where I just throw some links, tweets etc for stuff happening at Thought Bubble. If you want to be included then drop me an email at [email protected]


From brand new comic creators Kris Wozencroft and Jo Chong come Thackeray, an original online comic series with a different take on the traditional tale of the undead.

It’s the year 2013, and when a widespread fever broke out and the genesis of rabid cannibals began, the world was so inundated with zombie lore and Romero movies that it barely even came across as a surprise. We all knew how to kill them, how to capture them, and how the infection spread. Within a week, the infection was brought under control, sectioned away and pretty much forgotten.

Abel Thackeray is a man who found himself in the wrong place, and with the wrong woman, at the wrong time, and he’s paying the price for it. But instead of turning into a rabid animal like he was supposed to, Abel finds that he can function, think, and act, like a normal human being. Barring a certain resistance to pain, a bite wound on his arm that won’t heal, and heightened feelings of hunger and anger, the only thing that separates him from what he was is a sudden lack of fear – except that of being caught. And when a sudden spate of unexplained infections hit the United Kingdom, Abel begins to feel the walls closing in…

jabberworks Well, I’ll be pimping the 6 @DFCLibrary books at #tb10 and running a kids’ space w my picture book writer Gillian Rogerson.

GeebieI’m going to release my new book The Mighty Jambo issue 5 at #tb10! Worth a plug?

That all for today folks see you for day two tomorrow!

GS Reporter: Nuge




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