Thought Bubble comic festival gears up for Leeds return

Thought Bubble festival will return to Leeds this November with a celebration of comics, animation and all things sequential.

Olly Moss Totor poster
Olly Moss Totor poster

Backed by Leeds International Film festival, Allied London, and Arts Council England, its the largest event of its kind in the UK.

Guests include Matt Fraction (Hawkeye, Fantastic Four), Geof Darrow (The Shaolin Cowboy), Kelly Sue Deconnick (Captain Marvel), Fabio Ba & Gabriel Moon (Daytripper), and Fiona Staples (Saga). For a proper look, and to see what they do, head here.

This year's official Thought Bubble image drawn by Alice Duke
This year’s official Thought Bubble image drawn by Alice Duke

There are 90 events happening over a week including free art and writing workshops for young people and adults, a two day conference, sequential art film screenings, and a two day convention.

The Though Bubble Convention brings together leading artists and writers from across the globe, as well as independent creators who are set to fill three halls packed with 400 stands showcasing comics.

Fiona Staples, Saga
Fiona Staples, Saga

If you’re trying to get into comics you can have your portfolio looked at, and whoever has the best one will get the chance to illustrate a Future Shock in 2000 AD.

Meanwhile The British Comics Awards ceremony will take place on the 23 November celebrating the best of the year’s stories told by writers, artists and illustrators in the UK.

Judges include Gareth David (lyricist and singer in the band Los Campesinos!), Lenny Henry (actor, writer and comedian), Stephen L Holland (co-owner and manager of Page 45 comic shop), Jamillah Knowles (writer and broadcaster), Graham Linehan (comedy writer and director), Josie Long (comedian, writer and actress) and Sarah McIntyre (cartoonist and children¹s book illustrator).

Comic fans at last year's event

Source: Michael Bracewell Photography

Comic fans at last year’s event

Thought Bubble Festival runs from 17-24 November across venues in Leeds. For more info head here

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