Thought Bubble Festival Programme 2016 Announced

2016’s Thought Bubble runs from 1st – 6th November in Leeds and a quick guide appears below.

The full festival programme is on the event’s offial site here and you can buy tickets here.

2016’s convention runs on the 5th & 6th November, and venue details for this and other festival events are  in the programme below, while a map of venue locations in Leeds can be found here.

Festival Duration Events
– Thought Bubble Anthology Collection – 10 Years of Comics // Live Event // In Stores Now!
Available in stores and digitally from Mon 5 Oct, Comic Shops Worldwide, opening times vary, £8.99/$9.99 (prices may vary)

In celebration of Thought Bubble’s tenth birthday, 2016 sees the publication of the first ever collected edition of the Thought Bubble Comics Anthology!

Available now, from all good comic shops and digitally through ComiXology, this collection brings together the previous five issues of the Thought Bubble Comic Anthology, presented in traditional American graphic novel format, and comprising over 130 pages of stories from the best creators in the comics community.

It also includes a selection of winning entries from 2010-2014’s Thought Bubble Comic Art competitions as part of this collection

For more information, click here.

  • Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition Entries 2016 // Exhibition // Times Vary

  • Unstable Molecules by Gramsch // Exhibition / Times Vary

  • Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom & TB Present Animate Europe // Exhibition // Times Vary

  • The Gallery at Munro House & Thought Bubble Present…THE WICKED + THE DIVINE // Exhibition // Times Vary

  • Leeds College of Art BA Illustration @ Travelling Man // Exhibition // Times Vary

  • Prints of Eternia @ Colours May Vary // Exhibition // Times Vary

  • 2000 AD Art Challenge 2016 // Live Event // Deadline 5 Nov

  • 2000 AD Writing Competition 2016 // Live Event // Deadline 5 Nov

Festival Fringe Event – Thursday 27th October

  • Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom & TB Present Animate Europe Launch // Live Event // 1700

Festival Fringe Event – Saturday 29th October

  • Travelling Man Signing Tour: Mike Mignola in Manchester // Live Event // 1400

Tuesday 1st November

  • 4 Panel Strip Workshop with Doctor Simpo // Workshop // 1000

  • The Rainbow Age: LGBTQ* Comic-book Club // Live Event // 1700

  • Leeds College of Art BA Illustration – Travelling Man Exhibition Launch Party // Live Event // 1800

Wednesday 2nd November

  • The Iron Man Kavad – Performance Storytelling by Ben Haggarty // Live Event // 1030

  • Character Design Workshop with Doctor Simpo // Workshop // 1315

  • The Iron Man Kavad – Performance Storytelling by Ben Haggarty // Live Event // 1400

  • Political Cartoons Collection – Talk at Leeds Central Library // Live Event // 1400

  • Comics & Mental Health: zine-making workshop with Una Bauer // Live Event // 1800

Thursday 3rd November

  • Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 1 // Live Event // 0900

  • Travelling Man Signing Tour: Newcastle // Live Event // 1630

  • Creative Networks, Leeds College of Art & TB Present… Mike Mignola in Conversation // Live Event // 1745

  • Thought Bubble + Gosh! Comics Present: Jeff Lemire Signing // Live Event // 1800

  • Pints and Pencils // Live Event // 2000

  • Assembly House and 44FLOOD present HERETICS // Exhibition // Times Vary

Friday 4th November

  • Comics Forum Academic Conference Day 2 // Live Event // 0900

  • Thought Bubble Book Crossing 2016 // Live Event // 1000

  • Young People’s Comic Award 2016 // Live Event // 1330

  • Design Your Own… with Gary Erskine // Workshop // 1330

  • Travelling Man Signing Tour: York // Live Event // 1630

  • Travelling Man Signing Tour: Leeds // Live Event // 1630

  • The Gallery at Munro House & Thought Bubble Present…THE WICKED + THE DIVINE Launch // Live Event // 1800

  • Thought Bubble Pre-Convention Reception // Live Event // 1900

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November

  • Thought Bubble Convention 2016 // Live Event // 1000 – 1700

Convention Duration Events
Entry to all convention events (excluding the mid-con party) is included in the price of a convention pass, under 12s enter for free with an accompanying ticket holding parent/guardian, over-65s enter for free on presentation of a valid form of photo ID, and discounts are available for cosplayers and Breeze Card holders.

  • Royal Armouries Museum and Thought Bubble Present Bub’s Lounge // Live Event // 1000

  • Kim Jung Gi Live Drawing // Live Event // Times Vary

  • Portfolio Reviews with Shelly Bond // Live Event // Times Vary

  • Thought Bubble Book Launches 2016 // Live Event // 1000

  • Post-It Comics // Live Event // 1000

  • Team Ketchup Present… Drop In and Draw // Live Event 1000

  • Heroes and Villains with Team Ketchup // Live Event // 1000

  • Comic Jam with Team Ketchup // Live Event // 1000

  • Abnormal Animal Competition with Doctor Simpo // Live Event // 1000

  • Alien in the Outfield’s Major League Alien Baseball Tryouts! // Live Event // 1000

Saturday 5th November Only – Convention Events – Bury Theatre

  • Gosh! Comics presents The Best Thing I’ve Read All Year // Panel // 1100

  • 2000AD Writing Competition 2016 // Live Event // 1200

+Sketching Spotlight // Live Event // 1300

  • Comics In Conversation: Mike Mignola // Live Event // 1440

  • I is for Innovation: The Creators of Image Comics // Panel // 1540

Saturday 5th November Only – Convention Events – News Room
+ From ZERO to SUPER HERO // Live Event // 1110

  • Tetris: The Games People Play, with Box Brown // Panel // 1210

  • Leeds College of Art presents Go Go Go! // Panel // 1310

  • BREAK IT DOWN: Breakdown Press 2016 // Panel // 1410

  • Comics For EVERYONE! // Panel // 1510

  • 39 Years of 2000AD // Panel // 1610

Saturday 5th November Only – Convention Events – Bubs Lounge

  • Upside Comics presents Blam! Zap! Kapow! Comics for Beginners! // Workshop // 1500

Saturday 5th November Only – Convention Events – Cinema of War

  • Sound & Vision // Panel // 1050

  • SILENCE! To Astonish! // Live Event // 1150

  • The Secret Loves of Geek Girls // Panel // 1250

  • Laydeez do Comics presents… // Panel // 1350

  • From Stands to Screen // Panel // 1450

  • The Rainbow Age presents Queer Comics Today // Panel // 1550

  • Mid-Con Party at Trinity Kitchen // Live Event // 1900

Sunday 6th November Only – Convention Events – Bury Theatre

  • TB Comic Art Competition Prize-Giving Ceremony // Live Event // 1020

+Creating Worlds // Live Event // 1100

+Decompressed: The Wicked + The Divine // Panel // 1200

+Sketching Spotlight // Live Event // 1300

  • Cosplay Masquerade // Live Event // 1440

Sunday 6th November Only – Convention Events – News Room
+ How To Make It Make Money // Panel // 1110

  • 2000AD Portfolio Competition Judging // Live Event // 1210

  • Unbeatable! Squirrel Girl x Thought Bubble // Panel // 1310

  • Comics in Conversation: John Wagner // Live Event // 1410

  • ArtCred // Panel // 1510

Sunday 6th November Only – Convention Events – Royal Armouries Hall

  • Portfolio Viewings with Doctor Simpo // Live Event // 1000

Sunday 6th November Only – Convention Events – Education Room 1

  • Film Weapon Handling Session // Live Event // 1430

Sunday 6th November Only – Convention Events – Bubs Lounge

  • Upside Comics presents Blam! Zap! Kapow! Comics for Beginners! // Workshop // 1500

Sunday 6th November Only – Convention Events – Cinema of War

  • Eschaton // Screening // 1100

  • Search & Destroy: A Strontium Dog Fan-Film // Screening // 1145

  • The Image Revolution // Screening // 1230

  • Eschaton // Screening // 1400

  • Search & Destroy: A Strontium Dog Fan-Film // Screening // 1445

  • Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously // Screening // 1530

Festival Fringe Event – Monday 7th November

  • Thought Bubble + Gosh! Comics Present: Faith Erin Hicks Signing // Live Event // 1800

This year’s festival runs with support from ComiXology, Travelling Man, Leeds College of Art, Leeds Central Library, Bradford Libraries, Leeds Dock, Leeds Trinity, Comicraft, 2000 AD, Diamond Comics, Radisson Blu, Hotels In Leeds, Awesome Merchandise, The Illustrated Mind, Gosh! Comics, and Image Comics



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