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Tuesday, 9 August 2011


Festival expanded over a week with a massive two day comic con.

Official festival hotel announced.

2nd Northern Sequential Arts Competition launched.
Welcome to our first Thought Bubble newsletter of 2011, over the next few months we’ll be updating you with everything you need to know about this years event.
Since our biggest and most successful Thought Bubble festival in 2010 we have been busy making plans for the 2011 edition and we think it’s going to be an unmissable event for comic book and graphic novel fans all over the country, so with just over three months to go the countdown starts here!
Festival expanded over a week with a massive two day comic con.
The biggest celebration of comic books, graphic novels and animated storytelling in the UK returns to Leeds this November, as Thought Bubble presents its most exciting programme to date! Celebrating its 5th year, the festival has been extended over a week from 14th – 20th November 2011 with a jam-packed programme of events including a fantastic programme of free interactive workshops & masterclasses in venues across Leeds and West Yorkshire for both young people and adults – with activity for beginners as well as more experienced writers and artists.
The centrepiece to the Thought Bubble festival is the massive, annual comic convention and this year it will take place over two days instead of one and we’ll be using two of Leeds’ largest exhibition halls, Saviles Hall and Royal Armouries Hall in the Clarence Dock area of Leeds to present the spectacular event. The convention is now the largest in the UK and welcomes some of the biggest industry names in comics and graphic novels to Leeds to celebrate their work. In 2011, over 50 leading writers and artists will attend the convention and guests will include Tim Sale, an Eisner Award winning artist whose work, including concept drawings for the TV show Heroes, has received widespread acclaim and Adam Hughes, one of the most respected artists currently working in the medium and responsible for the most
popular and well loved DC comic book covers. 
The weekend long convention will also welcome hundreds of exhibitors from brilliant small press artists and writers, to major UK retailers offering something for all comic book fans, all spread across three hundred tables in two halls. Aspiring artists and writers in our region are also encouraged to bring along their art portfolios as representatives from Marvel, 2000 AD and Self Made Hero will be on hand to give advice, and be on the look-out for the next big thing in comics!
Comic con tickets are on sale now and cost just £18.00 for a weekend pass. Day tickets which provide full access to the convention on either the Saturday or the Sunday cost £10. As with previous Thought Bubble comic conventions the entire event is free for the under 12′s with tickets and passes availble on the day. Tickets are available to purchase online at or in person and by phone at the City Centre Box Office in Leeds on Millennium Square, tel: 0113 2243801. The first 500 people to purchase a weekend pass will also gain entry to the VIP convention after party at the Alea Casino on Saturday 19 November.
The full Thought Bubble festival programme, along with full guest line up and venue details will be announced in Ocotober 2011.
Official Thought Bubble hotel announced.
We are delighted to announce that the Leeds Marriott Hotel will be the official and exclusive hotel partner of the 5th Thought Bubble Festival. This fantastic and stylish four star hotel is located in the heart of Leeds City Centre, a stones throw from Leeds train station and just a ten minute walk from the Thought Bubble Comic Convention in Saviles Hall and Royal Armouries Hall. The hotel itself is a modern, luxurious venue with friendly staff and great on site amenities, there are 244 guest rooms with high-speed WIFI internet access, 32 inch LCD TV screens, mini-bar and individual climate control. The Leisure Club, which is available for all guests, is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation and features a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fully equipped gym.
As well as looking after all our VIP guests over the duration of the festival the Leeds Marriott Hotel is also offering Thought Bubble Comic Convention visitors a very special rate of £89 per room including breakfast on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November 2011, visitors can also take advantage of a Saturday night only rate of £99 per room including breakfast. To book, simply click on the following link Leeds Marriott Hotel >> which will take you to the homepage of the hotel where the special Thought Bubble code is already listed on the booking form.
The hotel is the prefect destination for festival audiences, delegates and guests – we recommend that you book your room as soon as possible avoid disappointment!
2nd Northern Sequential Arts Competition launched
In 2010 Thought Bubble launched its very own national award with the support of Arts Council funding. The Northern Sequential Arts Competition is a new annual prize which is open to all  artists and writers living in the UK. Budding artists and writers were invited to create their very own one page comic book story, and all the entries were judged by a leading panel of industry professionals, including 2000 AD Editor Matt Smith, Imagine FX Editor Claire Howlett and Marvel’s Spider-Man Editor Steve Wacker. 6 winning entrants will see their work published by Image Comics this year in a special Thought Bubble anthology which will also includes original work from leading international artists and writers including Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy), Andy Diggle (The Losers), Antony Johnston (Daredevil) and Mike Carey (Lucifer), plus many more.
The second Northern Sequential Arts Competition has just been announced and Thought Bubble is on the look out for new one page comic book story creations. Once again, all entries will be judged by an industry panel and the winners will get to see their stories printed alongside the work of established artists and writers in a special Thought Bubble anthology which will also be distributed worldwide. The competition is split into two age groups, 12 – 17 and 18 +, full details on how to enter can be found at
We hope you can all make it this year!
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