Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Thought Bubble : Leeds Comic Con

On the 19th of November, I went up to Leeds to the Thought Bubble Festival. Thought Bubble is a convention "dedicated to promoting comics, graphic novels, and animation as an important national and international cultural art-form.", and ran over a few days throughout the week at venues throughout Leeds and Bradford, and then there was the main convention and events over the weekend. 

Although I know nothing about comics, I thought it would be interesting to go as they had loads of people and companies/collectives there selling work, as well as some interesting talks scheduled. The main convention was held at The Armouries, a complex of shops and casinos as well as the armouries museum. When I got there, there was a huge queue for tickets, and lots of people in costumes which was really cool to see. There were a few stormtroopers, a batman and judge dredd.

I'll post about some of the talks I went to in separate posts, but for now I just wanted to mention the huge hall of stalls run by various companies, collectives and individuals, all selling there own publications, posters, prints and a whole load of other cool stuff.

Apologies for the not so great pics.....

I have to say that I wasn't familiar with many of the people or groups there (as again I know nothing about comics!) but there was loads of great stuff to see and buy. There were a couple of them that I recognised, such as Nobrow and Luke Pearson, but I've scanned in the list for the main hall anyway and you can take a look and see if there's anyone you might know....(give it a click to make it big time)

Overall it was a good event to go to with lots of interesting stuff to see. I'll post about some of the talks in separate posts so as not to overwhelm you with comic/illustration goodness...


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