Olly MacNamee writes
It's that time of the year again when, before the winter break, we have the return of Thought Bubble in Leeds. It's my first time this year, but what finally caused me to break my cherry on this one was all the good and great things I've heard coming from comic book creators and fans alike. There's a lot of love for this week long festival which seems to grow and grow with each passing year.
And this year's festival, it's seventh, is no exception. While I'll let you browse for yourself everything that's on during the week right here (well, I'm not your mother and you should be doing more things for yourself) I will tell you this about the two day convention that takes place over the weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November: there's a fair few creators to get around, that's for sure.
Along with Hellboy creator and surely the start draw, Mike Mignola, who is offering up an exclusive comic con print that I do hope hasn't sold out before I get there, you'll also get to meet the likes of Yanick Paquette (Earth One: Wonder Woman), Ryan North (Adventure Time), Shelly Bond (that should be interesting to say the least, given her recent departure from Vertigo), Cameron Stewart (Fight Club 2) and Jordie Bellaire (Future Quest). There are over 100 confirmed guest, so you'll have to excuse me for just mentioning a few. Have a proper gander for yourselves here and start packing up those comics you'll want signing.
Ahead of the con, there are signings (Mignola at Manchester's Travelling Man, this coming Saturday, for example) and exhibitions, with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's The Wicked + The Divine exhibition launching on Friday 4th November at The Gallery at Munro House, Leeds not to be missed for anyone up there ahead of the weekend con.
Other things I'm looking forward to is the 2000AD Writing Competition, where would-be script droids have a tense two minutes to pitch their idea for a new Future Shock to a panel of judges. Britain's Got Talent? Let's hope so.
And, after all that, there's the infamous party one the Saturday night down at Trinity Kitchen. For me, that will be a chance to unwind, let loose and enjoy my return to my old university stomping grounds. That could go one of two ways I imagine. Especially if I'm out on the town with a certain Rich Johnston, as threatened. So, you know, watch out Leeds! [Rich says – book your ticket now, or join the long line in the cold, wind and rain waiting for all the VIPs not to turn up so they will let the wet folk many in…]
How I wish there had been a Thought Bubble there then. But, there is now, and I'm so looking forward to it.
See you there!