The digital version of the UK’s largest comic art festival will take place on 14 and 15 November this year, after the physical Festival had to be postponed until 2021.
The events will include ‘In Conversation’ ,presented by Cape Graphic Novels, featuring influential cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco who will be interviewed by acclaimed journalist Ian Dunt, as well as appearances from the likes of Kelly Sue DeConnick, Scott Snyder and the premiere of a new documentary on UK comics icon Ian Kennedy, produced and directed by Phillip Vaughan.
Some of the organisations hosting events are: comiXology, Serial Box, Mondo, 2000 AD, Artgecko Sketchbooks, Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds Arts University. Exclusive content will be on offer, as well as panels, Q & As and masterclasses.
There will be five digital exhibitor halls with online shops which will ensure outlets for hundreds of artists and creators who normally exhibit at the Festival each year.
Leeds will host some socially distanced events in collaboration with Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds Arts University and Travelling Man. The Belgrave has introduced a number of safety measures; including socially-distanced assigned seating, sanitiser stations, table service and a one-way system throughout the venue.
It is really important that to ensure accessibility, tickets are booked in advance via the venue’s ticket outlet DICE. More information on these events will be released soon. Thought Bubble’s digital comic con is free for everyone to attend.
After a year without an income, there’ll be an open fundraising link over the Festival week if fans would like to contribute, and monies raised will contribute to Festival running costs.
More details, events and guests will be announced soon.
Lisa Wood, Thought Bubble Founder & Director:“The guest programme we have built for Thought Bubble 2020 is so amazing. Having the convention digital this year has meant we can reach guests we wouldn’t normally dream of having, all coming together in one line-up. We are so happy to be putting together something like this for the comics community to get excited about after a year has been filled with so much negativity, and we can’t wait to share our full programme with you soon!”
Guests announced so far:Joe Sacco, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Scott Snyder, Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, Joëlle Jones, Jeff Lemire, John McCrea, Chip Zdarsky, Babs Tarr, Jock, James Tynion IV, Emma Rios, Cecil Castellucci, Charlie Adlard, Sean Phillips, Ronald Wimberly, Rafael Albuquerque, Christian Ward, Sara Alfageeh, Sanford Greene, G. Willow Wilson, Duncan Fegredo, Kieron Gillen, Ben Oliver, David LaFuente, Ian Kennedy, Alex Norris, Andy Belanger, Lee Garbett, Shelly Bond, Erika Price, Ram V
Exclusive Events From:ComiXology, Jonathan Cape Graphic Novels, 2000 AD, Mondo, Artgecko Sketchbooks, Serial Box, Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds Arts University
Feature photograph taken at the 2017 Thought Bubble Festival.