Thought Bubble: Comic Art Convention and Festival – Dates Announced

“Thought Bubble is the most important comic convention around” – Popverse

Returning to Harrogate Convention Centre, Thought Bubble, one of the most important and beloved events in the international comics calendar, will take place over 16 and 17 November.  Featuring hundreds of comic creators and thousands of fans, Thought Bubble is a true festival of comics and comic art, attracting some of the world’s most influential and exciting creators.

Now firmly at home in Harrogate Convention Centre, Thought Bubble enjoyed a 28% increase in attendance from 2022 to 2023, beating 2019 sales for the first time since the pandemic, as the event goes from strength to strength with over 500 comic-creating exhibitors, 30 comics focused panels and workshops and thousands of visitors.

Thought Bubble 2023

With similar capacity crowds expected again this year, November will see the first time Thought Bubble attendees will be able to collect their tickets early, thanks to box office desks set up in independent venues around Harrogate on the Friday evening, as well as the opening of a second entrance in the convention centre. This early collection will cut down queuing time on the first day of the convention as well as encourage Thought Bubble fans to explore and support more independent Harrogate businesses. 

Alongside the Convention, Thought Bubble Festival will return this year with a mix of free and ticketed events taking place around Leeds and Yorkshire from 11 – 17 November, including film screenings, public art, workshops, talks and much more. 

Tickets for Thought Bubble Comic Convention are on sale now, with newly introduced ticket options for families and students, while under 12s, carers and over 65s tickets remain totally free. Tickets give access to all events within the comic convention weekend – panels, workshops, guest signings, as well as the three huge halls of over 400 exhibitors, publishers and more to be announced.

Thought Bubble will share details on guests, exhibitors and reveal their 2024 programme over the coming months.

Thought Bubble 2024 is on sale now

Thought Bubble 2023

Amy Bellwood, Thought Bubble Festival Director:

“People love Thought Bubble because we love comics of all kinds. We’ve come to realise that this is key in the formula to create something very special, each and every year.  We bring creators, exhibitors and guests together in one place for a magical, inclusive and inspiring weekend, held together by a mutual love of comics. We were delighted that a record number of visitors shared this in 2023 and we hope that even more new friends can experience the wonderful world of comics in 2024. We guarantee it will be great!”

For full programme, guests and events please visit here.


“Thought Bubble is the UK’s biggest celebration of comic art and culture.” Creative Boom

“Thought Bubble feels like a festival built with and for the local community” – The Gamer

Main image by Simon Godsave.

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