Thought Bubble – like so many festivals/conventions since March this year – has had to reinvent itself as an online experience for 2020. The UK’s largest comics festival event announced some of its digital convention plans today. The full press release runs below and look for our usual extensive Broken Frontier coverage of the festival as we get nearer the time.
THOUGHT BUBBLE FESTIVAL SHARES DIGITAL CONVENTION GUESTS & PARTNERS
JOE SACCO, SCOTT SNYDER, KELLY SUE DECONNICK, MONDO AND MORE ANNOUNCED
Joe Sacco – Credit: Michael Tierney
14th – 15th NOVEMBER 2020
Thought Bubble, the UK’s largest comic art festival have shared the first look at the huge programme for their digital convention taking place in November this year following the postponement of their festival to 2021.
Making the decision to postpone the event earlier this year due to public health considerations the festival immediately began preparing to bring one of the most important dates in the UK comics calendar together, despite the ongoing pandemic.
Taking place on 14th – 15th November the festival is pleased to announce some of the guests and partners who will be taking part this year including an ‘In Conversation’ event 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.
The weekend will also host exclusive events and content from some incredible organisations including ComiXology, Serial Box, Mondo, 2000 AD, Artgecko Sketchbooks, Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds Arts University and more.
Alongside the exclusive content, panels, Q&As and masterclasses, Thought Bubble will be hosting five digital exhibitor halls featuring online shops for the hundreds of amazing creators and artists who exhibit at Thought Bubble each year.
Becky Cloonan will be a guest at the digital Thought Bubble
As well as the digital event, Thought Bubble will be holding a small number of special, socially distanced events in Leeds including collaborations 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. In order to make the events as accessible as possible, tickets must be 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 will be free to attend for all! The festival will have an open fundraising link over the festival week if fans would like to contribute. Funds will go towards Thought Bubble’s running costs following a year with no income. Links to Thought Bubble’s fundraising efforts will be shared closer to the time.
More details, events and guests will be announced soon.
Guest Chip Zdarsky
Exclusive Events from: ComiXology, Jonathan Cape Graphic Novels, 2000 AD, Mondo, Artgecko Sketchbooks, Serial Box, Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds Arts University
Press Quotes For Thought Bubble:
“The highlight of the year for comic, animation, games and film fans across Yorkshire and beyond.” – The Big Issue
“So many cool guests! We got up to some really cool stuff” – What Culture
“this is a weekend in the comics calendar that is as much about the people attending as their chosen art form and that sense of comics community was evident throughout” – Broken Frontier