College Celebrates Comic Art with Thought Bubble (1)

09 November 2015

Leeds College of Art is a partner and proud sponsor of the UK’s largest annual Comic Art Festival, Thought Bubble; which is now in its ninth year, taking place in Leeds from 9 – 15 November 2015.

Thought Bubble attracts fans and comic arts professionals from around the world. Taking place at a variety of venues across the city; bit name guests at this year’s festival include Noelle Stevenson, Kate Beaton, Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels, Joan Cornellá, Scott Snyder, Rick Remender and Kate Leth.

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The festival culminates in the two-day Thought Bubble Comic Con on 14 and 15 November, with events over the weekend including the popular cosplay masquerade and the British Comic Awards, an annual celebration of the best stories told by writers and illustrators over the last 12 months, as well as a fantastic programme of signings and talks by the stars of the comics scene.

The College students and staff are involved in a number of events happening throughout the Thought Bubble Festival (see below); 

Travelling Man Presents BA (Hons) Illustration Launch Party / Exhibition

Travelling Man, 32 Central Road, Leeds, LS1 6DE, 18:00-19:00, (FREE, All ages) Monday 9 November - launch party... exhibition continues until 4 December

The students from our BA (Hons) Illustration degree programme showcase their work amongst the shelves and books of the independent comic and games shop the Travelling Man. A diverse and energetic group of image makers with a passion for character, print, drawing, illustration and ideas! Join them for the launch of this amazing exhibition! It will be on display until Friday 4th December.

Presented in association with

The Restless Pencil - Panel Discussion 

Newsroom, Royal Armouries. Saturday 14 November 11:10 am – 12:00pm

Hosted by Matt Hodson – Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Illustration at Leeds College of Art and Professional Illustrator:- Panel discussion exploring the mechanics, theory and development of an individual drawing practice. Bringing together a diverse range of artists and image-makers to discuss what drawing is, what it can be and where it comes from. 

Drawing as language, craft, speculation and story telling.

Each speaker will be asked to briefly summarise their own relationship with drawing with reference to media, tools, process, good practice and general biography.

Illustration students running their own stalls!

Thought Bubble Convention, Royal Armouries on 14 and 15 November

BA (Hons) Illustration students are exhibiting and selling their work as part of the special two day convention.

The following students will be selling magazines, comics, prints, comic notebooks and merchandise:- Joe Shiels, Adam Alsuch-Boardman, Rebecca Firth, Paul Brough, Zatul Fakharuldin, Lauren Dennis and Orlaith Conlon.


Thought Bubble Joe ShielsWork by Joe Shiels, Illustration student

Thought bubble Zatul 1

Thought bubble Zatul 2Work by Zatul Fakharuldin, Illustration student

Get Into Comics Project

Students from our Extended Diploma, BA (Hons) Illustration, Visual Communication and the Progression Art Club joined Thought Bubble artist, Tom Eglington to create a series of interactive comic art installations, that allow the public to enter into an oversized comic book. Students supported Tom to construct a 3D booth and create various speech/thought bubbles, sound effects and comic inspired props for participants to use and interact with. The #GetIntoComics booths will be exhibited at various events across Leeds during October/November and at the Thought Bubble Festival, 14 and 15 of November.

Thought Bubble progression 1

You can view the full festival line up on the Thought Bubble website.