News / 02 Nov 2022

Leeds Arts University at Thought Bubble 2022

BA (Hons) Comic and Concept Art

MA Illustration with Graphic Novel

Leeds Arts University are proud sponsors of Thought Bubble, Yorkshire’s Comic Art Festival taking place from 4 – 13 November.

Thought Bubble is a week-long celebration of comics, illustration and more which takes place in venues across Yorkshire, and includes a two-day comic convention held at the Harrogate Convention Centre on the 12 and 13 November.

Students from across undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses will be taking part in a range of events and exhibitions throughout the festival including:

Thought Bubble Comic Convention

13 – 14 November, Harrogate Convention Centre

Selected students from undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including BA (Hons) Comic and Concept Art and MA Graphic Novel will be exhibiting their work at Thought Bubble Comicon.

Recent graduates Tyler Hartley (Paintghost), Kai Speiwak (Kryonsite), Will Sedgewick (Will Huck) and Lola Bonato will all have tables at the Convention. Lola will also be exhibiting with The 77. She has worked on their recent Pandora comic and is currently working on a new publication with them.

Gail Simone: In Conversation

9 November, Leeds Arts University

Creative Networks and Thought Bubble join forces to present an ‘in conversation’ with one of one of the most influential women in the comic book industry, Gail Simone. The event is free but booking is essential as places are limited.

Doctor Simpo’s Weird, Wacky and Wonderful Workshops

13 -14 November, Harrogate Convention Centre

Doctor Simpo, aka Ben Simpson, BA (Hons) Animation Senior Lecturer and MA Worldbuilding with Creature Design Course Leader is running two free children’s workshops, Weird, Wacky and Wonderful Worldbuilding and Bring Stuff to Life: 12 Principals of Animation. He is also offering drop in activities in the Kids Zone at the Thought Bubble Comic Convention. 

Ben says of the event: "For the past 15 years I have had a strong connection and working relationship with the wonderful Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival, from way back to when it was in a small room with 2 dozen tables underneath the Leeds Town Hall - to now where it literally fills the entirety of the Harrogate Exhibition centre. The Thought Bubble team are always so accommodating and friendly it really is an honour to enable the continuation of this working relationship and be able to welcome back the MA in Graphic Novel student cohort and graduating students to the festival with their own table to sell their own creative endeavours. They will be selling their wares at Table 79 in the Comixology Hall, with some free give a way comics and limited copies of their anthology Cool Stuff 2."

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