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: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bhuna 12 December, 2016, 11:24:22 AM
The dates and venue have moved from next year.

https://thoughtbubblefestival.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/thought-bubble-2017-festival-dates/ (https://thoughtbubblefestival.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/thought-bubble-2017-festival-dates/)
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Dandontdare 12 December, 2016, 11:47:13 AM
I liked the Armouries location, but could be fun to be more in the centre of town.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bat King 12 December, 2016, 11:57:42 AM
Mixed feelings...

Royal Armouries is almost home from home for me and I know that Thought Bubble has helped with extra donations and shop 'footfall' etc.

But the new location will give a higher level of publicity. Amazing how many of my fellow locals haven't even heard of Thought Bubble.

I might expand my thoughts on my blog when I get it restarted.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: COMMANDO FORCES 12 December, 2016, 12:38:32 PM
Brilliant, that's closer to the hotel that we use :thumbsup:
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Fungus 12 December, 2016, 12:46:24 PM
Good news  :)
More central to Leeds, better weather (well you live in hope) and Gerard Way a top guest already confirmed (looking at my comics anyway).
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bat King 12 December, 2016, 01:47:30 PM
Actually ignoring the date change... city centre is actually warmer than New Dock usually.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Colin YNWA 12 December, 2016, 06:39:20 PM
Kinda even more bummed that I missed this year's now as loved the Armouries location. That said a town centre location makes so much sense and sure it will be more than fine.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: COMMANDO FORCES 12 December, 2016, 07:06:17 PM
Hotel paid for, now to just wait for the tickets to be announced.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Spikes 12 December, 2016, 07:46:23 PM
By 'eck, you're keen, John.  :thumbsup:

Been to the last two TB's, and the Armouries location, was ideal I thought, but we shall see what this one is like. And hopefully better weather with the date change as well.

Anyone any tips for hotels for that part of Leeds. Ibis is about a 15 minute walk, I see. Is that the one most folks will go for?

 
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: COMMANDO FORCES 12 December, 2016, 08:19:08 PM
I prefer to get it all paid for and out of the way asp. This means when it comes round it's as though it's a freebie, madness I know  :lol:
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Pete Wells 12 December, 2016, 08:28:00 PM
It's cool that it's not as near to Christmas. It might be closer to mine and Rob's sex shop hotel too...
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Spikes 12 December, 2016, 09:13:22 PM
I prefer to get it all paid for and out of the way asp. This means when it comes round it's as though it's a freebie, madness I know  :lol:

Oh, I totally agree. Get it all out of the way. Think I booked TB last year, in January.

: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Hawkmumbler 13 December, 2016, 09:17:37 AM
It IS kind of a shame, as I love the armories as a venue. If ever one hall was too packed, just move over to another, it worked out harmonically. Though i'm not one for knocking a venue before i try it, and a shift in dates is no problem for me either, a week before my birthday I should be minted. :lol:
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Proudhuff 03 January, 2017, 01:54:37 PM
Leeds has a centre?
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bhuna 13 January, 2017, 03:44:24 PM
For those who are interested in a table at TB, registrations can be made from Monday  :D
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bolt-01 15 February, 2017, 02:49:43 PM
Just paid for the FQP Table- now to find a hotel!
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bhuna 15 February, 2017, 03:10:56 PM
Just had our table confirmed too Bolt-01.  :D

I think we might stay at the Ibis Cheapo again and taxi it into the centre.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Steven Sterlacchini 15 February, 2017, 09:48:50 PM
Looking forward to attending without anything to do.

Might even throw on some fancy dress. Just like old times.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Hawkmumbler 15 February, 2017, 10:32:01 PM
Booking the Ibis in the morning. Not fucking paying silly money to taxi about again this year. :|
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bhuna 16 February, 2017, 09:13:47 AM
Me and Neil McClements are crashing at the Travel Lodge on Vicar Lane which is less that 1/2 a mile from the event! Good price too!
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Dunk! 16 February, 2017, 11:41:21 AM
Are we gonna need a new pub for the Friday? Is The Palace not convenient anymore?

I hate change. :(

Stuck In His Ways Dunk!

: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bolt-01 16 February, 2017, 01:08:21 PM
also, with the new way they are holding the gig this year- being spread out around the city centre- there is no longer a main hotel for folk to sit in. I reckon the Palace will be as good a place as any to meet.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Molch-R 16 February, 2017, 01:29:19 PM
The Palace is down the bottom end of town (and hill) so it's a bit of a schlep up to Millennium Square main venue. You'd be better trying somewhere like Foley's, or the O'Neill's and the Victoria Hotel behind the Town Hall.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Old Tankie 17 February, 2017, 03:01:44 PM
Help needed please, is the Novotel or the Marriott near to the new Thought Bubble location and are they on the flat, as I have very limited mobility? Any other hotel advice much appreciated.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: matty_ae 17 February, 2017, 05:49:43 PM
I've booked at the Park Plaza Hotel (£90ish for Sat) as I thought on paper it looked pretty close (Boar Lane City Square, Leeds, LS1 5NS, GB)

Anyone know if this was a good call?
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bolt-01 18 February, 2017, 02:37:06 PM
No idea if it's any good, but it is where I've ended up.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Hawkmumbler 03 April, 2017, 11:55:18 PM
Tickets are now up for sale, ordered mine for the weekend, just 6 months away already!

See you lads then!
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Dr Feeley Good 04 April, 2017, 10:20:43 AM
The UKG are trooping there this year so I will be there as my Judge.....anything for free entry  :D
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bat King 16 April, 2017, 10:33:02 PM
I can try n reserve a room in Victoria for us for a Friday meet up - not sure if they'd do it for Saturday without a food order for a few though...

I can pop in n ask sometime nearer the time.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: flip-r mk2 17 May, 2017, 08:25:10 PM
Ticket bought, hotel booked, now to sort out travel arrangements :)

filippo
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: CalHab 18 May, 2017, 07:13:16 AM
I'm trying to convince my other half that this would be a good weekend away. She's not entirely convinced by my pitch of the wonders of Leeds in September.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Andy Lambert 18 May, 2017, 11:49:39 AM
I'm sorry if this comes across as a stupid question, but what is Thought Bubble? I know it's an event of some kind, but is it like Lawgiver but with less Dredd and more focused on other characters/comics? Or is it a meeting place for writers and artists?
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Steve Green 18 May, 2017, 12:26:43 PM
Comics festival - not like Lawgiver really.

No film/tv guests, just comics.

So small-press, creators, panels, plus some merchandise/books stalls etc.

Used to be 3 locations at the Royal Armouries, but is shifting location to Central Leeds this year.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Andy Lambert 18 May, 2017, 12:28:42 PM
Many thanks for that, Steve. :)
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bhuna 19 May, 2017, 09:21:37 AM
There's a bunch from the forum members who meet up every year Andy. If you want a proper 'comic' comic con, then Thought Bubble is the place to be.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Dodsy 19 May, 2017, 12:26:18 PM
Booked in at the Cosmopolitan. All usual plans are out the window this year with the change of location  :lol:
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: flip-r mk2 19 May, 2017, 01:58:14 PM
I'm at the Cosmopolitan as well :)


filippo
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Dodsy 19 May, 2017, 04:41:29 PM
I'm at the Cosmopolitan as well :)


filippo

Cool, might see you there. I'll be the person looking like me.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Hawkmumbler 21 May, 2017, 04:56:10 PM
I'm looking at booking at the Ibis Budget for just the friday night, as i'll only be staying for the Saturday this year, anyone else shacking up at the usual haunt?
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Jim_Campbell 21 May, 2017, 07:43:26 PM
The Leeds Budget Ibis is, based on my stay a few years back, positively spartan. Without a doubt, the second shittest chain hotel I've stayed in after the Euston Travelodge. You don't even get a proper chair, just an upturned bucket that passes for a stool. If all you're looking for is a bed, it's passable but I needed a vaguely useable work space in case of last-minute corrections and the 'desk' and 'chair' combo made that impossible.

(Also, my shower was dripping loudly and continuously and it took 30 minutes to explain this to the Duty Manager, so poor was his command of English. The chap they sent to fix it managed to disable the hot water in the process, so my shower the following morning stretched the definition of lukewarm into fucking freezing.)

Not recommended.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Hawkmumbler 21 May, 2017, 08:34:14 PM
Oh shit really? I was under the impression it was fairly frequently used by forumites for the con and i'd never heard word of mouth that negative before. Well thats given me second thoughts...
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bhuna 22 May, 2017, 09:56:29 AM
I've stayed there for the past two years. It's everything Jim has said (except the shower) but if you want a cheapo place to crash then it should do. On the plus side there is a cracking pub across the road that does a brill cooked breakfast, good beer and decent scran.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Large48 30 May, 2017, 06:52:46 PM
In terms of hotels, it's pretty simple the UK over isn't it............... ;-)

You generally pays for what you get...........

Cheap shyte = cheap shyte

Reasonable = Reasonable

Over priced crap = over priced crap with better lighting...

 :-X
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Hawkmumbler 07 September, 2017, 10:19:02 AM
FINALLY got everything booked and ready for the con. After the faff that was MCM Manchester i'm looking forward to actually going to a superior con again, jovus.  :lol:
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Dr Feeley Good 07 September, 2017, 11:40:31 AM
Anyone there the Saturday look out for me,I am trooping with the UKG as a Judge from the movie...my badge is Judge Jack... ;)
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bhuna 07 September, 2017, 03:30:56 PM
Who's going to the Zarjaz do on the Friday?

Myself and Neil McClements are on table 173 in the Comixology tent. We have Ste Austin (loosing his Thought Bubble cherry) next to us and Bolt-01 on the other. CrazyFoxmachine in next door but one too.

I don't know Leeds city centre at all, so what pubs near the venue(s) would people recommend for a Saturday night beverage? I know there are loads to choose from, but any recommendations?

Really, really looking forward to this year.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Hawkmumbler 07 September, 2017, 05:17:30 PM
Oooh? First i've heard of a Zarjaz shin-ding on Friday, glad i'm getting into Leeds in the early afternoon now be nice to get in there early. :D
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bolt-01 08 September, 2017, 03:03:23 PM
Just in case there was any confusion- this is Zarjaz the big art show, not Zarjaz the Galaxies Greatest Fanzine...

We'll be at TB, but not at the Friday night gig.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Steve Green 18 September, 2017, 06:10:40 PM
Here are the 2000 AD Panel details

INJ Culbard, Emma Beeby, Simon Davis, Tom Eglington & John Wagner

Hosted by Iz McAuliffe (and I think Stacey Whittle)

15:30 at the Carriageworks Theatre, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: flip-r mk2 18 September, 2017, 10:52:40 PM
That's my suitcase packed for Thought Bubble, see ya all down there :)(https://i.imgur.com/ie9fBVl.jpg)

filippo
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bolt-01 19 September, 2017, 08:11:05 AM
Filippo- You walkin' down then?
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: flip-r mk2 19 September, 2017, 02:12:13 PM
Packed early so more time to play with truly admire 3a's Dredd :)

filippo
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: Bolt-01 19 September, 2017, 02:59:16 PM
Ah, grand! Must admit to being rather envious of all of you lucky (Skint) Squaxx with your new Action Man!

I've just had final confirmation that the one and only Nano-bolt will be a fully fledged red-shirt at this years event, and following the details of the time she's got to be at the show- we are now springing for a Friday night hotel as well.

We'll not be arriving till quite late so I very much doubt we'll be trawling the mean streets of Leeds, but if the opportunity arises I'll let you know.

Oh- and the printed copies of Something wicked 2017 have arrived! Yay!
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Hawkmumbler 20 September, 2017, 10:51:08 AM
Yaaay for Nano-Bolt achieving Red Shirt statues! Be chuffed to see the whole Bolt family again this year, you guys are always a joy to meet.  :D
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bhuna 20 September, 2017, 01:06:46 PM
I have a spare ticket for the Juve Cube party on Friday night if anyone's interested?
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: flip-r mk2 20 September, 2017, 03:11:51 PM
Hotel's a 5 min walk from the train station, 8 min walk from the Juve Cube do and a 15 min walk from Millennium Square. Sorted :)

filippo
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Proudhuff 20 September, 2017, 07:25:00 PM
(https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/greatescape.jpg)

Good Luck!
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: sbelmont 21 September, 2017, 09:11:37 PM
Look forward to seeing people this weekend, going to try out the Vice Press event and Juve Cube. The Novotel, by the station, was doing 10% off if you joined their corporate points scheme. 
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Colin YNWA 23 September, 2017, 08:11:31 AM
Awaiting my train at Sheffield. Not been to Thought Bubble for a couple of years now for one reason or another so excited. Not SUPER excited as Tharg spoiled us with the 40th and good as this will be it ain't going to be that good is it!
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Pete Wells 23 September, 2017, 02:33:28 PM
Bah, I’m hating Thought Bubble this year. Spread out,massive queues. They’ve killed it.  >:(
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Spikes 23 September, 2017, 06:38:42 PM
Just got back home after another good Thought Bubble. Great to meet up with familiar faces, as well as meeting up with new squaxx's. And bagged myself some more sketches, and picked up some good reading.  :thumbsup:

Yes, the queuing was a bit of a bind at times, and the marquees got gridlocked often, but overall I liked the change of location. Hopefully tweaks can be made to smooth things out next year.
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: Colin YNWA 24 September, 2017, 11:04:13 AM
Damnit didn't realise you where there Spikes. Would love to have caught up.

Anyway back home and rested from a super day out in Leeds, wearing my sparkly new Rok of the Reds t-shirt bought from the ever wonderful Mr Wagner. Lots of lovely booty, Cinebook stall well a truly raided, had a bit of a Shaky Kane field day too, stumbled across a book he did with the lovely (as it turns out) C.S. Baker (with whom I backward bartered to settle on a fair price which was weird!) and he through in a signed print to boot. I then picked up a couple of pieces from the ever lovely Dave Hine who told me about the Good New Bible, which I failed to track down on the day but will. Much more besides, if only one sketch dabbed.

The crown jewel however was found, by chance at Sean Phillips table. In honour of the centenary of Will Eisner's birth he's out together a full newsheet size Spirit comic. Its massive and the talent who contributed make it as neautiful to read as it is as an object. Its just magnificent and already close to the top of my treasured comic possessions. Its been produced for The Great Lakes and will be available there and then online so this a is bit of a seek preview. If you like comics at all get this - its glorious!

Of course the day was made all the more special by meeting so many lovely folks from here and wider 2000ad fandom. Hawkmumbler put up with me alot, many other lovely chats (and hugs from Pete Wells, who amazingly gets more impressive the more you get to know him!). All round smashing folks and a pleasure to see you all again and sorry to those I missed.

New Town Centre venue has its pros and cons (no pun intended) but overall I'd say was worth it. Great 2000ad panel and who knew Gerald Way was THAT popular. I've never seen queues like it!
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Spikes 24 September, 2017, 04:00:21 PM
Damnit didn't realise you where there Spikes. Would love to have caught up.

I think we missed each other at the 40th as well? But yes, will be grand to meet up at some point.  :thumbsup:

And going by online postings elsewhere, I too completely missed a good few folks that attended. I suspect we all passed each other at some point without realising, as tables filled with wondrous things, staffed by the ever-brilliant droids, captured our attention.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: flip-r mk2 24 September, 2017, 05:46:17 PM
Well that's Thought Bubble over and done with, had a great time, bought all the comics I was after plus quite a few more. Met a lot of great people and made a lot of new friends, pity that's my weekend over already but Leeds it's been a blast and I'll be back next year :)


filippo
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Steve Green 24 September, 2017, 05:57:42 PM
It was... different

The marquees were a mixed bag. Comixology one by far the best, room to move compared to the other ones

Also needed more exits - the bag checks every time you were going into a venue slowed entry - not sure what the answer is there maybe just have bag checks at general entrance gates?

Thankfully the weather was ok or it would have been worse.

I don’t know, wasn’t as down on it as Pete, but def room for tweaks
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Steve Green 24 September, 2017, 10:20:22 PM
Expanding a bit more now I'm back home.

So there were 4 main exhibitor areas (that I knew of)

The Leeds Town Hall Marquee was long, narrow - single exit, also seemed to have the most diligent bag checker so biggest queue. This was where 2000AD was, Vice Press as well.

Seemed weirdly narrower on one side - so the 2000AD/VP tables were in a very narrow alley, and pretty much made it a one way system when it got busy. With the single exit it made it much more of a chore than it could have been.

Not sure on the lack of exits, maybe lack of staff to cover it if they were being pretty full-on checking bags, using wands on people.

It seemed a bit overkill to me, unless someone has a real grudge against small press, it doesn't seem like it would make a difference whether it's an atrocity inside the marquee or the queue outside it.

By that Marquee was the town hall, which had Gerard Way as a guest - and by far the biggest queue - even on Sunday, 90 mins before it opened there was a sizable queue.

I heard some murmurings that people thought that the queue was far the hall in general and didn't bother - I certainly heard one of the redshirts telling people on the Sunday that they could go in.

Oh and apparently someone managing the queue got punched by a fan when they were given the news that they weren't going to be able to get in.

So then there was the mid sized Marquee next door to the Radisson - which was OK, similar thing with a single exit.

Millennium Square a hundred yards or so further up still had the Comixology Marquee and the Carriagehouse Theatre which was hosting panels.

This seemed a pretty good place to be, as there were a couple of pubs/bars right next to it, was also far more spacious than the other two.

The main difference between the Royal Armouries and the town centre is that it's much more spread out, I'd say it seemed busier possibly because you might have punters coming in who wouldn't know or venture as far as the RA.

It was a bit of a shame that the Vice Press gallery was so far out - closer to the RA than the festival.

I think with that space by the town hall, it could have had more going on - there was the odd workshops but it might need to just have some food stalls, amenities etc.

It's a bit of an awkward location, maybe needs more of a defined edge - and maybe do all your security checks there rather than the entrance to the marquees - it's a bit weird having the bag checks then having some cosplayer with a pretty realistic machine gun and swat gear wandering around.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: jacob g 25 September, 2017, 01:02:13 AM
This was first TB for me but I kinda fell in love with this festival. No celebrity bullshit, diverse panels, nice city, for sure I try to visit Leeds again for another TB.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bolt-01 25 September, 2017, 01:57:29 PM
TB was, again, a wonderful weekend.

On the negative side I didn't get away from the comiXology hall, but there was more than enough in there to keep me occupied.

I was lucky enough to be in a row with CFM (and Jazz) od the Psychedelic Journal, Neils 1 & 2 (McClements & Bhuna) and I finally got to meet Steven Austin! We were a line of complete Thrill power!

Spikes & Jacob-G- Did you drop by? It'd be grand to put a face to a user name.

We got to say hello to- (From memory, so please forgive me if I don't mention you) Stacey (and new Hubby) PeteW, Steve Green, Steve Sterlaccini, Mr and Mrs Molcher, Spongejosh and his lovely partner, The one and only Filippo, DDD, Eamonn, Mr J Wagner (who stormed it according to reports) Rich & Iz McAuliffe, conor & Lizzie Boyle (who I only saw in passing multiple times), Dunk, Matthew Badham, SimonB and a special mention to Hawkmother. I'm sure there are loads of other folk I've missed and can only apologise.

I was hoping to get to say Hi to Old Tankie- did you make it down in the end?

FQP did pretty well- the new venue was nice and accessible- a trip to Greggs for lunch was a rare taste of fresh air, and it was grand to see so many of the entries for this years art comp (might have three new artists in tow if they email me) as well as predicting the winner. As is usual now (for me at least) the winner for the art comp has a history with FQP. This years winner was actually involved in our very first issue and he has contributed many times since. Not going to give his name as I don't know if TMO wants to make any sort of announcement, but I gave a loud cheer upon hearing the news.

Also awesome was the news from another artist that His Verdant Majesty would be open to providing suitable sample scripts for another proto-art droid I've known for years.

I heard some unsubstantiated rumours as to the outcomes of one bag check that resulted in the police being called- if true- then we should all be glad they took place as the event could have been utterly ruined.

Nano-bolt acquitted herself admirably as a 'red-shirt' (Apparently Ian Kennedy was a total delight) and following a conversation at the table it was a pleasure to say hello to the daughter of personal hero Nigel Dobbyn!

Thought Bubble is a great gig- and I hope it continues for many years.

Oh, got sent this link by Mrs-bolt over saturday night.  (https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2017/sep/22/why-are-comic-cons-no-longer-about-comics?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Bookmarks+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=244957&subid=23139764&CMP=bookmarks_collection) Have to agree.

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: Dr Feeley Good 25 September, 2017, 08:40:44 PM
Had a cracking day Saturday at Thought Bubble,I know the venue wasn't to everyone's liking but I never went when it was at the armories so I have nothing to judge it against ! It was great to meet so many artists and creators,and Mr Burdis ! Was quite hectic at times,I had to crew for the Star Wars characters in the morning and then changed into my Judge for the afternoon...still had time to buy a couple of pages of artwork and the mini series of Rok of the Reds from Mr Wagner,who was a gent !
(https://i.imgur.com/xoiUKcL.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/NfqH7fP.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/L0JYGus.jpg)
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Steve Green 26 September, 2017, 10:01:30 AM
For those who missed it, I did record the 2000 AD panel, just need to tweak the audio to even it out a bit.

Will upload it in the next couple of days.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: jacob g 26 September, 2017, 03:30:40 PM
Spikes & Jacob-G- Did you drop by? It'd be grand to put a face to a user name.

Yup, twice.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bolt-01 26 September, 2017, 04:15:29 PM
Really? Gah- Next time please mention the message board.

sigh...
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Spikes 26 September, 2017, 04:51:00 PM
Spikes & Jacob-G- Did you drop by? It'd be grand to put a face to a user name.

Tall chap, glasses, wearing a Parka? If so, then that was me
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Colin YNWA 26 September, 2017, 07:57:27 PM
Spikes & Jacob-G- Did you drop by? It'd be grand to put a face to a user name.

Tall chap, glasses, wearing a Parka? If so, then that was me

Oh I think I saw you. Damnit if only I'd known!
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: MacabreMagpie 26 September, 2017, 08:36:37 PM
First time, I didn't see all of the festival (only made it to the 2000AD panels) but I had a great time. As others have said, can't compare it to previous setups but it didn't seem too awkward. Agreed that the 2000AD aisle was a little too narrow compared to the one preceding it, especially when the huge queue for the portfolio competition clogged it up.

Everyone was friendly and helpful and I hope everyone who spent the money to have a table there got a worthwhile return.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Steve Green 28 September, 2017, 10:11:23 AM
Comprehensive report from John Burdis.

http://cellarofdredd.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/thought-bubble-2017-as-seen-through.html (http://cellarofdredd.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/thought-bubble-2017-as-seen-through.html)
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bolt-01 28 September, 2017, 01:10:13 PM
Thanks for posting that, Steve- a cracking write-up.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: SpongeJosh 28 September, 2017, 03:08:33 PM
I think this years TBubs was not bad. A little cramped in some marquees (was it less crowded on Sunday?) but a shorter walk from the train station. Got everything signed that needed signing, said hi to folk (Bolt-01, CFM & PeteW) and even came back with cash in my arse pocket. So a grant day out for us.

I did recognise some faces off these message boards that I met at the 40th, so next time I will strum up the courage to say hi.

: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Steve Green 28 September, 2017, 03:16:49 PM
A little less I guess, but not much.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: SpongeJosh 28 September, 2017, 03:35:22 PM
I only ask because Sunday is usually the day I go to conventions, so it was interesting for me to see what a Saturday convention crowd is like.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Steve Green 28 September, 2017, 04:12:30 PM
I didn't notice a huge difference this time around.

I think there may have been more casual/curious punters who wouldn't have been aware of it at the Royal Armouries.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Bolt-01 28 September, 2017, 04:34:16 PM
There were a fair few folk on the Sunday telling me they had either only got a Sunday ticket or just hadn't got round everything on the Saturday. Sales wise it was quieter for me on the Sunday than I thought it would be, but some folks I spoke to said that Sunday was just as good as Sat. You can never really tell.
: Re: Thought Bubble 2017 - 23rd and 24th September 2017.
: Steve Green 28 September, 2017, 09:06:27 PM
I've uploaded the panel - didn't have much time to set up so the sound is a bit variable, but hopefully OKish.

https://youtu.be/8zUMtWZ1vuY (https://youtu.be/8zUMtWZ1vuY)