Thursday, 22 November 2012

Nic's Sticky Notes: Thought Bubble 2012

Once again, Thought Bubble proved why it is the premier convention in the UK and the perfect gateway to the holiday season.

So many people meeting up to share a love of comics is a wonderful thing to behold and the atmosphere is always fantastic - welcoming, friendly and inclusive. We made lots of new friends, caught up with all the old ones and sadly missed the ones who couldn't be there this year.

So, on to business.

This was our stand before the convention doors opened, complete with lovely new banner.

Those sticky blisterman eyeball sweets did not last long - neither did those piles of books!
Cancertown 2: Blasphemous Tumours had its launch at the show this year and what a launch it was, selling out of all the stock we had well before the end of the event. Luckily, we now have our very own Comicsy shop so the people who came back to the table hoping to get books on Sunday did not have to go away disappointed, even though there were no books left!

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the books and came by the table to talk about them. It's still slightly unbelievable that they exist out in the real world where people have read them!

Pete Mason, colourist extraordinaire, made his convention debut on the creative side of the table and was loved by one and all who met him.

Graeme Howard is selling the original art pages from the book and you can contact him through his blog.

Unseen Shadows: Tales Of The Forgotten was also launching and our table was in a row with several other creators on the book, which was great for signing and sketching, and possibly slightly overwhelming for anyone who bought the book!

The team were on a panel on Sunday looking back over the first year of this mind blowing experiment in transmedia storytelling and collaborative creation.

Several new Unseen Shadows project were announced including Blood Cries Out, a full length Reverend graphic novel from the same team that brought you Wrath Of God.

If you weren't there you can watch the whole thing right here (with Corey Brotherson, Cy Dethan, Barry Nugent and Richmond Clements, hosted by Yomi Ayeni):

Even more plans were hatched for future Unseeen Shadows projects that night, so watch this space!

We got our hands on the Porcelain preview  (by Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose) from Improper Books, which is stunning. This is definitely a must buy when it comes out. Judging by the excitement on the day it's going to be a huge success.

The hotly anticipated Moon 2 (by Dan Thompson and Steve Penfold) was on sale for the first time, so we snaffled one of those up as quickly as possible. If you haven't read Moon yet, then sort that our immediately!

Storm Dogs, the new series from David Hine and Doug Braithwaite was also one of the first things into the bag, and I am not sure how we are going to wait until the next one.

In the Royal Armouries Hall, we had a long chat with the team responsible for the wonder that is Clockwork Watch. It is an incredibly interesting experiment in immersive participatory storytelling set in a retro-futuristic world where various narrative media cross over with real world events, and is helmed by Yomi Ayeni. If you want to read all about it or, even better, get involved, head over to their website for more details.

One of my favourite little gems of the entire con was a tiny mini comic called Trevor The Ant's Enormous Escapades In Time by Dan Fish. It is a little piece of perfection.

Although I didn't get to see David Wynne in person all weekend as we were glued to our respective tables, he sent me over a beautiful Frankenstein print. You should check out his work and buy one!

You should check out some of the lovely new work from Disconnected Press, too, and don't forget to check out writer Lizzie Boyle's short prose stories, they are great. I already began the pestering campaign to get them collected in print. Join me!

Congratulations to all the new British Comics Awards winners (and judges and organisers) it was a great list and shows the wealth of talent we are lucky to have in our chosen medium.

We heard about and saw so many interesting projects it's impossible to list them all, but the creativity and diversity on display is tremendously inspiring.

On the weary Sunday night, the con was perfectly ended with Richmond Clements, Lizzie and Conor Boyle, Dion Winton-Polack and Vicky Stonebridge. I think we laughed more than is healthy and it was not all mad hysteria.

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