Sunday, 20 November 2011

Thought Bubble 2011

Thought Bubble, the wonderful big comic festival that happens in a city not too far away from where I live, has been going on this past week, and unlike last year I managed to stop bye and have a look!
I was a little worried I was going to miss out again, but my grant money finally came through a few days before! (it was only a few months late...)

There were quite a few artists there that I'm a huge fan of, and I'm incredibly pleased I got the chance to meet them!

Thought Bubble 7: I.N.J Culbard

The first person I met was the man behind the graphic novel adaptation of one of my all time favourite novels, At the Mountains of Madness by H.P Lovecraft.
I.N.J Culbart is a fantastic artist, and really seems to know what he is doing when it comes to converting classic tales into a comic format.
I asked him to sign my copy of the book and he was more than happy to oblige, not only that, he drew a frickin' amazing Cthulhu in there too! (which I managed to film for a little bit)



After that I got a chance to talk to Paul Duffield, the artist behind the amazing (and unfortunately now concluded) webcomic FreakAngels.

Thought Bubble 8: Paul Duffield

Unfortunately I didn't have anything of his I could get him to sign, but talking to him alone was amazing enough!
He really was a remarkably kind man, and he seemed very excited about his upcoming projects now that FreakAngels is over!
Thought Bubble 6: Paul Duffield

Next, I worked my way over to a table belonging to one Dan Berry!
I found out about Dan from listening to the Tim and Simon's Brain Spill podcast, and have since fallen in love with his work!
I've been really eager to get my hands on one of his comics, and finally had my chance!
Once again he was incredibly nice and did me a drawing inside that I managed to get a sneaky video of!
The comic I bought, After We Shot The Grizzly, is amazing too!
His art really is wonderful, and I'm regretting that I couldn't go back today and buy more!


Another man I got to meet when I was there was Antony Johnston, the writer for many things, including what is one of my favourite comic series, Wasteland!
He also wrote the fantastic video game Dead Space: Extraction as well as the comics and graphic novels based in the Dead Space universe (one of which I had him sign for me).
I would have preferred have him sign a copy of Wasteland for me, but I have the Apocalypse editions which are pretty darn big...

Thought Bubble 9: Antony Johnston

I had also been hoping to meet Ben Templesmith and Simone Lia, but unfortunately Templesmith couldn't make it to the con and Lia was exploring the con when I stopped by the table she would be at, but hopefully I'll have another chance to meet them some time in the future!

After meeting all the artists I had written down I just started to explore and came across quite a a few interesting tables, met quite a few interesting and bought quite a few lovely comics!


I recognised a few pieces of art from the Thought Bubble website that I had really liked, discovered the wonderful artist Joe List, and proceeded to purchase a comic form him.
I really like his art style, and he seems to do a lot of something I have been wanting to try out myself for a while, drawing characters in to photos and having them interact with the environment.
I also bought a very beautifully illustrated comic called Jellyfish Prince.
The only name the comic gives in Naniiebim, which upon googling I found was a deviantart page belonging to the artist!
Lastly I bought an awesome little comic about a Ninja Bunny!
I bought a book from the same artist a few years ago and the amount the art has improved since then is amazing!

That was all for me at Thought Bubble this year.
I took a few photos, but not too many as I didn't want to get in everybody's way in what was already a very crowded hall, but those I did take you can see on my Flickr account here!

All in all, very good time!
I really wish I had more opportunities to go to comic conventions like that, as I always enjoy the chance to see comics that I would never have heard of otherwise.

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