Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Catching up with Thought Bubble guest annoucements

I've fallen a little behind with the Thought Bubble announcements, so let's attempt to catch up with news of who's attending, as a whole host of guests have been added to the roster. You can catch up with the first wave of announcements here. The big news as I see it is the addition of French comics wizard, Boulet (aka Gilles Roussel), probably best known to UK/Canadian/US readers for his superb web-comic, Bouletcorp. This will mark Boulet's first appearance at Thought Bubble, and a rare attendance at a UK based festival/event. I've picked out some other names which stand out to me- (you can see the full list as it stands so far here).

  • Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman)
  • Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween, Dark Victory)
  • John Allison (Bad Machinery)
  • Isabel Greenberg (The Encyclopedia of Early Earth)
  • Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time -Larson had to bow out due to sickness last year) 
  • Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly)
  • Vanessa Del Ray (Hit)

Allison and Greenberg are both UK comics stars- one established, one rising, so it's nice to see them afforded guest status. I think I'm right in saying Sale's been a guest previously, although it will be Chiang's first time at the festival before, but they're the kind of popular, evergreen creators that fan will always be glad to see. I'm also really pleased to see Emma Rios and Vanessa Del Ray- Rios was at the festival last year, but I only got to meet her very briefly, and I imagine she'll be much more well-known to people with the success of Pretty Deadly, her Eisner-nominated book with Kelly Sue DeConnick. Del Ray is perhaps a newer name to people, but her art on titles such as Hit, has made a quick impression, and it's another testament to Thought Bubble that they're keeping an finger on the comics pulse, and giving that sort of opportunity to rising names. Other names in attendance include Sean Phillips, Ales Kot, Olly Moss, Andy Belanger, Adi Granov, Cameron Stewart, Kevin Tong, and more.

Meanwhile, the deadline to apply for tables for those wishing to exhibit has come and gone- I believe emails were beginning to be sent out to successful applicants on Monday, and it looks like great Swedish comics outfit, Peow Studio (of whom I'm a big fan), will be in attendance this year, too. unsuccessful applicants will be added to a reserves list, should any cancellations occur and spaces become available. There's a handy guide for exhibitors that covers travel, accommodation, and more, here. Six months to go, but time rolls around fast, my friends...