Post Thought Bubble waffle.

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TB 2018 train of thought post, so apologies if I miss anything significant or indeed get stuff backwards.

This year it was just myself (hello) running the table. Richmond wasn’t able to make it and Owen was fresh back from a holiday- not exactly a situation that lends itself to attending Thought Bubble. However, as Nano-Bolt was volunteering again as a Redshirt we needed to make a weekend of it so we went up on the Friday.

We had a cracking burger in ‘Almost Famous’ which was just across from the convention area and then retired for an early night. The redshirts had to be on shift for 7am on the Saturday.
FQP were in the originals marquee this year, not the big comiXology one. After a few concerns about being in a different part of the show I just got on with setting up and seeing who was nearby.

I was delighted to be next to Conor & Liz off of Disconnected press. Conor had a pile of Hookjaw pages with him and it was a delight to see such a talented artist working. It was fantastic to spend time with Conor & Liz- long time friends that I rarely get to spend much time with.

It really makes a difference when you know the exhibitors in your area. Thought Bubble is such a massive gig these days that it must be a nightmare trying to balance the types of exhibitors with guests in any area. I knew a few other folk nearby, which gives another idea of the scale of things. I’ve exhibited every years since either 2008 or 2009 (back when TB was a one-day gig in the armories and didn’t fill the venue!) so I was taken aback to meet folk who had been around just as long and we had never met before.

Anyway- the doors opened and the day began. The way the marquee was designed meant that my table was the first to be seen by all the visitors, so it was with a cheery ‘welcome to Thought Bubble’ that I started my day.

I got to see three of the sets of pages for the art comp this year- and the artists of two of which were definitely good enough to get SP work from me. The ultimate winner was, from my memory, not an artist I’ve met- so I’ve lost my run of successful droid conversions. It was a grand script though. At first glance quite straightforward, but there was some tricky storytelling required.

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I was chuffed to bits to get to meet the winner of the pitchfest- especially as he’s got a strip in the latest Something Wicked (though he was first published in the Psychedelic Journal- grand work Owen) and he’s made the trip all the way over from Florida in the USA and was in the grip of jetlag!

Unfortunately there were far too many friends that didn’t make it- though it was grand to catch up with folk and to meet up again with so many contributors that my feeble mind can no longer individualise them.

I did manage brief chats with Nigel dobbyn, D’israeli and Frazer Irving, all lovely gentlemen.

Both days were grand, with the Sunday being considerably busier than I expected and as usual I never got to explore the event anything like as much as I would. There was some superb cosplay on show, from a cardboard Thanos to Delores Umbridge.

I was asked to provide art on a sketch cover for a Punisher comic- which was daunting- as anyone who’s seen me work knows I’m used to being able to redraw as much as I like- having a single chance to get this right was a bit of and EEK! There is a photo of the finished piece on my Instagram- that you can see on the right somewhere…

Two surprises came right at the end of the Sunday; both of which were due to Nano-Bolt being on team Redshirt. The first was getting to see American artist Brian Stelfreeze stay for almost an hour after closing to complete a commission for a visitor. A stunning, full colour rendition of Dagger, from Cloak and…, was the work in question and Brian was happy to work to the crowd. The second came after helping team redshirt with the incredible task of cleaning up ready for the marquee’s being dismantled… I was given a redshirt of my own and invited to join them for the team meal.

As an exhibitor who has long admired the team of volunteers who give up their weekend to look after us all, this was a real moment.

If anyone reading this has not been to Thought Bubble- fix that next year. It really is the best gig in the country.

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Thought Bubble Exclusive Discount!

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Exactly as is appears above. Each of the comics above retail for £6.50 and that is extremely good value for almost 100 pages of top quality thrills, but for this weekend only I’m letting them go for a ridiculous £10.00 for two.

That is saving you the cost of an issue of Zarjaz or Dogbreath!

Note that copies are limited, so if you want to take advantage of this don’t wait till Sunday.

Thought Bubble 2018

 

Well, it is almost time for my favourite gig of the year, Thought Bubble!

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As usual we’ll have a table heaving with the finest comics we have to offer, and the latest issues of FutureQuake, Something Wicked, Dogbreath and Zarjaz as well as a limited number of copies of the classic Neroy Sphinx collection.

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Table from a couple of years back…

This year we are in the ‘Originals Marquee’ situated on Cookridge Street. We are at Table number 01, and we are next door to the lovely folk from Disconnected Press.

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If you take a gander at the rather huge list of exhibitors you will notice that we are in pretty good company this year, so here’s hoping for a successful convention.

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Remember, that many of the past winners of the 2000 AD writing and art competition have been published extensively in FQP books, so if you are wanting to see who is going to be a start next year, you need to be reading these books.

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As usual the Gronk will be with me, ensuring that any and all medical emergencies are covered and remember that all sales that reach over £10 earth money will be able to choose from a selection of sketches that will be available (examples of which are over on the Instagram)

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Drop by, say hi and treat yourself to the finest selection of Small Press comics around!

Something Wicked 2018

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Art by Matt Sandbrook

Available now from The FQP Shop, Something Wicked features a cover by Matt Sandbrook alongside the strips:

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A New Hobby by writer Sam Bayley and artist Simon Bennett Hayes.

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A Terrible Thing by writer Billy Peery and artist Anthony Odonnell

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Beneath the Ice by writer Karl Brandt and artist Aaron Miller

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Best Mate Archie by writer Ian Sherred and artist Thodoris Laourdekis

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Blessed Phantoms by writer Alec Robertson and artist Chris Geary

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Chit Chat Chum by writer Nick Bryan and artist Mike Walters

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Dog Fight by writer George White and artist Kristian Carstensen

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Home Again by writer PL Woods and artist Jerome Canty

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Hush A Bye, Baby by writer N Tomasiello and artist Richard Waugh

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In the Basement by writer Jonathan Stevenson and artist Pete Woods

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Jigsaw by writer Jonathan Stevenson and artist Danos Philopoulos

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The Law of the tongue by writer Karl Brandt and artist Jerome Canty

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Mommy’s Little Angel by writer Tim West and artist Robomonkey147

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Nevermore by writer Andrej Bunjac and artist Anthony O’Donnell

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Possessed by writer Iten and artist Carlos Angeli

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Rolling Dark by writer Micheal Norwitz and artist EdNorden

Ed also does the letters for this strip, not Bolt-01 as it says on the introduction page.

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Tethered by writer Micheal J Lyle and artist Denis Vermesse

 

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The Childermass Effect by writer David Conway and artist Lucas Peverill

 

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The Dabbler by writer Chris Tresson and artist Matt Sandbrook (Coverstrip!)

TheHouse-Blog

The House by writer Daniel Bell and artist Ken Best

 

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The Hyena by writer Karl Brandt and artist Brett Burbridge

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The Most Beautiful Bird by writer Carlos Pozo and artist Martina Marzullo

 

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The Perfect Man by writer Paul Goodenough and artist Denis Vermesse.

 

This issue will also be the centrepiece of the FQP table at this years Thought Bubble convention in Leeds over the weekend of 22-23 September.

Something Wicked 2018- cover

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Cover art by Matt Sandbrook

Following on from a burst of activity over on Th’Insta, here is a look at the full cover for Something Wicked 2018 by the talented Matt Sandbrook.

The issue will be on sale on September 1st and for those who will be there the book will officially launch at Thought Bubble on Saturday 22nd.