I visited Thought Bubble 2019 – Thought Bubble is the Yorkshire Comics Convention. I admit this was my first comics convention (ever), and I was unsure what to expect. But is was a load of Funs. All the Funs. As in, I haven’t had this many Funs for ages.

Above, you will see the smaller of the halls – the event was amazing in all fairness – I have been warned by people who do not know much that comics are all about super-heroes. Thankfully, there was not many Hollywood led comics there – yes, there was the odd 2000AD Comic reference, but it was all tastefully done. I was there for the independent zines and underground press with this lady…

Kathryn seemed to enjoy herself immensely. The highlight of Kathryn’s day was meeting Kim-Joy the baker and getting a book signed by her. See the photo below.

Kim-Joy took it all in her stride, as did Kathryn. It was great for Kathryn to meet his hero and I took a heap of photos but not all of them worked out.

And we got royally drunk afterwards.

As Scooby said – some days Life tastes sweet” and it did today. We were celebrating art and artists. We gave our money direct to the artists who made the works we liked. I bought too many comics. Between the four of us we spent just over £300. But is was all good stuff.

Has Thought Bubble fitted in to Harrogate? I am unsure. But we welcomed them with open arms. What I will say is that Harrogate Council bent over backwards to accommodate Thought Bubble. We are, after all, a conference town. Did we live up to expectations for the artists? I am unsure? But I had heard of some stalls making back their fee within three hours of opening. Did we live up to expectations for the organisers? I am unsure. Did Thought Bubble live up to expectations for the locals? If I am a local -then- damn, yes! It was amazing and I hope they come here again. All the Funs were had.

Andrew

Andrew Backhouse is a Yorkshire-based artist working with time-based media and digital collage. He is a self-confessed radio geek and he hopes to share his wonder. He also wants to share his naivety and enthusiasm for finding something interesting. Henri Chopin, AGF, and RuPaul influence Andrew’s artistic enquiry. Documenting “The new shiny thing,” Andrew tries to share his excitement for it. But, he also asks about its authenticity and worth.

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