Live Blog: Thought Bubble 2012

* Well, to start off the day in a bit of a rush, the taxi was 20 minutes late from my student accommodation, therefore  we have now missed the Women In Comics panel which is very annoying as I wanted to see this panel the most out of all the ones I have scheduled for today! Despite this, we do have 50 mins until 2000 AD Artwork Judging panel, so at the moment we are browsing through the main hall and looking at the artsits drawing and merchandise stalls. I am very tempted to spend money I don’t have, especially I have just seen a collection of The Darkness comics that I have been searching for ages! At times like this, I really do wish I wasn’t a student with such low funds…

*2000AD Artwork Judging Panel – Its a really interesting and informative panel for upcoming artists. The idea behind this panel is that over the past few weeks comic artists have been given a script from a 2000 AD story to interpret in their own unique visual style. The winner of this competition gets to illustrate this particular story for an issue of 2000 AD which, ideally, is their foot in the door for being a successful comic book artist. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a real showcase of their work (which, I must say I’m very jealous of!).

*2000AD Artwork Judging Panel-The panel is giving a real in-depth critique of everything comic artist related. There is some really imaginative work  here that ranges from classic 2000 AD style to more modern artwork styles.

*There are some pictures below of some of the candidates work:

First Candidate for 2000 AD Competition
First Candidate for 2000 AD Competition
Second candidate, I really like his use of colour in this shot. Particularly as many of the artists chose to ignore colour completely so it is a nice alternative.
Second candidate, I really like his use of colour in this shot. Particularly as many of the artists chose to ignore colour completely so it is a nice alternative.
This panel was drawn by an artist (standing on the left)  who came second in the competition last year.
This panel was drawn by an artist (standing on the left) who came second in the competition last year.
The last hopeful of the competition, the panel are amazed by this artists work and quite rightly so! Possibly the best out of the bunch.
The last hopeful of the competition, the panel are amazed by this artists work and quite rightly so! Possibly the best out of the bunch.

*2000AD Artwork Judging Panel-My favourite so far is  a tie between the artist who came 2nd last year the last one pictured above.  Both have done some interesting angles which shows the narrative perfectly.  Although I like the colour panels , I much prefer the black and white ones as they stay true to the style of 2000 AD; I feel that the colour ones tend to look too modern and don’t stand out as much.

*2000AD Artwork Judging Panel- Its announcement time! After much deliberation by the judges, all agree that the last two hopefuls pictures above should win. However, as the presenter jokingly keeps saying that there can only be one winner, all judges feel that the last artist to present has a more edgy and individual look to his work and so feel that he should have the honor of drawing for 2000 AD. It was a close call, but personally I agree with the judges, the last artist has an effortless element to his work and it looks simply beautiful! Well done to all that took part, you all deserved to be picked!

*Stalls in Main Halls– The stalls in the main hall range vastly from selling merchandise (figures, statues, posters etc) both rare and common, comics ( Both indie + mainstream), and also contain well-established artists demonstrating their artwork with portfolios and live drawings. Have bought from a number of stalls that include Lucky Target Comics, Ok Comics and was very surprised to see that they even had a stall selling rare Play Art Kai figures. Below are a few pictures of what I (naughtily) decided to buy:

Left to Right: House of M comic, Joker t-shirt and Free Agvengers Comic.
Left to Right: House of M comic, Joker t-shirt and Free Agvengers Comic.
Infinite Crisis, The Punisher and 2 Xmen Comics
Infinite Crisis, The Punisher and 2 Xmen Comics

* I have been looking on websites such as Twitter and Youtube on my new smartphone and have come across from pretty interesting tweets and videos from both the artists featured and attendees. Its nice to see that there is a real sense of community at this convention, it feel somewhat similar to what I imagine the early Comic Cons were like.

Tweets

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Steve Tanner Interview.

*We have now decided that we will que for the Cosplay Panel early as we have heard that this is a very popular panel that will fill up fast. Already outside with easily 50 cosplayers eagerly waiting in line for this event, we have to stand at the back unfortunately as they will have to let all registered cosplayers in first. The costumes look simply amazing, its great to see that a lot of effort has gone in to these costumes and that there are so many different characters being represented.

* Cosplay Masquerade 2012- The Cosplay Masquerade is a lot like the one that is featured at the bigger comic conventions in San Diego and New York. The idea is that the characters being portrayed are to be judged not only on accuracy of the costume, but also how well they embody these characters and present themselves to the audience and the judges. The winner will get a variety of merchandise in reward for there time and effort of creating their costume and portraying the character accurately.

Here is a set of pictures of what I feel are some of the best costumes and characters of the masquerade:

Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead.
Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead.
Conner from Assassin's Creed 3
Conner from Assassin’s Creed 3
Bane from Batman:The Dark Knight Rises.
Bane from Batman:The Dark Knight Rises.
Hawke from Dragon Age 2
Hawke from Dragon Age 2
Judge Dredd from the 2000AD comic Judge Dredd.
Judge Dredd from the 2000AD comic Judge Dredd.
Scarecrow from Batman:Arkham Asylum
Scarecrow from Batman:Arkham Asylum
Harley Quinn from Batman: Arkham City and The Joker from Batman:The Dark Knight.
Harley Quinn from Batman: Arkham City and The Joker from Batman:The Dark Knight.
Agent Venom from Secret Avengers.
Agent Venom from Secret Avengers.
The Joker from Batman.
The Joker from Batman.
The Borg from Star Trek.
The Borg from Star Trek.
Poison ivy from Batman.
Poison ivy from Batman.
Probably an unlikely pairing of Marvel and DC characters, however this is a shot of Deadpool surprising his girlfriend Poison Ivy with a proposal to which she gladly accepts. Who says Geek romance is dead?!
Probably an unlikely pairing of Marvel and DC characters, however this is a shot of Deadpool surprising his girlfriend Poison Ivy with a proposal to which she gladly accepts. Who says Geek romance is dead?!
And finally Catwoman from Batman:The Dark Knight Rises.
And finally Catwoman from Batman:The Dark Knight Rises.

* At the moment the judges are deliberating who out of the Cosplayers will receive the top 4 places and win ultimately win prizes. I personally think that the best outfits are the classic Joker and the Borg from Star Trek. I also really like the kid who’s dressed as Judge Dredd, I think its nice to see younger people getting in to comics, especially something as obscure as Judge Dredd as its pretty gruesome with its content.

*The judges have decided who they feel should win the Cosplay prizes. In 4th place is the boy dressed as Judge Dredd

Judge Dredd recieving his prize from award giver Tank Girl.
Judge Dredd recieving his prize from award giver Tank Girl.

*In 3rd place is Agent Venom.

Agent Venom in 3rd place.
Agent Venom in 3rd place.

*In second place is Classic Joker.

Classic Joker in 2nd place.
Classic Joker in 2nd place.

*And finally the winner of the Cosplay Masquerade is Hawke from Dragon Age 2.

Hawke receiving 1st place in Cosplay Masquerade.
Hawke receiving 1st place in Cosplay Masquerade.
The top 4 Cosplayers pose for pictures from the crowd. Well Done to all those who took part.
The top 4 Cosplayers pose for pictures from the crowd. Well Done to all those who took part.

*Now that the Cosplay has finished, as it is the last event of the day all the stalls and attendees are going home. Overall I’ve had an excellent time at the Thought Bubble Festival and I will definitely be coming along to the next one. I feel that its a great festival for those who really love art and comics, its nice to attend something that doesn’t have the same amount of hype and Comic Con and it stays true to its comic roots. However, now it is time to go home!

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