Britain’s biggest festival of comic book and graphic novel art pitched up their sizable marquees within Leeds city centre on the weekend of 22nd & 23rd September. Yes. Thought Bubble had come to town. We’ve been lucky and privileged to have worked with the Thought Bubble team over the past few years, seeking to make such a popular and busy event, more autism friendly. Comics and graphic novels can be a hugely expressive tool and at our own Monday art workshop, members have not only collaborated on a series of comics, but also been actively encouraged to develop their own work and ideas.
This year, we had the work of over twenty-five members available for viewing, either at our stall in Leeds City Museum, or on slide show display in Bub’s Lounge, the quiet, chillax space run in conjunction with Girl Gang Leeds.
As well as our Autism Bricks pieces to buy, we also had novels available for sale, plus lots of giveaways, with wristbands, autism friendly guide, ear plugs and our interactive Brain Worms to test visitors to our stall. Who was Spider-Man’s first super villain? Can you name seven Bruce Willis films where he doesn’t fire a gun?
We also went a little hi-tech with our broadcast associate, Guy Morgan, recording material for a podcast, about the importance of comics and graphic novels, plus how art can be a vital manner of expression for people with autism. Watch this space for the final cut.
It’s a collaborative effort to make all this happen, so at Thought Bubble, many thanks to Martha, Bis, Anna and Lisa. At Leeds City Museum, Esther, for providing space and efficient Emma, our on site volunteer co-ordinator. On the stall, thanks to those who helped out; Janice, Yusif, Gary, Abigail, James, Debs, Ben, Rob (twice), Beth, Laura (& Baby Groot) and Fiona. Ken for the top snaps. I hope I haven’t missed anyone out. Finally, for all the members who came along, a special big thanks.