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The indie comics circuit is in high action mode this month, as the crowd moves over to Leed in the UK for Thought Bubble, the UK’s largest comic art festival. This year’s special attraction is Warren Ellis, making his first comics fest appearance in 10 years. 

According to the PR more than 500 creators from around the globe will be convening. with events already underway. The comics festival itself takes place this weekend at the Leed City  Centre.

The event has grown by leaps and bounds in its 12 years and now takes over most of the center of town, in true CAF fashion. You can see the spectacular guest lists here, and the extensive events list here and the debuts here. With guests including Sean Phillips, Jamie McKelvie and many more from the UK scene, it’s as wide a show as  you’ll find in the UK all year.

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Heading up the festival’s guest programme is internationally acclaimed, award-winning comic writer, novelist and screenwriter Warren Ellis. With novels adapted into films such as Red, X-Men and Fantastic Four as well as the Netflix series Castlevania.  This will be Warren’s first UK comics festival appearance in 10 years, and the first where he’ll give the closing keynote lecture. Warren will be talking about the history of the comics form, his own history in comics as a writer and the future of the medium.

Almost a hundred incredible artists will join Ellis, flying in from all over the world to complete the stellar line-up. Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman), Carey Pietch (Adventure Zone: Here Be Gerblins), Leslie Hung (Snotgirl) and Victoria Ying (Frozen, Moana) are just a small selection of the incredible names that make up the list. Exhibitors include the Etherington Brothers, who are debuting their new book at the festival – made possible after the most successful comics Kickstarter of all time! Famed for their unique shows and their focus on engaging the next generation of young artists, Lorenzo and Robin Etherington have created award-winning comic book stories for Star Wars, Transformers and many more major film brands.

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