Who We Are


Thought Bubble is the UK's largest comic art festival; a week long celebration of comics, illustration, animation and more. Whether you're a longtime fan of comic art or have never picked up a graphic novel before; Thought Bubble is for you!

Thought Bubble is unique among comic festivals by keeping creators as its focus; the work and the people that inspire our cultural landscape. You won't find another event like us. 

Thought Bubble started life in November 2007 as a one day event, created by renowned comic artist Tula Lotay, which took place in the basement of Leeds Town Hall.

From the very beginning our ethos has been to celebrate comics and the people who make them; the work and creators who inspire our cultural landscape. This concentration on comics themselves makes Thought Bubble a unique kind of festival and especially loved by comic creators, leading to a consistently high calibre of talent at our annual convention.

Since our humble beginnings, Thought Bubble has gone from strength to strength, with an unparalleled reputation and a growth built primarily on word of mouth and a deep love of comics and the people who make them. Now the event has grown to a huge week long festival and attracts thousands of attendees and guests from around the world.

Lisa Wood


Martha Julian


Nabil Homsi

Assistant Director

Steve Emmott

Operations Manager

Amy Bellwood

Sponsorship & funding manager

Chloe Green

Festival Administrator

Billie Keating

Marketing Coordinator

Pete Gorbert

Volunteer Coordinator

Michael Bennett

Convention Coordinator

+ we love you always and forever Clark Burscough & Bis Stringer Horne!

(former Assistant Director + Festival Manager, respectively)


And with thanks to Travelling Man who has supported us since day one!

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Photos on this site are by: Kate Broughton, Proud Fox Creative, Howie Hill, Humans of Leeds & Warehouse606. Film is individually credited.

This year’s festival image is by Mingjue Helen Chen

Website design by Bis Stringer Horne