UK's biggest comic fest is coming to Harrogate again in fantastic coup

It's back! Thought Bubble, the UK’s largest comic art festival, is set to return to the Harrogate Convention Centre after its director described the 2019 event in Harrogate as their best-ever.

By Graham Chalmers
Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 2:11 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 2:11 pm
Flashback to last year's Thought Bubble Festival.
Flashback to last year's Thought Bubble Festival.

Thought Bubble director Lisa Wood said: Lisa Wood said: “Of the 13 editions of Thought Bubble we’ve presented, last year’s event, our first in Harrogate, was by far our best to date.

“Harrogate truly does feel like home and we’re really thrilled to be returning here.”

Taking place from November 9-15 2020, the award-winning festival will include an eclectic series of events, workshops, exhibitions and installations across Yorkshire.

The festival will culminate in a huge comic con at the Harrogate Convention Centre on 14th and 15th, where they will host over 450+ of the best comic artists, writers, publishers and retailers alongside more than 70 special guests from across the world.

Paula Lorimer, director of Harrogate Convention Centre, said Thought Bubble festival was clearly something the whole town had got behind on 2019 and this year it would be even better.

She said: “It was fantastic to see thousands of comic fans and artists in Harrogate last year, so I’m over the moon to confirm the event is returning this year.

“I’m encouraged because it’s not just Harrogate Convention Centre which has embraced the event, but the whole town.

"I know the Mercer Gallery also has some exciting plans to expand on what they did last year. Everything is looking good for a brilliant 2020 for Thought Bubble.”

The first announcement of this year’s Thought Bubble’s line-up includes acclaimed Eisner Award winning American author & comic writer Joe Hill, who has created the hotly-anticipated Lock & Key series due to hit Netflix in February as well as Canadian artist and writer Chip Zdarsky, who has worked on multiple Spiderman projects.

Founded by acclaimed comic artist Lisa Wood (aka Tula Lotay) in 2007, Thought Bubble initially took place in the basement of Leeds Town Hall.

Over the years the festival has grown massively and thanks to an unerring focus on comic art and a desire to push the industry to create more inclusive and diverse spaces, they have become one of the most important events for artists, writers and fans all across the world.

After over a decade in their beloved Leeds, in 2019 Thought Bubble took the decision to relocate their comic con to the massive Harrogate Convention Centre, just North of their West Yorkshire home, the move proved to be a resounding success with an estimated footfall of 15,000 visitors across the weekend alone for one their biggest festivals yet.



9th – 15th NOVEMBER 2020


14th – 15th NOVEMBER 2020



2020 guests so far

Joe Hill

Chip Zdarsky

G Willow Wilson

Ronald Wimbley

Sara Alfageeh

Babs Tarr

Rafael Albuquerque

Emma Rios

More guests, events & exhibitors TBA.