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The British Library is on the 2021 Thought Bubble Comics Pageant

by Ian Cooke, Head of Up to date British Publications, Stella Knowledge, Digital Curator and Kenn Taylor, Lead Cultural Producer (North).

Thought Bubble is the Yorkshire comedian artwork pageant, with occasions within the week beginning 8th November, and ending in a two day conference in Harrogate on 13- 14th November. The British Library shall be taking part in occasions and the conference itself, to speak about our comics collections, and comics within the 21st century.

Our occasions at Thought Bubble are a part of the Library’s rising cultural programme in Leeds and West Yorkshire, reflecting that the Library has had certainly one of its two websites at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire for the reason that Nineteen Sixties, which is residence to round 70% of our assortment.


Extracted image from The Legal Deposit and You Comic showing a crowded conference hall with stands showing comics from independent creators.

The Authorized Deposit and You, written and drawn by Olivia Hicks


We’ll be participating within the conference with our personal British Library stall, and inspiring comics creators to deposit copies of their comics with the Library, in order that they are often preserved and accessed as a part of our authorized deposit assortment of UK publishing. Thought Bubble is a good alternative for us to speak to impartial comics creators from throughout the UK, and discover out extra about new comics. It is vitally essential to us that these comics are included in our collections, as they replicate a range in expertise and expression that we would not discover out about in any other case.

If you're coming to Thought Bubble, you’ll have the ability to discover us within the Bubbleboy Corridor, tables 5-6. Our curators from Digital Scholarship, Up to date British Publications (together with our Internet Comedian Archive) and Arabic collections shall be there, and additionally, you will have the ability to discover out extra concerning the British Library in Yorkshire.

We're main a panel dialogue on modern UK comics, digital disruption and library collections of comics, which shall be at 12.30 on Saturday 13th November, in Panel Room B. We're actually happy to have an incredible line up of audio system, together with Comics Laureate Hannah Berry, Clockwork Watch creator  Yomi Ayeni, Sara Kenney (Inventive Director at Wowbagger Productions), and Comichaus founder Pete Genepool, be part of us to speak about how new practices and new applied sciences can affect library accumulating and guaranteeing inclusivity in our collections.   

Our Thought Bubble actions begin on the afternoon of Thursday eleventh November, at Leeds Central Library when digital curator Stella Knowledge and our Wikimedian in Residence Lucy Hinnie will lead a Comics Wikithon, the place individuals will discover ways to create, replace and enhance Wikipedia articles and Wikidata gadgets about UK comics and their creators. This can be a free occasion, however please guide upfront right here and take a look at this submit on our Digital Scholarship weblog for extra particulars.

We’re happy and enthusiastic to participate in Thought Bubble as a result of comics collections, and impartial and self-publishing matter to the British Library. We are able to solely construct these collections with the assist of creators and publishers. Festivals akin to Thought Bubble are an essential manner of discovering out concerning the unimaginable breadth of latest comics, and for speaking to creators.

If you're coming to the conference please cease by our stand and hearken to our panel, we’d like to see you there.           


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