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The Wednesday Waffle: Issue 41 - The Second Annual Saucer Awards

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!! Before we get started, we'd like to thank all of our customers for supporting Destination Venus through 2019, and all the comics creators, editors, printers and publishers who make comic stores possible. We know we wouldn't be here without you, and we're more grateful than we can ever possibly say.

But let's get on with the awards - welcome everybody to the Second Annual Saucer Awards the awards for the comics, writers, artists, characters and publishers that YOU, the Destination Venus customers voted the best in 2019. We're going to stick our logo ihn here, just so that the cimage for this blog entry doesn't give any spoilers:

Destination Venus Logo

And now, without further ado, let's get on with our first award of the evening:

BEST UK COMICS EVENT!

There were only two nominees in this category - The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal and The Thought Bubble Festival which has events across Yorkshire, but culminates in a two day comics convention in, um, Harrogate.

That being the case, given that most of the people voting on these awards are customers of a comic store in Harrogate we guess it's hardly surprising that the the 2019 Saucer Award for BEST UK COMICS EVENT goes to The Thought Bubble Festival!

It should be noted, however, that this is not mere favouritism. Thought Bubble is a remarkable event. It wasn't just in Harrogate - there were events in Leeds, and elsewhere in Yorkshire. It worked with Universities, Schools, Libraries and anyone else who wanted them to. The sheer scope of the festival's vision is breathtakingly ambitious.

From small beginnings in Leeds Town Hall to it's current county spanning presence Thought Bubble has grown into something truly unique. The focus is entirely on comics - if you want movie stars and the chance to sit on the big chair from Game of Thrones this is not the event for you - and it celebrates the medium in all its glorious variety.

Of course, if you attended Thought Bubble this year - or ever - you already know what we're talking about. We've been to a lot of conventions in our time, and we can say that TBubs has a different atmosphere and a different energy. It is the most positive, most creative, most joyful of any event we've ever experienced.

A huge congratulations to the entire Thought Bubble team - you're all pretty darned awesome!

Next up:

BEST LIMITED SERIES

This was a slightly more fiercely contested category, with three nominees in the running. We had the erotic thriller with anthropomorphic animals Unnatural - a concept which absolutely shouldn't work but really, really did, the Messiah/Superhero flat share sitcom Second Coming, which again really, really shouldn't have worked but is in fact tremendously respectful of scripture, hilarious and thought provoking and TV spin-off Stranger Things: Six.

All were great, but in the end there was a clear winner. The 2019 Saucer Award for BEST LIMITED SERIES goes to Second Coming