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The Wednesday Waffle - Issue 45: Bubbling up!

It's coming baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The UK's best comic con returns to Harrogate in November. Here's why we're excited...

If you attended the 2019 event you already know what an astonishingly positive weekend the con is. I have never once experienced a more joyful, creative, welcoming atmosphere than at Thought Bubble.

The reason, I suppose, is simple. Everybody there, be they a vendor, and exhibitor, a guest or an attendee, is there pursuing something that they love. Everybody is in their happy place, and it shows. Besides, you're basically in a massive room with more than 10,000 other people who love comics, and for the most part, people who are into comics tend to be nice people...

Tickets are already on sale through the Thought Bubble website (click the link here to go to the tickets page) and we hope to be selling them through the shop in due course.

But you need more than just "it's an enjoyable weekend and you'll meet some nice peple" to be thinking of putting the date in your diary this far in advance. So let's take a look at some of the other attractions...

First up, let's check out the initial guest list - and remember this is just the start. Many, many more guests will be added in the weeks and months to come, but my goodness they're already off to an amazing start. Guests already include:

Joe Hill

Hill isn't quite a household name like his dad Stephen King - at least not yet, but we reckon it's only a matter of time.

Like his dad, Hill is a novelist with titles like Horns, Hear-Shaped Box and NOS4A2 to his name. He's also the man most likely to win a Stephen King look-alike contest. Seriously. We're using this photo of him here becasue it's the only one we could find that wouldn't make you go "hang on, that's a young Stephen King!"

Much as we love his novels, however (and we really do - you might want to nip over to see our friends at Imagined Things and check them out) he's not coming to Thought Bubble because of his novels. He's coming because he's also an outrageously talented and award winning comics writer.

Hill is perhaps best known in the comics world for the interdimensional horror series Locke and Key - which is soon to be a Netflix show and which won British Fantasy Awards in 2009 and in 2012, and snagged an Eisner Award, the most prestigious award in comics, in 2012.

Currently Hill is also curating the pop up horror comics imprint "Hill House Comics" for DC - which is worth checking out if you're a horror fan, and writing the hard-boiled thriller Dying is Easy, featuring disgraced cop turned unsuccessful stand-up comedian Syd Holmes.

You are absolutely going to want to check out Hill's work if you haven't already - and you certainly want to check out Locke and Key before you watch it on Netflix.

Hill will be doing some sig