Written by Tim Midura
on Thursday, November 07 2013 and posted in Reviews
Thought Bubble teams up with Image Comics once again to support Barnados children's charity.
For the last three years, Thought Bubble, the UK’s largest annual celebration of sequential art, has released an anthology showcasing some of comics’ A-list talent, indie creators and winners of its comic art competition, with this year’s being Thought Bubble Comic Anthology 2013. This year’s A-listers include Richard Starkings, Cameron Stewart and Brandon Graham with all proceeds going to Barnados, a British charity for children and young people, which provides education, and support for fostering and adoption.
The first four stories are actually two split stories. The first two are a crossover between Judge Dredd and Elephantmen, with the first being written by Starkings and drawn by Boo Cook, while the second is a pinup from Carlos Ezquerra. The second pair are a funny noir tale from Stewart and Graham. Entitled One Night in Comicolopis, it is jam-packed with humorous references to comics’ jargon. Another standout story is Hey You by Dan Berry, which is a funny take on the monster living under your bed. In Rain Falling Like Hammers, written by Lee Barnett with pictures by Oliver Redding, the art is unique as its colored pencil, which adds a different texture than that of most comics. Sanctuary by Tom Humberstone is great as it is informative about the UK’s right to seek asylum. It’s rare that a comic takes on a topic as serious as this. Clark Burscough and Adam Cadwell’s Prey is a one-page sci-fi/fantasy story with art reminiscent of Graham’s run on Prophet. Perry Bible Fellowship’s Nicholas Gurewitch has a page entitled The Drift about Pangaea and fart jokes.
I rather enjoyed that Thought Bubble included last year’s contest winners as well. The second place winner in the 18+ category was Mittens, by Emily Kimbell, a sad story about a little Eskimo meeting a mermaid, with cute, Disney-esque art. For the under-18 category, I liked the first place winner, Darren’s Dentist of Doom, by Jack Land, which ends on a funny pun.
The last story is I Wanted To Be A Teenage Morpheus by Jeffrey Brown, who I know from the adorable Star Wars: Darth Vader and Son, is a short comic about wanting to be a famous cartoonist but instead becoming himself. This is a great fit for a book of independent and aspiring comic book writers and artists.
Thought Bubble, in conjunction with Image Comics, is doing something remarkable here. It’s available in shops now, so why not get a quality book and support a great cause such as youth justice, child poverty and asylum-seeking children while you’re at it?
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