A Visit to Thought Bubble 2021 – and why it’s better than comic-con 1983!
Article by Aidan Parr A few years ago I started selling some of my old comics at events and markets. That eventually evolved into Chaotic Comics & Crafts, where I sell some old back-issues, a lot of graphic novels, art from friends, and some books that I've written and self-published. I’m usually to be found doing this somewhere around Nottingham, Loughborough, or Derby, but sometimes further afield too. I’ve enjoyed comics in all their variety since I was a kid, but I haven’t actually been to a comic convention since 1983. There are probably good reasons for that! In those days it was very much targeted at white males in their teens to mid-twenties: very earnest comics fans who got together to talk comics, meet writers and artists, and follow them around all day. Back then Marvel, DC, and 2000AD dominated. What I probably didn’t enjoy so much was all the seriousness and a feeling that it was some sort of fraternity that only the few could join. There were a few good-quality fa