FTN at TitanCon 2012-09-26
Greetings once again my fellow Nerds and Nerdettes from TitanCon, which was held at The Europa Hotel, Belfast (oh, and this year it wasn’t raining!) on September 26th, 2012.
It was an early start as registration started from 9am, which gave everyone plenty of time to read the schedule for the day, have a browse at the guest list and also get familiar of where the different events would be held throughout the day.
We started off the morning with the introductions to the hosts of TitanCon, followed by the guests from Game of Thrones, literary guests, production crew and also a list of who would be appearing throughout the day.
TitanCon is primarily a convention for everyone with an interest in anything from Game of Thrones, costumes and art, table-top gaming, and fans of literature from the world of science fiction and fantasy. One of the most appealing aspects of TitanCon is that throughout the entire day there are various workshops and talks, not to mention displays and guest photographs and signings.
With introductions made, attendees were given a real insight to the cast and work that goes into Game of Thrones. There were talks held by Ron Donachie (Ser Rodrik Cassel), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), Ian McElhinney (Barristan Selmy), pictured with FTN’s Big Phil above, Aimee Richardson (Myrcella Baratheon), Callum Wharry (Tommen Baratheon), William Simpson (Storyboard artist) and Emma Andrews (Wardrobe Department).
These informal talks were gold for fans of the television series as they offered the attendees little titbits of knowledge that you would never hear about otherwise, not even on an audio extras track of a DVD. Though, they were careful NOT to mention too much of what might be in store for season 3 and beyond.
With so many events taking place throughout the day, it was impossible to attend everything, which for fans is a dream and a nightmare. The whole excitement of these conventions is that you have to chose which segment you want to attend and with the entire day filled with talks, demonstrations and other exciting going-ons, you are bound to have tough choices to make.
Later that morning there was a terrific display of “Water Dancing” by Miltos Yerolemou, which had fans applauding with delight, and a few jealous eyes too. Later in the afternoon there was a mixed martial arts display that also used swords and this too had attendees applauding. For those who were attending for the literally talks, they were not disappointed. With talks and discussions on featuring authors Ruth Frances, Ian McDonald, Leaigh Bardugo and Colin Tate to name but a few, their insight was truly invaluable.
Also taking place were various table-top games such as Guards, Guards!, the much publicised game based on characters created by Terry Pratchet from our friends at Backspindle Games. There was also a very scientific experiment being carried out by Sensum measuring heartbeats and reactions to visual stimuli. Now this I had to take part in, and the results were quite astonishing when I watched the trailers for the Star Wars Trilogy, especially when a certain Princess appeared on screen! Be still my beating heart…
The afternoon passed as quickly as the morning with more talks, gaming and a special screening of the locally filmed web series The Clandestine, followed by a Q&A with the cast and Producer.
All in all, this was a fantastic event and it was great to see some familiar faces there, not to mention the many happy smiling folks who travelled from afar to be there (there were fans from USA, Germany and other parts of Europe). Thanks to all of the organisers, volunteers, guests and attendees for making this one of my most memorable cons.
Winter may indeed be coming, but I can’t wait for this event to be held again next year!