At events like San Diego Comic-Con, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” can easily fill the legendary Hall H in mere moments, but not everyone gets to attend. There are book signings for the literary devotees, and there are panels and screenings scattered throughout the year at different events, but one company feels that GoT deserves a convention all its own. Behold A Con of Ice and Fire.
Now after six seasons as one of the highest-rated television series in history, “Game of Thrones” will get that event. The Con will feature three days of programming, including panels, performances, workshops, keynotes, autograph and photo opportunities, concerts, meet-and-greets, Q&As and an Ice and Fire Marketplace where fans will find one of the largest selections of “Game of Thrones” merchandise and memorabilia from vendors and exhibitors from around the world.
The event will be presented by Watchers on the Wall, the largest “Game of Thrones” fan site; Game of Owns, the leading fan podcast; and Mischief Management, organizers of such fan events as BroadwayCon, LeakyCon and GeekyCon.
“This will be a celebration of all George R.R. Martin has given to the world and what HBO and we the people have created because of it,” said Zack Luye, co-director of Watchers on the Wall and Game of Owns. “The event will be led by die-hard fans of the series and no detail will go unnoticed; the time is right to celebrate with the people who love ‘Game of Thrones’ most.”
The George R.R. Martin book series has sold more than 60 million copies worldwide since the first volume, “A Game of Thrones,” was published in 1996. The HBO series based on the books attracts an estimated 10 million viewers every week making it one of the most-watched programs on television.
“A Con of Ice and Fire will be fan-driven with compelling programming and events that will celebrate and perpetuate this phenomenon,” said Melissa Anelli, co-executive director of Mischief Management. “In addition to a full schedule of programming, the event will bring the ‘Game of Thrones’ community together under one roof in a positive environment where people can connect with one another and share their common interests.”