Throne Con II - 25th-27th January 2013 - Radisson Blu
Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, London, UK
Another weekend, another convention. This
time, it was a celebration of the hit HBO series, Game
of Thrones. Based on the novels by George RR Martin,
Game of Thrones has taken the world by storm, bringing
the fantasy genre into homes and showing the world that
anyone can enjoy something that's not the "mainstream".
Con II, run by Starfury Events may have been one of the
smaller conventions you could attend, but it's
definitely one of the most enjoyable. And it's been
picked up for another year. Throne Con III anyone? And
will you pay the Gold, or the Iron price?
After the success of Throne Con I, where
ticket holders were given the chance to have autographs,
posed pictures and generally mingle with actors such as
Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), Rory McCann (Sandor
Clegane - The Hound), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark),
Roxanne McKee (Doreah - Daenerys' Handmaid), Josef Altin
(Pyp) and John Bradley-West (Samwell Tarly), Sean Harry
- Convention organiser extraordinaire pulled Throne Con
II out of the bag! As a massive fan of the show himself,
he knows exactly what people are looking for.
This years Throne Con had repeat
appearances from fan favourites, Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio
Forel), Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane - The Hound) and
Josef Altin (Pyp, though he could only come for the
saturday) who were of course a hit again, and newcomers
in the form of Kristian Nairn (Hodor?!) Gemma Whelan (Yara
Greyjoy), Finn Jones (Ser Loras Tyrell) and Daniel
Portman (Podrick Payne). This was the first weekend
event for some of these guys, and they really held up
well. We also found out who the party animals were!
In the usual convention way, Friday was
set for the opening ceremony, and then a themed party
afterwards. The guests were brought out one by one for a
quick hiya, to start the weekend, and walked then as a
group (though we had a quick appearance from a hound) to
rounds of applause.
For gold badge holders, it's time for the
Meet and Greet reception. In tables of 5-10, the guests
come one by one for a chat with your table, a quick
get-to-know-you-session. Now, you can ask them things
about the show, but i'd save that for the panels. Use
your time wisely in the meet and greet. To be honest, it
turns into a chat about anything, and it really gives
you a chance to know a wee bit more about the real
person beneath the character. I'd also recommend
something on the table as an icebreaker. We had shots,
another table had party poppers. At Throne Con I,
someone had jenga! The more you know!
Onto the parties. This is where you can
display your cosplays, or just be in awe of some of the
crazy skills some people have at making costumes. This
weekend had such a broad spectrum of costumes, and they
were so well done. Each party is themed, and there's one
each night of the convention. Our themes for this year
were - Beyond the Wall, Kings Name Day and Dothraki
Wedding. If you don't like dressing up, don't worry!
It's not compusary.
Everything ran fairly on time over the
weekend, Miltos was late for the opening ceremony, but
popped into the Gold Meet and Greet on time, and done
his rounds at the tables - so it really didn't matter.
What I was really impressed with was how
comfortable the actors were. At larger conventions you
can see them being shuttled around, hidden from the
public wherever possible, but for the most part, they
were milling around, jumping around at the parties in
Finn's case - running down hallways with his portable
speaker, chatting away, and the surprising blues
rendition at 2am in the bar on Sunday from Rory McCann,
and Daniel. Daniel really knows how to party. He could
even still be there. I guess what i'm trying to say, is
the benefit of it being a small convention is that it's
a bit more intimate. Imagine having your favourite actor
call you by name. It happens!
Saturday and Sunday during the day are
reserved for Q & A panels, where there's an open mic for
you to ask a guest what you really want to know, whether
it be about Kristian Nairn's hula hoop of truth, or "how
big" Finn and Rory's swords are, you're going to get an
answer. Unless it's about the upcoming season, no
Full of laughs, (especially in Gemma
Whelan's talk, who knew the woman behind tomboy Yara
Greyjoy was so feminine and hilarious?) and of course
Miltos and Josef gave a brilliant Q&A, in which we
discovered that Josef is the new Sean Bean. He dies in
everything else he's done. And of course, we can't
forget Rory's rendition of Hound Dog on the ukulele!
A costume competition followed on
Saturday, and more parties, and when the bar closed, we
were still there - still going strong.
If this has tempted you, Throne Con III
is in the works!
Keep and eye out here at the conguide,
and at http://www.seanharry.com/ for information on
Throne Con III and other events!
I suppose the real question is: Will you
pay the Gold or the Iron price?
Written: Suzanne Brown/shadesofpemberley.tumblr