TitanCon - A not-for-profit science fiction and fantasy literature, media and gaming convention for Belfast focused on showcasing literary and artistic accomplishments in Northern Ireland within the field of speculative fiction and works of the imagination. Our primary subject is HBO and George RR Martin's Game of Thrones.
We are pleased to announce the prospective schedule for TitanCon 2015. Click here to see the schedule and download it in PDF format, click the buttons below to read detailed descriptions about all panels and programme items.
Tickets are still to buy on the door on Saturday 26 September - including tickets for all workshops and the Round Table with Joe Abercrombie.
Sadly things have just not worked out for us with Game of Thrones guests this year. We are just as disappointed as everyone of you but unfortunately much of it is out of our hands with most guests busy filming. Therefore we have decided not to run the scheduled Game of Thrones Round Table at 3.00 pm. So I think we made the right decision not to put those tickets on sale last week.
We are still going to have a fantastic time this weekend. We have an incredible line-up of author guests, programming and events. We hope you can all join us!
Today we have announced that TitanCon regulars Aimee Richardson (Myrcella Baratheon) and Emma Andrews (Drapes department) will return to TitanCon 2015, but yes I agree it is disappointing that there are not more names on that list and I just wanted to take this chance to explain what's going on and give you some hope that we will have a good guest line up on the day.
You might think that it should get easier to confirm guests each year, but in fact the opposite is true. It gets harder because the cast members pick up a lot of additional work off the back of appearing in Game of Thrones so even once their character is dead it is hard to bring them over to Belfast because they are busy working on something else. Most of the guests that we have direct contact with are unfortunately busy over that weekend and just can't make it. Many of the guests send along their sincere regrets that they could not join us, they love TitanCon and really wanted to be there, but work commitments have kept them away.
For actors still working on Game of Thrones we also have the added headache of dealing with the very changeable filming schedules for the show. We are in talks with several more guests and even at this stage they can't be sure of their schedule for next weekend. There is even a suggestion that some Saturday filming may take place on the same day as TitanCon. This is very unusual for Game of Thrones, but it has happened before in 2012 and prevented Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Kristian Nairn and Art Parkinson from attending that year. Please keep your fingers crossed that the shooting this week goes smoothly and they don't have to work on Saturday and therefore can be free to attend our little fan event.
Then of course there are actors that we don't have direct contact with and instead need to talk with their agents. There has been a significant increase in the fees that agents are demanding for Game of Thrones actors to attend events like ours. Rather than being in the low thousands, as they were last year, most of the main cast members now require a guaranteed minimum of £10,000+ and believe me that's just the bottom end of the scale. To put that in perspective that is the same amount we run our entire event for. It would be ridiculous to double our prices just to get one of those actors that way. Sadly if this trend continues the only events that can possibly afford to hire them are the big corporate Comic Con events where you end up queuing for the entire day in enormous, hot, sweaty crowds and paying hundreds of pounds to spend 30 seconds with a guest to acquire their autograph. This is very much not what TitanCon is about and not what we want our event to be.
But please do not read this and despair. All is not lost. We are still waiting on FIVE potential guests to get back to us about their availability and if they can make it then we are going to have a really good line up. There is no guarantee when we will hear back from these potential guests, some of them may end up being surprise guests on the day at TitanCon, or possibly even just come down for the evening (they love a good party!). Or it might work out that none of them can make it and the guest list we have now is what we'll end up with. Believe me, nobody will be more disappointed about that than me if that's how things turn out.
But let me make this promise to you, TitanCon 2015 will still be a great event well worth attending. The author guests and programming that we have got are fantastic, the best we've ever had. I think anyone who loves fantasy and sci-fi that attends will love our discussion panels, workshops and events. The fans that attend every year are awesome, you guys are the real stars of this convention! So if we have to make our own fun then so be it, we'll have a damn good party. We're going to have a great time at TitanCon 2015 and I hope you all agree with that and we'll see you there next weekend. Thank you.
Friday 18 September
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After her stunning debut at the TitanCon 2014 Art Show there was one clear choice for who we should ask to design the TitanCon 2015 Tee-Shirt. The result is awesome beyond words. We are so pleased to present the final design created by the supremely talented artist Heidi Lee Sperring and announce that Tee-Shirt Pre-orders are now open!
Heidi Lee Sperring graduated from Bath Spa University in 2002 with a BA (hons) in Education specialising in art and history. She has worked as a studio photographer and currently works in the Bath branch of the Action on Hearing Loss charity, in their Education Workshop as a craft coordinator. Heidi also has an important co-ordination role in the production of 'The Bath Burp' fanzine that promotes artists, creative writers and musicians in her beautiful home city of Bath. Find Heidi on Twitter @Errol_the_Owl.
Heidi displayed her artwork at the TitanCon 2014 art show and wasn't so sure about how it would be received. We sold just about every print she brought with her on the Friday Grand Opening. Just look at this stunningly beautiful Direwolf piece drawn in pen and ink. Someone out there really needs to offer Heidi a big commission for a major piece of artwork so everyone can see the great talent she has. Heidi's work will be appearing in this year's Art Show where you can purchase large and small prints of her stunning and intricate artwork, and of course you should pre-order this great Tee-Shirt.
Pre-orders for the TitanCon 2015 Tee-Shirt are now closed. However, because we anticipate this being a very popular design we have ordered a number of additional shirts which will be available for sale on a first come first served basis. If you are after a size in the middle of the range you should be fine on the day but if you need something at the small or extremely large end of the scale then you will need to be quick. Please see our Tee-Shirts page to enquire about the availability of the size you are after and if we still have it we will reserve it in your name. But once they are all gone, they are gone.
For the first time we will have Coach Tour tickets on sale alongside TitanCon memberships from Day One (28 March 2015). In the past we have waited till June or July after watching each season of Game of Thrones to plan the tour and start selling tickets. But this year we don't need to wait, there really is one obvious choice of where to go and that's Portstewart Strand where they have filmed five scenes on the beach for the Dornish parts of Season Five. We last visited the north coast in 2012 and we'll be returning to two old favourites in Ballintoy Harbour (Pyke in season two and Saltpans in season four) and Larrybane Quarry (Renly's Camp in season two). Of course we end the day with a traditional Hog Roast Feast in Clandeboye's beautiful Banqueting Hall.
See the full Coach Tour itinerary and all the details about the locations we'll be visiting this year.
TitanCon will not be completely over until after the convention tradition of the Dead Dog Party (because that's what you feel like on the last day of a SF/F convention). Our Dead Dog will get started about midday on Monday 28 September in the Wellington Park Hotel bar and will continue on through till the evening. There isn't really an official start time for the Dead Dog, nor is there an official finish time (that'll be whatever time the staff chuck us out at). It's really just a case of drop by the bar during the day if you're still around and you should see some familiar faces about the place to have a drink with and talk about how good a time you've had at TitanCon.
See you there Dead Dogs!