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  1. TitanCon 2016: Fri 30 Sept - Sun 2 Oct

    Memberships for TitanCon 2016 are on sale NOW!
  2. Mancunicon - EasterCon 2016

    I got home OK. A good con, enjoyable panels, great company and lots of good chats with important people that will help take our TitanCon plans forward. Though I may regret volunteering to be on staff for the next two EasterCons, we will see.
  3. Mancunicon - EasterCon 2016

    A good time is being had here at EasterCon 2016. Our very own Jo Playford is at this very momentrocking a DJ set in the main hall here at the Hilton Deansgate Hotel which is going down very well with the great and good offandom. The panels have been enjoyable with particular highlights being the guest of honour talks with Ian McDonald interviewed by Peadar O'Guilin yesterday and Sarah Pinborough interviewed by Ian Watestoday. Very funny and entertaining as always. Two more days to go, more games and good times with friends. Wish you were all here, happy Easter!
  4. Mancunicon - EasterCon 2016

    We have arrived. Targh, Pebble and I are in the Brewdog Bar on Peter Street if anyone is here and wants to join us. We are upstairs, first table on the left.
  5. TitanCon returns for 2016 You may have read the statement I posted on the TitanCon website dated 19 February 2016 and wondered if there was going to be a TitanCon in 2016. Believe me, I wondered too. That is why I am so pleased to announce that the show will go on! We've had some good news, our financial situation is secure and TitanCon 2016 will return on the weekend of Friday 30 September - Sunday 2 October 2016. I know that's a different date than the one I mentioned previously and during the closing ceremony at TitanCon last year, but unfortunately the early August date is not going to work for us this year. While we had the conference booking pencilled in we could not hold a block of hotel bedrooms without a confirmed booking and now it is too late in the year to get enough rooms for the early August date. I also felt that with the late start this year a couple of extra months' notice and planning time would be useful for everyone. I hope the new date works for you and apologies to anyone that had already booked time off for the early August date just in case, I'm sorry about that. We will look into the possibility of running the early August date in 2017. But let's talk about this year. TitanCon 2016 will be our biggest and best convention yet, with more guests, more Game of Thrones, more books, more workshops, more events and more awesome times than you can shake a spear at! The Wellie are offering special room rate deals to TitanCon 2016 attendees at the same prices as last year. The opportunity to stay in the hotel where the convention you are attending takes place can massively improve your experience at the con. The practicality of being able to return to your room quickly and easily at any time is a huge difference maker and with enough people staying here the entire hotel can become infused with the atmosphere of TitanCon making the whole experience that much more enjoyable for everyone. Literature Night We will be kicking things off on the evening of Friday 30 September with our popular Literature Night featuring readings from our author guests. This relaxed and informal gathering is the perfect opportunity to mingle with the other attendees, catch up with old friends or make some new ones. We'll also be offering a preview of our Art Show featuring incredible pieces of art by talented local and international artists available for purchase. TitanCon 2016 The convention itself is on Saturday 1 October. Our doors open at 9.00 am and TitanCon runs till 6.30 pm with evening entertainment from 7.30 pm through till 1.00 am. We highly recommend sticking around till late for a rare chance to see some of the Game of Thrones cast members on the dance floor! Programming TitanCon 2016 programming will feature discussion panels, crafting workshops, combat workshops, photo sessions with the guests and of course a signing session. Guests We have some great guests already confirmed for TitanCon 2016 and I just need a few more days to put the finishing touches to the guest pages of the website and get the biographies signed off by the guests, then we'll be ready to make some exciting announcements. Because of the constantly changing nature of the production schedule for Game of Thrones we will only be able to announce our full line up of Game of Thrones guests a week or two before the convention. Rest assured that we are working hard to make announcements as soon as we possibly can and we are confident we'll have a great line up on the day. We are committed to not naming guests until we are completely sure that they will be in Belfast on that weekend and available to attend. We would hate to announce someone only for them to drop out when the schedule changes. This is the downside of holding a convention like ours in the middle of the ongoing filming schedule however it does mean we can bring you a good number of guests for a much lower cost than it would be if we had to fly everyone in from all over the world during their down time. It worked out well for us at TitanCon 2011 when we were able to announce Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Maisie Williams (Arya) as guests just two weeks before the convention. In 2013 we had Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Art Parkinson (Rickon Stark), Kristian Nairn (Hodor) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed) all confirm in the last week as being able to join us which led to an incredible panel on the Fall of House Stark. Last year Ian Beattie (Meryn Trant) confirmed just 3 days before the convention that he was able to attend. You never know who might show up on the day! TitanCon is not just a Game of Thrones convention, we also include fantasy and science-fiction authors, comic artists, gaming, art and much more. We will be joined by an incredible line up of authors and artists who will be discussing various interesting subjects and aspects of writing and creating literature and art. TitanCon is Northern Ireland's premiere event for speculative fiction and works of the imagination and therefore we will be showcasing the best of the homegrown talent from across the region. TitanCon Coach Tour Tickets for the Coach Tour on Sunday 2 October will go on sale at a later date. This is because we don't actually know where the tour is going to visit this year. Ideally we would like to visit some season six locations so we really need to see some episodes and get a good idea of which locations have been used and plan the route accordingly. The ticket price will depend on how long the route is, how much we need to pay for access to the locations and other associated costs. We expect to announce full details of the 2016 Coach Tour and open ticket sales before the end of June this year. Sounds great! When can I buy tickets? Tickets for attendance to TitanCon 2016 cost £25. Tickets go on sale at 12.00 noon (UK time) on Saturday 9 April 2016. Your confirmation email will include booking codes for the special room rate at the Wellington Park Hotel, so please don't contact the hotel directly until after you have bought your ticket and received the confirmation email. Supporting Membership Perhaps you are unable to be at TitanCon 2016 but would still really like to see our convention succeed. Supporting Membership can be bought for just £5 and your greatly appreciated support will help us to continue in 2016 and beyond. Supporting membership can be upgraded to Full Attending Membership at a later date for £20, just in case it turns out you can make it. Supporting Membership also counts towards your Making the Eight number! We'll be announcing more details about all aspects of TitanCon 2016 over the coming months so please check back regularly for news or follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates as they are announced. We look forward to seeing you at TitanCon 2016!
  6. Hey everyone, unfortunately I think I am going to have to bow out of a Sunday meet up. There is a lot of Sunday engineering work on the train network and so my train would get diverted all over the place and the normal 50 minute journey will end up closer to 2 hours. Sorry about that. But if you guys can reschedule for Monday evening that would work for me.
  7. So tonight is the night, looking forward to seeing our lucky winners at the screening tonight!
  8. The competition is now CLOSED and the draw has taken place. I sincerely promise that the draw was genuine and the winners have been contacted by email.
  9. I'm not on Facebook and refuse to have anything to do with it. The TitanCon Facebook page is actually run by someone else. I have been Tweeting the announcements though. I don't think a funding campaign is the answer. The people who would contribute to it are the same people who would come to TitanCon anyway. I know a lot of people are ready and willing to help but we'd need something much more solid in place before we could consider moving forward with plans for 2016. The only real solution is for me to get a new job. Otherwise I won't even have the money to get myself over to Belfast to run the convention. I am getting a lot of interest and its only a matter of time until something works out for me. Fingers crossed it is sooner rather than later.
  10. Mancunicon - EasterCon 2016

    It seems I shall go to the ball... Thanks to Pebble I will be at Eastercon after all. She has offered me a lift up to Manchester and I believe we'll be there from Thursday to Tuesday. Looking forward to it
  11. I can be there whichever day we end up picking. I'd suggest Monday so that those people working in London can join us after work rather than making a special trip into London on a Sunday night.
  12. Mancunicon - EasterCon 2016

    I'd like to be there but unfortunately right now with still being out of work I can't justify the expense. But hopefully something will come through for me in the next week or so and I can still join you guys, but it is going to be a very last minute thing.
  13. Apologies for the long radio silence. Here is a status update on what's going on with TitanCon and see below for a competition we are running to WIN tickets to a special screening of "Hardhome" in London on Monday 14 March courtesy of HBO UK. TitanCon status update I'm sure many of you are wondering what's going on with TitanCon? Why haven't we heard anything from Phil? Will there be a TitanCon 2016? Unfortunately the answer to the last question is - I don't know. Let me explain. The situation is that I am currently out of work and without that financial security in place we cannot go forward with our plans for 2016. I am looking and trying hard to find a new job but it has proved harder than I thought it would. I've got a lot of applications out there, many of which have not even reached the closing date yet so I am hoping that something comes through for me very soon. If I can secure a position within the next 5 or 6 weeks then we can still go ahead with TitanCon 2016. From our point of view we can actually put the convention together in a fairly short amount of time. The most important thing is that you guys have enough notice so that you can arrange to be there and that's the limiting factor. Our venue booking is pencilled in for the weekend of 5-7 August 2016. That's the weekend we would like to run this year. The reason for bringing it forward a month is to better fit in with the Game of Thrones filming schedule to avoid the times when they are filming in Spain, Croatia or wherever else in the world they may be filming. This period in early August is when the entire cast is in Belfast for script readings and costume fittings and we believe this offers us a better chance of securing the availability of guests. No promises that it will, but we would like the opportunity to try. I'm also not guaranteeing that the August date is definite, we may still need to put it back to September just to give everyone a bit more time, we'll have to wait and see. I am sorry that I can't be more definite about what's going on but I hope you will understand that my personal situation has to come first and I need to be in a stable position before we can move forward. By the way if anyone out there is in need of a website designer or developer I am available for hire, please see my portfolio for more details. I will keep you all updated on my situation and we will be ready to go just as soon as I get some good news. Thank you for your patience. Phil Lowles Friday 19 February 2016 WIN a pair of tickets to a special screening of "Hardhome" in London on Mon 14 Mar! To celebrate the release of the Game of Thrones Season 5 Blu-Ray / DVD on Monday 14 March 2016, HBO UK have kindly offered TitanCon the opportunity to run a competition for you guys to win a pair of tickets to an EPIC screening of "Hardhome" on the Impact Screen with full Dolby Atmos at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London, on Monday 14 March 2016. We have five pairs of tickets to attend this one off special screening of one of the most incredible action set pieces in television history in all its cinematic glory. The Night's King at Hardhome. © HBO 2015. Doors open at 6.15 pm for a 7.00 pm screening. There will also be a Q & A session with Special Guests to be announced. I don't know who is going to be there or whether you'll have a chance to meet any of the special guests other than by asking a question, so winners should think up some good questions to ask in advance! To enter the competition simply fill in the entry form and answer the following question: Q. Which weapon does Jon Snow use to kill a White Walker in the episode "Hardhome"? A. Longclaw B. Widow's Wail C. Oathbreaker D. A sharp pointy stick E. Sarcasm The competition closes at 5.00 pm on Friday 4 March with a draw to take place later that evening. We will notify winners via email as soon as possible after the draw and you'll have till Sunday evening to confirm your attendance and the name of your +1. The first five correct entries picked at random will be the winners. The judges' decision is final. No cash alternative is available. Tickets are non-transferable. Good luck! Please see our Competition page for more details and to enter for your chance to win!
  14. Secret Santa X...Gift are arriving from all over the World!

    Good morning all and Merry Christmas! A huge thank you to my Secret Santa - I just opened my pressies and I got Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (as many of us have this year), a Sigur Ros CD and Frasier season four on DVD. All good stuff which I will greatly enjoy! Now the only clue I had to the identity of my SS (from the gift tags) was that they were also fans of all the above which could literally be anyone on here. But I know that name on the Amazon paperwork - thank you TC, you're a star! I also have to say I have been greatly enjoying Lany try to match up Santas with giftees and getting everything wrong, wrong, wrong. It's the first year you've been able to play this game since you are not running it this time and I think you're having a lot of fun with it, but you are quite wrong about who my giftee was, hehe! Wishing you all a great day, Merry Christmas!
  15. BWB London Meet up - Thurs 3 Dec

    The boiler man has finally arrived and should not take too long to get this check done. I should be leaving in the next half hour and should be there by about 6.30 pm. See you soon!