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Game of Thrones artist joins Portsmouth Comic Con line-up

William ‘Will’ Simpson
William ‘Will’ Simpson

William ‘Will’ Simpson, the lead storyboard artist behind the TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy epic, Game of Thrones, is the latest guest to be announced in a stellar line up for this year’s Portsmouth Comic Con – International Festival of Comics on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Northern Irish creator Will’s career can be divided into two parts. He began his professional work drawing for British anthology Warrior as well as “Judge Dredd” and “Rogue Trooper” in 2000AD before moving on to illustrate DC’s Hellblazer, Aliens for Dark Horse and Vamps for Vertigo Imprint.

When the Northern Irish Film and TV industry took off Simpson switched to working in that creative arena and since 2013 has been the lead artist for HBO’s Game of Thrones series which draws to a close with its final season starting on our screens in April.

Artwork for Game of Thrones by Will Simpson.
Artwork for Game of Thrones by Will Simpson.

Attending Portsmouth Con with a series of framed Game of Thrones artwork pieces, the images add to an impressive range of exhibitions recently announced including a stunning collection celebrating Batman’s 80th Anniversary and a number of signed limited edition pieces inspired by Stan Lee and created by Alex Ross from Westover Gallery.

Simpson joins some of the biggest names in comics from across the globe attending the event, including Roy Thomas, Steve Englehart, Tommy Lee Edwards, Tomm Coker, Declan Shalvey, The Etherington Brothers, Kieron Gillen and many, many more.

Portsmouth Comic Con brings you the best of comic, film, TV and pop culture entertainment with a full programme of panels, displays, cult series characters and props, workshops and entertainment including VR, motion capture, robots, retro and board gaming and a Comic City of comics, art, prints, crafts, toys, collectables and merchandise.

Meet stars of the screen Clem So (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Brian Wheeler (Star Wars, Harry Potter) and take to the Carnival of Cosplay stage hosted by event partner Go Geek Events to amaze with your creativity and imagination in daily adult and child cosplay competitions.

Discounted Early Bird tickets are only available until end of February, after which time the prices will rise. A sell out event in 2018, people are advised to book early to avoid disappointment at www.portsmouthcomiccon.com or 0844 847 2362 (calls cost 7p per minute + phone company access charge).

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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