Unique Game of Thrones show to open this year’s 2D Comics Fest

Concept art depicting the feared White Walkers of Game of Thrones - "Winter is coming!" (210513JC1 Courtesy of Will Simpson)
Concept art depicting the feared White Walkers of Game of Thrones - "Winter is coming!" (210513JC1 Courtesy of Will Simpson)

For the first time ever, the artwork of Prehen-born comic artist Will Simpson - including his stunning concept art and storyboard work on HBO’s global smash ‘Game of Thrones’ - will be shown as a collection to launch this year’s 2D Northern Ireland Comics Festival.

2D have issued an open invitation to the official launch of this year’s Festival Programme - encompassing Will Simpson’s amazing collection - at the Verbal Arts Centre at 1pm tomorrow.

‘Visual Storyteller: The Film & TV Work of William Simpson’ is an exhibition which will run from May 22 until June 14 at the Verbal Arts Centre.

Will Simpson is a local artist who has established an excellent international reputation as a visual storyteller. Will has worked on some of the world’s biggest comic books such as Batman, Transformers and Judge Dredd but in recent years has worked more and more behind the scenes for Film & TV productions.

This exhibition will feature Will’s concept and storyboarding work from big budget movies such as ‘City of Ember’ and ‘Your Highness’, as well as the ‘Mighty Celt’, and Will’s first work in this area.

The show will also celebrate Will’s current work for the Emmy and Bafta award- winning HBO TV Show, ‘Game of Thrones’, based on the New York Times bestselling series.

It will feature the character designs and storyboards he produces for the series, shown beside stills from the HBO show to demonstrate how the storyboarding process works.

Will Simpson is a regular guest to the 2D Northern Ireland Comics Festival over the years.


2D, the Northern Ireland Comics Festival, is Ireland’s longest running annual comics event.

The festival is organised and supported by the Verbal Arts Centre, one of Ireland’s leading centres for literature. 2D celebrates comic book culture and works to promote and support comic art and visual storytelling.

Legions of fans will converge on the city from May 30 - June 2, for the chance to meet some of the finest artists and writers working in the global comics industry today.

The theme this year is ‘The Art of Storytelling’ and the festival promises to be the best held yet with a bigger line-up of guests and events than ever before.

There will be a series of FREE schools workshops and talks on Thursday and Friday, evening sessions for the mature audience on Friday and Saturday, with the showcase of the entire festival being the two-day Comics Fair on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2.

The Comics Fair is free to attend and will play host to a great mix of comic stalls, children’s workshops, talks and other activities.

The organisers are urging everyone to come along to meet the world’s best comic creators, who will be sketching, signing and selling loads of cool stuff. The festival will also have fantastic prize giveaways and spot prizes for cool costumes, so dress to impress!

Running alongside the Comics Fair, 2D has a special treat for the Culture 2013 year with the massively popular Heroes & Legends show, which visits the city for the first time and features a brilliant variety of characters, sets and props from Sci-Fi & Fantasy Movies, TV and Comics.

For the aspiring younger Jedis among you, Force Training will also be here as part of Heroes & Legends, where you can learn to use the Force to your advantage! Tickets for the Force Training are already on sale from the Millennium Forum Box Office.

2D has something for all ages and interests, come along and join in the fun! www.2dfestival.com.