The Hippo


Oct 21, 2019








Miltos Yerolemou, one of the five Game of Thrones guests at this year’s Granite State Comicon. Courtesy image.

KidsCon schedule

Kids coloring and activity tables: all day Saturday and Sunday
Face painting: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days
Meet-and-greet photo ops: Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., 1 to 2 p.m. both days (includes Batman Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Michelangelo, Halo Spartan and Disney princesses) 
Mask making with Emily Drouin of Eplis Comics: Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Cartooning with Emily of Eplis Comics: Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Create your own comic strip: Saturday and Sunday from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m., both days
Coloring contest: Saturday from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
See the Dorks
The Dorks in Dungeons cast will make an appearance at the Granite State Comicon on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. in the Armory with a role-playing, improv comedy show. They’ll continue the celebrations even after the event, with a show at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 7p.m. At both events, the Dorks crew will be graced with the presence of Game of Thrones guest Miltos Yerolemou. In traditional Dorks in Dungeons fashion, the guest will be told nothing about the show or his role in advance. Tickets are $12 online, pay-what-you-can at the door. Visit
GraniteCon 2014
Where: Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester
When: Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: General one-day pass is $20, weekend pass $30, $35 at the door, free for children 6 and younger, $10 for one day/$15 per weekend for children ages 7 to 12. There are also VIP options: $80 gets you a weekend badge, a one hour early admission, a separate line for autographs, admission to “A Party of Ice and Fire: Official After Party of GraniteCon,” a T-shirt, lanyard and exclusive print. There are also $160 and $350 options for premium seating, photo ops and GoT swag with the stars. Water dancing with Miltos Yerolemou (limit of 40 people per day) costs $50, and the after party Saturday night at 9 p.m. is $15 at the door.
Panel & workshop schedule
Armory, Saturday: Cosfamous panel is 11:15 a.m. to noon; Water dancing with Miltos Yerolemou is noon to 1 p.m. (ticketed); Invader Zim panel is 1:15 to 2 p.m.; Dorks in Dungeons from 2:15 to 3 p.m.; Game of Thrones panel from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.; Costume contest from 5 to 7 p.m.; Party of Ice and Fire from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Webster Room, Saturday: Press Your Luck 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Doctor Who panel from 1 to 2 p.m.; Live figure art from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Sketch-off! from 4 to 5 p.m.; Charity auction 5:15 to 6 p.m.; Hooligan Factory screening at 7 p.m.
Salon A, Sunday: Image Comics Panel 11:15 a.m. to noon; Water dancing with Miltos Yerolemou from noon to 1 p.m.; William Forsythe Q&A from 1:15 to 2 p.m.; Skylanders panel from 2:15 to 3 p.m.; Kids costume contest from 3:15 to 5 p.m.
Webster Room, Sunday: Geek Trivia Challenge from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Crafting a Cosplay from 1 to 2 p.m.; Kids Sketch Off from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen from 4 to 5 p.m.

Granite State Comicon turns 11
Celebrates with Game of Thrones visitors

By Kelly Sennott

People who like comic books often like Star Wars. They also often like to game, and sometimes they collect action figures. And right now, says Double Midnight Comics owner Chris Proulx, a lot of them are also big fans of Game of Thrones.
It was with that in mind that Double Midnight invited Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel) Finn Jones (Ser Loras Tyrell), Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne) and Josef Altin (Pypar or Pyp), the stars of the HBO hit series, to celebrate Granite State Comicon’s 11th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 14.
“This year we have kind of a Game of Thrones theme. … It turns out that is the highest number of Game of Thrones guests for any convention in the country,” Proulx said in a phone interview. “These days, comic conventions are overlapping with different layers. … It’s kind of like a big pop culture-y potpourri mix of things. And right now Game of Thrones is really big.”
More and more often, comic book conventions are bringing in guests from TV shows and movies, the event’s account manager, Thomas Jordan, said in a phone interview.
“Game of Thrones has really been able to cover the spectrum of what comic book fans and TV fans are looking for,” Jordan said. 
He’d met Yerolemou in Boston while the actor was performing in a city Shakespeare production. After Yerolemou agreed to come, the rest followed. They will be flying in from Ireland specifically for this New Hampshire event.
“I thought New England definitely needed this Game of Throne presence. There are a lot of great conventions around, but nobody’s had them yet,” Jordan said.
Last year’s event was the first time the Granite State Comicon took place over two days, and this year is shaping up to be even larger. Demand is high, and event organizers have reconfigured the space and added 50 tables to the mix, for a total of 260 artists and vendors. The event takes up about 85 percent of the Radisson, and Proulx expects it’ll round out to 100 next year.
“It’s a great convention for somebody who doesn’t want to travel to a big city. You get a little bit of everything you’ll find at a major metropolitan area without shoveling out the big bucks,” Proulx said.
For the first time, this year’s event features a KidsCon, a mini convention geared toward younger fans that will include workshops on how to draw and make comics, coloring and interactive activities and character meet-and-greets.
Besides the increased space and GoT visitors, however, the overall context of the show is the same: a means for readers to get their hands on something new, different and exciting, while providing opportunities for vendors and artists. There will be children and adult costume contests and a water dancing class taught by Yerolemou (for which space is extremely limited and must be reserved ahead of time).
Jordan has been involved with numerous comic book conventions, but he says there’s something different about New Hampshire’s, which you can sort of see in the events surrounding the Comicon: a karaoke kickoff party at JD’s Tavern Friday night (located in the Radisson) and an after party on Saturday night (starts at 9 p.m., music by DJ Midas and GoT star Finn Jones, who plays Ser Loras Tyrell, at the Radisson Armory, which includes a GoT costume contest).
“The cool thing about these guys is that they have a very supportive, active community who are interested in what they’re doing,” Jordan said. “Some people will come just because they enjoy what these guys do. I can’t say that would necessarily be the same for the other shows. … They’re one of the most active comic book stores in New England, which is why they have a fantastic reputation.” 

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