I Survived The Twins And Won MootCon 3 At New York Comic Con
By Paul Gullas
I stepped into The Twins, wary of any signs of betrayal and death. You see, I know my A Song of Ice and Fire, and the moment I heard someone say the word "Mayhaps", I was going to turn the hell around and head up to the Bleeding Cool reporter meetup at the Houndstooth Pub. Still, it was twenty minutes until the raffle drawing, and I was determined to take what was mine with the Iron Price. When I climbed the steps to the 2nd floor, I approached a group standing at the bar, and one of them asked me, "are you here for MootCon? Did you get a raffle ticket?"
It was almost like offering guest right, but twenty minutes later, I did NOT find myself lying on the floor full of crossbow bolts wondering why Jaime Lannister sent his regards. Instead, I was basking in the warm glow of some sweet, sweet prizes, as well as the warm glow of Brooklyn Oktoberfest beer.
That's right, unlike Lord Walder Frey's twin castles in the Riverlands of Westeros, infamous for being the place where you go to die in the middle of a meal, the Twins Pub on 9th Avenue brought me nothing but VICTORY, as I was one of the five raffle winners who won awesome prizes and were also crowned KINGS OF THE IRON ISLANDS (not really, but we should've been; after all, it is MootCon).
Fire and Lunch, a NYC-based group of fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series, hosted their third annual MootCon on Thursday, the first night of New York Comic Con weekend. Last year, I found out about MootCon 2 days after the fact, so I made it a point to keep an eye out for this year's event.
The group of trivia addicts (Lauren, Katie, Jen, Megan, Jess, and Rachel), also host The Piecast, a highly entertaining (and spoiler-filled) podcast, which like many other ASOIAF/GoT podcasts, reviews Game of Thrones episodes during the TV season, and covers miscellaneous topics the rest of the time (Rachel also co-founded Geek Girl Brunch, who threw the Fan Girls' Night Out party at the Latitude Bar on Saturday night).
My prizes were a couple of custom-painted Funko Pop! vinyl figures of Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, each of which are incredibly detailed down to Jaime's golden hand, a tote bag, and a number of stickers. You can find many of these designs at Jen's RedBubble store.
The other winners' prizes included mugs, prints, and framed propaganda posters for the Gold Cloaks and the Night's Watch.
While chatting with Katie (who gave me the raffle ticket), Jen (who made my prizes), Megan (who wished me luck before the raffle), and Jess (who is 100% right about Daemon Targaryen), they told me their origin story of how they met at a previous Game of Thrones fan moot hosted by Winter is Coming, and discussed the controversial story of how FanSided bought the popular fan site, which ended up prompting the mass exodus of WiC's contributors, who founded a new site Watchers on the Wall.
Also hanging out at the bar was Jonelle of Fat Pink Cast, a Game of Thrones & Sleepy Hollow podcast, that the ladies of Fire and Lunch and I were (separately) interviewed on in early 2013 during the Take the Black event in Union Square.
If you're a fan of George R. R. Martin's fantasy saga, be sure to check out Fire and Lunch. And if you'll be in the NYC area this time next year and you like winning stuff, be on the lookout for MootCon IV next year!
You can follow Paul at @areacode212.