Tuesday, March 13, 2012


George R.R.Martin & Mr. Will-W.
Toronto is completely enamoured with Game of Thrones and in addition to TIFF Bell Lightbox hosting an Exhibition in celebration of its upcoming second season, Author George R.R. Martin is joining-in on the fun.  After meeting Fans last night as part of that Venue's In Conversation With... Series, The New York Times #1 Bestselling Author spent just-under three hours signing Autographs for Fans at Indigo Manulife Centre tonight also.  Although, Martin was signing all Books written by himself, focus tonight was placed on his v. latest, A Dance with Dragons - released last July via Random House Canada.

With an estimated 800-1,000 Fans queuing around the block up from Bay Street to Balmuto Street in chilly temperatures, tonight's turnout is a true testament to the widespread appeal of Martin's Body of Work, with Fans of many visible demographics showing their support. Arriving prepared with an array of Sharpies and Pens customized to Fan's preferences, Martin apologized in advance for not being able to personalize each and every Book, even though he admits preferring to add that personal touch.

Like clockwork, Fans were ushered through, some getting a chance to pass him their Fanmail, some shaking his hand and some a little too starstruck to say anything at all.  In the end, all who queued got their moment with Martin thanks to great organization on the part of Indigo.  Nothing is more saddening than seeing Fans get turned away!  I myself got to shake his hand and was in-awe of the Santa Fe native's impressive beard!

Game of Thrones Season Two premieres Sunday, April 1, 2012 on HBO Canada. Click here for more.

(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W.)