If you are new to Comic-Con, everyone is always in search for the Holy Grail of swag. There is plenty to be had from the exhibition floor as well as the panel rooms. They range from the incredibly awesome to the the disposable. I usually warn from the ‘mad grab’ of swag and encourage you to be more selective. Most swag just takes up space, weights you down, and just gets thrown away. So the question is, who gives the best swag? While the answer is highly subjective and will vary from fan to fan, my answer has been the same over the past couple of years: HBO. HBO has had the most generous swag bag from anyone else I have seen. Even if you are not a Game of Thrones or True Blood fan, you can’t help appreciate everything they give you. Typically you get: a shirt, journal, key chain, mouse pad, and a novel, all in a cool bag. The best part about the Game of Thrones bag is the variety of different houses- Stark, Baratheon, Lannister etc. So if you don’t get what you want, try to trade up. No studio has matched this level of generosity- but you never know what is planned. Warning though, this is a relatively heavy bag in comparison to other swag so take that into account as you are hauling your gear around. Good luck!
Both panels are expected to be packed with a line that would cross Westeros. If you want one of these bags, expect a long wait for them. The ‘Game of Thrones’ panel will pack the seats of Hall H on Friday, Jul. 19 at 2:50 p.m and ‘True Blood’ panel will be in Ballroom 20 at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. If you con vets have some favorite swag to keep your eyes out for then let us know by commenting below!
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