<i>Inside HBO's Game of Thrones</i> features comic artist Will Simpson

Most devotees of HBO's blockbuster Game of Thrones will know that a significant chunk of the drama's filming and production work is done in Northern Ireland, but one fact that may have passed comic fans by is that the Northern Irish-native comic book artist Will Simpson (2000AD/Hellblazer/Transformers/Vamps/Punisher 2099) is the lead storyboard artist. Things get just a little NSFW below, as you might expect from anything related to Game of Thrones.

A wealth of his storyboarding and conceptual drawing for the multi-award-winning drama is available to see in Chronicle Books' new Inside HBO's Game of Thrones. There's a 34-page preview of the book available at Chronicle's website, and Simpson features in a trailer for the book now playing at YouTube. One of the few decent-sized examples of Simpson's work on Game of Thrones that can be found online is from a pivotal scene in season one's finale, as Daenerys Targaryen emerges from Khal Drogo's funeral pyre (via the ComicArtFans gallery of Jon Cresswell).

The official production blog featured this portrait by Simpson of the show's two producers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in full Westeros-drag, last year.

Will Simpson on the Iron Throne portrait, top, via The Derry Journal's interview with him from May.

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