'Game of Thrones' inspires 'SXSWesteros'
The cast and crew of HBO's "Game of Thrones" at San Diego Comic-Con 2011.
March 13th, 2012
03:24 PM ET

'Game of Thrones' inspires 'SXSWesteros'

First, there was South by Southwest, the annual music and interactive festival in Austin, Texas, which just kicked off its 2012 event Friday.

Then there was "South by Star Wars," a Tumblr, Twitter account and hashtag that, in its third year in 2011, imagined an alternate version of SXSW, if it took place a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

Here's a sample tweet that pokes fun at the various panels at SXSW and one of the most popular "Return of the Jedi" characters: "Only 10 min til big Keynote by Admiral Ackbar: 'It's A Trap' is just another way of saying 'It's An Opportunity.' "

The popular meme, used by SXSW attendees and nonattendees alike, now has a sequel: "SXSWesteros," based on the George R.R. Martin book series and HBO series "Game of Thrones," which takes place in the land of Westeros.

One example of a "SXSWesteros" tweet (referring to the oft-repeated "Winter is coming," in the books and series): "But Really, Is Winter Coming? – New Meteorological Techniques from the Citadel."

Jay Bushman, the mastermind behind both "South by Star Wars" and "SXSWesteros," spoke to CNN Geek Out about where these ideas came from:
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