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Picacio Does Melisandre

July 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm
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John Picacio has posted another sneak peek from his 2012 Ice & Fire calendar. This time it’s a detail of the red woman, Melisandre of Asshai.

http://picacio.blogspot.com/2011/06/2012-asoiaf-calendar-melisandre-preview.html

The calendar will debut at the San Diego Comicon. John and I will both be on hand, signing copies. See you there!!!

Coming to Comicon

July 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm
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I’m off to San Diego tomorrow morning, for comicon.

Tickets have been sold out for months, alas. But for you lucky 150,000 who will be lucky enough to get in, here’s my current schedule of signings, panels, and other public events.

THURSDAY, JULY 21

10:00 am – 12 noon Daniel Abraham and I will be signing copies of the FEVRE DREAM graphic novel at the Avatar booth (#2701),

12 noon – 1:00 pm EPIC FANTASY panel, rm 6A

1:30pm – 2:30 pm The panelists from Epic Fantasy will be signing in autograph area AA1

3:00pm – 4:00 pm The GAME OF THRONES panel, an hour long discussion of the HB0 series with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and actors Lena Headey (Cersei), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime). I’ll be moderating.

4:30pm – 5:45pm The GAME OF THRONES cast and I will be signing posters at the Warner Brothers booth #4545.

FRIDAY JULY 22

10:00 am – 11:00 am I will be signing copies of the DOORWAYS graphic novel at the IDW
booth (#2643)

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm John Picacio and I will be signing copies of the 2012 Ice & Fire calendar in the autograph area, AA 21 I will also be signing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and my other Ice & Fire books during this appearance.

SATURDAY JULY 23

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm I will be signing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, the other Ice & Fire books, and anything else you care to bring in the autograph area, AA 18.

5:00pm – 6:00 pm Tor Books will be giving away complimentary copies of INSIDE STRAIGHT at their booth, and I’ll be on hand to sign them, along with Melinda Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, Carrie Vaughn, and other members of the Wild Cards crew. We’ll also be glad to deface FORT FREAK and any other Wild Cards books you care to present to us.

SUNDAY JULY 24

10:30 am – 11:30 am WILD CARDS panel. Half a dozen of your favorite Wild Cards writers will assemble to talk about the past, present, and future of the long-running shared world series in the field.

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm The Wild Card panelists will adjourn to AA1 to sign your books.

Later that afternoon, I will heading over to Mysterious Galaxy for my signing there, but that’s offsite, and not an official part of the SDCC schedule.

A couple of notes about the signings:
1) as on my tour, I will be autographing your books, but I won’t be able to inscribe or personalize them (unless by some chance you catch me at a slow time when there’s no line),
2) many of these signings are keyed to particular books and projects. At Avatar, I’ll be signing FEVRE DREAM, at IDW it will be DOORWAYS, for Tor WILD CARDS. The place to get your DANCE WITH DRAGONS signed is at the big general signings on Friday and Saturday. We’ve scheduled me for four hours of signing between those two days… so please, respect my other publishers and DO NOT ask me to sign your Ice & Fire books at the booth signings. Those are meant to promote my other projects.

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Of course, there are certain things I am always willing to sign.

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Sneak Peeks

June 3, 2011 at 9:47 am
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For a sneak peek at the Hound from the 2012 ICE & FIRE calendar, check out John Picacio’s blog at http://picacio.blogspot.com/2011/06/2012-asoiaf-calendar-hound-preview.html

John has other sneaks up there as well, and will be giving more peeks in the future.

The calendar will debut at the San Diego Comicon in July, and can be preordered right now from Amazon or your favorite local bookstore.

Oh, and Valyrian Steel has sent me pictures of the prototype of King Robert’s warhammer, just received. Here, have a look:

Please note, this is a prototype. Further adjustments will be made before the hammer goes into production. For future details, or to weigh in with your own thoughts and suggestions, go to the Valyrian Steel website at http://www.valyriansteel.com/

Art Collectors Assemble!

March 2, 2011 at 10:04 am
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Some of you out there collect original science fiction and fantasy art, I know.

(I do. Mostly I buy covers and other illustrations based on my own writings. Not entirely, though. Sometimes I just see a piece of art I love in a gallery or convention art show. I’ve been collecting art since… well, since I looked like that guy in the thumbnail).

If you liked Ted Nasmith’s artwork for the 2011 “Calendar of Ice & Fire,” maybe you’ve dreamed of hanging one of his originals on your own walls.

Well, now’s your chance. Ted’s paintings of the castles of Westeros are going up for sale, along with a lot of his stunning Tolkien art and other work. You can download a PDF of the catalog and peruse the offerings at http://www.adcbooks.co.uk/catalogue-2010-11.pdf

If you like what you see, and want to own your own Nasmith original, remember… he who hesitates is lost. Four of the paintings are already spoken for, I understand — King’s Landing, Oldtown, Dragonstone, Castle Black. ((Two of those by me, myself, and I, heh heh.)) The rest remain available, but who knows for how long?

I should add, for what it’s worth, that original art makes a great investment. Way back around 1974 or so, Frank Kelly Freas offered to sell me the original of his ANALOG cover for my story “Second Kind of Loneliness” for $200. That was my very first cover, and I loved it, so I was sorely tempted. I had only been paid $250 for the story, however, and I was still a VISTA volunteer, just barely making the rent, so I passed, and bought one of the interiors instead. I have rued it ever since. I mean, I do love the B&W I bought, but that cover… last time it changed hands, I think it went for $10,000, and THAT was twenty years ago. I’d be scared to learn what it was worth now.

Actually, though, the money is secondary, of more concern to my eventual heirs than me. I’ll likely never sell the art I’ve collected. What you want to do is buy artwork that you love, that you will enjoy looking at on your wall for the rest of your life. That’s what we do.

Calendars, Calendars

December 20, 2010 at 12:11 am
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With the year running down, we’ll all soon be needing new 2011 calendars to hang on the wall. There’s still time to pick up the official 2011 Ice & Fire calendar, with its gorgeous castle landscapes by Ted Nasmith.

If you can’t find the Nasmith calendar at that kiosk that appears every Christmas at your local mall, check your local bookstore. A few copies may also be available through some of the associated sellers on Amazon, though Amazon itself seems to have sold out.

http://www.amazon.com/Song-Ice-Fire-2011-Calendar/dp/0553808001/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1292828522&sr=1-1

Meanwhile — not to get too far ahead of ourselves — but work continues apace on next year’s Ice & Fire calendar as well. The artwork on the 2012 calendar will be provided by Hugo-award winning artist and fan favorite John Picacio, and he’s doing some amazing stuff. So I thought I’d whet your appetites by showing you the mockup of the cover that Bantam featured in its latest catalog.

The Picacio calendar will be released next July. This may not actually be the final cover, but it should give you a good taste of the spectacular work that John is doing. He tells me he’s determined to make this calendar the best work he’s ever done.

So… who would you guys like to see do the art for future calendars? Our plan is to feature a different world-class artist every year.

A Few Odds, Some Ends

July 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm
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Nightmarish day yesterday. The computer virus that we’ve been battling for weeks… often hammering it down, but never entirely eradicating it… upsurged again, and totally messed my Windows machine, so Ty had to spend the whole day dealing with it, and I could never get on line to read my emails.

He was finally successful, so I’m back in business. In fact, the computer is running better than it has for weeks. Maybe Ty has finally slain the beast. But I won’t celebrate too soon.

Of course, just one single day away from my email meant that I had more than a hundred letters in my inbox when I did get back on this morning. ONE DAY! Aieeee….

On other fronts, I see that Mo Ryan broke the Charles Dance casting while I was in computer hell. Yay, Mo. I’m very pleased by this one, and will post more about it later. Got a couple other castings I should talk about as well… but it has dawned on me that there’s no way I can talk about them ALL. Not if I want to do anything else. There are just so many.

The first week of shooting in Belfast went well, I hear, although the weather screwed with them a bit and pretty much confined them to the Paint Hall. Wish I could have been there.

I missed the San Diego Comicon as well, as previously posted. But I did have a presence. IDW announced the DOORWAYS comic, as below… and Bantam Specta debuted the gorgeous new 2011 Ice & Fire calendar, with its stunning Ted Nasmith art.

The calendar is now officially on sale and available, at all good bookstores that sell calendars. Also on Amazon. And they are shipping now. People are already receiving their calendars. Yes, we thought we would try something new this time, like actually sending people the calendars that they order. I hope you like this innovation. (This is not an invitation to rehash the mess we had with the 2009 calendar. That horse is dead. We know, we know. Believe me, we know).

Oh, and I also wanted to mention LIGHTSPEED, a new on-line SF magazine edited by the talented John Joseph Adams. Their current issue reprints a story by some Martin guy from the dawn of time, called “… for a single yesterday.” You can read it here:

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/for-a-single-yesterday/

The way LIGHTSPEED works, JJA informs me, “you can read all of our content for free, but it’s serialized on the website throughout the month, one story and one article per week. If you want to read the week 4 story now–or if you just want it in convenient downloadable formats–you can just buy the ebook version.”

So: electronic magazines. Wave of the future.

Finally, might mention that I finished a chapter of the DANCE today. I had one last chapter about this particular character — I will call him Fred — to finish, and then I am done with him for the book. Of course, in the writing, it turned into three chapters. So I finished a Fred chapter a week ago, and a Fred chapter an hour ago, and yet I STILL have one Fred chapter to finish. Sigh. The horizon recedes continuously before me.

Time to go eat supper. Bye.

Ice & Fire Calendar Announced for Comicon

March 27, 2010 at 12:42 am
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The official Song of Ice and Fire calendar for 2011 has just moved into production, and will be available this summer, publisher Bantam Spectra has informed me. This year’s calendar is illustrated by the acclaimed fantasy artist Ted Nasmith, featuring a dozen gorgeous paintings of the great castles of Westeros. A thirteenth castle (not shown here) will be included as a double-page centerfold.

Here’s a sneak peak at what the calendar will look like. Feast your eyes. The cover features the Eyrie. (Ted consulted closely with me on every painting, and these are the most definitive versions to date of what the castles of Westeros actually look like, in my eyes at least).

Plans are for the calendar to make its debut at this year’s San Diego Comicon, so attendees should be sure to visit the Bantam Spectra booth in San Diego. By Labor Day, you should be able to find the calendar at your favorite local bookstore.

For all those who still nurse bitter memories about the 2009 calendar (beautiful, but cursed), please be assured that we have changed publishers. Bantam Spectra is a division of Random House, the same great folks who publish my fantasies in the United States, and they solemnly swear that this year’s calendar will be released on schedule, without any of the delays and other problems that plagued the last attempt. Their hope (and mine) is to make the Ice & Fire calendar a regular annual treat for my fans, and award-winning artist John Picacio is already feverishly at work on the artwork for the 2012 calendar. And boy, I can’t wait to show you guys some of the great stuff John is doing…

Oh, and speaking of calendars… after the debacle with the 2009 calendar, we were not able to arrange to publish a 2010 calendar in time, but several months ago some of my readers emailed me a calendar of fan art, a wonderful labor of love. (I really do have the best fans in the world). Unfortunately, I had one of my periodic email catastrophes shortly thereafter, and lost the email. If any of them are out there reading this, could you please resend? I’d love to post it here, and share your work with my other readers.

Thanks.

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Calendar Update

September 5, 2009 at 3:09 pm
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Sorry, there will be no 2010 Ice & Fire calendar. After our deal with DBPro was terminated, there was simply not enough time to find a new publisher, negotiate a contract, hire an artist, and get twelve paintings done so the calendar could be released on schedule. A calendar really needs to be released by Halloween at the latest… some 2010 calendars are already in the stores now, in early September… so….

However, I do expect to have some exciting news about the 2011 calendar Real Soon Now. And that one WILL be released on schedule.

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June???

June 1, 2009 at 11:12 am
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It can’t be June already. It really can’t.

Where have the months gone?

I am so depressed.

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May

May 4, 2009 at 9:22 pm
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It’s May, and this should be my last post about the 2009 calendars. Les Dabel tells me that all of them have now been shipped. Yes, even the autographed ones I signed in March. Yes, every single last one. He also tells me that they sent out some scarce HEDGE KNIGHT comic books, to help make up for the delay. The promised “extra content” — samples from the 2010 calendar — obviously could not be included, since the 2010 calendar has been cancelled.

No, it’s not the ending we would have wished for, but it is an ending. Everyone who paid for a calendar should have one soon, if you do not have one already.

(Yes, I am aware there is still an issue about the prints. Sorry, I cannot help you with the prints. I had nothing whatsover to do with those; that matter is between the Dabels and their customers.)

Meanwhile… hell, it’s May, time is rushing by again. Where do the months go?