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Croatia Gets The Gold

September 30, 2011 at 11:55 am
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Sorry, Portugal.

When I put up the post about my Portuguese publisher winning the gold medal for being the first to release a translation of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS (see below), a number of readers in Croatia wrote me to say, no, the Croatian edition was out first. I had not seen the Croatian edition, or even a jpeg of its cover… but now I have.

They were right. Croatia was first. Portugal was second. Croatia gets the gold, Portugal the silver. (The bronze remains to be determined, so far as I know). Both Croatia and Portugal split the book into two volumes, and have thusfar released only the first half.

Here’s the Croatian cover for volume one of DANCE:

And here’s their cover for the second part, which is not yet published, but is in the pipeline and should be out soon:

Meanwhile, filming of the second season of the HBO series in currently underway in Dubrovnik, so Croatia is doubly blessed. A lot of Croatians have been hired as extras and crew, and a few have speaking roles as well.

Portugal, on the other hand, gets a visit from me next spring.

So everybody wins. I hope.

Enjoy the read, whatever language you may be reading in.

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Me and Wonder Man

September 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm
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I’ve done a lot of interviews this past year, but this was the only one that touched on the profound (and hitherto unexplored) influence that Wonder Man and the Avengers have had on my work:

It was great fun being interviewed by John Hodgman (he’s a PC). Even if he does think my Not A Blog is medieval. I also got to talk with him a little more at HBO’s big post Emmy bash.

((And yes, I am looking forward next year’s AVENGERS movie. Even though I think it’s an outrage that they left out Ant-Man and the Wasp).

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GAME OF THRONES Comes to Comics

September 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm
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For all you funny book collectors out there… the first issue of GAME OF THRONES, from Dynamite and Random House, is now on sale in your favorite local comic book shop, bookstore, or spinner rack.

(Or at least it WAS on sale. I’m sorry, too much on my plate, I am way behind in posting here. GOT #1 went on sale last week, I gather, and is already sold out in many places. Dynamite has gone back to press for a second printing, but those copies will not have made it to the retailers yet ).

The first issue is available with two variant covers, one by Alex Ross and one by Mike S. Miller.

ROSS cover

MILLER cover

You pays your money and you takes your choice. Or you can just buy both, if you’re that kind of collector.

Inside, the artwork is by Tommy Patterson, the script and adaptation by Daniel Abraham. The original story, of course, is by me.

In other comic-related news, Comic Book Resources has published an interview with Daniel at:

There’s also a preview available on Newsarama at:

My hat is off to Daniel, Tommy, Alex, Mike, and the rest of the good folks at Dynamite and Random House, who have brought Westeros and its denizens to the world of comics.

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Season Two Teaser

September 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm
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Season two is presently filming in Belfast and Dubrovnik.

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One Million… and Counting

September 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm
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With all my travel, I never got the chance to hoot about my induction as the newest member of the Kindle Million Club.

So here’s my hoot, a little late.

Read all about it:

That’s some cool company. Or some hot company, as the case may be.

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MTV Interviews

September 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm
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Tom Akel and his crew from MTV were at Bubonicon this year, interviewing me and a whole bunch of the other writers at the con.

The videos have been posted in a series of little mini-interviews here:

Check ’em out!

(And yes, I’m home again in Santa Fe, back at the computer).

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Reunions and Reboots

September 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm
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Last night I returned to one of my old haunts from my Hollywood years… and shared a wonderful reunion dinner with some old friends from my days on the staff at BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Some of them are folks I have kept in touch with regularly over the intervening years. Others I had not seen or spoken to since the show ended. Ron Perlman (Vincent), Linda Hamilton (Catherine), and Armin Shimmerman (Pascal) were there, along with composer Don Davis, producer David Schwartz, my fellow writers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon (the Lads) and their wives, and of course B&B’s creator and showrunner, Ron Koslow (who does not look to have aged a day since the show ended, and surely must have a portrait in his attic). We shared some wine and some memories, got caught up with each other, laughed a lot, drank a few toasts to the friends and colleagues no longer with us, and vowed to make the reunion an annual event.

A great time, which brought back vivid memories of a good time in my life. Very fitting, actually, since I’d made this visit to LA for the Emmy Awards… and it was as a writer/ producer on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST that I got my first two Emmy nominations. (We lost both years. But it’s an honor just to be nominated, yadda yadda).

Inevitably, one of the items of table conversation was the recent announcement that BEAUTY AND THE BEAST may be returning to the airwaves. Actually, there are TWO new BEAUTY AND THE BEAST shows in the works. One, under development for ABC, is based on the original fairy tale, and presumably will have a medieval European setting. The other, however, is a reboot of our own show.

You can read bout it here:

Now that you’ve read that, you know just as much about the reboot as I do. Actually, you know just as much about the reboot as anyone at our reunion dinner did. All of us had seen the story, in the REPORTER or on the internet, but none of us had been contacted by CBS or CW or any of the folks doing this new version. Just sayin’.

To be honest, I have very mixed feelings about this announcement. I am proud of the work I did on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, I learned a lot on the show, and I have a huge amount of affection for Vincent, Catherine, Father, Diana, and all the other characters we created in our fantasy kingdom under the streets of Manhattan (some of which were my own humble contributions). I love the idea of introducing a new generation of television viewers to the tunnel world and its denizens. After the original show was cancelled, all of us nursed the dream that B&B would return one day (how not? we had such a fabulous fanbase). A feature film was the dream, and for a while it seemed as if that would happen… but it never came to pass, years and decades went by, and we all moved on.

And now this. A reboot. Well, okay. I wish them luck, although generally speaking, I am not a fan of reboots. I don’t know the writers they have selected, but they seem to have good credentials. I hope they’ve seen the original series. I hope they love it as much as we do. I hope they keep the fantasy, the whole tunnel world, not just the Beast. I hope they keep Father and Mouse and Jamie and Pascal and all the other characters we peopled the tunnels with. And I hope they keep the poetry: the sonnets, the readings from Shelley and Keats and Kipling, the deep love of books and words and literature that was so much a part of Vincent.

Most of all, I hope they keep it smart.

But I must admit, the announcement makes me nervous. The new version will “modernize and CW-up” the love story, it says here, as well as adding a “procedural twist.” I haven’t watched enough shows on the CW to know what “CW-up” really means in this context, but the phrase rings ominously in my ears. And “modernize?” Uh… well, set it in 2012, sure… but part of the appeal of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the timelessness of the underlying love story.

But we’ll see. (Or we won’t, this is only a script at this stage, not even a pilot). Maybe this will be another BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, where the reboot is a hundred times better than the original. Or at least a STAR TREK, where the comparative merits of the original show and the new one can be debated.

But I do pity the actors they cast to play Vincent and Catherine and Father. Ron and Linda and Roy are going to be tough, tough acts to follow.

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One More Signing

September 25, 2011 at 6:45 pm
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Still in LA. I fly home tomorrow.

Dropped by the Bookstar in Studio City this afternoon and signed all their stock, for any readers in the San Fernando Valley looking for an autographed book.

Once upon a time, in my TWILIGHT ZONE days, I used to watch movies in that bookstore. It began life as a nice little neighborhood theater. Still has the ticket booth out front.

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For Angelenos

September 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm
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Still in LA, doing lunch and taking meetings and dancing the Hollywood shuffle.

But I had some free time this morning, so I did stealth signings at some LA bookstores.

If anyone out there is looking for a signed copy of one of my novels, you’ll find stacks of ’em at the Barnes & Noble branches in Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach (both), and The Grove. I also hit the brand new Mysterious Galaxy branch in Redondo Beach, and defaced their copies. It’s first come first served, so if you’re eager for a copy I have scribbed in, hie ye to one of those stores while the supplies last.

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After the Emmys

September 20, 2011 at 11:52 am
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For those of you who may have been hiding under a rock since Sunday… or maybe watching the Falcons/ Eagles game when you should have been watching the Emmycast… the big news here is that Peter Dinklage won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for this portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s GAME OF THRONES.

Goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that all of us from GOT were thrilled by Peter’s win. Much deserved. And only the first of many, I suspect.

GAME lost out in the other three categories where we had nominations, alas… including BEst Drmaatic Series, where MAD MEN took home the Emmy for the fourth straight year. But as the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers of my youth used to say, “Wait’ll Next Year.”

The Emmy festivities have changed immensely since the last time I ws up for one (for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, back in 1989 or so). The weekend was a blur of pre-parties, post-parties, receptions, gifting lounges, red carpets, and limos. Parris and I got to lift a glass or three with Peter, David & Dan and their lovely wives, Mark Addy, Lena Headey, Michelle Fairley, Kit Harrington, Jason Momoa, and Nicholaj Coster-Waldau, and some of the cast from BOARDWALK EMPIRE as well. I met lots of very cool people, and was astonished and delighted by how many fans the series — both the TV series AND the books — has in Hollywood, even on other networks and series. (Keep a sharp eye out in future weeks for GOT nods on a couple of your favorite comedies).

But now to work. I’m still in LA, and will be here for the rest of the week, but from this point on it’s mostly meetings. But more good stuff may come out of those as well… one hopes…

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