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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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Sep. 5th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
fantastic, and I'll be ordering this time for sure.

I hope you get Michael Komarck to do the 2011 artwork. his work is amazing, imho
Sep. 5th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Komarck is wonderful, but he did the 2009 calendar.

The idea is to feature a different artist every year.

Komarck will continue to do his stunning covers for Wild Cards, however.
Sep. 6th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
I'm torn. Given the quality of the work he did for this year's calendar, I'd like to see Komarck hired to do the art for all things Ice & Fire...but somewhere out there is an amazing new artist we'll never get to see if he or she doesn't get to do a calendar or cover.

Oh, the handwringing!
Sep. 5th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
I'll draw one for myself, then! ;)
(Seriously, though, if you want some free work from a student artist for anything at all, let me know - it'd just be awesome to work on your characters (even if they aren't for Ice and Fire) for you.)
Sep. 5th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
But, hey, if the pilot and the series go through, we could have a 2011 Game of Thrones Calendar instead, and that would be cool, too.
Sep. 5th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
:( i just want one of your calendars.
Sep. 5th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
I figured 2011 seemed a lot likelier, all considered. :)
Sep. 5th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful news. I love my 2009 calendar. I have one plea though. Please make them include Jaime this time!!!
Sep. 6th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
Who needs calenders when we have the Dance?
Sep. 6th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Being that guy (the guy who everyone tells you not to be)
isn't about half the theme of this Blog complaining about people who complain about dance being late?

Dance is gonna come out eventually and it's gonna be great. and then we're all gonna go buy it and spend all night reading it and most of us will have it done within a week or two. and we'll all talk about it and how great it was. then we'll wait a week and we'll all start getting sad because the next book's not ready and probably wont be for another few years.

We all are fans of George's writing and yes for many of us our first taste was A Game of Thrones. now we have a blog to follow. and i promise you you'll spend more time looking at this and enjoying George's posts (bitching about people like you either complaining or snidely making such comments about the book taking a while) between Dance and the next book than you will actually reading Dance.
Sep. 9th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
"A week or two"?
I'll be lucky if it takes me 4 days to read it. Many rereads planned though. I just read vols.1-4 once again. Damn, they're good...

But point taken about the snide comment to which you took exception.
Sep. 6th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
'09 ART PRINTS & Sample Chapter switch?
Will there be Prints of the artwork available in the 09 calendar or is there a site/link they can be viewed at?
I haven't seen the calendar and judging by the September image and the Cover image i'd really like to see the rest of the artwork.
Also, (George if you're reading this) is it possible to switch the DWD sample chapter to the tyrion one, I haven't read that yet.
Keep up the amazing work! You're series is the best i've ever read.
Sep. 6th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: '09 ART PRINTS & Sample Chapter switch?
Michael Komarck may make prints of the artwork available through his website.
Sep. 8th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: '09 ART PRINTS & Sample Chapter switch?
Will you be notifying fans here if he does? Because I am very likely to forget all about it, but I would definitely buy a print of his artwork if it was available!
Sep. 6th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Totally Understandable
Though if you don't mind my asking, I believe that I recall having seen calendars that were only one sheet, much like a poster, in which all 12 months were printed at the bottom. Might something like that be at all possible, as it would only involve one image rather than 12? Or maybe even just a poster? The idea may not be feasible, but I hope that there is no harm in suggesting it. :)
Sep. 6th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
if dance comes out in 2010, that beats a calendar by leaps and bounds. Everyone will forget that they have to put up with a mediocre non asoiaf calendar for a year, lol.
Sep. 6th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
Sweet! That will look good on the wall as I'm reading Dance.
Sep. 6th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Well, we'll just have to flip the 2008 calendar back to the beginning and just act surprised each month when we see the pics. I don't use calendars for the date anyway, just the artwork.
Sep. 6th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
long time reader, first time commenter

can't wait to see some more illustrations of ice and fire! some great fan art out there, but so far can't compare to calendar art
Sep. 6th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
Cool. I was under the impression that there would be no more calendars ever after last year's lash-up.
Sep. 6th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
No Calender 2010
Damn. Now I will never know which day it is....
Sep. 6th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Why not just release a book of artwork with a title like "The Art of Westeros" or "Artwork of a Song of Ice and Fire. That way you can include your favorite book covers, have more than just twelve images, and don't have to worry about releasing it within a certain calender year. Just a thought.
Sep. 7th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
^^^I agree
Sep. 7th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Art Ice and Fire

Nice thought. Already been done.The Art of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire can be found on Amazon. It is an amazing book!

--Mr. Martin. Sorry to read about all the calendar problems. I was lucky enough to receive mine with no problems. Looking forward to the next one. I also like it just for the art.
Sep. 7th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
You mean something like this?

I haven't seen it yet, but I would snag a copy if it ever gets reprinted.

Put my vote in for more Ice & Fire art books!
Sep. 7th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Pardons, I live in the middle of nowhere and don't socialize much. Let me rephrase that, perhaps it's time for Vol.2

P.S. Mr. Martin you are reading this and laughing at my ignorance. I still would do just about anything to get a shot at auditioning for Hodor. That is unless you know another 7'1" GRRM admirer out there.
Sep. 6th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Too bad, but nothing we can do about it right now. :)

And yeah, the calendars are all about the artwork. I'm not going to miss the calendar itself, just the gorgeous pictures.
Sep. 6th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling the '11 calendar will be photography.
Sep. 7th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
With all the Dabel Brothers problems, is it still possible to back order 08 & 09 calendars?
Sep. 7th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
There was no 2008 calendar. The 2009 calendar was the first -- and so far only -- one we've done.

I believe it still may be possible to order one from DBPro. But as you know, there have been major delivery problems. Some people get their items quickly, with no problems. Others tell me they are still waiting a year or more after paying their money. So... how lucky are you feeling?

Sep. 7th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
Well, judging by the artwork I've seen it'd be worth the wait, and buying one calendar makes more sense than paying for individual prints, so i guess if DB is still distributing them I'll order it up! Thanks!
Sep. 7th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
I hope that if you DO do a calendar, you still go with the artists and not photos from the show.

My mother always had (and still does!) a Tolkien calendar for every year, and I was quite excited to have my own version of this. Sadly I missed out on 2009, but the potential for 2011 makes me happy.
Sep. 7th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Well, you do have some fantastic fan artwork that has been sent your way. Is it possible that you could have a fan artwork calender, as a collection of artist. If you could find a publisher it would take no time to get all the artwork together for a calender.:)
Sep. 8th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
I am not sorry to hear that there won't be another DB calendar. My 2009 calendar still has not arrived even though I ordered (and paid!) rather early. None of my numerous inquiries by phone and email has been answered. To hear that I am probably not the only one still waiting does not make the situation any better.

I sincerely hope for a more professional publisher next time. And although I would have personal preferences regarding the artist, for example, I would frankly be happy about any calender that will be properly delivered at all.
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
good news indeed
That's great to hear that you're doing more calendars. I had many problems with DB but the quality of the calendar was undeniable. For '10 calendar I would personally prefer more painted art instead of photoshoots, say from the HBO series. Thanks for looking after your fans, George!
Sep. 9th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
shame about the 2010 calendar....but looking forward to 2011 now!
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