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The Hard Call

The long-delayed Wild Cards comic book miniseries, Daniel Abraham's THE HARD CALL, is finally back on track, thanks to Dynamite Comics and their new partnership with DBPro.

There's an interview about the project just up on the comic website Newsarama:


Check it out for the latest news about this project.


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Mar. 24th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
+1 to my Westfield subscription service.
Mar. 24th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Excellent news. I've been wondering if they were ever going to finish it.
Mar. 24th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Daniel's remarks about "Witness" kind of make me hope he has a Golden Boy story noodling in his head if we get another Wild Cards comic series.

Good interview, too, with many interesting insights. I'm glad Dynamite Entertainment has stepped in.
Mar. 25th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
Re: ASoIaF
Hi! I'm new to this blog, so apologies if this is overdone or frowned upon. I'm new to the series (about to start book2), and I hear that you updated just this month that your book5 was at 1300 pages! I just wanted to give you encouragement as yet another reader is turned to the fold, and wondered if there were community estimates on book 5, or if it's just ready when it is ready :o?
Mar. 25th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC)
Re: ASoIaF
From GRRM's posts, the preference is that comments about Dance should be kept to posts about Dance itself. GRRM makes quite a few posts about his other two passions, American football and Pizza Pie, which comments about Dance should not be placed.

He has also mentioned that when he finishes Dance, we will know about it and he will post here. A good thing to do is check out his other works in the mean time. I am just a fan and so this is not a direct opinion from GRRM, but if you click on the Dance tag on the left, you can read all the posts he has made on it.
Mar. 25th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
Re: ASoIaF
A lot of people try to read the tea leaves, but in the end, yeah, it'll be done when it's done. GRRM reported on some good progress in the last couple of months (I think the last mark he gave was 1315 pages, to be more exact -- that's manuscript pages, which are roughly 1.5x the number of published pages).

He has, however, indicated that he's been trying to get in under 1550 pages or so, because beyond the mark the publishers say it'll be physically impossible to print is as one book. So, fingers crossed.
Mar. 25th, 2010 08:27 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if this is the proper place to put this
First of all, I love to read, and admittedly not so much the fantasy genre, but you, sir, make tolkien seem as interesting to read as a dictionary, make the belgariad look like a child's book, make robin hobb's farseer trilogy seem about as epic as a fart.

I find it unfair even, to compare A song of Ice and Fire to only the fantasy genre, but perhaps that's not fair of me to say of the fantasy genre...

In any case, i picked up a Game of Thrones at the wee-age of 14 back in 97 mabye 98, i've been here almost since the beginning, forget about deadlines, so many authors dissappoint me (many times they are new york time best sellers) putting out work that i feel makes their books seem like hack-written pieces of cow dung. A masterpiece cannot be rushed, and i don't care how long it takes, just write the damn thing 'til your convinced you could do it no better, please.

on a side note, i jus joined this live journal thing to send this msg, was looking for an email address couldnt find it... in my search for this email address i found your wiki-page where it said u use to direct chess thingies... makes perfect sense why ur so damn good at writing, looking at all the moves that may be seeing in advance...

on that tip, when will you tell the world that Jon Snow is not Eddard stark's, but the dragon prince and wolf princess' bastard? Seems to me uve forshadowed it enough, that makes two heads on the dragon... still havent figured out the third.

definitely can't wait for jaime to kill cersei either... valonquir with cersei coming out first that technically makes him the younger brother, no?

well, once again, thank you sir, for ur commitment to your art, you are truly a master of the craft
Mar. 25th, 2010 08:56 am (UTC)
jon snow
i really do hope i'm right about the jon snow thing. ever since, he was seated far away from king rob in the game of thrones (a good guy but dragon killer, lyanna lover, sending assassins after children), since Ned's recollection of lyanna "promise me, ned" ... the irony of lord snow talking about mance raydar's blood being as royal as his own, sarcastically... i gotta be right about this! i know you can't tell me, i'll have to wait and read to find out, but fans of song of ice and fire, what do you think???
Mar. 25th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
uh well im assuming my msgs won't be unscreened... which is fine, i just found mr. martin's email... and i suppose this wasn't the right forum for it... sorry... i was just trying to... be a fan?
Mar. 25th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
So, uh... regarding Suvudu.... any chance we'll see a writeup of how Jaime defeats Temeraire? If I can't get my DANCE, I'll take the little cage match blurbs. :D
Mar. 25th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
hard call
I have had it on order for ages, but Have loads to read in the meantime so no rush.
Mar. 25th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
unrelated, but of note
did you see hbo's hard knocks will about gang green this year? looks to be interesting, especially with the three-headed dragon running game.
Mar. 25th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
First time poster
Hello Mr. Martin, this is my first post on your web page and I am honored to do so. I promise never to discuss politics unless its related to the NFL (what about that overtime rule) and I won't bug you about Dances. I recently read Game Of Thrones for the first time, and I was blown away by it. In fact this was the first novel of yours that I have read and I'm an instant fan. So much so that I ran out and picked up the others in the series. I have some catching up to do before you release the latest installment.

My two cents about the book, if you will permit me, I would wait until all the hype on Thrones HBO series next year before you release Dances. It would probably mass book sales. I'm sure your fellowship probably wants to shoot me for making the suggestion that you wait until next year but I think that's a good business move.

Wild Cards looks fantastic and I will be checking that out as well.

It's been my pleasure to read your work for the first time and I'm looking forward to reading more, including your "not a blog" page when I can.

Connor Hobbs

Mar. 25th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Hard Call
This book takes us one step closer to Marxist socialism! :)
Mar. 26th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
Alien Virus, Chariot of the Gods, Francis Crick (Hippie! lol)
Hi, i just read this interview thing about wild cards... and the lady (sorry short term memory problems cant remember her name!!) who made the idea... was she sorta influenced by Erich Von Daniken (Chariot of the Gods) ? or was this just an independent stroke of genius? i really like the idea... i feel like it would translate really well into film and be able to have a larger mass market appeal than song of Ice and fire even (tho no matter how good it is, it could never be better than SoIaF for me!) ... Um um um, any chance of some movies? im gonna check these graphic novels out...

Have you urself read the Chariot of the Gods, sir? (i feel like this is almost a rhetorical question, very unlikely that u havent).

Fans of Wild Cards, i just wanted to put out there, that Francis Crick ( Nobel Peace prize winner) the guy who discovered the double-helixd DNA (on an LSD trip, lol) said about DNA, that it was about as likely that something as sophisticated as Life/DNA came about from a primordial melting pot of organic molecules as a Jumbo Jet being created out of a junkyard...His personal opinion was that somewhere out in the universe some alien race put DNA on a spaceship, sent it out to the universe and it crashed on earth creating our Life on this planet and eventually evolving into us. ALSO!!!! (my favorite part of it) he said the amount of information DNA could store was just about LIMITless (something like 5 percent of our DNA is exons, the rest is introns not expressed, like spacers) and theorized that introns held the History and stored Knowledge of the Alien planet that created life on Ours. Now, i dont know if i believe this, cuz any time someone says "about as likely as" i'm quick to remind them that life is much stranger than fiction, but it would be really cool to integrate this into the comics (hopefully movies? lol)...

i mean i read the thing about 1948 the alien virus comes... but it could be like, that was the second coming, and the first alien virus was life itself, and u find that out in the comics!... i mean i know the virus was used just as an explanation for powers but it would be cool...

Have you read (mr. martin and fans!) jared diamond (the 3rd Chimpanzee & Guns, Germs, and Steel) or Graham Hancock (no, not his fiction for god's sake, his work on the pre-history history), one of you bright minds should write some cool fiction about ancient civilization, 10000 BC was SUCH A DISGRACE!

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