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Ice & Fire Calendar Announced for Comicon

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.




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Mar. 27th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
Where are you? We all care about your health, get some sleep :)
Mar. 27th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
Good Stuff
Wow, always so cool getting to see these great images to complement their literary counterparts. It's a credit to you that they are so similar to the pictures I have in my head from the imagery in the books.

On a separate note, your involvement with the fans is so awesome. All the little bits are so much fun, from updates on Dance to weighing in on the Suvudu matches, I just enjoy the level of personal connection you have with your fans.

Again, good stuff, and I'm looking forward to what you have planned for us and Westeros whenever you finally decide Dance is up to your exacting standards.
Mar. 27th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
Ted Nasmith art for my favorite series?
It is sooo going to be a great Saturday after reading this post.
Mar. 27th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
Brilliant. I've never been a fan of Ted Nasmith's renderings of people, but I think a series of castles is a great fit for him. I'll definitely be picking this one up.

I have the 2009 calendar still here on my desk next to me. I've been meaning to cut it up and frame the pics, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.
Mar. 27th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
I think Nasmith's original field of art was architectural rendering, so yeah, no surprise he went to town with these. Lots to like here, but I love Sunspear best I think, or maybe Riverrun (which reminds me of Bodiam Castle).
Mar. 27th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
Mar. 27th, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
Looks fantastic, Ted Nasmith is a brilliant artist and those paintings look almost exactly as I imagined them. Hopefully the TV series producers will have this hanging in all their offices.
Mar. 27th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
Looks beautiful. Can't wait to get my hands on it!
Mar. 27th, 2010 07:45 am (UTC)
The Eyrie is awesome, but it wonder about the guys who built the thing? I mean someone decided "Hey, the top of that mountain looks like an AWESOME place to build a castle." This person was probably NOT the person who had to build the thing.
Mar. 27th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing! I always imagined that the Eyrie was
built into the mountain face or from it (at least mostly), but this
IS a fantasy series after all I suppose. ^-^
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Mar. 27th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
Ooh...looking forward to it.
Mar. 27th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
The calendar looks amazing! I'm very excited to hear that there will be more, after getting the gorgeous 2009 one, but not having one for this year.

I also want to say thank you for keeping us updated, and being so upfront and open about the unfortunate situation of the 2009 calendar, which was really appreciated. Thanks again for the teaser pictures of 2011's art!
Mar. 27th, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
Ooooo gorgeous. I hope it'll be available somewhere that ships to NZ :)
Mar. 27th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
Sorry if I am mistaken, but I thought these wonderful castle pictures
were originally commissioned for the 'World' book. Will we still
see them in that book?
Ta David
Mar. 27th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Calendar
Yep, those and other pieces of art from other artists, will still be in The World of Ice and Fire. :)
Mar. 27th, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)
Looks gorgeous. Winterfell seems even larger than I had thought. I want. :)

Mar. 28th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
I'd always envisaged Winterfell as a somewhat smaller and saner (architectually) version of Gormenghast: tons of and tons of buildings and courtyards rambling over acres, only some of them inhabited or inhabitable. It makes defending it with less than a dozen men quite difficult, as Theon found out to his cost ;-)
Mar. 27th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
only castles :p
Mar. 27th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)
That looks beautiful. Quite breathtaking!

Will it be available online or globally?
I live in the UK, and I would LOVE to get one of those.

Thankyou dear!
Mar. 27th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
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.

Hi George! If by this you mean this calendar (I've send it to the email displayed on your webpage), then I'm resending it right now. :DDD Hope you enjoy it!!!

ETA: The online gallery has two versions: months starting with sunday and monday, because the fanartists are from several continents and the US for example start with Sunday, while in Europe we start with monday. The pdf version has the sunday version, because we thought that's what you'd prefer. :)

Edited at 2010-03-27 11:50 am (UTC)
Mar. 28th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Really was a terrific thing you guys did. Loved the art. :)
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Mar. 27th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
Oh, the subject of the email is "christmas gift from Asoiaf fans for George RR Martin", just you know :)

And the new calendar looks absolutely beautiful! :)
Mar. 27th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
That's so pretty! I really hope I get one.
Mar. 27th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
Oh great! I wasn't planning on buying next year's Tolkien calendar (my usual fare :D) and now I won't have to look far for an alternative. I love Nasmith's land- and cityscapes.
Mar. 27th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
It looks awesome!
Mar. 27th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
I'd pay for desktop wallpapers (1440x900 or 1680x1050) of those paintings. :)
Mar. 27th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Oh! They'd make beautiful desktop wallpapers! :O
Mar. 27th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
available for pre-order on Amazon.com
Mar. 27th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
They are beautiful. :D Definitely gonna get it!
Mar. 27th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful news, Ted Nasmith is one of my favorite ASOIAF artists and I'm simply thrilled at the idea of a calendar with his paintings! I'll make sure to pre-order it as soon as possible.

Also, as one of the fans who helped put together the 2010 calendar, I'm happy to hear that you liked it. I'm sure someone already sent the files to you since we all stalk your (not a) blog.
Mar. 27th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Nice Castles, but...
...I'd prefer character portraits.

Actually, would you consider releasing a Dani calendar? I'm just saying...it would probably sell.
Mar. 27th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Nice Castles, but...
Or a calendar featuring the wolves, dragons, and other beasties! ^-^
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