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Ice & Fire Comes to Comics

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Whether you're an Ice & Fire reader or a funny book fan or both, I have cool news for you. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is coming to comics. Random House/ Bantam Books has acquired the rights to do a graphic adaptation of the series, to be published as monthly comics (in partnership with Dynamite Entertainment) and as graphic novels in trade paperback format.

The comics will be scripted by DANIEL ABRAHAM, who should need no introduction to regular readers of this blog... but I'll give him one anyway. Daniel is the author of ten books and more than thirty short stories, under his own name and the pseudonyms M.L.N. Hanover and James S.A. Corey (with Ty Franck). He has been nominated for the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy awards, and won the International Horror Guild Award. Daniel's previous comic work includes the adaptation of my historical horror novel FEVRE DREAM for Avatar, and the original Wild Cards series THE HARD CALL for Dynamite and DBPro. When not adapating my fantasy series, he's presently writing his own, THE DAGGER AND THE COIN.



The series will be drawn by artist TOMMY PATTERSON, who won the gig over more than a dozen other artists from around the world who applied for the assignment and submitted samples. With so much top rank talent to pick from, it was a tough choice, but Daniel and I and our editors at Bantam and Dynamite were all knocked out by the character sketchs and sample pages that Tommy submitted.

JON SNOW


Tommy's previous credits include FARSCAPE for Boom! Studios, the movie adaptation THE WARRIORS for Dynamite Entertainment, and TALES FROM WONDERLAND, THE WHITE KNIGHT, RED ROSE, and STINGERS from Zenescope Entertainment. He holds a BS in Studio Art and also works as a graphic designer. Patterson lives in Western Kentucky with his wife and daughter.

TYRION LANNISTER


The first issue of the monthly comic is scheduled to be published by Dynamite Entertainment in late spring 2011. The graphic novel compilations will be published by Bantam.

*** And yes, for those who were wondering, this was one of the infamous Two Big Announcements that I was originally hoping to make during my visit to Los Angeles in early January, before my holidays in the hospital knocked all my plans off the rails.

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mizkit
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. That's fantastic. Congratulations!
rawr_balrog
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
Good choice for the artist! His samples are gorgeous. I hope he puts that much care into every panel!
anywhere_but_nj
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
SO COOL!! I'll keep my eyes out :)
ghoulgurl
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
1. THIS is awesome!! :) *comic nerd is pleased*

2. I have a silly Ice & Fire related question for you...

I'm throwing a viewing party complete with feast when the show premiers. It's my job to make the lemon cakes! Hehe. So, I figured I may as well go straight to the source- what do you envision lemon cakes looking like? Are they tarts? Are they more like lemon bars? Muffiny in nature? So many possibilities!

Damn... Now I'm hungery. :)
woodbyrne
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Great idea. I hope some sort of recipe gets posted here.
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landale
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm just loving those character sketches. Looking forward to it!
escarboucle
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Ah, I can't wait to buy that =) Thanks a lot :) Tyrion and Jon look fantastic (not sold yet by Ghost)!
matthewrodney
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
How cool! Game of Thrones and the comics both coming out this spring! Looking forward to them.

(I can't help but wonder what the other announcement was, and if that will be made sometime soon)
stegoking
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Great news, George. Looking forward to them.
esc_key
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, I never expected ASOIAF proper to become a comic! Those sketches look great and, of course, Daniel Abraham will know how to adapt your work.

Will the Dunk & Egg "Hedge Knight" comics be reborn with the publication of "The Mystery Knight?" I just really like Mike S. Millar's interpretation of Dunk and Egg! (No disrespect to Tommy Patterson intended; they are different comics.)
grrm
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
We do hope to do a comic adaptation of "The Mystery Knight" at some point, though no deal is yet in place. It will be done by the same team as the last two... Ben Avery scripting and Mike S. Miller drawing... if I have my druthers. And I usually do.
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wolfden
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
The sketches look awesome. Looking forward to the comics.

I hope that you are feeling much better now after your hospitalization. Recovery always takes so much longer than we wish it would.
nimarii
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Totally sold on those sketches...! keep us posted on when it will be coming out :)
matthewrodney
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
How cool! Game of Thrones and the comics both coming out this spring! Looking forward to them.

(I can't help but wonder what the other announcement was, and if that will be made sometime soon)
Nigel Bradley
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Ditto!
I second that wonderment. I hope it comes soon!
jarathen
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
there can never be enough ASOIAF
comic, tv show, all that jazz, can't get enough. now where's a fevre dream film? that is a vampire story i can get behind.

i wonder and ponder at what the second announcement would be.

i am crossing my fingers for ASOIAF-themed frozen dinners and soup mixes. barley and venison soup, lamprey pie, beef and bacon pie, quails drowned in butter, and everyone's favorite - acorn paste that tastes awful but can be eaten at need!

what other announcement could we be possibly waiting for?
spacediamond
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: there can never be enough ASOIAF
Fort Freak?
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airings
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Amazing news! I can't wait :D
sephen
Feb. 2nd, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Logo of WILD CARDS is at front and I think immediately that is another WILD CARDS comic, so I get excited! Comic of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is good too and I am reading this when it arrives!

Books of Ice and Fire I am still reading. Cousin Evgeny reads while I do and we are almost finishing Clashes with Kings. Of WILD CARDS we are great fans but we enjoy this other work too. Maybe we read comic of westeros when it is released!
spacediamond
Feb. 5th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
Good to know there are Wild Cards fans outside of the U.S. I've often pondered how people in other countries react to the epicness that is WCs. I know they're gaining popularity here in the States (About damn time!!!), but the series still doesn't get enough recognition in my book.

I can tell by your accent that you're from the Soviet Union. Maybe the historical events in Chernobyl could have spawned some real life Wild Cards? That would be something awful to behold (and yet really cool for a sci-fi geek like me.)

Hey, I just thought of a new Wild Card: Captain Commrade!
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lampster65
Feb. 2nd, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
When does it come out?
Let us know when it hits the stores so I can put it on my list at my Funny Book Store. I don't want to miss an issue!
cowshed
Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
:/
I know I love the adaptations of the Hedge Knight and the Sworn Sword...but those were stand alone short stories, and the graphic novels were both over 150 pages each. I can't even begin to imagine the sheer magnitude of adapting the actual novels themselves. I hate to be the skeptic here, but this project sounds almost too monumental for any one artist to keep up with. You'll have to forgive me if I save the bulk of my enthusiasm for the HBO series, please.
witchy
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
F*** yes. This is the year of Song of Ice and Fire goodies.
solanocard
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
How long will it take...
To tell this story in comic format? I imagine it might take a very long time to tell this story in monthly installments...maybe as long as the original publication cycle (which stands at what, 16 years now? and might be as many as 25 when done???)... I have not bought a comic in a long time. that might change now. Wonder if I can get an Ipad version? Well, this is an unexpected announcement, but really cool. I am REALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY looking forward to the second announcement. I sure hope that the second yet to come announcment means us fans will see something long awaited around the same time the HBO show starts. I'm asking for HBO on for my birthday which falls 2 days later. Hope I get it early.
hippoiathanatoi
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Re: How long will it take...
Daniel Abraham says they're shooting for 24 issues to adapt AGoT, give or take some issues. That's two years if it keeps a clockwork schedule (and Daniel notes he's got three scripts done and is on the way through the fourth, so Tommy Peterson has a lot to work with). Assuming they do the same for the following books, we're looking at AFfC's adaptation being completed eight years from now.

The iPad question is a good one! I see that Dynamite has an app at iTunes, at least, so not utterly impossible. I'd be very curious to find out what the plan is in regards to digital distribution, actually.
winterfellow
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
Comic
I just got into reading comics with Fevre Dream and Doorways coming out in that format. This is perfect since the Fevre Dream run is over now. Can't wait.
bright_soulfire
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
I'm so excited to hear this! I enjoy graphic adaptations to see if the artist sees the same thing in their mind's eye as I do when reading the books.

The character sketches don't look quite like I pictured the characters, but I still love them and am looking forward to seeing the rest of the cast in this format (as well as on HBO)!
tortoises
Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Jon's hot. Just sayin'.
lady_of_payne
Feb. 3rd, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
Good works.
infinite_hiatus
Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
Nice! I'll definitely be buying the graphic novels when they come out.
Gernot Prett
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:56 am (UTC)
The sketchs are cool, except for Ghost. He looks more like a sweet Labrador Retriever than a fierce Direwolf!
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