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Ice & Fire Comes to Comics

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.


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.


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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Feb. 3rd, 2011 10:50 am (UTC)
Since I'm a "funny book" reader myself, I really do like the idea... the only thing I'm not sure of, though, and I'm sorry, is that the drawings could have been far, far better...
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, really cool. I bet that all four comic books will come out before ADWD.Tyrion looks OK but Jon is f****** EPIC!!!I can't wait to see what Eddard will look like.And Dany.
Feb. 4th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Odd, I think the Tyrion drawing was the more fitting of the two. The Jon looks more detailed, but somehow his face just seemed wrong. Don't get me wrong, it is a great drawing, but just didn't feel like the perfect Jon. It's just a concept sketch, so whatever. Interested to see the final product. I wonder how it will incorporate colour? Black and White with only splashes of colour (heraldry, blood, that sort of thing) would, I think, creat an amazing visual.
Feb. 4th, 2011 09:35 am (UTC)
I do completely agree with you on the colour issue... that would really be great! that or black and white would really suite the story ;)
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
And here I was trying to SAVE money.

Well, I'm sure I'll have to buy these.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
I've just started reading Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet, on book 3. Enjoying them so far so would most likely read more of his work. It also had a good interview with him included in the book.
Feb. 4th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
Tanto Ten
Feb. 4th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
Daniel Abraham
Wasn´t he the guy doomed to a nasty death along with Poor Ty?
Feb. 4th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
That was the huge announcement ... and I was sooo hoping it would be about Wildcards. Can`t be helped, patience is a virtue. Keep on the good work, Ser !
Feb. 4th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Hermann Huppen would have been the ticket.
Feb. 4th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is great news indeed. So this year I can expect many great ASoIaF related goodies coming my way! The samples really look nice, can't wait for the real thing :D

Btw, Mr. Martin, if you are reading this, here is something funny I came across a some time ago: http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/2848/1296831594318.jpg
I don't understand why the enthusiasm isn't continued in the fourth book though, it is my favorite in the series. The meaning of life part is true though XD
Feb. 5th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Big News! and... ironic...
GrrW... You are the Man! Glad you are verticle again. Been enjoying Wild Cards since '87. Love it! I'll be looking for the new monthly series. Btw... reading Inside Straight. Pretty cool to have a somewhat relevant storyline written 3 + years ago... classic sci-fi
Feb. 5th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Mark Texiera would have been awesome too. That guy draws dirty :) I would have loved to see what he made Bronn do to people.
Feb. 5th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
I just can't wait. I don't know what to say. Olé!
Seth Davis
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Ok two things.

1. Tyrion looks epic too. cmon guys.

2. while we're on a D.Abraham stint, I just read Hunter's Run. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME. Never read anything like it. Are there any other novels in that messed up, allegorical sci fi vein?
Frank Orifici
Feb. 7th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Wow! I didn't know Daniel Abraham wrote under a pseudonym, too!
Just put four Kindle books in my shopping cart. Have run out of bookcase room. But will FIND room for Ice and Fire graphic novel.
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:57 am (UTC)
Great news and impressed with the sketches - will the comics be available in the UK? really hope so!
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