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Coming to Comicon

I'm off to San Diego tomorrow morning, for comicon.

Tickets have been sold out for months, alas. But for you lucky 150,000 who will be lucky enough to get in, here's my current schedule of signings, panels, and other public events.


10:00 am - 12 noon Daniel Abraham and I will be signing copies of the FEVRE DREAM graphic novel at the Avatar booth (#2701),

12 noon - 1:00 pm EPIC FANTASY panel, rm 6A

1:30pm - 2:30 pm The panelists from Epic Fantasy will be signing in autograph area AA1

3:00pm - 4:00 pm The GAME OF THRONES panel, an hour long discussion of the HB0 series with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and actors Lena Headey (Cersei), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime). I'll be moderating.

4:30pm - 5:45pm The GAME OF THRONES cast and I will be signing posters at the Warner Brothers booth #4545.


10:00 am - 11:00 am I will be signing copies of the DOORWAYS graphic novel at the IDW
booth (#2643)

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm John Picacio and I will be signing copies of the 2012 Ice & Fire calendar in the autograph area, AA 21 I will also be signing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and my other Ice & Fire books during this appearance.


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm I will be signing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, the other Ice & Fire books, and anything else you care to bring in the autograph area, AA 18.

5:00pm - 6:00 pm Tor Books will be giving away complimentary copies of INSIDE STRAIGHT at their booth, and I'll be on hand to sign them, along with Melinda Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, Carrie Vaughn, and other members of the Wild Cards crew. We'll also be glad to deface FORT FREAK and any other Wild Cards books you care to present to us.


10:30 am - 11:30 am WILD CARDS panel. Half a dozen of your favorite Wild Cards writers will assemble to talk about the past, present, and future of the long-running shared world series in the field.

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm The Wild Card panelists will adjourn to AA1 to sign your books.

Later that afternoon, I will heading over to Mysterious Galaxy for my signing there, but that's offsite, and not an official part of the SDCC schedule.

A couple of notes about the signings:
1) as on my tour, I will be autographing your books, but I won't be able to inscribe or personalize them (unless by some chance you catch me at a slow time when there's no line),
2) many of these signings are keyed to particular books and projects. At Avatar, I'll be signing FEVRE DREAM, at IDW it will be DOORWAYS, for Tor WILD CARDS. The place to get your DANCE WITH DRAGONS signed is at the big general signings on Friday and Saturday. We've scheduled me for four hours of signing between those two days... so please, respect my other publishers and DO NOT ask me to sign your Ice & Fire books at the booth signings. Those are meant to promote my other projects.


Of course, there are certain things I am always willing to sign.


Jul. 19th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Game of Thrones panel
Someone better be recording that Game of Thrones panel. With you moderating, we should get a couple of questions that we haven't heard a million times already :)
Jul. 19th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
Who says writers aren't as cool as rock stars?

I've been told that Ty had to fend off screaming groupies in Slovenia, too. Getting to the point where you need roadies, George.
Jul. 20th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
Writers = to or > rock stars
1000% agree.

Again, I hope you don't mind me saying, but you look like a rugged, long-haired version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt from Inception.
Towers Rice
Jul. 19th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
Damn it feels good to be a Lannister
Definitely off topic, but if GRRM hasn't seen this video, he should watch it stat:

Anouk Zinno
Jul. 19th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
Dance with Dragons

I'm not sure wether you'll read your comments often or not, but let's try it :)
I love your work, read your books (not all, but I'm working on it) and of course I manage, even living in France to get your latest book in my favourite little store in Lyon.
I got it since last Friday, but only read around 220 pages so far. Why not so much already ?
Because the book's so heavy that I manage to get myself a neuralgia in my left arm... extending to my right arm (since I tried to continue reading by holding the book only with my other arm)...

That's so unfair !!! So please, can you come and read me your book while I fall asleep ? I'm only living in Lyon, France, I'm sure you can enjoy the view and stay for a while ;-)

Okay, maybe it's only a dream, but that would be nice if you could come to Octogones 2 in October ;-) which is a games/rpg/fantasy (and so much more :) ) convention. So ? What do you think ?
Would you come ? Pleaaaase ? ^^"

(I was always told that you have nothing to fear for asking something to someone, only that you may expect a "no" as the answer... keep hoping though) :)

Have a nice day, and I'm hoping that you could come sign my book at least in October 2011 (and many others as well, so, maybe, I'm not *that* selfish ? ^^")
Jul. 19th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Haha cute picture. And Sunday night, your arm falls off.

Seriously, you must train for all these sessions. 8)
Jul. 19th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
love the photo! George may also have to hire a team of hand-massaging professionals as well.
Jul. 19th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Roadies?
Well I am a Licensed Massage Therapist. I may have to keep my table in the truck of my car when you visit Seattle just in case. 8)
Jul. 19th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
quick question
Isn't part of the deal with preordering Fevre Dream that you get that and 3 other items signed?
Jul. 20th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
Re: quick question
Ooops. Yes, that's so. Forgot that part.

But of course we'll honor that.

My mind is turning to mush. So many things to juggle, so little time.
Jul. 20th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: quick question
lol that's ok I just wanted to make sure before showing up! I Can't wait to see you there!
Jul. 19th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
Do you, sir, or anyone who happens to read my comment, know where I could find the 2009 and 2011 calendars besides Amazon?
Jul. 20th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
We should have a small supply of the 2011 calendars on sale at San Diego. But get to the Random House booth early, they don't last long.

The 2009 calendar is another story. None for sale anywhere I know.
Jul. 20th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
Ah, that's too bad. I thought the 2009 one was especially beautiful. Perhaps I can find someone with a used version who is willing to give it up, though it won't come cheap. And as I am unfortunately unable to make it to Comic-Con (much as I want to) I guess I'll have to do the same for the 2011 one. Alas. But thank you!

Edited at 2011-07-20 12:11 am (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
2011 calendar
For the 2011 calendar, I know that it was available through Diamond distributors, so if you go to your local comic book shop they might still be able to order you a copy (that's where I'm getting mine)
Jul. 20th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
Re: 2011 calendar
Okay, thanks, I'll give that a try!
Jul. 20th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Re: 2011 calendar
Ah, apparently not. I checked with my comic books store but he said he couldn't get it. Bah. Thanks anyway.
Jul. 20th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
Dabel bros 2009 calendar
The 2009 calendar had certain... problems. It is indeed a collector's item now as it was practically useless, unless you preserved it and for 2015. Unfortunately I only have one, sealed and entombed until 2015 when I may or may not hang it up, otherwise I'd offer to sell you a copy. It is indeed quite beautiful and certainly frame worthy.

I almost ruined my calendar when my basement flooded and a lot of my other collectibles suffered water damage. Luckily, the calendar was in one of the higher safes off the floor.
Jul. 20th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Dabel bros 2009 calendar
The fact that I could still use it in the future makes me want to buy it even more! Hmm...where does one find collector's items, do you know?

I'm glad yours wasn't ruined! My basement flooded once as well and my books and photographs weren't so lucky. :(

If you wouldn't mind, could you take a look at your calendar and see who the publisher/maker/distributor is? Perhaps I could call them and get a copy from them directly? =/

Edited at 2011-07-20 10:28 pm (UTC)
Jul. 21st, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Dabel bros 2009 calendar
Dabel Brothers were the publisher. They screwed the pooch, but what's funny is the calendar is now a genuine collector's piece due to all the problems surrounding it. Lot of people were really pissed at the time, but I bet many of them regret throwing out their calendars now.

Good luck with getting in touch with any customer support from Dabel. In my experience they haven't been very professional and kinda live in a bubble of their own self importance.

Anyway, George explains what happened here:

Lisa McDowell
Jul. 20th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing you there!! Can't wait. I'll be one of those crazy folks trying to get one of those special WB signing tickets...crossing fingers. Unfortunately won't be there on Fri or Sat, would you perhaps sign books at the group panel autograph session on Thurs at 1:30???

Have a great trip and a fun time in San Diego! We do love it when you visit our beautiful city!
Rob Volz
Jul. 20th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
I'm certainly not GRRM, but two things:

1. I'd think he'd be able to sign anything (likely only 1 or 2 at time, tho) at the Thurs 1:30 Epic Fantasy Writers panel, since its not sponsored by a particular publisher (AFAIK), and I'm pretty sure the main reason he's on the panel is for ASOIAF. If I'm wrong, please feel free to correct me.

2. If you go to the 1:30 signing, there is no way in hell you will get into the Game of Thrones panel at 3, unless you have a Press Pass or whatever. Personally, I'm planning on lining up as soon as I get there (bw 8:00 - 9:00, Gods willing) and finishing Dance while I wait in line/sit through the other Room 20 panels. Hopefully I'll be next to someone dressed as Barristan the Bold in case we have to cut through some line-cutting Twihards like cake.
Jul. 20th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
He'd be fantastic.
Jul. 20th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
Oh, how I wish to go to Comic Con one year!
Jul. 20th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
I didn't know you were up to signing those things. If only the KC "sluts" knew...

Can't wait to see you at Comicon and the LA signing!
Jul. 20th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC)
Watch out for the Twilight fangirls!
Jul. 20th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
George, I hope you realize you have sentenced yourself to signing some sweaty comic book guy man boobs.
Jul. 20th, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
Never call yourself craven SPOILER ALERT
Dear George,

Thank you for A Song of Ice and Fire!

I am amazed this username was free. Samwell is my favourite character.

Usually, I am an intellectually engaged but emotionnally detached and critical reader - a valuable strategy that will help me finish my Ph.D.

But it kind of dullens fiction for me.

Your books have swept that away. They have completely captured my mind and my heart. A clean sweep. ASoIaF is my first fantasy read since the Earthsea Trilogy when I was 11.

The Westeros experience is not like being a child again, and not escapist - it is like growing up to hard home truths. In Selhorys, Tyrion thinks: "This is another world .. but not so different from the world I know". Spot on.

The Samwell thing: I gather women and men read books differently. At best, men can grow sensitive to symbols and metaphors. Women go right ahead and form personal relationships with characters.

For the first time since accompanying Ged (when I was 11yrs old) or Raskolnikov (16), I have now (36) found a soulmate in this character.

Jon takes no shit: he looks Sam straight in the eye and forbids him to be a coward; not on the inside, not on the outside. He sweeps aside the little neuroses and penetrates to the man inside. Sam has the brains and the character to be a maester of generational greatness. On page 319 of ADWD right now, can't wait to hear what happens next.

Will Sam find peace in himself? Will he apply himself, develop his mind, and as a man, uncover the secret knowledge that saves Westeros from the white walkers? Your call I suppose :-)

Have to wind up here - this is my first ever fan mail, won't get needy about wanting a reply, hope you can take this honest praise at face value. You have an amazing creative talent, an amazing knowledge of people, and one sick fucking sense of humour.

Nice one.

Best from Cologne (from a native of Dublin)



Jul. 20th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Is that a Mont Blanc you are signing that woman's chest with????
Kevin Andrew Murphy
Jul. 20th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
See you there! Looking forward to the Wild Cards panel Sunday morning.
Jul. 20th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
That's quite a schedule you've got there. Good luck!
Shoham 'Leo' Charikar
Jul. 21st, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
On that pic...
Bwhahahaha! Good man!
Jul. 21st, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
George would it read funny if I read a Feast Chapter and then ADWD Chapter???

I am on my re-read of the whole series (currently halfway through Clash. I already own A Dance with Dragons. When I get to Feast. Would it read fairly smoothly if I went a chapter of Feast and then a chapter of Dance and so on? I know Dance "catches up at some point, but I am wondering if that would read in a somewhat chronilogical way? or do you believe it would be a better experience just to read Feast and then backtrack in time with other characters in Dance?

Let me know. Thanks!
Jul. 21st, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
Not Safe For Work should be a more common occurence
You are a very busy man sir, but this is good busy! The last pic is priceless! Good to see you enjoying yourself! Though you are off the market, hopefully, with your significant other's understanding, may you sign many more of those for the years to come!

Just a quick question, are Sahara Knite, Sibel Kekili and Esme Bianco going to be in the next season, or was that a one off (especially for Ms. Knite) for them? I liked Sibel Kekili and Esme Bianco, not only because they are gorgeous, but their talent is quite apparent. They took small roles, in Ms. Kekili's case, or those that didn't even exist, in the case of Esme Bianco, and managed to bring to life some unforgettable characters. I hope D&D consider giving them some scree time on the next season!
Jul. 21st, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
Your book is THE PERFECT gift.
Dear Mr. Martin,
I don't know how else to reach you, but I was wondering if it was possible for me to ask of you a favor?
It is my best friends' birthday coming up, and I thought the perfect gift for him would be an autographed copy of your book, A Game of Thrones.
We made it a habit to watch every HBO episode together while he is stationed in Hawaii, and I live in Minnesota.

If this is at all possible, please, I would be honored, and willing to pay all postage and for the book as well.

If you could, reply to my e-mail;

and I can give you my address.
His birthday is August 5th.

Thank you so much for writing and creating great works. You are an inspiration to many.

Koreann Martin
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Game of Thrones panel
I sat in line for over three hours just to see the Game of Thrones panel at comic con. And it was worth it. The panel was fantastic and all the actors seemed like they were having a good time too. And if you get the chance to see Nicolaj again, tell him he has a wonderful nose!
Jul. 22nd, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Best Seller Lists
George is only the second author this year to become what I'm calling "The Mega Sweepers". A Dance with Dragons has hit #1 on all four major NYT Best Seller lists. Hardback, eBook, Combined eBook/Paper, Combined Paper. But then he also hit #1 this week on the Mass Market list with A Game of Thrones, its third time at #1. The only other author who has done that this year is James Patterson, and there's debate that James doesn't write his own books anymore. Certainly not by himself.

So far in 2011, the only books that have swept the four big lists are the following:

A Dance With Dragons (No surprise here)
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
Tick Tock by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

The eBook lists and combined lists are new and were introduced in February of 2011.

Congrats, George, and so far I love The Dance. I'm 300 pages into it and it's fabulous.
Lawrence Lawson
Jul. 22nd, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Comic Con 2011
It was such an honor to meet you at Comic Con. It made my year. Looking forward to seeing you again on Sunday.
Robert Trifts
Jul. 25th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
#1 with TWO Frikkin Bullets!! Congratulations George!!!
I know you didn't want to get jinxed...and it's now clear you weren't (touch and go on the mass-market paperback side though). Still, you now have simultaneous #1 fiction Bestsellers!! You *ROCK* sir!

#1 Hardcover Fiction - A Dance With Dragons - NY TIMES
#1 Mass-market Paperback - A Game of Thrones - NY TIMES
#1 Hardcover Fiction - A Dance With Dragons - Publishers Weekly
#1 Mass-market Paperback - A Game of Thrones - Publishers Weekly
Daniel Kinnear
Jul. 25th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
Book signing in Lexington
I will be driving 7 hours to get to the book signing in Lexington and was wondering; how long are the lines usually as far as a timeline? If anyone could please give me some idea I would like to know what time I should try to get there. TIA

And thanks for everything George!

Jul. 25th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
that picture
my life is complete. I am so busy but I know one day I'll find you at a signing. And I will not offer books.


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