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We're Number One...

... in graphic novels.

The second volume of the GAME OF THRONES graphic novel debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list:


(And, hey, the following week's list is out, and we're still number one).

My thanks and congratulations to Daniel Abraham (who wrote the script) and Tommy Patterson (who drew the pictures) and Mike S. Miller (who did the covers). They do all the real work on this one. This is their triumph, much more than mine.

I'm glad so many of you are enjoying the funny book.


Jul. 9th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
Re: House Martell Casting
The Tumblr ASOIAF community is incredibly passionate, even as ASOIAF fans go. Tumblr as a platform is one that allows great creativity from users. Users can make text posts full of analysis, if that is their way of expressing themselves, or they can create photo posts with graphics made by themselves. The latter is largely not supported or prevalent in other communities, save Livejournal. Tumblr also includes tagging functionality, which can allow users to have pages of analysis, pages of minimalist art based on ASOIAF, pages about the show, etc. An example would be Minimalist ASOIAF

Personally, I use both Westeros and Tumblr, for different purposes. Yes, I have often seen vitriol from Westeros members directed at other communities; I have even seen people create Tumblr blogs purely to insult people, tagging them in incendiary ways so as to gain attention. That said, I also feel that those people spewing hate are an extremely vocal minority. Just as I don't judge Westeros for the few, nor do I judge Tumblr, Twitter, or Reddit. So I use all of them, and hate on none. :)

Your remarks calling Twitter and Tumblr cesspools certainly gave people ammunition to continue these 'website wars', or whatever this nonsense is. I was pleased to see your clarification saying that you were mostly referring to the unmoderated nature of those sites. I'm sure a lot of other fans were relieved to know you weren't disparaging all of us on Twitter and Tumblr.
Bobby Schmidt
Jul. 9th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: House Martell Casting
Tumblr has a lot of extremes. It's a fine place for discussion and free thought, but many do take advantage of that... within and around many fandoms. The anonymous feature doesn't help this, either. There is so much anonymous hate on Tumblr and trolls just looking to evoke some sort of reaction from people... be it with insults, differing views, spoilers, and so forth. I have come across some great ASoIaF posts and had some private discussions about the novels on Tumblr as well, but have also seen the worst, which can at times be described as a cesspool. I do agree, that moderated forums are often the better choice, yet if you can avoid or ignore the dark spots, there are definitely some positive and loyal fans there.


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