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Dunk and Egg Return to Comics

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Big news in the world of comic books today!

The graphic novels of the first two Dunk & Egg adventures, THE HEDGE KNIGHT and THE SWORN SWORD, have been unavailable for several years, ever since the Marvel Comics editions went out of print. During that time, the prices for those books have steadily risen in the collector’s market, and I’ve received numerous emails from readers begging me to get them back in print.

Their wish is about to be granted.

Today, in Seattle, Amazon Publishing formally announced the launch of JET CITY COMICS, a new publishing imprint focused on producing comics and graphic novels in both electronic and paper formats. Jet City will be launching with titles from Hugh Howey (bestselling author of WOOL), Hugo-award winning novelist Neal Stephenson… and me.

First up (from me) will be MEATHOUSE MAN, the graphic novel, based on the most twisted and disturbing story I ever wrote, wonderfully adapted, penciled, inked, and colored by the amazing Raya Golden. That’s scheduled for release in October

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Dunk and Egg will follow. Jet City will be putting both THE HEDGE KNIGHT and THE SWORN SWORD back into print. . . and releasing ebook versions for the Kindle, making both titles available electronically for the first time.

New Jet City issues will publish on Kindle as standalone comics, as serialized comics released over multiple episodes, and as bundled graphic novels, with print editions available at amazon.com and other comics retailers.

According to Amazon’s official press release, Jet City will publish the following comics in 2013:

• An original comic adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s story “Meathouse Man,” illustrated by Raya Golden, and a re-release of “The Hedge Knight” by Ben Avery and Mike S. Miller, a prequel set in the universe of Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire epic fantasy series (the inspiration for the hit HBO program Game of Thrones). “Meathouse Man” will be released as a single issue comic in digital format in October 2013; “The Hedge Knight” will be released as a collected graphic novel in print and digital formats in November 2013; and its sequel, “The Sworn Sword,” will follow in early 2014.

• An adaptation of Hugh Howey’s bestselling dystopian novel Wool by comics veterans Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and illustrator Jimmy Broxton, where the remnants of humanity live in a massive silo hundreds of stories below the surface of the ruined and toxic landscape of Earth. Wool was a #1 bestseller in the Kindle store and is one of the most-reviewed science fiction novels on Amazon, with almost 6,000 customer reviews. It will be released as a Kindle Serial, as six individual comics issues starting in October 2013, followed by a collected graphic novel in 2014.

• Six original comics from The Foreworld Saga, the bestselling alternate history series that began with The Mongoliad (a serialized novel collaboratively written by a team of authors led by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and Mark Teppo). The first Foreworld comic, “Symposium #1” by author Christian Cameron and Illustrator Dmitry Bondarenko, details the origins of the Shield-Brethren in Ancient Greece in the days following Athens crushing defeat to Sparta in 394 BC. It goes on-sale today, with new installments releasing monthly before being collected in a series of graphic novels in 2014.

In the official press release, Alex Carr, Senior Editor at Jet City, says, “It’s a dream to work with superstar authors like George, Hugh and Neal on the launch of a new imprint. Millions of fans have read and loved their novels, and with Jet City we look forward to opening up these iconic worlds to new audiences. We’re working with an incredible, hand-picked team of comics professionals, writers, artists, and translators, who have done an amazing job developing and expanding these inventive stories. I’m looking forward to the response from comics readers and fans.”

“Comics and graphic novels, especially in digital format, represent a unique area for innovation,” said Jeff Belle, Vice President of Amazon Publishing. “Our focus will be on adapting great books for this medium as a means of expanding the audience for our authors, pushing boundaries with new ideas that combine visual and narrative storytelling, and creating compelling new experiences for readers.”

I’m excited to be published by Jet City, and delighted that they will be putting THE HEDGE KNIGHT and THE SWORN SWORD back into print, for all those fans who have been asking for them.

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“Ah, but what about THE MYSTERY KNIGHT? “ I hear you asking. The third Dunk and Egg novella, originally published in my anthology WARRIORS, has not yet been adapted to comics.

But that’s about to change. I’m delighted to say we’ve put the old gang back together. Dunk and Egg are returning to comics. Ben Avery will be scripting, and Mike S. Miller will once again be doing the art. This time it will be Random House, the publisher of the SONG OF ICE & FIRE novels and the on-going GAME OF THRONES graphic novel adaptations, doing the book.

With Jet City and Random House behind them, Dunk and Egg could not be in better hands.

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WerePoint
Jul. 9th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
Matching sets
So wait - if we have the Marvel printings of Hedge Knight #1 and #2, and Jet City doing the reprints of #1 and #2, does that mean #3 won't match with either of them?
grrm
Jul. 9th, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Matching sets
Well, all graphic novels and comics are pretty much the same size... but yes, the covers, typography, etc may not match.

Changing publishers has that effect.
Re: Matching sets - WerePoint - Jul. 9th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
mikerhoa516
Jul. 9th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
I like me some crazy pictures
I haven't read Meathouse Man yet, and with all the build up I'm quite eager to go out and pick it up in October.

Is the artwork going to be as twisted and disturbing as the writing promises to be?

Edited at 2013-07-09 03:29 pm (UTC)
Chris Morris
Jul. 9th, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'm not too fond of the graphic novel format (maybe because I was never a comic book fan), and I've had trouble finding the regular print versions. Am I looking in the wrong places? Will they be re-released in the future?
Lewis Kemp
Jul. 10th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
Dunk and Egg in print.
It's my understanding that a 4th D&E story is going to be released in an upcoming collection and after that all 4 will be released in a single tome.
Re: Dunk and Egg in print. - werthead - Jul. 10th, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Dunk and Egg in print. - Rob Volz - Jul. 21st, 2013 09:16 am (UTC) - Expand
talltalker
Jul. 9th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Now how is that 4th D&E advancing?
I love the Dunk and Egg stories, I listen to the audio versions of those a couple times a year when camping, look forward to the graphic novels.

mezzogiorno
Jul. 9th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
This is very exciting news! I lost my Hedge Knight comics in a move a while back and I was devastated.
andrewh1990
Jul. 9th, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
Random Question
Random question George, do you know if the paperback of DwD when released in October is still planning to include a new WoW chapter (one you have not read to us before). Also curious as to when we will be getting another new reading. Worldcon?
AllanJLA
Jul. 9th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
As a guy getting back into comics, this is exciting news. I've been wanting to give the Dunk and Egg graphic novels as gifts and now it looks like I will have the opportunity to do so. With the other titles announced, looks like the size of my pull list will double soon.

Now I'm left wondering (and hoping)if Haviland Tuf might show up down the line!
Jaay Mann
Jul. 9th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
yes!
Thats so great! The only way I managed to read these comics was by downloading pirated material im so glad i can go and finally purchase a physical copy to add to the rest of my GoT collection (and obviously support the author with my purchase :P)
slthlvschnk
Jul. 9th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Good stuff.
Big fan of Dunk and Egg. Some nincompoop on Amazon sent their copy of The Hedge Knight back for a refund because it wasn't a standard book. Lost out on a %500 return on investment.
keystone28
Jul. 9th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
I just read Dunk & Egg and have to say I really, really enjoyed it!
Alexander Pendergrass
Jul. 9th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Fantastic news! Been waiting for The Mystery Knight for some time. Bloodraven draws near!
ext_2058033
Jul. 9th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Sandkings
Sandkings would be awesome!!!
bookishgeek
Jul. 9th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
This might not be the appropriate place to ask it, Mr. Martin, but I do have a question for you if you'd be so kind as to answer it!

As someone super-into cover art continuity, I've been blessed to finally get books 1-5 of ASOIAF in the latest-edition cover art - the mono-colored cover page with the single artifact in the center. Is TWOW going to follow the same pattern, or am I going to have to throw myself off a bridge learn to love new cover art? (I know you can't know this answer for 100% certain yet, but I was curious what the odds were!)
apostle_of_eris
Jul. 10th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
Covers come from publishers, not from authors.
yagathai
Jul. 9th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'm excited to see Raya's work finally hit the wild.
xraytheenforcer
Jul. 9th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Me too. It's gonna be sick (in the best AND worst sense of the word).
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she'll be exhibiting the cover art - parrismcb - Jul. 9th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
reynardine
Jul. 9th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear Mark S Miller will be drawing The Mystery Knight!
grrm
Jul. 9th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
It's Mike. Mark Miller is someone else.
westeros_fan
Jul. 9th, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
So glad The Hedge Knight GN will be reprinted! That'll fill a big hole in my collection since I don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on the OOP version. Meathouse Man is one of my favourite short stories you've written too, so that is also something I'm pretty excited about.

About Dunk & Egg... I'm really looking forward to the novella that's going to be in Dangerous women, but it's been a while since we heard any news about The She Wolves Of Winterfell. Some fans have speculated that it's never going to happen; can you offer any hope? Thanks!
Roger Rocamora
Jul. 9th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
Excellent news
I was afraid that The Mystery Knight's adaptation wouldn't be done by the same team. Avery and Miller have been exceptional so far. The Hedge Knight was an amazing comic, and the work they did with the Sworn Sword (a story that was very hard to adapt in a visual medium, as it relied a lot on flashbacks and backstory) was also outstanding.

But the Mystery Knight has the potential to be a masterpiece. Another tourney, lots of action, many interesting supporting characters,... It'll be great!
apoiaf
Jul. 9th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
RE: Dunk and Egg Return to Comics
Great news! Having podcasted about The Mystery Knight this year, we are particularly looking forward to seeing it come out in comic form.

Also looking forward to Meathouse Man. Kind of hoping The Second Kind of Loneliness gets a similar rebirth, though I guess the shorter length might limit the chance of that. Also, the Analog cover art covers the essence of that story so well in a single image.

Edited at 2013-07-09 05:56 pm (UTC)
lexatron79
Jul. 9th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Dunk and Egg Return to Comics
Why not a graphic novel based on SEVERAL of GRRM's shorter SF stories? I'm reading Dreamsongs right now, and would love to see a comic adaptation of The Hero, The Second Kind of Loneliness, The Stone City, Tower of Ashes, or Song For Lya.
Re: Dunk and Egg Return to Comics - apoiaf - Jul. 10th, 2013 03:27 am (UTC) - Expand
aphroditemf
Jul. 9th, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, just days after I was looking at a copy of The Hedge Knight at over £50 on eBay, this excellent news!
lita_of_jupiter
Jul. 9th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
great news George!!

Especially for everyone who is a new fan and wants to delve deeper into all of your worlds of words in everyday possible!!

I'll be on the lookout for the pre-orders so that i don't miss it this time around!

tonights
Jul. 9th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, is there any news on an omnibus of all the D&E novellas? My library doesn't have any of the anthologies, so I'm holding out for a Dunk & Egg collected works.

Thanks for all you do!
grrm
Jul. 9th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, one will be released next year.
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alatariel
Jul. 9th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
Huzzah!! I have all of the ASoIaF comics (both the individual issues and the graphic novel collections) out so far. I've read all of Dunk & Egg but don't have the graphic novels, so I'm really excited about this.

MUST. HAVE. ALL THE STORIES. IN EVERY FORM. :)
idemandjustice
Jul. 9th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
Stupid question. I've only read the first Dunk and Egg story. Where is the second published? <3
grrm
Jul. 9th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
"The Sworn Sword" was originally published in the anthology LEGENDS II (not to be confused with LEGENDS 2), edited by Robert Silverberg.

"The Mystery Knight" was published in WARRIORS, co-edited by Gardner Dozois and yours truly.
insurrbution
Jul. 9th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
FINALLY!!!

I'm surprised Random House isn't doing Hedge Knight or Sworn Sword...not a complaint, of course just something I noticed.

Either way, can't wait!
Zach Heller
Jul. 9th, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
Excited!
So excited to read a horror story written by you George! I am sure I am not unique in saying this but ASOIAF got me back into reading and, despite not being a large fantasy fan (besides LOTR), this has got to be the best series I have ever read and easily my favorite. Can't wait to see what you have in store in the last two books. Totally respect that you want to make a satisfying ending, as many writers are just interested in the paycheck so thank you for that as well. Hope to meet you someday at a convention. Thanks for the wonderful novels and your love for the fans (well, not the detractors but still haha).
talltalker
Jul. 10th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Excited!
Zach,
If you haven't read "Fevre Dream" yet, you should.
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