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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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RandomVRandom
Jul. 10th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Arryn
I really hope Robert Arryn turns out to be the Teddy Roosevelt of the story. A boy who was young and sickly who became involved in fitness and became a great leader, one worthy to call himself Jon Arryns son.
cafowler91
Jul. 10th, 2013 02:15 am (UTC)
WOOOOO!
Cant wait to buy a copy!!
sewncowgrlrn
Jul. 10th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
SoFaI songs sung by Karliene
Just wondered if you had heard her GOT songs that she has recorded?
jmctechie
Jul. 10th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
So much excitement!
ext_2059031
Jul. 10th, 2013 08:41 am (UTC)
A question in regards to a song of ice and fire
I know it is not at all related to the post however i have been wondering (and i'm only up to a storm of swords so if its answered later you will have to excuse me) but its stated repeatedly that the dothraki have never crossed the sea, if this is so how can there be a dothraki in westeros to cut off jamie's hand? (amongst other dothraki mentioned being in westeros)
hoping someone could clear it up for me thanks :)
Wessel Mansveld
Jul. 10th, 2013 11:57 am (UTC)
people living in amsterdam(like me)
Didn't know the Dunk and Egg comics are so sought after. For people, like me, who live in Amsterdam; You can find both for around 7 euro's a piece at those cheap english book outlets you find all around the centre of Amsterdam(like the one in the beginning of the Kalverstraat). I bought them from these shops myself and still often see many prints of both the hedge knight and the sworn sword(sworn sword says hedge knight 2 on the spine) at their comics section.
grrm
Jul. 10th, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: people living in amsterdam(like me)
You could buy up all you can find and resell them on ebay for a considerable profit.

Though the new Jet City editions may cause the prices on the old Marvel/ Dabel/ Devil's Due/ Image versions to fall.
karamifications
Jul. 10th, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
The email
Hey George! Iin your past few posts you have mentioned your fan email, I have looked all around the Internet for it but to no avail... What is it? Don't worry I promise I won't spam you.
Xavier Cantu
Jul. 10th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
LoneStarCon 3
I am looking into volunteering or purchasing tickets for the LoneStarCon here in San Antonio. As a big fan, I would love to attend a reading and/or Book Signing.

Do you have a schedule of events for the convention? I would hate to by a day pass for a day that you are not participating.

Thanks for all your amazing work!


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grrm
Jul. 10th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
Re: LoneStarCon 3
No, don't have my schedule yet. Sorry.
superscienceser
Jul. 10th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
Poetry, Plain and Pure.
There's enough literature here to make a comic book boy squeal, like five times, eek.
geshtarr
Jul. 10th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Hey George, what's the chance of getting you to deface my new comic about your life from Bluewater comics? I've emailed Bluewater and Comic Flea Market repeatedly asking if they have a cache of editions you'd signed, but they're not getting back to me... which I take as a no.

Anyway... do YOU have some you've squirreled away and signed? As I told Bluewater, I'd be willing to pay the iron price. If not, would you be willing to sign a copy when you're signing other stuff for the public? Of course I'd never bum rush you, even though I'm known to carry around with me a harem of nubile young ladies in tight Game of Thrones white tee-shirts.... ;)

I visit your blog religiously and I don't think you've mentioned this cool new comic release yet... for anyone interested it's GEORGE RR MARTIN: Power behind the Thrones.

Thanks George.

- Jeff

PS -- I'd be forever in your debt if you signed the panel with all the different hats on your head, showing all your many works/talents.
grrm
Jul. 11th, 2013 12:00 am (UTC)
I've yet to see a copy of this myself, though I've heard about it.

Hard to imagine that it actually reflects my life, most of which has not been lived in the public eye... until very recently.
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ext_2060209
Jul. 10th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
My dad bought the graphic novels of THK and TSS long before I heard of Asoiaf, and I loved them for the longest time, despite being unaware of the main series.

Nearly a decade later, I'm obsessed with the series/media, but those two GN's were a staple of my early reading experiences. In reflection they always give me a different feel than the other works (even compared to the source material).

So thankful for the third story to be adapted by these great artists, walking into it with both my younger nostalgia and modern perspective is making me hyped! and I hope they get to do 'She-Wolves of Winterfell' soon!

Also thank you for the reprinting! My books have passed to many fellow fans hands!
winterwarrior
Jul. 11th, 2013 02:00 am (UTC)
As much as I like the graphic novellas, I prefer the print versions. It would be great if the three were published in one book as you have mentioned - with maybe a fourth included. I have the previously published graphic novella of The Sworn Sword (Marvel) and will look forward to completing the collection with the other two.
Charles Downie
Jul. 11th, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
Dunk & Egg
Good to see Ser Duncan the tall and Prince Aegon 'the egg' back into the swing of things.
Ana Paula Savioli
Jul. 11th, 2013 03:56 am (UTC)
Fantastic news!
James Cox
Jul. 11th, 2013 08:55 am (UTC)
A question for you
George,

First off, congrats on the enormity of this success. I was introduced to your writing and became a fan with earlier works like Wild Cards.
I recently got a chance to ask Bernard Cornwell what he thought of Tom Clancy's early work (in particular his cold war stuff) and he told me he considered it a very important contribution to military science fiction. I am feeling a bit nostalgic since my two favorite series in High School were 'Wild Cards' and Clancy's Jack Ryan series. I was wondering what you felt about his work since at (least when I discovered you both) you were/are sort of contemporaries.
(Not trying to date you on this or anything. Just am more than idly curious.)
Sean Hall
Jul. 11th, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
More Dunk and Egg
You may have answered this somewhere else, but if and when can we expect a fourth Dunk and Egg story? I know that your 6th ASOIAF book is probably your first, second, and third priority right now, but I also want to know what happens next to this odd couple.
grrm
Jul. 11th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
Re: More Dunk and Egg
It will be a while.
insurrbution
Jul. 11th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
Re: More Dunk and Egg
I'm down with that. Is Dunk and Egg as planned out as.....thoroughly as Ice and Fire is?
mars_5
Jul. 12th, 2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
Re: More Dunk and Egg
Is ''The She-Wolves of Winterfell'' cancelled or is it just postponed indefinitely?
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ext_2061527
Jul. 11th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
In the house of the worm
Any news on the comic adaption of your short story. I have in mind that you mentioned, that Avatar Press is working on it, some time ago.
Bobby Cameron
Jul. 12th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
Big Thanks
Mr. Martin,

I just wanted to say "Thank you" for your asoiaf universe work. My job is extremely demanding and I feel it is a great release to immerse myself in your world-- and let go of all my stress. Perhaps the best part of your asoiaf work are in the "hidden" things such as the gravedigger or the difficult to interpret prophesies.

Again, thanks for all the hard work. If you ever need help feel free to reach out to me.
o_gee_willikers
Jul. 19th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
The Hedge Knight and Lego Winterfell
Mr. Martin,

I just purchased the three anthologies that contain your Hedge Knight stories. I'm looking forward to reading them as well as your other novellas (as well as stories by some of my other favorite authors)! I'm sure I'll end up with these wonderful comics, as well.

I would like to share with you my first real Lego creation. My husband got me hooked on Legos, so I decided to build the world of Ice and Fire, starting with Winterfell. I'll probably redo it to make it more realistic, but I'd like you to see where I'm at if you have the time! It's in a photobucket album, so I'll link it below. Kings Landing is next!

http://s13.photobucket.com/user/gallaxyqueen/library/Winterfell%20with%20Legos

Thank you,

Rebecca
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