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Comicon Is Coming

It seems like I just got back from France and Switzerland... maybe because I just did... and now San Diego Comicon is on top of us.

I'll be there for the whole weekend, doing promotion for HBO, Bantam Spectra, and my various other publishers.  Flying in Wednesday, departing on the following Monday, so if you're going to comicon, you should have plenty of chances to see me, hear me, and get me to scrawl illegibly on your book, graphic novel, Blu-Rays, or body parts.

My schedule:

Wednesday evening, 6pm to 7pm, I will be doing a signing at the AVATAR PRESS booth, autographing copies of the SKIN TRADE graphic novel and IN THE HOUSE OF THE WORM comic.  (Only those, please.  There will be other places and times to get my other stuff signined).

Thursday, 2:30 to 3:30, I will be appearing in the main autograph area (the Sails) at Table 3, with DONATO GIANCOLA.  The two of us will be signing copies of the 2015 Ice & Fire calendar, which will be making its debut at the convention.

Thursday, 4:00 to 5:00 pm, you can catch me in the Indigo Room, where I'll be joining William Christensen of Avatar to talk about THE SKIN TRADE and IN THE HOUSE OF THE WORM.  (No signing here, this is just a talk).

Friday, we have the GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H.  I'll be there, with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss and various members of our cast.  This year CRAIG FERGUSON will be moderating.  Hall H seats 7,000 people... but of course 150,000 people attend comicon, so if you want to see the panel, best get in line... ah... now.  Afterward I will join the cast for interviews and a poster signing and more interviews.

Saturday, 11:00 am to 12 noon, I return to the Sails for a Random House autograph session.  This time I will be at Table 7.  This is the time and place to get your books signed.  Copies will be on sale in the autograph area, if you don't want to drag your old ones to San Diego.

Saturday, 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm, I'll be in Room 6A for a panel on epic fantasy, part of an all-star lineup of panelists with Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie, and others.

Sunday, 12:30 to 1:30, back to the floor for another signing.  This time I will be signing copies of the HEDGE KNIGHT and SWORN SWORD graphic novels at the ComiXology booth, on behalf of Jet City Comics.

Sunday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, I will be judging a costume contest sponsored by Courtyard Marriott.

Monday I go home.

Given the sheer numbers of people in San Diego for comicon, I regret to say that I will sign autographs ONLY at the designated signings.  There are, you will note, five of them, which means I'll be scrawling my name for five hours at various points through the weekend.  That's about all I can manage.  So if you should happen to see me walking the floor, riding a pedicab through the GasLamp, having a drink or eating my dinner, feel free to smile or wave or say hi, but PLEASE do not ask me to sign anything.  I can only do so much, and I do need some time just to enjoy the con and chill with friends.


See you in San Diego.


Jul. 21st, 2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
I request you cease speaking of things like this.

We get NOTHING like this here. MD fking sucks.
Jul. 21st, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
Doesn't Baltmore do a ComicCon?
Jul. 22nd, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
But nothing like THIS though. The baltimore comic con doesn't have big name stars and show panels etc. Makes me sadddd.
Jul. 22nd, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
in your area....
Philly and D.C. has ComicCons as well.
Jul. 23rd, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
Philly is far to travel, I have small baby. :(

BUT like they're never like this where they have all these panels of famous people etc. and panels for movies and shows. Legit the balmore comicon is just furries and anime cosplay and honestly...pass. I want the stuff they have in Chicago...the panels and all that fun stuff and more creative/interesting cosplay to look at.
Sam Woodman
Jul. 23rd, 2014 05:19 am (UTC)
Seriously? Otakon is one of the best conventions in the entire country, period; and you have Chessiecon starting up soon. Try living in Iowa or Mississippi if you want to be isolated from good cons...
Jul. 23rd, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
...if you like anime? I see nothing but anime for Otakon. Chicago has panels for shows and movies and comics and famous guests.

Guest list at Otakon: http://www.otakon.com/guests.asp (I have absolutely no idea who any of these people are)

Guest list at Chicago Comic-Con: http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html?r=adboost&id=event-24&gclid=CO3d7NDA278CFUcV7AodcSYAFQ (like holy crap it's every famous person...ever)

These people don't come around here. LOL. And if I'm wrong...PLEASE tell me where to find these cons because I will pay to see my norman reedus up close. <3
Rebecca Dornsife
Jul. 21st, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
Hi George, will the signed calendar be available any where else?
Jul. 21st, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
I will be attending the ComicCon in NYC in October. Do you know if you will be there?
Chesterfield A. Spahr
Jul. 21st, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
Just finished A Dance with Dragons last night. Can't wait for WoW!!!
I just finished A Dance With Dragons around 1:45am last night. Can't wait for WoW!!! Seriously. Love your stuff, Mr. Martin. Question: on page 869, shouldn't it read "loosing more than one quarrel", not "losing"?
Jul. 21st, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
The Late Late Show is hilarious
The banter between Craig and his robot skeleton Geoff cracks me up all the time.

George you must be a guest on his show before it ends in December. He's interviewed a good amount of authors. If the question of fans discussing your health comes up, make sure you tell him that you eat large amounts of KALE.
Jul. 23rd, 2014 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: The Late Late Show is hilarious
Grrm on Craig would be great. I'm pretty sure Craig hasn't read the books but he has a great interest in medieval history and literature so he and Grrm together would make for a great interview.
Ali Shuaa Juhdi
Jul. 21st, 2014 06:43 pm (UTC)
stupid comic con :(
When the IOM asked me to choose a City in the US to live in, I chose San Diego, for many reasons but mainly comic con.
sadly I was too late for the tickets this year :'(

other Fantasy and Sci-fi writers are going outside comic con in the city, any hope we see you Mr. Martin in San Diego outside comic con?

I will buy you a good Iraqi meal :D

Edited at 2014-07-21 06:54 pm (UTC)
Jul. 21st, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
WOW sounds like a great time! Aren't cons great?? Looking forward to all the exclusives and first announcements...wish I was going this year!

That fantasy panel on Sunday sounds pretty incredible - Patrick Rothfuss and Joe Abercrombie are some of my other favourite authors, in addition to yourself of course.

Rest up, enjoy the con, and looking forward to your account and coverage when you return.

For the record - what is your drink / meal of choice for SDCC should any fan wish to pay the bill?
Jul. 21st, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
Your commitment to you fans is really admirable. Hope you meet plenty of great people and not too many overenthusiastic types.

Have a lovely time!
Steven Trevino Lagos
Jul. 21st, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
My friend and I will try to get a chance to get out books signed on Saturday, but with our luck we probably will just end up crying at the GoT booth outside because we didn't get in :( haha
Steven Trevino Lagos
Jul. 29th, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Excited
I actually got it!!! Thanks GRRM for signing my book and Tyrion figurine! I still can't believe it.
Jul. 22nd, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
Avatar Press The Skin Trade
A few years back I saw the wonderful release of Fevre Dream at C2E2. I can't wait to see how TheSkin Trade translates to comic book.

Unfortunately I will miss out on Bubonicon and will have to make a return next year. Thank you GRRM for what you do for your fans!
Jul. 22nd, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Avatar Press The Skin Trade
Won't be at Bubonicon myself this year. I wish they had kept it the week before Labor Day, rather than moving so early in August.
Jul. 22nd, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
Have a great time George! It'll be great to see all the fans and crew again I'm sure.

Gus Sinclair
Jul. 23rd, 2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
Good afternoon Mr. Martin.

I wish I had the chance to attend comicon, watch your participation in the GOT panel and get the chance to ask you some of my questions.

However, since I'm from Brazil, I have work, bills and problems to solve here, travel to the U.S. is not an option right now.

However, your post inspired me to ask, here in your NAB, one of my questions.

So, if you reserve me a little bit of your time to answer me, I would be very happy.

So, here it goes.

You have a famous analogy, which compares the writing the series to a long car trip. You know the main roads and stops, but always finds unexpected news on the way.
What were the main roads and stops that you created in the series so far?
And what were the good unexpected surprises that you encountered along the way, writing the books?

Thanks for listening and for having created such a wonderful story.
Jul. 23rd, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
Adapted Stories
The Dunk and Egg stories have translated so well from prose into a graphic novel...I'm looking forward to the "Mystery Knight" translation, as well as hopefully all the D&E tales in the graphic novel medium.

Are there are any of your stories that are coming out as graphic novels down the line? I will end by saying that I would love to see an "Ice Dragon" adaptation, as well as "Windhaven".
Jul. 23rd, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
I go back and forth between envying you, and the exact opposite of that haha. I hope you do have fun. Ever since twilight the Con has been effectively turned into wait in line, see a trailer, wait in line, beg for death... I still love it though! They have my soul. I'm def. going to try and say hi.
Jul. 24th, 2014 03:36 am (UTC)
Mr. Martin, please visit Seattle again. You have many fans here who would love to meet you. We love and enjoy your work! Thank you for writing.
Jul. 25th, 2014 06:00 am (UTC)
sdcc 2014
george, it was so great to finally meet you today at the calendar signing! again, i am so sorry for all the terrible inside jokes in that artbook, but i know the APOIAF community had a great time putting it together. i hope you can find a little time in your hectic schedule this weekend- would love to grab a drink together!
Gabriel M
Jul. 28th, 2014 02:47 pm (UTC)
ASOIAF Comic Books
Hi, George!

Big fan here :)

I want to ask you about the comic books adaptation of the ASOIAF series. I loved what they did with the first novel. Do you know if there are plans to adapt all the series? I can't find information anywhere.

Thank you and keep with the excellent job!
Enrique Escajeda
Jul. 28th, 2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
Santa FE
Hello George,
im a huge fan and I happen to be in Santa Fe for work at the Opera house. Since I was unable to attend comic con I was wondering if you would happen to be around and available in santa Fe to meet for a lunch? I would love a chance to meet you sir.
Chris Huggins
Jul. 28th, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
You and Robin Hobb
Just wanted to say despite not being able to make it to America I am really excited about seeing you and Robin Hobb in London soon!
Jul. 29th, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
I Love GOT but the lack of diversity really hurts
I've just finished watching the GOT panel at SDCC and no one really asked the question that was on my heart. I dont know if you'll ever read this but I thought I would try. I am an african-american female and have been a devoted fan of GOT since the beginning but the lack of diversity in both the show and books has really been troubling lately. With the state of racial equality currently in the world and the people that have been trying to push back, I am extremely sad that I can not include my favorite, Game of Thrones, as an example of "hollywood" starting to change how race is depicted. So far in the series there has only been one black woman with a speaking role and while i love that she's getting a romantic storyline too but that hasn't been enough for me. I know its not something you focus on while writing the extremely complex storylines but it would be nice to dress as someone other than Black Daenerys for a change. I don't know if this will make a difference but I wanted you to know that I will keep on hoping for a change. I've seen the new cast and I applaud the casting of DeObia Oparei but must all black people in the series be servants, guards, or charlatans? I don't know what i'm expecting but I just wanted to let you know that feeling this way really hurts. Still my favorite show and whenever I figure out how you all hire set crew, I will fight to the death of any position, anything to help my favorite show ever. (please excuse my spelling and grammar)
Aug. 2nd, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: I Love GOT but the lack of diversity really hurts
Westeros around 300 AC is nowhere near as diverse as 21st century America, of course... but with that being said, I do have some 'characters of color' who will have somewhat larger roles in WINDS OF WINTER. Admittedly, these are secondary and tertiary characters, though not without importance.

Of course, I am talking about the books here, and you are talking about the show, which is a thing apart. I do think HBO and David and Dan are doing what they can to promote diversity as well, as witness the casting of Areo Hotah, which you mention. Of course, Hotah IS a guard... but he is also a viewpoint character in the novels, a brave and loyal warrior.
Jul. 30th, 2014 04:58 am (UTC)
Hi, Greetings from Veracruz, Mexico, Mr. Martin. I wanted to ask you if are we ever going to see the ruins of Valyria from a POV character in the series like p.e. Tyrion Lannister?

Edited at 2014-07-30 05:06 am (UTC)
Alexander Chen
Jul. 30th, 2014 09:27 am (UTC)
I just finished binge watching Game of Thrones, seasons 1-4.

Just posting this comment because I saw you only have 27 comments here and suspect you may actually read this.

Give me a job! I'm a 29 year old, former Sergeant in the Marine Corps, and recent graduate from Columbia University. I'll wash dishes, organize stuff, sell stuff, you know anything squirely. 6+ years MUD experience in Gemstone III and Mirkwood and 14+ years enjoying fantasy worlds.

I'm serious. Will look for you at NYCC. Bonus point: I am not criminally insane.
Jul. 30th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
Alas, I won't be at NYCC.

Alas, alas, I can't give you a job.

Very pleased to hear you are not insane.

Alexander Chen
Jul. 30th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
Will work for gemstones and other acquired loot.
Magdalena Mrozek
Jul. 30th, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin have a nice time
I hope, that on the road of your wonderful travels, will be Poland . Your faithful fans are waiting here for you.
All the best
Jul. 31st, 2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
Can I look forward to a post with the title "Holland is coming"?
Jul. 31st, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
Hi George,

I'm rereading A Song of Ice and Fire after ten years and when I've came across "Alayaya" I've realized of one funny thing: that name sounds the same as the Valencian (a dialect of Catalan, one of the official languages of Spain) way of refering to someone's grandmother (aka "yaya", which is actually written as "iaia"). Therefore, if we mix English and Valencian, "Alayaya" can be a "secret" form of saying "grandmother", as long as it cames after a verb (e.g. "Tell Alayaya" would mean "Tell grandmother").

Just wanted to share this with you.

P.S. Sorry for the offtopic, but I don't know other way to write to you


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