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I hope that everyone in San Diego is having fun at Comicon. HBO has a big presence there, I know, and a lot of our cast are on hand for the GAME OF THRONES panel and the usual endless rounds of signings and interviews. Also, Bantam is bringing out the 2017 ICE & FIRE calendar, which is always a great event. And Gary Gianni, who illustrated THE KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS, has a table and is selling a cool new sketchbook of his artwork.

Makes me wish I could be there as well.

But I'm not.

Now, normally, I would not feel the need to post about where I'm not and what I am not doing... only I am getting reports from friends in San Diego, and friends of friends, that I have been sighted at the con.

It's not me.

Really. It's not. It's some other old fat guy in a Greek sailor's cap and pair of suspenders, maybe. Who may or may not be consciously cosplaying as me.

((And you have no idea how weird it feels to be typing that sentence. Way back when the show was first starting, there were a couple of Daenerys Targaryen cosplayers at San Diego, and I thought that was way cool. Fans dressing up as my characters, hey, hot damn! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that anyone would ever want to dress up as me. But now I seem to encounter it wherever I go. Witness this picture from my 2013 trip to Australia.

Anyway... just for the record... I have a big Wild Cards event at the Jean Cocteau Cinema this weekend, with nineteen writers turning up from all across the country, so as much as I would like to be at comicon, I am not there. Accept no substitutes!!

((And just to be clear, no, I do not disappove of fans cosplaying as me. I do find it surreal, but hey, what they hell, have fun... so long as they don't actually pretend to be me)).

Moving right along... one thing that is at comicon is the new ICE & FIRE calendar, with art by Didier Graffet. It's gorgeous. Grab a copy if you're at the con. And if not, the calendar should be available at your favorite local bookstore or online bookseller, and will certainly be available through the Jean Cocteau.


Jul. 22nd, 2016 08:54 pm (UTC)
That calendar is gorgeous! Will definitely buy it :)
Jul. 22nd, 2016 08:55 pm (UTC)
Amusingly, I had a pre-con nightmare before you joined us at Norwescon last year involving someone cosplaying as you.
Jul. 22nd, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)
But he doesn't write like you
But he doesn't write like you,
In fact , no one writes like you, maybe as well, but different. Now I'm reading historic novel about Ancient Rome (Trajano's Trilogy)and this, thaks your books. After all history is the source of your books. Thanks!

Edited at 2016-07-22 09:15 pm (UTC)
Alex Felix
Jul. 22nd, 2016 09:16 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious! It's almost like the incident where Bryan Cranston went to Comic Con and walked the show floor wearing the Walter White mask. No one even thought to bat an eye and question it. Even Matt Smith did the same wearing a Bart Simpson mask while walking the show floor.
Jul. 22nd, 2016 09:25 pm (UTC)
I am also an old fat guy with a Greek sailor's cap and a pair of suspenders, though my beard is not yet as white as yours. But I'm not at Comicon either!
Parvez Raj
Jul. 22nd, 2016 09:27 pm (UTC)
Hello George, big fan! Are you planning to come to Canada anytime soon?
Damon McAllister
Jul. 22nd, 2016 09:28 pm (UTC)
The Others, Coldhands
The Others and their countless minions - the wights, are described as having pale blue eyes. Coldhands, on the other hand, identified by Sam as a wight, and confirmed to be undead by Leaf and Bloodraven, shares some of the characteristics of a wight (pale skin, cold black hands, etc). But he's described as having black eyes that resemble a raven's. So, my question is - are the blue eyes associated with regular wights a sign of being controlled by the Others?

Edited at 2016-07-22 09:30 pm (UTC)
Steven James
Jul. 23rd, 2016 02:38 am (UTC)
Not sure if this has been answered elsewhere, but will this new calendar have any depictions of WINDS content as with last year's calendar?

Jul. 23rd, 2016 03:00 am (UTC)

Yeah, but how can we be sure that the real you is not the guy at Comicon and the fake you, the guy writing this blog post?
Luke Teeninga
Jul. 23rd, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC)
It would still be true when fake George writes "I am not at Comicon"! :-P
Jul. 23rd, 2016 03:40 am (UTC)
Didier Graffet is a great artist, and extremely patient. At the 2013 World Fantasy Convention, which was in Brighton that year, he signed both mine and my Mom's convention books and made two detailed illustrations, which he copied exactly in each. A dragon and a seaside castle.
Jul. 23rd, 2016 08:40 am (UTC)
The calendar looks cool! Do you listen to music while you write, George?
Jul. 23rd, 2016 01:04 pm (UTC)
Very strange! So, neither of the guys in the picture is you? And where in Australia were you? One of the bigger cons, I suppose? I recall the only time I ever met you was in the foyer of a tiny hotel in St Kilda back when you had just written Fevre Dream and it was about to be published. I can't recall which con it was. We had a few at that hotel.

A totally irrelevant comment which may amuse you. One of my workmates, an Indian lady, told me proudly about her new granddaughter. "Her name is Arya," she said, "after the Indian goddess who fights demons." The next time I saw her, she said disgustedly that she had been told that no, the baby was not named for an Indian goddess but the girl in GoT! Oh, well.
Ahsan Syed
Jul. 23rd, 2016 01:50 pm (UTC)
Hey George, is your favorite character in ASOIAF different from the character you most enjoy writing?
Jul. 23rd, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
Hire him!

Hire a guy to be you at conventions, while you write books!
Jul. 23rd, 2016 04:28 pm (UTC)
Sigh. There are countless articles online, "trash" articles I suppose, about you planning on releasing Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring together.
after reading through those ridiculous articles, I felt bad for you mr. Martin. so many folks out there are just crazy and spread such false messages about you! The "information" age, eh? Lol. I can only imagine.

I got a kick out of that man who cosplayed as you, he did a good you! That's got to be a strange feeling. It's probably good I'm not at the con, I would have been fooled and asked for their autograph.
Riley Kearns
Jul. 23rd, 2016 09:11 pm (UTC)
Love the Froggy pic, Mr Martin. I just finished reading the bit about him in The Armageddon Rag and it was so bizarre that I initially thought you'd made him up. After having done a bit of research I tracked down a few clips of ol' Froggy on Youtube and I have to say he's a bit scary: the gravelly voice, the creepy laugh, the relentless commitment to anarchy - he's a real agent of chaos!
Jul. 23rd, 2016 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Froggy
My role model.
Uma D
Jul. 23rd, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC)
Hello George
Hello George, hope you are doing great!!!.

Reading crazy stuff all over internet about TSOIAF books. Hope to hear something about TWOW from you.

Jul. 23rd, 2016 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello George
Never believe anything you read on the internet.
Jul. 23rd, 2016 10:23 pm (UTC)
Real GRRM?
So which of the two old fat guys with Greek sailor caps and wearing suspenders is the real G.R.R.M.? :-)
Jul. 24th, 2016 04:12 am (UTC)
is the knight of the seven kingdoms a graphic novel? Looks super amazing. I really like it when books are adapted into graphic novels. Also, what happened to reading books with a few pages of artwork. I suppose that kind of thing wouldn't be taken seriously in the literature world, where people read stuff from James Joyce. But it wouldn't hurt to add one or two.

How many graphic novels are there relating to your stories grrm? I kind of want to keep track of them I might end up reading them.

I believe there is also a darktower series being adapted into a graphic novel.

What do you think of the TV show preacher? Check it out it's based from a cul hit graphic novel called the preacher. It's going to be a huge hit by second season mark my words. Season 1 is kind of useless because it covers the backstory of the characters, instead of thea ctual story.
Jul. 24th, 2016 05:58 am (UTC)
A graphic novel? No. A heavily illustrated hardcover.
Ross Chaffin
Jul. 25th, 2016 10:13 pm (UTC)
And awesome, I might add.
Jul. 26th, 2016 07:07 am (UTC)
was mistaking it for the prequels of dunk and egg. Which I believe the first two books are adapted into graphic novels.
Jul. 24th, 2016 06:43 am (UTC)
Looking forward to NYCC
I'm submitting a panel to the New York Comic Con but doubt they'll fit me in; "Gender and Sexuality in Game of Thrones" - based on 1 - copious knowledge about the show from being an Admin on the Game of Thrones Wiki, and 2 - I actually have a master's degree in medieval history in real life.

Last year was odd; they didn't really have any programming for the Loras and Obara actors to do so they just hung around in the autograph section *all* of Saturday and Sunday; which worked for me because it meant they were free to be interviewed.

SDCC is too crowded though, I went once and didn't like it; NYCC closer to home.

Other fun fact: every year the Wikia group has a fan poll for "Favorite Fantasy Food"; all the different wikis submit a fictional food and the one that wins, they make a real-life approximation of it and hand it out at a booth at NYCC. This year our submission was "Frey Pie"....didn't make it past the first round of voting, though. Crud.
Jul. 24th, 2016 11:54 am (UTC)
I can't wait to get the calendar, George!
I was wondering who is the artist for the illustrated copy of Game of Thrones that is coming out in October? Thanks!
Frank Probst
Jul. 24th, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC)
Stunt doubles
Saturday Night Live did a pretty good impersonation of you. That skit was hilarious!
Jul. 24th, 2016 02:19 pm (UTC)
Your response about writers
Watching a cast GoT interview from March 22, 2013 you were in...As a writer loved your response when interviewer asked cast and you, "If you could play any other character which one?" You're response,"I play them all" -Often wonder if people realize this.

Your photo look-a-like -is good match - reminds me of the annual Ernest Hemingway contest in Key West.

Enjoy your summer!!!

Jul. 24th, 2016 02:44 pm (UTC)
Slightly related to your post because they have a presence at Comic-con, I read that Skybound are to adapt Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber for television. There is more info available on their website.

Could be the next GoT. What do you think?

Jul. 24th, 2016 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Amber
I think Amber will be fabulous... so long as they do not stray too far from Roger's books.
Jul. 25th, 2016 12:50 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Amber
I'm so ready to see what LionsGate can do with Kovthe, although I'd rather see Starz or Showtime get it.
Jul. 24th, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC)
KONG: Skull Island
was shown at Comicon, looks great. It comes out in March 2017. Will Son of Kong be finished before then?

I have a strong feeling of confidence it will.
Jul. 24th, 2016 10:17 pm (UTC)
Wheel of Time
I read that a network finally picked up Wheel of Time after coming to an agreement with the Jordan estate. Credit was given to Thrones and its mainstream success for opening the door for more mainstream sci-if.
Any idea which network? Could you tell us even if you knew the network (does is start with HB)? Will you be watching?

Edited at 2016-07-25 02:21 am (UTC)
Frank Probst
Jul. 24th, 2016 11:44 pm (UTC)
Off-topic but about books
So it looks like there's a new illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones coming out in October, but amazon doesn't say anything about the illustrations. Can you give us the scoop?
Jul. 25th, 2016 02:12 am (UTC)
We are making due without you here in San Diego, with my friend Dallas helping fill the GRRM void with his GRGRRM (Grim Reaper George R.R. Martin). Hope that gives you a chuckle

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Jul. 25th, 2016 08:58 pm (UTC)

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
Now please, excuse me while I shop online for Greek fisherman's cap.

Pat Coughlin
Jul. 26th, 2016 03:15 am (UTC)
The G.R.R.M. Reaper
My favorite cosplay pic from Comicon was a guy dressed as you, but carrying a scythe... who would apparently pick groups of Game of Thrones cosplayers and follow them around for a bit, just looking a bit ominous in the background. That's a nice blend of commitment and creativity!


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