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Calendar Cancelled

I regret to announce that Michael Kaluta will not be illustrating the 2010 Ice & Fire calendar for DB Productions. I've seen some of the work Mike had done on the calendar to date, and it was gorgeous... but he's pulled out, and his reasons for doing so are good and sufficient. I am in complete support of his decision to wash his hands of this, and regret all the problems that his involvement in this project has caused him.

I have reached the end of my patience as well. I have instructed my agent to ask the Dabel Brothers for an immediate termination of our contract.

Unless another publisher suddenly hoves into sight, the problem-plagued 2009 Ice & Fire calendar may be the only one there ever is.

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lady_arashi
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Those are really bad news u.u
But ,in the end, it may be for the best. We still don't know what may happen in the future ^^
firerosearien
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
Why not do a fan calendar? Have fans do the artwork, vote on the 12 best = instant calendar!
z4nd4r
Apr. 20th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Not to put words in grrm's mouth, but it seems the problem stems from the people producing the calendar, not the art.

They need someone to print/distribute/etc.
(no subject) - windresistant - Apr. 20th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
marina_bonomi
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
I sincerely hope that some other(reliable and professional) publisher steps in.

Again, thank you for all your involvement in trying to sort out the calendar mess for us costumers, you didn't have to, and it is really much appreciated.
ladybrock
Apr. 20th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Ditto on the last comment!
ladybriggan
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
You'll find a publisher, keep hope, sir! =D
madbard
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
To be fair, this is probably what would happen if one of your characters tried to make a calendar.
infinite_hiatus
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
LOL! The Dabel Brothers would be invading New Mexico as we speak.
(no subject) - aikigrrl - Apr. 21st, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
aikigrrl
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
I have to respect your decision. Well, this year's will be a definite collector's edition! Thanks for all you did to get this year's to happen!
unovian
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Time for a new, clean, slate. Good luck in the future!
glass_symbol
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
How disappointing! I'm so sorry to hear this.

There is a company called Amber Lotus - they do lots of beautiful calendars... more along the woo-woo sort of thing. Think zen, fractals, etc. But they might be a good source for a new publisher! I regret I didn't get a 2009 and was all prepared for the 2010 edition.

Good luck!
werthead
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that but, after recent events, it is perhaps unsurprising.

Any chance of us seeing Michael Kaluta working on another SoI&F project in the future, perhaps the world book?
jenniferlee
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Sad news. I hope another publisher decides to give it a go.
thudthwacker
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I say, and I believe I express the feelings of many:

Feh.
infinite_hiatus
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
I'll remain confident that somewhere somehow another calendar is made.

I'm glad you are no longer working with the Dabel Brothers. I finally received the 2009 Ice & Fire calendar I ordered from them. I only had to dispute my payment with PayPal in order to get them to send it. They also never answered any of my emails.

I think anyone who tried to buy anything from them recently can understand your decision. And we don't even need to know the details with Michael Kaluta to know his pulling out was probably warranted.
carturello
Apr. 19th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'm sad for this notice...

I have a question, i not understand this part of your message:

I have reached the end of my patience as well. I have instructed my agent to ask the Dabel Brothers for an immediate termination of our contract.

This is valid only for calendar i hope, not for comics etc...really?

lefox
Apr. 19th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
That's disappointing, but absolutely understandable. Here's hoping that, in the future, another calander can be made, but if not, oh well! The first was lovely.
jaqen
Apr. 19th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Still haven't gotten mine for 2009 and 2009 is 1/3 over. That was the worst $60 US I have ever spent.
infinite_hiatus
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
If you paid through PayPal, go dispute the payment if it hasn't been too long. I got mine 8 days after I escalated my claim to a dispute.
(no subject) - jaqen - Apr. 20th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC) - Expand
If it's the only calendar produced... - the12judge - Apr. 24th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
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