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Calendars, Calendars

With the year running down, we'll all soon be needing new 2011 calendars to hang on the wall. There's still time to pick up the official 2011 Ice & Fire calendar, with its gorgeous castle landscapes by Ted Nasmith.

If you can't find the Nasmith calendar at that kiosk that appears every Christmas at your local mall, check your local bookstore. A few copies may also be available through some of the associated sellers on Amazon, though Amazon itself seems to have sold out.


Meanwhile -- not to get too far ahead of ourselves -- but work continues apace on next year's Ice & Fire calendar as well. The artwork on the 2012 calendar will be provided by Hugo-award winning artist and fan favorite John Picacio, and he's doing some amazing stuff. So I thought I'd whet your appetites by showing you the mockup of the cover that Bantam featured in its latest catalog.

The Picacio calendar will be released next July. This may not actually be the final cover, but it should give you a good taste of the spectacular work that John is doing. He tells me he's determined to make this calendar the best work he's ever done.

So... who would you guys like to see do the art for future calendars? Our plan is to feature a different world-class artist every year.


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Dec. 20th, 2010 08:44 am (UTC)
Oh, my, the 2012 calendar is going to be amazing. O.O Yay!
Dec. 20th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC)
it's a shame I have to wait a whole year to get the calendar for 2012 :)
Dec. 20th, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
Michael Komarck
Jan. 5th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Seconded! Amazing artist.
Dec. 20th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
I'm happy to say that I got the 2011 calender for Christmas. My only bone to pick with it is I wish that the "centerfold" of Pyke was actually separate.
Dec. 20th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Got mine!
I was able to order one from Barnes & Noble (bn.com) They still have them in stock!

Which makes me wonder if I can get a set of ASoIaF wallpapers or screensavers for my Nook. Research project for tonight!

Such BEAUTIFUL artwork, I'm very impressed!
Dec. 20th, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)
Beautiful work by both artists.

You just reminded me -- I think it's time to hang up my 2011 calendar. :)
Dec. 20th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
Thrones Cast
I guess next October we'll probably see a "Game of Thrones" calendar with various images of the cast. Personally, I think the December 2012 shot should be a picture of Daenerys holding her "newborns."
Dec. 20th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
I was recently introduced to your wonderful world with books and a calander from a terriffic guy.
My vote (if it matters) I would love to see some Michael Whelan in there some where.
He has worked on a few of my other favorite authors books as well. Namely Melanie Rawn, Anne McCaffery and Stephen King.
Thank you David aka. Lodey for the introduction.
Dec. 20th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
Does anyone know a place to pick up the 2011 calenders in Australia (Sydney, specifically)?
Dec. 20th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
check at Galaxy

there's also the mail order co. SlowGlass, http://www.slowglass.com.au/, send Justin an email from his site, he may some left over from AussieCon.
Marc Kassner
Dec. 20th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
Calendars, Calendars

I really like the Picacio Cover - Already got that one on order.

I already own the Komarck and Nasmith calendar.

I would love to see Alan Lee doing the 2012 calendar.
Dec. 20th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
Great cover. I would like Moebius, Adam Hughes or Jon Foster to do the 2013 calendar. It would be great
Dec. 20th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
Hi George - Any of these available in England?

Love the books mate. Just bought dreamsongs to start reading as about to finish feast for crows for the second time.

Dec. 20th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
I know Karmack might be scarred by his experiences on the Dabel calendar, but it'd be great to see more work by him.

Otherwise John Howe seems an obvious choice. He's familiar with the series already, since he did the illustrated ACoK, and I'd love to see his take on other scenes, characters and locations.
Dec. 20th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Oops, that's Komarck, of course.
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Dec. 20th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, are you able to say what characters/scenes? will be appearing in the 2012 calendar?
Dec. 20th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
I make suggestions, but mostly I leave it up to the artists. You get better work if you let the artist do the scenes and characters that speak to him.
Dec. 20th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
I don't know if there#s much hope for this aspiration, but i've always thought that both of the Tolkien Illustrators that were connected with the Movies were gorgeous and would be able to catch a lot of the world of Asoiaf.

So if they would want to i'd always take a calendar from John Howe or Alan Lee or even better both of them ^_^
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