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Ice & Fire Comes to Comics

Whether you're an Ice & Fire reader or a funny book fan or both, I have cool news for you. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is coming to comics. Random House/ Bantam Books has acquired the rights to do a graphic adaptation of the series, to be published as monthly comics (in partnership with Dynamite Entertainment) and as graphic novels in trade paperback format.

The comics will be scripted by DANIEL ABRAHAM, who should need no introduction to regular readers of this blog... but I'll give him one anyway. Daniel is the author of ten books and more than thirty short stories, under his own name and the pseudonyms M.L.N. Hanover and James S.A. Corey (with Ty Franck). He has been nominated for the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy awards, and won the International Horror Guild Award. Daniel's previous comic work includes the adaptation of my historical horror novel FEVRE DREAM for Avatar, and the original Wild Cards series THE HARD CALL for Dynamite and DBPro. When not adapating my fantasy series, he's presently writing his own, THE DAGGER AND THE COIN.

The series will be drawn by artist TOMMY PATTERSON, who won the gig over more than a dozen other artists from around the world who applied for the assignment and submitted samples. With so much top rank talent to pick from, it was a tough choice, but Daniel and I and our editors at Bantam and Dynamite were all knocked out by the character sketchs and sample pages that Tommy submitted.


Tommy's previous credits include FARSCAPE for Boom! Studios, the movie adaptation THE WARRIORS for Dynamite Entertainment, and TALES FROM WONDERLAND, THE WHITE KNIGHT, RED ROSE, and STINGERS from Zenescope Entertainment. He holds a BS in Studio Art and also works as a graphic designer. Patterson lives in Western Kentucky with his wife and daughter.


The first issue of the monthly comic is scheduled to be published by Dynamite Entertainment in late spring 2011. The graphic novel compilations will be published by Bantam.

*** And yes, for those who were wondering, this was one of the infamous Two Big Announcements that I was originally hoping to make during my visit to Los Angeles in early January, before my holidays in the hospital knocked all my plans off the rails.


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Feb. 2nd, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
When does it come out?
Let us know when it hits the stores so I can put it on my list at my Funny Book Store. I don't want to miss an issue!
Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
I know I love the adaptations of the Hedge Knight and the Sworn Sword...but those were stand alone short stories, and the graphic novels were both over 150 pages each. I can't even begin to imagine the sheer magnitude of adapting the actual novels themselves. I hate to be the skeptic here, but this project sounds almost too monumental for any one artist to keep up with. You'll have to forgive me if I save the bulk of my enthusiasm for the HBO series, please.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
F*** yes. This is the year of Song of Ice and Fire goodies.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
How long will it take...
To tell this story in comic format? I imagine it might take a very long time to tell this story in monthly installments...maybe as long as the original publication cycle (which stands at what, 16 years now? and might be as many as 25 when done???)... I have not bought a comic in a long time. that might change now. Wonder if I can get an Ipad version? Well, this is an unexpected announcement, but really cool. I am REALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY looking forward to the second announcement. I sure hope that the second yet to come announcment means us fans will see something long awaited around the same time the HBO show starts. I'm asking for HBO on for my birthday which falls 2 days later. Hope I get it early.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Re: How long will it take...
Daniel Abraham says they're shooting for 24 issues to adapt AGoT, give or take some issues. That's two years if it keeps a clockwork schedule (and Daniel notes he's got three scripts done and is on the way through the fourth, so Tommy Peterson has a lot to work with). Assuming they do the same for the following books, we're looking at AFfC's adaptation being completed eight years from now.

The iPad question is a good one! I see that Dynamite has an app at iTunes, at least, so not utterly impossible. I'd be very curious to find out what the plan is in regards to digital distribution, actually.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
I just got into reading comics with Fevre Dream and Doorways coming out in that format. This is perfect since the Fevre Dream run is over now. Can't wait.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
I'm so excited to hear this! I enjoy graphic adaptations to see if the artist sees the same thing in their mind's eye as I do when reading the books.

The character sketches don't look quite like I pictured the characters, but I still love them and am looking forward to seeing the rest of the cast in this format (as well as on HBO)!
Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Jon's hot. Just sayin'.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
Nice! I'll definitely be buying the graphic novels when they come out.
Gernot Prett
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:56 am (UTC)
The sketchs are cool, except for Ghost. He looks more like a sweet Labrador Retriever than a fierce Direwolf!
Feb. 3rd, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
great news! character sketches look wonderful, I hope the rest of characters will be no less realistic and inspiring.
with an upcoming tv-show and now a comic series I might have a cognitive dissonance with different images for each character in my head^ one from my imagination, another from a tv-show and a different one from a comic series...
Feb. 4th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
don't forget the video game that was announced some time ago, or at least, the license to produce a videogame.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 10:50 am (UTC)
Since I'm a "funny book" reader myself, I really do like the idea... the only thing I'm not sure of, though, and I'm sorry, is that the drawings could have been far, far better...
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, really cool. I bet that all four comic books will come out before ADWD.Tyrion looks OK but Jon is f****** EPIC!!!I can't wait to see what Eddard will look like.And Dany.
Feb. 4th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Odd, I think the Tyrion drawing was the more fitting of the two. The Jon looks more detailed, but somehow his face just seemed wrong. Don't get me wrong, it is a great drawing, but just didn't feel like the perfect Jon. It's just a concept sketch, so whatever. Interested to see the final product. I wonder how it will incorporate colour? Black and White with only splashes of colour (heraldry, blood, that sort of thing) would, I think, creat an amazing visual.
(no subject) - lomnen - Feb. 4th, 2011 09:35 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
And here I was trying to SAVE money.

Well, I'm sure I'll have to buy these.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
I've just started reading Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet, on book 3. Enjoying them so far so would most likely read more of his work. It also had a good interview with him included in the book.
Feb. 4th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
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