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Hescox to Illustrate A CLASH OF KINGS

Cool things are happening at Subterranean Press.

Marc Fishman has delivered all the artwork for the SubPress limited edition of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, and the book should be at the printer soon. Alas, I believe all the copies are spoken for... but those of you who preordered have something to look forward to.

Just last week I scrawled my scrawl on the signature pages for the new SubPress two-volume slipcased limited edition of A GAME OF THRONES, below a lovely Ted Nasmith drawing. Ted has completed all his other outstanding assignments, and turned his full attention to the illustrations for GAME. I've been seeing sketches several times a week, and I'm jazzed. I do love illustrated books, and this one promises to be stunning.

And now I am thrilled to be able to announce that Subterranean has secured the talents of RICHARD HESCOX to illustrate their signed, numbered (and lettered), deluxe, slipcased edition of A CLASH OF KINGS.

Those of you who attended the worldcon in Reno will likely remember seeing some of the gorgeous work that Hescox had on display in the art show there (one canvas, the Lamia, now hangs on my wall here in Santa Fe).

Others may know his work from Boskone art shows. Or perhaps you have his book, THE DECEIVING EYE: THE ART OF RICHARD HESCOX. Most of you will have seen his book covers and movie posters over the years.

You can find his website at: http://www.richardhescox.com/

For those unfamiliar with his work, suffice it to say that Hescox is a veteran SF and fantasy artist and illustrator, and that I've loved his stuff for a long time, especially his oil paintings. We've already been firing emails back and forth, and Richard is as enthused as I am. I cannot wait to see him bring my world and characters to life.

Here's another taste of his work in oils:

As usual, the Subterranean CLASH OF KINGS will be limited to 52 lettered and 448 numbered copies, each signed by me and by the artist. Those who purchased the prior SubPress editions will have first dibs, of course, but there are always some dropouts, so it is possible that a few copies will become available to newcomers around publication date.

For more information on A CLASH OF KINGS, and the rest of Subterranean's terrific books, visit their website at: http://www.subterraneanpress.com/


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Feb. 8th, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
I cannot find the information about Clash of Kings on the SubPress site. Has it not been posted?
Feb. 8th, 2012 10:06 am (UTC)
She's so sucking in her belly ;D
Feb. 8th, 2012 10:57 am (UTC)
Very beautiful. There's almost something pre-Raphaelite about the style, except I suppose the PRs wouldn't have painted women naked, not in that era. :-) So, once these limited editions are done, any chance these will come out in mass market paperback/hardcover? Just so the rest of us can rejoice in their beauty? :-)
Feb. 8th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema!
Feb. 9th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
Me, too ... If he'd done half-naked women ...
Feb. 8th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
This artwork is gorgeous!
Carl F Terwilliger
Feb. 8th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
I was fortunate to be able to order dance from subterranean press. This is a great way to start the day! Awesome. And Congratulations to the Giants, great game, I know you're thrilled.
Andreas Thommesen
Feb. 8th, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thats it...
I'm buying one of these sets, even if it sets me back 5 000 dollars, which btw is absolutly everything I have saved up!

Well, cheers George, hopefully subpress will publish 'Windhaven' by you and Lisa Tuttle too. Thus completing my GRRM limited favorites :)

(althought I probatly wont be able to aford it after I get my hands on one of these sets anyway).
Feb. 8th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
Those are quite nice indeed!

Will all of the books in the Ice and Fire series recieve illustrated editions? I am loving the 2012 calendar, and will get the Art books once the series is finished (in case there are more to be released). Love me some Ice & Fire art :D
Feb. 8th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
All of the Ice & Fire books have already received illustrated editions.

Meisha Merlin did the first two. A GAME OF THRONES featured art by Jeff Jones, A CLASH OF KINGS by John Howe.

Subterranean Press took over when Meisha Merlin went bankrupt. Charles Vess illustrated A STORM OF SWORDS, Tom Canty A FEAST FOR CROWS. And Marc Fishman has done the art for the forthcoming DANCE WITH DRAGONS.

And now SubPress is going back and doing the first two books, in new editions to match the later three. Ted Nasmith is the artist for GAME, and Richard Hescox for CLASH.

These are all limited editions, of course, and long ago sold out. The only place to find the older books is on ABE or through a rare book dealer, and they cost a lot.

Some of my publishers overseas have also illustrated limited and/or illustrated editions. There's the FanPro edition from Germany, the Finnish hardcovers... some of the Chinese editions also include interior art... and I'm probably forgetting some.
Feb. 10th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
Ah yes, that's how it went. There are numerous editions of your books (Ice and Fire I mean), that I got a tad mixed up. I like all the artwork I've seen so far, tho among my favorites are Ted Nasmith, Stephen Youll (nice to see that he did a piece for Dance With Dragons. Not sure what the whole story is with him, Bantam, and Feast for Crows; but I hope yourself & Stephen are on good terms), and the 2012 Ice & Fire calendar.
I'll pre-order the 2013 one once HBO makes the posters for ssn 2 of Game of Thrones.
Feb. 8th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Do you know when Sub Press will be putting the Limited Illustrated GAME up for pre-order?

I have their SWORDS, FEAST and waiting on DANCE. I was thrilled to hear they would be doing also GAME and CLASH.
Feb. 8th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
GAME... no, don't know the release date. It depends on how long it takes Ted to finish the art.

Yes, many people were happy when Subterranean decided to do their own editions of GAME and CLASH. That came about largely because of the fans. Both Bill and I got lots of emails asking for new editions that would match the later books, since the SubPress and Meisha Merlin editions had significant differences in design.
Feb. 8th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
I think I was getting confused with this line: "Just last week I scrawled my scrawl on the signature pages for the new SubPress two-volume slipcased limited edition of A GAME OF THRONES"

Thanks for clarification and putting the confusion to rest, I guess I thought since you were scrawling your name in, they had been finished!. I look foward to the new editions!
Feb. 8th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful artwork. I always wished I could draw, but that gene passed me by, my father was a half decent artist, though.
Ben Semmes
Apr. 3rd, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Arianne Martell
This third painting seems to shout Princess of Dorne to me. Rumors have it that her WOW perspective has been shared. George, might you swap her transcript for Theon's sample on your site?
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