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Gianni to Illustrate 2014 Calendar

Cool news for everyone who likes great ICE & FIRE artwork (starting with me).

The 2011 Ted Nasmith calendar and the 2012 John Picacio calendar both did very well, and Random House has extended our deal for three more calendars: 2014, 2015, and 2016 (the 2013, featuring art by Marc Simonetti, is already in the works, and will debut in July at the San Diego Comicon).

And if that wasn't exciting enough, we've just signed GARY GIANNI to provide the art for the 2014 calendar!

The comic book fans among you probably know Gianni best for his work on the PRINCE VALIANT comic strip in your Sunday paper, where he took on the daunting task of following in the footsteps of the immortal Hal Foster, and brought it off wonderfully.

But I've been a huge fan of Gianni's ever since I first stumbled upon a copy of the Wandering Star limited edition of THE SAVAGE TALES OF SOLOMON KANE (my favorite Robert E. Howard character, fwiw). Until I saw the Wandering Star book, the notion that any other artist could ever do a Solomon Kane to compare to Jeff Jones's version would have struck me as rank heresy, but Gianni's art blew me away.

Gianni went on from that to illustrate one of Wandering Star's gorgeous CONAN volumes, to provide some lovely interiors for Michael Chabon's GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD, to Prince Valiant, and assorted other triumphs too numerous to mention.

He's an amazing artist, and I cannot wait to see him bring my world and characters to life for the 2014 calendar.

So now the only question is... who can we possibly get for 2015 and 2016?


Feb. 15th, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)
The NC Wyeth is strong in this one. But fantastic news, and I'm definitely looking forward to the 2014 calendar!
Feb. 16th, 2012 08:45 am (UTC)
it was the Wyeth/Pyle influences that drew me
to the dealer's table that had a copy of SK, had never noticed Gianni before, and I was enraptured, immediately, and I don't particularly like Robert Howard's fiction!

I need more walls......soon....
Feb. 15th, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
The Solomon Kane ones remind of a lot of Howard Pyle...
Feb. 15th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
wow. this is such fantastic news! Can't wait for the new calendars! :D
Feb. 15th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
NC Wyeth/Howard Pyle indeed. And how about the bore on those hand cannons? Woof.
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Feb. 15th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
You can write to him care of Bantam. Of course, I have no idea how much he might charge. My publishers handle that sort of thing, not me.
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Feb. 15th, 2012 06:02 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard of him before, but from what you've shown above I'm very excited to see what he does with your world.
Feb. 15th, 2012 07:19 am (UTC)
Off Topic
Happy Anniversary!
Feb. 15th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
Gianni's amazing. I bought Gentlemen of the Road half because of his art.

2015 and 2016? I've a short wish list. Alan Lee, Tom Canty (yes, because of the A Feast for Crows limited wasn't enough), Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola (seriously, he needs to follow up his Melisandre painting). I suppose bringing Komarck back for a second calendar -- his first with Bantam -- would be asking too much...

For something quite stylized, Martin Springett. He's done some beautiful work on Guy Gavriel Kay's books.

Edited at 2012-02-15 09:59 am (UTC)
Eric Blake
Feb. 15th, 2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
Solomon Kane
I also am a huge Kane fan I was just wondering what you thought of the movie if you saw it?
Feb. 15th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Solomon Kane
Haven't seen the movie... yet. I do have it around here somewhere. Word of mouth has not been good, however.
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Feb. 15th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
You really do get the best artists in the industry to illustrate your works, George. (As it should be!) Gianni is amazing.
Feb. 15th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
Fantastic news!

I'm not sure about the contract details, (who employs the artists, etc..) but artists I'd love to see do a calendar are:

Alan Lee, John Howe, Jeffrey Jones, Michael Whelan , Keith Parkinson, Tom Canty, and, of course, longtime fans will recognize the name of Stephen Youll.

As I mentioned before, I'm not sure if he is still on good terms, but the fact that he did a piece for Dance Dragons (seen on his site) shows that he enjoys Ice and Fire. Side note: I think having him do a calendar the year the final Ice and fire book comes out would be awesome.

Of course, the cover artists for some of the Dunk & Egg stores would also be very welcome ((whose names I sadly can't find at this time).

Edited at 2012-02-15 01:36 pm (UTC)
Feb. 15th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
Seconded John Howe - he's also an amazingly lovely chap, replied to all my emails and letters when I was at university.
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Feb. 16th, 2012 10:44 am (UTC)
Speaking of art, Green Ronin the cover to their new edition of the Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying system... and isn't it gorgeous?

Another winner from Michael Komarck.
Feb. 16th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
Solomon Kane for the Win!
Ah! I have also been a huge fan of Gary Gianni's work since seeing his Solomon Kane pictures, which capture the spirit and menace of the Howard character perfectly, and honor N.C. Wyeth in tone.

I had high hopes for a recently made SOLOMON KANE film, but it did not suit my tastes. Did you see it? If not, I cannot recommend it.
Feb. 21st, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Since you seem to be going through the artists Del Rey has bee using for their line of seminal sword and sorcery reprints with Piccaccio and Gianni I have to recommend Mark Schultz. He's the artist responsible for the first volume of the Wandering Star/Del Rey Conan and the comic book Xenozoic Tales (aka Cadillacs and Dinosaurs).


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