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Time for a New Calendar - Reux

We're well into December now, and time is running out on the year, and your 2012 calendar. So I thought I'd update my plug about all the nifty 2013 calendars out there.

First off, there's an astonishing SONG OF ICE AND FIRE calendar for 2013, with art by Marc Simonetti.


You can get that one via Amazon at


or from your favorite local or online bookseller (no, alas, it is not likely to show up at one of those calendar kiosks that pop up in malls around Xmas, they prefer to feature only their own calendars).

Maybe you loved the 2012 calendar so much that you're slavering for more John Picacio art, however. That's cool too, and as it happens, John is going into the calendar business on his own through his new company, Lone Boy. He's doing a "greatest hits" compilation of some of his favorite cover paintings, launching it through KickStarter.

See here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1143812835/the-2013-john-picacio-calendar

Now, for something completely different, there's the Literary Pin-Up Calendar put together by Patrick Rothfuss and friends.

The art is by Lee Moyer, and all of the proceeds will go to Worldbuilders on behalf of Heifer International. The art is by Lee Moyer, featuring sexy (but tasteful! tasteful!!) pin-ups of characters created by Peter S. Beagle, Ray Bradbury, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Jacqueline Carey, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Robin Hobb, N.K. Jemisin, Terry Pratchett, and Patrick Rothfuss... and me. All guaranteed saucy. So if you're a lover of fantasy, of "good girl" art, literature, the female form, or feeding the world's poor... actually, helping them feed themselves... or just want to ogle Nekkid Cersei, this is a calendar you need to have.


Best of all, you can order NOW. Just go to:


So... that gives you three great choices for 2013. Picacio, Simonetti, or Moyer. Hey, why not get all three? Everyone should have a calendar in every room.

Oh, but what about 2014, you ask? The new year will be done with in no time. And it always pays to plan ahead. So right you are. But as it happens, we have you covered. I've just gotten a look at the cover for the 2014 SONG OF ICE AND FIRE calendar, with art with the amazing Gary Gianni, and I couldn't wait to share, so:

Martin 2014 3

That one you can't buy just yet. You will need to wait till July, I fear. But I think the calendar will be worth the wait. Gary has finished nine of the twelve paintings as I write, and they're all more spectacular than the last.



Nov. 28th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
Had the SONG OF ICE AND FIRE for 2013 with art by Marc Simonetti since July, and will do likewise for the 2014 one...got my fingers crossed that Stephen Youll may do one the year that A Dream of Spring is released.
Jezabel Nightroad
Nov. 28th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Wow the illustrations are beautiful.
Nov. 28th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
Gianni Rules!
Oh My, I absolutely love Gary Gianni's art. Looks like I'm going to be hanging ASOIAF calendars on my wall for years to come.

I was so deflated when GG left the Prince Valiant Sunday comic strip. If anyone knows of any other projects of his coming out in the near future, please post here. His own website is infrequently updated.
Nov. 28th, 2012 06:16 am (UTC)
Re: Gianni 2014
Dec. 11th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Gianni 2014
Nov. 28th, 2012 07:02 am (UTC)
Got the 2013 ASoIaF calendar a couple months ago; it'll be a Christmas present for my father.
Robert Neumann
Nov. 28th, 2012 08:07 am (UTC)
Wait a moment - I can buy the 2014 calendar in July?
I mean, planning ahead and all that is fine by me, but, July? Isn't that a wee bit early? It is our lives that we are rushing after all!
Nov. 29th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Wait a moment - I can buy the 2014 calendar in July?
I'm not surprised, given that everyone starts celebrating Christmas in late November around here.
Robert Neumann
Nov. 30th, 2012 06:06 am (UTC)
Re: Wait a moment - I can buy the 2014 calendar in July?
...and that's probably because al the Christmas sweets sold in September will have gone bad by the end of the year.
Lindsay Caldwell
Nov. 29th, 2012 06:40 am (UTC)
I bought the 2013 ASOIAF calender a few months ago. I'm gonna give it to myself as a Christmas present. That's how excited I am to use it.
Nov. 29th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
2013 calendar
Any reason Amazon has a choking hazard warning on the 2013 calendar? :)

"WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs."
Nov. 29th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
I already got mine back in July and cannot wair ro open it. This is my third ASOIF calendar, and sure enough next summer if all is well I shall get the next one too. I like the calendars I have, the artists are all great, but there is something about Simonetti's work that blows me away, in my mind he really captures the vision of ASOIF, that being said, I do not mean to take anything away from the other artists.

PS I have just started reading "A Dance With Dragons" and I dread reaching the end...because I really don't know what to read next...not much outhere compares with ASOIF! I mean I'll re-read Tolkien, finish Jordan's "The Wheel Of Time" (I habe been reading that series for 20 years now!!!), I still have Rotfuss's "The Wiseman's Fear", Vance's "The Dying Earth", William Gibson with "Spook Country" and Guy Gavriel Kay with "Ysabel" and "Under Heaven" , plus Max Brooks and "World War Z". Is that an adequate reading list? Any other suggestions?
Nov. 29th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
While I'm sure the 2013 calender will provide some inspiring art work (my local B&N has managed to stock it yet), I'm swept away by the Gianni battle scene for the 2014 calender.

WOW someone gets Ice and Fire - historical reality with a romantic flavor.

Hearldry! Armor! Weapons! (someone has done his homework - OK the nasal helms are a bit dated compared to the charging knights armor...)

I'd personally pay for a case of these calenders to be sent to HBO's art director in charge of Game of Thrones.

Sandra Schafer
Nov. 30th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
What is the subject of the 2014 calendar cover?
Is this the Siege of Dragonstone? I am confused by the shields. One shows Stannis's fiery heart with the stag, another appears to be Lannister/Stark???
Nov. 30th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Re: What is the subject of the 2014 calendar cover?
I'm also confused anyone have a guess? The King's Guard knight is clearly breaking into a castle supported by a man of Joffery/Tommen's retinue (with crowned stay and Lannister Lion on shield). The castle is defended by a firey heart so must be Stannis. But which castle/city?


Dec. 11th, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: What is the subject of the 2014 calendar cover?
I'm not going to explain the location, since that is in spoiler territory. The Knight is Ser Loras, "swinging his morningstar about his head..."

Dec. 11th, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
Re: What is the subject of the 2014 calendar cover?
It's Loras Tyrell's assault on dragonstone.

It's reported to Cersi that he stormed the castle, was the first over the walls, made a bloody mess with his morning star, and then had boiling oil poured on him.

I was hoping to find out how much of that was true in Dance...

On a side note, keep up the good work George and have a nice holiday period!

Edit: That's a stag and lion on the shield - the arms of Joffery (and now Tommen)

Edited at 2012-12-11 11:56 am (UTC)
Colty Harrison
Dec. 11th, 2012 05:55 am (UTC)
OK OK! Fine! I'll buy your calendar!
Dec. 11th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
The 2013 Calendar is awesome George! So far I've owned the last 3 years (not sure if there were calendars before then) but I've loved them all. This one is prob my fav simply because Simonetti chose a few very unique moments in the story to draw up. And if you all haven't watched the Youtube video of him drawing one up you're missing out. Look up "The Making of the A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar" on Youtube, then try your best not to buy it...
Dec. 13th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
The walk of shame made me feel so much sympathy for Cersei... it was so creepy. Not pleased about spending the month of June staring at it.
Although looking at the picture I can see that the architectural style of atleast one building is Northern Gothic, rather than Proto-Renaissance.
Dec. 18th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
The Marc Simonetti 2013 calendar is on its way to me. It looks amazing, and I'm super-excited! There's also this evil little part of me that rejoices in the fact that I have to tell friends of mine who have only seen the show that there are spoilers in it if they come over my house.

Mwahahaha! Just more incentive to read your wonderful series. :)
Dec. 18th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
For fans of Westeros and Minecraft
This looks fabulous.


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