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We're Number One...

... in graphic novels.

The second volume of the GAME OF THRONES graphic novel debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list:


(And, hey, the following week's list is out, and we're still number one).

My thanks and congratulations to Daniel Abraham (who wrote the script) and Tommy Patterson (who drew the pictures) and Mike S. Miller (who did the covers). They do all the real work on this one. This is their triumph, much more than mine.

I'm glad so many of you are enjoying the funny book.


Jul. 8th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: House Martell Casting
That’s unfortunate that you’ve only seen the ugly side of the website—but in my experience, that’s hardly the majority. Tumblr is unmoderated, although people can be reported for abuse to Tumblr staff who then can decide whether or not to suspend a blog. While the ugliness is certainly a downside, it also offers a platform where fans can speak their minds without fear of being censored (or censured) for having the “wrong” opinion. I know of more than a few people who have left Westeros and other fandom sites because they felt they couldn’t freely voice their (non-abusive, respectful) opinion.

In the same way that not having a moderator can bring out the worst in people, in my experience, it can also bring out the best—while there can be arguments for sure, the worst commenters and bloggers are usually repudiated by Tumblr fandom and the message is generally clear: trolling/rudeness/disrespectfulness is not welcome here. What people do on their own blogs is their own business—but once you start trying to cause upset in the fandom community, it isn’t generally viewed as acceptable.

The majority of the ASOIAF/GoT fandom on Tumblr is women – ones who, while certainly enjoying the men in your series, take lines like “the women are the strong ones” to heart – both in our love for your female characters and as inspiration. I have never seen more passionate, eloquent defenses of characters like Sansa and Cersei, for instance, who often get dismissed by fandom at large for simply being “mean” or “a bitch.”

I personally have met some of my best friends on Tumblr because of our love for the minor characters and houses in your series. We spend our time not flinging abuse at people for having different opinions than ours, but discussing what Jorah Mormont's relationship with his father might have been like before his exile, speculating on the prophecies and mythology of the series and what that might mean for future books, or making graphics and fan art depicting scenes described in the books that will likely never make it to the TV screen (Lyanna and Ned at the Tower of Joy, Jason Mallister bending the knee to the Freys, etc.)
Jul. 9th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
Re: House Martell Casting
The Tumblr ASOIAF community is incredibly passionate, even as ASOIAF fans go. Tumblr as a platform is one that allows great creativity from users. Users can make text posts full of analysis, if that is their way of expressing themselves, or they can create photo posts with graphics made by themselves. The latter is largely not supported or prevalent in other communities, save Livejournal. Tumblr also includes tagging functionality, which can allow users to have pages of analysis, pages of minimalist art based on ASOIAF, pages about the show, etc. An example would be Minimalist ASOIAF

Personally, I use both Westeros and Tumblr, for different purposes. Yes, I have often seen vitriol from Westeros members directed at other communities; I have even seen people create Tumblr blogs purely to insult people, tagging them in incendiary ways so as to gain attention. That said, I also feel that those people spewing hate are an extremely vocal minority. Just as I don't judge Westeros for the few, nor do I judge Tumblr, Twitter, or Reddit. So I use all of them, and hate on none. :)

Your remarks calling Twitter and Tumblr cesspools certainly gave people ammunition to continue these 'website wars', or whatever this nonsense is. I was pleased to see your clarification saying that you were mostly referring to the unmoderated nature of those sites. I'm sure a lot of other fans were relieved to know you weren't disparaging all of us on Twitter and Tumblr.
Bobby Schmidt
Jul. 9th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: House Martell Casting
Tumblr has a lot of extremes. It's a fine place for discussion and free thought, but many do take advantage of that... within and around many fandoms. The anonymous feature doesn't help this, either. There is so much anonymous hate on Tumblr and trolls just looking to evoke some sort of reaction from people... be it with insults, differing views, spoilers, and so forth. I have come across some great ASoIaF posts and had some private discussions about the novels on Tumblr as well, but have also seen the worst, which can at times be described as a cesspool. I do agree, that moderated forums are often the better choice, yet if you can avoid or ignore the dark spots, there are definitely some positive and loyal fans there.


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