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I hope that everyone in San Diego is having fun at Comicon. HBO has a big presence there, I know, and a lot of our cast are on hand for the GAME OF THRONES panel and the usual endless rounds of signings and interviews. Also, Bantam is bringing out the 2017 ICE & FIRE calendar, which is always a great event. And Gary Gianni, who illustrated THE KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS, has a table and is selling a cool new sketchbook of his artwork.

Makes me wish I could be there as well.

But I'm not.

Now, normally, I would not feel the need to post about where I'm not and what I am not doing... only I am getting reports from friends in San Diego, and friends of friends, that I have been sighted at the con.

It's not me.

Really. It's not. It's some other old fat guy in a Greek sailor's cap and pair of suspenders, maybe. Who may or may not be consciously cosplaying as me.

((And you have no idea how weird it feels to be typing that sentence. Way back when the show was first starting, there were a couple of Daenerys Targaryen cosplayers at San Diego, and I thought that was way cool. Fans dressing up as my characters, hey, hot damn! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that anyone would ever want to dress up as me. But now I seem to encounter it wherever I go. Witness this picture from my 2013 trip to Australia.

Anyway... just for the record... I have a big Wild Cards event at the Jean Cocteau Cinema this weekend, with nineteen writers turning up from all across the country, so as much as I would like to be at comicon, I am not there. Accept no substitutes!!

((And just to be clear, no, I do not disappove of fans cosplaying as me. I do find it surreal, but hey, what they hell, have fun... so long as they don't actually pretend to be me)).

Moving right along... one thing that is at comicon is the new ICE & FIRE calendar, with art by Didier Graffet. It's gorgeous. Grab a copy if you're at the con. And if not, the calendar should be available at your favorite local bookstore or online bookseller, and will certainly be available through the Jean Cocteau.


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Jul. 22nd, 2016 08:54 pm (UTC)
That calendar is gorgeous! Will definitely buy it :)
Jul. 22nd, 2016 08:55 pm (UTC)
Amusingly, I had a pre-con nightmare before you joined us at Norwescon last year involving someone cosplaying as you.
Jul. 22nd, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)
But he doesn't write like you
But he doesn't write like you,
In fact , no one writes like you, maybe as well, but different. Now I'm reading historic novel about Ancient Rome (Trajano's Trilogy)and this, thaks your books. After all history is the source of your books. Thanks!

Edited at 2016-07-22 09:15 pm (UTC)
Alex Felix
Jul. 22nd, 2016 09:16 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious! It's almost like the incident where Bryan Cranston went to Comic Con and walked the show floor wearing the Walter White mask. No one even thought to bat an eye and question it. Even Matt Smith did the same wearing a Bart Simpson mask while walking the show floor.
Jul. 22nd, 2016 09:25 pm (UTC)
I am also an old fat guy with a Greek sailor's cap and a pair of suspenders, though my beard is not yet as white as yours. But I'm not at Comicon either!
Parvez Raj
Jul. 22nd, 2016 09:27 pm (UTC)
Hello George, big fan! Are you planning to come to Canada anytime soon?
Damon McAllister
Jul. 22nd, 2016 09:28 pm (UTC)
The Others, Coldhands
The Others and their countless minions - the wights, are described as having pale blue eyes. Coldhands, on the other hand, identified by Sam as a wight, and confirmed to be undead by Leaf and Bloodraven, shares some of the characteristics of a wight (pale skin, cold black hands, etc). But he's described as having black eyes that resemble a raven's. So, my question is - are the blue eyes associated with regular wights a sign of being controlled by the Others?

Edited at 2016-07-22 09:30 pm (UTC)
Steven James
Jul. 23rd, 2016 02:38 am (UTC)
Not sure if this has been answered elsewhere, but will this new calendar have any depictions of WINDS content as with last year's calendar?

Jul. 23rd, 2016 03:00 am (UTC)

Yeah, but how can we be sure that the real you is not the guy at Comicon and the fake you, the guy writing this blog post?
Luke Teeninga
Jul. 23rd, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC)
It would still be true when fake George writes "I am not at Comicon"! :-P
Jul. 23rd, 2016 03:40 am (UTC)
Didier Graffet is a great artist, and extremely patient. At the 2013 World Fantasy Convention, which was in Brighton that year, he signed both mine and my Mom's convention books and made two detailed illustrations, which he copied exactly in each. A dragon and a seaside castle.
Jul. 23rd, 2016 08:40 am (UTC)
The calendar looks cool! Do you listen to music while you write, George?
Jul. 23rd, 2016 01:04 pm (UTC)
Very strange! So, neither of the guys in the picture is you? And where in Australia were you? One of the bigger cons, I suppose? I recall the only time I ever met you was in the foyer of a tiny hotel in St Kilda back when you had just written Fevre Dream and it was about to be published. I can't recall which con it was. We had a few at that hotel.

A totally irrelevant comment which may amuse you. One of my workmates, an Indian lady, told me proudly about her new granddaughter. "Her name is Arya," she said, "after the Indian goddess who fights demons." The next time I saw her, she said disgustedly that she had been told that no, the baby was not named for an Indian goddess but the girl in GoT! Oh, well.
Ahsan Syed
Jul. 23rd, 2016 01:50 pm (UTC)
Hey George, is your favorite character in ASOIAF different from the character you most enjoy writing?
Jul. 23rd, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
Hire him!

Hire a guy to be you at conventions, while you write books!
Jul. 23rd, 2016 04:28 pm (UTC)
Sigh. There are countless articles online, "trash" articles I suppose, about you planning on releasing Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring together.
after reading through those ridiculous articles, I felt bad for you mr. Martin. so many folks out there are just crazy and spread such false messages about you! The "information" age, eh? Lol. I can only imagine.

I got a kick out of that man who cosplayed as you, he did a good you! That's got to be a strange feeling. It's probably good I'm not at the con, I would have been fooled and asked for their autograph.
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