Dynamite to Adapt Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE

Dynamite to Adapt A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE

Jon Snow character sketch.

Dynamite Entertainment is set to publish a comic book adaption of George R.R. Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire starting in "late spring" of this year.

The release will coincide with the Game of Thrones HBO TV series — named after the first book in the series — premiering on April 17.

"George RR Martin is a writer of tremendous talent and his books truly stand the test of time," wrote Dynamic Forces president and CEO Nick Barrucci in an e-mail to Newsarama. "With the upcoming adaptation on HBO, they have a wealth of source material for their production and we have that same source material to create our comic book series. The show will dazzle and entice new viewers and fans and we will work hard to capitalize on that awareness for our series. This is the definition of a win-win and we couldn’t be happier!"

The comic will be an ongoing monthly series, adapted by fantasy vet Daniel Abraham and illustrated by Tommy Patterson (Farscape, The Warriors). The A Song of Ice and Fire comics series will be published in association with Bantam Books, and the mass-market collected editions will be released under their imprint.

"This is the first time that a major publishing house has entered in to an agreement with Dynamite to handle the publication of the monthly periodicals and also the collections in to the direct market," wrote Barrucci in a statement accompanying the release.

Since 1996, four A Song of Ice and Fire novels have been published — A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows — with a fifth, A Dance with Dragons, forthcoming with no yet-known release date following several delays. Seven are planned in total.

Dynamite's press release follows:

Tyrion Lannister character sketch.

BANTAM BOOKS AND DYNAMITE ANNOUNCE COMIC ADAPTATION OF GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE

NEW YORK, NY – February 2, 2011 – Bantam Books, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, announced today the acquisition of the comic book and graphic novel rights to the worldwide bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.  The series will be illustrated by Tommy Patterson and adapted by Daniel Abraham, the award-winning and bestselling author of The Long Price Quartet.  The first issue of the monthly comic—which will be published by Dynamite Entertainment—is planned to release in late spring 2011, with compilations of the comics in graphic novel form to follow under the Bantam imprint.  With the television adaptation of  A Game of Thrones scheduled to air on HBO starting in April 2011, the comics and graphic novels will further expand the Song of Ice and Fire series into a new medium, creating opportunities for readers old and new to immerse themselves in this bestselling world.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

GEORGE R. R. MARTIN sold his first story in 1971 and hasn't stopped. As a writer-producer, he worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. In the mid-90s he returned to prose and began work on A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. He lives with the lovely Parris.

DANIEL ABRAHAM is the author of ten books and more than thirty short stories.  He has been nominated for the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy awards, and won the International Horror Guild Award.  He has written the graphic novel adaptations of George R. R. Martin's novel Fevre Dream and novella "Skin Trade," and original scripts for Wild Cards: The Hard Call.  He also writes as MLN Hanover and James S. A. Corey.  He lives with his family in the American southwest.

Artist TOMMY PATTERSON’S credits include Farscape for Boom! Studios, the movie adaptation The Warriors for Dynamite Entertainment, and Tales From Wonderland the White Knight, Red Rose and Stingers from Zenescope Entertainment. He has a BS in Studio Art and also works as a graphic designer.  Patterson lives in Western Kentucky with his wife and daughter.

ABOUT THE SERIES:

Long ago, in a time long forgotten, a mysterious event threw the seasons of the world out of balance.  Now the kingdom is blessed by golden summers that go on for years, and cursed by cruel winters that can last a generation.  In the cool north of this kingdom is a royal family ruled by Eddard Stark.  The symbol of the royal house of the Starks is a direwolf; their motto is “Winter is coming.” As indeed, it is.  For the Iron Throne of Westeros is once more under contention.  With Eddard’s help, Robert Baratheon won it away from the corrupt Targaryens, who had ruled Westeros for generations.  But when Eddard is summoned south to help an aging king hold the throne they both won, he finds himself enmeshed in a web of treachery and lies, as faction after faction plays that most dangerous game of all: the game of thrones.

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