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All Sorts of Weird Stuff offers news and information about George R.R. Martin, in particular about his A Song of Ice and Fire series.

"When I was young, I read all sorts of stuff. One week it would be Lovecraft, the next Vance. It was all imaginative literature, or as my dad called it 'Weird Stuff.' It was all 'Weird Stuff.'"

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Amok Returns

The undisputed master of “A Song of Ice and Fire” portraiture, Amok (aka Roman Papsuev), has a new official site, including his whole gallery of “A Song of Ice and Fire” images created both as a fan and professionally, as well as a great amount of other art from other projects he is involved in. Sharp-eyed fans may notice that he’s touched up some of the portraits while in the process of getting the new site up. Expect to see some more fantastic art there in the future!

GRRM Appearance in Spain Update

GRRM has been informed that Semana Negra, a literary and cultural festival in Gijón, Spain, has had its starting date moved back from the 4th to the 11th of July. George and Parris will both be present at the event for roughly a week, and certainly hope to see and meet as many fans at possible at the location. A good place to check for updates and discussions of fan activities is the ASoIaF forum, specifically this thread. If you know any European fans, especially from the Iberian peninsula, make sure they’re aware of this opportunity to see George not only in Gijón, but probably also in Madrid and Barcelona while he’s there.

RIP Hunter Rose

We are saddened to report that Vincent Briscuso, also known as Hunter Rose, has passed away recently. Vincent is best known in the fan community for his exhaustive A Song of Ice and Fire chapter summaries site, a widely used resource. Our condolences are extended to his family and friends.

Dinner Update

We’ve received more information on the previously reported opportunity to have dinner with George R.R. Martin during Denver’s Opus Fantasy Art Festival:

Dinner with George

Thanks to the Opus Fantasy Arts Festival, it looks like fans will be able to join George R. R. Martin, author of the acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire series, for a Moroccan feast! A perfect chance to ask George about Dornish cuisine and customs, too. ;)

Following is the official announcement from the festival, with contact information in case you are interested in joining in:

Pizza Crawl Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to illness, George has had to cancel the pizza crawl in New Haven, Connecticut that he had been so looking forward to. See here for more information. The illness—either a bad case of a stomach virus or food poisoning—may impact his planned appearances at the New York Comic Con as well.

Last Call for Pizza Crawl

George has posted a final, detailed update on the plans for the pizza crawl in New Haven. If you’re interested in taking part, check the post out and add a comment regarding your intentions.

BwB Charity Drive 2006

In what’s starting to be a yearly tradition, the Brotherhood without Banners is collecting donations from fans of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series for Child’s Play. This charity helps distributes books, games, and toys to hospitalized children both in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world.

To learn more about how to donate through the BwB, please go here and help us raise money in a good cause!

Eighth GRRM Podcast

In the eighth and final installment of George R. R. Martin’s podcast series, GRRM discusses the fans of "A Song of Ice and Fire". Besides using iTunes and RSS feed aggregators as discussed here, the episode can also be directly downloaded for listening here.

Preliminary Worldcon Schedule

A very preliminary program schedule for this year’s Worldcon has been published. It is, absolutely, subject to change.

Worldcon Human Chess Match

During this year’s Worldcon in Los Angeles, one of the official convention events will be a human chess match organized by the Brotherhood without Banners. There are many slots still open for volunteers, and discussion under way concerning it. If you’re curious to learn more, check this thread on the A Song of Ice and Fire board.

Brotherhood Without Banners Raffle

The Brotherhood without Banners, the George R. R. Martin fan club, has announced its annual Worldcon Raffle Fundraiser. The list of prizes is extensive—including a limited edition print by Mike S. Miller, a limited edition copy of the Hedge Knight comic’s first issue, audiobooks for the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and more.

Buy a ticket (or ten, or twenty)!

Hugo Nominations Deadline

The Hugo Awards nominationsdeadline is fast approaching, with the voting closing at midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on the 10th. If you are a member of L.A. Con IV or attended Interaction in Glasgow, you are eligible to vote.  To make it easier, you can vote online. We’ve posted some recommendations and ideas for eligible works here, with comments from Parris as well as a link to GRRM’s blog entry where he makes a couple further suggestions.

It shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes of your time (and very probably much less), so please nominate and help make this year one of the best award years in recent Hugo history.

Support the Brotherhood

As previously reported, the Brotherhood without Banners fanclub is gearing up for this year’s Worldcon in Los Angeles. Part of that includes collecting funds to make sure that the Raven Award winners for this year can make it, as well as making sure the BwB can throw the best parties, but another part is organizing the volunteers who’ll help make the parties—and the convention itself—a blast. If you’re attending the convention and plan on taking part in some of the BwB events, give the above links a look and volunteer your time!

Raven Award Fundraising

As the first ever recipients of the Brotherhood without Banner’s Raven Award, we thought we’d post a reminder that the 2006 Worldcon in L.A. is fast approaching, and that two new recipients have been selected for their tireless efforts on behalf of the fan community.