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.'"
George R.R. Martin
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Amok, perhaps the best-known of the ASoIaF fan artists thanks to his contributions to Fantasy Flight Games’ Game of Thrones Collectible Card Game and the second edition of DB Pro’s "The Hedge Knight" graphic novel, has released the first of nineteen images depicting the line of the Targaryen rulers, from Aegon I to Daenerys Stormborn, which are part of his contribution to FFG’s forthcoming Art of Ice and Fire art book.
The first two images, of Aegon I with Blackfyre in his hand and his son (by his sister/wife Rhaenys) Aenys I, can be found here. Amok will post the first five in the series prior to the publication of the book, with the resting following after publication.
GRRM’s official site has been updated with a number of new pieces of information. First, the cancelling of the Kepler’s signing has been confirmed; the other signing scheduled for the same day in Half Moon Bay has also been dropped. Further, George will not be appearing at NECon 26, but has appearance at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. is back on. Our Calendar will be updated accordingly.
Finally, GRRM puts out a reminder that Subterranean Press’ Shadow Twin deluxe limited editions are running out fast. The books cover and interior art is provided by Michael Komarck. The regular limited edition can also be purchased via Clarkesworld Books.
Bantam Spectra has sent out a reminder to newsletter subscribers regarding the Quest of Thrones. Part of the text follows.
Winterfell, a heavy metal band who has drawn inspiration from the A Song of Ice and Fire series, has released their first, full-length album, The Veil of Summer. One full song and two clips are available here.
More information, including how to purchase it via their on-line store and other outlets, can be found on their news page.
Following reports that an excerpt booklet containing a chapter of AFfC was being given away free at Barnes & Nobles in the U.S., it’s now come to light that the same excerpt is now available at Barnes & Nobles on-line store. You can find the excerpt here.
For those interested in perusing Guardians of Order‘s RPG for its setting information (particularly the tidbits of new stuff), PDFs of the Standard Edition (using the d20 system) are now available for purchase at only $24.99, half the price of the yet-to-be-released published version.
To purchase it, go here.
Dave McCaman of the Brotherhood Without Banners Fan Club called for donations towards a gift for GRRM and Parris to mark the successful completion of A Feast for Crows. Hundreds of dollars had been raised, when tragedy struck New Orleans. George happens to go to Mardi Gras every year, participating with the Endymion Krewe (whose medallions have served as the sigil of office of Lords of the Brotherhood), and so we all know that he must be feeling this particularly deeply.
Contrary to early word that Voyager Australia would be releasing A Feast for Crows on September 28th, two weeks prior to the U.K. release, the publisher has now confirmed that the Australian edition of A Feast for Crows shares the same release date with the U.K. edition: October 17.
Guardians of Order have recently made the Deluxe Limited Edition of their new A Game of Thrones Roleplaying Game available at GenCon. Before that, contributors to the game (such as ourselves) and pre-orderers were given free access to PDFs of the deluxe edition. Now that we’ve finally had some time to look over the finished product, we thought we’d share some of our thoughts.
One of the Testor Corporation’s A Song of Ice and Fire product lines will be its skirmishing-scale wargame, previously reported on here. Now Andy Chambers, a well-known designer in the gaming community, has begun to provide more information about the game on his Red Star Games website. Don’t miss the PDF at the very bottom of the page.
From Fantasy Flight Games, makers of the AGoT CCG and board game, comes The Art of Ice and Fire, collecting art from the card game, the board game as well as other sources. Some of the art has never been seen before, and the book also includes a foreword from GRRM.
Note: Although Amazon.com currently lists a date of August 26th for this book, we believe the date listed by Amazon.co.uk—October 21st— to be more accurate.
Bantam has sent out free promotional booklets to stores throughout the U.S., to match the release of their new A Game of Thrones paperbacks priced at $3.99. These booklets contain a chapter from A Feast for Crows, titled “The Captain of Guards”. It has been noted that not all bookstores have received these. Furthermore, some that have received them have not actually placed them out for customers to take. If you try some stores (particularly large chains) and find they don’t have it, ask to talk with their general manager and ask them if they know anything about it or, better yet, have any copies on hand.
On the heels of our previous post, Mikel Butterworth of the Testor Corporation has provided us further information as well as clarifications to our last report.
At GRRM’s official site, the "For Collectors" section has been updated with information about GRRM’s early writings for fanzines.
The Westeros network consists of several different sites, including a forum and a wiki, for all your A Song of Ice and Fire needs.