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A Song of Ice and Fire 2012 Calendar Calendar – Wall Calendar, July 19, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Calendar: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Wal edition (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345525426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345525420
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Picacio is a big name when it comes to artists working in the field of fantasy and science fiction, having done many covers and illustrations. When it was announced that he would the calendar after the already excellent work from Ted Nasmith last year, mich rejoicing could be seen.

I received the calendar and I must say I am well pleased with it. Beautiful work all around. My particular favorites were a very striking Tyrion ( probably the best Tyrion I have seen yet), Melisandre, The Mountain vs Red Viper, Ned at the Godswood ( also the cover you see), and Bran reaching out to the 3-eyed crow. I guess the only one that feels a bit off to me is the one that shows The Others. It's still much better than the strange depiction of The Others in the tv series, but it's also still different from described, they should still be more angular and a bit less humanoid, with ice skin that serves as armour.

So yes, very good, and highly recommended.
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I always look foward to what new calendar i might get for my new year and when i saw this one i knew i had to get it. The selection of images is really good through the whole year, making me look foward to next year to display them. If you're a fan of ASOIF or the new HBO hit series based on the books, Game of Thrones, this is a great calendar to get.
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Now that A Song of Ice and Fire has been adapted into a fairly strong drama series on HBO, fans of the work get to enjoy two visual flavors of the franchise. This calendar, crafted by John Picacio, is based on the books, and as such will come closer to the books than the show.

The calendar runs the gamut, covering many major characters that fans have grown to love (and loathe), and while the art style is consistent, some images seem more photorealistic, such as the image of Daenerys, which almost pops out of the page, while others seem like special edition comic book covers, like the chilling and beautiful (and appropriately placed) representation of Sandor Clegane and Sansa Stark.

There are a few missteps, unfortunately. While Bran Stark looks great, the wolfshead gargoyle he rests upon seems off, almost as if it replaced a more traditional one at some point and wasn't built onto the castle parapet originally. Tyrion Lannister looks surprisingly cro-magnon, and while it's definitely more accurate than the handsome portrayal of Peter Dinklage on the small screen, he also looks more like the missing link and less like a deformed man. The image of the Red Viper in single combat against Gregor Clegane also feels crammed in, and Picacio has admitted himself that this one was requested by George R.R. Martin. It definitely lacks some of the visual flair of the better pieces.

His portrait of Jaime Lannister on a rearing destrier is sure to split fans, but I think it does a good job of representing the gilded warrior, personally. This is also the "centerfold" style two-panel image in the middle of the calendar, and while it's not a favorite of mine, it lends itself really well to the format.
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For what it's worth, the art in this calendar can be found at the artist's webpage at Picacio.blogspot.com. So you should be able to come up with your own impressions before you buy it. As the reviews here show, they're not for everyone. It's really something you have to decide for yourself.

How's the art in my opinion? For the most part, I found them to be pretty good. The only one that I think that doesn't work is the one for Jaime Lannister--hard to put my mind on it, but the presentation (mainly Jaime's expression) looks stilted. After that, the one for Jon Snow comes off as a bit too generic for my tastes. One of the more frustrating ones in my mind is the one of Sandor Clegane and Sansa Stark--Picacio draws them great but they're presented in a fashion (with Sandor's face looming behind Sansa's) that makes it look they're not even interacting with one another. Sandor actually looking down on her (perhaps with her hand touching his face) would have been an improvement. Just a small nitpick.

I have no complaints with the rest of the art. True, some of the characters aren't how I pictured them, but that's a given (some, like Melisandre, are spot-on however). Picacio's a talented artist and he's managed to pick some pretty good characters and scenes to showcase his talents on. I prefer to see the characters over the places or scenery of the books and for the most part he's done them justice.

Despite some caveats, I give it my recommendation. I'm looking forward to next year's calendar and seeing what the new artist will bring.
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The artwork in this calendar is exceptionally well done. However, there is a centerfold of Jaimie Lannister which is disturbingly crafted with women in mind, which isnt a bad thing, but i cant say i would want anybody seeing that on my office wall, which is the reason i bought it, lol. I just wish they had focused more on his sword and less on his, umm, other sword. I felt like i had opened a Playgirl magazine or something, lol. Great for my girlfriend, not so much for me. Outside of that though, the calendar is pretty nice, and Melisande in particular is a compelling image.

Enjoy.
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