- 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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A Song of Ice and Fire 2012 Calendar Calendar – Wall Calendar, July 19, 2011
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It had some great art in it, but some weren't what I would expect from book descriptions of characters. Satisfied.Published on February 22, 2014 by Ilea Ulery
This was a gift from me to another. As far as I can tell, the recipient enjoyed it. That's all I have to say.Published on July 15, 2013 by Optictongue
Not so great as other years, that is why I don't give it five, the cover is not the greatest but Eddard was the most known character.Published on May 1, 2013 by Ana Miriam Lopez Hoenes
I bought this Calendar (2 of them) for my sons. The art work is good, but some of the creations weren't as great as I thought they would be. Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by Karen
This calendar makes a great wall hanging, if you don't mind the character renditions being different from what you imagined or saw in the show. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Shannon Leon
My brother and I are huge fans of the Ice and Fire series. We like the show, too, but we both prefer books over TV and movies. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Kelly Packard
Very nice work! The drawings are very stylish and with good coloring! I wish that Amazon can stock the official Hbo products alsoPublished on February 29, 2012 by Zacharopoulos Geo.
Literally just got it in the mail and it looks even better in person! The drawings are fantastic. The color is rich and this calendar is very creative. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Sandy