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A Song of Ice and Fire 2014 Calendar Calendar – July 23, 2013
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George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts. As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Gary Gianni graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Art in 1976. He has worked on numerous magazines, children’s books, graphic novels, and paperbacks. He has illustrated a variety of subjects including Batman, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Michael Chabon’s Gentlemen of the Road. He also drew the Prince Valiant comic strip from 2004 to 2012. Gary is influenced by the masters of the golden age of illustrating, such as Joseph Clement Coll and Franklin Booth.
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The scenes are as follows:
January - Jon Snow
February - Reek
March - Ceasei
April - Ned and Arya with Needle
May - Titan of Braavos
June - Drogon
Centerfold - same Titan picture from May
July - Tyrion
August - Daenerys
September - Battle at Dragonstone
October - Melisandre birthing the shadow
November - The king's council
December - the wight's attack
my biggest issue is that many of these pictures seems to be generic illustrations rather than specific memorable scenes from the books. The scene in January can be any point in a Dance with Dragons, Likewise with the Daenerys scene. It would be very difficult to figure out what the September scene was if it didn't have the caption battle at dragonstone listed there. The books say that dragonstone was built with black stone and towers Shaped like dragons, the picture looks more like the battle of the blackwater to me. Ned and Arya look like they are in a suburban house rather than a castle. The Kings Council doesn't appear to be a scene from any of the books, the artist just chose to depict three members of the Council standing next to a map of Westeros.
I do like the Titan, Tyrion looking heavy with emotion, Ceasei setting up the blue bard, and Melisandre spawning the shadow. I wish the centerfold was a unique painting but it was just an enlarged print of the painting from May.
I hate to only give this 3 stars and like I said art is very subjective and art based on books has to compete with the image we have already formed in our minds. And maybe I am being a bit picky, but compared to last year this calendar is just ok, worthy of three stars. At the end of the day my opinion means very little, please Watch the video and see the works for yourself. the only opinion that matters is your own!
Some paintings are just ok (Jon Snow, Drogon); others are not at all what I picture (Cersei is not my idea of beauty);, and some are inaccurate which peeves me (Ned and Arya with Needle, actually should be Jon Snow and Ayra). Mostly however, I am disappointed in the choice of scenes - why 2 Titans? Where's Tyrion? Where's Rob Stark or Catlin?
Also, as much as I hate to say it, the art is a disappointment compared to the last two years. It isn't nearly as vibrant and colorful and the pictures don't take up the whole page (they have thick light yellow borders) like they used to.