[ENGLISH] ATLANTA, GA – August 19, 2008 – Dabel Brothers Publishing is proud to announce the publication of the first ever-illustrated calendar from the epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R. R. Martin. A New York Times #1 Bestseller, Martin’s fantasy series has garnered popular and critical praise since the first novel, A Game of Thrones, saw publication in 1996 and has recently been optioned for development by HBO. The incomparable Michael Komarck, an artist who has amazed fans with his faithful, detailed artwork inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire, illustrates the twelve images in the calendar. His renderings for the calendar are immaculately executed depictions of some of the most popular characters of the series and bring to vivid life some of the most memorable scenes in the epic that’s taken the publishing world by storm.
As the only calendar sanctioned by Martin, Dabel Brothers Publishing’s A Song of Ice and Fire 2009 Calendar is unarguably a rare treat, and will be limited to 1,000 copies, which will be distributed to the Direct Market and booksellers. Of these, 500 will feature an exclusive, Jon Snow cover and only 250 of them will be numbered, as well as personally signed by George R.R. Martin himself. These exclusives will be sold exclusively from Dabel Brothers Publishing’s on-line storefront.
« I am a long time fan of ASOIAF, says Dabel Brothers Vice President, Les Dabel, « being able to help bring it to life visually is a dream come true. »
The A Song of Ice and Fire 2009 Calendar will be available in December 2008, well in time for the holiday season.
For more information about George R. R. Martin and the A Song of Ice and Fire series, please visit the author’s official site at http://www.georgerrmartin.com/. For more information about the artist, Michael Komarck, please visit his site at http://www.komarckart.com/.
George R.R. Martin, an award-winning author, sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally ever since. He has written fantasy, horror, and science fiction, and for 10 years was a writer/producer in Hollywood working on, The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and other feature films and television projects. In the mid 1990s he returned to prose – his first love – and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He was lauded as « America’s Tolkien » by Time magazine following the completion of the previous novel in the series, A Feast for Crows (Random House/Spectra, 2005), which went on to become a /New York Times/ #1 bestseller. His next book, A Dance with Dragons (Random House/Spectra, 2009), is the long-awaited fifth book in that series and will be available next year. The recipient of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, Mr. Martin lives in New Mexico.
Michael Komarck, a self-taught artist, earned a great deal of attention after moving away from traditional media to digital art. The style and precision he brought to his work led to his finding early work with game publishers such as Fantasy Flight Games and AEG. Since then, he has become increasingly in demand by both game publishers and publishers in the fiction market. His list of clients now include Subterranean Press, Bantam Dell, Tor Books, Wizards of the Coast, Electronic Arts, and many more. He recently had two works nominated for the prestigious Chesley, awarded by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. He currently resides in Michigan with his wife and child.
Dabel Brothers Publishing, LLC, is a comic book studio dedicated to bringing many of the best and most popular novels in the world of fantasy to the comic book medium. Since its inception in 2001 they have produced adaptations of novels by bestselling authors including George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Laurell K. Hamilton, Raymond E. Feist, Tad Williams, Richard A. Knaak, and Robert Silverberg. Currently on the schedule is a remarkable list of high-profile projects including adaptations of major novels by bestselling authors: Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, an original story set in the world of Jim Butcher’s bestselling series The Dresden Files, a Wild Cards series edited and overseen by George R. R. Martin, and a brand-new Mercy Thompson adventure by Patricia Briggs titled Mercy Thompson: Homecoming.
More information about Dabel Brothers Publishing can be found at http://www.dabelbrothers.com.