If you’re attending the George RR Martin talk/signing (CLICK HERE) at the Edinburgh Book Festival, chances are you enjoy his books as much as the Game of Thrones show on SKY ATLANTIC. In fact, odds are you enjoy his published work even more, and can dance rings around those of us who haven’t read the novels.
However, are you aware of his work in the comics industry?
I only ask this, as there appear to be a good number of people who are oblivious to it. Apart from the Game of Thrones title from Dynamite, George has also had worked published by Dynamite as part of the troublesome Wild Cards adaption, and Avatar are currently publishing a number of books based on his stories.
Here’s a brief overview of two of his books from Avatar:
GEORGE RR MARTIN returns to comics with Skin Trade, the World Fantasy Award winning story that combines Martin’s unique creative voice into a powerful vision of horror! Private investigator, Randi Wade sees the ravaged remains of innocent victims that have been savagely murdered and skinned. As the mysterious secrets of the Blackstone Manor begin to be uncovered, she gets ever closer to the monstrous truth…werewolves are real! George RR Martin combines his unmatched creative vision with the visceral illustrations of horror master Mike Wolfer to create something intensely unsettling. The first chapter of a new horror masterpiece is unveiled with Regular, Wraparound, Grisly and Skinned Retailer Incentive covers by series artist Mike Wolfer.
IN THE HOUSE OF THE WORM:
The biggest name in fiction, GEORGE RR MARTIN, opens his story vault as we adapt a tale of dark fantasy to comics for the first time with In The House of the Worm. Beneath a ruined city on a forgotten planet lies a world of plots and revenge. When Annelyn is embarrassed in front of his noble friends by the Meatbringer, he sets forth a devious plan that is meant to gain vengeance. But the terrible truth of the dire White Worm turns his ploy into folly in terrible fashion. Join a master storyteller as he spins a uniquely mysterious tale and reveals new worlds of wonder and horror. Available with Regular, Wraparound, Regal Incentive covers by series artist Ivan Rodriguez and a painted cover by Michael Dipascale.
As luck would have it (not that this blog is like an American infomercial), we have issues of both these titles in stock over in our store. So far I’ve read issue #1 of both, and have to say that they got off to interesting starts. I wouldn’t be surprised if they haven’t already been optioned for production on the big screen or a high value tv show.