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A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume One Hardcover – Illustrated, March 27, 2012
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This graphic novel adaptation contains more than fifty pages of exclusive content not available in the original comic books, including
• a new Preface by George R. R. Martin
• early renderings of key scenes and favorite characters from the novels
• a walk-through of the entire creative process, from auditioning the artists to tweaking the scripts to coloring the final pages
• behind-the-scenes commentary from Daniel Abraham, Tommy Patterson, and series editor Anne Groell
You’ve read the books. You’ve watched the hit series on HBO. Now acclaimed novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson bring George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy masterwork A Game of Thrones to majestic new life in the pages of this full-color graphic novel. Comprised of the initial six issues of the graphic series, this is the first volume in what is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year.
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
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"Reminiscent of T. H. White's "The Once and Future King", this novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal."--"Chicago Sun-Times
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
About the Author
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 a writer-producer, he 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.
Daniel Abraham has been nominated for the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy awards, and won the International Horror Guild Award. He has written the graphic novel adaptations of George R. R. Martin’s Fevre Dream and “Skin Trade,” as well as original scripts for Wild Cards: The Hard Call.
Tommy Patterson’s illustrator credits include Farscape for Boom! Studios, the movie adaptation The Warriors for Dynamite Entertainment, and Tales from Wonderland: The White Night, Red Rose, and Stingers for Zenescope Entertainment.
- Publisher : Bantam; Illustrated edition (March 27, 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 044042321X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0440423218
- Item Weight : 1.65 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.95 x 0.84 x 10.49 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #119,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The art felt strangely amateurish. I know it's not. Just the same.
Characters had strange mouths and made unnatural faces; they had big and unnaturally shaped teeth, it was like they were all always squinting for no reason, everyone seemed glassy and totally dead-eyed, emotions didn't read well on the face unless it was anger... Scenes that are supposed to be visually impressive weren't.
Sorry, I *wanted* to like it so much. I *wanted* to be obsessed. I'm not someone who's never read GNs.
Have only read the first novel....A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE....but have seen the entire HBO series....and am hooked. Do believe I'll finish reading the series in graphic form as George R. R. Martin makes it clear in the preface that the graphic form is not a tie-in to the TV series, but an original adaptation to his novels. Am excited to find out the storyline differences! He also explains it's why the characters do not look like the actors on our flat screens.
Tyrion Lannister (midget) to Jon Snow (bastard)..........."Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you."
Wonderfully illustrated.....and a nice refresher of how it all began!
Note: Note for children.
The nicest difference between this adaptation and the TV series is that some details that were skipped altogether in the series or extremely simplified do make it into the graphic novel. For example, Bran's visions of the three eyed raven are much longer and more detailed, giving us much more information about the nature of Bran's powers. You also get a little bit more background on Daenerys.
Having said all that, it's still pretty close to being a version the TV series in comic book form. Season 1 of the series was itself relatively faithful to the book. So, the graphic novel is not all that different. I'm hoping the creators of the graphic novels make it all the way to adapting Martin's fourth novel, where the TV series began to depart significantly from the books it's based on. It would be nice to see Martin's original ideas in graphic form.
Finally, like the TV series, this is definitely NOT for children. The levels of sexuality and violence depicted here are comparable to the HBO series. If you wouldn't want your kids watching the TV show, you wouldn't want them reading this.
This was just another way that I could fall in love with this series. There was a lot more backstory and histories than I noticed when I read the actual book that this was adapting. I had a very good time reading this book, and I'm very glad that I did end up picking it up.
I really liked how each of the characters were depicted. They were very different from how the TV show characters looked, and they were more true to the descriptions that were given in the original books. I really appreciated how the artist did that.
The authors did a very good job adapting the story, and knowing what to take away without losing the details. The pictures made it so there could be less words, and more of a scenic view of the story that I am already very familiar with.
The pacing of the story was commendable. They could have rushed it and taken out huge passages, or they could have made it so long that EVERYTHING would have been covered, and it would have been like reading the full book all over again. I'm glad that the book was fairly short, and a lot easier to read than the original book.
I didn't really have any true problems with this book, but instead I was kind of iffy on how everything was put together. There were not really any clear transitions, and I would have liked that. It was very easy to follow, but I don't think it would have worked out too well if someone hadn't watched the TV show or read the books.
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Visually I think it's very true to the books especially on character descriptions, sometimes making them hard to recognise if you're a fan of the TV series but great if you're like me and have wanted to really see the characters ever since you read the books.
I'm not a huge collector or reader of graphic novels but this it well worth reading and enjoying and a must have to anyone keen to see another version of A Song of Ice and Fire.