Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bantam to Publish Graphic Novel Adaptation of A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel

Bantam Books, an imprint of Random House, announced yesterday that it will publish a graphic novel (comic series) adaptation of George R. R. Martin's fantasy thriller A Game of Thrones.

The series will be adapted and scripted by Daniel Abraham and illustrated by Tommy Patterson. The first issue of the monthly comic — which will be published by Dynamite Entertainment — is planned publication in September 2011, with compilations of the comics in graphic novel form to follow under the Bantam imprint.

"It's a real privilege and a treat to be involved with reinterpreting A Game of Thrones," says writer Daniel Abraham. "It's a brilliant piece of work, and watching the strength of that story come into a visual medium is fantastic."

The novel also served as the basis for HBO's Game of Thrones that just concluded its first season and has been renewed for a second — which is likely to be based on the second book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, A Clash of Kings.

About the series: Long ago, in a time long forgotten, a mysterious event threw the seasons of the world out of balance. Now the kingdom is blessed by golden summers that go on for years, and cursed by cruel winters that can last a generation. In the cool north of this kingdom is a royal family ruled by Eddard Stark. The symbol of the royal house of the Starks is a direwolf; their motto is "Winter is coming." As indeed, it is. For the Iron Throne of Westeros is once more under contention. With Eddard's help, Robert Baratheon won it away from the corrupt Targaryens, who had ruled Westeros for generations. But when Eddard is summoned south to help an aging king hold the throne they both won, he finds himself enmeshed in a web of treachery and lies, as faction after faction plays that most dangerous game of all: the game of thrones.

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