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2011 Holiday Gifts Roundup: A Game of Thrones Graphic Novels

So, speaking of graphic novels… In addition to the The Hedge Knight graphic novels from yesterday, the first six issues of the comics will be published as A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel starting in 2012!

Writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson have teamed up to bring George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones in all its full-color glory. This hard cover edition of AGoT Volume 1 covers the first six of the planned 24 issues of the graphic series. Doing the math, there should be three more hard cover volumes to follow. The story here introduces the Starks of Winterfell, the King of the Realm, his dearly departed Hand, the lascivious Lannisters, the Brothers of the Night’s Watch, and the last heirs to House Targaryen.

Pre-order now and reserve your copy of AGoT: The Graphic Novel for March 27, 2012.

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2011 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Game of Thrones Comics

Don’t know what to get for the George R R Martin fan who has everything? How about comics with multiple covers? Make your list… check it twice… get all the comics, they’re very nice!

Enjoy A Game of Thrones #1 “Winter Is Coming” comic with options of multiple covers. There’s plenty to choose from. The Mike Miller cover (left) shows Ned Stark under the heart tree in the godswood of Winterfell. The Alex Ross cover (right) features a man with a sword (presumably Ned Stark, but there’s certainly no shortage of men with swords in Westeros) surrounded by the 6 Stark Direwolves (there is a shortage of Direwolves so I’m certain these are them).

Alex Ross and Tommy Patterson also teamed up to create some variant covers for the first issue. The Ice Blue variant cover (left) was produced for New England Comic Book Retailers and only 1000 copies were printed. The Negative (reverse color image) is available as well. Do these covers are available in limited quantities, so this may be your last chance to pick up some rare collectible comics on the cheap from Amazon.

For more details on later issues of the A Game of Thrones comic, check out the publisher’s site at Dynamite Entertainment, where you can also order online if you can’t find them in your local comics shop.

Still not sure? Check out the first issue thanks to the extended preview!

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2011 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Fevre Dream Book and Comic

Step out of the A Song of Ice and Fire universe and explore yet another dark side of George R. R. Martin with his novel Fevre Dream! Also available in graphic novel form.

Explore the night world of steamboats and vampires in the 1850s with either of these two versions of Fevre Dream by the Man Himself. Originally published in 1982, GRRM offers a fresh take on the life history of bloodthirsty human-like creatures who hunt mortal men and women. These guys didn’t sparkle and weren’t all beautiful. The hero of the story is Abner Marsh, the salty cap’n of Fevre Dream, a grand marvel of a Mississippi steamboat. The graphic novel is a visual rendering of the same tale; while not giving the full power of Martin’s words, it is a good read for the comic enthusiast.

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Peter Dinklage at the Knights of Badassdom Comic-Con Panel!

The Knights of Badassdom movie panel has been confirmed for San Diego Comic-Con! Peter Dinklage will be appearing with fellow KOB cohorts Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Summer Glau (Firefly) and Danny Pudi (Community) to screen the trailer for the movie.

What’s that you ask? What is Knights of Badassdom? It’s only a role-player’s (read: nerd’s) dream movie! Not only does it star some of the best actors from the best fantasy TV series ever, the concept is about Live Action Role Playing, or LARPing, as people in the know call it. Want to learn more? Be sure to like Knights of Badassdom on Facebook and follow them on twitter!

KOB is brought to us by IndieVest Pictures, a premiere film studio that makes sure the best independent feature films reach an audience. IndieVest Pictures produced St. John of Las Vegas in 2008, which also features a Peter Dinklage performance.

This SDCC panel will be held on Saturday, July 23rd in Hall H. Peter Dinklage will also be in the Game of Thrones panel on Thursday the 21st. Filming for Season 2 of Game of Thrones starts Monday, July 25th so he’s going to have a busy weekend!

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Peter Dinklage as Wolverine

Someone’s been in my head.

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Game of Thrones at Comic-Con: GoT Panel Announced!

The San Diego Comic-Con has something totally sweet this year! A Game of Thrones Panel, featuring THE MAN himself, George R. R. Martin (author of series A Song of Ice and Fire), co-creator & writer David Benioff, AND AND AND the incredibly awesome Peter Dinklage, who plays “the Imp” Tyrion Lannister.

Also appearing for the Game of Thrones panel will be Kit Harrington (“the bastard” Jon Snow), Jason Momoa (“my sun and stars” Khal Drogo), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“the Kingslayer” Jaime Lannister) and Emilia Clarke (“moon of my life” Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen). More panelists may be announced. GRRM is special guest moderator for the panel, as is appropriate. It is known.

The San Diego Comic-Con GoT panel will be Thursday, July 21st. Time TBD.

Rumor has it they are holding off casting announcements for important roles in Season 2, which begins filming July 25th. Yes, a mere 4 days after their Comic-Con Panel! Who knows what will happen.

(I won’t be going. Sold out. Pissed? Upset? Sulky? Yep, got my crankypants on.)

Source: @Westeros and @GameofThrones both tweeted about this event.

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Some Goodies for GoT Viewers Thus Far

Wow, how’d you like “The Pointy End”? Episode 8 of HBO’s Game of Thrones did not disappoint.

If you didn’t watch it yet, this isn’t a safe place to play. Spoilers possible below.

Now that the plot is in full swing, some characters have made their exits, and our hopes and dreams for a safe, happy Westeros have been dashed to bits, I can now reveal a good deal of interviews and other goodies are available from fellow GoT bloggers.

First up, a fantastic interview with Miltos Yeromelou, who plays Arya’s dancing master Syrio Forel. We still do not know the fate of the First Sword of Braavos, but we can at least follow the adventures of the real life actor who plays him! A big thanks to the Cast of Thrones team for this one.

And now for something something completely different, to lighten the mood and brighten the spirits after last night’s episode!

Have you seen The Pointy End comic? Created by Mike Rosenzweig over at Winter is Coming. If anyone knows other GoT or ASoIaF web comics, drop me a line!

For more funny, check out the hilarious Game of Thrones parody:

The more studious among you may want to brush up on the Dothraki language from this wiki.

And finally, a preview for Episode 9…

Don’t forget, Sunday is Coming…

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X-Men: First Class Movie Review

I’ve been a fan of X-Men since I was 10, so of COURSE I’m gonna go see it on opening day.

Let me step back and say that although I have a deep-seated love of the X-Men, I am not a fan of the comic book drama, with its alternate storylines, returns from death, retcons, and all around soap opera shenanigans. I can suspend my disbelief with the best of ‘em, though, and I find most of the Marvel movie franchise easy to swallow. This installment of the X-Men saga was pretty good, and the glimpse into the past pulls together what we know of this group of mutants.

The beginning scenes are almost stereotypic tragedy of the nascent anti-hero. It does get better, so let’s move on from Nazi Germany to the swingin’ 1960s, where mutants are among us and humanity is unaware of the building showdown with this new “race”.

I do like the slow reveal of who these new….old… characters are. I’m still iffy on James McAvoy* (Last King of Scotland) playing the role, not because of his acting abilities, but because it’s hard to compare the playboy-esque, boyishly good looking Charles Xavier with the crippled, bald Patrick Stewart role of the future/present. I did like the allusions to the future Professor X, though, so I won’t spoil them here.

Speaking of spoiling, there was a cameo in the movie that set my heart aflame, but you’ll have to figure that out on your own.

I was happy to see Moira in the movie. I must admit that I have neglected her character for much of my fandom, but I do like the presence of a non-mutant in with the team. Vicariously we can live through the bewilderment and disbelief: “my bullets don’t work” and “these guys are strange but still part of humanity” even if some of them don’t want to be. Moira is played by Rose Byrne**; totally didn’t recognize her as the smug bitch from Bridesmaids (another good movie).

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine AKA Battle of the Sideburns

Since I missed out on the crowd-crushing world premiere of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie (AKA: Battle of the Sideburns) in Tempe on Monday, I had to wait to see my most anticipated movie of the year.

It was awesome!!! Oh Wolvey, you’re so… heavy.

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