The first novel of A Song of Ice and Fire is getting a new edition, with Game of Thrones 20th Anniversary (illustrated) edition hitting stores in October.
George R.R. Martin is celebrating his first novel, releasing a new edition, with detailed artwork to be published by Bantam Spectra.
The publisher said of the 20th Anniversary edition –
“First published on August 1st, 1996, A Game of Thrones marks its twentieth anniversary today. In celebration of the fantasy masterpiece that started a cultural phenomenon, we’re excited to announce the publication of a special illustrated edition.”
John Hodgman lends his talents with 73 black and white illustrations and 8 in full color. Artwork will come via licensed material like A Song of Ice and Fire card game, role-playing game, and board game. However, 48 illustrations will be brand new pieces released for the very first time.
The official announcement reads –
“With gorgeous full-page illustrations to open every chapter, the mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure of this magnificent saga come to life as never before,”
Artists featured include John Picacio, Paul Youll, Gary Gianni, Didier Graffet, Victor Moreno, Michael Komarck, Arantza Sestayo, Magali Villeneuve, Ted Nasmith, Levi Pinfold and Marc Simonetti.
Martin himself also had some words on how excited he is for the upcoming release of Game of Thrones 20th Anniversary Edition, as well as where he is on the highly anticipated book number six – The Winds of Winter
It has been a helluva twenty years, twenty years that have transformed my life and career, twenty years during which the novel has never been out of print…
And no, before someone asks, I had no idea when this all started where it would lead… or how long the road would be. That picture of me up above was taken in 1995 in Scotland, after I’d signed the contracts for the first three books but before I’d delivered any of them. Back then, I’d thought the whole story could be told in three books, and that it would take me three years to write them, a year per book. That picture was taken just a few weeks after I blew my first (bot not my last, oh no) deadline on the series. Ah, how innocent I was… little did that guy in the picture imagine that he would be spending most of the next two decades in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros with Tyrion, Daenerys, Arya, Sansa, Jon Snow, Bran, and all the rest.
But here I am, twenty years later… still working on book six… ((and no, sorry, I have no announcement to make on that front)).
Game of Thrones 20th Anniversary Edition goes on sale Oct 18, 2016.