Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Turns 20
George R.R. Martin revealed plans for a 20th anniversary edition of Game of Thrones.
The new edition from Bantam will feature 73 illustrations, 8 full color plates and 48 brand new artworks. It is slated for publication Oct. 18. In his blog post yesterday, Martin spoke about the book’s anniversary, and revealed what it was like when the book first came out:
Reviews were generally good, sales were… well, okay. Solid. But nothing spectacular. No bestseller lists, certain. I went on a book tour… Turnouts were modest in most places. The crowd didn’t reach one hundred anywhere, and at one stop (St. Louis, if you must know), not only was attendance zero but I actually drove four patrons out of the bookshop, allowing me to set my all time “bad signing” record at minus four…
But my oh my, things have changed a bit in these last twenty years.
“The list of participating artists reads like an all star roster of fantasy illustrators, and includes such luminaries as John Picacio, Paul Youll, Gary Gianni, Didier Graffet, Victor Moreno, Michael Komarck, Arantza Sestavo, Magali Villeneuve, Ted Nasmith, Levi Pinfold, Marc Simonetti, and many more. This will be the first edition to feature such a galaxy of talent.”
A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition goes on sale October 18, 2016.