Ice and Fire Not Just For Swords Anymore

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If you're a fan of nerdy fantasy junk and, of course you are, don't lie, you'll be a fan of this announcement.

On his blog this week, George R R Martin, author of the series of books called "Game of Thrones" by dumb people and "A Song of Ice and Fire" by officious, neckbearded nerds made this announcement.

The Jean Cocteau Cinema is a movie theatre, first and foremost, but it is also a venue for live music, magic, and comedy, a meeting hall for community events, a bookstore offering a cool selection of autographed books... and an art gallery.

We have a new show every month, featuring painting and photography by an amazing and eclectic variety of local painters, photographers, cartoonists, and sculptors. Sometimes we feature visiting artists from out of state as well.

And next week, we'll be thrilled and honored to present the work of the DONATO GIANCOLA.

Fans of science fiction and artist art need no introduction to Donato, who has been one of the field's leading cover artists for the past couple of decades. A perennial Hugo nominee, he won the award for Best Professional Artist in 2006, 2007, and 2009. He was also won the Chesley Award, the Spectrum award, and numerous other honors and citations.

AND Donato is the illustrator for the official Ice & Fire calendar from Random House, which made its debut last summer at the San Diego Comicon. He did some really amazing work for that one.

We're having an official opening for Donato's show at the Cocteau next Thursday, December 18th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. We'll have wine, mead, cocktails, and munchies, and the artist himself... yes, Donato is flying in to join us.

Copies of the 2015 calendar will be on hand and available for purchase and autographing.

And, best of all, you will be able to feast your eyes on some of Donato's original paintings. Amazing work from an astounding talent.

See you at the gallery

Donato is an old school Magic illustrator and it's good to see him continuing to work in fantasy art. The work he's doing for SoIaF is pretty stunning.



This is an excellent depiction of the character called "Khaleesi" by dumb people and  "Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons" by officious, neckbearded nerds.

If you're in the Sante Fe area next week, why not drop by and say hi? It's always fun to meet Magic artists and see their work on other properties. You may even get to meet George R R Martin and shake his hand, then shake his whole body and scream "WHY AREN'T YOU AT HOME WRITING?!" because the HBO show is about to catch up to the books, and I don't look forward to the role reversal where all my tv watching friends threaten to spoil events for me because the book hasn't come out yet and the tv show is ahead.

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Jason Alt

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2 thoughts on “Ice and Fire Not Just For Swords Anymore

  1. You ruined what could have been a cool article by needlessly adding in the “called by dumb people” remarks. I’ve read the books, but wouldn’t call those who are perhaps just casual fans dumb…

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