The Original A Game of Thrones Novel Is Getting An Illustrated 20th Anniversary Edition

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As fans impatiently wait for the next proper follow-up in the Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin has shared details on his blog about a forthcoming 20th anniversary edition of the book that started it all: A Games of Thrones.

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The new illustrated edition will feature an introduction penned by comedian/writer John Hodgman of The Daily Show and the New York Times along with 81 illustrations within the book: 73 black and white, 8 in color.

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According to Martin, although many of these images are culled from calendars, board games etc, 48 of them will be totally new, never-released depictions of his epic fantasy world.

Further, the art will be from a long list of varied illustrators, including John Picacio, Paul Youll, Gary Gianni, Didier Graffet and more.

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The novel was originally published on Aug, 1, 1996. Now, 20 years later, the novel and Martin’s series as a whole have taken on a new life with the hit HBO TV show. As Martin quips in his blog post, the show claims “record ratings, record piracy, and a record number of Emmy Awards.”

A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition is out Oct. 18 via Bantam Spectra/Random House and can be pre-ordered here.

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