Wednesday, May 25, 2011

2012 ASOIAF Calendar / Bran Stark Preview

This is for all of you good and persistent folks who have been emailing and messaging me to show you something... ANYTHING... from inside the 2012 A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE Calendar.

Ask and ye shall receive. Give thanks to Bantam's Anne Groell (GRRM's editor) and George himself for giving the nod on this as well.

Presenting, a cropped sneak peek of my artwork for Bran Stark. He's January of the 2012 Calendar. There's more to this image than what you're seeing here, but hey -- that's why they call 'em sneak peeks, rather than the whole enchilada. :)

Most of you have already seen the cover featuring Ned Stark, but if not, here you go. Again, the calendar will debut at San Diego Comic Con this July. You can already preorder it right now (which still amazes me considering we're not even halfway to 2012 yet).

Multiple choice question for you. Of the following, if Bantam greenlights more sneak peeks like this, who would you most want to see next?

A. Arya Stark
B. Melisandre
C. Sandor Clegane, The Hound


Blogger Paul Vaughn said...

Arya! She's my favorite character.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous stina said...

I vote for arya too. Also, my fave. :-)

9:41 AM  
Blogger Sarah T. said...

I love Arya, but Sandor has more interesting visual elements. ;) I vote for the Hound.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hound. Love his character.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melisandre. And please make her HOT!

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:17 AM  
Blogger Lori Ono said...


10:26 AM  
Blogger Toraneko said...


11:08 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thx, folks. Early on here, the score reads:

Arya: 4
Hound: 3
Melisandre: 1

Still plenty of time to spread the word and tell your pals to chime in.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Trebond said...

The Hound! The Hound x 1000!

1:00 PM  
Blogger Sonix said...

The Hound... please!!

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:46 PM  
Blogger Kakumei said...

The Hound!!

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Florian said...

The Hound!

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hound please!

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Kyle F. said...

Arya please!

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hound!

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Jenn Rose said...


Also.. that Bran bit is just beautiful. Can't wait till Comicon. :)

5:10 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

The hound!

5:24 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Wow. I disappear into my work for a while and you Hound fans went crazy in the interim. Updated totals:

Arya: 5
Hound: 12
Melisandre: 1

I'm sure Arya fans are hoping that those Anonymous votes for the Hound are not the same person. Let's hope so. :) One vote per person, folks. LOL Let's say Tuesday, May 31 at 5pm CST will be the close of voting. Keep spreading the word and rocking the vote.

Jenn -- Thanks! Very glad you like Bran. :)

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hound!

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hound, please!!!

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely the Hound.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My goodness, I love how you did Bran's hair. I just want to muss it so badly....

And as much as I'd love to see Melisandre's gown (it's a girly thing), I'm going to cast my vote for the Hound.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Jenn Rose said...

It really is fantastic. I'm usually indifferent towards Bran, to be honest... and yet I'm in love with that image. Could be that I'm a sucker for sepia tones. :)

Will you be on hand signing Calendars at Comicon?

7:17 PM  
Blogger Hackett said...

I'm not sure I get a vote, but if I do, I'm gonna toss one out for Melisandre, just to help even the odds. ; )

7:25 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Trackrunner: Very appreciated. Thank you. :)

Jenn! Muchas gracias! Yup, I will most definitely be there. From what I understood, the plan is George and I will be signing calendars at Bantam's SDCC booth. That'll be the official launch of the calendar and first time it'll be on sale anywhere.

For most of the show, I'll be sharing a booth with Star Wars artist Dave Seeley, where we'll have lots of our work on display and for sale (I think the booth is #4600 but don't quote me on that....:)) So if you miss out on the Bantam signing, I'll have calendars for sale at my booth too. See you there?

Clay -- Yup. Your vote counts. Melisandre's got some catching up to do. Hound is taking no prisoners right now. Still plenty of time 'til Tuesday 5pm. Keep rocking the vote, folks.

Latest vote count:

Arya: 5
Hound: 16
Melisandre: 2

7:33 PM  
Blogger cooper said...

Hound. Although Melisandre would be good too.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hound <3

8:43 PM  
Blogger Carmen Webster Buxton said...


8:57 PM  
Blogger momma zen said...

Most certainly the Hound. Certainly!

8:58 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

First of all, your Bran is gorgeous and I can't wait to see the whole calendar! My vote is for The Hound.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Thanks for the sneak peek! Next? Arya, please!

9:09 PM  
Blogger Tiffaney said...


11:30 PM  
Blogger Tiffaney said...

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11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

definitely The Hound. :)

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Jenn Rose said...

Indeed! I go every year, as work permits, hehe. Miiiiight even have some stuff in the artshow this year.

See ya there!! :)

2:27 AM  
Anonymous Nym said...

Sandor, please!

4:42 AM  
Anonymous Iris said...

Thank you for the sneak peak, it looks great! If there is to be another one, I'd love to see the Hound, please :-)

4:51 AM  
Blogger Lexi Strange said...

Definately the Hound!

5:09 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

It's Thursday morning and the Hound continues to show no mercy.

Latest vote count:

Arya: 7
Hound: 25
Melisandre: 2

Voting continues until Tuesday, May 31 at 5pm CST. One vote per person. Hound fans, well done so far. Arya and Melisandre fans, don't give up. Still time to change the game. Keep rocking the vote, folks. :)

6:35 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Valerie & Iris -- Pleased to hear you're digging Bran. Much appreciated! :)

Jenn -- You do some terrific prosthetic FX work. See you at SDCC!

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


(Pretty please)

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

Ooh, tough one. Arya is one of my favorites to read about, but a chance to see the Hound is hard to pass up. So, I vote for the Hound.

10:37 AM  
Blogger William Lexner said...

Can we vote for all three? No?

The Hound.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I adore Arya Stark and all her badassery, I'd love to see The Hound. (and that sneak peek of Bran is absolutely gorgeous!)

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hound he and Arya together for your 2013 calendar!

3:24 PM  
Anonymous nas said...


4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hound.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stick 'em with the pointy end.

(a vote for Arya)

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn, that's a difficult choice.

Melissandre, because she's not going to win. XD

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man, I really want to see your rendition of Melisandre!

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to see a sneak peak of Sandor!

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote Hound.

Also, this is the first time anyone ever managed to capture the very image of Bran I had in my head. And while many artists somehow make children look like grown-ups, you have captured the child from the book. Love the play of light and shadow on him too.
I'm definitely getting this calendar. That one sneak peek convinced me.

Cheers, Max

5:21 AM  
Blogger Lochin B. said...

The Hound. Loved Bran's sneak peek, can't wait for a Sandor one!

1:13 PM  
Blogger orapma_yo said...

The Hound!!!!!!

5:50 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

It's Saturday morning, and the Hound and his fans are still taking no prisoners. Arya fans -- I'm proud of you. Feisty as ever, and not giving up. Melisandre fans -- still three days left in the voting, but you're gonna need help from R'hllor to pull this off. Voting continues until 5pm CST Tuesday. Keep rocking it, folks. :)

Updated vote count:

Arya: 9
Hound: 35
Melisandre: 4

11:24 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

William: Will be good to see you this summer. Looking forward to partying w/ the Brotherhood in Reno.

Sparrowinsky, Max, & Lochin: Thanks very much for the kind words re: Bran. Much appreciated. Glad you like! :)

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mixed preview. How about the Hound's face and Melissandre's chest?

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hound, please!

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arya, please!!!

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Oooh, the Hound!

Don'tbe surprised by so much Hound fans, he really is one of the most beloved of all characters and he does have quite a lobby :D

5:25 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Voting now closed for the next 2012 ASOIAF Calendar sneak peek! Thanks to all of you for voting. :)

Final vote count:

The Hound: 40
Arya: 11
Melisandre: 5

You have spoken. And in fact, you have roared. Fans of the Hound were rabid and awesome. The Hound will be the next sneak peek.

Where does that leave Arya and Melisandre fans? You fought valiantly. That did not go unnoticed. Stay tuned....your day may very well be coming in the near future. But for now, the Hound has won this battle.

So when is the Hound's sneak peek going live? I'll check in very soon and let you folks know. Keep watching this blog and better yet, keep watching my Twitter feed for updates.

6:26 PM  

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