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George R.R. Martin Will Forgo San Diego Comic-Con so He Can Finish Winds of Winter for You White Walkers

Winds of Winter is coming.

JillPantozziGeorgeRRMartinWhy yes, I did meet A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin at San Diego Comic-Con dressed as Daenerys. Why do you ask?

This may be good news to some, bad to others, but Martin has decided he won’t be attending SDCC 2015 so he can write more Game of Thrones books. On his Livejournal the author wrote:

Reluctantly, however, I’ve just had to scratch Saratoga off my list of 2015 appearances. For no reason having to do with the con itself. I am sure it will be terrific. It’s just a matter of time.

I have too much to do. Too many things on my plate. Son of Kong foremost amongst them.

My apologies to anyone who saw Saratoga on my Appearances page and planned to go in order to see me. I won’t be there. Go anyway. You’ll have a great time.

Also, I have decided against attending this year’s San Diego Comicon. Same reason. But since Comicon was never listed on my Appearances page, scratching it is not as big a deal.

(Should I complete and deliver WINDS OF WINTER before these cons roll round, I reserve the right to change my mind).

Previously, Martin’s published had stated there would be no new A Song of Ice and Fire novel in 2015, but it seems that might have just been an effort not to get hopes up. Fingers crossed it will be in our hands sooner than expected!

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image via My Facebook)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."