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George R.R. Martin Talks About Comics, Sci-Fi, & The Idea That Started Game of Thrones [VIDEO]

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A Song of Ice and Fire scribe George R.R. Martin had led an interesting life thus far. He grew up in New Jersey, the son of a longshoreman. He read comics growing up (and even wrote into a Marvel letter column in 1964), went on to join the staff of CBS’ Beauty and the Beast series in the 80s, and of course, started his long-running fantasy series which would go on to become a hit TV show on HBO. Hear him talk about…well, most of that plus a lot of other stuff in this interview with Grace Dent. Most importantly, hear how the author imagined one specific scene that occurs near the beginning of Game of Thrones, and started his empire.

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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” ( 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."