George R.R. Martin Short Story ‘Meathouse Man’ Gets Comic Adaptation; Plus, Here’s What the Iron Throne Should REALLY Look Like

By July 9, 2013

We’re huge fans of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels and HBO’s adaptation “Game of Thrones” around these parts (heck, we have a whole podcast devoted to it), so anything involving the bearded creator is worthwhile news in our minds. Sadly, this isn’t an update about more GoT goodness or when the next book will finally be ready, but another Martin project entirely: Entertainment Weekly reports that Amazon has launched a new comic imprint called Jet City Comics that will release (among other things) an original adaptation of one of Martin’s short stories, “Meathouse Man.”

Here’s Martin’s statement from the press release, which also announced a comic adaptation of the “Game of Thrones” prequel “The Hedge Knight”:

“My fans have been clamoring for the return of Dunk & Egg ever since the graphic novels of ‘The Hedge Knight’ and ‘The Sworn Sword’ went out of print several years ago,” said author George R.R. Martin in a press release, “so I am delighted to announce that Jet City Comics is bringing them back — newly formatted for digital readers, and in paper for those who still prefer the traditional formats. And Jet City will be bringing you something new as well: the graphic novel ‘Meathouse Man,’ adapted from one of my strangest, darkest, and most twisted short stories by the amazingly talented Raya Golden. I’m pleased and excited to be a part of Jet City’s takeoff. May they fly high.”

Sounds pretty cool, and it’s not surprising that Amazon is getting into the graphic novel business. Being able to capitalize on the popularity of “Game of Thrones” is a smart move and hopefully one that will bring us many more cool comic adaptations in the coming days.

And as long as we’re talking about GoT, WarmingGlow stumbled across one of Martin’s LiveJournal entries (who uses LiveJournal anymore?!) that should please book readers and show viewers alike. You know the Iron Throne that’s prominently on display in the Red Keep? Of course you do. That image is everywhere. Well, in Martin’s mind, that’s not what the REAL Iron Throne looks like. It’s actually closer to this interpretation, by artist Marc Simonetti:


We’ll let Martin do the talking from here on out:

“This Iron Throne is massive. Ugly. Assymetric. It’s a throne made by blacksmiths hammering together half-melted, broken, twisted swords, wrenched from the hands of dead men or yielded up by defeated foes… a symbol of conquest… it has the steps I describe, and the height. From on top, the king dominates the throne room. And there are thousands of swords in it, not just a few.

This Iron Throne is scary. And not at all a comfortable seat, just as Aegon intended.

Look on his works, ye mighty, and despair.”

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