Game of Thrones author George R. R. R. Martin is calling for fan assistance to complete a project that's very important to him. What? No, of course it's not completing the next book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. Hahaha! He's never completing that. No, Martin is looking for fans to fill up an online art gallery for Wild Cards! Woohoo!
Martin, who has written more than 480,000 words in his LiveJournal posts and comments since publishing the last book, A Dance With Dragons (more than the largest Game of Thrones book, A Storm of Swords, which weighed in at 424,000 words), took to the blogging platform to ask for help:
Also, we've added a brand new art gallery at http://www.wildcardsworld.com/art-galle
Thing is, there's no art in the art gallery… yet. That's where we hope you will come in. We want Wild Cards art! Yes, we'll be putting up some of the superb cover art and interior illustrations that the books have featured over the decades, but we also hope this page will be a place to showcase some fan art, and maybe discover some new talent.
So if you've got that restless urge to draw, and own a paintbrush or a box of colored pencils, we'd love to see what you can do. There's a link right on the page where you can send your work. Everything that's appropriate will be posted (please note, we want Wild Cards artwork ONLY, so don't send us portraits of Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen, or Harry Potter, or Spider-Man, or ANYTHING that is not Wild Cards inspired).
Also, if you look through the author bios and character sketches elsewhere on the site, you'll note that there are many Wild Cards characters who have NEVER been illustrated. We've love to have some thumbnails to add to those entries. We don't promise to accept anything or everything… but for those who send us something cool enough to make the cut, we have free autographed hardcovers of INSIDE STRAIGHT.
So, any artists out there willing to take time out of their busy lives to help enable Martin to continue to avoid completing The Winds of Winter? If so, head over to the Wild Cards World art submission page for more info.
Hey, maybe the artist from Marvel's next sure-to-be-late super-mega-crossover event, Secret Empire, could contribute to the gallery. Then Marvel and GRRM could procrastinate together!