Oon March 4, 2014, Brandon Sanderson released his sequel to The Way of Kings, second in The Stormlight Archive series. Words of Radiance is such a large book—in both page count and visibility—that Tor commissioned the cover as well as a second illustration for the endpapers of the hardcover edition.Continue Reading
When visiting the Glass Onion Graphics booth at SFF conventions, a highlight is the opportunity to see Michael Whelan’s paintings in person.
Of course his art looks fantastic on dust jackets in the bookstore—and even reproduced on our website—but there is no substituting the wow factor of staring at his original paintings up close.
And then there’s the opportunity to speak with the artist himself. When Michael isn’t busy participating in panel discussions, he can usually be found at our booth.Continue Reading
Fresh off completing the last three books of The Wheel of Time series, Brandon Sanderson is set to return to his own epic The Stormlight Archive this fall. The sequel to The Way of Kings (Stormlight Book 2) will be titled Words of Radiance and is scheduled for release on November 12, 2013.
Michael Whelan will also be returning to the series. Clearly, this is a special author / artist pairing. Whelan won the Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration (Hardcover) for The Way of Kings in 2010. His brilliant vision of Rand al’Thor adorned the cover of A Memory of Light, the last book of The Wheel of Time, earlier this year.Continue Reading
Michael Whelan is Artist Guest of Honor next month at JordanCon. It is especially geared toward the Atlanta area and the South in general, but fans are coming from all over the world for a chance to meet Michael, author Seanan McGuire (of bestseller FEED fame) and A MEMORY OF LIGHT’S Brandon Sanderson and Harriet McDougal.
JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late Robert Jordan, author of the blockbuster series The Wheel of Time. This year JordanCon is joined by the regional SF convention DeepSouthCon, so events will include four tracks of simultaneous programming, an Art Show, a Dealers Hall, a masquerade contest and a ghost walk.Continue Reading
Original art that Michael Whelan produced during the making of A MEMORY OF LIGHT is now available in our shop. We will likely be adding more concepts so make sure to check back!Continue Reading
One of the great pleasures of listening to The Wheel of Time in audiobook format is the outstanding narration of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. The husband and wife team have voiced all of the books in the series, most recently A MEMORY OF LIGHT.Continue Reading
My approach to A MEMORY OF LIGHT was dictated by unfamiliarity with the series. Not having read The Wheel of Time books, I focused on the scene provided and the characters therein while also keeping in mind that this book was the culmination of many years of reading for devoted fans.
It seemed best to start with the focus of the painting: Rand himself.
My initial sketches explored the pose he might adopt as he entered the dark confines of the cave. I attached light sticks to a wooden bokken and descended a flight of stairs with the lights off, trying to get a feel for how he would be holding the sword to light his way into darkness. (Since early in my career, I’ve found a kinesthetic sense of the figure’s pose is helpful before attempting to recreate it in it’s variations.)Continue Reading
Last week, we released the print for A MEMORY OF LIGHT which is signed by Michael Whelan and Brandon Sanderson. This week, we will be unveiling a “making of” gallery featuring concept art from Michael Whelan’s cover for book 14 in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.
Along with the gallery, we will be offering original Michael Whelan art (several sketches and studies from AMOL) for sale in our shop. Michael is the only artist other than the late Darrell Sweet to illustrate a book cover (not ebook) for this epic series, making this a one of a kind opportunity to own art from a series that has over 40 million books in print.Continue Reading
A VISUAL TOUR ON TOR.COM
Are you a fan of the late Robert Jordan? A bibliophile? Or are you just obsessed with how things are made?
Head over to TOR.com for Irene Gallo’s tour of Quad Graphics, the book bindery where she documented the assembly of A MEMORY OF LIGHT, the last volume in the epic Wheel of Time series. Irene previously ran a feature on printing the sales proof of the cover. Both are fascinating articles and not to be missed.
And as the excitement builds for the release of A MEMORY OF LIGHT on January 8, 2013, we will be announcing a print of the cover illustration by Michael Whelan. Stay tuned for that as well as the addition of AMoL original art concepts in our shop!Continue Reading
I was honored to paint the cover image for the final book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, but it was a daunting prospect given the massive backstory of 14 books written over a span of 20+ years.
Each volume, illustrated by the late Darrell K. Sweet, had a similar look and feel. I decided the last cover should retain a sense of continuation while bringing the epic to a close.Continue Reading