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THE TOWER OF JOY: An Adaptation

August 20, 2012

 I was one of those guys. Never heard of A Song of Ice and Fire prior to watching season one of A Game of Thrones. I watched season one half a hundred times and decided that season two needed to start immediately. I bought the nice four book set and proceeded to crack open A Clash of Kings and burn all the way through to A Dance With Dragons in a few short months.

Only then did I go back and read A Game of Thrones.  I missed a bunch of great little scenes. None greater than the Tower of Joy. It’s a beautiful little scene that I think is Just about a page and a half and yet it is probably one of the most talked about scenes in the series. I loved it from my first read through and just couldn’t help but turn it into a short little comic like I’m wont to do.

I’ve done a little math and if I started at the beginning of the series and took four pages to adapt every page and a half of text it would takes me 22 years to work up to The Winds of Winter.

46 Comments leave one →
  1. wes permalink
    August 20, 2012 4:47 am

    This is excellent.

  2. Tyler permalink
    August 20, 2012 7:05 am

    Even if it took you 30 years it would be a worthy life’s work. These are awesome

  3. Josep permalink
    August 20, 2012 7:28 am


  4. August 20, 2012 7:42 am

    22 years, eh? You would probably finish right about the time GRRM releases it….

  5. August 20, 2012 9:18 am

    You are brilliant! This is some rare talent…and average mathematical skills 😉

  6. lekforein permalink
    August 20, 2012 12:32 pm

    this is some great stuff. Any ASOIAF fan would love this. The show fans may be confused, Arthur Dayne doesn’t seem to get as much of a badass reputation in the show as in the books.

    I would like to see your interpretation of Howland Reed. Not much to go off of text wise…

  7. Jack permalink
    August 20, 2012 1:34 pm

    So rad. Thank you for your hard work. I really enjoyed this- hope you do more.

  8. Corey permalink
    August 20, 2012 3:36 pm

    Absolutely amazing. Keep up the good work man. I’ll read and repost as many as you want to make.

  9. Joni permalink
    August 20, 2012 4:36 pm

    MOAR! 🙂

  10. August 20, 2012 7:27 pm

    I’m loving all of the asoiaf stuff you’ve been doing. Amazing. When can we expect part 2 of the mountain and the red viper? I’ve probably linked part 1 to 50 people

    • August 20, 2012 7:33 pm

      I’ll try and pick away at it and get it up before christmas.

      • Dawn Akemi permalink
        August 22, 2012 2:22 am

        Wow. Really terrific illustrations!

  11. August 21, 2012 11:06 pm

    Thank 😦

  12. August 22, 2012 2:21 am

    Beautiful illustrations! I was a medical illustrator back in the day, so I really appreciate the work that went into this!

  13. August 22, 2012 3:42 am

    Nice artwork here, Jeff, lovely brush drawn lines.

    You obviously enjoy doing this kind of work (pleasure).

    I’m not into comic book stuff, but have focused more on the cartoon world (see my blog for the varieties)

  14. Ethan Goodwin permalink
    August 22, 2012 4:50 am

    Nice stuff, 21st century divinci if he had pot and pizza rolls..

  15. August 22, 2012 7:11 am

    Great illustrations! Keep up the good work!

  16. August 22, 2012 11:07 am

    Very nice blog. Has the same theme for my newest post. Check it out!
    Thanks! LIKED. 🙂

  17. August 22, 2012 4:56 pm

    The artwork is on point!!!

  18. August 22, 2012 7:21 pm

    This is great. Loving the use of the light tones.

  19. John permalink
    August 29, 2012 4:02 pm

    Great work! I love it! Now you have to do the story of the Knight of the laughing tree 🙂

  20. John permalink
    August 30, 2012 12:01 pm

    You said “it would takes me 22 years to work up to The Winds of Winter.”, but bear in mind it took George 15 years to write the series so far, so it’s not that bad! 😉

  21. September 8, 2012 3:06 pm

    Great job! This is so much better than the Game of Thrones ongoing comics series that’s out there!

  22. John permalink
    September 8, 2012 6:51 pm

    Wonderful. Gives me all the right shivers. Thank you for sharing this.

  23. September 9, 2012 11:06 pm

    good stuff, way better than what I have seen of the official graphic novel adaption

  24. Davieboy permalink
    September 10, 2012 12:46 pm

    Fab stuff! I definitely got that “GRRM shiver” reading that… Thanks!

  25. John W permalink
    September 10, 2012 2:05 pm

    Cool cool cool.

  26. September 11, 2012 8:05 am

    This is fabulous. If they ever film this scene, I hope it looks…pretty much like you depicted it here.

  27. September 19, 2012 3:48 pm

    you are really good. but i would like to know how that fight went down. Out of ten people only Ned and Reed survive i would love to know who kill who and how the three Knights die. they surely went down fighting hard because they took five down with them

  28. January 25, 2013 10:36 am

    I seem to agree with almost everything that ended up being put into writing throughout “THE TOWER
    Many thanks for all the details.I appreciate it-Jeanett

  29. B Mac permalink
    March 24, 2013 7:13 am

    This would be a great project for something like kickstarter I’m sure there are enough people out there that are in to this. I’d put a hundred in the pot right off the bat. maybe an easy way to get some part time work on your hobby that will allow you to make a few extra ends.

  30. TemporalGrid permalink
    May 27, 2013 7:38 pm

    Sadly at that rate you may catch up to Martin. Nice work, you captured it well.

  31. July 1, 2013 7:09 pm

    This is amazing! I hope you’ll do many more of these, hopefully the whole books 😉

  32. August 1, 2013 6:59 pm

    This is my favorite passage of the series. Well done, sir!

  33. Anas permalink
    August 11, 2013 9:38 am

    you forget that Ser Arthur Dayne donned his helm before charging .. fantastic work however

  34. rob kim permalink
    September 17, 2013 2:38 am

    well you better get started…. I’d read it

  35. dmt permalink
    December 16, 2013 1:34 pm


  36. Archana permalink
    March 19, 2014 10:38 pm

    One of the most sombre and poignant scenes ever written in literature.

  37. March 28, 2014 7:32 am

    Ned’s dream has is not truth as it happened as there are major flaws in it. One has to ask what is he actually dreaming about here. This dream is weighing upon him, even weakening him and are a weight upon his very soul. Why? Well it’s all there in the dream for those who can put the puzzle pieces together. If the reader unravels such the story of A Song Of Ice And Fire becomes far more interesting. In my opinion the dream sequence is Martin at his best as it sets up all seven books, and such will stand the test of time when what actually happened is literally revealed (for those who didn’t figure out Martin’s puzzle here).

  38. Edward permalink
    May 4, 2014 7:02 pm

    I’m throwing money at the screen but nothing is happening… WHYYYY. Will there be more?

  39. May 5, 2014 10:20 pm

    I’d read it.

  40. May 25, 2014 10:30 pm

    22 years to get to Winds of Winter? So you and Mr. Martin will publish at the same time!

  41. Dan permalink
    June 8, 2014 4:05 pm

    There’s actually a Game of Thrones comic out now. After 19 issues I think it’s only at Tyrion getting Shaga and co. to Tywin. It’s okay, but I like your style a lot better, amazing job!

  42. April 24, 2015 9:24 pm

    You did a great job, and I have to agree that it was one of the most powerful scenes out of all the books, and one of the most sad. Thanks for sharing this with us!


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