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.
In my rare spare time I’ve been screwing with adapting the page and a half from George R. R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones that deals with a mysterious aspect of Eddard’s past and possible hints at the parentage of his bastard, Jon Snow. The scene depicts Ned and seven of his bannermen riding out to the Tower of Joy in the Red Mountains of Dorne to rescue his sister Lyanna. Between Ned and his goal are the three remaining members of King Aerys II’s Kingsguard. These three knights are the stuff of legends in Westeros. I like to think that despite Eddard’s previous victories he is scared shitless to face three of the fiercest Knights in the kingdom. He’s idolized these knights since he was a boy and here they stand ready to go down sword in hand rather than bend the knee.
It’s a beautiful scene with a touch of poetry in the exchange. Like I said I’ve wanted to draw this scene for a long time. I work on it when I can, but I had to take this panel to a finish just to see how it plays. Drawing a young Eddard with Ice on his back was too much fun. I’ll be working it out as my schedule allows. Stay tuned.
I asked the Game of Thrones community over at reddit.com to vote on what character they would like to see illustrated. The overwhelming response wasn’t a character but a scene: Prince Oberyn Martell vs. Ser Gregor Clegane. The Red Viper vs. The Mountain. What I’ve got here is probably one of three pages I see for this scene. A Storm of Swords, the third novel in GRRM’s opus A Song of Ice and Fire is so far my favorite. George has me digging fantasy for the first time. This page is spoiler light, but the next one won’t be. Stay tuned!