Salvete, Amiculi, and Happy New Year! (It's still January, so I can still technically say that...)
Let me fill you in on the progress I so recently shared with my Kickstarter backers!
Page art for Volume II is just eleven pages from completion! Other art rewards (examples of which you can view in the left column) are either printed or in the process of being printed. All in all, we are in great shape for a March release!
And when and how will that release happen...? Eh, we're still working that part out. However, there will definitely be a new release signing happening at some favorite comic shop of mine that will remain nameless for the moment until it becomes official.
On the other hand, I can say that my first show of the year will be the Independent Creators Expo in Dayton, OH on February 20! This is a brand-new show to me, but one that I anticipate will be a fantastic venue for introducing Amiculus to a new audience. I hope to see many of you there!
Procopius asks the question...
Hey, kids! It's time again for a ROMAN DEBAUCHERY FUN FACT EXTRA!!! YAAAAAAAY!
This one comes courtesy of Amiculus: A Secret History's own Procopius of Caesarea, posing the following theory in his most famous work, The Secret History:
PROVING THAT JUSTINIAN AND THEODORA
Happy day-before-the-Kalends-of December! The big holiday is just a few weeks away! Is all your Saturnalia shopping done? Looking forward to switching places with your favorite subordinate so he/she can teach you who is really the boss? Make sure to wear your most-tricked out synthesis and pointiest cone cap, and pick the freshest gladiator corpse you can find to offer up to Saturn for this most wonderful week of drunkenness, dice and debauchery! Io Saturnalia!
(Although, I suppose if you're one of those people, you can just offer up a prayer to Sol Invictus (the Unconquerable Sun) aka Mithras, on his birthday, December 25, and enjoy your Chinese takeout at home. We'll be sure to wish you a bland and boring "Happy Holidays" if we deign to speak to you. Enjoy your war on Saturnalia, weirdo.)
So, now that I've gotten that out of the way (God, I do so hate those people), it's time for some updates:
Production on Amiculus: Volume II has hit the 50% mark! We're well on the way to hitting the launch-point of mid-to-late March, 2016. At left, You can see some samples, including covers for all four books in the series (including the preview) and an inked page that seriously make me wonder what this series might have been like in black-and-white.
So keep an eye out soon for a new teaser video, and a new Roman Debauchery Fun Fact Extra, exploring the purported demonic origins of Justinian the Great and whether or not his wife Theodora was, in fact, a succubus in human form.
And if you see a Mithraist or a Sun worshiper, can you please let them know, in no uncertain terms, that they are quite simply ruining it for the rest of us.
More to come!
It has been way too long since I've updated you on things. September and October have been insanely busy months, but they have been productive ones as well! Now I'm here to share the spoils!
THE TENSHU/AMICULUS GALLERY @ SHADOWBOX
I cannot understate what a gorgeous, fantastic spectacle of the stage The Tenshu was, and I greatly enjoyed my experience. I even ran into David Mack, creator of the Kabuki graphic novel series, at the show. (He designed the fantastic poster and program art for the show you see at top left.)
I also want to say what a great partner Shadowbox was in displaying and promoting Amiculus art in their gallery show. I even sold a piece (the blue cover), as well as several copies of Volume I in their boutique! Wins all around!
AMICULUS @ OHIO UNIVERSITY
Another fun occurrence: the Classics department at my alma mater, Ohio University, invited me to present a lecture on the Amiculus series to an undergraduate colloquium last week. Needless to say, it was a smash-hit (the trailers helped a lot, shout-out to the graphics and vocal mastery of Will Graver, Jim Azelvandre and Mark Mann), and I imagine I came away with a few more Amiculi than I had going in!
VOLUME II PRODUCTION UPDATE
I'm very excited to say that over one-third of the art for Volume II is complete! I've included samples of pages, cover concepts and alternate cover art to the right for both Volume II and Volume III: Damnatio Memoriae. Volume III is still a bit over the horizon, but it's thrilling to see the groundwork already being laid for the final chapter of the series.
Plans for next year's conventions are being made. I attended about a dozen this year, so I'd like to beat that in 2016. New submission pitches are in the works, with news on that as it happens. I should also be ready to reveal photos of Kickstarter rewards for Volume II before long as well.
One additional thing...I keep promising to renew this feature, but it is somewhat labor-intensive, and time as been fleeting of late... but no whining! I will be creating a new set of videos reviving the dramatic readings of the Amiculus series, this time introducing the first few pages of Volume II. So stay tuned!
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Lots of exciting events coming up! Most immediately, art from Amiculus: Volume I will be represented in a gallery show of comic book art at Shadowbox Live that will accompany their upcoming original musical, The Tenshu. This musical combines rock, kabuki and manga graphic novel elements, and runs though the month of October. Amiculus art will be installed in the gallery today and will be on display and for sale through the run of the show! You will also be able to purchase copies of Volume I in the Shadowbox boutique.
In other news, Volume I will also be for sale at the Independents' Day Festival on Sunday, September 20, from 11-3 in the Columbus Comics Market tent. Amiculus will be setting up shop at the Laughing Ogre table. Independents' Day is a fantastic indie arts festival that should really just be visited on principle. Plus, in addition to Amiculus, there are tons of great independent comics and artists to check out!
One last bit o' fun: I've recently posted several new pencil pages from Giancarlo Caracuzzo for Volume II.
Well, here is a brand-new, never-before-seen page for your viewing pleasure!
More to come!
Last weekend at River City Comic Con was a great time! Great crowds, great costumes, excellent sales, and the opportunity to meet some fantastic new artists!
So where am I now? Amiculus makes its next appearance right here in Columbus, at the Tricon Columbus Expo on Saturday, August 22! A veritable who's-who of comic book nobility will be on the scene, plus dozens of amazing local artists and writers!
I will be at the space below from 10a - 6p:
Stop by and see me if you get the chance!
In the month (!) or so since the Kickstarter ended, contracts have been signed, payment has been sent and brand new art for Volume II is in the process of being created! Pencils for the first few pages should be showing up in the next few weeks.
Also, if you are a follower of comic book expos, Amiculus will be exhibiting this Saturday, August 15 from 10 am - 5 pm at River City Comic Con in Marietta, OH. Should be a fun weekend to check out comics and collectibles in Ohio's oldest city!
(And to think I was actually considering canceling this a week ago...)
We came, we saw, we kicked its ass! The Volume II Kickstarter is in the books, raising the success-to-failure ratio for this series' crowdfunder history to an adequate 67%, which is still a D-minus in most schools in the country!
PASS-ING GRADE! PASS-ING GRADE!
And ohhhh, the fun that is in store for the next several months...
Once the remainder of the fundraising/fund-collecting process (or the "sausage-making" portion, as I think of it) is finalized, were gonna have some more of that fun new art to show off, probably starting September-ish, I'd say. I greatly look forward to sharing each new step with all of you. I hope you will as well.
Also, one of my favorite conventions of the year, the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) is this weekend, July 18-19, staring at 10 a.m. on Saturday. It will be held at a new location this year, the Northland Performing Arts Center at 4411 Tamarack Blvd. Come on out for some of the best indie comics you'll find anywhere, as well as Amiculus, of course!
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This is amazing, Amiculi!
In ONE DAY, we have raised 16% toward our goal! Only a little more than ONE THIRD of the goal remains to be met. Can it be done in eight days? You know it can!
I will be making an announcement regarding my second appearance on July 18-19 at the 2015 Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo, or SPACE, in a few days. However, right now, I wanted to revive a fun project I embarked upon last year during the Volume I campaign: a multi-installment, panel-by-panel dramatic reading of the first chapter of the series. I have added the first two of three installments to the left. I'd like to finish this project this year. What do you think? Sound interesting?
In the meantime, enjoy the first two installments!
The last two weeks of the campaign are upon us, and it is crunch time. We still have a distance to go, so I hope to see as many of you as possible out to support in the next fourteen days!
I also wanted to make sure as many of you as possible were aware that, if you are new to Amiculus or want to introduce this series to a friend, I have expanded the option to get BOTH Volumes I and II as part of ANY BACKER LEVEL! You can choose any reward tier you want, and both books and/or PDFs will be included!
Also, a Worthy Project Update:
Tim Lewinson's project SAVAGE EMPIRE is now at 87%, with two days left in its campaign! This graphic-novel project combines elements of "Jurassic Park" and "Black Hawk Down" to create a fantastic original sci-fi adventure thriller, and it is just INCHES from its goal! Check this project out and help push it over the finish line! You'll be glad you did!
Travis Horseman is a writer, actor, and an incurable graphic novel junkie. His love of comic books, theater and classical history have largely driven the course of his life, and he is doing his darnedest to unite them in Amiculus: A Secret History.