In Search of Hannibal - A Graphic Novel

Created by SmileTitans Publishing

Full colour 148+ page hardcover graphic novel about Hannibal Barca's epic war against Rome, by Nikolas Lloyd & Christopher Steininger.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Update from Nikolas Lloyd regarding In Search of Hannibal
6 months ago – Mon, Jul 06, 2020 at 03:57:58 AM

Hello to our admirably patient backers,

 As is only reasonable, many of you have been asking about the delivery time of the In Search of Hannibal graphic novel.  It is difficult to imagine that anyone could be more aware of the fact that we are hideously late with this than we are.  For the customer, it is an annoyance that he is being kept waiting.  For the creators, it is a heavy cloud hanging over us every day.  If we knew the day of delivery, we would be gladly announcing it with fanfares, and with joyous relief.  We still don't, though.  But we do have most of the novel done, and we have not come this far just to give up now.  We are made of sterner stuff than that.  The clear outline of the end of the tunnel, with an accurate measurement of range, is still elusive, but we do see the rosy rays of dawn ahead, making the night behind us seem worth the distance come.  I must shoulder the blame for taking so flipping long to come up with a finished version of the script.  Working in isolation on such things is perhaps not the best for me.  I'm a perfectionist with a complicated relationship with deadlines, surrounded by distractions, and wrestling with the powerful Procrastination Monkey and often coming off worse.  I am tremendously lucky to have the faith of the illustrator Chris, who has rebuffed offers from others to write his script.  His faith, though, seems to be based far more on my ability to write good stuff than on my record of writing stuff *quickly*.  That we have got this far shows that we both think that the project is worthwhile, and what makes it seem so is that it is turning out to be good.  We both really want to see this thing finished for a host of reasons.  It will be such a relief to post everything off and know that it is finally *done*.  The dark pendant clouds over us may then go to menace someone else for a change.  Also, though, we want to be proud of having created something good, and the scenes we have finished suggest that we can do this.  We look forward to entertaining you with In Search of Hannibal.  We think you will like it.  Whether it was worth the wait will be for you to decide.

- Nikolas

An update from the writer - Nikolas "Lindybeige" Lloyd!
about 1 year ago – Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 04:24:58 PM

Update!
over 1 year ago – Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 01:24:29 AM

Hey everyone!

If we're doing a story around the 2nd Punic War we'll be dealing with the Battle of Cannae in a major way as this was one of the most defining moments in the war.  Lloyd has put together a really great video for those who want to learn more about it and its significance:

http://www.insearchofhannibal.com/videos.html

Also, be sure and check out the link below to see some new pages:

http://www.insearchofhannibal.com/

We've crossed the 100 page mark (of completed pages) and have some really nice momentum. We've also brought on a project manager to help speed the writing process so we can wrap up that stage. Very soon I'll have a finished script, which means I can give you all a proper ballpark date for when the art will be finished and when the book will be off to print and shipping out. 

I can't wait to show you all the insanity of Cannae. I insisted I wanted 3 back-to-back double page spreads of carnage an mayhem. On top of it, I have incredible reference as I've been to the site myself. The project is monumental in it's scope. And as always - THANK YOU for helping us make it.

Chris

Big behind-the-scenes layouts preview:
over 1 year ago – Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 01:55:48 AM

Hey everyone,

Now, I'm going to share a link >>> HERE <<<:

 http://www.insearchofhannibal.com/achunkoflayouts.html 

What you'll find is a good chunk of layouts lifted from around the 100 page mark of our story. Keep in mind these are my very, very ROUGH layouts. Some stuff made it, some stuff didn't. A lot of the layout process is just me thinking out loud working through Lloyd's script. For those of you familiar with comics, Lloyd's scripts are Alan Moore levels of complexity. Keep in mind whatever you see online is subject to change, and has changed slightly, as this is all very loose in this first stage. (That includes whatever you see on the InSearchOfHannibal.com site. Already, a LOT of panels / scenes have been altered. Beards have been grown, costumes have changed, faces lifted, rooms redecorated, etc. Things will be altered and noodled right up until it goes to print.)

In these scenes we are bouncing around both in location and in time, as there's a series of flashbacks / flash-forwards taking place. A key device for helping the reader through these shifts is the use of colour, so one can see a clear scene / setting change, so I'm sharing this well aware that it will be tough to follow not having the full context of what has come before, and what follows. But I feel that's also part of the fun. Our story is also not a lazy read.

Enjoy!

Hannibal update!
over 1 year ago – Mon, May 06, 2019 at 11:47:18 PM

Hello!

Yes, we're still working away, and yes, we're getting closer and closer!

To answer some general inquiries:

If you have a change of address, don't worry about it. Before the book ships, everyone will be sent MULTIPLE emails to confirm your mailing address.

We will be trying to ship as many things as possible together, so nothing will be shipping until In Search of Hannibal is DONE. If you ordered the Tales of the Punic Wars, that will be shipping AFTER the In Search of Hannibal book. For example: if you ordered a shirt & both books - you will get your shirt with the In Search of Hannibal book, then, in a separate parcel later, Tales of the Punic Wars.

I've also had several people offer to help out with the project from writing to assisting me with the art. When it comes to the art, for as much as I appreciate the offer, that would create inconsistency in the work, and be more hassle than it is worth. Also, I LOVE drawing this. Regarding the writing, it's simply taking longer than expected as we're aiming for something really, really special. Writing a (great) graphic novel isn't easy, as Lloyd has discovered ;) Again, we're only going to do this once! To all those aspiring writers & artists out there... just go make stuff! It's never been easier for people to produce and get your work out there. If you have any questions about resources, etc,  shoot me an email at: chris@smiletitans.com . 

If you want to see some work in progress, I suggest following me on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/smiletitans_art

I often post Hannibal project art there, so you can see what's going on. And of course, be sure and check out www.insearchofhannibal.com if you want to start reading.

Once Lloyd finishes the script and emerges from the labyrinth, and I have recovered from the party, I want to 'interview' him and go deep on not just ancient Rome, but what it was like writing this. Stay tuned for that!

Instagram - Layouts - Page 82
Instagram - Layouts - Page 82