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:

In Search of Hannibal UPDATE.
7 months ago – Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 03:35:12 PM

Dear patient backers, and understandably impatient ones,

Another New Year, and so another hope of finishing the book in time
for Christmas dashed.  Though the light at the end of the tunnel seems
ever brighter, it remains difficult to judge the distance to it.  With
projects like this, the final finishing touches can end up taking
longer than a lot of the meat of the thing.  A short while ago, I sent
Chris another twenty-something scenes to draw, and he seemed pleased
enough with them in themselves, though of course they would have been
even better had they been accompanied by every last and final word of
the thing.

Trying to get big creative works out of people can sometimes feel like
trying to get blood from a stone.  I feel like that, and the trouble
is that in this instance, I am the stone!  All going well, though, we
should have the whole thing fully mapped out to the end in the next
month or so, which then leaves an awful lot of drawing, reviewing,
making little alterations, and then when those diligent tasks are
done, we can get on with printing the physical things and then start
worrying about distribution.

Thank you so much for bearing with us.  This has been a major learning
experience for me, but despite all the setbacks, I have never feared
that Chris would not be able to draw you a damn fine comic book.
Hannibal's story is an amazing one, and even though we have to fit
such mighty men and epic events within the confines of one slim volume
of pages, I still dare to hope that we will convey enough of the sweep
of history such that Hannibal, like himself, might for one glimmer of
a moment assume the port of Mars, and that it may seem that at his
heels, leashed in like hounds, shall Famine, Sword, and Fire crouch
for employment.

Nikolas Lloyd

Update from Nikolas Lloyd regarding In Search of Hannibal
about 1 year 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!
over 1 year ago – Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 04:24:58 PM

almost 2 years 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:

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

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.


Big behind-the-scenes layouts preview:
about 2 years ago – Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 01:55:48 AM

Hey everyone,

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

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 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.