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:
about 2 months ago
– Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 01:24:29 AM
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:
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:
6 months ago
– Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 01:55:48 AM
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.
7 months ago
– Mon, May 06, 2019 at 11:47:18 PM
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: firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you want to see some work in progress, I suggest following me on Instagram:
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!
MAJOR UPDATE! Start reading IN SEARCH OF HANNIBAL!
12 months ago
– Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 11:11:01 PM
Happy New Year! Update is in the video below!
See you in 2019!!!
Mega-original art giveaway draws! + The Q&A!
about 1 year ago
– Thu, Nov 08, 2018 at 12:35:13 AM
We're still plugging away here, slow and steady. Nikolas Lloyd (Lindybeige) is making some great progress on the script, and I'm hot on his heels with the art. Our process is almost like drawing a series. I get a chunk of script from Lloyd, I do the art, I get another chunk of script, and so on. Nikolas is an absolute perfectionist with the script, just like I am with the art. But rest assured, we are climbing the mountain!
Speaking of art - here's a bit of a livestream video of me colouring an average page from the book:
(Please note: I draw all day... I spend a lot of time listening to kooky things...)
As a penance for the book being late, I will be giving away ALL of my unsold original art pages in art draws from now until the book is completed. The first batch will be going out before Christmas, so be sure and follow Lindybeige on his channel for that one. He has some pages he'll be giving away. If you backed this project, you're entered! Again, just a big thank you for your patience. I'll do monthly random number generator draws for all backers, no matter how big or small the pledge.
Also, here's the Q&A! I'm embarrassed to say I thought I posted this ages ago!