We are raising funds to produce a graphic novel about one of the most extraordinary wars of all time:
the Second Punic War. Many people may have heard of how Hannibal
marched with elephants over the Alps, but far fewer know the full
story of this astonishing struggle.
In his bid to quash the rising
power of Rome, and secure the freedom of Carthage, which was at the
time the main rival to Rome's power in the Mediterranean, Hannibal had
to conquer Spain, cross the Pyrenees mountains, make his way through
the territories of the hostile Gauls in southern France, out-manoeuvre
a Roman army to get to the Alps, and then cross the mountains in bad
weather, all the time being attacked and having to deal with
deserters, such that by the time he made it into what is today
northern Italy, he had already lost 66,000 men, leaving him with a
mere 26,000 to take on Rome on its home territory.
He was then cut
off from his homeland, in hostile territory, against the world's most
efficient military state, and yet somehow he kept his multi-national
army of Celts, Numidians, Africans, Spanish, Mediterranean islanders,
and former Roman allies together, winning victory after victory, and
never being defeated, for an incredible fifteen years, before the war
transferred to Africa for the final showdown.
Hannibal Barca was the son of an undefeated Carthaginian general, and
was on campaign for most of his life. He is considered by many
historians to be the greatest general of all time, and yet, because so
many records of him have been lost, and the Romans victors got to tell
their version of his defeat, he remains a mysterious figure. Time and
time again he made audacious forced marches, used unique ruses of war,
and defeated superior forces. His greatest victory was the immense
clash at Cannae - one of the largest battles in history, in which an
unprecedented sixteen legions were arrayed against him, when normally
Rome defeated her enemies with two or four legions. The front ranks of the armies might have been as
much as three miles across, and the result was one of the most
one-sided and bloody days in recorded warfare.
Rome sent many consuls (generals) against Hannibal, with wildly varying degrees of confidence, but from amongst these rose one who later would be honoured, perhaps for the first time in Roman history, with a name commemorating the place of his victory: Scipio Africanus. He first appears in history as a teenage cavalry commander, dashing in to save his father's life in the heat of battle. As the years went by, fate favoured this man who grew into one of Rome's greatest commanders, a man of strange destiny, who received the holy Mother Stone, symbolising that he was the best man of Rome, and, having learned from the greatest of teachers, his own enemy, he forged a fighting force finally capable of taking on Hannibal, and avenging Cannae.
Livy's history of the war against Hannibal is particularly rich with fascinating tales of the terrors and labours of war, and of the desperate lengths the Romans went to, to keep Hannibal from their gates. When the threat of the 'lion's brood' of Hannibal and his brothers was at its greatest, the Romans sank to human sacrifice, and conscripting and arming untrained slaves and sending them into the field with duplicitous promises of freedom.
Our tale is of war, of men, of plots, of the fate of the ancient world. Whichever side won, it would become the greatest power in the Mediterranean.
The main historical sources are the
writings of Livy and Polybius, but we also have writings from Plutarch, Appian, and
others from the ancient world, plus modern scholars' works from which
to draw. We want to get this right. Not only will the story fit
with the historical sources, but also the buildings, clothing, and
weapons depicted, and all the other artefacts of the Romans and
Carthaginians will be based as far as possible on archaeological
examples of the real items.
All supporters will also get access to the production diary so you can follow along, see our progress, and get a glimpse behind the scenes.
We can't tell this incredible story without your support. We need you to make this project a reality. Now sally forth, proud sons of Rome, and may Mars guide you in spreading this campaign to the corners of Earth!
Nikolas Lloyd is best known on the interweb as the man behind the
YouTube channel Lindybeige
. His hundreds of thousands of subscribers watch him for
his views on historical films, his comments on the ancient and
medieval worlds, and his loquacious ability to boil up a quick simple
idea into one of rambling complexity. He has a degree in archaeology,
many beige shirts, and was co-writer of the steampunk stage play
comedy The Adventures of Stoke Mandeville, Astronaut and
Christopher Steininger has drawn comics like Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons and Modo: Ember's End, done concept art for games such as Warhammer 40k and Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, and produced storyboards for stuff like Spec Ops: The Line and Marvel's Avengers Assemble. Currently, he's living in Berlin plugging away on his comic series Dead Heaven.
Latest Updates from Our Project:
3 months ago
– Fri, Mar 03, 2017 at 07:30:12 PM
Yup. We're still working on it.
In the meantime, here's a couple Hannibal themed videos:
Republican Roman Soldiers of the Second Punic War:
The long march...
3 months ago
– Wed, Feb 08, 2017 at 11:26:29 AM
1) If you ordered a shirt before this post, it has been sent. Please send us a pic of yourself rocking your Punic Wars shirt to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "HANNIBAL'S ARMY!" We'd like to do a little video when we get enough pictures.
2) Speaking of videos, Chris will be doing some behind the scenes videos on my YouTube channel HERE >>> so be sure and like / subscribe / share and all that stuff. There's a new one there right now.
3) There is no 3! We're too busy working!
5 months ago
– Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 10:12:26 PM
What a year! We want to give everyone a huge thank you for all your support. 2017 is going to be pretty intense with the production. But for now, in the spirit of Yule, here's Odin atop his steed Sleipnir riding over Midgard. (Illustration by Christopher Steininger.)
Free wallpaper package of this image available for download HERE >>>
Glorious pill your home with a print of the mighty All Father HERE >>>
Here's a snippet of some layouts, followed by some raw scanned inks from In Search of Hannibal. Keep in mind this is a colour book so this is still in a work in progress. Brush and ink on paper.
Some colour pages will be shared in the first newsletter of 2017.
6 months ago
– Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 10:16:50 PM
What's new, you ask?
Well, we're working hard and making some excellent progress. Nikolas is writing like mad and Chris is drawing like crazy. Chris has also been doing a lot of driving. For vacation he traveled to Spain, rented a car and drove to Italy, retracing Hannibal's route. No kidding. This was, A) a much needed vacation, and B) a great opportunity to gather some photographic reference of the real world locations he'll be illustrating. Pretty hardcore, indeed.
Some of his videos are available here (Lake Trasimene, and a Hannibal exhibition in Barletta), with many more to come like Cannae, Col de la Traversette deep in the alps, Trebbia, museum visits, etc.
Also, there will be some Livestreaming sessions coming up where the artist will be drawing LIVE. Be sure to subscribe to the SmileTitans channel to stay on top of that.
The winner of the art draw was Thomas Sample of England! You have some original art coming your way. To enter any further art draws, sign up for the newsletter.
Until next time!
Wigtown! Layouts! Giveaways!
8 months ago
– Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 02:29:57 PM
WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL!
Saturday 24th, September 2016
Low Vennel, Wigtown , Newton Stewart, DG8 9HW, UK
Nikolas Lloyd will be giving a presentation on In Search of Hannibal. Be there!