Welcome to the debut of Amiculus: A Secret History. I've made most of my introductions for this aspiring book on my home page and bio, but there is still a lot to tell. I look forward to sharing this with you, and I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I will.
As I said in my bio, this idea started as a ten-page play about a young boy in a crown, on a throne, locked in a room, forbidden to speak, or move, or make anyone aware of his presence, as the world outside the room rapidly fell apart. Not a very interesting play, I would think, but the idea had merit enough to remain stored at the back of my brain, prodding it regularly, until I finally realized the medium it was meant for nearly a decade later. What started as just a planned one-shot, 32-page book that I would produce as a test run for an ongoing series I had in mind (still prodding the back of my brain as we speak!) ended up taking on a life of its own, becoming the epic 3-part series I desire to bring to you today.
This space will be updated regularly with news, artwork debuts, colleagues' projects, behind-the-scenes information about the history, production and research that went into the book, and, of course, profiles of the production team, starting with the incomparable Giancarlo Caracuzzo.
For now, I will leave you with the above picture, a painting of the Roman Emperor Honorius by Jean-Paul Laurens (1880). This painting captures for me the ludicrous and tragic irony of the boy-king in the locked room, feet barely touching the floor, made to watch helplessly as his empire collapses.