The year 2017, or the year 2770 A.U.C. (ab urbe condita - from the founding of the City), as the Romans would call it, was a pivotal year for Amiculus. It saw the completion of the Amiculus Trilogy, a passion project a decade in the making. In this time, Amiculus has grown from just one history nerd's flight of fancy to the foundation of an institution, with backers and readers on five continents and a growing reputation locally and regionally. For this, let me say thanks to the comic creator and artistic communities of my hometown of Columbus, Ohio (particularly the good people of Madlab and Sunday Comix Group), my artistic team and my creative partner Giancarlo Caracuzzo, my Kickstarter backers who have stayed with me since my very first (failed) campaign in 2013, my family, and most of all my wife Becky for her ridiculous faith in me.
Now that the project is finished, it leaves me at a bit of a crossroads, an appropriate place to be on December 31. We've briefly looked back, so let's take a glimpse at some resolutions for 2018 and beyond!
Resolution I: More Projects!
1) Sugar Creek is a smaller project, 22-32 pages in length, that features a modern horror story with roots in primordial history. As a small town in western Ohio prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary, a frantic call for help to the Sugar Creek police department is cut off, prompting two officers to investigate a home on the edge of town. What greets them is a horror centuries in the making. Long-buried at the headwaters of the creek that is the town's namesake, the dark secret underlying its origins now threatens to burst forth and consume them all...look for an announcement sometime in 2018!
2) Amiculus: A Secret History reveals the identity of the shadowy title character, and illuminates his motives. But what of his true origin? In Amiculus: Domina, we track the path of Amiculus's creation from a fateful day on a Mediterranean beach to the catastrophic Battle of Ticinum, a path that is intertwined with the tragic tale of another mysterious figure: the mother of Romulus Augustulus. The timeline on this project is a bit more ephemeral, but I'm looking at a potential campaign in 2019-2020.
3) Pythia takes place in A.D. 362, when Christianity is ascendant and paganism is breathing its last. Apollo's Oracle of Delphi barely subsists on the waning faith of the god's remaining followers. But the newly-crowned Roman emperor Julian promises a return to the old gods. All he requires from the Pythia is a prophecy of triumph in the coming wars, and Apollo will bask in the glory of an Olympian renaissance. The Pythia must do everything in her power to stop this from happening. This project will likely follow Domina.
Resolution II: More History!
Fortunately, there are also a lot of other things connecting ancient Rome to our modern times that fall into the positive column, and I plan to revert back to the format used in my "Roman Debauchery Fun Facts" posts, such as this timely tidbit:
Fun Fact Extra: the Roman calendar was so far out of whack by the time Caesar changed it that 80 days had to be added to the year 46 B.C. to get the months back in sync with the seasons for the year 45. I don't know if this makes 46, with 445 days, the longest year on record, but it's definitely a contender.