"Conquest: Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars" is a 136 page graphic novel account of Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul from 49 B.C. to 52 B.C. based on Caesar's own account of the military campaign. Painstakingly painted by hand in watercolor and meticulously researched using the most recent archaeological data available, this book is possibly the most accurate account, both visually and textually, of this period in history.
The story takes place during the conquest of Gaul as told by the legions of Julius Caesar (from 58 to 50 B.C.), based on his writings while he was leading the war effort, which he published in Rome, for his glory and propaganda, following the end of his pro-consulate in Gaul.
The focus is put on the particular relationship between Caesar and Vercingétorix. At first friends and allies, the situation degenerates between the two men, transforming them into arch rivals for whom supreme power is the ultimate objective.
Victory or death is the only question in their duel. The historical frame as Caesar submitted it to us serves as the basis for the personal stories which participate in the profound changes in the Roman Empire and in the beginning of the end of The Republic. Espionage, subversion, political alliances, strategy and propaganda in the service of one cause and one man.
Graduate of the Sorbonne (University Paris I) in medieval history and art history, Tarek launched "Paris Tonkar" in 1991, the first art book dedicated entirely to urban street art in Paris, which is still considered an important reference for urban art lovers. Since 1999 Tarek has written more than sixty graphic novels with various publishers. His work has won several awards including the Saint-Michel Award for Best Screenplay for his graphic novel Sir Arthur Benton in 2007. Although his time is often balanced between photography, street art, and television, from writing a US TV pilot to exhibiting street art in Montreal, his interest inevitably returns to comics. He regularly attends conferences on comics, history and contemporary art, including the Cold War Symposium at Caen's Memorial in 2007, presenting his own particular insights from his experience in the industry.
Vincent Pompetti is an italian artist born in Liège, Belgium, originally from Pineto and Atri, in the Abruzzo region of Italy. He graduated from the St. Luc Institute of Fine Arts in 1998 with a specialization in graphic novels. Two years later he authored and published his first graphic novel with Glénat called Planète Divine, leading to a collaboration with the scenarist and graffiti specialist Tarek. From that collaboration resulted several significant works including Sir Arthur Benton, and more recently The Gallic Wars and the pirate story, The Malouin. Both artists have invested in the independent publisher Tartamudo, with José Jover, and created the artist association known as Pegasus. Vincent collaborates with the Urban Art Magazine “Paris Tonkar”, and simultaneously develops his career in painting and illustration, having exhibited his art in Switzerland, Canada, Italy, and mainly in France.
Risks and challenges
Black Panel Press is a startup publisher, focused on translating high quality foreign comics and importing them to North America. This is our third Kickstarter campaign, following up on the success of "Ancient Astronauts" and "Jeanne & Modigliani".
Although there is always some risk when investing in a new product, we have done our best to minimize the risk for our readers.
The book is already completed and translated, and we have worked out agreements with our printers and distributors to ensure everything goes smoothly. The order is ready to be placed as soon as our campaign is successfully funded.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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