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This project was successfully funded on July 12, 2014.

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7/11: STRETCH GOAL REACHED!

Hooray! We've made our stretch goal amount! You know what that means?

1) All levels will be upgraded to the 80-page Kickstarter Edition PDF, and receive the Amiculus Map computer wallpaper;  

2) All levels pledging $15 and above will be upgraded to the 80-page Kickstarter edition book;  

3) All levels pledging $75 and above will receive an additional hardcover edition 80-page Kickstarter edition book, with a unique cover illustration and case laminate matte finish cover!

Just a few hours left to go!

7/8: GOAL REACHED!

We did it, everyone! Now the next three days can be applied to making the stretch goal! We're just $637.00 away from these new and exciting rewards!

7/3: Stretch Goal #1 announced:

If the campaign reaches $1000 above full-funding ($10,350):  

1) All levels will be upgraded to the 80-page Kickstarter Edition PDF, and receive the Amiculus Map computer wallpaper;  

2) All levels pledging $15 and above will be upgraded to the 80-page Kickstarter edition book;  

3) All levels pledging $75 and above will receive an additional hardcover edition 80-page Kickstarter edition book, with a unique cover illustration and case laminate matte finish cover!

6/23: AMICULUS 2013 ALUMNI MINI-STRETCH GOAL!

I'm thrilled to see so many backers from Amiculus Kickstarter 2013 returning to support the new campaign. However, I'd like to add a little something special to honor you all and inspire even more of you to return as soon as possible!  
So here it is:  

If we can get an additional fifty (50) 2013 backers to come support the new campaign by Wednesday, July 2, upon the conclusion of a successful campaign I will add a signed copy of the Amiculus preview to every backer package of $15.00 and above!   

Cosmo doll not included.
Cosmo doll not included.

 What's more, I will send this out to backers as soon as I have collected mailing information. Estimated time of arrival would be late July - early August, so you'll have something to whet your appetite for the big book!

Feel free to post a comment on the main page or send me a message stating your backing history with Amiculus, what you like about the project, and why you think others should pledge!

6/21: FIFTY PERCENT GOAL REACHED!

We did it!!! And in no time at all! Congratulations to Jared Gardner, our Hero of the Halfway Mark, for putting us over!

6/20: MINI-STRETCH ADDENDUM!

We are right on the verge of reaching 50% funding, a very important number for the campaign! I'm eager to get there as soon as possible, so I've decided to offer a little extra incentive: the first backer to put us over 50% ($4,675) will receive his/her PDF of the Amiculus preview immediately, along with a shout-out from me on every social media platform available to me as Hero of the Halfway Mark!

Keep those pledges rolling!

6/15: BLEEDING COOL MINI - STRETCH GOAL!

Bleedingcool.com was kind enough to post this article on Amiculus on their website this weekend, so I would like to add a fun mini-stretch goal for everyone to thank them and their readers.

If you are coming to the campaign from bleedingcool.com, please let me know in a message. If you are a current backer, please refer your friends and social circles to this article. 

If pledges reach $6000 in the next ten days (by 6/26), I will release the PDF of the 20-page Amiculus preview immediately to all backers! 

Thanks for your support!

See photo below:

The Cast of Amiculus
The Cast of Amiculus

THE STORY

Amiculus: A Secret History is an original, epic three-part graphic novel series telling a lost history of the Fall of Rome. Yet this is no dry chronicle of history set to pictures. It is vast conspiracies and intimate conflicts, brutal betrayals and loyal sacrifices, final, fiery collapse and new worlds rising from ruin. It is a world the mysterious Amiculus rules in secret, and no one, be he general, warlord, emperor or Pope, lies beyond his reach.

This campaign is dedicated to the completion of Volume I of the series, Roma AeternaVolume I will be a 60-page, full-color comic, lavishly rendered by Italian artist and 30-year comics veteran Giancarlo Caracuzzo.

THE BACKGROUND

Amiculus began over a decade ago as a ten-page play written for a college project. Afterward, it remained in the back of my mind amid the other flotsam and jetsam of classical learning that I had accumulated, until I revisited it as a possibility for a short graphic story. I began drafting it as a 32-page comic, and soon realized the scope was too small. One-hundred and sixty-two pages later, I realized I had an epic on my hands.

Since then I have worked tirelessly at developing the story, absorbing a library's worth of research, traveling to Rome to gather hundreds of model pictures, and securing my production team, including Roman artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo as a top-flight collaborator. 

Amiculus artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Amiculus artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo

Together, Team Amiculus has already produced a portion of the first volume: Ex Libris Amiculi, a 20-page preview book which debuted in April at the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) in my hometown of Columbus, OH.

The Amiculus Preview with SPACE mascot, Cosmo.
The Amiculus Preview with SPACE mascot, Cosmo.

 THE KICKSTARTER

The proceeds of this campaign will provide completion funds (art, coloring, lettering) for Volume I, as well as satisfying distribution expenses. We have some excellent incentives for our backers, including limited edition poster and print art, an extra-long Kickstarter edition of the book, and the chance to not only be drawn in as a character, but to receive your own original character drawing, signed by the artist! Visit the Gallery section of www.amiculusrome.com to check out examples of rewards!

Become a backer today! Amiculus is waiting for you...
Become a backer today! Amiculus is waiting for you...

Risks and challenges

I initially debuted a campaign for this project last year for a larger funding amount ($18,500). Since then, I have streamlined the campaign, completing a significant portion of the project through self-funding and raising funds to cover printing and production of incentives. This has satisfied half of the total cost of the project.

The amount requested in this campaign will cover remaining artist, colorist and lettering fees ($7,120) along with anticipated mailing costs and fees ($2,230).

All costs and contingencies for shipping books and rewards in different quantities have been anticipated and budgeted for. Barring any unforeseen setbacks, backers should receive their rewards as scheduled.

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  • You selected
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    3 backers

    My thorough and heartfelt thanks for your support of this project in the book credits.

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    Pledge $5 or more

    45 backers

    Receive a PDF copy of the 60-page Volume I and a thank you in the book credits.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    95 backers

    Receive the 60-page Volume I book and PDF, with a thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Pledge $30 or more

    30 backers

    Multi-media Package: receive the 60-page book, PDF copy, Amiculus computer wallpaper, and an author-signed 6-piece 5x7 postcard collection of character layouts, with a thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    11 backers

    Cover Art Package: receive the 60-page book with an author-signed 6-piece 8x10 print collection of character layouts, an 11x17 poster print of the alternate ("Blue") cover, PDF copy and thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    10 backers

    Writer Package: receive a special 80-page Kickstarter edition of Volume I, including character layouts and an eight-page preview of Volume II inside, along with PDF copy, an author-signed copy of the script from Volume I, an 11 x 17 cover poster of both covers ("Orange" and "Blue"), and a thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    4 backers

    Poster Art Package: receive the Kickstarter edition of Volume I and PDF copy, the "Orange" and "Blue" covers as 18 x 24 posters, one additional 18 x 24 poster version of one of the first seven pages of Volume I (see gallery at www.amiculus.com for choices), and a thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Pledge $200 or more

    3 backers

    Amiculize Me! Package: receive a Kickstarter edition book and PDF, plus a CUSTOM CHARACTER DRAWING of yourself in the style of the book, signed by Giancarlo Caracuzzo! Backers can choose to be drawn in "Roman" or "Barbarian" style, and will also receive a PDF of their art. A thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    Put-Me-In-The-Book Package: receive the Kickstarter edition book and PDF, plus BE DRAWN IN as a character in Volume I! Backers at this level will also receive a signed original drawing of their character by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, as well as a PDF; A thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    Deluxe Package: receive:
    1)A hardcover version of the Kickstarter Edition book, along with softcover version and PDF;
    2) Both 18x24 cover posters and page-art poster;
    3) An 18x24 poster of the Amiculus map;
    4) Author-signed Volume I script;
    5)Appearance as a character in Volume I with signed original character drawing by Giancarlo Caracuzzo and PDF;
    6) A thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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Funding period

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