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This lost chronicle of the Fall of Rome continues as a terrible new Scourge of God pushes the empire toward the brink...
This lost chronicle of the Fall of Rome continues as a terrible new Scourge of God pushes the empire toward the brink...
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JULY 9: FIRST STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED!

For a mere $750 above goal ($14,550), all backers from $5 up to the $51 level will be able to upgrade their PDF/softcover Volume I, Volume II or both to the variant art cover versions, available exclusively for KS backers and not available for sale! 

Also, all backers at the $75 level or above can upgrade their softcover Volume I, II or both to the variant-art case laminate hardcover version!

Amiculus: Volume I alternate cover
Amiculus: Volume I alternate cover

JUNE 30 UPDATE: BOTH VOLUME I AND II ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT EVERY LEVEL! 

Peruse the gallery at http://www.amiculusrome.com/gallery.html to view Amiculus reward tiers!

PRAISE FOR AMICULUS, VOLUME I: 


"As a great mystery and a gateway to history, 'Amiculus: A Secret History' is a worthwhile read with colorful characters, intriguing elements, and one wild tale to tell."  - Comics Grinder

"A yarn of intrigue, violence, and betrayal that is quite gripping..."  - Games Fiends

"Amiculus rings the same vibe as a very popular HBO show. I’m sure you’ve heard of it (Game of Thrones). If you’re looking for a well-written and original tale in the same vein with all of the intrigue, death, and king-killing then do yourself a favor and drive, walk, run, gallop... to pick up Amiculus."  - Project-Nerd

"(T)his first volume that will make you want to suit up in your tunica or toga, pick up your battle sword, and cry for the fallen empires."  - Comic Bastards

Amiculus: A Secret History is an original, epic three-part graphic novel series telling a lost history of the Fall of Rome, written by Travis Horseman and lavishly rendered by 30-year comics veteran Giancarlo Caracuzzo. 

This series was launched in 2014 following the successful Kickstarter funding of the 64-page Volume I: Roma Aeterna, thanks to the generous support of its many backers. Volume I is currently available on Amazon as well.

This campaign is dedicated to the completion of Volume II: Flagellum Dei, the 72-page second chapter of this unauthorized biography of the destruction of one of the greatest empires on Earth.

Volume I asked the question, "did Rome fall...or was it pushed?" It then introduced the menacing, mysterious figure Amiculus, a seemingly unstoppable scourge of the Romans who aids the barbarian hordes as they tear the Western Empire apart, inching closer and closer to Rome and the young emperor at its heart...

I know what you're thinking...
I know what you're thinking...

Volume II delves deeper, revealing past secrets of Romulus, boy-emperor of Rome...

...his father, General Orestes, and his linkage to Attila the Hun...

 ...and the origin and nature of Amiculus himself. 

Demon, Fury, Angel...or something else entirely?
Demon, Fury, Angel...or something else entirely?

The success and publication of Volume I is the latest of many milestones in the years-long journey of this project. In that time, I absorbed a library's worth of research, traveled to Rome to gather hundreds of model pictures, and secured my production team, including Roman artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo.

The international production team of Amiculus
The international production team of Amiculus

As in the campaign for Volume I, the proceeds of this campaign will primarily provide completion funds for art production (line art, coloring, lettering) for Volume II, as well as also satisfying costs for printing, distribution and fees.

I'll be bringing back popular Volume I incentives, while adding some excellent new rewards at every level! Visit the Gallery section of www.amiculusrome.com to see examples of reward tiers for this campaign!

Risks and challenges

Some lessons were learned from the Volume I campaign: full art production, printing and distribution of rewards was delayed by a few months. However, I remained in constant contact with my backers, alerting them of all developments, and ultimately satisfied all reward obligations with very few mishaps and without significant delay. Many challenges were first-time printing and setup complications, which should not come into play for Volume II. Also, I am building additional art production time into the new schedule as a precaution.

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    Receive a PDF copy of Volume II and a thank-you in the book credits.

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    PDF Combo Package: Missed the Volume I campaign? Receive both the Volume I and Volume II PDFs! Includes thank-you in the book credits. (Volume I PDF is for the standard-sale, 64-page version.)

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

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    Book Combo Package: did you miss the Volume I campaign? Get both softcover Volume I and Volume II books, plus both PDF copies and an author-signed 8x10 print of the Amiculus Map. Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits. (The Volume I book offered in this campaign is the standard-sale, 64-page edition.)

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    Cover Collection Package: Receive Volume II, PDF copy, an author-signed set of four 8x10 Amiculus cover prints, comprised of the Blue, Orange, and Green covers from the Amiculus Preview, Volumes I and II, plus the RED COVER FROM THE FUTURE VOLUME III! Also includes the 8x10 Amiculus Map and a thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Book Combo Cover Collection Package: Receive Volume I AND Volume II, PDF copies, an author-signed set of four 8x10 Amiculus cover prints, comprised of the Blue, Orange, and Green covers from the Amiculus Preview, Volumes I and II, plus the RED COVER FROM THE FUTURE VOLUME III! Also includes the 8x10 Amiculus Map and a thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Writer Package: Receive Volume II and PDF copy, the author-signed, hard-bound Volume II script, an 11x17 cover poster of Volume II, a second 11x17 cover poster of your choice (Blue, Orange, or Red). Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Book Combo Writer Package: Receive Volumes I AND II and PDF copies, the author-signed, hard-bound Volume I AND II scripts, an 11x17 cover poster of Volume II, a second 11x17 cover poster of your choice (Blue, Orange, or Red). Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Poster Art Package: Receive Volume II and PDF copy, an 18x24 cover compilation poster (all four covers in one), an 18x24 Amiculus Map poster, and your choice of one of three 18x24 page posters from Volume II (see gallery page at www.amiculusrome.com for choices). Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Book Combo Poster Art Package: Receive Volumes I AND II and PDF copies, an 18x24 cover compilation poster (all four covers in one), an 18x24 Amiculus Map poster, and your choice of one of three 18x24 page posters from Volume II (see gallery page at www.amiculusrome.com for choices). Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Amiculize Me! Package: Receive Volume II and PDF copy, 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", "Barbarian" or the NEW "Hun" style, and will also receive an 11x17 color poster print of their character and a PDF of their art signed by BOTH the author and the artist! Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Book Combo Amiculize Me! Package: Receive Volumes I AND II and PDF copies, 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", "Barbarian" or the NEW "Hun" style, and will also receive an 11x17 color poster print of their character and a PDF of their art signed by BOTH the author and the artist! Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Put Me In The Book and Bio Package with Book Combo: Receive Both Volumes I AND II with PDF copies, plus BE DRAWN IN as a character in Volume II! Backers at this level will also receive a signed original drawing of their character by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, as well as a PDF. They will also receive their own 11x17 color poster print of their characters, complete with character biographies, signed by BOTH the author and the artist! Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Deluxe Package: receive:
    1)A variant hardcover version of the Kickstarter Edition book, along with softcover version and PDF;
    2) An 18x24 cover compilation poster and choice of page-art poster;
    3) An 18x24 poster of the Amiculus map;
    4) Author-signed Volume II script;
    5)Appearance as a character in Volume II with signed original character drawing by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, PDF, 11x17 color character poster with bio;
    6) A thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Book Combo Deluxe Package: receive:
    1)A variant hardcover version of the Volume I AND II books , along with BOTH softcover versions and PDFs;
    2) An 18x24 cover compilation poster and choice of page-art poster;
    3) An 18x24 poster of the Amiculus map;
    4) Author-signed Volume II script;
    5)Appearance as a character in Volume II with signed original character drawing by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, PDF, 11x17 color character poster with bio;
    6) A thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits.

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    Giancarlo Caracuzzo Package: In addition to everything listed in the Book Combo Deluxe Package, you will receive a CUSTOM PAINTING ON ACRYLIC from the artist! It depict a scene from either Volume I or II, real or imagined, yourself portrayed as a character, or any Amiculus or Roman-related subject you choose. Please see the Gallery Page at www.amiculusrome.com for an example.

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