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The secret history of Rome's fall reaches its fiery conclusion as the mysterious Amiculus reveals himself at last...
The secret history of Rome's fall reaches its fiery conclusion as the mysterious Amiculus reveals himself at last...
275 backers pledged $17,395 to help bring this project to life.

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Principal cast of Amiculus
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UPDATE, 10/14: I'm presenting a prize to the backer, either by pledging or increasing his/her pledge, who puts us over the top. This prize is an upgrade to the $600 Giancarlo Caracuzzo package from wherever they pledged. Check this tier out: it is one fine bag o' swag!

UPDATE, 10/13: The limit on the Ominbus Plus One level has been lifted!

This is one of those mistakes from early in the campaign I mentioned that I'm now getting around to rectifying. Have at it!!!

UPDATE, 10/4: First stretch goals have been announced! 

At $250 above goal ($17,400), I will issue an Amiculus commemorative coin to all backers receiving print rewards ($15 and up)! An image of the coin will appear in print and digital books as part of a special thank-you page. 
Mock-up of coin for scale
Mock-up of coin for scale
 

At $650 above goal ($17,800), I will provide the cover for the next Amiculus project, Amiculus: Domina, as an author-and-artist signed 8 x 10 mini-poster for all backers receiving print rewards ($15 and up) and will include it as a page in Volume III and the Omnibus. Also, for every $250 after this, I will add one page from Amiculus: Domina to Volume III and the Omnibus as a preview! (Limit of seven total pages.)

 

UPDATE, 9/23: The cost of the Amiculized Tier and the Draw-Me-In tier have been reduced to $200 and $325 respectively. Plus, the Omnibus has been added to both!

UPDATE, 9/19: THE AMICULUS OMNIBUS LEVEL IS NO LONGER LIMITED, AND IS OPEN TO ALL! CHECK IT OUT!

ALSO, I HAVE ADDED THE OMNIBUS TO OTHER REWARD LEVELS, AND WILL BE OFFERING THE OPTION TO SWITCH OUT A THREE-VOLUME COLLECTION FOR AN OMNIBUS AT THE $55 LEVEL OR HIGHER!

Salvete, Amiculi! 

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.

Thanks to the generous support of its many backers, this series was launched in 2014 following the successful Kickstarter funding of the 64-page Volume I: Roma Aeterna, and continued in 2015 with the funding of the 80-page Volume II: Flagellum Dei. Both volumes are currently available on Amazon as well.

This campaign is dedicated to the culmination of the trilogy with the 80-page Volume III: Damnatio Historiae.

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

Ghost, demon, angel...or something else entirely?
Ghost, demon, angel...or something else entirely?

Volume II: Flagellum Dei delved 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.

 In Volume III: Damnatio Historiae, Amiculus looms over Rome, dominant, unopposed, ready to ring down the curtain on the thousand-year empire. Yet despite its mortal wounds, Rome remains a deadly foe. General Orestes lies in wait with a final weapon to unleash against his nemesis. In the fiery climax of this series, Amiculus will stand revealed, either triumphant in Rome’s ruins, or as its final victim.

Dangers still lurk in Rome's shadows...
Dangers still lurk in Rome's shadows...

 The success and publication of Volumes I and II are 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 a truly international production team, including Roman artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo.

The Amiculus creative team
The Amiculus creative team

 

 Some significant new rewards are being added for this campaign, alongside familiar favorites. Here are some of the highlights: 

A limited printing of the full Amiculus Trilogy AS A SINGLE OMNIBUS VOLUME...
A limited printing of the full Amiculus Trilogy AS A SINGLE OMNIBUS VOLUME...

 

All three Amiculus volumes in a single package...
All three Amiculus volumes in a single package...

 

The chance to be DRAWN INTO VOLUME III as a character, and receive your own custom cover poster...
The chance to be DRAWN INTO VOLUME III as a character, and receive your own custom cover poster...

 

Original signed art, signed scripts, commemorative stickers and more!
Original signed art, signed scripts, commemorative stickers and more!

 

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Thanks to the success of the Volume I & II campaigns, art production for this trilogy is 67% complete!  The proceeds of this campaign will primarily provide completion funds for Volume III (line art, coloring, lettering), as well as satisfying costs for printing, distribution and fees.

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

With two successful campaigns in two years, I am confident that the Amiculus track record speaks for itself. Processes for printing, shipping and reward provisioning have been solidly established, and improved upon between the Volume I and II campaigns. With three volumes plus an omnibus, there will be the potential for a much larger print run than in previous campaigns, but we have partnered with an extremely reliable print-on-demand company for order execution. A production schedule of 8-9 months is expected to be sufficient for this campaign, as it was for the Volume II campaign. I maintain my current practice of regular and detailed contact with backers on all steps of the process, along with prompt responses to backer questions and concerns.

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    Volume III Digital Copy

    Receive a PDF of Amiculus: Volume III and a thank-you in the book credits.

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    Digital Series Combo Package

    Miss the Volume I & II campaigns? Receive Volume I, II and III PDF copies with this level! Includes thank-you in the book credits.

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    Volume III Book & Digital Copy

    Receive the Volume III book and PDF, with a thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits and a commemorative campaign sticker.

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    Limited Reward: The Amiculus Omnibus

    Get the ENTIRE 200-page Amiculus Trilogy in a single softcover book! This will contain additional character and story art, a cover gallery from all editions of the series, notes from the writer and artist, and an original front cover, among other extras! This is a special edition that will be available in this form for this campaign and never again! Includes PDF, thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits and a commemorative campaign sticker.

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    Limited Reward: Omnibus-Plus-One

    Get the 200-page Amiculus Omnibus PLUS ONE additional volume of your choice (Volume I, II or III). Includes PDF, thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits as well as a commemorative campaign sticker. (Backers will select their additional volume via the survey following the completion of the campaign.)

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    Amiculus Series Combo Package

    Did you miss the Volume I & II campaigns? Get Volumes I, II & III plus PDF copies with this level! Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits and a commemorative campaign sticker.

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    Variant Cover Art Package

    Miss the Volume I & II campaigns? Get Volumes I, II & III along with an author-signed set of four 8x10 Amiculus variant cover prints! Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits and a commemorative campaign sticker.

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    Writer Package

    Miss the Volume I & II campaigns? Get Volumes I, II & III along with the accompanying PDFs and the COMPLETE author-signed, hard-bound Amiculus script plus your choice of two 11 x 17" variant cover posters! Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits and a commemorative campaign sticker. (See gallery at www.amiculusrome.com for choices.)

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    Poster Art Package

    Get the Amiculus 200-page Omnibus with accompanying PDF, Plus an 18x 24" composite poster of the four variant volume covers and your choice of one 18 x 24" page poster from Volume III! (See the gallery page at www.amiculusrome.com for choices.) Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits and a commemorative campaign sticker.

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    Limited Reward: Omnibus-Amiculize-Script

    This package contains several Amiculus campaign favorites! Receive the 200-page Amiculus Omnibus, the full trilogy script, plus A CUSTOM BLACK-AND-WHITE CHARACTER DRAWING of yourself in the style of the Amiculus series, signed by Giancarlo Caracuzzo! Backers can choose to be drawn as a "Roman", "Barbarian," "Hun" or in the new "Persian" style. Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits with campaign sticker.

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    Amiculize Me! Cover Poster Package

    The Amiculize Me! art package is back, with some new twists! Receive the 200-page Amiculus Omnibus with PDF, plus a CUSTOM CHARACTER DRAWING of yourself in the style of the Amiculus series, signed by Giancarlo Caracuzzo! Backers can choose to be drawn as a "Roman", "Barbarian," "Hun" and the new "Persian" style. Backers will also receive their own 11 x 17 CUSTOM BOOK POSTER featuring their character front and center, signed by BOTH the writer and artist! Includes thank-you on Amiculus letterhead and in the book credits and a commemorative campaign sticker.

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    Draw-Me-In Package

    Receive the 200-page Amiculus Omnibus with PDF copies, plus BE DRAWN IN as a character in Volume III! 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 11 x 17 CUSTOM BOOK POSTER featuring their character front and center, as well as an 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 and a commemorative campaign sticker.

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    Artist Deluxe Package

    The ultimate Amiculus Package. Receive:

    1) The 200-page Amiculus Omnibus, plus the individual Volumes I, II and III;
    2) An 18 x 24" variant cover compilation poster and choice of page-art poster;
    3) Author-signed Amiculus omnibus script;

    4)Appearance as a character in Volume III 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 and a commemorative campaign sticker;
    7) A CUSTOM PAINTING ON ACRYLIC from artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo! It will depict a scene from either Volume I II or III, 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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