Looking forward to the finished project! This looks great!
Wow this is looking fantastic so far. Keep up the good work!
Thank you. The new art coming in is even more exciting. We'll be posting some examples soon. Plus check out "The Making of a Graphic Novel" page where you'll get to see a page of the book go from concept to finished art.
So, will the graphic novel mention that the the Sacred Band were an army of lovers? Or will that detail be implied or left out to appeal to a wider audience?
Yes, it is part of the story, but we believe the telling of the story will appeal to a wide audience.
The fact that the Band was made up of 150 male lovers is central to base philosophy that led to its formation, not merely a "part of the story." It was believed that lovers would fight even more fiercely to protect one another on the battlefield. I came here for information on the Sacred Band for my college's Gay-Straight Alliance in honor of LGBT History month but I leave empty-handed and disappointed.
I was incredibly excited to hear about such a project as this one, so I was doubly disheartened to find out that you will be intentionally disregarding one of the central tenements of the Sacred Band (that it was comprised of 150 pairs of lovers). The Band was defeated in 338 BCE, when its members refused to retreat, because retreating would mean abandoning the body of their 'beloved', it is nigh on impossible to understand the complete defeat of one of the most elite land armies without understanding this fact. I can only hope that you have enough respect for the Band and their nobility to restore the historicity to your retelling. I thought we were above the point of censoring noble love and devotion as demonstrated by the band, and above censoring historical fact. It is disrespectful to Androkles and Kallistos (just to mention two) to present their bond in an untruthful manner, and more than just that, it is just as disrespectful to your audience to act as though they cannot handle historical authenticity, one of the biggest problems in the cinema, theatre ( etc.), is the tendency for writers to treat the audience like fools and audiences do not like to be talked down to.