Paul Guinan is creating a graphic novel - AZTEC EMPIRE
70

patrons

$447
per month
This is a graphic novel about the Aztec Empire's dramatic fall. It’s a unique tale in human history, and one that has yet to be fully or accurately told in a visual medium: comic books, movies, or TV.

I've been fascinated by this story for many years and continue to research it exhaustively as new discoveries are made. I'm collaborating with award-winning artist David Hahn. We're both longtime comic book pros and founding members of Helioscope, which is North America's largest comic book studio.

I'm making every effort to be as historically accurate as possible for Aztec Empire, since the actual events are so surreal that any attempts to fictionalize elements of this epic would only undermine the incredible-but-true nature of the narrative.

Science-fiction and fantasy fans will find this unique event in our recorded history to be a real-life "alien first contact." In this case, between two sides of a planet that were separated since the dawn of human civilization, for 10,000 years, before realizing the other even existed.

Aztec Empire will be released in episodic form, eventually totaling 600 pages. Each chapter will include bonus material such as historical endnotes, maps, and illustrated features on the different cultures involved in the story.

“Good luck with this work that we know will contribute much to our people and knowledge of our culture! The art form of comics has a teaching power like no other medium. We would be very honored to help publicize it … and help you in anything that you might require in your research.”
—Ka’an Comics, pre-eminent comics retailer in Mexico City

"What a great project. I cannot wait to see the final product (and indeed to use it in the classroom)."

—Matthew Restall, Professor of Latin American History and Anthropology, and Director of Latin American Studies, at Penn State University.
Tiers
Soldier
$1 or more per month 38 patrons
Get a behind-the-scenes looks at the writing and drawing of this series. I'll be posting my process, from researching Mesoamerican culture to crafting a collaborative comic-book narrative. You'll get to see colored pages in all their glory, without the word balloons.
Includes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • View colored pages without lettering
  • Connect with other patrons
Captain
$5 or more per month 21 patrons
Exclusive look at initial layouts to the inked stage. as well as the reference sources used. Posts that go deeper into the process of drawing and writing this series.
Includes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Unlettered colored pages
  • Sketch-Layout and Inks of each page
  • Exclusive "deep-cut" process posts
General
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
I'll have monthly question & answer sessions with my supporters.
Rare peeks at some pencils from certain pages (my collaborator is very close to the vest about his penciling process). Comparisons of initial drafts of the work to revised versions, that is, showing mistakes that needed to be corrected.
Includes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Unlettered colored pages
  • Sketch-layouts and inks of each page
  • "Deep-Cut" process posts
  • Comparing initial and revised versions of pages
  • Q & A Sessions
King
$20 or more per month 6 of 20 patrons
I'll send you an original 4.5" x 6" sketch on cardstock, of a character of your choosing, every two months. Collect the entire cast!
Includes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • "Deep-Cut" process posts
  • Comparing initial and revised versions of pages
  • Q & A Sessions
  • Original Sketch
Emperor
$50 or more per month 2 of 10 patrons
You get dedications in the published work.
I'll send you an original art page from the series after you've supported me for six months.
Includes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Exclusive Art Process
  • Q & A Sessions
  • Original page
  • Sketches
  • Your name in the Dedications
God
$100 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons
Want your likeness as a background character in the comic? Sign on for five months in this tier and you'll be drawn into the series!
You'll also be sent the original penciled page you appear in.


Includes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • 1st look at completed pages
  • Exclusive Art Process
  • Q & A Sessions
  • Original Sketch
  • Original penciled page
  • Your name in the Dedications
  • Your likeness used for a background character
Goals
$447 of $1,000 per month
Minimum needed to complete 3 new pages per month. This is so that my brilliant artist collaborator, David Hahn, can earn a living wage and care for his family while devoting himself to Aztec Empire. I'm not taking a salary.
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This is a graphic novel about the Aztec Empire's dramatic fall. It’s a unique tale in human history, and one that has yet to be fully or accurately told in a visual medium: comic books, movies, or TV.

I've been fascinated by this story for many years and continue to research it exhaustively as new discoveries are made. I'm collaborating with award-winning artist David Hahn. We're both longtime comic book pros and founding members of Helioscope, which is North America's largest comic book studio.

I'm making every effort to be as historically accurate as possible for Aztec Empire, since the actual events are so surreal that any attempts to fictionalize elements of this epic would only undermine the incredible-but-true nature of the narrative.

Science-fiction and fantasy fans will find this unique event in our recorded history to be a real-life "alien first contact." In this case, between two sides of a planet that were separated since the dawn of human civilization, for 10,000 years, before realizing the other even existed.

Aztec Empire will be released in episodic form, eventually totaling 600 pages. Each chapter will include bonus material such as historical endnotes, maps, and illustrated features on the different cultures involved in the story.

“Good luck with this work that we know will contribute much to our people and knowledge of our culture! The art form of comics has a teaching power like no other medium. We would be very honored to help publicize it … and help you in anything that you might require in your research.”
—Ka’an Comics, pre-eminent comics retailer in Mexico City

"What a great project. I cannot wait to see the final product (and indeed to use it in the classroom)."

—Matthew Restall, Professor of Latin American History and Anthropology, and Director of Latin American Studies, at Penn State University.

Recent posts by Paul Guinan

Tiers
Soldier
$1 or more per month 38 patrons
Get a behind-the-scenes looks at the writing and drawing of this series. I'll be posting my process, from researching Mesoamerican culture to crafting a collaborative comic-book narrative. You'll get to see colored pages in all their glory, without the word balloons.
Includes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • View colored pages without lettering
  • Connect with other patrons
Captain
$5 or more per month 21 patrons
Exclusive look at initial layouts to the inked stage. as well as the reference sources used. Posts that go deeper into the process of drawing and writing this series.
Includes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Unlettered colored pages
  • Sketch-Layout and Inks of each page
  • Exclusive "deep-cut" process posts
General
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
I'll have monthly question & answer sessions with my supporters.
Rare peeks at some pencils from certain pages (my collaborator is very close to the vest about his penciling process). Comparisons of initial drafts of the work to revised versions, that is, showing mistakes that needed to be corrected.
Includes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Unlettered colored pages
  • Sketch-layouts and inks of each page
  • "Deep-Cut" process posts
  • Comparing initial and revised versions of pages
  • Q & A Sessions
King
$20 or more per month 6 of 20 patrons
I'll send you an original 4.5" x 6" sketch on cardstock, of a character of your choosing, every two months. Collect the entire cast!
Includes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • "Deep-Cut" process posts
  • Comparing initial and revised versions of pages
  • Q & A Sessions
  • Original Sketch
Emperor
$50 or more per month 2 of 10 patrons
You get dedications in the published work.
I'll send you an original art page from the series after you've supported me for six months.
Includes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Exclusive Art Process
  • Q & A Sessions
  • Original page
  • Sketches
  • Your name in the Dedications
God
$100 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons
Want your likeness as a background character in the comic? Sign on for five months in this tier and you'll be drawn into the series!
You'll also be sent the original penciled page you appear in.


Includes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • 1st look at completed pages
  • Exclusive Art Process
  • Q & A Sessions
  • Original Sketch
  • Original penciled page
  • Your name in the Dedications
  • Your likeness used for a background character