Hannibal comes to Web comic
Most have heard the story of the Carthaginian general Hannibal leading elephants across the Alps to face the Romans. Writer Brendan McGinley wants you to see it.
“There’s already plenty of good prose about Hannibal, (but) no good visual medium for a story that crackles with so many unforgettable images, like elephants on the Alps or Mago Barca spilling dead Romans’ rings on the Senate floor,” McGinley said. “Maybe Vin Diesel’s long-stalled film will change that; Victor Mature’s sure didn’t.”
McGinley and artist Mauro Vargas, along with colorist Andres Carranza, bring the Hannibal story to life – with some humorous asides – on the Shadowline Web comics page, www.shadowlinecomics.com/webcomics. “Hannibal Goes to Rome” re-enacts the second Punic War in comic-book style.
Vargas “really defines and expresses his characters; you need that where history meets comedy,” McGinley said.
McGinley said the trickiest part of creating “Hannibal Goes to Rome” is sorting which Carthaginian did what.
“There are so many Hannos, Hannibals, Hasdrubals and Giscos!” he said.
McGinley is meshing historical accounts to create the tale, which he then passes on to Vargas to draw.
“The historians and artist make it easy for me; all I have to do is throw a little observational humor into the mouths of the poor schlubs caught up in events,” he said.
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