The 21st century graphic novel retelling of the Alexander Romance, a historical-fantastical account about the life, deeds and legends of Alexander the Great. Coming soon.
In the year 323 BCE, Alexander the Great begins to fear.
Fearing the destruction of his pothos – his longing for life, ambition and eternal conquest – from old age, Alexander embarks on a quest for the elusive water of life - under the advice and with the sole companionship of his wisest, most trustworthy Servant. Afterwards, Alexander is given a guiding stone – said to be both lighter than a feather and heavier than a mountain, and vital to his quest.
Soon, they encounter countless fabulous wonders, including glass submarines, naked philosophers, Amazonians, and talking prophetic trees. As Alexander and the Servant approach the End of the World, the conqueror is forced to look back on and face a reckoning of his violent life… and come to terms with the aftereffects of his legacy.
An Alexander Romance revamped for the 21st century, with an original retelling, a new narrative structure and updated scholarship. Alexander, The Servant & the Water of Life uses motifs from the Alexander Romance literature to critically examine the Macedonian king’s life and deeds, combining history and legend to explore destructive power, grief and longing. It pays homage to the previous authors and artists of the Romance – from the anonymous Egyptian creator Pseudo-Callisthenes to the illuminators of Nizami Ganjavi’s Book of Alexander, celebrating the globe-spanning, interfaith, intercultural literary legacy of Alexander the Great.
The comic is currently in pre-production. Follow the author on Twitter for updates and an announcement date.