POLIS: The Trial of Socrates - Graphic Novel Update - First Colored Page!

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These pages are finally getting some color and dialog!

POLIS: The Trial of Socrates

A historical graphic novel that examines the events that led up to the trial and execution of Socrates in ancient Athens.

Previously I uploaded the inked page. However, I'm now working with Luca Blugheroni for the coloring, and I wanted to show off the finished spread page. (I've done the lettering. I may hire a better letterer down the road once I get the book funded on Kickstarter.) What do you think?!


This is a scene that takes place in 404 BCE just after the Peloponnesian War has ended. Sparta installed an oligarchic government at Athens which severely restricted citizenship. Even this limited 3000 were controlled by thirty men who would come to be known as the Thirty Tyrants.

Here, one of the Thirty, is trying to stop some of the more blatant offenses of the government. He points an accusing finger at Critias, the unofficial leader of the group.

For anyone just finding me, below are the sketch and inked page:



Art by Daniel Becker.

Other inked pages: Page 16 | Page 17 | Page 18 | Page 19

Thanks for your support and any feedback! Your upvote is definitely appreciated. I hope you'll stick around and watch it all come together.

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Interesting. The Thirty Tyrants huh? Sounds like America today... and Steemit... :)

War between Greek city-states​ back then was all about democracy vs. oligarchy.

Well now this is very interesting. :) Great concept for a graphic novel. It's a period of history I know very little about so I would read it just for that.

That's definitely the hope. It's a fascinating period, and I'd like to see it more popularized and understood.

I really love to see your work @jpgaltmiller . This novel looks really great too, Its been a long time since I read the book, both that and the last days of Socrates were very interesting reads.

Keep up the great work.

Thanks for reading!

It looks great painted!! don't have more to say but I'm excited for this comic

Nice u can try the tag #steem-cartoon too...good audience there.

I've tagged some of my posts with #steem-cartoon, but for some reason I don't think I've done so with the Polis posts yet. I'll have to give it a shot.

this is splendid work... how many hours of effort is this? you are trmendously talented :)

Appreciate it, but to be clear - I'm the writer/producer. So for the actual art production, I paid others for their hours. :)

Oh then I should take my complements back, lolz just kidding... The story is always the most important part...

I am sure the finished book will be splendid to view and read...

Wow great comic you have there. So beautiful. Followed you too. Expect more comic strips from you :)

Thanks for taking a look!

These look fantastic with the color! I personally don't mind the lettering but I know some people have very strong opinions about hand-lettered vs computer fonts.

Thanks. There's no way I would go with hand-lettering. I haven't run into anyone who does that anymore. :) However, I do suspect a more professional letterer could add a little je ne sais quoi with their version.

Oh really? That's so interesting, well if you ever find yourself looking for cartoonists who letter the old-fashioned way, I know a couple of people haha! Not me, I hate my hand-lettering with a passion.

Just love how this project has been moving forward, you have now colored pages and it looks brilliant! 😁
Bravo @jpgaltmiller!

Thanks for continuing to check it out!

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