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Forbes’ archaeology expert, David Anderson, writes a great article about our series:
“A compelling new retelling of the events surrounding the fall of the empire.”
The preeminent Mexican art and culture site, Neomexicanismos, shows our art-process examples to demonstrate the accuracy of our series.
"This graphic novel for the first time adheres to codices and objects from the period...that to date neither television nor cinema have been able to capture faithfully."
Spanish-language pop media site Tuul enjoys our illustrated endnotes:
“The best thing is that at the end of each chapter one finds historical data about what happened inside the comic.”
A Danish history magazine published a four-page spread about our series. Here's the online version of the article.
"Each episode is equipped with thorough endnotes, in which Guinan explains his choices, because historical accuracy is absolutely essential for the project."
Nice review of the first four episodes from Borg.com:
“Guinan and Hahn pack in plenty of historicity, and plenty of action. Guinan’s use of facts and his scholarly approach is sound. He has a brilliant sense of visuals.”
A couple pages from our series were translated into German and became a fold-out feature in the 50th anniversary issue of the archeology & cultural history magazine ANTIKE WELT.
The media/news outlet MXCity reveals their enjoyment of our series in their sub-header.
"The creators of this fabulous comic relied on hundreds of pieces of data and historical evidence to carry out this great task."
The Mexican pop culture site, No Somos Ñoños, introduces it's readers to our series.
"Are you a fan of comics? Do you love the history of Mexico? Aztec Empire is for you."
Paul is interviewed by the History of Colonization Podcast. He talks about why he undertook the project, and the sources he uses.
Graphic Policy describes itself as "Where Comic Books and Politics Meet." They review the first five episodes of our comic, giving it a 9.8!
A British military history writer reviews the first five episodes of our series at Adventures in Historyland.
"This version challenges long held beliefs and prejudices. In so doing the creators are bringing a new face to this epic tale that has not been popularly seen before."
Paul is interviewed by Adventures In Historyland.
"I look for ways to show scenes and historical facts from a different perspective than other visual narratives have done."
The Mexican history and culture site DEMX did a flattering article on our series.
"Attention to detail (makes) it well worth approaching this graphic novel."
"Aztec Empire, the first realistic comic of the conquest of Tenochtitlán" reads the title of this article from México Desconcido.
"A comic that tries to stick as much as possible to the reality of the historical event."
The culture and technology website, PandaAncha, introduces their readers to our series with the question, "Did you know this comic about Mexican culture?"
The technology and culture site AZTECHIN points out the welcome feedback we get from readers.
"In addition to using books and texts as biographical references, they remain attentive to the comments that come from their readers"
A news site from Michoacán, Contramuro, pulls information from the El Pais article but adds new images from our series.
The Mexican journal, La Silla Rota, declares Aztec Empire as "The first comic created by foreigners that deals with the Spanish Conquest."
The headline on Spaghetti Code calls this series “the gringo comic,” but historian Alina Escobedo approves of our research-based approach.
Paul was interviewed by Just Add Color about the upcoming "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" movie that features a Mesoamerican version of Namor, The Sub-Mariner.
We did an online panel called "Aztec Depictions In Pop Culture" for the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con at Home. Watch it on YouTube.
The 2021 San Diego Comic-Con at Home panel, "Legacy of Aztec Culture" was the second one we've done in as many years. Watch it on YouTube.
I could almost cry at how amazing and important this is. Beautiful work.
I can’t believe the intense research involved here. It’s exciting to see the story of my ancestors laid out in graphic novel form, and done so well. There’s nothing out there like it!
Mexico’s culture its so powerful. Thanks for sharing our history through your art.
A magnificent work!
Beautiful, smart, and engaging.
One of the most relevant comics being made today.
The most handsome and scholarly web comic ever.
Aztec Empire... allows us to re-imagine our history through this story telling medium and to do so with visual flair.
Dynamic, colorful, and inspiring.
Jaw-droppingly gorgeous and impressive throughout.
Impressive, ambitious, and lively.
Lush and well researched.
Unique and hugely appreciated.
We received a nomination for an Eisner Award (the Oscars of the comic book industry) for BEST DIGITAL COMIC!