Aztec Empire is a new graphic novel series written by Paul and illustrated by David Hahn. It recounts the story of how Hernando Cortés and 500 Spanish mercenaries managed to conquer the Aztec civilization, a unique tale in human history.
For 10,000 years, people in the Americas had no idea that other humans existed beyond their own continent. Likewise, no hint of Mexico’s existence reached Europe until the 16th century, by which time Mexico had a sophisticated civilization. When Spanish expeditions finally found Mexico, their encounter with the Aztecs was a shock for both sides, akin to first contact with another planet.
Cortés’ expedition arrived in 1519, a year that—for the astrologically minded Aztecs—was prophesied to bring major change. This was only the first of many coincidences that fueled the Spaniards’ success and would be the undoing of the Aztec empire. This bizarre and bloody adventure reads like a fantasy epic that would be literally unbelievable, if not for the fact that it really happened!
Paul has been fascinated by this story for many years and has researched it exhaustively. He's writing, doing layouts for, coloring, and lettering the series. David Hahn designed the Aztec Empire characters and is doing the finished pencils and inks over Paul’s layouts. David and Paul are both founding members of Helioscope, North America’s largest studio collective of comics creators.
“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, the preeminent comics retailer in Mexico City