Inside Look at Canceled ‘Hamilton’ Graphic Novel!

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If you live in the United States and you don’t live under a rock, you either watched Hamilton on Disney+ this weekend yourself, know someone who watched Hamilton on Disney+ this weekend, or can’t stop seeing posts about Hamilton on social media.

Now, Marvel Comics artist Brent Schoonover has let his Twitter followers in on a Hamilton secret: he nearly illustrated a companion graphic novel for the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical about the American founding father, but the project was ultimately axed.

If you want to see exactly what the Hamilton graphic novel would have looked like, though, Schoonover has you covered! .

Shoonover, who shared the posts on July 3 when Hamilton started streaming, wrote:

“Few years back I had a shot at doing the @HamiltonMusical graphic novel. Sadly it never worked out. They tried to move ahead without using actor likenesses but decided that wasn’t the course to go. Still crazy having my work in front of Lin- Manuel Miranda. Deadline was crazy tight for designing characters and doing sample pages. And I was also working on another gig. Wish I more time to do them right. Would of [sic] been a fun gig. Happy #HamiltonFilm day everyone!”

From the looks of Shoonover’s Hamilton graphic novel concept art, this history-loving writer wishes the project would have come to fruition! Shoonover clearly put his Marvel chops on full display in the action sequences.

 

We also love his depiction of the Schuyler sisters on this sample page from the graphic history that never was.

This page from the Hamilton comic project showcases all of the main characters from the award-winning musical (and from United States history) including political rival Aaron Burr (Aloe Blacc), Lafayette (Daveed Diggs), Eliza (Philippa Soo), and Angelica (Renée Elise Goldsberry). Notably missing is King George III (Jonathan Groff).

Not only is this look at an abandoned graphic novel incredibly interesting, but it could spark interest for a Hamilton book drawn in a comic book style to hit shelves at a later date. A graphic novel biography based on the megahit Hamilton Broadway musical would be a great way to introduce teens and tweens to history.

Do you wish the Hamilton graphic novel project would have been finished? What do you think of Brent Schoonover’s inside look at the cancelled comic job based on the American founding father?

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