I’ve been a guest lecturer on Comics since 2012, speaking regularly over the years at Dundee University, Edinburgh Napier University, and Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design, where I also acted as an assistant for a couple of semesters. I’ve also given guest lectures at the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art, Abertay University, The Scottish Centre for Comics Studies,The Cheltenham Literary Festival, and numerous international comic festivals including New York and Melbourne. I delivered two papers at the International Graphic Novels and Comic Conference, chaired other events, and been published in academic journals. I’ve been a freelance comic writer/artist since 2012, published by Titan, Marvel, DC, and 2000ad across the English speaking world and by Delcourt in Francophone countries. I hold a Masters with Distinction in Comics and Graphic Novels from the University of Dundee, winning the Duncan of Jordanstone Prize that year for best academic work.
My lectures can be tailored to suit but the most popular use my experience in the following areas to advise/assist with writing comics, creating short comic stories, character design, earning a living as a comic writer/artist, crowfunding and self publishing. I also focus on very specific areas when appropriate, such as The History of Marvel Comics, Exploring the Borders between American Muslim, Female and Superhero Identities, the Formal Properties of Comics in Conveying Meaning, and the Early Short Comics of Alan Moore.
You can contact me at — itsmontynero at gmail dot com — or use the contact form on this site. More recently lectures have been delivered via Zoom or similar software due to practical/coronavirus restrictions.
Photos – (top) lecturing at Dundee University, (mid) on stage in Melbourne with Tom Taylor, Rachel Smith, and Ryan K Lindsay, (bottom) signing with Mike Carey and Alan Cowsill during the Cheltenham Literary Festival .