I've been a visiting lecturer 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. For games I've presented lectures many times at Abertay University on all aspects of game and... Continue Reading →
Death Sentence named comic of the decade!
Chuffed that Death Sentence was awarded comic of the decade by Dreamcage, by a combination of nomination and public vote. That encompasses all three series, Death Sentence (written by me and drawn by co-creator Mike Dowling), Death Sentence London and Death Sentence Liberty (both with art by Martin Simmonds). Kudos to the other finalists, Habibi,... Continue Reading →
Hollow Monsters nominated for 3 awards!
Yay! Very happy to be shortlisted in the Best Writer, Best Artist, and Best Single Issue categories, in a very strong year. You can read all about the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards here: Sicba nominations
Praise for Hollow Monsters
Some great reviews for Hollow Monsters have been popping up, which is heartening. Why am I posting them all here? Well, a good chunk of the time for the modern writer is spent convincing people to read your work. And it helps to give them quotes from reviews, readers, or experts, to sway their opinion. A... Continue Reading →
A Comic A Day in May – Day 1: Hollow Monsters #1
I first met Monty Nero at Dundee Comic Day back in 2011 and having kept a close eye on his work since then, it was time to catch-up on his newest title as he attempts to push boundaries in the indie comic/graphic novel world.
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Hollow Monsters – a graphic novel
It’s no easy thing creating a graphic novel. Writing, drawing, lettering, and publishing are all difficult skills to master. And yet it’s so simple in other ways: mere marks on a piece of paper. It’s this latter thought I’ll be holding on to as I battle through the next year, by the end of... Continue Reading →
Hollow Monsters review 1
Monty Nero’s graphic novel in six parts is off to a thought-provoking start.
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The Mystery Play – Jon J. Muth and Grant Morrison
The Mystery Play is an often overlooked seventy-six-page graphic novel published by Vertigo in 1994. It has a structure, length, and tone that was never repeated by Morrison, dating as it does from a stage when Vertigo was still exploring the kind of work it would showcase. It’s a comic which confounded many readers by... Continue Reading →
Kickstarter Tips – Part 2: Mike Garley
I launched a Kickstarter comic last week (Currently 400% funded with a few weeks to go). While preparing that I was lucky enough to be offered good advice from people who know a lot more about Kickstarter than me. People like Mike Garley, now on his eighth successfully funded Kickstarter project. So, Mike, what are you... Continue Reading →
Introducing Hollow Monsters
Hollow Monsters is my attempt to move the graphic novel into new territory, by creating something ethereal, disturbing, challenging and profound, something which could only exist via Kickstarter. Set in the eighties, it concerns horrors real and imagined lurking in a suburban forest frequented by a gang of kids from a nearby estate, and how what... Continue Reading →
Kickstarter: Dealing with a mid-campaign slump
After talking to s few Kickstarter folk it's clear that a slump in interest can appear midway through a campaign. How to avoid this? Successful creators on Kickstarter have a few idea, starting with Iron Spike: I'm seven-for-seven with regards to successfully funded Kickstarters, now, and I've developed a routine. - Announce the project at... Continue Reading →
Kickstarter Tips: Part 1 – Fraser Campbell
(I'm about to launch a comic book Kickstarter (check it here) and the first step on my Kickstarter journey is admitting I know nothing about running a Kickstarter. Sure, I've backed a few (thirteen so far) but that's not the same thing is it. I need to bow the head to people who have put the hours... Continue Reading →