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A comic set in the 80's about nostalgia, friendship, and fear - about the nightmare in the shadows and how it's never what you think.
202 backers pledged £3,916 to help bring this project to life.

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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 happens there echoes through the decades with disturbing effect. It's a very personal and spooky semi-autobiographical story: an unsettling commentary on the nightmares at the heart of society, and how lives are shaped by them over time.

It's subtle, original and highly ambitious. It can only be willed into existence by the support of comic book fans like you, people yearning for something more than high concepts and genre thrills. Much as I love the best of those, as a comics nut it frustrates me that nothing like Hollow Monsters exists. I feel a burning obligation to make this, and simply can't rest easy until this project is completed.

Like my previous comics, Hollow Monsters is funny, scary, thoughtful, shocking, and surprisingly lyrical. It exploits the full potential of comics in a way rarely seen before. And if that sounds like bullshit let me break down some of the specific areas I'm exploring.

Specifically, I'm trying to convey human experience vividly by depicting memory, reality, and imagination interchangeably. Comics are the perfect medium for this, exploiting the area between the visual and verbal  - between images and words - creating emotions in ways which can't always be achieved in films or books. I won an academic award for my academic work in this area, so as well as being a great story Hollow Monsters is a proving ground for some interesting new ideas. 

This ambitious and somewhat mysterious comic will be delivered to you in a sequence of six mind-expanding thirty-two-page issues, the first of which I'm raising funds for today. 

And the good news is, the first of these comics is already completely finished! I just need to raise enough here to press 'print', make your bespoke rewards, and cover postage and packaging.

Hollow Monsters deals in nostalgia, for a very particular purpose, repurposing iconic symbols from 80's Britain such as Adam Ant, Pac Man, the test card, Vic-20's, Raleigh Choppers, and Tiswas to complex effect. In a world changing so fast that it's causing anxiety and depression, it explores the power of our imagined past greatness and why we  cling to it with such passion.

I recommend this comic if you enjoyed any of my previous work, or the atmospheric stylings of Moshin Hamid, David Aja, Josh Middleton, or David Lynch.

It is, in short, weird and a little bit magical. Rather like you, I suspect.

What's exciting about this for me is being able to lavish love and attention on a comic in a way that only works on Kickstarter. A project this ambitious simply wouldn't be possible anywhere else. I also really enjoy the close relationship with readers and backers that Kickstarter allows, where we all share the same enthusiasm and watch the comic develop together. 

THE REWARDS

Here are the some of the things I'd be honoured to make in return for your backing.

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COVER EXAMPLE BELOW: (NOTE: Back this Kickstarter at any reward level in the first 24hrs and receive the cover art  below as a free A4 Art print.)

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£300: THE PUT ME IN A COMIC MONTY Edition (see the 'Rewards' section on the right for details of how to star in your own comic).

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Risks and challenges

As this is the first Kickstarter I've made I thought it best to finish the comic before asking for people's backing. As you can see from the video I've had a test printing done and it looks good. The printer is very experienced and I've personally used him before to print my own comics, which went very smoothly.

I will be making some changes to the test printing shown in the video, and making the rewards. All the rewards that I've offered are things I've been paid to make before (like covers, prints or commissions) for readers of my other comics. I know how long each task takes and I have all the software and art supplies ready. I've worked as a professional freelancer for a long time and never missed a deadline.

I also have tests of all the prints I'm offering, which look and feel great.

As it's my first Kickstarter I've tried to keep everything fairly simple, and allowed plenty of contingency time to account for any unforeseen problems or circumstances that could pop up.

The main unknown for me is the logistical side of mailing out all the comics and rewards. For that reason, I've interviewed lots of creators who have run successful Kickstarters to discover all the potential problems and factored those into my plans. I've also spoken to the post office, and had them weigh different types of reward with the relevant packaging. I'm as well prepared as I can be, and will be enlisting help and a number of spiffy looking spreadsheets to make sure everything ships on time. I'm also really looking forward to interacting with backers personally to share my progress throughout.

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    Pledge £3 or more About $4

    The Pixel Edition

    A full-colour copy of Hollow Monsters #1 as a DRM free PDF, with my sincere thanks.

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    The Cartridge Edition

    A signed copy of the first printing of Hollow Monsters #1

    A DRM free pdf of the comic (Pixel Edition)

    My sincere thanks.

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    The Digital Deluxe Edition

    This is the complete comic, plus all the concept designs, alternative pages, cut scenes, and notes on how the comic developed and why - as a DRM free PDF. If you're familiar with the back-matter to my previous comics, you'll know how in depth and fun my analysis gets, covering the science of writing, art and the unique qualities of the medium in general. Especially good for connoisseurs & students of the craft.

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    The Raleigh Chopper Gift Edition

    A signed copy of Hollow Monsters #1, dedicated to you or the person you're gifting the comic to, with a handwritten message or a doodle by Monty Nero.

    A DRM free PDF of the comic (Pixel Edition)

    A limited edition art print, signed by the artist,
    16 x 9 cm

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    The Adam Ant Deluxe Edition

    A signed copy of Hollow Monsters #1, dedicated to you or the person you're gifting the comic to, with a handwritten message or a doodle by Monty Nero.

    A DRM free PDF of the Digital Deluxe edition of the comic (the complete comic, plus all the concept designs, alternative pages, cut scenes, and notes on how the comic developed and why).

    A set of THREE limited edition Hollow Monster art prints, signed by the artist.

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    The Why Don't You Deluxe Script Edition

    A signed copy of Hollow Monsters #1, dedicated to you or the person you're gifting the comic to, with a handwritten message or a doodle by Monty Nero.

    A DRM free PDF of the Digital Deluxe edition of the comic (the complete comic, plus all the concept designs, alternative pages, cut scenes, and notes on how the comic developed and why).

    A signed copy of the script used for issue 01 in printed form.

    A set of THREE limited edition Hollow Monster art prints, signed by the artist.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $63

    The Hartbeat Deluxe Art Edition

    A signed copy of Hollow Monsters #1, dedicated to you or the person you're gifting the comic to, with a handwritten message or a doodle by Monty Nero

    A DRM free pdf of the comic (Digital Deluxe Edition)

    A custom commissioned hand-drawn and signed archival quality A4 sized sketch or portrait by Monty Nero, in ink, pencil, or colour.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $75

    The Comic Book Writers Deluxe Edition

    Are you a comic book writer? Monty will use his experience writing and pitching comics for Titan, Marvel and 2000ad to analyse and edit your script, including two Skype or face-to-face meetings to discuss revisions and writing for comics in general. (the second meeting will go over your rewrites and new material created after the first meeting).

    Also includes:

    A signed copy of Hollow Monsters #1, with a handwritten message or a doodle by Monty Nero.

    A DRM free pdf of the comic (Deluxe Edition. the complete comic, plus all the concept designs, alternative pages, cut scenes, and notes on how the comic developed and why)

    A set of THREE limited edition art prints, signed by the artist

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    Pledge £100 or more About $125

    ORIGINAL COMIC PAGE DELUXE EDITION

    A signed copy of Hollow Monsters #1 with a handwritten message or a doodle by Monty Nero.

    A DRM free PDF of the Digital Deluxe edition of the comic (the complete comic, plus all the concept designs, alternative pages, cut scenes, and notes on how the comic developed and why).

    An original page of inked artwork from Hollow Monsters #1, black and white, on A3 paper .

    A set of THREE large limited edition Hollow Monster art prints, signed by the artist (24.5 x 40cm)

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    Pledge £120 or more About $150

    The Comic Creators Cover Edition

    Are you creating your own comics? If so, this is for you.

    Monty will design a full colour or fully painted cover or pin up for your own comic to your own specifications, at print resolution, as per his covers for Titan comics and others.

    Also includes

    A signed copy of Hollow Monsters #1, with a bespoke doodle or dedication from Monty

    A DRM free pdf of the comic (Digital Deluxe Edition. the complete comic, plus all the concept designs, alternative pages, cut scenes, and notes on how the comic developed and why)

    A set of FIVE limited edition art prints, signed by the artist

    A copy of the script used for issue 01 as a PDF.

    My sincere thanks

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    Pledge £250 or more About $313

    The Montynero Collector's Deluxe Edition

    This has some unique stuff for the Montnero collector, things that there are only one copy of which Monty is loathe to give up. This can only go to one person.

    3 x A4 bespoke art commission (pencil, ink, and colour) on Naturel art card.

    Set of 3 giant size art posters (Verity, Death Sentence #1 double-sided, and Hollow Monsters 'Nostalgia')

    Issues 1-6 of Death Sentence, signed by Monty

    Issues 1-6 of Death Sentence London, signed by Monty

    Amazing X-men Annual 1 by Monty Nero and Salvador Larrocca, signed by Monty

    Hulk Annual #1 by Monty Nero and Marc Lamming, Luke Ross, and Pat Goddard. Marvel, signed by Monty

    Vertigo Cyan Much Ado about Nothing by Monty Nero and Al Daviison. Signed by Monty

    2000ad # 1838 Rattle by Montynero, signed.

    2000ad #1923 Rocket De La Revolucion by Montynero and Simon Fraser, signed by Monty

    1 x hand inked comic page from Hollow Monsters #1, signed by Monty

    Set of 8 large limited edition art prints, signed.

    Digital Deluxe PDF (the complete comic, plus all the concept designs, alternative pages, cut scenes, and notes on how the comic developed and why)

    Physical copy of Hollow Monsters #1, signed, with a bespoke doodle or dedication from Monty

    Signed copy of the script to issue #1

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    Pledge £300 or more About $375

    The Put Me in a Comic Monty Edition

    Do you want to star in your own comic? Perhaps you fancy being a science hero, a Daniel Clowes style protagonist, a super-villain, or just hang out with Verity and Weasel from Death Sentence. Well, this is your chance. Monty will write, draw, ink, colour and letter your own two page comic. You can keep the original inked art, and can do what you want with the digitally coloured online version for the rest of time. Monty will also host the comic on his online art blog.

    Exta pages (beyond the initial two) are £150 each.

    Also:

    A signed copy of Hollow Monsters #1, dedicated to you or the person you're gifting the comic to, with a handwritten message or a doodle by Monty Nero

    A DRM free pdf of the comic (Digital Deluxe Edition)

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    Pledge £500 or more About $625

    The Daddy Warbucks Ultimate Edition

    A signed copy of Hollow Monsters #1, dedicated to you or the person you're gifting the comic to, with a handwritten message or a doodle by Monty Nero

    A DRM free pdf of the comic (Digital Deluxe Edition .the complete comic, plus all the concept designs, alternative pages, cut scenes, and notes on how the comic developed and why)

    A set of Eight limited edition art prints, signed by the artist.

    The printed copy of the script used for issue 01 signed.

    3 x custom commissioned hand-drawn and signed archival quality A4 sized sketch or portrait by Monty Nero, in ink, pencil, or colour.

    A hand inked page from the comic, black and white on paper.

    A full colour or fully painted cover or pin-up for to your own specifications, at print resolution, as per Monty's covers for Titan comics and others.

    A permanent dedication within all Hollow Monsters comics as a friend of the comic and sponsor of Monty Nero's work.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,251

    The Billion $ Backers Ultimate Edition

    Wow! This gets you everything listed above, apart from the posters, but your principle interest in backing Hollow Monsters is supporting new techniques of comic book creation exploring how comics elicit emotion. As such you'll become a true friend of Montynero, with regular personal updates and one on one chats, including copies of a year's worth of my academic and creative work, including my essays and technical analysis of my academic comics experiments and discoveries.

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