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Like David Aja meets David Lynch. A comic about friendship & fear, about the nightmare in the shadows & how it's never what you think.
Like David Aja meets David Lynch. A comic about friendship & fear, about the nightmare in the shadows & how it's never what you think.
175 backers pledged £3,513 to help bring this project to life.

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+++ FINAL HOURS SPECIAL OFFER: Please check the latest public project update for full details of the Frank Quitely, Iain Laurie, Fraser Campbell, Monty Nero offer (back both The Edge Off and Hollow Monsters at print level and get 3 collectors item badges with art by Quitely or Laurie plus a 3 page mini horror comic from me)  EXPIRES THIS FRIDAY 11th at 5PM +++ 

Hollow Monsters is my attempt to move the graphic novel into new territory, by creating something ethereal, unsettling, and profound, something which could only exist via Kickstarter.  

Set in the eighties, it concerns the horrors experienced in a suburban forest 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 spooky semi-autobiographical story about the nightmares at the heart of our society.

Hollow Monsters: #2 Who Is The Hollow Man? is the second part of the story. The first part (#1 The Year We Buried Ourselves) is also available as a digital or printed comic in many of the rewards below. I made every effort to make sure the original comic fulfilled expectations and, judging from backer comments and reviews so far, it went down well. So let's continue with part 2.

THE REWARDS  

These are the tiers I'd be honoured to make in return for your backing. New this time are The Badges and Box Set Tees, as well as standalone rewards like Bespoke Retro Prints and Vinyl Die Cut Stickers. 

FIRST DAY BACKERS of all physical print and merchandise rewards (anything that requires mailing in an envelope or parcel) receive this exclusive Verity Art Print signed by Monty.

Stretch goals:

STRETCH 1 - UNLOCKED - free vinyl 80s die-cut sticker for everyone backing £6 and higher.

STRETCH 2 - £3500 - free four page scary-funny-clever horror comic by Monty Nero to all backers

STRETCH 3 - £4000 - free ten page comic with brand new characters

£3: The Digital Edition

£5: The Digital Duo

 £6: The Print Edition

£10: Die Cut Retro Sticker Set

This set of 4 high-quality weather-resistant vinyl die cut stickers can ship on their own as soon as the Kickstarter ends in May, or you can add them on to any other order by selecting any other order and adding £10 when you check out
This set of 4 high-quality weather-resistant vinyl die cut stickers can ship on their own as soon as the Kickstarter ends in May, or you can add them on to any other order by selecting any other order and adding £10 when you check out

£10: The Deluxe Print Edition

£20: The Deluxe Print Duo

£30: The Comics and Badge Set

Close up of all 3 badges in the set
Close up of all 3 badges in the set

£30: Retro Art Print Set (Hand Signed)

These Hand Signed Bespoke Prints can ship on their own as soon as the Kickstarter ends in May, or you can add them to any other reward by adding £30 on at checkout. Size and colour can be customised. A survey will be sent to confirm your requirements.
These Hand Signed Bespoke Prints can ship on their own as soon as the Kickstarter ends in May, or you can add them to any other reward by adding £30 on at checkout. Size and colour can be customised. A survey will be sent to confirm your requirements.

£75: The Art Commission Plus

£85: The Hollow Monsters Box Set

Close up on the Retro Art Prints
Close up on the Retro Art Prints
Closes up on the Die Cut Retro Stickers featuring a premium vinyl coating that protects them from exposure to wind, rain, sunlight - even your dishwasher
Closes up on the Die Cut Retro Stickers featuring a premium vinyl coating that protects them from exposure to wind, rain, sunlight - even your dishwasher

£85: Original A3 cover art to Hollow Monsters #1!!

This is a completely unique one-time reward. The original hand-drawn cover art to Issue #1 is for sale! Archival quality ink and paper, 

Original inked cover art
Original inked cover art

 Not only that, it comes signed with The Comics and Badge Set, see above.

Other hand-inked pages from Hollow Monsters can be bought singly or bundled on to any other reward level by adding £85 per page to this or any other order when you check out. (Pages 28 and 30 of issue one have already been sold),  A survey will be sent when the Kickstarter ends to specify the details of your order.

£140: The Ultimate Box Set

Note: At this level an inked page of comic art from Hollow Monsters can be substituted for the hand-drawn commission below at no extra cost, saving £30.

£295: The Collector's Set 

This comprises TWO Ultimate Box Sets one of which has every item signed by Monty (not just the normal comics and prints but also all the merchandise) PLUS another hand-inked comic page from Hollow Monsters (saving £70) AND a signed copy of every story Monty Nero has produced for Marvel, Vertigo, 2000ad & Titan and others including a couple of rare oddities.

£640: The Ultimate Experience 

This comprises 2 awesome days hanging with Monty in comic studios and touristic sites in Dundee (castle, beach, V&A Design Museum, Comic Shops, comics studio, DC Thompson, local bars etc)  UK comics historic centre (see Rewards for more detail) including a TOP SECRET behind the scenes look at all Monty's comics work PLUS The Ultimate Box Set plus a hand-inked page from Hollow Monsters, TWO sets of Retro stickers and INCLUDES UK travel and accommodation.

 You can get the full flavour of just how much fun this was last time by checking out this 2 Days With Monty photostory: 

 https://twitter.com/i/moments/966672941965594626

checking in
checking in
At the Comics Space
At the Comics Space
At DCThomson, where Grant Morrisson, John Wagner, Pat Mills, Cam Kennedy and Robbie Morrisson all cut their teeth
At DCThomson, where Grant Morrisson, John Wagner, Pat Mills, Cam Kennedy and Robbie Morrisson all cut their teeth
Reading an upcoming script in my home studio
Reading an upcoming script in my home studio
Lunch with Monty and Zuzu
Lunch with Monty and Zuzu
Breakfast with Monty. He had Haggis Burger, I had eggs.
Breakfast with Monty. He had Haggis Burger, I had eggs.
Taking in the sights
Taking in the sights
At the comic shop
At the comic shop
On the beach heading for the castle
On the beach heading for the castle
We may've had a few beers
We may've had a few beers
Dinner for two.
Dinner for two.
Time to go home >snff!<
Time to go home >snff!<

Risks and challenges

I learnt loads doing the last Kickstarter which means I now have a very realistic take on how long each stage will take, and how much it will all cost. That campaign was four times bigger than I expected which was challenging, but It taught me that this time I need to have a plan to deal with surprising levels of success right from the beginning of the project. As a person with fairly understated expectations, that took a while to adjust to.

The printer is very experienced and I've used them before to print my comics and art prints, which went very smoothly. People often comment on the high quality of their work.

All the rewards that I've offered are things I've been paid to make before. 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 contracted deadline.

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 taking time off work to make sure everything ships on time.

I really enjoy interacting with backers personally during each stage of the project through Kickstarter, e-mail, and social media, and look forward to sharing my progress with you at every stage.

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    Digital Edition

    A digital download of Hollow Monsters #2:

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    Digital Duo

    The complete story so far: a digital download of Hollow Monsters #2, plus issue #1 in all it's glory.

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    • Hollow Monsters #1 as a DRM free PDF (36 pages)
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    Print Edition (Issue #2)

    A signed edition of the first printing of Hollow Monsters #2, plus The Digital Duo (PDF's of issue #1 and #2) plus a signed art print.

    Includes:
    • Hollow Monsters #2 1st Printing signed with doodle or dedication
    • Hollow Monsters #2 as a DRM free PDF (24 pages)
    • Hollow Monsters #1 as a DRM free PDF (36 pages)
    • A lovely signed Hollow Monsters art print (comic sized)
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    Deluxe Print Edition (Issue #2)

    A signed edition of the first printing of Hollow Monsters #2 with personalised hand-written dedications or doodles from Monty. Plus a new Hollow Monsters #2 "Hollow Man" double-sided bookmark. Plus an exclusive art print. Plus the Deluxe edition of Issue #1 with 20 extra pages of detailed notes and concept art (in Monty's humble opinion the only edition worth bothering with).

    Includes:
    • Hollow Monsters #2 1st Printing signed with doodle or dedication
    • Hollow Monsters #2 as a DRM free PDF (24 pages)
    • Double sided Hollow Man Bookmark
    • Hollow Monsters #1 Deluxe PDF (56 pages: comic concepts & notes)
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    Retro Vinyl Die Cut Sticker Set

    This Retro Set of 4 Vinyl Die Cut stickers can ship out as soon as the Kickstarter ends in May. (Die Cut means they're cut around the art, rather than square or oval). They're weather-proof, finished in UV laminate to protect from scratches, rain, sunlight or the dishwasher. They can also be bundled with any other order by selecting any other reward and then adding £20 to the total when you check out. A survey will be sent when the Kickstarter ends detailing your exact requirements.

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    Deluxe Print Duo

    Both printed comics: Issue #1 and #2 personalised with a doodle or signed dedication from Monty, plus an exclusive signed art print, the Hollow Man double sided bookmark, plus both comics as DRM free PDF's including the Deluxe edition of Issue #1 with 20 extra pages of concepts and notes.

    Includes:
    • Hollow Monsters #2 1st Printing signed with doodle or dedication
    • A lovely signed Hollow Monsters art print (comic sized)
    • Hollow Monsters #2 as a DRM free PDF (24 pages)
    • Hollow Monsters #1 Deluxe PDF (56 pages: comic concepts & notes)
    • Double sided Hollow Man Bookmark
    • Hollow Monsters #1 printed - signed - (36 pages)
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    Comics & Badge Set (plus goodies)

    An exclusive Hollow Monsters badge set plus a signed edition of the first printing of Hollow Monsters #2 with personalised hand-written dedications or doodles from Monty. Plus a new Hollow Monsters #2 "Hollow Man" double-sided bookmark. Plus an exclusive art print. Plus the Deluxe edition of Issue #1 with 20 extra pages of detailed notes and concept art

    Includes:
    • Hollow Monsters #2 1st Printing signed with doodle or dedication
    • Hollow Monsters 3 Badge Set
    • A lovely signed Hollow Monsters art print (comic sized)
    • Double sided Hollow Man Bookmark
    • Hollow Monsters #2 as a DRM free PDF (24 pages)
    • Hollow Monsters #1 Deluxe PDF (56 pages: comic concepts & notes)
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    Retro Art Print Set (bespoke)

    This Retro Set of 4 hand-signed Art Prints can ship out as soon as the Kickstarter ends in May. They're all made by Monty, and personalised to order. You can even customise the size and dimensions (up to 13.5 inches (34.3cm) on the longest side), and adjust the background colour to any of the colours shown if you want them to fit a particular frame or space. (Each print is otherwise as shown: 7 inch by 7 inch for easy framing & the frame and mount used in the photo is on Amazon). They can also be bundled with any other order by selecting any other reward and then adding £30 to the total when you check out. A survey will be sent when the Kickstarter ends detailing your exact requirements.

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    Art Commission (plus Comics & Goodies)

    A custom hand-drawn and signed archival quality A4 sized commission signed and dedicated to you by Monty Nero, in ink, pencil, or colour. (You can order whatever you want but >cough< anything from Blade Runner (both films) or Taboo (the TV series with Tom Hardy) will get an insane amount of love).

    Includes:
    • Hollow Monsters #2 as a DRM free PDF (24 pages)
    • Hollow Monsters #2 1st Printing signed with doodle or dedication
    • A lovely signed Hollow Monsters art print (comic sized)
    • Double sided Hollow Man Bookmark
    • Bespoke Art Commission in pencil, ink, or full colour
    • Hollow Monsters #1 Deluxe PDF (56 pages: comic concepts & notes)
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    Hollow Monsters Box Set

    Everything above (except the art commission) PLUS a Hollow Monsters Tee Shirt in any size, a super cool retro sticker set x2, and a set of 4 7"x 7" Hollow Monsters art prints perfect for easy framing. (Tees can be ordered in S, M, L, XL for men and women. There are two designs on Black, Red, Blue, Green, White or Yellow tees. A survey will be sent on completion of the Kickstarter so you can specify. On the same survey you can opt for a 2nd Tee (in any of these colours or designs) instead of the printed copy of Hollow Monsters #1 (36 pages) if you prefer).

    Includes:
    • Hollow Monsters #2 1st Printing signed with doodle or dedication
    • Retro Hollow Monsters Die Cut 4 Sticker Set
    • Hollow Monsters 3 Badge Set
    • A lovely signed Hollow Monsters art print (comic sized)
    • Hollow Monsters #2 as a DRM free PDF (24 pages)
    • Double sided Hollow Man Bookmark
    • Exclusive Hollow Monsters Tee Shirt
    • Set of 4 Retro Hollow Monsters Bespoke art prints - signed
    • Hollow Monsters #1 printed - signed - (36 pages)
    • Hollow Monsters #1 Deluxe PDF (56 pages: comic concepts & notes)
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    Hollow Monsters Cover Artwork

    This iconic 'kiss' image appears on the cover and page 27 and is a completely unique one time reward. It comes signed and with issue 2, a lovely art print, a double sided bookmark, and a set of 3 Hollow Monsters Badges. Digital PDF's of both issue 1 and 2 are included. Other hand-inked pages from Hollow Monsters can be bought singly or bundled on to any other reward level by adding £85 per page to this or any other order when you check out. A survey will be sent when the Kickstarter ends to specify the details of your order.

    Includes:
    • A3 Hand inked cover artwork to Hollow Monsters #1
    • Hollow Monsters #2 1st Printing signed with doodle or dedication
    • A lovely signed Hollow Monsters art print (comic sized)
    • Double sided Hollow Man Bookmark
    • Hollow Monsters #1 Deluxe PDF (56 pages: comic concepts & notes)
    • Hollow Monsters #2 as a DRM free PDF (24 pages)
    • Hollow Monsters 3 Badge Set
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    The Ultimate Box Set

    EVERYTHING listed above: The Box Set plus a choice of either a hand-inked page of artwork from the comic OR your own custom art commission in ink, pencil or full colour - all signed and personalised by Monty.

    (Tees can be ordered in S, M, L, XL for men and women. There are two designs on Black, Red, Blue, Green, White or Yellow tees. A survey will be sent on completion of the Kickstarter so you can specify. On the same survey you can opt for a 2nd Tee (in any of these colours or designs) instead of the printed copy of Hollow Monsters #1 (36 pages) if you prefer).

    Includes:
    • Hollow Monsters #2 1st Printing signed with doodle or dedication
    • Hollow Monsters #2 as a DRM free PDF (24 pages)
    • Hollow Monsters 3 Badge Set
    • Retro Hollow Monsters Die Cut 4 Sticker Set
    • A lovely signed Hollow Monsters art print (comic sized)
    • Double sided Hollow Man Bookmark
    • Exclusive Hollow Monsters Tee Shirt
    • Set of 4 Retro Hollow Monsters Bespoke art prints - signed
    • Hollow Monsters #1 Deluxe PDF (56 pages: comic concepts & notes)
    • Hollow Monsters #1 printed - signed - (36 pages)
    • Bespoke Art Commission in pencil, ink, or full colour
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    The Collector's Set

    This comprises TWO Ultimate Box Sets one of which has every item signed by Monty PLUS another hand-inked comic page from Hollow Monsters (saving £70) AND a signed copy of every story Monty Nero has produced for Marvel, Vertigo, 2000ad & Titan and others including some rare oddities (Death Sentence, Death Sentence:London. The Hulk, X-Men Gold, The Amazing X-Men, Vertigo Cyan, Rocket De La Revolucion, Rattle, Jonathon Swift and a copy of the original 50 print-run self-published Death Sentence).

    Includes:
    • Hollow Monsters #2 as a DRM free PDF (24 pages)
    • Hollow Monsters #2 1st Printing signed with doodle or dedication
    • Hollow Monsters 3 Badge Set
    • Retro Hollow Monsters Die Cut 4 Sticker Set
    • A lovely signed Hollow Monsters art print (comic sized)
    • Double sided Hollow Man Bookmark
    • Exclusive Hollow Monsters Tee Shirt
    • Set of 4 Retro Hollow Monsters Bespoke art prints - signed
    • Hollow Monsters #1 Deluxe PDF (56 pages: comic concepts & notes)
    • Hollow Monsters #1 printed - signed - (36 pages)
    • 1 signed copy of ALL Monty's published comic stories to date
    • Inked Comic Page or Bespoke Art Commission
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    The Ultimate Experience

    The Ultimate Box Set PLUS a hand-inked page of Hollow Monsters comic art or a custom art commission PLUS two amazing days with Monty looking behind the scenes at his comics work and taking in the sights in Dundee, including the castle, the new V&A Design Museum, comic shop, DCThompson, comic space and home studio. We all had an absolute blast doing this last time! Includes UK travel and accommodation. (Hollow Monsters #1 printed copy can be swapped for a 2nd tee in any listed colour or size if you prefer).

    Includes:
    • Hollow Monsters #2 as a DRM free PDF (24 pages)
    • Hollow Monsters #2 1st Printing signed with doodle or dedication
    • Hollow Monsters 3 Badge Set
    • Retro Hollow Monsters Die Cut 4 Sticker Set
    • A lovely signed Hollow Monsters art print (comic sized)
    • Double sided Hollow Man Bookmark
    • Exclusive Hollow Monsters Tee Shirt
    • Set of 4 Retro Hollow Monsters Bespoke art prints - signed
    • Hollow Monsters #1 printed - signed - (36 pages)
    • Hand inked page of Hollow Monsters comic book artwork
    • 2 days with Monty in the UK's home of comics
    • Hollow Monsters #1 Deluxe PDF (56 pages: comic concepts & notes)
    • Inked Comic Page or Bespoke Art Commission
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