Comic artist’s on­line fundraiser proves a spec­tac­u­lar suc­cess

Ap­peal: Cre­ator says his suc­cess could be way for­ward for oth­ers

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A Dundee artist has said the days of comic book pub­lish­ers could soon be num­bered af­ter he raised thou­sands of pounds on­line for his new project in the space of a few hours.

Monty Nero set up an in­ter­net fundraiser through Kick­starter for his new project, Hol­low Mon­sters.

He sought £800 to be­gin work on the comic, which will be his first solo work but smashed that tar­get in hours, rais­ing more than £2,900 with 26 days of the fundraiser still to go.

Even­tu­ally, he wants to write, pen­cil and ink six is­sues of the comic, which tells the tale of a gang of chil­dren con­fronting mon­sters in their sub­ur­ban hous­ing es­tate in the 1980s.

Monty is a mem­ber of Dundee’s Inkpot Stu­dio in the Dundee Comics Cre­ative Space and is a masters grad­u­ate of Dun­can of Jor­dan­stone at Dundee Univer­sity.

He co-cre­ated the crit­i­cally-ac­claimed hit se­ries Death Sen­tence with artist Mike Dowl­ing and its se­quel, Death Sen­tence: Lon­don.

He has also writ­ten for 2000AD and pub­lish­ers Ver­tigo and Mar­vel, where

I think in the fu­ture all comics will be sold and done this way. In a few years all the big global comics su­per­stars will be do­ing this

he worked on iconic char­ac­ters such as Hulk and Amaz­ing X-Men.

Monty said although the big pub­lish­ers will sur­vive, he ex­pects most in­de­pen­dent, cre­ator-owned comics will be soon pub­lished in the same way as Hol­low Mon­sters.

He said: “It was a mas­sive sur­prise – I raised in the first day what I ex­pected would have been the best re­sult from the whole cam­paign.

“I’m now look­ing at stretch fund­ing and of­fer­ing peo­ple ex­tra stuff.”

He added: “I think in the fu­ture all comics will be sold and done this way.

“In a few years all the big global comics su­per­stars will be do­ing this and smaller names won’t get a look in, so it’s im­por­tant to build your pro­file now.

“Peo­ple used to fol­low char­ac­ters, like Spi­der-Man or Bat­man but now they are much more aware of the peo­ple mak­ing the comic and fol­low them.

“The peo­ple who have backed tend to keep back­ing you.”

Monty said in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous comic artists such as Mike Mig­nola are al­ready us­ing Kick­starter.

He and artist Gary Gianni raised $100,000 for a new book of Hell­boy art.

“The third movie is be­ing made and Hell­boy is mas­sively pop­u­lar,” said Monty.

“It’s been pub­lished by Dark Horse but their Kick­starter has raised $100,000 and all the money goes to the artists rather than the pub­lish­ers.”

The first is­sue of Hol­low Mon­sters will be pub­lished in De­cem­ber, with fresh fund­ing ap­peals for each sub­se­quent is­sue. you

Monty Nero asked for £800 through Kick­starter to help fund work on his new comic – and ended up rais­ing al­most £3,000 with 26 days of the fundraiser still to go.

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