I had someone recently go over how they think that I need to not disclose so much about myself, things that are happening, because of how it’s seen as not the norm. See, I love everything about nerd culture. I love it. I love comics, I love sci-fi…the whole nine. I can sit down with just about any nerd and not only hold my own but engage them. The thing is, there just aren’t that many of us. So, I try to engage others. I am of the mindset that if I am willing to learn more about them, they should at least afford me that same courtesy. That isn’t the case. I see that more and more in this world. I see so many repressed nerds and it saddens me.
If you are a nerd, be vocal about it. Hell, be LOUD about the things you love. Lord knows there are more than enough of the vapid out there, running their mouths about things like the Kardashians and the Jersey Shore and who hit whom this week on Teen Mom. Yes, I am aware of these things because they are EVERYWHERE. What I don’t see everywhere are the things I love. So I am going to be loud about them. I am going to show my nerdy excitement about the new Star Trek flick, or about the Man of Steel, Doctor Who or whatever comics I am lost in. If you aren’t loud about the things you love, who will be?
Posted by Barnaby Montgomery on March 18, 2013
I am pretty stoked. I had a chance to get my artist back, so the brilliant Peter Lloyd is back in the fold. This makes me so happy because I am such a big fan of his work. There is just something about what I got from looking at his site. I really wanted him to be a part of this. So that is awesome. Still writing, doing little things on the side. Editing is a pain in the ass, mainly because you are sitting down and re-reading what you thought at the time was brilliant and now just freaks you out. You read one part, just one and you realize that this is not the masterpiece you thought it was when you originally vomited out on the keyboard.
See, I make it a point to not go back and read what I wrote until I’m done. I know me, and I know that if start editing while working, nothing will get done. I will sit for god only knows how long trying to make one page work instead of sitting down and getting the work done. So for me to go back and keep editing, trying to use the time that I have to produce an even better product than I originally had, it’s a bit frustrating.
On another note, I am so happy to put out there that one of my favorite bloggers, Bunmi Laditan, author of the Honest Toddler blog, has her book available for pre-order! Seriously, the woman is an AMAZING writer, and not just on the Honest Toddler side, but overall. She has a style about her that just captivates and her Twitter feed amuses the hell out of me on the daily. Check it out if you get a chance. I’m linking her blog for you right here
That’s pretty much about it for me. Just still going. I love this. I missed this so much. I need to be creative. That’s what I found. I was all stuck in this little world where I felt something pretty important was missing from my world. Take care all and please, don’t stop being brilliant. Find time. It’s like Bunmi said in her blog, you have find time on the edges of your day. That’s what I’ve started doing again and it is incredibly rewarding.
Posted by Barnaby Montgomery on February 27, 2013
Art is a necessity for me. I’ve finally started writing again, but mainly for me. Editing, doing a little bit here and there. Cranked out some words for me and it felt good. It’s kind of like working out after you haven’t been to the gym in what feels like a lifetime. You have to find your voice all over again. I put it down for a while. I had to get my world in order. I was spinning so many plates… I was donating a small percentage to so many different things but not giving any one thing 100%.
It felt really good though, to build a foundation and then move to what feeds me, what fills me, creatively. You need to be able to do that in this life. You need to commit to what makes you happy. Family should always come first, no matter what. It’s something you need, and something you need to find with your heart. Then, you have to find that thing…that thing that fulfills you. The real you. The you that is expressed in the most non-traditional of ways. The you that fills to the brim with excitement and anticipation to show the world your thoughts, the you that wears your heart on your sleeve, your passion on the outside for everyone to see. You wear your scars as a badge of honor and your work reflects that. Your work is your love, that other thing that sits out in the open, warts and all, for the world to drink in.
It’s in the words, the art, the music, the comedy, the blues and blacks, the hues of red, the graphite, the coal, the flow of the guitar and the pull of the bass… it’s all those things and then some that fuels us. You can see it in us. You can see it’s what adds that last little part to us. We need this. Some of us have no idea how to express ourselves without this, some of us can but we just aren’t the same without it. It might take a few months for some, a few years for others. It doesn’t matter. As long as you find that love, that thing that feeds your soul and leaves you feeling spent in the best possible way… it just doesn’t matter what it is. Art is necessary for some. Art is definitely a necessity for me and for the first time in a little while, I feel like I’ve finally put that one little piece back where it belongs. And it feels pretty damn good.
Posted by Barnaby Montgomery on February 17, 2013
You ever dug a hole for yourself so deep, you thought there was no way out? That’s where I was. It wasn’t anything crazy serious like one of my really screwed up characters, just a hole. One that felt never ending. Not sure if that should have been hyphenated but whatever. The point is, I felt like I was just digging further and further. I’m through digging. Now it’s time to climb out. I certainly haven’t done myself any favors these past few months, just kind of dabbling in creativity when I should be drinking it in.
I feel ready to get back in the mix. I will have a timetable up soon enough for my relaunch. More to come later. Thanks for your patience and your time.
Posted by Barnaby Montgomery on February 12, 2013
I haven’t posted anything in a long time. I’ve been dealing with a lot of things. To say that I live with stress is being kind. The only nice part about the stresses that I live with is they are not brought about by my wife and my daughter. It is everything else that has been wrecking havoc on my world. That is almost over though and I couldn’t be more grateful. I am ready to get back on the horse and ride that bastard all the way to success. I will make this happen. I just needed a bit of recovery time, a fair enough chance to get my life back together and rip through my barriers.
I am still writing, as you might have seen if you follow me on Twitter. I am extremely grateful to Sara at http://www.thenerderypublic.com for giving me a chance to post stuff here and there, keeping the creative juices flowing. I am now ready to push through and take that last big step to get back into the game. So yeah, time to get this thing up and running again. Thanks for being so patient. Hope all is going smashingly well for everyone. Stay tuned for more stuff.
Posted by Barnaby Montgomery on January 4, 2013
So on of the things that I thought was a bit strange is how many people thought that Kickstarter was a fairly easy thing. You go on, put your project up, talk it up a bit and if people likes it, they buys it. Right? It’s not that easy? OH COME ON!!! How much work can it POSSIBLY require? I mean, it’s not like a job or anything, where you go and show up and do all the things and make a couple of nickels you can rub together and buy other stuff, right?
If you are sitting on the sidelines right now and you are contemplating putting up a Kickstarter, do yourself a huge favor and research the HELL out of that service. It is a wonderful service, so don’t worry so much about the company. Research the experience. You have no idea what you are getting yourself into.
I loved it. I loved every minute of that campaign and it was a bummer that I had to suspend it. The problems that I found though were that most people have no idea what is involved in something like this. They don’t know the ups and downs, they doubts that come up, the work involved and the hours you pour into this thing. Especially those who aren’t actually involved in any form of publishing. I had family members who had no idea the amount of work that I was putting in on this. They had no idea I was sleeping an average of about 4 hours a night because of the amount of time I was dedicating to this project.
You look at every aspect of yourself when working on something like this. You look at your project and you wonder if you could have done more, if there was something you could have done to make this a bit more successful. You second guess your moves but realize you have to pull through. It is hard work and it doesn’t get easier. People told me going in how hard it was and while I believed them, I also knew that I had no idea what I was in for. It’s like raising a child. People can tell you all they want about how it is when you become a new parent, but until you experience it, firsthand, you have no idea.
That being said, I can’t wait to get my Kickstarter back up and running in February. It’s exhilarating when someone buzzes in with a new pledge. And they are not donating. They are buying your product. They saw something you made and they liked it and wanted to buy it. That to me is outstanding. Keep an eye out for it peeps!
Posted by Barnaby Montgomery on November 9, 2012
It is so nice to see so many artists and writers who were at one time considered strictly Indie coming full circle and making their way in the mainstream. I love the artwork on the Avengers and I am loving all the indie love that we are seeing more and more of from DC Comics. Granted, Becky Cloonan is not completely indie, but her style is not the grim and gritty muscled out style that was jammed down our throats throughout the 90′s and 2000′s. We are seeing so much more along the way of truly great artists, guys like Jerome Opena and Paolo Rivera are producing some truly beautiful artwork. Try David Aja on for size too. If you want to take a moment to look at art that looks effortless and beautiful with an amazing eye for detail and page flow, look at Aja. So many artists spent the better part of the past 20 years trying so hard to be like the Image founders that it seems like they forgot how to be themselves.
These guys remembered though and it is such a treat to check out anything they produce. I can read anything drawn by Paolo Rivera over and over again, never getting bored. I appreciate what the Image founders did when they blew on to the scene, how they changed the comics game, but it is so nice to see the originality bursting forth from these creators. Check them out if you get a chance.
I am always amazing by their work and I hope you dig it as much as I do. There is alway room for you to be a fan, no matter how long you’ve been in the business.
Just a side note, the Kickstarter date for relaunch is going to be 02/02/2013. This is the best date because everything will be ready to go and all personal stuff taken care of. Thank you so much for the outpouring of support I received. It means the world to me. Y’all take care and I promise, I will stay in touch. Thanks for reading.
Posted by Barnaby Montgomery on November 8, 2012
The Kickstarter had to be put on hold. I really don’t want to go into details, but some family related stuff was thrown into the mix early on kind of matured and I am unable to give the campaign the attention it deserves. It sucks because I really wanted this to be something that was a success the first time out. I am a firm believer in family first though, no matter what. I am sticking to that. Not to worry about mi familia though. Everything will work out. And my campaign will be back up, but with something like a Kickstarter, you have to give it your full attention. I emailed Sara Noto a bit earlier and asked her if after reading the proposal if she thought I was nuts trying to raise the money I was asking for and she gave a lot of great advice. The meat of the message was that if it’s your passion, it’s never too far out there. However, Kickstarter is already a difficult place to get funding for a book. She was very accurate with her assessment. However, I was still seeing pledges coming in, (almost $100 came in the day I got her email) and I had spent hours that next day prepping some more artwork to add to the campaign. I was ready to push forward.
Then I was basically shown that the little amount of time that I had for this campaign was no longer going to be something I had available. I had a choice to make. Let this thing go and see what happens, hoping for the best and random luck, or suspend, message my backers and hope they come back in January. We know the option I chose, and honestly, I don’t regret it.
I just wanted to take some time and say thank you for all your support and I promise, I will be back online in January. Just know that when it comes to something like family, especially if you are a husband/father, there is no putting anyone second. When you accept that role, you put all above yourself and your wants.
Take care all and I will keep in touch.
Posted by Barnaby Montgomery on November 5, 2012
I am still going. I knew this was going to be hard work. I knew it was going to be time consuming and I am very cool with that. Things like this don’t happen overnight. I love “The Marvel” like you wouldn’t believe and I believe that it can and will be successful. I know that people will fall in love with Ford Smith and by the end of the book, when you see what happens to him, you will realize that this whole thing was totally worth your time.
This first ten days was a challenge to get through. I had to step back and plan out how exactly I was going to re-tool the project. It’s easy to say that things will work out, but the reality is that you have to plan and see the things that are making your project look different, either on the good or the bad side to try and bring some level of success to your project. I am going to be changing things up regularly to try to attract attention. Anywho, I’m cutting it short tonight. I have a ton of work to do and time is precious. Have a great night and thanks for reading!
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Posted by Barnaby Montgomery on November 3, 2012
Here we go! Just a quick linky link! Thanks for all your support!
Posted by Barnaby Montgomery on October 23, 2012