Ofﬁcially, it’s the Department of Cryptozoology, Mythological Studies, Parapsychology and Fortean Phenomena. But to the rest of the students and staff at the Dunsany College, bafﬂed by the cloak of secrecy that surrounds the Department and its affairs, it has another, more dismissive, name: The Department of Monsterology. Funded by the mysterious Hampton Foundation, the Dept. operates several ﬁeld teams that roam the globe on extended research expeditions.
Their brief: to investigate the dark and unexplored corners of our world – the places we’ve forgotten, lost or believe to be mythical. And to study those things that may still be lurking there.
The ﬁrst story arc introduces us to ancient monsters from the depths of the ocean, crystaline creatures from the caves of Eastern Europe, undead armies from the sands of Egypt, and the Department’s deadliest rivals of all.
Hey gang, it’s been a while, but finally, you can OWN a coy of the Dept of Monsterology. Go to your nearest comic shop and ask for it by name “Dept of Monsterology“. Or, by Diamond’s order number “AUG131432” (and you can tell Diamond like it, they made it a staff pick for August 13 )
Here’s the line art for the wrap around cover. I don’t think I skimped on the details (this is a big file, recommend you download it and get right in there zoom in …!)
It’s a book Gordon Rennie and I have been talking about for a few years (and its genesis comes from the first face to face conversation Gordon and I ever had, over a decade ago, when we met in Edinburgh and chatted about all sorts of things).
The cover credits include a credit for me, Gordon, Steven Denton (who coloured it) and Jim Campbell (who lettered it). As far as I’m aware it’s the first book I’ve worked on where the letterer got a credit (it may even be the first book out there where a letterer has gotten a cover credit). Who’s not credited is Alex Finbow, whose company Renegade Arts have invested heavily in the book – he’s taken a massive risk and I hope we can get the numbers to make it pay off.
Lack of preorders can kill a book from marvel or dc, and we’re no exception. The more shops that preorder the book (go to your local comic shop, find yours here) the better chance we have of getting more than four issues of the book done. Gordon and I have plans, and they’re such enormously fun things it’d be shame to never get near them.
If you don’t have a local comic shop or prefer digital, don’t worry, there are plans to make it available as a digital download too. But, I can’t stress this enough: it’s print that ensures we get to do a second book or third or fourth.
(And If you’re one of those that’s more likely to pirate the book than buy it, well, I if you enjoy it, please, please go and buy it from a legitimate source – it’s the ONLY way to guarantee there’ll be more. If you pirated it and didn’t like it, well, what are you complaining for?)
Please pass this link around to your friends and anyone you think may enjoy it.