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Episode 3

Mono--still evading capture by German soldiers in occupied Caen--continues on his mission: find the 'The Old Curiosity Shop' and have a frank conversation with 'The Ghost of Christmas Future.' Taking refuge from the city's heavily patrolled streets, Mono stumbles upon a group of German soldiers in a bar, and introduces them to the fury of his fabled tail.

MONO!  Pensive and in preparation to kick ass! by JoeOtisCostello


The ape-human hybrid secret agent and Queen's assassin, possessed of a deadly prehensile tail and 'the strength of twelve men', made his debut in the pulps of the 1930s and enjoyed a brief revival in the late 1960s and 70s.

But can it be that the fiction is closer to historic fact than was ever previously guessed?

Now a series of tales, told in hand-written journals and reported first-hand by those that knew him, reveal Mono as a dual-natured and conflicted adventurer--savage and noble; civilized, but ultimately untamable.

Episode 4 Mono - The Old Curiosity Shop: Ep. 4 by MadefireStudios

Episode 2- Mono - The Old Curiosity Shop: Ep. 2 by MadefireStudios

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Hello-Maelstrm Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
i like what you guys are doing with the technology here.
BenWolstenholme Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
MONO Episod 6 is out - and it's currently Free here on dA! - love to know what you think...

Mono - The Old Curiosity Shop - Episode 6 by MadefireStudios
Precipitous120 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Do you have any more Mono?

And Unrelated to that

Here's a link, click it :… 
BenWolstenholme Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes - here is episode 4 - and episode 5 will be launching sooooon! it is taking me a while but lots of fun!

Mono - The Old Curiosity Shop: Ep. 4 by MadefireStudios
Precipitous120 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
I hope they are paying you well considering they are using you as advertising space.

Have you done research into these sort of things, how hectic people are used.

A lot of comic book writers hire amateurs(good ones like you) to write the cover book and a lot of the art on the inside, because it's likely you won't ask for any cash, all you want is your name in the title... but the thing is, you are going to find your self waiting for decades, waiting on the shelves for someone to realize which work is yours and which is the publishers?

Hope none of that happens to you and good luck, you are an extremely good writer. Your words and your book actually have meaning, which is better then The Flash, Teen Titains, Batman, and all of those poffy Avenger books
BenWolstenholme Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hello again - pleased to say Episode 5 is here :D

Mono - Episode 5 by MadefireStudios
Airon35TX Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting work!What kind of program was used for creating?
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Whoa, sorry for the suuupppper long delayed response! We use our own proprietary sofrware and if you're curious about it check out this group:!
Mayksom Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's brilliant!!!
BenWolstenholme Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you - MONO 5 launched today! 

Mono - Episode 5 by MadefireStudios
mjrost Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good. What an excellent new hybrid medium! I've begun passing the word both to potential readers as well as artists. Looking forward to seeing the tool, too.

Can't wait for Ep.4.
BenWolstenholme Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much
...MONO Episode 4 is coming soon - i'm working on 5 and will post progress as it develops :)
ssusiessays Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
We all really appreciate that! I'm glad that you're enjoying it, and I can't wait for you to have the tool.
aliboracigdem Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Totally awesome... but it might be better if it would be free...
ileWolf Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like everything in here. I don't know what else to say. It's brilliant!
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Artist
So glad you're enjoying it! Ben and I are very proud of it. I think MONO is a digital classic already. :-)
ileWolf Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
IT IS!!! ♥ :)
BenWolstenholme Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
ileWolf - hope you're well! you're doing such lovely work on Briar Rose! congratulations - pleased to say MONO 5 is here today :D

Mono - Episode 5 by MadefireStudios
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
That sums it up pretty well, doesn't it? Heh heh...
Eromaxi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Impressive quality.And very dynamic storytelling.
I`m just wondering what`s the average file size of the motion book, with all those sounds and music.
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
They vary but tend to be between 30-50 mb...not bad for all that awesome!
SOULSSHINE Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just purchased and watched ...

MAN ... Completely Breath Taking ...

Seams Like We are seeing the Movie ...

The music Is Unbelievable, and brings a new Cinematic realm to the whole production ...
Is amazing how is so well Achieved and so much architectured for each scene [link]

Loved the Particles Effects ... And how the sequences transition detailed

( The Art is amazing detailed ... ACTUALLY As Reader/Viewer There are 2 things i I would love to have in the Interface:

1) a ZOOM TOOL. SO we can Zoom In Each Square Individually ...
2) Also a Click in Each Square Feature to "see more" Views Of that part Clicked ...

From All Motion Books This is still My Favorite ...

You Taken a real Serious Approximation to Character
And you can Hook the Viewer With Many Sequences ...

( Most of all Other motion books The Motion Action is cutted down and Rushes from Part to part and scene to scene ... )

Your "Mono" and "Treatment" Smooth Animation Aproux Can Reaaly Make a Big Impact on how viewer Emerges into the scenes ...

I Like MONO more than The Others For example "Treatment" Wich is my secound best here ...
... because In MONO its scenes are in First person .... Therefore are more intimate to the viewer
In mono "looks like we are there" ...
Wille In Treatment looks like we are seying a Anime Movie ...

TreatMent Otherwise got a Very Continuous Story Line ...
There is no Breacks or breaches betwen Treatment scenes All Its Sequences are very "flowing" And very present ... And Well done in that Sense ...

Wille in Mono We Jump Too Much From Places to Places ... Not very Smoothly ...
But StilL Each Scene is taken to a Full Animational Degree ...

The Zoom Degrees And Sequences are very well done ...

In Other Motion Books people Tend to Abuse too much the color ...

MONO and HOUSES OF THE HOLY are for me The Most "Pleasantly Artistically" ...
DOes not "Hurt us so much " visually" In-spite i Love the "Full shading" Art of the Holy Houses ...

Were others are just "static pictures" moving ...

Mono Reaaly Takes no Doubt With Full Mastery to full action sequential degree ..
Making of This Motion book Almost a FulL Animation ...

This is why iv Been asking so much for full Transparent Animation Formats Import in this tool ...
Like Sequential png or Swf ... Were we could work in other software Toon boon / flash .. then import the animations into the tool ..

Im Sure Its a hell lot more difficult to do Full Animation out of Static images ....
And you need alot more vision and dreaming and reaaly hard work in the tool ...

Here In Mono it reaaly pays it in result as it reaaly have a Greath Animational Result ...

I WOuld Say this Reminds me the Good Old Days of Jim lee in Marvel In Wolverine ...
And a Litle bit of the Old Days of the "Deathblow" [link] from wildStorm ...
Inspite i reaaly Prefer Realistic Full Volumetric Shading Art styles [link] [link] With for example WIth every single panel things as this [link]
But hey ....

The STory In MONO is very Serious and Convincing and The Art Good Enough ... The ANimation Is Smooth and Detailed ... and The Sountrack And efects Are Good as No Secound Other !


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