Please explain what just happened.

I’ll let the empty bottle of Jack do the talking.

What is your earliest memory?

I think I was pretty young. Around three-ish walking down the sidewalk to my grandparents house. But I’m not really sure if it’s a real memory or not. I was likely drawing on the sidewalk with a stick.

If you weren’t a comic illustrator, what other profession would you choose?

I would probably be involved in comics in some way.  Or I would have been the guitarist for G.G. Allen.

Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

Oxygen, carbon and nitrogen molecules.

What verb best describes you?

While I would prefer to use an adjective, if I must use a verb in the context of this interview I shall choose drawing.

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

It all works out in the end, kid. Just worry about getting better. Um..good luck between 2001-2008.  Oh, tell your grandfather goodbye soon. Oh—and the whole Y2K thing is a scam to sell a bunch of New Age books. Don’t bother.

What are the steps you take to regain your composure?

I watch The Empire Strikes Back (What Would Yoda Do?)

Define “success.”

Success is right now. This very second.

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

First, let me refer you to question one. Having said that, the work of other writers and artists gives me ample inspiration. Discovering new work, bands, novels etc. is what enriches our lives and I love geeking out on that sort of thing. So that and the incessant nagging of Sarah C. Bell is what keeps me going.

What change do you want to be in the world?

I’m worried that people are not interested in change. If you look at the recent health care debates, you’ll see how terrified people are of change. People actually believed that the government was going to euthanize old people for Christ’s sake. I think many people don’t want any sort of changin’ going on in their lives. And what am I going to do? Force it on them? Wouldn’t that make me a fascist?

Are you pro- or anti-emoticon? Please explain.

I have no emotional attachment to emoticons. They simply are.

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

Hhhhmmm… I sat next to Jeff Bridges in a restaurant in Santa Barbra. And Liam Neeson in a bar in Charlotte. So probably only a few degrees from The Bacon. And I like bacon, so that’s good.

What makes you feel most guilty?

Wasting time.

Please list three things you never leave home without.

Sense of humor, pants, and extra cigarettes for all of the “non-smokers” who will be bumming from me all night at the bar. God, I hate you bastards. Go find another cigarette fairy, cuz I ain’t him.

What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

“Have something to fall back on.” Translation: Have an excuse when it gets too hard to do what you love.

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

“Keep your composure and stay in control. Let the other person be the one acting like a child.”

What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

Those same people bumming cigs off me all night then voting to make the state non-smoking… I HATE you bastards.

Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

I would like to be on Jeopardy as the first contestant to drop the F-bomb when I get a question wrong. “Who was Mozart?”

“No, I’m sorry….”

“FUCK!!!  FUCKKK!!!!!”

What do you want to know?

All of it. Everything.

In terms of art and specifically comics, I want to learn how to give comics a cinematic feel and make stories that are more character-driven. I think that, in order to have convincing and interesting characters in comics, real characters, an artist needs to find something within himself to bring to the storytelling. In this way, comic characters come alive to readers, and the stories become more emotionally valid. I strive for this kind of reality in my work, no matter how fantastical the story.

What would you like your last words to be?

“I think I did alright.”

Please explain what will happen.

Eventually people will stop believing in mythology and fairy tales as world history. People will stop electing officials on the basis of “Seems like you can have a beer with him.” Really…I kinda go for the higher IQ, dipshits. Then we’ll be four galaxies over in short order hanging out with six-armed tentacle people.
Of course, if none of that works out I’m going to start my own cult and suck cash from Hollywood stars. Would you like some literature? Or perhaps a personality test?

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MONTGOMERY BORROR is the illustrator of Quarantined, a graphic novel written by Michael Moreci (forthcoming from a major publisher, 2010). Borror has just completed two short stories for The Sleepless Phoenix: Survival Stories, forthcoming in October 2010. His previous work includes the story "Nearest and Dearest" for Insomnia's anthology title Layer Zero, and the new anthology 2012 Final Prayer, The Cold Blooded Chillers, from Heske Horror, in which Borror's work appears, was the winner of the bronze Independent Publisher's Award in 2009.

Borror’s work is kinetic and bloodthirsty. While violent and gory, it is also subtle in its use of line, color and value. Borror brings his fine art training to his illustrative work. The work is reminiscent of the old horror comic book artists that have inspired him since he was a child. Artists like Virgil Finlay, Bernie Wrightson and Neal Adams. His work is also heavily influenced by the imagery of writer H.P. Lovecraft.

The study of fine art, literature and music throughout his life taught Borror the value of emotionality in his illustrative work. While he works primarily in sci-fi and horror genres, Borror is unusual in that he strives to create a deep connection between character and reader. He understands the roles that social commentary and satire can play in his art and endeavors to cultivate these themes in his illustrations and paintings.

Borror studied fine art at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia before moving to Colorado where he studied under the private tutelage of Robert Venosa. He taught art to children and co-founded Project Art Studios with friends and fellow illustrators Pat Redman and Matthew Karasik. His work has been featured in various shows and galleries in the Denver/Boulder, CO area such as Think Tank (2008), Bad Art for Bad People at Bob White Gallery (2007), The Rock Art Show at The Project Studios (2006), Zanitha Gallery (2006) and Black & White & Read All Over at Axis Mundi Arts (1999).

After returning to the south, he began pursuing a full-time career in comic-book illustration and has worked professionally in the field for the past two years. Montgomery Borror lives and works in San Francisco with wife and fellow comic book artist, Sarah C. Bell.

They have a kitten named Bird.  

11 responses to “21 Questions with Montgomery Borror”

  1. Sarah Bell says:

    You’re so funny, baby. I love you.

  2. melissa harris says:

    Nice. That is most def the Monty I know.

  3. Greg McCaw says:

    This article was great fun to read; and wonderfully, amid the fun, Monty’s brilliance is apparent. One of the bright spots during some of the most difficult years of my life, was the short time I got to spend laboring along-side this kind of talent. Yet another brush with greatness along my path. Thanks for taking your sense of humor with you everywhere, I’ll never bum a cigarette off you, and, as far as I’m concerned you needn’t bother with the pants (my apologies to Sarah)! All the best to you, man! Keep up the superb work!

    • Sarah C. Bell says:

      Because of this comment, Greg, you have my permission to see Monty sans pants. 😉 But just for a second.

  4. Well that’s refreshing…thanks for your comments everyone.

  5. This is awesome. YOU are awesome!

    It’s great to have here you Monty. I’m looking forward to Quarantined being released.



  6. Steve Beggarly says:

    This was a fun article and totally Monty! From the responses, and of course, the art work, I wouldn’t have expected anything less. I hope Monty has continued success and good fortune. Way to go dude!

  7. GNBraun says:

    Great interview, Monty…and brilliant art…I especially love the junkie Captain Oil and the Train in Vain…

  8. Gloria says:

    Success is right now. This very second. Thank you for that, this is exactly what I needed to read right this second. Serendipity. And it made me feel all warm and happy until I got to the part where you revealed you hated me and you called me a bastard. Words hurt, Monty.

    The forced perspective in the octopus picture is incredible. I love that picture a lot.

    This was a great interview. Very fun. Now…can I bum a smoke?

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