Thursday, 27 July 2017

A Geeky MIND: Charity Mini-Con Announcement


Article By
Patrick Scattergood

We here at Dark Pond Creations are firm believers in raising funds for deserving causes and charities. As most of you know, I suffer from a lot of mental health issues and I've been incredibly lucky in being surrounded by supportive people and more.

With that in mind, we are running a mini-con called A Geeky Mind at a lovely venue called Hansom Hall in Leicester on August 12th.

We have

Steve Tanner from Time Bomb Comics
Ryuuza
Geekology: It's a Science
Razlli
David McCluskey from Dammaged Comics
Verity Hall
Paul Kemble from Stencroad Comics
Julia Malkin
Rees Finlay
Ashley Scattergood from Ashley Scattergood Design
Ryan Button
Sarah Millman
Dark Pond Creations

As well as our guests

David Milgate
David Parkin
Sally Jane Thompson

You can check out the events page here!

We are also running a special offer over at our online shop too.

All our titles, including our newest release Goma, are now on a PAY WHAT YOU WANT deal with all the sales going towards the funds that we are raising for the mental health charity MIND.

Check out the shop here!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Free Comic Book Day - Get Your FREE Dark Pond Creations Comic Book Here!



Article By
Patrick Scattergood

Hey there Dark Ponders.

Hope you have all had a fantastic Free Comic Book Day and an exciting weekend.  You may have seen over on our Sellfy Store that we have been offering one of our comics for free and it has proven so popular that we have extended the offer until Friday the 12th of May!

Our Free Comic Book Day offering this year is the third (and newest) addition to the award winning anthology series Flesh Tones.


Flesh Tones 3 - Includes...


The Tunnel
Written By Patrick Scattergood / Illustrated By Ahlam Albaiti

When a man with a sordid past is lured to a tunnel with the promise of sex and depravity, he soon finds all is not what it appears to be and that this may be the punishment that he has been running from all his life.

The Passage of Time
Written By Patrick Scattergood / Illustrated By Kate Beaumont

An elderly woman is spending her last days in a nursing home looking back on her life and her regrets.

Sleep
Written By Patrick Scattergood / Illustrated By Carlos Moreno

A convicted child killer is released from prison early.  A father on the brink of madness.  Sometimes, violence is unavoidable but what aftermath will remain once the dust has settled and will it be worth it?

All are stories featuring the pain of loss but all told from three very different points of view.  One from the point of view of the guilt of a child killer playing tricks on his mind, one from an elderly lady in a nursing home and another from the point of view of the father of a murder victim.  I loved how they all had the same theme story wise but all were completely different and will (hopefully) invoke all different emotions from the reader.

Hope you love the offering guys, girls and ghouls.

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Coyote of Antelope Peak - New Dark Pond Creations Announcement


By Patrick Scattergood

Antelope Peak has always been a quiet, friendly town.  The locals all know one another and the law is upheld with little more than a stern word.  In fact, crime is near non-existent in the town.

Suddenly, the coyotes that roam freely in the forests around the town start to act strangely and violently, with a boldness that nobody has seen before.

That's when the increasingly brutal murders begin, with each one more ferocious than the last.  With little to no evidence to go on and the understaffed police department at a loss, how many more deaths will rattle the town before an answer is found?

Written by newcomer Golda Evans, read her roster profile here, and illustrated by Dark Pond Creations co-founder Patrick Scattergood, The Coyote of Antelope Peak, promises to mix vibes from The X-Files and Twin Peaks with a sharp and incisive look in to the small town mentality with bloody results.

Coming soon from Dark Pond Creations!

Our previous titles are available from the following sites.

From our digital store and in print form from our Etsy and Comichaus stores! 


Thursday, 30 March 2017

A Geeky Mind - Artist Spot Light: Rees Finlay


Article By
Patrick Scattergood

Here's the first artist announcement for the A Geeky Mind convention!

The amazingly talented Rees Finlay: Art And Design, the creator of Damn Dirty Comics, High Priestess and most recently, the critically lauded autobiographical graphic novel The Blue Flame.

I honestly can't recommend his work high enough so come take a look at his comics and his art work too, you're in for a treat!


The Blue Flame is a beautifully written but brutally honest autobiographical account of a lot of the most important moments in Finlay's life but told with the sardonic flair that Rees' social media accounts are renowned for.

Speaking from a personal standpoint, we are very pleased to have such a talented creator joining us for our first ever charity event in aid of the mental health charity MIND.

For more information join our A Geeky Mind Event Page.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Dark Pond Creations Roster Introduction - Kate Beaumont


Article By
Kate Beaumont

Hello all. So I'm here to introduce myself and plug my works. But I'm not terribly good at doing things like that. Being relatively introverted I find the act of describing myself as an actual, in fact, functioning human being that eats and sleeps and goes to work and, of course, writes and draws comics, very difficult indeed. But on closer inspection, much to my dismay I find that I am an actual human person, and therefore must introduce myself as such, for fear of coming across as “a bit weird”. However, it is entirely possible that the “weird” boat has sailed quite some time ago and that you are all adrift at sea with a blue haired, rock-loving, queer, non-binary, lab technician guinea pig owner who creates comics as much as they possibly can.

Well, that got the bit about me out of the way. Let's talk comics.

I've written under the internet moniker of Cosmicmind Comics for several years now, my works mostly being of the webcomic variety. My webcomic Respectable (respectable.smackjeeves.com) was completed in 2015 and was the first of my endeavours to make the jump to print, shortly followed by it's prequel Rockabilly (rockabilly.smackjeeves.com). 

Where did it all start I hear you cry (allow me my delusions)? To be honest I can't remember a time when I wasn't making up characters and stories, whether this was as a kid with my toys or just wandering along making things up in my head. I was clearly a strange child. Once I discovered that I could draw the stories that I was creating it opened up the world of sequential art to me. Add to this my discovery of manga and anime and you have the beginnings of what would later become my own inimitable style of drawing. As for the stories, well, they have come in all shapes, sizes, genres and lengths over the years, with subject matter including escaped genetic mutants, wars in alternate dimensions, and the everyday humdrum schoolyard. Most of these stories have only ever seen the light of day in the form of one-off pages, character design sheets, and little out-of-comic skit panels. It wasn't until my mid-twenties that anything actually got properly written. But these things often take time, and patience truly is the self-taught comic artist's friend. 

My completed comics are heavily character driven, with mostly real world settings and real issues that people face. One particular page that springs to mind even had the characters shopping in Poundland, it doesn't get more real than that! Being a member of the queer community I find it very important to have that representation in my work, and many of my storylines cover aspects of LGBTQ life. I do utterly love my characters, from the time-travelling girlfriends of the 1960s, to the bisexual rockers who smoke and drink too much, and this love makes writing their stories a great pleasure. I guess that's why I do it, to find out about these characters' lives and tell others about them too in comic form. 

Joining up with the Dark Pond team has been an excellent move, giving me the opportunity to draw stories that I would never have written myself and really allowing me to stretch my creative muscles (figurative muscles, I am not the exercise type). The Passage of Time and particularly Hallo Spaceboy (both written by Patrick Scattergood) have been such fun projects to work on. It has also inspired me to write a couple of shorter stories myself which I may or not draw depending how tired I am (as always). 

As for the future, well, I've always got far too many pots on the stove as it were. But I've written a script which I really hope will stick this time. And a potential colour comic too? If I can figure out the logistics, colour is a whole new set of skills to teach myself. I think at present it's a “watch this space” kind of message here. But feel free to check out Cosmicmind on Smackjeeves for all my available titles, and I'm also on the twitter (@cosmic_k8) and the facebook (Cosmicmind Comics) and most of the others too.

Well, must dash, happy comicking everyone!

Monday, 27 March 2017

A Geeky Mind Convention Announcement


Article By
Patrick Scattergood

Hi Dark Ponders, hope all of you lovely folks reading this are in high spirits and happy moods.  We have an announcement to make and it's a cracker!

After a lot of discussion between the various members of the Dark Pond team, we have decided to put on a charity convention in order to raise money for a charity very close to all of our hearts.  It's a mental health charity called MIND and it does some very important work but is sadly not as well funded as it should be, which considering the mental health crisis is shocking in itself.

We will be holding the event on August 12th from 9.30 to 3.30 at Hansom Hall, Leicester and will be having a great many artists, guests and vendors there to keep your geeky little minds happy.

We will also be fund raising on the day too with our costumed collectors coming around to have their pictures taken and your change raided so dig deep and help a very worthwhile cause!

Also, to help with the fundraising, each digital copy of the award winning Flesh Tones 2 sold will be added to the total raised for MIND.

Hope to see you there guys and girls!

Why not check out the event page for the A Geeky Mind - Charity Convention too?  We'll be making some announcements about who will be appearing there shortly so keep your eyes peeled folks.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Submit Horror by S.J. Deighan Now Available!


Article By
Patrick Scattergood

Hello Dark Ponders!  We have a treat available for you on our online stores right now.  The superbly talented writer Steven Deighan, creator of The Party, has just released his new collection of short stories and we are proud to say that it is now available over on our online stores in digital form.

Synopsis

Award winning dark fiction writer, S.J. Deighan, releases tales new and renewed in this unsettling fourth collection of short stories!

Includes the brand-new story Cruciform, plus, the precursor to his forthcoming trademarked horror, Bethany Chiller, is here for the first time!

Now it is time to embrace your fears with the aid of this unique book.

Ladies and gentlemen, ghosts and ghouls, allow S.J.Deighan to...

Submit Horror!

Contains over 150 pages of short horror prose stories to tingle the spine and stoke up your nightmares! 

Available NOW!