Monday, 30 May 2016

Flesh Tones: Issue Two Preview

Hello Dark Ponders.

Fans of our award nominated anthology series Flesh Tones will be pleased to know that issue two is complete, both story and art wise, and is being put together by the Dark Pond team as we speak.

For issue two, we have amassed a rather impressive team of very impressive artists to illustrate the stories here so we thought that as we are so excited to get this comic out in to the world that we would throw you some previews.

This installment will have three stories and I can honestly say that each one is one of my favourite things that Dark Pond Creations have put out in our short time in the comic book world.

The first is a story that I have written called Always Follow Your Heart.  It's a darkly comedic story that has a nice sting in the tale for the protagonists.  For this one, I wanted the story to have a classic, almost art deco / classic fashion look.  That's when the perfect artist popped in to my head.  Stephane Cote, the creator of Fantasmagoria, stepped up and really gave the story a dark yet strangely beautiful look to it and really brought it to life in a way that was even better than I imagined.

The second is a first for Dark Pond in that it's a story that hasn't been drawn or written by any of the original members of the team.  I actually stumbled on the story when I saw a post on Twitter of all places and then reached out to contact the creator.  The story is called Crimson Dusk and has a real classic and spooky feel to it thanks to both the writing and art from a young debuting artist named Katy Anne.  I can't say too much about the story but it blew me away when I first saw it so I hope all of you dedicated fans will love it as much as I did.

On the annoying front, I'm going to keep the third story a second as it's a story that I am massively proud of and really want it to be one that shows the depth of our roster.

Hope you enjoy the previews and keep your eyes glued to the site for when the issue drops.

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Dark Pond Creations Are Coming To the 2016 Leicester Comic Convention

An Article By
Patrick Scattergood

As a Leicester boy myself, I jumped at the chance to do the original 2015 Leicester Comic Convention.  For a one day event, it was a fun and very well run convention.  Of course there were a couple of things that I would have changed but it was a very successful hometown show for us.

With it returning this year, I knew that it would be a mistake to not make a return appearance.  However, for the 2016 convention, the whole show has been increased to two days.  With the one day show being such a success for us, this years appearance should be another success for us.

We're not only bringing The Meek: Issue One and Flesh Tones: Issue One with us.  Oh no.  We're bringing the newly printed The Meek: Issue Two with us as well as a lot of new prints.  One of which is going to be an exclusive, limited edition print drawn by the superbly talented Paul Andrew Kemble from Stencroad Comics, an artist who is also illustrating one of our stories for a future issue of Flesh Tones.

For the Saturday installment of the convention, our table will be manned by David Shotton and on Sunday, the table will be manned by my son Cyrus and myself.

The event promises to be an exciting one with some absolutely brilliant guest so we hope to see you all there!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Blog Entry 2 - 5 - 2016 - Freak Show: The Ballad of Cassandra Update

A Dark Pond Creations Blog Entry By
Patrick Scattergood

Hello Dark Ponders.  As it has been a couple of weeks since our last update, and we've been receiving a lot of questions about one of our newest titles, I figured it was time to unleash a bit of information about a title that the Dark Pond team are very proud of.

As you know, with the upcoming release of our Freak Show: The Ballad of Cassandra one shot, we're treading in to some different territory as a publisher.  You probably know us from our horror and psychological titles such as The Meek and Flesh Tones but this one will be taking us in a different direction entirely.

Before we get in to that however, let's throw some spotlight on just how the project has come together shall we?  As with all stories, it will started with an idea.  The actor, Bill Oberst Jr., emailed me with an idea about setting a story in a circus like atmosphere.  During a bit of back and forth, the seedlings of an idea formed and he was kind enough to let me run with it.
Instead of just putting out a stereotypical slasher / horror style story set in the world of a freak show / circus, we decided to tell the tragic story of one of the performers.  In this case, we chose Cassandra the Bearded Lady.  After her tragic demise at the hands of a preacher perverting the words of his God, the idea is that the ideas set forth clash with the religious ideas of the man running the circus, himself a man that believes in God but takes a completely different viewpoint.  That's when the need for revenge for the death of Cassandra rears up but he has to decide whether to give in to the urge for vengeance or to keep his belief.

Talking from a writing viewpoint, it was fantastic as a writer to brainstorm ideas with someone like Mr Oberst Jr., a hardworking actor that has a brilliant mind for the macabre.  I feel that really helped me to bring the story to life in a way that I might not have been able to have done before.

With the story written and given the OK from Mr Oberst Jr., some would think that is where the search for an artist would be part of this story but there really was no choice for me as to who would draw such a story.  My first, and only, choice was my cohort from The Meek, Carlos Moreno.  With some of the art he has been producing for that title, there really was nobody else that I would have wanted to work with on it.

Rounding out the team would be a letterer and to me, that is one of the most important parts of a comic book release.  A great book can be sunk by bad lettering choices in much the way as a mediocre one can be raised to a higher level by a talented letterer.  We were going to do the lettering ourselves, as I happen to think I've got a handle on that side of things, but we wanted something a little different.  A letterer that can give it a subtle yet creepy edge while staying true to the feel and atmosphere of the story.  That's why when we had the chance to bring the highly talented Robin Jones, from Madius Comics, on board that we jumped at the idea.  His stellar work really brings the story to life and makes the highly detailed art from Moreno really leap off of the page.

All in all, this is a project that we are all very proud of being a part of and are very excited to get out there in to the big bad comic book world so keep checking the blog and our Facebook page for updates on both Freak Show: The Ballad of Cassandra and our other titles that we will be releasing throughout 2016.

Thank you, stay safe, be always creative and let the Dark Pond flow!