Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Party: Out Now!

We here at Dark Pond Creations love to try to put out as many new stories as we possibly can for the people that enjoy reading our work.

It's no different with one of our newest releases in the shape of The Party, written by Steven Deighan and illustrated by Kate Evans.

The Party tells the story of an unpopular boy at college deciding that he was going to throw a party while his parents were away.  Simple right?  Well, yes but as with most things, it really doesn't go according to plan, especially when the most popular girl there turns up but is there more to her than just a lot of friends and a pretty face.

Deighan's writing really takes what could be an otherwise cliche ridden story and turns it on it's head.  One of the things that struck us the most about the writing is that it had a retro 80's horror vibe to it which, considering I grew up watching movies from that era, really drew me to the comic.  Another thing that I liked was the simple fact that the print version not only comes in 3D, it also comes with some retro style glasses too.  That simple fact really took me back to when I was wearing those cardboard style glasses growing up and watching horror icons like Jason going about their horrific business while blood, guts and entrails hurtled towards the screen!

Not only will The Party be available at our convention appearances but you can also get it from our online shops at the following links.  The print version comes with 3D glasses and the digital version is released in normal 2D.

The Party (2D Digital Version) is available from here and is on a Pay What You Want deal.

The Party (3D Print Version) is available from here for £3 plus p&p. 

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Artictle By
Patrick Scattergood

Well, last weekend was our first convention of the year and we opened it in a big way by bringing some of our new work with us in the shape of the graphic novel anthology Something Wicked and our 3D (yes complete with retro glasses) title The Party but was it a successful start to the convention season for us?

Well, yes and no.

Sci-Feb was a very well planned and thought out event and had some fantastic guests involved with proceedings.  There was also a very large amount of foot fall going past the tables but that's where the problem actually lay for us as a vender.  The event itself was superb and we couldn't have been taken care of any better by the two organisers, however the people that came to the show treated it almost like a family day out to have a look at the superb displays, meet the television guests and then go home for dinner.

However, that said, the couple of people that did come to our table to talk to us were very enthusiastic about our work and, as a creator, that is always a nice thing to hear.

It's true that we came away from the show with a grand total of three sales but that's not the be all and end all of conventions really.  I had a truly fantastic time there, alongside fellow creators Paul Kemble and Rea Bridge.  The guests were truly brilliant too, especially Miltos Yerolemou from Game of Thrones, who I'm pretty sure is the nicest guy I've ever met from a television show.

All in all, it was a fun day and a day spent in the company of some very fun and talented people.