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 ( was completed in 2015 and was the first of my endeavours to make the jump to print, shortly followed by it's prequel Rockabilly ( 

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.


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!

Monday, 13 March 2017

Dark Pond Creations Roster Introduction - Golda Evans

Article By
Golda Evans
Hello Dark Ponders, fellow comic enthusiasts and story-lovers. My name is Golda Evans and I'm one of the writers for the DPC team. I thought I'd give a wee update on what I'm working on and also use the opportunity to say hello and introduce myself. At the moment there's two projects I've worked on sitting with artists (The Coyote of Antelope Peak and Time to Burn), I'm working on writing a third and there's a bunch of ideas rattling about my head, some of which I'm excited to try and make something of and see what you guys think.
Talking of being excited, I'm looking forward to The Coyote of Antelope Peak and Time to Burn being released and hearing what you folks think. DPC have a lot of wicked stuff in the works and will be appearing at various cons throughout the year, so keep an eye out for some new comics and come over to the table for a natter or pop us a message on our Facebook page.

So, The Coyote of Antelope Peak and Time to Burn, what are they all about? 

Coyote is a mini series following a Sheriff and her Deputy in the small town of Antelope Peak. The town is nestled in the forest, completely off the map sort of style, so there's a real claustrophobic  and intense element and pace to the story alongside the seemingly idyllic setting. One night there's a brutal murder and Antelope Peak becomes the last place anyone wants to be.

Time to Burn  is a collaboration between DPC co-founder Pat Scattergood and myself. Pat wrote the first half and pitched the idea of where he wanted the story to go to me and kindly not only trusted me but let me loose on the second half. I'm particularly excited about this one because I just love the whole idea of the story. Time to Burn is a science fiction horror story that follows a man's descent into madness as he travels back in time, striving to change and prevent the horrific events that have come to pass in his current time line.

I won't say too much about the third story I'm working on just now as it's very much still in the planning stages. What I will say though is that Pat gave me a cracking one line prompt for it, which has given me a lot of inspiration and there's a lot of completely different directions I can take the story, which I'm really excited about but then I've also got to pick what path I want to go down and I've got to get my decisive hat on for that (I'm actually way more decisive than I let on). If I can pull it off, I think you guys will really enjoy it, so please check back in the near future and thanks for bearing with me whilst I put pen to paper (literally..that is actually how I work, pen to paper first and then fingers to keyboard. Actually, think erratic notes all over the place and on various pieces of paper to begin with and then all laid out and you've got an image of how my and I brain work).

So that's what I'm working on at the moment folks. I hope there's wicked things brewing and I  can't wait to share them all with you :D.

Besides being asked what I write and what I write about, I'm usually asked why do I write and what inspires me to write? The answer is easy: I love stories. I love stories of any kind: written, spoken, sung, drawn, acted, painted, danced, strummed. I just love stories. I love listening to and reading other people's stories, I love sharing stories with other people. I love seeing that gleam people get in their eyes when they're telling a story and it's gotten a complete hold of them and seeing that excitement when someone has an idea and they're just so eager to share it and write about it and draw it. I love the passion and the rawness of emotions that can pour out of a story and out of a drawing. I love seeing people fired up and impassioned because of stories. I love the honesty and the starkness. I love the complete and utter fantasy of a story. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I love the happiness and the feel-good factor as well as the understanding, the comfort, the pain relief and the escapism stories can bring.

Admittedly I've always been more of a reader and a listener than I have a writer but I've always found them both extremely cathartic. Why do comics, though? Easy. Because it brings together two of the things I love most: words and illustrations. Now you're probably thinking what sort of answer is that? What a right plonker (and actually you would be right, self-confessed plonker here ;)) but as basic and stupidly obvious as it sounds, it's my honest answer. The second reason is how much comics in particular mean to me. For a long time I have struggled with my mental health and I always find it very hard to talk about. Not because I'm ashamed of my mental afflictions - I refuse to be ashamed by anything like that, for myself or others, but because I really struggle with expressing myself orally. However, there's a comfort and a release for me in being able to express myself through writing. That is where I know how to express myself and reading comics is one of the few things that has stirred any sort of emotional response in me during my bouts of depression.

So there we have it, what I'm writing and why I'm writing. I'd love to hear why you guys love to write  and what inspires you guys or what other vices you have.

Take care of yourselves and have fun and remember to be kind to yourself as well as others.

Golda x
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