Spotlight: Cognition #0-4

Cognition is a story about a steam-powered robot with a human soul and a demonically possessed mouse.

They battle monsters and ghosts for the British Occult Secret Service (BOSS) at the height of the Victorian era.

The first full story arc is out now!

I’ve covered Cognition before – issues #0-4 were spotlighted, Ken Reynolds answered 10 questions about digital comics and then there was a Kickstarter.

Now the full first arc is available!

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‘Good Vs Evil. It’s never that simple.’

Cognition follows the exploits of a steam-powered automaton inhabited by a human spirit and a demonically possessed mouse. They battle spirits, monsters and folkloric nasties for the British Occult Secret Service during the ‘Golden Age’ of the Victorian era.
The themes of the book are duality and choice.
The protagonists are spiritually linked and must co-exist. They wage a silent war for dominance, with the prize being control of the robot body and access to demonic powers. Good vs evil, spirituality vs technology; this story explores the idea that nothing is straightforward. Thoughts, intentions and motivations only get defined by choice.

Oh… and sometimes the robot hits monsters, while the mouse uses magic.

Cognition #0 is available as a free PDF download so raaders can sample the book before deciding if they’d like to continue –

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The book has many influences. There are obvious parallels with Mingnola’s BPRD and even pinocchio, but the story has it’s roots set deeper in Sherlock Holmes. More specifically Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. I found the evolution of his writing from stories based on logic to those embracing spiritualism very interesting.

Ken Reynolds was born in Suffolk (1983). He currently lives and works in Ipswich along with his lovely (tolerant) wife and beautiful daughter.
After graduating with a Degree in Graphic Design he has been working in the industry for over 10 years. The skills of layout, typography, pre-press processes and time management acquired in this time made the transition to working in comics feel like a natural evolution. Ken has lettered and edited for many independent publishers and creators. • Twitter: @ReynoldsKR20

Sam Bentley was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England in 1993, where he still lives and works. He uses both traditional and modern art mediums, and often combines them in his work.
He graduated from the University of Derby in 2015, with a first class honours degree in commercial photography. This helps inform his use of research, composition, lighting and colour.
Artists and creators such as Francis Manapul, Alex Ross, Jae Lee, Andrea Sorrentino and Richard Isanove inspire him.
In 2014, Sam was selected as one of 13 finalists in high profile comic creator Todd Macfarlane’s ‘Lucky 13’ fan art contest. This work was subsequently included in the 250th issue of the Spawn Comic book. • Twitter: @SamCJBentley



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