Thursday, 21 July 2011

The Amazing Adventures Of The Direct Debit Clipboard Charity Shitbags!!!!

Pleased to announce my forthcoming humor/autobigraphical comic provisionally tittle either " Bastards I Have Known", or more realistically  " The Freebirds Wing". I hope  to upload at least one page or strip per week and aim to have the first issue ready before Christmas.  Heres The first strip by the fantastic Hayly Gale.  Any of you artistic types interested in drawing a strip or three let me know.

Feedback is most appreciated for either the strip or for the comics title. Be well John Spartan

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Regarding yours, Dear Mrs Mc Dowell, of Thursday the 5th of May

I try not to read the local press too often. It just annoys me for any number of reasons that are not necessary to go into right now. But every once in a while my learned friends on the interpipes will point out something that makes me want to go out and burn down the Irish News. Even if it was printed in the Belfast Telegraph. something like this:

Where to begin with this trough of shit my darlings? Like most of the work that goes into Telegraph opinion pieces, not a lot of thought has been put into it. As is revealed in Ms McDowell'-s explosive first paragraph. Now it might just be me, but isn't kicking off with the phrase "...I had not given a lot of thought..." something of a bold journalistic gambit? Additionally, isn't "paying more attention" a basic conceit of any form of reportage? But let us put ad hominem asides, err, aside and focus on the TRUTH BOMBS being dropped here.

Once a year in Ye Olde Village of Belfast we get the opportunity to experience the classic forms of street performing that appear all over the world, many of them hundreds of years old representing divergent cultures and societies that may well have passed into history. While many of these seem to the naked eye to be mere "foolery" there are many subtle nuances to consider. Is that motorised robot designed to look like a homeless man a tasteless piss take ? Or is it a subtle satire of the way we treat the homeless? Somtimes if you look beyond FACE VALUE you might notice a SUBTEXT. If you are too shallow to try any of these ideas might I recommend November's "Festival of Saucers, Envelopes and Small Streams." I suspect they'll be at your depth.

The Festival of Fools allows, for at least a short period of the year, Joe Belfast to see some stuff they would not ordinarily get (it's considered too twee for the rest of the year). Without subsidies, much of the arts scene in Northern Ireland would simply not exist. Simply put, these things nine times out of ten don't make a profit. Why? BECAUSE IT ISN'T ALWAYS ABOUT MONEY. SOMETIMES IT'S ABOUT EXPRESSION, OR ARTISTIC ENDEAVOUR, OR JUST TRYING SOMETHING NEW!!!!!!! Obviously because of this, these events might have limited appeal. It's not for everyone. So without vital funding we wouldn't get any of this good stuff.

All right the Cathedral Quarter Festival certainly attracts the crowds because it has big name acts, but if that festival isn't subsidised in some fashion either by arts council or sponsorship I will eat my fucking hat. In fact, just checked--massive arts council funding which was recently cut. Still, maybe that will result in a higher quality of craic, eh?

Basically what our Ms McDowell is saying is "I saw some people doing stuff I didn't understand or like. Some people told me they didn't like it. Other people may have. I couldn't be bothered to check. I saw Andrew Maxwell at the Cathedral Quarter last year and there were loads of people at that. That must be much better."

And a final note: if we were left to have our "craic" without funding, we would be left with either top end commercial acts who can pull a crowd themselves without any subsidy, or acts that are free. Like street performers. who apparently we are too sophisticated for. We can leave that for the bumpkins in Covent Garden.


Thursday, 5 May 2011

Practise sketch..

getting warmed up for the 2D "sketchathon"....

Friday, 1 April 2011

1st Panel Prelim Sketch

This is the first panel from my short story.This is a glimpse of Bastion City U.S.A. 1940 with my character Speedbolt running toward it.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

going back to doing comic book characters for a bit of practice so heres the joker.

never done daredevil before so i thought i would give it a go and here it is i hope u like it.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Sorry Gio...

The gauntlet has been thrown so I'm going to take it up. I was planning to start my larger story but I'm going to do a short strip showcasing one character but having the rest cameo . It will be a stand alone story with a glimpse into their universe.. oh and set in the 1940's.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Sketchy Green Arrrow...

Picture of a quick sketch, had to do something to break the mc cay invasion!! Only joking, keep it up Darren.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Monday, 21 March 2011

Not Hawkeye

Somebody on facebook said that he looked like Hawkeye so I changed the colour scheme

The Marksman

Saturday, 19 March 2011


Refining my characters

Don't mean to turn this into the "Darren Mc Cay" Blog but I'm refining my characters at the moment. This is a redesign. The brief for these characters is that they exist in the 1940s and that their costumes should reflect that. I've tried to keep the designs simple yet familiar. Any feedback on the designs of the characters would be more than welcome.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

St. Paddy's Day Flyer

Design for a characters vehicle coloured green for Paddy's day

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Resevoir Heroes

From left to right: Guardstar , The Crimson Fury , Capt. Thunderbolt , Eterno and
Liberty Angel. All out for a brisk walk.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Just messing about here lads. This is an old drawing i found that i did the frist nite we did the comic course ( COME A LONG WAY!!!!)so i thought i would jazz it up a bit then thought it should go up on the 2d blog since that where the 2d collective started.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Eterno V Captain Thunderbolt

Two of my characters as if they were in Mortal Kombat.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Tale of the...

..gets the "if stones could speak" treatment with my story going online on Sunday past, you can see it by clicking here.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Ive been out mouthing again....

Yip done a short blog interview about us for the downthetubes website, check it out by clicking here.

Friday, 18 February 2011

I loved sub zero ( not in that way) i won everything with this dude takes me way back drawing him again i would have drawing him all the time when i was younger so here he is and i hope you like it.

Sunday, 13 February 2011


So I've been doing this alot recently, really quickly digitally roughing out what I want to do. Then ill print it out and either make it blue then ink over it or light box., of course fixing up and dodgyness like anatomy tweaks. Well heres the rough I'll be working from, call back during the week for the finished product....

On other news,check this out lads, we got a mention on the downthetubes website.

Yes lads....

....I think we've gotten a little lazy on the postings here, so we should kick abit a life back into it. I like the themed ideas and would like to continue on with it, does anyone have any suggestions. Im thinking-Mortal Kombat.... anyone  else?

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Creative Suicide

Hey guys, I just wanted to post here and see if any of you would be up for contributing towards a charity book. Its being put together by Stephen Coffey in aid of Suicide, Ive already contributed one peiece and am intending on doing another. Basically do a piece showing someone Killing themselves in the most creative way you can. If yous are interested contact him by email, or contact him through facebook
Please consider it lads, its a good cause. You can see some examples of the peices already contributed on his facebook page.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Just in time for more snow!

Was busy over Christmas so didnt get time do something christmasish and childhoody but started a quick one the other night! I was going to have the caption along the lines of "Tigger always was a bit of a c**t" but thought it best to keep it pc!

As for the new year, best to do something completely fresh, I really need to go for more dramatic perspective! trying to draw Bambi was interesting as I had'nt drawn animals in a while! Love the christmas pics lads!


Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Yes lads...

....Hope yous all had a good crimbo and will have a good new year. I just wanted to stick up a wee post here to see what our plans are for the new year. Any suggestions stick them in the comments plz.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Check this out......

Neil Colquhoun, is a Scottish storyteller, creator of 'Frank', he is a dreamer, night owl, tea-drinker and writer of hybrid horror/ thriller/ sci-fi tales . Frank is a short free novella now in podcast/ audio-book format. 

Frank, a mysterious bounty hunter gets more than he bargained for in his latest assignment. Becoming mixed up in the beginnings of a gang war, he has to contend with a team of hit-men, who are not like your
usual guns-for-hire!
It’s a story about a a bounty hunter, a dead-but-alive hitman partnered with an alive-but-should-be-dead criminal, an escort girl, a man who has a taste for something bad… and the Devil!

Check out the promo by clicking here

For all 7 parts go to his site at and don't forget to comment and let him know what you think.

Monday, 6 December 2010


I wanted to get this done yesterday and up, but I caught a terrible morgan spice flu! Its un-finished but ill fix that in the next day. My third story for 'talesofthe' went online yesterday, it's a 10 page christmas horror-as thats the theme this month called "May all your wishes come true" You can check it out by clicking here.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Gio i did have a peace to put up this was it...... just didnt have time to put it up till now. I was going of a coimic book character and something funny to do with christmans because shaun asked me to do somthing christmasy lol so this is what i came up with and it can work aswell bacause i always liked the joker when i was younger to birds with one stone happyday lol

Wednesday, 1 December 2010


Had to be, and still is in my opinion the greatest cartoon ever. I remember being really young and jumping around the sofa at around 5.30 to the sound, you know the one- baaaa-daaaa-dat-da-dad-a-da- except much better than that collection of vowels and consonants, then bang the bank would blow up! aaahhh good times, good times.
Well anyways, heres my really quick colour sketch. This started out with the intention of being my first digital painting, but I found it quite a bit harder than I expected so it became more graphical. I wouldnt be surprised if theres more animated series pieces from me...

New theme....

I was hoping John would have left a new theme for us but saying he hasn't I shall decide,....and it is...........childhood cartoon characters!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Found this parasite one very hard HOW THE F**K!!!!!! do u draw a parasite lol so here's my go at it dont even think its rite but this is what i came up with and this is all im doing no more parasite plz only joken this 1 tested me i likey ha .......

Monday, 15 November 2010

Parasites yuck!

Didnt get much time to work on this weeks so its a bit sketchy, got as far as roughing in the colours but instead just block shaded it and blended in the rough sketch for a little extra form.


Monday, 8 November 2010

Parasite 1...

..better known by his intestinal friends as Gary. Parasite is a bit a of a strange one as googling it will get you nothing but worms. So I just decided to do a weird thingy ma bob that you can imagine is microscopic and eating your liver!


My first wee submission for the 2d collective so I wanted to try something a little outa my comfort zone! I had intended to have a 2nd character in frame but manga men are hard to do without making them look like 12yr girls! the only thing I cant take credit for is the nose art decal which I pinched off the net :-) Hope you like!

Oh Gio mentioned about choosing a theme for this week, what are peoples thoughts on parasites? haha!


Sunday, 7 November 2010

My Character Manga-nised

Been snowed under finishing my story for If Stones Could Speak.Did this in work today.Just a quick sketch to keep my hand in.