HOCKEY COMICS

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Welcome to The Downward Spirals a webcomic created by John Simcoe and now available in print form as “The Downward Spirals: 36 Minute Major.”
This comic collection features the Downward Spirals, the all-opossum squad in the Meadow Hockey League.

THE WEB COMIC

You can check out samples of their adventures in the links below, but, hey, why not just take a chance and get your very own offline version! DownwardSpirals-words

WHAT ARE THE TEAMS?

The comic strip stars The Downward Spirals, the tree-dwelling all-possum team. The entire league is:

  • The Downward Spirals (Possums)
  • The Dam Quixotes (Beavers)
  • The Bluff Nuts (Squirrels)
  • The Apple Corps (Raccoons)
  • The Bone Yards (Dogs)
  • The Garden Jests (Rabbits)
  • The Marsh Invaders (Skunks)
  • The Bridge Billies (Goats)
  • The Loch Foxes (Foxes)
  • The Coniferous Coldbloods (Turtles, who always seem to cancel their games)

WHAT’S WITH THE SCORES?

The way I see it, each strip represents a game played within the
Meadow Hockey League. I’m just giving you the final score of each game.
Eventually, I’ll post up a stats block for these guys.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

I’m John Simcoe. Right now I live in York, Pennsylvania, but I grew up in the farmland just outside of Corning, N.Y. You can probably guess I don’t have any formal art training — and you’d be correct. Other than high school art classes and a stack of How-To books, my art education is limited. But that doesn’t matter, creating stuff is just amazing and since art is just my hobby and comics are my passion a comic strip was a natural.

Looking over the vast landscape of webcomics (and comics in general) I noticed there weren’t many sports related comics, so I decided to give a hockey comic a try.

Rather than focus on people playing hockey, I found I had more fun drawing critters in hockey gear, so that’s how the Downward Spirals were born.

HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR
DOWNWARD SPIRAL COMICS?

I draw them with a ball-point pen on the back of the most useless
paper product known to man: Comic-book backing boards. Then I scan them
in, shade them, add my zinger of a punch-line and post them up.

(Click here for Downward Spirals notes and designs)

THAT’S ALL THE HOCKEY YOU GOT?

Nope! I’ve also written a hockey story in Hard-Boiled Sports a “New Pulp” short story collection from Pro Se Productions! If you like hockey, you’ll love this book!

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