My name is Dave Davenport, but I am sometimes known as "Dogspunk", and sign my artwork "DDOG". I've been tattooing since 1996 and making comic books since 2004. In a past life I animated video games. To view galleries of my work, visit my website dogspunk.com and click on the teeth menu on the left...
Hey it's been a while since I have had a comic out, I've been busy with my day job and also helping to put Bent-con together. As of today I give myself permission to indulge my ADD and to post/publish pages from the half dozen stories I am working on in my head as they are completed, not chaining myself to one or another, which tends to get me stuck, creatively.
Stories I am working on are: Stray Bullet - Continuing stories of Feral, the Ghost Skater, and Doug. Code Blue - Zane and Gunnar and sex-life after death. Loose - the Ghost Skater's journey through the otherworlds to keep a crazed Feral in check. the Rubicon - my sci-fi epic. a martian cat-burglar becomes an agent of freedom. the Curious Case of the Persuasive Pup - a "Lovecraftian" tale written by Daniel Stewart and myself. the Old Man and the Fish - a young man's new pet has a very old and evil soul, written by Steve Lozier.
oh, and of course; Rainbow Warrior - my ongoing strip for the Fight magazine, about a gay MMA fighter
So I've been advertising in "the Fight" magazine, a gay and lesbian free magazine that strives to be a quality above the usual rag. I like it, the politics of the mag are spot on, and the look of the thing makes it look like it costs money, yet it is free. It is a good read while being something your mom could look at.
Anyways, they had asked me to develop a comic strip to serialize in the magazine, the first installment in November's issue.
Now there is an MMA magazine called "Fight", but don't get them confused. It does get confusing, especially
since I decided to go with a story idea I'd had for a while dealing with a gay Mixed Martial Artist who'd grown up in a home full of domestic violence and how that affects him as a person, fighter, and partner.
Above is the finished piece. At least until I though... wait! They did not say it has to be B&W! So I colored it.
My partner Daniel has been acting as my editor on this. Thanks, baby!
So I've been slacking on the blog here. Been busy trying to keep the shop afloat and planning bent-con and such. I will be more forthcoming toot suite.
Here's a piece I made for the silly frags, a podcast for gay video-gamers put out every 2 weeks by my boyfriend Daniel, my buddy Dean and some vagrant named Dan. Check them out on iTunes, they are very entertaining.
So I had finished an awesome collection of horror stories that I had honestly just picked up because of the neato Edward Gorey dust jacket. The book was called "Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural" and edited by Marvin Kaye.
But that isn't what this post is about. Marvin Kaye included a further reading list, and on that list was "the Werewolf of Paris" by Guy Endore, said to be for wolfmen what "dracula" is for vampires and Shelly's "frankenstein" is for flesh golums.
Needless to say I wanted to read it.
The book itself is out of print and as such is pretty rare. Used paperback copies can be from 10 to 100$. Hardback up to several hundred!
So I checked and the LA public library has a copy, but Daniel suggested I get it on Kindle (he'd just bought a kindle a few months earlier).
So I took the plunge. I was skeptical of the kindle at first, but I like it just fine. I find the typos amusing... they show that a program digitizes the pages, because now human would misspell "flair" as "l4air". So it ends up being like reading a dialect.
I am about two thirds through the book. I like it, some parts more than others.
The story begins with a lineage history that results in the genetic mutation of the werewolf character. The present day of the story is Napoleonic France. There is a lot of taboo sexual situations, squirm inducing ones. The grossest scene so far involved a banquet sampling alternative meats for the besieged parisians (like rat, dog, cat, raccoon, et.al.). The best scene so far was one of the few from the P.O.V. of the werewolf, as he escapes his captivity and runs through the night, taking his clothes off and making a kill. His senses don't change but how his body behaves does, as he thinks to strangle a victim but rends it's throat with his teeth, thinks to carry the body away but instead pulls with his maw and pushes against the ground with four legs.
This is the back of my great client Anthony. As you may have guessed, his nick-name is "ANVIL". I did this tattoo sometime in '08 or '09.
Anthony is an American who was living in Switzerland I believe when I first met him. He travels a lot for work, but also because he is a Strongman competitor. He now lives in Spain and is co-owner of the Eagle Madrid/FEUL (F3).
So here's something i have been mulling about adding to my over-extended schedule: flash. Tattoo flash. I have tons of unused tattoo sketches from over the years... why not develop them into flash and give them a new life? I think I tried something like this 12 years ago at Gotham in San Francisco. I'll add a new one every week or so, and while it is posted as the "flash of the week" it will be available at a reduced rate.
And so, here is design number one. A great number of them are heart designs, but I will attempt to rotate them in every half dozen or so.
Hey there, just an FYI- I am resurrecting my blogger blog, and dropping the wordpress one. I could never get the images to load thru the WP widget and ended up having to FTP each one... which made it far less convienient to use than blogger. so there.