#AtoZChallenge 2020: H Is for Husband

Day H. I’ve worked my way from “Herman” (a kitchen monster) through “Here’s the latest from SIP” (bo-ring) to “Husband,” which I should have thought of in the first place.

Here’s the low-down.

After careers focusing on criminal codes and tax codes, David Davis creates. His Alien Resort cartoon has appeared in newspapers in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia.

Now the developing story of Alien Resort appears on his website, Alien Resort: A Website That Is Actually a Story.

A little background on that: Coy crash landed his spaceship on a Pacific island and has since been joined by other ETs—Plucky, Deadpan, and Lmao—who help him write comics. A group of earthlings, the Beacons of Night and their leader, Rash Lambert, oppose the efforts of Coy and his friends (“We stand for a united earth. If you were born here, you’re one of us. When Alien Resort makes comics, they’re stealing our jobs.”)

Before becoming a cartoonist, David Davis produced, directed, wrote, and sometimes acted in sci-fi videos. His work has appeared at the 2017 Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase; the 2017 Dallas Medianale; the 2012 Boomtown Film and Music Festival in Beaumont, Texas, and the 2012 CosmiCon and Sci-Fi Film Festival in Roswell, New Mexico, as well as other venues.

After Reverse Effects was screened at the 2015 Fantastic Fest (Austin), Andrew Whalen of Playerone.com wrote that the film “is almost like a living comic strip, but undeniably vigorous and fascinating.” He also labeled David “eccentric.” The jury is still out on the latter.

Last Saturday, his first animated video, Blood Bank, was screened at the Dallas Alt Fiction film festival—online, of course, in the comfort of everyone’s living room.

He’s recently completed a second animated short-short: Time Capsule.

In all his creative endeavors, David is self-taught. He also excels at  producing award-winners on a shoestring. Where some directors spend millions, David reaches into a drawer, pulls out a vegetable steamer, applies a few special effects, and—voila! a spaceship rises from the ground and makes for Venus. Or somewhere in the vicinity.

My favorite of David’s videos is Invisible Men Invade Earth, which received the Judge’s Choice award at the 2017 What the Fest Film Festival (Dallas); the Out of This World award at the 2016 Lionshead Film Festival (Dallas); and the Most Original Concept award at the 2016 Houston Comedy Film Festival.

See what you think:

Here’s a link to Blood Bank.

And one to Time Capsule.

All of David’s videos can be viewed on his Youtube channel, here.

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The Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2020 master list is found here.

Find the Challenge on Facebook here.

Weird Again in Houston

 

The Davises are off to Houston next weekend for Comicpalooza and the screening of David’s short-short animated video, “Blood Bank.”

Whatever you’re thinking “Blood Bank” is about, it’s probably not. David’s films are weird. That’s guaranteed. Otherwise, they’re unpredictable. Totally.

According to publicity, Animation Shorts comprises “Short film finalists in the Comicpalooza Film Festival that feature the best in animation.” “Blood Bank” is one of only three to be screened. It’s also his first attempt at animation.

Comicpalooza, “the largest annual, multi-genre, comic book, science fiction, anime, gaming, and pop-culture convention in the Southern United States,” has its unpredictable side, too. You never know whom or what you’ll see.

Here’s a sample of what we saw last year.

 

I can predict this year we’ll see Austinite Manning Wolfe, author of the Texas Lady Lawyer mystery series. She’ll be among the celebrities and guests appearing over the weekend.

Watch for more on Comicpalooza and “Blood Bank” next week–same time, same station, if you’re old enough to know what that means.

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“Blood Bank” will run in Animation Shorts, Friday, May 10, at 8:00 p.m.

See David Davis’ print cartoons at Alien Resort. His film “Invisible Men Invade Earth” appears on Youtube.

I Is for I Like Alien Resort: #atozchallenge

 

About a zillion words into a post about ifferisms, I discovered I was so bored I couldn’t go on, and if I couldn’t go on, neither could anyone else. So I abandoned it. That left a void in the topic area, but the only I word I could think of was I.

Well, they say write what you know: I like these books. I like these movies. I like chocolate.

Then  David gave me permission to write about Alien Resort, a cartoon peopled–or, more accurately, aliened–by visitors from outer space.

Creator, writer, and illustrator, Earthling David Davis, is aided by the four ETs pictured below: Coy, Plucky, Deadpan, and Lmao. Coy founded Alien Resort after crash landing on Earth. The others arrived later. Read their bios here.

Alien Resort. © David Davis.

The cartoon appears in newspapers from California (Alameda Sun) to Brooklyn (Canarsie Courier) to Cumbria, UK (Egremont 2day ) to Australia (Dunoon and District Gazette), plus a number of other publications along the way. They’re listed at the Hall of Fame.

Here’s a sample of what you see at Alien Resort:

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In 2015, David’s submission won John Kelso’s Funny Christmas Card Contest (Austin American-Statesman).

His short film Invisible Men Invade Earth has been screened at a number of festivals. It was named Most Original Concept at the 2016 Houston Comedy Film Festtival and Judges’ Choice at the 2017 What the Fest in Dallas. Read more about it and watch it on vimeo.