This maniacal fool has decided to take on the homogenized ideology of Hollywood and its counterparts by cranking out anti-'wood material for your reading displeasure.
The maniac in question is Philip Davetas. Born in Long Beach, CA in 1973 while sharing the birth date of one Harry Houdini and Steve McQueen. Both, coincidentally, taking the big dirt nap.
Davetas not only chicken-scratches a script or two, but also draws stick figures with cool shapes with nipples that often stimulates a primordial emotion somewhere in the deepest chasms of the subconscious. Which emotion that is is still under heavy scrutiny by government entities who ponder that a new emotion may have been invented.
You can often find him perusing the punk section of your local music purchasing facility while lodging a chorizo and cheese burrito down his throat. He even makes an appearance and a mess at your local cine-snob video store talking about flicks and your average ball-scratching exploitation pictures.
Warning to all females. Never look into his eyes. His eyes operate on a mystical plane trapping women in a downward spiral beyond escape velocity into a doomed desert of love. If he smiles, look away quickly. Do not interact. Do not feed him. If so, you may never want to go home.
Currently, he holds the world wide record of non-awarding winning material that is stirring envy across the international circuit just wanting to not win awards just like him.
When did you start writing?
Davetas: I think I was 8 or 9. I saw Empire Strikes Back and realized that's what I wanna do. But I had to write the stuff. I actually had to work. I had these notebooks that I wrote down ideas in. I would design these movie posters for would-be movies. They actually had credits right down to the MPAA rating, Dolby and Panavision logos. The acting credits were actually actors that were popular at the time. But it was funny. Nobody actually read the credits then either. They just looked at the art.
You're designing comics now, but did you ever think about going into animation?
Davetas: My closest affiliation with animation was porn. I started with flips books and had robots and space ships flying around and fighting. I even had an on-going series called Mack Ford. Each book ended on a cliffhanger. But people would have to watch it over my shoulder, because I was the only one who knew at what speed to flip the damn thing. Everyone else would curl the books or flip too slow or fast. I had a bit of a cult thing going on there for a while. I remember kids would ask me to hand them the new Mack Ford or R.A.N.G.E.R.R. during class.
Davetas: Giant, monster robots duking it out.
Gotcha. So, what happened to Mack Ford and R.A.N.G.E.R.R.?
Davetas: Well, 14 hit with a fuckin' vengence. Everybody was discovering girls which then started my monopoly on flip-book porn. Kids would give me five bucks to draw ass-banging, queef fetishes, golden showers and shit-eating.
Davetas: Those kids probably own their own shit-eating sites now. Making more money than me that's for sure.
How'd you get into screenwriting?
Davetas: How did I become interested? Screenwriting came in right around the time I was in college. I wasn't successful in college, but I didn't go because I thought it would get me a job in film. I went to use the facility like the computer labs, classes that would help me with research like Astronomy, Anthropology, Scriptwriting, etc. Today, my friends are film school grads working shit jobs. Talented folk working jobs they hate. The new American Dream.
How did you come into comics?
Davetas: Comics is not something I wanted to do initially. Basically, comics came into my life in 2003 when I was finishing up a draft on Dead Meat. My computer broke down and I started reading more about the industry and how much more finicky, the movie industry was. I knew at the time my stuff was a darker version of everything. So, I doodled a picture of Popcorn Rockaway one day and then began my journey into comics. It's there where I felt I had control of my work. I didn't feel that I had to cater to the homogeny that is Hollywood.
What projects are you working on now?
Davetas: This favor project for a friend called The Gibbon. It's a collection of work compiling The Gibbon, a Popcorn Rockaway story and the origins of Frank Ackerman (aka The Ablazin' Devil Head).
Each one of your stories has a fictious city. Willmore City, The Crater City of New Madison. Why?
Davetas: My theory is that I wanted to take people away from geographical references. I always liked the idea of a Gotham City or a Metropolis rather than an actual place. It's one of the things I like about David Fincher's films. Fight Club and Se7en both take place in a metropolis, but not a specific city.
Frank Ackerman lives in The Crater CIty of New Madison. Where is that?
Davetas: Exactly? Couldn't say. It has personalities of East Coast cities combined with some European influences. Willmore City is about a thriving modern metropolis while New Madison is a dying one.
Where's Willmore City exactly?
Davetas: Willmore City is where Long Beach, California is currently. It was a failed farm community named after William E. Willmore in 1880. A few years later Los Angeles bought him out and incorporated into LA County. It's featured as the last metropolis in Dead Meat. But in the script everything is what Long Beach was when I was a kid. The Circle Drive-in, The Pike, The Traffic Circle and neighboring streets are all actual names.
The Circle Drive-in is a haven for the likes of Popcorn Rockaway and Claymore Everbilt. Anything you're trying to say there?
Davetas: Uh, not as deeply as people come to think. I remember I saw this documentary when I was a kid about these abandoned drive-in theaters. Some were really cool. I think if I was at a point where I had money, my backyard would be a ranch and I'd erect a drive-in theater. The Circle Drive-in in Long Beach no longer exists. It was turned into business buildings sometime in the late 80's. Many of the drive-ins were at least given a chance during the weekends as swap meets, but not the Circle. It was just left to decay.
What was the last movie you saw there?
Davetas: I think John Carpenter's Christine, Of Unknown Origin, Superman III. For the longest time they had a pretty shitty selection. I think they brought back Of Unknown Origin and it mighta been the last flick that played there before the ever-memorable marquee sprouted the words: "We be closed." It's not really because the selection that was bad. You didn't go there because the picture or sound quality was outstanding. You went there for atmo and just to hang with your friends.
Any other questions? Feel free to ask.