I have set up shop in San Diego for the next 3 months. Take a look at www.devondevereaux.com for new paintings and new store items. I’m working on setting up some shows in southern California.
According to legend, in 1981, there were two arcade consoles released in Portland, OR called Polybius. Customers came into an unnamed arcade and played this game. They began to have seizures, fainting and experienced psychotic behavior. Depending on what story you buy into, there were men in black that allegedly removed the two games days after its release. This seems to be an urban myth based on some kernel of truth. There were reports in1981 of an unnamed arcade game with customers having similar experiences. Since then the game has shown up in an episode of the Simpsons and has become a part of modern pop culture. 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas by Devon Devereaux.
On November 24, 1971 A man Identified himself as Dan Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 from Portland, OR flying to Seattle, WA. To this day he has not been identified although many weigh in on who he might have been. 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas by Devon Devereaux. Available on ETSY.
Since 2012, Every October I try to create one painting every day. The first year was all Halloween art. Last year was Cinematic Dracula paintings. This year will be a new legend, curse, folklore of the Northwest. Up first is Ogopogo. There are mythical sea serpents all over the planet. The Ogopogo is a Canadian legend that has been seen on Lake Okanagan in British Columbia. It is said to be very similar in shape to Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster. 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas. Available here on Etsy.
Josh Lobster written by Chris Reilly, illustrated by Devon Devereaux is the story of Josh and his sidekick Misty exploring the secrets of Goose Cove, Rhode Island. The traveling carnival comes to the island every year. But this year something strange is afoot. The worlds population of sea life are making their way to Goose Cove. New evidence of 20 year old murder comes to light. Vampires attacks on the island cattle and the mysterious Barnacle Bill seems to be at the center of it all.
The last conversation Chris and I had was about how to do the Kickstarter video. We tossed around a lot of ideas and we both agreed on JAWS as our theme. Unfortunately Chris passed away suddenly on June 10, 2014 right as I was completing the art for the first issue. I wasn’t sure what to do but I know Chris would have wanted folks to see his final story.
Count Dracula is an old vampire who, because of his advanced age, is forced to host tours of his castle to get new victims. In an attempt to revive his long-lost love, Vampira, Dracula sets out to collect blood from the bevy of Playboy Playmates living at his castle. However, one of the Playmates whose blood is drained is black, turning the revived Vampira into a black woman.
Dracula enthralls the hapless Marc to collect blood from three white women in hopes of restoring Vampira’s original skin color. Dracula transfuses the blood into her but she is unchanged; however, her bite turns Dracula black. Marc and his love Angela race to destroy Dracula but are taken aback upon seeing Dracula’s new skin tone. Their surprise gives the vampires time to slip away to catch a flight to Rio forCarnival.
This loose interpretation finds African Prince Mamuwalde transformed by Dracula into Blacula! During the 1700s Blacula was imprisoned in a coffin until 1972 where he wreaks havok on Los Angeles. Blacula is followed by Scream Blacula Scream and Blackenstein.
Kicking off the 70s is 1971’s Dracula Vs. Frankenstein. This one is difficult to sit through. It sounded promising enough, a funky film pitting the two biggest monsters against each other. Dracula sounds like he recorded his audio from the bottom of a deep well. Lon Chaney (Son of Dracula) is completely wasted as an axe wielding drunken hillbilly under the Count’s spell. This one is only for the completists and die hard fans.