Caffeine Dreams 03, originally released in 2008 was DWAP Productions’ third book in the anthology series, Caffeine Dreams and features 6 different creators. The first story, Shooting Dogs is a western exploring what lengths dogs’ best friend will go to protect them. The second story, The Axe is about an archeologists imagination gone wild in a fantasy tale of a warrior’s last stand. The third story, Once Upon a Time in the Dark: My Favorite Weapon is an introduction to the characters and world of Once Upon a Time in the Dark, an extremely dark fantasy world where werewolves, vampires and other horor become metaphors for the darkness of the real world.
written by dale wilson and RJ Gamayo
art by Alvah Smith, D.V Ruiz, Aposcar Cruz and SOJJ
32 pages, b/w inside w/ color cover
Caffeine Dreams 03 was a continued growth by both DWAP Productions as a publisher, bumping up print and production quality a great deal but it also showed growth from the primary writer, dale wilson. Caffeine Dreams 03 also showed a huge step in DWAP Productions’ editorial and story-picking skills as you will see from the below descriptions.
Shooting Dogs, written by dale wilson, a huge fan of both dogs and westerns shows his love for both of these topics as well as his own belief that neither are ever portrayed in just the right way. Wilson loves the westerns that have bitter, realistic endings and that portray the old west in the harsh, dirty reality that it was. He also thinks that Lassie, while cute, was not his kind of dog. As you can see by the above internal cover image, wilson and Ruiz also have a biting humor.
The Axe, from Gamayo and Cruz is a wild fantasy from the hyper-imaginative eyes of an archeologist who has made what might be the discovery of his life. Gamayo flexes his own imaginative muscles with the concept and writing of this story while Cruz makes all of us question while he doesn’t live in a mansion built by his drawing skills. This story is exciting and action packed with some serious fight scenes.
While Once Upon a Time in the Dark is a much bigger, ongoing project conceived by dale wilson and Bryan Glosemeyer, the first time it saw print was in Caffeine Dreams in the form of the short story, My Favorite Weapon, a reference to the Ministry song, Stigmata. My Favorite Weapon is an introduction to Jeremiah Lange, the central character in the Once Upon a Time in the Dark world – he is a studied assassin looking to take down a werewolf that he and his vampire friend, Argyle are chasing. Violence ensues and heads roll but not before Jeremiah and Argyle deal with their own issues. Wilson portrays his dark imagination while SOJJ really shows the potential that comic book art has but rarely displays.