David Hopkins

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David Hopkins, also known as Pepe Val Pew and Drip Rat, is a furry artist and writer who lives in Lakewood, Washington, USA, with his wife Katie, two cats (Lucifer and Minion) and a ferret named Farrago.

Fandom involvement[edit]

David was the guest of honor at Conifur Northwest 2005 and Rocky Mountain Fur Con 2012.[1]


David Hopkins is widely known for his webcomic Jack. His initial leap to recognition was through the comic Rework the Dead, a militaristic take on the zombie-invasion theme.

David also co-created the comics Cliff (with Roz Gibson) and Long Island (with Katie) and wrote the novel When Summer Woke, released in June 2008.[2]

In his early career in the field of webcomics, David was known as the furry artist who did heavily violent and gory furry artwork. This changed in part with what was to be Jack's third story arc, although it was the first one publicly available. The story was called "Trixi and Tet" and told the story of Tet, as he dealt with the sickness of his wife Trixi, and her eventual death. This, along with the second story arc named "Angry Brian" seemed to set the extremes that David Hopkins' would go to in his artwork.

Prior to Jack, David worked on Rework The Dead, a two-part comic which dealt with a story line and backstory not entirely unlike the video game Resident Evil or the Living Dead movies (except that Rework The Dead is far more militaristic). Where Rework The Dead dealt with violent warfare, Jack deals more with philosophical issues and questions. While not considered canon to the Jack storyline, David has said[citation needed] he will remake this comic so that it can be considered canon.

Hopkins has also written Thebe and the Angry Red Eye, an acclaimed science fiction novella about a furry crew's ill-fated space voyage. The story first appeared as a serial on Hopkins' Fur Affinity page[3], with several illustrations by Hopkins, in 2014. The following year, a slightly different version with corrected spelling errors appeared in Fred Patten's anthology The Furry Future[4], with two new illustrations by Roz Gibson.


  1. http://www.rockymountainfurcon.org/about-us.html Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  2. When Summer Woke... page on FurPlanet. Retrieved ?.
  3. with this cover image
  4. [1]

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