Italian artist Peppo Bianchessi sent us these sublime illustrations.
We are pleased to report Black Scat will be doing a book by Peppo later in the year.
vote for Peppo!
Q: How many Black Scat authors and contributors are gifted singers and musicians?
A: Two for certain (Doug Skinner and Opal Louis Nations)—we’ll have to ask the others. Skinner can be seen performing in the previous post. And here’s a link to a rare audio clip of Opal Nations singing Take the Easy Way Out.
Q: Do they have groupies?
A: We’re putting our money on “yes.”
Here’s Black Scat author & translator Doug Skinner performing a ukulele solo: The Regard of Flight 23 — Second Homesickness Song. This clip was broadcast on TV in 1983 and is from a comedy play on tour starring Skinner, Bill Irwin, and Michael O’Connor.
A sweet treat to launch the weekend. Enjoy!
A man of many talents, Doug Skinner has translated Isidore Isou’s Considerations on the Death and Burial of Tristan Tzara and Captain Cap (Vol. I.) by Alphonse Allais—both in our Absurdist Texts & Documents series. In addition, he has written numerous scores for theater and dance, particularly for actor/clown Bill Irwin. His articles, cartoons, and translations have appeared in The Fortean Times, Fate, The Anomalist, Nickelodeon, Weirdo, and Black Scat Review. His translation of Giovanni Battista Nazari’s alchemical dream vision, Three Dreams, was published by Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks in 2002.
You can follow him on his blog here.
The free Captain Cap campaign buttons have all been claimed, but we still encourage our visitors to purchase a copy of the book—a treat in itself. Besides, volume II in our three-volume series by Alphonse Allais (translated by Doug Skinner) will be coming around the mountain soon, so you’ll want to collect the set.
As for the buttons (hand-drawn by Skinner), one lucky gent chose to enshrine his:
Judging from the brisk sails [sic] of Captain Cap by Alphonse Allais, the good captain is developing a rabid cult following—some of whom are daring to wear Captain Cap campaign buttons in broad daylight. The book’s intrepid translator Doug Skinner has compiled The Iconography of Captain Cap over on the Ullage Group blog—complete with rare images.
Don’t miss the boat.