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August 25th, 2014 · 4 Comments


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I Don’t Want to Be the Pope in Rome

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

I don’t want to be the pope in Rome,
Sitting underneath Saint Peter’s dome.
When the cardinals come knocking,
Then I guess that I’ll start locking
My door, and send those hopeful clerics home.

That’s the first of four verses; the accompaniment is slated for viola and tuba, but here it is in a form suitable for keyboard as well.


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Sea Serpent

August 4th, 2014 · 3 Comments

There’s always an explanation…


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Uncle’s Ankles

July 28th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Uncle Bertie’s ankles are subjected to quite a bit of abuse in this song.  In subsequent verses, they’re bitten, kicked, broken, stung, and burned.  Finally, he’s eaten by a bear, leaving the ankles unharmed.  Poor Uncle Bertie!


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July 23rd, 2014 · 7 Comments

A bit of low-tech rubber stamp stereoscopy: cross your eyes for a 3-D scene.


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July 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment

A round about time.


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The Unknown Adjective and Other Stories

July 2nd, 2014 · 3 Comments


The Unknown Adjective has arrived!

“Mr. Skinner knows many terrible, terrible secrets about us. We are once again fortunate that he chooses to share them so deftly and so altruistically.” —Mark Newgarden

Witty and ingenious comics from the exceptionally-talented writer, musician, performer, ventriloquist, and cartoonist Doug Skinner. It’s exciting to finally have these little-seen strips available in one beautiful book. You may be reminded of Voltaire or Ernie Bushmiller while reading these meticulously drawn stories featuring utterly hapless characters, but Mr. Skinner has a style all his own.” — R. Sikoryak

Will Walter and Benny find the elusive batworm? What really goes on out in “Cowboy Country”? And can Dr. Docket find a cure for all that ails Mr. Pert? You’ll discover the answers to these and other burning questions in this profusely illustrated collection of comics and picture stories from the brilliant (albeit peculiar) mind of Doug Skinner. Take a look inside and see for yourself. Your daily dilemmas will soon seem inconsequential, and the laughter you hear may turn out to be your own.

BLACK SCAT BOOKS proudly presents Doug Skinner‘s curious comics in a large format (10 x 8 x 0.3 inches) trade paperback edition, featuring over 100 pages of wicked strips designed to disrupt “normal” thought patterns.

Available from Black Scat Books.

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June 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

One of our more unusual vice presidents, Dick Cheney, has been in the news again.  I combined two photos of him for this portrait, done back when he was in office.


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Acronym 1

June 23rd, 2014 · 4 Comments

I write musical acronyms by taking the first beat of every measure from a given piece.  For the first one, I chose Haydn’s sparkling piano sonata in C major, XVI/35.  The result keeps much of the character of Haydn, but is shorter and a bit more abrupt.  It’s still surprisingly coherent, though; Haydn’s clarity shines through.


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June 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I’ve always felt sorry for Jesus’s brother James, destined to be overshadowed.  But then, he wasn’t crucified, either.  Here are the first four verses of six.


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