Doug Skinner: An Archive on Your Gizmo

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Uncle’s Ankles

July 28th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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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Index Cards (69)

July 23rd, 2014 · 2 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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Index Cards (68)

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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The Squeamish Ossifrage

June 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I found a musical cipher on a tearsheet from an old encyclopedia, so I wrote a quatrain to try it out. This is what it sounds like.


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June 8th, 2014 · 8 Comments

Translating verse is difficult enough; it’s harder to try to retain the rhyme and meter.  Some paraphrase is always required, but it often comes closer to the original poem than a more literal rendition.  It is, at any rate, a challenging writing exercise.  Here’s my version of a verse by Jean de la Fontaine, from his first collection of tales in verse, 1665.


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Bird Feeder

June 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment


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