Emerging multi-talent, Caktuz..?13 & legendary father of Black American Film, Melvin Van Peebles (Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song) were spotted together in New York City recently, engaging a store full of eager fans at one of their book signing appearances for the graphic novel adaption to Van Peebles new film Confessions OfA Ex-Doofus-Itchy-Footed Mutha. (Published on Akashic Books www.akashicbooks.com).
The line stretched out the door of the small Revolution Books (146 W 26th st.) Store. Fans of all ages awaited their specialized autographed copy of Van Peebles latest effort in the American graphic novel genre. The room grew quiet as Van Peebles introduced his partner in the book’s creation and protege, indie recording artist, Caktuz..?13.
Caktuz..?13, an artist whose list of accomplishments rival most well known artists (art, Music, Fashion, film, etc), illustrated the 60 page story closely with Van Peebles over 6 months. “It was a pleasure, working with Caktuz..?13,” says Van Peebles about his new protege’. “It was one of the best experiences I’ve had. 1st, because the gentleman is talented and 2nd, he tries to get into the mind of the narrator. Very important in communicating ideas back & forth to one another. ”
Caktuz..?13, an award wining graphic illustrator, fashion designer, and actor, isn’t just making the rounds with Van Peebles. ‘Mr. Multi’ will be releasing his sophomore project God’z Porno. The EP, a homegrown version of southern hip-hop he calls Carolina Bluez, will be put out through a joint venture with Block Starz Music & his own AMAS Multi-Media label. After working with such artists as Kardinal Offishall & Akon, dead prez, MOP, Bilal, and more, he is regarded by many to be a rising breath of fresh air in today’s music. With a cult following of passionate fans, and a successful European tour, completed earlier this year, Caktuz..?13 has plans to head back out this fall to South Africa & Japan.
When asked a question about passing the torch, Van Peebles said, “well he was already well past being an apprentice when I met him. A protege seemed like the next step. He was open to that. If I had to pass the artistic torch I couldn’t think of a more capable or enlightened person to pass it to.” The elder statesman finished by saying ” I am very proud of Caktuz..?13. I think he’s gonna be one of the most remarkable multi-talented artists of his time”.
Van Peebles’ new film has already received rave reviews from magazines such as Variety, and got a standing ovation at the Tribecca Film Festival this past year. Doofus is set to premiere in NYC Aug. 21st at Cinema Village.