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Known for works like his films “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song,”

and “Watermelon Man,” and his musical “Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural

Death,” Melvin Van Peebles is an artist who’s unafraid to cross

boundaries, disciplines, and traditions in his work. His forthcoming

project is no exception. The seventy-six-year-old is gearing up for the

release of a graphic novel called “Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-Itchyfooted Mutha” (illustrated by Caktuz Tree).

The story is an amusing coming-of-age tale about a young man who

suffers from a bad case of wanderlust that’s partly prompted by travel

books, the blues, and the death of his father. The itchyfooted

fourteen-year-old, depicted by Van Peebles, leaves his home with a

stash from his “Saturday matinee triple-feature-show-fare-money” and

along the way, as he grows into adulthood, he encounters mobsters,

love, and Harlem. Replete with song lyrics, poetic verses, and catchy

wordplay, in the end, the book carries a simple lesson:

“F.Y.I….Making your own bed ain’t a guarantee it’s gonna be


“Confessions” drops September 1, but Akashic, the publisher behind the project, is printing a limited run of 100 hardcover copies that will feature an original drawing by Van Peebles.

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