Boebbel

BIOGRAPHY


1954: Born as Dick Boebbel in Antwerp, Belgium, Europe, Planet Earth.


1965–1970: First creations of humorous scrapbooks, drawings and poems.

1967: Selected Belgian candidate for the European Young Painter Contest .       

1969: First exhibition with his survey of  phlegmarellas ; Post Farm Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.


1970–1975: Publication of diverse magazines, such as 'Drifdlav' and 'Phlegm', an amalgam of various cartoons and comic strips.

Founding member of progressive rock groups such as  Zak & Boebbel , Vetbult and Fum.

Solo performances as Boebbel with avantgarde comedy shows, such as  'The Flying Turd'  .

Member of jazzblues band  Oezem .

June 1975: Elected as   The World's Strongest Premature .

1980–1990: Founding member and composer of jazzrock bands Psychotone and Psychotone Too .

Creation of various musical spectacles, e.g. 'Cosmos – perma – cussion' .

Composer and arranger of music for various music ensembles and for classical guitar.

Construction of his percussion stand, the  Klopmöbel  .

Construction of bizarre musical instruments, such as the  boebbelophone .


1990–1995: Creation of comedy performance 'The Frustrated Percussionist'.

Creation of game shows, such as the  'Neanderthal Contest' .

Creation of educational games, such as the  'European Art Game' .

Various collections of chess problems .


1995–2005: Creation of numerous assemblage – sculptures, collages and paintings , also known as his 'Wasted Art'  .

Encyclopedic observation of  'The Planet Mehlodia and its Inhabitants' .


2005:  A documentary on the life and works of Ribley! was made by the Belgian film director Paul Smets, entitled  'Ribley! , Assemblage Sculptor' .


2005–2018:  Creation of more assemblage – sculptures.

2008: Concept, design and construction of his Humoristic Assemblage Halls of Art .

2019: Creation of a series of  '100% Plastic'  assemblages.


1975–1980: Music studies at the Mechelen Music Conservatory .

Member of and performed with various rock, blues and jazz bands, e.g. Le Lis , Bullshit Blues Band ,  Royal Erotic Space Orchestra , The Plastic Bags , and Kobold.

Guitarist and trumpeter of the ballroom & show orchestra The New Peppers,  accompanists of e.g. Ann Christy, Rocco Granata, Ann Michel, and Joe Harris.

Founding member of the classical guitar trio  The Friends of D Major .

Publication of  'Boebbeltje', a magazine with short stories, special cryptic crosswords called boebbelograms,  limericks, fictional interviews, pseudo-scientific articles, drawings and comic strips such as 'The Beernoses on the Warpath' .

Creation of various plays, such as 'TutAnkhAmenn and Hamledt in Antwerp'.



Babyface Boebbel (around 1956)
Babyface Boebbel (around 1956)
Boebbel with Santaclaus (around 1960)
Boebbel with Santaclaus (around 1960)
Boebbel with his Italian groupies (1972)
Boebbel with his Italian groupies (1972)
Boebbel with Lambretta around 1973
Boebbel with Lambretta around 1973
The World's Strongest Premature Contest (1975)
The World's Strongest Premature Contest (1975)
F.C. Little Red Riding Hood  (around 1976)
F.C. Little Red Riding Hood (around 1976)
Boebbel at Place du Tertre (Paris, 1992)
Boebbel at Place du Tertre (Paris, 1992)
Boebbel filmed by Paul Smets (2005)
Boebbel filmed by Paul Smets (2005)

The early works of Ribley! were mainly created under the name of Boebbel


GAMES & CHESS PROBLEMS


Boebbel published in various magazines a lot of word games, crosswords and cryptograms, often with a humorous bias.  Very special were his boebbelograms , a sort of cryptograms with selfmade neologisms. 


Boebbel has always been a passionate chess problem solver, and he composed and published a lot of chess problems himself, a lot of them with a jocular bias.  He also invented new fairy items in fairy chess, such as The Magician , The Hulk , Melodic Chess , and Copulation Chess


Boebbel also created a couple of funny yet very educational games, of which the 'European Art Game' (Europees Kunstspel) is the best known. The purpose of this board game is to build up a collection of various works of art, but the money that the players need has to be earned on a special job circuit or with additional tasks. 



Boebblywood Film Archives
European Art Game
The Dung Dynasty

SHOWS & CONTESTS


Boebbel created game shows and contests, but he focused on dexterity and sensory perceptions rather than on pure knowledge; he aimed at well-founded entertainment and collective fun rather than selective competition.

The most famous of his contests was without doubt the ‘ Neanderthal Contest ‘ , in which the candidates needed to display neanderthal skills to win the contest rather than modern man intelligence.


FILMS & DOCUMENTARIES


Boebbel wrote scenarios and scripts for short films and videoclips , but none of them were filmed due to the lack of financial resources or sponsoring.

They are kept in the  ‘ Boebblywood Film Archives ‘ .

Most memorable was the videoclip ‘ Cantata for Sadomasochistic Scream Quartet with Red-hot Irons, Bricks and Razor Blades ‘ .

Boebbel also made a few photo documentaries, e.g. ‘ The Dung Dynasty ‘ .


Boebbel though was best known  for his LITERATURE and  for his MUSIC .

Donkey Kwast
I Saw My Tits Grow Bigger
Drivdlav Magazine Cover
Boebbeltje Vol.10, nr.1

LITERATURE


SCRAPBOOKS & MAGAZINES


When he was still a child, Boebbel already used to make persiflating scrapbooks, such as  'Ik heb mijn borsten zien dikker worden' (I've Seen My Tits Grow Bigger), in which he mocked the beauty ideal of big bronzed breasts.

Around 1970, Boebbel and his rock band mate Guy Zak started to publish a magazine called  ‘Drifdlav‘  , which mainly consisted of comic strips and scraps.  After a while, Zak quitted and Boebbel decided to lead  ‘Drifdlav’  into a new direction.  The name of the magazine was first changed into  ‘Phlegm‘ and later on into  ‘ Boebbeltje ‘ .

Initially, the new magazine was a kind of fan magazine related to the performances and creations of  Boebbel . Eventually, ‘Boebbeltje’ grew into a full magazine with short stories and fairy tales, pseudo - scientific articles and fictional interviews, funny limericks and jokes, puzzles, drawings and comics. The last edition of  ‘Boebbeltje’ was published in november 1984. 

POETRY                     


Already at an early age, Boebbel started writing witty verses and funny rhymes, but later on he also composed  more poetic or even romantic poems.   


SHORT STORIES & FAIRY TALES


Boebbel wrote a lot of short stories and fairy tales. Some of them were published in the magazine  ‘ Boebbeltje ‘ .

The most memorable fairy tales are :  ‘The Nutty Prince’ , ‘The Unhappy Testicle‘ , ‘Snorebrock and Mouseline‘ ,  ‘The Criple Musician‘ , and  ‘The Cranberry Picker’ .

                                               

PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS


Boebbel also wrote a lot of philosophical essays.

‘In Pint We Trust‘  are the philosophical principles of a bacchanalian sect that he founded in the 1970's and disbanded in the 1980's.

‘Philosoph-IA‘  is a compilation of rather serious essays on various subjects, while ‘Memoirs of a Queen Tyrant‘ is a collection of letters with humorous reflections.


PLAYS


Boebbel wrote several plays and short plays, but mainly comedies.     His most memorable plays are probably : 'Romantisch Tafelgenot' (Table Joy For Two)(2018),  ‘Ski-Lol in West-Tirol‘ (Scalps from the Alps)(1985), ‘Klaveren 4 Troef !‘ (How to Play a Trump)(1984) , and of course ‘ Toet Anch Amonn en Hamledt in Antwerpen ‘ (TutAnkhAmen and Hamledt in Antwerp)(1983).



De Bierneuzen op het Oorlogspad
The Beernoses on the Warpath
Mehlodia, aards bekeken
The Planet Mehlodia and its Inhabitants

COMIC STRIPS


Boebbel published several comic strips in his magazines, e.g. ‘The Death of Luke‘ ,   ‘The Spitting Turdaboo and the Long Drop Loo‘ , ‘The Eventures of Pike and Puzy’, and  'The Beernoses on the Warpath' , an English version of  'De Bierneuzen op het oorlogspad'   .


ENCYCLOPEDIC WORKS


Around 1990, Boebbel changed his name into Ribley!.  A few months later, he was contacted by an inhabitant of the planet Mehlodia.   According to the information he received, Ribley! portrayed some of the creatures of this planet by means of sculptures. He also wrote an encyclopedic catalogue with an observation of the Mehlodians and their sexual behaviour, called ‘ The Planet Mehlodia and its Inhabitants ‘ , an English version of  'Mehlodia, aards bekeken' .  It is completed with comments from a dumb blonde!