Postcards By Alec Thibodeau
Some people have more talent than seems fair. Artist, musician, actor Alec Thibodeau is just such a person. When not witching it up in Macbeth over at Gamm, or making music with brother Joel as one-half of String Builder, he is creating gorgeous screen-printed posters and cards. Yeah I know, I’m sure he works hard . . . blah blah blah . . . but jeez.
Thibodeau garnered considerable attention a decade ago when he issued his Noney notes — “cultural tender for the payment of any amount, anywhere” — hand-drawn, hand-printed, hand-signed currency featuring Rhode Island residents with their favorite bird and vegetable. While the project succeeded as art, it failed miserably as an “alternative currency” because nobody could bear to part with them. These were produced under the pseudonym Obadiah Eelcut, an anagram of Alec Thibodeau.
Now Thibodeau has postcards for sale, some with local references like these American herring gulls “meeting for a snack,” as well as an H.P. Lovecraft image that must have been a big seller at NecronomiCon. The descriptions on the back are adorably spare; the Herman Melville card informs us that he “wrote ‘Bartelby the Scrivener’ and was a respected customs inspector.” True enough.
But my favorite of the cards has to be the whale below, “The cachalot, or sperm whale, swims in the open ocean and has the largest brain of any animal.” I’m going to need more of these. (Cachalot is a good Scrabble word by the way.)
See them all at Huetown.com. The cards are for sale at local independent shops including: Craftland, Frog & Toad, Ada Books, and I bought mine for 99¢ at Books on the Square.