I was too ambitious today and created an edition of nine postcards for this issue of qbdp, number nine, this way I can use up my beautiful oversized Popeye postcards and find some smaller postcards that take 23-cent stamps.
Each card in this edition includes “AfHtJI,” a handwritten visual poem (a “fidgetglyph”) in four colors (black, blue, green, and red). On the front (cartoon) side of the postcard, the words “afh” and “tji” appear in the word balloons of Segar’s characters.
The cards are numbered, and I will send them to the following people:
1/9: Ruth and Marvin Sackner
2/9: Bob Grumman
3/9: Roy Arenella
5/9 Ficus strangulensis
6/9 Nico Vassilakis
7/9 Mark Lamoureux
Today, before leaving from home, I also received a postcard from Roy Arenella, dated 11 June and numbered 232. The front of this photocard is a simple drawing proclaiming “FRESH / FISH / DAILY,” with the “FISH” surrounded by a drawing of the fish. In Roy’s note he refers to my blog entry on Jesusfish and Darwinfish as symbols and quotes James Schuyler: ”All things are real no one a symbol.”
Roy Arenella, "Fresh Fish Daily," 27 Mar 2004
un violon d’ingres