Silver Lupin Collab


Silver Lupin Prayer, v.2

When my sisters and brother visit the family homestead, one of our favorite walks is Oso Flaco Lake. The walk has three parts: the lagoon, the dunes, the beach. The dunes are covered with a scrubby habitat all the way to the beach. You walk through a landscape densely packed with an array of textures that is fascinating even when the plants are not in bloom.


Silver Lupin Prayer, v. 1

The silver lupin was in bloom this past weekend, the perfect embodiment of its name, with pale flowers and gray green foliage. When they die, the plants leave behind intricate mounds of twisted branches, in every shade of silver and gray. My sister, Nancy Tarczynski, took some photographs of the silver lupin corpses:


She knew I would want to use this amazing source of pattern and line in my work.


Jack Loki Meets the Friendly Neighborhood Haruspices

© 2017 lcmt

Sreya Derew’s Counting Song


This was made with a little help from my friends Tom Magee and Phil Openshaw. It was part of the creative progress engendered by this GLP comic:

“Sreya Derew Counts Backwards from Ted to Dina”

I am very grateful to Phil and Tom for giving me permission to use pieces of their work.

This photograph was posted on Facebook by Phil Openshaw. The interface between positve and negative spaces grabbed my attention. I immediately began to see graphic possibilities for those shapes, even though the photo is not a particular favorite of mine. The image does not really do justice to the breadth of Phil’s wonderful talent. You should check out his site for his photography, and his fantastic asemic art.

The drawing below was made by Tom Magee and posted on his blog at Ello.

When I was making this comic, I reached a point where I had dynamic spaces divided between black and white and red, yet there was no story. When I make abstract comics and asemic writing there is always a story. It can be a fragment of a story, like a scrap of a lost manuscript, or a quotation from an imaginary book. Maybe it is barely a glimpse, like something seen through a window, or like one frozen frame of film. I try not to worry that I have only a small piece of the story, because I have always known that the viewer, the reader, brings the larger narrative to the work. Asemic writing has helped me fully understand that truth. But I did not have even a piece of a story until I saw Tom Magee’s drawing on Ello. The two floating entities in his drawing almost yelled at me, like little bratty monsters. They knew they were the catalysts for a GLP narrative, and they demanded their space in it.

Collab: Five to Alias


This is a cover I designed for the work-in-progress novel, Five to Alias by Tanya Simone Simpson and T. Van Santana. The artwork is a collaboration with Tanya, who is an amazing photographer as well as a writer.





I have included four of her photographs that provided me with all the elements I needed for the cover design. I am grateful that she cheerfully allowed me to chop up her beautiful work!

The world of Azza-Jono is being created by a free-wheeling collaboration of writers on the Ello social network. You can find the results at the Tablo site: Tales of Azza_Jono. You can also read about it on Ello as it happens, but I find that the Ello site does not always work if you are not signed in as a member.

The Tale of the Rust-Stained Jug


Six Tales from the Glorious Assemblage of Haberdashers is an imaginary book by Abby Ashier Chertsey. It was a once-cherished but mostly forgotten childhood classic for Wm. Yost, imaginary author of Geranium Lake Properties. Yost accidentally encountered Chertsey in 1995, in her garden on Bryher island, when he was on a tour of small British islands. Yost had stopped to admire a hillside of daffodils, and subsequently was rescued by the 103-year-old Chertsey from the affections of her mixed-breed wolfhound, a very large and exuberant puppy named Penarddun, called Penny, or Bad Penny.

Six Tales from the Glorious Assemblage of Haberdashers



“Six Tales from the Glorious Assemblage of Haberdashers” is a Geranium Lake Properties series that has occupied my attention for several days. Here are two pieces of a poster I am working on, plus I made some products at RedBubble while I fret over details:

Carnelian Galena Capriccio

Carnelian Galena Capriccio, v2

Carnelian Galena Capriccio, v3

C is for Cancer


My sister Susan has two kinds of cancer. Her first cancer, GIST, has been a hardship for the last 20 years. She is now dealing with esophageal cancer as well. She is younger than me by a year, she made it through an 11-hour surgery on April 20th, and we are full of hope that she has many years of life ahead of her. Her daughter has created a Gofundme campaign to ease their family’s financial burden. Any donation, even a small one, will help.