Geranium Lake Properties is an abstract comic by Lin Tarczynski, published online 2 or 3 times a week. GLP can be read as an artifact of its fictional creator, Wm. Yost, who became a minor celebrity with an experimental comic that followed the hallucinatory adventures of Jack Loki, a native American jackalope.
Yost was influenced by Winsor McCay’s Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, and by New Yorker cartoonists Saul Steinberg and Charles Addams, as well as by Chuck Jones’ Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote animated cartoons. Yost said he “felt emboldened” by his more popular contemporary, Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side (who also utilized a single-panel comics format), but Yost claimed Larson was not an influence. GLP was published in newspapers worldwide between 1984 and 1997.
In 1999, a few days after arriving in New Zealand for a 4-week vacation, Yost vanished. He was last seen aboard a ferry on the trip out from Auckland to Rangitoto Island. The theory that Yost was stranded on an unknown island in the Tasman sea is the basis for the character “Yost” in a novel written by Graile Bohe. The Boy in the Yellow Leatherette Portmanteau begins when Yost recovers consciousness beside a set of railroad tracks in a dry, sunny field not far from Whittlespear Beach, California.