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
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.
Abstract/asemic comics for the city of Azza-Jono. Tales of Azza-Jono can be found on Tablo. The city is the center of a WIP collaboration of writers and artists (mostly writers) who meet on Ello (my Ello handle is echo-of-newt).
When I started reading my first tale of Azza-Jono, I was reminded of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. As I read further into the Tablo site, the stories felt more reminiscent of the early issues of Interzone I stole from my brother. Or like a few short stories from Omni magazine that drilled themselves into my bones, so that I carry them with me always, even though I have forgotten their titles and authors.
For the last week or more I have been feeling figuratively swamped (but not literally, we are still rain-free and drought-stricken) in several areas of my life, and I feel I have neglected my responsibilities here. This is a “Catch you all up” effort to show off some things I have made. These are all poster designs. I was not planning to make any of these images into posters when I started them, usually my posters start as possible GLP comics. If you haven’t guessed already, you should realize that Geranium Lake Properties comics are a wellspring and a hotbed of creativity for me.
The working title for this first one was “Quarter” but the universe insists that I call it “Fingersticks outside the carnival trailer”.
This second poster, along with the third one (below), helped me work my way out of a dispirited mood. I try to find other words than “depression” for my reoccurring malaise–this time I called it “the doldrums”. The title for the second poster is “Chrysanthemum Arrangements”. The third is “Mary, Queen of Mars”:
“This could be your name, no. 159” is my new, not-very-asemic signature, representing my intitials L C M T:
A number of people need to take responsibility for this last poster, title: “Koborlqyn Monstrance”. (Koborlqyn is a made-up name, you don’t need to google it, unless you want to find things to do in Kooralbyn, Australia.) Wikipedia, as usual, has to be blamed for quite a lot of the guilt, but John C. Nash is definitely a conspirator. Lee Skinner is a co-conspirator for showing off his cool tattoo on Facebook, which led me to read about the Ars Goetia and the Lesser Key of Solomon at Wikipedia. Another co-conspirator is the nefarious Jeremy Burnich, aka Your Daily Bread, who sent me a 3D-printed bread loaf (scroll down for the extraordinarily bad tutorial and tap the huge images with your cursor to make them smaller).
Volodymyr Bilyk, Lin Tarczynski © 2016
This is the latest post in a collab series with Volodymyr Bilyk. I used a touch of Gary Barwin Blue in this panel.
More collaborations with Volodymyr Bilyk. The first one I call “Bison”, the second is “Bogun” (in which you can see a word written with Tony Burhouse’s Asemicism font, so this is a also collaboration with Tony).
Apropos of nothing else except I have been listening to this a lot lately, as an antidote to…well, all that junk I encounter in a normal human life. It is a very beautiful, very soothing album by Andrew Heath: The Silent Cartographer. The title grabbed my attention firmly, and I only got halfway through this ecstatic review before I clicked the link to listen.
Volodymyr Bilyk sent me more figures and I couldn’t resist making a gif out one of them.
This is a collaboration with Volodymyr Bilyk. After I posted this image on Facebook, Gary Barwin took our efforts even further–you can see all three parts of the complete work here:
This one was made with help from mIEKAL aND, author of Samsara Congeries, and publisher of Xexoxial Editions, of which number 59 was My Favorite Martian Comics by my oh-so-modest self. I borrowed characters and words from one of mIEKAL’s Martian Love Letters:
© 2016 Lin Tarczynski
“Bismuth has long been considered the element with the highest atomic mass that is stable. However, in 2003 it was discovered to be weakly radioactive: its only primordial isotope, bismuth-209, decays via alpha decay with a half life more than a billion times the estimated age of the universe.” From Wikipedia, sourced to Dumé, Belle (23 April 2003). “Bismuth breaks half-life record for alpha decay”. Physicsworld.
We call it a collaboration, but all I did was give Phil Openshaw (who is a photographer interested in glitch art and asemic writng) some of my asemic letter forms in black and white. What he did with them is astounding: GO TAKE A LOOK!
When you come back, you can re-visit one of our previous collaborations, “Under the Thickety Dune“, in which I used one of his photographs for a GLP comic.
© 2016 Lin Tarczynski
Asemic comics are published here three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
© 2016 Lin Tarczynski
Jack Loki’s Raindance
Can you guess which of my sister’s photographs was used for this GLP panel?