Invoking the Name of the Mystery as Elilim and Kochavim

For Catholics, today is All Soul’s Day, overtaken among Mexicans and hip moderns by the traditions of the Day of the Dead. Elilkocha is the name given to this holiday by jackalopes, who honor the day by drinking coffee and consuming brown butter cake made with bourbon or rum, preferably in their favorite diners. If you want to be really traditional, you will add some coconut liqueur to your coffee, which ruins the coffee and tastes nothing like coconut.

Jackalopes are unabashed thieves of culture, and they stole two Hebrew words for their holiday, Elilim, which means “false gods”, and Kochavim, “stars”. I mentioned to comandantechispas that jackalopes have a saying, “All names are the name of God.” They also have another saying, “All gods are false gods.” Jack Loki, the sometimes protagonist of Geranium Lake Properties, explains it like this, “Jackalopes are, by nature and every inclination, atheists, and they consider the various god concepts as metaphors. Metaphors are essentially lies that make facts more poetic, more epic, more mythic. Metaphors make a better story, a good yarn, or a lesson memorable as a parable or fable. If you want to celebrate Elilkocha, use this day to remind yourself not to scorn the good stories and lessons found in the religions of gods you think are false.”

The other half of the Elilkocha honors stars as the creators of all life–of all of everything, actually. Patron saint? Carl Sagan, of course.

PS. Diners are sacred places in America, don’t you think? Also, there is a larger invocation of this work.

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The Procession of Entropy


Autumn heralds the great holiday for jackalopes, the Procession of Entropy, which begins on October 15 and ends on the last day of the year. Jackalopes believe in a few gods despite being atheists, with a very small percentage who are Greek Orthodox. (This small percentage is dedicated to preserving the traditions of jackalope history in the Byzantine Empire.) Of the Jackalopian Gods, Patchy Kettle might be their oddest, but he is also their most amiable god. Ekchuajumudabrutu is their most classical god, a son of Tiamat. Their most revered god is Entropy, and the major holidays for Entropy conveniently occur during the holiday season that includes Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, which are also celebrated by jackalopes. (Since jackalopes are largely athiests, they seize every opportunity to celebrate other cultures. Jackalopes firmly believe in holidays.)

Here you can find a few manifestations of Jack Loki in the panels of GLP.

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

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Treasure Map, Not a Peony

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© 2016 Lin Tarczynski

This GLP panel is rather plain, so I have included one of my designs for a poster to jazz up today’s offering. This design is called “Not a Peony” and it is a straightforward example of how I use the work that goes into Geranium Lake Properties for other projects. And vice versa.

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kiGamnch Game Cards: Illuminated Cruces

Many jackalope families play Illuminated Cruces on Easter, but it is not a universal or longstanding tradition of jackalope culture (Jack Loki’s family did not play Illuminated Cruces until he was a teenager, after his mother moved the family to Cloudcroft, New Mexico). Chocolate Hanukkah coins, gelt, are often used as game pieces, a practice that confuses many people, even jackalopes, about which holiday is traditional.

You need to place four cards together to make an Illuminated Cruces game board, one for each of the four players. There is also a two-player version where each player controls two cards. The first image here is the card for the Southwest player, 2nd image is Southeast, 3rd is Northeast, 4th is Northwest.
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The four cards can be placed in various configurations. Each configuration has a different name and its own rules. This is the default configuration, called God’s Eye or Compass Rose:
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This next variation has many names, the more unusual among them are Running Starch, Zap Bath, Tea and Sherry Hour:
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This is the Hourglass variation:
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© 2016 Lin Tarczynski

Geranium Lake Properties, Green Planet Emerges

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Asemic comics are published here three times a week, on Tuesday (or Monday), Thursday (or Friday) and Sunday (or Saturday). We missed last Sunday so we are posting two cartoons today, both from Jack Loki’s Raindance series.

Can you guess which of my sister’s photographs was used for this GLP panel?

Geranium Lake Properties, kiGamnch Dart-and-Tile Boards

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Today’s comic is a kiGamnch Dart-and-Tile Board, used for various tabletop games that are a popular form of kiGamnch.

The “darts” are not sharp, they are shaped like lima beans, with six short rubber spikes. They are more like jacks than darts. Some people play kiGamnch with jacks instead of kiGamnch darts, but if you have an expensive inlaid kiGamnch table, metal jacks would marr the finish. You can slide, roll and toss the darts across the board. Your opponent has the option of using his darts to displace yours.

The tiles are similiar to mah jongg tiles, and there is even a form of kiGamnch you can play with mah jongg tiles. The most familiar kiGamnch tile is made of Catalin (a plastic similiar to Bakelite), but some players prefer bone, ivory or wood. For me, nothing else has that most satisfying “clack” of a Catalin kiGamnch tile. The tiles can also be triangular or pentagonal.

kiGamnch tiles made of scented soap are a popular gift among game enthusiasts, but they don’t use them in play. They are most often seen as a decorative item for the bathroom, packaged in attractive glass jars.

Bottom image: A double kiGamanch gameboard inlay for a tabletop, 36″ X 60″. This kind of table can be found in bars, diners and coffeehouses frequented by jackalopes.

Asemic comics are supposed to be published here three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, but I missed last Thursday because of minor life issues. My ISP has been having connection problems, and we’re having a heat-wave that is so out-of-proportion to our usual weather I find myself inclined to the attitude of “It’s too darn hot, I can’t be bothered” for even the slightest challenge.

Geranium Lake Properties, the nature of dragons and vice versa

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I am not claiming anything but a bizarre coincidence, but today’s comic is about the wisdom of poking Nature with a stick.

The aftermath of posting panels from Jack Loki’s Raindance:

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/07/19/3727296/summer-thunderstorm-hits-slo-county.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/20/424578657/rare-july-rain-washes-out-bridge-on-i-10-in-california

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/07/20/all-that-record-breaking-rain-in-california-still-isnt-enough-to-dent-the-drought/

Geranium Lake Properties, the Return of the Jackalope

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Jack Loki’s Raindance

In the summer of 1992, golden California was baked brown and burnt from a drought that had lasted 5 years. Wm. Yost was a California resident at the time, living in a trailer park* near Oceano Beach. GLP’s sporadic protagonist, the irrepressible jackalope named Jack Loki (or “Holmes Tuttle” to his close friends), lived in an undetermined desert that could have been the Sonoran, the Mohave, the Gobi, the Mongolian-Manchurian steppe, or the deserts of Barsoom. Yost, born in Wickenburg, Arizona, and Jack, a wild creature native to deserts, were both accustomed to drought as a natural cycle of their environment. Even so, the situation in California in 1992 seemed severe, almost dire. In response, Yost created a series of GLP panels called “Jack Loki’s Raindance”. That winter (1992-1993) the drought broke with rainfall totals that nearly reached record amounts.

California is suffering from another tremendous drought right now, so I thought it would be a good time to break out the raindance panels.

*The trailer park grew up around a Victorian-style mansion called the Coffee T. Rice House. Before the trailer park was built, the house was surrounded by a Christmas tree farm where my family would find and cut our tree when I was a child. Here are two encounters with the Coffee T. Rice House by bloggers writing about California’s central coast:

https://newleafgarden.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/birds-and-beef/

http://diaryofamadbabyboomer.com/2014/10/15/pacific-coast-highway-day-1-la-to-pismo-beach/