Three Square Assurances from the World-Sharers

From 1985 comes one of my fave GLP misprints made by Newark’s Star-Ledger. Bottom image is the correct version of “Three Square Assurances from the World-Sharers”. If you’ve been paying attention, you know which of the two was Yost’s favorite.

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A Grotrolem Decomposition of an Anise Seed

Named after Georgy Gustav Grotrolem, geometrist, born 1790, died sometime after 1868. On January 28, 1898, a body identified as Grotrolem’s was found in the attic of a house on Rue Espariat in Aix-en-Provence. His major work was published in Gesammelte Werke im Volumenschattengraphik, 1863.

Today’s GLP panel is one of the many misprints from Newark’s Star-Ledger preferred by Yost over the error-free reproductions. He liked this one so well that he apparently destroyed his original artwork, and we only have this image in the collection of GLP slides gifted to us by Yost’s assistant, Ha Kim Ngoc.

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Haunted Baptism

© 2016 Lin Tarczynski

This panel is my current favorite misprint of GLP by Newark’s Star Ledger newspaper. Yost was usually delighted with the Star Ledger’s mistakes, but in this case he was silent about his feelings. Yost’s assistant, Ha Kim Ngoc, reports that she found an old clipping of this misprint tacked to the back wall of a closet in an empty bedroom of Yost’s house, after he disappeared on his trip to New Zealand in 1999.

For comparison: Hsieh and Tse Flee Thessaloniki for Grand Coteau

The Island of California

© 2016 Lin Tarczynski

This is from the yellow wallpaper series. The top image is typical of the way we present and view Geranium Lake Properties on the internet. I am lucky to have access to color transparencies of Yost’s original art, and the color is as brilliant and accurate as my computer can make it. GLP began as a black-and-white single panel comic (Yost was influenced by New Yorker cartoonists like Charles Addams and Saul Steinberg) and there exists a popular notion that Yost began to experiment with color only in the later years of the comic. Actually, his color experiments date from the beginning of GLP, and Yost used color in some of his early conceptual sketches.

Yost’s distributors were adamant in their resistance against anything that was not black-and-white, but they eventually relented and accepted full-color work. Most newspapers received the color panels after they had been rendered into grayscale. Some newspapers chose to print color, with varying degrees of failure. The failures usually delighted Yost.

The bottom image gives you an idea of how the color of Geranium Lake Properties looked when printed in newspapers, beginning on the left with a grayscale representation.

Geranium Lake Properties, confound your friends, dismay your enemies


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We have not shown a misprint from Newark’s Star-Ledger in a while. Yost really loved the Star-Ledger misprints, and this is one of his favorites. Bottom image is how the world outside New Jersey saw this particular cartoon.

Geranium Lake Properties, heliacal layabout

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Top image is the Newark’s Star-Ledger misprint, which is Yost’s favorite version of this panel. Second is the Los Angeles Times misprint and Yost’s second favorite version. The bottom image is his least favorite, the cartoon as he created it. You should be able to see all the misprints, if I remembered to tag them correctly.

Asemic comics are published here three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Geranium Lake Properties, golden delicious

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It has to be admitted that most of the time, Newark’s Star-Ledger got it right. In fact, there was one notable occasion when the Star-Ledger was the only paper that got GLP right. On the morning of Aug. 8, 1989, New Jersey residents opened their premier newspaper and discovered the above GLP panel in its customary pride-of-place, the right-hand corner of the Star-Ledger’s comics page. The panel was part of a series that GLP historian Michael Veerduer would later call “The Fifty Cent Trip”, in an article he wrote for the short-lived zine The Longest Salmon.