A Change of State (More Than Nine)

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Ancient Quincuncial Networks

Jainne Lummrey was a postgraduate student at Newcastle University, studying the history and literature of early modern Britain, when she discovered Geranium Lake Properties in the British comic magazine Viz. (GLP appeared irregularly in Viz from 1987 to 1991, according to a deal with John Brown that was independent from Yost’s agreements with his other comics syndication services.) Jainne wrote to Yost after the “Ancient Quincuncial Networks” panel was published in May 1990. Thus began an ardent correspondence that lasted for nine years, until Jainne Lummrey’s death in 1999. Yost last letter arrived at Jainne’s London address two days after the police discovered her body. The letter was sent from New Zealand, postmarked the day before Yost disappeared after boarding a ferry from Auckland to Rangitoto Island.

Cover for the first edition of Urn Burial, The Garden of Cyrus by Thomas Browne: A New Interpretation by Jainne Lummrey, 1997, Trace Mark Press.

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A Tale of Congenial Confusion Between Bronze, Iron, Calico and Velveteen

No-one noticed that this story was unfinished until five years later, when Yost published “The Conclusion To A Tale of Congenial Confusion Between Bronze, Iron, Calico and Velveteen”.

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I have been caught somewhere between the flu and a querulous reluctance to begin the new year, so here we are, 23 days into January, catching up with the universe according to Geranium Lake Properties.

Beriwa Tholdry is one of the Four Twilight Kingdoms in Geranium Lake Properties. It has been almost universally accepted among fans of GLP that the names of the Twilight Kingdoms are anagrams of friends or relatives of Wm. Yost, who had his own rules for making the anagrams he used in GLP comics. Most of the rules he kept secret, I know only two of them. He never used the letter “p” except under special circumstances, and he always made four letter changes. Four was a number of extraordinary significance for Yost.

One of my friends over at Ello, comandantechispas, a true master of anagrams, came up with a notable solution to the “Beriwa Tholdry” anagram: “writable hydro”. Writable water as a concept seems to me an entirely suitable (and perhaps even essential) element in the GLP universe.

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A Coquelicot Hypergraphic Object

I am not sure how consistent I have been with tagging the various hypergraphic objects encountered in Geranium Lake Properties. Still, you can find more examples under the hypergaphic object and hypergraphia links.

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November I Remember

A certain amount of exposition accompanies each of these Geranium Lake Properties comics from November–you may want to make use of the links to the original posts. The first one is “Invoking the Name of the Mystery as Elilim and Kochavim“, the second is “Rainwater Mama“.

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Holiday’s End

From October, “The Procession of Entropy”, which is the great holiday season for jackalopes. Today, December 31rst, is actually the last day of the holiday, which began on October 15th. A few jackalopes will continue to celebrate the Procession of Entropy until Three Kings’ Day on January 6th, but for most of us the Procession ends tonight at midnight. The tradition is to be in bed at midnight, with a penny and a piece of peppermint under your pillow. You can be asleep or awake. If you’re awake, you can get out of bed after midnight, eat the peppermint, watch Twilight Zone, or MythBusters, or do whatever you were doing before midnight.

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