The View from the Mithymnautica Portico


Another part of the Corsican screen.

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A Plain Gallop Overstride Onto A Cramped Anti-Djinn Jamboree


Two-thirds of the newspapers that originally printed this Geranium Lake Properties panel in 1987 used the word “Overstrike” instead of “Overstride” in the caption. Looking at a Xerox copy of the handwritten note that accompanied the artwork, I can’t really tell if the letter in question is a “d” or a “k”.

We sometimes refer to the captions for GLP comics as titles, but the correct term is caption.

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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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Bagri Maro and the Matacaballos


Bagri Maro is the hero of Tales of a Horse Scorpion, a series of novels by Raymond Lully. The setting of the novels is a future Earth where humans have become extinct and the world is dominated by five races of intelligent arthropods. Wm. Yost said he encountered the work of Raymond Lully in his early teens, when he saw the novels in a comic book, in a depiction of Dr. Strange’s library by Steve Ditko.

Fiery Gold Autumn


Ortsetong
Lin Tarczynski
© 2018

I have been on vacation, sort of. I took what I like to call (with reasonable accuracy) a mental health break. I stayed away from all social media for roughly 3 months, and I came back on September 26th with Facebook and Tumblr. Tumblr is the easiest media platform for me to use, Facebook is the most annoying, but FB is inescapable because most members of my family use it instead of actually calling me and talking to me.


Occupy Hazard
Lin Tarczynski
© 2018

Since my hiatus ended, I have posted 11 new GLP comics at my Tumblr, A Black Brick, in less than a month. I wish there was a scintillating story about why that blog is called “A Black Brick”, but there’s really no story at all. I should make something up. If you like to wait for good things to come to you, I will be posting all of the new stuff here.


We fled through streets paved with sodium vapor, leaving the burnt shadows of catastrophe behind us.
Lin Tarczynski
© 2018

Black and White


Lots of great stuff in Issue 9 of Brave New Word, including my series of short abstract comics, “Meanwhile…”

I went to a used book sale on Friday, and one of my more expensive finds (still a bargain at $5) was a battered library discard, a book about the history of artists books. It is a representation of the 1994-1995 exhibition, A Century of Artists Books, from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The book is a nice bit of thrift sale treasure, but I can only get a glimpse of a cover, or a couple of pages, from each featured book. Among them, I discovered Quatre Histoires de blance et noire by František (Frank) Kupka.

Luckily for me, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has online images of the 26 woodcuts from Quatre Histoires at their site. I stole a few to put up here.







Firemare


I was watching people save their horses from the Creek Fire in Los Angeles county, and this panel came to mind.

Fire mares can be found in the movie Krull, but written on the back of this panel is the name “Elora Danan“. Yost’s taste in classical music was anything but highbrow. His favorite symphonies were the 5th, 6th and 9th by Beethoven, and he loathed string quartets and Philip Glass. What he liked best were movie soundtracks, especially anything by James Horner. From Battle Beyond the Stars to The Mask of Zorro, his collection of James Horner soundtracks from the 80’s and 90’s was nearly complete, missing only Humanoids from the Deep, The Pelican Brief and Bicentennial Man. The collection was all on vinyl. Many of the movies he had seen only once, or not at all. Yost’s favorite soundtrack was from the movie Willow, a movie he identified as a guilty pleasure. He said on more than one occasion that if GLP was a movie, it would have a James Horner soundtrack that sounded a lot like Willow.

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