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.
We have dipped into the thirteen folders of unpublished GLP cartoons and brought to light today’s panel. It seems to be another attempt by Wm. Yost to satisfy his obsession with illustrating “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Asemic comics are published here three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (and sometimes Saturday night). I missed last Sunday. I knew I was going to miss last Sunday, I could have let you all know, and maybe I should say “Sorry ’bout that!” but I don’t feel too terribly sorry because I was busy making art, most of which you will see. Eventually.
BTW, I hope you did not miss this thing, which is my best animated gif done so far, and I am ridiculously proud of it.
I worked the last of my extra holiday hours and I was too tired to post a GLP cartoon on Tuesday, but it’s 4 am on Wednesday here, so that’s almost Tuesday. Today’s yellow wallpaper cartoons, and last Sunday’s, and this coming Thursday’s, were never seen in the newspapers that published Geranium Lake Properties. They first appeared on Ha Kim Ngoc’s website, the late lamented GLP Compendium, which shut down in 2004 under threat of legal action from Sindacato Nuovo Secolo Media, SNSM, popularly known as Snism. More recently, they were published in Beyond the Yellow Wallpaper, a limited edition book of which five copies were sold before sales were stopped by a lawsuit.
After Yost’s disappearance, his assistant Ha Kim Ngoc found a dozen folders of unpublished cartoons. Most of these, nearly 200 drawings, were Yost’s attempts to illustrate “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The folders were numbered, and we are finishing off this year, and starting the next, with six cartoons from folder number four.
Asemic comics are published here three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Yost used elements of today’s GLP in another attempt to illustrate “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (bottom image). He labeled all his attempts as failures, even though two of his pictures appeared with the “The Yellow Wallpaper” in short story anthologies. Another was used for the cover of a Gilman biography.