At anytime you wish, you can come up with your own story behind a Geranium Lake Properties comic, and are free to append or contradict my attempts at mythopoesis,
Top: The Death of the Suzerain
Jack Loki, the peripatetic protagonist of the GLP universe, encountered several arch-enemies in his travels, but in the beginning, villains did not trouble his carefree life. Ramon Berenguer, who signed Yost to his first comics syndicate, the McNaught Syndicate, suggested that Yost create a nemesis for Jack Loki. After all, the world would be a much duller place without the Roadrunner’s Coyote, Krazy Kat’s Ignatz, or Reed Richard’s Dr. Doom. The Suzerain of Omunchelkum was GLP’s first outright villain, the result of several phone conversations between Yost and Berenguer.
Yost began to dislike the Suzerain quite soon after the character was introduced to readers. Even though his conversations with Berenguer had been stimulating and amiable, Yost was uncomfortable with collaborative efforts. He worried that collaborations were diluted, inauthentic work, and feared he might insult the creative spirits that were his muses. (Nevertheless, he did managed to collaborate with more than a few other artists on GLP panels over the years.) Eventually, Yost killed off the Suzerain, again acting on a suggestion from Berenguer. Jack Loki was accused of the Suzerain’s murder, but the case was dismissed by the judge, who said “It is easy to blithely move on to the next case with a petition so obviously lacking.” A few weeks later, Yost created a new villain, Bern Nemaguerre, named after Ramon Berenguer.
Berenguer would become a real friend and remained so until his death in 1998. When the McNaught Syndicate collapsed in 1989, Berenguer moved on to a job with another comics syndicator, United Media Enterprises. He had hoped that Yost would come with him and sign with UME, but Yost decided to accept an offer from a media syndicate headquartered in Italy. It was a decision that Yost would come to regret.
Bottom: The Steadfast Amity of the Porte-cochère
We are pretty sure this is another appearance of Raro, Ileop and Plorumquith, with Plorumquith in his orchid-like form rather than his more common body, which takes the shape of a jackal (according to Michael Veerduer) or an aardwolf (the opinion of Benedict Thorarinsson).
The Amicale Porte-cochère is a dance popularly performed at Jackalopian wedding receptions; it is usually the dance that precedes the departure of the bride and groom. Apparently, the primary function of Raro, Ileop and Plorumquith as demigods in the GLP universe is to dance at weddings.
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