Webcomic profile: Cosmos
Cosmos
When Nonsense Collides!
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Cosmos - where the planets are donut-shaped, the people are small, green and friendly, and pop-cultural obsession is pretty much a prerequisite! Join Artie, Gene, Jenny, Ax, Macy and all their odd-ball friends as they navigate (to them) the normal travails of everyday life.... But hurry up! The next crazy adventure starts in five minutes!

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Hey there! Jon Kay, cartoonist-at-large, here - I am a New Zealand-based freelance graphic designer / illustrator / motion graphics artist, working and living in Auckland. I love dinosaurs, Transformers and bad sci-fi movies! I draw the comic strip Cosmos!! I can't stop ending my sentences with exclamation marks!!!

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The secret to success when it comes to my Crossover Exchange stories: rapid-fire, single-panel gags! Each panel on this page is effectively its own little story, based around a particular gag or humorous conversation that contributes to the overall progress of the story; but is also (somewhat) doing its own thing. I usually find it far more straightforward to assemble the story like this, rather than having to worry about having the things happening in each shot link directly to those in the next - they're at FuryCon, they're going to lots of different places and meeting lots of different people, so why overthink it? And of course in doing so we get to see the differing responses of the Rose Thief crew as they experience both the 'Con and their erstwhile tour guides: Iris (party animal that she is) is getting right into the experience, geeking out with the best of them; Basil has a sense of naive wonder about him, absorbing facts and figures from his surroundings like a sponge; and Wilkins.... well, anytime you have a deadpan, straightlaced by-the-booker sharing the same space as the bizarro-world known as Gene, things are bound to get ridiculous. Being a convention-wide round trip, it also gives me plenty of scope for cameos - a certain Mr. Henry Jekyll is walking by in the background in panel two, Basil and Artie are getting lunch from the Cafe on Crepe Island in panel 5.... and do I even need to draw your attention to panel 6? This is a reference to both the gratuitous fight scenes I frequently threw into proceedings in my earlier crossover stories, and a plot thread I decided to cut out of my first FuryCon story in 2018 precisely because it was gratuitous. Said story, featuring the amazing Galaxy Knights, finished on an upbeat - and fight scene-free - note; but originally I was going to have a very different ending. Characters from Botur's Fight Squad would show up, demanding the Galaxy Knights surrender their booth space, just because; the Galaxy Knights would quite rightly take offense, and power up for some impromptu dispute resolution; aaaaaand everything would go belly-up in a panel rather similar to the one that finishes this page! Since I'd avoided fight scenes of any sort for several previous Exchange stories, it seemed fitting that I poke fun at myself by bringing the idea back and allowing myself to indulge in one hit of sweet, sweet chin music; but deliberately making it part of the background of the scene, and not directly part of the Cosmos / Rose Thief shenanigans, to underscore the 'Oh, Jon, not again....' reactions of Gene and crew. But lookit all them characters! The Galaxy Knights, Sir Power, The Knight, Lady Spectra, Centimental, ChromeGnome, Rubble Rouser, the Cognomen....
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Cartoonist_at_Large
Crossover exchange interesting fact, no. 879: I will confess that I have absolutely no idea what it is that Artie and crew are arguing about on this and the previous page - if it is sufficient to have all four of them going at it hammer and tongs (even the mild-mannered Artie!), then it must be quite the contentious issue goin' down there. But I love the fact that Macy arbitrarily just decides to foist the gang off on the first 'responsible adult' that happens along, regardless of who they are, just to get rid of them: that's some good delegation skills there! On the plus side, it seems to have stopped the argument in its tracks, sufficiently chastening Artie, Gene and Ax to make them put aside their differences and help out Basil, Wilkins and Iris; while on the downside.... Basil, Wilkins and Iris are now stuck with the most over-enthusiastic tour guides in the multiverse. Hope you're not planning on finding the exit anytime soon, guys.... Given the whole 'plot and story' thing shoehorning its way in there, there wasn't exactly much room for many identifiable cameos on this page; but I did manage to get in one apiece from Curse Quest and Protectors in panel 6! Yay, detailed backgrounds!
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Cartoonist_at_Large
Crossover Exchange number the second of 2019 saw the return of possibly the coolest concept for an Exchange theme ever: the Secret Hero-hour Crisis Wars on Indefinite Earths that is the FuryCon pop-culture convention! This isn't just a regular crossover exchange, where individual comics crossover with individual comics; it's a giant everyone's-invited-hootenany where any character from any comic could show up anywhere else, as a background cameo, piece of licensed merch, booth holder or speaker on a panel attended by the characters from the comics you were ACTUALLY drawing your story for! Needless to say, I was up for that; and I'd even gave some thought pre-event to a (very) basic story outline that I could easily plug my exchangee's characters into, developing the plot proper based on what they brought to the table. And thus, I welcomed Jammy the Birb's fantasy comic The Rose Thief into my humble abode - choosing to inflict the Cosmos A-team cast upon Basil the human, Wilkins the butler and (just to add a bit more childlike enthusiasm into the mix) Iris the maid. The implication in the first panel of this story is that - instead of attending FuryCon willingly - the trio instead have been snatched out of The Rose Thief at some random point in the established continuity, and dumped in the midst of the convention without a clue as to what's going on! As result, their reactions to the new surroundings would be natural and unbiased (as well as genuinely naive); necessitating their need for assistance on page 2. And remember what I was saying about gratuitous cameos? Unlike my first FuryCon story, localised primarily in one booth, I decided to distribute character easter eggs throughout the story; as there would be plenty of walkin' and lookin'. And ooooooh, look at all them characters! Aside from the line of posters along the back wall (guest comics I did for Autumn Bay, Variants, Cryptida and Consolers), there are cameos from folks from Botur's Fight Squad, The Under, Mallory Bash, Lectro, I'm not your Friend, Earth in a Pocket, Court of Roses, and Dark Horse - even the mischevious Kremzeek from the 1980's Transformers cartoon! Plus, of course, a certain group of little aqua-green cartoon aliens having a heated argument at far right of the scene: rather critical for moving the story ahead, of course....
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Cartoonist_at_Large
The Cosmos art gallery features a veritable plethora of artwork, both created by myself and others - so when fellow Furian ArgyleFox created a forum thread that basically boiled down to 'I will draw your characters wrong on purpose', I got a big ol' picture frame ready in advance. Slapping a picture and basic description of one Myra Cunningham up on the thread ('cause she clearly hadn't suffered enough during the Valentine's Crossover Exchange, right?), I braced myself for what demented genius would result from Mr. Fox's cartooning quill pen. And.... WOW. That is DEFINITELY Myra drawn entirely the wrong way, entirely on purpose, composed entirely of sheer cringe-inducing win. Up in the gallery it went, front and centre; for the enjoyment and wonderment of the public at large! But did I deign to inform Ms. Cunningham of said splendiferous artwork, or give her any advance warning that she might see something.... unusual.... when she strolled into the new wing? Er, no. No I did not. I'll just go and hide now, if that's okay with you....
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Jeremy7
okay this is VERY surreal.