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Slow on the uptake....

Cosmos

Starting from Comic #647: Slow on the uptake....
Slow on the uptake....
Is it any surprise, really, that Artie, Macy and Ax have no clue as to the origins of Gene's blissful walking-catatonia? At that point in Cosmos' history, their roles in the A-team cast seemed set and predictable, expected, almost: Macy was temperamental and artistic, Artie was commonsensical, Ax was Naive and idealistic, and Gene was just.... weird. He just seemed to be having so much fun indulging the random whims of his almighty Id, usually at the expense of the laws of cartoon physics, that doing something so mature and it's-not-all-about-me as.... falling in love, feels utterly inconceivable from their point of view. And this is why these strips represent such a paradigm shift for the A-team cast, and Cosmos as a whole - alla sudden, we doin' summat different! Yes, Gene had in the past developed disturbing cross-species crushes on attractive female humans (as most cartoon characters seem to do: just look at the Animaniacs or Roger Rabbit), but those minor infatuations were fleeting and simply part of Gene's standard goofy 'toon tool kit; they didn't go anywhere or lead to anything. But based on Jenny's glowing review of Gene's wit, kindness and devotion to her care from the first few comics? He's got it, and he's got it good; for another actual Cosmosian, yet! Indeed, Artie, this IS like Leonard Nimoy showing up in a Star Wars movie - totally unexpected, character development-y, and switching the train of your lives onto a completely new track....
Grown-up talk
If there was any doubt that the concept of Gene actually attracting a member of the opposite sex in a proper romantic context had blown his friends' minds, this little discussion should remove said doubt entirely! Macy, clearly the chosen spokesperson for the newly-formed Cosmosian Skeptics Club, has decided that talking this baffling new paradigm through with their target in Veh. Ry. Short. Words. is the only way they can collectively sledge-hammer it into their brains, and somehow, someway, make it all make sense..... Not that it seems to be working, huh, Gene? As I mentioned last time, since the A-team cast coalesced back in 1999, they've had a fairly stable ride: no matter what strange events show up in their lives, things are (generally) returned to the status quo by the end of the episode. Here, though? Someone's taken their little world and Shaken It The Snap Up - so it's little wonder they're makin' like a Flat Earther suddenly teleported to the main observation deck of the International Space Station! They're in for a steep learning curve.... but then, now having made the change happen in the first place, so is Gene....
I'll believe it when I see it....
<Editor's note: please excuse the delayed post this week - my computer decided to die, and it's in the shop to be 'repaired'. So until they manage to get my files safely backed up, I'm operating on a 'scan-in-the-original-artwork-and-put-that-up-for-now' basis....>

Aww, they've only been hanging out for a little while, and Jenny's already got a embarassing, cutesie nickname for her beau! Isn't that sweet? But speaking of names, it has just occurred to me that this is the first time in the entire story thus far that anyone has actually referred to Jenny by her name! Not even Candice said it during the entire four comics they were together at the beginning of the tale! Geez! She's been walking around all this time as 'unnamed female Type-three Cosmosian', and nobody seems to have noticed.... That's rough. But thankfully, Gene has now rectified the mistake, and they can go out and have fun times! Yay! Another interesting thing about this particular strip is the rather interesting role reversal we in the ranks of the A-team cast: usually, Gene is the one getting up to hair-tearingly absurd hi-jinks and his friends are the ones going UUGHH WHYYYYYY - but here, Artie and Macy (paragons of common sense, normally) are lurking in the undergrowth like weirdos, and Gene (Gene!!!) is rolling his eyes and casting exasperated looks in their direction, like he's the responsible one for a change. The fact that even Jenny finds them rather off-putting is evidence that the usual character dynamics don't apply.... perhaps because Gene realises that he needs to play things a bit more mature (!!!) to maintain the course-heading on his relationship? Although, perhaps you can't entirely blame Artie and Macy for de-volving - they're still clearly having a hard time comprehending that their pal is even capable of netting an actual girlfriend, without there being some elaborate prank or grand conspiracy behind it; and are working through their denial the only way they know how: slack-jawed, googly-eyed voyeurism. Oh, well....
Fun, Fun, Fun!
It's nice to see that Gene is up to the task of keeping Jenny entertained on their days (and nights) out - maybe he's got what it takes after all, huh? Rather than focussing on a particular outing in this comic, I decided (as is my wont) to present a montage of different scenes from different days, giving us a sense of how Jenny and Gene's relationship as a whole was developing (pretty nicely, by the looks of things). Now that he has an actual medium to focus his enthusiasm for life into, Mr. Ellis is proving to be quite the romantic soul - and the committed partner, given his clear desire to treat Jenny to the finer things in life (wining and dining, moonlight sonatas and, uh, hoverboard racing). He might just be capable of mustering 'sensible and mature' from the depths of his otherwise Id-dominated consciousness, in other words.... Artie and Macy, meanwhile, appear to be descending into creepy stalker territory; adding a nicely absurd subversion to the whole situation. And they seem so unapologetic about their covert surveilance, too - what is the world coming to? I ask you!
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