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And I'll form.... the head!

Cosmos

Starting from Comic #706: And I'll form.... the head!
And I'll form.... the head!
If there's something I find cooler than giant combining robots, or just groups of things that smush together to form a larger, more powerful thing; then I have no idea what it is. It was with this object in mind that I approached the idea of a Cosmos-based gestalt, because why not, right? My initial thoughts on the matter involved merely a four-mech combiner, with Ax and Macy forming the arms (as in the final version) and Artie and Gene - or Gene and Artie - forming the body / head and hips / legs respectively. However, working out how the pair would fold up / fold out into their respective body halves was a frustrating business: if Gene was the body half, would his head be the combiner's head, or would it retract and be replaced with a different one? If Artie was the body half, would the combiner look like it was running around without a shirt? If he was the legs, would the combiner look like it had no pants? And would whoever formed the legs have to (yikes) split in half up the middle? That wasn't going to work - unless I added more freakin' robots. After seeing a very clever Voltron analogue in the comic series 'KaijuMax' (which you should read, it's fantastic), I had the idea of throwing in a mecha-Murph - whose long, snaky body folds up Rubik's Snake-style - and a robo-Newton (folding up like a figure on a totem pole) to make up the necessary additional components.... and thus Costron, Defender of the Multiverse was born! But wait, I hear you say - why doesn't Jenny transform into a backpack or something? Well, sure.... but maybe there's another combining robot force you just haven't seen yet! Didn't think about that, didja?
Kitchens at the ready, people!
The flashback to the pre-digital era of Cosmos continues anew! Artie doesn't always get to show off his particular skill set that often - aside from 'Sage advice 101' and 'Masters Level Dry Humour', of course - but one that I definitely wanted to bring to the fore at some point was his proficiency in the kitchen. Gene has his electronics, Ax and Macy are into art and photography.... and Artie has the uncanny ability to keep them all fed with his cooking cred! He got his chance to shine in 2003, when I decided to let him headline in this multi-part story, enthusiastically going about his chef-style antics ably assisted by his constant partner in crime, one Eugene Carmichael Ellis - although, by the looks of things, Gene may be less overjoyed and more distinctly underwhelmed....
Resistant Assistant.... Assistant Resistant!
Geez Louise, did Gene get up on the jerk side of the bed this morning? While Artie's plan of action is hardly going to be a pulse-pounding thrill-ride (or is it?)compared to their usual shenanigans, Gene has clearly descended to a special level of picky to take this much offense at it - normally, he's at least mildly enthusiastic when his pal suggests a Fun Thing To Do! Still, Artie seems to be trying to go with the flow on this one (irritated frown aside), and is determined to get Cosmos Kitchen off to a flying start: and yes, the recipe that follows is one you can make at home. I vaguely remember briefly pondering doing a 'faux-recipe', i.e, all made-up, Cosmosian ingredients, when I originally planned Cosmos Kitchen back in 2003.... but quickly realised that an actual recipe would be a lot easier to integrate into the story. In fact, given that Artie and Gene would be taking us through said recipe stage by stage, it would be the story - dialogue and actions and all! So why reinvent the wheel?
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