The thing about Macy is, underneath her tough-barbs-and-sarcasm attitude, she’s actually rather insecure. okay, very insecure. before she joined our little group, her artistic aspirations were deader than disco; and her life as a whole was running on empty. Sure, we’ve managed to make her outlook a lot brighter (especially me, her oh-so-significant other) - but she’s still chock-full of tasty, tasty neuroses. And back in 1999, she was more fragile than most:
Yehhhh.... Let’s just say Macy was sorta prone to flipping out at the drop of the hat in those days, usually over the trendiest anxiety-of-the-week
(you should’ve seen her during the Colossal Corn Crisis of ‘01!). And, of course, Gene wasn’t exactly helping matters....
What do I love most about Macy? Her art, of course! Hand her a pile of junk and some tools, and she can create a thing of true beauty in no time
flat.... and then sell it for a tidy profit soon after, too! But when artisitc talent and paranoia combine in her brain, the results can be.... interesting....
Yup, I knew all about good conspiracy theories, and Y2K was anything but - it was hokum, through and through! Well, apart from those rolling blackouts in Melvinville.... and the weird lights in the sky.... and those microwaves that lead that protest march for equality-- anyway! Macy had backed herself into her own little corner, so it fell to us to coax (okay, forcibly drag) her out of there! And wouldn’t you know it, Gene had a cunning plan:
TO BE CONTINUED....
It's a bit of a 'behind the scenes' artwork gracing this installment of my sketchbook chronicles: a rough version of one of my 'Big Comic Con Caper' strips from 2008! Normally,
I scribble them down (fairly small) in an exercise book; but being bereft of said book on that occasion, but blessed with a bit of time and a handy piece of A4 paper,
I roughed out my nascent idea in XL size!
Well, this is interesting - I did this character roster in early 2001 (I can tell that based on what Tony Corvell looks like), and there seem to be a whole bunch of characters you've probably never seen before! Artimus Frink, Co-pilot and Tork (along with Professor Pod) work together as 'Explorers Inc.', of course, but.... Rufus Max? The Big Boss? Fuzzy Dice? They are concepts that, unfortunately, slipped through the cracks without really gaining a foothold - none of those characters, in fact, have ever even appeared IN the strip. Rufus Max was supposed to be an intergalactic trucker - which means he is not actually a Cosmosian, simply visiting from elsewhere - with The Big Boss being the volatile-tempered fish-in-a-robot-suit who employed him; while Fuzzy Dice are a rock band (some Cosmosians, some not) who I considered co-opting from an even earlier incarnation where the two Cosmosians were humans and the band was called 'Fuzzy Fish and the Dice Men'. Very glad I changed that name....
Back into the archives we go! This time around, we present the art that graced an birthday card envelope early in 2000; for my good friend
Jeremy! It was one of the first times I'd used Cosmosian-ised Transformers in the strip, but it certainly wouldn't be the last!
Sorting out stuff for Cosmos: Old School (back on the 31st of October, don't forget), I came across this little gem in the archives -
it's a complete model sheet for the prototypical Type One Cosmosian!